11/13/2013 11:58:38 AM
CARLSBAD, CA - (Marketwired) – November 13, 2013, International Stem Cell Corporation (OTCQB: ISCO) (www.internationalstemcell.com) (“ISCO” or “the Company”), a California-based biotechnology company developing novel stem cell-based therapies and biomedical products, today provided a business update and announced financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013.
Q3 2013 Highlights:
• Record revenues of $1.67 million, a 41% increase over the corresponding period of 2012. Lifeline Skin Care sales up 54% and Lifeline Cell Technology sales up 30%. Gross margin stable at 73%.
• Net cash used in operating cash flows (which exclude capital expenditures and patent costs), reduced to approximately $0.47 million per month compared to $0.57 million per month the corresponding period of 2012.
• Entered into a clinical research agreement with Duke University for the evaluation of ISCO’s stem cell-derived neural stem cells for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. Prof. Mark Stacy, M.D., Vice Dean for Clinical Research, Neurology at Duke University School of Medicine and an internationally recognized leader in the field of Movement Disorders, will be the principal investigator.
• Convened a key opinion leader meeting bringing together leading experts from throughout North America in the field of cell therapy and movement disorders to obtain feedback and guidance for the IND submission in 2014 for our stem cell-derived neural stem cells for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
• Presented the results of the first primate study, carried out in collaboration with the Sanford Burnham Institute of Regenerative Medical, examining the benefits of implanting neural stem cells into primates with chemically-induced parkinsonian symptoms, at the American Neurological Association 2013 Annual Meeting.
• Obtained gross proceeds of $3.00 million through a public offering, to be used to fund R&D programs.
“We’re extremely pleased to report outstanding revenues and growth for the quarter, and having achieved revenues in the three quarters thus far almost equal to those reported for the entire year of 2012. The reduction of cash used in operations is a clear demonstration of the success of our commercial businesses in order to support our core therapeutic activities” stated Dr. Andrey Semechkin, ISCO’s CEO and Co-chairman.
“We have significant scientific milestones in the next twelve months and our clinical collaboration with Duke University provides us with the complementary skills and expertise to achieve these goals”, Dr. Semechkin concluded.
Three Months Ended September 30, 2013
Revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2013 was $1.67 million, an increase of approximately 41% compared to $1.19 million for the corresponding period in 2012. Sales for Lifeline Skin Care (LSC) and Lifeline Cell Technology (LCT) increased by 54% and 30%, and accounted for 49% and 51% of total revenue, respectively. Cost of sales was $0.45 million, or 27% of revenue, compared to $0.32 million or 27% of revenue in the corresponding period a year ago.
General and administrative expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2013 declined 13% to $1.36 million, driven primarily by lower personnel-related expenses resulting from lower headcount, lower stock-based compensation expenses and lower professional and corporate support expenses.
Marketing expenses increased 32% to $0.63 million compared to the corresponding period of 2012, reflecting higher spending on advertising, trade shows and promotions.
Net cash used in operating cash flows (which exclude capital expenditures and patent costs), reduced to approximately $0.47 million per month compared to $0.57 million per month the corresponding period of 2012.
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2013
Revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012 was $4.41 million and $3.32 million, respectively. LSC contributed $2.17 million, up 36% from the same period in 2012 and LCT contributed $2.24 million, up 29% from the corresponding period in 2012.
Cost of sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 was $1.11 million or 25% of revenue, compared to $0.96 million or 29% of revenue for the corresponding period in 2012 as a result of continued improvements in efficiency and effectiveness in manufacturing and the management of supply chain in Lifeline Skin Care as well as a shift in sales mix from lower to higher margin products in Lifeline Cell Technology.
As of September 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012, our cash and cash equivalents totaled $1.79 million and $0.65 million, respectively. At September 30, 2013, we had a working capital deficit of $2.38 million, compared to working capital of $0.40 million as of December 31, 2012. The working capital deficit is due to the fair value of warrant liability of $4.39 million recognized during the third quarter resulting from our financing transaction completed in July 2013.
Cash outflows from operations for the first nine months of 2013 were $4.23 million, down from $5.12 million in the corresponding period in 2012. Net cash provided by financing activities was $5.89 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, compared to $6.79 million in the corresponding period in 2012
Conference Call and Webcast Details:
Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Time: 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time
Conference Line (U.S.): 1-877-941-1428
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Conference ID: 4648561
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About International Stem Cell Corporation
International Stem Cell Corporation is focused on the therapeutic applications of human parthenogenetic stem cells (hpSCs) and the development and commercialization of cell-based research and cosmetic products. ISCO's core technology, parthenogenesis, results in the creation of pluripotent human stem cells from unfertilized oocytes (eggs). hpSCs avoid ethical issues associated with the use or destruction of viable human embryos. ISCO scientists have created the first parthenogenetic, homozygous stem cell line that can be a source of therapeutic cells for hundreds of millions of individuals of differing genders, ages and racial background with minimal immune rejection after transplantation. hpSCs offer the potential to create the first true stem cell bank, UniStemCell™. ISCO also produces and markets specialized cells and growth media for therapeutic research worldwide through its subsidiary Lifeline Cell Technology (www.lifelinecelltech.com), and stem cell-based skin care products through its subsidiary Lifeline Skin Care (www.lifelineskincare.com). More information is available at www.internationalstemcell.com.
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