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Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

On May 6, 2020, Veracyte, Inc. issued a press release announcing its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. The full text of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this report.

The information in this Current Report on Form 8-K, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed to be “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liability of that section, and shall not be incorporated by reference into any registration statement or other document filed under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
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Exhibit No.Description
104Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

May 6, 2020
/s/ Keith Kennedy
Keith Kennedy
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
(Principal Financial Officer)


Exhibit 99.1

Veracyte Announces First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Total Testing and Product Revenue Increased 20% to $30.4 Million

Genomic Testing Volume Grew 15% to 10,559

Executed Exclusive Licensing Agreement with Yale University
To Advance Novel, Blood-Based Genomic IPF Monitoring Test on nCounter Platform

Company Outlines COVID-19 Impact and Response

Conference Call and Webcast Today at 5:00 p.m. ET

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 6, 2020-- Veracyte, Inc. (Nasdaq: VCYT) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020 and provided an update on recent business progress.

“Despite late-quarter challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, we delivered solid results for the first quarter of 2020, with strong revenue and volume growth across our genomic testing business. We continued to strengthen our position for long-term success by advancing our pipeline and solidifying our infrastructure for global expansion. We also established a new biopharmaceutical partnership in lymphoma, our newest clinical indication, and made strong progress with all of our biopharmaceutical collaborations,” said Bonnie Anderson, chairman and chief executive officer of Veracyte.

“While we anticipate impact to our business from the pandemic through 2020, we believe we are well-positioned to emerge strong over the long term due to the fundamental strength and diversification of our business, as well as our strong cash position. Moreover, we believe our focus on improving diagnosis and treatment decisions for patients with cancer and lung disease, while reducing unnecessary procedures, aligns with the needs of our healthcare system.”

First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

For the first quarter of 2020, as compared with the first quarter of 2019:

Total Testing and Product Revenue was $30.4 million, an increase of 20%; including biopharmaceutical revenue, total revenue was $31.1 million, an increase of 5%;
Gross Margin was 61%, which included a $1.1 million write-down of supplies;
Operating Expenses, Excluding Cost of Revenue, were $31.1 million, an increase of 35%;
Net Loss and Comprehensive Loss was $(11.7) million, versus $(1.9) million;
Basic and Diluted Net Loss Per Common Share was $(0.24), versus $(0.05);
Net Cash Used in Operating Activities was $5.3 million, versus $1.0 million; and
Cash and Cash Equivalents were $153.1 million at March 31, 2020.

COVID-19 Impact and Recent Events

As previously announced, Veracyte’s business was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the company observed genomic testing volume decline in the second half of March and through April, where it experienced an over-50 percent volume decline during the month compared to prior year. In response to this unprecedented challenge, the company took the following steps to reduce costs:

a.Veracyte’s chairman and chief executive officer reduced her base pay and target bonus by 25% until the company resumes normal operations.
b.Veracyte’s board of directors, executive leaders and certain other employees took a reduction in pay until the company resumes normal operations.
c.Approximately 60 employees were put on a temporary furlough with a goal of bringing them back from furlough once the company’s business rebounds. Veracyte will continue at this time to provide furloughed employees certain benefits including covering employee healthcare contributions during the furlough. In addition, Veracyte terminated a small number of employees.
d.Instituted a temporary hiring freeze.
e.Secured vendor discounts and halted all nonessential outside spending.

First Quarter 2020 and Recent Business Highlights

Core Diagnostics Business:
Grew total genomic test volume (Afirma, Percepta and Envisia) by 15% to 10,559 tests.
Launched “More About You,” a national campaign to help patients navigate the work-up of thyroid nodules and ask for Afirma testing by name.
Announced that data accepted for oral presentation at the ENDO 2020 conference identified novel or rare gene fusions that are included in the newly expanded Afirma Xpression Atlas and may potentially be targeted with drugs that are approved or under development.
Reported new data published in npj Breast Cancer, which suggest potential growth opportunities for the Prosigna test in global markets where the test reports intrinsic breast cancer subtypes. Additionally, data published in Clinical Breast Cancer suggest the Prosigna test’s ability to provide significant prognostic information beyond clinicopathologic factors in patients with invasive lobular breast cancer, a major breast cancer histopathologic subtype.

Strategic Collaborations and Pipeline Advancement:
Secured an exclusive licensing and research agreement with Yale University to advance the first genomic monitoring test for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis prognosis, complementing our Envisia classifier for improved early diagnosis of the disease. The non-invasive, blood-based test was developed for use on our nCounter diagnostic platform.
Signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Boston University for technology that will help advance development of the first-ever, non-invasive nasal swab test for lung cancer early detection.
Announced a multi-year collaboration with Acerta Pharma, the hematology research and development arm of AstraZeneca plc, to provide genomic information that will support the biopharmaceutical company’s development of oncology therapeutics in lymphoma.

Conference Call and Webcast Details
Veracyte will host a conference call and webcast today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the company's financial results and provide a general business update. The conference call will be webcast live from the company’s website and will be available via the following link: The webcast should be accessed 10 minutes prior to the conference call start time. A replay of the webcast will be available for one year following the conclusion of the live broadcast and will be accessible on the company’s website at

The conference call can be accessed as follows:
U.S./Canada participant dial-in number (toll-free):(855) 541-0980
International participant dial-in number:(970) 315-0440
Conference I.D.:5370469
About Veracyte
Veracyte (Nasdaq: VCYT) is a leading genomic diagnostics company that improves patient care by providing answers to clinical questions that inform diagnosis and treatment decisions without the need for costly, risky surgeries that are often unnecessary. The company's core products are uniquely developed with RNA whole-transcriptome sequencing and machine learning to deliver results that give patients and physicians a clear path forward. Since its founding in 2008, Veracyte has commercialized seven genomic tests and is transforming the diagnosis of thyroid cancer, lung cancer and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. In December 2019, Veracyte acquired the exclusive global diagnostic rights to the nCounter platform from NanoString Technologies, Inc., through which it plans to make its genomic tests available to physicians and their patients worldwide. These include commercial and in-development tests in breast cancer and lymphoma, respectively, which Veracyte also acquired through the transaction. Veracyte is based in South San Francisco, California. For more information, please visit and follow the company on Twitter (@veracyte).

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as: "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "expect," "believe," "should," "may," "will" and similar references to future periods. Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, statements regarding Veracyte’s financial and operational results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020, the current and future impacts of COVID-19 on Veracyte’s business, actions Veracyte has taken in response to COVID-19, and Veracyte’s long-term outlook. Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance, but are based only on our current beliefs, expectations and assumptions. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from our predictions, and include, but are not limited to: the impact of COVID-19 on Veracyte’s business and operating results, specifically, and the healthcare system and economy more generally, Veracyte’s ability to achieve and maintain Medicare coverage for its tests; the benefits of Veracyte’s tests and the applicability of clinical results to actual outcomes; the laws and regulations applicable to Veracyte’s business, including potential regulation by the Food and Drug Administration or other regulatory bodies; Veracyte’s ability to successfully achieve and maintain adoption of and reimbursement for its products; the amount by which use of Veracyte’s products are able to reduce invasive procedures and misdiagnosis, and reduce healthcare costs; the occurrence and outcomes of clinical studies; and other risks set forth in Veracyte’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the risks set forth in its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof and Veracyte specifically disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements or reasons why actual results might differ, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Veracyte, Afirma, Percepta, Envisia, Prosigna, LymphMark, and the Veracyte logo are trademarks of Veracyte, Inc.

(In thousands of dollars, except share and per share amounts)
Three Months Ended March 31,
Testing revenue$26,991  $25,389  
Product revenue3,409  —  
Biopharmaceutical revenue722  4,140  
  Total revenue$31,122  $29,529  
Operating expenses:
Cost of testing revenue10,568  8,513  
Cost of product revenue1,559  —  
Cost of biopharmaceutical revenue116  —  
Research and development4,407  3,435  
Selling and marketing17,584  12,477  
General and administrative7,813  6,904  
Intangible asset amortization1,275  267  
  Total operating expenses43,322  31,596  
Loss from operations(12,200) (2,067) 
Interest expense(55) (303) 
Other income, net539  453  
Net loss and comprehensive loss(11,716) (1,917) 
Net loss per common share, basic and diluted$(0.24) $(0.05) 
Shares used to compute net loss per common share, basic and diluted49,792,631  41,168,593  

(In thousands)
March 31,December 31,
(See Note 1)
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$153,132  $159,317  
Accounts receivable19,091  19,329  
Supplies6,094  6,806  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets3,045  2,235  
Total current assets181,362  187,687  
Property and equipment, net8,788  8,933  
Right-of-use assets - operating lease8,576  8,808  
Finite-lived intangible assets, net63,744  65,019  
Goodwill2,725  2,725  
Restricted cash603  603  
Other assets1,302  1,437  
Total assets$267,100  $275,212  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$7,665  $2,328  
Accrued liabilities10,079  13,734  
Current portion of operating lease liability1,450  1,407  
Total current liabilities19,194  17,469  
Long-term debt748  694  
Acquisition related contingent consideration5,604  6,088  
Operating lease liability, net of current portion11,132  11,506  
Total liabilities36,678  35,757  
Total stockholders’ equity230,422  239,455  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$267,100  $275,212  
(1) The condensed balance sheet at December 31, 2019 has been derived from the audited financial statements at that date included in the Company's Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission dated February 25, 2020.

(in thousands of dollars)
Three Months Ended March 31,
Operating activities
Net loss$(11,716) $(1,917) 
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:—  —  
Depreciation and amortization1,972  945  
Gain on disposal of property and equipment—  (16) 
Stock-based compensation2,905  1,759  
Amortization of debt issuance costs—   
Interest on end-of-term debt obligations54  64  
Write-down of excess supplies1,088  —  
Noncash lease expense232  212  
Revaluation of acquisition related contingent consideration(484) —  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:—  —  
Accounts receivable238  (3,447) 
Supplies(376) (366) 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets(818) (11) 
Operating lease liability(331) (292) 
Other assets135  37  
Accounts payable 5,450  1,726  
Accrued liabilities(3,650) 287  
Net cash used in operating activities(5,301) (1,011) 
Investing activities
Purchases of property and equipment(665) (765) 
Proceeds from disposal of property and equipment—  16  
Net cash used in investing activities(665) (749) 
Financing activities
Payment of long-term debt—  (12,500) 
Payment of financial lease liability—  (75) 
Payment of taxes on vested restricted stock units(2,304) (556) 
Proceeds from the exercise of common stock options and employee stock purchases2,085  4,737  
Net cash used in financing activities(219) (8,394) 
Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash(6,185) (10,154) 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period159,920  78,598  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period$153,735  $68,444  
Supplementary cash flow information of non-cash investing and financing activities:      
Purchases of property and equipment included in accounts payable and accrued liability$113  $95  
Interest paid on debt$ $228  

(In thousands of dollars)
March 31, 2020December 31, 2019
Cash and cash equivalents$153,132  $159,317  
Restricted cash603  603  
Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash$153,735  $159,920  

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