Electromed, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ELMD) today announced financial results for the three-month period ended December 31, 2012. Net revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2012, were approximately $3,856,000, a 19.5% decrease compared to net revenues of approximately $4,790,000 for the same period last year. The Company also announced net loss of approximately $411,000, or $0.05 per basic and diluted share, for the three months ended December 31, 2012, compared to net income of approximately $25,000, or $0.00 per basic and diluted share, for the same period last year. Net revenues decreased as a result of downward pressure on pricing and added administrative steps implemented by third party payers in the insurance claims process which has lengthened the approval process compared to the prior year. Net loss results were attributable to lower net revenues, offset by decreased expenses and operating efficiencies designed to better align expenses with demand.
Kathleen Skarvan, CEO, said, “While our results this quarter are disappointing, we are gaining momentum and positioning ourselves for sales growth going into fiscal year 2014. Our positive momentum is attributable to our re-branding strategy, hiring a veteran International sales manager focused on broadening our footprint in Latin America and the Middle East, our U.S. sales force being fully staffed in all strategic regions and realigning our reimbursement function to create a stronger focus on payer contracts and greater efficiencies. Additionally, it is important to highlight the strength of our balance sheet, which is strong enough to support us while we work through our current challenges.”
Gross profit decreased to approximately $2,514,000, or 65.2% of net revenues, for the three months ended December 31, 2012, compared to approximately $3,481,000, or 72.7% for the same period in fiscal 2012. The decrease in gross profit percentage was primarily the result of reduced leverage of manufacturing costs on lower revenue levels. The Company believes that as it grows sales, it will be able to leverage manufacturing costs more effectively and the gross profit percentage will return to more historical levels above 70%.
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