MADISON, Wis., April 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Exact Sciences Corp. (Nasdaq: EXAS) today announced that the company generated revenue of $90.3 million and completed approximately 186,000 Cologuard tests during the quarter ended Mar. 31, 2018. First-quarter 2018 revenue and Cologuard test volume both grew 87 percent from 2017.
"The Exact Sciences team delivered strong growth to start the year by remaining relentlessly focused on our core priorities. By increasing awareness and adoption of Cologuard, we are making strides toward our mission of playing a role in the eradication of colon cancer," said Kevin Conroy, chairman and CEO of Exact Sciences. "The success of Cologuard also positions us to develop tests that facilitate the early, accurate detection of other forms of cancer."
First-Quarter 2018 Financial Results
For the three-month period ended Mar. 31, 2018, as compared to the same period of 2017 (where applicable):
Revenue was $90.3 million, an increase of 87 percent, and test volume was 186,000, an increase of 87 percent
Average recognized revenue per test was unchanged at $485; note that the prior period included approximately $4.3 million, or $43 per test, related to the one-time impact of certain payers meeting the company's revenue recognition criteria for accrual-basis revenue accounting
Average cost per test was $123, an improvement of 28 percent
Gross margin was 75 percent, an increase of 970 basis points
Operating expenses were $103.9 million, an increase of 55 percent
Net loss was $39.4 million or $0.33 per share, compared to $34.9 million or $0.32 per share
Non-cash interest expense related to convertible debt was $5.1 million, or $0.04 per share
Cash utilization was $53.7 million, compared to $36.4 million
Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were $1.0 billion at the end of the quarter
Nearly 9,000 healthcare providers ordered their first Cologuard test during the first quarter, and 110,000 (rounded) have ordered since the test was launched
The company continues to anticipate revenue of $420-$430 million and completed Cologuard test volume of 900,000-920,000 tests during 2018
For the second quarter, the company anticipates completing 220,000-230,000 Cologuard tests
The company's guidance for revenue and completed tests are forward-looking statements. They are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause the company's actual results to differ materially from the anticipated targets. There can be no assurance the company will meet these financial projections. See the cautionary information about forward-looking statements in the "Safe Harbor Statement" section of this press release.
First-Quarter Conference Call & Webcast
Company management will host a conference call and webcast on Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018, at 5 p.m. ET to discuss first-quarter 2018 results. The webcast will be available at www.exactsciences.com. Domestic callers should dial 877-201-0168 and international callers should dial +1-647-788-4901.
An archive of the webcast will be available at www.exactsciences.com. A replay of the conference call will be available by calling 800-585-8367 domestically or 416-621-4642 internationally. The access code for the replay of the call is 8289286. The webcast, conference call and replay are open to all interested parties.
Cologuard was approved by the FDA in August 2014 and results from Exact Sciences' prospective 90-site, point-in-time, 10,000-patient pivotal trial were published in the New England Journal of Medicine in March 2014. Cologuard is included in the American Cancer Society's (2014) colorectal cancer screening guidelines and the recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (2016) and National Comprehensive Cancer Network (2016). Cologuard is indicated to screen adults of either sex, 50 years or older, who are at average risk for colorectal cancer. Cologuard is not for everyone and is not a replacement for diagnostic colonoscopy or surveillance colonoscopy in high-risk individuals. False positives and false negatives do occur. Any positive test result should be followed by a diagnostic colonoscopy. Following a negative result, patients should continue participating in a screening program at an interval and with a method appropriate for the individual patient. Cologuard performance when used for repeat testing has not been evaluated or established. For more information about Cologuard, visit www.cologuardtest.com. Rx Only.
About Exact Sciences Corp.
Exact Sciences Corp. is a molecular diagnostics company focused on the early detection and prevention of the deadliest forms of cancer. The company has exclusive intellectual property protecting its non-invasive, molecular screening technology for the detection of colorectal cancer. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.exactsciences.com, follow Exact Sciences on Twitter @ExactSciences or find Exact Sciences on Facebook.
Safe Harbor Statement
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