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Fluidigm Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Financial Results

Fourth quarter revenue increased 17 percent to $32.3 million

Mass cytometry revenue growth of 48 percent in fourth quarter

Full year 2018 revenue increased 11 percent to $113.0 million
Including equity offering, ending cash of $95.4 million

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Feb. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fluidigm Corporation (NASDAQ:FLDM) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018.

Financial Highlights

Fourth Quarter 2018

  • Total revenue increased 17 percent to $32.3 million from $27.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, with mass cytometry revenue growth of 48 percent compared to the year ago period.
  • GAAP net loss was $14.8 million, compared with a GAAP net loss of $10.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2017. GAAP net loss was higher in the fourth quarter of 2018 primarily due to non-cash interest associated with the convertible debt exchange in 2018 and the impact of a favorable litigation settlement in the fourth quarter of 2017.
  • Non-GAAP net loss was $2.4 million, compared with a $3.0 million non-GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter of 2017.

Full Year 2018

  • Total revenue increased 11 percent to $113.0 million from $101.9 million in full year 2017.
  • GAAP net loss was $59.0 million, compared with a GAAP net loss of $60.5 million for the full year 2017.
  • Non-GAAP net loss was $20.7 million, compared with a $30.2 million non-GAAP net loss for the full year 2017.

“We experienced exceptional global revenue growth underpinned by strong operational execution in the fourth quarter,” said Chris Linthwaite, President and CEO.

“Demand for the Hyperion™ Imaging System, Helios™, and associated consumables reflects sustained momentum in the adoption rate of mass cytometry in the fourth quarter. The general trend in multi-system placements continues, driven by immunology-related research in pharma and biotech. Last month, a major contract research organization announced an expansion of its mass cytometry capacity. Today, we announced a consortium project with pharma companies that are relying on our pioneering mass cytometry and Imaging Mass Cytometry™ systems for insights on immune function,” added Linthwaite.

“For the full year, we achieved double-digit revenue growth, expanding our markets and building recurring revenue through new content and partnerships. Financial discipline has been an important pillar and we have strengthened our balance sheet this year through a convertible debt exchange and our recent equity offering. We are well-positioned to support accelerating growth in 2019 as we execute on a multi-omic-based strategy to provide meaningful insights in health and disease.”

A full reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures can be found in the tables of this news release.

Fourth Quarter 2018 Results

Revenue by category:

Category

Revenue by Category

Year-over-Year
Change
% of Total
Revenue
Instruments$13.6 million21%42%
Consumables$13.5 million15%42%
Service$5.2 million9%16%

Revenue by market:

  • Mass cytometry revenue, comprising instruments, consumables, and service, increased 48 percent to $19.1 million from $12.9 million in the prior year period. Mass cytometry product revenue increased 50 percent to $16.2 million from $10.8 million in the prior year.
     
  • Microfluidics revenue, comprising instruments, consumables, and service, decreased 11 percent to $13.2 million from $14.8 million in the prior year period. Microfluidics product revenue decreased 11 percent to $11.0 million from $12.3 million in the prior year period due to lower sales of instruments, offset by consumables growth.

Total revenue by geographic area:

Geographic Area

Revenue by
Geography
Year-over-Year
Change
% of Total
Revenue
Americas$14.2 million19%44%
EMEA$10.2 million7%32%
Asia Pacific$7.9 million26%24%

Product margin:

GAAP product margin was 56.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to 48.0 percent in the year ago period and 52.0 percent in the third quarter. Non-GAAP product margin was 69.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to 63.4 percent in the year ago period and 66.0 percent in the third quarter. The year-over-year increases in product margins were due to higher plant utilization and favorable product mix. Sequentially, increases in product margins were primarily due to favorable product mix and higher plant utilization. In the case of GAAP margin, year-over-year and sequential increases in product margins were coupled with fixed amortization over higher  revenue.

Cash, cash equivalents, and investments as of December 31, 2018:

Cash, cash equivalents, and investments as of December 31, 2018, were $95.4 million, including $59.5 of net proceeds from the company’s public offering of common stock in the fourth quarter. Cash, cash equivalents, and investments as of September 30, 2018, were $35.8 million.

Operational and Business Progress

Market expansion:

  • Caprion Biosciences, a leading CRO, added an incremental Helios instrument to meet an increasing demand for advance biomarker discovery and immune monitoring services to.
     
  • Fluidigm announced participation in an international consortium, formed with pharma and academic research in Europe. The TIMID Consortium is a unique project that utilizes both mass cytometry and Imaging Mass Cytometry along with other technologies to explore the common cellular basis of T cell-driven immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (TIMIDs) . The research is aimed at more precise treatments for IMIDs using existing therapies and identification of new targets for drug development. Frits Koning, Professor of Immunology at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands is leading mass cytometry and Imaging Mass Cytometry analysis of the human mucosal immune system in patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

Significant publications:

  • A Nature Immunology paper published January 21 by Frits Koning and colleagues from Leiden University Medical Center characterized the development of CD4+ T cells in the human fetal intestine using mass cytometry and Imaging Mass Cytometry along with sequencing methods.
     
  • A Cell Metabolism paper that was published on January 31 by Bernd Bodenmiller from the University of Zurich and researchers in Geneva and the US, used Imaging Mass Cytometry to map Human Type 1 Diabetes Progression at a single cell and spatial level. This work opens up new avenues, not available using traditional approaches to explore Type 1 Diabetes pancreas pathology as a starting point to understand the importance of the immune system in this disease.

New product innovation and partnership agreements:

  • Agreement with Indica Labs to expand and simplify imaging mass cytometry data analysis: Fluidigm and Indica Labs announced a co-marketing agreement to provide another new solution to streamline image analysis for Imaging Mass Cytometry.

  • REAP-seq for multi-omic single-cell analysis for the C1 system: In January, Fluidigm announced the introduction of a REAP-seq (RNA expression and protein sequencing) protocol for use with the C1. REAP-seq was developed in collaboration with Merck for co-detection of both cellular protein and RNA using microfluidics technology. This protocol is published in Nature Biotechnology.

Full Year 2018 Results

Revenue by category:

Category

Revenue by Category

Year-over-Year
Change
% of Total
Revenue
Instruments$45.5 million7%40%
Consumables$48.2 million15%43%
Service$19.3 million11%17%

Revenue by market:

  • Mass cytometry revenue, comprising instruments, consumables, and service, increased 27 percent to $59.6 million from $46.8 million in the prior year period. Mass cytometry product revenue increased 25 percent to $49.3 million from $39.6 million in the prior year.
     
  • Microfluidics revenue, comprising instruments, consumables, and service, decreased 3 percent to $53.4 million from $55.2 million in the prior year period. Microfluidics product revenue decreased 1 percent to $44.3 million from $44.8 million in the prior year period due to lower sales of single-cell microfluidics products and high throughput instruments, partially offset by a strong increase in sales of consumables.

Total revenue by geographic area:

Geographic Area

Revenue by
Geography
Year-over-Year
Change
% of Total
Revenue
Americas$51.2 million4%46%
EMEA$36.6 million12%32%
Asia-Pacific$25.2 million26%22%

Approximate active installed base at year-end 2018:

Active installed base for selected instruments2018
Mass cytometry240
Biomark™/Biomark HD and EP1™550
Access Array™ and Juno™200

2019 Guidance

Consumables pull-through2019 ($000)
Mass cytometry$73 – $78
Biomark/Biomark HD and EP1$44 - $50
Access Array and Juno$25 - $30

First Quarter 2019 Guidance  

  • Total revenue of $­­­­­28 million to $31 million.
  • GAAP operating expenses of $29.5 million to $30.5 million.
  • Non-GAAP operating expenses of $26.5 million to $27.5 million excluding stock-based compensation and depreciation and amortization expenses of approximately $2 million and $1 million, respectively. 
  • Total cash outflow of $20 million to $22 million, including total annual incentive compensation and retention bonus payments of $10.8 million, and a semi-annual interest payment of $2.8 million.

Conference Call Information
Fluidigm will host a conference call today, February 7, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET) to discuss fourth quarter and full year 2018 financial results and operational progress. Individuals interested in listening to the conference call may do so by dialing (877) 556-5248 for domestic callers, or (720) 545-0029 for international callers. Please reference Conference ID 2891608. A live webcast of the conference call will be available online from the Investor Relations page of the company’s website at http://investors.fluidigm.com/events.cfm. The link will not be active until 1:45 p.m. PT (4:45 p.m. ET) on February 7, 2019.

After the live webcast, the call will be archived on Fluidigm’s Investor Relations page at http://investors.fluidigm.com/. In addition, a telephone replay of the teleconference will be available 90 minutes after the end of the call. The replay dial-in numbers are (855) 859-2056 for domestic callers and (404) 537-3406 for international callers. Please use the conference ID number: 2891608. The telephone replay will be available until February 14.

Statement Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
Fluidigm has presented certain financial information in accordance with U.S. GAAP and also on a non-GAAP basis for the three-month periods and years ended December 31, 2018, and December 31, 2017, as well as projected for the first quarter of 2019. Management believes that non-GAAP financial measures, taken in conjunction with GAAP financial measures, provide useful information for both management and investors by excluding certain non-cash and other expenses that are not indicative of the company’s core operating results. Management uses non-GAAP measures to compare the company’s performance relative to forecasts and strategic plans and to benchmark the company’s performance externally against competitors. Our estimates of forward-looking non-GAAP operating expenses exclude estimates for stock-based compensation expense and depreciation and amortization; loss on disposal of property and equipment; future changes relating to developed and acquired technologies; other intangible assets; and income taxes, among other items, certain of which are presented in the tables accompanying our earnings release. The time and amount of certain material items needed to estimate non-GAAP financial measures are inherently unpredictable or outside of our control. Material changes to any of these items could have a significant effect on guidance and future GAAP results. Non-GAAP information is not prepared under a comprehensive set of accounting rules and should only be used to supplement an understanding of the company’s operating results as reported under U.S. GAAP. Fluidigm encourages investors to carefully consider its results under GAAP, as well as its supplemental non-GAAP information and the reconciliation between these presentations, to more fully understand its business. Reconciliations between GAAP and non-GAAP operating results are presented in the accompanying tables of this release.

Use of Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, among others, statements regarding revenue growth in 2019, the execution of product strategies and anticipated effect on our business, anticipated benefits of collaborations and contractual relationships, consumables pull-through for 2019,  and projected revenues, expenses, and cash flows for the first quarter of 2019. Forward‑looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from currently anticipated results, including but not limited to challenges inherent in developing, manufacturing, launching, marketing, and selling new products; risks relating to reliance on sales of capital equipment for a significant proportion of revenues in each quarter; potential product performance and quality issues; the possible loss of key employees, customers, or suppliers; intellectual property risks; competition; uncertainties in contractual relationships; Fluidigm research and development, sales, marketing, and distribution plans and capabilities; reduction in research and development spending or changes in budget priorities by customers; interruptions or delays in the supply of components or materials for, or manufacturing of, its products; seasonal variations in customer operations; unanticipated increases in costs or expenses; and risks associated with international operations. Information on these and additional risks and uncertainties and other information affecting Fluidigm's business and operating results is contained in the Fluidigm Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, and in its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Fluidigm Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. Fluidigm disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements except as may be required by law.

About Fluidigm
Fluidigm (NASDAQ:FLDM) is an industry-leading biotechnology tools provider with a vision to improve life through comprehensive health insight. We focus on the most pressing needs in translational and clinical research, including cancer, immunology, and immunotherapy. Using proprietary CyTOF® and microfluidics technologies, we develop, manufacture, and market multi-omic solutions to drive meaningful insights in health and disease, identify biomarkers to inform decisions, and accelerate the development of more effective therapies. Our customers are leading academic, government, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and plant and animal research laboratories worldwide. Together with them, we strive to increase the quality of life for all. For more information, visit fluidigm.com.

Fluidigm, the Fluidigm logo, CyTOF, and Access Array, Biomark, C1, EP1, Helios, Hyperion, Imaging Mass Cytometry, and Juno are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Fluidigm Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the sole property of their respective owners. Fluidigm products are provided for Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.

Contact:

Agnes Lee
Vice President, Investor Relations
Fluidigm Corporation
650 416 7423
agnes.lee@fluidigm.com

  
 FLUIDIGM CORPORATION
 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
 (In thousands, except per share amounts)
 (Unaudited)
  
   Three Months Ended December 31,  Twelve Months Ended December 31,
    2018   2017   2018   2017 
 Revenue:       
    Instruments $  13,660  $  11,322  $  45,491  $  42,505 
    Consumables    13,494     11,694     48,159     41,894 
   Product revenue    27,154     23,016     93,650     84,399 
   Service revenue    5,171     4,729     19,314     17,348 
   License revenue    -     -     -     190 
 Total revenue   32,325     27,745     112,964     101,937 
 Cost of revenue:       
   Cost of product revenue    11,844     11,979     44,861     45,039 
   Cost of service revenue    1,670     1,479     6,454     4,916 
 Total cost of revenue    13,514     13,458     51,315     49,955 
 Gross profit    18,811     14,287     61,649     51,982 
 Operating expenses:        
   Research and development    7,958     7,158     30,030     30,826 
   Selling, general and administrative    21,971     15,863     79,783     79,516 
 Total operating expenses    29,929     23,021     109,813     110,342 
 Loss from operations   (11,118)    (8,734)    (48,164)    (58,360)
 Interest expense   (4,069)    (1,457)    (13,893)    (5,824)
 Other income (loss), net    172     (186)    637     385 
 Loss before income taxes    (15,015)    (10,377)    (61,420)    (63,799)
 Income tax benefit (loss)    240     (79)    2,407     3,264 
 Net loss$  (14,775) $  (10,456) $  (59,013) $  (60,535)
          
 Net loss per share, basic and diluted$  (0.36) $  (0.27) $  (1.49) $  (1.84)
          
 Shares used in computing net loss per share, basic and diluted  41,489   38,704   39,652   32,980 
          

 

FLUIDIGM CORPORATION 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 
(In thousands) 
  
       
     December 31, 2018 December 31, 2017 (1) 
         
ASSETS      
Current assets:       
  Cash and cash equivalents   $  95,401 $  58,056 
  Short-term investments      -    5,080 
  Accounts receivable, net      16,651    15,049 
  Inventories      13,003    15,088 
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets      2,051    1,528 
Total current assets      127,106    94,801 
Property and equipment, net       8,825    12,301 
Other non-current assets      6,208    7,541 
Developed technology, net      57,400    68,600 
Goodwill       104,108    104,108 
Total assets   $  303,647 $  287,351 
         
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY      
Current liabilities:       
  Accounts payable   $  4,027 $  4,211 
  Accrued compensation and related benefits      14,470    10,535 
  Other accrued liabilities      7,621    8,490 
  Deferred revenue, current portion      11,464    10,238 
Total current liabilities      37,582    33,474 
Convertible notes, net      172,058    195,238 
Deferred tax liability, net      13,714    16,919 
Other non-current liabilities      8,177    10,785 
Total liabilities      231,531    256,416 
Total stockholders' equity      72,116    30,935 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $  303,647 $  287,351 
         
(1) Derived from audited consolidated financial statements  
         

 

FLUIDIGM CORPORATION 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS 
(In thousands) 
(Unaudited) 
          
      Twelve Months Ended December 31,  
       2018   2017  
Operating activities    
Net loss   $  (59,013) $  (60,535) 
Depreciation and amortization   5,372     7,409  
Stock-based compensation expense   11,023     9,092  
Amortization of developed technology        11,200     11,200  
Amortization of debt discounts, premiums and issuance costs   8,379     287  
Loss on disposal of property and equipment   141     135  
Other non-cash items   175     (890) 
Changes in assets and liabilities, net   (2,478)    9,204  
Net cash used in operating activities   (25,201)    (24,098) 
          
Investing activities    
Purchases of investments   (1,450)    (6,276) 
Proceeds from sales and maturities of investments   6,541     25,550  
Purchases of intangible assets  -      (50) 
Purchases of property and equipment   (372)    (1,566) 
Net cash provided by investing activities   4,719     17,658  
          
Financing activities    
Payment of debt and equity issuance costs   (2,862)    -  
Proceeds from issuance of common stock   59,469     28,793  
Proceeds from employee equity programs, net   1,053     204  
Net cash provided by financing activities   57,660     28,997  
          
Effect of foreign exchange rate fluctuations on cash and cash equivalents   167     454  
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents   37,345     23,011  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   58,056     35,045  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$  95,401  $  58,056  
          

 

FLUIDIGM CORPORATION 
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION  
(In thousands, except per share amounts) 
(Unaudited) 
  
   Three Months Ended December 31,  Twelve Months Ended December 31,  
     2018   2017   2018   2017  
            
Net loss (GAAP)   $  (14,775) $  (10,456) $  (59,013) $  (60,535) 
Stock-based compensation expense     4,966     1,995     11,023     9,092  
Amortization of developed technology  (a)    2,800     2,800     11,200     11,200  
Depreciation and amortization      1,248     1,457     5,372     5,824  
Interest expense (b)      4,069     1,514     13,893     7,091  
Benefit from acquisition related income taxes (c)     (835)    (433)    (3,360)    (2,968) 
Loss on disposal of property and equipment    141     134     141     135  
Net loss (Non-GAAP)   $  (2,386) $  (2,989) $  (20,744) $  (30,161) 
Shares used in net loss per share calculation -          
basic and diluted (GAAP and Non-GAAP)    41,489     38,704     39,652     32,980  
            
Net loss per share - basic and diluted (GAAP) $  (0.36) $  (0.27) $  (1.49) $  (1.84) 
Net loss per share - basic and diluted (Non-GAAP) $  (0.06) $  (0.08) $  (0.52) $  (0.91) 
            
            
            
ITEMIZED RECONCILIATION BETWEEN GAAP AND NON-GAAP PRODUCT MARGIN 
            
    Three Months Ended December 31, Twelve Months Ended December 31, 
     2018   2017   2018   2017  
Product margin (GAAP)   $  15,310  $  11,037  $  48,789  $  39,360  
Amortization of developed technology  (a)    2,800     2,800     11,200     11,200  
Depreciation and amortization (d)      488     538     1,979     2,165  
Stock-based compensation expense (d)    303     223     853     1,077  
Product margin (Non-GAAP)   $  18,901  $  14,598  $  62,821  $  53,802  
            
Product margin percentage (GAAP)   56.4%  48.0%  52.1%  46.6% 
Product margin percentage (Non-GAAP)  69.6%  63.4%  67.1%  63.7% 
            
            
ITEMIZED RECONCILIATION BETWEEN GAAP AND NON-GAAP OPERATING EXPENSES 
            
    Three Months Ended December 31, Twelve Months Ended December 31, 
     2018   2017   2018   2017  
Operating expenses (GAAP)   $  29,929  $  23,021  $  109,813  $  110,342  
Stock-based compensation expense (e)    (4,663)    (1,772)    (10,170)    (8,015) 
Depreciation and amortization (e)     (760)    (976)    (3,393)    (4,926) 
Loss on disposal of property and equipment (e)    (141)    (134)    (141)    (135) 
Operating expenses (Non-GAAP)  $  24,365  $  20,139  $  96,109  $  97,266  
            
            
            
ITEMIZED RECONCILIATION BETWEEN GAAP AND NON-GAAP LOSS FROM OPERATIONS 
            
    Three Months Ended December 31,  Twelve Months Ended December 31,  
     2018   2017   2018   2017  
Loss from operations (GAAP)   $  (11,118) $  (8,734) $  (48,164) $  (58,360) 
Stock-based compensation expense      4,966     1,995     11,023     9,092  
Amortization of developed technology  (a)    2,800     2,800     11,200     11,200  
Depreciation and amortization (e)     1,248     1,514     5,372     7,091  
Loss on disposal of property and equipment (e)    141     134     141     135  
Loss from operations (Non-GAAP)  $  (1,963) $  (2,291) $  (20,427) $  (30,842) 
            
            
(a) represents amortization of developed technology in connection with the DVS acquisition        
(b) represents interest expense, primarily on convertible debt        
(c) represents the tax impact on the purchase of intangible assets in connection with the DVS acquisition       
(d) represents expense associated with cost of product revenue         
(e) represents expense associated with research and development, selling, general and administrative activities        
            
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