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Asterias Biotherapeutics posts 4Q loss

FREMONT, Calif. (AP) _ Asterias Biotherapeutics Inc. (AST) on Tuesday reported a loss of $9.3 million in its fourth quarter.

On a per-share basis, the Fremont, California-based company said it had a loss of 20 cents. Losses, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 18 cents per share.

The results fell short of Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 17 cents per share.

The stem cell therapy developer posted revenue of $1.8 million in the period, also falling short of Street forecasts. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.8 million.

For the year, the company reported that its loss widened to $35.5 million, or 83 cents per share. Revenue was reported as $7 million.

In the final minutes of trading on Tuesday, the company's shares hit $3.55. A year ago, they were trading at $4.67.

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