Medite Cancer Diagnostics, Inc. (MDIT: OTCQB) | MEDITE Cancer Diagnostics Reports 2017 Third Quarter Financial Results

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MEDITE Cancer Diagnostics, Inc. (OTCQB:MDIT) (the “Company”), specializing in the development, manufacturing and marketing of molecular biomarkers and premium medical devices for detection, risk assessment and diagnosis of cancer and precancerous conditions, today announced its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.

For the three months ended September 30, 2017, the Company reported $1.69 million in revenue, a decrease of 28% compared with the corresponding quarter in 2016.  Gross profit of $369,000 represented 22% of revenue, compared with $1 million, or 43% of revenue, in the corresponding quarter of 2016.  At September 30, 2017 the Company’s sales backlog was approximately $1.0 million.

RD expenses increased by 39% to $423,000 in the third quarter of 2017 over the same 2016 period, as the Company made investments to advance its new product portfolio and prepare for the global launch of the SureCyte™ C1 stain. SGA expenses rose by 45% to $1.2 million in the third quarter of 2017 compared with the same period in 2016, partly attributable to professional fees related to the non-cash issuance of non-qualified options to the Board of Directors for 2017 services, and higher salaries and wages as a result of the Company completing the hiring of its management team earlier in 2017.

Net loss for the third quarter of 2017 totaled $1.61 million, or $0.06 per share, compared with a $306,000 loss, or $0.02 per share, in the same period in 2016.

At September 30, 2017, the Company’s cash position was $1.65 million, compared with $108,000 at December 31, 2016, with the increase attributable to proceeds from a financing transaction that was completed in September 2017.

“Across the third quarter, sales resumed a growth trajectory compared to the first half of the year as indicated by a strong backlog, as the Company continued to move beyond the purposeful reduction in production we undertook in the second quarter and, to a lesser extent, the third quarter, to address issues related to manufacturing, quality control, installation and service,” said Stephen Von Rump, CEO of MEDITE. “While these activities impacted revenues in the second and third quarters, as well as the corresponding margins, due to a higher cost of revenue related to increased manufacturing and fixed costs, the Company remains confident that quality standards are in place to support future production and sales growth.” 

“During the quarter, we achieved a key objective by introducing our SureCyte C1 staining product at major international trade shows in Amsterdam and Barcelona,” Mr. Von Rump continued.  “We are confident in our ability to leverage our current manufacturing, marketing and RD infrastructure now that we have secured working capital that will support our growth plans.”

Operational Highlights

MEDITE launches SureCyteTM C1 stain internationally:

  • Launched the SureCyte C1 fluorogenic instant stain in Europe.
  • Working with numerous key opinion leaders (KOL’s) in the U.S., Europe and China to continue identifying C1 use cases, conduct C1 trials, and provide feedback on the SureCyte concept and other product line expansion plans.
  • Initial revenues for C1 are expected in the fourth quarter of 2017.

MEDITE continues plans for next-generation products: 

  • Will begin manufacturing a new cryostat line (instruments used for frozen sectioning of tissue biopsies) during the fourth quarter of 2017; have already secured initial customer orders.
  • Preparing for clinical studies leading to eventual approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) for SureThin® gynecological applications.
  • Will also launch SureThin in the U.S. to clinical labs using the LDT (Laboratory Developed Test) protocol in CLIA approved sites.  This approach and eventual FDA approval will position the Company to compete with the dominant suppliers in this $600 million market.
  • Developing a study plan with a major research center in the Midwest, with the goal of submitting for FDA approval of its SoftKit™ at-home cell collection device in 2018.

About MEDITE Cancer Diagnostics, Inc.

MEDITE Cancer Diagnostics, Inc. is a global company that specializes in the development, engineering, manufacturing and marketing of premium medical devices and consumables for detection, risk assessment and diagnosis of cancer and related diseases. The Company is developing a suite of innovative products, both Histo-Pathology (tissue biopsy) and Cyto-Pathology (liquid cell) based, that target large markets and cover the complete laboratory process from biopsy to finished slide, and through diagnosis. MEDITE’s current and future products assist in the early diagnoses of cancer, with a target result of contributing to more lives saved at lower costs. MEDITE’s products are currently being distributed in over 80 countries worldwide.

Forward Looking Statement

This press release includes 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, regarding future operating performance, events, trends and plans. All statements other than statements of historical fact contained herein, including, without limitation, statements regarding our future financial position, business strategy, budgets, projected revenues and costs, and plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “will,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “projects,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” or “believes” or the negative thereof or any variation thereon or similar terminology or expressions. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and projections about future events. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions about us that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause our actual results to differ from our expectations include, but are not limited to, MEDITE’s ability to maintain and grow its revenues. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements, as they speak only as of the date made. Such statements are not guarantees of future performance or events and we undertake no obligation to disclose any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date hereof.

Investor Contacts:
Steve Silver / Valter Pinto
KCSA Strategic Communications
Phone: 212-896-1220 / 212-896-1254
Email: medite@kcsa.com

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