15 Nov 2019, 07:31 GMT+10
Reports progress on commercial rollout of CompuFlo Epidural System
LIVINGSTON, NJ / ACCESSWIRE / November 14, 2019 / Milestone Scientific Inc. (NYSE American:MLSS), a leading developer of computerized drug delivery instruments that provide painless and precise injections, today provided a business update and announced financial results for the third quarter and nine months ending September 30, 2019.
Leonard Osser, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Milestone Scientific, commented, 'We achieved revenue growth of 17% for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019, due to increased sales of both the dental instruments and handpieces. Importantly, our Wand Dental subsidiary remains cash flow positive on a standalone basis with continued growth opportunities.'
'At the same time, we are advancing the global commercial rollout of the CompuFlo® Epidural system. Last month, we reported the results of an international multicenter study that compared the accidental dural puncture rate and its complications using the CompuFlo® Epidural System versus the traditional loss of resistance (LOR) technique in labor epidural analgesia. The study, presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2019 Annual Meeting, concluded that none of the 812 patients who received epidural analgesia with CompuFlo® had an accidental dural puncture. This compares to 5% of patients that experienced accidental dural puncture using the LOR technique, in the earlier non-inferiority trial. Given this validation, we are gaining traction with key opinion leaders and anesthesiologists at leading hospitals.'
'In order to accelerate our efforts, we recently hired medical device veteran Brent W. Johnston as President. He brings extensive experience in the sector, including an impressive track record launching new commercial products. In the short time since joining us, Brent has proven to be an important addition to the team. We look forward to providing further updates on our commercial roll-out strategy in the weeks and months ahead.'
For the three months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, revenues were approximately $1.9 million and $1.6 million, respectively. Gross profit for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019 was approximately $1.4 million, or 72% of revenue, versus a loss of approximately $120,000 for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018. Gross profit for the three months ended September 30, 2018 included an allowance for handpieces and devices sold to Milestone China of approximately $790,000 and an inventory reserve expense of $273,000 for certain dental handpieces. The Company recorded a credit to cost of product sold of $150,000 in the third quarter of 2019. Operating loss for the three months ended September 30, 2019 was approximately ($1.0) million versus approximately ($4.5) million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. The third quarter of 2018 includes a $1.5 million impairment of long-lived assets related to non-core patents. Net loss for the three months ended September 30, 2019 was approximately $(2.8) million, or $(0.06) per share, versus a net loss of $(4.4) million, or $(0.12) per share, in the prior period. Included in the third quarter net loss of $2.8 million is an accounting charge for a change in a derivative liability of approximately $1.9 million. This charge is expected to be reversed in the fourth quarter, upon expected approval of the shareholders to increase the authorized shares of the Company from 50 million to 75 million shares.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, revenues were approximately $6.1 million and $5.9 million, respectively. Gross profit for the first nine months of 2019 was $4.2 million or 69% of revenue versus $2.5 million or 43% of revenue for the first nine months of 2018. Gross profit for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 included an allowance for handpieces and devices sold to Milestone China of approximately $790,000 and an inventory reserve expense of $273,000 for certain dental handpieces. The Company recorded credit to cost of product sold of $150,000 in the third quarter of 2019. Operating loss for the first nine months of 2019 was approximately $(2.9) million versus approximately $(8.0) million for the first nine months of 2018. The first nine months of 2018 includes a $1.5 million impairment of long-lived assets related to non-core patents. Net loss for the first nine months of 2019 was $(4.7) million, or $(0.11) per share, versus net loss of $(7.6) million, or $(0.22) per share, for the comparable period in 2018. Included in the nine month net loss of $4.7 million is an accounting charge for a change in a derivative liability of approximately $1.9 million. This charge is expected to be reversed in the fourth quarter, upon expected approval of the Shareholders to increase the authorized shares of the Company from 50 million to 75 million shares.
Milestone Scientific's executive management team will host a conference call at 8:30 AM Eastern Time on Friday, November 15, 2019 to discuss the Company's financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019, as well as the Company's corporate progress and other developments.
The conference call will be available on the Company's website at www.milestonescientific.com, or via telephone by dialing toll free 888-394-8218 and entering the pass code: 1823891. For those unable to participate at that time, a replay of the call will be archived on the company's website or can be accessed by dialing 888-203-1112 and entering the pass code 1823891. The replay will be available for 90 days.
About Milestone Scientific Inc.
Milestone Scientific Inc. (MLSS) is a biomedical technology research and development company that patents, designs and develops innovative diagnostic and therapeutic injection technologies and instruments for medical, dental, cosmetic and veterinary applications. Milestone's computer-controlled systems are designed to make injections precise, efficient, and virtually painless. Milestone's proprietary DPS Dynamic Pressure Sensing technology® is our technology platform that advances the development of next-generation devices, regulating flow rate and monitoring pressure from the tip of the needle, through platform extensions for local anesthesia for subcutaneous drug delivery, with specific applications for cosmetic botulinum toxin injections, epidural space identification in regional anesthesia procedures and intra-articular joint injections. For more information please visit our website: www.milestonescientific.com.
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding the timing and financial impact of Milestone's ability to implement its business plan, expected revenues, timing of regulatory approvals and future success. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties and are based on assumptions involving judgments with respect to future economic, competitive and market conditions, future business decisions and regulatory developments, all of which are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many of which are beyond Milestone's control. Some of the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements are general economic conditions, failure to achieve expected revenue growth, changes in our operating expenses, adverse patent rulings, FDA or legal developments, competitive pressures, changes in customer and market requirements and standards, and the risk factors detailed from time to time in Milestone's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation, Milestone's Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2018. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon management's reasonable belief as of the date hereof. Milestone undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason.
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