Centogene Reports Financial Results For Full Year 2019 and Highlights Recent Progress

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and ROSTOCK, Germany and BERLIN, April 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Centogene N.V. (Nasdaq: CNTG), a commercial-stage company focused on rare diseases that transforms real-world clinical and genetic data into actionable information for patients, physicians and pharmaceutical companies, announced today a corporate update and reported its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2019.
€48.8 million in revenues, 21% increase compared to the year ended December 31, 2018, with approximately 51% growth in revenues in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2019 as compared to the fourth quarter ended December 31, 201828 new pharmaceutical collaborations and 76 total active/completed collaborations as of December 31, 2019 with 39 pharmaceutical partners covering over 45 rare diseasesOver 133,000 order requests received in the year ended December 31, 2019, more than 27% increase as compared to the previous yearContinued expansion of global proprietary rare disease platform with over 2.5 billion weighted data points, from approximatively 500,000 patients representing 120 different countriesReceived accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP) for Biorepository in Rostock, Germany, the first biorepository outside the U.S. to receive such accreditation58 total biomarker programs, of which 14 biomarkers covering eight rare diseases have completed their development“2019 was a pivotal year in CENTOGENE’s evolution during which we made significant progress towards our goal of becoming a global leader in providing molecular insights in order to accelerate drug development for rare diseases and guide patient stratification, identification, and monitoring,” said Prof. Arndt Rolfs, CEO of CENTOGENE. “Our 21% increase in revenue in the year ended December 31, 2019 was driven by the continuous strong growth of our Pharma segment, which saw nine new partners and 28 new collaborations throughout different stages of orphan drug development, from target discovery to commercialization. We were particularly pleased to form a partnership with Pfizer to identify novel targets using our CentoMD® and CentoPharma® and to expand our partnership with Shire (a subsidiary of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited), which further demonstrates the recognition by the pharmaceutical industry of our unsurpassed knowledge in rare diseases and the value of our global proprietary rare disease platform. The strong financial and operational performance in 2019 provides us with a solid foundation for our business, and we look forward to leveraging the proceeds from our initial public offering in the U.S. to continue to invest in key growth areas.”Prof. Rolfs continued, “Furthermore, given the COVID-19 pandemic, CENTOGENE has taken a series of actions aimed at safeguarding the Company’s employees and business associates, including implementing a work-from-home policy for the majority of our employees. As part of the Company’s initiative to help local, national, and international authorities in their efforts to diagnose cases of COVID-19, we decided to leverage our broad medical knowledge and technical equipment to begin testing for COVID-19 in March 2020.”In April 2020, CENTOGENE announced the opening of a laboratory in Hamburg to increase the testing capacity for the COVID-19 virus, which will expand laboratory capacity for the Company’s diagnostic testing of rare genetic diseases.Full year ended December 31, 2019 Financial HighlightsCash and Cash Equivalents
The Company completed its initial public offering (IPO) in 2019. Centogene N.V.’s shares began trading on Nasdaq Global Market, after pricing the initial public offering of 4,000,000 common shares at $14.00 per common share, raising net proceeds of approximately $46.6 million, after deducting underwriting discounts, commission and other expenses.
Cash and cash equivalents as of December 31, 2019 were €41.1 million, compared to €9.2 million as of December 31, 2018.Revenue
Our revenue is principally derived from the provision of pharmaceutical solutions and diagnostic tests enabled by our knowledge and interpretation‑based platform.
Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2019 was €48.8 million, an increase of approximately €8.3 million, or 21% as compared to the year ended December 31, 2018.  Revenue from our pharmaceutical segment was €21.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, an increase of approximately €4.2 million, or 24.4% as compared to that of the prior year, while the revenue from our diagnostics segment was €27.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, an increase of approximately €4.1 million, or 17.6% as compared to that of the prior year.Revenues driven by the 28 new collaborations for the year ended December 31, 2019 amounted to €7.0 million, including revenues recognized from upfront fees totalling €1.9 million arising from several collaborations with two pharmaceutical partners. Such upfront fees were recognized as revenues during the year as they represent the transaction price allocated to the one-off transfer of the Group’s intellectual property – provision of epidemiological insights of relevant rare diseases and relevant data. During the year ended December 31, 2018, two major collaborations that we entered into, one with Evotec and the other with Denali, included upfront payments totalling €4 million related to certain of our intellectual property. Out of the 58 total biomarker programs, 35 biomarkers were used in connection with our pharmaceutical collaborations in 2019, as compared to 28 biomarkers in 2018.Some of the major pharmaceutical collaborations entered into in 2019 include:Data access and collaboration agreement (“DACA”) with Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) providing Pfizer with access to our data repository, which may be used in the discovery and validation of novel genetic and biochemical targets for the potential development of new therapies for rare diseases;Further extension of the Global Master Service Agreement and the Supply Agreement with Shire, a subsidiary of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, providing diagnostic services for certain diseases in 2020; andResearch collaboration with Shire related to hereditary angioedema (HAE) Kininogen assay mass spectrometry testing and screening.The increase in revenue from our Diagnostics segment is mainly driven by an increase in order requests. We received approximately 51,600 test requests by our diagnostics segment for the year ended December 31, 2019, representing an increase of approximately 21.7% as compared to the prior year. Among all order requests received in the Diagnostics segment, 28.6% are related to whole exome sequencing (WES) and whole genome sequencing (WGS, or sequencing with a high volume of data) (2018: 27.1%), 20.9% to standard genetic testing (which includes our single gene, CNV and mutation quantification products) (2018: 19.6%) and 15.1% to panel sequencing (2018: 15.3%). The remaining are related to non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) and biochemical testing. We anticipate the proportion of WES and WGS as a percentage of total test requests in the future will continue to increase. The data collected from our diagnostics services, together with the biomaterials, allow us to continue to grow our global biorepository and our rare disease platform repository.Research and development expenses (“R&D”)
Our R&D expenses for the year ended December 31, 2019 were €9.6 million, an increase of approximately €3.3 million, or 52% as compared to the prior year. The increase is primarily attributed to expenses associated with the expansion of our proprietary information platform, as well as development of new products and solutions.
General administrative expenses (“G&A”)
Our G&A expenses for the year ended December 31, 2019 were €23.2 million, an increase of approximately €4.6 million, or 24.4% as compared to the prior year. The increase is primarily due to an increase in personnel costs and operating expenses as a result of the expansion of the business. The increase was also driven by an increase in investment in IT infrastructure and data security. The general administrative expenses also included share-based compensation expenses of €5.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, an increase of €0.4 million as compared to €4.9 million for 2018. 
In the year ended December 31, 2019, we also incurred a real estate transfer tax of €1.2 million relating to the sale and leaseback transaction of our Rostock headquarters, as well as expenses of €1.1 million related to the IPO.
Comprehensive loss attributable to equity holders
The comprehensive loss attributable to equity holders for the year ended December 31, 2019 was €20.7 million or €1.3 per share, as compared to €11.0 million or €0.8 per share for the prior year.
Basic and diluted loss per share is calculated by dividing loss for the year attributable to equity holders of the Group by the weighted average number of shares outstanding of 16,409,285 and 14,112,841 during the year ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 respectively, adjusted for the effect of corporate reorganization.Additional InformationThe full Annual Report on Form 20-F including the financials and the notes thereto can be found on the Investor Relations page of our website at http://investors.centogene.com and by visiting EDGAR on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission website at www.sec.gov. Shareholders may receive a hard copy of the Annual Report on Form 20-F free of charge upon request.2020 OutlookOur provision of testing for the COVID-19 virus is anticipated to generate additional revenues to the Company, however the impact of the pandemic to the global economy, international trade and business activities may also have a negative impact on our operating results. As such, Centogene will not be providing financial guidance for full-year 2020 at this time. The Company is continuing to monitor the situation closely and anticipates providing an update on expected financial performance for the year 2020 at a later date.Centogene N.V.
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Call Instructions
Centogene will host a conference call to discuss its full year 2019 results on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 8 a.m. Eastern Time. The call on April 23, 2020 can be accessed by dialing U.S. toll free +1 877 870 9135 or U.K. +44 (0) 800 279 6619 up to 10 minutes prior to the start of the call and providing the conference ID 8195254. A presentation and webcast of the conference call can be accessed on the Investor Relations page of our website at http://investors.centogene.com. 
About CentogeneCENTOGENE engages in diagnosis and research around rare diseases transforming real-world clinical and genetic data into actionable information for patients, physicians, and pharmaceutical companies. Our goal is to bring rationality to treatment decisions and to accelerate the development of new orphan drugs by using our extensive rare disease knowledge, including epidemiological and clinical data and innovative biomarkers. CENTOGENE has developed a global proprietary rare disease platform based on our real-world data repository with approximately 2.1 billion weighted data points from approximately 500,000 patients representing over 120 different countries as of December 31, 2019, or an average of approximately 600 data points per patient.The Company’s platform includes epidemiologic, phenotypic and genetic data that reflects a global population, and also a biobank of these patients’ blood samples. CENTOGENE believes this represents the only platform that comprehensively analyzes multi-level data to improve the understanding of rare hereditary diseases, which can aid in the identification of patients and improve our pharmaceutical partners’ ability to bring orphan drugs to the market. As of December 31, 2019, the Company collaborated with over 35 pharmaceutical partners for over 45 different rare diseases.Important Notice and DisclaimerThis press release contains statements that constitute “forward looking statements” as that term is defined in the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements that express the Company’s opinions, expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions or projections regarding future events or future results, in contrast with statements that reflect historical facts. Examples include discussion of our strategies, financing plans, growth opportunities and market growth. In some cases, you can identify such forward-looking statements by terminology such as “anticipate,” “intend,” “believe,” “estimate,” “plan,” “seek,” “project” or “expect,” “may,” “will,” “would,” “could” or “should,” the negative of these terms or similar expressions. Forward looking statements are based on management’s current beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to the Company. However, these forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of our performance, and you should not place undue reliance on such statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to many risks, uncertainties and other variable circumstances, such as negative worldwide economic conditions and ongoing instability and volatility in the worldwide financial markets, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business and results of operations, possible changes in current and proposed legislation, regulations and governmental policies, pressures from increasing competition and consolidation in our industry, the expense and uncertainty of regulatory approval, including from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, our reliance on third parties and collaboration partners, including our ability to manage growth and enter into new client relationships, our dependency on the rare disease industry, our ability to manage international expansion, our reliance on key personnel, our reliance on intellectual property protection, fluctuations of our operating results due to the effect of exchange rates or other factors. Such risks and uncertainties may cause the statements to be inaccurate and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements. Many of these risks are outside of the Company’s control and could cause its actual results to differ materially from those it thought would occur. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. The Company does not undertake, and specifically declines, any obligation to update any such statements or to publicly announce the results of any revisions to any such statements to reflect future events or developments, except as required by law.Certain information contained in this Press Release relates to or is based on studies, publications, surveys and other data obtained from third-party sources and the Company’s own internal estimates and research. While the Company believes these third-party sources to be reliable as of the date of this presentation, it has not independently verified, and makes no representation as to the adequacy, fairness, accuracy or completeness of, any information obtained from third-party sources. In addition, all of the market data included in this press release involves a number of assumptions and limitations, and there can be no guarantee as to the accuracy or reliability of such assumptions. Finally, while the Company believes its own internal research is reliable, such research has not been verified by any independent source.For further information, please refer to the Risk Factors section in our Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2019 on Form 20-F filed with the SEC on April 23, 2020 and other current reports and documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). You may get these documents by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. 
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Sun Kim
Chief Strategy and Investor Relations Officer

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