Fourth Quarter Revenues Include Initial Two ICELL8™ Single-Cell System Sales and Represents 15-25% Growth Over Third Quarter 2015 Revenues
Company Provides Full-Year 2016 Revenue Guidance; Expecting 70 Percent Growth Over Full-Year 2015 Revenues
FREMONT, Calif., Jan. 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WaferGen Bio-systems (NASDAQ:WGBS) today announced preliminary, unaudited revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015. The Company expects total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015 to be in the range of $2.3 million to $2.5 million, which would represent an increase of 43-55% when compared to the $1.6 million reported for the fourth quarter of 2014. This also represents a sequential increase of 14-24% compared to the $2.0 million generated in the third quarter of 2015. Revenue for the fourth quarter is expected to be the highest in WaferGen's history, and represents the third consecutive quarter of revenue growth. The primary driver of revenue growth was sales of the Company's SmartChipTM products and services and the initial two ICELL8™ Single-Cell System sales.
For full-year 2015, WaferGen expects total revenue to be in the range of $7.1-$7.3 million, which would represent an increase of 18-22% when compared to the $6.0 million reported for the full-year 2014.
“We are extremely pleased with the positive momentum our business continues to build,” said Dr. Rolland Carlson, CEO of WaferGen Bio-systems. “The initial feedback from potential ICELL8™ customers has been overwhelmingly positive, and we look forward to continuing to gain traction in the marketplace in 2016 with this revolutionary platform. In addition, the demand for our base business products remains strong, and we expect that strength to carry over into 2016. While our 2015 full-year revenues are below our previously provided guidance of $7.8 to $8.2 million, the anticipated shortfall is related to the timing associated with certain revenues that have now been included in our 2016 total revenue guidance of $12.0-$13.0 million, which would represent an increase of approximately 70 percent over full-year 2015 total revenues.”
The quarterly and full-year financial results included in this press release were calculated prior to the completion of a review by WaferGen Bio-systems' external auditors and are therefore subject to adjustment. Actual revenues for the fourth quarter and full-year 2015 may differ materially from the Company’s expectations.
WaferGen Bio-systems, Inc. is a biotechnology company that offers innovative genomic technology solutions for single-cell analysis and clinical research. The ICELL8TM Single-Cell System can isolate thousands of single cells and processes specific cells for analysis, including Next Generation Sequencing. The system has demonstrated unbiased isolation of up to 1,800 single cells ranging from 5-100 µm in size on a single chip, including single cells from solid tumors, brain cells, pulmonary airway cells, and multiple cell lines. The SmartChipTM platform can be used for profiling and validating molecular biomarkers, and can perform massively-parallel singleplex PCR for one-step target enrichment and library preparation for clinical NGS. The Apollo 324TM system can be used to process DNA and RNA from clinical samples to next generation sequencing ready libraries. These technologies offer a powerful set of tools for biological analysis at the molecular and single-cell level in the life sciences, pharmaceutical, and clinical laboratory industries.
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