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Cytek Biosciences Reports Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results

FREMONT, Calif., Nov. 07, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cytek® Biosciences, Inc. (“Cytek Biosciences” or “Cytek”) (Nasdaq: CTKB), a leading cell analysis solutions company, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023.

Recent Highlights

  • Total revenue was $48.0 million, representing 19% growth over the third quarter of 2022
    • Total revenue on a non-GAAP constant currency basis was $47.7 million
    • Organic revenue was $41.2 million, representing an increase of 2% compared to the third quarter of 2022. Third quarter revenue from the product lines acquired from Luminex Corporation on February 28, 2023, was $6.8 million
  • Achieved ISO 13485 Quality Management System certification at headquarters in Fremont, California
  • Completed transition of manufacturing of Guava® instruments from Luminex’s U.S. based facility to Cytek’s Wuxi, China location
  • Repurchased 1,155,229 shares of common stock during the third quarter at an aggregate cost of $8.4 million, and a total of 1,281,011 shares of common stock at an aggregate cost of approximately $9.4 million since the stock repurchase program was announced in May 2023

“While we continue to experience macroeconomic headwinds within our industry, I am pleased with our team’s commitment to effectively navigate this evolving and challenging environment,” said Dr. Wenbin Jiang CEO of Cytek Bioscience. “We are diligently focused on improving operational efficiencies across our business and aligning our overall cost structure to ensure we remain an agile organization in the best possible position to drive growth and deliver profitability. As market pressures persist, we remain focused on execution across our key strategic pillars, maintaining our position of financial strength and advancing next generation cell analysis as an industry leader.”

Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results

Total revenue for the third quarter of 2023 was $48.0 million, a 19% increase over the third quarter of 2022. This included $6.8 million of revenue from the products lines acquired from Luminex on February 28, 2023. Excluding revenue from this acquisition, organic revenue was $41.2 million, a 2% increase compared to the same period of the prior year. On a constant currency basis, total revenue for the third quarter of 2023 was $47.7 million.

Gross profit was $27.2 million for the third quarter of 2023, an increase of 1% compared to a gross profit of $26.9 million in the third quarter of 2022. Gross profit margin was 57% in the third quarter of 2023 compared to 66% in the third quarter of 2022. Adjusted gross profit margin, after adjusting for stock-based compensation expense and amortization of acquisition-related intangibles, was 59% in the third quarter of 2023 compared to 68% in the third quarter of 2022.

Operating expenses were $33.6 million for the third quarter of 2023, a 32% increase from $25.5 million in the third of 2022. The increases in operating expenses were primarily due to expenses related to increased headcount from the Luminex acquisition and personnel-related expenses across sales and marketing, research and development and general administrative. These expenses included an increase in trade shows and other sales and marketing costs, and an increase in fixed assets and intangible assets amortization costs.

Research and development expenses were $11.2 million for the third quarter of 2023 compared to $8.7 million for the third quarter of 2022.

Sales and marketing expenses were $12.1 million for the third quarter of 2023 compared to $8.8 million for the third quarter of 2022.

General and administrative expenses were $10.4 million for the third quarter of 2023, an increase from $8.0 million for the third quarter of 2022.

Loss from operations in the third quarter of 2023 was $6.4 million compared to income from operations of $1.4 million in the third quarter of 2022. Net loss in the third quarter of 2023 was $6.5 million compared to a net income of $1.6 million in the third quarter of 2022.
Adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter of 2023 was $3.7 million compared to $7.3 million in the third quarter of 2022, after adjusting for stock-based compensation expense and foreign currency exchange impacts.

Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments in marketable securities were approximately $288.0 million as of September 30, 2023, compared to $344.0 million as of December 31, 2022. The decline was primarily due to the acquisition of business lines from Luminex and Cytek’s repurchase of stock in 2023.

Please refer to Cytek’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, expected to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 9, 2023, for Cytek’s results of operations and financial condition for the third quarter of 2023.

2023 Outlook

Cytek Biosciences expects full year 2023 total revenue to be in the range of $188 million to $192 million, representing growth of 15% to 17% over full year 2022. This includes an expected revenue contribution from our organic business to be approximately flat versus 2022 and inorganic revenue in the range of $25 million to $30 million from the Luminex flow cytometry and imaging business, which was acquired on February 28, 2023.

Webcast Information

Cytek will host a conference call to discuss the third quarter 2023 financial results on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time / 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. A webcast of the conference call can be accessed at

About Cytek Biosciences, Inc.
Cytek Biosciences (Nasdaq: CTKB) is a leading cell analysis solutions company advancing the next generation of cell analysis tools by delivering high-resolution, high-content and high-sensitivity cell analysis utilizing its patented Full Spectrum Profiling™ (FSP™) technology. Cytek’s novel approach harnesses the power of information within the entire spectrum of a fluorescent signal to achieve a higher level of multiplexing with precision and sensitivity. Cytek’s FSP platform includes its core instruments, the Cytek Aurora™ and Northern Lights™ systems; its cell sorter, the Cytek Aurora™ CS; the flow cytometer and imaging products under the Amnis® and Guava® brands; and reagents, software and services to provide a comprehensive and integrated suite of solutions for its customers. Cytek is headquartered in Fremont, California with offices and distribution channels across the globe. More information about the company and its products is available at

Cytek’s products are for research use only and not for use in diagnostic procedures (other than Cytek’s Northern Lights-CLC system and certain reagents, which are available for clinical use in China and the European Union).

Cytek, Full Spectrum Profiling, FSP, Cytek Aurora, Northern Lights, Amnis and Guava are trademarks of Cytek Biosciences, Inc.

In addition to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), press releases, public conference calls and webcasts, Cytek uses its website (, LinkedIn page and X (formerly Twitter) account as channels of distribution of information about its company, products, planned financial and other announcements, attendance at upcoming investor and industry conferences and other matters. Such information may be deemed material information and Cytek may use these channels to comply with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Therefore, investors should monitor Cytek’s website, LinkedIn page, and X account in addition to following its SEC filings, news releases, public conference calls and webcasts.

Statement Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

Cytek has presented certain financial information in accordance with U.S. GAAP and also on a non-GAAP basis for the three-month periods ended September 30, 2023 and September 30, 2022. Management believes that non-GAAP financial measures, including “Adjusted gross profit margin,” “Adjusted EBITDA” and revenue on a “constant currency basis” referenced above, taken in conjunction with GAAP financial measures, provide useful information for both management and investors by excluding certain non-cash and other expenses that are not indicative of the company’s core operating results. Cytek calculates constant currency revenue growth rates by applying the prior period weighted average exchange rates to current period results. Cytek presents constant currency information to provide a framework for assessing how our underlying business performed excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations. Management uses non-GAAP measures to compare the company’s performance relative to forecasts and strategic plans and to benchmark the company’s performance externally against competitors. Non-GAAP information is not prepared under a comprehensive set of accounting rules and should only be used to supplement an understanding of the company’s operating results as reported under U.S. GAAP. Cytek encourages investors to carefully consider its results under GAAP, as well as its supplemental non-GAAP information and the reconciliation between these presentations, to more fully understand its business. Reconciliations between GAAP and non-GAAP operating results are presented in the accompanying tables of this release.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 as contained in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which are subject to the “safe harbor” created by those sections. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, may be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “might," "will,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “could,” “intend,” “target,” “project,” “contemplate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential” or “continue” or the negatives of these terms or variations of them or similar terminology, but the absence of these words does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding Cytek’s plans to improve operational efficiencies across its business and aligning its overall cost structure; Cytek’s business strategy and its ability to execute on the strategy; Cytek’s plans to maintain its position of financial strength and advance next generation cell analysis as an industry leader; and Cytek’s expectations regarding full year 2023 total revenue, including expected revenue contribution from its organic business and from the acquired Luminex flow cytometry and imaging business. These statements are based on management’s current expectations, forecasts, beliefs, assumptions and information currently available to management. These statements also deal with future events and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from the information expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include risks and uncertainties such as those relating to global economic and market conditions; Cytek's ability to evaluate its prospects for future viability and predict future performance; Cytek’s ability to accurately forecast customer demand and adoption of its products; Cytek’s ability to successfully integrate the acquired Luminex business and recognize the anticipated benefits of the transaction; Cytek’s dependence on certain sole and single source suppliers; competition; market acceptance of Cytek’s current and potential products; Cytek’s ability to manage the growth and complexity of its organization, maintain relationships with customers and suppliers and retain key employees; Cytek’s ability to maintain, protect and enhance its intellectual property; and Cytek’s ability to continue to stay in compliance with its material contractual obligations, applicable laws and regulations. You should refer to the section entitled “Risk Factors” set forth in Cytek’s most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC and other filings Cytek Biosciences makes with the SEC from time to time for a discussion of important factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by Cytek’s forward-looking statements. Although Cytek believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot provide any assurance that these expectations will prove to be correct nor can it guarantee that the future results, levels of activity, performance and events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or occur. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Cytek as of the date hereof, and Cytek disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements provided to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions, or circumstances on which any such statement is based, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Cytek’s views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

Media Contact:
Stephanie Olsen
Lages & Associates
(949) 453-8080 

Investor Contact:
Paul Goodson
Head of Investor Relations
Cytek Biosciences 

Cytek Biosciences, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss)
  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
(In thousands, except share and per share data) September




Revenue, net:        
Product $38,441  $36,389  $110,065  $104,963 
Service  9,559   4,088   24,717   10,737 
Total revenue, net  48,000   40,477   134,782   115,700 
Cost of sales:        
Product  16,205   10,606   45,557   34,153 
Service  4,617   3,009   12,847   9,947 
Total cost of sales  20,822   13,615   58,404   44,100 
Gross profit  27,178   26,862   76,378   71,600 
Operating expenses:        
Research and development  11,171   8,650   33,282   25,111 
Sales and marketing  12,076   8,810   37,587   24,201 
General and administrative  10,351   8,042   33,217   24,176 
Total operating expenses  33,598   25,502   104,086   73,488 
Income (Loss) from operations  (6,420)  1,360   (27,708)  (1,888)
Other income (expense):        
Interest expense  (595)  (649)  (1,677)  (1,886)
Interest income  1,622   1,584   4,965   1,993 
Other income (expense), net  1,208   (445)  4,600   (1,073)
Total other income (expense), net  2,235   490   7,888   (966)
Income (loss) before income taxes  (4,185)  1,850   (19,820)  (2,854)
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes  2,271   224   (2,169)  (1,620)
Net income (loss) $(6,456) $1,626  $(17,651) $(1,234)
Less: net income (loss) allocated to noncontrolling interests  -   40   -   281 
Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted $(6,456) $1,666  $(17,651) $(953)
Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders per share, basic $(0.05) $0.01  $(0.13) $(0.01)
Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders per share, diluted $(0.05) $0.01  $(0.13) $(0.01)
Weighted-average shares used in calculating net loss per share, basic  136,173,278   134,711,701   135,862,905   134,342,059 
Weighted-average shares used in calculating net loss per share, diluted  136,173,278   138,709,335   135,862,905   134,342,059 
Comprehensive income (loss):        
Net income (loss) $(6,456) $1,626  $(17,651) $(1,234)
Foreign currency translation adjustment, net of tax  165   (758)  (856)  (1,427)
Unrealized gain (loss) on marketable securities  15   -   (26)  - 
Net comprehensive income (loss) $(6,276) $868  $(18,533) $(2,661)

Cytek Biosciences, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share and per share data) September


  (unaudited) (audited)
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $163,629  $296,601 
Restricted cash  -   2,899 
Marketable securities  124,392   44,548 
Trade accounts receivable, net  55,402   48,864 
Inventories  66,875   48,154 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  12,017   12,954 
Total current assets  422,315   454,020 
Deferred income tax assets, noncurrent  24,080   20,459 
Property and equipment, net  17,415   13,682 
Operating lease right-of-use assets  11,703   13,883 
Goodwill  16,457   10,144 
Intangible assets, net  24,292   4,331 
Other noncurrent assets  3,168   2,957 
Total assets $519,430  $519,476 
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity    
Current liabilities:    
Trade accounts payable $4,711  $4,805 
Legal settlement liability, current  2,600   2,163 
Accrued expenses  20,514   21,126 
Other current liabilities  7,821   7,960 
Deferred revenue, current  23,047   12,986 
Total current liabilities  58,693   49,040 
Legal settlement liability, noncurrent  16,095   15,596 
Deferred revenue, noncurrent  14,958   13,124 
Operating lease liability, noncurrent  10,139   12,312 
Long term debt  1,736   2,271 
Other noncurrent liabilities  2,285   1,587 
Total liabilities $103,906  $93,930 
Stockholders’ equity:    
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 1,000,000,000 authorized shares as of September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively; 135,545,663 and 135,365,381 issued and outstanding shares as of September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively.  136   135 
Additional paid-in capital  451,648   442,887 
Accumulated deficit  (34,681)  (17,030)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (1,579)  (697)
Noncontrolling interest in consolidated subsidiary  -   251 
Total stockholders’ equity $415,524  $425,546 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $519,430  $519,476 

Cytek Biosciences, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures
 Three months ended September 30,
 2023  2022 
(In thousands, except per share amounts)   
GAAP gross profit$27,178  $26,862 
Stock-based compensation829  759 
Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets458  64 
Non-GAAP gross profit$28,465  $27,685 
GAAP gross profit %57%  66% 
Non-GAAP gross profit %59%  68% 
GAAP Net income (loss)$(6,456)  $1,626 
Depreciation and Amortization2,561  1,452 
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes2,271  224 
Interest Income(1,622)  (1,584) 
Interest Expense595  649 
Foreign currency exchange loss, net613  570 
Stock-based compensation5,758  4,359 
Adjusted EBITDA$3,720  $7,296 

 Three months ended September 30
RevenueThree Months
 Three Months
As reported$48,000  $40,477 
Non-GAAP constant currency47,703  40,501 
FX Impact [$]$(297)  $24 
FX Impact [%]-0.6%  0.1% 


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