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Guardant Health Reports Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results

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Q2 2020 Revenue Increase of 23% Over Prior Year Period

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Aug. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Guardant Health, Inc. (Nasdaq: GH), a leading precision oncology company focused on helping conquer cancer globally through use of its proprietary blood tests, vast data sets and advanced analytics, today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2020.

Recent Highlights

  • Revenue of $66.3 million for the second quarter of 2020, an increase of 23% over the corresponding period of 2019

    • Precision oncology revenue of $51.0 million, an increase of 21% over the corresponding period of 2019

    • Development services revenue of $15.3 million, an increase of 29% over the corresponding period of 2019

  • Reported 13,694 tests to clinical customers and 2,805 tests to biopharmaceutical customers in the second quarter of 2020, representing an increase of 15% and a decrease of 47% respectively, over the second quarter of 2019

  • Presented data from a new patient cohort that demonstrated that its LUNAR-2 liquid assay achieved 90% sensitivity and 94% specificity in detecting early-stage colorectal cancer

  • Launched GuardantINFORM, a real-world clinical-genomic platform to accelerate precision oncology drug development

  • Announced two strategic collaborations to develop the Guardant360 assay as a companion diagnostic for Janssen Biotech’s amivantamab in non-small-cell lung carcinoma, and expanding to a new indication, for Radius Health’s elacestrant in breast cancer

  • Strengthened financial position with an underwritten public offering raising $354.6 million in net proceeds, ending the second quarter with $1.1 billion cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities

“During this challenging time, our team at Guardant Health successfully executed across our business and has never wavered from our commitment to serve patients,” said Helmy Eltoukhy, PhD, co-founder and CEO. “As we look to the second half of this year, despite the ongoing pandemic, I am more confident than ever in the strength and resilience of our team, the promise of the Guardant platform and the significant opportunity ahead to transform patient care.”

Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Revenue was $66.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020, a 23% increase from $54.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019. Precision oncology revenue grew 21% driven predominantly by an increase in average selling price. There were 13,694 clinical tests and 2,805 biopharmaceutical tests performed during the second quarter of 2020. Development services revenue increased 29% primarily related to the timing of project related milestones for companion diagnostic development programs.

Gross profit, or total revenue less cost of precision oncology testing and cost of development services, was $43.9 million for the second quarter of 2020, an increase of $6.8 million from $37.1 million for the corresponding prior year period. Gross margin, or gross profit divided by total revenue, was 66%, as compared to 69% for the corresponding prior year period.

Operating expenses were $98.5 million for the second quarter of 2020, as compared to $52.4 million for the corresponding prior year period, an increase of 88%.

Net loss attributable to Guardant Health, Inc. common stockholders was $54.6 million for the second quarter of 2020, as compared to $11.6 million for the corresponding prior year period. Net loss per share attributable to Guardant Health, Inc. common stockholders was $0.57 for the second quarter of 2020, as compared to $0.13 for the corresponding prior year period.

Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were $1.1 billion as of June 30, 2020. This includes approximately $354.6 million of net proceeds from Guardant Health’s follow-on public offering which closed in early June.

2020 Guidance

Guardant Health is not providing 2020 financial guidance due to the continued uncertainties from the impact of COVID-19.

Webcast and Conference Call Information

Guardant Health will host a conference call to discuss the second quarter 2020 financial results after market close on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 1:30 PM Pacific Time / 4:30 PM Eastern Time. A webcast of the conference call can be accessed at http://investors.guardanthealth.com. The webcast will be archived and available for replay for at least 90 days after the event.

Non-GAAP Measure

We believe that the exclusion of certain income and expenses in calculating non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA can provide a useful measure for investors when comparing our period-to-period core operating results, and when comparing those same results to that published by our peers. To derive Adjusted EBITDA, we remove from GAAP results the impact of income (expenses) attributable to material non-cash items, specifically stock-based compensation and fair value remeasurements due to the subjectivity, management judgment, and market fluctuations involved around these amounts. We exclude certain other items because we believe that these income (expenses) do not reflect expected future operating expenses. Additionally, certain items are inconsistent in amounts and frequency, making it difficult to perform a meaningful evaluation of our current or past operating performance.

This non-GAAP financial measure is not intended to be considered in isolation from, as substitute for, or as superior to, the corresponding financial measure prepared in accordance with GAAP. There are limitations inherent in non-GAAP financial measures because they exclude charges and credits that are required to be included in a GAAP presentation, and do not present the full measure of our recorded costs against its revenue. In addition, our definition of the non-GAAP financial measures may differ from non-GAAP measures used by other companies.

Definition of Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA

“Adjusted EBITDA” is defined as net loss attributable to Guardant Health, Inc. common stockholders before: (i) interest income, (ii) interest expense, (iii) provision for (benefit from) income taxes, (iv) depreciation and amortization expense, (v) other (income) expense, net, (vi) stock-based compensation expense, (vii) Adjustments relating to non-controlling interest and contingent consideration and, if applicable in a reporting period, and (viii) acquisition-related expenses, and other non-recurring items.

About Guardant Health

Guardant Health is a leading precision oncology company focused on helping conquer cancer globally through use of its proprietary blood tests, vast data sets and advanced analytics. The Guardant Health Oncology Platform leverages capabilities to drive commercial adoption, improve patient clinical outcomes and lower healthcare costs across all stages of the cancer care continuum. Guardant Health has launched liquid biopsy-based Guardant360® and GuardantOMNI® tests for advanced stage cancer patients. These tests fuel development of our LUNAR program, which aims to address the needs of early stage cancer patients with neoadjuvant and adjuvant treatment selection, cancer survivors with surveillance, asymptomatic individuals eligible for cancer screening and individuals at a higher risk for developing cancer with early detection.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws, including statements regarding the potential benefits and advantages of Guardant Health’s platforms, assays and tests, which involve risks and uncertainties that could cause Guardant Health’s actual results to differ materially from the anticipated results and expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions, and actual outcomes and results could differ materially from these statements due to a number of factors. These and additional risks and uncertainties that could affect Guardant Health’s financial and operating results and cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements made in this press release include those discussed under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operation” and elsewhere in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 and in its other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2020. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Guardant Health as of the date hereof, and Guardant Health disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements provided to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions, or circumstances on which any such statement is based, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Guardant Health’s views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

Investor Contact:
Carrie Mendivil
investors@guardanthealth.com

Media Contact:
Anna Czene
press@guardanthealth.com


Guardant Health, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (unaudited)
(in thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Revenue:

Precision oncology testing

$

50,991

$

42,064

$

111,237

$

70,901

Development services

15,344

11,911

22,608

19,729

Total revenue

66,335

53,975

133,845

90,630

Costs and operating expenses:

Cost of precision oncology testing (1)

17,809

14,650

36,000

25,673

Cost of development services

4,626

2,183

6,941

4,695

Research and development expense (1)

36,319

19,532

73,335

35,848

Sales and marketing expense (1)

25,015

19,439

50,130

37,246

General and administrative expense (1)

37,186

13,439

56,971

26,100

Total costs and operating expenses

120,955

69,243

223,377

129,562

Loss from operations

(54,620

)

(15,268

)

(89,532

)

(38,932

)

Interest income

2,640

3,099

5,958

5,584

Interest expense

(10

)

(287

)

(22

)

(580

)

Other (expense) income, net

2,285

(51

)

2,076

96

Loss before provision for income taxes

(49,705

)

(12,507

)

(81,520

)

(33,832

)

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

34

(1,207

)

48

(1,181

)

Net loss

(49,739

)

(11,300

)

(81,568

)

(32,651

)

Adjustment of redeemable noncontrolling interest

(4,900

)

(300

)

(800

)

(5,000

)

Net loss attributable to Guardant Health, Inc. common stockholders

$

(54,639

)

$

(11,600

)

$

(82,368

)

$

(37,651

)

Net loss per share attributable to Guardant Health, Inc. common stockholders, basic and diluted

$

(0.57

)

$

(0.13

)

$

(0.87

)

$

(0.43

)

Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share attributable to Guardant Health, Inc. common stockholders, basic and diluted

96,011

89,036

95,196

87,494

(1) Amounts include stock-based compensation expense as follows:

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Cost of precision oncology testing

$

407

$

126

$

710

$

296

Research and development expense

2,622

1,428

4,986

2,638

Sales and marketing expense

2,167

646

3,965

1,472

General and administrative expense

20,619

1,015

22,492

1,992

Total stock-based compensation expenses

$

25,815

$

3,215

$

32,153

$

6,398

Guardant Health, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (unaudited)
(in thousands, except share and per share data)

June 30, 2020

December 31, 2019

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

164,671

$

143,228

Short-term marketable securities

773,160

379,574

Accounts receivable, net

41,017

47,986

Inventory

20,354

15,181

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

11,101

11,389

Total current assets

1,010,303

597,358

Long-term marketable securities

146,118

268,783

Property and equipment, net

56,995

43,668

Right-of-use assets

38,503

29,140

Intangible assets, net

17,148

8,524

Goodwill

3,290

3,290

Capitalized license fees

55

6,890

Other assets

5,124

4,882

Total Assets

$

1,277,536

$

962,535

LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTEREST AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

15,982

$

16,197

Accrued compensation

18,526

18,557

Accrued expenses

24,055

25,703

Deferred revenue

11,485

12,277

Total current liabilities

70,048

72,734

Long-term operating lease liabilities

41,117

33,256

Obligation related to royalty

6,880

Other long-term liabilities

1,382

1,672

Total Liabilities

112,547

114,542

Redeemable noncontrolling interest

50,400

49,600

Stockholders’ equity:

Common stock, par value of $0.00001 per share; 350,000,000 shares authorized as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019; 99,312,237 and 94,261,414 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively

1

1

Additional paid-in capital

1,544,373

1,150,090

Accumulated other comprehensive income

5,392

1,111

Accumulated deficit

(435,177

)

(352,809

)

Total Stockholders’ Equity

1,114,589

798,393

Total Liabilities, Redeemable Noncontrolling Interest and Stockholders’ Equity

$

1,277,536

$

962,535

Guardant Health, Inc.
Reconciliation of Net Loss Attributable to Guardant Health, Inc. Common Stockholders (1) to Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA (unaudited)
(in thousands)

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Net loss attributable to Guardant Health, Inc. common stockholders

$

(54,639

)

$

(11,600

)

$

(82,368

)

$

(37,651

)

Adjustments:

Interest income

(2,640

)

(3,099

)

(5,958

)

(5,584

)

Interest expense

10

287

22

580

Other (income) expense, net

(2,285

)

51

(2,076

)

(96

)

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

34

(1,207

)

48

(1,181

)

Depreciation and amortization

3,805

2,657

7,109

5,011

Stock-based compensation expense

25,815

3,215

32,153

6,398

Adjustments relating to non-controlling interest and contingent consideration

4,900

300

610

5,000

Acquisition related expenses (2)

422

9,707

422

Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)

$

(25,000

)

$

(8,974

)

$

(40,753

)

$

(27,101

)

(1) Net Loss attributable to Guardant Health, Inc. common stockholders is the most directly comparable GAAP operating financial measure.

(2) For the six months ended June 30, 2020, acquisition related expenses consist of a dispute settlement expense of $1.2 million and IPR&D technology write off for $8.5 million incurred for the three months ended March 31, 2020 in connection with a settlement and a license purchase agreement. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2019, acquisition related expenses of $0.4 million primarily include certain diligence, accounting, and legal expenses incurred related to our Bellwether acquisition.