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CombiMatrix Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2017 Financial and Operating Results

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 03, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CombiMatrix Corporation (NASDAQ:CBMX), a family health molecular diagnostics company specializing in DNA-based reproductive health and pediatric testing services, announces financial and operating results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017.

      Volumes    Revenues (in 000's) 
      Q2 '17   Q2 '16       # Δ   % Δ   Q2 '17   Q2 '16   $ Δ   % Δ
Prenatal     310   302       8     2.6 %   $ 487   $ 472   $ 15     3.2 %
Miscarriage analysis     1,095   901       194     21.5 %     2,209     1,457     752     51.6 %
PGS     343   200       143     71.5 %     442     252     190     75.4 %
Subtotal - reproductive health     1,748   1,403       345     24.6 %     3,138     2,181     957     43.9 %
Pediatric     549   497       52     10.5 %     725     558     167     29.9 %
Subtotal     2,297   1,900       397     20.9 %     3,863     2,739     1,124     41.0 %
FISH and karyotyping     790   880       (90 )   (10.2 %)     351     310     41     13.2 %
Total - all tests     3,087   2,780       307     11.0 %     4,214     3,049     1,165     38.2 %
Royalties   27     58     (31 )   (53.4 %)
Total revenues $ 4,241   $ 3,107   $ 1,134     36.5 %
                                       
      Volumes    Revenues (in 000's) 
      6 mo. '17    6 mo. '16        # Δ    % Δ    6 mo. '17     6 mo. '16     $ Δ    % Δ
Prenatal     617   566       51     9.0 %   $ 997   $ 794   $ 203     25.6 %
Miscarriage analysis     2,198   1,896       302     15.9 %     4,246     3,079     1,167     37.9 %
PGS     575   367       208     56.7 %     750     473     277     58.6 %
Subtotal - reproductive health     3,390   2,829       561     19.8 %     5,993     4,346     1,647     37.9 %
Pediatric     1,062   949       113     11.9 %     1,332     1,058     274     25.9 %
Subtotal     4,452   3,778       674     17.8 %     7,325     5,404     1,921     35.5 %
FISH and karyotyping     1,573   1,650       (77 )   (4.7 %)     648     575     73     12.7 %
Total - all tests     6,025   5,428       597     11.0 %     7,973     5,979     1,994     33.4 %
Royalties   56     100     (44 )   (44.0 %)
Total revenues $ 8,029   $ 6,079   $ 1,950     32.1 %
                         

/EIN News/ -- Three Months Ended June 30, 2017 and 2016

CombiMatrix reported total revenues for the second quarter of 2017 of $4.2 million, a 36.5% increase from $3.1 million for the second quarter of 2016.  The increase in the second quarter of 2017 was driven by higher test volumes in the reproductive health and pediatric segments and improved reimbursement resulting in higher average revenue per test across all segments.  Reproductive health diagnostic test revenues for the second quarter of 2017, which include prenatal, miscarriage analysis and preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) testing, increased 43.9% to $3.1 million with testing volumes increasing 24.6% to 1,748 due to continued success in our commercialization strategy emphasizing the reproductive health diagnostic market. 

Total operating expenses were $4.6 million for the second quarter of 2017 compared with $4.3 million for the prior-year comparable period.  The increase was due primarily to higher cost of services expenses associated with increased testing volumes and increased general and administrative expenses associated with increased legal costs from merger-related activities, partially offset by lower sales and marketing expenses related to optimized headcount in the field.  Gross margin improved to 63.1% for the second quarter of 2017 from 53.0% for the second quarter of 2016, driven primarily by improved average reimbursement per test reflected above as well as from cost containment strategies undertaken in recent periods.

Net loss for the second quarter of 2017 was $370,000, or $0.13 per share.  This compares with a net loss for the second quarter of 2016 of $1.2 million, or $0.89 per share.  The improvement in net loss was due primarily to the 36.5% increase in total revenues described above, coupled with improved gross margins.

Six Months Ended June 30, 2017 and 2016

CombiMatrix reported total revenues for the first six months of 2017 of $8.0 million, a 32.1% increase from $6.1 million for the first six months of 2016.  The increase in total revenues for the first six months of 2017 was driven primarily by a 37.9% increase in miscarriage analysis diagnostic testing revenues due to continued success in our commercialization strategy emphasizing the reproductive health diagnostic market.

Operating expenses for the first six months of 2017 were $8.9 million compared with $8.8 million from the prior-year period, with the increase primarily due to higher cost of services resulting from increased testing volumes.  Gross margin improved to 60.6% for the first six months of 2017 from 52.3% for the first six months of 2016.

Net loss for the first six months of 2017 was $888,000, or $0.31 per share, compared with $4.4 million, or $3.89 per share, for the first six months of 2016.  The higher net loss in the 2016 period reflected one-time, non-cash charges of $1.9 million related to deemed dividends from the issuance of Series F convertible preferred stock and warrants in the $8.0 million public offering that closed on March 24, 2016.  This increase was partially offset by the reversal of the $890,000 Series E deemed dividend recognized in 2015 from the repurchase of those securities upon closing of the public offering, partially reduced by the $656,000 deemed dividend paid to the Series E investors in February of 2016. 

The Company reported $3.0 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments as of June 30, 2017, compared with $3.7 million as of December 31, 2016.  The Company used $112,000 and $607,000 in cash to fund operating activities during the quarter and six months ending June 30, 2017, respectively, compared with $0.9 million and $2.5 million in cash to fund operating activities during the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2016, respectively.  The significant decrease in cash used to fund operating activities in the 2017 periods resulted primarily from improved cash reimbursement of $3.8 million and $7.2 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017, respectively, compared with $3.0 million and $5.4 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016, respectively.

About CombiMatrix Corporation

CombiMatrix Corporation provides sophisticated molecular diagnostic solutions and comprehensive clinical support to foster the highest quality in patient care. CombiMatrix specializes in pre-implantation genetic diagnostics and screening, prenatal diagnosis, miscarriage analysis and pediatric developmental disorders, offering DNA-based testing for the detection of genetic abnormalities beyond what can be identified through traditional methodologies. Our testing focuses on advanced technologies, including single nucleotide polymorphism chromosomal microarray analysis, next generation sequencing, fluorescent in situ hybridization and high resolution karyotyping. Additional information about CombiMatrix is available at www.combimatrix.com or by calling (800) 710-0624.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based upon our current expectations, speak only as of the date hereof and are subject to change. All statements, other than statements of historical fact included in this press release, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements can often be identified by words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "goal," "predicts," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "should," "would," "could," "potential," "continue," "ongoing," “outlook,” “reach,” similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words and include, but are not limited to, statements regarding projected results of operations, including projected cash flow-positive operating results, management's future business, operational and strategic plans, recruiting efforts and test menu expansion. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. The risks and uncertainties referred to above include, but are not limited to: our ability to grow revenue and improve gross margin; delays in achieving and maintaining cash flow-positive operating results; the risk that operating expenses are not reduced or increase; the risk that test volumes and reimbursements level off or decline; the risk that payors decide to not cover our tests or to reduce the amounts they are willing to pay for our tests; the risk that we will not be able to grow our business as quickly as we need to; the inability to raise capital; the loss of members of our sales force; our ability to successfully expand the base of our customers, add to the menu of our diagnostic tests, develop and introduce new tests and related reports, expand and improve our current suite of services, optimize the reimbursements received for our microarray testing services, and increase operating margins by improving overall productivity and expanding sales volumes; our ability to successfully accelerate sales, steadily increase the size of our customer rosters in all of our genetic testing markets; our ability to attract and retain a qualified sales force in wider geographies; our ability to ramp production from our sales; rapid technological change in our markets; changes in demand for our future services; legislative, regulatory and competitive developments; general economic conditions; and various other factors. Further information on potential factors that could affect our financial results is included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports of Form 10-Q, and in other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason, except as required by law.

Company Contact:
Mark McDonough
President & CEO, CombiMatrix Corporation
(949) 753-0624

Investor Contact:
LHA Investor Relations 
Jody Cain
(310) 691-7100
jcain@lhai.com                                                                                                                                   

Tables to Follow

COMBIMATRIX CORPORATION 
 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except share and per share information) 
 (Unaudited) 
               
Three Months Ended
    Six Months Ended
                 June 30, 
     June 30, 
                  2017       2016         2017       2016  
                               
Revenues:                              
Diagnostic services           $ 4,214     $ 3,049       $ 7,972     $ 5,979  
Royalties             27       58         56       100  
Total revenues             4,241       3,107         8,028       6,079  
                               
Operating expenses:                            
Cost of services             1,632       1,432         3,140       2,851  
Research and development             85       149         170       292  
Sales and marketing             1,016       1,141         2,038       2,477  
General and administrative             1,855       1,586         3,519       3,112  
Patent amortization and royalties             25       25         50       50  
Total operating expenses             4,613       4,333         8,917       8,782  
Operating loss             (372 )     (1,226 )       (889 )     (2,703 )
Other income (expense):                          
Interest income             5       8         11       12  
Interest expense             (3 )     (17 )       (10 )     (35 )
Total other income (expense)             2       (9 )       1       (23 )
Net loss           $ (370 )   $ (1,235 )     $ (888 )   $ (2,726 )
                               
Deemed dividend from issuing Series F convertible                          
preferred stock and warrants           $ -     $ -       $ -     $ (1,877 )
Deemed dividend paid for right to repurchase Series E                          
convertible preferred stock             -       -         -       (656 )
Deemed dividend from issuing and modifying Series E                          
convertible preferred stock and warrants             -       -         -       890  
Net loss attributable to common stockholders           $ (370 )   $ (1,235 )     $ (888 )   $ (4,369 )
                               
Basic and diluted net loss per share           $ (0.13 )   $ (0.89 )     $ (0.31 )   $ (2.43 )
Deemed dividend from issuing Series F convertible                          
preferred stock             -       -         -       (1.67 )
Deemed dividend paid for right to repurchase Series E                          
convertible preferred stock             -       -         -       (0.58 )
Deemed dividend from issuing and modifying Series E                          
convertible preferred stock             -       -         -       0.79  
Basic and diluted net loss per share attributable                          
to common stockholders           $ (0.13 )   $ (0.89 )     $ (0.31 )   $ (3.89 )
                               
Basic and diluted weighted average                          
common shares outstanding             2,915,303       1,382,019         2,838,521       1,122,975  
                               


CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET INFORMATION:   
              June 30,
          December 31,
 
              2017           2016
 
Total cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments             $ 3,022           $ 3,727  
Total assets               8,119             8,478  
Total liabilities               2,167             1,984  
Total stockholders’ equity               5,952             6,494  
                                 

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