Calyxt, Inc. Reports its Fourth Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

Publié le 06 mars 2023

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New York, NY – March 6, 2023 – Cellectis S.A. (Euronext Growth: ALCLS - NASDAQ: CLLS), a clinical-stage biotechnology company using its pioneering gene-editing platform to develop life-saving cell and gene therapies, announced today that Calyxt, Inc. (Nasdaq: CLXT), a plant-based synthetic biology company for which Cellectis owns 49.1% (as of December 31, 2022) of its issued and outstanding common stock, today announced operating and financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2022. The contents of Calyxt’s announcement are included below:

- Announced proposed merger with Cibus Global and filed initial registration statement on Form S-4

—Current customer projects under development are on track—

—Signed agreement with Evologic Technologies to further develop and scale production of its Plant Cell Matrix™ and BioFactoryTM technologies—


Merger Agreement with Cibus

On January 17, 2023, Calyxt announced it had entered into a definitive merger agreement with Cibus Global, LLC (Cibus), a leader in precision gene editing in agriculture, under which Calyxt and Cibus will merge in an all-stock transaction. The merger will create a new industry-leading company that combines the two pioneers in agriculture-based gene editing and establishes one of the world's most sophisticated facilities for trait development and next-generation plant breeding.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, Calyxt will issue shares of its common stock to Cibus shareholders in an exchange ratio such that upon completion of the merger, Calyxt shareholders will own approximately 5% of the combined company, subject to adjustments permitted by the merger agreement. The Boards of Directors of both companies have unanimously approved the transaction. Concurrent with the execution of the merger agreement, certain officers of Calyxt, all of Calyxt's directors, and Cellectis S.A., Calyxt's largest shareholder, executed support agreements in favor of the merger. These support agreements provide 49.8% approval from Calyxt shareholders. A majority of Cibus' shareholders have also provided support agreements in favor of the transaction. The merger is expected to close in the second quarter of 2023, subject to customary closing conditions, including approval of the merger by the shareholders of Calyxt.

"Cibus is an excellent strategic fit for Calyxt given our complementary technology platforms, and the merger provides a great opportunity to leverage multiple synergies to drive innovation and shareholder value," said Michael A. Carr, President and Chief Executive Officer of Calyxt. "I am deeply proud of the significant accomplishments made by our team and their commitment to further the science of biotechnology and synthetic biology in significant ways."

Upon closing of the transaction, the combined company, renamed Cibus Inc., is expected to trade on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the proposed ticker symbol CBUS. The current Cibus management team will lead the new combined organization with Rory Riggs assuming the roles of Chair of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer. Corporate headquarters for the combined company will be located in San Diego, California and Calyxt’s offices, laboratory, and breeding facilities in Roseville, Minnesota will remain operational as a key site for the combined company.

On February 14, 2023, Calyxt filed a registration statement on Form S-4 (the “Registration Statement”) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Registration Statement contains a preliminary proxy statement / prospectus in connection with the transaction. Although the Registration Statement has not yet become effective and the information contained therein is subject to change, it provides important information about Calyxt and the proposed transactions.

Other key accomplishments in the fourth quarter of 2022, and through the date of this press release, include the following:

Current Customer Projects Under Development are on Track

·    Calyxt continued to progress the pilot project for a major consumer packaged goods company with delivery of initial quantities of a plant-based chemistry for customer evaluation expected in the second quarter of 2023.

·    Calyxt continued to progress the development of its soybean-based palm oil alternative plant trait and it achieved the first milestone payment in the fourth quarter of 2022, with the overall project scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2024, at which time the second milestone payment would be due.

Signed Agreement with Global Infrastructure Partner to Enable Growth and Scale of Calyxt’s Proprietary Plant Cell Matrix and BioFactory Technologies

·    On October 6, 2022, Calyxt announced that it signed an agreement with a manufacturing partner, Evologic Technologies GmbH (Evologic), to further develop and scale Calyxt’s proprietary Plant Cell Matrix (PCMTM) and BioFactory technologies. Evologic's contract development and manufacturing services, based on its proprietary bioprocessing platform and technology, supports companies delivering unique and sustainable bioproducts. Under the terms of the agreement, Evologic will work alongside Calyxt to grow and scale Calyxt's proprietary PCM structures and is currently scaling one PCM for Calyxt.

Additional Updates

·    In early November 2022, Calyxt reached a settlement with one of its technology vendors regarding alleged intellectual property infringement. As a result of the settlement, Calyxt received $750 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2022 and received another $750 thousand earlier in the first quarter of 2023.

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2022

·    Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash totaled $3.5 million as of December 31, 2022.

·    Revenue was nominal in the fourth quarter of 2022 compared to $1.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. The decrease in revenue was driven by the late 2021 completion of the wind-down of the Company’s soybean product line. Revenue in the fourth quarter of 2022 was primarily associated with the Company’s agreement with a food ingredient manufacturer to develop a palm oil alternative.

·    Total operating expenses were $3.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2022 compared to $6.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. The decrease was driven by actions taken by management to lower Calyxt’s operating expenses.

·    Cash runway, considering interim funding to be provided by Cibus as described in the  Merger Agreement, is sufficient to fund operations through the second quarter of 2023.

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