CAS Medical Systems Reports Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results
Worldwide FORE-SIGHT Sales Increase 48%
Conference Call Begins at 10:00 A.M. ET Today
Branford, Conn. - November 8, 2012 - CAS Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CASM)today reported financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012. Total worldwide sales in the third quarter were $6.1 million. This represents a return to growth with a 6% gain over the prior year third quarter. The net loss applicable to common stockholders for the third quarter of 2012 was $1.8 million, or ($0.14) per common share, compared with a net loss applicable to common stockholders of $2.1 million, or ($0.16) per common share, for the third quarter of 2011. Highlights of the third quarter include:
Worldwide FORE-SIGHT Tissue Oximetry sales increased 48% over the third quarter of 2011, led by a 63% increase in domestic FORE-SIGHT sales.
Domestic FORE-SIGHT sensor sales increased 46% for the quarter and 50% for the first nine months of 2012 over the prior-year periods.
The installed base of FORE-SIGHT units reached 696 as of September 30, 2012, up 36% over the prior year with 58 units added during the third quarter.
Gross profit improved by 3 percentage points over the third quarter of 2011 to 41% due, in part, to increasing FORE-SIGHT sensor sales and manufacturing productivity gains.
A debt financing agreement was secured from East West Bank which includes a $3.5 million term loan as well as a line of credit up to $2.5 million which remains undrawn.
Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments were $11.1 million as of the close of the quarter.
Our focus on driving FORE-SIGHT sales is being rewarded with consistently positive results, said Thomas M. Patton, President and Chief Executive Officer of CASMED. Growth in FORE-SIGHT sales this past quarter reflects the steps we have taken to employ dedicated sales representatives along with a network of quality distributors. Our expanded worldwide installed base together with a healthy utilization of our technology by our clinical customers are driving significant increases in sensor sales. CASMED continues to reinforce the message to the medical community of the importance of FORE-SIGHT and the problem of oxygen desaturation events during surgical procedures, and our message is starting to resonate. We continue to be comfortable that our installed base of FORE-SIGHT monitors will reach 750 by the end of the year.
He added, We strengthened our distribution network for traditional monitoring products during the first half of the year and, as a result, recorded solid sales of vital signs monitors to Veterans Administration hospitals prior to the September 30 Federal Government fiscal year-end. Although vital signs monitor sales were down during the quarter from the prior year, the pace of decline has slowed. We look forward to launching a new state-of-the-art monitor in the first half of 2013 that will further support traditional vital signs monitoring sales.
Mr. Patton concluded, Our growth in net sales, our tissue oximetry results, and our increased margins this past quarter demonstrate that we are executing on the goal we set two years ago to remake CASMED.
For the third quarter of 2012, CASMED reported net sales of $6.1 million, an increase of $0.3 million, or 6%, from the third quarter of 2011. Worldwide FORE-SIGHT Oximetry sales were $2.0 million, up 48% over the prior year period, led by increases in FORE-SIGHT domestic sales which were up 63% over the prior year period. The Companys worldwide installed base of FORE-SIGHT monitors was 696 as of September 30, 2012, an increase of 58 monitors for the third quarter. Traditional monitoring sales totaled $4.2 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared with $4.5 million for third quarter of 2011, and reflect strong vital signs monitor sales to the U.S. Government.
The net loss applicable to common stockholders for the third quarter of 2012 was $1.8 million, or ($0.14) per common share, compared with a net loss applicable to common stockholders for the third quarter of 2011 of $2.1 million, or ($0.16) per common share.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, CASMED reported net sales of $16.7 million, compared with $17.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011. The net loss applicable to common stockholders for the first nine months of 2012 was $6.0 million, or ($0.45) per common share, compared with a net loss applicable to common stockholders of $4.8 million, or ($0.36) per common share, for the same period of 2011.
The Company had cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments of $11.1 million as of September 30, 2012.
Conference Call Information
CASMED will host a conference call for investors and analysts today beginning at 10:00 A.M. ET to discuss third quarter 2012 results and answer questions. Representing CASMED on the call will be Thomas Patton, President and CEO, and Jeffery Baird, CFO.
To participate in the call please dial (866) 239-5859 (domestic) or (702) 495-1913 (international). A live audio webcast of the conference call will also be available on the Company's website at www.casmed.com.
A telephone replay will be available by dialing (855) 859-2056 (domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (International) from 1:00 P.M. ET November 8th through 11:59 P.M. ET November 14th. Please use access code 48776781. An archive of the webcast will be available on the Companys website for 30 days.
About CASMED® - Monitoring What's Vital
CASMED is a leading developer and manufacturer of medical devices for non-invasive patient monitoring. The Company's FORE-SIGHT Absolute Cerebral Oximeter provides a highly accurate, non-invasive, continuous measurement of absolute cerebral tissue oxygen saturation. Direct monitoring of tissue oxygenation provides a superior and powerful tool to alert clinicians to otherwise unrecognized and dangerously low levels of oxygenation of the brain and other tissues, thereby allowing them to intervene appropriately in the care of their patients. In addition to FORE-SIGHT Oximeters and accessories, the Company provides a line of bedside patient vital signs monitoring products, proprietary non-invasive blood pressure monitoring solutions for OEM use, neonatal intensive care supplies, and service. CASMED products are designed to provide unique monitoring solutions that are vital to patient care.
For further information regarding CAS Medical Systems, Inc., visit the Company's website at www.casmed.com.
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