LEXINGTON, Mass., Feb. 16, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- T2 Biosystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTOO) today reported operating highlights and financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2015. Recent operational highlights included:
During the fourth quarter, the Company received commitments for the adoption of T2Candida® and the T2Dx® with 11 new hospitals in the United States, including two multi-facility hospital systems of 22 and 14 hospitals, respectively. This brought the total number of commitments to 30 as of December 31, 2015.
“We ended 2015 and entered the new year with strong momentum, hitting our stated goal of hospital commitments and signing our first multi-hospital systems in the fourth quarter,” said John McDonough, president and CEO of T2 Biosystems. “In addition to the T2Candida program remaining on track, we kicked off enrollment for the T2Bacteria trial as scheduled and are targeting possible commercialization of that product early next year. As our active installed base grows and hospitals produce independent data on the very real lives and costs saved by their use of the only species-specific, direct from sample sepsis diagnostic, we believe adoption will accelerate. We also consider that environment to be ideal for the creation of a commercial tipping point and for the subsequent adoption of the T2Bacteria Panel at hospitals that are already awaiting its approval.”
Total revenue in the fourth quarter of 2015 was $1.01 million, which consisted of $343,000 of product revenue and $668,000 of research revenue. Product revenue in the fourth quarter was primarily derived from the sale of consumable diagnostic tests. The Company recorded $119,000 in research-related revenue in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Total revenue for the full year of 2015 was $2.8 million, which consisted of $599,000 of product revenue and $2.2 million of research revenue. Product revenue included sales of T2Dx instruments and consumable diagnostic tests to various hospitals. The Company recorded $119,000 of research revenue, but did not record product revenue for calendar year of 2014.
Total operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2015 were $11.6 million compared to $9.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. Operating expenses for the quarter increased over the previous year, as we continued to expand our sales force and increase research and development on new applications that utilize our T2MR platform. However, operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2015 were lower than previously forecast, primarily due to lower than anticipated personnel-related costs.
Total operating expenses for calendar year 2015 were $44.4 million compared to $30.8 million for calendar year 2014. Operating expenses for the full year increased over the previous year primarily as a result of personnel-related costs, cost associated with commercialization of our products and investments in research and development.
The net loss applicable to common shareholders for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $12.0 million, or $0.56 loss per share, compared to $9.1 million, or $0.45 loss per share for the fourth quarter of 2014. The increased loss was principally driven by the cost of product revenue and the increased operating expenses noted above. The loss per share calculation for the fourth quarter was impacted by the weighted average increase in common shares outstanding resulting from the December 2015 secondary public offering of our common stock.
The net loss applicable to common shareholders for the full year of 2015 was $45.3 million, or $2.21 per share, compared to $36.0 million, or $4.15 per share (after adjustments for the accretion of redeemable convertible preferred stock prior to our August 2014 initial public offering). The increase in net loss was driven by the cost of product revenue and the increase in operating expenses noted above. The loss per share calculation for the full year of 2015 was impacted by the weighted average increase in common shares outstanding resulting from our December 2015 secondary public offering of our common stock. The loss per share calculation for the full year of 2014 was impacted by the weighted average increase in common shares outstanding resulting from our August 2014 initial public offering.
The Company’s balance sheet as of December 31, 2015, showed total cash and cash equivalents of $73.7 million.
In the first quarter of 2016, the Company anticipates comparable research revenue as was realized in the fourth quarter of 2015. We anticipate higher product revenue in our first quarter of 2016 than was realized in the fourth quarter of 2015, primarily as a result of additional hospitals going live and increasing the number of patients tested.
The Company hopes to end 2016 with 90 hospitals and hospital systems committed to our products, which could translate into 60 additional hospitals and hospital systems in 2016. Due to seasonality in the hospital contracting cycle, we expect hospital commitments in the first quarter of 2016 to be relatively flat with our closed commitment volume in Q4.
The Company also expects that approximately 90 percent of hospitals will use our reagent rental model in 2016 and 10 percent of new customers will elect to purchase the T2Dx instrument.
Consistent with our recent experience, we expect on average that hospitals will go live and begin testing patients within three to six months after contract signing.
The Company anticipates total first quarter of 2016 operating expenses to increase to between $13.0 million and $13.4 million. The growth in first quarter 2016 operating expenses is primarily attributable to higher personnel costs and higher costs associated with the clinical trial of our T2Bacteria product. The first quarter of 2016 is expected to include approximately $1.9 million in non-cash expenses, which are primarily depreciation and stock compensation expenses.
In addition to the $73.7 million of cash and cash equivalents on the Company’s balance sheet as of December 31, 2015, the Company has the ability to utilize a new $10 million equipment lease facility that the Company entered into in October 2015.
We are forecasting weighted average shares for the first quarter of 2016 to be 24,200,000 and for the full year we are forecasting 24,700,000. This reflects the shares issued in the secondary stock offering in December 2015, as well as additional stock option exercises and shares sold to employees through our Employee Stock Purchase Plan.
T2 Biosystems’ management will discuss the Company’s financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2015, and provide a general business update during a conference call beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time today, Tuesday, February 16, 2016. To join the call, participants may dial 1-877-407-4018 (U.S.) or 1-201-689-8471 (International). To listen to the live call via T2 Biosystems’ website, go to www.t2biosystems.com, in the Events & Presentations section. A webcast replay of the call will be available for 30 days following the conclusion of the call in the Events & Presentations section of the website.
About T2 Biosystems
T2 Biosystems is focused on developing innovative diagnostic products to improve patient health. With two FDA-cleared products targeting sepsis and a range of additional products in development, T2 Biosystems is an emerging leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics. The Company is utilizing its proprietary T2 Magnetic Resonance platform, or T2MR, to develop a broad set of applications aimed at lowering mortality rates, improving patient outcomes and reducing the cost of healthcare by helping medical professionals make targeted treatment decisions earlier. T2MR enables the fast and sensitive detection of pathogens, biomarkers and other abnormalities in a variety of unpurified patient sample types, including whole blood, eliminating the time-consuming sample prep required in current methods. For more information, please visit www.t2biosystems.com.
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