Cash position sharply improved by the December 2015 capital increase
Reduction of net loss to €6.4m, vs. €6.5m in 2014
Growth in operating expenses kept under control and resulting from the rise of research programs
Two key milestones reached, signing of new cooperation agreements and strengthening of industrial property with 12 patents granted over the period
DEINOVE (Alternext Paris: ALDEI), an industrial biotechnology company developing innovative processes for producing biofuels and bio-based chemicals by using Deinococcus bacteria, announced today that its Board of Directors had examined and approved the 2015 annual accounts. It also called the Annual General Meeting for 10 May 2016.
Net result for 2015 is a loss of €6,356k, compared to a loss of €6,458k for the previous year. This 2% reduction in net loss was the result of good control of the Company’s operating expenses in a context of strong growth in research programs, and a favorable comparison base, in terms of non-recurring items, and, to a lesser extent, R&D Tax Credit (CIR - Crédit Impôt Recherche).
During 2015, research programs were pursued and expanded, reaching key milestones in the Company’s two main programs: DEINOL in biofuels and DEINOCHEM in green chemistry. A new research platform was launched, dedicated to the production of bio-based muconic acid, while the carotenoid platform evolved toward an integrated production model targeting its first commercial revenues by the year 2018. New industrial partnerships were forged in animal nutrition (Flint Hills Resources) and in the industrial exploitation of new sources of biomass (energy tobacco - Tyton BioEnergy Systems, forest residues - Arbiom). Technological capacities were consolidated through substantial investments in the fermentation and metabolic engineering platforms.
The net cash position reached +€12.4m at 31 December 2015, compared with +€2.2m at 31 December 2014. During the 2015 fiscal year, DEINOVE received €2.2m in milestone payments from Bpifrance and ADEME, as well as a total of €1.7m in R&D Tax Credit. The Company also raised €4.6m through the equity line funding set up with Kepler Cheuvreux at the end of 2014. Lastly, in December 2015, DEINOVE successfully undertook a €10.7m (gross) capital increase. DEINOVE considers it has the resources needed to ensure its financing through the end of 2017, not counting the aforementioned equity line funding.
“In 2015, we moved forward on all of our main programs, confirmed new opportunities for creating value with the development of our carotenoids and muconic acid and secured our financial situation thanks to the renewed trust of investors”, said Emmanuel Petiot, CEO of DEINOVE. "We plan to pursue our R&D efforts for all our programs in 2016 and we are actively working to develop new industrial partnerships for the different applications that can be served by Deinotechnologies. We continue to focus on our founding ambition: developing new production methods that are more responsible and more sustainable, and whose needs were recently confirmed by the COP21 conference.”