Castle Biosciences Inc. (CSTL) Tops Q1 EPS by 6c

May 10, 2021 4:51 PM EDT

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Castle Biosciences Inc. (NASDAQ: CSTL) reported Q1 EPS of ($0.17), $0.06 better than the analyst estimate of ($0.23). Revenue for the quarter came in at $22.8 million versus the consensus estimate of $16.72 million.

We are pleased with our strong execution in the first quarter, with revenue increasing by 31% over the first quarter of 2020,” said Derek Maetzold, president and chief executive officer of Castle Biosciences. “In-line with our expectations, January and February were impacted, we believe, by COVID-19 and weather interruptions. However, we are encouraged by the positive trends that we are seeing. Specifically, we saw order volume for our DecisionDx®-Melanoma test increase by approximately 30% in March 2021, compared to January 2021, with March orders being the highest March since DecisionDx-Melanoma became commercially available. This positive trend continued in April, with April orders exceeding those of March. Additionally, we saw continued positive trends for our recently launched DecisionDx®-SCC and DecisionDx® DiffDx™-Melanoma tests. While there is continued uncertainty related to the impact of COVID-19 with regard to the timing of the return to historical levels of skin cancer diagnoses, we feel confident in providing 2021 revenue guidance of $80-83 million.

“We continue to make progress on our growth initiatives and remain focused on helping physicians answer clinical questions with high unmet need with the personalized, precise results our genomic tests are designed to provide. We believe our recent announcement of signing a definitive agreement to acquire Myriad’s myPath Melanoma laboratory, and the resulting addition of myPath® Melanoma test to our skin cancer test services, furthers our position as the leader in dermatologic diagnostics. And we believe this enables us to provide the most comprehensive offerings for patients with skin cancer and difficult-to-diagnose melanocytic lesions. Additionally, our pipeline initiative to develop an innovative test that can predict therapy response and guide treatment selection of systemic therapies in patients diagnosed with moderate to severe psoriasis, atopic dermatitis and related conditions has the potential to expand our reach into non-skin cancer, medical dermatology diseases and is expected to provide enhanced value to our clinical customers and their patients. These tests, along with our other pipeline products, have the potential to increase our estimated U.S. total addressable market to slightly more than $5.5 billion.

“Finally, I am pleased to announce that we completed our commercial team expansion ahead of schedule, with all new outside territories filled, doubling our total dermatology customer facing positions to approximately 60-65. Training is ongoing, and by July 1, we expect our expanded commercial team will be able to utilize our existing, dermatologic sales channels to offer clinicians and their patients four innovative, actionable gene expression profile tests designed to improve patient care.”

GUIDANCE:

Castle Biosciences Inc. sees FY2021 revenue of $80-83 million, versus the consensus of $79.84 million.

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