AVISE® Testing Revenue Drives 27% Revenue Growth

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Exagen Inc. (Nasdaq: XGN), an organization dedicated to transforming the care continuum for patients suffering from debilitating and chronic autoimmune diseases by enabling timely differential diagnosis and optimizing therapeutic intervention, today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2019.

Recent Highlights:

“The Exagen team took an important step in the quarter by completing our initial public offering, which will help enable the company’s continued growth. The company continues to execute at a high level, delivering another record quarter of testing volumes, increasing the number of ordering healthcare providers, and benefiting patients suffering from chronic autoimmune diseases.  This continued traction resulted in revenue growth of 27%. Our results are indicative of our momentum and we believe we are well-positioned for continued growth in 2019 and beyond,” said Ron Rocca, Exagen President and Chief Executive Officer. “The Company’s Dx/Rx strategy is gaining momentum, with SIMPONI® delivering incremental revenue in the quarter.  Our recently expanded sales force positions Exagen to execute on the significant opportunity in front of the company.” 

Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results 

Revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2019 was $10.4 million, compared with $8.2 million in the third quarter of 2018.  Testing revenues increased to $10.0 million, or a 23% increase compared to the third quarter of 2018, driven by record testing volumes in AVISE® CTD, including AVISE® Lupus. Revenue from our co-promotion efforts contributed to $0.4 million in the third quarter of 2019.

Gross margins improved to 54% in the third quarter of 2019 compared to 53% in the third quarter of 2018, driven by higher testing volumes.

Operating expenses increased to $12.6 million in the third quarter of 2019, compared with $9.4 million in the third quarter of 2018, due primarily to an increase in selling, general, and administrative expenses associated with the salesforce expansion.

For the third quarter of 2019, net loss was $3.1 million compared to a net loss of $1.8 million in the third quarter of 2018.

Cash and cash equivalents were approximately $77.8 million as of September 30, 2019.

2019 Guidance

For the full year 2019, Exagen expects revenue to be in the range of $40 million to $41 million.

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss third quarter 2019 financial results is scheduled for today November 12th, 2019 at 4:30 PM Eastern Time (1:30PM Pacific Time). Interested parties may access the conference call by dialing (U.S.) or (international). Media and individuals will be in a listen-only mode. Participants are asked to dial in a few minutes prior to the call to register for the event. A replay of the conference call will be available until Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (8:59 PM Pacific Time). Interested parties may access the replay of the conference call by dialing (U.S.) or (international) using passcode 13695740.

About Exagen

Exagen is dedicated to transforming the care continuum for patients suffering from debilitating and chronic autoimmune diseases by enabling timely differential diagnosis and optimizing therapeutic intervention. Exagen has developed and is commercializing a portfolio of innovative testing products under its AVISE® brand, several of which are based on our proprietary Cell-Bound Complement Activation Products, or CB-CAPs, technology. CB-CAPs assess the activation of the complement system, a biological pathway that is widely implicated across many autoimmune and autoimmune-related diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE. Exagen’s goal is to enable rheumatologists to improve care for patients through the differential diagnosis, prognosis and monitoring of complex autoimmune and autoimmune-related diseases, including SLE and rheumatoid arthritis, or RA. Exagen’s model of integrating testing products and therapeutics positions Exagen to offer targeted solutions to rheumatologists and, ultimately, better serve patients.  For more information, please visit

Forward Looking Statements

Exagen cautions you that statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on the company’s current beliefs and expectations. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding: the company’s belief it is positioned for continued growth in 2019 and beyond, including potential future momentum in the Dx/Rx strategy; and full year 2019 guidance.  The inclusion of forward-looking statements should not be regarded as a representation by Exagen that any of its plans will be achieved. Actual results may differ from those set forth in this press release due to the risks and uncertainties inherent in Exagen’s business, including, without limitation: the company’s commercial success depends upon attaining and maintaining significant market acceptance of its testing products and promoted therapeutics among rheumatologists, patients, third-party payers and others in the medical community; the company’s ability to successfully execute on its Dx/Rx strategy, including its promotion efforts for SIMPONI®; the company’s dependence on third parties for reagents, equipment and other materials used in its testing products; third-party payers not providing coverage and adequate reimbursement for the company’s testing products or promoted therapeutics; the company’s ability to obtain and maintain intellectual property protection for its testing products; regulatory developments affecting the company’s business; the company may not achieve its guidance for 2019; and other risks described in the company’s prior press releases and the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 and any subsequent filings with the SEC. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof, and Exagen undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date hereof. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement, which is made under the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

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Investors
Westwicke Partners
Mike Cavanaugh

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Exagen Inc.
Kamal Adawi

Exagen Inc.

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

  Three Months Ended
September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
September 30,
  2019 2018 2019  2018                 Revenue $10,439  $8,223  $30,173  $22,799 Operating expenses:        Costs of revenue (excluding amortization of purchased technology) 4,783  3,852  14,217  11,376 Selling, general and administrative expenses 7,306  4,932  20,787  14,419 Research and development expenses 507  525  1,610  1,592 Amortization of intangible assets —  47  —  141 Total operating expenses 12,596  9,356  36,614  27,528 Loss from operations (2,157) (1,133) (6,441) (4,729)Interest expense (909) (704) (2,720) (2,098)Change in fair value of financial instruments (200) 55  267  55 Other income, net 125  26  264  77 Net loss (3,141) (1,756) (8,630) (6,695)Accretion of redeemable convertible preferred stock (338) (2,768) (4,640) (6,462)Deemed dividend recorded in connection with financing transactions (13,601) —  (13,601) (1,152)Net loss attributable to common stockholders $(17,080) $(4,524) $(26,871) $(14,309)Net loss per share, basic and diluted $(11.29) $(71.80) $(48.70) $(227.11)Weighted-average number of shares used to compute net loss per share, basic and diluted 1,513,189  63,005  551,730  63,005                           

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Condensed Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share and per share data)

  September 30, 2019 December 31, 2018  (Unaudited) (As Revised)Assets    Current assets:    Cash and cash equivalents $77,828  $13,164 Accounts receivable, net 6,238  5,952 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,686  2,196 Total current assets 85,752  21,312 Property and equipment, net 1,314  1,566 Goodwill 5,506  5,506 Other assets 172  503 Total assets $92,744  $28,887 Liabilities, Redeemable Convertible Preferred Stock and Stockholders‘ Equity (Deficit)    Current liabilities:    Accounts payable $1,213  $1,279 Accrued liabilities 6,449  3,923 Proceeds received prior to issuance of Series G redeemable convertible preferred stock —  3,750 Total current liabilities 7,662  8,952 Borrowings-non-current portion, net of discounts and debt issuance costs 25,677  24,617 Redeemable convertible preferred stock warrant liabilities —  1,503 Deferred tax liabilities 245  245 Other non-current liabilities 510  304 Total liabilities 34,094  35,621 Commitments and contingencies    Redeemable convertible preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 750,300,000 shares authorized;
none and 532,606,084 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2019 (unaudited) and
December 31, 2018, respectively; liquidation preference of $0 and $163,316 at September 31,
2019 (unaudited) and December 31, 2018, respectively —  105,232 Stockholders‘ equity (deficit):    Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued or
outstanding at September 30, 2019; no shares authorized, issued or outstanding at
December 31, 2018 —  — Common stock, $0.001 par value; 200,000,000 and 1,470,000,000 shares authorized at
September 30, 2019 (unaudited) and December 31, 2018, respectively; 12,559,492 and
63,005 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2019 (unaudited) and December
31, 2018, respectively 13  — Additional paid-in capital 219,831  40,598 Accumulated deficit (161,194) (152,564)Total stockholders‘ equity (deficit) 58,650  (111,966)Total liabilities, redeemable convertible preferred stock and stockholders‘ equity (deficit) $92,744  $28,887