Company announces formation of four market driven operating divisions
Rehovot, Israel – November 20, 2012 – Evogene Ltd. (TASE: EVGN) announced today financial results for the third quarter, ended September 30, 2012.
Ofer Haviv, Evogene’s president and CEO, stated: “As demonstrated by our recently announced launch of our Phenomix Agbio Platform, which enables advanced collection, storage and integrated analysis of phenotypic data directly from field experiments, we continue to significantly enhance and expand our state-of-the-art, world leading computational capabilities and validation platforms for plant genomics.”
Mr. Haviv continued, “These broad capabilities provide Evogene with a unique, proven and continuously improving ability to accurately predict and validate novel genes for trait improvement in a wide variety of key crops. To date, the company’s product focus has been primarily on improving yield and abiotic stress tolerance.”
Mr. Haviv concluded, “Now, in order to more fully leverage our unique capabilities and infrastructure, the company has created four market driven operating divisions: Yield and abiotic stress, Biotic stress, Ag-chemicals and Biofuel. Each division is led by dedicated R&D and Business Development directors. We are already seeing that this new structure allows both much greater focus and increased productivity with respect to our current programs, and an accelerating identification of new opportunities for our rapidly growing company.”
Revenues for the first nine months ended September 30, 2012 were $12.3 million, compared to $10.2 million for the same period in 2011, representing an increase of about 20%. Revenues for the third quarter of 2012 were $4.0 million, compared to $3.4 million reported for the same period in 2011, representing an increase of about 18%. This increase in revenues primarily relates to the extension of our collaboration with Monsanto, signed on November 2011.
Cost of Revenues include expenses related to the support of our on-going activities under our collaborations with seed companies, all of which provide for future milestone and royalty revenues. Cost of Revenues for the first nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $6.9 million, compared to $5.5 million for the same period in 2011. Cost of Revenues for the third quarter of 2012 was $2.4 million, compared to $2.0 million for the same period in 2011. This increase in Cost of Revenues is in parallel to the increase in revenues.
Research & Development expenses for the first nine months ended September 30, 2012, which do not include expenses incurred in support of on-going collaborations which, as stated above, are accounted for as Cost of Revenues, were $5.2 million, compared to $4.6 million for the same period in 2011. This increase in R&D expenses primarily relates to increase in the company’s internal programs to support future growth, such as the Biofuel program and extensive field experiments for generation of proprietary plant data. Research & Development expenses for the third quarter of 2012 were $1.9 million, compared to $2.0 million for the same period in 2011.
Loss from ordinary operations for the first nine months ended September 30, 2012, was $2.2 million, compared to loss from ordinary operations of $2.4 million for the same period in 2011. Loss from ordinary operations for the third quarter of 2012 was $1.1 million, compared to loss from ordinary operations of $1.3 million for the same period in 2011.
Financial income during 2011 due to publicly traded warrants: During the first two quarters of calendar 2011, Evogene had approximately 4.5 million publicly traded warrants outstanding, which were issued as part of its IPO on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange in May 2007. As of May 31, 2011, the date of expiration of these warrants, over 99.9% had been exercised. While these warrants were outstanding, any change as of the end of a reporting period in the market price of the Company’s ordinary shares resulted in non-cash financial income or expense due to their revaluation on our statements of comprehensive profit or loss. Such accounting due to publicly traded warrants was no longer applicable after the second quarter of 2011.
Total comprehensive loss for the first nine months ended September 30, 2012, was $1.8 million, compared to a total comprehensive profit of $1.6 million for the same period in 2011. Comprehensive loss for the third quarter of 2012 was $1.0 million, compared to a comprehensive loss of $2.3 million for the same period in 2011. As more fully explained in the preceding paragraph, the comprehensive profit for the first nine months of 2011 includes $3.7 million of non-cash financial income relating to publicly traded warrants expired on May 2011, whereas total comprehensive loss for the first nine months and third quarter of 2012 does not include any such non-cash financial effects due to such warrants.
As of September 30, 2012, Evogene had approximately $54 million in cash and cash equivalents, marketable securities and short term deposits compared to approximately $59 million as of December 31, 2011. The decrease of approximately $5 million during the nine month period relates primarily to increased activities with respect to Evogene’s internal research programs and further expansion of its facilities in support of the company’s ongoing growth.
About Evogene’s Operating Divisions
Yield and abiotic stress – Utilizing our broad base of proprietary technologies, Evogene is advancing multiple collaborative programs to improve these important traits. These include multiyear collaborations with Monsanto Company in corn, soybean, cotton and canola and with Bayer CropScience in wheat. At present, hundreds of Evogene’s discovered genes for improving these traits are undergoing development and validation in our partners’ pipelines.
Biotic stress – Evogene has been broadening its activities in this field, which includes on-going collaborations with Syngenta for improving soybean nematode resistance and DuPont for soybean rust resistance. We see great potential for expanding our efforts in this field through additional partnerships as well as internal programs.
Agro-chemicals – As resistance of pests and weeds to existing chemicals becomes more and more of a challenge, Evogene has been evaluating various paths to leverage its proprietary technologies to identify new and innovative chemicals for global agriculture. In doing so, we see great synergy in combining our capabilities and innovative approach for plant genomics with applied chemistry in the search for new chemical solutions and believe that our extensive knowhow in plant biology provides Evogene with a significant advantage in identifying relevant target proteins.
Biofuel – Evogene’s wholly owned subsidiary, Evofuel, continues to progress towards its goal of supplying seed for cost competitive biofuel feedstock with current focus on Latin American markets collaborating with SLC Agricola in Brazil and T6 Industrial in Argentina.
Evogene is a world leading developer of improved plant traits, such as yield and drought tolerance, for a wide diversity of key crops through the use of plant genomics. The company focuses on utilizing its proprietary computational genomic technologies to provide a complete solution for plant trait improvement through combining state of the art biotechnology and advanced breeding methods. Evogene is collaborating with world leading seed companies to introduce its improved plant traits into key commercial crops under milestone and royalty bearing agreements. Evogene’s headquarters are in Rehovot, Israel, and its stock is traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE: EVGN). For additional information, please visit Evogene’s website at www.evogene.com
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Efrat Barak Zadok