SOPHiA GENETICS Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Financial Results

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Published on 03/15/2022

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Revenues Grew 40% for the Fourth Quarter and 42% for Full Year 2021
2022 Guidance Reaffirmed

BOSTON, United States and LAUSANNE, Switzerland, March 15, 2022 — SOPHiA GENETICS SA (Nasdaq: SOPH), a leader in data-driven medicine, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2021.

Recent Highlights

  • Revenue for full year 2021 was $40.5 million, representing year-over-year growth of 42%, and revenue for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $10.9 million, representing year-over-year growth of 40%
  • Total recurring platform customers grew to 382 as of December 31, 2021 up from 314 as of December 31, 2020, and 375 as of September 31, 2021, while net dollar retention for the year was 142%
  • Continued expansion of our product offerings, including:
    • launch of our Homologous Recombination Deficiency (HRD) solution to support detection efforts and collaboration with AstraZeneca to expand access to in-house HRD testing across Europe
    • unveiling of CarePath, a new module on our SOPHiA DDM platform that leverages multimodal data powered by robust machine learning algorithms to help clinicians make more informed treatment decisions for their patients by better predicting disease progression, which we plan to deploy later this year

“I am proud of our solid execution across our organization this quarter, as year-over-year revenue again grew significantly and as we continue to make progress in entering into exciting new relationships and expanding on existing ones,” said Jurgi Camblong, Co-Founder and CEO of SOPHiA GENETICS. “There is much to look forward to at SOPHiA GENETICS, including our exciting progress in HRD, growing penetration in North America expanding opportunities with biopharma partners, and other strategic opportunities. I am immensely proud of what we have accomplished at SOPHiA GENETICS and continue to be even more optimistic about what lies ahead of us. 2021 has been and continues to be a momentous year for our organization, and we remain confident in our objectives and mission going forward.”

Fourth Quarter Financial Results

Total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $10.9 million compared to $7.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, representing growth of 40%.

Platform analysis volumes increased to approximately 66,000 analyses for the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to approximately 44,000 analyses for the fourth quarter of 2020.

Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $6.8 million, an increase of 40% compared to a gross profit of $4.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. Gross margin was 62% for the fourth quarter of 2021 in line with 62% for the fourth quarter of 2020. Adjusted gross margin was 65% for the fourth quarter of 2021. 

Total operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2021 were $27.8 million compared to $16.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2020.  

R&D expenses for the fourth quarter of 2021 were $6.4 million, compared to $5.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2020.  

Sales and marketing expenses for the fourth quarter of 2021 were $8.6 million, compared to $4.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2020.  

General and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter of 2021 were $13.0 million dollars, compared to $6.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2020.  

Operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $21.0 million, compared to $11.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. Adjusted operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $17.6 million, compared to $10.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2020. 

Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $21.4 million or $0.33 per share, compared to $10.5 million or $0.22 per share for the fourth quarter of 2020. Adjusted net loss for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $17.9 million or $0.28 per share, compared to $9.9 million or $0.21 per share for the fourth quarter of 2020.  

Full Year 2021 Financial Results

Total revenue for full year 2021 was $40.5 million compared to $28.4 million for 2020, representing growth of 42%. The growth in revenue was primarily driven by new customers added to our platform coupled with increased usage rates across our existing customers.

Annualized revenue churn rate has remained at a historical low of approximately 3% of total full year revenue for 2021. Average revenue per platform customer for the full year increased to approximately $92,000 compared to approximately $70,000 for the prior year period. Net dollar retention for the year increased to 142%.

Gross profit for full year 2021 was $25.2 million, an increase of 43% compared to a gross profit of $17.7 million for full year 2020. Gross margin was 62% for full year 2021 in line with 62% for full year 2020. Adjusted gross margin was 64% for full year 2021.

Total operating expenses for full year 2021 were $96.7 million compared to $55.1 million for full year 2020.

R&D expenses for full year 2021 were $26.6 million, compared to $18.6 million for full year 2020.

Sales and marketing expenses for full year 2021 were $28.7 million, compared to $17.4 million for full year 2020.

General and administrative expenses for full year 2021 were $41.5 million dollars, compared to $19.0 million for full year 2020.

Operating loss for full year 2021 was $71.5 million, compared to $37.4 million for full year 2020. Adjusted operating loss for full year 2021 was $61.5 million, compared to $34.2 million for full year 2020. 

Net loss for full year 2021 was $73.7 million or $1.33 per share, compared to $39.3 million or $0.93 per share for full year 2020. Adjusted net loss full year 2021 was $62.3 million or $1.13 per share, compared to $35.7 million or $0.84 per share for full year 2020.

Cash and cash equivalents were approximately $265 million as of December 31, 2021. 

2022 Outlook

SOPHiA GENETICS expects full year revenue for 2022 to be in the range of $51.5 million to $54 million, representing growth of 27% to 33% over full year revenue for 2021.

Webcast and Conference Call Information

SOPHiA GENETICS will host a conference call and live webcast to discuss the fourth quarter and full year 2021 financial results as well as business outlook on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time / 2:30 p.m. Central European Time. The call will be webcast live on the SOPHiA GENETICS Investor Relations website. Additionally, an audio replay of the conference call and webcast will be available on the website after its completion.

About SOPHiA GENETICS

SOPHiA GENETICS (Nasdaq: SOPH) is a healthcare technology company dedicated to establishing the practice of data-driven medicine as the standard of care and for life sciences research. It is the creator of the SOPHiA DDM™ Platform, a cloud-based SaaS platform capable of analyzing data and generating insights from complex multimodal data sets and different diagnostic modalities. The SOPHiA DDM™ Platform and related solutions, products and services are currently used by more than 790 hospital, laboratory, and biopharma institutions globally. For more information, visit SOPHiAGENETICS.COM, or connect on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Where others see data, we see answers.

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

To provide investors with additional information regarding our financial results, we have disclosed here and elsewhere in this earnings release the following non-IFRS measures:

  • Adjusted cost of revenue, which we calculate as cost of revenue adjusted to exclude amortization of capitalized research and development expenses, expenses associated with the write-off of custom inventory related to the cancellation of a contract due to the acquisition of the customer, and expenses associated with the write-off of inventory that were damaged as a result of a refrigeration equipment malfunction; 
  • Adjusted gross profit, which we calculate as revenue minus adjusted cost of revenue;
  • Adjusted gross profit margin, which we calculated as adjusted gross profit as a percentage of revenue;
  • Adjusted operating loss, which we calculate as operating loss adjusted to exclude those adjustments made to calculate adjusted cost of revenue, amortization of intangible assets, share-based compensation expense, non-cash portion of pensions expense paid in excess of actual contributions to match the actuarial expense, and non-recurring expenses related to the IPO that were not capitalized;
  • Adjusted finance income (expense), net, which we calculate as finance income (expense), net adjusted to exclude changes in the fair valuation of the derivative tied to the success fee we paid to TriplePoint Capital LLC upon completion of our initial public offering;
  • Adjusted loss for the period, which we calculate as loss for the period adjusted to exclude those adjustments made to calculate adjusted cost of revenue, adjusted operating loss and adjusted finance income (expense); and
  • Adjusted loss per share, which we calculate as adjusted net loss divided by the weighted-average number of shares.

These non-IFRS measures are key measures used by our management and board of directors to evaluate our operating performance and generate future operating plans. The exclusion of certain expenses facilitates operating performance comparability across reporting periods by removing the effect of non-cash expenses and certain variable charges. Accordingly, we believe that these non-IFRS measures provide useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our operating results in the same manner as our management and board of directors.

These non-IFRS measures have limitations as financial measures, and you should not consider them in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under IFRS. Some of these limitations are:

  • These non-IFRS measures exclude the impact of amortization of capitalized research and development expenses and intangible assets. Although amortization is a non-cash charge, the assets being amortized may need to be replaced in the future and these non-IFRS measures do not reflect capital expenditure requirements for such replacements or for new capital expenditures;
  • These non-IFRS measures exclude the impact of expenses associated with the write-off of custom inventory related to the cancellation of a customer contract due to the acquisition of the customer. Although we do not expect custom inventory write-offs to be a recurring event, such write-offs may occur from time to time;
  • These non-IFRS measures exclude the impact of expenses associated with the write-off of inventory that were damaged as a result of a refrigeration equipment malfunction. Although we do not expect damaged inventory write-offs to be a recurring event, such write-offs may occur from time to time;
  • These non-IFRS measures exclude the impact of share-based compensation expenses. Share-based compensation has been, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future, a recurring expense in our business and an important part of our compensation strategy;
  • These non-IFRS measures exclude the impact of the non-cash portion of pensions paid in excess of actual contributions to match actuarial expenses. Pension expenses have been, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future, a recurring expense in our business; 
  • These non-IFRS measures exclude the impact of non-recurring expenses related to our IPO, which are cash expenditures, and we expect to incur financing expenses from time to time;
  • These non-IFRS measures exclude the impact of changes in fair value of the derivative associated with the fee paid to TriplePoint Capital LLC in connection with the completion of our IPO; and
  • Other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate these non-IFRS measures differently, which reduces their usefulness as comparative measures.

Because of these limitations, you should consider these non-IFRS measures alongside other financial performance measures, including various cash flow metrics, net income and our other IFRS results.

The tables below provide the reconciliation of the most comparable IFRS measures to the non-IFRS measures for the periods presented.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements that constitute forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this press release, including statements regarding our future results of operations and financial position, business strategy, products and technology, partnerships and collaborations, as well as plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on our management’s beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to our management. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements due to various factors, including those described in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. No assurance can be given that such future results will be achieved. Such forward-looking statements contained in this document speak only as of the date of this press release. We expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to update these forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect any change in our expectations or any change in events, conditions, or circumstances on which such statements are based unless required to do so by applicable law. No representations or warranties (expressed or implied) are made about the accuracy of any such forward-looking statements.

Investor Contact:
Jennifer Pottage
Head of Investor Relations
[email protected]

Media Contact:
Eliza Bamonti
Director of Public Relations
[email protected]

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Notes to the Reconciliation of IFRS to Adjusted Financial Measures Tables

  1. Amortization of capitalized research and development expenses consists of software development costs amortized using the straight-line method over an estimated life of five years. These expenses do not have a cash impact but remain a recurring expense generated over the course of our research and development initiatives.
  2. Custom inventory write-off consists of expenses associated with the write-off of inventory related to the cancellation of a customer contract due to the acquisition of the customer. The inventory was specifically procured to satisfy a contract and could not be liquidated, sold, or otherwise marketed to other customers due to the nature of the contract. Given the unusual nature of the cancellation, and overall scarcity of contract cancellations, these expenses are not expected to be a recurring event in our business.
  3. Damaged inventory write-off consists of expenses associated with the write-off of inventory that were damaged as a result of a refrigeration equipment malfunction. These expenses are not expected to be a recurring event in our business, but we expect such expenses could still be incurred from time to time.
  4. Amortization of intangible assets consists of costs related to intangible assets amortized over the course of their useful lives. These expenses do not have a cash impact, but we could continue to generate such expenses through future capital investments.
  5. Share-based compensation expense represents the cost of equity awards issued to our directors, officers, and employees. The fair value of awards is computed at the time the award is granted and is recognized over the vesting period of the award by a charge to the income statement and a corresponding increase in other reserves within equity. These expenses do not have a cash impact but remain a recurring expense for our business and represent an important part of our overall compensation strategy.
  6. Non-cash pension expense consists of the amount recognized in excess of actual contributions made to our defined pension plans to match actuarial expenses calculated for IFRS purposes. The difference represents a non-cash expense but remain a recurring expense for our business as we continue to make contributions to our plans for the foreseeable future.
  7. Non-recurring IPO-related expenses represent expenses incurred for our initial public offering that were not capitalized and are not expected to be recurring during the ordinary course of our business.
  8. Change in fair value of derivative consists of changes in the fair valuation of the derivative related to the success fee owed to TriplePoint Capital LLC upon the completion of our initial public offering. We paid the fee in September 2021 and, as a result, we ceased to incur expenses resulting from the change in fair value of such derivative.   

Eliza Bamonti

Director, Public Relation, Brand, & Social
[email protected]

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