EDITOR: | April 10th, 2014

Stellar Biotechnologies Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results and Recent Corporate Developments

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April 10, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) — Stellar Biotechnologies, Inc. (“Stellar” or “the Company”) (OTCQB: SBOTF) (TSX VENTURE: KLH), a leader in sustainable manufacture of Keyhole Limpet Hemocyanin (KLH), an important immune-stimulating protein used in wide-ranging therapeutic and diagnostic markets, has reported financial results for the second quarter and six months ended February 28, 2014, and provided operational highlights.

“We continue to make progress with our core KLH manufacturing and strengthen our relationships with key stakeholders and commercial partners,” said Frank Oakes, president and chief executive officer of Stellar Biotechnologies. “On the new development front, we expect completion of the secondary preclinical study in our Active Immunotherapy program for Clostridium difficile (“C. diff”) in 2014 and to publish results as soon as possible. Our financial position remains strong with approximately $15.8 million cash and equivalents which will support the enhancement of Stellar’s immunotherapy program, KLH product research, aquaculture and KLH production expansion.”

Second Quarter and Recent Business Highlights:

  • Collaborations and Supply Agreements: Stellar continues to gain high level strategic and collaborative interest from biopharma and research partners as those clinical programs advance to later stages of development. Stellar KLH technology serves as a platform for partnerships with long-term revenue, strategic, and clinical potential for the Company. In December 2013, Stellar executed a collaboration agreement with Amaran Biotechnology, Inc., to develop and evaluate methods for the manufacture of OBI-822 active immunotherapy using Stellar’s GMP grade Keyhole Limpet Hemocyanin (“KLH”). The collaboration involves an important, multinational clinical project with long-term product development and commercial potential.
  • C. diff Active Immunotherapy Program Preclinical Study Update: In December 2013, Stellar began method development for manufacturing C. difficile bacteria fermentation and cell wall polysaccharide (PS) extraction with outside contract manufacturers. Upcoming milestones in this program, expected to implement throughout 2014, include engineering runs of the Stellar C. diff PS-KLH conjugate vaccine, validation of engineering prototypes in the preclinical C. diff model, and prototype scale-up.
  • Strong Financial Position: As of February 28, 2014 Company’s current cash position is US$15.8 million. The strong financial position will continue to support the enhancement of Stellar’s immunotherapy program, KLH product research, aquaculture operations, and KLH production expansion.

Key Financials:
Second Quarter and First Six Months 2014 Results

  • Cash Position: Cash and cash equivalents as of February 28, 2014 were $15.8 million, compared to $ 7.9 million at year-end August 31, 2013. The Company believes current cash will be sufficient to meet estimated working capital requirements and fund planned program development through 2015. During the six months ended February 28, 2014, the Company received $7 million gross proceeds under private placements (with $5 million of the September 2013 private placement subscribed and received prior to August 31, 2013) and $4.2 million gross proceeds from the exercise of warrants and options.
  • As of February 28, 2014, Stellar had shareholders equity of $9.1 million and approximately 78 million shares outstanding.
  • Revenues: Revenues were $91,103 in the second quarter and $150,267 for the six months ended February 28, 2014 compared to $61,481 and $177,208 in the comparable periods in 2013. Stellar completed the NSF Phase IIB grant during the first quarter of 2014 and generated additional contract and commercial sales revenue during the second quarter.
  • R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses were $536,621 in the second quarter of 2014 and $908,452 in the six months ended February 28, 2014, compared to $236,832 and $506,460 in the comparable periods in 2013. The increase in R&D expense was largely due to an increase in method development activities for vaccine manufacturing during the period related to the C. diff active immunotherapy research program.
  • Other Operating Expenses: Other operating expenses totaled $901,455 in the second quarter of 2014 and $2,118,044 in the six months ended February 28, 2014, compared to $572,303 and $1,159,365 in the comparable periods in 2013. The increase was primarily attributable to a higher level of activity, addition of key personnel, vesting and timing of stock options, and discontinuation of the temporary voluntary salary reduction that were initiated in the prior comparison period.
  • Net Loss: Net loss was $237,953 for the second quarter of 2014 and $5.6 million for the six months ended February 28, 2014, compared to net loss of $3.6 million and $4.4 million for the comparable periods in 2013. The decrease of $3.4 net loss for the second quarter of 2014, and cumulative increase of $1.2 million net loss for the six months ended February 28, 2014 were substantially affected by fluctuations in noncash change in fair value of warrant liability. As a result of having exercise prices denominated in Canadian dollars which is not the Company’s functional currency of US dollars, some of the Company’s warrants meet the definition of derivatives and are therefore classified as derivative liabilities. The noncash fair value gains and losses in these periods are a reflection of the Company’s share price fluctuations with increases in share prices causing greater warrant liability and a loss on fair value of warrant liability, while decreases in share prices cause a gain on fair value of warrant liability. Changes in fair value of warrant liability have no impact on cash flow. If the warrants are exercised, the warrant liability is reclassified to share capital. If the warrants expire, the decrease in warrant liability offsets the changes in fair value.

To view the Company’s second quarter and six months 2014 consolidated financial statements, related notes and Management Discussion & Analysis as well as all of Stellar Biotechnologies’ past reports and filings please visit the Canadian Securities Administrators’ website (www.sedar.com). To view the Company’s filings under Form 20-F, please visit the U.S. SEC website (www.sec.gov/edgar).

Conference Call and Webcast Details:
Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Time: 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time
Conference Line (U.S.): 1-480-629-9712
International Dial-In: +1 480-629-9712
Conference ID: 4678236
Webcast: http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=108588
Q&A submission: Questions for management may be submitted via the chat feature of the live online webcast.

Please log in at least 10 minutes before the start time to ensure timely participation and appropriate web interface platform.

A playback of the call will be available from 7:00 p.m. ET on April 10, 2014 to 7:00 p.m. ET on April 24, 2014. To listen, call 1-877-870-5176 within the United States or 1-858-384-5517 when calling internationally. Please use the replay pin number 4678236. For additional information please visit the investor section at www.stellarbiotech.com.

About Stellar Biotechnologies, Inc.

Stellar Biotechnologies, Inc. (OTCQB: SBOTF) (TSX VENTURE: KLH) is the world leader in sustainable manufacture of Keyhole Limpet Hemocyanin (KLH), an important immune-stimulating protein used in wide-ranging therapeutic and diagnostic markets. KLH is both an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) in many new immunotherapies (targeting cancer, infectious diseases, and immune disorders) as well as a finished product for measuring immune status. Stellar Biotechnologies is unique in its proprietary methods, facilities, and KLH technology. We are committed to meeting the growing demand for commercial-scale supplies of GMP grade KLH, ensuring environmentally sound KLH production, and developing KLH-based active immunotherapies.

To learn more visit www.StellarBiotech.com and the KLH knowledge base www.KLHSite.org

Safe Harbor Statement

There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Readers should not place undue reliance on such statements. Except in accordance with applicable securities laws, the Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements or forward-looking statements that are incorporated by reference herein. This news release does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the Company’s securities set out herein in the United States, or to, or for the benefit or account of, a U.S. Person or person in the United States. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of these releases.

Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Financial Position
(Unaudited – Prepared by Management)
(Expressed in US Dollars )
February 28, August 31,
2014 2013
Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 15,840,974 $ 7,859,889
Other current assets 149,479 274,633
Noncurrent assets 544,466 378,836
Total Assets $ 16,534,919 $ 8,513,358
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity (Deficiency):
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 520,140 $ 454,063
Warrant liability, including current portion 6,884,098 11,200,807
Shareholders’ equity (deficiency) 9,130,681 (3,141,512 )
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity (Deficiency) $ 16,534,919 $ 8,513,358
Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Loss and Comprehensive Loss
(Unaudited – Prepared by Management)
(Expressed in US Dollars )
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
February 28, February 28, February 28, February 28,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Revenues:
Contract and collaboration income $ 72,000 $ 15,000 $ 87,000 $ 30,000
Commercial sales 19,103 9,375 26,688 39,225
Grant revenue 37,106 36,579 107,983
Total Revenues 91,103 61,481 150,267 177,208
Costs of Production, Aquaculture and Grants 96,868 100,949 218,568 264,423
Gross Margin (Loss) (5,765 ) (39,468 ) (68,301 ) (87,215 )
Operating Expenses:
Research and development 536,621 236,832 908,452 506,460
Other operating expenses 901,455 572,303 2,118,044 1,159,365
Total Operating Expenses 1,438,076 809,135 3,026,496 1,665,825
Other Income (Loss):
Foreign exchange loss (266,941 ) (29,003 ) (337,010 ) (29,954 )
Change in fair value of warrant liability 1,469,086 (2,767,283 ) (2,200,472 ) (2,628,621 )
Interest income 15,943 1,762 26,640 2,633
Income tax expense 12,200 800 12,200 800
Loss and Comprehensive Loss for the Period $ (237,953 ) $ (3,643,927 ) $ (5,617,839 ) $ (4,409,782 )
Loss per common share – basic and diluted $ (0.00 ) $ (0.07 ) $ (0.08 ) $ (0.09 )
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding 75,036,352 50,679,214 73,491,305 48,827,422
Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited – Prepared by Management)
(Expressed in US Dollars )
Six Months Ended
February 28, February 28,
2014 2013
Cash Flows Used In Operating Activities:
Loss for the period $ (5,617,839 ) $ (4,409,782 )
Items not affecting cash:
Amortization and depreciation 79,057 61,902
Share-based payments 706,423 320,689
Foreign exchange (gain) loss 24,989 29,102
Change in fair value of warrant liability 2,200,472 2,628,621
Changes in non-cash working capital items 191,231 (141,392 )
Net cash used in operating activities (2,415,667 ) (1,510,860 )
Net cash provided by financing activities 10,666,428 1,435,181
Net cash used in investing activities (244,687 ) (2,411 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (24,989 ) 852
Net change in cash and cash equivalents 7,981,085 (77,238 )
Cash and cash equivalents – beginning of period 7,859,889 998,998
Cash and cash equivalents – end of period $ 15,840,974 $ 921,760

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