Press Release

Organovo Announces Fiscal Third-Quarter 2017 Results; Company Updates Full-Year Fiscal 2017 Total Revenue Outlook

February 9, 2017 at 4:06 PM EST

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Organovo Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:ONVO) (“Organovo”), a three-dimensional biology company focused on delivering scientific and medical breakthroughs using its 3D bioprinting technology, today reported financial results for the fiscal third quarter of 2017 and updated its full-year fiscal 2017 outlook for total revenue.  Net loss was $9.6 million, or $0.09 per share, for the fiscal third quarter of 2017, as compared to $10.5 million, or $0.11 per share, for the fiscal third quarter of 2016.

Organovo reported fiscal third-quarter total revenue of $1.2 million, which consisted largely of product and service revenue(1).  Total revenue increased 251 percent versus the comparable period of fiscal 2016. 

“We grew total revenue at a strong year-over-year pace during the fiscal third quarter, showing continued uptake of our tissue research services,” said Keith Murphy, CEO, Organovo.  “We recognized revenue from six new customers and seven repeat customers during the period, demonstrating market penetration and solid repeat business.  We also added one global Top 25 pharma customer to our roster, bringing our total to eleven with this key group.”    

Murphy continued, “We’re revising our total revenue guidance for fiscal 2017 because of a change in the timing of customer orders due to specific customer requests for additional validation studies related to certain use cases and for qualification of an additional cell source.  We expect to successfully complete the additional scientific studies required to address these issues, and don’t anticipate these items will have a long-term impact on customer adoption.  The required studies will delay a portion of our forecasted revenue into fiscal 2018.  We’re working diligently with our customers to complete the technical work and to unlock both existing backlog and prospective orders, and look ahead with confidence to continued growth in our pipeline.  In addition, our internal liver validation data now includes successful identification of toxicity for two out of three proprietary compounds that were classic preclinical misses for one of our Top 10 pharma customers.  This hit rate is consistent with our overall testing success and further demonstrates significantly increased predictive power for our customers.”

Murphy concluded, “During the fiscal third quarter, we also announced our 3D bioprinted human liver as the first candidate in our therapeutic tissues portfolio and presented early data showing survival and sustained functionality of this tissue when implanted into animal models at the Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine International Society Conference (TERMIS).  We expect to optimize the final tissue design and are embarking on pre-GLP safety and efficacy studies that will take us through the next 18 months.  Based on our path forward, we now expect to target an IND submission with the liver tissue during the calendar year 2020.” 

Organovo Business Highlights


  • Product and service revenue was $0.7 million, up 139 percent from the prior-year period, largely driven by an increase in customer contracts for the Company’s tissue research services. 

  • Collaborations and grant revenue totaled $0.4 million, primarily supported by a milestone achievement from the Company’s agreement with Merck & Co. to develop multiple custom tissue models.      

Operating Expenses

  • Cost of revenues was $0.2 million, reflecting the Company’s expenses related to manufacturing and delivering its product and service revenues. 

  • Research and development costs increased 10 percent year-over-year to $5.0 million, primarily due to increased employee related and lab supplies costs.

  • Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased 11 percent from the prior-year period to $5.5 million, reflecting lower non-cash shared-based compensation expense, partially offset by higher employee related costs.

Liquidity & Capital Resources

  • The Company ended the fiscal third quarter with a cash and cash equivalents balance of $70.0 million.  Organovo’s net cash utilization(3) during the period was $7.7 million.  The Company’s net cash utilization for the nine months ended December 31, 2016 was $23.1 million

  • Working capital was $67.5 million to end the fiscal third quarter compared to $65.2 million in the prior-year quarter.

Fiscal-Year 2017 Outlook

The Company updated its full-year fiscal 2017 outlook for total revenue and affirmed its outlook for net cash utilization.  The Company now expects: 

  • Total revenue of between $3.7 million and $4.5 million for fiscal-year 2017.  Fiscal 2016 total revenue was $1.5 million.
  • Net cash utilization of between $31.0 million and $34.0 million for fiscal-year 2017.  The Company had a cash and cash equivalents balance of $62.1 million for its fiscal year ended March 31, 2016.

  Fiscal-Year 2017 Outlook
(November 2016)
Fiscal-Year 2017 Outlook
(February 2017)
Fiscal-Year 2017
Total Revenue
$4.5 million - $6.2 million

$3.7 million - $4.5 million

Net Cash Utilization

$31.0 million -
$34.0 million


Long-Range Outlook

The Company affirmed its long-range outlook for potential revenue from its liver and kidney tissue products.  The Company continues to expect:

  • As it penetrates the toxicology market, Organovo’s ExViveTM Human Liver Tissue service will grow into the tens of millions in annual revenue, and has $100 million+ revenue potential in the future (inside of a total addressable market of over $1 billion).

  • As it penetrates the toxicology market, Organovo’s ExVive Human Kidney Tissue service will grow into the tens of millions in annual revenue, and has $100 million+ revenue potential in the future (inside of a total addressable market of over $2 billion). 

Definitions & Supplemental Financial Measures

(1) Product and service revenue includes tissue research service agreements and product sales, including product sales from the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Samsara Sciences Inc.

(2) Collaboration revenue consists of license and collaboration agreements that contain multiple elements, which may include non-refundable up-front fees, payments for reimbursement of third-party research costs, payments for ongoing research, payments associated with achieving specific development milestones and royalties based on specified percentages of net product sales, if any.

(3) In addition to disclosing financial results that are determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP, the Company provides net cash utilization as a supplemental measure to help investors evaluate the Company’s fundamental operational performance.  The Company defines net cash utilization as the net decrease in cash and cash equivalents during the reporting period (which was an increase of $18.3 million during the third quarter of fiscal 2017) less proceeds from the sale of common stock and the exercise of warrants and stock options during the reporting period (which was $26.0 million during the third quarter of fiscal 2017).  Net cash utilization is an operational measure that should be considered as additional financial information regarding our operations.  This operational measure should not be considered without also considering our results prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP, and should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, our U.S. GAAP results.  The Company believes net cash utilization is a relevant and useful operational measure because it provides information regarding our cash utilization rate.    Management uses net cash utilization to manage the business, including in preparing its annual operating budget, financial projections and compensation plans.  The Company believes that net cash utilization is also useful to investors because similar measures are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in their evaluation of companies in similar industries.  However, there is no standardized measurement of net cash utilization, and net cash utilization as the Company presents it may not be comparable with similarly titled operational measures used by other companies.  Due to these limitations, the Company’s management does not view net cash utilization in isolation but also uses other measurements, such as cash used in operating activities and revenues to measure operating performance.   

Conference Call Information
As previously announced, the Company will host a conference call to discuss its results at 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 9, 2017.  Callers should dial (888) 317-6003 (U.S. only) or (412) 317-6061 (from outside the U.S.) to access the call.  The conference call ID is 1376489.  The conference call will also be simultaneously webcast on Organovo’s Investor Relations webpage at  A replay of the conference call will be available beginning Thursday, February 9, 2017 through Thursday, February 16, 2016 at Organovo’s Investor Relations webpage.  Callers can also dial (877) 344-7529 (U.S. only) or (412) 317-0088, Access Code 10100036, for an audio replay of the conference call.

About Organovo Holdings, Inc.
Organovo designs and creates functional, three-dimensional human tissues for use in medical research and therapeutic applications.  The Company develops 3D human tissue models through internal development and in collaboration with pharmaceutical, academic and other partners.  Organovo's 3D human tissues have the potential to accelerate the drug discovery process, enabling treatments to be developed faster and at lower cost.  The Company’s ExVive Human Liver and Kidney Tissues are used in toxicology and other preclinical drug testing.  The Company also actively conducts early research on specific tissues for therapeutic use in direct surgical applications.  In addition to numerous scientific publications, the Company’s technology has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, The Economist, Forbes, and numerous other media outlets.  Organovo is changing the shape of life science research and transforming medical care.  Learn more at    

Forward-Looking Statements
Any statements contained in this press release that do not describe historical facts constitute forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Any forward-looking statements contained herein are based on current expectations, but are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties.  The factors that could cause the Company's actual future results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties relating to the Company's ability to develop, market and sell products and services based on its technology; the expected benefits and efficacy of the Company's products, services and technology; the Company’s ability to successfully complete studies and provide the technical information required to support market acceptance of its products, services and technology, on a timely basis or at all; the Company's business, research, product development, regulatory approval, marketing and distribution plans and strategies, including its use of third party distributors; the Company's ability to successfully complete the contracts and recognize the revenue represented by the contracts included in its previously reported total contract bookings and secure additional contracted collaborative relationships; the final results of the Company's preclinical studies may be different from the Company's studies or interim preclinical data results and may not support further clinical development of its therapeutic tissues; the Company may not successfully complete the required preclinical and clinical trials required to obtain regulatory approval for its therapeutic tissues on a timely basis or at all; and the Company’s ability to meet its fiscal year 2017 outlook and/or its long-range outlook.  These and other factors are identified and described in more detail in the Company's filings with the SEC, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on June 9, 2016 and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on February 9, 2017.  You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date that they were made.  These cautionary statements should be considered with any written or oral forward-looking statements that the Company may issue in the future.  Except as required by applicable law, including the securities laws of the United States, the Company does not intend to update any of the forward-looking statements to conform these statements to reflect actual results, later events or circumstances or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.  

 Organovo Holdings, Inc.   
 Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Other Comprehensive Loss  
 (in thousands except for share data)   
           Three Months Ended     Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended     Nine Months Ended   
          December 31, 2016   December 31, 2015   December 31, 2016   December 31, 2015  
   Products and services  $   699     $   293     $   2,396     $   689    
   Collaborations      443     $   25         1,001         58    
   Grants      9     $   10         21         188    
 Total Revenues      1,151         328         3,418         935    
   Cost of revenues      212         -          773         -     
   Research and development expenses      5,024         4,586         14,012         13,467    
   Selling, general, and administrative expenses      5,546         6,212         16,520         17,680    
 Total Costs and Expenses      10,782         10,798         31,305         31,147    
 Loss from Operations      (9,631 )       (10,470 )       (27,887 )       (30,212 )  
 Other Income (Expense)                 
   Change in fair value of warrant liabilities      1         2         (4 )       (27 )  
   Interest income      50         13         124         39    
 Total Other Income (Expense)      51         15         120         12    
 Income Tax Expense      (1 )       -          (23 )       (3 )  
 Net Loss  $   (9,581 )   $   (10,455 )   $   (27,790 )   $   (30,203 )  
 Currency Translation Adjustment      (3 )       -          (10 )       -    
 Comprehensive Loss  $   (9,584 )   $   (10,455 )   $   (27,800 )   $   (30,203 )  
 Net loss per common share-basic and diluted  $   (0.09 )   $   (0.11 )   $   (0.29 )   $   (0.34 )  
 Weighted average shares used in computing net                 
  loss per common share-basic and diluted      101,174,734         92,396,358         95,595,640         90,026,158    


 Organovo Holdings, Inc.   
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets  
 (in thousands except for share data)   
            December 31, 2016   March 31, 2016  
             Unaudited    Audited  
 Current Assets               
   Cash and cash equivalents          69,996       62,091    
   Accounts receivable          1,030       259    
   Inventory, net          328       334    
   Prepaid expenses and other current assets          589       968    
 Total current assets          71,943       63,652    
 Fixed assets, net          3,937       3,711    
 Restricted cash          127       79    
 Other assets, net          124       134    
 Total assets          76,131       67,576    
 Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity               
 Current Liabilities               
   Accounts payable          722       787    
   Accrued expenses          2,936       2,450    
   Deferred rent          155       139    
   Deferred revenue          620       1,110    
   Warrant liabilities          8       4    
 Total current liabilities          4,441       4,490    
 Deferred rent, net of current portion          786       905    
 Total liabilities          5,227       5,395    
 Commitments and Contingencies               
 Stockholders’ Equity               
   Common stock, $0.001 par value; 150,000,000
shares authorized, 104,095,729 and 92,391,989
shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2016
and March 31, 2016, respectively 
        104       92    
   Additional paid-in capital          259,470       222,959    
   Accumulated deficit          (188,660 )     (160,870 )  
   Unrealized gain (loss) on foreign currency revaluation          (10 )     -    
 Total stockholders’ equity          70,904       62,181    
 Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity          76,131       67,576    


 Organovo Holdings, Inc.   
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (in thousands)  
           Nine Months Ended     Nine Months Ended   
          December 31, 2016   December 31, 2015  
 Cash Flows From Operating Activities         
   Net loss  $   (27,790 )   $   (30,203 )  
   Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:         
     Depreciation and amortization      824         560    
     Change in fair value of warrant liabilities      4         27    
     Stock-based compensation      5,540         7,049    
     Amortization of warrants issued for services      -          (99 )  
     Increase (decrease) in cash resulting from changes in:         
       Accounts receivable      (771 )       (165 )  
       Inventory      6         (5 )  
       Prepaid expenses and other assets      400         553    
       Accounts payable      (65 )       (921 )  
       Accrued expenses      486         237    
       Deferred rent      (103 )       (54 )  
       Deferred revenue      (490 )       1,185    
 Net cash used in operating activities      (21,959 )       (21,836 )  
Cash Flows From Investing Activities        
   Restricted cash deposits      (48 )       -     
   Purchases of fixed assets      (1,061 )       (1,711 )  
   Proceeds from disposals of fixed assets      -          14    
   Purchases of intangible assets      -          (35 )  
 Net cash used in investing activities      (1,109 )       (1,732 )  
Cash Flows From Financing Activities        
   Proceeds from issuance of common stock and exercise of warrants, net      30,401         43,137    
   Proceeds from exercise of stock options      582         320    
   Principal payments on capital lease obligations      -          (5 )  
 Net cash provided by financing activities      30,983         43,452    
 Effect of currency exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents      (10 )       -     
 Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash and Cash Equivalents      7,905         19,884    
 Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period      62,091         50,142    
 Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period  $   69,996     $   70,026    
 Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow Information:         
 Interest  $   -      $   -     
 Income taxes paid  $   23     $   3    
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