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Twist Bioscience Reports Fiscal 2018 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results and Highlights Commercial and Operational Progress

December 19, 2018

$25.4 million in total revenue; 136% year-over-year growth –

– Bolstered cash position with approximately $69 million in proceeds from IPO –

– Company to host conference call today 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 19, 2018-- Twist Bioscience Corporation (NASDAQ: TWST), a company enabling customers to succeed through its offering of high-quality synthetic DNA, today reported financial results and business highlights for the fiscal 2018 fourth quarter and full year ended September 30, 2018.

“It has been an exceptional year for Twist Bioscience, with significant top-line growth across all business areas and both operational and commercial accomplishments,” said Emily M. Leproust, Ph.D., CEO and co-founder of Twist. “We’ve doubled our revenue coming from our synthetic biology products, launched our target enrichment kits for next-generation sequencing, which is gaining traction in the marketplace, expanded internationally, and laid a foundation for both our drug discovery and DNA digital data storage verticals. In addition, we strengthened our balance sheet with the closing of both a private financing and our initial public offering.

“Looking ahead into fiscal 2019, we expect to continue to deliver on our mission to improve healthcare and sustainability through synthetic DNA as we expand our customer base, convert pilot customers to production, grow revenue across all product categories and geographic regions, as well as validate our GPCR and antibody optimization software for Twist Biopharma and pursue non-dilutive financing for digital data storage.”

Fiscal Fourth Quarter 2018 and Recent Highlights

  • Shipped approximately 71,000 genes in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to approximately 38,000 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017; shipped approximately 247,000 genes in fiscal 2018 compared to approximately 125,000 in fiscal 2017. Current turnaround time for genes is 15-20 days.
  • Continued progress in NGS product line, with eight customers now in production mode
  • Together with Microsoft and the University of Washington, announced plans to create an archive of knowledge encoded into Twist Bioscience DNA to be included in the Lunar Library™
  • Completed synthesis of wholly-owned G-coupled protein receptor (GPCR) library and development of antibody optimization software
  • Expanded international reach with new distributors in Asia Pacific
  • Completed an initial public offering (IPO), raising approximately $69 million in net proceeds, and began trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “TWST”

Fiscal 2019 Milestones

  • Grow revenue across all product categories and geographic regions
  • Offer customers 5kb genes at disruptive price
  • Introduce Twist Application Programmable Interface (TAPI) for gene ordering
  • Implement and execute new product introductions roadmap
  • Convert pilot NGS customers to full production
  • Launch e-commerce platform for NGS product
  • Achieve ISO 13485 certification for quality management systems (NGS product line)
  • Leverage growth in top line to improve variable and gross margin
  • Launch back-end production in China for NGS and other products
  • Generate proof-of-concept data from the GPCR library and antibody optimization software for Twist Biopharma, and seek non-dilutive partnerships and/or out-licensing of therapeutic assets
  • Execute roadmap to increase synthesis density on silicon platform and reduce DNA writing cost for DNA digital data storage
  • Pursue non-dilutive funding for the continued development of DNA digital data storage

FISCAL 2018 FOURTH QUARTER FINANCIAL RESULTS

Orders

Total orders received for the three months ended September 30, 2018 were $12.8 million, compared to $6.2 million for the same period of fiscal 2017. The increase in orders is due primarily to the introduction of NGS as well as an increase in orders for synbio products, particularly genes.

Revenue

Total revenues were $8.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018 compared to $3.5 million for the same period of fiscal 2017. The increase in revenue was due to increasing sales of genes, oligo pools and DNA libraries as well as the introduction of NGS tools products across all geographies and market segments.

Cost of Revenues

Cost of revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2018 were $9.1 million compared to $6.8 million for the similar period of fiscal 2017. The increase in cost of revenues is due to increased headcount, consumption of reagents and production materials.

Research and Development Expenses

Research and development expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2018 were $6.1 million compared to $4.9 million for the period ended September 30, 2017. The main driver for the increase was the beginning of investment in the Twist Biopharma vertical.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2018 were $13.0 million compared to $8.4 million for the same period of 2017. The increase was primarily due to increased headcount, advertising and marketing expenses, professional and legal expenses, stock compensation expenses and information technology-related charges.

Net Loss

Net loss for the fiscal 2018 fourth quarter was $19.8 million, or $6.59 per share, compared to $17.0 million, or $6.68 per share, for the fiscal 2017 fourth quarter.

Cash Position

As of September 30, 2018, the company had $80.8 million in cash and cash equivalents. The fourth quarter ending cash position does not include approximately $69 million in net proceeds from the initial public offering, which was received in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.

FISCAL 2018 FINANCIAL RESULTS

Orders

Total orders received for fiscal 2018 were $39.4 million compared to $17.6 million in fiscal 2017.

Revenue

Total revenues were $25.4 million for fiscal 2018 compared to $10.8 million in fiscal 2017. The increase in revenue was due to increasing sales of genes, oligo pools and DNA libraries, which increased 136% year over year, as well as the introduction of our NGS tools products across all geographies and market segments.

Cost of Revenues

Cost of revenues for fiscal 2018 were $32.2 million compared to $24.0 million for fiscal 2017. The increase in cost of revenues is due to increased payroll expenses, consumption of reagents and production materials.

Research and Development Expenses

Research and development expenses for fiscal 2018 were $20.3 million compared to $19.1 million for fiscal 2017.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

Selling, general and administrative expenses for fiscal 2018 were $43.5 million compared to $26.1 million for the period ended September 30, 2017. The increase was primarily due to increased headcount, advertising and marketing expenses, professional and legal expenses, stock compensation expenses and information technology-related charges.

Net Loss

Net loss for fiscal 2018 was $71.2 million, or $25.51 per share, compared to $59.3 million, or $24.49 per share for fiscal 2017.

For the full fiscal year 2019, Twist expect to report:

Revenue in the range of $46 million to $48 million
Net loss in the range of $80 million to $82 million

Conference Call Information

The company plans to hold a conference call and live audio webcast for analysts and investors at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss its financial results and provide an update on the company’s business. The call can be accessed by dialing (866) 688-0947 (domestic) or (409) 217-8781 (international) and refer to the conference ID 8279646. A telephonic replay will be available beginning approximately four hours after the call through January 2, 2019, and may be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056 (domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (international). The replay conference ID is 8279646. The webcast replay will be available for two weeks.

About Twist Bioscience Corporation

Twist Bioscience is a leading and rapidly growing synthetic biology company that has developed a disruptive DNA synthesis platform to industrialize the engineering of biology. The core of the platform is a proprietary technology that pioneers a new method of manufacturing synthetic DNA by “writing” DNA on a silicon chip. Twist is leveraging its unique technology to manufacture a broad range of synthetic DNA-based products, including synthetic genes, tools for next-generation sequencing (NGS) preparation, and antibody libraries for drug discovery and development. Twist is also pursuing longer-term opportunities in digital data storage in DNA and biologics drug discovery. Twist make products for use across many industries including healthcare, industrial chemicals, agriculture and academic research.

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Legal Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained herein are forward-looking statements reflecting the current beliefs and expectations of management made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, Twist Bioscience’s anticipated fiscal 2019 milestones, conversion of pilot customers , revenue growth across all product categories and geographic regions, validation of Twist’s GPCR and antibody optimization software for Twist Biopharma and delivery on Twist’s mission to improve healthcare and sustainability through synthetic DNA. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other important factors that may cause Twist Bioscience’s actual results, performance, or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, the risks and uncertainties of the ability to attract new customers and retain and grow sales from existing customers; risks and uncertainties of rapidly changing technologies and extensive competition in synthetic biology could make the products Twist Bioscience is developing obsolete or non-competitive; uncertainties of the retention of a significant customer; risks of third party claims alleging infringement of patents and proprietary rights or seeking to invalidate Twist Bioscience’s patents or proprietary rights; and the risk that Twist Bioscience’s proprietary rights may be insufficient to protect its technologies. For a further description of the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, as well as risks relating to Twist Bioscience’s business in general, see Twist Bioscience’s risk factors set forth in Twist Bioscience’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 that is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the prospectus dated October 30, 2018 relating to its initial public offering of common stock. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date hereof, and Twist Bioscience specifically disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 
Twist Bioscience Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
 
   

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

        Year Ended September 30,        

      2017       2018       2017       2018  
Revenues   $ 3,466     $ 8,407     $ 10,767     $ 25,427  
Operating expenses:                
Cost of revenues     6,829       9,093       24,020       32,189  
Research and development     4,851       6,065       19,169       20,347  
Selling, general and administrative     8,409       12,953       26,060       43,450  
Total operating expenses     20,089       28,111       69,249       95,986  
Loss from operations     (16,623 )     (19,704 )     (58,482 )     (70,559 )
Interest income     187       409       412       999  
Interest expense     (248 )     (386 )     (905 )     (1,313 )
Other income (expense), net     (206 )     (45 )     (55 )     (121 )
Provision for income taxes     (119 )     (76 )     (280 )     (242 )
Net loss and comprehensive loss   $ (17,009 )   $ (19,802 )   $ (59,310 )   $ (71,236 )
Net loss per common share, basic and diluted   $ (6.68 )   $ (6.59 )   $ (24.49 )   $ (25.51 )
Shares used to compute net loss per common share, basic and diluted     2,551,318       3,013,818       2,422,243       2,792,743  
 
Twist Bioscience Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
    September 30,   September 30,
      2017       2018  
Assets        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 31,227     $ 80,757  
Short-term investments     30,977       -  
Accounts receivable, net     2,346       5,419  
Inventory     1,827       6,028  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     1,492       3,467  
Total current assets     67,869       95,671  
Property and equipment, net     14,834       12,331  
Goodwill     1,138       1,138  
Intangible assets, net     920       712  
Restricted cash, non-current     202       579  
Other non-current assets     694       5,360  
Total assets     85,657       115,791  
Current liabilities        
Accounts payable   $ 2,849     $ 7,531  
Accrued expenses     2,092       2,166  
Accrued payroll     3,470       5,401  
Current portion of long-term debt     -       2,500  
Other current liabilities     1,066       939  

Total current liabilities

    9,477       18,537  
Redeemable convertible preferred stock warrant liability     644       631  
Long-term debt, net of current portion     9,154       7,218  
Other non-current liabilities     107       344  
Total liabilities     19,382       26,730  
Redeemable convertible preferred stock     199,633       290,483  
Common stock     -       -  
Additional paid-in capital     6,228       9,346  
Accumulated other comprehensive income     33       87  
Accumulated deficit     (139,619 )     (210,855 )
Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)     (133,358 )     (201,422 )
Total liabilities, redeemable convertible preferred stock and stockholders’ equity (deficit)   $ 85,657     $ 115,791  
 
Twist Bioscience Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
   

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

      Year Ended September 30,      

      2017       2018       2017       2018  
Cash flows from operating activities                
Net loss attributable to common stockholders   $ (17,009 )   $ (19,802 )   $ (59,310 )   $ (71,236 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities                
Depreciation and amortization     1,247       1,329       5,021       5,727  
Loss on disposal of property and equipment     620       -       507       55  
Stock-based compensation     864       1,086       1,891       2,961  
Non-cash interest expense     128       104       363       254  
Change in fair value of redeemable convertible preferred stock warrant liability     83       (80 )     261       (13 )
Amortization of debt discount     29       79       95       308  
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of impact of business combination:                
Accounts receivable, net     (274 )     (1,130 )     (1,623 )     (3,073 )
Inventory, net     (16 )     (1,776 )     (599 )     (4,202 )
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     (360 )     (964 )     (324 )     (1,760 )
Other non-current assets     (228 )     640       (481 )     (812 )
Accounts payable     498       2,220       560       3,759  
Accrued expenses     2,544       (426 )     621       (114 )
Accrued payroll     585       2,022       1,067       1,932  
Other liabilities     (169 )     208       650       50  
Net cash used in operating activities     (11,458 )     (16,490 )     (51,301 )     (66,164 )
Cash flows from investing activities                
Purchases of property and equipment     (3,339 )     (1,047 )     (6,594 )     (3,688 )
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment     (255 )     -       266       17  
Purchases of investments     (20,457 )     (149 )     (40,587 )     (3,523 )
Maturity of investments     9,600       1,600       36,925       34,500  
Change in restricted cash     120       (434 )     120       (434 )
Cash acquired through business combination     -       -       -       -  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities     (14,331 )     (30 )     (9,870 )     26,872  
Cash flows from financing activities                
Proceeds from issuance of common stock and exercise of stock options     187       40       205       331  
Proceeds from issuance of Series D redeemable convertible preferred stock, net of issuance costs     444       6,977       65,596       90,850  
Payments of deferred offering costs     -       (640 )     -       (2,359 )
Borrowings of long-term debt     2,174       -       2,174       -  
Repayments of long-term debt     (1,743 )     -       (4,173 )     -  
Net cash provided by financing activities     1,062       6,377       63,802       88,822  
                 
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents     (24,727 )     (10,143 )     2,631       49,530  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year     55,954       90,900       28,596       31,227  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year   $ 31,227     $ 80,757     $ 31,227     $ 80,757  

 

Source: Twist Bioscience Corporation

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