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Evogene Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Financial Results

Conference call and webcast, today at 9:00 am Eastern Time

REHOVOT, Israel, March 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Evogene Ltd. (EVGN) (EVGN), a leading biotechnology company developing novel products for life science markets, announced today its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ending December 31, 2018.

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Evogene has published in addition to the press release for the financial results, its annual Letter to the Shareholders. In this Letter is outlined Evogene's overall strategy, the progress achieved in 2018 and its plans looking forward to 2019. The Letter is available for viewing on Evogene's website at: http://www.evogene.com/investor-relations/press-releases/

Ofer Haviv, Evogene's President and CEO, stated: "The Letter we issued today, as stated, includes a comprehensive overview of our strategy and its implementation, as well as key highlights in 2018. Therefore, this press release will focus on recent developments in the Company's activities, some expectations for 2019 and the financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2018. I urge all of our shareholders to read this Letter, if they have not already done so already."

Recent Developments:

  • Establishment of Lavie Bio, a subsidiary focused on ag-biologicals. Evogene's activities relating to discovery, optimization and development of sustainable ag-biological products are being transferred to this new subsidiary.
  • Appointment of Dr. Adrian Percy to Evogene's board of directors.
  • Promising results in bio-stimulants for corn and wheat in 2018 field trials.
  • Advancement in the development of bio-pesticides focusing on specialty crops – hits have shown promising results and will be examined in additional field trials.

Expectations for 2019 include:

  • AgPlenus – to reach an initial Lead in our novel MoA herbicide product program, and discovery of novel molecules (Hits) for insecticides.
  • Lavie Bio – to optimize and develop formulation and fermentation capabilities; examining performance of lead candidates in field trials in target locations, mainly in the USA.
  • Ag-Seeds division - insect control toxins are expected to undergo validation in target crops.
  • Biomica - to enter pre-clinical studies in its immuno-oncology program.
  • Evofuel - to advance to commercial scale field trials, with fully mechanized harvesting, in target locations, Argentina and Brazil.

Evogene will continue to examine new areas, where it can create additional value in a relatively short time. In addition, with respect to new collaborations, there will be an increased focus on strategic relationships for joint product development.

"Looking forward, we expect 2019 to be a pivotal year, as we further develop our product pipelines and continue to evolve our organization. We expect to finalize the new organizational structure while strengthening Evogene's positioning as a technological hub. In parallel, each subsidiary will continue its efforts with respect to its internal pipelines, existing and new collaborative activities, while securing additional financial resources, if and when needed," – Mr. Haviv added

Financial results for the periods ending December 31, 2018:

Cash position:  As of December 31, 2018, Evogene had approximately $54.5 million in cash, short-term bank deposits and marketable securities, representing a net cash usage of approximately $17.3 million during the full year of 2018 and approximately $3.7 million during the fourth quarter of 2018. Excluding the impact of the USD/ILS exchange rate, the net cash usage during the full year of 2018 would have been $16.6 million – in line with the company's revised forecast.

During the fourth quarter of 2018, Evogene converted US Dollar denominated marketable securities to Israeli Shekels, as most of the Company's expenses are Israeli Shekel based. The translation of the Shekel based cash balance to US Dollars, the Company's reporting currency, at the end of the period, impacted the reported US Dollars cash balance by $0.7 million.

The Company estimates that its net cash usage in 2019 will be in the range of $16 to $18 million dollars, assuming that no external financial resources are secured, such as through collaborations or external fund raising. This forecast is derived from the advancement of the Company's activities to later stages of product development, which include field trials and pre-clinical studies provided by third parties. This effect is moderated by operating efficiencies achieved with the new corporate structure. The Company does not have bank debts.

Revenues primarily consist of research and development payments. These revenues represent R&D cost reimbursement under our various collaboration agreements, as reflected in our cost of revenues. The majority of these agreements also provide for development milestone payments and royalties or other forms of revenue sharing from successfully developed products.

Gross profit for the full year of 2018 was approximately $0.3 million in comparison to approximately $0.5 million during the full year of 2017. Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2018 was approximately $0 in comparison to approximately $100 thousand for the fourth quarter of 2017.

R&D expenses for the full year of 2018 were approximately $14.7 million in comparison to approximately $17.0 million for the full year of 2017. R&D expenses for the fourth quarter of 2018 were approximately $3.9 million in comparison to approximately $4.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2017. R&D expenses decreased following operating efficiencies achieved as a result of the ongoing implementation of the new corporate structure, which was initiated at the beginning of 2018.

Operating loss for the full year of 2018 was approximately $20.0 million in comparison to approximately $21.9 million in the full year of 2017. Operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2018 was approximately $5.3 million in comparison to approximately $6.0 million in the fourth quarter in 2017. The decrease in operating loss was mainly due to the decrease in R&D expenses as described above and a decrease in G&A expenses, which were partially offset by an increase in the business development expenses.

The net financing expenses for the full year of 2018 were approximately $0.8 million in comparison to net financing income of approximately $1.1 million during the full year of 2017. The net financing expenses for the fourth quarter of 2018 were approximately $0.6 million in comparison to net financing expenses of approximately $0.2 million in the comparable quarter in 2017. The increase in the net financing expenses in the fourth quarter is due to the impact of the changes in the USD/ILS exchange rate, as described above.

Loss for the full year of 2018 remained stable at $20.8 million in comparison to the full year of 2017. Loss in the fourth quarter of 2018 decreased to approximately $5.8 million compared to approximately $6.2 million in the fourth quarter in 2017.

Conference Call & Webcast Details:

Evogene's management will host a conference call to discuss the results at 09:00 AM Eastern time, 15:00 Israel time. To access the conference call, please dial 1-888-668-9141 toll free from the United States, or +972-3-918-0609 internationally. Access to the call will also be available via live webcast through the Company's website at www.evogene.com.

A replay of the conference call will be available approximately three hours following the completion of the call. To access the replay, please dial 1-888-326-9310 toll free from the United States, or +972-3-925-5901 internationally. The replay will be accessible through March 13, 2019, and an archive of the webcast will be available on the Company's website through March 24, 2019. 

About Evogene Ltd.:

Evogene (EVGN) (EVGN) is a leading biotechnology company developing novel products for major life science markets through the use of a unique computational predictive biology (CPB) platform incorporating deep scientific understandings and advanced computational technologies.

Today, this platform is utilized by the Company to discover and develop innovative products in the following areas (via subsidiaries or divisions): ag-chemicals, ag-biologicals, seed traits, integrated castor oil ag-solutions and human microbiome based therapeutics. Each subsidiary or division establishes its product pipeline and go-to-market, as demonstrated in its collaborations with world-leading companies such as BASF, Corteva, Bayer and ICL. For more information, please visit www.evogene.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" relating to future events. These statements may be identified by words such as "may", "could", "expects", "intends", "anticipates", "plans", "believes", "scheduled", "estimates" or words of similar meaning. Such statements are based on current expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions, describe opinions about future events, involve certain risks and uncertainties which are difficult to predict and are not guarantees of future performance. Therefore, actual future results, performance or achievements of Evogene may differ materially from what is expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, many of which are beyond Evogene's control, including, without limitation, those risk factors contained in Evogene's reports filed with the appropriate securities authority. Evogene disclaims any obligation or commitment to update these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or developments or changes in expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions.

 


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

U.S. dollars in thousands (except share and per share data)





As of December 31,



2018


2017



Unaudited


Audited

CURRENT ASSETS:





Cash and cash equivalents


$      5,810


$   3,435

Marketable securities


26,065


59,940

Short-term bank deposits


22,592


8,380

Trade receivables


160


132

Other receivables and prepaid expenses


861


904








55,488


72,791

LONG-TERM ASSETS:





Long-term deposits


19


19

Property, plant and equipment, net


3,187


4,792








3,206


4,811








$    58,694


$    77,602

CURRENT LIABILITIES:





Trade payables


$      1,015


$     1,110

Liabilities in respect of government grants


988


104

Deferred revenues and other advances


412


516

Other payables


3,016


2,934








5,431


4,664

LONG-TERM LIABILITIES:





Liabilities in respect of government grants


2,898


3,438

Deferred revenues and other advances


28


89

Severance pay liability, net


31


33








2,957


3,560

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:





Ordinary shares of NIS 0.02 par value:

Authorized − 150,000,000 ordinary shares; Issued and outstanding –25,754,297  and 25,750,547 shares at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively


142


142

Share premium and other capital reserves


187,701


186,268

Accumulated deficit


(137,790)


(117,032)






Equity attributable to equity holders of the Company


50,053


69,378






Non-controlling interests


253


-






Total equity


50,306


69,378








$    58,694


$    77,602

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF PROFIT OR LOSS

U.S. dollars in thousands (except share and per share data)



Year ended

December 31,


Three months ended

December 31,



2018


2017


2018


2017



Unaudited


Audited


Unaudited










Revenues


$        1,747


$        3,381


$          635


$           734

Cost of revenues


1,452


2,845


627


634










Gross profit


295


536


8


100










Operating expenses:


















Research and development, net


14,686


16,987


3,858


4,668

Business development


2,084


1,686


474


422

General and administrative


3,514


3,810


943


1,029










Total operating expenses


20,284


22,483


5,275


6,119










Operating loss


(19,989)


(21,947)


(5,267)


(6,019)










Financing income


1,413


2,125


217


356

Financing expenses


(2,206)


(1,005)


(783)


(561)










Financing income (expenses), net


(793)


1,120


(566)


(205)










Loss before taxes on income


(20,782)


(20,827)


(5,833)


(6,224)

Taxes on income (tax benefit)


30


11


(4)


-










Loss


$     (20,812)


$     (20,838)


$      (5,829)


$      (6,224)










Attributable to:









Equity holders of the Company


(20,758)


(20,838)


(5,801)


(6,224)

Non-controlling interests


(54)


-


(28)


-












$     (20,812)


$     (20,838)


$      (5,829)


$      (6,224)










Basic and diluted loss per share, attributable to equity holders of the Company


$         (0.81)


$         (0.81)


$        (0.23)


$        (0.24)










Weighted average number of shares used in computing basic and diluted loss per share


25,753,411


25,673,276


25,754,297


25,750,179

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

U.S. dollars in thousands



 

Year ended

December 31,


Three months ended

December 31,



2018


2017


2018


2017



Unaudited


Audited


Unaudited

Cash flows from operating activities


















Loss


$    (20,812)


$    (20,838)


$    (5,829)


$    (6,224)










Adjustments to reconcile loss to net cash used in operating activities:


















    Adjustments to the profit or loss items:


















Depreciation


2,020


2,145


513


521

Share-based compensation


1,731


2,244


360


596

Net financing expenses (income)


694


(1,454)


544


125

Taxes on income (tax benefit)


30


11


(4)


-












4,475


2,946


1,413


1,242

 

Changes in asset and liability items:


















Decrease (increase) in trade receivables


(28)


37


76


836

Decrease in other receivables


95


221


716


44

Decrease (increase) in long-term deposits


-


(6)


2


(4)

Increase (decrease) in trade payables


(114)


(86)


303


295

Increase in other payables


51


138


345


259

Decrease in deferred revenues and other advances


(165)


(500)


(194)


(505)












(161)


(196)


1,248


925










Cash received (paid) during the period for:


















Interest received


1,360


2,173


221


491

Taxes paid


(23)


(14)


-


-










Net cash used in operating activities


(15,161)


(15,929)


(2,947)


(3,566)

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

U.S. dollars in thousands



 

Year ended

December 31,


Three months ended

December 31,



2018


2017


2018


2017



Unaudited


Audited


Unaudited

Cash flows from investing activities


















Purchase of property, plant and equipment


$        (374)


$        (590)


$        (118)


$        (148)

Proceeds from sale of marketable securities


63,639


22,737


30,205


8,925

Purchase of marketable securities


(31,700)


(11,659)


(17,299)


(5,451)

Proceeds from (investment in) bank deposits, net


(14,212)


4,757


(10,092)


1,137










Net cash provided by investing activities


17,353


15,245


2,696


4,463










 

 

Cash flows from financing activities


















Proceeds from exercise of options


9


683


-


1

Proceeds from government grants


354


339


133


73

Repayment of government grants


(66)


(208)


(1)


-










Net cash provided by financing activities


297


814


132


74










Exchange rate differences - cash and cash equivalent balances


(114)


69


219


7










Increase in cash and cash equivalents


2,375


199


100


978










Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the period


3,435


3,236


5,710


2,457










Cash and cash equivalents, end of the period


$        5,810


$        3,435


$       5,810


$       3,435










 

Evogene Investor Contact:
Nir Zalik
IR Director
IR@evogene.com  
972-8-931-1900  

US Investor Relations:
Vivian Cervantes
PCG Investor Relations
vivian@pcgadvisory.com  
646-863-6274

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