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May, 05, 2022

Guardant Health Reports First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Q1 clinical and biopharma volumes up 47% and 45% year over year

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Guardant Health, Inc. (Nasdaq: GH), a leading precision oncology company focused on helping conquer cancer globally through use of its proprietary tests, vast data sets and advanced analytics, today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2022.

Recent Highlights

  • Revenue of $96.1 million for the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 22% over the corresponding period of 2021
  • Reported 27,100 tests to clinical customers and 5,100 tests to biopharmaceutical customers in the first quarter of 2022, representing an increase of 47% and 45%, respectively, over the first quarter of 2021
  • Launched Shield as a Laboratory Developed Test (LDT) test, the Company’s first blood-based test for detection of early-stage colorectal cancer
  • Announced a partnership with Epic, a widely used comprehensive health record system in the United States, making the Company’s broad portfolio of cancer tests available to over 250 million patients with a record in Epic
  • Received regulatory approval for Guardant360® CDx in Japan for use in patients with advanced solid cancers as well as a companion diagnostic to identify patients with microsatellite instability-high, or MSI-High, solid tumors who may benefit from Keytruda® and patients with MSI-High advanced colorectal cancer who may benefit from Opdivo®
  • Received Medicare coverage for Guardant360 TissueNext™ test under the Molecular Diagnostics Services program (MolDX) LCD

“We delivered strong clinical volume growth this quarter and I am proud of our team’s work to establish Guardant as the leader in liquid biopsy through our high-performance testing portfolio and excellent customer service,” said Helmy Eltoukhy, co-founder and co-CEO. “We now have more than 11,000 ordering oncologists and are seeing our core base of customers ordering more tests and using more Guardant products each quarter. Fueled by the launch of our most recent products, we are continuing to blaze a trail forward and help patients across all stages of cancer live longer and healthier lives with the data provided from our powerful blood tests.”

“The recent launch of our Shield LDT screening test represents a major milestone in our commitment to transform cancer screening,” said AmirAli Talasaz, co-founder and co-CEO. “If the ECLIPSE readout is close to our LDT validation performance, we are confident that Shield will become the leading non-invasive CRC screening methodology. Colorectal cancer screening is the start of this journey. We will soon expand into high-sensitivity multi-cancer screening, including lung and pancreas, where we believe cancer screening can save lives.”

First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Revenue was $96.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022, a 22% increase from $78.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021. Precision oncology revenue grew 32% driven predominantly by an increase in clinical testing volume and biopharma sample volume, which grew 47% and 45%, respectively, over the prior year period. Development services and other revenue decreased 20%, primarily due to the progression of collaboration projects with biopharmaceutical customers for companion diagnostic development and regulatory approval services, and discontinuation of our Guardant-19 COVID tests in August 2021, partially offset by royalty revenues earned during the three months ended March 31, 2022.

Gross profit, or total revenue less cost of precision oncology testing and cost of development services and other, was $64.1 million for the first quarter of 2022, an increase of $14.2 million from $49.9 million for the corresponding prior year period. Gross margin, or gross profit divided by total revenue, was 67%, as compared to 63% for the corresponding prior year period.

Operating expenses were $187.5 million for the first quarter of 2022, as compared to $157.8 million for the corresponding prior year period, an increase of 19%. Non-GAAP operating expenses were $158.7 million for the first quarter of 2022, as compared to $100.7 million for the corresponding prior year period.

Net loss attributable to Guardant Health, Inc. common stockholders was $123.2 million for the first quarter of 2022, as compared to $109.7 million for the corresponding prior year period. Net loss per share attributable to Guardant Health, Inc. common stockholders was $1.21 for the first quarter of 2022, as compared to $1.09 for the corresponding prior year period. Non-GAAP net loss was $93.2 million for the first quarter of 2022, as compared to $49.4 million for the corresponding prior year period. Non-GAAP net loss per share was $0.91 for the first quarter of 2022, as compared to $0.49 for the corresponding prior year period.

Adjusted EBITDA loss was $86.6 million for the first quarter of 2022, as compared to a $45.4 million loss for the corresponding prior year period.

Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were $1.6 billion as of March 31, 2022.

2022 Guidance

Guardant Health continues to expect full year 2022 revenue to be in the range of $460 million to $470 million, representing 23% to 26% growth over full year 2021.

Webcast Information

Guardant Health will host a conference call to discuss the first quarter 2022 financial results after market close on Wednesday, May 5, 2022 at 1:30 pm Pacific Time / 4:30 pm Eastern Time. A webcast of the conference call can be accessed at http://investors.guardanthealth.com. The webcast will be archived and available for replay for at least 90 days after the event.

Non-GAAP Measures

Guardant Health has presented in this release certain financial information in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and also on a non-GAAP basis, including non-GAAP cost of precision oncology testing, non-GAAP research and development expense, non-GAAP sales and marketing expense, non-GAAP general and administrative expense, non-GAAP loss from operations, non-GAAP net loss, non-GAAP net loss attributable to Guardant Health, Inc., common stockholders, non-GAAP net loss per share attributable to Guardant Health, Inc. common stockholders, basic and diluted, and Adjusted EBITDA.

We define our non-GAAP measures as the applicable GAAP measure adjusted for the impacts of stock-based compensation and related employer payroll tax payments, changes in estimated fair value of redeemable noncontrolling interest, contingent consideration, acquisition related expenses, amortization of intangible assets, and other non-recurring items.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net loss attributable to Guardant Health, Inc. common stockholders adjusted for interest income, interest expense, other income (expense), net, provision for (benefit from) income taxes, depreciation and amortization expense, stock-based compensation expense and related employer payroll tax payments, adjustments relating to redeemable noncontrolling interest and contingent consideration and, if applicable in a reporting period, acquisition-related expenses and other non-recurring items.

We believe that the exclusion of certain income and expenses in calculating these non-GAAP financial measures can provide a useful measure for investors when comparing our period-to-period core operating results, and when comparing those same results to that published by our peers. We exclude certain other items because we believe that these income (expenses) do not reflect expected future operating expenses. Additionally, certain items are inconsistent in amounts and frequency, making it difficult to perform a meaningful evaluation of our current or past operating performance. We use these non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate ongoing operations, for internal planning and forecasting purposes, and to manage our business.

These non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to be considered in isolation from, as substitute for, or as superior to, the corresponding financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. There are limitations inherent in non-GAAP financial measures because they exclude charges and credits that are required to be included in a GAAP presentation, and do not present the full measure of our recorded costs against its revenue. In addition, our definition of the non-GAAP financial measures may differ from non-GAAP measures used by other companies.

About Guardant Health

Guardant Health is a leading precision oncology company focused on helping conquer cancer globally through use of its proprietary tests, vast data sets and advanced analytics. The Guardant Health oncology platform leverages capabilities to drive commercial adoption, improve patient clinical outcomes and lower healthcare costs across all stages of the cancer care continuum. Guardant Health has commercially launched Guardant360®, Guardant360 CDx, Guardant360 TissueNext™, Guardant360 Response™, and GuardantOMNI® tests for advanced stage cancer patients, and Guardant Reveal™ for early-stage cancer patients. The Guardant Health screening portfolio, including the Shield™ test, aims to address the needs of individuals eligible for cancer screening.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws, including statements relating to Guardant Health’s future results, or regarding the potential benefits and advantages of Guardant Health’s platforms, assays and tests, which involve risks and uncertainties that could cause Guardant Health’s actual results to differ materially from the anticipated results and expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions, and actual outcomes and results could differ materially from these statements due to a number of factors. These and additional risks and uncertainties that could affect Guardant Health’s financial and operating results and cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements made in this press release include those discussed under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operation” and elsewhere in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, and any current and periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission thereafter. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Guardant Health as of the date hereof, and Guardant Health disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements provided to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions, or circumstances on which any such statement is based, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Guardant Health’s views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

Guardant Health, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(unaudited)

(in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue:

 

 

 

Precision oncology testing

$

84,136

 

 

$

63,729

 

Development services and other

 

11,963

 

 

 

14,936

 

Total revenue

 

96,099

 

 

 

78,665

 

Costs and operating expenses:

 

 

 

Cost of precision oncology testing

 

30,684

 

 

 

23,590

 

Cost of development services and other

 

1,297

 

 

 

5,157

 

Research and development expense

 

81,757

 

 

 

55,508

 

Sales and marketing expense

 

64,432

 

 

 

34,338

 

General and administrative expense

 

41,267

 

 

 

67,935

 

Total costs and operating expenses

 

219,437

 

 

 

186,528

 

Loss from operations

 

(123,338

)

 

 

(107,863

)

Interest income

 

778

 

 

 

1,551

 

Interest expense

 

(644

)

 

 

(646

)

Other income (expense), net

 

(48

)

 

 

(290

)

Loss before provision for income taxes

 

(123,252

)

 

 

(107,248

)

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

 

(24

)

 

 

110

 

Net loss

 

(123,228

)

 

 

(107,358

)

Adjustment of redeemable noncontrolling interest

 

 

 

 

(2,300

)

Net loss attributable to Guardant Health, Inc. common stockholders

$

(123,228

)

 

$

(109,658

)

Net loss per share attributable to Guardant Health, Inc. common stockholders, basic and diluted

$

(1.21

)

 

$

(1.09

)

Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share attributable to Guardant Health, Inc. common stockholders, basic and diluted

 

101,853

 

 

 

100,955

 

 

Guardant Health, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (unaudited)

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

 

March 31, 2022

 

December 31, 2021

ASSETS

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

573,604

 

 

$

492,202

 

Short-term marketable securities

 

388,662

 

 

 

440,546

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

84,331

 

 

 

97,652

 

Inventory

 

36,613

 

 

 

30,674

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets, net

 

30,070

 

 

 

53,052

 

Total current assets

 

1,113,280

 

 

 

1,114,126

 

Long-term marketable securities

 

588,453

 

 

 

698,034

 

Property and equipment, net

 

151,322

 

 

 

124,461

 

Right-of-use assets, net

 

188,607

 

 

 

189,443

 

Intangible assets, net

 

13,727

 

 

 

14,207

 

Goodwill

 

3,290

 

 

 

3,290

 

Other assets, net

 

70,919

 

 

 

60,938

 

Total Assets

$

2,129,598

 

 

$

2,204,499

 

LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTEREST AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

32,230

 

 

$

17,580

 

Accrued compensation

 

56,158

 

 

 

42,496

 

Accrued expenses

 

51,851

 

 

 

45,285

 

Noncontrolling interest liability

 

78,000

 

 

 

78,000

 

Deferred revenue

 

10,570

 

 

 

11,326

 

Total current liabilities

 

228,809

 

 

 

194,687

 

Convertible senior notes, net

 

1,135,463

 

 

 

1,134,821

 

Long-term operating lease liabilities

 

225,377

 

 

 

226,053

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

6,909

 

 

 

3,933

 

Total Liabilities

 

1,596,558

 

 

 

1,559,494

 

Stockholders’ equity:

 

 

 

Common stock, par value of $0.00001 per share; 350,000,000 shares authorized as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021; 101,895,835 and 101,767,446 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively

 

1

 

 

 

1

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

1,682,406

 

 

 

1,657,593

 

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income

 

(18,314

)

 

 

(4,764

)

Accumulated deficit

 

(1,131,053

)

 

 

(1,007,825

)

Total Stockholders’ Equity

 

533,040

 

 

 

645,005

 

Total Liabilities, Redeemable Noncontrolling Interest and Stockholders’ Equity

$

2,129,598

 

 

$

2,204,499

 

 

Guardant Health, Inc.

Reconciliation of Selected GAAP Measures to Non-GAAP Measures

(unaudited)

(in thousands)

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP cost of precision oncology testing

$

30,684

 

 

$

23,590

 

Amortization of intangible assets

 

(148

)

 

 

(148

)

Stock-based compensation expense and related employer payroll tax payments

 

(1,176

)

 

 

(799

)

Non-GAAP cost of precision oncology testing

$

29,360

 

 

$

22,643

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP research and development expense

$

81,757

 

 

$

55,508

 

Stock-based compensation expense and related employer payroll tax payments

 

(5,410

)

 

 

(4,391

)

Contingent consideration

 

(2,120

)

 

 

 

Non-GAAP research and development expense

$

74,227

 

 

$

51,117

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP sales and marketing expense

$

64,432

 

 

$

34,338

 

Stock-based compensation expense and related employer payroll tax payments

 

(5,570

)

 

 

(2,934

)

Non-GAAP sales and marketing expense

$

58,862

 

 

$

31,404

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP general and administrative expense

$

41,267

 

 

$

67,935

 

Amortization of intangible assets

 

(332

)

 

 

(333

)

Stock-based compensation expense and related employer payroll tax payments

 

(12,835

)

 

 

(49,375

)

Contingent consideration

 

(2,390

)

 

 

 

Acquisition related expenses

 

(63

)

 

 

 

Non-GAAP general and administrative expense

$

25,647

 

 

$

18,227

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP loss from operations

$

(123,338

)

 

$

(107,863

)

Amortization of intangible assets

 

480

 

 

 

481

 

Stock-based compensation expense and related employer payroll tax payments

 

24,991

 

 

 

57,499

 

Contingent consideration

 

4,510

 

 

 

 

Acquisition related expenses

 

63

 

 

 

 

Non-GAAP loss from operations

$

(93,294

)

 

$

(49,883

)

 

 

 

 

GAAP net loss

$

(123,228

)

 

$

(107,358

)

Amortization of intangible assets

 

480

 

 

 

481

 

Stock-based compensation expense and related employer payroll tax payments

 

24,991

 

 

 

57,499

 

Contingent consideration

 

4,510

 

 

 

 

Acquisition related expenses

 

63

 

 

 

 

Non-GAAP net loss

$

(93,184

)

 

$

(49,378

)

GAAP net loss attributable to Guardant Health, Inc. common stockholders

$

(123,228

)

 

$

(109,658

)

Amortization of intangible assets

 

480

 

 

 

481

 

Stock-based compensation expense and related employer payroll tax payments

 

24,991

 

 

 

57,499

 

Contingent consideration

 

4,510

 

 

 

 

Acquisition related expenses

 

63

 

 

 

 

Adjustments relating to redeemable non-controlling interest

 

 

 

 

2,300

 

Non-GAAP net loss attributable to Guardant Health, Inc. common stockholders

$

(93,184

)

 

$

(49,378

)

 

 

 

 

GAAP net loss per share attributable to Guardant Health, Inc., common stockholders, basic and diluted

$

(1.21

)

 

$

(1.09

)

Non-GAAP net loss per share attributable to Guardant Health, Inc., common stockholders, basic and diluted

$

(0.91

)

 

$

(0.49

)

Weighted-average shares used in computing GAAP and Non-GAAP net loss per share, basic and diluted

 

101,853

 

 

 

100,955

 

 

Guardant Health, Inc.

Reconciliation of GAAP Net Loss Attributable to Guardant Health, Inc. Common Stockholders

to Adjusted EBITDA

(unaudited)

(in thousands)

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP net loss attributable to Guardant Health, Inc. common stockholders

$

(123,228

)

 

$

(109,658

)

Interest income

 

(778

)

 

 

(1,551

)

Interest expense

 

644

 

 

 

646

 

Other (income) expense, net

 

48

 

 

 

290

 

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

 

(24

)

 

 

110

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

7,201

 

 

 

5,010

 

Stock-based compensation expense and related employer payroll tax payments

 

24,991

 

 

 

57,499

 

Contingent consideration

 

4,510

 

 

 

 

Acquisition related expenses

 

63

 

 

 

 

Adjustments relating to redeemable non-controlling interest

 

 

 

 

2,300

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

(86,573

)

 

$

(45,354

)

 

Investor Contact:
Alex Kleban
investors@guardanthealth.com

Media Contact:
Michele Rest
press@guardanthealth.com

Source: Guardant Health, Inc.

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