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Accelerate Diagnostics reports Q4 and Full-Year Financial Results for 2017

TUCSON, Ariz.Feb. 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc. today announced preliminary full-year 2017 financial results including the quarter ending December 31, 2017. The company reported revenue for Q4 of $2.1 million, doubling revenue for the year, and signed agreements for 337 instruments. Contracts for customer evaluations covered 259 instruments while revenue placements totaled 78 across the U.S., European, and Middle East regions.

Net sales were $4.2 million for the year compared to $246,000 for the prior year, 2016. The increase was driven by sales of the company's solution for sepsis intervention and antimicrobial stewardship, the Accelerate Pheno™ system and Accelerate PhenoTest™ BC kit. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviewed and permitted marketing of the system and kit in late February 2017.

"We were optimistic going into our launch year, and by most measures it was a success," said Lawrence Mehren, President and CEO. "Now, with the recent data showing significant reductions in sepsis mortality from our first clinical customer, we've reached an important point where other hospitals, and the government, have started to notice. This is good news and we believe points to an exciting year ahead.  A huge thanks to the entire team and especially our customers."

With its initial diagnostic for antimicrobial stewardship and sepsis intervention underway, the company recently announced initiatives focused on 2018 revenue and its respiratory test, the Accelerate PhenoTest™ svBP kit, targeting severe pneumonia. Clinical trials for this new kit are expected to begin in Q2 or Q3 of 2018, followed by a submission for review by the FDA.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Lawrence Mehren, and Chief Financial Officer, Steve Reichling, will host a conference call to review the financial results, commercial progress, and development updates at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time on February 15, 2018.

Fourth Quarter 2017

  • Net sales of $2.1 million, a 54 times increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2016
  • Gross margin realized was 69% including inventory previously recorded as research and development (R&D) expense
  • Selling, general, and administrative expenses of $11.5 million, compared to $10.5 million in the prior year period, driven by higher personnel and customer evaluation-related costs across the U.S. and Europe
  • R&D expenses for the fourth quarter of $6.1 million, compared to $5.6 million in the same quarter of 2016 due to clinical trial and pre-launch inventory costs incurred in the prior year period which did not repeat
  • Net loss of $15.1 million, or $0.27 per share on weighted average basic shares of 55.4 million shares outstanding, which contained $2.9 million in non-cash stock-based compensation expense
  • Net cash used in the quarter was $12.1 million

Full Year 2017

  • Net sales of $4.2 million, a 17 times increase compared to the prior 2016 year
  • Gross margin realized was 76% including inventory previously recorded as research and development (R&D) expense
  • Selling, general, and administrative expenses of $45.1 million, compared to $37.2 million in the prior year period, driven by higher personnel and customer evaluation-related costs across the U.S. and Europe
  • R&D expenses for the year of $22.3 million, compared to $29.5 million in 2016 due to clinical trial and pre-launch inventory costs incurred in the prior year period which did not repeat
  • Net loss of $62.9 million, or $1.16 per share on weighted average basic shares of 54 million shares outstanding, which contained $13.9 millionin non-cash stock-based compensation expense
  • Net cash used in the year was $51.8 million, ending the quarter with total cash, and cash-equivalents from all activities of $109.1 million

2018 Outlook

The following forward-looking statements reflect estimates based on information as of February 15, 2018 and are subject to uncertainty. Additional information is available under the heading: Forward-Looking Statements.

Full year 2018 revenue is expected to be between $21 to $30 million, with heavy weighting on the second half of the year. Pricing for the BC kit is expected to hold as it did in 2017, above $200 per kit with potential to increase slightly with demand. Capital mix is targeted above 50%.

Complete and audited financial results for the year and quarter ending December 31, 2017 will be filed on Form 10-K through the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) website at The company anticipates filing on February 28th. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these preliminary and unaudited estimates in the event of material changes.

Audio Webcast and Conference Call

Listen to an audio webcast of the call by visiting the events section of the company's investor relations website at A replay of the audio webcast will be available until March 9, 2018.

To participate in the conference call, dial +1.877.883.0383 and enter the conference ID: 9292688.

International participants may dial +1.412.902.6506. Please dial in 10-15 minutes prior to the start of the conference. A replay of the call will be available by telephone at +1.877.344.7529 ( U.S.) or +1.412.317.0088 (international) using access code 10115445 until March 9, 2018.

About Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc.

Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc. (Nasdaq:AXDX), is an in vitro diagnostics company dedicated to providing solutions for the global challenge of antibiotic resistance and healthcare-associated infections. The company recently obtained FDA marketing authorization for antimicrobial susceptibility testing direct from positive blood culture samples using its Accelerate Pheno™ system and Accelerate PhenoTest™ BC kit. The system and kit leverage proprietary molecular identification methods and morphokinetic cellular analysis (MCA) to provide minimum inhibitory concentrations for a range of applicable antibiotics.  The fully-automated system is designed to eliminate the lengthy culture and sample preparation steps required prior to antimicrobial susceptibility testing. Recent market studies suggest the solution offers results 1-2 days faster than conventional methods, enabling clinicians to optimize antibiotic selection, dosage, and infusion strategy specific to the individual patient and their infection.

The "ACCELERATE DIAGNOSTICS" and "ACCELERATE PHENO" and "ACCELERATE PHENOTEST" and diamond shaped logos and marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc.

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Forward-Looking Statements

Certain of the statements made in this press release are forward looking, such as those, among others, about our projections as to when certain key business milestones may be achieved, such as the ongoing commercial launch, demand, and potential of our products or technology, the growth of the market, our estimates as to the size of our market opportunity and potential pricing, our competitive position and estimates of time reduction to results, and our future development plans and growth strategy. Actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected or implied in these forward-looking statements. Information about the risks and uncertainties faced by Accelerate Diagnostics is contained in the section captioned "Risk Factors" in the company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 28, 2017, and in any other reports that we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. The company's forward-looking statements could be affected by general industry and market conditions. Except as required by federal securities laws, the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements to reflect new events, uncertainties or other contingencies.


Preliminary Unaudited
(in thousands, except share data)

  December 31, December 31,
  2017 2016
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $ 28,513       $ 19,244    
Investments 80,648     58,519    
Trade accounts receivable 1,946     34    
Inventory 8,063        
Prepaid expenses 850     468    
Other current assets 467     183    
Total current assets 120,487     78,448    
Property and equipment, net 4,890     4,258    
Intellectual property, net 134     146    
Other non-current assets   1,216          
Total assets $ 126,727     $ 82,852    
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable $ 2,080     $ 992    
Accrued liabilities 3,636     3,009    
Deferred revenue and income 1,070     35    
Total current liabilities 6,183     4,036    
Long-term deferred income     1,000    
Other long-term liabilities 21        
Total liabilities $ 6,807     $ 5,036    
Stockholders' equity:    
Common stock, $0.001 par value;    
75,000,000 common shares authorized with 55,673,810 shares issued and outstanding on December 31, 2017 and 75,000,000 authorized with 51,516,309 shares issued and outstanding on December 31, 2016 56     52    
Preferred shares, $0.001 par value;    
5,000,000 preferred shares authorized and none outstanding as of December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016        
Contributed capital 360,620     255,257    
Accumulated deficit (240,825 )   (177,289 )  
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) 69     (204 )  
Total stockholders' equity 119,920     77,816    
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 126,727     $ 82,852    


Preliminary Unaudited
(in thousands, except per share data)

  Years Ended December 31,
  2017 2016 2015
Net Sales 4,177   246   147  
Cost of Sales 1,002      
Gross Profit 3,175   246   147  
Costs and expenses:      
Research and development 22,300   29,564   27,142  
Sales, general and administrative 45,057   37,183   18,554  
Total costs and expenses 67,357   66,747   45,696  
Loss from operations (64,182 ) (66,501 ) (45,549 )
Interest expense     (4 )
Foreign currency exchange loss (75 ) (77 ) (19 )
Interest and dividend income 908   494   74  
Other expense, net (184 ) (23 )  
Total other income 649   394   51  
Net loss before income taxes (63,533 ) (66,107 ) (45,498 )
Income tax benefit (expense) 651   (267 )  
Net loss $ (62,882 ) $ (66,374 )   $ (45,498 )
Basic and diluted net loss per share $ (1.16 ) $ (1.29 ) $ (1.01 )
Weighted average shares outstanding 54,073   51,276   44,998  
Other comprehensive loss:      
Net loss $ (62,882 ) $ (66,374 ) $ (45,498 )
Net unrealized loss on available-for-sale investments (118 ) (64 ) (20 )
Foreign currency translation adjustment 391   (128 ) 1  
Comprehensive loss $ (62,609 ) $ (66,566 )   $ (45,517 )


Investor and media contact:

Andrew Chasteen, Accelerate Diagnostics, +1 520 365-3100

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