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Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. Reports Record Full Year 2017 Financial Results
2017 GAAP Revenues Increase 29.4% to Record $18.2 Million; Gross Margins Increase Significantly to 42%

DAVIS, Calif., March 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (“MBI” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:MBII), a leading provider of bio-based pest management and plant health products for the agriculture, turf and ornamental and water treatment markets, has provided its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2017.

Financial Highlights

  • GAAP revenues grew 29.4% to $18.2 million in 2017, compared to $14.0 million in 2016. GAAP revenues grew 23.3% to $3.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to $2.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.
  • Product shipments1 grew 16.2% to $19.0 million for 2017, compared to $16.4 million in 2016. Product shipments were $3.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to $5.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.
  • Gross margin increased significantly to 42.0% in 2017, compared to 32.2% in 2016. Gross margin increased to 46.0% in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to 39.0% in the fourth quarter of 2016.
  • In February 2018, the Company completed a comprehensive series of private placement financing and debt restructuring transactions, which generated approximately $27.3 million of net proceeds  and converted $45.0 million of prior debt into equity.

Management Commentary

“We begin 2018 healthier than ever,” said Dr. Pam Marrone, CEO of MBI. “From a capital standpoint, we have eliminated the vast majority of our debt, and we now have cash to fund operations, service our remaining indebtedness and support future development goals. The entire company is focused on accelerating revenue growth and increasing gross margins through process and scale improvements, while managing our working capital. We launched two more products in 2017 and now have seven products from six new active ingredients – unparalleled productivity.

“We were able to grow GAAP revenues almost 30% to a record $18.2 million in 2017, while significantly increasing gross margins to 42.0%. This is despite unfavorable weather in key growing regions. We continued to grow our international business by signing four new international distribution agreements to diversify geographically, which should help smooth out lumpy quarters. Our 2017 field data from around the globe showed impressive results in key crops like bananas and coffee and in a key market, Brazil.

“We launched two new commercial products in 2017: Haven®, a sun protectant, and StargusTM, a biofungicide, addressing downy mildew and white mold, which complements our existing biofungicide Regalia. Both new products have performed exceptionally well in field trials and we look forward to expanding them across the NAFTA region. We believe StargusTM and its row crop counterpart, AmplitudeTM, open up important new market segments, such as eastern grapes and succulent and dry beans, peas and lentils. An additional significant 2017 milestone was first sales of another one of our active ingredients through our valued partner, Albaugh, LLC, in the fast growing row crop seed treatment market.” 

Dr. Marrone concluded: “Our recent financing and comprehensive debt restructuring transaction was truly transformative, providing us the tools we need to aggressively execute upon our business plan. We are concentrating on enhancing our sales and marketing organization and capabilities, increasing product awareness and educating growers.”


1See notes at the end of this release for additional information related to non-GAAP financial measures.

Recent Operational Highlights

  • Launched two new Active Ingredients:  Haven® sun protectant, and StargusTM biofungicide and our first turf product, ZeltoTM bioinsecticide/nematicide.
  • Completed the development of MBI-014 (formerly 010), an organic bioherbicide, with EPA submission planned in the near-term.
  • Signed international distribution agreements for Central America, Morocco & North Africa, Kenya, Mexico and the Philippines.
  • Finalized a distribution agreement with a large water treatment company, Solenis LLC, for Zequanox.
  • Implemented a strategy and focus to address grower demand of MBI products within the cannabis market through the creation of smaller pack sizes, hiring a cannabis segment sales specialist and utilizing Amazon as a direct-to-consumer sales channel.
  • Albaugh, LLC, a major agrichemical company, had a successful launch season with their BIOSTTM seed treatment containing a MBI microorganism, showing yield increases over the competitive standards. Seed treatment for row crops is a growth driver for MBI.
  • As part of MBI’s collaboration with Evogene, transgenic plants carrying genes from MBI’s novel insecticidal bacteria were developed and showed promising efficacy (100% kill) against pest caterpillars.
  • Realized exceptional results from field trials in several countries around the globe, such as key banana, citrus and coffee diseases and pests.  Particularly noteworthy are results from Brazil, paving the way for registration of Grandevo, Venerate and Majestene.

Conference Call and Webcast

Management will host an investor conference call today at 2:00 p.m. PST (5:00 p.m. EST) to discuss Marrone Bio Innovation’s fourth quarter and full year 2017 financial results, provide a corporate update, and conclude with a Q&A from participants. To participate, please use the following information:

Q4 2017 Conference Call and Webcast
Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m. Pacific time (5:00 p.m. Eastern time)
U.S. Dial-in: 1-800-239-9838
International Dial-in: 1-323-794-2551
Conference ID: 3589839

Please dial in at least 10 minutes before the start of the call to ensure timely participation.

A playback of the call will be available through April 29, 2018. To listen, call 1-844-512-2921 within the United States or 1-412-317-6671 when calling internationally. Please use the replay pin number 3589839. A webcast will also be available for 30 days on the IR section of the Marrone Bio Innovations website or by clicking here: MBII Q4 2017 Webcast.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company uses product shipments, which is not defined by, or presented in accordance with, generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), to evaluate various aspects of its business. Product shipments is a non-GAAP financial measure and should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, product revenues reported in accordance with GAAP. Product shipments as used in this press release is defined as product revenues, plus related party product revenues, if any, plus the incremental amount of deferred revenues accrued during the applicable period. This calculation specifically excludes changes in deferred revenue related to license revenues and customer deposits and is intended to approximate the total value of products sold and under contract for sale in a given period. Product shipments, as defined by the Company, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. The Company’s management uses this non-GAAP financial measure in order to have comparable results to analyze sales performance from quarter to quarter. The Company has chosen to provide this supplemental information regarding its sales in a given period to investors to facilitate a meaningful evaluation of actual operating results on a comparable basis with historical results, including to track product adoption, and to assist investors in their valuation of the Company. In future periods, the calculation of product shipments may be different than in this release.

    (In Thousands)     (In Thousands)  
    2017     2016     2017     2016  
Product revenues   $ 3,260     $ 2,632     $ 17,935     $ 13,715  
Change in deferred product revenue(a)     574       2,583       1,086       2,651  
Product shipments   $ 3,834     $ 5,215     $ 19,021     $ 16,366  

(a) Change in deferred product revenue is defined as the increase in the amount of deferred product revenues accrued during the applicable period, less prior deferred product revenues recognized during the applicable period, excluding the change in deferred revenue associated with license fees and customer deposits. For the three months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, deferred license revenues decreased $58 thousand and $58 thousand, respectively, and $232 thousand and $327 thousand for the year ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively.

The use of product shipments has certain limitations. The Company's presentation of this non-GAAP financial measure may be different from the presentation used by other companies, and therefore comparability may be limited. We compensate for these limitations by providing the relevant disclosure of our product revenues, related party revenues, deferred revenues and other items both in our reconciliations to the historical GAAP financial measures and in our consolidated financial statements, all of which should be considered when evaluating our performance. Product shipments are used in addition to and in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP, and should not be considered as an alternative to product revenues, deferred revenues, total revenues, operating income, or any other operating performance measure prescribed by GAAP, nor should these measures be relied upon to the exclusion of GAAP financial measures. Product shipments reflects an additional way of viewing our operations that we believe, when viewed with our GAAP results and the reconciliations to the corresponding historical GAAP financial measures, provides a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting our business than could be obtained absent this disclosure. Management strongly encourages investors to review our financial information in its entirety, including the attached unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements, and not to rely on a single financial measure.

About Marrone Bio Innovations

Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (NASDAQ:MBII) strives to lead the movement to a more sustainable world through the discovery, development and promotion of biological products for pest management and plant health. MBI’s effective and environmentally responsible pest management solutions help customers operate more sustainably while uniquely improving plant health and increasing crop yields. MBI’s currently available commercial products are Regalia®, Grandevo®, Venerate®, Majestene®, Haven® StargusTM, AmplitudeTM, ZeltoTM and Zequanox®. MBI also distributes Bio-tam 2.0® for Isagro USA and Jet-Ag® for Jet Harvest in most regions of the U.S.

Marrone Bio Innovations is dedicated to pioneering smart biopesticide solutions that support a better tomorrow for both farmers, turf managers and consumers around the globe. For more information, please visit

Marrone Bio Innovations Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve substantial risks and uncertainties.  All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release regarding strategy, future operations and plans, including assumptions underlying such statements, are forward-looking statements, and should not be relied upon as representing MBI’s views as of any subsequent date.  Examples of such statements include statements regarding the strength of the Company’s operations and financial position for 2018, anticipated cash resources for continued operations, sales of the Company’s products, enhancement of the Company’s marketing efforts, the impact of the Company’s portfolio development strategy, planned regulatory submissions and potential approvals, anticipated product launches, the potential benefits of the Company’s products, MBI’s efforts with respect to marketing in U.S. and international markets, and results of potential third-party collaborations. Such forward-looking statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date of this release and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, some beyond the Company's control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements, including consumer, regulatory and other factors affecting demand for the Company’s products, any difficulty in marketing MBI’s products in global markets, competition in the market for pest management products, lack of understanding of bio-based pest management products by customers and growers, and adverse decisions by regulatory agencies and other relevant third parties, and any inability to raise capital to fund operations and service the Company’s debt.  Additional information that could lead to material changes in MBI’s performance is contained in its filings with the SEC.  MBI is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any responsibility to, update or alter forward-looking statements contained in this release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Marrone Bio Innovations Contacts:

Pam Marrone, CEO and Founder
Jim Boyd, CFO
Telephone: +1 (530) 750-2800

Investor Relations:

Greg Falesnik
Managing Director
MZ Group – MZ North America
Main: 949-385-6449           

Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In Thousands, Except Par Value)
    DECEMBER 31,
    2017   2016
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $  786     $   9,609  
Restricted cash, current portion     487                1,444  
Accounts receivable       3,785           3,592  
Inventories, net        9,827            8,482  
Deferred cost of product revenues        3,063        2,688  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets       1,380        1,060  
Total current assets     19,328       26,875  
Property, plant and equipment, net      16,016         17,343  
Restricted cash, less current portion        1,560         1,560  
Other assets             219         205  
Total assets   $ 37,123     $ 45,983  
Liabilities and stockholders' deficit        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable   $   3,800     $  1,385  
Accrued liabilities        8,598        5,508  
Accrued interest due to related parties       1,622        1,618  
Deferred revenue, current portion     6,193         5,647  
Derivative liability       674          —  
Capital lease obligations, current portion        —         839  
Debt, current portion     1,524        252  
Total current liabilities     22,411       15,249  
Deferred revenue, less current portion      2,046           1,787  
Debt, less current portion      24,550       21,083  
Debt due to related parties      37,822       36,667  
Other liabilities     1,287         1,381  
Total liabilities      88,116        76,167  
Commitments and contingencies (Note 12)        
Stockholders' deficit:        
Preferred stock: $0.00001 par value; 20,000 shares authorized and no shares issued or outstanding at December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016       —              —  
Common stock: $0.00001 par value; 250,000 shares authorized, 31,351 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2017 and 24,661 as of December 31, 2016          —               —  
Additional paid in capital     214,921       204,463  
Accumulated deficit     (265,914 )     (234,647 )
Total stockholders' deficit     (50,993 )     (30,184 )
Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit   $ 37,123     $ 45,983  
See accompanying notes.

Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
    2017   2016   2015
Product   $ 17,935     $ 13,715     $ 8,976  
License      232         327         333  
Related party      —        —         492  
Total revenues     18,167       14,042       9,801  
Cost of product revenues, including cost of product revenues to related parties of $0, $0 and $254 for the years ended December 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively     10,528       9,522         9,256  
Gross profit       7,639         4,520         545  
Operating Expenses:            
Research, development and patent     11,012       9,670        13,500  
Selling, general and administrative     20,101       18,510       26,502  
Total operating expenses     31,113       28,180       40,002  
Loss from operations     (23,474 )     (23,660 )     (39,457 )
Other income (expense):            
Interest income       1         37         51  
Interest expense       (3,307 )       (2,941 )       (2,764 )
Interest expense to related parties       (4,355 )       (4,361 )       (1,599 )
Change in estimated fair value of financial instruments       (96 )       —         —  
Other income (expense), net       (36 )       (146 )       41  
Total other expense, net       (7,793 )       (7,411 )       (4,271 )
Loss before income taxes     (31,267 )     (31,071 )     (43,728 )
Income taxes       —         —         —  
Net loss   $ (31,267 )   $ (31,071 )   $ (43,728 )
Basic and diluted net loss per common share   $   (1.07 )   $   (1.26 )   $   (1.79 )
Weighted-average shares outstanding used in computing net loss per common share     29,235       24,617       24,469  
See accompanying notes.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In Thousands)
      2017       2016       2015  
Cash flows from operating activities            
Net loss   $   (31,267 )   $   (31,071 )   $   (43,728 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:            
Depreciation and amortization       2,044         2,235         3,510  
Loss (gain) on disposal of equipment       363         135         (39 )
Share-based compensation and warrants issued for services       2,114         2,669         3,811  
Non-cash interest expense       1,739         1,329         803  
Chang in fair value of financial instruments       96         —         —  
Net changes in operating assets and liabilities:            
Accounts receivable       (193 )       (1,245 )       (560 )
Inventories       (1,345 )       582         3,580  
Prepaid Expenses and other assets       (354 )       189         142  
Deferred cost of product revenues       (375 )       (1,092 )       201  
Accounts payable       2,305         (588 )       (3,486 )
Accrued and other liabilities       3,008         (219 )       (76 )
Accrued interest due to related parties       4         443         1,175  
Deferred revenue       805         2,494         29  
Deferred revenue from related parties       —         (168 )       (492 )
Customer refund liabilities       —         —         (1,044 )
Net cash used in operating activities       (21,056 )       (24,307 )       (36,174 )
Cash flows from investing activities            
Purchases of property, plant and equipment       (849 )       (209 )       (1,653 )
Proceeds from the sale of equipment       —         —         7  
Sale of property, plant and equipment       35         —         —  
Net cash used in investing activities       (814 )       (209 )       (1,646 )
Cash flows from financing activities            
Proceeds from issuance of common stock, net of offering costs       8,188         —         —  
Proceeds from issuance of debt       4,000         —         —  
Proceeds from issuance of debt due to related parties, net of financing costs       —         —         39,698  
Proceeds from secured borrowings       16,228         —         —  
Reductions in secured borrowings       (14,952 )       —         —  
Repayment of debt       (756 )       (260 )       (435 )
Financing costs       (215 )       (75 )       —  
Repayment of capital leases       (420 )       (821 )       (1,983 )
Change in restricted cash       957         15,412         (15,000 )
Exercise of stock options       17         31         54  
Net cash provided by financing activities       13,047         14,287         22,334  
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents       (8,823 )       (10,229 )       (15,486 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period       9,609         19,838         35,324  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period   $   786     $   9,609     $   19,838  
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information            
Cash paid for interest, net of capitalized interest of $0, $0, and $4 and for the years ended December 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively   $   5,926     $   5,550     $   2,297  
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing and financing activities            
Property, plant and equipment included in accounts payable and accrued liabilities   $   245     $   21     $   499  
Equipment acquired under capital leases   $   —     $   1,586     $   787  


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