Biotalys Reports Half-Year 2023 Financial Results and Business Highlights
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  • Strategic partnership with Syngenta to collaborate on the research and development and commercialisation of a new bio-insecticide
  • Field trials with Evoca™* continue to demonstrate competitive performance in fruits and vegetables; trials now ongoing for additional crops such as blueberries and hemp
  • Update on regulatory approval process for Evoca
  • Successful CFO succession with Douglas Minder in function since July 1st
  • Private placement of new shares for €7 million at market value
  • Cash and cash equivalents amounted to €32 million end of June 2023
  • Management to host a conference call and live webcast today at 15:00 CEST / 14:00 BST / 09:00 EDT, details below

Biotalys (Euronext - BTLS), an Agricultural Technology (AgTech) company developing protein-based biocontrol solutions for crop and food protection, today announces its key business achievements and consolidated financial results for the first half of 2023, prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 ‘Interim Financial Reporting’ as adopted by the European Union. The full half year report including the interim financial results is available here on the Biotalys website.

Patrice Sellès, Chief Executive Officer of Biotalys, noted: “Throughout the first half of 2023, Biotalys made significant progress in the buildup of its pipeline, technology and platform validation with industry leaders. We are continuing to work with the EPA to obtain regulatory approval in the U.S. for Evoca, the company’s first biocontrol solution, to help address the needs of growers seeking safer tools to make their crop protection strategies more sustainable. At the same time, we are working with partners on the future market positioning of Evoca, as well as on continuing to improve cost of goods for this important first product.”

H1 2023 operational highlights

In the first half of this year, Biotalys continued to seal partnerships, prepare for the launch of Evoca, and strengthen its patent portfolio.

  • In April 2023, Biotalys entered into a strategic partnership with Syngenta to collaborate on the research, development and commercialization of a new bio-insecticide to counter the threat of pest resistance and advance sustainable agriculture.
  • Evoca, Biotalys’ first protein-based biocontrol, further demonstrated its efficacy in recent global field trials in preparation for its U.S. market introduction. Announcing the results of over 160 field trials in partnership with industry leaders Biobest and Beck Ag across various high-value crops in May 2023, Evoca outperformed leading chemical and biological solutions in several trials.
  • Earlier this year, Biotalys announced a major advance in manufacturing efficiency for Evoca, strengthening the production and distribution path for the product. The scientific breakthrough, based on the development of multiple proprietary yeast strains, increased the production efficiency of Evoca’s bioactive ingredient by 50 to 70%.
  • Following the successful outcome of the feasibility study with Novozymes at the end of last year, Biotalys and Novozymes have been further exploring manufacturing possibilities for a next generation of Evoca based on Novozymes’ production hosts to create significant cost of goods and scaling advantages. The companies are also exploring collaborations beyond Evoca to address the need for effective and more sustainable protein-based biocontrols in new markets and indications.  
  • In March 2023, Biotalys announced a succession plan for its Chief Financial Officer. The transition was successfully completed as planned with the promotion of Douglas Minder to CFO, effective 1 July 2023.
  • Biotalys continued to strengthen its patent portfolio to protect its science and products. In H1 2023, two additional patents were granted to the company in India and Australia, both patents providing further IP protection relating to antibodies binding to fungal plant pests.
  • Early in 2023, Biotalys earned Top 100 status in Forward Fooding’s FoodTech 500 list, climbing to #65. Biotalys was also honored in its inaugural FoodTech 500 $100 Million Club. A highly competitive event with thousands of nominations from 50+ countries, the FoodTech 500 ranks global entrepreneurial talent at the intersection of food, technology and sustainability.

Regulatory update for Evoca

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently changed its review process and no longer sets dates for expected decisions to applicants. Biotalys continues to work with the EPA as it reviews the submitted regulatory dossier. Pending regulatory approval, Biotalys is preparing for the start of the market calibration with Evoca in 2024 and for the launch of the commercial version of the product in 2026.
  • In Europe, the rapporteur Member State is The Netherlands where the CTGB (College voor de Toelating Gewasbeschermingsmiddelen en Biociden) is currently reviewing the regulatory dossier. Importantly, the authority has recently approved the sale of cucumbers treated with Evoca in greenhouse trials. While normally crops used in such trials have to be destroyed, as they are treated with products that are not yet authorized, the Dutch authority granted an exemption allowing sale of cucumbers treated with Evoca in greenhouse trials. This decision reinforces Biotalys’ confidence that the product is safe to use.

Private placement

  • In June 2023, Biotalys successfully closed a private placement for €7 million. The company issued 1,135,257 new shares (approximately 3.67% of the company’s shares outstanding prior to the transaction) at €6.166 per share to deepen its relationship with existing shareholders, Agri Investment Fund BV (A.I.F.) and the Belgian Sovereign Wealth Fund (“Federale Participatie- en Investeringsmaatschappij NV” – SFPIM).

New board member (post-period)

  • Connected to the private placement, Biotalys nominated Agri Investment Fund BV (A.I.F.), represented by Patrik Haesen, to the Board of Directors, which was approved by the Special Shareholders Meeting of 21 August 2023. Patrik Haesen is currently Chief Executive Officer of A.I.F. and General Manager Investments at M.R.B.B., the holding company of the Farmers Union in Belgium. He has in-depth expertise in audit, finance and investment. He also is a director in Arvesta, Acerta and Iscal Sugar and in several other innovative AgTech companies. Mr. Haesen holds a Master’s degree in commercial engineering (KU Leuven) and a European Master in public administration (KU Leuven and Corvinus University in Budapest), as well as a postgraduate degree in finance (EHSAL, Management School).

* Evoca™: Pending Registration. This product is not currently registered for sale or use in the United States, the European Union, or elsewhere and is not being offered for sale.

Select financial information

In € thousands June 30, 2023 June 30, 2022
Other operating income 1,318   1,140  
Research and development expenses (8,661 ) (7,574 )
General and administrative expenses (2,771 ) (2,596 )
Marketing expenses (741 ) (718 )
Other operating expenses -   -  
Operating loss (10,855 ) (9,748 )
Loss of the period (10,664 ) (9,892 )
Net cash used in operations (8,516 ) (9,559 )
Net cash outflow of the period (2,208 ) (10,547 )
Cash and cash equivalents 31,886   45,560  
  • Other operating income for the first half of 2023 amounted to €1.3 million and related to R&D tax incentives received and grants awarded to support R&D activities.
  • Research and development expenses amounted to €8.7 million for the first half year, an increase of €1.1 million compared to the same period in 2022. These increases primarily related to higher costs for external consultants and wages (+€0.7 million), increased depreciations and maintenance costs for lab equipment, and additional IT costs.
  • General and administrative expenses amounted to €2.8 million for the first half of 2023, compared to €2.6 million for the same period in 2022. The increase was mainly driven by higher wage costs related to the wage index increases and to a lesser extent the expansion of the team.
  • Net cash used in operating activities decreased by €1.0 million, to €8.5 million for the six months ended 30 June 2023. This decrease was primarily caused by changes in working capital driven by advances received from various project grants.

Outlook

  • Biotalys expects to initiate the market calibration of Evoca in 2024 with Biobest in selected U.S. states upon registration of the product. In the meantime, the company is focusing its field trial program with Evoca in a broader number of crops such as blueberries and hemp where demand for safe and sustainable solutions is high.
  • In addition, Biotalys is now conducting field trials with the next generation of Evoca on a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to work towards market introduction of a commercial version of the product in 2026.
  • The company expects to advance the product pipeline in H2 2023, with the planned promotion of the BioFun-6 program into development stage while progressing other current pipeline programs further in the discovery stage.
  • Looking ahead, Biotalys plans to leverage the AGROBODY Foundry platform and pipeline to expand into new markets and crops, and will continue to explore strategic collaborations with the potential to create additional value.
  • While maintaining the planned investment in the product pipeline and the technology platform, the company has decided to pause its sole bactericide program (BioBac-1) and focus its activities on the fungicide and insecticide programs where the commercial opportunity is higher.
  • Excluding the funds raised in the private placement of June 2023, the company expects cash burn for FY 2023 to be slightly lower than in FY 2022 (2022: €22 million).

Auditor statement

The condensed consolidated financial statements for the six-months’ period ended 30 June 2023 have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 ‘Interim Financial Reporting’ as adopted by the European Union. They do not include all the information required for the full annual financial statements and should therefore be read in conjunction with the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2022. The condensed consolidated financial statements are presented in thousands of Euros (unless stated otherwise). The condensed consolidated financial statements have been approved for issue by the Board of Directors. The statutory auditor, Deloitte Bedrijfsrevisoren/Reviseurs d’Entreprises, represented by Pieter-Jan Van Durme, has performed a limited review of the interim financial report. The interim financial report 2023 and the review opinion of the auditor are available on www.biotalys.com.

Upcoming IR events

  • 23 August 2023: Biotalys’ management will host a webcast on the HY23 financial figures and business highlights (see below for details)
  • 13 September 2023: Biotalys' management will meet with institutional investors at the Berenberg Food & Chemicals Conference in London (UK)
  • 26-27 September 2023: Biotalys’ management will meet with investors at the World AgriTech Conference in London (UK)
  • 9 -10 October 2023: Biotalys’ management will meet with institutional investors in Paris (France)
  • 14 November 2023: Biotalys’ management will meet with institutional investors at the AgTech Answers Conference organized by Roth MKM in New York (US)
  • 16 November 2023: Biotalys’ management will meet with institutional investors at the Global Agriculture Forum organized by Kepler Cheuvreux (virtual)
  • 16 November 2023: Biotalys’ management will present to retail investors at the VFB Biotech event in Ghent (Belgium)
  • 30 November 2023: Biotalys’ management will meet with institutional investors at the Canaccord Genuity AgriFood Tech conference (virtual)

Live webcast and conference call

Company management will host a live webcast to discuss its half-year 2023 results and recent business performance today, 23 August 2023 at 15:00 CEST / 14:00 BST / 09:00 AM EDT.

Webcast link: https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/4fyq6uyq

Dial-in details: To ask questions live to the management, please also register for the conference call via https://register.vevent.com/register/BIb590908b4b514a3c8cdadbeb329437d6

About Biotalys

Biotalys is an Agricultural Technology (AgTech) company developing protein-based biocontrol solutions for the protection of crops and food and aiming to provide alternatives to conventional chemical pesticides for a more sustainable and safer food supply. Based on its novel AGROBODY™ technology platform, Biotalys is developing a strong and diverse pipeline of effective product candidates with a favorable safety profile that aim to address key crop pests and diseases across the whole value chain, from soil to plate. Biotalys was founded in 2013 as a spin-off from the VIB (Flanders Institute for Biotechnology) and has been listed on Euronext Brussels since July 2021. The company is based in the biotech cluster in Ghent, Belgium. More information can be found on www.biotalys.com.

For further information, please contact

Toon Musschoot, Head of IR & CommunicationT: +32 (0)9 274 54 00E: Toon.Musschoot@biotalys.com

Important Notice

Biotalys, its business, prospects and financial position remain exposed and subject to risks and uncertainties.  A description of and reference to these risks and uncertainties can be found in the 2022 annual report on the consolidated annual accounts and the full half-year report.

This announcement contains statements which are "forward-looking statements" or could be considered as such. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the words ‘aim’, 'believe', 'estimate', 'anticipate', 'expect', 'intend', 'may', 'will', 'plan', 'continue', 'ongoing', 'possible', 'predict', 'plans', 'target', 'seek', 'would' or 'should', and contain statements made by the company regarding the intended results of its strategy. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and readers are warned that none of these forward-looking statements offers any guarantee of future performance. Biotalys’ actual results may differ materially from those predicted by the forward-looking statements. Biotalys makes no undertaking whatsoever to publish updates or adjustments to these forward-looking statements, unless required to do so by law.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

ASSETS (in thousands of euros) Note  30 June 202 31 December 2022
Non-current assets   11,859 11,755
Intangible assets   562 596
Property, plant and equipment 5 5,245 5,335
Right-of-use assets 5 3,638 3,667
Deferred tax assets   164 125
Other non-current assets   2,250 2,031
       
Current assets   35,352 37,762
Receivables   507 820
Other financial assets   2,108 2,100
Other current assets  6 851 746
Cash and cash equivalents  7 31,886 34,096
       
TOTAL ASSETS   47,211 49,517

 

EQUITY AND LIABILITIES(in thousands of euros) Note 30 June  2023 31 December 2022  
 
         
Equity attributable to owners of the parent   35,187   38,114    
Share capital 8 46,198   44,548    
Share premium 8 15,542   10,164    
Accumulated losses   (30,326 ) (19,661 )  
Other reserves   3,772   3,064    
         
Total equity   35,187   38,114    
         
Non-current liabilities   6,414   5,443    
Borrowings 9 5,196   5,338    
Employee benefits obligations   18   16    
Provisions   90   89    
Other non-current liabilities 10 1,110   -    
         
Current liabilities   5,610   5,960    
Borrowings 9 1,167   1,163    
Trade and other liabilities   3,109   4,204    
Other current liabilities 10 1,334   592    
Total liabilities   12,024   11,402    
         
TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES   47,211   49,517    

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements. Please see the full interim report available on www.biotalys.com.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF PROFIT OR LOSS AND OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE 6 MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE

in € thousands Note 2023   2022  
Other operating income 12 1,318   1,140  
Research and development expenses 13 (8,661 ) (7,574 )
General and administrative expenses 13 (2,771 ) (2,596 )
Sales and marketing expenses 13 (741 ) (718 )
Operating loss (EBIT)   (10,855 ) (9,748 )
Financial income   422   141  
Financial expenses   (191 ) (269 )
Loss before taxes   (10,624 ) (9,877 )
Income taxes   (40 ) (15 )
LOSS FOR THE PERIOD   (10,664 ) (9,892 )
       
Other comprehensive income (OCI)      
Items of OCI that will be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss      
Exchange differences on translating foreign operations   (3 ) 9  
       
TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE LOSS OF THE PERIOD   (10,667 ) (9,883 )
       
Basic and diluted loss per share (in €) 14 (0.34 ) (0.32 )
       
Loss for the period attributable to the owners of the Company   (10,664 ) (9,892 )
       
Total comprehensive loss for the period attributable to the owners of the Company   (10,667 ) (9,883 )

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements. Please see the full interim report available on www.biotalys.com.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY FOR THE 6 MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE

(in thousands of euros) Attributable to equity holders of the Company Total Equity
Share capital Share premium Other reserves Accumulated losses  
Share-based payment reserve Currency translation reserve    
Balance at 31 December 2021 81,969 31,303 1,473   25 (55,855 ) 58,915  
Share-based payments - - 847   - -   847  
Exercise of ESOP Warrants 125 91 (91 ) - -   125  
Total comprehensive loss - - -   9 (9,892 ) (9,883 )
Balance at 30 June 2022 82,094 31,394 2,229   34 (65,747 ) 50,004  

 

(in thousands of euros) Attributable to equity holders of the Company Total Equity
Share capital Share premium Other reserves Accumulated losses  
Share-based payment reserve Currency translation reserve    
Balance at 31 December 2022 44,548 10,164 3,035   29   (19,662 ) 38,114  
Share-based payments - - 723   -   -   723  
Exercise of ESOP Warrants 16 12 (12 ) -   -   16  
Issuance of shares 1,634 5,366 -   -   -   7,000  
Total comprehensive loss - - -   (3 ) (10,664 ) (10,667 )
Balance at 30 June 2023 46,198 15,542 3,746   26   (30,326 ) 35,187  

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements. Please see the full interim report available on www.biotalys.com.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS FOR THE 6 MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE

in € thousands Note 2023   2022  
       
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES      
Operating result   (10,855 ) (9,748 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:      
Depreciation, amortization and impairments   888   771  
Share-based payment expense   723   855  
Changes in provisions   -   4  
R&D tax credit   (355 ) (203 )
Other   (41 ) -  
       
Changes in working capital:      
Receivables   447   (52 )
Other current assets   (106 ) (397 )
Trade and other payables   (953 ) (831 )
Other current and non-current liabilities   1,861   62  
Cash used in operations   (8,392 ) (9,539 )
       
Taxes paid   (124 ) (20 )
       
Net cash used in operating activities   (8,516 ) (9,559 )
       
CASH FLOW FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES      
Interest received   251   -  
Purchases of property, plant and equipment 5 (224 ) (328 )
Investments in other financial assets   (8 ) -  
       
Net cash provided by / (used in) investing activities   20   (328 )
       
CASH FLOW FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES      
Repayment of borrowings 9 (211 ) (207 )
Repayment of lease liabilities 9 (438 ) (416 )
Interests paid   (79 ) (164 )
Proceeds from issue of equity instruments of the Company 8 7,016   126  
       
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   6,289   (661 )
       
NET DECREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS   (2,208 ) (10,547 )
       
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS at beginning of period   34,096   56,107  
Effect of foreign exchange rates   (2 ) -  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS at end of period, calculated   31,886   45,560  

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements. Please see the full interim report available on www.biotalys.com.

 

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