Relay Therapeutics Reports Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Relay Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: RLAY), a clinical-stage precision medicine company transforming the drug discovery process by leveraging unparalleled insights into protein motion, today reported second quarter 2020 financial results.
“2020 has been a transformational year thus far for Relay Therapeutics,” said Sanjiv Patel, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Relay Therapeutics. “In January, we transitioned into a clinical-stage company advancing our first medicine, RLY-1971, into clinical development. Additionally, this year we grew our team by 25 percent, completed our IPO and advanced our second medicine, RLY-4008 into clinical development. With the team and balance sheet we have in place, we look forward to executing on our mission of bringing transformative medicines to patients suffering from debilitating and life-threatening diseases.”Second Quarter Financial HighlightsCash and Cash Equivalents: Cash, cash equivalents and investments totaled $312 million as of June 30, 2020, which excludes the gross proceeds of $460 million from the Company’s initial public offering, compared to $356 million as of December 31, 2019. The Company expects its current cash and cash equivalents, inclusive of IPO net proceeds, will be sufficient to fund its current operating plan into 2023.R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses were $22 million for the second quarter of 2020, as compared to $16 million for the second quarter of 2019. This increase was primarily due to clinical trial expenses associated with RLY-1971, which commenced in 2020, and additional external costs associated with our pre-clinical candidates. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in laboratory supplies and other costs due to lower capacity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Research and development expenses included $1.3 million in stock-based compensation expenses for the second quarter of 2020.G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses were $6 million for the second quarter of 2020, as compared to $4 million for the second quarter of 2019. This increase was primarily due to higher personnel costs, including non-cash stock-based compensation, to support our infrastructure. General and administrative expenses included $1.7 million in stock-based compensation expenses for the second quarter of 2020.Net Loss: Net loss was $27 million for the second quarter of 2020, or a net loss per share of $6.06, as compared to a net loss of $18 million for the second quarter of 2019, or a net loss per share of $5.28.About Relay TherapeuticsCautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including, without limitation, implied and express statements regarding its: strategy, business plans and focus; plans and timelines for the clinical development of RLY-4008 and RLY-1971, including expectations regarding timing and success of the current ongoing clinical trials, therapeutic potential and clinical benefits thereof; expectations regarding upcoming milestones for the Company’s  other product candidates; growth as a company; expectations regarding current and future interactions with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA); uses of capital, expenses and other 2020 financial results or in the future, and the potential impact of COVID-19 on patient retention, strategy, future operations, clinical trials and preclinical development. The words “may,” “might,” “will,” “could,” “would,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “believe,” “expect,” “estimate,” “seek,” “predict,” “future,” “project,” “potential,” “continue,” “target” and similar words or expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Any forward-looking statements in this press release are based on management’s current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and important factors that may cause actual events or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statements contained in this press release, including, without limitation, risks associated with: the impact of COVID-19 on countries or regions in which we have operations or do business, as well as on the timing and anticipated results of our clinical trials, strategy and future operations; the delay of any current or planned clinical trials or the development of the Company’s drug candidates, including, but not limited to, RLY-1971 and RLY-4008; the risk that the results of our clinical trials may not be predictive of future results in connection with future clinical trials; the Company’s ability to successfully demonstrate the safety and efficacy of its drug candidates; the timing and outcome of the Company’s planned interactions with regulatory authorities; and obtaining, maintaining and protecting its intellectual property.  These and other risks and uncertainties are described in greater detail in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in  the final prospectus dated July 16, 2020 and filed pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities of 1933, as amended, with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as discussions of potential risks, uncertainties, and other important factors in Relay Therapeutics’ subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, any forward-looking statements represent Relay Therapeutics’ views only as of today and should not be relied upon as representing its views as of any subsequent date. Relay Therapeutics explicitly disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements. No representations or warranties (expressed or implied) are made about the accuracy of any such forward-looking statements. 
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