Cesca Therapeutics Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results And Provides Business Update

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., Nov. 17, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cesca Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:KOOL), a market leader in automated cellular processing and point-of-care autologous cell-based therapeutics, today reported first quarter financial results for 2017 and provided an update to investors.

First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Net revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2016 were $3.8 million compared to $2.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015.  Improved revenues were primarily a result of stocking orders for AXP disposables.  Res-Q products also increased as a result of a final shipment to our largest distributor consistent with the Company's plan to withdraw the product from the market.

The Company's gross profit was $1.4 million, or 37% of net revenues, for the three months ended September 30, 2016, compared to $0.4 million, or 13%, for the corresponding fiscal 2016 period.  Gross profit increased primarily due to lower overhead costs as a result of the Company's September 2015 restructuring initiative to reduce headcount primarily associated with our cord blood banking product line and higher inventory reserves in the first quarter of fiscal 2016.

Operating Expenses were $3.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016, compared to $4.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015.  The decrease is primarily due to lower personnel costs as a result of the Company's September 2015 restructuring initiative and a reduction in rent expense associated with consolidation of the Company's US operations into its Rancho Cordova facility.

Net loss was $22.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016, compared to $3.4 million for the corresponding fiscal 2016 period.  The increase in net loss was primarily due to non-cash charges of $20.4 million of interest expenses and amortization of debt discount associated with converting $12.5 million of convertible debt into common stock.  These non-cash charges were partially offset by the increase in gross profit and decrease in operating expenses as previously described.

In addition to the results reported in accordance with U.S. GAAP, Cesca also uses a non-GAAP measure, adjusted EBITDA, to evaluate operating performance and to facilitate comparisons with historical results and trends.  Adjusted EBITDA loss was $1.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016, compared to $3.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015.  The decrease in adjusted EBITDA loss was the result of improved gross profit and lower operating expenses as already described.

"I am pleased with the results for the quarter," Dr. Xiaochun "Chris" Xu, our interim CEO, commented.  "Our long-term goal is first and foremost to continue to build a company that has a strong leadership position in point-of-care devices, providing the clinician with in-the-operating-room-use of cellular processing capabilities; and secondly, to continue to build a robust pipeline for autologous cell-based therapeutics, ultimately providing Cesca with a competitive advantage in the growing regenerative medicine field."

Company's Conference Call and WebcastManagement will host a conference call on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 2:00 PM Pacific (5:00 PM Eastern).

The call can be accessed by dialing 1-800-860-2442 within the U.S. or 1-412-858-4600 outside the U.S. and referencing, "Cesca".  The Company's management will be on the call to discuss the first quarter results and other corporate events, followed by a Q&A session.  Participants are asked to call the assigned number approximately five minutes before the conference call begins. 

To listen to the audio webcast of the call during or after the event, please visit: https://services.choruscall.com/links/kool161110.html

ReplayA replay of the conference call will be available two hours after the call for the following five business days by dialing 1-877-344-7529 within the U.S. or 1-412-317-0088 outside the U.S. and entering the following account number when prompted ' 10095391 '.

About Cesca Therapeutics Inc.Cesca Therapeutics Inc. ( www.cescatherapeutics.com) is engaged in the research, development, and commercialization of cellular therapies and delivery systems for use in regenerative medicine. The Company is a leader in the development and manufacture of automated blood and bone marrow processing systems that enable the separation, processing and preservation of cell and tissue therapeutics.  These include:
  • The SurgWerks™ System (in development) - a proprietary system comprised of the SurgWerks Processing Platform, including devices and analytics, and indication-specific SurgWerks Procedure  Kits  for use in regenerative stem cell therapy at the point-of-care for  vascular and orthopedic diseases.
  • The CellWerks™ System (in development) - a proprietary cell processing system with associated analytics for intra-laboratory preparation of adult stem cells from bone marrow or blood.
  • The AutoXpress® System (AXP ®) - a proprietary automated device and companion sterile disposable for concentrating hematopoietic stem cells from cord blood.
  • The MarrowXpress™ System (MXP™) - a derivative product of the AXP and its accompanying sterile disposable for the isolation and concentration of hematopoietic stem cells from bone marrow.
  • The BioArchive® System - an automated cryogenic device used by cord blood banks for the cryopreservation and storage of cord blood stem cell concentrate for future use.
  • Manual bag sets for use in the processing and cryogenic storage of cord blood.

Forward-Looking StatementThe statements contained herein may include statements of future expectations and other forward-looking statements that are based on management's current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. A more complete description of risks that could cause actual events to differ from the outcomes predicted by Cesca Therapeutics' forward-looking statements is set forth under the caption "Risk Factors" in Cesca Therapeutics annual report on Form 10-K and other reports it files with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, and you should consider each of those factors when evaluating the forward-looking statements.
Cesca Therapeutics Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
         
(in thousands)   September 30, 2016   June 30, 2016
ASSETS        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 5,608     $ 5,835  
Accounts receivable, net     3,010       3,169  
Inventories     3,357       3,593  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     203       246  
         
Total current assets     12,178       12,843  
         
Equipment, net     3,011       2,962  
Goodwill     13,195       13,195  
Intangible assets, net     20,723       20,821  
Other assets     78       78  
         
Total assets   $ 49,185     $ 49,899  
         
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable   $ 1,821     $ 2,648  
Other current liabilities     2,125       2,894  
         
Total current liabilities     3,946       5,542  
         
Long-term liabilities     8,912       12,084  
         
Stockholders' equity     36,327       32,273  
         
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 49,185     $ 49,899  
                 

Cesca Therapeutics Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
 
    Three Months Ended September 30,
(in thousands)   2016   2015
Net revenues   $ 3,767     $ 2,823  
         
Cost of revenues     2,385       2,456  
         
Gross profit     1,382       367  
         
Expenses:        
Sales and marketing     481       632  
         
Research and development     670       1,097  
         
General and administration     2,179       2,552  
         
Total operating expenses     3,330       4,281  
         
Loss from operations     (1,948 )     (3,914 )
         
Interest expense     (10,535 )     (7 )
Amortization of debt discount     (9,851 )     (13 )
Fair value change of derivative instruments     (326 )     1,426  
Registration rights liquidated damages     --       (880 )
Other income and (expenses)     215       (9 )
         
Net loss   $ (22,445 )   $ (3,397 )
         
Foreign currency translation adjustments     2       (25 )
                 
Comprehensive loss   $ (22,443 )   $ (3,422 )
         

Cesca Therapeutics Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
     
(in thousands)   Three Months EndedSeptember 30,
    2016   2015
Cash flows from operating activities:        
Net cash used in operating activities     (2,009 )     (1,305 )
         
Cash flows from investing activities:        
Capital expenditures     (154 )     (187 )
         
Cash flows from financing activities:        
Proceeds from convertible debentures, net of financing costs     --       4,720  
Payments on capital lease obligations     (23 )     (14 )
Proceeds from issuance of common stock, net     2,091       --  
Repurchase of common stock     (134 )     (5 )
         
Net cash provided by financing activities     1,934       4,701  
         
Effects of foreign currency rate changes on cash and cash equivalents     2       (7 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents     (227 )     3,202  
         
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period     5,835       3,357  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 5,608     $ 6,559  
         
Supplemental non-cash financing and investing information:        
Derivative obligation related to issuance of warrants   $ --     $ 4,282  
Common stock issued for payment of convertible debentures and interest   $ 23,905     $ --  
             

Cesca Therapeutics Inc.
Adjusted EBITDA
(Unaudited)
 
(in thousands)   Three Months Ended September 30,
    2016   2015
Loss from operations   $ (1,948 )   $ (3,914 )
         
Add (subtract):        
         
Depreciation and amortization     261       365  
         
Stock-based compensation expense     298       343  
         
Adjusted EBITDA loss   $ (1,389 )   $ (3,206 )
                 
Company Contact: Cesca Therapeutics Inc. ir@cescatherapeutics.comInvestor Contact: The Ruth Group Lee Roth / Tram Bui 646-536-7012 / 7035 lroth@theruthgroup.com / tbui@theruthgroup.com

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