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AquaBounty Technologies Announces Third Quarter Financial Results
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AquaBounty Technologies Announces Third Quarter Financial Results

MAYNARD, Mass., Nov. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AQB) (“AquaBounty” or the “Company”), a land-based aquaculture company utilizing technology to enhance productivity and sustainability, today announced the Company’s financial results for the third quarter and nine-months ended September 30, 2022.

Third Quarter and Year-to-Date 2022 Highlights and Recent Developments

  • Generated $653 thousand in product revenue in the third quarter, a year-over-year increase of 44% as compared to $455 thousand in the third quarter of 2021. In the nine-month period ended September 30, 2022, product revenue totaled $2.7 million, a year-over-year increase of 255% as compared to $0.8 million in 2021.
  • Net loss in the third quarter totaled $5.4 million, as compared to $6.9 million in the third quarter of 2021. In the nine-month period ended September 30, 2022, net loss totaled $16.1 million, as compared to $16.3 million in 2021.
  • Construction activities for the Pioneer, Ohio farm site continue to progress – supported by the recent receipt of a new Withdrawal and Consumptive Use Permit, enabling expanded water access to support future farming operations.
  • Received approval from the Board of the Toledo Lucas County Port Authority to increase the amount of bonds for the construction of the Pioneer, Ohio farm up to $425 million.
  • Cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities and restricted cash totaled $128.0 million as of September 30, 2022, as compared to $191.2 million as of December 31, 2021.

Management Commentary

“Throughout the third quarter, AquaBounty continued to see strong demand for our salmon from seafood distributor customers,” said Sylvia Wulf, Chief Executive Officer of AquaBounty. “We once again sold everything we could produce, which combined with improvements in our yields, drove a 44% year-over-year increase in third quarter revenues to $653 thousand. Additionally, our production operations are seeing the benefit of the salmon biology expertise that comes from the scientists and technicians throughout our organization. Their understanding of the interaction between salmon biology and the RAS environment in which our fish grow has enabled us to begin to increase our production efficiency and reduce mortality risk at our Indiana farm, which is realized through increased harvest yields. These learnings are reflected in our harvest success to-date and have been critical to identifying process and design improvements for our future farm in Pioneer, Ohio.

“Turning to our property in Pioneer, Ohio – we are pleased with construction progress to-date and we achieved another critical milestone during the quarter with the receipt of a new Withdrawal and Consumptive Use Permit from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. This key water permit authorizes water withdrawal of up to 5.25 million gallons per day, providing the expanded water access needed to fully support the farm’s future operations. We mentioned previously that our cost estimates for the farm’s construction were increasing above our target, due to the historic inflation that is gripping the economy. We therefore set about to conduct a thorough and detailed evaluation of the project scope, relevant economic trends and market costs. Through this process, we have determined that the current design of the farm will require more than $320 million to construct. However, we have also determined that the current design of the farm can support a production level above 10,000 metric tons.

“With the progress made on the farm design and updated cost estimates, we are again moving forward with the planned bond financing, and we have resumed our efforts with Wells Fargo Corporate and Investment Banking. In order to mitigate the increase in the construction cost estimate and the impact of rising interest rates, we have received approval from the Board of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority to increase the amount of the bond offering up to $425 million. We are now moving forward with an updated timeline reflecting the larger bond offering, with the expectation of closing the bond financing in the first quarter of 2023.

“Looking ahead into 2023, we believe the need for land-based salmon that is farmed efficiently, sustainably and profitably will continue to rise as consumers opt for cleaner proteins that take the pressure off fully fished or overfished fisheries. With ongoing market validation, the scale-up of harvests and sales at our Indiana farm, and construction at the Ohio farm all well underway, we are very optimistic for our shared future and progress in the months ahead,” concluded Wulf.

About AquaBounty

At AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AQB), we believe we are a leader in land-based aquaculture leveraging decades of technology expertise to deliver disruptive solutions that address food insecurity and climate change issues. We are committed to feeding the world efficiently, sustainably and profitably. AquaBounty provides fresh Atlantic salmon to nearby markets by raising its fish in carefully monitored land-based fish farms through a safe, secure and sustainable process. The Company’s land-based Recirculating Aquaculture System (“RAS”) farms, located in Indiana, United States and Prince Edward Island, Canada, are close to key consumption markets and are designed to prevent disease and to include multiple levels of fish containment to protect wild fish populations. AquaBounty is raising nutritious salmon that is free of antibiotics and contaminants and provides a solution resulting in a reduced carbon footprint and no risk of pollution to marine ecosystems as compared to traditional sea-cage farming. For more information on AquaBounty, please visit www.aquabounty.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including regarding the anticipated size of AquaBounty’s proposed facility in Ohio; the timing and size of the contemplated bond financing; production capacity; timing of construction, permits, regulatory approvals; anticipated water withdrawal and consumption; sustainability claims; technological capabilities; cost of construction; amount to be invested in the project; future revenue streams; pricing and profitability. The forward-looking statements in this press release are neither promises nor guarantees, and you should not place undue reliance on these statements because they involve significant risks and uncertainties about AquaBounty. AquaBounty may use words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “project,” “intend,” “slated to,” “plan,” “aim,” “believe,” “seek,” “estimate,” “can,” “focus,” “will,” “may,” the negative forms of these words and similar expressions to identify such forward-looking statements. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are risks relating to, among other things, whether AquaBounty and its partners will consummate the proposed bond financing; the final terms of the financing, market and other conditions; the satisfaction of closing conditions; the impact of the bond offering on AquaBounty’s financial condition, credit rating and stock price; whether AquaBounty will need to and be able to raise additional equity capital; whether AquaBounty will be able to service the bond commitments, be able to secure required regulatory approvals and permits, be able to profitably construct and operate the Pioneer, Ohio farm; AquaBounty’s business and financial condition, and the impact of general economic, public health, industry or political conditions in the United States and internationally. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof, and, except as required by law, AquaBounty undertakes no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements. For additional information regarding these and other risks faced by us, please refer to our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), available on the Investors section of our website at www.aquabounty.com and on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the bonds described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these bonds in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

Company Contact:
AquaBounty Technologies
Dave Conley
Corporate Communications
(613) 294-3078

Media Contact:
Vince McMorrow
Fahlgren Mortine
(614) 906-1671
vince.mcmorrow@Fahlgren.com

Investor Relations:
Lucas A. Zimmerman
MZ Group – MZ North America
(949) 259-4987
AQB@mzgroup.us 

AquaBounty Technologies, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)

    September 30,     December 31,
  2022   2021
Assets          
Current assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents $ 127,008,620     $ 88,454,988  
Marketable securities         101,773,781  
Inventory   2,104,251       1,259,910  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   4,041,029       1,536,484  
Total current assets   133,153,900       193,025,163  
           
Property, plant and equipment, net   88,002,701       33,815,119  
Right of use assets, net   238,699       284,320  
Intangible assets, net   221,565       231,842  
Restricted cash   1,000,000       1,000,000  
Other assets   68,343       79,548  
Total assets $ 222,685,208     $ 228,435,992  
           
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity          
Current liabilities:          
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 15,544,254     $ 4,317,615  
Accrued employee compensation   764,748       874,589  
Current debt   709,597       627,365  
Other current liabilities   36,706       66,269  
Total current liabilities   17,055,305       5,885,838  
           
Long-term lease obligations   204,396       224,058  
Long-term debt, net   7,617,173       8,523,333  
Total liabilities   24,876,874       14,633,229  
           
Commitments and contingencies          
           
Stockholders’ equity:          
Common stock, $0.001 par value, 150,000,000 and 80,000,000 shares authorized at          
September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively; 71,110,713 and 71,025,738          
shares outstanding at September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively   71,111       71,026  
Additional paid-in capital   385,279,809       384,852,107  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (589,909 )     (255,588 )
Accumulated deficit   (186,952,677 )     (170,864,782 )
Total stockholders’ equity   197,808,334       213,802,763  
           
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 222,685,208     $ 228,435,992  

AquaBounty Technologies, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
(Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
  2022     2021     2022     2021  
Revenues                      
Product revenues $ 653,432     $ 455,397     $ 2,686,019     $ 757,162  
                       
Costs and expenses                      
Product costs   3,518,296       4,311,003       10,044,092       7,713,254  
Sales and marketing   186,393       201,838       783,882       1,069,354  
Research and development   220,598       580,346       596,079       1,512,339  
General and administrative   2,264,755       2,177,153       7,472,921       6,541,621  
Total costs and expenses   6,190,042       7,270,340       18,896,974       16,836,568  
                       
Operating loss   (5,536,610 )     (6,814,943 )     (16,210,955 )     (16,079,406 )
                       
Other income (expense)                      
Interest expense   (72,313 )     (79,489 )     (222,295 )     (238,503 )
Other income, net   168,796       29,593       345,355       63,442  
Total other income (expense)   96,483       (49,896 )     123,060       (175,061 )
                       
Net loss $ (5,440,127 )   $ (6,864,839 )   $ (16,087,895 )   $ (16,254,467 )
                       
Other comprehensive (loss) income:                      
Foreign currency translation (loss) gain   (303,725 )     (136,670 )     (374,422 )     9,293  
Unrealized gain on marketable securities   32,370       6,132       40,101       15,102  
Total other comprehensive (loss) income   (271,355 )     (130,538 )     (334,321 )     24,395  
                       
Comprehensive loss $ (5,711,482 )   $ (6,995,377 )   $ (16,422,216 )   $ (16,230,072 )
                       
                       
Basic and diluted net loss per share $ (0.08 )   $ (0.10 )   $ (0.23 )   $ (0.24 )
Weighted average number of Common Shares –                      
basic and diluted   71,070,196       71,025,738       71,047,999       68,889,650  

AquaBounty Technologies, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)

  Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2022     2021  
Operating activities          
Net loss $ (16,087,895 )   $ (16,254,467 )
Adjustment to reconcile net loss to net cash used in          
operating activities:          
Depreciation and amortization   1,501,381       1,308,062  
Share-based compensation   426,249       305,653  
Other non-cash charge   18,997       12,993  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:          
Inventory   (857,331 )     303,767  
Prepaid expenses and other assets   (2,475,197 )     (794,573 )
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   (369,254 )     13,040  
Accrued employee compensation   (109,841 )     (5,767 )
Net cash used in operating activities   (17,952,891 )     (15,111,292 )
           
Investing activities          
Purchases of and deposits on property, plant and equipment   (44,882,996 )     (4,160,370 )
Maturities of marketable securities   149,435,173       23,810,038  
Purchases of marketable securities   (47,621,291 )     (103,457,168 )
Other investing activities   12,500       (11,010 )
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   56,943,386       (83,818,510 )
           
Financing activities          
Proceeds from issuance of debt   42,338       606,453  
Repayment of term debt   (478,870 )     (119,527 )
Proceeds from the issuance of common stock, net         119,120,437  
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options and warrants   1,538       1,723,846  
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities   (434,994 )     121,331,209  
           
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash   (1,869 )     27,086  
Net change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash   38,553,632       22,428,493  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period   89,454,988       96,251,160  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period $ 128,008,620     $ 118,679,653  
           
Reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash reported          
in the consolidated balance sheet:          
Cash and cash equivalents $ 127,008,620     $ 118,179,653  
Restricted cash   1,000,000       500,000  
Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash $ 128,008,620     $ 118,679,653  
           
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information and non-cash transactions:          
Interest paid in cash $ 209,666     $ 224,595  
Property and equipment included in accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 14,496,747     $ 206,423  

 

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