Accelerate Diagnostics Reports Preliminary First Quarter 2024 Financial Results

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TUCSON, Ariz., May 8, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc. (Nasdaq: AXDX) today announced financial preliminary results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2024.

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"During the quarter we installed our first pre-clinical trial site demonstrating our ability to successfully ship, install, train and run the Accelerate Wave™ system with Gram-Negative Positive Blood Culture samples in a clinical microbiology lab," commented Jack Phillips, President and CEO of Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc.  "We continue to target starting our clinical trial towards the end of the second quarter. In parallel to the clinical trial work, we are developing our Gram Positive PBC menu.  We continue to present the Accelerate Wave to our current base of loyal customers and secure long-term rapid susceptibility testing contracts.  The interest in Wave remains very high due to its differentiated and highly valued features," Mr. Phillips continued.

First Quarter 2024 Operating Highlights

  • Notable Wave program achievements during the quarter included:
    • Pre-clinical trial site installation of the Accelerate Wave system for Gram-Negative Positive Blood Culture (PBC) samples.
    • Began development of Gram Positive PBC menu.
  • Executed contract extensions with several strategic customers which secures approximately 70% of U.S. Pheno® customer base to longer-term contracts ahead of the Wave commercial launch.
  • In the United States, added 12 new contracted Pheno instruments during the quarter, ending the quarter with 348 clinically live revenue-generating instruments and another 75 contracted instruments in the process of being implemented.

First Quarter 2024 Preliminary Financial Highlights

  • Net sales for the quarter were $2.9 million, compared to $2.8 million for the same quarter of the prior year. Revenues from consumable products increased by 7% compared to the same period in the prior year.
  • Gross margin was approximately 25% for the quarter, compared to approximately 36% for the same quarter of the prior year. The decline in gross margin resulted from lower capital instrument product sales mix.
  • Selling, general, and administrative (SG&A) costs for the quarter were $5.7 million, compared to $10.1 million for the same quarter of the prior year. The decline in SG&A costs is a result of lower employee-related expenses. SG&A costs include non-cash stock-based compensation of $0.9 million and ($0.1) million, respectively, for the same periods. 
  • Research and development (R&D) costs for the quarter were $5.2 million, compared to $7.0 million for the same quarter of the prior year. The decline in R&D costs is a result of lower employee-related expenses as well as lower third-party development costs for our next generation susceptibility instrument Accelerate Wave. R&D costs include non-cash stock-based compensation of $0.4 million and $0.6 million, respectively, for the same periods. 
  • Net loss was $17.0 million for the quarter, resulting in $0.88 net loss per share.
  • Cash used in the first quarter was approximately $9.0 million, net of financing. This includes approximately $1 million in pre-paid annual expenses.  

The preliminary results set forth above are not finalized, are based on management's initial review of Accelerate's results as of and for the quarter ended March 31, 2024, and are subject to revisions based upon closing procedures and the completion of external auditor review of Accelerate's financial statements. Actual results may differ materially from these preliminary results as a result of the completion of such closing procedures, final adjustments and other developments arising between now and the time that Accelerate's financial results are finalized, including as a result of Accelerate finalizing its analysis of the accounting for its previously announced January 2024 equity financing.  Accordingly, investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these preliminary results.

Full financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2024 will be filed on Form 10-Q through the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) website at http://www.sec.gov.

Audio Webcast and Conference Call

Management will host a conference call on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time to review first quarter 2024 results.

To listen to the first quarter 2024 results call by phone, +1.877.883.0383 and enter Elite Entry Number: 2853328. International participants may dial +1.412.902.6506. Please dial in 10–15 minutes prior to the start of the conference.

A replay of the call will be available by telephone at +1.877.344.7529 (U.S.) or +1.412.317.0088 (International) using the replay code 1893704 until May 29, 2024.

This conference call will also be webcast and can be accessed from the company's website at ir.axdx.com. A replay of the audio webcast will be available for 30 days.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains certain financial measures that are not recognized measures under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"), which include SG&A, R&D, and operating income (loss) amounts excluding stock-based compensation expenses. 

Our management and board of directors use expenses excluding the cost of stock-based compensation and certain impairment transactions to understand and evaluate our operating performance and trends, to prepare and approve our annual budget and to develop short-term and long-term operating and financing plans. Accordingly, we believe that expenses excluding the cost of stock-based compensation and certain impairment transactions provides useful information for investors in understanding and evaluating our operating results in the same manner as our management and our board of directors. Expenses excluding the cost of stock-based compensation and certain impairment transactions is a non-GAAP financial measure and should be considered in addition to, not as superior to, or as a substitute for, SG&A expenses, R&D expenses, and operating income (loss) reported in accordance with GAAP. The following tables present a reconciliation of SG&A expenses, R&D expenses and operating income (loss) excluding stock-based compensation and certain impairment transactions to comparable GAAP measures for the periods indicated:

Three Months Ended March 31, (in thousands)

2024

2023

Sales, general and administrative

$5,706

$10,105

Non-cash equity-based compensation as a component of sales, general and administrative

860

(140)

Sales, general and administrative less non-cash equity-based compensation

$4,846

$10,245

 

Three Months Ended March 31, (in thousands)

2024

2023

Research and development

$5,173

$6,968

Non-cash equity-based compensation as a component of research and development

379

605

Research and development less non-cash equity-based compensation

$4,794

$6,363

 

Three Months Ended March 31, (in thousands)

2024

2023

Loss from operations

$10,156

$16,062

Non-cash equity-based compensation as a component of loss from operations

1,297

555

Loss from operations less non-cash equity-based compensation

$8,859

$15,507

About Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc.

Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc. is an in vitro diagnostics company dedicated to providing solutions for the global challenges of antibiotic resistance and sepsis. The Accelerate Pheno® system and Accelerate PhenoTest® BC kit combine several technologies aimed at reducing the time clinicians must wait to determine the most optimal antibiotic therapy for deadly infections. The FDA cleared system and kit fully automate the sample preparation steps to report phenotypic antibiotic susceptibility results in approximately 7 hours direct from positive blood cultures. Recent external studies indicate the solution offers results 1–2 days faster than existing methods, enabling clinicians to optimize antibiotic selection and dosage specific to the individual patient days earlier.

The "ACCELERATE DIAGNOSTICS" and "ACCELERATE PHENO" and "ACCELERATE PHENOTEST" and "ACCELERATE ARC" and "ACCELERATE WAVE" diamond shaped logos and marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc.

For more information about the company, its products and technology, or recent publications, visit axdx.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain of the statements made in this press release and the related conference call are forward-looking or may have forward-looking implications within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the company intends that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbors created thereby. These forward-looking statements, which can be identified by the use of words such as "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "estimate," or "continue," or variations thereon or comparable terminology, include but are not limited to, statements about: the company's anticipated results for the quarter ended March 31, 2024, the company's future development plans and growth strategy, including plans and objectives relating to its future operations, products and performance; projections as to when certain key business milestones may be achieved, expectations regarding the potential or benefits of the company's products and technologies, projections of future demand for the company's products, including the Accelerate Wave system; the company's continued investment in new product development to both enhance its existing products and bring new ones to market; the company's expectations relating to current supply chain impacts and inflationary pressures; the company's expectations regarding its commercial partnerships, such as with Bruker Corporation, including anticipated benefits from such collaboration; the company's intentions and plans relating to regulatory approvals, and the company's liquidity and capital requirements. Actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected or implied in these forward-looking statements due to significant risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to: volatility throughout the global economy and the related impacts to the businesses of the company's suppliers and customers, whether due to customer demand fluctuations, supply chain constraints and inflationary pressures or otherwise; difficulties in resolving the company's continuing financial condition and ability to obtain additional capital to meet its financial obligations; the company's ability to obtain any regulatory approvals; and less than expected operating and financial benefits resulting from cost cutting measures. Other important factors that could cause the company's actual results to differ materially from those in its forward-looking statements include those discussed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including in the "Risk Factors" sections of the company's most recently filed periodic reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and subsequent filings with the SEC. These forward-looking statements are also based on certain additional assumptions, including, but not limited to, that the company will retain key management personnel; the company will be successful in the commercialization of its products; the company will obtain sufficient capital to commercialize its products and continue development of complementary products; the company will be successful in obtaining marketing authorization for its products from the FDA and other regulatory agencies and governing bodies; the company will be able to protect its intellectual property; the company's ability to respond effectively to technological change; the company's ability to accurately anticipate market demand for its products; and that there will be no material adverse change in the company's operations or business and general market and industry conditions. Except as required by federal securities laws, the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements to reflect new events, uncertainties or other contingencies. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and should not be relied upon as representing the company's plans and expectations as of any subsequent date.

 

ACCELERATE DIAGNOSTICS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED

BALANCE SHEETS

Unaudited

(in thousands, except share data)

March 31,

December 31,

2024

2023

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$14,606

$12,138

Investments

1,145

1,081

Trade accounts receivable

2,217

2,622

Inventory

3,249

3,310

Prepaid expenses

1,068

380

Purchase obligation put option asset

3,419

Other current assets

1,848

1,516

Total current assets

24,133

24,466

Property and equipment, net

3,197

2,389

Finance lease assets, net

1,225

1,518

Operating lease right of use assets, net

957

1,177

Other non-current assets

1,210

1,816

Total assets

$30,722

$31,366

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$5,108

$4,796

Accrued liabilities

3,351

3,243

Accrued interest

1,014

164

Deferred revenue and income, current

1,272

1,545

Current portion of convertible notes

726

726

Common warrant liability

3,035

Finance lease, current

685

583

Operating lease, current

940

977

Total current liabilities

16,131

12,034

Finance lease, non-current

81

262

Operating lease, non-current

328

570

Deferred income, non-current

1,110

1,122

Other non-current liabilities

1,197

1,164

Convertible notes, non-current

37,655

36,102

Total liabilities

$56,502

$51,254

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders' deficit:

Preferred shares, $0.001 par value;

5,000,000 preferred shares authorized and no shares issued or outstanding as of March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023

Common stock, $0.001 par value;

450,000,000 common shares authorized with 21,811,706 shares issued and outstanding on March 31, 2024 and 14,569,500 shares issued and outstanding on December 31, 2023

21

14

Contributed capital

705,706

694,634

Treasury stock

(45,067)

(45,067)

Accumulated deficit

(685,822)

(668,857)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(618)

(612)

Total stockholders' deficit

(25,780)

(19,888)

Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit

$30,722

$31,366

 

ACCELERATE DIAGNOSTICS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED

STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

Unaudited

(in thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended

March 31,

March 31,

2024

2023

Net sales

$2,921

$2,812

Cost of sales

2,198

1,801

Gross profit

723

1,011

Costs and expenses:

Research and development

5,173

6,968

Sales, general and administrative

5,706

10,105

Total costs and expenses

10,879

17,073

Loss from operations

(10,156)

(16,062)

Other income (expense):

Interest expense

(2,450)

(418)

Interest expense related party

(1,013)

Loss on fair value instruments

(3,951)

Foreign currency exchange gain

19

233

Interest income

200

420

Other (expense) income, net

(627)

45

Total other expense, net

(6,809)

(733)

Net loss before income taxes

(16,965)

(16,795)

Provision for income taxes

Net loss

($16,965)

($16,795)

Basic and diluted net loss per share

($0.88)

($1.71)

Weighted average shares outstanding

19,216

9,830

Other comprehensive loss:

Net loss

($16,965)

($16,795)

Net unrealized loss on debt securities available-for-sale

24

Foreign currency translation adjustment

(6)

(255)

Comprehensive loss

($16,971)

($17,026)

 

ACCELERATE DIAGNOSTICS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED

STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

Unaudited

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended

March 31,

March 31,

2024

2023

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net loss

(16,965)

(16,795)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

858

802

Provision for bad debts

19

Equity-based compensation

1,297

555

Amortization of debt discount and issuance costs

1,596

182

Amortization of debt discount related-party

572

Loss on disposal of property and equipment

71

11

Unrealized gain on equity investments

(53)

(50)

Units offering issuance cost

680

Loss on fair value adjustments

3,951

(Increase) decrease in assets:

Contributions to deferred compensation plan

(12)

Accounts receivable

386

(11)

Inventory

(85)

(140)

Prepaid expense and other

(447)

(239)

Increase (decrease) in liabilities:

Accounts payable

312

(977)

Accrued liabilities and other

(658)

1,945

Accrued interest

850

235

Accrued interest due to related-party

441

Deferred revenue and income

(285)

(79)

Deferred compensation

33

181

Net cash used in operating activities

(8,452)

(13,367)

Cash flows from investing activities:

Purchases of equipment

(513)

(12)

Maturities of marketable securities

8,221

Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities

(513)

8,209

Cash flows from financing activities:

Proceeds from issuance of Units to related party

2,050

Proceeds from issuance of Units

10,232

Units offering issuance cost

(764)

Payments on finance leases

(79)

(77)

Net cash provided by financing activities

11,439

(77)

Effect of exchange rate on cash

(6)

(262)

(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

2,468

(5,497)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

12,138

34,905

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$14,606

$29,408

 

ACCELERATE DIAGNOSTICS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED

STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (CONTINUED)

Unaudited

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended

March 31,

March 31,

2024

2023

Non-cash investing activities:

Net transfer of instruments from inventory to property and equipment

$127

$71

Non-cash financing activities:

Net transfer of instruments from inventory to property and equipment

$43

$0

Accrued units offering issuance cost

$473

$0

Supplemental cash flow information:

Interest paid

$10

$0

See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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