AquaBounty Technologies, Inc., a land-based aquaculture company utilizing technology to enhance productivity and sustainability, announces the Company’s financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2020 along with a corporate update.
“The third quarter of 2020 was marked by our continued progress towards the first-ever commercial scale harvest of AquAdvantage salmon,” said Sylvia Wulf, Chief Executive Officer of AquaBounty. “In the second quarter, we successfully started harvesting conventional salmon with the intention of refining the processes, operating procedures and partner relationships required for the first harvest of AAS. The foundational work with these first conventional harvests was crucial as it has allowed us to implement the necessary logistical and operational processes for a successful and de-risked first harvest of AAS, including refinements of quality and productivity operational parameters. Today, I am pleased to announce that AquAdvantage salmon are meeting our growth and feed conversion ratio expectations—a key component of their economic profile—and we have made tremendous strides towards building out an enhanced logistics network to expand our distribution capabilities nationwide.
“While we prepare for the first harvest of AAS and scale our conventional salmon harvesting efforts, we continue to closely monitor overall market demand for salmon given COVID-19’s impact on the food service industry. That said, we will remain flexible in efforts to maximize revenue and capitalize on the recovery of food service end-markets and in the meantime, continue to form relationships with additional customers who continue to be receptive to our sustainably grown salmon. To that end, we are now preparing to send out the initial AAS product samples for customer feedback which we expect to be positive given its benefits of competitive pricing, freshness, quality and domestic sourcing in America’s heartland.
“Given this positive momentum in our business, we are also aggressively moving forward with the planning for our first large-scale farm, which is anticipated to have the capacity to produce 10,000 metric tons of AquAdvantage salmon annually. We’ve selected Mayfield in Graves County, Kentucky as the leading location as it met all of the previously determined technical, environmental and economic requirements and we are now completing due diligence and beginning purchase negotiations.”
“Given our strong balance sheet, the impending first-ever commercial harvest of AAS and the planned construction of our next farm, AquaBounty is in a better position than ever to drive long-term value for our shareholders and become a major domestic supplier of fresh, sustainable salmon,” concluded Wulf.
Third Quarter Financial Summary
About AquaBounty Technologies, Inc.
AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. is a leader in the field of land-based aquaculture and the use of technology for improving its productivity and sustainability. The Company’s objective is to ensure the availability of high-quality seafood to meet global consumer demand, while addressing critical production constraints in the most popular farmed species.
The Company’s AquAdvantage fish program is based upon a single, specific molecular modification in fish that results in more rapid growth in early development. With aquaculture facilities located in Prince Edward Island, Canada, and Indiana, USA, AquaBounty is raising its disease-free, antibiotic-free salmon in land-based recirculating aquaculture systems, offering a reduced carbon footprint and no risk of pollution of marine ecosystems as compared to traditional sea-cage farming. For more information, please visit www.aquabounty.com.
Greg Falesnik or Luke Zimmerman
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