Evogene Reports First Quarter of 2019 Financial Results

Conference call and webcast, today at 9:00 am Eastern Time

REHOVOT, Israel, May 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Evogene Ltd. (NASDAQ: EVGN) (TASE: EVGN), a leading biotechnology company developing novel products for life science markets, announced today its financial results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2019.

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Ofer Haviv, Evogene's President and CEO, stated: "In 2019 we have completed the transition, as planned, to our new corporate structure consisting of Evogene, the company, as a technology hub for multiple divisions and subsidiaries in different life-science markets, each with an exclusive access to the CPB platform, our core technology, for its specific field. We currently apply the CPB platform in three general life-science markets: agriculture, human health and life-science based industrial applications."

"Looking forward, we expect Evogene's value will stem from the activities and the derived value of its divisions and subsidiaries. When substantial milestones in their product development pipeline are achieved, or strategic collaboration agreements are announced, these should be reflected in the valuations of our divisions' and subsidiaries' and subsequently in Evogene's as well, as a major shareholder. Moreover, since one of the tasks of our subsidiaries is to secure external financial resources in addition to the potential revenue they will generate through collaborations, third-party investments could provide color on our subsidiaries' valuation as well."

"A key motivation in the establishment of our subsidiaries is to enable increased management focus and a more efficient path to product development and an important parameter in their success is the quality of their leadership. Most of our CEO's have been with Evogene for several years, previously filling the position of general manager of our internal divisions that were the basis of our subsidiaries' activities. I am confident that under these subsidiaries' current leadership, each company is paving its independent path to success."

Recent Developments:

Corporate Structure:

  • Establishment of Lavie Bio Ltd., a subsidiary focused on ag-biologicals, aiming to improve food quality, health and sustainability, led by Mr. Ido Dor.
  • Establishment of Canonic Ltd., a subsidiary focused on developing next generation medical cannabis products, led by Dr. Arnon Heyman, who will participate in this quarterly call. The company's presentation can be accessed at: http://www.evogene.com/investor-relations/presentations-and-webcasts/
  • Evofuel was rebranded as Casterra to better reflect its change in business focus from the castor growers for the alternative fuel industry to castor oil for industrial uses. This subsidiary is led by Mr. Assaf Dotan.

Pipeline advancement included:

  • Biomica announced the initiation of pre-clinical studies in its immuno-oncology program, aiming to augment current cancer therapies by altering patients' gut microbiome to improve response
  • AgPlenus:
    • Herbicide pipeline: a leading molecule family demonstrated in-planta proof of new Mode-of-Action (MoA) and demonstrated activity on a broad panel of important weeds in greenhouse assays.
    • Insecticide pipeline: computational identification of a new target representing a new MoA in insect pests has been achieved. Efforts are now focused on the computational prediction of molecule families that should inhibit this target.

"I expect the achievements during the coming months will begin to reflect the existing value and potential represented by each of our divisions and subsidiaries, all powered by the CPB platform." – Mr. Haviv concluded

Consolidated financial results for the period ending March 31, 2019:

Cash position: As of March 31, 2019, Evogene had approximately $50 million in cash, short-term bank deposits and marketable securities, representing a net cash usage of approximately $4.5 million during the first quarter of 2019.

Assuming that no external financial resources are secured, such as through collaborations or external fund raising, the Company estimates that its net cash usage in 2019 will be in the range of $16 to $18 million dollars. The Company does not have bank debts.

Revenues primarily consist of research and development payments. These revenues represent R&D cost reimbursement and milestone payments under our various collaboration agreements. The majority of these agreements also provide for royalties or other forms of revenue sharing from successfully developed products.

Gross profit for the first quarter of 2019 was approximately $0.3 million in comparison to approximately $0.1 million for the first quarter of 2018.

R&D expenses for the first quarter of 2019 remained stable at approximately $3.5 million in comparison to the first quarter of 2018. This stability in R&D expenses reflects increased expenses due to advancement in the Company's activities to later stages of product development, including field trials and pre-clinical studies provided by third parties, which was offset by operating efficiencies achieved with the new corporate structure.

Operating loss for the first quarter of 2019 was approximately $4.7 million in comparison to approximately $4.9 million in the first quarter of 2018.

The net financing income for the first quarter of 2019 was approximately $0.9 million in comparison to net financing expenses of approximately $0.4 million in the first quarter of 2018. This increase in the first quarter is due to translation of Israeli Shekel nominated cash and marketable securities to US Dollars, revaluation of the Company's marketable securities and interest income on bank deposits.

Loss for the first quarter of 2019 decreased to approximately to $3.8 million in comparison to a loss of $5.4 million during first quarter of 2018.

Conference Call & Webcast Details:

Evogene's management will host a conference call to discuss the results at 09:00 AM Eastern time, 16:00 Israel time. To access the conference call, please dial 1-888-668-9141 toll free from the United States, or +972-3-918-0609 internationally. Access to the call will also be available via live webcast through the Company's website at www.evogene.com.

Dr. Arnon Heyman, CEO of Evogene's cannabis subsidiary, Canonic, will join the conference call to discuss the company's activity with highlights from Canonic's presentation, which can be found on Evogene's website under the investor relations section.

A replay of the conference call will be available approximately three hours following the completion of the call. To access the replay, please dial 1-888-326-9310 toll free from the United States, or +972-3-925-5904 internationally. The replay will be accessible through May 28, 2019, and an archive of the webcast will be available on the Company's website through June 8, 2019.

About Evogene Ltd.:

Evogene (NASDAQ: EVGN) (TASE: EVGN), is a leading biotechnology company developing novel products for major life science markets through the use of a unique computational predictive biology (CPB) platform incorporating deep scientific understandings and advanced computational technologies.

Today, this platform is utilized by the Company to discover and develop innovative products in the following areas (via subsidiaries or divisions): ag-chemicals, ag-biologicals, seed traits, integrated castor oil ag-solutions, human microbiome-based therapeutics and medical cannabis. Each subsidiary or division establishes its product pipeline and go-to-market, as demonstrated in its collaborations with world-leading companies such as BASF, Bayer, Corteva and ICL. For more information, please visit www.evogene.com

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" relating to future events. These statements may be identified by words such as "may", "could", "expects", "intends", "anticipates", "plans", "believes", "scheduled", "estimates" or words of similar meaning. Such statements are based on current expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions, describe opinions about future events, involve certain risks and uncertainties which are difficult to predict and are not guarantees of future performance. Therefore, actual future results, performance or achievements of Evogene may differ materially from what is expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, many of which are beyond Evogene's control, including, without limitation, those risk factors contained in Evogene's reports filed with the appropriate securities authority. Evogene disclaims any obligation or commitment to update these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or developments or changes in expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions.

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Company Codes: NASDAQ-NMS:EVGN, TelAviv:EVGN

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