Throughout 2022, the company expanded its investment in R&D, enabling it to reach significant milestones in terms of technological development, alongside substantial achievements in terms of partnerships, commercialization, and more.
Rehovot, Israel, April 5, 2023 – Steakholder Foods Ltd. (Nasdaq: STKH), an international deep-tech food company at the forefront of the cultivated meat industry, is pleased to provide an annual business update including a summary of its successful advancements in funding, partnerships, technological capabilities, intellectual property, commercialization and more. In parallel, the company has reported its 2022 financial results.
Steakholder Foods’ CEO, Arik Kaufman, commented, “2022 was a tipping point for Steakholder Foods, during which we were able to make substantial progress, both in terms of our core biology and printing capabilities, and commercially in terms of our go-to-market strategy and our industry collaborations and funding. We’re extremely excited about the year ahead, and look forward to continuing to advance the sustainable and cultured food landscapes with our unique technologies and capabilities.”
2022 and Up to Date Business Highlights
Groundbreaking Collaborations and New Funding: Steakholder Foods commenced a groundbreaking collaboration with Umami Meats, aimed at penetrating the Asian markets with 3D bio-printed seafood products. Following this, the company received a grant of up to $1 million for the development of structured cultivated fish products by the Singapore-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation. Steakholder Foods also raised $13 million in two rounds of public offerings ($6.5 million in June 2022, and $6.5 million in January 2023), to fuel continued development and commercialization, among other corporate goals. Furthermore, in April 2023, the Company announced participation in a strategic investment round in Wilk Technologies Ltd. (TASE: WILK), alongside leading players in the food industry, such as Danone and the Central Bottling Co. Ltd. (owner of Tara, Coca Cola Israel and more), which as the foundation of a strategic partnership aimed at advancing the sustainable food solutions landscape alongside an expansion.
Major Technology Advancements: Since the beginning of 2022, the company’s development of its proprietary 3D bio-printer has led to exciting achievements in terms of new products, capabilities and development milestones. Among these was the introduction of Omakase Beef Morsels, a first-of-its-kind, highly marbled, 3D-printed cultivated beef cut. In addition, the company boosted the yield of its cell production by a factor of 50, by leveraging the filtration system it uses. Moreover, Steakholder Foods demonstrated that its cultivated muscle cells have the same nutritional value as beef, a substantial achievement in making nutritionally-equivalent cultivated foods a reality.
Steakholder Foods further advanced its printing capabilities, by developing a temperature-controlled print bed for its industrial-scale printer, a significant step towards mass production. a temperature-controlled print bed for its industrial-scale printer, a significant step towards mass production.
Accelerating Commercialization and Growth, Alongside Financial Optimization and Restructuring: In 2022, Steakholder Foods’ printing technology gained mass attention around the world, having been featured at the Future Food Tech Summit in London and then traveling to the Agri-Food Tech Expo Asia in Singapore. The company also hosted its first tasting event, at which participants tasted hybrid products.
Following that, the company then hosted a gala tasting event in the U.S., where the Silicon Valley investor community was introduced to the company’s technology, and guests tasted cultivated meat canapés. Following successful advancements in both the technological and business spheres, the company announced an ambitious accelerated go-to-market strategy for 2023 that it has already begun implementing.
In parallel, as part of the company’s commitment to the fast-growing cultivated meat community and its leadership position as the first Nasdaq-traded cultured meat company, Steakholder Foods completed a strategic rebrand to reflect its commitment to cultivating a new community of meat lovers who will participate in the company’s mission to make high-quality real meat sustainably.
In April 2023, the company announced the closure of its wholly owned subsidiary, Peace of Meat BV (PoM), as a means to optimize its funds and investment strategy. As part of this process, Steakholder Foods expects PoM’s assets to be realized, following which the Company shall consider how and when to continue development of cultivated avian products. The closure of PoM is expected to reduce Steakholder Foods’ expenses by about $4.5 million annually, relative to 2022.
A Growing Intellectual Property Portfolio: During 2022, Steakholder Foods expanded its intellectual property portfolio. Among its achievements, the company was granted its first patent for the physical manipulation of cultured muscle tissue, in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, helping secure the company’s technological leadership in the cultivated meat industry. In addition, Steakholder Foods has a portfolio of patent applications awaiting approval, including a provisional patent application for mimicking the texture of cooked fish, a unique capability it has developed using its advanced 3D-printing technology. The company also received its first registered trademark in Japan.
2022 Financial Results Summary:
R&D expensesreached $9.8 million in 2022, compared to $7.6 million in 2021, reflecting an expansion of investment in Steakholder Foods’ research and development capabilities.
Operating lossreached $35.4 million in 2022, compared to $17.2 million in 2021. The increase was mainly driven by the impairment of the Company’s cash-generating unit PoM in connection with its closure.
Net losswas $30.8 million in 2022, or $0.23 per ordinary share, compared to $18.0 million and $0.16 per ordinary share in 2021.
Cash flowused in operating activities was $14.3 million, compared to $14.0 million in 2021.
Cash and equivalentsat year-end 2022 was $6.4 million, compared to $19.2 million as of year-end 2021.
Non-current assetsstand at $8.2 million as of year-end 2022, compared to $18.5 million as of year-end 2021, driven mainly by a decrease in intangible asset and fixed assets due to an impairment recognized by the Company, offset by increases in leased assets
Total assetsstand at $15.3 million as of year-end 2022, compared to $40.7 million as of year-end 2021.
Total capitalstands at $7.9 million as of year-end 2022, compared to $37.6 million as of year-end 2021.
About Steakholder Foods
Steakholder Foods Ltd., formerly MeaTech 3D Ltd., is an international deep-tech food company at the forefront of the cultured meat revolution. The company-initiated activities in 2019 and is listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the ticker “STKH” (formerly MITC), with headquarters in Rehovot, Israel. The company is developing a slaughter-free solution for producing a variety of beef, and seafood products — both as raw materials and whole cuts — as an alternative to industrialized farming and fishing. With its membership in the UN Global Compact, Steakholder Foods is committed to act in support of issues embodied in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which include strengthening food security, decreasing carbon footprint, and conserving water and land resources. For more information, please visit: https://steakholderfoods.com
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