Adaptive Biotechnologies Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results
SEATTLE, May 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Adaptive Biotechnologies Corporation (“Adaptive Biotechnologies”) (Nasdaq: 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, 2021.
“We started the year strong with revenue increasing 84% year over year, driven by growth in both our sequencing and development revenue categories,” said Chad Robins, chief executive officer and co-founder of Adaptive Biotechnologies. “I am encouraged by the solid momentum across all areas of our business as we continue to capitalize on the multiple opportunities originating from our platform.”
- Revenue of $38.4 million for the first quarter 2021, representing an 84% increase from the first quarter 2020
- clonoSEQ clinical sequencing volume for the first quarter 2021 grew 35% versus prior year
- Recognized $7.0 million in MRD regulatory milestones resulting from two biopharmaceutical partners who used data from our MRD assay to support their respective U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drug approvals
- Received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from FDA for T-Detect™ COVID to confirm recent or prior COVID-19 infection
- Generated new data that confirms the ability of T-Detect to diagnose patients with Crohn’s disease and distinguish between patients with colitis
- Named Leslie Trigg and Katey Einterz Owen, PhD to the Board of Directors
First Quarter 2021 Financial Results
Revenue was $38.4 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, representing an 84% increase from the first quarter in the prior year. Sequencing revenue was $15.2 million for the quarter, representing a 60% increase from the first quarter in the prior year. Development revenue was $23.3 million for the quarter, representing a 103% increase from the first quarter in the prior year.
Operating expenses were $79.7 million for the first quarter of 2021, compared to $55.5 million in the first quarter of the prior year, representing an increase of 44%.
Net loss was $40.6 million for the first quarter of 2021, compared to $31.4 million for the same period in 2020.
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) was a loss of $30.1 million for the first quarter of 2021, compared to a loss of $28.0 million for the first quarter of the prior year.
Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities was $745.0 million as of March 31, 2021.
2021 Financial Guidance
Adaptive Biotechnologies expects full year 2021 revenue to be in the range of $145 million to $155 million, representing 52% growth at the mid-point of the range over full year 2020 revenue.
Webcast and Conference Call Information
Adaptive Biotechnologies will host a conference call to discuss its first quarter 2021 financial results after market close on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 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 three 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.
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Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measure
To supplement our unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations and unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheets, which are prepared in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (“GAAP”), this press release also 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.
Karina Calzadilla, Vice President, Investor Relations
Carrie Mendivil, Gilmartin Group
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|Three Months Ended March 31,|
|Cost of revenue||9,991||5,343|
|Research and development||33,772||23,935|
|Sales and marketing||20,604||14,007|
|General and administrative||14,936||11,821|
|Amortization of intangible assets||419||424|
|Total operating expenses||79,722||55,530|
|Loss from operations||(41,280||)||(34,620||)|
|Interest and other income, net||638||2,894|
|Income tax benefit||—||323|
|Net loss per share attributable to common shareholders, basic and diluted||$||(0.29||)||$||(0.25||)|
|Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share attributable to common shareholders, basic and diluted||138,967,754||126,058,389|
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|March 31, |
|December 31, |
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||173,624||$||123,436|
|Short-term marketable securities (amortized cost of $540,016 and $564,036, respectively)||540,640||564,833|
|Accounts receivable, net||19,754||10,047|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||13,520||14,535|
|Total current assets||764,960||726,914|
|Property and equipment, net||56,308||39,692|
|Operating lease right-of-use assets||88,504||99,350|
|Long-term marketable securities (amortized cost of $30,681 and $118,429, respectively)||30,688||118,525|
|Intangible assets, net||9,806||10,225|
|Liabilities and shareholders’ equity|
|Accrued compensation and benefits||5,431||11,950|
|Current portion of operating lease liabilities||4,308||3,529|
|Current portion of deferred revenue||78,348||73,319|
|Total current liabilities||106,768||105,197|
|Operating lease liabilities, less current portion||95,252||104,333|
|Deferred revenue, less current portion||144,356||163,618|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Preferred stock: $0.0001 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020; no shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020||—||—|
|Common stock: $0.0001 par value, 340,000,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020; 139,884,698 and 137,646,896 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively||14||14|
|Additional paid-in capital||1,277,197||1,253,971|
|Accumulated other comprehensive gain||631||893|
|Total Adaptive Biotechnologies Corporation shareholders’ equity||725,588||743,266|
|Total shareholders’ equity||725,717||743,266|
|Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity||$||1,072,093||$||1,116,414|
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, unaudited):
|Three Months Ended March 31,|
|Interest and other income, net||(638||)||(2,894||)|
|Income tax benefit||—||(323||)|
|Depreciation and amortization expense||2,671||1,978|
|Share-based compensation expense||8,484||4,675|