MINNEAPOLIS & ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Calyxt, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLXT), a consumer-centric, food- and agriculture-focused company, today announced its results for the three-month period and the first half period ended June 30, 2018.
The first half of 2018 saw significant growth of the Company’s lead product candidate, a non-GMO, high-oleic soybean variety, designed to yield soybean oil with over 80% oleic oil content that is completely trans fat free. With over 17,000 acres planted, Calyxt surpassed its initial goal of 12,000 acres, with over 90% of existing farmers re-planting. With the commercial launch of this product in the US later this year, Calyxt is well positioned within the industry, following the FDA ban on all trans fats in the U.S. going into effect in 2018. Calyxt also welcomes the recently unveiled World Health Organization’s plan to remove all trans fats worldwide from the food chain by 2023.
The recent move into its new state-of-the-art, farm-to-kitchen facility enables Calyxt to accelerate and expand its product pipeline, with a continued focus on a variety of pressing health- and agronomic needs.
High-Oleic Soybean Update:
- We successfully completed planting over 17,000 acres with 78 growers. In spite of a wet spring this year, some farmers were still able to plant early. Certain growing regions in our grower network have seen more than average rainfall this year.
- Over 90% of existing farmers signed up to re-plant Calyxt high-oleic soybeans this year. Furthermore, on average, repeat farmers doubled their Calyxt acres year over year.
- Our field agronomists are providing in-season technical support to farmers growing Calyxt high-oleic soybean variety so that growers have a positive experience and optimize their farming operations for Calyxt variety.
- Overall crop quality looks good to excellent.
- ~20 small to large food company customers engaged across food services and food ingredient applications which includes frying (such as chips and French fries), frying meats, both salty and healthy snacks, baking, nut butter and meat replacement products.
- Calyxt’s high-fiber wheat and improved quality alfalfa product candidates have advanced to phase II, moving into field-testing.
- Calyxt has used its proprietary gene editing technology, TALEN®, to produce a small, precise deletion in the wheat genome, an outcome similar to what occurs in nature, to develop its high-fiber wheat product. Calyxt’s high-fiber white flour contains more than three times the amount of dietary fiber than in commodity white flour. A single serving of Calyxt’s high-fiber wheat flour could provide more than 100 percent of the recommended daily value.
- Calyxt’s improved quality alfalfa targets a reduction in the lignin content of the plant, thus potentially improving its digestibility for animal nutrition. This allows for improved fiber digestibility for the animal, resulting in better animal health, increased milk production and weight gain for beef cattle, as well as more sustainable animal farming
- Calyxt announced the successful transfer of improved quality alfalfa seed and plants developed by Calyxt at its research and development facility to S&W Seeds for field evaluation and testing. The collaboration between Calyxt and S&W is focused on providing enhanced traits in alfalfa that can drive improved productivity, while decreasing input costs to meet the growing global demand for improved quality alfalfa seeds.
Regulatory & IP:
- Bayer CropScience agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by Calyxt in the Delaware Chancery Court. Bayer will destroy any technology, related product and confidential information covered by a 2013 License Agreement, and will permanently abandon patent applications that are based on or include data related to the covered technology. This settlement confirms Bayer and its subsidiaries have no access to Calyxt technology or intellectual property.
- Calyxt’s high-fiber wheat and improved quality alfalfa products have been declared non-regulated articles in March 2018 and October 2017, respectively, under the Biotechnology Regulatory Services’ “Am I Regulated?” process of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). These products are two of a total of seven Calyxt products that have been deemed non-regulated by the USDA, including powdery mildew-resistant wheat, high-oleic soybeans, high-oleic / low-linolenic soybeans, cold storable potatoes and reduced browning potatoes.
Completion of New Facility:
- We completed our move to our new facility in June and decommissioning of our old facility was completed.
- Our new facility will provide a framework for automation and super-charging our capabilities to make products in the near future, as well as food company ingredient support capabilities as we launch our high-oleic soybean oil.
- On May 22, 2018, Calyxt completed an upsized follow-on offering of its common stock for $60.9M in gross proceeds.
- Calyxt sold 4,057,500 shares of common stock at $15.00 per share, including 457,500 shares pursuant to the exercise in full, of the underwriters’ option to purchase additional shares and 550,000 shares purchased by Cellectis at $15.00 per share.
- With a cash balance of $105.6 million at June 30, 2018, we anticipate to have sufficient cash to fund the business until late 2020.
Cash and cash equivalents were $105.6 million at June 30, 2018. We intend to continue to judiciously manage the use of cash and expect to have sufficient cash to fund the business until late 2020. Cellectis remains our majority shareholder with 70.24% of our common stock as of June 30, 2018.
Pursuant to the follow-on offering, in aggregate, the Company received net proceeds of approximately $57.0 million, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions of $3.2 million and offering expenses totaling approximately $0.7 million. As part of the follow-on offering, Cellectis purchased 550,000 shares of common stock for a value of $8.3 million, the proceeds of which are included in the net proceeds of approximately $57.0 million.
For the three months ended June 30, 2018, we incurred losses from operations of $7.6 million and used net cash in operating activities of $2.3 million. For the six months ended June 30, 2018, we incurred losses from operations of $11.9 million and used net cash in operating activities of $8.8 million. The first semester cash spend includes spending on high-oleic soybean seed production to support our Spring 2018 planting of high-oleic soybeans.
Looking forward for the rest of 2018, we anticipate that our operating cash spend will be in the range of $2.0 to $2.2 million per month excluding working capital for grain purchases in the later part of 2018. Cash will be used to expand our R&D team to advance key products in the portfolio and continue to build our commercial capabilities.
Condensed Balance Sheets
(Amounts in Thousands, Except Share Data and Per Share Data)
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||105,620||$||56,664|
|Trade accounts receivable||—||—|
|Due from related parties||102||167|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||1,475||626|
|Total current assets||107,197||57,457|
|Property and equipment, net||21,337||14,353|
|Other long-term assets||307||357|
|Liabilities and stockholders’ equity|
|Due to related parties||$||1,337||$||1,350|
|Accrued salaries, wages, and other compensation||627||945|
|Current deferred revenue||9||43|
|Total current liabilities||5,042||4,254|
|Non-current deferred revenue||116||289|
|Finance lease obligations and other long term liabilities||17,444||10,148|
|Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 275,000,000 shares authorized, 32,336,106· and 27,718,780 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively||3||3|
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized, no
issued or outstanding as of June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively
|Additional paid-in capital||172,730||112,021|
|Total stockholders’ equity||106,239||57,476|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||128,841||$||72,167|
Condensed Statements of Operations
(Amounts in Thousands except Shares Outstanding and Per Share Amounts)
Three Months Ended
Six Months Ended
|Cost of revenue||—||—||—||—|
|Research and development||3,093||1,453||4,186||2,719|
|Selling, general, and administrative||4,595||2,010||7,809||3,588|
|Total operating expenses||7,688||3,463||11,995||6,307|
|Loss from operations||(7,492||)||(3,240||)||(11,788||)||(6,029||)|
|Interest expense, net||(72||)||(30||)||(140||)||(44||)|
|Foreign currency transaction loss||(12||)||(125||)||(18||)||(154||)|
|Loss before income taxes||(7,576||)||(3,395||)||(11,946||)||(6,227||)|
|Income tax expense||—||—||—||—|
|Basic and diluted loss per share||$||(0.25||)||$||(0.17||)||$||(0.41||)||$||(0.32||)|
|Weighted average shares outstanding—basic and diluted||29,840,827||19,600,000||28,851,491||19,600,000|
Condensed Statement of Stockholders’ Equity
(Amounts in Thousands except Shares Outstanding)
|Balances at December 31, 2017||27,718,780||$||3||$||112,021||$||(54,548||)||$||57,476|
|Common shares issued upon exercise of options and other||559,826||1,241||1,241|
|Issuance of common stock||4,057,500||-||57,041||57,041|
|Balances at June 30, 2018 (unaudited)||32,336,106||$||3||$||172,730||$||(66,494||)||$||106,239|
Condensed Statements of Cash Flows
(Amounts in Thousands)
Six Months Ended
|Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:|
|Unrealized transaction gain (loss) on related party activity||6||(156||)|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities:|
|Trade accounts receivable||-||110|
|Due to/from related parties||47||1,213|
|Prepaid expenses and other assets||(799||)||(448||)|
|Accrued salaries, wages, and other compensation||(318||)||10|
|Net cash used in operating activities||(8,828||)||(4,063||)|
|Purchases of property and equipment, net||(498||)||(608||)|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(498||)||(608||)|
|Advance from Parent||-||3,000|
|Costs incurred related to the issuance of stock||(665||)||(834||)|
|Proceeds from common stock issuance||57,706||-|
|Proceeds from the exercise of stock options||1,241||-|
|Net cash provided by financing activities||58,282||2,166|
|Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents||48,956||(2,505||)|
|Cash and cash equivalents—beginning of period||56,664||5,026|
|Cash and cash equivalents—end of period||$||105,620||$||2,521|
|Supplemental cash flow information|
|Supplemental non-cash investing and financing transactions:|
|Property and equipment included in financing lease obligation||$||7,096||$||-|
|Offering costs in accounts payable and accrued liabilities||$||445||$||1,269|
Calyxt, Inc. is a consumer-centric, food- and agriculture-focused company. Calyxt is pioneering a paradigm shift to deliver healthier food ingredients, such as healthier oils and high fiber wheat, for consumers and crop traits that benefit the environment and reduce pesticide applications, such as disease tolerance, for farmers. Calyxt develops non-transgenic crops leveraging processes that occur in nature by combining its leading gene-editing technology and technical expertise with its innovative commercial strategy. Calyxt is located in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, and is listed on the Nasdaq market (ticker: CLXT).
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