Sales Increase 34%
Provides Business Update and Letter to Shareholders
WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Feb. 29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Viking Systems, Inc. (OTCBB:VKNG), a leading worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of 3D and 2D visualization solutions for complex minimally invasive surgery today announced results for the year ended December 31, 2011.
Jed Kennedy, President and CEO of Viking Systems, said, "2011 was a record sales year for Viking Systems. We placed more of our new 3DHD Vision Systems during 2011 than any two years of combined placements for our previous generation 3D product. We believe the fact that this was done during a very challenging global financial climate is a testament to the potential we see developing for this technology."
Financial Highlights for the Year
From initial product release in December 2010 through December 31, 2011, the Company has shipped a cumulative total of 77 of its 3DHD systems. These shipments comprised 38 distributor demonstration systems, 32 customer systems, two "Center of Excellence" systems, and five company-owned market development systems to independent commissioned representatives.
The Company continues to work with surgeons to develop statistically valid evidence supporting the benefits of performing surgery with the Company's 3DHD Vision System. Results presented at the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland this past November noted that both speed and accuracy of specific tasks improved significantly when performed in 3D compared with 2D regardless of the laparoscopic experience level of the surgeon.
Mr. Kennedy commented, "We are pleased with the progress being made as it relates to sales of 3DHD systems in markets outside the United States and expect continued growth in 2012. In the United States, our distributors have been quite busy demonstrating the system and supporting use of the product in surgical cases. However, we have not been satisfied with the rate at which potential orders, given surgeon support and successful use of the product, have moved through the purchasing cycle. In response, in certain US markets, we have implemented a technology access program that we believe can shorten the process and increase the rate of product placements in 2012."
The Company reported that earlier this month it changed distribution partners for its 3DHD Vision System for the China market. The Company's previous distribution partner recently reorganized and changed its strategic direction, emphasizing distribution of pharmaceutical products and moving away from medical devices. Viking Systems has entered into a new distribution agreement for the China market with a company formed by a former executive of the previous distributor. The new distributor is required to complete the product registration process initiated by the former distributor. Mr. Kennedy commented, "We remain very enthusiastic about the opportunities we see in the China market and are pleased we were able to maintain the same distribution management and network. While these events may have added an estimated six months to our approval process, our new distribution partner has substantial experience and knowledge of our product and the required registration process. We expect the process to be completed in 2012. The new distributor is also making substantial investment to successfully bring our product to market in China. This includes purchasing four 3DHD Vision Systems and establishing four training centers to accelerate the presales efforts in anticipation of completion of the product registration."
Letter to Shareholders
The following is a letter to shareholders from Jed Kennedy, President and CEO. This letter will be available on the Company's website at www.vikingsystems.com.
2011 was an encouraging year for Viking Systems. We had high expectations and accomplished much. Our experiences in 2011 make it clear to all of us that the Viking 3DHD Vision System is the gold standard of visualization for laparoscopic surgery . It is no longer a matter of if, but rather when, the transition to 3DHD will take place. And while studies consistently show the benefits 3DHD visualization brings, including improvements in speed and efficiency of task performance, surgeons tell me that these studies are proving what they know instinctively: performing surgery in 3D is better than 2D.
While we did not achieve profitability in Q4 as planned, we believe our accomplishments have positioned us to grow our business, strengthen our leadership position in 3DHD visualization and ultimately maximize shareholder value.
The highlights of our accomplishments include:
Our experiences in 2011 have served to strengthen my belief that 3DHD vision is the next evolutionary step in advanced laparoscopic surgery. In 2012 we will continue to focus on strengthening our leadership position in 3DHD visualization for laparoscopic surgery and building shareholder value by focusing on the following:
Laparoscopic surgeons no longer have to rely on secondary visual cues to perform complex minimally invasive surgical procedures. They now have access to 3DHD visual acuity just like surgeons using robotic systems, with Viking Systems leading the way!
Thank you for your interest in Viking.
President & CEO
Viking Systems, Inc.
About Viking Systems, Inc.
Viking Systems, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of 3D and 2D visualization solutions for complex minimally invasive surgery. It actively markets and sells the only stand alone, FDA cleared, cost-effective 3D system for use in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. Viking partners with medical device companies and healthcare facilities to provide surgeons with proprietary visualization systems enabling minimally invasive surgical procedures, which reduce patient trauma and recovery time. Viking, through its OEM products business, also designs and manufactures surgical vision systems and components for several leading medical instrument companies worldwide. For more information, please visit our website at www.vikingsystems.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are estimates reflecting the best judgment of our management and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements should, therefore, be considered in light of various important factors as described in our annual report on Form 10-K under the heading "Risk Factors" as updated from time to time by our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements concerning forecasts, revenue growth, profitability, production and shipment of units, future financial results, and statements using words such as "estimate", "project", "plan", "intend", "expect", "anticipate", "believe" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
|Condensed Balance Sheets|
|December 31, 2011 and 2010|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$ 1,261,864||$ 950,285|
|Accounts receivable, net||1,184,064||1,008,042|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||58,704||184,842|
|Total current assets||4,813,196||3,762,263|
|Property and equipment, net||627,128||365,302|
|Intangible assets, net||--||70,000|
|Total assets||$ 5,440,324||$ 4,197,565|
|Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity|
|Accounts payable||$ 1,131,694||$ 1,131,133|
|Total current liabilities||2,097,260||1,678,417|
|Total stockholders' equity||2,763,620||1,939,704|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$ 5,440,324||$ 4,197,565|
|Statements of Operations|
|Years Ended December 31, 2011 and 2010|
|Sales||$ 10,779,655||$ 8,041,048|
|Cost of sales||8,720,939||6,452,988|
|Selling and marketing||1,940,752||1,103,528|
|Research and development||1,418,930||1,398,067|
|General and administrative||1,697,739||1,525,498|
|Total operating expenses||5,057,421||4,027,093|
|Total other income||70,994||1,952|
|Net loss applicable to common shareholders||$ (2,927,711)||$ (2,437,081)|
|Net loss per common share - basic and diluted||$ (0.04)||$ (0.05)|
|Weighted average shares outstanding - basic and diluted||67,712,652||52,437,504|
Operating Loss Before Non-Cash Charges
Management assesses operational performance and improvement by measuring and reporting our operating loss before noncash charges. Management believes this non-GAAP metric is useful in understanding our ability to generate cash, before consideration of working capital or capital expenditure needs.
A reconciliation of net loss in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, to the non-GAAP measure of operating loss before non-cash charges is as follows:
|Net loss, as reported||$ (2,927,711)||$ (2,437,081)|
|Total other income||(70,994)||(1,952)|
|Operating loss, as reported||(2,998,705)||(2,439,033)|
|Non-cash stock based compensation expense||475,054||412,147|
|Depreciation and amortization||408,501||159,220|
|Operating loss before non-cash charges||$ (2,115,150)||$ (1,867,666)|
Viking Systems, Inc. Robert Mathews, EVP & CFO 508-366-3668 Ext. 8392