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Exact Sciences Corp (EXAS) Q2 2019 Earnings Call Transcript

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Exact Sciences Corp (NASDAQ: EXAS)
Q2 2019 Earnings Call
Jul 30, 2019, 5:00 p.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Good morning. My name is Chris, and I will be your conference operator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the Exact Sciences and Genomic Health Combination Second Quarter 2019 Earnings Results Call. [Operator Instructions] Thank you.

Megan Jones, Manager, Investor Relations, you may begin your conference.

Megan Jones -- Manager, Investor Relations

Thank you, Chris, and good morning. Welcome to our conference call to discuss Exact Sciences combination with Genomic Health, which we announced this morning. In conjunction with today's announcement, Exact Sciences and Genomic Health each also issued their results for the second quarter of 2019. Those releases can be found on our respective websites.

During today's call, we will make forward-looking statements based on current expectations. Our actual results may be materially different from such statements. Descriptions of the risks and uncertainties associated with Exact Sciences are included in our SEC filings, which can be accessed through our website.

These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or events and actual results or events could differ materially. I encourage you to take a look at Slides two and three of the slide presentation and our filings with the SEC for a discuss of forward-looking statements and the risks and uncertainties that could impact actual results or events.

On the call today is, Kevin Conroy, our Chairman and CEO; Jeff Elliott, our Chief Financial Officer; Mark Stenhouse, President of Cologuard; Kim Popovits, Chairman and CEO of Genomic Health; Brad Cole, Chief Financial Officer of Genomic Health. After the prepared remarks, we'll open it up for Q&A. Please limit yourself to one question and one follow-up, so we can keep the call to one hour.

With that, I will now turn the call over Kevin Conroy, Exact Sciences' CEO.

Kevin T. Conroy -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Megan. Welcome everyone and thank you for joining us this morning. I'm excited to tell you more about this pivotal combination with Genomic Health, and how it positions us as a global leader in cancer diagnostics.

The Exact Sciences and Genomic Health teams have built two of the strongest and fastest growing brands in our industry Cologuard and Oncotype DX. The combined company will have an even stronger platform for the continued growth of our leading product and the development of our pipeline. We're bringing together some of the greatest minds in cancer diagnostics to form a best-in-class commercial, research, development, and clinical organization with the global infrastructure to accelerate the availability of new innovative test to patients.

Together, we have a stronger financial profile than on our own and allowing us to continue to invest in new growth opportunities. Long-term bringing together Exact Sciences and Genomic Health will create an organization with a breadth of capabilities that doesn't exist today.

The diagnostic industry has never seen a company with a team that is so well positioned from research and product development to regulatory and reimbursement to the size and reach of the commercial organization. At its core, this combination is about bringing together complementary capabilities to create a leading cancer diagnostics company with unique abilities to impact more people's lives. Each company continues to see strong growth in the second quarter from our respective products Cologuard and Oncotype DX.

In the second quarter, the Exact Sciences team delivered 200 million in revenue, which is 94% growth year-over-year. We screen more than 415,000 people with Cologuard and we strengthened our lab capacity and our IT infrastructure. These achievements move us closer to capturing at least 40% share of the US colorectal cancer screening market from about 6% today.

Genomic Health also announced strong results for the second quarter, which Kim will touch upon shortly. Our mission at Exact Sciences is to deliver life changing and innovations to early cancer detection. We developed Cologuard in collaboration with the male clinic to solve one of the biggest problems in early cancer detection today. Colorectal cancer is often recognized as the most preventable, yet lease prevented cancer. Nearly 40% of people in the US are not update with current screening guidelines.

Before Cologuard there was not an accurate convenient option for getting screened. Cologuard is the only at-home non-invasive stool-based DNA screening test for colorectal cancer. It detects 94% of early stage cancers providing an accurate and convenient screening option. Since launching Cologuard almost five years ago, more than 2.6 million people have been screened and we estimate Cologuard has detected more than 12,000 early stage cancers and nearly 84,000 people with pre-cancerous polyps. There are 87 million average risk Americans between the ages of 50 and 85 in the US, who should be screening for colorectal cancer, that represents a $15 billion opportunity.

Last year, the American Cancer Society lowered the recommended screening age to 45 years old. We recently submitted a label expansion to the FDA for this age group, which would increase the total addressable market by 19 million Americans or 3 billion for a total opportunity of $18 billion. Our long-term goal is to reach at least 40% of this market representing more than 7 billion in revenue.

Nearly 174,000 total healthcare providers have ordered Cologuard for their patients, including 142,000 in primary care. More than 900 new healthcare providers are ordering Cologuard each week and our sales force and marketing efforts are increasing the rate that they are reordering Cologuard. The combination with Genomic Health builds on our success creating an even stronger growth platform for Cologuard, as well as Genomic Health Oncotype DX portfolio.

I'll now turn the call over to Kim to discuss the transaction from Genomic Health's perspective.

Kim Popovits -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Kevin. To start, I too -- I'm excited about the combination of Genomic Health with Exact Sciences and the significant value we believe the transaction creates for all of our stakeholders. We believe this is the right time for Genomic Health and Exact Sciences to combine and believe Exact Sciences is the right partner.

Our board carefully and thoroughly reviewed strategic and financial benefits of this combination and unanimously concluded this transaction represents a unique opportunity for Genomic Health. This combination provides significant and immediate cash value for our shareholders and with the stock component creates the opportunity to participate in the upside potential of the combined company.

We have great respect for the Exact Sciences team and we believe we have found a tremendous partner to advance our mission. Patients are our priority and we see significant benefits for them as well. Together with Exact Sciences, we will have the collective talent expertise and platform to bring our products to even more people around the world. Genomic Health is a leading provider of diagnostic tests that help improve cancer care. Our tests have achieved significant success over nearly two decades as Genomic Health has become a pioneer in cancer diagnostics.

Our flagship product Oncotype DX, is an innovative breast cancer test that examines the activity of 21 genes in a patient's breast tumor tissue to guide individualized treatments based on a patient's [Indecipherable] biology and disease. Our Oncotype IQ portfolio has guided personalized treatment decisions from more than 1 million cancer patients worldwide.

In the second quarter of 2019, we delivered more than 19% year-over-year overall revenue growth and 15% year-over-year growth for Oncotype DX test delivered. The recent landmark TAILORx breast cancer trial results established Oncotype DX as the new standard of care for women with early stage invasive breast cancer. This is just one example of the impact of the Oncotype DX test on patients around the world, but tentatively showing that Oncotype DX uniquely identifies the majority of patients who do not benefit from chemotherapy.

We believe Genomic Health and Exact Sciences will be strong partners due to our shared mission to improve outcomes and are highly complementary operating model. And as part of the combined organization, we believe there will be significant opportunities for Genomic Health employees to enhance their capabilities develop new and innovative products and grow professionally.

I'd like to thank all of our employees for the contributions and their continued focus and dedication to Genomic Health. We are confident that together with Exact Sciences we can have a positive impact on more patients and create additional value for our stakeholders.

With that, I'll turn the call back over to Kevin.

Kevin T. Conroy -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks Kim. This combination is a pivotal step for Exact Sciences to accelerate new sources of growth. Through Cologuard and Oncotype DX, our leading brands will continue to help detect and treat colorectal, breast, and prostate cancer, which represent about 40% of all solid tumor incidents in the US. The Oncotype DX suite of products represents significant growth opportunities with a total available market of 2 billion across US breast, International breast, US prostate, and other product markets.

Together, with Cologuard this represents a $20 billion total addressable market. The combined company's proven capabilities and scale position us to capture a significant share of these markets. The strength of Cologuard and Oncotype DX create a strong platform for continued growth. Our combined company will have a best-in-class R&D and clinical organization with unmatched scale and scope.

Together, we have advanced technology platforms, extensive clinical capabilities, and a robust evidence generation engine. This coupled with prudent regulatory expertise and key relationships with oncologist provides this team with the necessary resources to support growth in our current test and to bring new innovative products to patients. Exact Sciences has already made exciting process building on the early success of Cologuard. We've identified proprietary biomarkers across the deadliest -- 15 deadliest cancers through our unique and long-standing partnership with Mayo Clinic.

The combined teams clinical trial experience is unrivalled in the industry led by two landmark studies. DeeP-C for Cologuard and TAILORx for Oncotype DX.

The R&D capabilities of Exact Sciences and Genomic Health together will drive breakthroughs and growth positioning the combined company as a global leader in cancer diagnostics. Not only will we have the scientific capabilities to develop new products, we'll have the commercial scale to successfully bring them to physicians and patients. The combined organization will have more than 1,000 team members, including sales marketing and reimbursement teams.

Exact Sciences has the largest primary care sales team in cancer diagnostics. This is important because primary care touches many different aspects of the patient journey. We also launched a new GI sales team this month, complemented by extensive marketing capabilities and a robust lab and IT infrastructure to support our growth. This combination expands our sales force and that reached to oncology, OBGYN, and neurology and establishes an international presence for the Exact Sciences team.

Genomic Health well established global infrastructure spans more than 90 countries and will help accelerate the launch of pipeline products. Within the US, we're adding Genomic Health's strong base of operations in the Bay Area, including a lab infrastructure in a state where the Medicare administrative contractor participates in the MolDx program. This will help facilitate reimbursement of future blood-based cancer diagnostics.

Our combined teams and infrastructure will set a new bar in cancer diagnostics. We'll have broad scale and reach and be able to more deeply engage with our provider and pay-out customers with a holistic offering for their members.

Before I turn the call over to Jeff, I'll give you an example of the exciting path forward we see. We're developing a liver cancer test for high-risk individuals with sclerosis and hepatitis B. We can leverage Genomic Health's extensive clinical trial experience to generate evidence and to support guideline inclusion or have a broader portfolio of products enabling deeper relationships with payors and industry leading market access capabilities to support reimbursement for the liver cancer test. The combined company will also have expanded lab infrastructure and commercial capabilities to bring our liver test to more clinicians and patients globally.

And now, I'll turn the call over to Jeff to talk about the transaction details and the results for the quarter.

Jeffrey T. Elliott -- Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Kevin, and good morning everyone. I'll first walk through the transaction terms and financial benefits followed by our second quarter results. Genomic Health's stockholders will receive $27.50 in cash and $44.50 in shares of Exact Sciences stock subject to a fixed value caller. This represents a 19% premium to the 30-day volume weighted average price.

Upon closing, Exact Sciences shareholders are expected to own approximately 91% of the combined company with Genomic Health shareholders only in the remaining 9%. The combined company will have a stronger financial profile than Exact Sciences or Genomic Health independently.

We expect to generate pro forma revenue of approximately $1.6 billion in gross profit of approximately $1.2 billion in 2020. The combination is expected to generate approximately $25 million of annualized cost synergies within the third full-year following close, primarily through reducing public company costs and purchasing optimization.

We expect to have about $250 million of cash on our balance sheet upon transaction close and to be cash flow positive as a combined company during 2020. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, including the approval of Genomic Health's stockholders.

Now, turning to our results. Second quarter revenue increased 94% to $200 million and Cologuard test volume grew 93% to 415,000 completed tests. Cologuard growth was driven by increased productivity from our salesforce, contributions from Pfizer, market access improvements in new sales and marketing initiatives.

Second quarter Cologuard cost of sales improved $2 to $123 per completed test. We expect third quarter cost per test to be in the high $120 range. We find a sub-processing kits at our new lab during the third quarter and are expecting about $5 per test of incremental cost. We'll work to offset this with volume leverage and operating efficiencies.

Second quarter gross margin was 74%, an increase of 30 basis points to the slightly cost per test. Second quarter operating expense totaled $182 million, below our guidance due to operating efficiencies and favorable timing. Selling and marketing included the Pfizer service fee of $19 million, which was about $7 million more than we had assumed in guidance.

G&A included investments to support IT initiatives and additional personnel to support growth. R&D included sample collection in clinical studies to support our pipeline initiative, including our liver cancer test and expanding Cologuard label to age 45. Excluding transaction-related cost, we expect operating expense to increase about $20 million in the third quarter, driven primarily by expanded selling and marketing efforts, including our peer-to-peer program and GI -- in our new GI sales force and IT initiative.

Total second quarter CapEx was $51 million. For the full-year, we expect CapEx of approximately $200 million. Second quarter cash used totaled $4 million to $3 million. Cologuard generated $21 million of cash on an adjusted basis, excluding R&D on pipeline products and non-cash expenses. We ended the quarter with cash and securities of $1.2 billion.

Turning to our guidance, based on our first half results and our expectations for the rest of 2019, we're raising our full-year revenue guidance to $800 million to $810 million from our prior range of $725 million to $740 million. This assumes 1.66 million to 1.68 million completed Cologuard tests. For the third quarter, (Technical Difficulty) expect revenue of $211 million to $216 million in Cologuard volume of 440,000 to 450,000 completed tests.

I'll now pass the call over to Brad, for a review of Genomic Health financial results.

Brad Cole -- Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Jeff. I'll now review a few highlights from Genomic Health's second quarter and first half financial results release. In the second quarter of 2019, we delivered 19% top line revenue growth, and twice the profit, compared to last year. These record results were driven by the strength across our entire business with first half revenue growth of 13% in US invasive breast cancer, 44% in US early stage prostate cancer, and 28% outside of the United States.

With this strong performance in the first six months of the year, a public reimbursement recommendation for our invasive breast cancer test in Germany and increasing private coverage for both of our prostate cancer tests, we are raising both our full-year 2019 revenue and income guidance. We now expect to deliver full-year revenue growth of between 14% and 15% and a full-year profit of between $56 million and $60 million.

I'll now turn things back to Kevin for a few closing remarks.

Kevin T. Conroy -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks Brad. We're excited for this combination that we believe will create opportunities and benefits for patients, physicians, our teams, partners, and shareholders for years to come. With two of the fastest growing cancer diagnostic tests, a broad pipeline and extensive proven capabilities, the combined company is well positioned for long-term sustainable growth.

Special thanks to the Exact Sciences and Genomic Health teams for their tremendous progress in Q2. We look forward together for ever changing how cancer is detected and treated.

And we're now happy to take your questions.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

[Operator Instructions] The first question comes from Brian Weinstein of William Blair. Your line is open.

Brian Weinstein -- William Blair -- Analyst

Hi, guys. Good morning. Thanks for taking the questions. Same question really for Kevin and for Kim. Kevin, from your side obviously things are going very well. Cologuard had another very strong quarter, you've got a tremendous pipeline that you're building, capabilities that are expanding.

And Kim, you guys just reported a very strong quarter as well, new products coming out, why is this the right time for you guys to be combining. You guys both seem to have a lot of very good momentum in your individual businesses. So, what's the rationale for the timing here?

Kevin T. Conroy -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Well, I think there's no better time to do this than from a position of strength where we both have tremendous wind at our backs and teams that are in full stride. So, from our perspective, this is an opportunity to change that patient journey from our early detection to how treatment is guided and that is what the power of this combination really delivers. Kim?

Kim Popovits -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. I'll just echo all of that and just say, when we think about the complementary strengths of both organizations, our visions for the future, this is just a really exciting time to do this, and I think doing it with, you know, a record quarter coming from Genomic Health and the optimism we have for growth going forward, this just makes that all the better. I think we really believe we have a one plus one equals three here, so we're very excited about it.

Brian Weinstein -- William Blair -- Analyst

Okay. And then, Kevin, for you, you know, I know this transaction is transformative for you. I don't wonder that the quarter, kind of, fall by the wayside here, can you talk a little bit about the strengths that you're seeing with the core Cologuard business. How to think about the productivity gains that you saw from your sales force, what the productivity was out of the Pfizer sales force, and you know, whether or not we're kind of at the "inflection point" with the Pfizer reps, you know, finally getting, you know, up to full speed in showing kind of their muscle here?

Kevin T. Conroy -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Brain. We're obviously pleased with the quarter. We still have a long way to go to go from 6% market share to a goal of 40%. I'll let Mark Stenhouse, President of Cologuard, touch on this.

Mark Stenhouse -- President of Cologuard

Thanks, Kevin and Brian. Clearly a fantastic quarter driven not only by the additional reps we had last at August, but also the productivity from Pfizer. I would add that the commercial reimbursement strengthening is another key driver of success, and the marketing -- combined marketing talent between the two organizations, the productivity of the relationship is very strong and continues to grow sequentially each quarter. So, we do feel very, very positive about our partnership with Pfizer.

Operator

Your next question comes from Doug Schenkel of Cowen and Company. Your line is open.

Doug Schenkel -- Cowen & Company -- Analyst

Hey, good morning guys and congratulations on the deal. The shared mission of improving cancer care and outcomes makes sense, and clearly both companies have been quite rigorous when it comes to regulatory and clinical development and advancement. With that said, I guess what I'm struggling with here are the operational benefits, especially given that the year-three synergy target you provided is only $25 million. You know, just to frame that's $25 million translates into less than 2% of what we were forecasting for combined operating expenses for Exact and Genomic Health combined.

Financially, it just doesn't seem clear like your positioning that as representing much more than one plus one equals two even though you described it couple of minutes ago as one plus one equals three. Again, recognizing both of you have great products and you have great teams. Can you actually spell out where there are synergies to be found or if looking for synergies is kind of just not getting it at least when you look at the financial models?

Jeffrey T. Elliott -- Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Doug. This is Jeff. So, clearly the cost synergies are compelling here. And obviously $25 million is a number that we hope to exceed, but fundamentally, this is a combination driven by the incremental growth provided by combining these two companies. Now, to be clear, we haven't assumed any revenue synergies in the model, but we are confident they exist. Kevin touched on some of these in his remarks. One clear area is the international infrastructure that Genomic Health brings. Internationally, we hope that long-term we can launch our pipeline test.

Well, now we have a very strong foundation from which to build that. Within the US, there are also clear sources of revenue synergies based on the relationships that Genomic Health has commercially with oncologists, with breast surgeons, and their abilities to generate evidence are very well known in the industry. So, there are clear, very meaningful revenue synergies here in addition to the cost synergies.

Doug Schenkel -- Cowen & Company -- Analyst

Okay. So, just to be clear on that, Jeff, because that does make sense, but recognizing that right now in terms of commercial products, Exact is Cologuard, you've made a pretty big investment and commitment to build out a pretty strong PCP commercial channel and that's where most of Cologuard is going to funnel through at least in the US, so I don't see any real sales synergies there. So, with the way you described, to just to make sure I'm clear, this from a sales synergy standpoint recognizing these aren't built into the financial targets, the fit here is going to be largely about the pipeline, is that correct?

Jeffrey T. Elliott -- Chief Financial Officer

That is correct, Doug. Although on Cologuard side, just not that Genomic Health does bring the international infrastructure; they bring the ability to generate evidence; they bring deep relationship to allow us to follow patients across the whole journey of cancer. So, there are broad fits across both of these companies. It is a very compelling transaction.

Doug Schenkel -- Cowen & Company -- Analyst

Okay. And then, just from a deal structure standpoint, running through the math little bit the morning, the deal structure requires you to deploy a pretty big portion of your cash on hand, I may have missed this, but is there another financing step that's anticipated here?

Kevin T. Conroy -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank, Doug. So, we are very comfortable with the projected opening balance sheet, which we expect to include about $250 million of cash. Note that Genomic Health brings about $244 million of cash as part of this equation. So, we do not need to raise any additional capital as part of this combination.

Doug Schenkel -- Cowen & Company -- Analyst

Okay. And if I could ask one more and I guess one thing, I guess as we look ahead to your 2020 pro forma revenue target, the Street was looking for stand-alone Exact revenue growth of 44%, recognizing you just bumped up your 2019 guidance, if we moderate that 44% just down to 40%, and then, add in Genomics' revenue forecast according to consensus, I think you'd get above $1.6 billion. And again, arguably the Genomic Health number should be going higher coming off a strong quarter. Why is that the target for 2020 higher?

Kevin T. Conroy -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. Thanks for the question Doug. So, this combination clearly creates a stronger company financially with greater scale and scope, higher gross margins, higher operating margin, significantly better cash flow. I would say, as far as 2020, it is early. We'll provide more commentary on that as this combination comes together.

Doug Schenkel -- Cowen & Company -- Analyst

Okay. Thank you.

Operator

Your next question comes from Derik de Bruin of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Your line is open.

Derik de Bruin -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Hi, good morning.

Kevin T. Conroy -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning, Derik.

Derik de Bruin -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Congratulations on the transaction. A couple questions, I guess first one will be just -- I'm curious if you could talk about the R&D pipeline of both companies, and obviously I think that's one of the more intriguing potentials here. I guess obviously you're producing -- you're progressing the liver cancer test and I'm just sort of [Indecipherable] more broadly about what you see as potential synergies in the R&D process, and also, there is -- Genomic Health is working on doing some of the liquid biopsies with the assays based on the Biocartis technology, I'm just curious in these like, do you see opportunities or sort of expand that way, just talk a little bit more broadly, Kevin, about the R&D opportunities.

Kevin T. Conroy -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Our liver cancer test is a great example, Derik. Liver cancer is the Number Two cancer killer globally. Exact Sciences presently lacks a commercial infrastructure to devoid the liver cancer test globally. And the Genomic Health has a proven capability. We'll be able to expand that over time. And as you know, we have a deep relationship with a Mayo Clinic, which has been the underpinning of our pipeline strategy having identified biomarkers -- accurate biomarkers across the Top 15 cancers, and this combination accelerates our ability to bring those tests to physician and patient globally. It also accelerates, in our view, the ability to deliver many of those tests here in the US.

Today, as a cancer diagnostic company, we lack an oncology sales force, and not only are we combining with a company with an oncology sales force, we're combining the company with the best oncology sales force, the longest relationships, the most compelling relationships with those oncologists along with evidence generation capabilities that unquestionably are second to none, and we have admired all of those capabilities of Genomic Health for years and that's why we're excited with our pipeline and moving that forward on a combined basis.

As it relates to the Biocartis platform, that is an exciting opportunity for us to look at to see if that platform would be suitable for many of the tests that we intend to commercialize globally, and there will be more to report in the future there.

Derik de Bruin -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

And there's one follow-up, just how soon do you think you can sort of expand into the OUS markets with Cologuard based on this combination?

Kevin T. Conroy -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

We haven't provided any color around bringing Cologuard through the international markets. We think that there may be an alternative version of Cologuard that would be very amendable for the global opportunity. I think we need to think of it a different size and scale of the product itself to make it more amendable and at a lower cost of goods basis for an international offering. That is a real upside to this combination is to bring our colorectal cancer screening capabilities globally where colon cancer screening is vastly underpenetrated relative to the US.

Derik de Bruin -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Great, thank you.

Kevin T. Conroy -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks.

Operator

Your next question comes from Brandon Couillard of Jefferies. Your line is open.

Brandon Couillard -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Thanks, good morning. Two-part question, I guess first for Kevin. Could you sort of speak to how long this would be in under consideration and potential other alternative avenues you perhaps considered in terms of maybe building out some of these capabilities, some of this muscle yourself internally rather than buying it? And then, Jeff, could you sort of just speak to the mix of cash and stock and why that's the optimal mix?

Kevin T. Conroy -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

I'll say that I have known Kim for at least 10 years, maybe longer, and we have not only admired Genomic Health, but really modeled our approach to clinicians and patients off of the Genomic Health model. They innovated; they were the innovator in having a specialty diagnostics central lab model in the US. And so, we've know each other for a long time and we think this is the optimal fit to be able to achieve this goal of bringing our pipeline test and other test to that we may partner through a combined commercial organization of 1,000 people total that will, we think, have a huge impact in changing cancer diagnostics forever.

Jeffrey T. Elliott -- Chief Financial Officer

So, Bran, this is Jeff. So, we've chosen to finance the transaction using the combination of cash and stock to maintain flexibility, as well as appropriate leverage. This works out to be an about $1.1 billion in cash and about $1.7 billion of stock. What this does is this allows us to maintain that flexibility and leverage the strong position from which both companies are operating, and really sets this up for long-term sustainable growth and value creation for shareholders.

Brandon Couillard -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Super, thank you.

Operator

Your next question comes from Patrick Donnelly of Goldman Sachs. Your line is open.

Patrick Donnelly -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Great, thank guys. Maybe just one on the Pfizer partnership, can you just talk through the impact from this deal? Are you able to leverage things like the marketing rates for something like Genomic, you know, are things grandfathered in, when you acquired, maybe just talk through any impacts we could see from them?

Kevin T. Conroy -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

There's no direct impact on the Pfizer partnership, which is focused on Cologuard and colorectal cancer screening. Obviously, Pfizer has a very deep reach, not only in the primary care setting, but in oncology, and we certainly will, you know, talk to our partner about some of the opportunities that we think exist over the long-term. There is no impact at all on our partnership with Pfizer as it relates to Cologuard.

Patrick Donnelly -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Okay. And then maybe one for Mark Stenhouse, just on the sales team synergy, maybe just talk through, your approach as we look to bring these products on board. How you'll structure the sales team, any, again, potential spillover in terms of synergies would be great here to see your perspective?

Mark Stenhouse -- President of Cologuard

Yes. Certainly, I think a premature to really talk about structure of the sales forces going forward. I think what is clear is that the combined each independent company has the best-in-class offering for the channel that they manage. As its been previously mentioned by Kevin and Kim that, you know, the Oncotype team is best-in-class, and I would submit in primary care cancer diagnostics you could say the very same think about Exact Sciences, and our partnership with Pfizer, we bring really strong capabilities across both channels. I think what you see within our quarter is the benefit of the partnership with Pfizer with Cologuard you drive real value, and we're really starting to see the combination of the marketing capabilities and the sales synergies play out.

Patrick Donnelly -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Thank you.

Operator

Your next question comes from Tycho Peterson of JPMorgan. Your line is open.

Tycho Peterson -- JPMorgan -- JPMorgan

Hey, thanks. Congrats on the deal. I want to go back to Derik's question earlier on the pipeline. Just curious, Kevin, from your perspective and maybe we could hear from Kim, as well on what, you know, Genomic Health is bringing to the table here in the liquid biopsy front? They obviously had net worth, you know, at one point and kind of pulled back on it. So, just curious from your perspective look, what they're bringing around liquid biopsy in particular?

Kevin T. Conroy -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Certainly, the work that Genomic Health has done in liquid biopsy and focus and deep understanding of the need for breast cancer recurrence test is something that is attractive to us. As you know, we're a deep believer in, not only their early detection of cancer initially, but also their early detection recurrent cancer. And so, we think that together as a company, we are uniquely positioned to have an impact on the early detection of recurrent cancer that makes us excited. Kim?

Kim Popovits -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. I would like to just add that, you know, we think this really allows us to accelerate some of the development that we're already doing. I think, as you know, we've been interested for a while in the area of minimal residual disease. We're doing some work in late stage breast cancer recurrence, all of which, you know, would be in the liquid space and continuing to do additional work, you know, in both renal and bladder. So, there's a number of things that we have been working on, will continue to work on, and this will allow us, I think, in a much bigger way to let that come to fruition.

Tycho Peterson -- JPMorgan -- JPMorgan

And then, as we think about some of the -- go ahead, Kevin.

Kevin T. Conroy -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. Tycho, one of the really important things is we as we think about developing MRD and recurrence test is the ability to partner with top oncology participants and one of the things that those folks look to are companies with great stability and global reach. And so, we think as a combined company, over the next decade, we'll be in a leading position to partner with oncology companies to advance the early detection of recurrent cancer.

Tycho Peterson -- JPMorgan -- JPMorgan

And then, as we think about, you know, in the non-Oncotype products here like AR-V7, you know, how interesting are those in the kind of collaboration in scheme of things here?

Kim Popovits -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Well, certainly I think I can chime in to say, it should be interesting from the perspective of the growth potential for the entire urology franchise. So, you know, we've remained very committed; you say a nice growth rate this quarter and we expect that going forward. So, I think it's a -- it will make a significant contribution.

Tycho Peterson -- JPMorgan -- JPMorgan

Okay. And then, lastly, I guess, and Kim, as you think about the Biocartis collaboration do you envision that stays in tact or how do you think about that playing out?

Kim Popovits -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Absolutely. Very excited about that opportunity. It certainly opens up the global markets for us. You know, with the announcement of the reimbursement decision in Germany, it's just a really incredible starting point to bring that, that platform to major markets in Western Europe and we'll see how we can expand it from there, but also could have implications for the future pipeline of the combination here.

Tycho Peterson -- JPMorgan -- JPMorgan

Okay, thank you.

Kim Popovits -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

You're welcome.

Operator

Your next question comes from Dan Brennan of UBS. Your line is open.

Dan Brennan -- UBS -- Analyst

Great, thanks. Sort of multi-part question, just a quick one on the quarter first, did you guys say what the compliance rate was in the quarter? Just trying to back into what the test utilization number was since that's been a key focus for us.

Jeffrey T. Elliott -- Chief Financial Officer

Dan, this is Jeff. It was 67% during the quarter and we expect it to be about that same range in the third quarter.

Dan Brennan -- UBS -- Analyst

Great, thanks. And then, Kim, just a question for you, obviously the stocks done well post TAILORx, but you are selling out for less than a 20% premium on a -- I guess a trailing, you know, one-month basis for the company that's been around obviously for many, many years. Maybe, I know you discussed earlier this one plus one equals three, but possibly could you give us a perspective on your decision to sell out here, and then, kind of as we think about the tangible synergies that you think you can generate combining with Exact, kind of, what are those?

Kim Popovits -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Well, let me just comment on, you know, going forward how we view this and we love the way the transaction has been organized from a shareholder perspective. So, while we have a combination here of both stock and then the ability to share in the upside, I think, we believe in the future growth. We're looking at a potential combined market opportunity of, you know, $20 billion total, of which, less than -- little less than 10% of that penetrated today. So, I think together we're very excited about the opportunity that brings the growth for our shareholders, and we think this is the ideal time to do it. We're clearly coming into it with a position of strength. We've got momentum with the TAILORx on the breast size and we've got significant momentum building on urology side.

Dan Brennan -- UBS -- Analyst

And then, -- yes, sorry, go ahead.

Kim Popovits -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Go ahead. No, fine go.

Dan Brennan -- UBS -- Analyst

And then, I was just going to talk a little bit to Kevin and Jeff, just sort of final follow-up there. I know there's been a number of questions on this topic, but just wondering, Kevin, so it does sound like the synergies that you're envisioning, and even though Jeff, I know as pretty emphatic that there is some near-term opportunities just largely pipeline related. So, frankly is this something we look out, call it three years, five years plus is when you really see the tangible benefits from the Genomic Health transaction really accruing to [Indecipherable] not that there won't things more near-term, but in terms of the real bigger benefits are really pipeline related. I just wanted to be clear about that, thank you and congrats.

Jeffrey T. Elliott -- Chief Financial Officer

So, Dan, we see clear benefits for the combined shareholder base starting almost immediately. So, next year we expect over $100 million of incremental adjusted EBITDA, including synergies. On top of that, we expect about $40 million of tax benefits related to the NOLs, and longer term, that's when the revenue benefits really kick in. So, again this is a combination primarily based on the incremental growth that can be contributed, but bringing these companies together. That said, there are significant benefits we expect to accrue really from the start.

Dan Brennan -- UBS -- Analyst

Great. Thanks, Jeff.

Operator

Your next question comes from Catherine Schulte of Baird. Your line is open.

Catherine Schulte -- Baird -- Analyst

Hi, guys. Thanks for the questions and congrats on a nice next quarter and the deal. Kevin, you've mentioned several times the fact that this gives you a nice international infrastructure, any timeline for potential international launches of your liver test August plans for international studies?

Kevin T. Conroy -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

No timelines at this point. We will certainly talk about those in future calls, and will have more data to present on our liver cancer test. We are really excited about the progress for making there in the clinical studies that are under way to validate the performance of the test clinically.

Catherine Schulte -- Baird -- Analyst

Okay. And then, for Kevin or Jeff, any change to your investment priorities following this transaction? It sounds like you can accelerate some pipeline programs, but what are your thoughts on future Cologuard sales force expansions, and does this deal have any impact on that, and then separately, any incremental investment you think should be made on the Genomic Health side?

Kevin T. Conroy -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

I'll take the first part or take the first half of it answering that question. We just expanded our Cologuard sales force in the GI setting adding 60 people this month that we're really excited about that team that majority of those team members were promoted from within. We're really excited about the experiences that they bring and the conversations that will began in the GI setting. We remain open to adding additional sales people in the primary care setting over time. The team is doing a tremendous job presently.

Jeffrey T. Elliott -- Chief Financial Officer

So, Catherine, this is Jeff. We believe the right way to drive long-term sustainable value for shareholders is to continue to focus on the topline, investing in growth. So, Kevin, talked about the sales force investments. In the prepared remarks, we talked about the R&D investments we plan to make next year. We think that is the right set of priorities that has not changed for us. So, we will continue to invest in growth.

Kevin T. Conroy -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

I guess, the one thing I would add is that at 6% market share, heading to a goal that leaves 40% market share in the US alone that is about a $7 billion opportunity with Cologuard and I assure you, we won't take our eye of off that ball.

Catherine Schulte -- Baird -- Analyst

Okay, great. Thank you.

Operator

Your next question comes from Puneet Souda of SVB Leerink. Your line is open.

Puneet Souda -- SVB Leerink -- Analyst

Yes, hi. Thank you. Kim, Kevin, congrats on the quarter and the transaction. So, my first question is really around the position here in screening oncology and the metastatic and [Indecipherable] oncology settings. Kevin, you have focused acutely on CRC screening and that's really driven a remarkable growth here and obviously Oncotype has been a fairly mature product now, but at the same time you're practice changing and standard of care in oncology under Kim and the leadership there. So, as you look at the priorities ahead beyond liver maybe in the pipeline, I mean could you elaborate to us more broadly what are some of the things on your list, combined list?

And my second part of that question is, is it around biopharma partnership, do you think, do you plan to have closer biopharma partnerships or relationships and drive biopharma trial revenue in the near-term or the longer term with this combined strength in oncology?

Kevin T. Conroy -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Puneet, we are awfully excited about our pancreatic cancer technology earlier this year. Data was presented by the Mayo Clinic at the DDW Conference highlighting on a liquid biopsy basis the ability to detect 92% of pancreatic cancer at a 92% specificity across all four stages of cancer, leveraging the very technology platform that underpins Cologuard, that's one example. Esophageal cancer data has also been presented and then across the top 15 cancers, including breast cancer, so I think that's an area that we will be doing deep dive as our teams come together, our R&D teams start spending time together to explore. How can we have the biggest impact on the patient journey.

In terms of biopharma relationships, again this is an opportunity we believe because of the strength, the financial strength, the scientific strength, the evidence generation strength, and our -- each of our individual proven abilities to partner with other organizations. Of course, at this time, we wouldn't provide any color projections and potential partnerships there.

Puneet Souda -- SVB Leerink -- Analyst

Okay, great, thanks. And then if I could ask briefly ask on the 45 to 49-year-old expansion Cologuard 2.0, was hoping if this changes anything in your view or maybe potentially accelerate things now with MolDx and both of the companies having significant experience with FDA here, I would appreciate some thoughts on that. Thank you.

Kevin T. Conroy -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

We've guided to FDA approval for the 45 to 49-year-old label change in the first half of next year nothing changes at all, other than we are awfully excited about the 19 million Americans, who are not only amendable for screen, but need to be screened. American cancer society recommended screening in this age group, because the incidents rate in this population has recently doubled. And we believe Cologuard is the best fit for busy people aged 45 to 49, who really do need to get screened. And so, we're excited about that and gearing up to bring Cologuard to those individuals.

Operator

Your next question comes from Mark Massaro of Canaccord Genuity. Your line is open.

Mark Massaro -- Canaccord Genuity -- Analyst

Hey guys. Congratulations on this nice transaction. I guess my first question is, I think most investors on this line probably are not very familiar with Biocartis, and I'm trying to ascertain how important this Genomic Health relationship with Biocartis is with this particular transaction. So, I know in the Genomic Health 10-K there is an option for Genomic Health to expand its collaboration to include additional test in oncology. So, can you just speak to whether or not, as you are thinking about this deal coming to fruition that in addition to Genomic Health's breast and prostate test that perhaps Cologuard could be someday run on the Biocartis system to be decentralized across the world.

Kevin T. Conroy -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Mark. The Biocartis platform is a platform that enables one-test, one-patient sample at a time to be tested. Is even in a physician's office and that is a technology that we will have an opportunity to run a lot more about and assess its applicability for some of our pipeline test and it is a proven technology that is deployed outside of the US presently and has applicability for both the breast and urology test that Genomic Health presently offers. So, that's an opportunity that we will continue to look at and talk more about in quarters to come.

Mark Massaro -- Canaccord Genuity -- Analyst

Great. And then maybe a financial question. I know Genomic Health has sort of elite best-in-class 83%, 84% gross margins. I know, you've talked about the combined, I believe it's a 75% gross margin target for 2020. I guess Jeff, can you clarify your comments around profitability, clearly Genomic Health has been profitable and increasingly is more profitable as they continue to execute, but just can you clarify your comments on when you think you'll be able to achieve profitability?

Jeffrey T. Elliott -- Chief Financial Officer

So, next year, I expect us to generate a nice positive level of free cash flow, long-term profitability, our targets have always been at least 80% gross margin and at least 40% operating margin. This combination accelerates the path to those longer-term targets.

Mark Massaro -- Canaccord Genuity -- Analyst

Excellent. Congrats guys.

Kim Popovits -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Mark.

Operator

Your next question comes from Bill Quirk of Piper Jaffray. Your line is open.

Bill Quirk -- Piper Jaffray -- Analyst

Great. Thanks, good morning and congratulations to everyone on the line on the deal. Couple of questions I guess, Kim starting off just given the disclosure from a few years ago, regarding looking at strategic alternatives, can you show us some details in terms of how the deal came together? In other words, did Kevin approach you, or had you gone out and approached others?

Kim Popovits -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. Well, Bill I'm not to comment on past discussions in that regard. I just will go back and reiterate, we're very excited about this opportunity. It has been reviewed by our board and our team and we've been working together on this for a bit now. So, it's just an exciting time today to announce this and bringing our visions together for a bigger and more compelling future.

Bill Quirk -- Piper Jaffray -- Analyst

Got it. And then just kind of a, I guess a potential leverage question for both Kevin and Kim, I know you've both rolled out some interesting targeted marketing campaigns. Can you talk a little bit about maybe some of the lessons learned and those that could be applied in the future to take [Indecipherable] both platforms? Thanks.

Kevin T. Conroy -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Well, Bill I know speaking from our perspective, we really admire the targeted educational campaigns and very successful campaigns at Genomic Health has innovated and we're going to learn a lot from the Genomic Health team and we can't wait to get started.

Bill Quirk -- Piper Jaffray -- Analyst

Got it. Thank you.

Operator

There are no further questions at this time. I will now return the call to our presenters.

Kevin T. Conroy -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks to all and we look forward to having conversations in the future. I just want to reiterate tremendous work by both the Exact Sciences and Genomic Health teams, and we look forward to having more conversations with all. Thank you very much.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 56 minutes

Call participants:

Megan Jones -- Manager, Investor Relations

Kevin T. Conroy -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Kim Popovits -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Jeffrey T. Elliott -- Chief Financial Officer

Brad Cole -- Chief Financial Officer

Mark Stenhouse -- President of Cologuard

Brian Weinstein -- William Blair -- Analyst

Doug Schenkel -- Cowen & Company -- Analyst

Derik de Bruin -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Brandon Couillard -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Patrick Donnelly -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Tycho Peterson -- JPMorgan -- JPMorgan

Dan Brennan -- UBS -- Analyst

Catherine Schulte -- Baird -- Analyst

Puneet Souda -- SVB Leerink -- Analyst

Mark Massaro -- Canaccord Genuity -- Analyst

Bill Quirk -- Piper Jaffray -- Analyst

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