Loop Industries Provides Business Update and Reports Third Quarter Financial Results of Fiscal Year 2022

  • INFINITE LOOP™ BÉCANCOUR: CAPITAL SPENDING INITIATED AND ENGINEERING DESIGN PROGRESSING IN LINE WITH CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE
  • CEO DANIEL SOLOMITA TO HOLD CORPORATE UPDATE CALL AT 1:00 PM ET ON JANUARY 12, 2022

Loop Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOOP) (the "Company" or "Loop"), a clean technology company on a mission to accelerate a circular plastics economy by manufacturing 100% recycled polyethylene terephthalate ("PET") plastic and polyester fiber, today provided an update on its activities and reported its consolidated financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2022.

Infinite Loop™ Québec: Site Preparation Work & Long-Lead Equipment Ordered

In November 2021, site preparation work was initiated for Loop's flagship Canadian facility project in Bécancour, Québec, including building access roads, gravel pads, drainage and landscaping. This initial work has been completed and readies the site for subsequent construction phases.

Additionally, in December 2021, Loop signed a contract for long lead equipment for the Infinite Loop™ Québec facility. Timing for expected delivery of this equipment is in line with the facility's target construction plan. The Company is focused on advancing customer contract negotiations for committed volume allocations for the Québec facility.

The Company believes the Infinite Loop™ Québec project is aligned with the Government of Canada's "2030 zero plastic waste action plan", which includes goals and initiatives such as:

  • requiring all plastic packaging in Canada contain at least 50 % recycled content by 2030;
  • working with provinces to implement and enforce an ambitious recycling target of 90% for plastic beverage containers;
  • introducing labelling rules that prohibit the use of the chasing-arrows symbol unless 80 % of Canada's recycling facilities accept and have reliable end markets for these products.

To this end, Loop continues to collaborate with various levels of government and believes that its Infinite Loop™ Project in Bécancour could become important infrastructure in assisting Canada in meeting these objectives.

Infinite Loop™ Engineering Update

The engineering design of Infinite Loop™ manufacturing facilities is progressing on schedule with our partners at Chemtex Global and Worley. In Q3, we have entered into the feasibility study phase of the engineering design. This will allow us to obtain a more precise cost estimate. We are targeting completion at the end of calendar Q1 or start of calendar Q2. The Company has adopted a "design one, build many" engineering philosophy, which includes a modular facility construction design to allow the Company to replicate the Infinite Loop™ model across all projected facilities in North America, Europe and Asia.

Infinite Loop™ Europe

On September 10, 2020, we announced a strategic partnership with SUEZ GROUP ("Suez"), with the objective to build the first Infinite Loop™ manufacturing facility in Europe. With the combination of the Infinite Loop™ technology and the resource management expertise of Suez, this partnership seeks to meet the growing demand in Europe from global beverage and consumer goods brand companies for virgin quality PET resin made from 100% recycled content. The priorities for the Infinite Loop™ project in Europe are finalizing site selection in Normandy, France, together with feedstock sourcing, customer contracts and government support.

Infinite Loop™ Asia

Asia remains the largest market opportunity for Loop Industries, as it is home to 60% of the world's population, represents nearly 70% of the world's PET consumption and is the center of global polyester fiber manufacturing. Loop and its strategic partner, SK geo centric, signed a memorandum of understanding ("MOU") for exclusivity to commercialize Loop's technology across Asia through a Joint Venture. The JV partners plan to build a minimum of 4 facilities by 2030, the first of which will be located in Ulsan, South Korea. Loop and SK geo centric continue to work in tandem on advancing this important Asia Joint Venture.

CEO Comment

Daniel Solomita, Founder and CEO of Loop Industries, commented on these recent updates, saying: "I am very proud of all Loop has accomplished in 2021. From our joint venture partnership with SK geo centric to the announcement of evian bottles made from 100% recycled Loop™ PET and the beginning of site preparation work in Bécancour, Québec, we have remained steadfast in the pursuit of our commercialization objectives. We expect 2022 to be an equally transformational year, focused on accelerating the commercial development of our technology, cementing partnerships with CPG brand clients through commercial product launches across different markets throughout the year and securing multi year offtake commitments for Infinite Loop™ production facilities."

Corporate Update Call

Daniel Solomita, Chief Executive Officer of Loop Industries, will host a corporate update call, followed by a question-and-answer session, which can be accessed via the dial-in numbers below.

Date: Wednesday January 12, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Participant joining details (by Telephone):

Canada dial-in number (Toll Free): 1 833 950 0062
Canada dial-in number (Local): 1 226 828 7575
Czech Republic (Local): 420 22 888 5405
France (Local): 33 8056 20 704
Germany (Local): 49 3222 185 1870
Hong Kong (Local): 852 580 36 418
Italy (Local): 39 069 450 0327
Netherlands (Local): 31 852 081 999
Singapore (Local): 65 315 80 255
Taiwan (Local): 886 22 656 5403
Malaysia (Local): 60 330 995 569
United States: 1 844 200 6205
United States (Local): 1 646 904 5544
All other locations: +1 929 526 1599
Access code: 990253
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Results of Operations

The following table summarizes our operating results for the three-month periods ended November 30, 2021 and 2020, in U.S. Dollars.

 
  Three months ended November 30,  
 
  2021     2020     Change  
Revenues
  $ -     $ -     $ -  
 
                       
Expenses
                       
Research and development
                       
Stock-based compensation
    362,435       350,393       12,042  
External engineering
    1,585,512       2,224,910       (639,398 )
Employee compensation
    1,424,330       864,041       560,289  
Machinery and equipment expenditures
    2,599,758       2,325,540       274,218  
Plant and laboratory operating expenses
    665,893       515,395       150,498  
Other
    197,376       (5,996 )     203,372  
Total research and development
    6,835,304       6,274,283       561,021  
 
                       
General and administrative
                       
Stock-based compensation
    279,574       546,601       (267,027 )
Professional fees
    650,164       1,164,004       (513,840 )
Employee compensation
    748,668       399,288       349,380  
Insurance
    1,193,554       480,013       713,541  
Other
    219,295       134,110       85,185  
Total general and administrative
    3,091,255       2,724,016       367,239  
 
                       
Write-down and impairment of property, plant and equipment
    -       5,034,606       (5,034,606 )
Depreciation and amortization
    135,035       104,307       30,728  
Interest and other financial expenses
    49,655       (41,855 )     91,510  
Interest income
    (23,654 )     (20,008 )     (3,646 )
Foreign exchange loss (gain)
    10,648       95,644       (84,996 )
Total expenses
    10,098,243       14,170,993       (4,072,750 )
Net loss
  $ (10,098,243 )   $ (14,170,993 )   $ 4,072,750  

Third Quarter Ended November 30, 2021

The net loss for the three-month period ended November 30, 2021 decreased $4.07 million to $10.10 million, as compared to the net loss for the three-month period ended November 30, 2020 which was $14.17 million. The decrease is primarily due to lower write-down and impairment of property, plant and equipment ("PP&E") expenses of $5.03 million, offset by increased research and development expenses of $0.56 million and increased general and administrative expenses of $0.37 million.

The $5.03 million decrease in write-down and impairment of PP&E is related to the decision in the third quarter of fiscal 2021 to dedicate the Terrebonne Facility to brand activation, initial customer volumes and Infinite Loop demonstration, research and development activities. Although the machinery and equipment will continue to be utilized at the Terrebonne Facility as it is an integral part of supporting the commercialization of our technology, application of ASC 730, Research and Development Costs requires machinery and equipment assets to be written off and all future costs associated with the Terrebonne Facility to be recognized as a research and development expense in the consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive loss.

The $0.56 million increase in research and development for the three-month period ended November 30, 2021 was primarily attributable to the following:

  • $0.56 million increase in employee compensation expenses related to increased headcount to support the Company's commercialization efforts;
  • $0.27 million increase in purchases of research and development machinery and equipment at the Company's small-scale production plant; and
  • $0.15 million increase in plant and laboratory operating expenses.

These increases were partially offset by a $0.64 million decrease in external engineering expenses as a larger proportion of ongoing design work for our Infinite Loop manufacturing process was performed by our in-house engineering team before the start of the feasibility study phase of the engineering design by external engineering.

The $0.37 million increase in general and administrative expenses for the three-month period ended November 30, 2021 was primarily attributable to the following:

  • $0.71 million increase in insurance expenses mainly due to directors and officers ("D&O") insurance upon extension of the Company's policy; and
  • $0.35 million increase in employee compensation expenses.

Nine Months Ended November 30, 2021

The following table summarizes our operating results for the nine-month periods ended November 30, 2021 and 2020, in U.S. Dollars.

 
  Nine months ended November 30,  
 
  2021     2020     Change  
Revenues
  $ -     $ -     $ -  
                         
Expenses
                       
Research and development
                       
Stock-based compensation
    1,152,506       1,054,682       97,824  
External engineering
    5,040,342       3,241,959       1,798,383  
Employee compensation
    4,213,075       2,039,469       2,173,606  
Machinery and equipment expenditures
    7,707,882       2,325,540       5,382,342  
Plant and laboratory operating expenses
    2,064,403       1,385,892       678,511  
Other
    579,729       456,551       123,178  
Total research and development
    20,757,937       10,504,093       10,253,844  
                         
General and administrative
                       
Stock-based compensation
    209,236       1,720,067       (1,510,831 )
Professional fees
    3,138,611       1,806,134       1,332,477  
Employee compensation
    2,148,533       1,371,147       777,386  
Insurance
    3,121,353       1,455,954       1,665,399  
Other
    750,319       373,037       377,282  
Total general and administrative
    9,368,052       6,726,339       2,641,713  
                         
Write-down and impairment of property, plant and equipment
    -       5,043,120       (5,043,120 )
Depreciation and amortization
    407,806       654,354       (246,548 )
Interest and other financial expenses
    113,344       26,016       87,328  
Interest income
    (41,828 )     (78,394 )     36,566  
Foreign exchange loss
    42,712       275,903       (233,191 )
Total expenses
    30,648,023       23,151,431       7,496,592  
Net loss
  $ (30,648,023 )   $ (23,151,431 )   $ (7,496,592 )

The net loss for the nine-month period ended November 30, 2021 increased $7.50 million to $30.65 million, as compared to the net loss for the nine-month period ended November 30, 2020 which was $23.15 million. The increase is primarily due to increased research and development expenses of $10.25 million and increased general and administrative expenses of $2.64 million, offset by lower write-down and impairment of property, plant and equipment ("PP&E") expenses of $5.04 million, lower depreciation and amortization expenses of $0.25 million and a decrease in foreign exchange loss of $0.23 million.

The $10.25 million increase in research and development for the nine-month period ended November 30, 2021 was primarily attributable to the following:

  • $5.38 million increase in purchases of research and development machinery and equipment. Starting in Q3 of fiscal 2021, the Company expensed research and development machinery and equipment in accordance with ASC 730, Research and Development Costs, and no longer capitalized these costs. The timing of this accounting treatment is related to management's decision to dedicate the Terrebonne Facility to brand activation, initial customer volumes and Infinite Loop demonstration, research and development activities;
  • $2.17 million increase in employee compensation expenses related to increased headcount to support the Company's commercialization efforts;
  • $1.80 million increase in external engineering expenses for ongoing design work for our Infinite Loop manufacturing process; and
  • $0.68 million increase in plant and laboratory operating expenses.

The $2.64 million increase in general and administrative expenses for the nine-month period ended November 30, 2021 was primarily attributable to the following:

  • $1.67 million increase in insurance expenses mainly due to directors and officers ("D&O") insurance upon extension of the Company's policy;
  • $1.33 million increase in expenses for legal and professional fees due to costs principally associated with the SEC investigation and class action suits described in "Part II, Item 1. Legal Proceedings"; and
  • $0.78 million increase in employee compensation expenses.

Loop Industries, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
(Unaudited)

 
  Three Months Ended November 30     Nine Months Ended November 30  
 
  2021     2020     2021     2020  
                         
Revenue
  $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -  
                                 
Expenses
                               
Research and development
    6,835,304       6,274,283       20,757,937       10,504,093  
General and administrative
    3,091,255       2,724,016       9,368,052       6,726,339  
Write-down and impairment of property, plant and equipment
    -       5,034,606       -       5,043,120  
Depreciation and amortization
    135,035       104,307       407,806       654,354  
Interest expense and other financial (income) expenses
    49,655       (41,855 )     113,344       26,016  
Interest income
    (23,654 )     (20,008 )     (41,828 )     (78,394 )
Foreign exchange loss (gain)
    10,648       95,644       42,712       275,903  
Total expenses
    10,098,243       14,170,993       30,648,023       23,151,431  
                                 
Net Loss
    (10,098,243 )     (14,170,993 )     (30,648,023 )     (23,151,431 )
                                 
Other comprehensive income (loss)
                               
Foreign currency translation adjustment
    (13,473 )     66,170       (160,371 )     298,570  
Comprehensive loss
  $ (10,111,716 )   $ (14,104,823 )   $ (30,808,394 )   $ (22,852,861 )
                                 
Loss per share
                               
Basic and Diluted
  $ (0.21 )   $ (0.34 )   $ (0.69 )   $ (0.57 )
                                 
Weighted average common shares outstanding
                               
Basic and Diluted
    47,264,646       41,715,806       44,600,557       40,515,885  

Loop Industries, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)

    November 30, 2021     February 28, 2021  
             
Assets
           
Current assets
           
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 54,860,046     $ 35,221,951  
Sales tax, tax credits and other receivables
    825,384       1,763,835  
Prepaid expenses and deposits
    1,989,970       609,782  
Assets held for sale
    3,364,374       -  
Total current assets
    61,039,774       37,595,568  
Investment in joint venture
    1,500,000       1,500,000  
Property, plant and equipment, net
    5,540,679       3,513,051  
Intangible assets, net
    1,081,447       794,894  
Total assets
  $ 69,161,900     $ 43,403,513  
 
               
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
               
Current liabilities
               
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
  $ 5,422,386     $ 8,124,865  
Current portion of long-term debt
    889,228       938,116  
Total current liabilities
    6,311,614       9,062,981  
Long-term debt
    3,315,345       1,516,008  
Total liabilities
    9,626,959       10,578,989  
                 
Stockholders' Equity
               
Series A Preferred stock par value $0.0001; 25,000,000 shares authorized; one share issued and outstanding
    -       -  
Common stock par value $0.0001: 250,000,000 shares authorized; 47,388,056 shares issued and outstanding (February 28, 2021 - 42,413,691)
    4,740       4,242  
Additional paid-in capital
    149,734,659       113,662,677  
Additional paid-in capital - Warrants
    30,272,496       8,826,165  
Accumulated deficit
    (120,309,993 )     (89,661,970 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
    (166,961 )     (6,590 )
Total stockholders' equity
    59,534,941       32,824,524  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity
  $ 69,161,900     $ 43,403,513  

Loop Industries, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)

 
  Nine Months Ended November 30,  
 
  2021     2020  
Cash Flows from Operating Activities
           
Net loss
  $ (30,648,023 )   $ (23,151,431 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:
               
Depreciation and amortization
    407,806       654,354  
Stock-based compensation expense
    1,361,744       2,774,749  
Write-down and impairment of property, plant and equipment
    -       5,043,120  
Accretion and accrued interest expense
    82,393       56,259  
Loss (gain) on revaluation of foreign exchange contracts
    -       (58,945 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
               
Sales tax and tax credits receivable
    948,328       (477,855 )
Prepaid expenses
    (1,394,272 )     (1,075,291 )
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
    (3,587,932 )     1,690,789  
Net cash used in operating activities
    (32,829,956 )     (14,544,251 )
 
               
Cash Flows from Investing Activities
               
Investment in joint venture
    -       (650,000 )
Additions to property, plant and equipment
    (5,022,255 )     (1,580,795 )
Additions to intangible assets
    (348,017 )     (155,798 )
Net cash used in investing activities
    (5,370,272 )     (2,386,593 )
                 
Cash Flows from Financing Activities
               
Proceeds from sale of common shares and warrants, and exercise of warrants, net of share issuance costs
    56,087,746       26,649,253  
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt
    1,868,954       -  
Repayment of long-term debt
    (41,041 )     (32,781 )
Net cash (used) provided by financing activities
    57,915,659       26,616,472  
                 
Effect of exchange rate changes
    (77,336 )     210,516  
Net increase (decrease) in cash
    19,638,095       9,896,144  
Cash, beginning of period
    35,221,951       33,717,671  
Cash, end of period
  $ 54,860,046     $ 43,613,815  
                 
Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow Information:
               
Income tax paid
  $ -     $ -  
Interest paid
  $ 30,506     $ 28,613  
Interest received
  $ 23,654     $ 78,394  

About Loop Industries

Loop Industries is a technology company whose mission is to accelerate the world's shift toward sustainable PET plastic and polyester fiber and away from our dependence on fossil fuels. Loop Industries owns patented and proprietary technology that depolymerizes no and low-value waste PET plastic and polyester fiber, including plastic bottles and packaging, carpets and textiles of any color, transparency or condition and even ocean plastics that have been degraded by the sun and salt, to its base building blocks (monomers). The monomers are filtered, purified and polymerized to create virgin-quality Loop™ branded PET resin suitable for use in food-grade packaging and polyester fiber, thus enabling our customers to meet their sustainability objectives. Loop Industries is contributing to the global movement towards a circular economy by reducing plastic waste and recovering waste plastic for a sustainable future.

Common shares of the Company are listed on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol "LOOP."

For more information, please visit www.loopindustries.com. Follow Loop on Twitter: @loopindustries, Instagram: loopindustries, Facebook: Loop Industries and LinkedIn: Loop Industries

Forward-Looking Statements

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