Roka Bioscience Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Financial Results
Full Year Revenue Increased by 21%

WARREN, N.J., March 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Roka Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROKA), a molecular diagnostics company focused on providing advanced testing solutions for the detection of foodborne pathogens, today reported its financial results for the three months and full year ended December 31, 2016.

Fourth Quarter 2016 Financial Results:

Revenue for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 was $1.9 million compared with $1.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had 53 instruments placed with customers under commercial agreements compared to 41 instruments as of December 31, 2015.

Total operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2016 were $9.3 million compared with $11.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.  Net loss applicable to common shareholders for the fourth quarter of 2016 was 13.3 million, or $3.72 per share, compared with a net loss of $10.0 million, or $5.77 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2015. Deemed dividends recorded in connection with issuance of preferred shares in the third quarter of 2016 had an impact of $5.9 million on net loss applicable to common shareholders, or $1.64 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2016.

Full Year 2016 Financial Results:

For the year ended December 31, 2016 revenue increased 21% to $7.2 million compared with $6.0 million in 2015.  Total operating expenses for the year ended December 31, 2016 were $36.7 million compared with $41.3 million in 2015.  Net loss applicable to common shareholders for the year ended December 31, 2016 was $38.5 million, or $17.42 per share, compared with a net loss of $36.6 million, or $21.18 per share, in 2015. Deemed dividends recorded in connection with issuance of preferred shares in the third quarter of 2016 had an impact of $7.7 million on net loss applicable to common shareholders, or $3.50 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2016.

As of December 31, 2016, the Company had cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities of $24.8 million compared with $32.3 million at December 31, 2015.

Conference Call

Roka Bioscience will host a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss these results and answer questions. During the conference call, material information concerning the Company, its operations, strategies and prospects may be discussed.  To listen to the conference call live, go to http://rokabio.investorroom.com/ or dial 1-888-347-1331 for domestic callers and 1-412-902-4277 for international callers.  A replay of the conference call will be available after the completion of the call by dialing 1-877-344-7529 (domestic) and 1-412-317-0088 (international). The replay access code is 10102626. An online archive of the conference call will also be available at http://rokabio.investorroom.com.

About Roka Bioscience

Roka Bioscience is a molecular diagnostics company focused on developing and commercializing advanced testing solutions for the food safety testing market. Our Atlas Detection Assays incorporate our advanced molecular technologies and are performed on our "sample-in, result-out" Atlas System that automates all aspects of molecular diagnostic testing on a single, integrated platform. The Atlas System and Detection Assays are designed to provide our customers with accurate and rapid test results with reduced labor costs and improved laboratory efficiencies.  For more information, visit http://rokabio.com.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, as amended (the "Exchange Act"). These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about the industry and markets in which we operate and management's current beliefs and assumptions. Any statements contained herein (including, without limitation, statements to the effect that we "believe", "expect", "anticipate", "plan" and similar expressions) that are not statements of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements and should be read in conjunction with the Condensed Financial Statements  included in this press release and the discussion below. These statements relate to future events or our financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievement to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include those set forth in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We expressly disclaim any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law.  Given these uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements represent our estimates and assumptions only as of the date of this press release and, except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update or review publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise after the date of this press release.

Investor Contact:

Roka Bioscience, Inc.
ir@rokabio.com
855-ROKABIO (855-765-2246)

 

Condensed Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss

(unaudited)

(in thousands, except share and per share data)















Three Months Ended
December 31,


Year Ended
December 31,


2016


2015


2016


2015

Revenue

$

1,906


$

1,501


$

7,242


$

5,985

Operating expenses:








Cost of revenue

1,866


2,312


7,974


7,704

Research and development

2,147


1,866


7,253


7,689

Selling, general and administrative

4,326


6,325


17,739


21,778

Amortization of intangible assets

939


937


3,758


3,748

Impairment of goodwill


360



360

Total operating expenses

9,278


11,800


36,724


41,279

Loss from operations

(7,372)


(10,299)


(29,482)


(35,294)

Other income (expense):








Interest income (expense), net

(350)


(418)


(1,550)


(2,006)

Loss before income taxes

(7,722)


(10,717)


(31,032)


(37,300)

Income tax provision (benefit)

(259)


(710)


(245)


(700)

Net loss and comprehensive loss

$

(7,463)


$

(10,007)


$

(30,787)


$

(36,600)

Deemed dividend applicable to beneficial conversion
  feature of Series A preferred stock

(5,870)



(7,748)


Net loss applicable to common shareholders

(13,333)


(10,007)


(38,535)


(36,600)

Net Loss per Common Share:








Basic and diluted

$

(3.72)


$

(5.77)


$

(17.42)


$

(21.18)

Weighted average common shares outstanding
  used in computing net loss per common share:








Basic and diluted

3,580,992


1,734,601


2,211,740


1,728,321

 

 

Condensed Balance Sheets

(unaudited)

(in thousands, except share and per share data)








December 31, 2016


December 31, 2015

ASSETS




Current Assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

8,832


$

3,441

Short-term marketable securities

16,001


28,809

Trade accounts receivable, net of $0 allowance
  for doubtful accounts

930


649

Inventories

3,739


3,939

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

5,614


5,271

Total current assets

35,116


42,109

Property and equipment, net

7,805


9,822

Intangible assets, net

18,651


22,408

Other assets

264


264

Total assets

$

61,836


$

74,603

LIABILITIES, CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK AND
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current Liabilities:




Accounts payable

$

1,325


$

675

Short-term deferred payments

1,922


1,343

Notes payable, current

5,973


9,851

Accrued expenses and other short-term liabilities

5,847


6,767

Total current liabilities

15,067


18,636

Deferred payments

9,620


10,737

Other long-term liabilities

267


317

Total liabilities

24,954


29,690

Stockholders' Equity:




Total Stockholders' Equity

36,882


44,913

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

61,836


$

74,603

 

SOURCE Roka Bioscience, Inc.