Arcadia Biosciences Announces Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2018 Financial Results and Business Highlights
—Company delivers regulatory, scientific and commercial progress in four crops, and launches new strategy in cannabis—
“2018 was a transformative year for Arcadia, as we delivered significant
regulatory, commercial and scientific advancements in wheat, soy, tomato
and safflower,” said Raj Ketkar. “We are now well positioned in 2019 to
apply our years of expertise to a new crop – cannabis – with the
formation of Arcadia Specialty Genomics. This new strategic business
unit, headed by
“This is a natural evolution of our business, consistent with Arcadia’s focus as a consumer-driven agricultural technology company, developing and commercializing innovative food ingredients, nutritional oils and products that improve crop productivity, nutritional quality and value,” Ketkar said.
2018 Operating and Business Highlights
- GoodWheat™ Portfolio of Branded Specialty Wheats. In Q1 of 2018, Arcadia launched its GoodWheat brand of wheat ingredients that add value to the entire wheat value chain, from seed to table, by enabling a wider range of choices to meet evolving consumer demands. The platform includes Arcadia’s current and future non-GM wheat portfolio of high fiber Resistant Starch (RS) and Reduced Gluten (RG) wheat varieties, as well as future wheat innovations.
- Key Technical Milestones Achieved with High Fiber, Resistant Starch GoodWheat. Arcadia achieved key technical milestones in its high fiber, RS wheat lines in 2018. Arcadia’s RS wheat varieties contain 94 percent amylose, compared to 25 to 30 percent in traditional wheat. Increased levels of amylose correspond to higher levels of resistant starch, which has been proven to deliver significant health benefits. These same wheat varieties deliver levels of total dietary fiber high enough to meet the FDA’s threshold for “Good Source” of fiber and “High in Fiber” designations on consumer packaging. These new non-GM wheat varieties, naturally high in fiber, will help satisfy consumers’ demands for healthier, clean-label ingredients in their favorite wheat-based foods.
- Reduced Gluten Wheat Added to GoodWheat Portfolio. Arcadia added new Reduced Gluten wheat to the GoodWheat portfolio, a non-GM, patent-pending, identity preserved specialty wheat in which allergenic glutens have been reduced by 70 percent while the levels of glutens important for baking are not changed. With the growing number of consumers making a conscious effort to reduce gluten in their diets, Arcadia’s RG wheat represents a rich and untapped opportunity for specialty products and unique brand extensions.
- Industry Veterans Hired to Build Commercial
Capabilities and Supply Chain Partnerships. Arcadia hired two
agricultural biotech industry veterans to build its commercial
Sarah Reiterjoined as chief commercial officer, and Grant Aldridgejoined as head of commercial development to help build out the GoodWheat supply chain. Each of them has over 20 years of expertise in agronomic breeding, seed production and commercial development.
- US Patent Received for Extended Shelf Life Wheat. Arcadia was granted a U.S. patent for its Extended Shelf Life Wheat technology which extends the storage life of whole wheat flour by minimizing oxidation. This new trait was designed to promote whole wheat consumption by improving the shelf life and taste of whole grain wheat products.
- Partnership with Ardent Mills to Develop and
Commercialize Innovative Wheat Traits. Arcadia announced a
collaboration with Ardent Mills, the leading flour-milling and
ingredient company in
North America, to develop and commercialize innovative wheat varieties. The first project in this partnership will focus on extending the shelf life of whole wheat flour products to improve taste, reduce waste and positively impact health outcomes by increasing the consumption of whole grains.
- Verdeca General Manager Hired to Prepare for HB4
Commercialization. Arcadia’s joint venture with
Bioceres Crop Solutions Corporation, Verdeca, hired Martin Mariani Ventura, a seasoned agriculture executive with over 20 years of experience in marketing and commercialization of new products, as General Manager.
- Regulatory Approval for HB4 Drought Tolerance
Trait Stacked with Herbicide Tolerance. Verdeca received
Argentinafor its HB4 drought tolerant trait stacked with herbicide tolerant traits in soybeans. The approval allows Verdeca to incorporate tolerance to both glyphosate and glufosinate-ammonium into the trait and expands the addressable acres for HB4 technology in South America.
- HB4 Drought Tolerant Soybean Trials in
ArgentinaDemonstrate Efficacy in Drought Conditions. During the 2017-18 field trial season in Argentina, HB4 Drought Tolerant soybeans showed improved yields under drought conditions in elite breeding lines. More than 50 million of the world’s soybean hectares are grown in Argentinaand Brazil, a region that has experienced significant drought conditions in recent years. Verdeca estimates that 30 percent of these hectares are the addressable market for the HB4 trait.
- Extended Shelf Life Tomato Achieves Key Milestone.
Arcadia reached a technical milestone with partner Shriram Bioseed in
Indiafor Extended Shelf Life tomatoes. This non-GM trait is bred to fully ripen on the vine yet remain durable enough to survive the packing and shipping process, reducing post harvest damage and costly waste. This milestone demonstrates Arcadia’s ability to innovate novel traits in crops that add value for growers and other stakeholders in the supply chain.
- Double-Digit Yield Increases Demonstrated in Stacked Traits in Rice. Three of Arcadia’s abiotic stress traits stacked together demonstrated double digit yield increases in rice in two crop seasons of field trials. Multiple lines carrying the nitrogen use efficiency (NUE), water use efficiency (WUE) and salinity tolerance (ST) traits outperformed control lines by an average of 25 percent under limiting nitrogen applications, when measured for yield.
$24MRaised in Financing. During 2018, Arcadia raised a total of $24Min financing, through a private placement (PIPE) financing and a registered direct offering. These funds will be used to support commercialization activities for its portfolio of health and nutrition products.
Q1 Achievements and Strategic Outlook
- New Business Unit Dedicated to Cannabis.
February 2019, Arcadia launched Arcadia Specialty Genomics, to leverage the company’s years of plant science, industry and regulatory expertise, offering value-added capabilities for rapid growth in cannabis-based functional ingredients. This dedicated business unit will develop a proprietary germplasm estate and traits for license to cultivators, and for products serving the nutraceutical and food industries. These innovations are made possible through a proprietary approach combining conventional breeding, TILLING and gene editing. Matt Plavan, Arcadia’s CFO, will lead the business unit as president of Arcadia Specialty Genomics.
- Licensed to Grow Hemp in
Hawaii. Hawaii’s Department of Agriculturerecently granted Arcadia Biosciencesa license for their Industrial Hemp Pilot Program. With this license, Arcadia Specialty Genomics can begin its research and cultivation immediately, and plans are already underway to begin planting in April.
- First Sales of GoodWheat expected in 2019. Arcadia’s focus will continue on building and expanding partnerships throughout the wheat supply chain with growers, seed companies, millers and food companies. The first product in the GoodWheat portfolio, Resistant Starch wheat, is anticipated to be commercially available in 2019, so these partnerships will be key to launching innovative wheat ingredients and forming the foundation of a long-term, sustainable business.
|Arcadia Biosciences, Inc.|
($ in thousands)
|Three months ended Dec 31||Twelve months ended Dec 31|
|Total Operating Expenses||4,798||4,428||(370||)||(8||%)||18,334||18,341||7||0||%|
|Loss From Operations||(4,354||)||(3,000||)||(1,354||)||(45||%)||(16,870||)||(14,315||)||(2,555||)||(18||%)|
|Net Loss Attributable to Common Stockholders||(646||)||(2,960||)||2,314||78||%||(13,480||)||(15,707||)||2,227||14||%|
Arcadia’s revenues in 2018 reflect the impact of the company’s transformation from a predominately research and licensing business model to a one of a consumer products health and ingredients model. As a result, revenues from its legacy R&D business model wound down during the year, and forward expectations for the onset and scale up of new revenues from nutritional ingredient products over the next nine to 18 months remain unchanged.
In the fourth quarter of 2018, revenues were
In the fourth quarter of 2018, operating expenses were
Net Loss Attributable to Common Stockholders
Net loss attributable to common stockholders for the fourth quarter of
The annual loss for 2018 includes non-cash income of
The annual loss for 2017 includes a loss on extinguishment of debt in
the amount of
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|Arcadia Biosciences, Inc.|
|Consolidated Balance Sheets|
(In thousands, except share data)
|As of December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||11,998||$||9,125|
|Inventories — current||181||229|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||704||560|
|Total current assets||22,876||15,047|
|Property and equipment, net||395||299|
|Inventories — noncurrent||746||1,168|
|Other noncurrent assets||7||56|
|Liabilities and stockholders’ equity|
|Accounts payable and accrued expenses||$||2,645||$||2,496|
|Amounts due to related parties||29||29|
|Unearned revenue — current||96||1,000|
|Other current liabilities||284||-|
|Total current liabilities||3,054||3,525|
|Unearned revenue — noncurrent||-||2,038|
|Common stock warrant liabilities||5,083||—|
|Other noncurrent liabilities||3,072||3,000|
|Common stock, $0.001 par value—150,000,000 shares authorized as of December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017; 4,774,919 and 2,134,154 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.||45||42|
|Additional paid-in capital||191,136||175,223|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||-||(1||)|
|Total stockholders’ equity||12,815||8,007|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||24,024||$||16,570|
|Arcadia Biosciences, Inc.|
|Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss|
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
|Year Ended December 31,|
|Contract research and government grants||657||2,042|
|Cost of product revenues||661||283|
|Research and development||6,069||7,407|
|Selling, general and administrative||11,604||10,651|
|Total operating expenses||18,334||18,341|
|Loss from operations||(16,870||)||(14,315||)|
|Other income, net||394||281|
|Initial loss on common stock warrant and common stock adjustment feature liabilities||(4,000||)||—|
|Change in fair value of common stock warrant and common stock adjustment feature liabilities||9,561||—|
|Loss on extinguishment of debt||—||(900||)|
|Net loss before income taxes||(13,470||)||(15,681||)|
|Income tax provision||(10||)||(26||)|
|Net loss attributable to common stockholders||$||(13,480||)||$||(15,707||)|
|Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders:|
|Basic and diluted||$||(3.58||)||$||(7.28||)|
|Weighted-average number of shares used in per share calculations:|
|Basic and diluted||3,766,419||2,156,201|
|Other comprehensive income, net of tax|
|Unrealized gains on available-for-sale securities||—||18|
|Other comprehensive income||—||18|
|Comprehensive loss attributable to common stockholders||$||(13,480||)||$||(15,689||)|
Arcadia Biosciences, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
|Year Ended December 31,|
|CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:|
|Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash used in operating activities:|
|Initial loss on common stock warrant and common stock adjustment feature liabilities||4,000||—|
|Change in fair value of common stock warrant and common stock adjustment feature liabilities||(9,561||)||—|
|Gain on disposal of equipment||(3||)||(1||)|
|Net amortization of investment premium and discount||(193||)||(89||)|
|Loss on sale of investments||—||2|
|Accretion of debt discount||—||98|
|Loss on extinguishment of debt||—||900|
|Write down of inventory||310||—|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities:|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||(151||)||324|
|Other noncurrent assets||—||11|
|Accounts payable and accrued expenses||176||87|
|Amounts due to related parties||(1||)||(1||)|
|Other current liabilities||25||—|
|Other noncurrent liabilities||72||—|
|Net cash used in operating activities||(13,631||)||(13,965||)|
|CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:|
|Proceeds from sale of property and equipment||10||4|
|Purchases of property and equipment||(250||)||(79||)|
|Purchases of investments||(29,885||)||(19,405||)|
|Proceeds from sales and maturities of investments||24,150||66,658|
|Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities||(5,975||)||47,178|
|CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:|
|Proceeds from issuance of common stock and warrants under Purchase Agreement||10,000||—|
|Payments of offering costs relating to Purchase Agreement||(1,308||)||—|
|Proceeds from issuance of common stock and warrants from June Offering||14,000||—|
|Payments of offering costs relating to June Offering||(1,182||)||—|
|Payments of debt extinguishment costs||—||(1,125||)|
|Proceeds from exercise of stock options and purchases through ESPP||969||24|
|Payments on notes payable||—||(25,000||)|
|Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities||22,479||(26,101||)|
|Net increase in cash and cash equivalents||2,873||7,112|
|Cash and cash equivalents — beginning of period||9,125||2,013|
|Cash and cash equivalents — end of period||$||11,998||$||9,125|
|SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION:|
|Cash paid for interest||$||—||$||746|
|Cash paid for income taxes||$||34||$||2|
|Offering costs in accounts payable and accrued expenses at end of period||$||23||$||50|
|Common stock warrants issued to placement agent and included in offering costs related to Purchase Agreement||$||526||$||—|
|Common stock warrants issued to placement agent and included in offering costs related to June Offering||$||239||$||—|
|Proceeds from sale of fixed assets included in prepaid expenses and other current assets||$||—||$||7|
|Reclassification of unearned revenue to other short term liabilities||$||259||$||—|
|Reclassification of common stock adjustment feature liability balance to equity||$||8,378||$||—|
|Exchange of membership interest in unconsolidated entity for common stock||$||—||$||2|