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WaferGen Bio-systems Reports Results for Second Quarter 2015

Company Continues to Advance Single Cell Analysis Technology According to Plan; Full Commercial Launch on Track for Fourth Quarter of 2015

Early Access Program for WaferGen's Single Cell Analysis Technology Fully Enrolled; Initial Data Anticipated in Third Quarter

FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 5, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WaferGen Bio-systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:WGBS) announced today its financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2015.

Key Recent Highlights

  • Early Access Program (EAP) for WaferGen's single cell analysis technology ongoing; initial data expected in third quarter
  • Established MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, as the Company's fourth collaborator within the EAP
  • Selected by Annoroad, China's leading developer of cancer genome analysis, to provide high throughput target enrichment of inherited cancer genes, SNP genotyping services and library quantification for next-generation sequencing (NGS)
  • Presented updated data isolating and studying single cells via NGS with the Broad Institute at the European Society of Human Genetics Conference 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland

"I joined WaferGen primarily because of the potential of its SmartChip technology in single cell analysis, and during my initial tenure I have become even more convinced of the significant value it could bring to the field and its application in drug development," said Rollie Carlson, Ph.D., President and CEO of WaferGen. "I am extremely pleased with the progress we are making with our early access program, with four leading collaborators now on board, and expect initial data from this work in the third quarter. In addition, we continue to expect the full commercial launch of our single cell technology during the fourth quarter of 2015. We believe our single-cell business will be the primary driver of WaferGen's long-term growth and, going forward, will be where our resources are primarily directed."

"In regards to our current base business, due to a delay of the launch of a clinical test by a large reference lab customer, as well as some ongoing commercial challenges in Europe due to overall conditions in this market, we are revising our full-year 2015 revenue guidance to between $7.5 million and $7.8 million from $8.0 million to $8.5 million," continued Dr. Carlson. "While we are reducing guidance, the fundamentals of the company are still on track. Revenues are below original guidance, but the demand for our core products remains strong and our revised guidance still represents 25-30% revenue growth over 2014."

Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2015

Total revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2015, including, product, license and royalty revenue, was $1.6 million, compared to $1.7 million for the prior year period. The decrease in revenue is primarily due to a reduction in sales of SmartChip capital equipment. License and royalty revenue, at $125,000 in the three months ended June 30, 2015, was unchanged from the prior year period.

Gross profit and gross profit margins in the second quarter of 2015 were $934,000 and 58%, respectively, compared to gross profit and gross profit margins of $975,000 and 56%, respectively, in the second quarter of 2014.

Operating expenses in the three months ended June 30, 2015 totaled $4.8 million, compared to $4.1 million in the same period of 2014. Sales and Marketing expenses decreased by $132,000 to $1.2 million, compared to approximately $1.4 million in the three months ended June 30, 2014. Research & Development expenses increased $806,000 to approximately $2.3 million, compared to approximately $1.5 million in the June 2014 quarter, primarily as a result of increased activities related to the development and commercialization of our single cell products. General and Administrative expenses decreased $37,000, or 3%, to approximately $1.3 million, compared to approximately $1.3 million in the June 2014 quarter.

Net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2015, was $3.8 million, or $0.67 per share, compared to a net loss of $2.1 million, or $2.28 per share, in the same period of 2014.

Six Months Ended June 30, 2015

Total revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2015, including product, license and royalty revenue, was $2.8 million, compared to approximately $3.1 million in the same period of 2014, primarily due to a reduction in sales of SmartChip capital equipment. License and royalty revenue was unchanged at $250,000 in the six months ended June 30, 2015.

In the six months ended June 30, 2015, gross profit and gross profit margins were approximately $1.7 million and 60%, respectively, compared to gross profit and gross profit margins of approximately $1.8 million and 57%, respectively, in the same period of 2014.

Operating expenses in the six months ended June 30, 2015 totaled $10.1 million, compared to $7.6 million recorded in the same period of 2014. Sales and Marketing expenses decreased by $172,000 to approximately $2.5 million, compared to approximately $2.6 million in the same period of 2014. Research and Development expenses increased $1.9 million to approximately $4.8 million, compared to $2.8 million in the same period of 2014, primarily as a result of continuing development and commercialization of our single cell products. General and Administrative expenses increased $753,000 to approximately $2.9 million, as compared to $2.1 million in the same period of 2014, primarily as a result of an increase in stock compensation expense.

Net loss for the June 2015 period was $8.6 million, or $1.52 per share, an increase of $3.9 million compared to a net loss of $4.6 million, or $5.07 per share, in the same period of 2014.

At June 30, 2015, the Company had cash & cash equivalents of $7.4 million, compared to $14.7 million at December 31, 2014.

2015 Guidance

Based on current sales trends and expectations, WaferGen is revising full-year 2015 revenue guidance to $7.5 million - $7.8 million, down from $8.0 million - $8.5 million. This guidance excludes revenue from our single cell products, currently being developed. At present, we cannot predict with any degree of certainty the timing of revenue for the single cell products we intend to commercialize.

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About WaferGen

WaferGen Bio-systems, Inc. is a life science company that offers innovative genomic solutions for clinical testing and research. The SmartChip MyDesign™ Real-Time PCR System is a high-throughput genetic analysis platform for profiling and validating molecular biomarkers via microRNA and mRNA gene expression profiling, as well as single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping. The SmartChip TE System is a novel product offering for target enrichment geared towards clinical Next-Gen sequencing (NGS). The Seq-Ready TE™ System, powered by SmartChip massively-parallel singleplex PCR technology, is an innovative one-step target enrichment and library preparation solution. The Company now also offers the Apollo 324™ product line used in library preparation for NGS. These three complementary technologies offer a powerful set of tools enabling more accurate, faster and cheaper genetic analysis based on Next-Gen Sequencing and Real-Time PCR. In addition, WaferGen has established proof-of-concept for its single cell technology, which is based on the Company's SmartChip™ platform. WaferGen's scientists have successfully isolated single cells and produced excellent results in downstream processing of these individual cells, including RNA sequencing.

For additional information, please see http://www.wafergen.com

Forward Looking Statements

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WAFERGEN BIO-SYSTEMS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
Three Months Six Months Ended
Ended June 30, June 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Revenue:
Product $ 1,485 $ 1,608 $ 2,506 $ 2,889
License and royalty 125 125 250 250
Total revenue 1,610 1,733 2,756 3,139
Cost of product revenue 676 758 1,090 1,365
Gross profit 934 975 1,666 1,774
Operating expenses:
Sales and marketing 1,232 1,364 2,465 2,637
Research and development 2,279 1,473 4,750 2,840
General and administrative 1,252 1,289 2,854 2,101
Total operating expenses 4,763 4,126 10,069 7,578
Operating loss (3,829) (3,151) (8,403) (5,804)
Other income and (expenses):
Interest expense, net (107) (109) (213) (212)
Gain on revaluation of warrant derivative liabilities, net 104 1,158 40 1,374
Miscellaneous income (expense) 11 (1) (49) (4)
Total other income and (expenses) 8 1,048 (222) 1,158
Net loss before provision for income taxes (3,821) (2,103) (8,625) (4,646)
Provision for income taxes 2 3
Net loss $ (3,821) $ (2,103) $ (8,627) $ (4,649)
Net loss per share - basic and diluted $ (0.67) $ (2.28) $ (1.52) $ (5.07)
Shares used to compute net loss per share - basic and diluted 5,677 922 5,668 917
WAFERGEN BIO-SYSTEMS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except par value)
June 30, December
2015 31, 2014
Assets (Unaudited)
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 7,368 $ 14,732
Accounts receivable 1,372 1,481
Inventories, net 834 813
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 533 380
Total current assets 10,107 17,406
Property and equipment, net 963 869
Goodwill 990 990
Intangible assets, net 1,137 1,362
Other assets 80 80
Total assets $ 13,277 $ 20,707
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 1,503 $ 1,494
Accrued payroll and related costs 1,498 1,379
Current portion of long-term debt 176 117
Other current liabilities 867 832
Total current liabilities 4,044 3,822
Long-term debt, net of discount and current portion 2,468 2,235
Warrant derivative liabilities 86 126
Other liabilities 361 444
Total liabilities 6,959 6,627
Stockholders' equity:
Common Stock 106,476 105,611
Accumulated deficit (100,158) (91,531)
Total stockholders' equity 6,318 14,080
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 13,277 $ 20,707

CONTACT: INVESTOR CONTACTS: LifeSci Advisors, LLC Brian Ritchie BRitchie@LifeSciAdvisors.com WaferGen Bio-systems, Inc. Rollie Carlson Rollie.Carlson@wafergen.comSource:WaferGen Bio-systems, Inc.