Reports positive feedback and growing interest in CathCheck™
LIVINSTON, NJ / ACCESSWIRE / May 18, 2020 / Milestone Scientific Inc. (NYSE American:MLSS), a leading developer of computerized drug delivery instruments that provide painless and precise injections, today provided a business update and announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020.
Leonard Osser, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Milestone Scientific, commented, 'We continue to witness a growing interest in the CompuFlo® CathCheck™ System, which is now in a pilot at a leading medical institution in the United States. Had it not been for COVID-19 and the fact that hospitals are on complete lockdown, we believe we would have already announced several important commercial agreements. Nevertheless, once the current pandemic begins to subside, we believe we will be well positioned coming out of the gate.'
'In the meantime, we have made technical improvements to our products, which we believe will support our commercial efforts going forward. In fact, a major university hospital familiar with CompuFlo was attracted to our new CathCheck technology, given its ability to minimize contact between the patient and provider, which is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, we announced an important study, which was published in the Open Journal of Anesthesiology. This study validated the efficacy of the CompuFlo® CathCheck™ System to confirm the correct placement and positioning of an epidural catheter for use during and after an epidural procedure and ensure that the catheter has not been dislodged. The CathCheck™ technology makes CompuFlo® the only known instrument that can identify the presence of a pressure waveform signal and confirm proper placement of an epidural catheter within seconds, versus 20-40 minutes using the conventional subjective method. As a result, CathCheck™ is expected to significantly reduce both time and cost for a medical institution. We also recently announced the new Quick Start feature, which simplifies and reduces procedure preparation time for the CompuFlo® instrument prior to an epidural procedure-an important enhancement to our technology driven by physician feedback.'
'We also announced the completion of the first major economic study of CompuFlo® use within labor and delivery, which validated the cost savings of the system versus the traditional resistance technique. In comparison, our real-time pressure sensing technology costs an average of $504 less per hospital stay. For illustration purposes, an institution that conducts 12,000 procedures per year would be expected to save over $6 million annually by switching to our instrument. Given this data, we believe the CompuFlo Epidural System is now validated in terms of efficacy and cost effectiveness. As a result, we believe the CompuFlo Epidural Systems has the potential to transform the industry and our goal is to become the new standard of care.'
'Turning to our dental business, we saw a decrease in sales of approximately 6% due to the current Covid-19 pandemic and the reduced hours and closings of dental offices throughout the country and the rest of the world. We anticipate that our revenue for the second quarter, and possibly the third quarter, will be affected. Nevertheless, we are encouraged by the gradual reopening of businesses in certain states, and we are hopeful that dental practices will start to pick up soon. Importantly, we completed a $4.7 million financing that gives us additional cash runway as we continue the commercial rollout of the CompuFlo® Epidural System and the CathCheck System.'
For the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, revenues were approximately $1.8 million and $1.9 million, respectively. Dental revenues decreased by approximately $112,000 primarily due to a drop in devices and handpiece sales in the United States and Canada by approximately $272,000 and decrease in Milestone China revenue of approximately $50,000, offset by an increase in international handpieces sales by approximately $219,000. Gross profit for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020 was approximately $1.3 million, or 71% of revenue, versus approximately $1.3 million, or 68% of revenue for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019. Operating loss for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was approximately $(1.6) million versus approximately $(818,000) for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019. The increase in the operating loss quarter over quarter is due to an increase in selling, general and administration expenses of approximately $676,000 and an increase of approximately $101,000 in research and development. The increase in selling, general and administration expenses reflects an increase in professional fees of approximately $487,000 due to the Company seeking business alternatives in addition to possible capital funding. Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was approximately $(1.6) million, or $(0.03) per share, versus a net loss of $(783,000), or $(0.02) per share, in the prior period.
Milestone Scientific's executive management team will host a conference call at 8:30 AM Eastern Time on Monday, May 18, 2020 to discuss the Company's financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020, as well as the Company's corporate progress and other developments.
The conference call will be available on the Company's website at www.milestonescientific.com, or via telephone by dialing toll free toll free 877-407-0778 for U.S. callers, or +1 201-689-8565 for international callers. For those unable to participate at that time, a replay of the call will be archived on the Company's website and a telephone replay of the call will be available approximately one hour following the call, through Monday, June 1, 2020 by dialing 877-481-4010 for U.S. callers, or +1 919-882-2331 for international callers and entering the pass code 34840. The replay will be available for 90 days.
About Milestone Scientific Inc.
Milestone Scientific Inc. (MLSS) is a biomedical technology research and development company that patents, designs, develops and commercializes innovative diagnostic and therapeutic injection technologies and instruments for medical, dental, cosmetic and veterinary applications. Milestone's computer-controlled systems are designed to make injections precise, efficient, and virtually painless. Milestone's proprietary DPS Dynamic Pressure Sensing technology® is our technology platform that advances the development of next-generation devices, regulating flow rate and monitoring pressure from the tip of the needle, through platform extensions for local anesthesia for subcutaneous drug delivery, with specific applications for cosmetic botulinum toxin injections, epidural space identification in regional anesthesia procedures and intra-articular joint injections. For more information please visit our website: www.milestonescientific.com.
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding the timing and financial impact of Milestone's ability to implement its business plan, expected revenues, timing of regulatory approvals and future success. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties and are based on assumptions involving judgments with respect to future economic, competitive and market conditions, future business decisions and regulatory developments, all of which are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many of which are beyond Milestone's control. Some of the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements are general economic conditions, failure to achieve expected revenue growth, changes in our operating expenses, adverse patent rulings, FDA or legal developments, competitive pressures, changes in customer and market requirements and standards, and the risk factors detailed from time to time in Milestone's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation, Milestone's Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2019. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon management's reasonable belief as of the date hereof. Milestone undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason.
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