Q3 Sales of $5.0 million, Q3 Net Earnings of $0.6 million
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Aug. 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Microbix Biosystems Inc. (TSX: MBX, OTCQX: MBXBF, Microbix®), a life sciences innovator, manufacturer, and exporter, reports results for its third quarter and year-to-date fiscal 2022 ended June 30, 2022 (“Q3” and “YTD”), with strong sales and continued positive net earnings, plus ongoing progress upon its strategic goal of increasing its capacity for medical devices production to thereby continue growing sales, margins, and earnings.
Q3 revenues were $5.0 million, down 8% from Q3 2021, while YTD top-line increased 14% to $14.7 million. In Q3, antigens provided 46% of sales, rebounding 42% from a pandemic low-point in the prior quarter. Q3 Sales of QAPs™ test quality assessment products and DxTM™ viral transport medium continued to be strong at $1.3 million for each product line. This mix of sales achieved a gross margin of 55% for Q3, in comparison to 63% in Q3 2021 and reflective of a greater proportion of lower margin ingredients (antigens) sales in the quarter but still driving continuing net earnings and strong cash flow. Microbix considers Q3 to be a satisfactory result as it continues to pursue greater sales of its medical devices and thereby expects to achieve material growth in net earnings over coming quarters and longer term.
Three Months Ending June 30, 2022 (“Q3”)
Q3 revenue was $5,011,025, an 8% decrease from Q3 2021 revenues of $5,451,834. Included were antigen revenues of $2,283,621 (2021 - $$2,398,969). QAPs revenues were $1,305,896 (2021 - $1,051,617). Revenue from DxTM was $1,326,410 (2021 - $1,924,300), and royalties were $95,099 (2021 - $76,948). Year-over-year, Q3 sales were most influenced by the timing of deliveries of DxTM, which were higher in Q3 2021.
Q3 gross margin was 55%, down from 63% in Q3 2021, due a lower margin antigen product sales mix and pressure on supply chain costs due to inflation that has not yet been mitigated by Microbix price increases.
Operating expenses in Q3 increased by 10% relative to Q3 2021, due to greater investment in product development for QAPs customers, additional spend on trade shows and marketing to support sales growth, and no offsetting Ontario Together Fund grant money. Those factors outweighed the meaningful reductions in interest costs due to the repayment of debentures and BDC loans. Overall, lower sales and fewer gross margin dollars during the period led to an operating income and net income of $638,502 versus a Q3 2021 operating income and net income of $1,516,178. In turn, cash provided by operating activities (cash flow) was very strong at $2,709,545, compared to cash used of $683,335 in Q3 2021.
Nine Months Ending June 30, 2022 (“YTD”)
YTD revenue was $14,747,189, a 14% increase from YTD 2021 revenues of $12,963,266. Included were antigen revenues of $5,658,007 (2021 - $7,061,161). QAPs revenues were $3,773,429 (2021 - $3,509,127). In turn, revenue from DxTM was $5,004,359 (2021 - $2,179,300), and royalties were $311,394 (2021 - $213,679). YTD sales growth was most influenced by Ontario-driven deliveries of DxTM, followed by continued diagnostics industry uptake of QAPs, and offset by weaker antigen sales.
YTD gross margin was 62%, up from 60% YTD 2021, due to a greater proportion of sales of QAPs, new VTM sales, and the effects of antigen product sales mix.
Operating expenses YTD increased by 28% relative to YTD 2021, due to increased investment in QAPs product development, additional spending in sales and marketing to support sales growth, and no Ontario Together Fund (“OTF”) grant funding this year vs. last year; more than offsetting reduced interest costs due to the repayment of debt.
Overall, greater sales and more available gross margin dollars during the YTD period, offset by increased operating expenses, led to an operating income and net income of $2,252,769 versus a YTD 2021 operating income and net income of $2,454,461. Cash provided by operating activities was $3,318,763, compared to cash provided of $485,115 in YTD 2021, with the majority of the change coming from improvements in non-cash working capital.
At the end of Q3, Microbix’s current ratio (current assets divided by current liabilities) was 7.84 and its debt to equity ratio (total debt over shareholders’ equity) was 0.35.
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Microbix will continue to drive sales growth across all of its three revenue-generating business lines, and work to keep improving percentage gross margins and driving bottom-line results. Management currently expects Microbix to generate meaningful net earnings growth across fiscal 2022 and 2023. Additionally, work continues upon securing a partnership to advance its Kinlytic® urokinase project.
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About Microbix Biosystems
Microbix creates proprietary biological products for human health, with over 100 skilled employees and sales approaching C$ 2.0 million per month. It makes a wide range of critical ingredients and devices for the global diagnostics industry, notably antigens for immunoassays and its laboratory quality assessment products (QAPs™) that support clinical lab proficiency testing, enable assay development and validation, or help ensure the quality of clinical diagnostic workflows. Its antigens drive the antibody tests of over 100 diagnostics makers, while QAPs are sold to clinical laboratory accreditation organizations, diagnostics companies, and clinical laboratories. Microbix QAPs are now available in over 30 countries, distributed by 1WA (Oneworld Accuracy Inc.), Alpha-Tec Systems, Inc., Diagnostic International Distribution SpA., Labquality Oy, The Medical Supply Company of Ireland, R-Biopharm AG, SDT Molecular Pte Ltd, Seegene Canada Inc., and Thomas Scientific LLC. Microbix is ISO 9001 and 13485 accredited, U.S. FDA registered, Australian TGA registered, Health Canada establishment licensed, and provides CE marked products.
Microbix also applies its biological expertise and infrastructure to develop other proprietary products and technologies, most notably viral transport medium (DxTM™) to stabilize patient samples for lab-based molecular diagnostic testing and Kinlytic® urokinase, a biologic thrombolytic drug used to treat blood clots. Microbix is traded on the TSX and OTCQX, and headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
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