Veracyte Announces Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Revenue Grew 32% to $30.1 Million

Genomic Test Volume Grew 26% to 9,663

Company Raises 2019 Full-Year Revenue Guidance

Conference Call and Webcast Today at 5:00 p.m. ET

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Veracyte, Inc. (Nasdaq: VCYT) today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019 and provided an update on recent business highlights. For the second quarter of 2019, revenue was $30.1 million, an increase of 32% over the second quarter of 2018. Net cash used in operating activities in the second quarter of 2019 was $2.5 million, an improvement of 21% compared with the second quarter of 2018.

Our strong second quarter performance was fueled by the growth of our products in three clinical indications, biopharmaceutical services revenue from milestone achievements and operational and financial discipline,” said Bonnie Anderson, chairman and chief executive officer of Veracyte. “In addition, we completed the transition of all three of our classifiers to our RNA whole-transcriptome sequencing platform with the launch of our Percepta® Genomic Sequencing Classifier, positioning the company to advance our pipeline to address additional questions across the clinical care continuum.”

Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results

For the second quarter of 2019 as compared with the second quarter of 2018:

  • Revenue was $30.1 million, an increase of 32%; excluding $3.5 million of biopharmaceutical services revenue, revenue was $26.7 million, an increase of 20%.
  • Gross Margin was 71%, an increase of seven percentage points; excluding biopharmaceutical services revenue, gross margin was 67%, an increase of four percentage points.
  • Operating Expenses, Excluding Cost of Revenuewere $24.5 million, an increase of 20%.
  • Net Loss was $2.5 million, an improvement of 60%.
  • Net Loss Per Share was $0.05, an improvement of 72%.
  • Net Cash Used in Operating Activities was $2.5 million, an improvement of 21%.
  • Cash and Cash Equivalents was $192.6 million at June 30, 2019.

For the six-month period ended June 30, 2019, as compared with the prior year period of 2018:

  • Revenue was $59.7 million, an increase of 39%; excluding $7.6 million of biopharmaceutical services revenue, revenue was $52.1 million, an increase of 23%.
  • Gross Margin was 71%, an increase of nine percentage points; excluding biopharmaceutical services revenue, gross margin was 67%, an increase of five percentage points.
  • Operating Expenses, Excluding Cost of Revenue were $47.5 million, an increase of 14%.
  • Net Loss was $4.4 million, an improvement of 71%.
  • Net Loss Per Share was $0.10, an improvement of 78%.
  • Net Cash Used in Operating Activities was $3.5 million, an improvement of 67%.

Second Quarter 2019 and Recent Business Highlights

Commercial Growth and Reimbursement Expansion:

  • Launched the “next-generation” Percepta Genomic Sequencing Classifier (GSC) in June 2019, ahead of the company’s expectations, completing the transition of all of the company’s classifiers to its RNA whole-transcriptome sequencing platform.
  • Grew total genomic test volume in the second quarter of 2019 to 9,663, an increase of 26% over the second quarter of 2018.

    • Increased Percepta classifier test volume to 744 tests and revenue to more than $1.0 million, representing a 142% and 159% increase, respectively, compared with the second quarter of 2018.
    • Ramped Envisia® Genomic Classifier test volume as well as the number of institutions ordering the test by more than 100% sequentially from the first quarter of 2019 to 130 tests and 76 sites, respectively.
    • Grew Afirma® classifier test volume to 8,789 tests, an increase of 19% over the second quarter of 2018.
  • Achieved in-network status with four Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina and Vermont, covering nearly 8.5 million medical members.

Strengthened Library of Clinical Evidence:

  • Unveiled clinical validation data for the Percepta GSC during ATS 2019, demonstrating the test’s ability to down-classify lung nodule patients to “low risk” for cancer so they may avoid unnecessary invasive procedures (NPV of 91%), while also up-classifying patients to “high risk” to help guide next steps (PPV of 65%).
  • Published clinical validation and utility study findings for the Envisia classifier in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, showing that the test helps physicians distinguish idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) from other interstitial lung diseases without the need for surgery, and that when paired with HRCT results and patient clinical history, the test provided physicians with a higher level of confidence in making an IPF diagnosis.
  • Positive data were presented at the 2019 ASCO Annual Meeting demonstrating the ability of the Afirma Xpression Atlas (XA) to identify gene mutations in medullary thyroid cancer that may guide targeted treatment decisions for patients concurrent with diagnosis by the Afirma GSC.
  • Independent clinical utility study for the Afirma GSC was published in Thyroid showing that use of the test enabled Ohio State University researchers to identify significantly more benign thyroid nodules and therefore meaningfully decrease surgeries compared to the original test.
  • Publication in Cancer Cytopathology detailed how new RNA sequencing-based genomic testing, the technology behind the Afirma GSC and Afirma XA, is helping to reduce unnecessary surgeries in thyroid cancer diagnosis and inform on surgery and treatment decision-making using the same minimally invasive patient sample.

Financing and Debt Facility

  • Issued and sold 6,325,000 shares of common stock in May 2019 in a registered public offering, including the underwriters’ exercise in full of their option to purchase an additional 825,000 shares, at a price to the public of $23.25 per share. Net proceeds from the offering were approximately $137.8 million.
  • Used $12.4 million of offering proceeds to reduce the company’s principal debt balance from $12.5 million at the end of the first quarter of 2019 to $0.1 million at the end of the second quarter of 2019.

Updated 2019 Financial Outlook

Veracyte is increasing its 2019 annual revenue guidance to a range of $119 million to $122 million from its previous guidance range of $117 million to $121 million. The company is also revising its full-year 2019 guidance for net cash used in operating activities to a range of $2 million to $4 million from its prior guidance of $4 million to $6 million. Veracyte continues to expect to achieve operating cash flow breakeven before the end of this year.

Conference Call and Webcast Details

Veracyte will host a conference call and webcast to discuss its financial results and provide a general business update at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time today.

The conference call will be webcast live from the company’s website and will be available via the following link: https://edge.media-server.com/m6/p/nnyepiqm. The webcast should be accessed 10 minutes prior to the conference call start time.

A replay of the webcast will be available for one year following the conclusion of the live broadcast and will be accessible on the company’s website at https://investor.veracyte.com/events-presentations.

The conference call can be accessed as follows:

 

U.S./Canada participant dial-in number (toll-free):

(855) 541-0980

 

International participant dial-in number:

(970) 315-0440

 

Conference I.D.:

9769085

About Veracyte

Veracyte (Nasdaq: VCYT) is a leading genomic diagnostics company that improves patient care by providing trustworthy and actionable answers to challenging clinical questions. The company’s products uniquely combine advanced genomic technology, clinical science and machine learning to provide answers that give patients and physicians a clear path forward, informing both diagnosis and treatment decisions without the need for costly, risky surgeries that are often unnecessary. Since its founding in 2008, Veracyte has commercialized seven genomic tests and is transforming the diagnosis of thyroid cancer, lung cancer and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Veracyte is based in South San Francisco, California. For more information, please visit www.veracyte.com and follow the company on Twitter (@veracyte).

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as: “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “expect,” “believe,” “should,” “may,” “will” and similar references to future periods. Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, our expectations regarding our second quarter 2019 performance and our expectations regarding full-year 2019 revenue and net cash used in operating activities,; the timing of the release of nasal swab data; our ability to achieve, maintain and expand Medicare and other coverage for each of our tests; the expected impacts of our collaboration with Johnson & Johnson in developing interventions for lung cancer, on our financial and operating results, and the size of our addressable market. Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance, but are based only on our current beliefs, expectations and assumptions. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from our predictions, and include, but are not limited to: our ability to achieve milestones under the collaboration agreement with Johnson & Johnson; the benefits of our tests and the applicability of clinical results to actual outcomes; the laws and regulations applicable to our business, including potential regulation by the Food and Drug Administration or other regulatory bodies; our ability to successfully achieve and maintain adoption of and reimbursement for our products; the amount by which use of our products are able to reduce invasive procedures and misdiagnosis, and reduce healthcare costs; the occurrence and outcomes of clinical studies; and other risks set forth in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the risks set forth in our annual report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2019. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof and Veracyte specifically disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements or reasons why actual results might differ, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Veracyte, Afirma, Percepta, Envisia and the Veracyte logo are trademarks of Veracyte, Inc.

VERACYTE, INC.
CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
 
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,

2019

2018

2019

2018

Revenue

$

30,136

 

$

22,751

 

$

59,665

 

$

42,792

 

Operating expenses:
Cost of revenue

 

8,777

 

 

8,246

 

 

17,290

 

 

16,113

 

Research and development

 

3,330

 

 

4,601

 

 

6,765

 

 

8,276

 

Selling and marketing

 

13,943

 

 

9,623

 

 

26,420

 

 

21,166

 

General and administrative

 

6,920

 

 

5,932

 

 

13,824

 

 

11,576

 

Intangible asset amortization

 

266

 

 

266

 

 

533

 

 

533

 

Total operating expenses

 

33,236

 

 

28,668

 

 

64,832

 

 

57,664

 

Loss from operations

 

(3,100

)

 

(5,917

)

 

(5,167

)

 

(14,872

)

Interest expense

 

(235

)

 

(481

)

 

(538

)

 

(929

)

Other income, net

 

841

 

 

150

 

 

1,294

 

 

376

 

Net loss and comprehensive loss

$

(2,494

)

$

(6,248

)

$

(4,411

)

$

(15,425

)

Net loss per common share, basic and diluted

$

(0.05

)

$

(0.18

)

$

(0.10

)

$

(0.45

)

Shares used to compute net loss per common share, basic and diluted

 

45,586,081

 

 

34,314,234

 

 

43,389,540

 

 

34,320,793

 

VERACYTE, INC.
CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
 
June 30, December 31,

2019

2018

(Unaudited) (See Note 1)
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents

$

192,647

$

77,995

Accounts receivable

 

19,626

 

13,168

Supplies

 

5,104

 

3,402

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

2,573

 

2,387

Total current assets

 

219,950

 

96,952

Property and equipment, net

 

8,150

 

8,940

Right-of-use assets – finance lease, net

 

677

 

Right-of-use assets – operating lease

 

9,412

 

Finite-lived intangible assets, net

 

11,467

 

12,000

Goodwill

 

1,057

 

1,057

Restricted cash

 

603

 

603

Other assets

 

1,061

 

1,086

Total assets

$

252,377

$

120,638

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable

$

4,061

$

2,516

Accrued liabilities

 

9,820

 

9,186

Current portion of long-term debt

 

 

1,357

Current portion of finance lease liability

 

156

 

Current portion of operating lease liability

 

1,284

 

Total current liabilities

 

15,321

 

13,059

Long-term debt

 

585

 

23,925

Deferred rent, net of current portion

 

3,899

Operating lease liability, net of current portion

 

12,231

Total liabilities

 

28,137

 

40,883

Total stockholders’ equity

 

224,240

 

79,755

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

252,377

$

120,638

 
 
(1) The condensed balance sheet at December 31, 2018 was derived from the audited financial statements at that date included in the Company’s Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission dated February 25, 2019.
VERACYTE, INC.
CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
 
Six Months Ended June 30,

2019

2018

Operating activities
Net loss

$

(4,411

)

$

(15,425

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization

 

1,869

 

 

1,969

 

Gain on disposal of property and equipment

 

(17

)

Stock-based compensation

 

4,325

 

 

2,906

 

Other income

 

(93

)

Amortization of debt issuance costs

 

83

 

 

16

 

Interest on end-of-term debt obligations

 

120

 

 

149

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable

 

(6,458

)

 

(290

)

Supplies

 

(1,702

)

 

2,275

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

(192

)

 

98

 

Right-of-use assets – operating lease and operating lease liability

 

(173

)

Other assets

 

25

 

 

(272

)

Accounts payable

 

1,746

 

 

(1,912

)

Accrued liabilities and deferred rent

 

1,319

 

 

67

 

Net cash used in operating activities

 

(3,466

)

 

(10,512

)

Investing activities
Purchases of property and equipment

 

(1,424

)

 

(761

)

Proceeds from disposal of property and equipment

 

17

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(1,407

)

 

(761

)

Financing activities
Proceeds from the issuance of common stock in a public offering, net of costs

 

137,848

 

Payment of long-term debt

 

(24,900

)

Proceeds from legal settlement regarding short-swing profits

 

403

 

Payment of financial lease liability

 

(152

)

 

(144

)

Proceeds from the exercise of common stock options and employee stock purchases

 

6,729

 

 

881

 

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

119,525

 

 

1,140

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

114,652

 

 

(10,133

)

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

 

78,598

 

 

34,494

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

$

193,250

 

$

24,361

 

 
Supplementary cash flow information of non-cash investing and financing activities:
Operating lease liability arising from obtaining right-of-use assets – operating lease

$

14,118

 

$

 

Purchases of property and equipment included in accounts payable

$

72

 

$

63

 

Interest paid on debt

$

319

 

$

741

 

CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED CASH
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
 

June 30,

December 31,

2019

2018

Cash and cash equivalents

$

192,647

$

77,995

Restricted cash

 

603

 

603

Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

$

193,250

$

78,598

 

Contacts

Investor and Media Contact:

Angie McCabe, 650-243-6371

Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications

angie@veracyte.com

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