30 September 2019
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Concepta PLC (AIM: CPT), the innovative UK personalised healthcare company and developer of the proprietary self-test platform ("myLotus®") the most accurate home-use fertility tracking and pregnancy testing system available on the U.K. market announces today its interim results for the six months to 30 June 2019.
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- Initial sales and scale-up of proprietary self-test platform myLotus® following UK introduction in November 2018
- Announcement in March 2019 of Boots UK supply agreement (part of Walgreens Boots Alliance)
- Announcement of first U.K. pregnancies and continued user growth
- Announcement today of first fertility clinic collaboration with Manchester Fertility Clinic
- Completion of share placing of £2.2m (net of expenses) at 3p per share in April 2019
- Cash balance at the period end was £1,527,802 (H1 2018 £248,172)
- Loss for the period narrowed to £1,260,787 (H1 2018 £1,490,349)
The first half of 2019 saw significant business development activity, a focus on the establishment of our commercial operations and delivery of our first pregnancies following the recent myLotus® product introduction in November 2018. This interim
report provides an update on the progress post our market introduction to accelerate the adoption of myLotus®, the continued strengthening of our business and increasing brand recognition to promote myLotus® as a globally leading self-test
Following the introduction of myLotus® sales over the first half of this year were low with brand awareness beginning to gain traction. Based on the news of our increasing pregnancies and first births due in October, compelling user testimonials
and today's announcement of the Manchester Fertility collaboration, we expect to see sales momentum grow over the second half.
Following the U.K. product introduction of myLotus® at the end of 2018, we announced our first commercial agreement in March 2019 with Boots UK Limited (part of Walgreens Boots Alliance), followed by our first myLotus® pregnancies in
May 2019. More recently we have announced increasing numbers of pregnancies. We now have 28 pregnancies arising from our early sales and U.K. adopters, exceptional user testimonials and we anticipate the milestone of our first 'U.K. births' over the
coming weeks. We are also announcing today in a separate announcement our first fertility clinic collaboration with Manchester Fertility clinic. We expect the news of our first births to considerably raise our product and Company profile.
As a newly introduced medical diagnostic technology, we have taken a considered approach to marketing spend preferring to carefully evaluate myLotus® in the U.K. market, deliver increasing user pregnancy statistics and build credibility around our
product advantage (highly accurate 'lab equivalent' self-test device and accompanying App to help women naturally conceive). As user numbers have grown our brand recognition and product advantage of identifying the optimal time for a woman to naturally
conceive has increased. User testimonials and pregnancy case studies underpin this message which combined with increasing social media coverage and woman-to-woman recommendation we expect to see U.K. demand for myLotus® to increase.
Most early users of myLotus® have previously been serial users of traditional fertility/ovulation test kits, some testing over several years but struggling to conceive. Their myLotus® fertility experience is a stark contrast to traditional fertility/ovulation
kits which have changed little over the past 20 years. myLotus® is a technically advanced product providing highly accurate measurement and visibility of a womans fertility and hormone profile and the high numbers of pregnancies being announced
today are testimony to this. As news of the success of myLotus® grows and women become aware of our technical advantage and the growing numbers of pregnancies and anticipated births we expect to generate greater brand profile and awareness to
sustainably grow our business. We also plan to implement targeted channel marketing plans in order to achieve this. Aligned with the fact that '93-95% of women under the age of 35 years will naturally fall pregnant over 4 years of trying to conceive
where they have regular unprotected sex', we are beginning to see myLotus® accelerate this process by accurately predicting users most fertile days and optimal time to conceive. myLotus® helps empower women to plan and prepare for their conception
providing a lower price option for woman struggling to naturally conceive prior to considering more expensive assisted reproduction/IVF.
UK sales and marketing channels have been developed to include business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) sales where we have adopted a digital online presence with customers engaged via social media, email and search engine marketing.
This enables customers to acquire myLotus® via our eCommerce platform www.myLotus.com, Boots U.K. online or Amazon. Increasing fertility clinic focus on natural and modified natural fertility cycles is also anticipated to drive further demand.
myLotus® lends itself to support user preparedness for Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) and Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) cycles with the current U.K. shortages of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) focusing interest and clinical demand for more
efficient ways of delivering assisted reproduction and natural cycles.
Competitive pricing of myLotus® is under continuous review given our recent market entry and advanced functionality versus traditional (lower accuracy/qualitative) competitor products. Over the past month we have reduced our retail selling price to
help accelerate demand. We expect to see further price adjustment commensurate with increased market share, recognition of our functional advantage and improving pregnancy statistics.
Following the successful implementation of our Doncaster manufacturing and supply chain facility we will extend our E.U. reach as we begin to roll-out myLotus® in selected markets including Ireland, Germany, France, Italy and Spain over the coming
months. We will adopt a similar sales model to that in the U.K. using our eCommerce platform and Amazon E.U. coverage with supply chain (distribution) support to satisfy demand across the new E.U. markets.
We have continued to invest in myLotus® product development in order to develop the most accurate home-based fertility and pregnancy test platform and the only platform that can build a profile 'hormonal signature' of a women's menstrual cycle. Development
is ongoing for additional tests for progesterone (PdG) and Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) which we are preparing for introduction to the U.K. market early next year. These new tests will extend our menstrual cycle fertility offering and widen
our product application. These new test developments represent a significant new market opportunity as myLotus® provides women with new insights to their daily and monthly 'hormone health' to help improve their condition and wellbeing. It
will also make myLotus® applicable across the major phases of a woman's life from early stage menstruation, through family planning into menopause.
As user numbers grow, the interpretation of an individual's readings will become more meaningful as a insight for diagnosis. Our data mining tools also have the ability to personally track the success of myLotus® in delivering pregnancies and births thereby improving outcomes. Longer term, user data, collected by our platform, will enable Concepta to develop AI (algorithms) for the early detection and diagnosis of hormone health conditions.
- The Group's total comprehensive loss for the six months to 30 June 2019 narrowed to £1,260,787 (H1 2018 £1,490,350)
- The Company completed a £2.2m (net of expenses) placing at 3p per share to bolster the Company's cash position.
- The basic and diluted loss per share was 0.60 pence (six months to 30 June 2018 loss 1.1 pence).
- Cash balance as at 30 June 2019 was £1,527,802 (30 June 2018 £248,172).
During the reporting period we continued to maintain a tight cost control across all areas of spending whilst ensuring the essential requirements of transitioning the company from product introduction to its commercial phase of operation were not compromised.
The Company's short-term outlook remains firmly focused on continued adoption of the technology, revenue growth and a determination to deliver improved investor returns. We anticipate the following deliverables over the next reporting period;
- Accelerated U.K. sales growth and the commencement of E.U. sales
- Extension of myLotus® to new E.U. markets including Ireland, Germany, France, Italy and Spain
- Broadened use of myLotus® across U.K. Fertility clinics for use in IUI procedures
- Development of OTC pharmacy discussions and myLotus® fertility journey
- Raised product profile and PR based on fertility demand for myLotus®
The myLotus® monitor, tests and App represent the most powerful and accurate home-based fertility aid available in the market today helping women identify their fertile days with absolute accuracy and results comparable to lab-based tests. myLotus® sets out a new technically advanced product versus the less accurate and traditional fertility methods currently available. myLotus® combined with the option of fertility support by qualified medical professionals represents a step change in enabling women who are trying to conceive to take control of their own fertility journey.
I would like to thank our investors for their continued support. We appreciate there have been significant changes to the company and strategy following my appointment as Chairman in July last year and move to Executive Chairman in September 2018 and we are confident that we have the opportunity and expertise to deliver a globally leading product to a rapidly growing home-testing diagnostic space. We remain firmly committed to delivering this for our investors.
Matthew Walls, Chairman
Tel: +44 (0) 1234 866601
SPARK Advisory Partners Limited (Nomad)
Neil Baldwin / Mark Brady
Tel: +44 (0)20 368 3550
Novum Securities (Broker)
+44 (0) 20 7399 9400
About Concepta PLC:
Concepta PLC is an AIM-quoted pioneering UK healthcare company that has developed a proprietary product, myLotus®, targeted at the personalized mobile health market with a primary focus on hormone testing and increasing a woman's chances of naturally
getting pregnant and to provide insight to unexplained infertility.
myLotus® is currently the only consumer product which allows both quantitative and qualitative home (self-test) test measurement of a woman's personal luteinizing hormone (LH) during ovulation and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone level during
pregnancy, facilitating higher conception rates and early diagnosis of fertility issues. The proposition of myLotus® is to empower women to better understand their hormone levels and menstrual cycle and help women conceive naturally by identifying
their window of fertility and optimal time for conception.
The Company has received CE-mark certification for myLotus® and has launched its first product in the UK. The Company is preparing plans to roll-out across the core EU countries in 2019.
myLotus® is expected to be beneficial to users who have been unable to conceive after 6 months of trying. This highly motivated target group of women won't typically be offered medical intervention until after 12 months of unsuccessfully trying to conceive, with IVF not usually offered until after two years of trying to conceive. Research indicates couples start to take positive action ahead of this time typically with little medical support to help them do so.