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Collaboration Agreement Signed with Medtronic to Develop Next-Generation Wearable Healthcare Monitoring Devices, Utilizing Rockley’s Bioptx™ Biomarker Sensing Platform

VitalSpex™ Pro Biosensing Technology for Alcohol, Lactate, and Glucose Measurement Shipped to Tier-1 Customer

Baseline Band Design Confirmed, Working with Contract Manufacturers to Support Fourth Quarter 2022 Production Timeline

OXFORD, England & PASADENA, Calif., May 12, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rockley Photonics Holdings Limited (NYSE: RKLY), a global leader in photonics-based health monitoring and communications solutions, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

"We continue to make great progress on our biosensing platform, which we believe will provide a holistic view of a person’s health. This new, non-invasive, real-time solution has been designed to monitor multiple biomarkers, including heart rate, heart rate variation, respiratory rate, blood oxygen, core body temperature, hydration, blood pressure, alcohol, glucose, lactate, and more," said Dr. Andrew Rickman, chairman and chief executive officer of Rockley. "I believe our product development programs remain on track, including the recently announced product milestone of shipping our VitalSpex Pro technology to an early-access, tier-1 consumer wearables customer. Our ongoing human studies are going well, achieving very compelling results for hydration as well as our other biomarkers. The progress that we’ve made supports our planned move into production in the second half of 2022 with our Baseline products, which can be leveraged in multiple use-cases including certain pre- and post-operative solutions for our medtech customers under general health and wellness guidance."

"We are pleased to have completed the financing we separately announced earlier today. With this financing, we believe we will have the financial resources to advance our opportunities in consumer wearables and medtech," said Mahesh Karanth, chief financial officer of Rockley. "We are focused on aligning the financial structure of the company to support the many opportunities for our biomarker sensing platform. We are committed to the efficient use of cash, correlating expenditures with initiatives tied to accelerating the commercialization of our consumer wearables and medtech products, which will allow us to reduce our cash burn in the second half of 2022. While we have made progress toward these efforts, it’s important to note that our cash burn for the quarter included a $7.5 million debt repayment and other items that we do not expect in future periods, including an anticipated reduction in expenses from our data communications business when it has been monetized."

Business Highlights:

  • Medtronic Partnership Announced – In the first quarter, Rockley entered into a development partnership with Medtronic, a global leader in healthcare technology. The Company plans to collaborate with Medtronic to integrate Rockley’s recently announced Bioptx biomarker sensing platform, which includes the Company’s wearable band, cloud analytics, and AI, into Medtronic’s solutions for use across various healthcare settings. Rockley now has 17 customers, expanding significantly from five customers a year ago.

  • VitalSpex Pro Device Shipped to Tier-1 Customer – The Company achieved an important milestone, shipping the enhanced, higher-performance Pro version of its VitalSpex biosensing technology to one of its early access, tier-1 consumer wearables customers. VitalSpex Pro solution biomarkers include alcohol, glucose and lactate in addition to the biomarkers provided by the Baseline solution.

  • Baseline Band Design Confirmed – With plans to begin production in the second half of 2022, the Company finalized the design of its new Baseline band and began finalizing agreements with its contract manufacturers, building its supply chain and ecosystem as it moves to production. Initial shipments of Rockley’s Baseline band to customers are expected in the fourth quarter of 2022.

  • Blood Pressure Milestone Reached – During the quarter, the Company announced the results of its pilot blood pressure human study for the development of a cuffless, non-invasive measurement on the wrist using Rockley’s biomarker sensing platform. The results demonstrated improved ability to observe blood pressure trends with Rockley’s approach as compared to results from LED-based solutions. The results also demonstrated strong correlation of the Rockley signal to commonly used electrocardiogram (ECG) equipment when measuring heart rate (HR) and heart rate variability (HRV), potentially providing an alternative method for measuring cardiovascular health. Additional human studies for blood pressure and other biomarkers are ongoing.

  • Preliminary Results of Hydration Human Study Announced and Novel Index Introduced – The Company announced the results of its human study measuring hydration levels using Rockley’s non-invasive biomarker sensing platform. The study showed that its wearable device was able to correctly predict body dehydration in human subjects 99% of the time and detect a normal state of body water content (euhydration) 82% of the time. Rockley also announced that it has created a new measurement scale designed to provide a simple understanding of personal hydration levels.

  • Industry Veteran Nicolaus Henke Named to Board of Directors – Having experience with top teams in leading health systems, medical device companies and pharmaceutical companies, Dr. Henke brings a wealth of strategy, operations and organizational experience as well as experience in artificial intelligence and machine learning. He founded McKinsey Analytics and chaired QuantumBlack, a McKinsey company that uses machine learning in applications for organizations including health systems.

First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2022 Financial Highlights:

(in millions except per share)

Three Months Ended

March 31, 2022

December 31, 2021

Revenue

$

1.0

$

2.4

Gross profit

$

(2.4

)

$

2.7

SG&A expense

$

10.9

$

12.4

R&D expense

$

24.8

$

12.6

Net loss

$

(41.8

)

$

(14.7

)

Net loss per share

$

(0.33

)

$

(0.12

)

Cash, cash equivalents, and investments at period end

$

36.4

$

81.4

Cash used in operations

$

(38.8

)

$

(34.1

)

Non-GAAP Financial Highlights:

SG&A expense

$

9.5

$

10.1

R&D expense

$

21.2

$

8.1

Net loss

$

(36.2

)

$

(7.1

)

Net loss per share

$

(0.28

)

$

(0.06

)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

(34.0

)

$

(14.7

)

A reconciliation of GAAP financial measures to non-GAAP financial measures is included in the financial statement tables included in this press release. For more information regarding the non-GAAP financial measures discussed in this press release, please see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and "Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.

Outlook for Fiscal Year 2022:

Revenue

$20 - $30 million

Actual results may differ materially from Rockley’s financial outlook as a result of several factors, including the factors described under "Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" below.

Conference Call Information

Rockley will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the first quarter results at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time today, May 12, 2022. The live audio webcast along with accompanying presentation materials will be accessible on the Company’s Investor Relations website at investors.rockleyphotonics.com.

The U.S. dial-in for the call is 866-682-6100 or +1 862-298-0702 for international callers. Please reference access code 13729647. A replay of the conference call will be available until May 19, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, while an archived version of the webcast will be available on Rockley’s Investor Relations website for one year. The U.S. dial-in for the conference call replay is 877-660-6853 or +1 201-612-7415. The replay access code is 13729647.

Disclosure Information

In compliance with disclosure obligations under Regulation FD, Rockley announces material information to the public through a variety of means, including filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, press releases, public conference calls and webcasts, as well as the investor relations website.

About Rockley

A global leader in photonics-based health monitoring and communications solutions, Rockley is developing a comprehensive range of photonic integrated circuits and associated modules, sensors, and full-stack solutions. From next-generation sensing platforms specifically designed for mobile health monitoring and machine vision to high-speed, high-volume solutions for data communications, Rockley is laying the foundation for a new generation of applications across multiple industries. Rockley believes that photonics will eventually become as pervasive as micro-electronics, and it has developed a platform with the power and flexibility needed to address both mass markets and a wide variety of vertical applications.

Formed in 2013, Rockley is uniquely positioned to support hyper-scale manufacturing and address a multitude of high-volume markets. Rockley has partnered with numerous Tier-1 customers across a diverse range of industries to deliver the complex optical systems required to bring transformational products to market.

To learn more about Rockley, visit rockleyphotonics.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release that are not historical facts constitute "forward-looking statements" for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding Rockley’s future expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, and assumptions regarding future events or performance. The words "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "develop," "enable," "estimate," "eventual," "expect," "future," "intend," "may," "might," "opportunity," "outlook," "plan," "possible," "position," "potential," "predict," "project," "revolutionize," "seem," "should," "trend," "will," "would" and other terms that predict or indicate future events, trends, or expectations, and similar expressions or the negative of such expressions may identify forward-looking statements, but the absence of these words or terms does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the following: (a) the potential of the Company’s solutions to improve individuals’ health and well-being and enable the transition from reactive to proactive healthcare; (b) the Company’s belief that its biosensing platform will provide a holistic view of a person’s health; (c) the Company’s belief that it will move to production in the second half of 2022; (d) the sufficiency of the Company’s financial resources, efficient use of cash and ability to reduce its cash burn (e) the anticipated and potential features, scope, goals, and benefits of the Company’s platform, products, technology, and partnerships with third parties; (f) financial projections, revenue and earnings guidance; (g) Rockley’s belief that photonics will eventually become as pervasive as micro-electronics; and (h) Rockley’s potential to support hyper-scale manufacturing, address a multitude of high-volume markets, and deliver the complex optical systems required to bring transformational products to market.

Forward-looking statements are subject to several risks and uncertainties (many of which are beyond the Company’s control) or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: (i) the Company’s ability to achieve commercial production of its products and technology, including in a timely and cost-effective manner; (ii) the Company’s ability to achieve customer design wins, convert memoranda of understanding and development contracts into production contracts, and achieve customer acceptance of its products and technology; (iii) risks related to purchase orders, including the lack of long-term purchase commitments, the cancellation, reduction, delay, or other changes in customer purchase orders, and if and to the extent customers seek to enter into licensing arrangements in lieu of purchases; (iv) the Company’s history of losses and need for additional capital and its ability to access additional financing to support its operations and execute on its business plan, as well as the risks associated with any future financings; (v) legal and regulatory risks, including those related to its products and technology and any threatened or actual litigation; (vi) risks associated with its fabless manufacturing model and dependency on third-party suppliers; (vii) the Company’s reliance on a few significant customers for a majority of its revenue and its ability to expand and diversify its customer base; (viii) the Company’s financial performance; (ix) the impacts of COVID-19 on the Company, its customers and suppliers, its target markets, and the economy; (x) the Company’s ability to successfully manage growth and its operations as a public company; (xi) fluctuations in the Company’s stock price and the Company’s ability to maintain the listing of its ordinary shares on the NYSE; (xii) the Company’s ability to anticipate and respond to industry trends and customer requirements; (xiii) changes in the Company’s current and future target markets; (xiv) intellectual property risks; (xv) the Company’s ability to compete successfully; (xvi) market opportunity and market demand for, and acceptance of, the Company’s products and technology, as well as the customer products into which the Company’s products and technology are incorporated; (xvii) risks related to international operations; (xviii) risks related to cybersecurity, privacy, and infrastructure; (xix) risks related to financial and accounting matters; (xx) general economic, financial, legal, political, and business conditions and changes in domestic and foreign markets; (xxi) the Company’s ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the business combination; (xxii) changes adversely affecting the businesses or markets in which the Company is engaged; and (xxiii) risks related to the Company’s backlog, including the risk that backlog may not translate into future revenue, as well as other factors described under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended 2021, and in other documents the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the future. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on various assumptions, whether or not identified in this press release, and on the Company’s current expectations, beliefs, and assumptions and are not predictions of actual performance. If any of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of these assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may differ materially from those discussed in or implied by these forward-looking statements. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting the Company will be those that have been anticipated. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof and the Company does not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether because of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.

First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

ROCKLEY PHOTONICS HOLDINGS LIMITED

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited and in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

Three Months Ended

March 31, 2022

December 31, 2021

March 31, 2021

Revenue

$

962

$

2,408

$

1,771

Cost of revenue

3,395

(326

)

3,734

Gross profit

(2,433

)

2,734

(1,963

)

Operating expenses:

Selling, general and administrative expenses

10,938

12,388

7,305

Research and development expenses

24,802

12,624

15,980

Total operating expenses

35,740

25,012

23,285

Loss from operations

(38,173

)

(22,278

)

(25,248

)

Other income (expense):

Other expense

(14

)

Interest expense, net

(2,653

)

(2,868

)

(147

)

Gain (loss) on equity method investment

207

17

(163

)

Change in fair value of debt instruments

(39,653

)

Change in fair value of warrant liabilities

211

10,312

(Loss) gain on foreign currency

(1,228

)

(31

)

534

Total other expense

(3,477

)

7,430

(39,429

)

Loss before income taxes

(41,650

)

(14,848

)

(64,677

)

Provision for income tax

131

(141

)

100

Net loss

$

(41,781

)

$

(14,707

)

$

(64,777

)

Net loss per share:

Basic and diluted

$

(0.33

)

$

(0.12

)

$

(0.77

)

Weighted-average shares outstanding:

Basic and diluted

128,443,050

127,355,926

83,883,581

ROCKLEY PHOTONICS HOLDINGS LIMITED

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited and in thousands, except share amounts and par value)

March 31, 2022

December 31, 2021

Assets

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

11,863

$

36,786

Short-term investments, at fair value

18,072

26,965

Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $302 as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021

830

1,359

Other receivables, net of allowance of $0 and $141 as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively

49,249

47,462

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

6,749

6,802

Total current assets

86,763

119,374

Long-term investments, at fair value

6,445

17,659

Property, equipment, net

10,075

10,187

Equity method investment

5,213

4,879

Intangible assets

3,048

3,048

Other non-current assets

7,784

7,683

Total assets

$

119,328

$

162,830

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity (Deficit)

Current liabilities

Trade payables

$

4,458

$

6,882

Accrued expenses

20,082

17,360

Debt, current portion

21,316

26,312

Other current liabilities

1,440

1,238

Total current liabilities

47,296

51,792

Warrant liabilities

3,266

3,477

Other long-term liabilities

3,366

3,743

Total liabilities

53,928

59,012

Shareholders’ equity (deficit)

Ordinary shares, $0.000004 par value; 12,417,500,000 authorized as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021; 129,005,167 and 127,860,639 issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively

Additional paid-in-capital

508,368

504,714

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(291

)

Accumulated deficit

(442,677

)

(400,896

)

Total shareholders’ equity (deficit)

65,400

103,818

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity (deficit)

$

119,328

$

162,830

ROCKLEY PHOTONICS HOLDINGS LIMITED

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited and in thousands)

Three Months Ended

March 31, 2022

December 31, 2021

March 31, 2021

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net loss

$

(41,781

)

$

(14,707

)

$

(64,777

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

1,504

1,412

930

(Reversal) bad debt expense

(141

)

443

377

Accretion of marketable securities to redemption value

(74

)

(90

)

Net realized loss on sale of marketable securities

(13

)

Stock-based compensation

4,029

6,157

1,725

Change in equity-method investment

(334

)

(23

)

(113

)

Change in fair value of debt instrument

39,653

Change in fair value of warrant liabilities

(211

)

(10,312

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

529

(145

)

2,243

Other receivables

(1,646

)

(22,637

)

(2,369

)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

53

2,991

(5,706

)

Other non-current assets

49

(4,465

)

(1,497

)

Trade payables

(2,805

)

516

1,972

Accrued expenses

2,223

5,146

843

Other current and long-term liabilities

(175

)

1,615

1,820

Net cash used in operating activities

(38,793

)

(34,099

)

(24,899

)

Cash flows from investing activities:

Purchase of property and equipment

(1,010

)

(2,142

)

(713

)

Purchase of marketable securities

112

Proceeds from sale and maturities of marketable securities

19,903

5,000

Proceeds from maturity of marketable securities

156

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

18,893

3,126

(713

)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Proceeds from convertible loan notes

76,723

Principal payments on long-term debt

(4,995

)

(5,000

)

Proceeds from exercise of options

579

563

137

Proceeds from issuance of warrants

263

Debt issuance costs incurred

(1,140

)

Transaction costs

(248

)

(2,995

)

Withheld taxes paid on behalf of employees on net settled

stock-based awards

(359

)

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(5,023

)

(7,432

)

75,983

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

(24,923

)

(38,405

)

50,371

Cash and cash equivalents:

Beginning of period

36,786

75,191

19,228

End of period

$

11,863

$

36,786

$

69,599

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to financial information presented in accordance with GAAP, this press release includes certain financial measures that are not prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, including: non-GAAP SG&A, non-GAAP R&D, non-GAAP net loss, non-GAAP net loss per share, and adjusted EBITDA, each of which is a non-GAAP financial measure. The Company defines non-GAAP SG&A as GAAP SG&A other than stock-based compensation, non-capitalized transaction costs and forgiveness of PPP loan, and non-GAAP R&D as GAAP R&D other than stock-based compensation. The Company defines non-GAAP net loss as net loss other than the non-GAAP cost of revenue adjustment, non-GAAP SG&A adjustment, and non-GAAP R&D adjustment (in each case as described above), and defines non-GAAP net loss per share as net loss other than non-GAAP adjustments noted above divided by weighted shares outstanding. The Company defined adjusted EBITDA as net loss before interest expense, taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, change in fair value of debt instruments and warrants, and non-capitalized transaction costs as the Company believes they are not indicative of its core operating performance. As noted below, none of these non-GAAP financial measures is a substitute for or superior to measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP.

The Company believes that presenting these non-GAAP financial measures provides useful supplemental information to investors about the Company in understanding and evaluating its operating results, enhancing the overall understanding of its past performance and future prospects, and allowing for greater transparency with respect to key financial metrics used by its management in financial and operational-decision making. The Company uses these non-GAAP measures to help assess its operating performance and operating leverage in its business, analyze its financial results, establish operational goals, develop operating budgets, and make strategic decisions. The Company also believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures provides an additional tool for investors to use in comparing its core business and results of operations over multiple periods with other companies in its industry, many of which present similar non-GAAP financial measures to investors, and to help analyze the Company’s cash performance.

Other companies may calculate non-GAAP measures differently, or may use other measures to calculate their financial performance, and therefore any non-GAAP measures the Company uses may not be directly comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. Further, there are a number of limitations related to the use of non-GAAP measures and their nearest GAAP equivalents. Accordingly, these non-GAAP financial measures should be considered as supplemental in nature, should not be considered as the sole measure of the Company’s performance, and are not intended to be construed, and should not be considered, in isolation from, or as a substitute for, the comparable or related financial information calculated in accordance with GAAP.

Adjusted EBITDA

(unaudited, in thousands):

Three Months Ended

March 31, 2022

December 31, 2021

March 31, 2021

Net Loss

$

(41,781

)

$

(14,707

)

$

(64,777

)

Interest expense, net

2,653

2,868

147

Provision for income tax

131

(141

)

100

Depreciation and amortization

1,504

1,412

930

EBITDA

(37,493

)

(10,568

)

(63,600

)

Non-capitalized transaction costs*

83

961

Stock-based compensation

4,029

6,157

1,725

Change in equity method investment

(334

)

(23

)

(113

)

Change in fair value of debt instruments

39,653

Change in fair value of warrant liabilities

(211

)

(10,312

)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

(34,009

)

$

(14,663

)

$

(21,374

)

Non-GAAP Net Income

(unaudited, in thousands):

Three Months Ended

March 31, 2022

December 31, 2021

March 31, 2021

Net Loss

$

(41,781

)

$

(14,707

)

$

(64,777

)

Cost of revenue adjustment

508

848

268

Selling, general and administrative adjustment

1,410

2,284

1,747

Research and development adjustment

3,615

4,520

1,601

Non-GAAP Net Loss

$

(36,248

)

$

(7,055

)

$

(61,161

)

Non-GAAP net loss per share:

Basic and diluted

$

(0.28

)

$

(0.06

)

$

(0.73

)

Weighted-average shares outstanding:

Basic and diluted

128,443,050

127,355,926

83,883,581

Non-GAAP - Cost of Revenue

(unaudited, in thousands):

Three Months Ended

March 31, 2022

December 31, 2021

March 31, 2021

Cost of revenue

$

3,395

$

(326

)

$

3,734

Adjustments:

Stock-based compensation

508

848

268

Non-GAAP Cost of revenue

$

2,887

$

(1,174

)

$

3,466

Non-GAAP - Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

(unaudited, in thousands):

Three Months Ended

March 31, 2022

December 31, 2021

March 31, 2021

Selling, general, and administrative expenses

$

10,938

$

12,388

$

7,305

Adjustments:

Depreciation and amortization

561

515

377

Stock-based compensation

849

1,686

409

Non-capitalized transaction costs*

83

961

Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses

$

9,528

$

10,104

$

5,558

Non-GAAP - Research and Development Expenses

(unaudited, in thousands):

Three Months Ended

March 31, 2022

December 31, 2021

March 31, 2021

Research and development expenses

$

24,802

$

12,624

$

15,980

Adjustments:

Depreciation and amortization

943

897

553

Stock-based compensation

2,672

3,623

1,048

Non-GAAP research and development expenses

$

21,187

$

8,104

$

14,379

* Non-capitalized transaction costs include non-recurring expense related to the issuance of convertible loan notes and the Business Combination.

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Media
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Rockley Photonics
Telephone: +1 626-995-0001
Email: investors@rockleyphotonics.com

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