Berkeley Lights Reports Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results


Second quarter revenue grew 82% year over year

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Aug. 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Berkeley Lights, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLI), a leader in Digital Cell Biology, today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2021.

Recent Highlights

  • Grew total revenue to $19.3 million for the second quarter of 2021, representing an 82% year over year growth and bringing first half revenue to $37.9 million, a 56% increase over the first half of 2020
  • Expanded the installed base to 92 platforms, with seven new direct placements shipped in the quarter
  • Launched TechAccess subscription model expanding customer access to the Berkeley Lights platform
  • Released Opto Plasma B Discovery 4.0, an industry-leading functional antibody discovery workflow, which significantly increases recovered sequence diversity and reduces the cost and labor associated with DNA synthesis, cloning, and re-expression
  • Announced partnership with Bayer to screen individual variants of bioactives with massively high throughput using the Berkeley Lights Platform:
    • Near-term, multi-year revenue opportunity followed by additional service and backend milestone payment opportunities.
    • Marks the first application of Berkeley Lights’ technology in the agricultural sector.
    • Launches Berkeley Lights’ technology as a high throughput functional screening service.

“During the second quarter, we made important progress across our business and saw growing demand for the Berkeley Lights platform,” said Berkeley Lights Chief Executive Officer Eric Hobbs, Ph.D. “We continue to focus on business development partnerships, with industry leaders like Thermo Fisher and Bayer, to develop disruptive workflows and services. These partnerships not only expand the market opportunities for our platform, but also help us to achieve our mission by accelerating cell and gene therapy products into the clinic and helping to drive world-class innovation and standards in sustainability for farmers, consumers, and the environment. Berkeley Lights is uniquely positioned to do this as we provide unprecedented functional information at scale that can unlock revolutionary improvements to human health.”

Quarterly 2021 Financial Results

 Three Months Ended June 30,
(in thousands, except per share data)20212020
Revenue$19,250  $10,569 
Gross profit12,728 6,962 
Gross margin %66 %66 %
Operating expenses30,577 19,112 
Loss from operations(17,849)(12,150)
Net loss and net comprehensive loss(18,154)(12,430)
Net loss attributable to common stockholders per share, basic and diluted(0.27)(4.25)
Total stock-based compensation5,629 1,352 

2021 Outlook Reaffirmed

Berkeley Lights continues to expect full year 2021 revenue to be in the range of $90 million to $100 million, representing 40% to 56% growth over the full year of 2020.

Webcast and Conference Call Information

Berkeley Lights will host a conference call to discuss the second quarter 2021 financial results before market open on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 5:30 a.m Pacific Time/8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. A webcast of the conference call can be accessed at The webcast will be archived and available for replay for at least 90 days after the event.

About Berkeley Lights

Berkeley Lights is a leading Digital Cell Biology company focused on enabling and accelerating the rapid development and commercialization of biotherapeutics and other cell-based products for our customers. The Berkeley Lights Platform captures deep phenotypic, functional, and genotypic information for thousands of single cells in parallel and can also deliver the live biology customers desire in the form of the best cells. Our platform is a fully integrated, end-to-end solution, comprising proprietary consumables, including our OptoSelect chips and reagent kits, advanced automation systems, and application software. We developed the Berkeley Lights Platform to provide the most advanced environment for rapid functional characterization of single cells at scale, the goal of which is to establish an industry standard for our customers throughout their cell-based product value chain.

Berkeley Lights’ Beacon and Lightning systems and Culture Station instrument are: FOR RESEARCH USE ONLY. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.

Forward Looking Statements

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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss (Unaudited)
(In thousands, except share and per share data)

 Three months ended June 30, Six months ended June 30,
 2021 2020 2021 2020
Product revenue$13,021  $9,107  $26,554  $19,790 
Service revenue6,229  1,462  11,324  4,557 
Total revenue19,250  10,569  37,878  24,347 
Cost of sales:       
Product cost of sales3,332  2,384  7,035  5,004 
Service cost of sales3,190  1,223  5,664  2,402 
Total cost of sales6,522  3,607  12,699  7,406 
Gross profit12,728  6,962  25,179  16,941 
Operating expenses:       
Research and development13,535  11,843  26,562  22,819 
General and administrative11,725  4,193  20,692  8,190 
Sales and marketing5,317  3,076  10,923  6,310 
Total operating expenses30,577  19,112  58,177  37,319 
Loss from operations(17,849) (12,150) (32,998) (20,378)
Other income (expense):       
Interest expense(356) (356) (710) (713)
Interest income43  47  109  198 
Other income (expense), net34  37  53  62 
Loss before income taxes(18,128) (12,422) (33,546) (20,831)
Provision for income taxes26  8  43  24 
Net loss and net comprehensive loss$(18,154) $(12,430) $(33,589) $(20,855)
Net loss attributable to common stockholders per share, basic and diluted$(0.27) $(4.25) $(0.51) $(7.29)
Weighted-average shares used in calculating net loss per share, basic and diluted66,790,755  3,109,545  66,029,307  3,078,756 

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

AssetsJune 30,
 December 31,
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$215,077  $233,408 
Trade accounts receivable19,760  12,939 
Inventory12,572  11,047 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets8,115  8,175 
Total current assets255,524  265,569 
Restricted cash270  270 
Property and equipment, net20,839  14,544 
Operating lease right-of-use assets15,724  16,718 
Other assets3,357  2,557 
Total assets$295,714  $299,658 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity   
Current liabilities:   
Trade accounts payable$8,727  $3,491 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities10,501  8,401 
Current portion of notes payable  11,594 
Deferred revenue8,258  5,482 
Total current liabilities27,486  28,968 
Notes payable, net of current portion19,673  8,301 
Deferred revenue, net of current portion1,875  1,709 
Operating lease liability, noncurrent14,841  15,899 
Total liabilities63,875  54,877 
Stockholders’ equity:   
Convertible preferred stock   
Common stock4  3 
Additional paid-in capital457,308  436,662 
Accumulated deficit(225,473) (191,884)
Total stockholders’ equity231,839  244,781 
  Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$295,714  $299,658