EXACT SCIENCES CORP, 10-Q filed on 4/27/2017
Quarterly Report
Document and Entity Information
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2017
Apr. 26, 2017
Document and Entity Information
 
 
Entity Registrant Name
EXACT SCIENCES CORP 
 
Entity Central Index Key
0001124140 
 
Document Type
10-Q 
 
Document Period End Date
Mar. 31, 2017 
 
Amendment Flag
false 
 
Current Fiscal Year End Date
--12-31 
 
Entity Current Reporting Status
Yes 
 
Entity Filer Category
Large Accelerated Filer 
 
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding
 
111,192,422 
Document Fiscal Year Focus
2017 
 
Document Fiscal Period Focus
Q1 
 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (USD $)
In Thousands, unless otherwise specified
Mar. 31, 2017
Dec. 31, 2016
Current Assets:
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$ 39,206 
$ 48,921 
Marketable securities
235,464 
262,179 
Accounts receivable, net
16,214 
8,526 
Inventory, net
7,859 
6,833 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
7,443 
7,114 
Total current assets
306,186 
333,573 
Property and Equipment, at cost:
 
 
Computer equipment and computer software
22,485 
20,767 
Laboratory equipment
15,837 
14,749 
Leasehold improvements
13,653 
13,549 
Assets under construction
7,200 
6,711 
Buildings
4,792 
4,792 
Furniture and fixtures
2,581 
2,515 
Property and Equipment, gross
66,548 
63,083 
Less-Accumulated depreciation
(28,153)
(24,941)
Net property and equipment
38,395 
38,142 
Other long-term assets
5,680 
5,325 
Total assets
350,261 
377,040 
Current Liabilities:
 
 
Accounts payable
891 
710 
Accrued liabilities
27,077 
28,106 
Current portion of long-term debt
176 
174 
Other short-term liabilities
1,793 
1,702 
Total current liabilities
29,937 
30,692 
Long-term debt
4,592 
4,633 
Other long-term liabilities
5,680 
5,734 
Lease incentive obligation, less current portion
532 
686 
Total liabilities
40,741 
41,745 
Commitments and contingencies
   
   
Stockholders' Equity:
 
 
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value Authorized—5,000,000 shares issued and outstanding—no shares at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016
   
   
Common stock, $0.01 par value Authorized—200,000,000 shares issued and outstanding—111,197,740 and 110,236,127 shares at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016
1,112 
1,102 
Additional paid-in capital
1,090,002 
1,080,432 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
(431)
(418)
Accumulated deficit
(781,163)
(745,821)
Total stockholders' equity
309,520 
335,295 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
$ 350,261 
$ 377,040 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Parenthetical) (USD $)
Mar. 31, 2017
Dec. 31, 2016
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
 
 
Preferred stock, par value (in dollars per share)
$ 0.01 
$ 0.01 
Preferred stock, Authorized shares
5,000,000 
5,000,000 
Preferred stock, outstanding shares
Common stock, par value (in dollars per share)
$ 0.01 
$ 0.01 
Common stock, Authorized shares
200,000,000 
200,000,000 
Common stock, Issued shares
111,197,740 
110,236,127 
Common stock, outstanding shares
111,197,740 
110,236,127 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (USD $)
In Thousands, except Per Share data, unless otherwise specified
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2017
Mar. 31, 2016
Revenue
 
 
Laboratory service revenue
$ 48,363 
$ 14,835 
Cost of sales
16,981 
9,059 
Gross margin
31,382 
5,776 
Operating expenses:
 
 
Research and development
8,002 
10,126 
General and administrative
20,070 
17,824 
Sales and marketing
38,801 
25,711 
Total operating expenses
66,873 
53,661 
Loss from operations
(35,491)
(47,885)
Other income (expense)
 
 
Investment income
595 
466 
Interest expense
(50)
(54)
Total other income
545 
412 
Net loss
$ (34,946)
$ (47,473)
Net loss per share-basic and diluted (in dollars per share)
$ (0.32)
$ (0.49)
Weighted average common shares outstanding-basic and diluted (in shares)
110,582 
97,246 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss (USD $)
In Thousands, unless otherwise specified
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2017
Mar. 31, 2016
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss
 
 
Net loss
$ (34,946)
$ (47,473)
Other comprehensive loss, net of tax:
 
 
Unrealized gain (loss) on available-for-sale investments
(5)
473 
Foreign currency translation loss
(8)
(57)
Comprehensive loss
$ (34,959)
$ (47,057)
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (USD $)
In Thousands, unless otherwise specified
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2017
Mar. 31, 2016
Cash flows from operating activities:
 
 
Net loss
$ (34,946)
$ (47,473)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:
 
 
Depreciation and amortization of fixed assets
3,247 
2,473 
Loss on disposal of property and equipment
20 
 
Stock-based compensation
6,129 
6,100 
Amortization of other liabilities
(377)
(208)
Amortization of deferred financing costs
14 
13 
Amortization of premium on short-term investments
37 
214 
Amortization of intangible assets
50 
50 
Changes in assets and liabilities:
 
 
Accounts receivable, net
(7,688)
(688)
Inventory, net
(1,026)
(1,480)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
(329)
(347)
Accounts payable
181 
(467)
Accrued liabilities
1,204 
(664)
Lease incentive obligation
(154)
130 
Net cash used in operating activities
(33,638)
(42,347)
Cash flows from investing activities:
 
 
Purchases of marketable securities
(30,563)
(6,118)
Maturities of marketable securities
57,236 
61,680 
Purchases of property and equipment
(2,745)
(2,389)
Net cash provided by investing activities
23,928 
53,173 
Cash flows from financing activities:
 
 
Proceeds from exercise of common stock options
47 
288 
Payments on mortgage payable
(44)
(41)
Net cash provided by financing activities
247 
Effects of exchange rate on cash and cash equivalents
(8)
(57)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
(9,715)
11,016 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period
48,921 
41,135 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period
39,206 
52,151 
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing and financing activities:
 
 
Property and equipment acquired but not paid
775 
1,034 
Unrealized gain (loss) on available-for-sale investments
(5)
473 
Issuance of 158,717 and 341,507 shares of common stock to fund the Company's 401(k) matching contribution for 2016 and 2015, respectively
3,008 
2,146 
Interest paid
$ 50 
$ 53 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Parenthetical)
In Thousands, unless otherwise specified
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2017
Mar. 31, 2016
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
 
 
Issuance of shares of common stock to fund the Company's 401(k) matching contribution
158,717 
341,507 
ORGANIZATION AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION
ORGANIZATION AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION

(1) ORGANIZATION AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION

 

Organization

 

Exact Sciences Corporation (“Exact” or the “Company”) was incorporated in February 1995. Exact is a molecular diagnostics company currently focused on the early detection and prevention of some of the deadliest forms of cancer. The Company has developed an accurate, non-invasive, patient-friendly screening test called Cologuard for the early detection of colorectal cancer and pre-cancer, and is currently working on the development of tests for other types of cancer.

 

Basis of Presentation

 

The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements, which include the accounts of Exact Sciences Corporation and those of its wholly owned subsidiaries, Exact Sciences Laboratories, LLC, Exact Sciences Finance Corporation, Exact Sciences Europe LTD, Beijing Exact Sciences Medical Technology Company Limited, and variable interest entities are unaudited and have been prepared on a basis substantially consistent with the Company’s audited financial statements and notes as of and for the year ended December 31, 2016 included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K (the “2016 Form 10-K”). These condensed consolidated financial statements are prepared in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) and follow the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for interim reporting. In the opinion of management, all adjustments (consisting only of adjustments of a normal and recurring nature) considered necessary for a fair presentation of the results of operations have been included. The results of the Company’s operations for any interim period are not necessarily indicative of the results of the Company’s operations for any other interim period or for a full fiscal year. The statements should be read in conjunction with the audited financial statements and related notes included in the 2016 Form 10-K.  Management has evaluated subsequent events for disclosure or recognition in the accompanying financial statements up to the filing of this report.

SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

(2) SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

Principles of Consolidation

The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company’s wholly owned subsidiaries, Exact Sciences Laboratories, LLC, Exact Sciences Finance Corporation, Exact Sciences Europe LTD, Beijing Exact Sciences Medical Technology Company Limited, and variable interest entities. All significant intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated in consolidation.

References to “Exact”, “we”, “us”, “our”, or the “Company” refer to Exact Sciences Corporation and its wholly owned subsidiaries.

Use of Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period.  Actual results could differ from those estimates.

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents

The Company considers cash on hand, demand deposits in bank, money market funds, and all highly liquid investments with an original maturity of 90 days or less to be cash and cash equivalents.

 

Marketable Securities

 

Management determines the appropriate classification of debt securities at the time of purchase and re-evaluates such designation as of each balance sheet date. Debt securities carried at amortized cost are classified as held-to-maturity when the Company has the positive intent and ability to hold the securities to maturity. Marketable equity securities and debt securities not classified as held-to-maturity are classified as available-for-sale. Available-for-sale securities are carried at fair value, with the unrealized gains and losses, net of tax, reported in other comprehensive loss. The amortized cost of debt securities in this category is adjusted for amortization of premiums and accretion of discounts to maturity computed under the straight-line method. Such amortization is included in investment income. Realized gains and losses and declines in value judged to be other-than-temporary on available-for-sale securities are included in investment income. The cost of securities sold is based on the specific identification method. Interest and dividends on securities classified as available-for-sale are included in investment income.

 

At March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, the Company’s investments were comprised of fixed income investments, and all were deemed available-for-sale. The objectives of the Company’s investment strategy are to provide liquidity and safety of principal while striving to achieve the highest rate of return consistent with these two objectives.  The Company’s investment policy limits investments to certain types of instruments issued by institutions with investment grade credit ratings and places restrictions on maturities and concentration by type and issuer. Investments in which the Company has the ability and intent, if necessary, to liquidate, in order to support its current operations (including those with a contractual term greater than one year from the date of purchase), are classified as current. All of the Company’s investments are considered current. There were no realized losses for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016. Realized gains were $4,000 and $3,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively.

 

We periodically review our investments in unrealized loss positions for other-than-temporary impairments. This evaluation includes, but is not limited to, significant quantitative and qualitative assessments and estimates regarding credit ratings, collateralized support, the length of time and significance of a security’s loss position, our intent not to sell the security, and whether it is more likely than not that we will have to sell the security before recovery of its cost basis. For the three months ended March 31, 2017, no investments were identified with other-than-temporary declines in value.

 

Available-for-sale securities at March 31, 2017 consisted of the following:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31, 2017

 

 

    

 

 

    

Gains in Accumulated

    

Losses in Accumulated

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Comprehensive

 

Other Comprehensive

 

Estimated Fair

 

(In thousands)

 

Amortized Cost

 

Income

 

Income

 

Value

 

Corporate bonds

 

$

110,463

 

$

13

 

$

(79)

 

$

110,397

 

Asset backed securities

 

 

54,274

 

 

 2

 

 

(35)

 

 

54,241

 

U.S. government agency securities

 

 

49,586

 

 

 —

 

 

(123)

 

 

49,463

 

Commercial paper

 

 

17,108

 

 

 2

 

 

 —

 

 

17,110

 

Certificates of deposit

 

 

4,252

 

 

 1

 

 

 —

 

 

4,253

 

Total available-for-sale securities

 

$

235,683

 

$

18

 

$

(237)

 

$

235,464

 

 

Available-for-sale securities at December 31, 2016 consisted of the following:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 31, 2016

 

 

    

 

 

    

Gains in Accumulated

    

Losses in Accumulated

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Comprehensive

 

Other Comprehensive

 

Estimated Fair

 

(In thousands)

 

Amortized Cost

 

Income

 

Income

 

Value

 

Corporate bonds

 

$

137,013

 

$

17

 

$

(93)

 

$

136,937

 

Asset backed securities

 

 

55,667

 

 

 3

 

 

(30)

 

 

55,640

 

U.S. government agency securities

 

 

49,591

 

 

 3

 

 

(120)

 

 

49,474

 

Commercial paper

 

 

19,069

 

 

 8

 

 

(1)

 

 

19,076

 

Certificates of deposit

 

 

1,053

 

 

 —

 

 

(1)

 

 

1,052

 

Total available-for-sale securities

 

$

262,393

 

$

31

 

$

(245)

 

$

262,179

 

 

Changes in Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)

The amounts recognized in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (“AOCI”) for the three months ended March 31, 2017 were as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulated

 

 

 

Cumulative

 

Unrealized

 

Other

 

 

 

Translation

 

Gain (Loss)

 

Comprehensive

 

(In thousands)

    

Adjustment

    

on Securities

    

Income (Loss)

 

Balance at December 31, 2016

 

$

(204)

 

$

(214)

 

$

(418)

 

Other comprehensive loss before reclassifications

 

 

(8)

 

 

(3)

 

 

(11)

 

Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

 

 —

 

 

(2)

 

 

(2)

 

Net current period change in accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

 

(8)

 

 

(5)

 

 

(13)

 

Balance at March 31, 2017

 

$

(212)

 

$

(219)

 

$

(431)

 

 

The amounts recognized in AOCI for the three months ended March 31, 2016 were as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulated

 

 

 

Cumulative

 

Unrealized

 

Other

 

 

 

Translation

 

Gain (Loss)

 

Comprehensive

 

(In thousands)

    

Adjustment

    

on Securities

    

Income (Loss)

 

Balance at December 31, 2015

 

$

11

 

$

(444)

 

$

(433)

 

Other comprehensive (loss) income before reclassifications

 

 

(57)

 

 

456

 

 

399

 

Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

 

 —

 

 

17

 

 

17

 

Net current period change in accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income

 

 

(57)

 

 

473

 

 

416

 

Balance at March 31, 2016

 

$

(46)

 

$

29

 

$

(17)

 

 

Amounts reclassified from AOCI for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016 were as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Affected Line Item in the

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

Details about AOCI  Components (In thousands)

 

Statement of Operations

 

2017

 

2016

 

Change in value of available-for-sale investments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sales and maturities of available-for-sale investments

 

Investment income

 

$

(2)

 

$

17

 

Total reclassifications

 

 

 

$

(2)

 

$

17

 

 

Property and Equipment

 

Property and equipment are stated at cost and depreciated using the straight-line method over the assets’ estimated useful lives. Maintenance and repairs are expensed when incurred; additions and improvements are capitalized. The estimated useful lives of fixed assets are as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Estimated

 

Asset Classification

    

Useful Life

 

Laboratory equipment

 

3 - 5 years

 

Computer equipment and computer software

 

3 years

 

Leasehold improvements

 

Lesser of the remaining lease term or useful life

 

Building Improvements

 

Lesser of the remaining building life or useful life

 

Furniture and fixtures

 

3 years

 

Buildings

 

30 years

 

 

At March 31, 2017, the Company had $7.2 million of assets under construction which consisted of $0.1 million related to leasehold improvements, $2.1 million related to computer equipment and computer software projects and $5.0 million related to machinery and equipment. Depreciation will begin on these assets once they are placed into service. The Company expects to incur an additional $5.9 million to complete the leasehold improvements, $0.9 million to complete the computer equipment and computer software projects, and minimal costs to complete the machinery and equipment. These projects are expected to be completed in 2017 and 2018. There were no impairment losses for the periods ended March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016.

 

Software Capitalization Policy

Software development costs related to internal use software are incurred in three stages of development: the preliminary project stage, the application development stage, and the post-implementation stage. Costs incurred during the preliminary project and post-implementation stages are expensed as incurred. Costs incurred during the application development stage that meet the criteria for capitalization are capitalized and amortized, when the software is ready for its intended use, using the straight-line basis over the estimated useful life of the software.

 

Patent Costs and Intangible Assets

 

Patent costs, which have historically consisted of related legal fees, are capitalized as incurred, only if the Company determines that there is some probable future economic benefit to be derived from the transaction. A capitalized patent is amortized over its estimated useful life, beginning when such patent is approved. Capitalized patent costs are expensed upon disapproval, upon a decision by the Company to no longer pursue the patent or when the related intellectual property is either sold or deemed to be no longer of value to the Company. The Company determined that all patent costs incurred during the three months ended March 31, 2017 should be expensed and not capitalized as the future economic benefit to be derived from the transactions cannot be determined.

 

Under a technology license and royalty agreement entered into with MDx Health (“MDx”), the Company is required to pay MDx milestone-based royalties on sales of products or services covered by the licensed intellectual property. Once the achievement of a milestone has occurred or is considered probable, an intangible asset and corresponding liability is reported in other long-term assets and accrued liabilities, respectively. The intangible asset is amortized over the estimated ten-year useful life of the licensed intellectual property, and such amortization is reported in cost of sales. The liability is relieved once the milestone has been achieved and payment has been made. As of March 31, 2017, an intangible asset of $1.5 million and a liability of $1.3 million were reported in other long-term assets and accrued liabilities, respectively. As of December 31, 2016, an intangible asset of $1.6 million and a liability of $1.3 million were reported in other long-term assets and accrued liabilities, respectively. Amortization expense was $50,000 for each of the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016.

 

Net Loss Per Share

 

Basic net loss per common share was determined by dividing net loss applicable to common stockholders by the weighted average common shares outstanding during the period. Basic and diluted net loss per share are the same because all outstanding common stock equivalents have been excluded, as they are anti-dilutive due to the Company’s losses.

 

The following potentially issuable common shares were not included in the computation of diluted net loss per share because they would have an anti-dilutive effect due to net losses for each period:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31,

(In thousands)

    

2017

    

2016

    

Shares issuable upon exercise of stock options

 

3,613

 

5,475

 

Shares issuable upon the release of restricted stock awards

 

5,553

 

6,202

 

 

 

9,166

 

11,677

 

 

Revenue Recognition

 

Laboratory Service Revenue. The Company’s laboratory service revenues are generated by performing diagnostic services using our Cologuard test, and the service is completed upon delivery of a test result to an ordering physician. We recognize revenue in accordance with the provisions of ASC 954-605, Health Care Entities - Revenue Recognition.  The Company recognizes revenue on an accrual basis, net of contractual and other adjustments, when amounts that will ultimately be collected can be reasonably estimated. Contractual and other adjustments represent the difference between the list price (the billing rate) and the estimated reimbursement rate for each payer. Upon ultimate collection, the amount received from payers where reimbursement was estimated is compared to previous collection estimates and, if necessary, the contractual allowance is adjusted.

The estimates of amounts that will ultimately be collected requires significant judgment by management, and the Company’s judgments will continue to evolve as it gains payment experience with payers and patients.  Historically, in the absence of the ability to reasonably estimate the amount that will ultimately be collected for our services, revenue was recognized upon cash receipt. Effective during the first quarter of 2017, the Company determined that it had the ability to reasonably estimate the amount that will ultimately be collected from all payers. Accordingly, the Company now recognizes revenue on an accrual basis for all payers.

The components of laboratory service revenue, as recognized upon accrual or cash receipt, for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016 were as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

(In thousands)

    

2017

    

2016

 

 

Revenue recognized on an accrual basis

 

$

43,854

 

$

13,676

 

 

Revenue recognized when cash is received

 

 

4,509

 

 

1,159

 

 

Total

 

$

48,363

 

$

14,835

 

 

 

Inventory

 

Inventory is stated at the lower of cost or market value (net realizable value). The Company determines the cost of inventory using the first-in, first out method (“FIFO”). The Company estimates the recoverability of inventory by reference to internal estimates of future demands and product life cycles, including expiration. The Company periodically analyzes its inventory levels to identify inventory that may expire prior to expected sale or has a cost basis in excess of its estimated net realizable value, and records a charge to cost of sales for such inventory, as appropriate. In addition, the Company's products are subject to strict quality control and monitoring which the Company performs throughout the manufacturing process. If certain batches or units of product no longer meet quality specifications or become obsolete due to expiration, the Company records a charge to cost of sales to write down such unmarketable inventory to its estimated net realizable value.

 

Direct and indirect manufacturing costs incurred during process validation and for other research and development activities, which are not permitted to be sold, have been expensed to research and development. 

 

Inventory consists of the following:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31,

 

December 31,

 

(In thousands)

    

2017

    

2016

 

Raw materials

 

$

2,754

 

$

2,408

 

Semi-finished and finished goods

 

 

5,105

 

 

4,425

 

Total inventory

 

$

7,859

 

$

6,833

 

 

Foreign Currency Translation

 

For the Company’s international subsidiaries, the local currency is the functional currency. Assets and liabilities of these subsidiaries are translated into United States dollars at the period-end exchange rate or historical rates, as appropriate. Condensed consolidated statements of operations are translated at average exchange rates for the period. The cumulative translation adjustments resulting from changes in exchange rates are included in the condensed consolidated balance sheet as a component of accumulated other comprehensive loss in total Exact Sciences Corporation’s stockholders’ equity. Transaction gains and losses are included in the condensed consolidated statement of operations.

 

Reclassifications

 

Certain prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current period presentation in the condensed consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements.

MAYO LICENSE AGREEMENT
MAYO LICENSE AGREEMENT

(3) MAYO LICENSE AGREEMENT

 

Overview

 

As more fully described in the 2016 Form 10-K, in June 2009 the Company entered into a patent license agreement with MAYO Foundation for Medical Education and Research (“MAYO”). The Company’s license agreement with MAYO was amended and restated in February 2015 and further amended in January 2016. Under the license agreement, MAYO granted the Company an exclusive, worldwide license to certain MAYO patents and patent applications, as well as a non-exclusive, worldwide license with regard to certain MAYO know-how. As expanded by the January 2016 amendment to the license agreement, the scope of the license includes any screening, surveillance or diagnostic tests or tools for use in connection with any type of cancers, pre-cancers, diseases or conditions.

 

Pursuant to the Company’s agreement with MAYO, the Company is required to pay MAYO a low-single-digit royalty on the Company’s net sales of products using the licensed MAYO intellectual property, with minimum annual royalty fees of $25,000 each year through 2033, the year the last patent expires. The January 2016 amendment to the MAYO license agreement established various low-single-digit royalty rates on net sales of current and future products and clarified how net sales will be calculated.  As part of the amendment, the royalty rate on the Company’s net sales of Cologuard increased and, if in the future, improvements are made to the Cologuard product, the royalty rate may further increase, but, pursuant to the terms of the January 2016 amendment, would remain a low-single-digit percentage of net sales.

 

In addition to royalties, the Company is required to pay MAYO cash of $0.2 million, $0.8 million and $2.0 million upon each product reaching $5.0 million, $20.0 million and $50.0 million in cumulative net sales, respectively.

 

As part of the February 2015 amendment and restatement of the license agreement, the Company agreed to pay MAYO an additional $5.0 million, payable in five annual installments, through 2019. The Company paid MAYO the annual installment of $1.0 million in the first quarter of each of 2015 and 2016. The Company paid MAYO the 2017 installment in December 2016.

 

In addition, the Company is paying MAYO for research and development efforts. As part of the Company’s research collaboration with MAYO, the Company incurred charges of $1.1 million and made payments of $1.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017. The Company has recorded an estimated liability of $0.6 million for research and development efforts as of March 31, 2017. The Company incurred charges of $1.0 million and made payments of $1.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2016. The Company recorded an estimated liability of $1.2 million for research and development efforts as of March 31, 2016.

 

STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION
STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION

(4) STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION

 

Stock-Based Compensation Plans

 

The Company’s stock-based compensation plans include the 2010 Omnibus Long-Term Incentive Plan (As Amended and Restated Effective April 28, 2015), the 2010 Employee Stock Purchase Plan, the 2015 Inducement Award Plan, the 2000 Stock Option and Incentive Plan (collectively, the “Stock Plans”).

 

Stock-Based Compensation Expense

 

The Company records stock-based compensation expense in connection with the amortization of restricted stock and restricted stock unit awards, stock purchase rights granted under the Company’s employee stock purchase plan and stock options granted to employees, non-employee consultants and non-employee directors. The Company recorded $6.1 million in stock-based compensation expense during each of the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016.

 

Determining Fair Value

 

Valuation and Recognition – The fair value of each option award is estimated on the date of grant using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model. The fair value of each market measure-based award is estimated on the date of grant using a Monte Carlo simulation pricing model. The fair value of service-based awards for each restricted stock unit award is determined on the date of grant using the closing stock price on that day. The estimated fair value of these awards is recognized to expense using the straight-line method over the vesting period. The Black-Scholes and Monte Carlo pricing models utilize the following assumptions:

 

Expected Term – Expected life of an option award is the average length of time over which the Company expects employees will exercise their options, which is based on historical experience with similar grants. Expected life of a market measure-based award is based on the applicable performance period.

 

Expected Volatility - Expected volatility is based on the Company’s historical stock volatility data over the expected term of the awards.

 

Risk-Free Interest Rate - The Company bases the risk-free interest rate used in the Black-Scholes and Monte Carlo valuation models on the implied yield currently available on U.S. Treasury zero-coupon issues with an equivalent expected term.

 

Forfeitures – The Company adopted Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-09, Compensation – Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting (“Update 2016-09”) during the three months ended March 31, 2017. With the adoption of Update 2016-09, forfeiture estimates are no longer required, and the effects of actual forfeitures are recorded at the time they occur. The impact on the condensed consolidated balance sheet was a cumulative-effect adjustment of $0.4 million, increasing opening accumulated deficit and additional paid-in capital.

 

The fair value of each option and market measure-based award is based on the assumptions in the following table:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

    

2017

    

2016

    

Option Plan Shares

 

 

 

 

 

Risk-free interest rates

 

2.13 %

 

1.48%  -  1.69%

 

Expected term (in years)

 

6.59

 

6.25  -  6.74

 

Expected volatility

 

62.9 %

 

58.9%  -  59.4%

 

Dividend yield

 

0 %

 

0 %

 

Weighted average fair value per share of options granted during the period

 

$ 13.20

 

$ 3.17

 

Market Measure-Based Shares

 

   

 

   

 

Risk-free interest rates

 

(1)

 

 0.91  %

 

Expected term (in years)

 

(1)

 

 2.84 

 

Expected volatility

 

(1)

 

 68.3  %

 

Dividend yield

 

(1)

 

0 %

 

Weighted average fair value per share of stock purchase rights granted during the period

 

(1)

 

$ 2.32

 

ESPP Shares

 

   

 

   

 

Risk-free interest rates

 

(2)

 

(2)

 

Expected term (in years)

 

(2)

 

(2)

 

Expected volatility

 

(2)

 

(2)

 

Dividend yield

 

(2)

 

(2)

 

Weighted average fair value per share of stock purchase rights granted during the period

 

(2)

 

(2)

 

 


(1)

The Company did not issue market measure-based shares during the respective period.

(2)

The Company did not issue stock purchase rights under its 2010 Employee Stock Purchase Plan during the respective period.

 

Stock Option and Restricted Stock Activity

 

A summary of stock option activity under the Stock Plans during the three months ended March 31, 2017 is as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

    

 

 

    

Weighted

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted

 

Average

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average

 

Remaining

 

Aggregate

 

 

 

 

 

Exercise

 

Contractual

 

Intrinsic

 

Options

 

Shares

 

Price

 

Term (Years)

 

Value(1)

 

(Aggregate intrinsic value in thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding, January 1, 2017

 

3,505,481

 

$

7.00

 

5.5

 

 

 

 

Granted

 

125,978

 

 

21.68

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exercised

 

(11,704)

 

 

4.03

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forfeited

 

(6,360)

 

 

23.38

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding, March 31, 2017

 

3,613,395

 

$

7.50

 

5.5

 

$

58,283

 

Exercisable, March 31, 2017

 

2,647,974

 

$

6.22

 

4.3

 

$

46,103

 

 


(1)

The aggregate intrinsic value of options outstanding, exercisable and vested and expected to vest is calculated as the difference between the exercise price of the underlying options and the market price of the Company’s common stock for options that had exercise prices that were lower than the $23.62 market price of the Company’s common stock at March 31, 2017.  The total intrinsic value of options exercised during the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016 was $0.2 million and $2.1 million, respectively.

 

As of March 31, 2017, there was $54.1 million of total unrecognized compensation cost related to non-vested share-based compensation arrangements granted under all Stock Plans.  Total unrecognized compensation cost will be adjusted for future forfeitures.  The Company expects to recognize that cost over a weighted average period of 2.7 years.

 

A summary of restricted stock and restricted stock unit activity under the Stock Plans during the three months ended March 31, 2017 is as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

    

Weighted

 

 

 

Restricted

 

Average Grant

 

 

 

Shares

 

Date Fair Value

 

Outstanding, January 1, 2017

 

5,601,316

 

$

9.19

 

Granted

 

776,458

 

 

21.42

 

Released

 

(786,870)

 

 

12.39

 

Forfeited

 

(37,781)

 

 

10.19

 

Outstanding, March 31, 2017

 

5,553,123

 

$

10.47

 

 

FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS
FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS

(5) FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS

 

The Financial Accounting Standards Board has issued authoritative guidance which requires that fair value should be based on the assumptions market participants would use when pricing an asset or liability and establishes a fair value hierarchy that prioritizes the information used to develop those assumptions. Under the standard, fair value measurements are separately disclosed by level within the fair value hierarchy. The fair value hierarchy establishes and prioritizes the inputs used to measure fair value that maximizes the use of observable inputs and minimizes the use of unobservable inputs. Observable inputs are inputs that reflect the assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability developed based on market data obtained from sources independent of the Company. Unobservable inputs are inputs that reflect the Company’s assumptions about the assumptions market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability developed based on the best information available in the circumstances.

 

The three levels of the fair value hierarchy established are as follows:

 

 

 

 

Level 1

 

Quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that the Company has the ability to access as of the reporting date.  Active markets are those in which transactions for the asset or liability occur in sufficient frequency and volume to provide pricing information on an ongoing basis.

 

 

 

Level 2

 

Pricing inputs other than quoted prices in active markets included in Level 1, which are either directly or indirectly observable as of the reporting date.  These include quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities in active markets and quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in markets that are not active.

 

 

 

Level 3

 

Unobservable inputs that reflect the Company’s assumptions about the assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability. Unobservable inputs shall be used to measure fair value to the extent that observable inputs are not available.

 

Fixed-income securities and mutual funds are valued using a third-party pricing agency. The valuation is based on observable inputs including pricing for similar assets and other observable market factors. There has been no material change from period to period.  The estimated fair value of the Company’s long-term debt based on a market approach was approximately $4.6 million and $4.7 million as of March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively, and represent Level 2 measurements.  When determining the estimated fair value of the Company’s long-term debt, the Company used market-based risk measurements, such as credit risk.

 

The following table presents the Company’s fair value measurements as of March 31, 2017 along with the level within the fair value hierarchy in which the fair value measurements in their entirety fall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair Value Measurement at March 31, 2017 Using:

 

 

    

 

 

    

Quoted Prices

    

Significant

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

in Active

 

Other

 

Significant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Markets for

 

Observable

 

Unobservable

 

 

 

Fair Value at

 

Identical Assets

 

Inputs

 

Inputs

 

(In thousands)

 

March 31, 2017

 

(Level 1)

 

(Level 2)

 

(Level 3)

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and money market

 

$

30,706

 

 

30,706

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

Commercial paper

 

 

4,700

 

 

 —

 

 

4,700

 

 

 —

 

U.S. government agency securities

 

 

3,000

 

 

 —

 

 

3,000

 

 

 —

 

Certificates of deposit

 

 

800

 

 

 —

 

 

800

 

 

 —

 

Available-for-sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marketable securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate bonds

 

 

110,397

 

 

 —

 

 

110,397

 

 

 —

 

Asset backed securities

 

 

54,241

 

 

 —

 

 

54,241

 

 

 —

 

U.S. government agency securities

 

 

49,463

 

 

 —

 

 

49,463

 

 

 —

 

Commercial paper

 

 

17,110

 

 

 —

 

 

17,110

 

 

 —

 

Certificates of deposit

 

 

4,253

 

 

 —

 

 

4,253

 

 

 —

 

Total

 

$

274,670

 

$

30,706

 

$

243,964

 

$

 —

 

 

The following table presents the Company’s fair value measurements as of December 31, 2016 along with the level within the fair value hierarchy in which the fair value measurements in their entirety fall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair Value Measurement at December 31, 2016 Using:

 

 

    

 

 

    

Quoted Prices

    

Significant

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

in Active

 

Other

 

Significant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Markets for

 

Observable

 

Unobservable

 

 

 

Fair Value at

 

Identical Assets

 

Inputs

 

Inputs

 

(In thousands)

 

December 31, 2016

 

(Level 1)

 

(Level 2)

 

(Level 3)

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and money market

 

$

48,921

 

$

48,921

 

$

 —

 

$

 —

 

Available-for-sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marketable securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate bonds

 

 

136,937

 

 

 —

 

 

136,937

 

 

 —

 

Asset backed securities

 

 

55,640

 

 

 —

 

 

55,640

 

 

 —

 

U.S. government agency securities

 

 

49,474

 

 

 —

 

 

49,474

 

 

 —

 

Commercial paper

 

 

19,076

 

 

 —

 

 

19,076

 

 

 —

 

Certificates of deposit

 

 

1,052

 

 

 —

 

 

1,052

 

 

 —

 

Total

 

$

311,100

 

$

48,921

 

$

262,179

 

$

 —

 

 

The following table summarizes gross unrealized losses and fair values of our investments in an unrealized loss position as of March 31, 2017, aggregated by investment category and length of time that individual securities have been in a continuous unrealized loss position:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31, 2017

 

 

 

 

Less than 12 months

 

12 months or greater

 

Total

 

(In thousands)

    

 

Fair Value

    

 

Gross Unrealized Loss

    

 

Fair Value

    

 

Gross Unrealized Loss

    

 

Fair Value

    

 

Gross Unrealized Loss

 

Marketable securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate bonds

 

$

84,634

 

$

(79)

 

$

 —

 

$

 —

 

$

84,634

 

$

(79)

 

Asset backed securities

 

 

44,740

 

 

(34)

 

 

1,436

 

 

(1)

 

 

46,176

 

 

(35)

 

U.S. government agency securities

 

 

49,463

 

 

(123)

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

49,463

 

 

(123)

 

Total

 

$

178,837

 

$

(236)

 

$

1,436

 

$

(1)

 

$

180,273

 

$

(237)

 

 

The following summarizes contractual underlying maturities of the Company’s available-for-sale investments in debt securities at March 31, 2017:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due one year or less

 

Due after one year through four years

(In thousands)

    

 

Cost

    

 

Fair Value

 

 

Cost

    

 

Fair Value

Marketable securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate bonds

 

$

109,922

 

$

109,855

 

$

541

 

$

542

Certificates of deposit

 

 

4,252

 

 

4,253

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

Commercial paper

 

 

17,108

 

 

17,110

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

U.S. government agency securities

 

 

24,583

 

 

24,542

 

 

25,003

 

 

24,921

Asset backed securities

 

 

378

 

 

377

 

 

53,896

 

 

53,864

Total

 

$

156,243

 

$

156,137

 

$

79,440

 

$

79,327

 

NEW MARKET TAX CREDIT
NEW MARKET TAX CREDIT

(6) NEW MARKET TAX CREDIT

As more fully described in the 2016 Form 10-K, during the fourth quarter of 2014, the Company received approximately $2.4 million in net proceeds from financing agreements related to working capital and capital improvements at one of its Madison, Wisconsin facilities.  This financing arrangement was structured with an unrelated third party financial institution, an investment fund, and its majority owned community development entity in connection with the Company’s participation in transactions qualified under the federal New Markets Tax Credit (“NMTC”) program, pursuant to Section 45D of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. The $2.4 million was recorded in Other Long-Term Liabilities on the consolidated balance sheets. The benefit of this net $2.4 million contribution will be recognized as a decrease in expenses, included in cost of sales, as the Company amortizes the contribution liability over the seven-year compliance period as it is being earned through the Company’s on-going compliance with the conditions of the NMTC program. The Company has recorded $0.1 million as a decrease of expenses for each of the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016. At March 31, 2017, the remaining balance of $1.6 million is included in Other Long-Term Liabilities. The Company incurred approximately $0.2 million of debt issuance costs related to the above transactions, which are being amortized over the life of the agreements.

LONG-TERM DEBT
LONG-TERM DEBT

(7) LONG-TERM DEBT

During June 2015, the Company entered into a $5.1 million credit agreement with an unrelated third-party financial institution to finance the purchase of a facility located in Madison, Wisconsin. The credit agreement is collateralized by the acquired building.

 

Borrowings under the credit agreement bear interest at 4.15%. The Company made interest-only payments on the outstanding principal balance for the period between July 12, 2015 and September 12, 2015. Beginning on October 12, 2015 and continuing through May 12, 2019, the Company is required to make monthly principal and interest payments of $31,000. The final principal and interest payment due on the maturity date of June 12, 2019 is $4.4 million.

 

Additionally, the Company has recorded $73,000 in mortgage issuance costs, which are recorded as a direct deduction from the mortgage liability. The issuance costs are being amortized through June 12, 2019. The Company has recorded $4,000 in amortization of mortgage issuance costs for each of the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016.

 

WISCONSIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TAX CREDITS
WISCONSIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TAX CREDITS

(8) WISCONSIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TAX CREDITS

During the first quarter of 2015, the Company entered into an agreement with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (“WEDC”) to earn $9.0 million in refundable tax credits if the Company expends $26.3 million in capital investments and establishes and maintains 758 full-time positions in the state of Wisconsin over a seven-year period.  The tax credits earned are first applied against the tax liability otherwise due, and if there is no such liability present, the claim for tax credits will be reimbursed in cash to the Company.  The maximum amount of the refundable tax credit to be earned for each year is fixed, and the Company earns the credits by meeting certain capital investment and job creation thresholds over the seven-year period. Should the Company earn and receive the job creation tax credits but not maintain those full-time positions through the end of the agreement, the Company may be required to pay those credits back to the WEDC. 

 

The Company records the earned tax credits as job creation and capital investments occur. The amount of tax credits earned is recorded as a liability and amortized as a reduction of operating expenses over the expected period of benefit. The tax credits earned from capital investment are recognized as an offset to depreciation expense over the expected life of the acquired capital assets. The tax credits earned related to job creation are recognized as an offset to operational expenses over the life of the agreement, as the Company is required to maintain the minimum level of full-time positions through the seven-year period.

 

As of March 31, 2017, the Company has earned $5.4 million of tax credits and has received payment of $0.8 million from the WEDC. The unpaid portion is $4.6 million, of which $1.6 million is reported in prepaid expenses and other current assets and $3.0 million is reported in other long-term assets, reflecting when collection of the refundable tax credits is expected to occur. As of March 31, 2017, the Company also has recorded a $1.2 million liability in other short-term liabilities and a $3.0 million liability in other long-term liabilities, reflecting when the expected benefit of the tax credit amortization will reduce future operating expenses.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, the Company amortized $0.3 million and $0.1 million, respectively, of the tax credits earned as a reduction of operating expenses.

 

RECENT ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS
RECENT ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS

(9) RECENT ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS

In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued ASU No. 2014-9, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), (the “New Revenue Standard”) requiring an entity to recognize the amount of revenue to which it expects to be entitled for the transfer of promised goods or services to customers. Additional disclosures will also be required to enable users to understand the nature, amount, timing and uncertainty of revenue and cash flows arising from contracts with customers. The New Revenue Standard will replace most existing revenue recognition guidance in GAAP when it becomes effective and permits the use of either the retrospective or modified retrospective method upon adoption. Adoption of the New Revenue Standard is permitted as early as the first quarter of 2017 and is required by the first quarter of 2018. The Company does not plan to early adopt this standard and has not yet selected a transition method. The Company has completed its preliminary evaluation of the potential financial statement impact of the New Revenue Standard on prior and future reporting periods. The Company does not expect material changes to the timing of when the Company recognizes revenue or the method by which the Company measures its single revenue stream, lab service revenue. Further, regarding the contract acquisition cost component of the New Revenue Standard, the Company’s analysis supports use of the practical expedient when recognizing expense related to incremental costs incurred to acquire a contract, as the recovery of such costs is completed in less than one year’s time. Additionally, incremental costs to obtain contracts have been immaterial to date. Accordingly, the Company does not expect any material changes to the timing of when it recognizes expenses related to contract acquisition costs. The Company will continue its evaluation of the New Revenue Standard through the date of adoption.

 

In February 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), (“Update 2016-02”) which requires recognition of lease assets and lease liabilities by lessees for those leases classified as operating leases under previous GAAP.   The amendments in this update are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, including interim periods within those fiscal years.  In transition, lessees and lessors are required to recognize and measure leases at the beginning of the earliest period presented using a modified retrospective approach. Early adoption is permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the effects that the adoption of Update 2016-02 will have on the Company’s consolidated financial statements, and anticipate that the new guidance will impact the Company’s consolidated financial statements as it has several leases.

 

In March 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued ASU No. 2016-09, Compensation —Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting, (“Update 2016-09”) as part of its Simplification Initiative.  The areas for simplification in this update involve several aspects of the accounting for share-based payment transactions, including the income tax consequences, classification of awards as either equity or liabilities, and classification in the statements of cash flows.  The amendments in this update are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2016, including interim periods within those fiscal years.  With the adoption of Update 2016-09, forfeiture estimates are no longer required, and the effects of actual forfeitures are recorded at the time they occur. The Company adopted this guidance during the three months ended March 31, 2017. The impact on the condensed consolidated balance sheet was a cumulative-effect adjustment of $0.4 million, increasing opening accumulated deficit and additional paid-in capital.

 

In August 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued ASU No. 2016-15, Statement of Cash Flows (Topic 230): Classification of Certain Cash Receipts and Cash Payments, (“Update 2016-15”). Current GAAP either is unclear or does not include specific guidance on the eight cash flow classification issues included in the amendments in Update 2016-15. The amendments are an improvement to GAAP because they provide guidance for each of the eight issues, thereby reducing the current and potential future diversity in practice.  The amendments in Update 2016-15 are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017, and interim periods within those fiscal years. The Company has evaluated Update 2016-15 and does not expect the adoption of this guidance to have a material impact on its statements of cash flows.

 

In October 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued ASU No. 2016-16, Income Taxes (Topic 740): Intra-Entity Transfers of Assets Other Than Inventory, (“Update 2016-16”). This amendment improves the accounting for the income tax consequences of intra-entity transfers of assets other than inventory. Update 2016-16 is effective for fiscal years and interim periods within those years beginning after December 15, 2017. Early adoption is permitted. The Company does not expect the adoption of Update 2016-16 to have a significant impact on its consolidated financial statements.

 

In October 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued ASU No. 2016-17, Consolidation (Topic 810): Interests Held through Related Parties That Are Under Common Control, (“Update 2016-17”). The amendments in Update 2016-17 change how a reporting entity that is the single decision maker of a variable interest entity should treat indirect interests in the entity held through related parties that are under common control with the reporting entity when determining whether it is the primary beneficiary of that variable interest entity. The amendment is effective for fiscal years and interim periods within those years beginning after December 15, 2016. The Company adopted this guidance during the three months ended March 31, 2017. The impact of adoption did not have an impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

 

In November 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued ASU No. 2016-18, Statement of Cash Flows; Restricted Cash, (“Update 2016-18”). Update 2016-18 provides guidance on the classification of restricted cash in the statement of cash flows. The amendments are effective for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2017. Early adoption is permitted. The amendments in Update 2016-18 should be adopted on a retrospective basis. The Company does not expect the adoption of this amendment to have a material effect on its consolidated financial statements, as the Company does not have restricted cash.

 

In January 2017, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued ASU No. 2017-01, Business Combinations (Topic 805): Clarifying the Definition of a Business, (“Update 2017-01”) in an effort to clarify the definition of a business, with the objective of adding guidance to assist entities with evaluating whether transactions should be accounted for as acquisitions (or disposals) of assets or businesses. The amendments in Update 2017-01 are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017 and interim periods within those fiscal years. The adoption of this guidance is not expected to have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

 

In January 2017, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued ASU No. 2017-03, Accounting Changes and Error Corrections, (“Update 2017-03”) which states that an entity should evaluate ASUs, that have been issued but not yet adopted, to determine the effects of those ASUs on the entity’s financial statements when adopted. If the effect is unknown or cannot be reasonably estimated, then additional qualitative disclosures should be considered, including a description of the effect of the accounting policies that the entity expects to apply, if determined, and a comparison to the entity’s current accounting policies, a description of the status of the entity’s process to implement the new standard and the significant implementation matters yet to be addressed. Transition guidance in certain issued but not yet adopted ASUs was updated to reflect Update 2017-03. Other than enhancements to the qualitative disclosures regarding the future adoption of new ASUs, adoption of Update 2017-03 is not expected to have any impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

 

SUBSEQUENT EVENT
SUBSEQUENT EVENT

(10) SUBSEQUENT EVENT

Effective April 25, 2017, the Company and MDx entered into a Royalty Buy-out Agreement (the “Agreement”), which terminated the Company’s License Agreement with MDx dated July 26, 2010, as previously amended May 6, 2011 (the “License Agreement”). Pursuant to the Agreement, the Company agreed to pay MDx a one-time fee of $8.0 million in exchange for an assignment of certain patents covered by the License Agreement and the elimination of all ongoing royalties and other payments under the License Agreement. Also in the Agreement is a mutual release, which includes all amounts previously accrued to MDx under the License Agreement. Concurrently with entering into the Agreement, the Company entered into a Patent Purchase Agreement with MDx under which it agreed to pay MDx $7.0 million in exchange for the assignment of certain other patent rights which were not covered by the License Agreement.

SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (Policies)

Principles of Consolidation

The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company’s wholly owned subsidiaries, Exact Sciences Laboratories, LLC, Exact Sciences Finance Corporation, Exact Sciences Europe LTD, Beijing Exact Sciences Medical Technology Company Limited, and variable interest entities. All significant intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated in consolidation.

References to “Exact”, “we”, “us”, “our”, or the “Company” refer to Exact Sciences Corporation and its wholly owned subsidiaries.

Use of Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period.  Actual results could differ from those estimates.

Cash and Cash Equivalents

The Company considers cash on hand, demand deposits in bank, money market funds, and all highly liquid investments with an original maturity of 90 days or less to be cash and cash equivalents.

 

 

Marketable Securities

 

Management determines the appropriate classification of debt securities at the time of purchase and re-evaluates such designation as of each balance sheet date. Debt securities carried at amortized cost are classified as held-to-maturity when the Company has the positive intent and ability to hold the securities to maturity. Marketable equity securities and debt securities not classified as held-to-maturity are classified as available-for-sale. Available-for-sale securities are carried at fair value, with the unrealized gains and losses, net of tax, reported in other comprehensive loss. The amortized cost of debt securities in this category is adjusted for amortization of premiums and accretion of discounts to maturity computed under the straight-line method. Such amortization is included in investment income. Realized gains and losses and declines in value judged to be other-than-temporary on available-for-sale securities are included in investment income. The cost of securities sold is based on the specific identification method. Interest and dividends on securities classified as available-for-sale are included in investment income.

 

At March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, the Company’s investments were comprised of fixed income investments, and all were deemed available-for-sale. The objectives of the Company’s investment strategy are to provide liquidity and safety of principal while striving to achieve the highest rate of return consistent with these two objectives.  The Company’s investment policy limits investments to certain types of instruments issued by institutions with investment grade credit ratings and places restrictions on maturities and concentration by type and issuer. Investments in which the Company has the ability and intent, if necessary, to liquidate, in order to support its current operations (including those with a contractual term greater than one year from the date of purchase), are classified as current. All of the Company’s investments are considered current. There were no realized losses for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016. Realized gains were $4,000 and $3,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively.

 

We periodically review our investments in unrealized loss positions for other-than-temporary impairments. This evaluation includes, but is not limited to, significant quantitative and qualitative assessments and estimates regarding credit ratings, collateralized support, the length of time and significance of a security’s loss position, our intent not to sell the security, and whether it is more likely than not that we will have to sell the security before recovery of its cost basis. For the three months ended March 31, 2017, no investments were identified with other-than-temporary declines in value.

 

Available-for-sale securities at March 31, 2017 consisted of the following:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31, 2017

 

 

    

 

 

    

Gains in Accumulated

    

Losses in Accumulated

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Comprehensive

 

Other Comprehensive

 

Estimated Fair

 

(In thousands)

 

Amortized Cost

 

Income

 

Income

 

Value

 

Corporate bonds

 

$

110,463

 

$

13

 

$

(79)

 

$

110,397

 

Asset backed securities

 

 

54,274

 

 

 2

 

 

(35)

 

 

54,241

 

U.S. government agency securities

 

 

49,586

 

 

 —

 

 

(123)

 

 

49,463

 

Commercial paper

 

 

17,108

 

 

 2

 

 

 —

 

 

17,110

 

Certificates of deposit

 

 

4,252

 

 

 1

 

 

 —

 

 

4,253

 

Total available-for-sale securities

 

$

235,683

 

$

18

 

$

(237)

 

$

235,464

 

 

Available-for-sale securities at December 31, 2016 consisted of the following:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 31, 2016

 

 

    

 

 

    

Gains in Accumulated

    

Losses in Accumulated

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Comprehensive

 

Other Comprehensive

 

Estimated Fair

 

(In thousands)

 

Amortized Cost

 

Income

 

Income

 

Value

 

Corporate bonds

 

$

137,013

 

$

17

 

$

(93)

 

$

136,937

 

Asset backed securities

 

 

55,667

 

 

 3

 

 

(30)

 

 

55,640

 

U.S. government agency securities

 

 

49,591

 

 

 3

 

 

(120)

 

 

49,474

 

Commercial paper

 

 

19,069

 

 

 8

 

 

(1)

 

 

19,076

 

Certificates of deposit

 

 

1,053

 

 

 —

 

 

(1)

 

 

1,052

 

Total available-for-sale securities

 

$

262,393

 

$

31

 

$

(245)

 

$

262,179

 

 

Changes in Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)

The amounts recognized in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (“AOCI”) for the three months ended March 31, 2017 were as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulated

 

 

 

Cumulative

 

Unrealized

 

Other

 

 

 

Translation

 

Gain (Loss)

 

Comprehensive

 

(In thousands)

    

Adjustment

    

on Securities

    

Income (Loss)

 

Balance at December 31, 2016

 

$

(204)

 

$

(214)

 

$

(418)

 

Other comprehensive loss before reclassifications

 

 

(8)

 

 

(3)

 

 

(11)

 

Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

 

 —

 

 

(2)

 

 

(2)

 

Net current period change in accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

 

(8)

 

 

(5)

 

 

(13)

 

Balance at March 31, 2017

 

$

(212)

 

$

(219)

 

$

(431)

 

 

The amounts recognized in AOCI for the three months ended March 31, 2016 were as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulated

 

 

 

Cumulative

 

Unrealized

 

Other

 

 

 

Translation

 

Gain (Loss)

 

Comprehensive

 

(In thousands)

    

Adjustment

    

on Securities

    

Income (Loss)

 

Balance at December 31, 2015

 

$

11

 

$

(444)

 

$

(433)

 

Other comprehensive (loss) income before reclassifications

 

 

(57)

 

 

456

 

 

399

 

Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

 

 —

 

 

17

 

 

17

 

Net current period change in accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income

 

 

(57)

 

 

473

 

 

416

 

Balance at March 31, 2016

 

$

(46)

 

$

29

 

$

(17)

 

 

Amounts reclassified from AOCI for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016 were as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Affected Line Item in the

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

Details about AOCI  Components (In thousands)

 

Statement of Operations

 

2017