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Nov 10, 2015

Metabolix Announces Third Quarter 2015 Financial Results

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 10, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Metabolix, Inc. (NASDAQ:MBLX), an advanced biomaterials company focused on sustainable solutions for the plastics industry, today reported financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2015.

"Throughout 2015, we have been executing a strategic transformation of the Company with a focus on our Mirel® specialty biopolymers business," said Joseph Shaulson, president and CEO of Metabolix. "This specifically included a goal to expand our pilot capacity and achieve increased visibility and progress in commercial development, allowing us to complete our pivot to the specialties business model and sharpen our focus on moving to commercial scale. For the coming quarters, we are ramping up pilot production to run at nameplate capacity for 2016 and expect to sell a significant portion of the amorphous PHA (a-PHA) material we produce to customers for use in commercial applications. We also plan to use a stream of pilot a-PHA material to continue commercial development work with both existing and prospective customers for our specialty biopolymers.  With increasing clarity on customer conversions and confidence in market development, we are accelerating our efforts to secure our first tranche of commercial scale capacity.

"During the quarter, we completed more than 15 customer trials across our target application spaces of PVC processing aids and property modifiers, PLA modification, functional biodegradation and paper coating.  Based on this progress, we expect to see additional customer conversions in the fourth quarter of 2015 and early 2016.

"We are continuing to demonstrate to customers the unique benefits our a-PHA materials provide as performance additives in PVC applications. For instance, in flexible PVC flooring applications, we recently completed a series of trials with customers who are approaching initial commercial sales. In one of these projects, our a-PHA is in the late stages of qualification by a major U.S. flooring company for incorporation into the backing of a sustainable flooring product.   Another customer in a different vinyl flooring application is completing their evaluation of our a-PHA material. We believe these opportunities have initial sales potential that is significant in the context of our expanded pilot capacity and have long term potential for translation to additional opportunities in PVC flooring. More broadly, we think the value proposition for a-PHA in flexible PVC applications is compelling, and we expect to work with additional customers in this space in 2016.

"We are also working with customers interested in achieving better performance with PLA biopolymers.  We see an opportunity developing and are beginning to focus on a-PHA-modified PLA in sustainable, biobased and compostable packaging applications.  In addition to conducting trials in film, we recently began working with customers interested in a-PHA-modified PLA for thermoformed transparent ‘clamshells' used in food service and consumer goods packaging. Recent trials of a-PHA-modified PLA in packaging and non-wovens look promising, and we remain focused on customer conversions in this space driven by the benefits of a-PHA modifiers for PLA.

"During the quarter, Kolar Filtration conducted trials with our denitrification pellets for water treatment applications. Based on the successful completion of the trials as well as a vision for expanding the market for PHA-based denitrification, we signed a global, exclusive distribution agreement with Kolar to market and promote Metabolix PHA-based denitrification pellets for water treatment applications.  Our agreement with Kolar streamlines the process for compounding and supplying finished product to established customers focused on ornamental and hobby aquaria, and we expect Kolar to expand the use of PHA-based denitrification into larger scale applications including fresh water ponds, hatcheries and commercial aqua farming.

"We also launched Yield10 Bioscience in the third quarter as a new vehicle for commercializing technologies derived from the extraordinary scientific effort we have directed toward optimizing plant systems. We have seen encouraging early results in model plant systems that we think are transferable to and hold promise for significant yield improvements in commercial food and feed crops.  We are reaching out to potential collaborators and investors and are working to secure dedicated funding for Yield10 Bioscience to continue with the development and commercialization of these exciting technologies.

"Securing capital remains a priority for the execution of our business plan. In October, we entered into a $20 million common stock purchase agreement with Aspire Capital. This agreement provides a new tool for accessing capital at our discretion over the next 30 months. We see the Aspire Capital facility as part of our broader approach to financing and believe it adds flexibility to our capital structure to complement other forms of financing that may be required from time to time.

"2015 has been a transformative year for Metabolix.  We look forward to 2016 as a building year, during which we expect to lay groundwork for establishing our commercial scale specialty biopolymers business. We are pleased with the progress made in 2015, and are excited to delve into a more commercial scale focused set of priorities for 2016," said Shaulson.


Metabolix is managed with an emphasis on cash flow and deploys its financial resources in a disciplined manner to achieve its key strategic objectives. The Company ended the third quarter of 2015 with $17.9 million in unrestricted cash and cash equivalents, and currently has $20 million of availability under the Aspire Capital equity facility.

The Company's net cash used in operating activities during the third quarter of 2015 was $4.3 million, which was a decrease of $0.5 million from the $4.8 million used for operating activities during the third quarter of 2014. We expect total cash usage for full year 2015 of approximately $23 million, consistent with prior estimates.

On October 7, 2015, the Company entered into a $20 million common stock purchase agreement with Aspire Capital Fund, LLC. Under the terms of the agreement, Aspire Capital committed to purchase up to $20 million of Metabolix's common stock over a 30 month period. Common stock may be sold from time-to-time at the Company's option under pricing formulas based on prevailing market prices around the time of each sale. The Company expects to use the Aspire Capital facility to complement, rather than replace, other financing that may be required during the next twelve months to continue its operations and support its capital needs. The timing, structure and vehicles for obtaining future financing are under consideration, and there can be no assurance that such financing efforts will be successful. The Company intends to use any proceeds from sales under the Aspire Capital facility and any future financings for working capital and general corporate purposes, including the continued development of its specialty biopolymers business as the foundation for longer range commercial scale plans and the future growth of its business.

Continuing Operations:

For the third quarter of 2015, the Company reported a net loss from continuing operations of $5.8 million, or $0.22 per share, as compared to a net loss from continuing operations of $6.7 million for the third quarter of 2014.

Total revenue from continuing operations in the third quarter of 2015 was $0.7 million, compared to $0.6 million for the comparable quarter in 2014.  The third quarter revenue consisted primarily of revenue from government grants, with $0.2 million in product revenue recognized during the third quarter of 2015 compared to $0.1 million during the third quarter of 2014.

In the third quarter of 2015, research and development expenses for continuing operations were $4.1 million and selling, general and administrative expenses totaled $2.2 million. This compares to $4.1 million of research and development expenses and $2.5 million of selling, general and administrative expenses for the third quarter of 2014.

The Company's net cash used in operating activities for continuing operations during the third quarter of 2015 was $4.3 million as compared to $4.8 million for the third quarter of 2014.

For the first nine months of 2015, the Company reported a net loss from continuing operations of $17.8 million, or $0.73 per share, compared with a net loss of $21.0 million for the first nine months of 2014.

Total revenue during the first nine months of 2015 was $2.1 million, compared with $1.9 million for the comparable period in 2014. Cost of product revenue was $0.5 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2015, compared with $1.4 million for the comparable period in 2014.

Research and development expenses were $12.3 million during the first nine months of 2015, compared with $13.3 million for the same period in 2014. Selling, general and administrative expenses were $7.1 million for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2015 compared with $8.3 million for the first nine months of 2014.

The Company's net cash used by continuing operations for operating activities during the first nine months of 2015 was $16.4 million, compared to net cash used by continuing operations for operating activities of $18.2 million for the comparable period in 2014. 

Discontinued Operations:

In October 2014, in connection with the shift in the Company's focus to commercializing its PHA performance biopolymers, the Company discontinued the operations of its wholly-owned German subsidiary, Metabolix GmbH, and sold substantially all of the assets of that subsidiary.  The Company recorded losses from discontinued operations of $1.2 million and $2.3 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014, respectively. 

Conference Call Information

Metabolix management will host a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. (ET) to discuss third quarter results. The Company also will provide an update on the business and answer questions from the analyst community. A live webcast of the call with slides can be accessed through the Company's website at http://www.metabolix.com in the investor relations section. To participate in the call, dial toll-free 877-709-8150 or 201-689-8354 (international).

To listen to a telephonic replay of the conference call, dial toll-free 877-660-6853 or 201-612-7415 (international) and enter pass code 13623265. The replay will be available beginning at 7:30 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 and will last through 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday, November 23, 2015. In addition, the webcast will be archived on the Company's website in the investor relations section.

About Metabolix

Metabolix, Inc. is an innovation-driven specialty materials company focused on delivering high- performance biopolymer solutions to customers in the plastics industry. Metabolix's Mirel® biopolymers, which are derived from renewable resources, are a family of biobased performance additives and specialty resins based on PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoates). Metabolix's proprietary biotechnology platform enables the creation of specialty biopolymers for use in a broad range of applications such as construction and packaging materials, as well as industrial, consumer and personal care products.

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For more information, please visit www.metabolix.com.   (MBLX-E)

Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The forward-looking statements in this release do not constitute guarantees of future performance. Investors are cautioned that statements in this press release which are not strictly historical, including, without limitation, statements regarding the Company's business plans and strategies; expectations for pilot and commercial scale PHA biopolymer manufacturing; expected market demand and commercialization plans for the Company's PHA biopolymer products; business plans and funding for the crop science program; expected future financial results and cash requirements; plans for obtaining additional funding; and expectations for future research, product development and collaborations constitute forward-looking statements.  Such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated, including the risks and uncertainties detailed in Metabolix's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 filed on March 25, 2015. Metabolix assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release or with respect to the announcements described herein.


(in thousands, except share and per share data)
   Three Months Ended
September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
September 30,
  2015 2014  2015 2014
Product revenue $209  $115  $394  $428 
Grant revenue 327  390  1,249  1,301 
License fee and royalty revenue 173  127  455  215 
Total revenue 709  632  2,098  1,944 
Costs and expenses:         
Cost of product revenue 347  786  521  1,372 
Research and development 4,088  4,088  12,332  13,280 
Selling, general, and administrative 2,156  2,472  7,086  8,269 
Total costs and expenses 6,591  7,346  19,939  22,921 
Loss from continuing operations (5,882) (6,714) (17,841) (20,977)
Other income (expense):        
Interest income, net 1  4  3  6 
Other income (expense), net 33  2  74  10 
Total other income (expense), net 34  6  77  16 
Net loss from continuing operations (5,848) (6,708) (17,764) (20,961)
Discontinued operations:        
Loss from discontinued operations    (294)   (1,430)
Loss from write down of assets held for sale   (891)   (891)
Total loss from discontinued operations   (1,185)   (2,321)
Net loss $(5,848) $(7,893) $(17,764) $(23,282)
Basic and diluted net loss per share:        
Net loss from continuing operations $(0.22) $(0.71) $(0.73) $(2.99 )
Net loss from discontinued operations   (0.13)   (0.33)
Net loss per share $(0.22) $(0.84) $(0.73) $(3.32)
Number of shares used in per share calculations:        
Basic & Diluted 26,979,598  9,381,316  24,234,043  7,017,749 

(in thousands)
  September 30,
 December 31,
Current Assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $17,894  $20,046 
Accounts receivable 276  45 
Due from related parties 147  112 
Unbilled receivables 288  420 
Inventory  375  586 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,443  756 
Total current assets 20,423  21,965 
Restricted cash 619  619 
Property and equipment, net 908  456 
Other assets 170  95 
Total assets $22,120  $23,135 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity    
Current Liabilities:    
Accounts payable  $448  $333 
Accrued expenses 3,590  3,709 
Deferred revenue 154  147 
Total current liabilities 4,192  4,189 
Other long-term liabilities  150  150 
Total liabilities 4,342  4,339 
Commitments and contingencies    
Stockholders' Equity:    
Preferred stock ($0.01 par value per share); 5,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued or outstanding    
Common stock ($0.01 par value per share); 250,000,000 shares authorized at September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014; 26,981,214 and 22,530,322 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively 270  225 
Additional paid-in capital 337,416  320,707 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (72) (64)
Accumulated deficit (319,836) (302,072)
Total stockholders' equity 17,778  18,796 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $22,120  $23,135 

(in thousands) 
  Nine Months
Ended September 30,
  2015 2014
Cash flows from operating activities     
Net loss $(17,764) $(23,282)
Loss from discontinued operation   (2,321)
Loss from continuing operations (17,764)  (20,961)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash used in operating activities:    
Depreciation 167  430 
Charge for 401(k) company common stock match 291  332 
Stock-based compensation 1,483  1,912 
Inventory impairment 202  886 
Gain on sale of property and equipment (33)  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:    
Accounts receivables (231) 769 
Due from related party (35) (49)
Unbilled receivables 132  34 
Inventory 9  191 
Prepaid expenses and other assets (687) 254 
Accounts payable 48  (211)
Accrued expenses 18  (1,355)
Deferred rent and other long-term liabilities   (50)
Deferred revenue 7  (364)
Net cash used by continuing operations for operating activities (16,393) (18,182)
Net cash used by discontinued operations for operating activities   (460)
Net cash used in operating activities (16,393) (18,642)
Cash flows from investing activities    
Purchase of property and equipment (498) (153)
Proceeds from sale of equipment 40   
Purchase of short-term investments   (1,508)
Proceeds from the sale and maturity of short-term investments   13,019 
Net cash (used by) provided by investing activities (458) 11,358 
Cash flows from financing activities    
Proceeds from options exercised    300 
Proceeds from private placement offerings, net of issuance costs 14,703  24,913 
Net cash provided by financing activities 14,703   25,213 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (4) (141)
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (2,152) 17,788 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 20,046  7,698 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $17,894  $25,486 
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash information:    
Purchase of property and equipment included in accounts payable and accrued expenses $128  $ 
Offering costs included in accrued expenses $75  $ 
Restricted stock units issued to settle incentive compensation obligation $305  $ 


Metabolix Inquiries:

Lynne H. Brum, (617) 682-4693, LBrum@metabolix.com

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