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Basis of Presentation & Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Basis of Presentation & Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2019
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Basis of Presentation & Summary of Significant Accounting Policies


Our unaudited financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (U.S. GAAP or GAAP) for interim financial information and with the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) applicable to interim financial statements. In our opinion, the accompanying financial statements reflect all adjustments necessary for a fair presentation of our statements of financial position, results of operations and cash flows for the periods presented but they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by U.S. GAAP for complete financial statements. Except as otherwise disclosed herein, these adjustments consist of normal recurring items. Operating results for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of results that may be expected for the fiscal year as a whole or any other interim period.

The preparation of the financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires us to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues, expenses, and the related disclosures at the date of the financial statements and during the reporting period. Actual results could materially differ from these estimates.

Certain prior year amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current year presentation.

For further information, refer to the audited financial statements and notes thereto included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 filed with the SEC on March 12, 2019. The accompanying Balance Sheet as of December 31, 2018 was derived from the audited financial statements. This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q should be read in conjunction with our financial statements and notes included in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018.


Inventories are recorded at the lower of cost or net realizable value and include all costs of seed production and grain we purchase as well as costs to store, transport and process the grain into finished products. Consideration we receive from growers when they purchase seed is recorded as a reduction of inventory.

We evaluate inventory balances for obsolescence on a regular basis using projected selling prices for our products, market prices for the underlying agricultural markets, the age of products and other factors that take into consideration our limited operating history.

Prior to the commercialization of our High Oleic Soybean Oil and High Oleic Soybean Meal in the three months ended March 31, 2019, we expensed all costs associated with purchasing, storing, transporting and processing grain (Grain Costs) as research and development (R&D) expense.

Forward Purchase Contracts

We enter into seed and grain production agreements (Forward Purchase Contracts) with seed producers and growers. The seed contracts often require us to pay prices for the seed produced at an exchange-traded price of grain plus a premium. The grower contracts are linked to a commodity futures market prices with the grower having the option to fix their price with us throughout the term of the agreement. These contracts allow for delivery of grain to us at harvest if so specified when the agreement is executed, otherwise delivery occurs on a date that we elect through August 31 of the following year. In all periods prior to January 1, 2019, we considered Forward Purchase Contracts to be derivatives and recorded the contracts at fair market value with changes in value reflected in earnings as R&D expense.

Effective January 1, 2019, we designated all Forward Purchase Contracts as normal purchases and as a result no longer consider these agreements to be derivatives. As of that date any mark-to-market gains or losses associated with those contracts were fixed and were reflected in inventory upon our purchase of the underlying grain. As of September 30, 2019, we had purchased all of the underlying grain and all previously recorded gains and losses had been reflected in inventory.

Revenue Recognition – Product Sales

We recognize sales revenue at the point in time that control transfers to the customer, which is based on shipping terms. Sales include shipping and handling charges if billed to the customer and are reported net of trade promotion and other costs, including estimated allowances for returns, unsalable product and prompt pay discounts. Sales, use, value-added and other excise taxes are not recognized in revenue. Trade promotions are recorded based on estimated participation and performance levels for offered programs at the time of sale. We generally do not allow a right of return. However, on a limited basis with prior approval, we may allow customers to return product.

Revenue Recognition – Out-licensing of Technology

We recognize revenue from license agreements. Revenues from license agreements may consist of nonrefundable up-front payments, milestone payments, royalties and services. In addition, we may license our technology to third parties, which may or may not be part of a license agreement.

Nonrefundable up-front payments are deferred and recognized as revenue over the term of the license agreement. If a license agreement is terminated before the original term of the agreement is fulfilled, all remaining deferred revenue is recognized at termination.

Milestone payments represent amounts received from our licensees, the receipt of which is dependent upon the achievement of certain scientific, regulatory or commercial milestones. We recognize milestone payments when the triggering event has occurred, there are no further contingencies or services to be provided with respect to that event, and the counterparty has no right to refund of the payment.

Stock-Based Compensation

We measure employee stock-based awards at grant date fair value and record compensation expense over the vesting period of the award. Prior to January 1, 2019, grants to nonemployees were previously remeasured each reporting period. Following the adoption on January 1, 2019, of the new accounting pronouncement discussed below, we no longer remeasure these awards as the fair value is determined on the grant date.

Recently Adopted Accounting Pronouncements

Effective January 1, 2019, we adopted new accounting requirements for recognition of revenue from contracts with customers. We adopted these requirements using the cumulative effect approach. The adoption did not have an impact on our financial statements.

Effective January 1, 2019, we adopted new accounting requirements for share-based payment transactions for acquiring goods and services from nonemployees. The adoption did not have an impact on our financial statements as each of the share-based payment awards granted to nonemployees had a measurement date upon grant, and thus no cumulative adjustment to retained earnings was required.