Echo Therapeutics, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

May 15, 2015, 15:52 ET from Echo Therapeutics, Inc.

ISELIN, N.J., May 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Echo Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECTE), a medical device company focused on non-invasive continuous glucose monitoring and associated technologies, today announced its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2015.  Echo's Quarterly Report on Form 10-K, as filed with the SEC, is available by visiting the Investors section of Echo's website at

First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

For the quarter ended March 31, 2015, the Company was principally involved with the product development of its continuous glucose monitoring system. Echo's net loss for the first quarter of 2015 was $8.3 million, or ($0.72) per share, compared to $2.8 million, or ($0.23) per share, for the same period in 2014. The $5.5 million dollar increase in net loss was a result of a non-cash financing charge in the first quarter for the approximate same amount. The finance charge was based on the price of our common stock, or the anticipated price of our common stock in subsequent periods when funding is expected to occur, being higher than the original deal price of $1.50 per common share on the dates of funding. The charge consisted of two parts, a charge for financing that occurred in the first quarter, and a charge for funding committed to, but not yet funded. Such anticipated funding was priced based on our $2.13 per share close price for our Common Stock on March 31, 2015. There is also the potential that a certain portion of this charge will reverse in the second quarter should the deal be funded at an amount at, or lower, than the original $1.50 deal price. The operating loss for the first quarter of 2015 was $2.5 million compared to $2.7 million for the first quarter of 2014. Research and development expenses were $0.8 million for the first quarter of 2015 compared to $1.3 million for the first quarter of 2014. The decrease in research and development expenses was primarily related to the need to rehire key employees in January 2015 and the customary start-up time. Selling, general and administrative expenses were $1.5 million during the first quarter of 2015 compared to $1.3 million during the first quarter of 2014. The increase in selling, general and administrative expenses was primarily due to a non-cash reimbursement of legal expenditures from the 2014 proxy battle. Echo reported a cash balance of approximately $0.5 million as of March 31, 2015. $0.5 million was received in April 2015, and additional funding of $1.0 million is expected in the second quarter, in connection with the December 2014 installment financing. 

Recent Corporate Highlights:

  • In April 2015, Echo's strategic partner, Medical Technologies Innovation Asia (MTIA), Ltd., Hong Kong, held a meeting with the Medical Device Evaluation Center of the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), Bejing Branch to define its strategy and clinical pathway for CFDA regulatory approval of Echo's CGM system. MTIA expects to commence the CFDA clinical trial and safety testing in the second half of 2015 following completion of product manufacturing and internal testing. Clinical sites for the approximately 120-patient trial have been identified and secured. Echo and MTIA are in the process of finalizing manufacturing assets in China in support of the clinical trial and commercialization.
  • In March 2015, Echo achieved its wireless mobile communication milestone, making it possible for its continuous glucose sensor to transmit data to any mobile platform. At the Marcum MicroCap Conference on May 28, 2015, management plans to provide a live demonstration of the mobile application that displays glucose data from Echo's glucose sensor via Bluetooth LE (BLE).
  • In January 2015, Echo moved its corporate headquarters to a 2,800 square foot office space in Iselin, New Jersey from its 7,900 square foot office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In May 2015, Echo signed a lease for approximately 10,000 square feet for a research and development facility in Littleton, Massachusetts. The Company expects to move to the new facility from its 37,000 square foot facility in Franklin, Massachusetts on or about July 1, 2015.

"We continue to focus our efforts and resources on our product and business development objectives, in addition to supporting our strategic partner MTIA in China, to bring our innovative technology to market. We have made substantial progress this year and we are on target to continue to achieve our strategic milestones in the near-term," said Scott W. Hollander, Echo's President and CEO. "Importantly, we have implemented a number of cost reduction measures, including moving our offices to right-sized and less expensive facilities, that don't diminish our ability to execute on these short-term and long-term development objectives. Our new research and development facility in Littleton, Massachusetts will ensure sufficient capacity to meet our current and future needs."

About Echo Therapeutics

Echo Therapeutics is developing its non-invasive, wireless, continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system. A significant opportunity exists for the Company's CGM to be used in the fitness, weight loss and personal lifestyle wearable-health space. A longer-term opportunity also exists in the outpatient diabetes and hospital settings. Echo developed its needle-free skin preparation device as a platform technology that allows for enhanced skin permeation enabling extraction of analytes, such as glucose, and enhanced delivery of topical pharmaceuticals.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements

The statements in this press release that are not historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements that are based on current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual future results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks related to regulatory approvals and the success of Echo's clinical studies, the safety and efficacy of Echo's CGM System, the failure of future development and preliminary marketing efforts related to Echo's CGM System, Echo's ability to secure additional commercial partnering arrangements, risks and uncertainties relating to Echo's and its partners' ability to develop, market and sell Echo's CGM System, the availability of substantial additional equity or debt capital to support its research, development and product commercialization activities, and the success of its research, development, regulatory approval, marketing and distribution plans and strategies, including those plans and strategies related to its CGM System. These and other risks and uncertainties are identified and described in more detail in Echo's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and its Current Reports on Form 8-K. Echo undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

For More Information: Christine H. Olimpio                                                            Director, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications (732) 549-0128                                                                      

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Echo Therapeutics, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets


  March 31,


December 31, 2014


Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$        469,493

$     1,278,941

Prepaid and other



Total current assets



Property and equipment, net



Other Assets:

Intangible assets, net






Total other assets



Total assets

$    11,602,154

$    12,595,836


Current Liabilities:

Accounts payable

$      1,368,775

$      1,801,469

Accrued and other



Premium financing payable



Derivative warrant liability



Total current liabilities



Deferred revenue, net



Total liabilities



Commitments and Contingencies

Stockholders' Equity:

Convertible preferred stock, Series C, D, E & F



Common stock



Additional paid-in capital



Accumulated deficit



Total stockholders' equity



Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$    11,602,154

$    12,595,836

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations


Three Months Ended

March 31,



Licensing revenue

$                     -

$           19,107

Total revenues



Operating Expenses:

Research and development



Selling, general and administrative



Loss on disposal of property and equipment



Depreciation and amortization



Total operating expenses



Loss from operations



Other Income (Expense):

Gain (loss) on revaluation of derivative warrant liability



Financing expense



Interest expense



Other expense, net



Net loss

$     (8,303,712)

$     (2,773,041)

Net loss per common share, basic and diluted

$              (0.72)

$              (0.23)

Basic and diluted weighted average common shares outstanding




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