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GenMark Diagnostics Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results

GenMark Diagnostics, Inc. (Nasdaq:GNMK), a leading provider of automated, multiplex molecular diagnostic testing systems, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012.

Revenues for the quarter ending June 30, 2012 were $3.6 million compared with $901,000 during the second quarter of 2011. The 301% year-over-year increase in total revenue reflects an increase in the number of systems placed at customer sites, growth in test menus and a significant increase in the number of tests sold. Reagent revenues for the second quarter grew 321% year-over-year to $3.5 million from $825,000. Instrument and other revenues increased by 86% year-over-year to $141,000 from $76,000 due mainly to capital sales of instruments.

The Company placed a net 31 analyzers during the quarter, bringing the total installed base to 220, all in end-user laboratories within the U.S. market.

Gross profit for the quarter ending June 30, 2012 was $1.4 million, or 40% of revenue, compared with a gross loss of $393,000, or (44%) of revenue for the same period in 2011. The continued improvement in gross profit is the result of significant volume increases and manufacturing efficiencies.

Operating expenses increased $1.7 million to $7.0 million during the second quarter of 2012 compared with the second quarter of 2011. Selling, General and Administrative expenses increased $978,000 year-over-year due to the increase in revenue, headcount growth and other corporate expenses. Research and Development expenses increased $728,000 due to an expansion of the R&D team, menu development for the XT-8 and initial development work on the NexGen platform.

Loss per share was $0.26 for the second quarter of 2012, compared with a loss per share of $0.39 in the second quarter of 2011.

“Our Company continues to meet expectations for business growth and product development,” stated GenMark’s President & CEO Hany Massarany. “We significantly grew our reagents business in the second quarter by adding new customers, as well as expanding menu utilization and revenue with existing customers. We also increased the number of net new analyzers by 31 to a cumulative net 220 analyzers. Furthermore, our NexGen development efforts are on schedule and we plan to show a prototype system at the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) meeting in October.”

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