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.

Investor Contact:
Robert Uhl
Managing Director, Westwicke ICR
ir@progenity.com
(619) 228-5886

Media Contact:
Kate Blom-Lowery
CG Life
kblomlowery@cglife.com
(858) 457-2436

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

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