Lightbridge Provides Business Update and Announces Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results
Webcast on Thursday, July 28, 2022, at 4pm ET
RESTON, Va., July 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lightbridge Corporation (Nasdaq: LTBR), an advanced nuclear fuel technology company, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022, and provided an update on the Company's continued progress.
Seth Grae, President & Chief Executive Officer of Lightbridge Corporation, commented, “Lightbridge continued to make significant progress in the development of Lightbridge Fuel™ in the first half of 2022 at an important time in our industry. Last month, the European Union decided to classify nuclear energy as “green,” potentially opening up significant investment for the industry, while many countries have begun restarting and growing their nuclear power programs.”
“Lightbridge is developing and commercializing Lightbridge Fuel, a next generation nuclear fuel technology that provides more power versus existing nuclear fuel for both existing and new build reactors. Nations that are exploring building new reactors will be able to help ensure future energy supplies by optimizing their new-build reactors to Lightbridge Fuel to take advantage of the additional 30% power that our fuel will generate.”
The Company maintained a strong working capital position at June 30, 2022 and had no debt.
Cash Flows Summary
- Cash and cash equivalents were $29.3 million at June 30, 2022, as compared to $24.7 million at December 31, 2021, an increase of approximately $4.6 million.
- Cash used in operating activities decreased $4.6 million in the six months ended June 30, 2022, to $3.1 million, from $7.7 million in the six months ended June 30, 2021. This decrease was due primarily to the dissolution of our former joint venture and the settlement payment of approximately $4.2 million we paid in 2021 for outstanding invoices for work performed and other expenses incurred by our former joint venture partner in 2021.
Balance Sheet Summary
- Total assets were $29.8 million and total liabilities were $0.5 million at June 30, 2022. Working capital was $29.2 million at June 30, 2022 versus $24.7 million at December 31, 2021, an increase of $4.5 million in working capital for the six months ended June 30, 2022.
- Stockholders’ equity was $29.3 million at June 30, 2022 as compared to $24.9 million at December 31, 2021.
- Total general and administrative expenses decreased by approximately $0.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022, as compared to the three months ended June 30, 2021. This decrease was primarily due to a decrease in consulting fees of approximately $0.1 million and a decrease in professional fees of approximately $0.1 million relating to fees incurred in connection with the arbitration matter that was settled in 2021 that were not repeated during the three months ended June 30, 2022. These decreases were offset by the increases in directors’ fees and stock-based compensation expenses of approximately $0.1 million.
- Lightbridge’s total corporate research and development costs decreased by approximately $0.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022, as compared to the three months ended June 30, 2021. This decrease was primarily due to a decrease in consulting and outside R&D expenses of approximately $0.1 million. All other R&D expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2022 and the three months ended June 30, 2021 were consistent period over period.
- Total net other operating income related to contributed services – research and development was $0.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022 and June 30, 2021, with a charge to R&D expenses and a corresponding amount recorded to contributed services – research and development.
- Net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2022 was $1.5 million compared to $1.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021.
2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders
Lightbridge will be holding its 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders virtually on October 27, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time at www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/LTBR2022. Stockholders holding shares as of August 29, 2022, the record date for the annual meeting, are entitled to vote.
Second Quarter 2022 Webcast
Lightbridge will host a live webcast on Thursday, July 28th at 4pm Eastern Time to discuss the Company's financial results and provide an update on its fuel development activities. Interested parties can access the conference call on the Company’s website via webcast at https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/3rrcre7s
To access the conference call by phone, please register at https://register.vevent.com/register/BId56f7140dddf403688feac7af1d7fd79
The conference call will be led by Seth Grae, President, and Chief Executive Officer, with other Lightbridge executives also available to answer questions. The webcast will be archived on the Company’s website approximately two hours following the call.
About Lightbridge Corporation
Lightbridge (NASDAQ: LTBR) is an advanced nuclear fuel technology development company positioned to enable carbon-free energy applications that will be essential in preventing climate change. The Company is developing Lightbridge Fuel™, a proprietary next-generation nuclear fuel technology for small modular reactors, as well as existing large light-water reactors, which significantly enhances safety, economics, and proliferation resistance. To date, Lightbridge has been awarded twice by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear program to support development of Lightbridge Fuel™. Lightbridge’s innovative fuel technology is backed by an extensive worldwide patent portfolio. Lightbridge is included in the Russell Microcap® Index. For more information, please visit: www.ltbridge.com.
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Forward Looking Statements
With the exception of historical matters, the matters discussed herein are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the timing and outcome of research and development activities, other steps to commercialize Lightbridge Fuel™ and future governmental support and funding for nuclear energy. These statements are based on current expectations on the date of this news release and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ significantly from such estimates. The risks include, but are not limited to: the Company’s ability to commercialize its nuclear fuel technology; the degree of market adoption of the Company's product and service offerings; the Company’s ability to fund general corporate overhead and outside research and development costs; market competition; our ability to attract and retain qualified employees; dependence on strategic partners; demand for fuel for nuclear reactors, including small modular reactors; the Company's ability to manage its business effectively in a rapidly evolving market; the availability of nuclear test reactors and the risks associated with unexpected changes in the Company’s fuel development timeline; the increased costs associated with metallization of our nuclear fuel; public perception of nuclear energy generally; changes in the political environment; risks associated with the further spread of COVID-19, including the ultimate impact of COVID-19 on people, economies, and the Company’s ability to access capital markets; risks associated with war in Europe; risks associated with limited availability of conversion and enrichment services for nuclear fuel production; changes in the laws, rules and regulations governing the Company’s business; development and utilization of, and challenges to, our intellectual property; risks associated with potential shareholder activism; potential and contingent liabilities; as well as other factors described in Lightbridge's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Lightbridge does not assume any obligation to update or revise any such forward-looking statements, whether as the result of new developments or otherwise, except as required by law. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
A further description of risks and uncertainties can be found in Lightbridge’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021, and in its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the sections thereof captioned “Risk Factors” and “Forward-Looking Statements”, all of which are available at http://www.sec.gov/ and www.ltbridge.com.
Investor Relations Contact:
Matthew Abenante, IRC
Director of Investor Relations
Tel: +1 (646) 828-8710
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UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
|June 30,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||29,268,074||$||24,747,613|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||409,339||113,452|
|Total Current Assets||29,677,413||24,861,065|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||$||482,661||$||171,521|
|Total Current Liabilities||$||482,661||$||171,521|
|Commitments and Contingencies|
|Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 10,000,000 authorized shares, 0 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021|
|Common stock, $0.001 par value, 13,500,000 shares authorized, 11,009,000 shares and 9,759,223 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively||11,009||9,759|
|Additional paid-in capital||169,834,944||161,772,641|
|Total Stockholders' Equity||29,302,509||24,791,127|
|Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity||$||29,785,170||$||24,962,648|
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
|Three Months Ended||Six Months Ended|
|June 30,||June 30,|
|General and administrative||1,439,684||1,515,899||3,353,249||3,298,759|
|Research and development||165,476||273,314||428,299||642,764|
|Total Operating Expenses||1,605,160||1,789,213||3,781,547||3,941,523|
|Other Operating Income|
|Distribution from joint venture||—||110,000||—||110,000|
|Contributed services - research and development||83,501||67,794||206,854||171,113|
|Total Other Operating Income||83,501||177,794||206,854||281,113|
|Foreign currency transaction gain||—||—||—||33,694|
|Total Other Income||19,017||1,322||22,522||38,325|
|Net Loss Before Income Taxes||(1,502,642||)||(1,610,097||)||(3,552,171||)||(3,622,085||)|
|Accumulated preferred stock dividend||—||(133,313||)||—||(264,747||)|
|Additional deemed dividend on preferred stock due to the beneficial conversion feature||—||(58,408||)||—||(115,897||)|
|Net Loss Attributable to Common Stockholders||$||(1,502,642||)||$||(1,801,818||)||$||(3,552,171||)||$||(4,002,729||)|
|Net Loss Per Common Share|
|Basic and Diluted||$||(0.14||)||$||(0.27||)||$||(0.34||)||$||(0.61||)|
|Weighted Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding|
|Basic and Diluted||10,523,238||6,595,483||10,403,922||6,592,454|
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
|Six Months Ended|
|Adjustments to reconcile net loss from operations to net cash used in operating activities:|
|Common stock issued for services||15,000||30,000|
|Changes in Operating Working Capital Items:|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||(295,887||)||(217,001||)|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||326,140||211,655|
|Accrued legal settlement costs||—||(3,525,000||)|
|Net Cash Used in Operating Activities||(3,068,210||)||(7,661,028||)|
|Net Cash Used in Investing Activities||(6,174||)||(14,655||)|
|Net proceeds from issuances of common stock||7,594,845||—|
|Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities||7,594,845||—|
|Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash and Cash Equivalents||4,520,461||(7,675,683||)|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of Period||24,747,613||21,531,665|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of Period||$||29,268,074||13,855,982|
|Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow Information:|
|Cash paid during the period:|
|Income taxes paid||$||—||$||—|
|Non-Cash Financing Activities:|
|Accumulated preferred stock dividend||$||—||$||380,644|
|Conversion of Series A convertible preferred stock to common stock and payment of paid-in-kind dividends to Series A preferred stockholder||$||—||$||17,173|
|Payment of accrued liabilities with common stock||$||15,000||$||54,690|
Released July 27, 2022