Ginkgo Bioworks Reports Third Quarter 2021 Results

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BOSTON, Nov. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Ginkgo Bioworks Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: DNA), the leading horizontal platform for cell programming, today announced its results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021. Please visit to view the update including a slide presentation with additional details on the third quarter and supplemental financial information, which will be posted following the call.

"We executed well in the third quarter during an especially exciting time for the company, with our public debut happening in mid-September," said Jason Kelly, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer. "I am so proud of the team for their relentless effort and continued commitment to our partners, which has resulted in a terrific quarter, with strong growth in both Foundry revenue and our biosecurity offering, Concentric by Ginkgo. I'm particularly excited that this quarter included a realization of downstream value share from Cronos' commercial scale production of CBG, demonstrating the potential for this component of our business model."

Recent Business Highlights

  • Listed on the New York Stock Exchange under ticker "DNA" after closing a business combination that provided Ginkgo with gross proceeds of over $1.6 billion
  • Added 10 new programs in Q3 (bringing the year-to-date total to 21), with 61 total active programs during the first three quarters of 2021
  • Existing program and partner milestones included:
    • the public announcement of a $78 million Series A fundraise by Arcaea (formerly known as Kalo Ingredients), including Chanel and Givaudan as strategic investors;
    • the announcement of Motif FoodWorks' first two products (HEMAMI™ and APPETEX™);
    • the commencement of commercial operations by Aldevron for vaccinia capping enzyme, which they are producing using a Ginkgo-engineered strain that improved efficiency by over 10x;
    • the achievement of our first equity milestone for Cronos in Q3, demonstrating full target performance for manufacturing of CBG and the first commercial launch of products containing biosynthetic CBG in October. Additionally, we're thrilled to announce that just last week, Cronos successfully validated full target performance for a second cannabinoid molecule, CBGV, unlocking a second equity milestone (which will be recorded in our Q4 financials);
    • Synlogic's announcement last week that they are advancing SYNB1353, an investigational living medicine for homocystinuria, which they developed in partnership with Ginkgo, to IND-enabling studies
  • Concentric, Ginkgo's biosecurity offering, continued to expand its offering with a lab network that now has state-sponsored K-12 testing programs in 10 states and active testing in 18 states (including the District of Columbia) as well as offerings for correctional facilities and a new partnership to provide airport testing for international travelers in partnership with XpresSpa Group.
    • As of the week of 11/1/2021 Concentric was serving over 220,000 individuals per week
  • Hosted Ginkgo's annual Ferment Conference on October 28, which brought together about 700 people, including stakeholders from across the synthetic biology ecosystem. The conference featured presentations from customers, discussions of emerging markets for biotechnology, and highlighted Ginkgo's new "cell development kit" (CDK) concept, designed to make it faster, cheaper, and easier for new products to get to market.

Third Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Third quarter 2021 Total revenue of $77.6 million, up from $13.3 million in the comparable prior year period
    • Year-to-date Total revenue reached $165.3 million, up from $44.6 million in the comparable prior year period, an increase of 271%
  • Third quarter 2021 Foundry revenue of $34.7 million, up from $11.5 million in the comparable prior-year period, an increase of 202%
    • Year-to-date Foundry revenue totaled $78.8 million, up from $42.8 million in the comparable prior-year period, an increase of 84%
    • Third quarter revenue includes an equity milestone payment from Cronos for commercial-scale production of CBG
  • Third quarter 2021 Biosecurity revenue of $42.9 million continuing strong growth trajectory with gross profit margins expanding to 48%
    • Year-to-date Biosecurity revenue of $86.5 million compares to our prior full year outlook of at least $75 million
  • Third quarter 2021 Loss from operations of -$26.7 million, improved from -$34.4 million in the comparable prior-year period
    • Year-to-date Loss from operations of -$143.7 million, down from -$81.1 million in the comparable prior-year period
  • Third quarter 2021 Adjusted EBITDA of -$18.0 million, improved from -$30.6 million in the comparable prior-year period
    • Year-to-date Adjusted EBITDA of -$106.6 million, down from -$70.7 million in the comparable prior year period
  • Cash and cash equivalents balance as of the end of the third quarter of $1.7 billion puts Ginkgo in an extremely strong financial position to pursue its strategic objectives

2021 Full Year Outlook

  • Ginkgo expects to add an incremental 9 programs in Q4 2021, for a total of 30 new programs in the year
  • Ginkgo expects total Foundry revenue of at least $100 million for full year 2021, inclusive of both downstream value share and services revenue
  • While Biosecurity remains an uncertain business, Ginkgo has already exceeded its previous full year outlook for Biosecurity and now expects Biosecurity revenue to be at least $110 million for the full year

Ginkgo shares conclusions from internal investigation, led by independent law and accounting firms, concluding that short seller claims were unfounded

  • As a leader in an emerging field that is innovating on multiple fronts, we are used to folks questioning our capabilities and our valuation and, because those questions are typically in good faith, we welcome those discussions.
  • In October however, a short seller with a vested interest in driving down our stock price for financial gain published an inflammatory report claiming financial misconduct by Ginkgo. Due to the nature of the claims in the short report, it was not entirely surprising that shortly after the short report was released, we also received an informal inquiry from the United States Department of Justice.
  • Ginkgo responded seriously to the claims in the short report and our audit committee proactively commenced a thorough independent investigation, led by top independent counsel (Milbank) and forensic accountants (Ankura) with deep expertise in these matters.
  • This investigation has concluded and found that any suggestion of fraud, reporting violations, accounting errors, or other wrongdoing contained in the short seller's report were unfounded and that no restatement of Ginkgo's financials was needed.

Additional Information on Equity Matters

  • The company's Certificate of Incorporation provides that up to 10% of non-Founder employee equity awards are not subject to transfer restrictions, and the company expects the Board of Directors to settle the portion of such equity awards that represent restricted stock units for cash during the fourth quarter of 2021.
  • As previously disclosed, 90% of employee equity awards are subject to a full one-year lockup, subject to certain exceptions, such as selling shares to satisfy tax obligations.
    • The vesting and settlement of these shares is expected to occur over the fourth quarter of 2021 and first quarter of 2022 to minimize the number of shares being sold to cover taxes on any given day.

Presentation Information

Ginkgo will host a presentation reviewing the results for the third quarter of 2021 today, Monday, November 15, 2021, beginning at 8:00am ET. The presentation will include an overview of third quarter 2021 financial performance, recent business updates, a discussion on Ginkgo's outlook, as well as a moderated question and answer session.

To ask a question ahead of the presentation, please submit your questions to @Ginkgo on Twitter (hashtag #GinkgoResults) or by sending an e-mail to

The presentation can be accessed via a live stream on YouTube. A direct link, along with audio-only dial-in information is available on Ginkgo's Investor Relations website and a replay will be made available following the presentation.

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About Ginkgo Bioworks

Ginkgo is building a platform to enable customers to program cells as easily as we can program computers. The company's platform is enabling biotechnology applications across diverse markets, from food and agriculture to industrial chemicals to pharmaceuticals. Ginkgo has also actively supported a number of COVID-19 response efforts, including K-12 pooled testing, vaccine manufacturing optimization, and therapeutics discovery. For more information, visit

Forward-Looking Statements of Ginkgo Bioworks 

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including statements regardingour current expectations and anticipated results of operations, all of which are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements, market trends, or industry results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements generally are identified by the words "believe," "can," "project," "potential," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "intend," "strategy," "future," "opportunity," "plan," "may," "should," "will," "would," "will be," "will continue," "will likely result," and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are predictions, projections and other statements about future events that are based on current expectations and assumptions and, as a result, are subject to risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause actual future events to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this document, including but not limited to: (i) the effect of Ginkgo's business combination with Soaring Eagle Acquisition Corp. ("Soaring Eagle") on Ginkgo's business relationships, performance, and business generally, (ii) risks that the business combination disrupts current plans of Ginkgo and potential difficulties in Ginkgo's employee retention, (iii) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against Ginkgo related to its business combination with Soaring Eagle, (iv) volatility in the price of Ginkgo's securities now that it is a public company due to a variety of factors, including changes in the competitive and highly regulated industries in which Ginkgo plans to operate, variations in performance across competitors, changes in laws and regulations affecting Ginkgo's business, changes in the combined capital structure and expectations associated with increases in the number of shares available for sale, (v) the ability to implement business plans, forecasts, and other expectations after the completion of the business combination, and identify and realize additional opportunities, and (vi) the risk of downturns in demand for products using synthetic biology. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. You should carefully consider the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties described in the "Risk Factors" section of Ginkgo's current report on Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") on September 20, 2021, and other documents filed by Ginkgo from time to time with the SEC. These filings identify and address other important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements, and Ginkgo assumes no obligation and does not intend to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Ginkgo does not give any assurance that it will achieve its expectations.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

Certain of the financial measures included in this release, including Adjusted EBITDA, have not been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), and constitute "non-GAAP financial measures" as defined by the SEC. Ginkgo has included these non-GAAP financial measures because it believes they provide an additional tool for investors to use in evaluating Ginkgo's financial performance and prospects. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from, or as an alternative to, financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures may differ from non-GAAP financial measures with comparable names used by other companies. See the reconciliation below for a description of these non-GAAP financial measures and a reconciliation of the historic measures to Ginkgo's most comparable GAAP financial measures.

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