- During the quarter ended December 31, 2017, total product sales increased by approximately $919,000 to $3.1 million compared to $2.2 million during the same period in 2016, an increase of 42%.
- During the year ended December 31, 2017, total product sales increased by approximately $887,000 to $10.4 million compared to $9.5 million during 2016, an increase of 9%. Total 2017 product sales included $97,000 in sales of the topical wipes product line (that was discontinued during the first quarter of 2017) in comparison to $350,000 in sales of that product line during 2016.
- Sales of the First Defense ® product line increased by 42% and 11% during the quarter and year ended December 31, 2017, respectively, in comparison to 2016.
- Depreciation and amortization expenses were $904,000 during the year ended December 31, 2017 in comparison to $802,000 during the year ended December 31, 2016.
- Cash provided by operating activities was approximately $1.2 million during the year ended December 31, 2017 in comparison to cash (used for) operating activities of ($324,000) during the year ended December 31, 2016.
- Net (loss) was ($195,000), or ($0.04) per share, for the fourth quarter of 2017 in contrast to net income of $30,000, or $0.01 per diluted share, during the fourth quarter of 2016.
- Net (loss) was ($168,000), or ($0.03) per share, during the year ended December 31, 2017 in contrast to net income of $508,000, or $0.12 per diluted share, during the year ended December 31, 2016.
- Product development expenses were $2,047,000 during the year ended December 31, 2017 in comparison to $1,244,000 during the year ended December 31, 2016, an increase of approximately $802,000.
"We are moving forward into 2018 building on the solid top-line growth achieved in 2017 and an expanded product line with the November 2017 introduction of First Defense ® Tri-Shield TM. We are pleased with the initial sales of our new product," commented Michael F. Brigham, President and CEO. "Costs associated with the initial production batches were higher and production output was lower than we expect once the new product is in full production mode. These are pretty typical challenges, as we scale up the production process and learn about customer demand during a new product launch. Further, the biological yield for the capsule format of First Defense ® declined, which does happen from time to time for a product like ours. During the fourth quarter, these negative factors drove gross margin and bottom-line results lower than our historical (and projected) norm. We plan to increase output and expect yields to improve during the first half of 2018."B alance Sheet Data as of December 31, 2017:
- Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments decreased to $3.8 million as of December 31, 2017 from $10.6 million as of December 31, 2016, and net working capital decreased to $5.4 million as of December 31, 2017 from $12.3 million as of December 31, 2016, as the Company neared completion of the build-out of its new manufacturing facility.
- Stockholders' equity increased to $23.6 million as of December 31, 2017 from $19.7 million as of December 31, 2016 due to equity issuances that raised net proceeds of approximately $3.8 million during 2017.
Conference Call: Interested parties can access the conference call scheduled by the Company to review these results by dialing (844) 855-9502 (toll free) or (412) 317-5499 (international) at 4:30 PM ET today. A teleconference replay of the call will be available for six days at (877) 344-7529 (toll free) or (412) 317-0088 (international), confirmation #10116765.About ImmuCell: ImmuCell Corporation's (Nasdaq:ICCC) purpose is to create scientifically-proven and practical products that improve the health and productivity of dairy and beef cattle. ImmuCell has developed products that provide significant, immediate immunity to newborn dairy and beef livestock. The Company is developing a novel treatment for mastitis, the most significant cause of economic loss to the dairy industry. Press releases and other information about the Company are available at: http://www.immucell.com.
|Condensed Statements of Operations (Unaudited)|
|For the Three-Month Periods Ended December 31,||For the Years Ended December 31,|
|(In thousands, except per share amounts)||2017||2016||2017||2016|
|Costs of goods sold||1,921||995||5,210||4,123|
|Sales, marketing and administrative expenses||891||846||3,417||3,287|
|Product development expenses||734||254||2,047||1,244|
|NET OPERATING (LOSS) INCOME||(413||)||119||(243||)||890|
|Other expenses, net||80||51||195||132|
|(LOSS) INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES||(493||)||68||(438||)||758|
|Income tax (benefit) expense||(298||)||38||(270||)||250|
|NET (LOSS) INCOME||$||(195||)||$||30||$||(168||)||$||508|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding:|
|NET (LOSS) INCOME PER SHARE:|
|Selected Balance Sheet Data (In thousands) (Unaudited)|
|As of December 31, 2017||As of December 31, 2016|
|Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments||$||3,799||$||10,624|
|Net working capital||5,443||12,289|
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