SOURCE: International Stem Cell Corporation

International Stem Cell Corporation

March 27, 2013 08:00 ET

International Stem Cell Corporation Announces Fourth Quarter 2012 Financial Results and Provides Business Update

CARLSBAD, CA--(Marketwire - Mar 27, 2013) - International Stem Cell Corporation (OTCQB: ISCO) ( ("ISCO" or "the Company"), a California-based biotechnology company focused on therapeutic and biomedical products, today announced financial results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2012.

FY 2012 Highlights:

  • Made significant progress in Parkinson's program including the development of a new highly-efficient manufacturing method for generating neuronal cells and conducted preliminary toxicology and pharmacology studies in animals.
  • Added world-recognized neurobiologist, Dr. Evan Y. Snyder, head of the FDA's Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee, Director of the Stem Cells and Regenerative Biology Program at Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute, as an non-compensated member of our Board of Advisors.
  • Expanded stem cell bank to a total of fifteen human lines by adding three new cGMP-grade stem cell lines, derived in the ISCO's California facility, capable of immune-matching millions of individuals.
  • Developed a new protein-based technology to derive iPS cells without the use of viruses as in traditional methods.
  • Received a key patent issued by the USPTO covering the creation of liver and pancreas precursor cells. Performed hybrid toxicology/pharmacology study in a rodent model of Crigler-Najjar disease.
  • Progressed the Cornea program by the development of endothelial-like cells for 3D corneal structures as part of our Indian collaboration.
  • Realized 14% increase in sales in Lifeline Cell Technologies to $2.38 million for 2012.
  • Significantly expanded marketing activities, brand awareness, diversified sales channels and launched new eye firming serum in Lifeline Skin Care, all of which lead to higher sales in second half of the year.
  • Raised $7.03 million and reduced G&A expenses by 11% compared with 2011.

Three Months Ended December 31, 2012

Revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2012 totaled $1.25 million compared to $1.06 million for the same period in 2011. Sales for Lifeline Skin Care (LSC) and Lifeline Cell Technology (LCT) increased by 39% and 3%, respectively. LSC and LCT accounted for 48% and 52% of total revenue in the three months ended December 31, 2012.

Development expenses decreased by 8% to $3.65 million due primarily to reductions in cost of sales and consulting expenses relating to our research and development projects, partially offset by an increase in sales and marketing spending. General and administrative expenses were $1.89 million, reflecting relatively constant expense compared to the fourth quarter of 2011.

Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2012

Sales for the twelve months ended December 31, 2012 were $4.57 million compared to $4.53 million in 2011. LCT sales were $2.38 million, up 14% from 2011, representing 52% of total revenue in 2012. LSC revenues were $2.19 million compared to $2.45 million in 2011 reflecting a decrease of 11%.

Cost of sales was $1.27 million, or 28% of revenue, compared to $1.62 million or 36% of revenue in 2011. The Company successfully implemented efficiencies in its manufacturing and supply chain management for both LSC and LCT.

Net loss from development activities was $9.81 million, compared to $11.36 million in 2011 reflecting a reduction of $1.55 million or 14% primarily due to favorable reductions in cost of sales, research and development and general and administrative expenses.

Cash and cash equivalents totaled $0.65 million at December 31, 2012 compared to $1.34 million at December 31, 2011.

Cash outflows from operations was $6.69 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2012, down approximately $0.27 million from the prior year. The Company received approximately $4.94 million, net of stock issuance costs, from the issuance of 5,000,000 shares of Series G Preferred Stock in 2012. Additionally, we raised $2.09 million from the issuance of 5,000,000 shares of common stock to Aspire Capital Group and paid dividends of $237,000 to our preferred stockholders. In October 2012, holders of all of the outstanding shares of Series D and Series G Preferred Stock irrevocably waived their right to receive any and all accrued but unpaid dividends and interest on or after September 30, 2012 on the Series D and Series G Preferred Stock.

"We have made excellent progress in our therapeutic development programs, being able to start our non-human primate study in our Parkinson's disease program earlier than anticipated, and report top line data at the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting," stated Dr. Andrey Semechkin, ISCO's CEO and Co-Chairman. "In addition, our results for the fourth quarter reflect good progress by LSC and LCT both in terms of growing sales and implementing their strategies. Particularly pleasing is LSC's continued quarterly revenue growth as they aim to diversify their sales channels, and LCT's strong annual results. General and administrative expenses continued to decrease reflecting our increased focus on cost containment. Looking ahead to the next twelve months, we anticipate our R&D expenses to increase as we expand our pharmacology and safety studies and our Parkinson's program moves closer to our targeted IND filing in early 2014."

Business Updates:

Subsequent to the end of 2012, ISCO announced several operational milestones, including:

  • On February 4, 2013 and March 20, 2013, ISCO announced positive results from its pre-clinical in vivo Parkison's Disease ("PD") studies. The results demonstrate the safety, tolerability and potential therapeutics benefits of neuronal cells derived from hpSC line in both rodent and non-human primate models of PD.
  • On March 15, 2013, publication of a breakthrough method of deriving neuronal cells for the treatment of Parkinson's disease in Scientific Reports, a primary research publication from the publishers of Nature.
  • On February 12, 2013, positive top line efficacy results from its pre-clinical in vivo liver study. The ISCO study results demonstrate that the human parthenogenetic stem cell (hpSC)-derived hepatocytes in the livers of Gunn rats behave in a similar manner to primary human hepatocytes.

Conference Call and Webcast Details:

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Time: 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time

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About International Stem Cell Corporation

International Stem Cell Corporation is focused on the therapeutic applications of human parthenogenetic stem cells (hpSCs) and the development and commercialization of cell-based research and cosmetic products. ISCO's core technology, parthenogenesis, results in the creation of pluripotent human stem cells from unfertilized oocytes (eggs). hpSCs avoid ethical issues associated with the use or destruction of viable human embryos. ISCO scientists have created the first parthenogenic, homozygous stem cell line that can be a source of therapeutic cells for hundreds of millions of individuals of differing genders, ages and racial background with minimal immune rejection after transplantation. hpSCs offer the potential to create the first true stem cell bank, UniStemCell™. ISCO also produces and markets specialized cells and growth media for therapeutic research worldwide through its subsidiary Lifeline Cell Technology (, and stem cell-based skin care products through its subsidiary Lifeline Skin Care ( More information is available at

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Statements pertaining to anticipated developments, expected changes in R&D expenses, potential sales growth, new products and distribution channels and other opportunities for the company and its subsidiaries, along with other statements about the future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans, or prospects expressed by management constitute forward-looking statements. Any statements that are not historical fact (including, but not limited to statements that contain words such as "will," "believes," "plans," "anticipates," "expects," "estimates,") should also be considered to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, risks inherent in the development and/or commercialization of potential products and the management of collaborations, regulatory approvals, need and ability to obtain future capital, application of capital resources among competing uses, and maintenance of intellectual property rights. Actual results may differ materially from the results anticipated in these forward-looking statements and as such should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties that affect the company's business, particularly those mentioned in the cautionary statements found in the company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The company disclaims any intent or obligation to update forward-looking statements.

International Stem Cell Corporation and Subsidiaries  
(A Development Stage Company)  
Consolidated Balance Sheets  
(in thousands, except share data)  
    December 31, 2012     December 31, 2011  
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 654     $ 1,337  
  Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $4 and $0 at December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively     273       140  
  Inventory, net     1,199       1,268  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets     456       274  
    Total current assets     2,582       3,019  
  Property and equipment, net     1,134       1,420  
  Intangible assets, net     1,634       1,282  
  Deposits and other assets     20       16  
    Total assets   $ 5,370     $ 5,737  
Liabilities, Redeemable Preferred Stock and Stockholders' Equity (Deficit)                
  Accounts payable   $ 969     $ 777  
  Accrued liabilities     730       752  
  Deferred revenue     233       189  
  Related party payable     5       108  
  Advances     250       250  
  Warrants to purchase common stock     --       38  
    Total current liabilities     2,187       2,114  
Convertible Redeemable Series G Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 5,000,000 shares and 0 were authorized, issued and outstanding at December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively, liquidation preferences of $5,000 and $0 at December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively     4,941       --  
Commitments and contingencies                
Stockholders' Equity (Deficit)                
Series D Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 50 shares authorized, 43 issued and outstanding at December 31, 2012 and 2011, liquidation preference of $4,320 at December 31, 2012 and 2011     --       --  
Series A Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 0 and 5,000,000 shares authorized at December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively, 0 and 500,000 issued and outstanding at December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively, liquidation preferences of $0 and $615 at December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively     --       1  
Series B Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized, 300,000 issued and outstanding at December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively, liquidation preferences of $385 and $367 at December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively     0       0  
Series C Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 3,000,000 shares authorized, 2,000,000 issued and outstanding at December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively, liquidation preferences of $2,507 and $2,387 at December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively     2       2  
Common stock, $0.001 par value, 300,000,000 and 200,000,000 shares authorized at December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively, 87,388,815 and 80,036,315 issued and outstanding at December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively     87       80  
Additional paid-in capital     69,945       63,995  
  Deficit accumulated during the development stage     (71,792 )     (60,455 )
  Total stockholders' equity (deficit)     (1,758 )     3,623  
  Total liabilities, redeemable preferred stock and stockholders' equity (deficit)   $ 5,370     $ 5,737  
International Stem Cell Corporation and Subsidiaries  
(A Development Stage Company)  
Consolidated Statements of Operations  
(in thousands, except per share data)  
    Year Ended December 31,
(August 17,
December 31,
  Product sales   $ 4,567     $ 4,532     $ 12,198  
  Royalties and license     --       --       135  
    Total revenue     4,567       4,532       12,333  
Development expenses                        
  Cost of sales     1,272       1,618       4,606  
  Research and development     3,599       4,434       21,893  
  Selling and marketing     2,065       1,475       5,939  
  General and administrative     7,444       8,360       39,128  
    Total development expenses     14,380       15,887       71,566  
Loss from development activities     (9,813 )     (11,355 )     (59,233 )
Other income (expense)                        
  Settlement with related company     --       --       (93 )
  Miscellaneous expense     (65 )     (163 )     (245 )
  Dividend income     --       1       94  
  Interest expense     --       --       (2,225 )
  Sublease income     7       11       316  
  Change in market value of warrants     38       2,335       (1,357 )
    Total other income (expense), net     (20 )     2,184       (3,510 )
Loss before income taxes     (9,833 )     (9,171 )     (62,743 )
Provision for income taxes     --       --       7  
      Net loss   $ (9,833 )   $ (9,171 )   $ (62,750 )
Deemed dividend on preferred stock   $ (1,375 )   $ --     $ (1,375 )
Dividends on preferred stock   $ (129 )   $ (430 )   $ (8,097 )
Net loss attributable to common stockholders   $ (11,337 )   $ (9,601 )   $ (72,222 )
Net loss per common share-basic and diluted   $ (0.13 )   $ (0.12 )        
Weighted average shares-basic and diluted     85,936       77,320          

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    International Stem Cell Corporation
    Dr. Simon Craw
    Executive Vice President of Business Development
    Phone: 760-940-6383

    Linh Nguyen
    Chief Financial Officer
    Phone: 760-940-6383

    Investor Relations:
    MZ Group
    Mark McPartland
    Senior Vice President
    Phone: 212-301-7130