Chembio Diagnostics Reports Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Aug 6, 2020

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., Aug. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Chembio Diagnostics, Inc. (Nasdaq: CEMI), a leading point-of-care diagnostics company focused on infectious diseases, today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2020.

Recent Accomplishments & Highlights

  • Announced plans to seek U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) approval for a revised DPP COVID-19 IgM/IgG System in the third quarter and subsequently for the DPP COVID-19 Antigen System
  • Awarded BARDA contract for $628,071 to assist in the development of, and an EUA application for, a DPP COVID-19 Antigen System
  • Received FDA 510(k) clearance for DPP Zika IgM System, including the first FDA approval for the company’s Micro Reader
  • Received $1.5 million order from UNICEF for additional multiplex DPP Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue Systems
  • Strengthened the balance sheet with $28.4 million of net proceeds raised in a public offering of common stock

“Despite challenging circumstances in the quarter, we are optimistic that our scientific expertise and platform flexibility will allow us to develop additional high quality, easy to use point-of-care COVID-19 tests that will contribute to the decentralization of testing. Central laboratories are currently facing extreme testing volumes that are creating delays in returning results to patients and our technology can contribute to improving the current situation,” said Richard Eberly, Chembio’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “I am proud of the resiliency and dedication of our team over the past months. We are excited about the opportunities ahead of us.”

The DPP COVID-19 Antigen System has been funded in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response; Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), under Contract No. 75A50120C00138.

Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results
Total revenue for the second quarter of 2020 was $5.1 million, a decrease of 48.3% compared to the prior year period. Financial results for the second quarter of 2020 reflected the impact of the product recall in the United States and the potential response by other regulators following the FDA’s revocation of the EUA for Chembio’s initial DPP COVID-19 IgM/IgG System. Net product sales for the second quarter of 2020 were $3.8 million, a decrease of 56.8% compared to the prior year period. License and royalty revenue and R&D and grant revenue for the second quarter of 2020 totaled $1.3 million, an increase of 19.7% compared to the prior year period.

Gross product margin for the second quarter of 2020 was negative $1.9 million, compared to $1.8 million for the prior year period. Gross product margin percentage for the second quarter of 2020 was negative 49.6%, compared to 20.4% for the prior year period. Gross product margin in the second quarter of 2020 was impacted by the cost of COVID-19 product returned by US customers and the cost of COVID-19 product shipments outside the US for which revenue was not recognized.

Research and development expenses decreased by $0.2 million, or 8.5%, in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the prior year period. Selling, general and administrative expenses increased by $0.3 million, or 7.3%, in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the prior year period, primarily related to one-time period costs and equity compensation costs.

Net loss for the second quarter of 2020 was $7.8 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $3.2 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the prior year period. 

Cash and cash equivalents as of June 30, 2020 totaled $36.4 million, including net proceeds of $28.4 million from the public offering of common stock.

Conference Call
Chembio will host a conference call today beginning at 4:30 pm ET to discuss its financial results and recent business highlights. Investors interested in listening to the call may do so by dialing 844-369-8770 from the United States or 862-298-0840 from outside the United States. To listen to a live webcast of the call, please visit the Investor Relations section of Chembio's website at www.chembio.com. Following the call, a replay will be available on the Investor Relations section of Chembio’s website for 90 days. A telephone replay will be available until 4:30 pm ET on August 20, 2020 by dialing 877-481-4010 from the United States or 919-882-2331 from outside the United States and using the conference ID: 35830.

About Chembio Diagnostics
Chembio is a leading point-of-care diagnostics company focused on detecting and diagnosing infectious diseases, including COVID-19, sexually transmitted disease, and fever and tropical disease. The company’s proprietary DPP technology platform, which uses a small drop of blood from the fingertip or alternative sample types, provides high-quality, cost-effective results in approximately 15 minutes. Coupled with Chembio’s extensive scientific expertise, its novel DPP technology offers broad market applications beyond infectious disease. Chembio’s products are sold globally, directly and through distributors, to hospitals and clinics, physician offices, clinical laboratories, public health organizations, government agencies, and consumers. Learn more at www.chembio.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
Statements contained in the first sentence following the bulleted items under “Recent Accomplishments & Highlights: above are not historical facts and may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations with respect to the further development of COVID-19 tests. Such statements, which are expectations only, reflect management's current views, are based on certain assumptions, and involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results, events or performance may differ materially from forward-looking statements due to a number of important factors, and will be dependent upon a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, the following, any of which could be exacerbated even further by the continuing COVID-19 outbreak in the United States and globally: the ability of Chembio to maintain existing, and timely obtain additional, regulatory approvals, particularly for its proposed DPP COVID-19 diagnostic tests; Chembio’s dependence upon, and limited experience with, COVID-19 diagnostic tests; the highly competitive and rapidly developing market for testing solutions for COVID-19, which includes a number of competing companies with strong relationships with current and potential customers, including governmental authorities, and with significantly greater financial and other resources that are available to Chembio; and the risks of doing business with foreign governmental entities, including geopolitical, international and other challenges as well as potential material adverse effects of tariffs and other changes in U.S. trade policy. Chembio undertakes no obligation to publicly update forward-looking statements in this release to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date hereof or to reflect any change in Chembio's expectations with regard to the forward-looking statements or the occurrence of unanticipated events. Factors that may impact Chembio's success are more fully disclosed in Chembio's public filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 and its subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, particularly under the heading “Risk Factors.”

DPP is Chembio’s registered trademark. For convenience, this trademark appears in this release without ® symbols, but that practice does not mean that Chembio will not assert, to the fullest extent under applicable law, its rights to the trademark.

Investor Relations Contact
Philip Taylor
Gilmartin Group
(415) 937-5406

      For The Three Months Ended   For The Six Months Ended
      June 30, 2020   June 30, 2019   June 30, 2020   June 30, 2019
Net product sales     $   3,791,574     $ 8,785,041     $   9,508,166     $ 15,409,336  
R&D and grant revenue         1,193,973       854,264         2,101,660       2,556,053  
License and royalty revenue         125,625       248,831         360,929       465,022  
TOTAL REVENUES         5,111,172       9,888,136         11,970,755       18,430,411  
COSTS AND EXPENSES:                  
Cost of product sales         5,670,737       6,989,975         10,045,179       12,001,611  
Research and development expenses         1,922,306       2,101,020         3,881,159       4,318,652  
Selling, general and administrative expenses         4,397,593       4,096,942         8,554,234       8,110,013  
Severance, restructuring and other related costs         387,540       -         1,110,658       -  
Acquisition Costs         -        -         63,497       395,612  
          12,378,176       12,891,187         23,654,727       24,825,888  
LOSS FROM OPERATIONS         (7,267,004 )     (3,299,801 )       (11,683,972 )     (6,395,487 )
OTHER INCOME:                  
Interest (expense) income       (712,052 )     5,918       (1,374,192 )     12,602  
LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAXES         (7,979,056 )     (3,293,883 )       (13,058,164 )     (6,382,885 )
Income tax benefit         (135,259 )     (107,203 )       (214,818 )     (379,672 )
NET LOSS     $   (7,843,797 )   $ (3,186,680 )   $   (12,843,346 )   $ (6,003,213 )
Basic and diluted loss per share     $   (0.42 )   $ (0.19 )   $   (0.71 )   $ (0.36 )
Weighted average number of shares outstanding, basic and diluted         18,868,144       16,914,171         18,032,723       16,906,936  

    June 30, 2020   December 31, 2019  
- ASSETS -          
Cash and cash equivalents   $  36,427,468   $ 18,271,352  
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $156,000 and $62,000 as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively     2,610,587   3,661,325  
Inventories, net     14,131,540   9,598,030  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     742,908   693,013  
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS     53,912,503   32,223,720  
FIXED ASSETS:          
Property, Plant and Equipment, net     7,705,890   5,933,569  
Finance lease right-of-use asset, net     258,884   210,350  
TOTAL FIXED ASSETS, net     7,964,774   6,143,919  
OTHER ASSETS:          
Operating lease right-of-use assets, net     6,515,282   7,030,744  
Intangible assets, net     3,605,194   3,914,352  
Goodwill     5,534,624   5,872,690  
Deposits and other assets     429,884   543,539  
TOTAL ASSETS   $  77,962,261   $ 55,728,964  
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   $  9,290,887   $ 5,526,243  
Deferred revenue     4,097,155   125,000  
Finance lease liabilities     55,712   41,894  
Operating lease liabilities     776,691   568,294  
Note payable     75,708   180,249  
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES     14,296,153   6,441,680  
Long-term operating lease liabilities     6,565,019   6,969,603  
Long-term finance lease liabilities     210,408   171,953  
Long-term debt, less current portion, net     17,903,401   17,644,149  
Deferred tax liability     250,326   466,326  
TOTAL LIABILITIES     39,225,307   25,252,031  
Preferred stock – 10,000,000 shares authorized, none outstanding     -    -  
Common stock - $0.01 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 20,194,832 shares and 17,733,617 shares issued at June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively     201,948   177,335  
Additional paid-in capital     124,143,171   95,433,077  
Accumulated deficit     (84,428,349)   (71,585,003)  
Treasury stock 33,290 and 0 shares at cost as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively     (150,919)   -  
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income     (1,028,897)   9,844  
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY     38,736,954   24,035,253  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   $  77,962,261   $ 55,728,964  


    For The Six Months Ended
    June 30, 2020   June 30, 2019
Net cash used in operating activities   $  (7,330,984)   $ (7,086,415)
Net cash used in investing activities     (2,449,346)   (1,003,738)
Net cash provided (used in) by financing activities     27,965,541   (92,158)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash     (29,095)   161,835
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of the period     18,271,352   12,524,551
Cash and cash equivalents - end of the period   $  36,427,468   $ 4,504,075





Source: Chembio Diagnostics, Inc.