MADISON, Wis., Jan. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Exact Sciences Corp. (Nasdaq: EXAS) today announced that the company expects to report revenue between $142.5 million and $143.5 million for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2018, an increase of 64 percent from the same quarter of 2017. The company completed approximately 292,000 Cologuard tests during the fourth quarter of 2018, which represents 66-percent growth from the same period of 2017.
For full-year 2018, the company anticipates reporting total revenue between $454 million and $455 million, a year-over-year increase of 71 percent. Completed Cologuard test volume during 2018 was approximately 934,000 tests, a 64-percent increase from 2017.
Nearly 15,000 health care providers ordered Cologuard for the first time during the fourth quarter of 2018. The number of providers who have ordered Cologuard since its launch increased to nearly 147,000 during 2018.
"2018 was a landmark year for Exact Sciences," said Kevin Conroy, chairman and CEO of Exact Sciences. "We helped more than 930,000 people get screened for colorectal cancer, launched a partnership with Pfizer to help bring Cologuard to more patients, and scaled our operations to meet rising demand. Our team continues working hard to deliver life-changing innovations in early cancer detection. In 2019, we expect to open a new clinical lab, integrate Epic software into our operations, and advance our pipeline of liquid biopsy tests."
Exact Sciences has not completed preparation of its financial statements for the fourth quarter or full year of 2018. The revenue ranges presented in this news release for the fourth quarter of 2018 and for the year ended Dec. 31, 2018 are preliminary and unaudited and are thus inherently uncertain and subject to change as we complete our financial results for the fourth quarter of 2018. We are in the process of completing our customary year-end close and review procedures as of and for the year ended Dec. 31, 2018, and there can be no assurance that our final results for this period will not differ from these estimates. During the course of the preparation of our consolidated financial statements and related notes as of and for the year ended Dec. 31, 2018, we or our independent registered public accountants may identify items that could cause our final reported results to be materially different from the preliminary financial estimates presented herein.
Exact Sciences plans to report 2018 financial results and provide guidance during its February 2019 earnings call.
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 (2018) 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. Medicare and most major insurers cover Cologuard. 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.
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