Company announces plans for hemp seed sales, highlights first GoodWheat™ sales commitments and USDA approval of HB4® soybeans

DAVIS, Calif. (Nov. 6, 2019) – Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: RKDA), a leader in science-based approaches to enhancing the quality and nutritional content of crops, today released its financial results and business highlights for the third quarter and first nine months of 2019.

“We achieved important progress during the third quarter in both product commercialization and continuing research and development in each of our three strategic crop categories – hemp, wheat and soy,” said Matthew Plavan, president and CEO. “We continue to lay the foundations for rapid revenue growth, across multiple product lines in 2020 and beyond, with notable acceleration of our hemp genetic innovations to enhance the enterprise value of our growing germplasm estate.”

Last week, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued their interim final rule for hemp production. This long-awaited guidance further codifies the contents of the 2018 Farm Bill and is the next step forward for the expansion of legal hemp cultivation in the United States.

With this new ruling, states must mandate procedures for testing hemp crops for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound, and disposing of “hot” crops that exceed 0.3% THC.

“Now that the THC content of U.S. hemp crops will be closely monitored by the USDA, the hemp research we have underway in Hawaii and California is more valuable than ever,” said Plavan. “We are bringing modern breeding science and genomics technology to develop high-quality non-GM hemp varieties with improved uniformity, stability, resiliency and yield, enabling farmers to maximize the value and profitability of this newly-legal crop.”

Plavan continued, “As an agricultural technology company accustomed to working within USDA and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulated sectors, we welcome these rules, which enable us to move forward with our plans for both cannabidiol (CBD) production and hemp germplasm improvement.”

Earlier this year, Arcadia gave guidance for significant revenue generation over the next two years, projected to exceed $10 million in 2020 and $30 million in 2021. Based upon this revenue growth, the company expects to generate net cash from operating activity by mid to late 2021, with sustained profitability thereafter.

“We are working hard every day to bring consumers new and improved healthy food options, while maintaining a single-minded focus: profitable growth.”

Recent Operating and Business Highlights

Arcadia launches Archipelago Ventures, Hawaiian hemp joint venture. In Q3, Arcadia launched a strategic joint venture with Legacy Ventures Hawaii to grow, extract and sell superior sun-grown hemp. The partnership, Archipelago™ Ventures, joins Arcadia’s extensive genetic expertise, resources and cultivation facility in Hawaii with the proven extraction and commercial capabilities of Legacy and its partner Vapen CBD. The result is one vertically integrated supply chain, from seed to sale, enabling Archipelago to deliver superior hemp extract which harnesses the islands’ unique geographic and climate advantages for growing hemp year-round. The partnership also provides access to world class extraction facilities and a channel to key international markets for hemp and CBD. Since the JV launched in August, Archipelago has tripled its acreage in Hawaii with the addition of two new licensed growers.

Expanded hemp operations in three states. Arcadia established a hemp research facility in California in Q3, and recently partnered with an Oregon research company to conduct field research in that key hemp territory. As a result, Arcadia now has operational locations in three geographies to produce hemp and hemp seed – Hawaii, California and Oregon – and is well equipped to test varieties and advance breeding activities under multiple climate conditions with improved access to more germplasm. Arcadia plans to begin sales of hemp seed and hemp extracts, including CBD, in the fourth quarter.

Advanced hemp genomics and breeding platform development. Arcadia’s R&D team achieved key milestones in technology demonstration, producing its first unique variety and executing a number of varietal crosses to generate new performance characteristics and identify valuable attributes. The company expanded its genomics capabilities with new personnel to further accelerate trait development.

Global commercial agreement for GoodWheat. Arcadia signed a global collaboration agreement with Bay State Milling Company and Arista Cereal Technologies. The agreement secures a U.S. route to market for the company’s high fiber GoodWheat, which will enter the North American market as part of Bay State’s HealthSense™ flour. Arcadia has secured an initial purchase commitment from Bay State for bread wheat to be delivered in 2020.

USDA approval for HB4 Drought and Herbicide Tolerant Soybeans. HB4 soybeans are now approved by the three largest soybean producing nations: the United States, Argentina and Brazil. Full-scale launch in Argentina will occur once China grants import approval, which is expected in late 2020. In the meantime, Verdeca, a joint venture with Bioceres Crop Solutions, is in negotiations with several commercial partners and soybean producers to prepare the North American market for this new trait.

Arcadia Biosciences, Inc.
Financial Snapshot
(Unaudited)

($ in thousands)

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2019

2018

Favorable /
(Unfavorable)

2019

2018

Favorable /
(Unfavorable)

$

%

$

%

Total Revenues

392

370

22

6%

753

1,020

(267)

(26)%

Total Operating Expenses

6,585

4,469

(2,116)

(47)%

16,145

13,536

(2,609)

(19)%

Loss From Operations

(6,193)

(4,099)

(2,094)

(51)%

(15,392)

(12,516)

(2,876)

(23)%

Net Income (Loss)

(14,187)

4,450

(18,637)

(419)%

(22,562)

(12,834)

(9,728)

(76)%

Revenues
In the third quarter of 2019, revenues were $392,000, compared to revenues of $370,000 in the third quarter of 2018 and first nine months 2019 revenues were $753,000, compared to $1.0 million during the same period of 2018. The $267,000 decrease in the nine-month period was largely the result of the wind down in government grant and contract research activity. Arcadia expects product and trait revenues from hemp and wheat to start replacing government grant and contract research revenues in the coming months.

Operating Expenses
Operating expenses in the third quarter and first nine months of 2019 were $6.6 million and $16.1 million, compared to $4.5 million and $13.5 million in the third quarter and first nine months of 2018. Cost of product revenues were $53,000 more in the third quarter of 2019 compared to the third quarter of 2018 due to higher GLA sales. There was a GLA inventory write-down in 2018 that was not present in 2019, which generated the $107,000 decrease in cost of product revenues from the first nine months of 2019 compared to the first nine months of 2018. Research and development (R&D) spending increased by $597,000 and $863,000 in the third quarter and first nine months of 2019 compared to the the same periods in 2018, primarily due to additional soybean pre-commercial activities, higher employee expenses and hemp related costs. General and administrative (SG&A) expenses for the third quarter of 2019 were $1.5 million and $1.9 million higher than in the third quarter and first nine months of 2018, mainly the result of additional employee-related expenses, consulting fees and stock compensation expense, as well as increased marketing and public relations activities. Third quarter 2019 stock compensation expense included $662,000 of one-time charges for the accelerated vesting of a consultant’s performance-based warrants and the modification of our former CEO’s stock options in connection with his separation.

Net Income (Loss)
Net loss for the third quarter of 2019 was $14.2 million, or ($2.04) per share, a 419 percent decrease from the $4.5 million net income recognized in the third quarter of 2018. Net loss for the first nine months of 2019 was $22.6 million, or ($4.01) per share, compared to the net loss of $12.8 million for the first nine months of 2018. The difference for both periods was largely due to the change in the fair value of the common stock warrant and common stock adjustment feature liabilities, which is driven by the number of common stock warrants outstanding, as well as the change in the stock price. Net loss for the third quarter and first nine months of 2019 included non-cash expense of $7.8 million and $6.8 million for the change in the fair value of common stock warrant and common stock adjustment feature liabilities, as compared to $8.4 million and $6.0 million of non-cash income recorded in the third quarter and first nine months of 2018.

Conference Call and Webcast
The company has scheduled a conference call for 4:30 p.m. Eastern (1:30 p.m. Pacific) today, November 6, to discuss third-quarter and first nine months financial results and key strategic achievements.

Interested participants can join the conference call using the following numbers:

U.S. Toll-Free Dial-In:      +1-844-243-4690
International Dial-In:       +1-225-283-0138
Passcode:                        3489473

A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the “Investors” section of Arcadia’s website at www.arcadiabio.com. Following completion of the call, a recorded replay will be available on the company’s investor website.

About Arcadia Biosciences, Inc.
Arcadia Biosciences (Nasdaq: RKDA) develops and markets high-value food ingredients and nutritional oils that help meet consumer demand for a healthier diet. Arcadia’s GoodWheat™ branded ingredients deliver health benefits to consumers and enable consumer packaged goods companies to differentiate their brands in the marketplace. The company’s agricultural traits are being developed to enable farmers around the world to be more productive and minimize the impact of agriculture on the environment. Arcadia Specialty Genomics™ is a business unit within Arcadia Biosciences dedicated to the optimization and standardization of cannabis plant content, quality, resiliency and yield. For more information, visit www.arcadiabio.com.

Safe Harbor Statement
“Safe Harbor” statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release and the accompanying conference call contain forward-looking statements about the company and its products, including statements relating to components of the company’s long-term financial success and ongoing plans; the company’s traits, commercial products, and collaborations; and the company’s ability to manage the regulatory processes for its traits and commercial products. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, and reported results should not be considered as an indication of future performance. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the company’s and its partners’ ability to develop commercial products incorporating its traits and to complete the regulatory review process for such products; the company’s compliance with laws and regulations that impact the company’s business, and changes to such laws and regulations; and the company’s future capital requirements and ability to satisfy its capital needs. Further information regarding these and other factors that could affect the company’s financial results is included in filings the company makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including the section entitled “Risk Factors” and additional information set forth in its Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018. These documents are available on the SEC Filings section of the Investor Relations pages of the company’s website at www.arcadiabio.com. All information provided in this release and in the attachments is as of the date hereof, and Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. undertakes no duty to update this information.

Arcadia Biosciences, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except share data)

 

September 30, 2019

December 31, 2018

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

20,541

$

11,998

Short-term investments

10,355

9,825

Accounts receivable

127

165

Unbilled revenue

3

Inventories — current

1,843

181

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

740

704

Total current assets

33,606

22,876

Property and equipment, net

1,283

395

Right of use asset

1,911

Inventories — noncurrent

495

746

Other noncurrent assets

7

7

Total assets

$

37,302

$

24,024

Liabilities and stockholders’ equity

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

5,016

$

2,645

Amounts due to related parties

28

29

Notes payable – current

24

Unearned revenue — current

80

96

Operating lease liability — current

609

Other current liabilities

266

284

Total current liabilities

6,023

3,054

Notes payable – noncurrent

113

Operating lease liability — noncurrent

1,450

Common stock warrant liabilities

12,483

5,083

Other noncurrent liabilities

3,000

3,072

Total liabilities

23,069

11,209

Stockholders’ equity:

Common stock, $0.001 par value—150,000,000 shares authorized as

of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018; 8,646,149

and 4,774,919 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30,

2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively

49

45

Additional paid-in capital

214,423

191,136

Accumulated deficit

(200,928

)

(178,366

)

Total Arcadia Biosciences stockholders’ equity

13,544

12,815

Non-controlling interest

689

Total stockholders’ equity

14,233

12,815

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

37,302

$

24,024

Arcadia Biosciences, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive (Loss) Income
(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except share and per share data

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2019

2018

2019

2018

Revenues:

Product

$

216

$

144

$

485

$

393

License

17

10

17

100

Contract research and government grants

159

216

251

527

Total revenues

392

370

753

1,020

Operating expenses:

Cost of product revenues

177

124

324

431

Research and development

1,931

1,334

5,387

4,524

Selling, general and administrative

4,477

3,011

10,434

8,581

Total operating expenses

6,585

4,469

16,145

13,536

Loss from operations

(6,193

)

(4,099

)

(15,392

)

(12,516

)

Interest expense

(3

)

(3

)

Other income, net

119

134

339

266

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

(7,777

)

8,421

(6,790

)

5,986

Offering costs

(336

)

(1

)

(702

)

(2,544

)

Net (loss) income before income taxes

(14,190

)

4,455

(22,548

)

(12,808

)

Income tax benefit (provision)

3

(5

)

(14

)

(26

)

Net (loss) income

$

(14,187

)

$

4,450

$

(22,562

)

$

(12,834

)

Net (loss) income per share:

Basic and diluted

$

(2.04

)

$

0.93

$

(4.03

)

$

(3.74

)

Weighted-average number of shares used in per share

calculations:

Basic and diluted

6,942,612

4,774,732

5,596,545

3,427,799

Other comprehensive income, net of tax

Unrealized losses on available-for-sale

securities

(1

)

(2

)

(1

)

Other comprehensive loss

(1

)

(2

)

(1

)

Comprehensive (loss) income

$

(14,188

)

$

4,448

$

(22,562

)

$

(12,835

)

Arcadia Biosciences, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

2019

2018

 

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

 

Net loss

$

(22,562

)

$

(12,834

)

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

6,790

(5,986

 

)

Offering costs

702

2,544

 

Depreciation and amortization

133

123

 

Lease amortization

530

 

Gain (Loss) on disposal of equipment

1

(3

)

Net amortization of investment premium

(121

)

(115

)

Stock-based compensation

1,870

998

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

Accounts receivable

38

1,038

 

Unbilled revenue

3

(164

)

Inventories

(1,411

)

301

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

(36

)

(334

)

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

2,425

(142

)

Amounts due to related parties

(1

)

(11

)

Unearned revenue

(16

)

(351

)

Other current liabilities

3

 

Operating lease payments

(534

)

 

Net cash used in operating activities

(12,186

)

(10,936

)

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

 

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

1

10

 

Purchases of property and equipment

(878

)

(89

)

Purchases of investments

(18,458

)

(22,871

)

Proceeds from sales and maturities of investments

18,050

8,950

 

Net cash used in investing activities

(1,285

)

(14,000

)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

 

Proceeds from issuance of common stock and warrants from June 2019 Offering

7,500

 

Payments of offering costs relating to June 2019 Offering

(663

)

 

Proceeds from issuance of common stock and warrants from September 2019 Offering

10,000

 

Payments of offering costs relating to September 2019 Offering

(776

)

 

Proceeds from issuance of common stock and warrants from Purchase Agreement

 

 

 

 

10,000

 

Payments of offering costs relating to Purchase Agreement

 

(1,308

)

Proceeds from issuance of common stock and warrants from June 2018 Offering

14,000

 

Payments of offering costs relating to June 2018 Offering

(24

)

(1,181

)

Principal payments on notes payable

(2

)

 

Proceeds from exercise of warrants

5,269

 

Proceeds from exercise of stock options and ESPP purchases

21

969

 

Capital contributions received from non-controlling interest

689

 

Net cash provided by financing activities

22,014

22,480

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

8,543

(2,456

)

Cash and cash equivalents — beginning of period

11,998

9,125

 

Cash and cash equivalents — end of period

$

20,541

$

6,669

 


SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION:

Cash paid for income taxes

$

2

$

24

NONCASH INVESTING AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

Offering costs in accounts payable and accrued expenses at end of period

$

21

$

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 2018 Offering

$

$

239

Common stock warrants issued to placement agent and included in offering costs related to June 2019 Offering

$

86

$

Common stock warrants issued to placement agent and included in offering costs related to September 2019 Offering

$

95

$

Reclassification of common stock liability balance with warrant exercises

$

7,016

$

Reclassification of common stock adjustment feature liability balance

$

$

8,378

Right of use assets obtained in exchange for new operating lease liabilities

$

2,328

$

Fixed assets acquired with notes payable

$

139

 

 

 

 

Purchases of fixed assets included in accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

6

$