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Calyxt Reports Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2017
[March 13, 2018]

Calyxt Reports Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2017


Calyxt, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLXT), a consumer-centric, food- and agriculture-focused company, today announced its results for the three-month period ended December 31, 2017 and for the year ended December 31, 2017.

Investor Call Details

Calyxt will host an investor call on March 14, 2018 at 8:00 am Eastern Time to discuss its financial results and provide a general business update.

The live dial-in information for the conference call is:

US & Canada only: 877-407-9747
International: 412-902-0044

In addition, a replay of the call will be available for 6 months following the conference by calling 877-660-6853 (Toll Free US & Canada); 201-612-7415 (Toll Free International). The archived webcast of this event may be accessed through the Calyxt website.

Webcast URL (Archived for 6 months): http://calyxt.equisolvewebcast.com/q4-2017

"At Calyxt, we are pioneering a business model as a specialty food ingredient company, based on our proprietary, industry-leading gene editing technology platform, called TALEN®. We have made tremendous progress in the commercial preparation of our High Oleic Soybean product by contracting over 11,500 acres with over 60 farmers as of March 13th. This is just our first product and we are thrilled by the pace of development and possibilities that gene editing brings to the agricultural space as a whole." Federico Tripodi, CEO Calyxt.

Corporate highlights

Planting Update - On Track for the Commercialization of High Oleic Soybeans

As of March 13th, Calyxt has contracted over 11,500 acres with 60 farmers in the Upper Midwest. Overall, these growers collectively farm over 125,000 acres, half of which are expected to produce soybeans. More than a quarter of the soybeans that are anticipated to be planted by these farmers consist of Calyxt's high-oleic variety.

Calyxt's recent partnership with Farmer's Business Network, Inc. (FBN) added to the distribution and grower base of Calyxt's identity-preserved high-oleic soybeans across the upper Midwest region, including South Dakota and Minnesota.

In December 2017, Calyxt launched the seed distribution and 2018 High Oleic Premium Grower Program with the Farmer Business Network. With access to a growing network of progressive farmers covering the entire U.S., we are building out our grower program with FBN.

On the food customer side, around 12 small to large food company customers are currently engaged across food services and food ingredient applications to test Calyxt's high oleic soybean oil.

Alfalfa Product Candidate Designated as Non-Regulated by USDA and two product candidates advanced from 'discovery' to 'phase 1' development

In October, Calyxt and S&W Seeds announced that Calyxt's first alfalfa product candidate has been designated by the USDA as a non-regulated article under the USDA APHIS's "Am I Regulated?" Process.

This improved quality alfalfa developed using Calyxt's proprietary gene editing technology TALEN® is Calyxt sixth product candidate to be confirmed as a non-regulated article by the USDA together with Calyxt's high oleic soybean, high oleic / low linolenic soybean, powdery mildew resistant wheat, cold storable potato and reduced browning potato.

Calyxt now has nine product candidates in Phase 1 development or higher across soybean, wheat, canola, potato and alfalfa crops. The two products most recently entering Phase 1 are herbicide-tolerant wheat, our third wheat product candidate, and improved oil composition canola, our first canola product candidate, which entered Phase 1 during the third quarter of 2017. We believe that canola and wheat represent major growth opportunities for Calyxt.

New concept-to-fork facility in Roseville, Minn., on track for completion in Spring 2018

Calyxt's new 11-acre concept-to-fork facility will house Calyxt's nearly 40,000-square-foot headquarters, state-of-the-art research labs and a test kitchen. The new facility is being constructed adjacent to Calyxt's recently completed 11,000+square-foot greenhouses and existing outdoor demonstration plots.

Financial Highlights

Cash and cash equivalents were $56.7 million at December 31, 2017. The highlight of 2017 was the successful initial public offering (IPO) in July, which provided $58 million of net proceeds after underwriter discounts and fees. Cellectis remains our majority shareholder with 79.7% of our common stock as of December 31, 2017. In September 2017, we completed a sale-leaseback transaction with respect to our Roseville, Minnesota headquarters and lab facilities, in which we received approximately $7 million for the sale of the property and entered into a lease agreement with an initial twenty-year term. We intend to continue to judiciously manage the use of cash and expect to have sufficient cash to fund the business through the mid-2019.

For the fourth quarter and full year of 2017, we had a net loss of $6.8 million and $26.0 million respectively. The net loss includes non-cash stock option expense related to grants from 2014 to 2017 for the fourth quarter and full year of $2.1 million and $12.1 million respectively. Our operating cash spend for the 12 months ending December 31, 2017 was $12.8 million or approximately $1.1 million per month.

Looking forward towards 2018, we anticipate that our operating cash spend will increase as we continue to expand our R&D team to advance key products in the portfolio and build out or commercial capabilities. For the first quarter of 2018, we project a cash burn rate in the range of $6.0 to $7.0 million. This increased cash spend reflects spending in the first half of 2018 on high oleic soybean seed production to support our Spring product launch, a continued expansion of our R&D team to advance key products in the portfolio and the build-out of our commercial capabilities.





 

Calyxt, Inc.
Balance Sheets

(expressed in thousands, except share data and per share data)
       
 

December 31,

 

2017

 

2016

 
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 56,664 $ 5,026
Trade accounts receivable - 110
Due from related parties 167 47
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   626   282
Total current assets 57,457 5,465
Property and equipment, net 14,353 10,994
Other long-term assets   357   164

Total assets

$ 72,167 $ 16,623

Liabilities and stockholders' equity

Current liabilities:
Due to related parties

$

1,350

$

1,712

Accounts payable 1,023 357
Accrued salaries, wages, and other compensation 945 332
Accrued liabilities 893 363
Deferred revenue   43   101
Total current liabilities 4,254 2,865
Non-current deferred revenue 289 639
Financing lease obligation   10,148   -
Total liabilities 14,691 3,504
Stockholders' equity:

Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 275,000,000 shares authorized, 27,718,780 and
19,600,000 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2017 and 2016,
respectively

3

2

Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued or
outstanding as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively

-

-

Additional paid-in capital

112,021

41,685

 

Accumulated deficit  

(54,548)

 

(28,568)

Total stockholders' equity   57,476   13,119
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 72,167 $ 16,623
 

 

Calyxt, Inc. Statements of
Operations

(expressed in thousands except shares outstanding and per share amounts)
     

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

2015

Revenue

$

508

 

$

399

 

$

1,272

 

Operating expenses:
Cost of revenue

-

 

200

751

Research and development 11,556 5,638 2,766
Selling, general and administrative   14,741   6,670   3,569
Total Operating expenses   26,297   12,508   7,086
Loss from operations

(25,789)

(12,109)

(5,814)

Interest expense

(1)

(5)

(261)

Foreign currency transaction (loss) gain  

(190)

  28   186
Loss before income taxes  

(25,980)

 

(12,086)

 

(5,889)

Income tax expense

 

-

 

-

 

-

Net loss

$

(25,980)

$

(12,086)

$

(5,889)

Basic and diluted loss per share

$

(1.12)

$

(0.62)

$

(0.88)

Weighted average shares outstanding-basic and diluted   23,153,661   19,600,000   6,725,740
 
 

Calyxt, Inc.

Statements of Stockholders' Equity

(expressed in thousands except shares outstanding)

           
 

Shares
Outstanding

Common
Stock

Additional
Paid (News - Alert)-In
Capital

Accumulated
Deficit

Total
Stockholders'
Equity
(Deficit)

Balances at January 1, 2015

2,450,000

$

-

$

  47

$

(10,483)

$

(10,436)

Issuance of common stock

-

-

-

-

-

Capital contributed to Parent

17,150,000

2

39,998

-

40,000

Dividend to parent

-

-

-

(110)

(110)

Stock options exercised

-

-

-

-

-

Stock-based compensation

-

-

692

-

692

Net loss

-

-

-

(5,889)

(5,889)

Balances at December 31, 2015

19,600,000

$

2

$

  40,737

$

(16,482)

$

24,257

Issuance of common stock

-

-

-

-

-

Stock options exercised

-

-

-

-

-

Stock-based compensation

-

-

948

-

948

Net loss

-

 

-

 

-

 

(12,086)

 

(12,086)

Balances at December 31, 2016

19,600,000

$

2

$

  41,685

$

(28,568)

$

13,119

Issuance of common stock 8,050,000

1

 

57,979 - 57,980
Stock options exercised 68,780 - 265 - 265
Stock-based compensation - - 12,092 - 12,092

Net loss

-

 

-

 

-

 

(25,980)

 

(25,980)

Balances at December 31, 2017

27,718,780

$

3

$

112,021

$

(54,548)

$

57,476

 
 

Calyxt, Inc. Statements of
Cash Flows (expressed in
thousands)

 
 

Year Ended December 31,

 

2017

   

2016

   

2015

Operating activities

Net loss (25,980) (12,086) (5,889)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:
Depreciation 551 345 147
Stock-based compensation 12,092 948 692
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Trade accounts receivable 110 107 25
Due to/from related parties (482) 1,702 (1,265)
Prepaid expenses and other assets (537) (387) 59
Accounts payable 665 53 (28)
Accrued salaries, wages and other compensation 613 88 93
Accrued liabilities 591 137 40
Deferred revenue   (408)     (144)     (565)
Net cash used in operating activities $ (12,785)   $ (9,237)   $ (6,691)

Investing activities

Purchases of property and equipment

 

(779)

   

(10,424)

   

(665)

Net cash used in investing activities

$

(779)

 

$

(10,424)

 

$

   (665)

Financing activities

Proceeds from common stock issuance

61,292

-

-

Costs incurred related to the issuance of stock

(3,312)

-

-

Capital contribution from Parent

-

-

30,000

Advances from Parent

3,000

-

2,050

Repayment of advances from Parent

(3,000)

-

(200)

Dividend to Parent

-

-

(110)

Proceeds from the exercise of stock option

265

-

-

Cash received for land and other improvements as a part of the financing
lease obligation

 

6,957

 

-

 

-

Net cash provided by financing activities

$

65,202

$

-

$

31,740

Net increase (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

51,638

(19,661)

24,384

Cash and cash equivalents-beginning of period

 

5,026

 

24,687

 

303

Cash and cash equivalents-end of period

$

56,664

$

   5,026

$

24,687

Supplemental cash flow information

Interest paid

$

200

$

5

$

261

Supplemental non-cash investing and financing transactions

Property and equipment included in financing lease obligation

$

   3,130

$

-

$

-

 

About Calyxt

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).

For further information please visit our website: www.calyxt.com
Calyxt™ and the corporate logo are trademarks owned by Calyxt, Inc.
TALEN® is a registered trademark owned by the Cellectis S.A.

Calyxt Forward-Looking Statements

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