OpGen Reports Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Provides Business Update

  • Total Revenue for Q3 2021 was approximately $1.2 million
  • Cash as of September 30, 2021, was approximately $25.4 million, up significantly from the $13.4 million at year-end 2020
  • Cash balance was further strengthened significantly by $15 million financing completed in October

Conference call to be held at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time today

ROCKVILLE, Md., Nov. 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OpGen, Inc. (Nasdaq: OPGN, “OpGen”), a precision medicine company harnessing the power of molecular diagnostics and bioinformatics to help combat infectious disease, reported today its financial and operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, and provided a business update. Total OpGen revenue for the third quarter of 2021 was approximately $1.24 million, up 17% from $1.06 million in the third quarter of 2020. Cash as of September 30, 2021, was approximately $25.4 million, up significantly from the $13.4 million at year-end 2020, and the Company’s cash balance was approximately $40 million in October following the closing of a $15 million registered direct financing.

Oliver Schacht, President & CEO of OpGen, commented, “We were able to reach major milestone developments in the third quarter, one of which is the FDA 510(k) clearance of our Acuitas AMR Gene Panel. This clearance has allowed us to begin commercializing the Acuitas AMR Gene Panel right away. During this quarter, we also launched AREScloud, our first own software suite which allows us to further monetize the value of the ARESdb data asset. OpGen has made major progress this quarter, transforming from an R&D-driven company further into a commercial-stage enterprise, and we are on the right path to continued growth and future success.”

Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results of OpGen, Inc. 

  • Total revenue for the third quarter of 2021 was approximately $1.24 million, up 17% from $1.06 million in the third quarter of 2020. This increase is primarily attributed to the stronger Unyvero sales that are beginning to counteract the loss of the FISH product line. Total revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 was approximately $2.9 million, which was in line with revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. This seemingly unchanged revenue is primarily attributed to the discontinuation of the FISH product line and lower Ares R&D collaboration and New York State DOH project revenues, which were offset by significantly increased revenues from Unyvero sales, Curetis COVID testing, and Ares services.
  • Operating expenses for the third quarter of 2021 were approximately $6.3 million compared with $7.2 million in the third quarter of 2020. Operating expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 were approximately $20.4 million, as compared to $19.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020.
  • The net loss for the third quarter of 2021 was $6.1 million, or $0.16 per share, compared with $7.7 million, or $0.40 per share, in the third quarter of 2020. The net loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 was $28.0 million, or $0.79 per share, as compared with a net loss of $19.1 million, or $1.36 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. The increase in net loss is attributable to a $7.8 million non-cash warrant inducement charge in 2021.
  • Cash and cash equivalents were $25.4 million as of September 30, 2021, compared to $13.4 million as of December 31, 2020.
  • All numbers pertaining to nine months ended September 30, 2020 only include two quarters of combined financials following the business combination between OpGen and Curetis on April 1, 2020.

The company announced accomplishment of the following key milestones and recent developments in the third quarter as well as 2021 to date:

  • OpGen received FDA clearance for Acuitas® AMR Gene Panel, which allows testing for a comprehensive panel of 28 AMR markers in isolated bacterial colonies from 26 different pathogens. The panel expands clinicians’ ability to diagnose and rapidly test for potential antibiotic resistance to select drugs in 9 classes of antibiotics. Immediately upon receiving the FDA clearance, OpGen began a major marketing and sales campaign across hundreds of institutions in the U.S.
  • Ares Genetics, an OpGen subsidiary, launched AREScloud, a commercial web application designed to expedite the analysis of sequenced clinical isolates. The software fully automates data processes and allows for comparative and outbreak analysis. Ares Genetics is actively engaged in discussion with clinical experts on the usage of AREScloud, in addition to collaborating with two prominent U.S. hospitals on independent studies to assess the platform for clinical routine use and outbreak analysis.
  • OpGen recently announced the appointment of Albert Weber as its Chief Financial Officer, effective January 1, 2022. Mr. Weber joins OpGen from U.S.-German molecular diagnostics company Epigenomics, where he was most recently Epigenomics’ Executive Officer, Executive Board member, and EVP Finance. In addition to more than 20 years of running the finance, accounting and controlling functions in a Frankfurt Stock Exchange-listed molecular diagnostics company, Mr. Weber brings a variety of experience in closing commercial agreements, such as R&D collaborations, licensing, distribution, and manufacturing deals, with international partners as well as strategic M&A processes.
  • OpGen announced data from a large investigator-initiated and driven prospective controlled multicenter study using the Unyvero HPN Panel for hospitalized patients with suspicion of pneumonia. The study found that the Unyvero HPN Panel not only significantly reduced inappropriate antibiotic therapy by 45.1%, but it also reduced the overall antibiotic therapy duration by 22.5%.
  • OpGen initiated a clinical trial for its Unyvero Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Panel. The trial is expected to enroll more than 1,500 prospective patient samples and will be conducted at multiple sites in the U.S. The data from this study will be used to support the ensuing submission to the FDA for OpGen to seek clearance in the U.S.
  • OpGen announced and closed a $15 million registered direct offering with a single healthcare-focused institutional investor for the issuance and sale of an aggregate of 150,000 shares of convertible preferred stock and warrants to purchase up to an aggregate of 7,500,000 shares of common stock.

Mr. Schacht commented, “As we continue to progress into the fourth quarter and the remainder of 2021, we are very excited about the future of OpGen. Albert Weber joins OpGen at a great time and will bring transatlantic CFO experience and a long-standing track record in the molecular diagnostics industry. I have been fortunate enough to have known Albert for the past two decades and know the wealth of experience he brings to the team here at OpGen. We enter the fourth quarter in a strong position from the direct offering of $15 million. We plan to use the proceeds to continue our commercial launch of Acuitas AMR, further growing the Unyvero business in the U.S. and abroad and to fund future clinical trials, as well as potential repayment of debt obligations to EIB as we evaluate potential options to restructure and maybe convert into equity that debt. We look forward to the continued growth and corporate development of OpGen.”

Conference Call Information

OpGen’s management will host a conference call today, November 11th at 4:30 p.m. EST to discuss the third quarter financial results and other business activities, as well as answer questions. Dial-in information is below:

Dial-in Information
U.S. Dial-in Number: +1-877-705-6003
International Dial-in Number: +1-201-493-6725
Webcast: http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=146838
Conference ID: 13723808

Following the conclusion of the conference call, a replay will be available through November 25, 2021. The live, listen-only webcast of the conference call may also be accessed by visiting the Investors section of the Company’s website at www.opgen.com. A replay of the webcast will be available following the conclusion of the call and will be archived on the Company’s website for 90 days. Replay access information is below:

Replay Information
U.S. Dial-in Number: + 1-844-512-2921
International Dial-in Number: +1-412-317-6671
Replay PIN: 13723808

About OpGen, Inc. 

OpGen, Inc. (Rockville, MD, USA) is a precision medicine company harnessing the power of molecular diagnostics and bioinformatics to help combat infectious disease. Along with our subsidiaries, Curetis GmbH and Ares Genetics GmbH, we are developing and commercializing molecular microbiology solutions helping to guide clinicians with more rapid and actionable information about life threatening infections to improve patient outcomes and decrease the spread of infections caused by multidrug-resistant microorganisms, or MDROs. OpGen’s product portfolio includes Unyvero, Acuitas AMR Gene Panel and Acuitas® Lighthouse, and the ARES Technology Platform including ARESdb, using NGS technology and AI-powered bioinformatics solutions for antibiotic response prediction.

For more information, please visit www.opgen.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes statements regarding OpGen’s third quarter 2021 results and the current business of OpGen. These statements and other statements regarding OpGen’s future plans and goals constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and are intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that are often difficult to predict, are beyond our control, and which may cause results to differ materially from expectations. Factors that could cause our results to differ materially from those described include, but are not limited to, our ability to successfully, timely and cost-effectively develop, seek and obtain regulatory clearance for and commercialize our product and services offerings, the rate of adoption of our products and services by hospitals and other healthcare providers, the fact that we may not effectively use proceeds from our financings, our ability to obtain stockholder approval for an increase in the company’s authorized shares of common stock or otherwise pursue alternative means for continued financing, the realization of expected benefits of our business combination transaction with Curetis GmbH, the success of our commercialization efforts, the impact of COVID-19 on the Company’s operations, financial results, and commercialization efforts as well as on capital markets and general economic conditions, the effect on our business of existing and new regulatory requirements, and other economic and competitive factors. For a discussion of the most significant risks and uncertainties associated with OpGen's business, please review our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are based on our expectations as of the date of this press release and speak only as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

OpGen, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
    September 30, 2021   December 31, 2020
Current assets        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 25,352,337     $ 13,360,463  
Accounts receivable, net     751,065       653,104  
Inventory, net     1,356,912       1,485,986  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     2,319,939       1,388,090  
Total current assets     29,780,253       16,887,643  
Property and equipment, net     4,290,204       3,259,487  
Finance lease right-of-use assets, net     141,387       449,628  
Operating lease right-of-use assets     1,885,025       2,082,300  
Goodwill     7,606,071       8,024,729  
Intangible assets, net     15,050,387       16,580,963  
Strategic inventory     2,974,992       1,686,342  
Other noncurrent assets     560,599       779,953  
Total assets   $ 62,288,918     $ 49,751,045  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity        
Current liabilities        
Accounts payable   $ 1,146,895     $ 1,868,666  
Accrued compensation and benefits     1,342,013       2,126,511  
Accrued liabilities     1,329,983       1,437,141  
Deferred revenue           9,808  
Current maturities of long-term debt     14,668,424       699,000  
Short-term finance lease liabilities     68,831       266,470  
Short-term operating lease liabilities     610,336       964,434  
Total current liabilities     19,166,482       7,372,030  
Long-term debt, net     6,484,300       19,378,935  
Derivative liabilities     225,395       112,852  
Long-term finance lease liabilities     7,869       46,794  
Long-term operating lease liabilities     2,953,615       1,492,544  
Other long term liabilities     152,405       156,635  
Total liabilities     28,990,066       28,559,790  
Stockholders' equity        
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding at September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively            
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized; 38,270,250 and 25,085,534 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively     382,703       250,855  
Additional paid-in capital     260,244,997       219,129,045  
Accumulated deficit     (228,729,675 )     (200,735,827 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income     1,400,827       2,547,182  
Total stockholders’ equity     33,298,852       21,191,255  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 62,288,918     $ 49,751,045  

OpGen, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
    Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
      2021       2020       2021       2020  
Product sales   $ 643,887     $ 601,562     $ 1,479,270     $ 1,569,799  
Laboratory services     192,753       112,892       643,602       138,884  
Collaboration revenue     402,492       342,311       757,591       1,153,400  
Total revenue     1,239,132       1,056,765       2,880,463       2,862,083  
Operating expenses                
Cost of products sold     648,298       1,350,296       1,544,932       2,340,766  
Cost of services     203,314       159,794       446,232       550,115  
Research and development     2,382,303       2,433,553       8,055,384       6,630,134  
General and administrative     2,088,226       2,356,413       7,444,138       6,549,432  
Sales and marketing     1,003,577       932,671       2,705,378       2,258,980  
Transaction costs                       470,322  
Impairment of intangibles assets                       750,596  
Impairment of right-of-use asset                 170,714        
Total operating expenses     6,325,718       7,232,727       20,366,778       19,550,345  
Operating loss     (5,086,586 )     (6,175,962 )     (17,486,315 )     (16,688,262 )
Other (expense) income                
Gain on extinguishment of debt                 259,353        
Warrant inducement expense                 (7,755,541 )      
Interest and other income, net     31,844       19,965       41,471       101,644  
Interest expense     (1,222,867 )     (1,183,927 )     (3,586,018 )     (2,267,085 )
Foreign currency transaction gains/(losses)     229,074       (501,168 )     655,774       (794,832 )
Change in fair value of derivative financial instruments     (8,161 )     165,497       (122,572 )     548,008  
Total other expense     (970,110 )     (1,499,633 )     (10,507,533 )     (2,412,265 )
Loss before income taxes     (6,056,696 )     (7,675,595 )     (27,993,848 )     (19,100,527 )
Provision for income taxes                        
Net loss   $ (6,056,696 )   $ (7,675,595 )   $ (27,993,848 )   $ (19,100,527 )
Net loss available to common stockholders   $ (6,056,696 )   $ (7,675,595 )   $ (27,993,848 )   $ (19,100,527 )
Net loss per common share - basic and diluted   $ (0.16 )   $ (0.40 )   $ (0.79 )   $ (1.36 )
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic and diluted     38,270,250       19,116,864       35,373,397       14,016,896  
Net loss   $ (6,056,696 )   $ (7,675,595 )   $ (27,993,848 )   $ (19,100,527 )
Other comprehensive (loss)/income - foreign currency translation     (597,527 )     1,266,901       (1,146,355 )     1,631,317  
Comprehensive loss   $ (6,654,223 )   $ (6,408,694 )   $ (29,140,203 )   $ (17,469,210 )

Oliver Schacht
President and CEO

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FischTank Marketing and PR

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