SEATTLE, May 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Adaptive Biotechnologies Corporation (“Adaptive Biotechnologies”) (ADPT), a commercial stage biotechnology company that aims to translate the genetics of the adaptive immune system into clinical products to diagnose and treat disease, today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.
“Adaptive’s immune medicine platform was built to decode the specific immune response to any disease, which we are now applying in full force to COVID-19,” said Chad Robins, chief executive officer and co-founder of Adaptive Biotechnologies. “Importantly, we are able to do this while maintaining focus on our current products and future pipeline.”
- Revenue of $20.9 million for the first quarter of 2020, representing a 65% increase over the corresponding period in 2019
- Clinical tests for clonoSEQ increased 75% to 3,518 clinical tests in the first quarter of 2020, compared to the first quarter 2019
- Extended existing partnership with Microsoft to decode the adaptive immune response to COVID-19 and potentially develop an improved diagnostic; data to be made publicly available
- Announced strategic partnership with Amgen to leverage Adaptive’s immune medicine platform to discover and develop therapeutic antibodies for COVID-19
- Executed South San Francisco lease expansion to construct personalized cell therapy prototyping lab for Genentech collaboration
First Quarter 2020 Financial Results
Revenue was $20.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, representing a 65% increase from the first quarter in the prior year. Sequencing revenue was $9.5 million for the quarter, representing a 56% increase from the first quarter in the prior year. Development revenue increased to $11.4 million for the quarter, representing a 74% increase from the first quarter in the prior year.
Operating expenses were $55.5 million for the first quarter of 2020, compared to $32.7 million in the first quarter of the prior year, representing an increase of 70%.
Net loss was $31.4 million for the first quarter of 2020, compared to $18.4 million for the same period in 2019.
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) was a loss of $28.0 million for the first quarter of 2020, compared to a loss of $15.2 million for the first quarter of the prior year.
Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities was $655.8 million as of March 31, 2020.
2020 Financial Guidance
Given the ongoing uncertainty of the scope, duration and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Adaptive Biotechnologies is withdrawing its previously announced annual revenue guidance for 2020, which was issued on February 26, 2020.
Webcast and Conference Call Information
Adaptive Biotechnologies will host a conference call to discuss its first quarter financial results after market close on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 4:30 PM Eastern Time. The conference call can be accessed at http://investors.adaptivebiotech.com. The webcast will be archived and available for replay at least 90 days after the event.
About Adaptive Biotechnologies
Adaptive Biotechnologies (“we” or “our”) is a commercial-stage biotechnology company focused on harnessing the inherent biology of the adaptive immune system to transform the diagnosis and treatment of disease. We believe the adaptive immune system is nature’s most finely tuned diagnostic and therapeutic for most diseases, but the inability to decode it has prevented the medical community from fully leveraging its capabilities. Our proprietary immune medicine platform reveals and translates the massive genetics of the adaptive immune system with scale, precision and speed to develop products in life sciences research, clinical diagnostics and drug discovery. We have two commercial products, and a robust clinical pipeline to diagnose, monitor and enable the treatment of diseases such as cancer, autoimmune conditions and infectious diseases. Our goal is to develop and commercialize immune-driven clinical products tailored to each individual patient. For more information, please visit adaptivebiotech.com.
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Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measure
This press release includes references to Adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure that we define as net loss adjusted for interest and other income, net, income tax benefit (expense), depreciation and amortization and share-based compensation expenses. We have provided a reconciliation of net loss, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, to Adjusted EBITDA at the end of this press release.
Management uses Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate the financial performance of our business and the effectiveness of our business strategies. We present Adjusted EBITDA because we believe it is frequently used by analysts, investors and other interested parties to evaluate companies in our industry and it facilitates comparisons on a consistent basis across reporting periods. Further, we believe it is helpful in highlighting trends in our operating results because it excludes items that are not indicative of our core operating performance.
Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool and you should not consider it in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. We may in the future incur expenses similar to the adjustments in the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA. In particular, we expect to incur meaningful share-based compensation expense in the future. Other limitations include that Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect:
- all expenditures or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
- changes in our working capital needs;
- income tax benefit (expense), which may be a necessary element of our costs and ability to operate;
- the costs of replacing the assets being depreciated and amortized, which will often have to be replaced in the future;
- the non-cash component of employee compensation expense; and
- the impact of earnings or charges resulting from matters we consider not to be reflective, on a recurring basis, of our ongoing operations.
In addition, Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies in our industry or across different industries.
Condensed Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|Three Months Ended March 31,|
|Cost of revenue||5,343||4,988|
|Research and development||23,935||12,483|
|Sales and marketing||14,007||7,817|
|General and administrative||11,821||7,004|
|Amortization of intangible assets||424||419|
|Total operating expenses||55,530||32,711|
|Loss from operations||(34,620||)||(20,045||)|
|Interest and other income, net||2,894||1,659|
|Income tax benefit||323||—|
|Fair value adjustment to Series E-1 convertible preferred stock options||—||(254||)|
|Net loss attributable to common shareholders||$||(31,403||)||$||(18,640||)|
|Net loss per share attributable to common shareholders, basic and diluted||$||(0.25||)||$||(1.45||)|
|Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share attributable to common shareholders, basic and diluted||126,058,389||12,886,087|
Condensed Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|March 31, |
|December 31, |
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||212,688||$||96,576|
|Short-term marketable securities (amortized cost of $340,952 and $479,791, respectively)||342,485||480,290|
|Accounts receivable, net||9,382||12,676|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||9,573||14,079|
|Total current assets||584,646||612,690|
|Property and equipment, net||24,952||60,355|
|Operating lease right-of-use assets||31,058||—|
|Long-term marketable securities (amortized cost of $98,847 and $105,263, respectively)||100,618||105,435|
|Intangible assets, net||11,504||11,928|
|Liabilities and shareholders’ equity|
|Accrued compensation and benefits||4,177||8,124|
|Current portion of deferred rent||—||371|
|Current operating lease liabilities||1,502||—|
|Current deferred revenue||64,572||60,994|
|Total current liabilities||77,950||78,313|
|Deferred rent liability, less current portion||—||6,918|
|Operating lease liabilities, less current portion||36,545||—|
|Deferred revenue, less current portion||208,828||219,332|
|Other long-term liabilities||—||93|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Preferred stock: $0.0001 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019; no shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019||—||—|
|Common stock: $0.0001 par value, 340,000,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019; 126,621,829 and 125,238,142 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively||12||12|
|Additional paid-in capital||945,026||935,834|
|Accumulated other comprehensive gain||3,313||671|
|Total shareholders’ equity||551,563||571,039|
|Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity||$||874,886||$||912,302|
The following table sets forth a reconciliation between our Adjusted EBITDA and our net loss, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, for each of the periods presented (in thousands):
Three Months Ended March 31,
|Interest and other income, net||(2,894||)||(1,659||)|
|Income tax benefit||(323||)||—|
|Depreciation and amortization expense||1,978||1,783|
|Share-based compensation expense||4,675||3,046|