Berkeley Lights, Bayer Ink Discovery Pact For Next-Gen Traits In Agricultural Sector, Berkeley Q2 Earnings Miss Estimates

  • Berkeley Lights Inc BLI reports Q2 sales of $19.3 million, +82% Y/Y, but slightly missing the consensus of $19.64 million.
  • The Company expanded the installed base to 92 platforms, with seven new direct placements shipped in the quarter. The gross margin remains unchanged at 66%.
  • It reported a wider operating loss of $(17.8) million, compared to $(12.2) million a year ago.
  • Net loss swelled to $(18.1) million, compared to $(12.4) million in Q2 FY20.
  • EPS loss of $(0.27) versus $(4.25) a year ago, missed the consensus of $(0.24).
  • Berkeley Lights continues to expect full-year 2021 revenue of $90 million - $100 million, a Y/Y growth of 40% - 56%.
  • Separately, Berkeley has announced a multi-year agreement with Bayer AG BAYRY to develop and perform high-throughput functional screening workflows to accelerate and expand the discovery of novel traits. 
  • The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
  • Berkeley Lights will leverage its platform to screen individual bioactive variants for Bayer, marking the first application of Berkeley Lights' technology for use in the agricultural sector.
  • Price Action: BLI shares are down 4.09% at $42 premarket on the last check Wednesday.
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