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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
 
FORM 8-K
 
CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) May 10, 2018
 
YIELD10 BIOSCIENCE, INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
 
DELAWARE
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)
 
001-33133
 
04-3158289
(Commission File Number)
 
(IRS Employer Identification No.)
 
19 Presidential Way, Woburn, Massachusetts
 
01801
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
 
(Zip Code)
 
(617) 583-1700
(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)
 
 
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits
Signatures
Exhibit 99.1






Item 2.02 Results Of Operations and Financial Condition.
 
On May 10, 2018, Yield10 Bioscience, Inc. issued a press release announcing the financial results for its fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2018. A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1. This information, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Exchange Act, or incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.






Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
 
(d) Exhibits.
 
Exhibit
 
 
No.
 
Description
 
Press Release dated May 10, 2018 announcing financial results for quarter ending March 31, 2018.






SIGNATURES
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
 
 
YIELD10 BIOSCIENCE, INC.
 
 
 
Date: May 10, 2018
By:
/s/ Oliver P. Peoples
 
 
Oliver P. Peoples
 
 
President & Chief Executive Officer



Exhibit
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Yield10 Bioscience Announces First Quarter 2018 Financial Results
WOBURN, Mass. - May 10, 2018 - Yield10 Bioscience, Inc. (Nasdaq:YTEN), a Company developing new technologies to achieve step-change improvements in crop yield to enhance global food security, today reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2018.

“In the first quarter, our team was focused on executing activities needed to enable the start of our 2018 Field Tests in Canada and the U.S.,” said Oliver P. Peoples, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Yield10 Bioscience. “In our field tests we will evaluate versions of our second generation C3003 in Camelina and canola to generate proof-points and guide further development of this promising seed yield trait. We will also test genome-edited C3008 in Camelina in the field for the first time this growing season. C3008 is a key trait in a series of traits we are investigating to re-engineer oil biosynthesis as a strategy to increase oil content in oilseed crops.”
“Our research team continues to make solid progress deploying our novel C3000 and C4000 series yield traits and trait combinations into plants for further evaluation. In addition, our team authored two recent scientific papers providing insights into how we are using metabolic engineering concepts to drive innovations in crop yield and how we successfully identified two novel global transcription factors that are enabling us to develop strategies to identify novel yield traits in a variety of commercial crops. We look forward to maintaining our momentum and achieving our corporate milestones as 2018 progresses,” said Dr. Peoples.
Recent Highlights
2018 Field Test Program
Yield10 will test versions of its novel yield trait gene C3003 in Camelina and canola as part of its 2018 Field Test program and will grow C3003 soybean lines primarily to bulk up seed for field tests planned for 2019. The Company recently obtained regulatory permits allowing these tests to be conducted at sites in Canada. In addition, Yield10 plans to conduct a study in the U.S. of Camelina lines that have been genome-edited to inactivate the C3008 gene as part of a new multi-gene trait approach to increase seed oil content and to potentially improve oil stability. Yield10 expects to begin



planting during the second quarter with timing dependent upon suitable weather and soil conditions, and to report results of the field tests beginning in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Genome-edited Traits to Boost Oil Content in Oilseed Crops
In the first quarter, Yield10 researchers completed genome-editing in Camelina of a triple combination trait stack consisting of C3008a, C3008b and C3009. This multi-trait approach to improve carbon flow in oil biosynthesis pathways is intended to result in increased seed oil content and potentially improved oil stability. Yield10 intends to apply to USDA-APHIS for “non-regulated” status, and if granted, field test the plants in the U.S.
Recent Yield10 Publications
Yield10 published a paper entitled “Metabolic Engineering to Increase Crop Yield: From Concept to Execution,” in Plant Science. The research discusses how trait discovery programs can benefit from smart approaches that incorporate predictive models to identify novel gene targets to increase yields in key crops. The paper references Yield10’s own trait discovery program, and examines various external factors that impact the cost and timeline to reach commercialization.
 
Yield10 published a second research paper entitled “Novel Transcription Factors PvBMY1 and PvBMY3 increase biomass yield in greenhouse grown switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.).” Yield10 refers to these transcription factors as the C4001 and C4003 trait genes, respectively. The authors describe the identification of these two previously uncharacterized global transcription factor genes (GTFs). Yield10 researchers showed that using genetic engineering to increase the activity of the GTF genes in switchgrass plants resulted in large increases in photosynthesis and biomass yield. The researchers also reported the identification of genes closely related to C4001 and C4003 in major food and feed crops including corn, soybean, and rice. These genes could enable the identification of new gene targets accessible through genome-editing for boosting seed yield.

FIRST QUARTER 2018 FINANCIAL OVERVIEW
Yield10 Bioscience 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 first quarter of 2018 with $11.6 million in unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments. The Company’s net cash used in operating activities during the first quarter of 2018 was $3.0 million, which was an increase of $0.6 million from the $2.4 million used for operating activities during the first quarter of 2017. The increase was primarily the result of lower first quarter grant revenue and the Company's payment of 2017 employee performance bonuses during the first quarter of 2018.



The Company anticipates net cash usage of approximately $9.0 million to $9.5 million during its fiscal year ending December 31, 2018, including final payments of $0.5 million during the first half of 2018 related to its restructuring that was undertaken during 2016.
For the first quarter ending March 31, 2018, the Company reported a net loss of $2.3 million, or $0.24 per share. The Company reported a net loss of $2.1 million or $0.74 per share, for the first quarter of 2017.
Total government grant revenue for the first quarter of 2018 was $0.1 million, compared to $0.3 million recorded during the first quarter of the previous year. The $0.2 million decrease reflects the transitional impact of the wind-down of the Company's Camelina grant with the U.S. Department of Energy while it also waited for the new sub-award with Michigan State University to become effective during April 2018. Research and development expenses and general and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017 were flat at $1.1 million and $1.3 million, respectively, and reflects the Company's achievement of a baseline level of operations that are scaled to its current available resources.
Conference Call Information
Yield10 Bioscience management will host a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. (ET) to discuss first quarter 2018 results. The Company also will provide an update on the business and answer questions from the investor community. A live webcast of the call with slides can be accessed through the Company's website at www.yield10bio.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 13677652. The replay will be available for 14 days. In addition, the webcast will be archived on the Company's website in the investor relations section.
About Yield10 Bioscience
Yield10 Bioscience, Inc. is focused on developing new technologies to achieve step-change improvements in crop yield to enhance global food security. Yield10 has an extensive track record of innovation based around optimizing the flow of carbon in living systems. Yield10 is leveraging its technology platforms and unique knowledge base to design precise alterations to gene activity and the flow of carbon in plants to produce higher yields with lower inputs of land, water or fertilizer. Yield10 is advancing several yield traits it has developed in crops such as Camelina, canola, soybean and rice. Yield10 is headquartered in Woburn, MA and has an Oilseeds Center of Excellence in Saskatoon, Canada.




For more information visit www.yield10bio.com
(YTEN-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 statements, including, without limitation, expectations regarding Yield10’s research and development, collaborations, intellectual property, the reproducibility of data from field tests, the translation of yield improvements from Camelina to other crops, the potential to produce improvements in seed yield and oil content, the timing of completion of additional greenhouse and field test studies, the signing of research licenses and collaborations, and value creation as well as the Company’s cash position, cash forecasts, and progress of Yield10 Bioscience, Inc., 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 Yield10 Bioscience’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Yield10 Bioscience assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release or with respect to the announcements described herein.
Yield10 Inquiries:
Lynne H. Brum, (617) 682-4693, LBrum@yield10bio.com
Investor Relations Contact:
Amato and Partners, LLC
admin@amatoandpartners.com
Media Inquiries:
Eric Fischgrund, FischTank Marketing and PR
eric@fischtankpr.com

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YIELD10 BIOSCIENCE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
UNAUDITED
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)



 
Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
2018
 
2017
Revenue:
 
 
 
Grant revenue
$
60

 
$
324

Total revenue
60

 
324

 
 
 
 
Expenses:
 
 
 
Research and development
1,094

 
1,109

General and administrative
1,273

 
1,276

Total expenses
2,367

 
2,385

Loss from operations
(2,307
)
 
(2,061
)
 
 
 
 
Other income (net):
 
 
 
Interest income, net
35

 
1

Other expense, net
(18
)
 
(32
)
Total other income (expense), net
17

 
(31
)
Net loss
$
(2,290
)
 
$
(2,092
)
 
 
 
 
Basic and diluted net loss per share
$
(0.24
)
 
$
(0.74
)
 
 
 
 
Number of shares used in per share calculations:
 
 
 
Basic & Diluted
9,698,726

 
2,839,963






YIELD10 BIOSCIENCE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
UNAUDITED
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)



 
 
March 31,
2018

December 31,
2017
Assets
 
 
 
 
Current Assets:
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
7,583

 
$
14,487

Short-term investments
 
3,991

 

Accounts receivable
 
42

 
54

Unbilled receivables
 
36

 
65

Prepaid expenses and other current assets
 
442

 
311

Total current assets
 
12,094

 
14,917

Restricted cash
 
317

 
317

Property and equipment, net
 
1,526

 
1,539

Other assets
 
103

 
109

Total assets
 
$
14,040

 
$
16,882

 
 
 
 
 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
 
 
 
 
Current Liabilities:
 
 
 
 
Accounts payable
 
$
80

 
$
76

Accrued expenses
 
1,352

 
2,299

Total current liabilities
 
1,432

 
2,375

Lease incentive obligation, net of current portion
 
973

 
1,005

Total liabilities
 
2,405

 
3,380

 
 
 
 
 
Commitments and contingencies
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
Stockholders’ Equity:
 
 
 
 
Series A Convertible Preferred Stock ($0.01 par value per share); 5,000,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017; 0 and 1,826 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively
 

 
818

Common stock ($0.01 par value per share); 40,000,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017; 9,968,455 and 9,089,159 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively
 
100

 
91

Additional paid-in capital
 
356,667

 
355,431

Accumulated other comprehensive loss
 
(89
)
 
(85
)
Accumulated deficit
 
(345,043
)
 
(342,753
)
Total stockholders’ equity
 
11,635

 
13,502

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
 
$
14,040

 
$
16,882





YIELD10 BIOSCIENCE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
UNAUDITED
(In thousands)




Three Months Ended
   March 31,
 
2018
 
2017
Cash flows from operating activities
 
 
 
Net loss
$
(2,290
)
 
$
(2,092
)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash used in operating activities:
 
 
 
Depreciation
47

 
53

Charge for 401(k) company common stock match
46

 
23

Stock-based compensation
281

 
264

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
 
 
 
Accounts receivables
12

 
(144
)
Due from related party

 
1

Unbilled receivables
29

 
7

Prepaid expenses and other assets
(125
)
 
(97
)
Accounts payable
(27
)
 
(5
)
Accrued expenses
(971
)
 
(168
)
Contract termination obligation and other long-term liabilities
(32
)
 
(275
)
Net cash used for operating activities
(3,030
)
 
(2,433
)


 

Cash flows from investing activities
 
 
 
Purchase of property and equipment
(3
)
 

Purchase of short-term investments
(4,002
)
 

Proceeds from the sale and maturity of short-term investments
11

 

Net cash used for investing activities
(3,994
)
 



 

Cash flows from financing activities
 
 
 
Proceeds from warrants exercised
124

 

Net cash provided by financing activities
124

 



 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash
(4
)
 
(1
)


 

Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash
(6,904
)
 
(2,434
)
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period
14,804

 
7,741

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period
$
7,900

 
$
5,307

 
 
 
 
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash information:

 

Purchase of property and equipment included in accounts payable and accrued expenses
$
31

 
$