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Adaptive Biotechnologies Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

May 5, 2021 at 4:05 PM EDT

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.”

Recent Highlights

  • 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 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.

Forward-Looking Statements

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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.

Beth Keshishian

Karina Calzadilla, Vice President, Investor Relations
Carrie Mendivil, Gilmartin Group

Adaptive Biotechnologies
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

  Three Months Ended March 31, 
  2021  2020 
Sequencing revenue $15,174  $9,469 
Development revenue  23,268   11,441 
Total revenue  38,442   20,910 
Operating expenses        
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 $(40,642) $(31,403)
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 

Adaptive Biotechnologies
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

  March 31,
  December 31,
Current assets        
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 
Inventory  17,422   14,063 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  13,520   14,535 
Total current assets  764,960   726,914 
Long-term assets        
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 
Restricted cash  2,138   2,138 
Intangible assets, net  9,806   10,225 
Goodwill  118,972   118,972 
Other assets  717   598 
Total assets $1,072,093  $1,116,414 
Liabilities and shareholders’ equity        
Current liabilities        
Accounts payable $5,197  $3,237 
Accrued liabilities  13,484   13,162 
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 
Long-term liabilities        
Operating lease liabilities, less current portion  95,252   104,333 
Deferred revenue, less current portion  144,356   163,618 
Total liabilities  346,376   373,148 
Commitments and contingencies        
Shareholders’ equity        
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 
Accumulated deficit  (552,254)  (511,612)
Total Adaptive Biotechnologies Corporation shareholders’ equity  725,588   743,266 
Noncontrolling interest  129    
Total shareholders’ equity  725,717   743,266 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $1,072,093  $1,116,414 

Adjusted EBITDA

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, 
  2021  2020 
Net loss $(40,642) $(31,403)
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 
Adjusted EBITDA $(30,125) $(27,967)

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