Enzo Biochem Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2021 Financial Results and Provides Business Update

  • Company reports $28.7 million in revenue, exceeding revenue guidance by $1.7 million and representing a 47% increase over sequential quarter and continued recovery and opportunity from impact of COVID-19 pandemic on business operations.
  • Profitable quarter reflects positive EBITDA in excess of $1 million and EPS of $0.01.
  • Company achieves significant progress in applying its assets to new market opportunities including point-of-care and direct-to-consumer offerings, and progress in ongoing strategic alignment.
  • Industry leaders Ian Walters, MD and Mary Tagliaferri, MD join ENZO Board of Directors

Conference call and live webcast scheduled for today,
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 4:30 pm (ET)

NEW YORK, Dec. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Enzo Biochem, Inc. (NYSE:ENZ), a leading biosciences and diagnostics company, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended October 31, 2020 and provided a business update on recent corporate and operational developments.

“During this quarter we exceeded guidance and achieved profitability based on strong results that reflect our strategy to both streamline our operations and expand our product and platform capabilities as an integrated solutions provider of products and services in molecular diagnostics, immunoassays, cytology, and immunohistochemistry,” said Elazar Rabbani, PhD., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Enzo. “The rapid application of our proprietary GenFlex™ platform in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is the most recent reflection of the strength and flexibility of our molecular diagnostic capabilities. We have also worked aggressively to expand our operations to focus on more advanced, higher margin market opportunities that reflect the core strengths of Enzo and our team. Our portable microplate reader brings new potential capabilities in point-of-care testing to researchers and healthcare providers while our GoTestMeNow.com online portal represents a major step forward in bringing access to diagnostic testing directly to people who need it conveniently and quickly.”

“During this very strong quarter for our company we also added two outstanding industry leaders to our Board of Directors. Drs. Mary Tagliaferri and Ian Walters significantly expand the operational and commercial expertise of our Company’s board, particularly concerning companion diagnostics and other therapeutic opportunities. We continue to execute on our strategy to position Enzo as a leading vertically integrated end–to-end diagnostic company capitalizing on our multi-platform technologies and products now and in a post-COVID-19 environment,” said Barry Weiner, President of Enzo.

Operational Highlights:

  • The Company posted another successful quarter of progress in implementing its strategic plan as a fully integrated end-to-end diagnostic product and service provider while navigating through a range of operational issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our first responder staff’s response and commitment has been noteworthy in our achieving these goals.
  • Enzo rapidly expanded capacity in reagent and consumable supply manufacturing while broadening its menu of tests on its GenFlex™ molecular diagnostic platform.
  • The Company continued its strategic operational expansion program including plans to double its facility footprint in Farmingdale, NY.
  • Enzo completed the launch of the company’s new portable microplate reader for use with its ELISA and assay kits to simplify laboratory workflow and expand POC capabilities in molecular diagnostics.
  • In response to the continuing demand for improved access to molecular testing, Enzo introduced the GoTestMeNow™ online portal where consumers can directly order COVID-19 laboratory tests that are physician-approved, with plans to expand its use to other testing needs in 2021.
  • Customer interest for Enzo’s diagnostic platforms was strong following award of Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA highlighting the Company’s integrated in-house capabilities and ability to develop high throughput sensitive detection platforms. These platforms support rapid scalability of testing for COVID-19 in a model that can be applied to future testing needs in multiple areas including upper respiratory panels, STDs and expanded women’s health panels.

Corporate & Organizational Highlights:

  • Enzo added industry veterans Mary Tagliaferri, MD and Ian B. Walters, MD to the Company Board of Directors.
  • The Company planned and executed a range of operational and technological strategies to further its cost efficiencies.
  • The Company is in the process of evaluating various business opportunities concerning Enzo’s assets and capabilities for investment, partnerships, and commercial relationships.

Financial Highlights:

  • Following a slow-down of operations at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of a sharp industry-wide fall-off in medical visits and the closure of many customer facilities, Enzo monthly revenues have registered steady gains since April. Quarterly revenues advanced 47% sequentially and 42% year-over-year during the period.
  • The Company’s current annual revenue run-rate is approximately $115 million, representing more than 50% topline growth on an annualized basis.
  • Gross margins in the Enzo Clinical Labs division reached 39% in the first quarter.
  • 1Q21 net income was $0.3 million compared to a net loss of $7.6 million in the previous year’s period, representing a $7.9 million improvement over the corresponding period a year ago and a $3.6 million improvement over the prior quarter.

First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

  • Total first quarter revenue was $28.7 million, compared to $20.2 million in the first quarter last year, an increase of 42%, reflecting continuing expansion of operations and revenue following the slow-down associated with the impact of COVID-19 on the diagnostic testing sector. Consolidated gross margin was 42% compared to 28% a year ago.
  • Enzo Clinical Lab revenue increased 66% to $21.2 million from $12.8 million in the first quarter 2020 and more than 55% sequentially. The year over year improvement was driven by volume growth to 300,000 accessions in the period versus approximately 200,000 in the previous year’s first quarter. Net revenue per accession increased to more than $69 per accession vs. $62 in the previous year’s period. Clinical services gross margin amounted to 39% up from 14% in the first quarter 2020, primarily due to testing mix as well as from ongoing cost-saving initiatives.
  • Enzo Life Sciences revenue of $7.4 million increased 27% from $5.8 million in the previous quarter reflecting the beginning of a recovery from the impact of COVID-19 pandemic globally. Gross margin was 49%, compared to 52% in the previous year’s quarter and 46% in the fourth quarter due to product mix and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Research and development expenses decreased 29% to $0.8 million (3% of total revenues) from $1.1 million, (5% of total revenues), in the year ago period. Selling, general and administrative expenses of $10.0 million (down to 35% of total revenue) declined from $11.1 million (55% of total revenue) in year ago period, 10% lower.
  • GAAP net income was $0.3 million or $0.01 per share versus a net loss of $3.3 million or ($0.07) per share last quarter and a loss of $7.7 million, or ($0.16) per share, in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted EBITDA in the quarter was $1.0 million compared to an adjusted EBITDA loss of $5.7 million in the previous year’s first quarter. The year-over-year improvement was driven mainly by an increase in gross margin (from COVID-19 testing and lower reagent costs) and lower SG&A expenses from headcount efficiencies, as well as reduced intangibles amortization and travel.
  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $46 million at the end of the first quarter, slightly lower than the $48 at the end of the fiscal year due to increases in accounts receivable, inventory, and capital expenditures. Working capital improved to $37 million from $36 million at the end of the fiscal year. As of October 31, 2020, the Company had 47.9 million shares outstanding. 

Conference Call and Webcast Information

The Company will host a conference call on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, at 4:30 pm, Eastern Standard Time, to review the operational, corporate, and financial highlights. To participate in the conference call, please dial the following numbers prior to the start of the call or click the webcast link below to participate over the internet:

Domestic: 877-407-0792
International: 201-689-8263
Conference ID: 13713236
Webcast:  http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=142445

A replay of the call will be available via webcast for on-demand listening shortly after completion of the call on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website, https://www.enzo.com, and will remain available for approximately 90 days. Please access the Company’s website at least 15 minutes ahead of the conference to register, download, and install any necessary audio software.

Adjusted Financial Measures

To comply with Regulation G promulgated pursuant to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Enzo Biochem attached to this news release and will post to the investor relations section of the Company’s website (https://www.enzo.com) any reconciliation of differences between GAAP and Adjusted financial information that may be required in connection with issuing the Company's quarterly financial results.

The Company uses EBITDA as a measure of performance to demonstrate earnings exclusive of interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjustments to EBITDA are for items of a non-recurring nature and are reconciled on the table provided. The Company manages its business based on its operating cash flows. The Company, in its daily management of its business affairs and analysis of its monthly, quarterly and annual performance, makes its decisions based on cash flows, not on the amortization of assets obtained through historical activities. The Company, in managing its current and future affairs, cannot affect the amortization of the intangible assets to any material degree, and therefore uses EBITDA as its primary management guide. Since an outside investor may base its evaluation of the Company's performance based on the Company's net loss not its cash flows, there is a limitation to the EBITDA measurement. EBITDA is not, and should not be considered, an alternative to net loss, loss from operations, or any other measure for determining operating performance of liquidity, as determined under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP). The most directly comparable GAAP reference in the Company's case is the removal of interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.  

We refer you to the tables attached to this press release, which includes reconciliation tables of GAAP to Adjusted net income (loss) and EBITDA to Adjusted EBITDA.  

About Enzo Biochem, Inc.

Enzo Biochem is a pioneer in molecular diagnostics, leading the convergence of clinical laboratories, life sciences and intellectual property through the development of unique diagnostic platform technologies that provide numerous advantages over previous standards. A global company, Enzo Biochem utilizes cross-functional teams to develop and deploy products, systems and services that meet the ever-changing and rapidly growing needs of health care today and into the future. Underpinning Enzo Biochem’s products and technologies is a broad and deep intellectual property portfolio, with 475 issued patents worldwide along with extensive enabling technologies and platforms. 

Forward-Looking Statements

Except for historical information, the matters discussed in this news release may be considered "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements include declarations regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of the Company and its management, including those related to cash flow, gross margins, revenue, and expenses which are dependent on a number of factors outside of the control of the Company including, inter alia, the markets for the Company’s products and services, costs of goods and services, other expenses, government regulations, litigation, and general business conditions. See Risk Factors in the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2020. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could materially affect actual results. The Company disclaims any obligations to update any forward-looking statement as a result of developments occurring after the date of this press release.


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(in thousands, except per share data)
  Three months ended
Selected operations data: October 31
    2019       2019  
Total revenues $ 28,655     $ 20,207  
Gross profit $ 11,897     $ 5,686  
Gross profit %   42 %     28 %
Income (loss) before income taxes   299       (7,648 )
Benefit for income taxes   -       -  
Net income (loss) $ 299     $ (7,648 )
Basic net income (loss) per share $ 0.01     $ (0.16 )
Diluted net income (loss) per share $ 0.01     $ (0.16 )
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic   47,895       47,557  
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted   47,905       47,557  
Selected balance sheet data: 10/31/2020


Cash and cash equivalents (including restricted cash of $750) $ 46,664     $ 48,615  
Working capital $ 36,694     $ 35,694  
Stockholders' equity $ 59,018     $ 58,381  
Total assets $ 113,503     $ 112,538  

The following table presents a reconciliation of reported net income (loss) and basic and diluted net income (loss) per share to non-GAAP net income (loss) and basic and diluted net income (loss) per share for the three months ended October 31, 2020 and 2019:

Non-GAAP Reconciliation Table
(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)
  Three months ended
  October 31
    2020     2019  
Reported GAAP net income (loss) $ 299   $ (7,648 )
Adjusted for:      
Legal expenses related to contingencies   -     800  
Contested proxy expenses   -     645  
Non-GAAP net income (loss) $ 299   $ (6,203 )
Weighted Shares Outstanding:      
Basic   47,895     47,557  
Diluted   47,905     47,557  
Basic and diluted earnings per share:      
Basic net income (loss) per share GAAP $ 0.01   $ (0.16 )
Diluted net income (loss) per share GAAP $ 0.01   $ (0.16 )
Basic net income (loss) per share non-GAAP $ 0.01   $ (0.13 )
Diluted net income (loss) per share non-GAAP $ 0.01   $ (0.13 )

The following table presents a reconciliation of reported net income (loss) for the three months ended October 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA:

EBITDA & Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation Table
(Unaudited, in thousands)
  Three months ended
  October 31
  2020   2019
GAAP net income (loss) $ 299   $ (7,648 )
Plus (minus):      
Depreciation and amortization   660     725  
Interest expense (income)   51     (237 )
EBITDA $ 1,010   $ (7,160 )
Adjusted for:      
Legal expenses related to contingencies   -     800  
Contested proxy expenses   -     645  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 1,010   $ (5,715 )

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