SeqLL Announces Fourth Quarter and Year End 2021 Financial Results and Provides a Corporate Update

SeqLL Announces Fourth Quarter and Year End 2021 Financial Results and Provides a Corporate Update




SeqLL Announces Fourth Quarter and Year End 2021 Financial Results and Provides a Corporate Update

BILLERICA, Mass., March 30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SeqLL Inc. (“SeqLL” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: SQL; SQLLW), a technology company providing life sciences instrumentation and research services in collaborative partnerships aimed at the development of novel scientific assets and intellectual property, today announced its operating and financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2021, and provided a corporate update.

“We are pleased with our progress across multiple developmental programs around novel asset creation using SeqLL’s platform,” said Daniel Jones, CEO, President, and Co-Founder of SeqLL. “Our tSMS technology and team are focused on developing improved genetic tools for researchers so they can better understand the molecular mechanisms of disease that are essential for the continued development of new breakthroughs in genomic medicine, and finally addressing the critical concerns involved with today’s precision medicine.”

Recent Business Highlights

  • Announced the formation of a Scientific Advisory Board comprised of distinguished and world-renowned leaders of the scientific community. The SAB will discuss with management potential new development opportunities that leverage the Company’s unique True Single Molecule Sequencing (tSMS®) technology across the “omics” fields, as well as advise management with their existing collaborative, scientific, & development partnerships. Each leader has previously utilized the tSMS platform and will leverage their expertise to provide valuable insight to our company.

Year End 2021 Results and Financial Highlights

  • Total revenues for the year ended December 31, 2021 were $0.21 million compared to $0.33 million during the year ended December 31, 2020, representing a decrease of 36%. The change in revenue was primarily a result of the reduction in research services and business activities due to the slow-down during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Gross profits remained essentially unchanged at $0.16 million for the year ended December 31, 2021; however, the gross profit margin increased to 72%, as compared to gross profit margin of 48% for the year ended December 31, 2020. The change in gross profit margin was primarily a result of the reduction in costs of products and services, including reduced salaries, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Research and development expenses for the year ended December 31, 2021 increased 60% to $0.53 million compared to $0.33 million for the year ended December 31, 2020. The increase in expense was primarily a result of research and development activities returning to the levels of pre-COVID-19 pandemic. The company anticipates these expenditures to increase over the year of 2022 and beyond as it grows its research and development efforts to advance certain projects that were on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • General and administrative expenses for the year ended December 31, 2021 were $2.2 million compared to $0.77 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, an increase of $1.4 million. The increase in general and administrative expenses was primarily related to the preparation for the company’s initial public offering in August 2021, which included professional fees for accounting and legal of approximately $870,000, and increased personnel expenses of approximately $275,000.
  • Interest and other income expense dropped for the year ended December 31, 2021 to $0.21 million compared with $0.29 million for the year ended December 31, 2020. A decrease in interest expense of $78,000 was due to a decrease in the company’s outstanding indebtedness as a result of the conversion of $2.1 million in notes to equity concurrently with the completion of the company’s initial public offering on August 31, 2021, and the 50% reduction in its cost of capital on its remaining $1.3 million in long term debt
  • Net loss attributable to common stockholders for the year ended December 31, 2021 was $3.7 million, or ($0.51) per basic and diluted share compared to $1.0 million, or ($0.21) per basic and diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2020. The increase in the company’s net loss was primarily related to its approximate $1.2 million in preparation costs for its initial public offering and the $1.0 million expense attributable to the extinguishment of convertible notes into stock at the IPO.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and, investments, as of December 31, 2021, were $9.9 million.
  • As of December 31, 2021, the Company had 11,886,379 shares of common stock outstanding.

About True Single Molecule Sequencing (tSMS) Technology
SeqLL’s collaborators are thoroughly committed to using only our tSMS platform in their scientific research due to its unique RNA and DNA sequencing and related services. Our true single molecule sequencing platform is NGS technology offers maximum flexibility and avoids many of the challenges common for standard NGS approaches. It that enables direct sequencing of millions of individual molecules not requiring PCR amplification at any stage of the process and a simple, economical sample prep protocols. Therefore, it captures a precise sample composition, without bias and loss of diversity and rare species. Our tSMS platform is ideally suited for RNA biomarker discovery and diagnostic assay developments, including challenging applications for the standard NGS platform, such as low quantity, difficult or degraded samples of cell-free DNA, FFPE-isolated nucleic acids, ancient DNA and forensic samples.

About SeqLL, Inc.
SeqLL Inc. (“SeqLL”) is a technology company providing life sciences instrumentation and research services in collaborative partnerships aimed at the development of novel scientific assets and intellectual property across multiple “omics” fields. The Company leverages its expertise with its True Single Molecule Sequencing (“tSMS®”) platform to empower scientists and researchers with improved genetic tools to better understand the molecular mechanisms of disease that is essential to the continued development of new breakthroughs in genomic medicine, and that hopefully address the critical concerns involved with today’s precision medicine. In sum, our experienced team works with our collaborators to develop innovative solutions tailored to the needs of each specific project.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including those related to the applicability and viability of the Company’s technology to quantifying RNA molecules from blood and other statements that are predictive in nature. Forward-looking statements are based on the Company’s current expectations and assumptions. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a safe-harbor for forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking expressions, including, but not limited to, “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “estimate,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “would” and similar expressions and the negatives of those terms. Prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this presentation. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are set forth in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its registration statement on Form S-1, as amended, under the caption “Risk Factors.”

Contacts:

Ashley R. Robinson
LifeSci Advisors, LLC
Tel: +1 (617) 430-7577
Email: arr@lifesciadvisors.com

SeqLL Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
         
    December 31,
  Assets   2021       2020  
         
Current assets      
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 4,015,128     $  
  Marketable securities   5,933,364        
  Accounts receivable, net   30,714       30,714  
  Other receivables   34,965       108,815  
  Inventory   224,155       203,011  
  Prepaid expenses   186,056        
  Total current assets   10,424,382       342,540  
Other assets      
  Property and equipment, net   265,267       337,241  
  Other assets   50,488       14,262  
Total assets $ 10,740,137     $ 694,043  
         
  Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit)      
Current liabilities      
  Accounts payable $ 871,364     $ 861,840  
  Accrued expenses   311,405       123,639  
  Loan payable – related party         26,000  
  Non-convertible promissory notes – current   1,375,000        
  Total current liabilities   2,557,769       1,011,479  
         
Non-current liabilities      
  Convertible notes         1,105,000  
  Non-convertible promissory notes – long-term         2,431,730  
  Total non-current liabilities         3,536,730  
         
Total liabilities   2,557,769       4,548,209  
         
Commitments and contingencies (Note 14)      
         
Stockholders’ equity (deficit)      
  Preferred stock, $0.00001 par value; 20,000,000 shares authorized; 0 and 5,791,665 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively         58  
  Common stock, $0.00001 par value; 80,000,000 shares authorized; 11,886,379 and 4,864,862 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively   119       49  
  Additional paid-in capital   22,596,100       6,856,020  
  Accumulated deficit   (14,413,851 )     (10,710,293 )
Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)   8,182,368       (3,854,166 )
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity (deficit) $ 10,740,137     $ 694,043  

SeqLL Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
         
    December 31,
      2021       2020  
Revenue      
  Sales $ 48,021     $ 50,588  
  Grant revenue   161,974       278,907  
  Total revenue   209,995       329,495  
         
Cost of sales   57,690       170,803  
         
Gross profit   152,305       158,692  
         
Operating expenses      
  Research and development   530,076       330,979  
  General and administrative   2,170,857       777,435  
  Total operating expenses   2,700,933       1,108,414  
         
Operating loss   (2,548,628 )     (949,722 )
         
Other (income) and expenses      
  Other income   (190,193 )     (191,566 )
  Investment income   (36,463 )      
  Unrealized loss on marketable securities   43,078        
  Change in fair value of convertible notes   195,962        
  Loss on extinguishment of convertible notes   934,257        
  Interest expense   208,289       287,197  
         
  Net loss $ (3,703,558 )   $ (1,045,353 )
         
Net loss per share – basic and diluted $ (0.51 )   $ (0.21 )
         
Weighted average common shares – basic and diluted   7,216,001       4,864,862