Progenity Provides Corporate Updates and Reports Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Reported 84 thousand tests in the third quarter, up 12% compared to the second quarter

Achieved a preeclampsia test analytical verification milestone

Management will host conference call and webcast today at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Progenity, Inc. (Nasdaq: PROG), a biotechnology company with an established track record of success in developing and commercializing molecular testing products, today provided corporate updates and reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Progenity made significant progress during the third quarter, both with its revenue generating business and especially with its innovation pipeline programs. The company continued to grow its overall volume demand and increased its in-network position by adding national and regional contracts, and saw additional commercial and government payors covering average risk NIPT. The company also announced it had secured additional COVID-19 testing capacity in order to meet anticipated higher demand for the test ahead of the winter season.

On the innovation front, the company announced it successfully achieved a preeclampsia test analytical verification milestone, with the program now transferred to the operations group which will be responsible for both validation and full commercialization of the test in 2021.

“We continue to make progress in establishing a strong foundation with our core molecular testing business and anticipate these efforts to translate into stronger and consistent operating performance near term. We are particularly excited with the progress and transformational potential of our R&D pipeline and look forward to our upcoming preeclampsia R&D day for investors on November 20, 2020,” said Harry Stylli, Ph.D., CEO, chairman of the board, and co-founder of Progenity.

Third Quarter 2020 Results and Other Corporate Highlights

  • Reported approximately 84 thousand tests in the third quarter, up 12% compared to the second quarter including COVID-19 test volume.

  • Increased in-network covered lives with the addition of the Multiplan national contract, providing access to up to 60 million lives and added 1.5 million lives from additional regional payors.

  • Secured a substantial increase in its COVID-19 PCR testing capacity and supply chain access through its existing relationship with ThermoFisher.

  • Successfully achieved a key milestone in the analytical verification phase of the LDT version of the Preecludia™ preeclampsia test. The company also announced an upcoming preeclampsia R&D day for November 20, 2020.

  • Announced encouraging preclinical data supporting the potential of the Company’s oral drug delivery system (DDS) using a proprietary autonomous localization technology designed to identify the ileal/ileocecal region of the GI tract in targeting the colon for drug delivery.

  • Received a $15.7 million tax refund related to the 2019 net operating loss (NOL) carryback provisions available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act) legislation, a majority of which was used to make accelerated payments to the government under our government settlement agreements.

Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Comparison of Three Months Ended September 30, 2020 and June 30, 2020
Revenue was $25.9 million in the three months ended September 30, 2020, up from $17.3 million in the three months ended June 30, 2020. The second quarter revenues reflected a $10.3 million accrual for refunds to government payors.

Total accessioned tests volume, which includes the company’s Innatal, Preparent, Riscover and COVID-19 testing, was 84,067 in the third quarter of 2020, up by 12% compared to the accessioned tests volume in the second quarter of 2020, which was 75,017 tests.

Gross margin was 9.2% for the three months ended September 30, 2020, compared to negative 26.5% for the three months ended June 30, 2020, which primarily reflected the effect of revenue reduction related to refund accrual in the second quarter.

Operating expenses were $46.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020, compared to $42.2 million in the three months ended June 30, 2020.

Net loss attributable to common stockholders was $47.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020 and basic and diluted net loss per share was $1.01, compared to a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $53.1 million and a net loss per share of $6.11 for the three months ended June 30, 2020.

Comparison of Three Months Ended September 30, 2020 and 2019
Revenue was $25.9 million in the three months ended September 30, 2020, compared to $18.8 million in the three months ended September 30, 2019.

Gross margin was 9.2% for the three months ended September 30, 2020, compared to negative 33.2% for the three months ended September 30, 2019.

Operating expenses were $46.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020, compared to $48.6 million in the three months ended September 30, 2019.

Net loss attributable to common stockholders was $47.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020 and basic and diluted net loss per share was $1.01, compared to a net loss of $97.9 million and a net loss per share of $19.85 for the three months ended September 30, 2019.

Cash and cash equivalents were $60.0 million as of September 30, 2020. As of September 30, 2020, Progenity had 47.0 million shares outstanding.

COVID-19 Update

Public health measures related to the novel coronavirus are greatly impacting healthcare practices. We have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by implementing and maintaining robust response plans, seamlessly continuing laboratory operations and maintaining pre-pandemic turnaround times. We enhanced our digital sales and support capabilities, increased proactive test reporting and remote genetic counseling capabilities, and expanded our mobile phlebotomy services, assisting our customers to continue serving their patients with the same quality care.

Webcast and Conference Call Information

Progenity will host a webcast and conference call to discuss the second quarter financial results and answer investment community questions today, Monday, November 9, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT. The live call may be accessed by dialing 833-519-1237 for domestic callers and 914-800-3810 for international callers and entering the conference code: 5878610. A live webcast and archive of the call will be available online from the investor relations section of the company website at www.progenity.com.

About Progenity

Progenity, Inc. is a biotechnology company with an established track record of success in developing and commercializing molecular testing products, as well as innovating in the field of precision medicine. Progenity provides in vitro molecular tests designed to improve lives by providing actionable information that helps guide patients and physicians in making medical decisions during key life stages. The company applies a multi-omics approach, combining genomics, epigenomics, proteomics, and metabolomics to its molecular testing products and to the development of a suite of investigational ingestible devices designed to provide precise diagnostic sampling and drug delivery solutions. Progenity’s vision is to transform healthcare to become more precise and personal by improving diagnoses of disease and improving patient outcomes through localized treatment with targeted therapies. For additional information about Progenity, please visit the company’s website at www.progenity.com.

Safe Harbor Statement or Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which statements are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties and are based on estimates and assumptions. All statements, other than statements of historical facts included in this press release, including statements concerning the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business, operations, financial results, and future performance, and the progress of our research and development efforts are forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as “may,” “might,” “will,” “objective,” “intend,” “should,” “could,” “can,” “would,” “expect,” “believe,” “design,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “plan” or the negative of these terms, and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our plans, estimates, and expectations, as of the date of this press release. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements expressed or implied in this press release. Such risks, uncertainties, and other factors include, among others, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our ability to develop and commercialize our testing products as well as innovate in the field of precision medicine, our ability to obtain and maintain regulatory approval or clearance of our products on expected timelines or at all, our plans to research, develop, and commercialize new products, the unpredictable relationship between preclinical study results and clinical study results, our expectations regarding future test volumes, our expectations regarding our in network position, anticipated capacity for our tests, and those risks described in “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in Progenity’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 to be filed with the SEC and other subsequent documents we file with the SEC.

Progenity expressly disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

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Progenity, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

September 30, 2020

 

 

June 30, 2020

 

Revenues

$

25,943

 

 

$

17,266

 

Cost of sales

 

23,601

 

 

 

21,835

 

Gross profit (loss)

 

2,342

 

 

 

(4,569

)

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development

 

13,043

 

 

 

12,234

 

Selling and marketing

 

13,244

 

 

 

12,736

 

General and administrative

 

20,626

 

 

 

17,181

 

Total operating expenses

 

46,913

 

 

 

42,151

 

Loss from operations

 

(44,571

)

 

 

(46,720

)

Interest expense

 

(2,476

)

 

 

(2,507

)

Interest and other income (expense), net

 

(18

)

 

 

(3,556

)

Loss before income taxes

 

(47,065

)

 

 

(52,783

)

Income tax benefit

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

(47,065

)

 

 

(52,783

)

Dividend paid to preferred stockholders

 

 

 

 

(268

)

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

$

(47,065

)

 

$

(53,051

)

Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted

$

(1.01

)

 

$

(6.11

)

Weighted average number of shares outstanding used in calculating net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted

 

46,632,043

 

 

 

8,687,250

 

 

Progenity, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 

Three Months Ended
September 30,

 

 

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

Revenues

$

25,943

 

 

$

18,772

 

 

$

60,037

 

 

$

123,509

 

Cost of Sales

 

23,601

 

 

 

24,997

 

 

 

72,006

 

 

 

75,531

 

Gross profit (loss)

 

2,342

 

 

 

(6,225

)

 

 

(11,969

)

 

 

47,978

 

Operating Expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development

 

13,043

 

 

 

17,080

 

 

 

36,517

 

 

 

48,791

 

Selling and marketing

 

13,244

 

 

 

15,263

 

 

 

40,416

 

 

 

45,510

 

General and administrative

 

20,626

 

 

 

16,273

 

 

 

54,915

 

 

 

44,823

 

Total operating expenses

 

46,913

 

 

 

48,616

 

 

 

131,848

 

 

 

139,124

 

Loss from operations

 

(44,571

)

 

 

(54,841

)

 

 

(143,817

)

 

 

(91,146

)

Interest expense

 

(2,476

)

 

 

(2,321

)

 

 

(7,285

)

 

 

(6,872

)

Interest and other income (expense), net

 

(18

)

 

 

29

 

 

 

(3,594

)

 

 

457

 

Loss before income taxes

 

(47,065

)

 

 

(57,133

)

 

 

(154,696

)

 

 

(97,561

)

Income tax benefit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(37,696

)

 

 

 

Net loss

 

(47,065

)

 

 

(57,133

)

 

 

(117,000

)

 

 

(97,561

)

Dividend paid to preferred shareholders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(268

)

 

 

(3,652

)

Stock dividend on exchange of Series A-1 to Series B Preferred Stock

 

 

 

 

(27,637

)

 

 

 

 

 

(27,637

)

Stock dividend on Series B Preferred Stock

 

 

 

 

(13,137

)

 

 

 

 

 

(13,137

)

Net loss attributable to common shareholders

$

(47,065

)

 

$

(97,907

)

 

$

(117,268

)

 

$

(141,987

)

Net loss per share attributable to common shareholders, basic and diluted

$

(1.01

)

 

$

(19.85

)

 

$

(5.80

)

 

$

(29.27

)

Weighted average number of shares outstanding used in calculating net loss per share, basic and diluted

 

46,632,043

 

 

 

4,931,204

 

 

 

20,201,325

 

 

 

4,851,603

 

 

Progenity, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)

 

September 30,
2020

 

 

December 31,
2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

60,013

 

 

$

33,042

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

13,425

 

 

 

22,189

 

Inventory

 

10,383

 

 

 

10,937

 

Income tax receivable

 

 

 

 

634

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

9,216

 

 

 

7,846

 

Total current assets

 

93,037

 

 

 

74,648

 

Property and equipment, net

 

16,088

 

 

 

15,891

 

Goodwill and other intangible assets

 

10,294

 

 

 

10,990

 

Other assets

 

198

 

 

 

198

 

Total assets

$

119,617

 

 

$

101,727

 

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Deficit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

15,666

 

 

$

15,754

 

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

71,013

 

 

 

83,615

 

Current portion of mortgages payable and capital lease obligations

 

667

 

 

 

968

 

Total current liabilities

 

87,346

 

 

 

100,337

 

Mortgages payable and capital lease obligations, net of current portion

 

2,961

 

 

 

3,439

 

Note payable to related party, net

 

69,642

 

 

 

68,966

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

20,088

 

 

 

12,859

 

Total liabilities

$

180,037

 

 

$

185,601

 

Stockholders’ deficit:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock

 

50

 

 

 

9

 

Series A Preferred Stock

 

 

 

 

4

 

Series B Preferred Stock

 

 

 

 

102

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

424,047

 

 

 

283,260

 

Accumulated deficit

 

(465,746

)

 

 

(348,478

)

Treasury stock

 

(18,771

)

 

 

(18,771

)

Total stockholders’ deficit

 

(60,420

)

 

 

(83,874

)

Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit

$

119,617

 

 

$

101,727

 

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      (1)   The condensed, consolidated balance sheet at December 31, 2019 has been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements