Press Release

Organovo Announces Fiscal Third-Quarter 2018 Results; Company Updates Full-Year Fiscal 2018 Outlook

February 8, 2018 at 4:06 PM EST

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Organovo Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:ONVO) (“Organovo”) today reported financial results for the fiscal third quarter of 2018 and updated its full-year fiscal 2018 outlook.  The Company reported fiscal third-quarter total revenue of $1.2 million.  Total revenue was unchanged from the prior-year period and decreased 15 percent versus the fiscal second quarter of 2018.  Net loss was $7.8 million, or $0.07 per share, for the fiscal third quarter of 2018, as compared to $9.6 million, or $0.09 per share, for the fiscal third quarter of 2017.  Negative Adjusted EBITDA(1) for the third quarter was $5.2 million, as compared to $7.3 million for the prior-year period.

“Our liver therapeutic tissue program continues to make excellent progress in achieving critical regulatory and scientific milestones,” said Taylor J. Crouch, CEO, Organovo.  “With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) recently granting orphan designation for our NovoTissues® treatment of Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (“A1AT”), our path to commercializing this novel therapeutic comes with significant developmental and economic incentives.  With few alternative therapies and a high annual cost of care, patient need is great in treating this rare, debilitating liver disease.  We’ve also begun new studies in a second therapeutic indication within the category of inborn errors of metabolism, Fumarylacetoacetate Hydrolase (“FAH”) deficiency, and look forward to reporting proof-of-principle data in the coming months.”   

Crouch continued, “In our commercial segment, we continue to shift our R&D and business development efforts to high-value liver disease modeling services.  We’re seeing meaningful early uptake as we transition away from routine toxicology projects, with nearly all of our service revenue in the fiscal third quarter representing disease modeling studies.  With approximately 250 global programs pursuing treatments in the areas of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (“NAFLD”) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (”NASH”), we believe being a pioneer in this area translates into the best path forward for boosting our revenue growth.  Sophisticated clients are already partnering with us in a multi-faceted approach to develop custom tissue models, allowing us to target the entire drug discovery and development spectrum.  We continue to expect deeper engagement from our customers over the next several months.”       

Crouch concluded, “We have the ability to monetize our platform in many ways, including the provision of primary human cells for research applications, compound screening in disease models, licensing agreements that capitalize on our technology, and the ongoing development of novel therapeutics.  We’ll continue to direct our resources at all of these opportunities as we focus on long-term value creation.” 

Third-Quarter Organovo Business Highlights


  • Total revenue was $1.2 million, unchanged from the year-ago period.  Higher grant revenue related to the Company’s National Institutes of Health (“NIH”) project offset lower revenue from collaborative agreements.      
  • Product and service revenue was $0.8 million, up 19 percent from the prior-year period, largely driven by an increase in liver disease modeling studies and sales from human cell and tissue products.

Operating Expenses

  • Cost of revenues was $0.2 million, a decrease of 9 percent from the prior-year period, reflecting a greater contribution from higher-margin primary human cell and tissue products.   
  • Research and development costs decreased 20 percent year-over-year to $4.0 million, primarily due to lower employee and lab supply costs related to the Company’s organizational restructuring and prioritization of R&D projects.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased 12 percent from the prior-year period to $4.9 million, reflecting lower employee and non-cash stock-based compensation expenses, which offset $0.8 million in severance and other costs related to the Company’s organizational restructuring.

Liquidity & Capital Resources

  • The Company ended the fiscal third quarter with a cash and cash equivalents balance of $47.3 million.
  • During the fiscal third quarter, the Company generated net proceeds of approximately $3.1 million from the issuance of 2.3 million shares of common stock in at-the-market (“ATM”) offerings at a weighted average price of $1.42 per share.  Through January 31, 2018, the Company generated additional net proceeds of approximately $2.1 million from the issuance of 1.5 million shares of common stock in ATM offerings at a weighted average price of $1.40.    
  • Working capital was $46.0 million to end the fiscal third quarter compared to $67.5 million in the prior-year quarter.

Fiscal-Year 2018 Outlook

The Company updated its full-year fiscal 2018 outlook for total revenue and negative Adjusted EBITDA.  The Company now expects: 

  • Total revenue of between $4.5 million and $5.2 million for fiscal-year 2018.  Fiscal 2017 total revenue was $4.2 million
  • Negative Adjusted EBITDA of between $25.0 million and $26.0 million for fiscal-year 2018.  Fiscal 2017 negative Adjusted EBITDA was $29.8 million.  The Company’s continued improvement in negative Adjusted EBITDA will be largely driven by reduced operating costs as the result of its organizational restructuring and a more rigorous focus on its existing commercial opportunities and therapeutics research program.

Fiscal-Year 2018 Outlook
(November 2017)
Fiscal-Year 2018 Outlook
(February 2018)
Fiscal-Year 2018
Total Revenue
$4.5 million - $6.5 million $4.5 million - $5.2 million
Fiscal-Year 2018 Negative
Adjusted EBITDA
$26.0 million - $28.0 million $25.0 million - $26.0 million

A reconciliation of non-GAAP negative Adjusted EBITDA, as forecasted for fiscal 2018, to the closest corresponding GAAP measure, net loss, is not available without unreasonable efforts on a forward-looking basis due to the high variability and low visibility of certain charges that may impact our GAAP results on a forward-looking basis, such as the measures and effects of stock-based compensation.

Definitions & Supplemental Financial Measures

  1. In addition to disclosing financial results that are determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP, the Company provides Adjusted EBITDA which is a non-GAAP financial measure, as a supplemental measure to help investors evaluate the Company's fundamental operational performance.  Adjusted EBITDA represents earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expenses and restructuring/CEO transition costs.  Adjusted EBITDA does not represent, and should not be considered in isolation from, as a substitute for, or as superior to, U.S. GAAP measurements such as net income or loss.  By eliminating interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expenses and restructuring/CEO transition costs, the Company believes the result is a useful measure across time in evaluating its fundamental core operating performance.  Management also uses Adjusted EBITDA to manage the business, including in preparing its annual operating budget, financial projections and compensation plans.  The Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA 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 Adjusted EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA as the Company presents it may not be comparable with similarly titled non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.  Since Adjusted EBITDA does not account for certain expenses, its utility as a measure of the Company's operating performance has material limitations.  Due to these limitations, investors should not view Adjusted EBITDA in isolation, but should also consider other measurements, such as net income or loss and revenues, to measure the Company’s operating performance.  Please refer to the schedule below for a reconciliation of consolidated GAAP net income to Adjusted EBITDA for the fiscal quarters ended December 31, 2017 and 2016.
Organovo Holdings, Inc.
Supplemental Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA
 (in thousands)
             Three Months Ended    Three Months Ended
            December 31, 2017   December 31, 2016
         GAAP net loss  $   (7,791 )  $   (9,581 )
         Interest expense     -       -  
         Interest income     (118 )      (50 )
         Income taxes    -        1  
         Depreciation and amortization     315        322  
         Stock-based compensation     1,250       2,018  
         Restructuring/CEO transition       1,130       -  
         Adjusted EBITDA  $   (5,214 )  $   (7,290 )

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 8, 2018.  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 2242366.  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 8, 2018 through Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Organovo’s Investor Relations webpage.  Callers can also dial (877) 344-7529 (U.S. only) or (412) 317-0088, Access Code 10115734, for an audio replay of the conference call.

About Organovo Holdings, Inc.
Organovo is developing and commercializing a platform technology to produce and study living tissues that emulate key aspects of human biology and disease for use in drug discovery, clinical development, and therapeutic applications.  The Company develops tissue systems through internal research programs and in collaboration with pharmaceutical, academic and other partners.  Organovo's living tissues have the potential to transform the drug discovery process, enabling treatments to be developed more effectively and with greater relevance to performance in human trials and commercialization.  The Company’s ExViveTM Liver and Kidney Tissues are used in high-value drug profiling, including compound screening in disease models, toxicology, target and marker discovery/validation, and other drug testing.  The Company is also advancing a preclinical program to develop its NovoTissues® liver therapeutic tissues for critical unmet medical needs, including certain life-threatening pediatric diseases.  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.  Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the potential for one or more customer’s electing to move toward framework agreements involving annual budgets, revenue commitments, and/or dedicated research plans, statements regarding customer demand for and acceptance of our disease modeling services and statements regarding the potential benefits and therapeutic uses of the Company’s therapeutic liver tissue, including the benefits of an orphan designation.  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 execute framework agreements involving multi-year commitments and routine use on a timely basis, or at all; 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 recognize deferred revenue; 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; the Company’s ability to control the costs and to achieve the expected operational benefits and long-term cost savings of its restructuring plan; and the Company’s ability to meet its fiscal year 2018 outlook. These and other factors are identified and described in more detail in the Company's filings with the SEC, including its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on February 8, 2018 and its Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on June 7, 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 Income (Loss)  
    Three Months Ended   Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended   Nine Months Ended    
    December 31, 2017   December 31, 2016   December 31, 2017   December 31, 2016    
Products and services   $   832     $   699     $   2,722     $   2,396      
Collaborations and licenses       61         443         367         1,001      
Grants        260         9         409         21      
Total Revenues       1,153         1,151         3,498         3,418      
Cost of revenues       192         212         747         773      
Research and development expenses       4,005         5,024         13,982         14,012      
Selling, general, and administrative expenses       4,865         5,546         16,457         16,520      
Total costs and expenses       9,062         10,782         31,186         31,305      
Loss from Operations       (7,909 )       (9,631 )       (27,688 )       (27,887 )    
Other Income (Expense)                    
Change in fair value of warrant liabilities       —         1         —         (4 )    
Interest expense       —         —         —         —      
Interest income       118         50         334         124      
Total Other Income (Expense)       118         51         334         120      
Income Tax Expense       —         (1 )       —         (23 )    
Net Loss   $   (7,791 )   $   (9,581 )   $   (27,354 )   $   (27,790 )    
Currency Translation Adjustment   $   (2 )   $   (3 )   $   (2 )   $   (10 )    
Comprehensive Loss   $   (7,793 )   $   (9,584 )   $   (27,356 )   $   (27,800 )    
Net loss per common share—basic and diluted   $   (0.07 )   $   (0.09 )   $   (0.26 )   $   (0.29 )    
Weighted average shares used in computing net
  loss per common share—basic and diluted
      107,345,623         101,174,734         106,107,721         95,595,640      


 Organovo Holdings, Inc.   
Consolidated Balance Sheets  
    December 31, 2017   March 31, 2017  
    (Unaudited)   (Audited)  
Current Assets          
Cash and cash equivalents        47,338         62,751    
Accounts receivable       1,174         647    
Grant receivable       260         -    
Inventory, net       605         550    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets       891         1,144    
Total current assets       50,268         65,092    
Fixed assets, net       2,978         3,840    
Restricted cash        127         127    
Other assets, net       181         121    
Total assets   $   53,554     $   69,180    
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity          
Current Liabilities          
Accounts payable   $   452     $   1,171    
Accrued expenses       2,808         4,101    
Deferred revenue       857         582    
Deferred rent       180         157    
Total current liabilities       4,297         6,011    
Deferred revenue, net of current portion       43         58    
Deferred rent, net of current portion       613         749    
Total liabilities       4,953         6,818    
Commitments and Contingencies (Note 3)          
Stockholders’ Equity          
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 150,000,000 shares authorized,
  109,322,626 and 104,551,466 shares issued and outstanding at
  December 31, 2017 and March 31, 2017, respectively
      109         104    
Additional paid-in capital       275,176         261,586    
Accumulated deficit       (226,671 )       (199,317 )  
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)       (13 )       (11 )  
Total stockholders’ equity       48,601         62,362    
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity   $   53,554     $   69,180    


Organovo Holdings, Inc.  
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows  
    Nine Months Ended   Nine Months Ended  
    12/31/2017   12/31/2016  
Cash Flows From Operating Activities          
Net loss   $   (27,354 )   $   (27,790 )  
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:          
Depreciation and amortization       962         824    
Change in fair value of warrant liabilities       —         4    
Stock-based compensation       5,600         5,540    
Increase (decrease) in cash resulting from changes in:          
Accounts receivable       (527 )       (771 )  
Grants receivable       (260 )       —    
Inventory       (55 )       6    
Prepaid expenses and other assets       253         400    
Accounts payable       (719 )       (65 )  
Accrued expenses       (1,293 )       486    
Deferred rent       (113 )       (103 )  
Deferred revenue       260         (490 )  
Net cash used in operating activities       (23,246 )       (21,959 )  
Cash Flows From Investing Activities          
Restricted cash deposits       —         (48 )  
Purchases of fixed assets       (90 )       (1,061 )  
Purchases of intangible assets       (70 )       —    
Net cash used in investing activities       (160 )       (1,109 )  
Cash Flows From Financing Activities          
Proceeds from issuance of common stock and exercise of warrants, net       7,169         30,401    
Proceeds from exercise of stock options        826         582    
Net cash provided by financing activities       7,995         30,983    
Effect of currency exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents       (2 )       (10 )  
Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash and Cash Equivalents       (15,413 )       7,905    
Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period       62,751         62,091    
Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period   $   47,338     $   69,996    
Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow Information:           
Interest paid   $   —     $   —    
Income taxes paid   $   —     $   23    

Investor Contact: 

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+1 (858) 224-1092

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