Castle Biosciences Announces Third Quarter 2021 Results

Q3 2021 revenue grew by 54% over the prior year quarter to $23.5 million

Q3 2021 total dermatology test report volume of 7,352

On track to achieve 2021 total revenue guidance of $89-93 million

Conference call and webcast today at 4:30 p.m. ET

FRIENDSWOOD, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$CSTL #castlebiosciences–Castle Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSTL), a company applying innovative diagnostics to inform disease management and improve patient outcomes, today announced its financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended Sept. 30, 2021.

“The Castle team achieved another quarter of strong growth in revenue and test report volume, despite the diagnoses of cutaneous melanoma being down by approximately 16% compared to historical pre-COVID third quarter 2019 levels,” said Derek Maetzold, president and chief executive officer of Castle Biosciences. “From the onset of the pandemic, we made the strategic decision to accelerate investments in our growth initiatives, including the expansion of our commercial team and our R&D programs – both for our commercial and pipeline tests. And as a result, we have seen excellent progress across our key priorities. Our body of evidence supporting our tests continues to grow, with consistent data further demonstrating the potential of our tests to provide valuable, clinically actionable information to clinicians and patients. We doubled our dermatology facing commercial team in the second quarter of 2021. They were fully trained as of July 1, 2021, enabling the promotion of all of our skin cancer genomic tests in all U.S. geographies. The team grew their experience and territory knowledge in the third quarter, and we expect them to continue toward optimal productivity, which we believe takes about two quarters.

“Further, we identified two additional areas of strategic growth that we believe complement and diversify our existing business and align with our focus of addressing indications with unmet clinical need to improve patient care. The first was our acquisition of myPath® Melanoma, and more recently, the pending acquisition of Cernostics, Inc. (Cernostics). We believe Cernostics’ first-to-market TissueCypher® Barrett’s esophagus (BE) test addresses an unmet clinical need in BE, as it is designed to support improved risk-stratification treatment plans by objectively and accurately predicting progression from non-dysplastic, indefinite for dysplasia and low-grade dysplasia BE to high-grade dysplasia or esophageal adenocarcinoma. The TissueCypher platform also has the potential to answer clinical problems in additional gastroenterology areas and other diseases.

“I am proud of the Castle team, the consistent execution they deliver on our initiatives, and the impact their hard work and dedication has on the lives of patients, which remains our focus. We look forward to furthering our position as a leader in the dermatologic diagnostic space and continuing to build the company with innovative technology that has the potential to accelerate our impact on patient care and thus drive value creation for stockholders.”

Third Quarter Ended Sept. 30, 2021, Selected Results

  • Revenues were $23.5 million, a 54% increase compared to $15.2 million during the same period in 2020. Included in revenue for the period were revenue adjustments related to tests delivered in prior periods. These (negative) positive prior period revenue adjustments for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2021, were $(0.1) million, compared to $1.5 million for the same period in 2020.
  • Adjusted revenues, which exclude the effects of revenue adjustments related to tests delivered in prior periods, were $23.6 million, a 71% increase, compared to $13.8 million for the same period in 2020.
  • Total gene expression profile test reports delivered in the third quarter of 2021 were 7,727, compared to 4,779 in the same period of 2020:

    • DecisionDx®-Melanoma test reports delivered in the third quarter of 2021 were 5,505, compared to 4,404, in the third quarter of 2020, an increase of 25%.
    • DecisionDx®-SCC test reports delivered in the third quarter of 2021 were 934, compared to 57 in the third quarter of 2020 (DecisionDx-SCC became commercially available on August 31, 2020).
    • myPath® Melanoma and DecisionDx® DiffDx™-Melanoma (Castle’s comprehensive diagnostic offering) aggregate test reports delivered in the third quarter of 2021 were 913.
    • DecisionDx®-UM test reports delivered in the third quarter of 2021 were 375, compared to 318 in the third quarter of 2020, an increase of 18%.
  • Gross margin for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2021, was 77.9%.
  • Adjusted gross margin for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2021, was 80.9%. Adjusted gross margin is calculated as net revenues (GAAP) less the sum of cost of sales (exclusive of amortization of acquired intangible asset) and amortization of acquired intangible asset.
  • Operating cash flow was $(6.1) million, compared to $(3.0) million for the same period in 2020.
  • Adjusted operating cash flow was $(3.0) million, excluding the effects of certain COVID-19-related government payments, unchanged from the same period in 2020.

Nine Months Ended Sept. 30, 2021, Selected Results

  • Revenues were $69.0 million, a 52% increase compared to $45.4 million during the same period in 2020. Included in revenue for the period were positive revenue adjustments related to tests delivered in prior periods. These positive prior period revenue adjustments for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2021, were $4.1 million, compared to $0.2 million for the same period in 2020.
  • Adjusted revenues, which exclude the effects of revenue adjustments related to tests delivered in prior periods, were $64.9 million, a 44% increase, compared to $45.1 million for the same period in 2020.
  • Total gene expression profile test reports delivered in the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2021, were 19,876, compared to 13,028 in the same period of 2020:

    • DecisionDx-Melanoma test reports delivered in the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2021, were 14,693, compared to 11,986, during the same period in 2020, an increase of 23%.
    • DecisionDx-SCC test reports delivered in the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2021, were 2,245.
    • myPath Melanoma and DecisionDx DiffDx-Melanoma (Castle’s comprehensive diagnostic offering) aggregate test reports delivered in the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2021, were 1,758.
    • DecisionDx-UM test reports delivered in the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2021, were 1,180, compared to 985, during the same period in 2020, an increase of 20%.
  • Gross margin for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2021, was 82.4%.
  • Adjusted gross margin for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2021, was 82.7%.
  • Operating cash flow was $(16.2) million, compared to $10.3 million for the same period in 2020.
  • Adjusted operating cash flow was $(12.7) million, compared to $0.1 million for the same period in 2020.

Cash and Cash Equivalents

As of Sept. 30, 2021, the Company’s cash and cash equivalents totaled $363 million.

2021 Revenue Guidance

In August of 2021, Castle Biosciences raised its guidance for anticipated total revenue in 2021 to $89-93 million. The Company believes it will meet the guided range.

Third Quarter and Recent Business and Clinical Evidence Highlights

  • In July and August, the Company presented evidence on its family of skin cancer tests at numerous in-person, hybrid and virtual medical conferences, including American Head & Neck Society (AHNS) 2021 International Conference, Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA) Annual Summer Dermatology Conference, DERM 2021 and 2021 American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD) Summer Meeting. See the Company’s news page for more information.
  • In August, the Company announced that it had been awarded a five-year U.S. Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contract from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) for its DecisionDx®-Melanoma gene expression profile test. The VHA is a component of and implements the healthcare program for U.S. veterans through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The contract became effective on Aug. 15, 2021, and provides greater access to DecisionDx®-Melanoma for veterans being treated through the VHA, the largest integrated health care system in the U.S., as well as active-duty service members and their families seeking medical treatment through the Military Health System (MHS). See the Company’s news release from Aug. 24, 2021, for more information.
  • In September, the Company announced that it received approval from the New York State Department of Health for its proprietary DecisionDx® DiffDx™-Melanoma gene expression profile (GEP) test. DecisionDx DiffDx-Melanoma is designed to provide an objective and comprehensive diagnostic offering to aid dermatopathologists in characterizing difficult-to-diagnose melanocytic lesions. Castle previously received approvals in the state of New York for its other GEP tests, including DecisionDx®-Melanoma, DecisionDx®-SCC, DecisionDx®-UM and DecisionDx®-PRAME, as well as its next generation sequencing panels, DecisionDx®-CMSeq and DecisionDx®-UMSeq. See the Company’s news release from Sept. 16, 2021, for more information.
  • In October, the Company signed a definitive agreement to acquire Cernostics, an Illumina Ventures company. Cernostics specializes in spatial biology and artificial intelligence-driven image analysis of tissue biopsies. Its TissueCypher® Barrett’s Esophagus Assay is the first precision medicine test designed to predict future development of high-grade dysplasia (HGD) and/or esophageal cancer in patients with BE. The acquisition would expand Castle’s estimated U.S. total addressable market by approximately $1 billion. The Company expects the deal to close before year-end 2021. See the Company’s news release from Oct. 19, 2021, for more information.
  • In October, the Company presented data on its suite of dermatologic cancer gene expression profile (GEP) tests, as well as presented a poster describing the study design for its inflammatory skin disease pipeline initiative at the 2021 Fall Clinical Dermatology Conference. See the Company’s news release from Oct. 22, 2021, for more information.
  • In October, the Company announced that the DecisionDx-Melanoma integrated test result (ITR) now includes i31-GEP for Risk of Recurrence (i31-ROR). Designed to improve the precision of treatment plans for better patient care, the i31-ROR predicts patient-specific five-year outcomes for melanoma-specific survival (MSS), distant metastasis-free survival (DMFS) and recurrence-free survival (RFS). See the Company’s news release from Oct. 28, 2021, for more information.
  • In November, the Company announced the publication of a novel algorithm that integrates the DecisionDx®-Melanoma test with clinicopathologic features (i31-GEP SLNB) to determine sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) positivity risk in patients with cutaneous melanoma. The article, titled “Integrating 31-Gene Expression Profiling with Clinicopathologic Features to Optimize Cutaneous Melanoma Sentinel Lymph Node Metastasis Prediction,” highlights the development and validation of the i31-GEP SLNB algorithm and demonstrates improved prediction for sentinel lymph node (SLN) status compared to clinicopathologic features alone and a very high correlation comparing predicted versus observed SLN positivity rates of 0.999 (1.0 is complete correlation). The study was published in the peer-reviewed journal JCO® Precision Oncology. See the Company’s news release from Nov. 5, 2021, for more information.
  • In November, the Company announced the launch of its inaugural Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report, detailing the Company’s related policies and metrics. See the Company’s news release from earlier today, for more information.

Conference Call and Webcast Details

Castle Biosciences will hold a conference call on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time to discuss its third quarter 2021 results and provide a corporate update.

A live webcast of the conference call can be accessed here: https://www.incommglobalevents.com/viewer/14309/castle-biosciences-q3-2021-earnings-call/ or via the webcast link on the Investor Relations page of the Company’s website, https://ir.castlebiosciences.com/overview/default.aspx. Please access the webcast at least 10 minutes before the conference call start time. An archive of the webcast will be available on the Company’s website until Nov. 30, 2021.

To access the live conference call via phone, please dial 844 200 6205 from the United States, or +1 929 526 1599 internationally, at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the call, using the conference ID 256168.

There will be a brief Question & Answer session following management commentary.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures (UNAUDITED)

In this release, we use the metrics of Adjusted Revenue, Adjusted Gross Margin and Adjusted Operating Cash Flow, which are non-GAAP financial measures and are not calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP). Adjusted Revenue and Adjusted Gross Margin reflect adjustments to net revenues to exclude changes in variable consideration related to test reports delivered in previous periods. Adjusted Gross Margin further excludes acquisition-related intangible asset amortization. Adjusted Operating Cash Flow excludes the effects of cash activity associated with COVID-19 government relief payments to healthcare providers.

We use Adjusted Revenue, Adjusted Gross Margin and Adjusted Operating Cash Flow internally because we believe these metrics provide useful supplemental information in assessing our revenue and cash flow performance, respectively. We believe Adjusted Revenue and Adjusted Gross Margin are also useful to investors because they provide additional information on current-period performance by removing the effects of revenue adjustments related to tests delivered in previous periods and acquisition-related intangible asset amortization, which we believe may facilitate revenue and gross margin comparisons to historical periods. We believe Adjusted Operating Cash Flow is also useful to investors as a supplement to GAAP measures in the assessment of our cash flow performance by removing the effects of COVID-19 government relief payments, which we believe are not indicative of our ongoing operations. However, these non-GAAP financial measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies, even when the same or similarly titled terms are used to identify such measures, limiting their usefulness for comparative purposes. These non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be substitutes for net revenues, gross margin or net cash (used in) provided by operating activities reported in accordance with GAAP and should be considered in conjunction with our financial information presented on GAAP basis. Accordingly, investors should not place undue reliance on non-GAAP financial measures. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are presented in the tables at the end of this release.

About Castle Biosciences

Castle Biosciences (Nasdaq: CSTL) is a commercial-stage dermatologic diagnostics company focused on providing physicians and their patients with personalized, clinically actionable genomic information to make more accurate treatment decisions. The Company currently offers tests for patients with cutaneous melanoma (DecisionDx®-Melanoma, DecisionDx® -CMSeq), cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (DecisionDx®-SCC), suspicious pigmented lesions (myPath® Melanoma, DecisionDx® DiffDx™-Melanoma,) and uveal melanoma (DecisionDx®-UM, DecisionDx®-PRAME and DecisionDx®-UMSeq). For more information about Castle’s gene expression profile tests, visit www.CastleTestInfo.com.

Castle also has active research and development programs for tests in other dermatologic diseases with high clinical need, including its test in development to predict systemic therapy response in patients with moderate to severe psoriasis, atopic dermatitis and related conditions. Castle Biosciences is based in Friendswood, Texas (Houston), and has laboratory operations in Phoenix.

For more information, visit www.CastleBiosciences.com.

DecisionDx-Melanoma, DecisionDx-CMSeq, DecisionDx-SCC, myPath Melanoma, DecisionDx DiffDx-Melanoma, DecisionDx-UM, DecisionDx-PRAME and DecisionDx-UMSeq are trademarks of Castle Biosciences, Inc.

Forward-Looking Statements

The information in this press release contains forward-looking statements and information 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, which are subject to the “safe harbor” created by those sections. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning the ability of our tests to provide valuable, clinically actionable information to clinicians and patients, our sales team’s ability to achieve optimal productivity, our ability to integrate our new acquisitions into our existing business and for such acquisitions to complement our existing business and increase our estimated total addressable market, the timing of the consummation of our potential acquisition of Cernostics and our ability to create innovative technology and accelerate our impact on patient care, our ability to achieve the revenue guidance statement herein. The words “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “may,” “plans,” “projects,” “will,” “would” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. We may not actually achieve the plans, intentions, or expectations disclosed in our forward-looking statements and you should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. Actual results or events could differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations disclosed in the forward-looking statements that we make. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business and our efforts to address its impact on our business, subsequent study results and findings that contradict earlier study results and findings, our tests, including DecisionDx-Melanoma, DecisionDx-SCC, myPath Melanoma and DecisionDx DiffDx-Melanoma, ability to provide the aforementioned benefits to patients and the risks set forth in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2021, and in our other filings with the SEC. The forward-looking statements are applicable only as of the date on which they are made, and we do not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law.

The COVID-19 situation continues to evolve and brings along with it a high level of uncertainty surrounding potential future impacts. Therefore, trends in revenues and test report volumes are not necessarily indicative of the Company’s results of operations that can be expected for future interim periods or for the year ending December 31, 2021.

 

CASTLE BIOSCIENCES, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(UNAUDITED)

(in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

Three Months Ended

September 30,

 

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NET REVENUES

$

23,475

 

 

$

15,217

 

 

$

69,046

 

 

$

45,350

 

OPERATING EXPENSES AND OTHER OPERATING LOSS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales (exclusive of amortization of acquired intangible asset)

4,500

 

 

2,475

 

 

11,225

 

 

7,012

 

Research and development

7,500

 

 

3,058

 

 

20,201

 

 

8,675

 

Selling, general and administrative

22,595

 

 

11,703

 

 

61,578

 

 

33,173

 

Amortization of acquired intangible asset

694

 

 

 

 

950

 

 

 

Other operating loss

 

 

1,882

 

 

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

35,289

 

 

19,118

 

 

93,954

 

 

48,860

 

Operating loss

(11,814

)

 

(3,901

)

 

(24,908

)

 

(3,510

)

Interest income

23

 

 

18

 

 

51

 

 

354

 

Interest expense

 

 

(706

)

 

 

 

(2,239

)

Loss before income taxes

(11,791

)

 

(4,589

)

 

(24,857

)

 

(5,395

)

Income tax expense

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

Net loss and comprehensive loss

$

(11,791

)

 

$

(4,589

)

 

$

(24,862

)

 

$

(5,395

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

$

(0.47

)

 

$

(0.23

)

 

$

(0.99

)

 

$

(0.29

)

Diluted

$

(0.47

)

 

$

(0.23

)

 

$

(0.99

)

 

$

(0.29

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted-average shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

25,287

 

 

19,936

 

 

25,072

 

 

18,290

 

Diluted

25,287

 

 

19,936

 

 

25,072

 

 

18,290

 

 

CASTLE BIOSCIENCES, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands)

 

 

 

September 30, 2021

 

December 31, 2020

 

(unaudited)

 

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

Current Assets

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

363,177

 

 

$

409,852

 

Accounts receivable, net

18,532

 

 

12,759

 

Inventory

2,375

 

 

2,217

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

5,500

 

 

4,766

 

Total current assets

389,584

 

 

429,594

 

Long-term accounts receivable, net

1,410

 

 

1,096

 

Property and equipment, net

8,866

 

 

7,102

 

Intangible asset, net

32,104

 

 

 

Other assets – long-term

1,728

 

 

1,536

 

Total assets

$

433,692

 

 

$

439,328

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

Current Liabilities

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

2,766

 

 

$

2,098

 

Accrued compensation

12,120

 

 

9,108

 

Medicare advance payment

2,999

 

 

6,615

 

Other accrued liabilities

3,108

 

 

3,055

 

Total current liabilities

20,993

 

 

20,876

 

Noncurrent portion of Medicare advance payment

 

 

1,735

 

Deferred rent and other liabilities

986

 

 

1,026

 

Total liabilities

21,979

 

 

23,637

 

Stockholders’ Equity

 

 

 

Common stock

25

 

 

25

 

Additional paid-in capital

499,046

 

 

478,162

 

Accumulated deficit

(87,358

)

 

(62,496

)

Total stockholders’ equity

411,713

 

 

415,691

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

433,692

 

 

$

439,328

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CASTLE BIOSCIENCES, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(UNAUDITED)

(in thousands)

 

 

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

 

2021

 

2020

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

Net loss

$

(24,862

)

 

$

(5,395

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

1,956

 

 

312

 

Stock compensation expense

14,889

 

 

5,348

 

Amortization of debt discounts and issuance costs

 

 

666

 

Other

(99

)

 

3

 

Change in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

(6,087

)

 

1,855

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

(734

)

 

(1,767

)

Inventory

(28

)

 

(442

)

Other assets

(193

)

 

(1,503

)

Accounts payable

673

 

 

211

 

Accrued compensation

3,012

 

 

575

 

Medicare advance payment

(5,351

)

 

8,350

 

Other accrued liabilities

619

 

 

1,709

 

Deferred rent and other liabilities

3

 

 

373

 

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

(16,202

)

 

10,295

 

INVESTING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

(2,590

)

 

(4,162

)

Asset acquisition

(33,184

)

 

 

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

6

 

 

2

 

Net cash used in investing activities

(35,768

)

 

(4,160

)

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

Proceeds from public offerings of common stock, net of underwriting discounts, commissions and offering costs

 

 

79,504

 

Payment of common stock offering costs

(336

)

 

 

Repayments on term debt

 

 

(3,333

)

Proceeds from exercise of common stock options

3,868

 

 

692

 

Proceeds from contributions to the employee stock purchase plan

1,763

 

 

1,207

 

Net cash provided by financing activities

5,295

 

 

78,070

 

 

 

 

 

NET CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

(46,675

)

 

84,205

 

Beginning of period

409,852

 

 

98,845

 

End of period

$

363,177

 

 

$

183,050

 

Contacts

Investor and Media Contact:

Camilla Zuckero

+1 832-835-5158

czuckero@castlebiosciences.com

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