Press Release

Adaptive Biotechnologies Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Financial Results

02-26-2020

SEATTLE, Feb. 26, 2020 (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 fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2019.

“During 2019, we drove strong topline growth in our commercial products and made critical progress advancing our clinical product pipeline,” said Chad Robins, chief executive officer and co-founder of Adaptive Biotechnologies. “Looking ahead to 2020, we will continue to build our commercial infrastructure while also expanding the R&D resources required for immunoSEQ Dx and our Genentech alliance. We are confident that the scale with which we are able to map immune receptors to clinically relevant antigens will continue to advance the field of immune-driven medicine.”

Recent Highlights

  • Revenue of $24.2 million for the fourth quarter and $85.1 million for the full year of 2019, representing 41% and 53% increases, respectively, over the corresponding periods in 2018
  • Clinical tests for clonoSEQ increased 66% to 3,218 clinical tests in the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to the fourth quarter 2018
  • Initiated two additional pharma partnerships with AbbVie and Genentech to measure MRD using the clonoSEQ assay as a clinical trial endpoint to potentially accelerate the development of venetoclax
  • Delivered a data package to Genentech for the company’s first selected T-cell receptor candidate that targets a shared cancer antigen expressed in multiple solid tumors

Fourth Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Revenue was $24.2 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2019, representing a 41% increase from the fourth quarter in the prior year. Sequencing revenue was $13.9 million for the quarter, representing a 33% increase from the fourth quarter in the prior year. Development revenue increased to $10.3 million for the quarter, representing a 53% increase from the fourth quarter in the prior year.

Operating expenses were $48.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to $31.3 million in the fourth quarter of the prior year, representing an increase of 54%.

Net loss was $20.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to $13.3 million for the same period in 2018.

Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) was a loss of $18.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to a loss of $9.5 million for the fourth quarter of the prior year.

Full Year 2019 Financial Results

Revenue was $85.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, representing a 53% increase from the prior year. Sequencing revenue was $43.5 million in 2019, representing a 32% increase from 2018. Development revenue increased to $41.6 million in 2019, representing an 83% increase from the prior year.

Operating expenses for 2019 were $163.5 million, compared to $105.4 million for 2018, representing an increase of 55%.

Net loss was $68.6 million in 2019, compared to $46.4 million in 2018.

Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) was a loss of $57.5 million for 2019, compared to a loss of $32.6 million in the prior year.

Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities was $682.3 million as of December 31, 2019.

2020 Financial Guidance

Management will provide the 2020 revenue outlook on the conference call scheduled to discuss the 2019 financial results.

Webcast and Conference Call Information

Adaptive Biotechnologies will host a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2019 financial results after market close on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 4:30 PM Eastern Time. The conference call can be accessed live over the phone (800) 361-2311 for U.S. callers or (409) 937-8761 for international callers (Conference ID: 8845168). The webcast can be accessed at http://investors.adaptivebiotech.com.

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.       

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are based on management’s beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to management. All statements contained in this release other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements, including statements regarding our ability to develop, commercialize and achieve market acceptance of our current and planned products and services, our research and development efforts, and other matters regarding our business strategies, use of capital, results of operations and financial position, and plans and objectives for future operations. 

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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 expense (benefit), 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.

Investor Contact

Carrie Mendivil
investors@adaptivebiotech.com

Media Contact

Beth Keshishian
media@adaptivebiotech.com

 
Adaptive Biotechnologies
Condensed Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
 
  Three Months Ended December 31,   Year Ended December 31,
    2019       2018       2019       2018  
  (unaudited)
Revenue              
Sequencing revenue $ 13,888     $ 10,454     $ 43,519     $ 32,978  
Development revenue   10,321       6,738       41,552       22,685  
Total revenue   24,209       17,192       85,071       55,663  
Operating expenses              
Cost of revenue   5,951       5,275       22,274       19,668  
Research and development   21,189       11,067       70,705       39,157  
Sales and marketing   12,640       8,071       38,453       24,486  
General and administrative   8,189       6,495       30,332       20,409  
Amortization of intangible assets   428       428       1,698       1,699  
Total operating expenses   48,397       31,336       163,462       105,419  
Loss from operations   (24,188 )     (14,144 )     (78,391 )     (49,756 )
Interest and other income, net   3,577       873       9,785       3,309  
Net loss   (20,611 )     (13,271 )     (68,606 )     (46,447 )
Fair value adjustment to Series E-1 convertible
  preferred stock options
        104       (964 )     102  
Net loss attributable to common shareholders $ (20,611 )   $ (13,167 )   $ (69,570 )   $ (46,345 )
Net loss per share attributable to common
  shareholders, basic and diluted
$ (0.17 )   $ (1.03 )   $ (1.01 )   $ (3.67 )
Weighted-average shares used in computing net
  loss per share attributable to common  
  shareholders, basic and diluted
  124,397,150       12,771,690       69,165,315       12,629,778  
                               


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

December 31,
    2019       2018  
  (unaudited)
Assets      
Current assets      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 96,576     $ 55,030  
Short-term marketable securities   480,290       109,988  
Accounts receivable, net   12,676       4,807  
Inventory   9,069       7,838  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   14,079       3,055  
Total current assets   612,690       180,718  
Long-term assets      
Property and equipment, net   60,355       19,125  
Long-term marketable securities   105,435        
Restricted cash   2,138       61  
Intangible assets, net   11,928       13,626  
Goodwill   118,972       118,972  
Other assets   784       186  
Total assets $ 912,302     $ 332,688  
Liabilities, convertible preferred stock and shareholders’ equity (deficit)      
Current liabilities      
Accounts payable $ 4,453     $ 1,793  
Accrued liabilities   4,371       2,562  
Accrued compensation and benefits   8,124       4,641  
Current portion of deferred rent   371       1,109  
Current deferred revenue   60,994       12,695  
Total current liabilities   78,313       22,800  
Long-term liabilities      
Convertible preferred stock warrant liability         336  
Deferred rent liability, less current portion   6,918       6,102  
Financing obligation   36,607        
Deferred revenue, less current portion   219,332       704  
Other long-term liabilities   93        
Total liabilities   341,263       29,942  
Commitments and contingencies      
Convertible preferred stock: $0.0001 par value, no and 93,762,517 shares authorized  
  at December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively; no and 92,790,094 shares issued and
  outstanding at December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively; aggregate liquidation
  preference of $0 and $572,866 at December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively
        560,858  
Shareholders’ equity (deficit)      
Preferred stock: $0.0001 par value, 10,000,000 and no shares authorized at
  December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively; no shares issued and outstanding  
  at December 31, 2019 and 2018
         
Common stock: $0.0001 par value, 340,000,000 and 131,000,000 shares
  authorized at December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively; 125,238,142 and
  12,841,536 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2019 and 2018,
  respectively
  12       1  
Additional paid-in capital   935,834       37,902  
Accumulated other comprehensive gain (loss)   671       (107 )
Accumulated deficit   (365,478 )     (295,908 )
Total shareholders’ equity (deficit)   571,039       (258,112 )
Total liabilities, convertible preferred stock and shareholders’ equity (deficit) $ 912,302     $ 332,688  
               

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):

 
   Three Months Ended December 31   Year Ended December 31,
    2019       2018       2019       2018  
  (unaudited)
Net loss $ (20,611 )   $ (13,271 )   $ (68,606 )   $ (46,447 )
Interest and other income, net   (3,577 )     (873 )     (9,785 )     (3,309 )
Income tax (benefit) expense                      
Depreciation and amortization expense   2,075       1,593       7,791       6,000  
Share-based compensation expense   3,411       3,046       13,124       11,149  
Adjusted EBITDA $ (18,702 )   $ (9,505 )   $ (57,476 )   $ (32,607 )
                               

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