Rapid Micro Biosystems Reports First Quarter 2023 Financial Results


Reports first quarter 2023 total revenue of $5.0 million, representing growth of 21%, compared to first quarter 2022

Reaffirms full year 2023 total revenue guidance of at least $22.0 million, representing growth of approximately 30%, compared to full year 2022

LOWELL, Mass., May 05, 2023 (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 first quarter ended March 31, 2023.

Recent Highlights

  • First quarter total revenue (combined product and service revenue) increased 21% to $5.0 million
  • First quarter recurring revenue increased 22% to $3.3 million
  • Placed three new systems and completed validation of two new customer systems in the first quarter
  • Cash, cash equivalents and investments of $122.1 million at March 31, 2023
  • Appointed Michael Wysocki as Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing

"We are pleased with our solid first quarter performance and are reaffirming our full year 2023 total revenue guidance," said Robert Spignesi, President and CEO. "Our first quarter system placements were above expectations and included a multi-system placement at a new, large biopharma customer. In addition, recurring revenue grew over 20% in the quarter. Accelerating Growth Direct® system placements remains our highest priority for 2023, and we believe that our teams are executing well despite macroeconomic uncertainty. We are also advancing our initiatives to drive gross margin improvement and the development of impactful new products."

First Quarter Financial Results

Total revenue for the first quarter of 2023 increased 21% to $5.0 million, from $4.2 million in the first quarter of 2022. The increase was primarily due to the placement of three Growth Direct® systems in the quarter compared to two system placements in the prior-year period. Recurring revenue, which consists of consumables and service contract revenue, increased 22% to $3.3 million in the first quarter, compared to $2.7 million in the first quarter last year. The Company completed the validation of two new customer systems in the first quarter of 2023 compared to nine in the prior-year period.

Total cost of revenue was $6.8 million in the first quarter of 2023, compared to $6.1 million in the first quarter of 2022, representing an increase of 12%. The increase was primarily due to both higher system and consumable volumes in the first quarter this year.

Total operating expenses were $13.1 million in the first quarter of 2023, essentially flat compared to the prior year.

Net loss for the first quarter of 2023 was $13.9 million, compared to $14.9 million in the first quarter of 2022. The decrease in net loss was primarily due to increased interest income. Net loss per share for the first quarter of 2023 was $0.32, compared to $0.35 in the first quarter of 2022.

Cash, cash equivalents and investments were $122.1 million, which the Company continues to expect to provide cash runway at least into 2026. The Company had no debt outstanding as of March 31, 2023.

Full Year 2023 Outlook

The Company is reaffirming its prior full year 2023 outlook for revenue of at least $22.0 million, representing growth of approximately 30%, and the placement of at least 15 systems.

Appointment of Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing

In a separate press release issued yesterday, the Company announced the appointment of Michael Wysocki as Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing. For full details regarding this announcement, please refer to that press release on the Company’s website at investors.rapidmicrobio.com.

Webcast Details

The Company will host a conference call before the market opens today, May 5, 2023, at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss its first quarter 2023 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 MQC automation to deliver the 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 2023 revenue outlook range and expected future revenue and growth; expected placements of Growth Direct systems, anticipated timing of such placements and the impact on the Company’s commercial revenue; the Company's expectations regarding customers capital purchasing decisions and the Company’s sales opportunities; expectations for the RMBNucleus Mold Alarm; the projected cost savings resulting from the Company’s organizational restructuring plan; expectations regarding the Company’s improvements in commercial execution and enhanced sales and marketing processes; expectations regarding the development of new products; 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 March 31,
  2023   2022 
Product revenue$3,324  $2,563 
Service revenue 1,711   1,597 
Total revenue 5,035   4,160 
Costs and operating expenses:   
Cost of product revenue 4,981   4,358 
Cost of service revenue 1,844   1,726 
Research and development 3,153   3,525 
Sales and marketing 3,462   3,456 
General and administrative 6,467   6,094 
Total costs and operating expenses 19,907   19,159 
Loss from operations (14,872)  (14,999)
Other income (expense):   
Interest income, net 1,003   108 
Other expense, net (11)  (16)
Total other income (expense), net 992   92 
Loss before income taxes (13,880)  (14,907)
Income tax expense 7   23 
Net loss (13,887)  (14,930)
Net loss per share — basic and diluted$(0.32) $(0.35)
Weighted average common shares outstanding — basic and diluted 42,812,580   42,197,887 


Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)

 March 31,
 December 31,
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$24,410 $27,064
Short-term investments 75,276  81,584
Accounts receivable 5,510  5,369
Inventory 20,944  21,187
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 3,005  3,372
Total current assets 129,145  138,576
Property and equipment, net 13,509  13,818
Right-of-use assets, net 6,825  7,063
Long-term investments 22,462  29,790
Other long-term assets 1,056  1,119
Restricted cash 284  284
Total assets$173,281 $190,650
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity   
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$1,287 $5,428
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 6,104  8,150
Deferred revenue 5,496  4,706
Lease liabilities, short-term 773  766
Total current liabilities 13,660  19,050
Lease liabilities, long-term 6,940  7,202
Other long-term liabilities 238  229
Total liabilities 20,838  26,481
Total stockholders’ equity 152,443  164,169
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$173,281 $190,650

Investor Contact: Michael Beaulieu, CFA Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications investors@rapidmicrobio.com Media media@rapidmicrobio.com