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Yourgene Health PLC

29 April 2021

Yourgene Health plc

("Yourgene" or the "Company")

Full year Trading update

10% year-on-year revenue growth

Manchester, UK - 29 April 2021: Yourgene (AIM: YGEN), a leading international molecular diagnostics group, announces a trading update for the financial year ended 31 March 2021 ("FY 2021") .

Yourgene reports unaudited revenues for FY 2021 of GBP18.3m (FY 2020: GBP16.6m), up 10% compared to the previous year. This is in line with recently issued guidance and reflects strong performances for European core revenues and for COVID-related testing products and services focused on the UK, more than offsetting the pandemic headwinds affecting international sales as previously outlined in our trading update issued on 8 February 2021.

Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) performed strongly in Europe (+38% year-on-year) reflecting a full year's benefit from the acquisition of the Company's French distribution business in March 2020. International NIPT revenues continue to be affected by pandemic-related travel and supply restrictions, delays in US market penetration and diversion of health budgets in some countries to more pressing matters. While we are hopeful of a return to more normalized trading patterns in the most affected international NIPT markets, clearly the timing of pandemic recovery is very different from country to country.

Molecular Genetics revenues grew 26% year-on-year. These are a composite of research services, the size selection technology acquired with Coastal Genomics in August 2020, and also revenues from the Company's DPYD chemotoxicity PCR test which represented over 14,000 chemotherapy interventions in the reporting period.

Revenues from COVID-19 testing services in the UK and the Company's Clarigene(R) SARS-CoV-2 PCR test contributed GBP3.2m to the reporting period, acting as a robust hedge against pandemic impacts elsewhere. The most recent extended UK lockdown undoubtedly dampened the potential contribution from this area, however Yourgene is well placed to exploit a number of opportunities in this space. In the last two months the Group has entered into partnerships to supply COVID-19 PCR testing services alongside Newcastle Premier Health Limited to Leeds Bradford Airport, and with MyHealthChecked plc to support their consumer partnership with Boots UK Limited. Most recently the Company announced successful tenders for the UK's National Microbiology Framework, one of only three companies to have been successful in all four lots of the Framework. These wins demonstrate the high quality and credibility of Yourgene's accredited lab-based COVID testing services and SARS-CoV-2 assay, which are a product of the investment made over the last 12 months to establish this as a growth element within the Group.

 Revenues by region                    Unaudited data, GBPm 
                                      12 months ended 31 March 
                                      2021                 2020   Change 
                      --------------------  -------------------  ------- 
 UK                                    5.4                  2.0    +174% 
 Europe                                5.5                  4.1     +33% 
 International                         7.4                 10.5     -30% 
 Total                                18.3                 16.6     +10% 
                      ====================  ===================  ======= 

Revenues by product

 NIPT                       7.8   10.0   -22% 
 Reproductive Health        3.6    3.6    -2% 
 Molecular Genetics         3.7    3.0   +26% 
 COVID-related revenues     3.2      -    n/a 
                          -----  -----  ----- 
 Total                     18.3   16.6   +10% 
                          =====  =====  ===== 

M&A Update

The Group's 2020 acquisitions of its French distribution business and of Coastal Genomics in Canada have all integrated well and met their post-completion earn-out targets to date. In line with our strategy, they are all contributing to a broader-based, more resilient business with strong potential growth drivers.


Recent senior hires in the US and in Europe and a more locally aligned commercial organization mean that the Group is well set up to drive further growth in the core business, even with continuing travel restrictions until full international mobility restarts. Yourgene's Clarigene(R) SARS-CoV-2 test continues to meet stringent PHE quality criteria and the Group's testing services and product sales remain focused on the UK market. We continue to assess suitable opportunities to expand these services selectively outside the UK, given the greater price sensitivity in other markets. Guidance for the new financial year remains unchanged at this time, with revenues expected to be in excess of GBP25m.

Lyn Rees, Chief Executive Officer of Yourgene, commented: "The business has performed well in delivering double digit growth in the most challenging set of market dynamics. It is pleasing to see NIPT growth in Europe and the continued acceptance and growth of DPYD testing across our customer base. Whilst recruiting and onboarding new customers continues to be a longer process than in pre-pandemic times, our more localised sales organisation is well placed to convert a strong pipeline of opportunities for the year ahead."

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of the UK Market Abuse Regulation.

The Directors of the Company take responsibility for this announcement.

Yourgene Health plc                                                  Tel: +44 (0)161 669 8122 
 Lyn Rees, Chief Executive Officer                              investors@yourgene-health.com 
Barry Hextall, Chief Financial Officer 
Joanne Cross, Director of Marketing 
Cairn Financial Advisers LLP (NOMAD)                                 Tel: +44 (0)20 7213 0880 
Liam Murray / James Caithie / Ludovico 
N+1 Singer (Joint Corporate Broker)                                  Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000 
Aubrey Powell / Tom Salvesen / George 
Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited (Joint                                Tel: +44 (0)20 7710 7600 
 Corporate Broker) 
Nicholas Moore / Matthew Blawat / Ben 
Walbrook PR Ltd (Media and Investor       Tel: +44 (0)20 7933 8780 or yourgene@walbrookpr.com 
Paul McManus / Lianne Cawthorne                           Mob: 07980 541 893 / Mob: 07584 391 

About Yourgene Health

Yourgene Health is an international molecular diagnostics group which develops and commercialises genetic products and services. The group works in partnership with global leaders in DNA technology to advance diagnostic science.

Yourgene primarily develops, manufactures, and commercialises simple and accurate molecular diagnostic solutions, for reproductive health, precision medicine and now infectious diseases. The Group's flagship products include non-invasive prenatal tests (NIPT) for Down's Syndrome and other genetic disorders, Cystic Fibrosis screening tests, invasive rapid aneuploidy tests, and a recent extension into the oncology space with DPYD genotyping.

The launch of Yourgene Genomic Services has enabled Yourgene to offer a global laboratory service network equipped to be a full life-cycle partner for clinical, research and pharmaceutical organisations to support partners at the preclinical, clinical, and post-market stages to develop, manufacture, obtain regulatory approval and commercialise new products and services. In addition, Yourgene Genomic Services offers an NIPT and high throughput COVID testing service.

In August 2020, Yourgene acquired Coastal Genomics , Inc., a sample preparation technology company based in Vancouver, Canada, enabling the Company to extend its offering and IP portfolio in the DNA sample preparation sector. The acquisition increased Yourgene's geographical penetration into the US and Canada, supplementing existing coverage in the UK, Europe, MEA and Asia.

Yourgene Health is headquartered in Manchester, UK with offices in Taipei, Singapore, the US and Canada, and is listed on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market under the ticker "YGEN". For more information visit www.yourgene-health.com and follow us on twitter @Yourgene_Health.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements made in this announcement are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts but rather are based on the Company's current expectations, estimates, and projections about its industry; its beliefs; and assumptions. Words such as 'anticipates,' 'expects,' 'intends,' 'plans,' 'believes,' 'seeks,' 'estimates,' and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, some of which are beyond the Company's control, are difficult to predict, and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or forecasted in the forward-looking statements. The Company cautions security holders and prospective security holders not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect the view of the Company only as of the date of this announcement. The forward-looking statements made in this announcement relate only to events as of the date on which the statements are made. The Company will not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revisions or updates to these forward-looking statements to reflect events, circumstances, or unanticipated events occurring after the date of this announcement except as required by law or by any appropriate regulatory authority.

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