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Progenity Provides Corporate Update and Reports Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

August 12, 2021

Announced successful completion of the validation study PRO-104 for the Preecludia™ rule out test for preeclampsia and achievement of the primary endpoint of the study protocol

Recently achieved promising results with the prototype autonomous Oral Biotherapeutics Delivery System in a single oral dose study in a porcine model for lead candidate PGN-OB1

Implemented cost-cutting measures expected to result in approximately $97 million of cost savings on an annual run-rate basis

Management will host conference call and webcast today at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Progenity, Inc. (Nasdaq: PROG), a biotechnology company innovating in the fields of gastrointestinal health and oral biotherapeutics, today provided a corporate update and reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021.

In the second quarter Progenity initiated a strategic transformation directed at significantly reducing its cash burn rate whilst accelerating its transition to an innovation-led biotech company focused on its oral delivery of biomolecules and its GI-IBD platforms. The company has implemented cost-cutting measures that are expected to result in cost savings of approximately $97 million on an annual run-rate basis, and it plans to continue to evaluate and implement further cost-saving measures.

The company also recently announced the successful completion of the validation study, PRO-104, for its Preecludia™ rule out test for preeclampsia. Importantly, Preecludia™ achieved the primary endpoint of the study protocol and demonstrated strong performance consistent with what was achieved in the PRO-129 verification study and pre-validation set.

Separately, during the second quarter the company initiated preclinical studies of its lead candidates PGN-OB1 (adalimumab a monoclonal) and PGN-OB2 (liraglutide, a GLP 1 agonist) utilizing for the first time its prototype autonomous Oral Biotherapeutics Delivery System (OBDS) in a swine model. Data from a recent study demonstrated that, in animals with significant drug detected, average bioavailability levels were approximately 15% with maximum levels up to 44% of IV for adalimumab following a single dose, highlighting the vast potential for this program.

“Our GI innovation pipeline is progressing with both the Oral Biotherapeutics Delivery System and the Drug Delivery System now available as fully autonomous prototype devices that will enable key studies to be performed to advance our programs and provide potential partnership opportunities. I’m also excited by the successful outcome for the Preecludia™ PRO-104 validation study results, which we expect the independent PIs to publish soon, and we are making good progress with our single molecule platform. I’m also pleased with the implementation and execution of our company transformation with substantial costs savings already being achieved and with more anticipated in the coming months. We are projecting multiple key catalysts in the next quarter and beyond, and we look forward to sharing those results in the near future,” said Harry Stylli, PhD, CEO, chairman of the board, and co-founder of Progenity.

Second Quarter 2021 Results and Other Corporate Highlights

  • Successful completion of the validation study for the Preecludia™ rule-out test for preeclampsia. Achieved the primary endpoint of the study protocol. Demonstrated strong performance and a high NPV consistent with what was achieved in the PRO-129 verification study and pre-validation set.

  • Completed closure of Ann Arbor laboratory and refocus of resources toward innovation pipeline. Operating expenses reduction plan is on track to achieve target.

  • Initiated preclinical studies of PGN-OB1 (adalimumab + OBDS) and PGN-OB2 (GLP 1 agonist + OBDS). Initial data is promising with average bioavailability of approximately 15% in animals where significant drug was detected, and reaching up to 44%. Existing pharma partnerships advancing as expected.

  • Announced the formation of its Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Advisory Board. The advisory board includes respected researchers and clinicians who are thought leaders in the research and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

  • Ongoing clinical study in ulcerative colitis patients using adalimumab delivered by enema as proxy for PGN-001 (adalimumab + Drug Delivery System (DDS)). First four subjects have completed dosage regimen with promising initial results Clinical advisory board to meet next month to review data and help finalize design of the first human feasibility study delivering Humira with the DDS.

  • Announced the appointment of Surbhi Sarna to its board of directors effective July 1, 2021. Ms. Sarna’s medical device experience and her focus on development of strategic partnerships will prove valuable as the company advances its innovation pipeline.

  • In June 2021, raised approximately $40.0 million in gross proceeds from a private placement with two leading healthcare-focused investment funds.

Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Comparison of Three Months Ended June 30, 2021 and March 31, 2021

Operating expenses were $36.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, compared to $31.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021.

Net loss was $78.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021 and net loss per share was $1.23, compared to a net loss of $32.3 million and a net loss per share of $0.56 for the three months ended March 31, 2021.

Net loss from discontinued operations was $37.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021 and net loss per share for discontinued operations was $0.58, compared to a net loss from discontinued operations of $14.8 million and a net loss per share of $0.26 for the three months ended March 31, 2021.

Comparison of Three Months Ended June 30, 2021 and 2020

Operating expenses were $36.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, compared to $26.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020.

Net loss was $78.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021 and net loss per share was $1.23, compared to a net loss of $53.1 million and a net loss per share of $6.11 for the three months ended June 30, 2020.

Net loss from discontinued operations was $37.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021 and net loss per share for discontinued operations was $0.58, compared to a net loss from discontinued operations of $20.1 million and a net loss per share of $2.31 for the three months ended June 30, 2020.

Webcast and Conference Call Information

Progenity will host a webcast and conference call to discuss the second quarter financial results and answer investment community questions today, Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT. The live call may be accessed by dialing 833-519-1237 for domestic callers and 914-800-3810 for international callers and entering the conference code: 8635609. A live webcast and archive of the call will be available online from the investor relations section of the company website at www.progenity.com.

About Progenity

Progenity, Inc. is a biotechnology company innovating in the fields of women's health, gastrointestinal health and oral biotherapeutics. Progenity applies a multi-omics approach, combining genomics, epigenomics, proteomics, and metabolomics to its molecular testing products and to the development of a suite of investigational ingestible devices designed to provide precise diagnostic sampling and drug delivery solutions. Progenity’s vision is to transform healthcare to become more precise and personal by improving diagnoses of disease and improving patient outcomes through localized treatment with targeted therapies. For additional information about Progenity, please visit the company’s website at www.progenity.com.

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Investor Contact:
Robert Uhl
Managing Director, Westwicke ICR
ir@progenity.com
(619) 228-5886

Media Contact:
Kate Blom-Lowery
CG Life
kblomlowery@cglife.com
(858) 457-2436

Progenity, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

  Three Months Ended 
  June 30,
2021
  March 31,
2021
 
Revenues $463  $167 
Cost of sales      
Gross profit  463   167 
Operating expenses:      
Research and development  13,401   11,673 
Selling and marketing  2,006   1,858 
General and administrative  20,709   18,100 
Total operating expenses  36,116   31,631 
Loss from operations  (35,653)  (31,464)
Interest expense  (3,502)  (3,520)
(Loss) gain on warrant liability  (5,146)  2,650 
Interest and other income, net  2,901   14,873 
Loss from continuing operations  (41,400)  (17,461)
Loss from discontinued operations  (37,131)  (14,803)
Net loss $(78,531) $(32,264)
Net loss per share from continuing operations, basic and diluted $(0.65) $(0.30)
Net loss per share from discontinued operations, basic and diluted $(0.58) $(0.26)
Net loss per share, basic and diluted $(1.23) $(0.56)
Weighted average number of shares outstanding used in calculating net loss per share, basic and diluted  63,942,298   57,493,800 
         

Progenity, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

  Three Months Ended
June 30,
 
  2021  2020 
       
Revenues $463  $ 
Cost of Sales      
Gross profit  463    
Operating Expenses:      
Research and development  13,401   12,234 
Selling and marketing  2,006   1,547 
General and administrative  20,709   12,702 
Total operating expenses  36,116   26,483 
Loss from operations  (35,653)  (26,483)
Interest expense  (3,502)  (2,489)
Loss on warrant liability  (5,146)   
Interest and other income (expense), net  2,901   (3,751)
Loss from continuing operations  (41,400)  (32,723)
Loss from discontinued operations  (37,131)  (20,060)
Net loss  (78,531)  (52,783)
Dividend paid to preferred shareholders     (268)
Net loss attributable to common stockholders $(78,531) $(53,051)
Net loss per share from continuing operations, basic and diluted $(0.65) $(3.77)
Net loss per share from discontinued operations, basic and diluted $(0.58) $(2.31)
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted $(1.23) $(6.11)
Weighted average number of shares outstanding used in calculating net loss per share, basic and diluted  63,942,298   8,687,250 
         

Progenity, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)

  June 30,
2021
  December 31,
2020
     (1)
Assets     
Current assets:     
Cash and cash equivalents $65,991  $91,520 
Accounts receivable, net  5,047   6,634 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  13,107   8,107 
Current assets of disposal group held for sale  30,181   20,077 
Total current assets  114,326   126,338 
Property and equipment, net  5,474   8,660 
Other assets  146   169 
Long-term assets of disposal group held for sale     19,273 
Total assets $119,946  $154,440 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Deficit     
Current liabilities:     
Accounts payable $14,560  $12,657 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  58,172   51,206 
Current portion of mortgages payable and capital lease obligations  202   338 
Current liabilities of disposal group held for sale  12,703   8,469 
Total current liabilities  85,637   72,670 
Mortgages payable and capital lease obligations, net of current portion  1,238   1,317 
Convertible notes, net  157,533   158,886 
Embedded derivative liability  388   18,370 
Other long-term liabilities  14,759   8,239 
Long-term liabilities of disposal group held for sale     1,952 
Total liabilities $259,555  $261,434 
Stockholders' deficit:     
Common stock  82   59 
Additional paid-in capital  531,156   452,992 
Accumulated deficit  (652,069)  (541,274)
Treasury stock  (18,778)  (18,771)
Total stockholders' deficit  (139,609)  (106,994)
Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit $119,946  $154,440 
         

1. The condensed consolidated balance sheet data at December 31, 2020 has been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements, with adjustments to reflect the assets and liabilities held for sale.