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MEDITE Cancer Diagnostics Reports 2017 Third Quarter Financial Results

Launch of New Products Supported by Expanded Manufacturing Footprint

/EIN News/ -- ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MEDITE Cancer Diagnostics, Inc. (OTCQB:MDIT) (the “Company”), specializing in the development, manufacturing and marketing of molecular biomarkers and premium medical devices for detection, risk assessment and diagnosis of cancer and precancerous conditions, today announced its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.

For the three months ended September 30, 2017, the Company reported $1.69 million in revenue, a decrease of 28% compared with the corresponding quarter in 2016.  Gross profit of $369,000 represented 22% of revenue, compared with $1 million, or 43% of revenue, in the corresponding quarter of 2016.  At September 30, 2017 the Company’s sales backlog was approximately $1.0 million.

R&D expenses increased by 39% to $423,000 in the third quarter of 2017 over the same 2016 period, as the Company made investments to advance its new product portfolio and prepare for the global launch of the SureCyte™ C1 stain. SG&A expenses rose by 45% to $1.2 million in the third quarter of 2017 compared with the same period in 2016, partly attributable to professional fees related to the non-cash issuance of non-qualified options to the Board of Directors for 2017 services, and higher salaries and wages as a result of the Company completing the hiring of its management team earlier in 2017.

Net loss for the third quarter of 2017 totaled $1.61 million, or $0.06 per share, compared with a $306,000 loss, or $0.02 per share, in the same period in 2016.

At September 30, 2017, the Company’s cash position was $1.65 million, compared with $108,000 at December 31, 2016, with the increase attributable to proceeds from a financing transaction that was completed in September 2017.

“Across the third quarter, sales resumed a growth trajectory compared to the first half of the year as indicated by a strong backlog, as the Company continued to move beyond the purposeful reduction in production we undertook in the second quarter and, to a lesser extent, the third quarter, to address issues related to manufacturing, quality control, installation and service,” said Stephen Von Rump, CEO of MEDITE. “While these activities impacted revenues in the second and third quarters, as well as the corresponding margins, due to a higher cost of revenue related to increased manufacturing and fixed costs, the Company remains confident that quality standards are in place to support future production and sales growth.” 

“During the quarter, we achieved a key objective by introducing our SureCyte C1 staining product at major international trade shows in Amsterdam and Barcelona,” Mr. Von Rump continued.  “We are confident in our ability to leverage our current manufacturing, marketing and R&D infrastructure now that we have secured working capital that will support our growth plans.”

Operational Highlights

MEDITE launches SureCyteTM C1 stain internationally:

  • Launched the SureCyte C1 fluorogenic instant stain in Europe.
  • Working with numerous key opinion leaders (KOL’s) in the U.S., Europe and China to continue identifying C1 use cases, conduct C1 trials, and provide feedback on the SureCyte concept and other product line expansion plans.
  • Initial revenues for C1 are expected in the fourth quarter of 2017.

MEDITE continues plans for next-generation products: 

  • Will begin manufacturing a new cryostat line (instruments used for frozen sectioning of tissue biopsies) during the fourth quarter of 2017; have already secured initial customer orders.
  • Preparing for clinical studies leading to eventual approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) for SureThin® gynecological applications.
  • Will also launch SureThin in the U.S. to clinical labs using the LDT (Laboratory Developed Test) protocol in CLIA approved sites.  This approach and eventual FDA approval will position the Company to compete with the dominant suppliers in this $600 million market.
  • Developing a study plan with a major research center in the Midwest, with the goal of submitting for FDA approval of its SoftKit™ at-home cell collection device in 2018.

About MEDITE Cancer Diagnostics, Inc.

MEDITE Cancer Diagnostics, Inc. is a global company that specializes in the development, engineering, manufacturing and marketing of premium medical devices and consumables for detection, risk assessment and diagnosis of cancer and related diseases. The Company is developing a suite of innovative products, both Histo-Pathology (tissue biopsy) and Cyto-Pathology (liquid cell) based, that target large markets and cover the complete laboratory process from biopsy to finished slide, and through diagnosis. MEDITE’s current and future products assist in the early diagnoses of cancer, with a target result of contributing to more lives saved at lower costs. MEDITE’s products are currently being distributed in over 80 countries worldwide.

Forward Looking Statement

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, regarding future operating performance, events, trends and plans. All statements other than statements of historical fact contained herein, including, without limitation, statements regarding our future financial position, business strategy, budgets, projected revenues and costs, and plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “will,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “projects,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” or “believes” or the negative thereof or any variation thereon or similar terminology or expressions. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and projections about future events. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions about us that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause our actual results to differ from our expectations include, but are not limited to, MEDITE’s ability to maintain and grow its revenues. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements, as they speak only as of the date made. Such statements are not guarantees of future performance or events and we undertake no obligation to disclose any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date hereof.

Investor Contacts:
Steve Silver / Valter Pinto
KCSA Strategic Communications
Phone: 212-896-1220 / 212-896-1254



(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
    September 30, 2017     December 31,  
    (unaudited)     2016  
Current Assets:            
Cash   $ 1,654     $ 108  
Restricted cash     393       -  
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $143 and $123     672       1,346  
Inventories     3,624       3,811  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     256       79  
Total current assets     6,599       5,344  
Property and equipment, net     1,563       1,557  
In-process research and development     4,620       4,620  
Trademarks, trade names     1,240       1,240  
Goodwill     4,658       4,658  
Other assets     348       351  
Total assets   $ 19,028     $ 17,770  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity                
Current Liabilities:                
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 3,548     $ 3,164  
Secured lines of credit and current portion of long-term debt     83       3,214  
Note payable and accrued interest     63       -  
Notes due to employees, current portion     335       681  
Advances – related parties     251       288  
Total current liabilities     4,280       7,347  
Long-term debt, net of current portion and debt discounts     4,459       60  
Notes due to employees, net of current portion     68       135  
Deferred tax liability     2,205       2,205  
Total liabilities     11,012       9,747  
Commitments and contingencies                
Stockholders’ equity :                
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; 198,355 shares issued and outstanding (liquidation value of all classes of preferred stock $2,601 and $2,533 as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively)     962       962  
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized, 28,855,580 and 22,421,987 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively     29       23  
Additional paid-in capital     13,522       9,366  
Stock subscription     -       25  
Treasury stock     (327 )     (327 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (601 )     (642 )
Accumulated deficit     (5,569 )     (1,384 )
Total stockholders’ equity     8,016       8,023  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 19,028     $ 17,770  



(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
    Three Months Ended 
September 30,
Net sales   $ 1,686     $ 2,339  
Cost of revenues     1,317       1,336  
Gross profit     369       1,003  
Operating expenses                
Depreciation and amortization expense     110       53  
Research and development     423       305  
Selling, general and administrative     1,248       860  
Total operating expenses     1,781       1,218  
Operating loss     (1,412 )     (215 )
Other expenses                
Interest expense, net     200       170  
Other income, net     (7 )     (72 )
Total other expense, net     193       98  
Loss before income taxes     (1,605 )     (313 )
Income tax provision (benefit)     -       (7 )
Net loss     (1,605 )     (306 )
Preferred dividend     (22 )     (23 )
Net loss available to common stockholders   $ (1,627 )   $ (329 )
Loss per share                
Basic and diluted loss per share   $ (0.06 )   $ (0.02 )
Weighted average basic and diluted shares outstanding     27,695,967       21,269,307  
Condensed consolidated statements of comprehensive loss                
Net loss   $ (1,605 )   $ (306 )
Other comprehensive income (loss)                
Foreign currency translation adjustments     (118 )     177  
Comprehensive loss   $ (1,723 )   $ (129 )