SOURCE: BIOLASE Technology, Inc.

May 09, 2006 16:07 ET

BIOLASE Announces First Quarter 2006 Results; Management and Board Changes

IRVINE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 9, 2006 -- BIOLASE Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLTI), a medical technology company that develops, manufactures and markets lasers and related products focused on technologies for improved applications and procedures in dentistry and medicine, today reported operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2006. The Company also announced that Robert E. Grant, the Company's President, CEO and Acting Chairman of the Board, resigned from those positions effective today to accept a position in the medical aesthetics industry. The Company also announced today the appointment of Jeffrey W. Jones as the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer and George V. d'Arbeloff as the Company's Chairman of the Board.

First Quarter 2006 Results

Net revenue for the quarter ended March 31, 2006 was $16.9 million compared with $16.8 million for the first quarter of 2005. The gross margin for the first quarter of 2006 was 52 percent of net revenue as compared with 56 percent of net revenue in the same period of 2005. Loss from operations for the first quarter of 2006 was $2.2 million versus $4.3 million in the same quarter of 2005. Net loss for the quarter ended March 31, 2006 was $2.3 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, compared with $4.3 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2005.

Loss from operations for the first quarter of 2006 included a $0.4 million charge related to 45,208 shares of BIOLASE common stock placed into escrow in January 2005 in connection with the Diodem patent litigation settlement. The settlement agreement provided that the shares would be released to Diodem if certain criteria were met on or before July 2006. The Company has determined it is probable that the shares will be released, and thus recorded in the first quarter of 2006 a non-cash charge based on the fair value of the escrowed shares as of March 31, 2006.

The Company's President and CEO, Jeffrey W. Jones, commented on the quarterly results, saying, "During the quarter, we made significant progress toward our goals of improved profitability and cash flow management. Our operating expenses declined by approximately $2.7 million as compared to the same period in 2005. While approximately $2.0 million of the decrease was related to the first quarter 2005 purchase from SurgiLight of a license in the field of ophthalmology, our general and administrative expenses declined by approximately $1.2 million, or 27 percent, despite the recording of approximately $0.2 million in compensation expense resulting from the adoption of the new stock option accounting rules. Accordingly, our loss from operations for the first quarter of 2006 decreased to $2.2 million compared with $4.3 million in the same quarter of 2005. And more importantly, because of our focus on reducing costs and improving our working capital management, we lowered our cash used in operations from $10.0 million in the first quarter of 2005 to only $1.1 million in this year's first quarter."

Commenting on the state of the business, Jones added, "We are very excited about the opportunities for the Company over the coming quarters. We have made great strides in late 2005, and so far this year, in improving our operating cash flow. With the recent enhancements in the performance and reliability of the Waterlase MD system, we expect gradual improvement in profitability in the later part of 2006. Critical indicators in our business, such as increased laser system placements in dental schools and greater sales levels at recent trade shows, are bolstering our confidence in achieving our goals of cash flow generation, profitability and revenue growth in 2006."

Management and Board Changes

Effective today, Robert E. Grant, President, CEO and Acting Chairman, has resigned from those positions and as a member of the Board of Directors to accept a position in the medical aesthetics industry. Additionally, the Company appointed Jeffrey W. Jones as President and CEO and George V. d'Arbeloff, as Chairman of the Board.

Mr. Jones commented, "We are grateful to Robert for his many accomplishments at BIOLASE and we wish him all the best in his new opportunity. During Robert's tenure, the Company made significant progress on many fronts. My job will be to build on that progress. Our vision and strategies are clear. I believe strongly in the strength of our future and I welcome this exciting opportunity."

George V. d'Arbeloff, Chairman of the Board, said, "We are fortunate to have an experienced executive such as Jeff Jones within our ranks to take over the leadership role of the Company at this time. The Board believes the Company is well-positioned to leverage Jeff's skills and those of the rest of our executive management team to execute our strategy and drive significant growth for the benefit of our shareholders. We appreciate Robert's many contributions to the Company over the past three years and we wish him well in his future endeavors."

Robert E. Grant, former President and CEO, commented, "I am proud of the Company's accomplishments during my service as Chief Executive Officer. With its market leading position in dental lasers, improving financial condition, and exciting developments underway, I believe BIOLASE will be tremendously successful. From 1999 to 2004, during his previous tenure as CEO, Jeff Jones established the Company as the world leader of dental lasers, growing the Company from approximately $1 million to $60 million in revenue. With his strong experience and leadership skills, I am very confident that Jeff will successfully lead BIOLASE to its next level of growth and development."

Conference Call

As previously announced, the Company is conducting a conference call to review the financial results today at 4:30 PM EST (Eastern). To listen to the conference call live via the Internet, visit BIOLASE's web site at Please go to the web site 15 minutes prior to the call to register, download and install the necessary audio software. A replay will also be available on BIOLASE's web site. To listen to the conference call live via telephone, please dial (866) 831-6291 from the U.S. or, for international callers, please dial (617) 213-8860 approximately 10 minutes before the start time. Enter pass code number 10447020. A telephone replay will be available for two days by dialing (888) 286-8010 from the U.S., or (617) 801-6888 for international callers, and entering pass code number 78927400.

About BIOLASE Technology, Inc.

BIOLASE Technology, Inc. ( is a medical technology company that develops, manufactures and markets lasers and related products focused on technologies for improved applications and procedures in dentistry and medicine. The Company's products incorporate patented and patent pending technologies focused on reducing pain and improving clinical results. Its primary product, the Waterlase® system, is one of the best selling dental laser systems. The Waterlase system uses a patented combination of water and laser to precisely cut hard tissue, such as bone and teeth, and soft tissue, such as gums, with minimal or no damage to surrounding tissue. The Company also offers the LaserSmile™ system, which uses a laser to perform soft tissue and cosmetic procedures, including tooth whitening. The Company is also developing a laser for use in the field of ophthalmology.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of safe harbor provided by the Securities Reform Act of 1995 that are based on the current expectations and estimates by our management. These forward-looking statements can be identified through the use of words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," and variations of these words or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are based on management's current, preliminary expectations and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from the statements contained herein, and are described in the Company's reports it files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual and quarterly reports. No undue reliance should be placed on forward-looking statements. Such information is subject to change, and we undertake no obligation to update such statements.

For further information, please contact: Jeffrey W. Jones, President & CEO; Richard L. Harrison, Executive Vice President and CFO; or Scott Jorgensen, Vice President - Business Development, of BIOLASE Technology, Inc., +1-949-361-1200.

                (in thousands, except per share amounts)

                                                     Three Months Ended
                                                           March 31,
                                                       2006        2005
                                                    ----------  ----------
Net revenue                                         $   16,880  $   16,834
Cost of revenue                                          8,134       7,465
                                                    ----------  ----------
Gross profit                                             8,746       9,369
                                                    ----------  ----------
Other income, net                                           16          16
                                                    ----------  ----------
Operating expenses:
  Sales and marketing                                    6,040       6,126
  General and administrative                             3,262       4,486
  Engineering and development                            1,247       3,038
  Diodem patent litigation settlement                      432           -
                                                    ----------  ----------
    Total operating expenses                            10,981      13,650
                                                    ----------  ----------
Loss from operations                                    (2,219)     (4,265)
Non-operating income, net                                   17          63
                                                    ----------  ----------
Loss before income taxes                                (2,202)     (4,202)
Provision for income taxes                                 (82)        (72)
                                                    ----------  ----------
Net loss                                            $   (2,284) $   (4,274)
                                                    ==========  ==========

Net loss per share:
    Basic                                           $    (0.10) $    (0.19)
    Diluted                                         $    (0.10) $    (0.19)
                                                    ==========  ==========

Shares used in the calculation of net loss
 per share:
    Basic                                               23,272      22,830
    Diluted                                             23,272      22,830

                (in thousands, except per share amounts)

                                                     March 31, December 31,
                                                       2006        2005
                                                    ----------  ----------
Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                         $    5,974  $    8,272
  Short-term investments, restricted                     9,861       9,863
  Accounts receivable, less allowance of $447 and
   $420 in 2006  and 2005, respectively                  9,953       8,404
  Inventory                                              7,648       8,623
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets              1,015       1,293
                                                    ----------  ----------
    Total current assets                                34,451      36,455
Property, plant and equipment, net                       4,572       3,827
Intangible assets, net                                   1,738       1,831
Goodwill                                                 2,926       2,926
Other assets                                               339          90
                                                    ----------  ----------
    Total assets                                    $   44,026  $   45,129
                                                    ----------  ----------

Current liabilities:
  Line of credit                                    $    5,000  $    5,000
  Accounts payable                                       9,698       7,759
  Accrued liabilities                                    7,292       8,612
  Deferred revenue                                       1,989       2,246
  Current portion of deferred gain                           -          16
                                                    ----------  ----------
    Total current liabilities                           23,979      23,633
Deferred tax liability                                     237         202
                                                    ----------  ----------
    Total liabilities                                   24,216      23,835
                                                    ----------  ----------

Stockholders' equity:
  Preferred stock, par value $0.001, 1,000 shares
   authorized, no  shares issued and outstanding             -           -
  Common stock, par value $0.001, 50,000 shares
   authorized, 25,253 and 25,218 shares issued;
   23,290 and 23,254 outstanding   in 2006 and
   2005, respectively                                       26          26
  Additional paid-in capital                           107,318     106,484
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss                    (356)       (322)
  Accumulated deficit                                  (70,779)    (68,495)
                                                    ----------  ----------
                                                        36,209      37,693
  Treasury stock (cost of 1,964 shares repurchased)    (16,399)    (16,399)
                                                    ----------  ----------
    Total stockholders' equity                          19,810      21,294
                                                    ----------  ----------
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity      $   44,026  $   45,129
                                                    ==========  ==========

Contact Information

  • For further information, please contact:

    Jeffrey W. Jones
    President & CEO

    Richard L. Harrison
    Executive Vice President and CFO


    Scott Jorgensen
    Vice President - Business Development

    BIOLASE Technology, Inc.