Exact Sciences Reports Third-Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Exact Sciences Corp. (Nasdaq: EXAS) today announced its financial results for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2012.

Exact reported total revenues of $1.0 million for the third quarter of 2012 and the third quarter of 2011. Total revenues for each of the nine-months ended Sept. 30, 2012, and Sept 30, 2011, were $3.1 million.

Exact reported a net loss of ($13.0) million, or ($0.21) a share, for the third quarter of 2012. The company had a net loss of ($7.8) million, or ($0.15) a share, for the same period of 2011. The net loss for the nine-month period ended Sept. 30, 2012, was ($38.4) million, or ($0.66) a share. The company’s net loss for the same period of 2011 was ($18.8) million, or ($0.36) a share.

Operating expenses for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2012, were $14.0 million, compared to $8.9 million for the third quarter of 2011. Operating expenses for the first nine months of 2012 totaled $41.7 million, compared to $22.0 million during the same period of 2011. Operating expenses for the quarter and nine-month period ended Sept. 30, 2012, increased from the same periods a year ago primarily because of the ongoing clinical trial of the company’s non-invasive colorectal cancer screening test.

Exact ended the third quarter of 2012 with cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $118.6 million, compared to $93.4 million at Dec. 31, 2011. The company completed a $57.8-million secondary stock offering in August.

“We are very pleased with the positive data presented recently at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting,” said Kevin T. Conroy, the company’s president and chief executive. “It gives us confidence that the DeeP-C trial will deliver strong results. Both our test and the automation system that will be used to process clinical trial samples performed well in that study.”

Third-Quarter Conference Call & Webcast

Company management will host a conference call and webcast on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at 10 a.m. ET to discuss third-quarter results. The webcast will be available at www.exactsciences.com. Domestic callers should dial 877-212-6082 and international callers should dial 707-287-9332. An archive of the webcast and a replay of the conference call will be available at www.exactsciences.com or by calling 855-859-2056 domestically or 404-537-3406 internationally. The access code for the conference call and replay is 48308168. The conference call, webcast and replay are open to all interested parties.

About Exact Sciences Corp.

Exact Sciences Corp. is a molecular diagnostics company focused on colorectal cancer. The company has exclusive intellectual property protecting its non-invasive, molecular screening technology for the detection of colorectal cancer. Stool-based DNA technology is included in the colorectal cancer screening guidelines of the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.exactsciences.com.

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Selected Unaudited Financial Information
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operation Data

(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
  2012     2011     2012     2011  
Product royalty fees $ - $ 4 $ - $ 14
License fees   1,036     1,035     3,108     3,107  
1,036 1,039 3,108 3,121
Cost of revenue:
Product royalty fees   -     6     -     18  
Gross profit:   1,036     1,033     3,108     3,103  
Operating Expenses:
Research and development 10,491 6,110 31,692 14,296
General and administrative 2,547 1,951 7,085 5,931
Sales and marketing   1,006     815     2,931     1,763  
  14,044     8,876     41,708     21,990  
Loss from operations (13,008 ) (7,843 ) (38,600 ) (18,887 )
Interest income 67 75 188 131
Interest expense (11 ) (5 ) (21 ) (15 )
Net loss $ (12,952 ) $ (7,773 ) $ (38,433 ) $ (18,771 )
Net loss per share - basic and diluted $ (0.21 ) $ (0.15 ) $ (0.66 ) $ (0.36 )
Weighted average common shares
outstanding - basic and diluted   60,531     52,443     58,104     52,129  
Selected Unaudited Financial Information
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data
(Amounts in thousands)
September 30, December 31,
  2012     2011  
Cash and cash equivalents $ 12,660 $ 35,781
Marketable securities 105,912 57,580
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,252 1,034
Property and equipment, net   3,629     2,558  
Total assets $ 123,453   $ 96,953  
Liabilities and stockholders' equity
Total current liabilities $ 9,612 $ 7,977
Long term obligations 1,796 1,000
Long term accrued interest 57 42
Deferred license fees, less current portion 1,331 4,439
Total stockholders’ equity   110,657     83,495  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 123,453   $ 96,953  

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