SOURCE: Atossa Genetics Inc.

Atossa Genetics Inc.

March 27, 2014 16:01 ET

Atossa Genetics Announces 2013 Financial Results and Provides Company Update

Conference Call to Be Held Today at 4:45 pm Eastern Time

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - Mar 27, 2014) - Atossa Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) today announced 2013 financial results and provided an update on recent corporate developments. 

"With cash and cash equivalents of $6.3 million at December 31, 2013, an additional $13 million net raised in January of this year in a public offering, and up to $24 million available through our common stock purchase agreement with Aspire Capital Fund, LLC, we are well positioned to execute on our business plan and achieve our key objectives for this year," stated Dr. Steven C. Quay, Chairman, CEO & President. "On December 23, 2013, we submitted a Premarket 510(k) Notification to the FDA for our ForeCYTE Breast Aspirator and on February 28, 2014, we received questions from the FDA regarding the submission. We are currently in the process of addressing the FDA's questions. The FDA also completed a re-inspection of our Seattle facility on March 14, 2014, and on March 26, 2014, we responded to the observations and issues that resulted from that inspection."

Dr. Quay added, "2014 looks to be an exciting year of significant milestones for Atossa. These include, after receiving FDA clearance, the planned re-launch of the ForeCYTE Breast Aspirator through our specialty sales team and distributors, including Fisher Healthcare, and McKesson; the launch of the FullCYTE microcatheters to collect ductal lavage fluid for cytology testing in Q4 of 2014 after completing additional validation studies and regulatory clearance of our manufacturing procedures and processes for this test; and, launch of the NextCYTE Breast Cancer Test and the ArgusCYTE Test in Q4 2014 or Q1 2015 after completing validation studies and upon receiving any necessary FDA regulatory clearance. In addition, in 2014 we plan to advance our therapeutic program by initiating studies using our medical devices as companion diagnostics."

Recent Corporate Developments 

  • Substantially completed the voluntary recall of the MASCT System and ForeCYTE Breast Health Test devices,

  • Following the submission of the Premarket 510(k) Notification on December 23, 2013 for the ForeCYTE Breast Aspirator, the Company received additional questions from the FDA on February 28, 2014. Atossa is preparing a response to those questions,

  • On March 14, 2014, the FDA completed a follow-up inspection of Atossa's Seattle facility and on March 26, 2014, Atossa responded to the observations and issues resulting from the inspection,

  • In November 2013, Atossa entered into a stock purchase agreement with Aspire Capital Fund, LLC. Under terms of the agreement, Aspire has committed to purchasing up to an aggregate of $25 million of shares of Atossa common stock,

  • Commenced validation studies on NextCYTE test and manufacturing validation studies on the FullCYTE microcatheters,

  • Closed a public offering of approximately 5.8 million Units of common stock and warrants for approximately $13 million in net proceeds,

  • Richard I. Steinhart joined the Board of Directors, including the Audit and Compensation Committees. Mr. Steinhart brings a wealth of experience addressing the business needs of development stage, technology driven companies, including medical device companies and pharmaceutical companies, and

  • Began validating a new contract manufacturer for the ForeCYTE Breast Aspirator.

2013 Financial Results  

Total revenue for the year ended December 31, 2013, was $632,558, consisting of $223,440 of product revenue from sales of MASCT Systems and $409,118 in diagnostic testing service revenue. This represents an increase of $150,716, or 31%, from the total revenue of $481,842 for the year ended December 31, 2012. The growth in revenue was mainly due to $205,590 in product sales to Millennium HealthCare for the initial purchase of 10,000 ForeCYTE specimen collection kits. Substantially all of Atossa's revenue in 2013 was recognized during the period prior to the voluntary recall of the MASCT System, which commenced in October 2013. 

Total cost of revenue in 2013 was $345,519, consisting of $239,755 in costs related to the production of the MASCT systems and $105,764 in costs for NAF cytology testing. Loss on reduction of inventory to lower of cost or market and obsolete inventory was $149,946 due to the recall of MASCT Systems in October 2013.

Gross profit for the twelve months ended December 31, 2013, was $303,354 for the diagnostic testing service and a loss of $166,261 for the product sales of MASCT, including $149,946 loss on obsolete inventory, compared to gross profit of $416,213 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2012, consisting of $23,444 loss for the product sales ($29,884 loss in LCM) and $439,657 in diagnostic testing.

Total operating expenses were $10,921,736 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2013, consisting of G&A expenses of $8,558,835, R&D expenses of $1,105,110, and selling expenses of $1,257,791, representing an increase of $5,436,493, or 99%, from $5,485,243 in the same period in 2012, consisting of G&A expenses of $3,044,409, R&D expenses of $1,974,013, and selling expenses of $466,821. The increase in operating expenses was mainly due to the Company's growth and commercialization of the MASCT System. 

Selling expenses for the year ended December 31, 2013, were $1,257,791, an increase of $790,970, or 169%, from $466,821 in the same period in 2012. Our selling expenses consisted of $560,111 in personnel expenses, $570,092 in advertising and marketing, and $126,507 in cost of ForeCYTE specimen collection kits that were provided complimentary to the physicians as promotional kits. Prior to the voluntary recall in October 2013, Atossa distributed the kits to customers at no cost and bundled them with the MASCT System.

General and administrative expenses for the year ended December 31, 2013, were $8,558,835, an increase of $5,514,426, or 181%, from the $3,044,409 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2012. G&A expenses for the twelve months ended December 31, 2013, primarily consisted of $2,219,685 in salaries and bonus expense, $3,202,036 in regulatory, legal and other professional services, $163,623 in travel expense, $185,123 in payroll taxes, $418,860 in insurance expense, $435,243 in recall expenses, and $354,860 in bad debt expenses. G&A expenses for the twelve months ended December 31, 2012, consisted of $340,516 in personnel expenses, $1,754,483 in legal and other professional services, $113,399 in insurance expenses, and $86,488 in payroll taxes. The year-over-year increase in G&A expenses is mainly due to hiring additional staff and outside professional services to support the launch of the Company's MASCT System, NAF cytology test, and the related growth to expand the Company's operations.

Research and development expenses for year ended December 31, 2013, were $1,105,110, a decrease of $868,903, or 44%, from $1,974,013 in the same period in 2012. The decrease in R&D expenses is attributed to the completion of the development of the MASCT System for the national launch in 2013.

Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2013, was $10,784,708, or $(0.70) per share, compared with net loss of $5,079,851, or $(0.41) per share, for 2012. The increase in net loss was primarily attributable to an increase in general and administrative expense, including increased expenses related to the national launch of the MASCT System.

Conference Call Information

Management will host a conference call today, March 27, 2014, at 4:45 pm Eastern Time to review only the financial results, the new financing facility and our pipeline. To listen to the call by phone, interested parties within the U.S. may dial 866-652-5200 or 412-317-6060 for international callers. All callers should ask for the Atossa Genetics conference call. The conference call will also be available through a live webcast at

A replay of the call will be available one hour after the end of the call through April 28, 2014, and can be accessed via Atossa's website or by dialing 877-344-7529 (domestic) or 412-317-0088 (international). The replay conference ID number is 10041148.

About Atossa Genetics

Atossa Genetics Inc. is focused on improving breast health through the development of laboratory developed tests (LDTs), medical devices and therapeutics. The Company's LDTs are being developed by its subsidiary, The National Reference Laboratory for Breast Health, Inc. The LDT's and the Company's medical devices are being developed so they can be used as companions to therapeutics to treat various breast health conditions. For additional information, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements

Forward-looking statements in this press release are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from the anticipated or estimated future results, including the risks and uncertainties associated with actions by the FDA, including timing of review by the FDA of 510(k) submissions, and actions related thereto, whether Atossa can submit additional information to the FDA in a timely fashion and whether the FDA will find that information acceptable and/or request additional information, the outcome of the FDA re-inspection completed on March 14, 2014, the outcome or timing of regulatory clearances needed by Atossa to sell its products, responses to regulatory matters, Atossa's ability to continue to manufacture and sell its products, recalls of products, the efficacy of Atossa's products and services, performance of distributors, estimated future expenses and cash needs, whether Atossa can launch the additional tests, devices and therapeutics in its pipeline in a timely and cost effective manner, and other risks detailed from time to time in Atossa's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation its periodic reports on Form 10-K and 10-Q, each as amended and supplemented from time to time.

  As of December 31,  
  2013     2012  
Current assets              
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 6,342,161     $ 1,725,197  
  Accounts receivable, net   139,072       141,666  
  Prepaid expenses   932,588       122,633  
    Total current assets   7,413,821       1,989,496  
Fixed assets              
  Furniture and equipment, net   163,147       159,967  
    Total fixed assets   163,147       159,967  
Other assets              
  Security deposit   36,446       36,446  
  Intangible assets, net   4,395,633       4,640,224  
    Total other assets   4,432,079       4,676,670  
Total assets $ 12,009,047     $ 6,826,133  
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity              
  Current liabilities              
  Accounts payable $ 9,634     $ 68,217  
  Accrued expenses   637,986       1,342,358  
  Deferred rent   48,157       -  
  Payroll liabilities   476,477       207,997  
  Contingent liabilities   211,493       -  
  Other current liabilities   23,649       32,026  
    Total current liabilities   1,407,396       1,650,598  
Stockholders' equity              
  Preferred stock - $.001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized, 0 shares issued and outstanding   -       -  
  Common stock - $.001 par value; 75,000,000 shares authorized, 18,574,334 and 12,919,367 shares issued and outstanding   18,574       12,919  
  Additional paid-in capital   31,099,691       14,894,522  
  Accumulated deficit   (20,516,614 )     (9,731,906 )
    Total stockholders' equity   10,601,651       5,175,535  
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 12,009,047     $ 6,826,133  
  For the Years Ended December 31,     From April
30, 2009
  2013     2012     31, 2013  
  Diagnostic testing service $ 409,118     $ 475,402     $ 884,520  
  Product sales   223,440       6,440       231,380  
    Total revenue   632,558       481,842       1,115,900  
Cost of revenue                      
  Diagnostic testing service   105,764       35,745       141,509  
  Product sales   239,755       -       244,919  
    Total cost of revenue   345,519       35,745       386,428  
Loss on obsolete inventory & LCM   149,946       29,884       271,856  
    Gross profit   137,093       416,213       457,616  
Selling expenses   1,257,791       466,821       1,897,667  
Research and development expenses   1,105,110       1,974,013       4,662,496  
General and administrative expenses   8,558,835       3,044,409       14,381,171  
    Total operating expenses   10,921,736       5,485,243       20,941,334  
Operating loss   (10,784,643 )     (5,069,030 )     (20,483,718 )
Interest income   295       1,219       6,883  
Interest expense   360       12,040       39,531  
Net loss before Income taxes   (10,784,708 )     (5,079,851 )     (20,516,366 )
Income taxes   -       -       248  
Net loss $ (10,784,708 )   $ (5,079,851 )   $ (20,516,614 )
Loss per common share - basic and diluted $ (0.70 )   $ (0.41 )   $ (2.14 )
Weighted average shares outstanding, basic & diluted   15,484,414       12,452,929       9,595,967  

Contact Information

  • Contact:

    Atossa Genetics, Inc.
    Kyle Guse
    CFO and General Counsel
    (O) 800-351-3902
    Email Contact

    MBS Value Partners
    Matthew D. Haines (Investors and Media)
    Managing Director
    (O) 212-710-9686
    Email Contact