Exact Sciences Reports Strong Growth Trajectory for Cologuard in First-Quarter 2015

MADISON, Wis.(BUSINESS WIRE) Exact Sciences Corp. (Nasdaq: EXAS) today announced its business and financial results for the quarter ending March 31, 2015, reporting that 11,000 Cologuard tests were completed and that the number of ordering physicians more than doubled, increasing from 4,100 at the end of 2014 to 8,300 in the first quarter of 2015.

"We are pleased with the strong launch trajectory of Cologuard," said Kevin Conroy, Exact Sciences' chairman and CEO. "Demand among patients and physicians and acceptance among commercial insurers is accelerating."

The company expanded its team of sales professionals from 80 to 140 during the first quarter and also entered into an exclusive co-promotion agreement with Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The arrangement will bring Cologuard to even more physicians and their patients through Ironwood's 160 sales professionals.

Exact Sciences also made steady progress securing coverage from commercial insurers during the first quarter. This included positive medical policy coverage decisions from Anthem BlueCross BlueShield (37 million covered lives), Tufts Health Plan (1 million), CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield PPO (2 million) and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York (1 million). The company also formally extended its collaboration with the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research by an additional five years and expanded its licensing agreement to include additional gastrointestinal conditions.

Financial Results

Exact Sciences reported total revenues of $4.3 million for the first quarter of 2015, compared to $0.3 million for the first quarter of 2014. Cologuard received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in August 2014 and a final National Coverage Decision from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in October 2014.

For the first quarter of 2015 the company reported a net loss of ($35.8) million, or ($0.40) a share. The company had a net loss of ($16.1) million, or ($0.23) a share, for the same period of 2014.

Operating expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, were $36.1 million, compared to $16.5 million for the first quarter of 2014.

Exact Sciences ended the first quarter of 2015 with cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $245.2 million, compared to $282.8 million at Dec. 31, 2014.

First-Quarter Conference Call & Webcast

Company management will host a conference call and webcast on Monday, May 4, 2015, at 10 a.m. ET to discuss first-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 29563689. 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
        March 31,
        2015     2014
Laboratory service revenue       $ 4,266       $ -  
License fees         -         294  
          4,266         294  
Cost of sales         4,212         -  
Gross margin         54         294  
Operating Expenses:              
Research and development         6,571  


General and administrative         12,971  


Sales and marketing         16,524         4,456  
          36,066         16,472  
Loss from operations         (36,012 )       (16,178 )
Investment income         222         86  
Interest expense         (11 )       (15 )
Net loss       $ (35,801 )     $ (16,107 )
Net loss per share - basic and diluted       $ (0.40 )     $ (0.23 )
Weighted average common shares              
outstanding - basic and diluted         88,662         70,987  
Selected Unaudited Financial Information
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data
(Amounts in thousands)
        March 31,     December 31,
        2015     2014
Cash and cash equivalents       $ 40,679     $ 58,131
Marketable securities         204,472       224,625
Accounts receivable         1,581       1,376
Inventory, net         5,423       4,017
Prepaid expenses and other current assets         3,892       3,528
Property and equipment, net         21,567       19,947
Other long-term assets         1,200       -
Total assets       $ 278,814     $ 311,624
Liabilities and stockholders' equity              
Total current liabilities       $ 14,476     $ 17,521
Long term debt         1,000       1,000
Long term other liabilities         3,541       2,399
Long term accrued interest         112       106
Lease incentive obligation, less current portion         1,476       1,614
Total stockholders' equity         258,209       288,984
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity       $ 278,814     $ 311,624


Exact Sciences Corp.
J.P. Fielder, +1-608-210-5220

Source: Exact Sciences Corp.



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