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Natus Medical Inc · 8-K · For 2/26/04 · EX-99.1

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                          February 26, 2004                                      


EX-99.1   —   Press Release of Natus Medical Incorportated Dated February 26, 2004


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  Press Release of Natus Medical Incorportated dated February 26, 2004  

Exhibit 99.1

 

NEWS RELEASE

 

Contact:

 

Steven J. Murphy

Vice President, Finance

650-802-0400

smurphy@natus.com

 

NATUS MEDICAL ANNOUNCES PROFITABLE 2003 FOURTH QUARTER

 

Company Projects Profitability for 2004

 

SAN CARLOS, Calif. (February 26, 2004)—Natus Medical Incorporated (Nasdaq NM: BABY) today announced financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2003.

 

Natus announced that it was profitable for the fourth quarter of 2003. The Company reported record quarterly revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2003 of $9.9 million, an increase of 29%, compared with revenue of $7.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2002. Incremental revenue from the Neometrics product lines, which were obtained through the acquisition of the assets of Neometrics, Inc. in July 2003, and increased sales of Natus’ preexisting product lines contributed approximately equally to the increase.

 

Revenue from supplies and services increased 24% to $6.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2003, compared with $4.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2002. The increase was primarily attributable to incremental revenue from the Neometrics’ product lines as well as increased sales of ALGO® supplies. Revenue from devices and systems increased 40% to $3.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2003, compared with $2.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2002. The increase was primarily attributable to incremental revenue from the Neometrics’ product lines, increased ALGO Newborn Hearing Screening device sales in international markets, and increased sales, both domestic and international, of the company’s neoBLUE phototherapy light, which was introduced in the fourth quarter of 2002.

 

Revenue from U.S. operations increased by 27% to $7.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2003, compared with $5.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2002. Revenue from international operations increased to $2.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2003, an increase of 35% from $1.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2002.

 

Gross margin was 56.2% for the three months ended December 31, 2003, compared with 48.6% for the fourth quarter of 2002. The 2002 fourth quarter gross margin reflected a write-down of excess inventory on hand of $450,000, primarily related to the CO-Stat® End Tidal Breath Analyzer, offset by a decrease of $231,000 in the warranty reserve. Excluding those items, fourth quarter 2002 gross margin would have been 51.5%. For the three months ended December 31, 2003, total operating expenses decreased by $637,000 to $5.3 million, compared with $6.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2002. The Company reported net income available to common stockholders for the fourth quarter of 2003 of $338,000, or $0.02 per fully diluted share, compared with a net loss available to common stockholders of $2.1 million, or $0.13 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2002.

 

For the year ended December 31, 2003, Natus reported record revenue of $31.6 million, an increase of 17%, from $27.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2002. For the year ended December 31, 2003, the Company reported a net loss available to common stockholders of $2.7 million, or $0.17 per share, compared with a net loss available to common stockholders of $7.5 million, or $0.46 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2002.

 

As of December 31, 2003, the Company reported cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $37.6 million, stockholders’ equity of $52.6 million and working capital of $44.7 million. The Company’s cash position at December 31, 2003 reflected the impact of the acquisition of the assets of Neometrics, Inc.


“We are extremely pleased to report record quarterly revenue and our first profitable quarter since our public offering in July 2001,” said Tim Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Natus. “We recorded revenue increases across the board during the fourth quarter as sales grew from domestic and international operations, as well as from both our ‘supplies and services’ and ‘devices and systems’ reporting lines. Gross margins have improved over last year, both for the quarter and year to date, and we reduced 2003 fourth quarter operating expenses by $637,000 compared with the 2002 fourth quarter. The reduction in operating expenses is even more impressive, as we have now absorbed the costs associated with operating Neometrics.”

 

Natus also announced that James Bochnowski, a director of the Company, has resigned for personal reasons. Mr. Bochnowski, who has served on the board of directors since 1991, is a partner in Delphi Ventures, one of the original venture capital investors in Natus. The Company will seek an independent director to fill the vacancy caused by Mr. Bochnowski’s resignation.

 

Natus also announced financial guidance for 2004. Excluding costs associated with the transition of the company’s CEO, which have not yet been determined, the company expects to report a net loss of $0.05 to $0.07 per share for the first half of the year, and net income of $0.01 to $0.03 per fully diluted share for the full year, based on the company achieving revenue growth of 12% to 14%.

 

Natus has scheduled an investor conference call to discuss this announcement beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time today. Individuals interested in listening to the conference call may do so by dialing (888) 802-5257 for domestic callers, or (706) 634-0175 for international callers. A telephone replay will be available for 48 hours following the conclusion of the call by dialing (800) 642-1687 for domestic callers, or (706) 645-9291 for international callers, and entering pass code 5559962. The live conference call will also be available via the Internet at http://investor.natus.com, and a recording of the call will be available on the Company’s Web site for 90 days following the completion of the call.

 

About Natus Medical

 

Natus Medical Incorporated develops, manufactures and markets proprietary, easy-to-use medical products that assist in the detection, treatment, monitoring and tracking of common disorders in newborns. Headquartered in San Carlos, California, the Company has operations in New York, Oregon, the United Kingdom, and Japan.

 

Natus’ product lines include: ALGO® Newborn Hearing Screeners, MiniMuffs® Neonatal Noise Attenuators, neoBLUE LED Phototherapy device; Biliband Eye Protectors; Oxydome, Oxypod®, Oxy-Igloo®, and Foldadome oxygen hoods; Igloo® neonatal heatshield; Neometrics software products: MSDS Metabolic Screening Database System, CMS Case Management System, WebEBP Web Based Electronic Birth Page, VRS Voice Response System, and the Neometrics diagnostic reagent products: Accuwell TSH ELISA and Accuwell T4 EIA.

 

Natus markets and sells its products directly in the U.S. Natus products are currently marketed and sold in 32 other countries outside of the U.S.

 

As a result of the acquisition of Neometrics on July 2, 2003, and the resultant incremental increase in revenue in the quarter ended December 31, 2003, comparison with revenue in the same period in 2002 may not be meaningful.

 

Additional information about Natus Medical can be found at www.natus.com.


This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, particularly statements regarding the expectations, beliefs, plans, intentions, and strategies of Natus. These forward looking statements include, but are not limited to, our belief that we will continue to benefit from cost-reduction initiatives taken during 2002 and 2003, and our outlook for revenue growth, profitability, and earnings or loss per share for 2004. These statements relate to future events or Natus’ future financial performance or results and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Natus’ actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. The actual operating results could differ materially due to a number of factors, including the continued growth of demand (or absence of continued growth of demand) for newborn hearing screening equipment, acceptance of Natus’ existing products, the successful development, introduction and widespread market acceptance of Natus’ new products, dependence on our ALGO and Neometrics products for substantially all of our revenue, the successful addition of products to Natus’ established distribution channel, domestic and global economic conditions, competition from other companies, the failure of states or foreign countries to adopt mandates or guidelines requiring screening for the disorders for which Natus’ products screen, the failure of third party payors to provide adequate reimbursement for the use of Natus’ products, adverse changes in Natus’ relationships with its suppliers, reduced revenue as a result of discounts given to organizations representing several end customers for Natus’ products, failure to obtain necessary regulatory clearances or approvals, adverse changes in Natus’ relationships with its distributors, difficulty integrating acquired businesses into our business, performance of newly acquired products and technologies, difficulty and increased expenses relating to foreign operations and product liability and intellectual property disputes or litigation. Natus disclaims any obligation to update information contained in any forward-looking statement.

 

For additional information and considerations regarding the risks faced by Natus, see Natus’ reports on Forms 10-Q and 10-K filed and to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

natus®; 70/40®; ALGO®; AABR®; ALGO 1e®; ALGO-1 Plus®; ALGO 2®; ALGO DataBook®; Dri-Prep®; Ear Couplers®; Jelly Button®; Flexicoupler®; Jelly Tab; MiniMuffs®; neoBLUE; Neometrics; Accuwell; Accuscreen; CEM; CMS; Neocoat; MSDS; VRS; and WebEBP are Natus trademarks; Biliband Eye Protectors; Oxydome, Oxypod®, Oxy-Igloo®, and Foldadome oxygen hoods; Igloo® neonatal heatshield are licensed to Natus Medical by Nascor Pty. Ltd.

 

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NATUS MEDICAL INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except share amounts)

 

    

December 31,

2003


   

December 31,

2002


 
                  

ASSETS

                

Current assets:

                

Cash and equivalents

   $ 9,435     $ 17,768  

Short-term investments

     28,200       27,150  

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $395 in 2003 and $250 in 2002

     5,682       5,395  

Inventories

     5,263       4,560  

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     528       663  

Total current assets

     49,108       55,536  

Property and equipment, net

     2,668       2,247  

Long-term investment

     341       334  

Deposits and other assets

     4,903       1,223  

Total assets

   $ 57,020     $ 59,340  

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

                

Liabilities:

                

Accounts payable

   $ 1,659     $ 1,788  

Accrued liabilities

     2,229       2,460  

Deferred revenues

     500       405  

Total liabilities

     4,388       4,653  

Commitments and contingencies

     —         —    

Stockholders’ equity:

                

Common stock, $0.001 par value, 120,000,000 shares authorized; shares issued and outstanding: 16,511,874 in 2003 and 16,267,700 in 2002

     87,038       86,593  

Deferred stock compensation

     (33 )     (219 )

Accumulated deficit

     (34,495 )     (31,751 )

Accumulated other comprehensive income

     122       64  

Total stockholders’ equity

     52,632       54,687  

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

   $ 57,020     $ 59,340  


NATUS MEDICAL INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

 

     Three Months Ended

    Twelve Months Ended

 
    

Dec. 31,

2003


   

Dec. 31,

2002


   

Dec. 31,

2003


   

Dec. 31,

2002


 
          

Revenue

   $ 9,919     $ 7,686     $ 31,602     $ 27,013  

Cost of revenue

     4,343       3,948       13,247       12,270  

Gross margin

     5,576       3,738       18,355       14,743  

Operating expenses:

                                

Marketing and selling

     3,119       3,291       12,775       13,728  

Research and development

     996       1,171       3,843       4,765  

General and administrative

     1,226       1,516       5,073       5,036  

Total operating expenses

     5,341       5,978       21,691       23,529  

Income/(loss) from operations

     235       (2,240 )     (3,336 )     (8,786 )

Other income/(expense):

                                

Interest income

     197       187       559       902  

Interest expense

     (6 )     (3 )     (16 )     (10 )

Other income, net

     (86 )     (52 )     53       404  

Total other income/(expense)

     105       132       596       1,296  

Income/(loss) before provision for income tax

     340       (2,108 )     (2,740 )     (7,490 )

Provision for income tax

     (2 )     38       (4 )     38  

Net income/(loss) available to common stockholders

   $ 338     $ (2,070 )   $ (2,744 )   $ (7,452 )

Basic and diluted net income/(loss) per share

   $ 0.02     $ (0.13 )   $ (0.17 )   $ (0.46 )

Weighted average shares used in the calculation of net income/(loss) per share:

                                

Basic

     16,462       16,127       16,411       16,056  

Fully Diluted

     16,882       16,127       16,411       16,056  

Dates Referenced Herein   and   Documents Incorporated By Reference

This 8-K Filing   Date   Other Filings
12/31/0210-K, 5, 5/A
7/2/038-K
12/31/0310-K, 5, NT 10-K
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