Nanosphere Announces First Quarter Financial and Operating Results

Corporate Highlights and Business Guidance:

  • Achieved 48 new Verigene® customer placements
  • Achieved Q1 2014 revenues of $3.3 million, a 39% increase over Q1 2013
  • Reaffirmed 2014 guidance of approximately 200 new customer placements and $19 million to $21 million in revenue
  • Received FDA clearance of Verigene Gram-Negative Blood Culture Test
  • Filed application for FDA clearance of Verigene Enteric Pathogens Test

NORTHBROOK, Ill., May 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nanosphere, Inc. (Nasdaq:NSPH), a company enhancing medicine through targeted molecular diagnostics, today announced its first quarter 2014 financial and operating results.

"We continue to see adoption of our Verigene System across the full spectrum of microbiology labs from community-based to regional integrated delivery networks to academic medical centers," said Michael McGarrity, Nanosphere's president and chief executive officer. "Our expanding menu will continue to drive broader market penetration and accelerate revenue growth."

First quarter revenue was $3.3 million compared to $2.4 million in the first quarter of 2013. The 39% year-over-year growth was driven by consumable sales that increased by 56%. Nanosphere reaffirms full year 2014 revenue guidance of $19 million to $21 million.

New customer placements in the first quarter of 2014 were 48 and full year 2014 guidance of approximately 200 new customer placements is also reaffirmed.

Costs of product sales increased to $2.0 million in the first quarter of 2014 from $1.5 million in the first quarter of 2013 due to increased volume. Gross margins increased to 38% in the first quarter of 2014 from 35% in the first quarter of 2013 driven by lower per unit cartridge manufacturing costs attributable to production cost reductions.

Selling, general and administrative expenses in the first quarter of 2014 increased to $5.6 million from $4.4 million in the first quarter of 2013 due to field sales and customer support team expansion.

Research and development expenses in the first quarter of 2014 increased to $5.2 million from $5.0 million in the same period of 2013.

Net loss for the first quarter of 2014 was $10.0 million, compared with $8.5 million in first quarter of 2013.

Cash flow for the first quarter of 2014 was negative $8.5 million. Cash at March 31, 2014 was $33.0 million. During the first quarter of 2014, Nanosphere entered into a $30 million common stock purchase agreement with Aspire Capital and amended its term loan agreement with Oxford Finance LLC and Silicon Valley Bank to extend the period for which achievement of certain financial milestones will allow us access to the second $10 million tranche of debt through September of 2014.

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About Nanosphere, Inc.

Nanosphere is enhancing medicine through targeted molecular diagnostics that result in earlier disease detection, optimal patient treatment and improved healthcare economics. The Company's versatile technology platform, the Verigene® System, enables clinicians to rapidly detect the most complex, costly and deadly infectious diseases through a low cost and simple-to-use multiplexed diagnostic test. The combination of this innovative technology and Nanosphere's customer-driven solutions keeps commitment to the patient at the forefront of its business. Nanosphere is based in Northbrook, IL. Additional information is available at

Except for historical information, the matters discussed in this press release are "forward-looking statements" and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, the following: (i) Nanosphere's ability to develop commercially viable products; (ii) Nanosphere's ability to achieve profitability; (iii) Nanosphere's ability to produce and market its products; (iv) Nanosphere's ability to obtain regulatory approval of its products; (v) Nanosphere's ability to protect its intellectual property; (vi) competition and alternative technologies; and (vii) Nanosphere's ability to obtain additional financing to support its operations. Additional risks are discussed in the Company's current filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. The forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Nanosphere, Inc.
Statements of Operations
(dollars and shares in thousands except per share data)
Three Month Periods Ended
March 31,
2014 2013
Product sales $3,283 $2,369
Total revenue 3,283 2,369
Cost of sales 2,023 1,537
Research and development 5,221 4,987
Sales, general, and administrative 5,644 4,384
Total costs and expenses 12,888 10,908
Loss from operations (9,605) (8,539)
Foreign exchange gain (loss) -- (2)
Interest expense (368) --
Interest income 3 7
Total other income (expense) (365) 5
NET LOSS $(9,970) $(8,534)
Net loss per common share — basic and diluted $(0.13) $(0.15)
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding — basic and diluted 76,716 56,090
Nanosphere, Inc.
Condensed Balance Sheets
(dollars in thousands)
March 31, December 31,
2014 2013
Cash and cash equivalents $32,996 $41,467
Accounts receivable 2,393 2,821
Inventories 9,724 8,452
Other current assets 630 248
Total current assets 45,743 52,988
Net property and equipment 4,102 3,673
Intangible assets - net of accumulated amortization 2,324 2,406
Other assets 257 284
Total assets $52,426 $59,351
Total liabilities $17,736 16,217
Total stockholders' equity 34,690 43,134
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $52,426 $59,351

CONTACT: Investors: Roger Moody Chief Financial Officer Nanosphere, Inc. 847-400-9021 Michael Rice Founding Partner LifeSci Advisors 646-597-6979 Media: Lindsey Saxon Director of Communications Nanosphere, Inc. 847-400-9173 lsaxon@nanosphere.usSource:Nanosphere, Inc.