updated 10/19/2010 4:16:38 PM ET 2010-10-19T20:16:38

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 19, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (Nasdaq:ISRG), the industry leader in surgical robotics, today reported third quarter of 2010 revenue of $344 million, up from $280 million for the third quarter of 2009. Third quarter of 2010 revenue growth was driven by continued robotic procedure adoption and higher da Vinci Surgical System sales. For comparison purposes, as previously reported, third quarter 2009 revenue was impacted by the recognition of $6 million in revenue deferred in the first quarter of 2009 related to da VinciSi system upgrade offers made.

Third quarter of 2010 instruments and accessories revenue increased to $128 million from $101 million in the third quarter of 2009. The growth in instruments and accessories revenue largely resulted from growth in da Vinci surgical procedures of approximately 33%, led by growth in da Vinci hysterectomy (dVH) procedure volume.

Third quarter of 2010 systems revenue was $160 million, compared to $136 million during the third quarter of 2009. 105 da Vinci Surgical Systems were sold during the third quarter of 2010 compared to 86 sold during the third quarter of 2009. Third quarter of 2010 service revenue increased to $57 million from $44 million during the third quarter of 2009, reflecting growth in the installed base of da Vinci Surgical Systems.

Third quarter of 2010 operating income increased to $132 million from $105 million during the third quarter of 2009. Third quarter 2009 operating income included the impact of recognizing $6 million of revenue that was originally deferred in the first quarter of 2009. Since there was no cost deferred in association with the deferred revenue, the $6 million of revenue recognized had an equal impact on total revenue, operating income and pretax income in the third quarter of 2009. Operating results for the third quarter of 2010 included $30 million of non-cash stock-based compensation expense compared with $25 million for the third quarter of 2009.

Third quarter of 2010 net income was $87 million, or $2.14 per diluted share, compared with $65 million, or $1.64 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2009. Revenue recognized in the third quarter of 2009 related to the first quarter 2009 revenue deferral increased net income in the third quarter of 2009 by approximately $4 million, or $0.09 per diluted share.

Commenting on the announcement, Gary Guthart, President and CEO of Intuitive Surgical, said, "In the face of seasonal and broader economic challenges, we continue to focus on developing our organization, improving our performance and creating and bringing to market exceptional products that deliver superior patient value."

The Company will also announce these results at a conference call today at 1:30 pm PDT. The dial-in numbers for the call are 800-230-1059 for participants located in the United States and 612-234-9960 for participants located outside the United States. The meeting host is Dr. Gary Guthart. To access financial information that will be discussed on the call, please visit Intuitive Surgical's website at www.intuitivesurgical.com.

About Intuitive's Products

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (Nasdaq:ISRG), headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, is the global technology leader in robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgery. Intuitive Surgical develops, manufactures, and markets robotic technologies designed to improve clinical outcomes and help patients return more quickly to active and productive lives. The Company's mission is to extend the benefits of minimally invasive surgery to the broadest possible base of patients. Intuitive Surgical — Taking surgery beyond the limits of the human hand™.

About the da Vinci® Surgical System

The da Vinci® Surgical System is a breakthrough surgical platform designed to enable complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. The da Vinci® Surgical System consists of an ergonomic surgeon console or consoles, a patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms, a high-performance vision system and proprietary EndoWrist® instruments. Powered by state-of-the-art robotic and computer technology, the da Vinci® Surgical System is designed to scale, filter and seamlessly translate the surgeon's hand movements into more precise movements of the EndoWrist® instruments. The net result is an intuitive interface with breakthrough surgical capabilities. By providing surgeons with superior visualization, enhanced dexterity, greater precision and ergonomic comfort, the da Vinci® Surgical System makes it possible for more surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures involving complex dissection or reconstruction. This ultimately has the potential to raise the standard of care for complex surgeries, translating into numerous potential patient benefits, including less pain, a shorter recovery and quicker return to normal daily activities.

Intuitive®, da Vinci®, da VinciS®, da Vinci® Si™, da Vinci® Si-e HD Surgical System, InSite® and EndoWrist® are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are necessarily estimates reflecting the best judgment of our management and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements should, therefore, be considered in light of various important factors, including the following: the impact of global and regional economic conditions and related credit markets and related impact on health care spending; health care reform legislation in the United States and its implications on hospital spending, reimbursement and fees which will be levied on certain medical device companies; timing and success of product development and market acceptance of developed products; procedure counts; regulatory approvals, clearances and restrictions; guidelines and recommendations in the health care and patient communities; intellectual property positions and litigation; competition in the medical device industry and in the specific markets of surgery in which Intuitive Surgical operates; unanticipated manufacturing disruptions; delays in regulatory approvals of new manufacturing facilities or the inability to meet demand for products; the results of the year end audit and the other factors under the heading "Risk Factors'' in our report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009, as updated from time to time by our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements concerning forecasts, revenue growth, procedure growth, future financial results, and statements using words such as "estimate,'' "project,'' "plan,'' "intend,'' "expect,'' "anticipate,'' "believe'' and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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