STAAR Surgical Reports 19% Revenue Growth Second Quarter

Revenue Grows to $16.3 Million with EPS of $0.02

Visian® ICL Revenue Increases 41% to Quarterly Record $8.3 Million

Gross Margin Reaches 66.8%, a 13-Year High

$2.4 Million in Cash Generated from Operations; Cash Position Increases to $13.1 Million

Company Raises 2011 Outlook

Aug 02, 2011, 16:05 ET from STAAR Surgical Company

MONROVIA, Calif., Aug. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- STAAR Surgical Company (NASDAQ: STAA), a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of minimally invasive ophthalmic products, today reported strong financial results for the second quarter ended July 1, 2011.  Revenue for the quarter grew by 19% or $2.6 million over the second quarter of 2010 to $16.3 million, fueled by a 51% mix of Visian ICL sales.  Sales of Visian ICLs increased 41%, setting another quarterly record with $8.3 million in sales.  The increasingly higher mix of Visian ICLs pushed gross margin up 320 basis points from second quarter of 2010 to 66.8%.  Net income totaled $862,000, or $0.02 per share, compared with a net loss of $1.6 million, or $0.05 per share, in the second quarter of 2010.  This represents a $2.5 million net income improvement over prior year.  It also marks the first time the Company has reported consecutive quarters of profitability since 1999.  Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at July 1, 2011 increased to $13.1 million from $10.4 million at the end of the first quarter as the Company generated $2.4 million in cash from operations.  

"We continued to benefit from sound execution of our strategy to focus on the growth of ICL and IOL core products," said Barry G. Caldwell, President and CEO.  "Our global sales momentum increased during the second quarter, resulting in strong and steady growth in revenue from our Visian ICL and premium IOL product lines, a 13 year high in gross profit margin, increasing net income and solid cash generation.  Revenues from the Visian ICL grew 41% and, at $8.3 million, established a new quarterly record that exceeded the previous high by 20%.  The roll-out of the Visian ICL V4b in Europe and other select countries has gone well, and we are now poised for full launch of the V4c during September.  In our top 10 targeted markets the Visian ICL grew by 48% with six of ten markets growing more than 48%."

"The gross profit margin in the quarter of 66.8% represents a 320 basis point improvement over the second quarter last year and reflects a stronger mix toward higher margin ICL and IOL sales," continued Mr. Caldwell. "I want to thank our employees at STAAR as we challenged them with some stretch objectives and they have responded with a terrific quarter and first half of 2011.  With $13.1 million of cash at the end of the quarter combined with generating cash from operations, we feel very comfortable we can fund current growth plans from our operating cash flow."

"With the regulatory approvals received during the first half of the year and positive momentum, we are poised for continued strong growth during the second half of 2011.  We are on track with our plans to launch four new products in the second half of the year in countries where we have received approvals.  The new Visian ICL with the CentraFLOW™ proprietary technology is currently in limited marketing release and will be fully launched to the European markets at the ESCRS meeting in September.  The CentraFLOW technology utilizes the KS-AquaPORT™ to restore the natural flow within the eye.  This allows for the elimination of a step which typically requires an additional procedure and visit to the surgeon's office.  We believe this will have a significant impact on  surgeon use and adoption of the Visian ICL."

"Our successful execution has bolstered our confidence in the outlook, and as a result we are raising three of four key metric targets for fiscal 2011.  We continue to expect double-digit growth in revenue, but have increased our target for ICL sales growth from 25% to 30%.  We expect continued expansion of our gross margin and now anticipate it will reach 66.5% for the full year.  Finally, we believe that we will be profitable in all four quarters of the year, up from our previously stated goal of three," Mr. Caldwell concluded.

Recent Visian Implantable Collamer® Lens (ICL) Highlights

  • Second quarter Visian ICL sales grew 41% to $8.3 million, a new quarterly record.  
  • Sales in our top 10 targeted markets increased 48% in the second quarter with nine of the ten markets posting sales increases in the double digits.   Growth exceeding 48% was experienced in Japan, China, Korea, the United Kingdom, Germany, and India.  
  • The V4b which received CE Mark approval during late 2010 has now been fully implemented in 11 of the 29 markets in which it is approved.  The expanded range of treatments available with this product accounted for a 7% increase in Visian ICL revenues in the markets where it was sold during the quarter.
  • With CE Mark approval for the V4c model of the Visian ICL and Toric ICL in April 2011, the Company initiated its marketing prelaunch plan to introduce the CentraFLOW technology at eight sites in Europe, Saudi Arabia and Argentina.  The plan is to complete implantation in 100 eyes at these sites in order to gain experience helpful for the full launch.  STAAR will execute the full launch of the V4c in countries that accept CE Mark approvals during the third quarter of 2011.  The V4c design provides more comfort for the patient and a more convenient, efficient and cost-effective procedure for both the patient and the surgeon.
  • In addition, the Visian V4 ICL design received regulatory approval in Brazil during June 2011.  The surgical refractive market in Brazil is estimated to be about 92,000 annual refractive procedures by Market Scope.  STAAR plans to launch the Visian V4 ICL in Brazil in the third quarter 2011 and hire direct representation in the Latin America area to work with our distributors.

Recent Intraocular Lens (IOL) Highlights

  • Second quarter IOL sales increased 1% to $7.1 million compared with $7.0 million in the second quarter of 2010.
  • Foreign exchange had a favorable impact on IOL sales of $466,000, primarily due to preloaded IOL sales in Japan.
  • The Toric IOL, our highest margin IOL, was up 38% in the U.S.
  • Sales of the nanoFLEX IOL were up 3% globally and 4% in the U.S.
  • In April 2011, STAAR received CE Mark approval for its nanoFLEX IOL and began initial marketing efforts in the second quarter with product shipments to begin during the third quarter.  
  • In June, the Company's KS-SP Preloaded Single Piece Hydrophobic Acrylic IOL received CE Mark approval.  With this approval, STAAR will enhance its competitive position with a product offering for the largest segment of the IOL market.

Second Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Total net sales in the second quarter increased 19% or $2.6M to $16.3 million from $13.6 million in the second quarter of 2010.  Foreign currency changes had a favorable impact on sales of $511,000, primarily impacting preloaded IOL sales in Japan.  
  • Gross margin increased to 66.8% of revenue compared with 63.6% in the prior year's second quarter.  The increase reflected a 51% mix of ICL sales to total sales as compared with a 43% mix in the second quarter of 2010..
  • Operating expenses totaled $9.7 million, a 2% increase over the second quarter 2010 total of $9.5 million.  General and Administrative spending included more than $600,000 in higher bonus accruals based upon performance and increased costs associated with the Company's project to maximize future profits with revised manufacturing and tax strategy plans.  
  • Net income in the second quarter of 2011 was $862,000, or $0.02 per share, compared with a net loss in the second quarter of 2010 of $1.6 million, or $0.05 per share, a $2.5M improvement
  • Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash totaled $13,145,000 at July 1, 2011 compared with $10,354,000 at April 1, 2011.  The Company generated $2,359,000 in cash from operating activities during the second quarter.

Six Months Financial Highlights

  • Total net sales in the first six months of 2011 grew 14% or $3.7M to $31.1 million from $27.4 million in the first six months of 2010.   Foreign currency changes favorably impacted sales by $1.0 million.  Visian ICL sales totaled $15.2 million, 30% above sales of $11.7 million reported for the first six months of 2010.  IOL sales totaled $14.2 million, a 2% increase over $13.9 million reported during the first six months of 2010.
  • Gross margin increased to 65.8% of revenue from 63.9% for the first six months of 2010. The increase was largely attributable to a higher mix of ICL sales.
  • Total operating expenses were $19.1 million, a 5% increase over the first six months 2010 of $18.2 million.  General and Administrative spending included over $900,000 incremental spending for bonus accruals based upon performance and costs associated with the Company's project to maximize future profits with revised manufacturing and tax strategy plans.
  • For the first six months ended July 1, 2011, income from continuing operations and net income totaled $1.2 million or $0.03 per share.  For the six months ended July 2, 2010, the Company reported a loss from continuing operations of $2.3 million; income from discontinued operations of $4.2 million and net income of $1.9 million, or $0.05 per share.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call and webcast today, August 2, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern / 1:30 p.m. Pacific to discuss the Company's second quarter financial results, and recent corporate developments. The dial-in number for the conference call is 877-941-6009 for domestic participants and 480-629-9645 for international participants.

A taped replay of the conference call will also be available beginning approximately one hour after the call's conclusion and will be available for seven days. This replay can be accessed by dialing 800-406-7325 for domestic callers and 303-590-3030 for international callers, both using passcode 4455501#. To access the live webcast of the call, go to STAAR's website at www.staar.com. An archived webcast will also be available at www.staar.com.

About STAAR Surgical

STAAR, which has been dedicated solely to ophthalmic surgery for over 25 years, designs, develops, manufactures and markets implantable lenses for the eye.  All of these lenses are foldable, which permits the surgeon to insert them through a small incision.  STAAR's lens used in refractive surgery as an alternative to LASIK is called an Implantable Collamer® Lens or "ICL."  A lens used to replace the natural lens after cataract surgery is called an intraocular lens or "IOL."  Over 225,000 Visian ICLs have been implanted to date; to learn more about the ICL go to: www.visianinfo.com.  STAAR has approximately 300 full time employees and markets lenses in approximately 50 countries.  Headquartered in Monrovia, CA, it manufactures in the following locations: Nidau, Switzerland; Ichikawa City, Japan; Aliso Viejo, CA; and Monrovia, CA.  For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.staar.com or call 626-303-7902.  

Collamer® is the registered trademark for STAAR's proprietary biocompatible collagen copolymer lens material.  

Safe Harbor

All statements in this press release that are not statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements, including statements about any of the following: projections of earnings, revenue, sales, profit margins, cash or any other financial items; the plans, strategies, and objectives of management for future operations or prospects for achieving such plans; prospects for increased sales as a result of CE Mark approval of new ICL and IOL designs or other approvals; statements of belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing.

These statements are based on expectations and assumptions as of the date of this press release and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties include the following: our limited capital resources and limited access to financing; the negative effect of the global recession on sales of products, especially products such as the ICL used in non-reimbursed elective procedures; the unknown long-term effect of recent disasters in Japan on business there, the challenge of managing our foreign subsidiaries; backlog as we ramp up production to meet rapidly growing demand for our products; the risk of unfavorable changes in currency exchange rate; the willingness of surgeons and patients to adopt a new product and procedure; patterns of Visian ICL use that have typically limited our penetration of the refractive surgery market, and a general decline in the demand for refractive surgery particularly in the U.S., which STAAR believes has resulted from both concerns about the safety and effectiveness of laser procedures and current economic conditions.

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STAAR Surgical Company

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in 000's)

July 1,

December 31,

2011

2010

    ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$  13,000

$            9,376

Restricted cash

145

133

Accounts receivable trade, net

8,015

8,219

Inventories, net

9,861

10,543

Prepaids, deposits, and other current assets

1,754

1,715

  Total current assets

32,775

29,986

Property, plant, and equipment, net

3,419

3,732

Intangible assets, net

3,296

3,672

Goodwill

1,786

1,786

Deferred income taxes

202

202

Other assets

1,166

1,207

  Total assets

$  42,644

$          40,585

    LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Line of credit

$    2,480

$            2,460

Accounts payable

3,452

3,717

Deferred income taxes

326

326

Obligations under capital leases

393

431

Other current liabilities

5,737

6,513

  Total current liabilities

12,388

13,447

Obligations under capital leases

1,341

1,403

Deferred income taxes

606

488

Other long-term liabilities

2,761

2,820

Total liabilities

17,096

18,158

Stockholders' equity:

Common stock

355

351

Additional paid-in capital

154,108

152,014

Accumulated other comprehensive income

1,962

2,100

Accumulated deficit

(130,877)

(132,038)

  Total stockholders' equity

25,548

22,427

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$  42,644

$          40,585

STAAR Surgical Company

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In 000's except for per share data)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

% of

July 1,

% of

July 2

Change

% of

July 1,

% of

July 2

Change

Sales

2011

Sales

2010

Amount

%

Sales

2011

Sales

2010

Amount

%

Net sales

100.0%

$      16,269

100.0%

$      13,639

$       2,630

19.3%

100.0%

$      31,118

100.0%

$      27,417

$        3,701

13.5%

Cost of sales

33.2%

5,408

36.4%

4,960

448

9.0%

34.2%

10,628

36.1%

9,909

719

7.3%

Gross profit

66.8%

10,861

63.6%

8,679

2,182

25.1%

65.8%

20,490

63.9%

17,508

2,982

17.0%

Selling, general and administrative expenses:

 General and administrative

25.2%

4,098

24.0%

3,268

830

25.4%

24.5%

7,628

24.3%

6,657

971

14.6%

 Marketing and selling

25.8%

4,200

30.3%

4,134

66

1.6%

27.8%

8,659

29.1%

7,965

694

8.7%

 Research and development

8.6%

1,393

10.1%

1,376

17

1.2%

9.1%

2,825

10.6%

2,909

(84)

-2.9%

 Other general and administrative expenses

0.0%

-

5.1%

700

(700)

-

0.0%

-

2.6%

700

(700)

-

    Total selling, general and administrative expenses

59.6%

9,691

69.5%

9,478

213

2.2%

61.4%

19,112

66.5%

18,231

881

4.8%

Operating income (loss)

7.2%

1,170

-5.9%

(799)

1,969

-

4.4%

1,378

-2.6%

(723)

2,101

-

Other income (expense):

 Interest income

0.0%

5

0.1%

13

(8)

-61.5%

0.1%

18

0.1%

14

4

28.6%

 Interest expense

-0.9%

(153)

-1.6%

(224)

71

-31.7%

-1.0%

(306)

-2.3%

(630)

324

-51.4%

 Gain (loss) on foreign currency transactions

0.4%

72

-2.9%

(389)

461

-

1.4%

444

-1.6%

(439)

883

-

 Loss on early extinguishment of note payable

0.0%

-

-2.0%

(267)

267

-

0.0%

-

-1.0%

(267)

267

0.0%

 Other income (expense), net

1.5%

236

-0.4%

(53)

289

-

1.3%

399

0.0%

(12)

411

-

   Other income (expense), net

1.0%

160

-6.7%

(920)

1,080

-

1.8%

555

-4.9%

(1,334)

1,889

-

Income (loss) before provision (benefit) for income taxes

8.2%

1,330

-12.6%

(1,719)

3,049

-

6.2%

1,933

-7.5%

(2,057)

3,990

-

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

2.9%

469

-0.7%

(91)

560

-

2.5%

772

0.8%

207

565

272.9%

Income (loss) from continuing operations

5.3%

861

-11.9%

(1,628)

2,489

-

3.7%

1,161

-8.3%

(2,264)

3,425

-

Income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes

0.0%

-

0.0%

-

-

-

0.0%

-

15.2%

4,166

(4,166)

-

Net income (loss)

5.3%

$           861

-11.9%

$      (1,628)

$       2,489

-

3.7%

$        1,161

6.9%

$        1,902

$         (741)

-39.0%

Net Income (loss) per share from continuing operations - basic

$          0.02

$        (0.05)

$          0.03

$        (0.07)

Net Income (loss) per share from continuing operations - diluted

$          0.02

$        (0.05)

$          0.03

$        (0.07)

Income per share from discontinued operations

    basic and diluted

$              -

$              -

$              -

$          0.12

Net Income (loss) per share-basic

$          0.02

$        (0.05)

$          0.03

$          0.05

Net Income (loss) per share-diluted

$          0.02

$        (0.05)

$          0.03

$          0.05

Weighted average shares outstanding - basic

35,443

34,790

35,316

34,770

Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted

36,439

34,790

36,389

34,770

STAAR Surgical Company

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in 000's)

Six Months Ended

July 1,

July 2

2011

2010

Cash flows from operating activities:

  Net income

$                1,161

$          1,902

  Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:

Income from discontinued operations

-

(4,166)

Depreciation of property and equipment

598

821

Amortization of intangibles

394

399

Amortization of discount

-

236

Deferred income taxes

118

-

Loss on early extinguishment of note payable

-

267

Fair value adjustment of warrant

(182)

137

Loss (gain) on disposal of property and equipment

(14)

2

Stock-based compensation expense

807

649

Change in net pension liability

62

157

Other

(32)

112

  Changes in working capital:

Accounts receivable

263

1,040

Inventories

779

777

Prepaids, deposits and other current assets

23

272

Accounts payable

(273)

(1,731)

Other current liabilities

(793)

(5,338)

Net cash used in operating activities of discontinued operations

-

(635)

     Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

2,911

(5,099)

Cash flows from investing activities:

Proceeds from sale of subsidiary, net of transaction costs

-

11,824

Release of restricted cash

-

7,337

Acquisition of property and equipment

(207)

(202)

Deposit to restricted escrow account

-

(136)

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

26

-

Net change in other assets

47

5

Net cash used in investing activities of discontinued operations

-

(50)

     Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

(134)

18,778

Cash flows from financing activities:

Repayment of notes payable

-

(5,000)

Redemption of Series A preferred stock

-

(6,800)

Repayment of capital lease obligations

(228)

(495)

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

1,216

140

Net cash used in financing activities of discontinued operations

-

(50)

     Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

988

(12,205)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(141)

92

Increase in cash and cash equivalents

3,624

1,566

Cash and cash equivalents, at beginning of the period

9,376

6,330

Cash and cash equivalents, at end of the period

$              13,000

$          7,896

STAAR Surgical Company

Global Sales

(in 000's)

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

July 1,

July 2

%

July 1,

July 2

%

Geographic Sales

2011

2010

Change

2011

2010

Change

United States

22.8%

$                3,705

27.9%

$           3,810

-2.8%

23.3%

$                7,238

28.6%

$         7,832

-7.6%

Japan

23.9%

3,890

24.8%

3,385

14.9%

24.9%

7,734

25.1%

6,888

12.3%

Korea

12.3%

2,009

8.5%

1,161

73.0%

10.9%

3,394

9.7%

2,647

28.2%

China

11.1%

1,803

7.3%

1,001

80.1%

9.7%

3,007

6.8%

1,856

62.0%

Other

29.9%

4,862

31.4%

4,282

13.5%

31.3%

9,745

29.9%

8,194

18.9%

 Total International Sales

77.2%

12,564

72.1%

9,829

27.8%

76.7%

23,880

71.4%

19,585

21.9%

   Total Sales

100.0%

$              16,269

100.0%

$         13,639

19.3%

100.0%

$              31,118

100.0%

$       27,417

13.5%

Product Sales

 Core products

   ICLs

51.0%

$                8,293

43.0%

$           5,864

41.4%

48.8%

$              15,191

42.8%

$       11,724

29.6%

   IOLs

43.5%

7,076

51.4%

7,006

1.0%

45.6%

14,205

50.6%

13,883

2.3%

 Total core products

94.5%

15,369

94.4%

12,870

19.4%

94.5%

29,396

93.4%

25,607

14.8%

 Non-core products

   Other

5.5%

900

5.6%

769

17.0%

5.5%

1,722

6.6%

1,810

-4.9%

   Total Sales

100.0%

$              16,269

100.0%

$         13,639

19.3%

100.0%

$              31,118

100.0%

$       27,417

13.5%

SOURCE STAAR Surgical Company



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