SAN DIEGO, May 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TearLab Corporation (NASDAQ:TEAR) (TSX:TLB) ("TearLab" or the "Company") today reported its consolidated financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017. All dollar amounts are expressed in U.S. currency and results are reported in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles except where noted otherwise.

First Quarter 2017 Operational Highlights
  • Expanded the U.S. active device base to approximately 4,500 TearLab Osmolarity Systems
  • Staffed 97% of U.S. field sales positions
  • Reduced operating expenses by 29% and operating loss by 46% compared to first quarter 2016
  • Reduced cash burn to $2.4 million, from $6.6 million in first quarter 2016
  • Achieved initial CE Marking for next generation platform, providing regulatory clearance in the European Union and European Free Trade Association member countries
  • Received regulatory approval for the TearLab Osmolarity System in Brazil, well ahead of anticipated schedule

For the three months ended March 31, 2017, TearLab's net revenues were $6.7 million, compared with $6.8 million for the same period in 2016. A net total of 88 TearLab Osmolarity® Systems were added in the first quarter of 2017, of which 24 were under the Company's Flex program and 63 were purchased outside of the United States.

The following table sets out the estimated annualized revenue per U.S. device and account analysis for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017:
            Annualized   Annualized
    Active   Active   Revenue   Revenue
Program   Devices   Accounts   Per Device   Per Account
Purchased       696   615   $   2,622   $   2,967
Use     155   154   $   1,545   $   1,555
Masters     1,715   215   $   3,102   $   24,743
Flex     1,933   779   $   8,099   $   20,098
Total     4,499     1,763        

The Company's reported net loss for the 2017 first quarter was approximately $4.4 million, or ($0.82) basic loss per share, compared to a reported net loss of approximately $7.3 million, or ($2.14) basic loss per share, in the first quarter of 2016. In addition, the Company's cash burn in the first quarter was approximately $2.4 million, resulting in an ending cash balance of $13.0 million as of March 31, 2017.

"In the first quarter of 2017, we continued to execute under our refocused commercial model, and we are very pleased with the health of the core business as our flex contracts generated revenue of more than $20,000 per account on an annualized basis in Q1," said Seph Jensen, TearLab's Chief Executive Officer. "In addition, we are very pleased that nearly all of our U.S. field sales positions were filled, and we have seen the positive impact of having a full sales team with a stronger start to our second quarter in both revenue and placements than what we experienced in early Q1 2017."

Business Outlook

The Company expects to achieve CE marking for the commercial version of its next generation platform either late in the second quarter or early in the third quarter of 2017.  This version will include biomarkers testing for osmolarity and two additional inflammation markers.  The Company expects to file its application for clearance of its next generation device, including all three biomarkers, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by the end of the third quarter of 2017.

The Company continues to make progress on its evaluation of strategic alternatives and is currently reviewing a wide range of options. Additionally, TearLab has engaged an investment bank to assist in the evaluation of strategic alternatives.  The Company does not have a further update on any specific alternatives at this time.

On May 10, 2017, the Company received a letter from the Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Staff (the "Staff") indicating that, based upon the Company's continued non-compliance with the minimum $35 million market value of listed securities ("MVLS") requirement for continued listing on The Nasdaq Capital Market, as set forth in Nasdaq Listing Rule 5550(b)(2), as of May 8, 2017, the Company's securities would be subject to delisting unless the Company timely requests a hearing before the Nasdaq Hearings Panel (the "Panel"). The Company plans to timely request a hearing, at which it will present its plan to demonstrate compliance with the MVLS requirement and request an extension of time within which to do so. The Company's request for a hearing will stay any action by the Staff with respect to the Company's listing on Nasdaq pending the issuance of the Panel's decision and the expiration of any extension granted by the Panel following the hearing. The Company will provide an update when relevant information becomes available.

About TearLab Corporation

TearLab Corporation ( www.tearlab.com) develops and markets lab-on-a-chip technologies that enable eye care practitioners to improve standard of care by objectively and quantitatively testing for disease markers in tears at the point-of-care. The TearLab Osmolarity Test, for diagnosing Dry Eye Disease, is the first assay developed for the award-winning TearLab Osmolarity System.  TearLab Corporation's common shares trade on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol 'TEAR' and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol 'TLB'.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements include, among others, statements concerning the market for dry eye patients, the potential success in developing and commercializing the next generation testing system and the TearLab Osmolarity System, the timeframe and ability to file and secure CE marking and U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for the next generation commercial test card and testing device, the ability to quickly train and maintain stability in our sales force for continued execution, the ability to successfully identify and evaluate strategic alternatives and the ability to maintain our Nasdaq listing. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on management's current, preliminary expectations and are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Many factors, risks and uncertainties may cause our actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements, including the factors, risks, and uncertainties detailed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and Canadian securities regulatory authorities, including but not limited to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, filed with the SEC on March 10, 2017,and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, which TearLab expects to file with the SEC on May 15, 2017. We do not undertake to update any forward-looking statements except as required by law.

 
TearLab Corp.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations 
(Expressed in U.S. Dollars (000's) except for number of shares and net loss per share)
(Unaudited)
 
    Three months
    March 31,
      2017       2016  
Revenue        
  Product sales   $   5,987     $   5,502  
  Reader equipment rentals       714         1,265  
Total revenue     6,701       6,767  
Cost of goods sold        
Cost of goods sold  (excluding amortization of intangible assets)     2,542       2,540  
Cost of goods sold - reader equipment depreciation     466       554  
Gross profit     3,693       3,673  
Operating expenses        
Sales and marketing     3,332       4,636  
Clinical, regulatory and research & development        1,564         1,138  
General and administrative       2,187         3,931  
Amortization of intangible assets       -          304  
Total operating expenses       7,083         10,009  
Loss from operations       (3,390 )       (6,336 )
Other income (expense)       (1,031 )       (918 )
Net loss and comprehensive loss   $   (4,421 )   $   (7,254 )
Weighted average shares outstanding  - basic       5,367,311         3,382,567  
Net loss per share  - basic   $   (0.82 )   $   (2.14 )
Weighted average shares outstanding  - diluted       5,367,311         3,382,567  
Net loss per share  - diluted   $   (0.82 )   $   (2.14 )

 
TearLab Corp.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Expressed in U.S. Dollars (000's))
(Unaudited)
 
     March 31, 2017      December 31, 2016  
ASSETS            
Current assets            
Cash     $   13,032       $   15,471  
Accounts receivable, net         2,266           2,279  
Inventory         3,324           3,193  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets       1,216           1,226  
Total current assets       19,838         22,169  
             
Fixed assets, net       3,880         4,178  
Intangible assets, net       44         60  
Other non-current assets       220         220  
Total assets     $   23,982       $   26,627  
             
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY            
Current liabilities            
Accounts payable     $   2,745       $   1,858  
Accrued liabilities       4,082         3,958  
Deferred Rent       70         83  
Total current liabilities       6,897         5,899  
             
Long-term debt         26,906         26,449  
             
Total liabilities       33,803         32,348  
             
             
Stockholders' equity (deficit)            
Capital stock            
Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value, 10,000,000 authorized, 757 and 2,764                     
issued and outstanding at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively                
Common stock, $0.001 par value, 9,500,000 authorized, 5,634,756 and 5,360,198                    
issued and outstanding at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively       6         5  
Additional paid-in capital       507,302         506,982  
Accumulated deficit         (517,129 )         (512,708 )
Total stockholders' equity (deficit)         (9,821 )         (5,721 )
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity     $   23,982       $   26,627  
                     

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