BIOLASE Reports 2015 Third Quarter Results

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- BIOLASE, Inc. (NASDAQ:BIOL), the global leader in dental lasers, today reported its financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Selected highlights of the 2015 third quarter include:

  • Worldwide revenue of $11.2 million was down $1.5 million, or 12% year over year, largely attributable to $0.7 million lower imaging revenue, and $0.6 million lower service revenue (e.g. training and service agreements) related to a favorable change in accounting estimate made in Q3 2014 to recognize deferred training revenue over a shorter time period that resulted in a one-time increase in the prior year.
  • Worldwide WaterLase® revenue was down 5% year over year and 2% sequentially, related to slower sales in the U.S. while International WaterLase revenue was flat year over year and grew 20% sequentially.
  • Worldwide diode laser system revenue grew 11% year over year, including a 5% increase in the U.S. and 16% increase internationally.
  • Operating expenses were flat with last year’s third quarter and lower by $2.0 million or 19% from last quarter with the largest reductions in G&A expenses.

President and CEO Harold Flynn, Jr., stated “the Company’s core laser franchise remained flat in the third quarter, with international sales increasing 5% year over year, offset by a 6% decline in U.S. sales during the same period. The third quarter is typically a relatively lower revenue quarter as dentists take summer vacations throughout the U.S. and Europe limiting our effective selling days. Despite these trends, we were encouraged by our third quarter revenue for worldwide diode systems, which grew 11% year over year, with the U.S. sales growing 5% and international sales growing 16%.

“We continued to focus our energies on strengthening leadership, worldwide competitiveness, and attention to our professional customers and their patients in Third Quarter 2015,” Flynn added. “We also focused heavily on activities to improve our cash flow, including operating expenses during the quarter. In September 2015, we streamlined operations and reduced payroll-related and consulting-related expenses by approximately $2.4 million, net, on an annualized basis. Total expenses related to this restructuring during Third Quarter 2015 totaled approximately $246,000. We will begin to realize the favorable impact of these cost saving measures in the fourth quarter of 2015 and throughout 2016.”

Third Quarter and Nine-Month Financial Results

Net revenue for the third quarter of 2015 was $11.2 million, compared to net revenues of $12.7 million for the third quarter of 2014. The quarter-over-quarter decrease of 11.6% was principally due to decreases in domestic imaging systems revenue, domestic and international services revenue, consumables and other revenue, and domestic license fees and royalty revenue. Worldwide laser systems revenue remained steady with a slight decrease of approximately $20,000, or 0.3%, quarter-over-quarter. The quarter-over-quarter decrease was also impacted by a change in accounting estimate totaling approximately $708,000 of recognized income during the third quarter of 2014 (the “2014 Change in Accounting Estimate”) related to changing our revenue recognition for deferred training service revenue from 24 months to nine months.

Net revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was $34.0 million, compared to net revenues of $34.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014. The overall year-over-year decrease resulted from decreases in domestic imaging systems revenue and services revenue primarily associated with the 2014 Change in Accounting Estimate, partially offset by increases in domestic and international laser system revenue, consumables and other revenue and license fees and royalty revenue. Laser systems revenue increased by approximately $1.4 million, or 6.8%, while net revenue from imaging systems decreased by approximately $1.7 million or 51.6%.

Gross profit as a percentage of revenue typically fluctuates with product and regional mix, selling prices, material costs and revenue levels. Gross profit as a percentage of net revenue for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2015 was 30.1% and 30.3%, respectively, compared to 42.4% and 38.0%, respectively, for the same prior year periods. The decline was mainly attributable to the 2014 Change in Accounting Estimate, increased international sales volume and increased promotions related to this year’s launches of the WaterLase® iPlus™ 2.0 and EPIC X. Third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2015 gross profit related to international sales denominated in foreign currency was negatively impacted by the stronger U.S. dollar when compared with the same prior year periods.

Total operating expenses in the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2015 were $8.7 million and $27.9 million, respectively, compared to $8.7 million and $27.2 million for the same prior year periods. The increases in this year’s operating expenses were due to a combination of increased spending in engineering and development for new product development and support of existing products and technologies, along with increased spending in sales and marketing on product promotions, building brand awareness and some internal corporate organizational restructuring activities. The increases were partially offset by decreased spending in general and administrative expenses attributable to decreased legal expenses, and a credit related to a favorable legal settlement with a competitor recorded in the first quarter of 2015.

The net loss for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2015 was $5.3 million and $17.8 million, respectively, or a $0.09 and $0.31 loss per share, respectively, compared to a net loss of $3.5 million and $14.8 million, or $0.08 and $0.38 loss per share, for the same prior year periods. The increase in net loss was primarily due to lower gross profit margins and increased operating expenses in 2015 as compared to 2014.

After removing interest income, net of $21 thousand, income tax provision of $44 thousand, non-cash depreciation and amortization expenses of $265 thousand and non-cash stock-based compensation expenses of $621 thousand, the adjusted non-GAAP net loss for this year’s third quarter totaled $4.4 million, or a loss of $0.08 per share, compared with a non-GAAP net loss of $3.0 million, or a loss of $0.07 per share, during the prior year third quarter. The non-GAAP net loss totaled $14.9 million, or a loss of $0.25 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared with a non-GAAP net loss of $12.7 million, or a loss of $0.33 per share, for the same prior year period.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of September 30, 2015, BIOLASE had approximately $22.0 million in working capital. Cash and restricted cash equivalents at the end of the third quarter 2015 were $15.4 million, compared to $31.6 million on December 31, 2014. Net accounts receivable totaled $9.2 million at September 30, 2015, as compared to $9.0 million at December 31, 2014.

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer David Dreyer commented, “the Company’s cash and cash equivalents total of $15.4 million as of September 30, 2015 reflected the Company using $4.7 million of cash during the quarter, which was $900 thousand more cash usage than the previous quarter, mostly from our revenue in the quarter coming in lower than expected. As a result, we took immediate action during the third quarter to further reduce our operating expenses by $2.4 million (on an annualized basis), which will start being realized next quarter and throughout 2016. These reductions were in addition to spending cuts made previously, as was reflected in this quarter’s operating expenses coming in $2.0 million lower than the prior quarter. We are also projecting sequential revenue growth in the fourth quarter (historically a strong quarter) which is expected to improve cash flow.”

Conference Call

As previously announced, the Company will host a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss its operating results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2015, and to answer questions. To listen to the conference call live via telephone, dial 1-877-407-4019 from the U.S. or, for international callers, dial 1-201-689-8337, approximately 10 minutes before the start time. To listen to the conference call live via the Internet, visit the Investors section of the BIOLASE website at

About BIOLASE, Inc.

BIOLASE, Inc. is a medical device company that develops, manufactures, markets, and sells laser systems in dentistry and medicine and also markets, sells, and distributes dental imaging equipment, including digital x-rays and CAD/CAM scanners. BIOLASE’s products are focused on technologies that advance the practice of dentistry to both the dentist and their patients. The Company's proprietary laser products incorporate approximately 260 patented and 100 patent-pending technologies designed to provide biologically clinically superior performance with less pain and faster recovery times. Its innovative products provide cutting-edge technology at competitive prices to deliver the best results for dentists and patients. BIOLASE's principal products are revolutionary dental laser systems that perform a broad range of dental procedures, including cosmetic and complex surgical applications, and a full line of dental imaging equipment. BIOLASE has sold approximately 29,700 laser systems to date. Laser products under development address the Company’s core dental market and other adjacent medical and consumer markets.

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(Financial Tables Follow)

(unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30 September 30
  2015     2014     2015     2014  
Products and services revenue $ 11,200 $ 12,673 $ 33,786 $ 34,292
License fees and royalty revenue   34     41     172     126  
Net revenue 11,234 12,714 33,958 34,418
Cost of revenue   7,853     7,321     23,666     21,355  
Gross profit   3,381     5,393     10,292     13,063  
Operating expenses:
Sales and marketing 4,039 3,862 13,536 11,886
General and administrative 2,860 3,474 9,363 11,867
Engineering and development 1,756 1,276 5,533 3,227
Excise tax 78 76 231 205
Legal settlement           (731 )    
Total operating expenses   8,733     8,688     27,932     27,185  
Loss from operations   (5,352 )   (3,295 )   (17,640 )   (14,122 )
Gain (loss) on foreign currency transactions 32 (135 ) (97 ) (166 )
Interest income (expense), net   21     (37 )   44     (452 )
Non-operating loss, net   53     (172 )   (53 )   (618 )
Loss before income tax provision (5,299 ) (3,467 ) (17,693 ) (14,740 )
Income tax provision   44     28     127     81  
Net loss $ (5,343 ) $ (3,495 ) $ (17,820 ) $ (14,821 )
Net loss per share:
Basic $ (0.09 ) $ (0.08 ) $ (0.31 ) $ (0.38 )
Diluted $ (0.09 ) $ (0.08 ) $ (0.31 ) $ (0.38 )
Shares used in the calculation of net loss per share:
Basic   58,204     42,403     58,177     38,851  
Diluted   58,204     42,403     58,177     38,851  
(in thousands, except per share data)
September 30   December 31
  2015     2014  
unaudited audited
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 15,194 $ 31,560
Restricted cash equivalent 200
Accounts receivable, less allowance of $1,888 in 2015 and $1,711 in 2014 9,243 9,004
Inventory, net 14,119 12,508
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   1,526     1,726  
Total current assets 40,282 54,798
Property, plant and equipment, net 3,118 1,295
Intangible assets, net 65 114
Goodwill 2,926 2,926
Other assets   758     270  
Total assets $ 47,149   $ 59,403  
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 9,309 $ 8,357
Accrued liabilities 5,902 5,188
Customer deposits 105 112
Deferred revenue, current portion   2,984     2,494  
Total current liabilities   18,300     16,151  
Deferred tax liabilities 723 677
Deferred revenue, long-term 171
Capital lease obligation 201
Warranty accrual, long-term 1,059 519
Other liabilities, long-term   351      
Total liabilities   20,805     17,347  
Stockholders’ equity:
Preferred stock, par value $0.001
Common stock, par value $0.001 58 58
Additional paid-in capital 187,529 185,231
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (747 ) (557 )
Accumulated deficit   (160,496 )   (142,676 )
Total stockholders’ equity   26,344     42,056  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 47,149   $ 59,403  
Reconciliation of GAAP Net Loss to Non-GAAP Net Loss
(unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30 September 30
  2015     2014     2015     2014  
GAAP net loss $ (5,343 ) $ (3,495 ) $ (17,820 ) $ (14,821 )
Interest (income) expense, net (21 ) 37 (44 ) 452
Income tax provision 44 28 127 81
Depreciation and amortization expense 265 177 589 529

Stock-based compensation, other equity instruments, and other non-cash compensation expense

  621     301     2,256     1,010  
Non-GAAP net loss $ (4,434 ) $ (2,952 ) $ (14,892 ) $ (12,749 )
GAAP net loss per share, basic and diluted $ (0.09 ) $ (0.08 ) $ (0.31 ) $ (0.38 )
Interest expense 0.01
Income tax provision 0.01
Depreciation and amortization expense 0.01 0.01

Stock-based compensation, other equity instruments, and other non-cash compensation expense

  0.01     0.01     0.04     0.03  
Non-GAAP net loss per share, basic and diluted $ (0.08 ) $ (0.07 ) $ (0.25 ) $ (0.33 )

David Dreyer
Chief Financial Officer
Rene Caron (Investors)
Len Hall (Media)

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