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26 February 2021, Zwingenberg, Germany

BRAIN AG Q1 ‘20/’21 Results

  • Strong performance of Biocatalysts
  • BioScience high comparison base and lower milestones
  • Solid Cash Position

Today, B.R.A.I.N. Biotechnology Research and Information Network AG (BRAIN AG, ISIN DE0005203947 / WKN 520394) published its results for the first quarter of the financial year 2020/21. Group revenues in the reporting period from October 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020 decreased by 21.7 % to € 8.1 million from € 10.3 million. This is mainly attributable to the BioScience segment which has a highly volatile revenue recognition quarter on quarter due to timing effects and milestone payments. The Group adjusted EBITDA decreased to € -1.4 million from € -0.2 million in the first three months of the 2020/21 financial year.

In the same period, the BRAIN Group generated a total operating performance of € 8.5 million compared to € 10.4 million in the same period of the previous year. The total operating performance was thus 18.3 % lower than in the previous year. The cash position at the end of the quarter amounted to a solid € 16.1 million.

Business development by segment

The BioScience segment, which includes the R&D business with industrial partners, achieved revenues of € 2.0 million in the first quarter of 2020/21, minus 50% from the prior-year quarter. The BioScience segment is very volatile on a quarter on quarter basis due to timing effects of contracts and larger milestone payments. BRAIN expects an improvement of the divisional sales performance during the course of the year. Adjusted EBITDA of this segment decreased to € -1.7 million from € -0.6 million, mainly due to lower revenues.

Revenues of the BioIndustrial segment, which covers the scalable product business, slightly declined in the reporting period to € 6.1 million from € 6.3 million. The segment has been faced by a diverging revenue trend of our daughter companies: Biocatalysts Ltd. had a very strong quarterly sales performance while WeissBioTech GmbH posted lower sales volumes driven by headwinds from the pandemic and structural challenges. Adjusted EBITDA of the BioIndustrial segment has been slightly lower to € 0.3 million from € 0.4 million in the first quarter of the financial year 2020/21.

Lukas Linnig, CFO of BRAIN AG, says: "The Covid-19 pandemic is imposing challenges to all companies. We are very actively managing the risks to our employees and the overall business. The BioScience business has been off to a soft start in Q1 but we are confident to see an improving performance during the next quarters. The issues at WeissBioTech are analyzed and will be tackled. We are very happy with the performance of our enzyme products business at Biocatalysts. BioIndustrial as a division will get back to growth in the next quarters.”

Key financials (first three months of the financial year 2020/21)

(in € million) 3M 2020/21 3M 2019/20
Revenues 8.0 10.3
BioScience 2.0 4.0
BioIndustrial 6.1 6.3
Total operating performance1 8.5 10.4
Adjusted EBITDA2 -1.4 -0.2
EBIDTA -1.59 -0.3
Operating cash flow -2.1 -0.6
31.12.2020 30.09.2020
Cash and cash equivalents 16.1 18.9

1 Revenues + change in inventories + other income including R&D grants

2 The reconciliation from adjusted to unadjusted EBITDA can be found in the quarterly statement for the period ended 31 December 2020

More detailed information on the financial results are available at as part of the quarterly statement for the period ended 31 December 2020.

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BRAIN Biotech AG (“BRAIN”) is a leading European specialist in industrial biotechnology. As a technology provider and developer of bio-based products and solutions for nutrition, health and the environment, the company supports the biologization of industry and contributes to a more sustainable economy. BRAIN is the parent company of the BRAIN Group. Two pillars form BRAIN Group's business: The BioScience segment includes contract research for renowned industrial partners as well as an incubator for the development of the company's own highly innovative products. In the BioIndustrial segment, the company focuses on specialty business in the production and refinement of enzymes, microorganisms and bioactive natural products and the respective distribution.

The BRAIN Group maintains its own diverse collection of natural resources: the BRAIN Bioarchive comprises microorganisms, genetic material and natural substances. Based on this collection and with a comprehensive technology portfolio, BRAIN addresses technological challenges and develops bio-based products and solutions that are already successfully employed in the industry. The BRAIN Group has its own production facilities in Germany, UK and the US, which together with the associated biotechnological production expertise, complete the value chain within the Group.

As a Participant of the United Nations Global Compact, BRAIN Biotech AG is committed to aligning strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals.

Since its IPO in 2016, BRAIN Biotech AG has been listed in the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ISIN DE0005203947 / WKN 520394).


This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements reflect the current views, expectations, and assumptions of the management of BRAIN Biotech AG, and are based on information currently available to the management. Forward-looking statements are no guarantees of future performance, and entail both known and unknown risks as well as uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Numerous factors exist that could influence the future performance by, and future developments at, BRAIN Biotech AG and the BRAIN Group. Such factors include, but are not limited to, changes in the general economic and competitive environment, risks associated with capital markets, currency exchange rate fluctuations, changes in international and national laws and regulations, in particular with respect to tax laws and regulations, as well as other factors. BRAIN Biotech AG does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

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