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STAAR Surgical Reports First Quarter 2020 Results

  • 2020-05-06
  • Press release

LAKE FOREST, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- STAAR Surgical Company (NASDAQ: STAA), a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of implantable lenses and companion delivery systems for the eye, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended April 3, 2020.

First Quarter 2020 Overview

·       Net Sales of $35.2 Million Up 8% from the Prior Year Quarter

·       ICL Sales of $29.3 Million Up 6% and Units Up 9% from the Prior Year Quarter

·       Gross Margin at 70.4% vs. 74.2% in the Prior Year Quarter

·       Net Loss Approximately Breakeven per Share vs. Prior Year Quarter Net Income of $0.03 per Share

·       Cash and Cash Equivalents Ended the Quarter at $110.9 Million.

“On April 13, 2020, we reported on the state of STAAR’s business and our projections for Q1 revenue at $34.9 million. We also estimated at that time a negative impact on revenue of approximately $4.0 million from COVID-19. We are pleased to have improved on that initial estimate and to report continuing strength in our largest markets in Asia in April. The offset is a significant winding down or pause of implants in COVID-19 hotspots in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East and smaller Asian markets that will challenge us until there is a re-start which results in steady and improving volume in surgeons’ offices. In discussions with our impacted surgeon partners, it is clear that there is a strong desire to resume refractive surgery quickly once elective procedures are allowed by local public health authorities. We expect that Q2 will be negatively impacted by the markets that are just returning to re-open their clinics and practices in late May into June. We started 2020 off with the highest ICL sales and unit growth experienced in the last five years for a January. In our major markets which remained open that trend continued into the middle of March. The large Asian markets, China, Japan and South Korea are all growing well now. Unless there is another forced closure or challenging COVID-19 scenario for surgeons and patients beyond Q2, we fully expect to resume the double-digit growth outlook originally targeted in Q3 and Q4,” said Caren Mason, President and CEO of STAAR Surgical.

Financial Overview – Q1 2020

Net sales were $35.2 million for the first quarter of 2020, up 8% compared to $32.6 million reported in the prior year quarter. The sales increase was driven by ICL revenue and unit growth of 6% and 9%, respectively. Other Product Sales increased 22% compared to the prior year quarter. ICL revenue was 83% of total Net sales for the first quarter of 2020.

Gross profit margin for the first quarter of 2020, was 70.4% compared to the prior year period of 74.2%. The decrease in gross margin for the quarter is primarily due to the increased mix of injector part sales which carry a lower margin and period costs associated with manufacturing expansion projects.

Operating expenses for the first quarter were $25.9 million compared to the prior year quarter of $22.6 million. General and administrative expenses were $8.0 million compared to the prior year quarter of $6.8 million. The increase in general and administrative expenses was due to increased headcount and salary-related expenses, increased tax consulting costs, and increased facilities costs. Marketing and selling expenses were $11.0 million compared to the prior year quarter of $10.1 million. The increase in marketing and selling expenses was due to increased advertising and promotional activities and increased headcount and salary-related expenses, partially offset by decreased travel expense. Research and development expenses were $6.9 million compared to the prior year quarter of $5.6 million. The increase in research and development expenses was due to increased clinical expenses associated with our EVO clinical trial in the U.S., increased quality validation expenses, and an increase in headcount and salary-related expenses.

Net loss for the first quarter of 2020 was ($0.1) million or approximately ($0.00) per diluted share compared with net income of $1.4 million or $0.03 per diluted share for the prior year quarter. Adjusted Net Income for the first quarter of 2020 was $1.9 million or $0.04 per diluted share compared to $4.3 million or $0.09 per diluted share for the prior year quarter. The reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP financial information is provided in the financial tables included with this release.

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at April 3, 2020 totaled $110.9 million, compared to $120.0 million at the end of fiscal 2019. The Company had $1.3 million drawn on its line of credit in Japan and no other debt at April 3, 2020. During the first quarter of 2020, the Company used $8.2 million in cash for operations primarily associated with changes in working capital, invested $2.2 million in property and equipment and reduced the balance on its line of credit by $0.5 million. These uses of cash were partially offset by $1.3 million in cash from financing activities, primarily stock option exercises. The Company believes its cash balances and operating cash flows, including anticipated cost containment measures, will provide sufficient liquidity for the next 12 months and beyond.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call and webcast today, Wednesday, May 6 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern / 1:30 p.m. Pacific to discuss its financial results and operational progress. To access the conference call (Conference ID 8879484), please dial 866-209-9722 for domestic participants and 825-312-2235 for international participants. The live webcast can be accessed from the investor relations section of the STAAR website at www.staar.com.

A taped replay of the conference call (Conference ID 8879484) will be available beginning approximately one hour after the call’s conclusion for seven days. This replay can be accessed by dialing 800-585-8367 for domestic callers and 416-621-4642 for international callers. An archived webcast will also be available at www.staar.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes supplemental non-GAAP financial information, which STAAR believes investors will find helpful in understanding its operating performance. “Adjusted Net Income” and “Adjusted Net Income Per Share” exclude the following items that are included in “Net Income” as calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”): gain or loss on foreign currency transactions, stock-based compensation expenses, and valuation allowance adjustments. Management believes that “Adjusted Net Income” and “Adjusted Net Income per share” are useful to investors in gauging the outcome of the key drivers of the business performance: the ability to increase sales revenue and our ability to increase profit margin by improving the mix of high value products while reducing the costs over which management has control.

Management has also excluded gains and losses on foreign currency transactions because of the significant fluctuations that can result from period to period as a result of market driven factors. Stock-based compensation expenses consist of expenses for stock options and restricted stock under the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 718. Valuation allowance adjustments can occur from time to time based on forecasted changes in operating results until all net operating loss carryforwards are fully utilized. In calculating Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income Per Share, STAAR excludes these expenses because they are non-cash expenses and because of the considerable judgment involved in calculating their values. In addition, these expenses tend to be driven by fluctuations in the price of our stock and not by the same factors that generally affect our other business expenses.

The Company also uses Constant Currency as a Non-GAAP financial measure to exclude the effects of currency fluctuations on net sales. The Company conducts a significant part of its activities outside the U.S. It receives sales revenue and pays expenses principally in U.S. dollars, Swiss francs, Japanese yen and euros. The exchange rates between dollars and non-U.S. currencies can fluctuate greatly and can have a significant effect on the Company’s results when reported in U.S. dollars. In order to compare the Company's performance from period to period without the effect of currency, the Company will apply the same average exchange rate applicable in the prior period, or the "constant currency" rate to sales or expenses in the current period as well. Because changes in currency are outside of the control of the Company and its managers, management finds this non-GAAP measure useful in determining the long-term progress of its initiatives and determining whether its managers are achieving their performance goals. The Company believes that the non-GAAP constant-currency sales results measures provided in this press release are similarly useful to investors to give insight on long term trends in the Company's performance without the external effect of changes in relative currency values. The table below shows sales results calculated in accordance with GAAP, the effect of currency, and the resulting non-GAAP measure expressed in constant currency.

About STAAR Surgical

STAAR, which has been dedicated solely to ophthalmic surgery for over 30 years, designs, develops, manufactures and markets implantable lenses for the eye with companion delivery systems. These lenses are intended to provide visual freedom for patients, lessening or eliminating the reliance on glasses or contact lenses. All of these lenses are foldable, which permits the surgeon to insert them through a small incision. STAAR’s lens used in refractive surgery is called an Implantable Collamer® Lens or “ICL”, which includes the EVO Visian ICL™ product line. More than 1,000,000 Visian® ICLs have been implanted to date and STAAR markets these lenses in over 75 countries. To learn more about the ICL go to: www.discovericl.com. Headquartered in Lake Forest, CA, the company operates manufacturing and packaging facilities in Aliso Viejo, CA, Monrovia, CA and Nidau, Switzerland. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.staar.com.

Safe Harbor

All statements in this press release that are not statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements, including statements about any of the following: any financial projections, plans, strategies, and objectives of management for 2020 or prospects for achieving such plans, expectations for sales, revenue, or earnings, the expected impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and related public health measures (including but not limited to its impact on sales, operations or clinical trials globally), product safety or effectiveness, the status of our pipeline of ICL products with regulators, including our EDOF lens for Presbyopia and our EVO family of lenses in the U.S., and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing, including those relating to our product pipeline and market expansion activities. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements include risks and uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic and related public health measures, as well as the factors set forth in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 3, 2020, and Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 3, 2020 under the caption “Risk Factors,” which is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available in the “Investor Information” section of the company’s website under the heading “SEC Filings.” We disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any financial projections or forward-looking statement due to new information or events. These statements are based on expectations and assumptions as of the date of this press release and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties include the following: global economic conditions; the discretion of regulatory agencies to approve or reject existing, new or improved products, or to require additional actions before approval, or to take enforcement action; international trade disputes; and the willingness of surgeons and patients to adopt a new or improved product and procedure. The Visian ICL with CentraFLOW, now known as EVO Visian ICL, is not yet approved for sale in the United States.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in 000's)

Unaudited

 

 

ASSETS

April 3, 2020

January 3, 2020

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

110,851

 

$

119,968

 

Accounts receivable trade, net

 

34,492

 

 

30,996

 

Inventories, net

 

17,565

 

 

17,142

 

Prepayments, deposits, and other current assets

 

9,168

 

 

6,560

 

Total current assets

 

172,076

 

 

174,666

 

Property, plant, and equipment, net

 

20,184

 

 

17,065

 

Finance lease right-of-use assets, net

 

717

 

 

1,867

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets, net

 

6,038

 

 

6,684

 

Intangible assets, net

 

287

 

 

296

 

Goodwill

 

1,786

 

 

1,786

 

Deferred income taxes

 

5,112

 

 

3,750

 

Other assets

 

588

 

 

751

 

Total assets

$

206,788

 

$

206,865

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Line of credit

$

1,316

 

$

1,827

 

Accounts payable

 

9,507

 

 

8,050

 

Obligations under finance leases

 

557

 

 

560

 

Obligations under operating leases

 

2,531

 

 

2,700

 

Allowance for sales returns

 

3,761

 

 

3,644

 

Other current liabilities

 

12,230

 

 

17,697

 

Total current liabilities

 

29,902

 

 

34,478

 

Obligations under finance leases

 

132

 

 

366

 

Obligations under operating leases

 

3,612

 

 

4,086

 

Asset retirement obligations

 

210

 

 

211

 

Pension liability

 

7,965

 

 

7,840

 

Total liabilities

 

41,821

 

 

46,981

 

 

 

Stockholders' equity:

Common stock

 

451

 

 

448

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

309,480

 

 

304,288

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(3,026

)

 

(3,048

)

Accumulated deficit

 

(141,938

)

 

(141,804

)

Total stockholders' equity

 

164,967

 

 

159,884

 

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

206,788

 

$

206,865

 

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In 000's except for per share data)

Unaudited

 

 

Three Months Ended

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April 3, 2020

 

###b#< of

 

March 29, 2019

 

Fav (Unfav)

Sales

 

 

Sales

 

 

Amount

 

###b#<

Net sales

100.0%

$

35,187

 

100.0%

$

32,583

 

$

2,604

 

8.0%

 

Cost of sales

29.6%

 

10,427

 

25.8%

 

8,403

 

 

(2,024

)

-24.1%

 

Gross profit

70.4%

 

24,760

 

74.2%

 

24,180

 

 

580

 

2.4%

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses:

General and administrative

22.6%

 

7,969

 

21.0%

 

6,837

 

 

(1,132

)

-16.6%

Marketing and selling

31.4%

 

11,028

 

31.1%

 

10,143

 

 

(885

)

-8.7%

Research and development

19.6%

 

6,898

 

17.3%

 

5,635

 

 

(1,263

)

-22.4%

Total selling, general, and administrative expenses

73.6%

 

25,895

 

69.4%

 

22,615

 

 

(3,280

)

-14.5%

 

Operating income (loss)

-3.2%

 

(1,135

)

4.8%

 

1,565

 

 

(2,700

)

-172.5%

 

Other income (expense):

Interest income, net

0.6%

 

216

 

0.8%

 

271

 

 

(55

)

-20.3%

Loss on foreign currency transactions

-1.3%

 

(468

)

-0.7%

 

(248

)

 

(220

)

-88.7%

Royalty income

0.2%

 

94

 

0.5%

 

171

 

 

(77

)

-45.0%

Other income, net

0.0%

 

1

 

0.3%

 

97

 

 

(96

)

-99.0%

Total other income (expense), net

-0.5%

 

(157

)

0.9%

 

291

 

 

(448

)

-154.0%

 

Income (loss) before provision for income taxes

-3.7%

 

(1,292

)

5.7%

 

1,856

 

 

(3,148

)

-169.6%

 

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

-3.3%

 

(1,158

)

1.5%

 

489

 

 

1,647

 

336.8%

 

Net income (loss)

-0.4%

$

(134

)

4.2%

$

1,367

 

$

(1,501

)

-109.8%

 

 

Net income (loss) per share - basic

$

-

 

$

0.03

 

Net income (loss) per share - diluted

$

-

 

$

0.03

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding - basic

 

44,953

 

 

44,235

 

Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted

 

44,953

 

 

46,913

 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in 000's)

Unaudited

Three Months Ended

 

April 3, 2020

March 29, 2019

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net income (loss)

$

(134

)

$

1,367

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation of property and equipment

 

766

 

 

1,222

 

Amortization of long-lived intangibles

 

9

 

 

8

 

Deferred income taxes

 

(1,369

)

 

79

 

Change in net pension liability

 

173

 

 

119

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

2,921

 

 

2,641

 

Loss on disposal of property and equipment

 

3

 

 

-

 

Provision for sales returns and bad debts

 

80

 

 

(34

)

Inventory provision

 

336

 

 

455

 

Changes in working capital:

Accounts receivable

 

(3,462

)

 

(554

)

Inventories

 

(491

)

 

(7

)

Prepayments, deposits and other current assets

 

(2,446

)

 

(2,317

)

Accounts payable

 

907

 

 

(185

)

Other current liabilities

 

(5,464

)

 

(2,063

)

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

 

(8,171

)

 

731

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

Acquisition of property and equipment

 

(2,185

)

 

(2,203

)

Increase in patents and licenses

 

-

 

 

(30

)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(2,185

)

 

(2,233

)

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

Repayment on line of credit

 

(505

)

 

(499

)

Repayment of finance lease obligations

 

(236

)

 

(365

)

Proceeds from vested restricted stock and exercise of stock options

 

2,005

 

 

624

 

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

 

1,264

 

 

(240

)

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

 

(25

)

 

(24

)

 

Decrease in cash and cash equivalents

 

(9,117

)

 

(1,766

)

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, at beginning of the period

 

119,968

 

 

103,999

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, at end of the period

$

110,851

 

$

102,233

 

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure

Adjusted Net Income (Loss) and Net Income (Loss) Per Share

(in 000's)

Unaudited

Three Months Ended

 

April 3, 2020

March 29, 2019

Net income (loss) (as reported)

$

(134

)

$

1,367

Less:

Foreign currency impact

 

468

 

 

248

Stock-based compensation expense

 

2,921

 

 

2,641

Valuation allowance adjustment

 

(1,369

)

 

-

Net income (adjusted)

$

1,886

 

$

4,256

 

Net income (loss) per share, basic (as reported)

$

-

 

$

0.03

Foreign currency impact

 

0.01

 

 

0.01

Stock-based compensation expense

 

0.06

 

 

0.06

Valuation allowance adjustment

 

(0.03

)

 

-

Net income per share, basic (adjusted)

$

0.04

 

$

0.10

 

Net income (loss) per share, diluted (as reported)

$

-

 

$

0.03

Foreign currency impact

 

0.01

 

 

0.01

Stock-based compensation expense

 

0.06

 

 

0.05

Valuation allowance adjustment

 

(0.03

)

 

-

Net income per share, diluted (adjusted)

$

0.04

 

$

0.09

 

Weighted average shares outstanding - Basic

 

44,953

 

 

44,235

Weighted average shares outstanding - Diluted

 

47,131

 

 

46,913

 

Note: Net income per share (adjusted), basic and diluted, may not add due to rounding

STAAR Surgical Company

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure

Constant Currency Sales

(in 000's)

Unaudited

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 3, 2020

 

Effect of

 

Constant

 

March 29, 2019

 

As Reported

 

Constant Currency

Sales

 

Currency

 

Currency

 

 

$ Change

 

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$ Change

 

###b#< Change

ICL

$

29,340

$

101

$

29,441

$

27,786

$

1,554

 

5.6%

$

1,655

 

6.0%

 

IOL

 

3,994

 

-

 

3,994

 

4,017

 

(23

)

-0.6%

 

(23

)

-0.6%

Other

 

1,853

 

-

 

1,853

 

780

 

1,073

 

137.6%

 

1,073

 

137.6%

Other Products

 

5,847

 

-

 

5,847

 

4,797

 

1,050

 

21.9%

 

1,050

 

21.9%

 

Total Sales

$

35,187

$

101

$

35,288

$

32,583

$

2,604

 

8.0%

$

2,705

 

8.3%

 

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