TearLab Corporation (NASDAQ:TEAR) Files An 8-K Reports Third Quarter and September Year-To-Date 2016 Financial Results

TearLab Corporation (NASDAQ:TEAR) (TSX:TLB) today reported its consolidated financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2016. All dollar amounts are expressed in U.S. currency and results are reported in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles except where noted otherwise.

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Recent Highlights

  Total revenue of $20.9 million grew 14% year-to-date with all time high revenue of $7.2 million for the third quarter
     
  Flex business reached an all-time high of approximately $21,000 annualized revenue per account, driving growth of 5% quarter over quarter
     
  Net loss per share of $(0.07) improved from $(0.24) for the same period in the prior year
     
  Entered into an agreement with PRN Physicians Recommended Nutriceuticals (PRN) for co-promotion of PRNs omega-3 formulations

For the three months ended September 30, 2016, TearLab’s net revenues were $7.2 million, up 9% from $6.6 million for the same period in 2015. A net total of 232 TearLab Osmolarity® Systems were added in the third quarter of 2016, of which 85 were under the Company’s new Flex program and 66 were purchased outside of the United States.

The following table sets out the estimated annualized revenue per U.S. device and account analysis for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016:

                Annualized     Annualized  
    Active     Active     Revenue     Revenue  
Program   Devices     Accounts     Per Device     Per Account  
Purchased     496       431     $ 1,801     $ 2,072  
Use     200       199     $ 3,819     $ 3,838  
Masters     1,730       220     $ 3,480     $ 27,363  
Flex     1,878       802     $ 8,937     $ 20,926  
Total     4,304       1,652                  

The Company’s reported net loss for the 2016 third quarter was approximately $4.0 million, or ($0.07) basic loss per share, compared to a reported net loss of approximately $8.1 million, or ($0.24) basic loss per share, in the third quarter of 2015.

“During the quarter, and despite the slower summer season, we began to see the anticipated growth in sales following a strategic shift in our commercial model. Our restructured sales force, which has become smaller and more effective, has done an excellent job of reorganizing accounts in order to make the use of our devices more efficient,” said Seph Jensen, TearLab’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our focus on clinical value and growing utilization is reflected in our results, and we expect to see continued growth from both expansion and productivity gains in our device footprint.”

Current Business Outlook

  TearLab maintains its full year 2016 guidance for revenue growth, R&D spend, and cash burn.
     
  The Company continues to make progress on its next generation platform to incorporate additional biomarkers in a single test. The Company made the strategic decision to include three biomarkers on the first test in its next generation device including osmolarity and two biomarkers for inflammation.
   
The Company continues to anticipate receiving CE mark in the European Union by the end of 2016. The CE mark approval is then expected to be used to build clinical data and the registration file for a 510K submission to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the first half of 2017.

Mr. Jensen concluded, “As part of our efforts to further the diagnosis and treatment of Dry Eye Disease, we recently entered into a co-promotion agreement with PRN whereby the TearLab U.S. sales force will promote PRN omega-3 formulations, which have been clinically proven to reduce osmolarity levels in dry eye patients. We believe this will enable us to create additional revenue and increase awareness of the need for an objective measure of osmolarity levels, all through our current sales channels without additional expense load. This partnership creates synergy for improved market presence, and we are excited about having PRN in our portfolio and look forward to the positive impact for the Company.”

About TearLab Corporation

TearLab Corporation (www.tearlab.com) develops and markets lab-on-a-chip technologies that enable eye care practitioners to improve standard of care by objectively and quantitatively testing for disease markers in tears at the point-of-care. The TearLab Osmolarity Test, for diagnosing Dry Eye Disease, is the first assay developed for the award-winning TearLab Osmolarity System. TearLab Corporation’s common shares trade on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol ‘TEAR’ and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ‘TLB’.

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