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ThermoGenesis Holdings Announces Improved Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results And Provides Corporate Update

Reports Second Consecutive Quarter of Positive Cash Flow; Recent Name Change Aligns with Shift in Strategic Focus

Conference Call to be Held Today at 1:30 p.m. PST/4:30 p.m. EST

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., Nov. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- ThermoGenesis Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: THMO), formerly known as Cesca Therapeutics Inc., a market leader in automated cell processing tools and services in the cell and gene therapy field, today announced improved financial and operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019 and provided a corporate strategic update.

The Company's main financial objective for 2019 has been to achieve positive cash flow from operations before the end of this calendar year. In order to achieve that, the Company has implemented a series of aggressive measures through new product launches and operational cost reductions. For the third quarter of 2019, using Adjusted EBITDA as a key metric to determine cash flow based financial performance, the Company has reported a positive outcome for the second consecutive quarter.

Third Quarter and Subsequent Achievements:

  • The Company reported a 30% increase in revenue compared to the same period in 2018. 
  • The Company reported net income (loss) of ($2.4) million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 compared to ($2.8) million for the same period in 2018.
  • Using Adjusted EBITDA as a key metric to determine cash based financial performance, the Company reported positive Adjusted EBITDA of $125,000, up 136% compared to a reported $53,000 Adjusted EBITDA in the second quarter of 2019, and ($1.6) million Adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter 2018.  
  • Received validations of system performance for the Company's X-Series® products from research teams at two prestigious academic medical centers -- Duke University School of Medicine and the University of North Carolina.
  • Signed a global distribution agreement with a major Fortune 500 company for global distribution of the X-Series products, excluding certain regions. Received a $2 million upfront distribution fee as part of the five-year, renewable, global distribution agreement.
  • Executed definitive agreement with HealthBanks Biotech (USA), to form joint venture, ImmuneCyte, to commercialize the CAR-TXpress™ cell processing platform for immune cell banking and cell-based CMO/CDMO services.  Intended to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2019, ImmuneCyte will be the first cGMP compliant immune cell bank in the United States.
  • Divested clinical development assets, allowing the Company to stay focused on its cell processing device and service business going forward.

As a result of these most recent activities, on October 31, 2019, the Company announced that it had changed its name to ThermoGenesis Holdings, Inc. to better reflect its new strategic focus to become a key solution provider for cell processing tools and services in the cell and gene therapy markets. The Company simultaneously changed its Nasdaq trading symbol from KOOL to THMO, which became effective on November 1, 2019.

"For more than two decades, ThermoGenesis has developed and commercialized novel cell processing systems and devices providing global researchers, biomanufacturing organizations and clinicians with highly efficient tools that have  helped them to deliver better outcomes in various applications in the cell and gene therapy field," said Chris Xu, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of ThermoGenesis. "We continue to address significant unmet needs in the CAR-T therapeutic field. In particular, our recent joint venture to form ImmuneCyte is integral to our strategy, providing GMP compliant immune cell banking and contract development and manufacturing services with our proprietary CAR-TXpress platform, creating significant competitive advantages."   

Jeff Cauble, Vice President of Finance and Principal Accounting Officer of ThermoGenesis, added, "Our previous cost-cutting measures, along with steadily improving sales of AXP® and CAR-TXpress, have combined to yield another quarter of improved results. Revenues during the third quarter of 2019 increased by 30% as compared to the same period last year, while gross profit continued to improve, increasing to 47% of revenues in the third quarter of 2019. As a result, adjusted EBITDA, the metric we use to best approximate operational cash flow, was positive for the second quarter in a row."

Financial Results for the Quarter Ended September 30, 2019

Net revenues. Net revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2019 were $4.1 million compared to $3.1 million for the third quarter in 2018, an increase of $945,000 or 30% year over year. The increase was driven primarily by AXP and CAR-TXpress sales in the Device Segment. The AXP increase was driven by approximately 270 more cases sold to domestic end users in the current quarter.  CAR-TXpress sales increased primarily due to new customers that adopted the system in the current quarter. 

Gross profit. Gross profit for the three months ended September 30, 2019 was $1.9 million or 47% of net revenue, compared to $655,000 or 21% of net revenue for the comparable period in 2018. The gross profit margin increase was due to an increase in AXP disposable sales and lower AXP disposable costs generated by price efficiencies from contract manufacturers. A reduction in inventory reserves and increased sales of CAR-TXpress also positively affected gross profit for the period ended September 30, 2019.  

Sales and marketing expenses. Sales and marketing expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2019 were $502,000, compared to $364,000 for the comparable period in 2018. The variance was driven by stock compensation expense for performance goals achieved by employees during the third quarter. 

Research and development expenses. Research and development (R&D) expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2019 were $584,000, compared to $611,000 for the comparable period in 2018. The decrease was due to lower payroll related expenses as the result of having an open position for part of the third quarter of 2019.

General and administrative expenses. General and administrative expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2019 were $1.1 million, compared to $1.6 million for the comparable period in 2018. The decrease was driven by a reduction in personnel costs and payroll related expenses as the result of eliminating some senior management positions in 2019, as well as reduced payroll expenses in the Company's India operations due to a reorganization in the first quarter of 2019 and a reduction in bad debt expense.

Interest Expense.  Interest expense increased to $1.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019 as compared to $835,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2018. The increase is due to interest expense and the amortization of the debt discount related to the January 2019 convertible promissory note issued by the Company and additional interest and amortization of the debt discount related to the Revolving Credit Agreement with Boyalife.

Loss on Extinguishment of Debt.  The Company recorded a loss on extinguishment of debt of $840,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2019 as compared to $0 for the three months ended September 30, 2018.  The increase is due to the loss on the extinguishment of the January 2019 Note.

Net loss. For the three months ended September 30, 2019, the Company reported a comprehensive loss attributable to common stockholders of $2.3 million, or ($0.78) per share, based on approximately 2.9 million weighted average basic and diluted common shares outstanding. This compares to a comprehensive net loss of $2.6 million, or ($1.17) per share, based on approximately 2.2 million weighted average basic and diluted common shares outstanding for the three months ended September 30, 2018.

Adjusted EBITDA.  In addition to the results reported under US GAAP, the Company also uses a non-GAAP measure, Adjusted EBITDA, to evaluate operating performance and to facilitate the comparison of our historical results and trends.  The Company uses the metric to determine operational cash flow.  Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2019 was a positive $125,000, as compared to an adjusted EBITDA loss of $1.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018.  The increase in the current period was due to $1.2 million in additional gross profit as a result of higher sales, while decreasing overhead expenses through price efficiencies from contract manufacturers. The Company also had decreased personnel expenses as a result of eliminating some positions in October 2018, as well as reduced payroll expenses in India due to a reorganization in the first quarter of 2019. A reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to Net Income (Loss) is shown below.

At September 30, 2019, the Company had cash and cash equivalents totaling $2.8 million, compared with $2.4 million at December 31, 2018. Working capital improved to $5.4 million at September 30, 2019 as compared to $2.3 million at December 31, 2018.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

ThermoGenesis will host a conference call today at 1:30pm PST/4:30pm EST. To participate in the conference call, please dial 1-844-889-4331 (domestic), 1-412-380-7406 (international) or 1-866-605-3852 (Canada). To access a live webcast of the call, please visit: https://thermogenesis.com/investors/news-and-events/events-webcasts/.

A replay of the call will be available until December 10 and can be accessed by dialing 1-877-344-7529 (domestic), 1-412-317-0088 (international) or 855-669-9658 (Canada), and referencing access code 10136101 The webcast will be available for three months.

About ThermoGenesis Holdings, Inc.
ThermoGenesis Holdings, Inc., formerly known as Cesca Therapeutics Inc., develops, commercializes and markets a range of automated technologies for CAR-T and other cell-based therapies. The Company currently markets a full suite of solutions for automated clinical biobanking, point-of-care applications, and automation for immuno-oncology, including its semi-automated, functionally closed CAR-TXpress™ platform, which streamlines the manufacturing process for the emerging CAR-T immunotherapy market. For more information about ThermoGenesis, please visit: www.thermogenesis.com.  

Company Contact:
Wendy Samford
916-858-5191
ir@thermogenesis.com

Investor Contact:
Paula Schwartz, Rx Communications
917-322-2216
pschwartz@rxir.com

 

Financials



ThermoGenesis Holdings, Inc.



Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets



(Unaudited)








September 30,

2019


December 31,

2018





(Unaudited)





ASSETS







Current assets:







   Cash and cash equivalents


$2,800,000


$2,400,000



   Accounts receivable, net


4,470,000


1,509,000



   Inventories


3,405,000


4,493,000



   Prepaid expenses and other current assets


451,000


224,000










            Total current assets


11,126,000


8,626,000










Restricted cash


1,000,000


1,000,000



Equipment, net


2,251,000


2,562,000



Right-of-use operating lease assets, net


887,000


--



Goodwill


781,000


781,000



Intangible assets, net


1,498,000


1,591,000



Other assets


48,000


51,000










            Total assets


$17,591,000


$14,611,000










LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY







Current liabilities:







   Accounts payable


$1,874,000


$2,423,000



   Other current liabilities


3,817,000


3,942,000










            Total current liabilities


5,691,000


6,365,000










Long-term liabilities


$7,269,000


$1,515,000










ThermoGenesis Holdings, Inc. stockholders' equity


3,944,000


8,442,000










Noncontrolling interests


687,000


(1,711,000)










            Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$17,591,000


$14,611,000


 

 

ThermoGenesis Holdings, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended
September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,


2019


2018


2019


2018

Net revenues

$4,058,000


$3,113,000


$11,325,000


$6,984,000









Cost of revenues

2,163,000


2,458,000


6,220,000


5,614,000









    Gross profit

1,895,000


655,000


5,105,000


1,370,000









Expenses:








   Sales and marketing

502,000


364,000


1,227,000


1,048,000









   Research and development

584,000


611,000


1,758,000


2,560,000









   General and administration

1,139,000


1,615,000


3,617,000


6,256,000









   Impairment Charges

--


--


--


27,202,000









       Total operating expenses

2,225,000


2,590,000


6,602,000


37,066,000









Loss from operations

(330,000)


(1,935,000)


(1,497,000)


(35,696,000)









Fair value change of derivative instruments

(2,000)


24,000


(2,000)


591,000

Interest expense

(1,188,000)


(835,000)


(3,531,000)


(1,928,000)

Loss on extinguishment of debt

(840,000)


--


(840,000)


--

Other (expenses)

(13,000)


(18,000)


(25,000)


(63,000)

            Total other expenses

(2,043,000)


(829,000)


(4,398,000)


(1,400,000)









Loss before benefit for income taxes

(2,373,000)


(2,764,000)


(5,895,000)


(37,096,000)

Benefit for income taxes

--


--


--


3,451,000

Net loss

(2,373,000)


(2,764,000)


(5,895,000)


(33,645,000)









Loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

(91,000)


(175,000)


(445,000)


(1,088,000)









Net loss attributable to common stockholders

$(2,282,000)


$(2,589,000)


$(5,450,000)


$(32,557,000)









 

 

ThermoGenesis Holdings, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited)



Nine Months Ended

September 30,


2019


2018

Cash flows from operating activities:




 Net cash used in operating activities

$(3,518,000)


$(7,431,000)





Cash flows from investing activities:




 Capital expenditures

(178,000)


(985,000)

        Net cash used in investing activities

(178,000)


(985,000)





Cash flows from financing activities:




     Payments on finance lease obligations

(15,000)


(28,000)

     Proceeds from long-term debt

1,800,000


--

     Proceeds from issuance of common stock and warrants, net

756,000


6,655,000

     Proceeds from convertible promissory note-related party

1,513,000


500,000

     Proceeds from exercise of pre-funded warrants

42,000


--





 Net cash provided by financing activities

4,096,000


7,127,000





Effects of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

--


(4,000)

Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

400,000


(1,293,000)





Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

3,400,000


3,513,000

Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

$3,800,000


$2,220,000





 


 

ThermoGenesis Holdings, Inc.

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income (Loss)

(Unaudited)




Three Months Ended
September 30,


Nine Months Ended
September 30,



2019


2018


2019


2018

Net loss


$(2,373,000)


$(2,764,000)


$(5,895,000)


$(33,646,000)










Deduct:









    Interest expense


(1,188,000)


(835,000)


(3,531,000)


(1,928,000)

   Loss on extinguishment of debt


(840,000)


--


(840,000)


--

   Fair value change of derivative instruments and other


(15,000)


6,000


(27,000)


529,000

   Benefit for income taxes


--


--


--


3,451,000

Loss from operations


$(330,000)


$(1,935,000)


$(1,497,000)


$(35,698,000)










Add:









   Depreciation and amortization


202,000


174,000


604,000


506,000

   Stock-based compensation expense


253,000


175,000


459,000


475,000

   Impairment of intangible asset


--


--


--


27,202,000

Adjusted EBITDA


$125,000


$(1,586,000)


$(434,000)


$(7,515,000)


Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock compensation and impairment of intangible assets.

 

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