updated 2/10/2011 8:16:33 AM ET 2011-02-10T13:16:33

BURLINGTON, Mass., Feb. 10, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:PMTI), a leading researcher and developer of light-based systems for cosmetic treatments, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2010. Revenues for the quarter ended December 31, 2010 increased to $16.4 million, as compared to $16.3 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2009. Product and service revenues were $14.3 million, a 2 percent increase over the $14.0 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2009. Fourth quarter gross margin from product and service revenues was 61 percent, which was consistent with the fourth quarter of 2009. Loss before income taxes for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2010 was $2.4 million, which included a $0.6 million patent litigation expense and a $1.0 million non-cash stock-based compensation expense. Loss before income taxes for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2009 was $3.3 million, which included a $0.2 million patent litigation expense and a $4.5 million non-cash stock-based compensation expense. Approximately $3.5 million of the fourth quarter 2009 non-cash stock-based compensation expense was a one-time expense related to the granting of restricted stock awards. The Company reported net loss of $2.6 million, or $0.14 per share for the fourth quarter of 2010 and $8.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2009. The balance sheet continues to be strong with $103.0 million in cash, cash equivalents, short-term investments, and marketable securities with no borrowings.

Revenues for the year ended December 31, 2010 increased to $63.7 million, as compared to $60.6 million reported in 2009. Product and service revenues were $53.5 million, a 10 percent increase over the $48.8 million reported in 2009. For the year ended December 31, 2010, gross margin from product and service revenues was 62 percent compared to 58 percent reported in 2009. Loss before income taxes for the year ended December 31, 2010 was $8.5 million, which included a $3.5 million patent litigation expense and a $3.8 million non-cash stock-based compensation expense. Loss before income taxes for the year ended December 31, 2009 was $6.0 million, which included a $0.8 million patent litigation expense and a $7.1 million non-cash stock-based compensation expense. The Company reported net loss of $8.8 million, or $0.47 per share for the year ended December 31, 2010, and a net loss of $10.5 million, or $0.58 per share for the year ended December 31, 2009. 

Chief Executive Officer Joseph P. Caruso commented, "We are pleased with the growth in product revenue this year as compared to last year. Prices remained stable and gross margins are in excess of 60%. We have seen an increase in interest for our products and are working toward a stronger presence internationally. We believe our diversified portfolio of products and strong balance sheet perfectly positions the company for future growth as the economy begins to strengthen." 

Mr. Caruso continued, "In late December, we launched our first consumer product, the PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser. The initial interest in this product and new category is much higher than we anticipated. Our public relations efforts are paying off and exposure for our product and company continue to grow. The initial orders of the PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser exceeded our projections and we are increasing our production capabilities to meet demand. The consumer products category represents a new and exciting opportunity for us to engage the consumer directly and introduce our technology to the masses. We believe direct access to the consumer provides us with a very large opportunity to establish Palomar in the multi-billion dollar beauty market. It will also enhance our position in the professional physician's market with a complementary product offering and help drive new patients to doctor's offices."

Conference Call: As previously announced, Palomar will conduct a conference call and webcast today at 11:30 AM Eastern Time. Management will discuss financial results and strategic matters. If you would like to participate, please call (877) 415-3181 or listen to the webcast in the About Palomar/Investors section of the Company's website at www.palomarmedical.com. A webcast replay will also be available.

About Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc.: Palomar designs, produces and sells the most advanced cosmetic lasers and intense pulsed light (IPL) systems to dramatically improve the appearance of women's and men's skin. For over 15 years, Palomar has pioneered the science of using lasers and light to improve appearances. As the industry's technology leader, Palomar has invested in creating cosmetic laser and IPL systems that put real value in the hands of physicians and other professionals to benefit consumers. Thousands of physicians worldwide trust and depend on Palomar technology to not only introduce new aesthetic treatments such as advanced laser hair removal, laser liposuction, skin resurfacing, acne, laser treatments for scars, wrinkle treatment, stretch marks (striae), and photofacials for pigmented and vascular lesions, but to also make them robust, faster, more powerful, and more comfortable for those being treated. In June 2009, Palomar became the first company to receive a 510(k) over-the-counter ("OTC") clearance from the FDA for a new, patented, home-use, laser device for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes (periorbital wrinkles). This OTC clearance allows the PaloVia™ Skin Renewing Laser™ to be marketed and sold directly to consumers without a prescription.

For more information on Palomar and its products, visit Palomar's website at www.palomarmedical.com for professional products or www.palovia.com for consumer products. To continue receiving the most up-to-date information and latest news on Palomar as it happens, sign up to receive automatic e-mail alerts by going to the About Palomar/Investors section of the website.

With the exception of the historical information contained in this release, the matters described herein contain forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, statements relating to new markets, future royalty amounts due from third parties, development and introduction of new products, and financial and operating projections. These forward-looking statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but involve risk and uncertainties that may individually or mutually impact the matters herein, and cause actual results, events and performance to differ materially from such forward-looking statements. These risk factors include, but are not limited to, results of future operations, technological difficulties in developing or introducing new products, the results of future research, lack of product demand and market acceptance for current and future products, the effect of economic conditions, challenges in managing joint ventures and research with third parties and government contracts, the impact of competitive products and pricing, governmental regulations with respect to medical devices, including whether FDA clearance will be obtained for future products and additional applications, the results of litigation, difficulties in collecting royalties, potential infringement of third-party intellectual property rights, factors affecting the Company's future income and resulting ability to utilize its NOLs, and/or other factors, which are detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and the Company's quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly the result of any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Palomar Financial Summary:

Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
         
  Three Months Ended

December 31,
Twelve Months Ended

December 31,
  2010 2009 2010 2009
Revenues:        
Product revenues $10,613,291 $10,194,506 $38,268,682 $34,134,000
Service revenues 3,736,119 3,826,777 15,248,418 14,710,850
Royalty revenues 1,453,902 859,008 5,898,229 4,891,047
Funded product development revenues -- 199,233 -- 1,835,314
Other revenues 555,556 1,250,000 4,305,556 5,000,000
Total revenues 16,358,868 16,329,524 63,720,885 60,571,211
         
Costs and expenses:        
Cost of product revenues 4,113,726 3,706,228 14,696,967 13,555,611
Cost of service revenues 1,514,836 1,694,787 5,835,275 7,112,067
Cost of royalty revenues 581,561 343,603 2,359,292 1,956,419
Research and development 4,137,054 4,554,221 15,457,745 14,679,500
Selling and marketing 5,604,927 5,872,403 20,013,369 19,337,135
General and administrative 2,970,256 3,688,146 14,549,822 11,254,199
Total costs and expenses  18,922,360 19,859,388 72,912,470 67,894,931
         
Loss from operations (2,563,492) (3,529,864) (9,191,585) (7,323,720)
         
Interest income 111,833 218,498 421,580 759,815
Other income 84,722 26,858 297,644 544,119
         
Loss before income taxes (2,366,937) (3,284,508) (8,472,361) (6,019,786)
         
Provision for income taxes 185,139 5,219,567 302,595 4,439,248
         
Net loss  $(2,552,076)  $(8,504,075)  $(8,774,956)  $(10,459,034)
         
Net loss per share:        
Basic  $(0.14)  $(0.47)  $(0.47)  $(0.58)
Diluted  $(0.14)  $(0.47)  $(0.47)  $(0.58)
         
Weighted average shares outstanding:        
Basic 18,574,369 18,203,711 18,548,548 18,094,194
Diluted 18,574,369 18,203,711 18,548,548 18,094,194
 
Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
  December 31,

2010
December 31,

2009
Assets    
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $77,102,618 $81,948,482
Short-term investments  7,997,410 25,000,000
Total cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments 85,100,028 106,948,482
Accounts receivable, net 5,349,835 4,436,219
Inventories 13,021,272 11,126,352
Other current assets 855,014 2,179,233
Total current assets 104,326,149 124,690,286
     
Marketable securities, at estimated fair value 17,866,494 4,024,313
     
Property and equipment, net 37,165,306 34,629,410
     
Other assets 219,554 126,087
     
Total assets $159,577,503 $163,470,096
     
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity    
     
Current Liabilities:    
Accounts payable $2,293,096 $2,696,217
Accrued liabilities 10,742,581 8,959,679
Deferred revenue 4,394,081 5,221,924
Total current liabilities 17,429,758 16,877,820
     
Accrued income taxes 2,854,077 2,965,077
     
Total liabilities $20,283,835 $19,842,897
     
Stockholders' equity:     
Preferred stock, $.01 par value-    
Authorized - 1,500,000 shares    
Issued - none --  --
Common stock, $.01 par value-    
Authorized - 45,000,000 shares     
Issued and outstanding – 18,925,549 and 18,521,045 shares,

respectively
189,256 185,211
Additional paid-in capital 211,376,381 206,740,492
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (490,806) (292,297)
Accumulated deficit (71,781,163) (63,006,207)
Total stockholders' equity  $139,293,668 $143,627,199
     
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $159,577,503 $163,470,096
CONTACT: Kerry McAnistan
         Investor Relations Assistant
         Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc.
         781-993-2411
         ir@palomarmedical.com

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