Rapid Micro Biosystems Provides Business Update and Reports Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results


Reports second quarter 2022 commercial revenue of $3.9 million

Lowers full year 2022 commercial revenue guidance to at least $17.0 million

Implements organizational restructuring plan to right-size cost structure with focus on enhancing commercial execution and key product development programs to drive revenue growth

CEO Robert Spignesi to assume commercial leadership responsibilities

Announces review of strategic alternatives and rejection of Kennedy Lewis Management Proposal

LOWELL, Mass., Aug. 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rapid Micro Biosystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: RPID) (the “Company”), an innovative life sciences technology company providing mission critical automation solutions to facilitate the efficient manufacturing and fast, safe release of healthcare products, today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022.

Second Quarter Summary:

  • Commercial revenue (combined product and service revenue) of $3.9 million
  • Recurring revenue increased 31% to $2.5 million and represented 65% of commercial revenue compared to 33% in the prior year
  • Placed two new systems and completed validation of three new customer systems
  • Cash, cash equivalents and investments of $166.9 million at June 30, 2022

“While we placed two systems in the second quarter in line with our guidance, revenue was slightly below our expectations mainly due to slower-than-expected progress on a few system validations in the second half of the quarter as well as third-party logistics delays in the final days of the quarter that pushed revenue from several significant consumable shipments into the third quarter. We expect substantially all of the impacted revenues to be recognized in the third quarter. Excluding the impact of the delays in consumables, recurring revenue grew over 40% compared to the second quarter of last year, evidencing the continued strength of our business model and customer value proposition,” said Robert Spignesi, President and CEO.

“As access to customer sites and in-person engagement continued to improve gradually as we moved through the second quarter and into the third quarter, we have learned more about the challenges the pandemic created for our customers in advancing capital purchasing decisions and for us in accurately assessing the timing of sales opportunities. We have also identified opportunities to improve aspects of our sales process and sales team training. At the same time, macroeconomic uncertainty is impacting the timing of some customer purchase decisions. As a result of our post-quarter analysis, we now anticipate fewer system placements for the full year and, accordingly, we are lowering our 2022 revenue outlook.”

“We are taking decisive actions to enhance our commercial execution and right-size our cost structure to maintain our ability to invest in key growth initiatives while also managing our significant cash balance and long cash runway. We are confident these actions will better position us to capitalize on the large and growing market opportunity for our Growth Direct System,” said Spignesi.

Organizational Restructuring Plan

The Company is implementing an organizational restructuring plan to right-size its cost structure based on its lowered 2022 outlook. The Company will continue to invest in key growth initiatives including enhancing commercial execution and key product development programs that are expected to drive future revenue growth. The plan involves an approximately 20% reduction in the Company’s workforce, which is largely focused on non-commercial functions.

In connection with the organizational restructuring plan, the Company also announced that Andy Keys is leaving his role as Chief Commercial Officer effective immediately and Mr. Spignesi is assuming commercial leadership responsibilities.

The Company expects the organizational restructuring plan to result in approximately $8.0 - $9.0 million in annualized cost savings by the first quarter 2023. It expects to incur restructuring charges of approximately $1.5 million to be recognized in the third quarter of fiscal year 2022.

Second Quarter Financial Results

Total (commercial) revenue for the second quarter of 2022 was $3.9 million, compared to commercial revenue of $5.7 million in the second quarter of 2021. The decrease was attributable to fewer placements of Growth Direct systems and lower validation revenue due to a few customer-related delays. This was partially offset by higher recurring consumables and service contract revenue, which increased 31% to $2.5 million and represented 65% of commercial revenue, compared to $1.9 million and 33% of commercial revenue in the second quarter last year. The Company placed two new systems and completed validation of three new customer systems in the second quarter of 2022.

In the second quarter of 2022, the Company did not recognize any revenue from its contract with the U.S. Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (“BARDA”), which was completed in the fourth quarter 2021. In the second quarter of 2021, the Company recognized $0.4 million of non-commercial revenue related to its BARDA contract.

Total cost of commercial revenue was $5.1 million in the second quarter of 2022, compared to $7.4 million in the second quarter of 2021, representing a decrease of 32%. The decrease was due to lower system placements as well as increased manufacturing efficiencies in consumables, partially offset by higher consumables sales volume and higher service costs associated with higher field service and validation headcount, travel and materials to support increasing service activity.

Total operating expenses were $12.9 million in the second quarter of 2022, compared to $9.1 million in the second quarter of 2021. The increase was mainly due to higher expenses incurred to operate as a publicly traded company as well as higher employee-related costs due to increased investment in commercial and product development headcount.

Net loss for the second quarter of 2022 was ($13.1) million, compared to ($11.8) million in the second quarter of 2021. Net loss per share attributable to common shareholders for the second quarter of 2022 was ($0.31), compared to ($20.01) in the second quarter of 2021. The number of weighted-average common shares outstanding in the second quarter this year was materially higher than the second quarter last year because of the conversion of outstanding preferred stock to common stock in connection with the Company’s initial public offering in July 2021. This difference accounts for a substantial portion of the decrease in net loss per share between the periods.

Cash, cash equivalents and investments were $166.9 million, and the Company had no debt outstanding as of June 30, 2022.

Full Year 2022 Outlook

The Company is updating its prior full year 2022 revenue outlook to at least $17.0 million. This assumes that the Company will place between three and five systems in the second half of the year, with most or all of those placements made in the fourth quarter. The Company’s lowered guidance reflects expectations for fewer systems placements in fiscal year 2022 as it continues to ramp its commercial team and optimize its commercial execution as well as macro-economic uncertainty that is expected to persist through the second half of the year.

Review of Strategic Alternatives and Rejection of Kennedy Lewis Management Proposal

In a separate release issued this morning, the Company also announced that its Board of Directors has initiated a review of strategic alternatives and unanimously rejected an unsolicited non-binding proposal from Kennedy Lewis Investment Management LLC to acquire all of the outstanding shares of the Company for $5.00 per share cash. For full details regarding these announcements, please refer to the Company’s press release on investors.rapidmicrobio.com.

Webcast Details

The Company will host a conference call before the market opens today, August 12, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. EST to discuss its second quarter 2022 financial results. The live call is accessible on the Company’s website at investors.rapidmicrobio.com and will be archived and available for replay for one year.

About Rapid Micro Biosystems

Rapid Micro Biosystems is an innovative life sciences technology company providing mission critical automation solutions to facilitate the efficient manufacturing and fast, safe release of healthcare products such as biologics, vaccines, cell and gene therapies, and sterile injectables. The Company’s flagship Growth Direct system automates and modernizes the antiquated, manual microbial quality control (“MQC”) testing workflows used in the largest and most complex pharmaceutical manufacturing operations across the globe. The Growth Direct system brings the quality control lab to the manufacturing floor, unlocking the power of in-line/at-the-line MQC automation to deliver faster results, greater accuracy, increased operational efficiency, better compliance with data integrity regulations, and quicker decision making, that customers rely on to ensure safe and consistent supply of important healthcare products. The Company is headquartered and has U.S. manufacturing in Lowell, Massachusetts, with global locations in Lexington, Massachusetts, Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands. For more information, please visit www.rapidmicrobio.com or follow the Company on Twitter at @rapidmicrobio or on LinkedIn.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes 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. All statements contained in this press release that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, statements regarding the Company’s full year 2022 revenue outlook range and expected future revenue and growth; placements of Growth Direct systems, anticipated timing of such placements and the impact on the Company’s commercial revenue; its expectations regarding customers capital purchasing decisions and the Company’s sales opportunities; the timing and results of the Company’s organizational restructuring ; the estimated charges and costs expected to be incurred in connection with such restructuring; the projected cost savings resulting from the Company’s organizational restructuring; the Company’s planned investments in its growth initiatives and expectations regarding whether such investments will enhance commercial execution and product development programs to drive future revenue growth; expectations regarding the Company’s commercial capabilities and changes to its sales processes; the extension of the Company’s cash runway and anticipated uses of capital; its Board of Directors’ review of strategic alternatives; and customer interest in and adoption of the Company's Growth Direct microbial quality control platform.

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Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

  Three Months Ended June 30,  Six Months Ended June 30, 
     2022     2021     2022     2021 
Product revenue $2,440  $4,088  $5,003  $7,806 
Service revenue  1,420   1,606   3,017   2,673 
Non-commercial revenue     436      646 
Total revenue  3,860   6,130   8,020   11,125 
Costs and operating expenses:                
Cost of product revenue  3,235   6,092   7,593   11,602 
Cost of service revenue  1,846   1,344   3,572   2,481 
Cost of non-commercial revenue     472      886 
Research and development  2,965   2,337   6,490   4,485 
Sales and marketing  3,484   3,122   6,940   5,397 
General and administrative  6,404   3,625   12,498   6,827 
Total costs and operating expenses  17,934   16,992   37,093   31,678 
Loss from operations  (14,074)  (10,862)  (29,073)  (20,553)
Other income (expense):                
Interest expense  (10)  (924)  (21)  (1,856)
Change in fair value of preferred stock warrant liability     (35)     (11,483)
Other income (expense), net  381   8   484   (3)
Total other income (expense), net  371   (951)  463   (13,342)
Loss before income taxes  (13,703)  (11,813)  (28,610)  (33,895)
Income tax (benefit) expense  (613)  18   (590)  37 
Net loss  (13,090)  (11,831)  (28,020)  (33,932)
Accretion of redeemable convertible preferred stock to redemption value     (1,184)     (1,971)
Cumulative redeemable convertible preferred stock dividends     (885)     (2,296)
Net loss attributable to common stockholders — basic and diluted $(13,090) $(13,900) $(28,020) $(38,199)
Net loss per share attributable to Class A and Class B common stockholders — basic and diluted $(0.31) $(20.01) $(0.66) $(57.17)
Weighted average common shares outstanding — basic and diluted  42,494,055   694,698   42,346,607   668,180 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)

  June 30, December 31,
  2022 2021
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $49,720 $178,387
Short-term investments  94,371  15,110
Accounts receivable  4,100  5,005
Inventory  21,293  15,671
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  1,999  3,951
Total current assets  171,483  218,124
Property and equipment, net  12,649  11,304
Right-of-use assets, net  7,530  
Long-term investments  22,816  9,966
Other long-term assets  1,381  1,491
Restricted cash  284  284
Total assets $216,143 $241,169
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $2,822 $3,944
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  5,281  10,917
Deferred revenue  3,918  3,305
Lease liabilities, short-term  729  
Total current liabilities  12,750  18,166
Deferred rent, long term    813
Lease liabilities, long-term  7,728  
Other long-term liabilities  698  1,210
Total liabilities  21,176  20,189
Total stockholders’ equity  194,967  220,980
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $216,143 $241,169

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)

  Six Months Ended June 30,
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net loss $(28,020) $(33,932)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:      
Depreciation and amortization expense  1,243   696 
Stock-based compensation expense  2,241   581 
Change in fair value of preferred stock warrant liability     11,483 
Provision recorded for inventory  49   38 
Noncash lease expense  549    
Noncash interest expense     295 
Loss (gain) on disposal of property and equipment  19   (18)
Accretion on investments  (22)  (4)
Other  (125)   
Changes in operating assets and liabilities      
Accounts receivable  905   1,931 
Inventory  (5,671)  (2,984)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  1,952   (43)
Other long-term assets  84   (172)
Accounts payable  (1,122)  (1,894)
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  (4,482)  1,373 
Deferred revenue  613   (56)
Deferred rent, long term     (62)
Net cash used in operating activities  (31,787)  (22,768)
Cash flows from investing activities:      
Purchases of property and equipment  (4,342)  (792)
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment     20 
Purchases of investments  (117,993)   
Maturity of investments  25,000   15,000 
Net cash (used) provided by investing activities  (97,335)  14,228 
Cash flows from financing activities:      
Proceeds from issuance of redeemable convertible preferred stock, net of issuance costs     79,743 
Proceeds from issuance of Class A common stock upon stock option exercise  471   287 
Proceeds from issuance of restricted Class A stock award     523 
Payments on finance lease obligations  (16)   
Payments of deferred offering costs     (1,861)
Net cash provided by financing activities  455   78,692 
Net (decrease) increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash  (128,667)  70,152 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period  178,671   30,179 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period $50,004  $100,331 

Investor Contact: Michael Beaulieu, CFA Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications investors@rapidmicrobio.com Media Jamie Moser / Lucas Pers Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher 212-355-4449