Genscript Biotech Reports 2021 Annual Results

  • Revenue of the Group for the year ended December 31, 2021 was approximately US$511.1 million, representing an increase of 30.8% as compared with approximately US$390.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, among which, the external revenue for non-cell therapy business was approximately US$424.7 million, representing an increase of 34.8% as compared with approximately US$315.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, and the external revenue for cell therapy business was approximately US$86.4 million, representing an increase of 14.1% as compared with approximately US$75.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2020.
  • The adjusted net profit of non-cell therapy business before eliminations was approximately US$50.2 million, representing an increase of 18.1% as compared with approximately US$42.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, and the adjusted net loss of cell therapy business before eliminations was approximately US$354.6 million, whilst the adjusted net loss of cell therapy business was approximately US$213.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2020.
  • Gross profit of the Group for the year ended December 31, 2021 was approximately US$303.5 million, representing an increase of 18.6% as compared with approximately US$255.9 million recorded for the year ended December 31, 2020, among which, the gross profit of non-cell therapy business before eliminations was approximately US$223.4 million, representing an increase of 17.7% as compared with approximately US$189.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, and the gross profit of cell therapy business before eliminations was approximately US$89.8 million, representing an increase of 18.6% as compared with approximately US$75.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2020.
  • During the Reporting Period, the Group invested significantly into research and development activities as well as talent recruitment, both of which are key drivers for a sustainable business growth in the long run. For the year ended December 31, 2021, the Group’s research and development expenses was approximately US$358.4 million, representing an increase of 36.1% as compared with approximately US$263.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, in which the total investment in research and development was approximately US$313.3 million on cell therapy for the year ended December 31, 2021, representing an increase of 34.9% as compared with approximately US$232.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2020.

NANJING, China, March 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — GenScript Biotech, the world’s leading biotech company, today announces its annual results as of December 31, 2021.

“2021 is a pivotal year for GenScript. Our continuous investments in innovation and optimization of current business portfolio over the past few years lead to encouraging results.”, said Dr. Patrick Liu, Rotating CEO of GenScript. “In the life science segment, we are pushing forward our business through automation and industrial-scale production. In the emerging gene and cell therapy CDMO segment, GenScript ProBio achieved explosive revenue growth thanks to strategic investment, advanced platforms and high quality standards. Bestzyme reached breakeven, which is made possible by business optimization and product innovation. With continued investment in synthetic biology, Bestzyme will further unfold its potential in the future. In early 2022, our subsidiary Legend Biotech, an innovative cell therapy company, together with our partner J&J, successfully commercialized CarvyktiTM, which is a monumental event for the cell therapy industry and demonstrates innovation capabilities of China’s biopharmaceutical industry. Looking ahead, GenScript Group will continue investment in innovation capabilities to address challenges in the fields of gene and cell therapy and synthetic biology. We will stay committed to our mission to “make people and nature healthier through biotechnology” by accelerating innovation in the biotech industry, and continuously create value for our shareholders.”

Results Analysis of the Four Business Segments

Life-science services and products

During the Reporting Period, revenue from life-science services and products was approximately US$315.8 million, representing an increase of 26.4% as compared with approximately US$249.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2020. During the Reporting Period, the gross profit was approximately US$183.3 million, representing an increase of 10.8% as compared with approximately US$165.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2020. During the Reporting Period, the operating profit of life-science services and products was approximately US$91.6 million, representing an increase of 6.5% from approximately US$86.0 million for the same period in 2020.

The growth of revenue and gross profit was mainly attributable to the (i) expanded capacity and productivity, (ii) successful commercial operation that focused on the novel products such as oligo synthesis and cPass services and kit, (iii) successful development of key accounts, and (iv) the improvement of online commercial platform and tools to attract new customers. The decrease in gross profit margin was primarily attributable to the (i) significant decrease of exchange rate of USD against RMB as compared to 2020 which caused an increase of converted cost as the majority of production cost occurred in Mainland China, (ii) increased freight and duty costs, and (iii) change of product portfolio strategy. The increase in operating profit was primarily attributable to the improved capacity utilization and operational efficiency, and was partially offset by increased investment in research and development.

Biologics development services

During the Reporting Period, revenue from biologics development services was approximately US$81.4 million, representing an increase of 101.5% as compared with approximately US$40.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2020. During the Reporting Period, the gross profit was approximately US$25.6 million, representing an increase of 158.6% as compared with approximately US$9.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2020. Total backlog for biologics development services increased by 108.4% from US$94.7 million as at December 31, 2020 to US$197.4 million as at December 31, 2021. The gross profit margin increased from 24.5% for the same period in 2020 to 31.4% this year. During the Reporting Period, the operating loss of biologics development services was approximately US$4.5 million, whilst the operating loss was approximately US$7.6 million for the same period in 2020.

The increase in revenue was primarily attributable to the (i) accumulated biologics development track records and expanded global customer base, (ii) expanded capacity and productivity of pre-clinical and clinical development, (iii) shorter delivery time for antibody and protein drug development, and (iv) significant increase in plasmid revenue from the boosting GCT market, including mRNA related applications. The increase in gross profit was primarily attributable to the (i) increased revenue, (ii) production cost reduction and quality improvement, and (iii) improved capacity utilization. The operating loss was primarily attributable to the (i) investment in selling and distribution, and (ii) investment in research and development activities.

Industrial synthetic biology products

During the Reporting Period, revenue from industrial synthetic biology products was approximately US$38.6 million, representing an increase of 33.6% as compared with approximately US$28.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2020. During the Reporting Period, the gross profit was approximately US$11.3 million, representing an increase of 31.4% as compared with US$8.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2020. During the Reporting Period, the industrial synthetic biology products segment has achieved operating break-even this Year, whilst the operating loss was approximately US$3.0 million for the same period in 2020.

The increase in revenue and gross profit was primarily attributable to the (i) launch of innovative products, (ii) increased penetration into big industrial customers, and (iii) business development in overseas markets. The gross profit margin remained stable during the Reporting Period.

Cell therapy

During the Reporting Period, revenue from cell therapy was approximately US$89.8 million, representing an increase of 18.6% as compared with approximately US$75.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2020. During the Reporting Period, gross profit was approximately US$89.8 million, representing an increase of 18.6% as compared with approximately US$75.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2020. During the Reporting Period, the operating loss of cell therapy was approximately US$373.9 million, whilst the operating loss was approximately US$233.4 million for the same period in 2020.

The increase in both revenue and gross profit was primarily attributable to additional milestones achieved in 2020 and 2021, and thus further recognition of contract revenue from the collaboration with Janssen on developing cilta-cel. The operating loss was primarily attributable to the (i) investment in clinical trials, higher patients enrollment and more pipelines, (ii) cost for commercial preparation activities for the launch of cilta-cel, and (iii) expansion of administrative functions.

FINANCIAL REVIEW

2021

2020

Change

US$’000

US$’000

US$’000

Revenue

511,062

390,846

120,216

Gross profit

303,484

255,893

47,591

Loss after income tax

(500,954)

(281,423)

(219,531)

Adjusted net loss

(307,288)

(170,806)

(136,482)

Loss attributable to owners of the Company

(347,865)

(204,945)

(142,920)

Adjusted net loss attributable to owners of the Company

(166,994)

(109,617)

(57,377)

Loss per share (US cent per share)

(17.13)

(10.78)

(6.35)

 

Revenue

In 2021, the Group recorded revenue of approximately US$511.1 million, representing an increase of 30.8% from approximately US$390.8 million in 2020. This was primarily attributable to (i) the continued increase of non-cell therapy products and services from major strategic customers and new competitive services and products, and (ii) the increase of contract revenue derived from Legend’s collaboration with Janssen with new milestones achieved.

Gross Profit

In 2021, the Group’s gross profit increased 18.6% to approximately US$303.5 million from approximately US$255.9 million in 2020. The increase in gross profit was primarily attributable to the (i) rapid growth of revenue, and (ii) operational efficiency improvement. The increase in gross profit was partially offset by unfavorable exchange rate fluctuation and increased shipping costs. 

Selling and distribution expenses

The selling and distribution expenses increased by 56.6% to approximately US$168.0 million in 2021 from approximately US$107.3 million in 2020. This was mainly attributable to the (i) recruiting of more experienced personnel and improved incentive packages to enhance the business development capability, and (ii) increased marketing and advertising expenses, primarily attributable to the global expansion of our business, including Legend’s collaboration with Janssen.

Administrative expenses

The administrative expenses increased by 48.9% to approximately US$134.5 million in 2021 from approximately US$90.3 million in 2020. This was mainly caused by (i) reinforcing key administrative functions such as information technology, supply chain and legal to support the Group’s overall business expansion and ensure compliance with certain updated requirements, (ii) one-time consultation expenses and other costs related to the Investigation, and (iii) the CARVYKTI™ application and the Follow-on Public Offering of Legend. 

Research and development expenses

The research and development expenses increased by 36.1% to approximately US$358.4 million in 2021 from approximately US$263.4 million in 2020. This was mainly due to the (i) increase in clinical trial expenses and preclinical study costs in the cell therapy segment, (ii) investment in new research and development projects to strengthen our competitiveness in the GCT market and related supply chain, (iii) investment in development projects that improved our production efficiency, and (iv) increase in compensation package including equity-settled share-based compensation expense for research and development personnel. 

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