Biocept Reports First Quarter 2019 Financial Results
SAN DIEGO, May 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Biocept, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIOC), a leading commercial provider of liquid biopsy tests designed to provide physicians with clinically actionable information to improve the outcomes of cancer patients, reports financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and provides an update on its business progress.
"I am pleased to report that we grew our billable samples over the same period last year and on a sequential basis, increasing revenue growth as we executed on our commercial strategy," said Michael Nall, President and CEO of Biocept. "Among the key contributors to our growth was broadening our EmpowerTC™ pathology partnership service to include new biomarkers for use by urologists and uropathologists to aid in the treatment of prostate cancer. EmpowerTC™ ensures that local hospitals and physician practices remain in the critical path of the patient care continuum by enabling them to interpret cutting-edge liquid biopsy test results processed in our laboratory."
"We also saw an increase in physician usage of our liquid biopsy tests for breast cancer monitoring using circulating tumor cells (CTCs), which differentiate Biocept from other liquid biopsy companies. In addition, we recognized initial revenue from our research-use-only (RUO) kits, which we launched in January. To broaden future usage of these kits we are applying for the CE mark in Europe, which we expect to receive in the second half of this year."
"I'm also happy to announce the commercial launch of Target Selector™ NGS Lung, our multi-gene liquid biopsy panel specifically developed to detect and monitor actionable biomarkers associated with lung cancer. This panel was developed under our collaboration with Thermo Fisher Scientific, and combines our expertise in liquid biopsy with Thermo Fisher's next-generation sequencing panel and informatics technology. Biocept is differentiated as the only commercial liquid biopsy provider that offers single-biomarker testing, tumor-specific panels, and CTC analysis. We expect the data generated from this panel, as well as our other liquid biopsy offerings to strengthen our collaboration with artificial intelligence solutions provider Prognos Health," he added.
Review of First Quarter and Recent Highlights
Industry Conferences and Study Results
First Quarter Financial Results
Revenues for the first quarter of 2019 were $1.0 million and included $976,000 in commercial test revenue, $42,000 in development services test revenue, and $6,000 in other revenue. This compares with revenues of $807,000 for the first quarter of 2018, which included $762,000 in commercial test revenue and $45,000 in development services test revenue.
Biocept accessioned 1,325 total samples in the first quarter of 2019, a 13% increase compared with 1,170 total samples in the first quarter of 2018. Total accessions include billable samples and samples from research activities, assay validations, and other non-billable sources. The Company accessioned 1,155 billable samples in the first quarter of 2019, a 7% increase compared with 1,084 billable samples in the first quarter of 2018.
Cost of revenues for the first quarter of 2019 was $2.6 million compared with $2.4 million for the first quarter of 2018. The increase was due to an increase in materials cost due to higher test volumes.
Research and development expenses for the first quarter of 2019 were $1.2 million compared with $1.1 million for the first quarter of 2018, with the increase due primarily to costs associated with the development of new individual assays and automation, as well as validation of our Target Selector™ NGS Lung assay panel under the collaboration with Thermo Fisher Scientific.
General and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2019 were $1.7 million versus $1.9 million for the first quarter of 2018, and sales and marketing expenses for the first quarter of 2019 were $1.4 million, versus $1.6 million for the first quarter of 2018. The decreases in both general and administrative expenses and sales and marketing expenses reflect the Company's cost containment initiatives.
The net loss for the first quarter of 2019 was $5.9 million, or $0.61 per share on 9.8 million weighted-average shares outstanding. This compares with a net loss for the first quarter of 2018 of $6.4 million, or $3.33 per share on 1.9 million weighted-average shares outstanding.
Biocept reported cash and cash equivalents as of March 31, 2019 of $14.8 million, compared with $3.4 million as of December 31, 2018, with the increase due to equity capital raises conducted in the first quarter of 2019.
Conference Call and Webcast
Biocept will hold a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time to discuss these results and answer questions. The conference call can be accessed by dialing (855) 656-0927 for domestic callers, (855) 669-9657 for Canadian callers or (412) 902-4109 for other international callers. A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the investor relations page of the company's website at http://ir.biocept.com/events.cfm. A replay of the webcast will be available for 90 days.
A replay of the call will be available for 48 hours following its conclusion and can be accessed by dialing (877) 344-7529 for domestic callers, (855) 669-9658 for Canadian callers or (412) 317-0088 for other international callers. Please use event passcode 10130332.
Biocept, Inc. is a molecular diagnostics company with commercialized assays for lung, breast, gastric, colorectal and prostate cancers, and melanoma. The Company uses its proprietary liquid biopsy technology to provide physicians with information for treating and monitoring patients diagnosed with cancer. The Company's patented Target Selector™ liquid biopsy technology platform captures and analyzes tumor-associated molecular markers in both circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and in plasma (ctDNA). With thousands of tests performed, the platform has demonstrated the ability to identify cancer mutations and alterations to inform physicians about a patient's disease and therapeutic options. For additional information, please visit www.biocept.com.
Forward-Looking Statements Disclaimer Statement
This news release contains forward-looking statements that are based upon current expectations or beliefs, as well as a number of assumptions about future events. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements and the assumptions upon which they are based are reasonable, we can give no assurance that such expectations and assumptions will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements are generally identifiable by the use of words like "may," "will," "should," "could," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "believe," "intend" or "project," or the negative of these words or other variations on these words or comparable terminology. To the extent that statements in this news release are not strictly historical, including, without limitation, statements as to our ability to provide physicians with clinically actionable information to improve the outcomes of cancer patients, our ability to grow our business and drive adoption of our products, our ability to broaden the future usage of our RUO kits and our ability to receive a CE mark, and the success of our collaboration with Prognos Health, such statements are forward-looking, and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The reader is cautioned not to put undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, as these statements are subject to numerous risk factors as set forth in our Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings. The effects of such risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this news release. We do not plan to update any such forward-looking statements and expressly disclaim any duty to update the information contained in this press release except as required by law. Readers are advised to review our filings with the SEC at http://www.sec.gov.
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