Absci Reports Third Quarter 2021 Financial and Operating Results


VANCOUVER, Wash., Nov. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Absci Corporation (Nasdaq: ABSI), the drug and target discovery company harnessing deep learning AI and synthetic biology to expand the therapeutic potential of proteins, today reported financial and operating results for the quarter ended September 30, 2021.

“At Absci, our team of Unlimiters is building technology to enable better, faster, smarter biologic drug and target discovery and cell line development,” said Sean McClain, founder and CEO. “2021 continues to be a transformative year for our organization, with the business experiencing tremendous momentum, highlighted by strategic acquisitions and partnerships, important additions to the team in key roles, and our debut as a public company – all on top of the scientific innovation we do each and every day. We continue to have success in integrating our recent acquisitions, and we are already generating exciting opportunities from our expanded platform, including signing our first major multi-program discovery deal last month.”

Third Quarter 2021 and Recent Highlights

  • Hired additional experienced employees, including vital areas of data science, artificial intelligence, intellectual property, and research and development. Absci's team now includes nearly 220 Unlimiters.
  • Continued integrating our acquisitions, further developing AI-enabled discovery capabilities and beginning to capitalize on drug discovery opportunities enabled through Absci's expanded platform.
  • Announced a partnership with EQRx to discover and develop next-generation protein-based drugs. The partnership will leverage Absci’s Drug Creation™ technology for discovery and development activities, along with EQRx’s clinical development expertise and commercial capabilities, to advance next-generation, protein-based therapeutics at more affordable costs for patients. EQRx and Absci will collaborate to jointly engineer and develop several clinical candidates across multiple therapeutic areas, including oncology and immunology.

Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Revenue was $1.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021 compared to $0.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020.

Research and development expenses were $10.7 million for the third quarter of 2021, as compared to $2.7 million for the corresponding prior year period. This increase was primarily driven by additional investments in platform expansion, including data initiatives and AI capabilities.

Selling, general, and administrative expenses were $9.7 million for the third quarter of 2021, as compared to $1.3 million for the corresponding prior year period. This increase was primarily due to personnel-related costs and other expenses related to being a publicly traded company.

Net loss was $23.6 million for the third quarter of 2021, as compared to $3.7 million for the corresponding prior year period, which includes a non-cash charge of $3.6 million related to the revaluation of convertible notes and preferred stock warrants.

Cash and cash equivalents were $279.3 million as of September 30, 2021. On July 26, 2021, Absci completed its initial public offering, raising approximately $210 million of net proceeds, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses.

Webcast Information

Absci will host a conference call to discuss the third quarter 2021 financial results before market open on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time / 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. A webcast of the conference call can be accessed at http://investors.absci.com. The webcast will be archived and available for replay for at least 90 days after the event.

About Absci

Absci is the drug and target discovery company harnessing deep learning and synthetic biology to expand the therapeutic potential of proteins. We built our Integrated Drug Creation™ Platform to identify novel drug targets, discover optimal biotherapeutic candidates, and generate the cell lines to manufacture them in a single efficient process. Biotech and pharma innovators partner with us to create the next generation of protein-based drugs, including those that may be impossible to make with other technologies. Our goal is to enable the development of better medicines by Translating Ideas into Drugs™. For more information visit www.absci.com and follow us on social media: Twitter: @Abscibio, LinkedIn: @absci.

Availability of Other Information about Absci

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Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release that are not historical facts are considered forward-looking 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, including statements containing the words “will,” “pursues,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “believes,” “forecast,” “estimates,” “expects,” and “intends,” or similar expressions. We intend these forward-looking statements, including statements regarding technology development efforts, integrating acquisitions and partnerships, expanding our platform, scientific innovation efforts, drug discovery and development activities, potential costs of therapeutics, and clinical candidate development, to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act, and we make this statement for purposes of complying with those safe harbor provisions. These forward-looking statements reflect our current views about our plans, intentions, expectations, strategies, and prospects, which are based on the information currently available to us and on assumptions we have made. We can give no assurance that the plans, intentions, expectations, or strategies will be attained or achieved, and, furthermore, actual results may differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements and will be affected by a variety of risks and factors that are beyond our control, including, without limitation, risks and uncertainties relating to our ability to effectively collaborate on drug discovery and development activities with our partners; along with those risks set forth in our most recent periodic report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as discussions of potential risks, uncertainties, and other important factors in our subsequent filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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Absci Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (unaudited)

  For the Three Months Ended September 30, For the Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In thousands, except for share and per share data) 2021 2020 2021 2020
Technology development revenue         $1,390   $922   $2,922   $1,964  
Collaboration revenue         149   (6)  408   88  
Total revenues         1,539   916   3,330   2,052  
Operating expenses        
Research and development         10,730   2,692   28,820   6,851  
Selling, general and administrative         9,733   1,257   19,597   3,089  
Depreciation and amortization         2,218   331   3,895   780  
Total operating expenses         22,681   4,280   52,312   10,720  
Operating loss         (21,142)  (3,364)  (48,982)  (8,668) 
Other income (expense)        
Interest expense         (768)  (172)  (3,232)  (459) 
Other income (expense), net         (3,427)  (212)  (31,377)  (287) 
Total other expense, net         (4,195)  (384)  (34,609)  (746) 
Loss before income taxes         (25,337)  (3,748)  (83,591)  (9,414) 
Income tax benefit         1,703      7,797     
Net loss         (23,634)  (3,748)  (75,794)  (9,414) 
Adjustment of redeemable preferred units and stock            (9,215)     (34,336) 
Cumulative undeclared preferred stock dividends         (242)     (2,284)    
Net loss applicable to common stockholders and unitholders         $(23,876)  $(12,963)  $(78,078)  $(43,750) 
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders and unitholders:
Basic and diluted
 $(0.33)  $(0.85)  $(2.16)  $(2.88) 
Weighted-average common shares and units outstanding:
Basic and diluted
 73,291,288   15,215,747   36,177,105   15,215,747  

Absci Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (unaudited)

  September 30, December 31,
(In thousands, except for share and per share data) 2021 2020
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents         $279,262   $69,867  
Restricted cash         10,512     
Receivables under development arrangements         714   1,594  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets         10,177   1,773  
Total current assets         300,665   73,234  
Operating lease right-of-use assets         7,378   4,476  
Property and equipment, net         44,090   8,909  
Intangibles, net         55,835     
Goodwill         23,013     
Restricted cash, long-term         16,843   1,841  
Other long-term assets         1,295   109  
TOTAL ASSETS         $449,119   $88,569  
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable         $6,372   $2,116  
Accrued expenses         15,275   1,569  
Loans payable            632  
Long-term debt, current         2,400   903  
Operating lease obligations, current         1,461   770  
Financing lease obligations, current         2,772   1,475  
Deferred revenue, current         1,968   2,630  
Total current liabilities         30,248   10,095  
Convertible promissory notes              
Long-term debt - net of current portion         1,712   4,141  
Operating lease obligations - net of current portion         9,362   3,813  
Finance lease obligations - net of current portion         4,008   2,766  
Deferred tax, net         3,525     
Deferred revenue         122     
Other long-term liabilities         12,129   749  
TOTAL LIABILITIES         61,106   21,564  
Redeemable convertible preferred stock, $0.0001 par value            156,433  
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value              
Common stock, $0.0001 par value         9   2  
Additional paid-in capital         553,878   635  
Accumulated deficit         (165,859)  (90,065) 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss         (15)    
TOTAL OTHER STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT         388,013   (89,428) 


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