NanoString Technologies
NanoString Technologies Inc (Form: 8-K, Received: 05/04/2017 16:04:36)


UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20549
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FORM 8-K
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  CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 4, 2017  
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NanoString Technologies, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
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Delaware
001-35980
20-0094687
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
(Commission
File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

530 Fairview Avenue North
Seattle, Washington 98109
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(206) 378-6266
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
 
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Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
On May 4, 2017 , NanoString Technologies, Inc. (“NanoString” or the “Company”) issued a press release reporting its financial results for the first quarter 2017 . A copy of the press release is furnished herewith as Exhibit 99.1.
    

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d) Exhibits.
 
Exhibit No.
  
Description
99.1
  
Press release dated May 4, 2017.

The information furnished in this Current Report under Item 2.02 and the exhibit attached hereto shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.


SIGNATURES
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
 
 
 
NanoString Technologies, Inc.
 
 
 
 
Date:
May 4, 2017
By:  
/s/ R. Bradley Gray
 
 
 
R. Bradley Gray
 
 
 
President and Chief Executive Officer




EXHIBIT INDEX
 
Exhibit No.
  
Description
99.1
  
Press release dated May 4, 2017.





Exhibit 99.1
LOGO_2017.JPG

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NanoString Technologies Releases Operating Results for First Quarter of 2017

SEATTLE - May 4, 2017 - NanoString Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:NSTG), a provider of life science tools for translational research and molecular diagnostic products, today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2017.

First Quarter Financial Highlights
Total revenue of $18.1 million , 23% year-over-year growth
Total product and service revenue of $15.8 million , 30% year-over-year growth
Consumables revenue of $10.0 million , including $1.4 million of Prosigna® IVD kits, 26% year-over-year growth
Instrument revenue of $4.5 million , 31% year-over-year growth
Collaboration revenue of $2.3 million

We had a successful first quarter of 2017, with 30% growth in product and service revenues and solid execution on our strategic objectives for the year , stated Brad Gray, NanoString president and chief executive officer. "In particular, we made important progress in building out our commercial channel, launching multiple new products, and advancing our portfolio of new technologies, all of which give us confidence about the trajectory of our business."

Recent Business Highlights
Grew installed base to approximately 510 nCounter ® Analysis Systems at March 31, 2017
Launched multiple new products for life sciences research, including PlexSet™, a new type of reagent that enables efficient and cost-effective high-throughput projects, a kit to enable low RNA input, and expanded offerings in 3D Biology and immuno-oncology
Presented novel Digital Spatial Profiling (DSP) data generated by the company together with multiple customers participating in the company's Technology Access Program, and initiated engineering of a DSP instrument
Highlighted progress with Hyb & Seq™ single molecule sequencing chemistry, including sequencing of oncogenes from FFPE samples with high accuracy and simple workflow free of library, enzymes and amplification

First Quarter Financial Results
Revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2017 increased by 23% to $18.1 million , as compared to $14.7 million for the first quarter of 2016 . Instrument revenue was $4.5 million , 31% higher than the prior year period, with nCounter® SPRINT systems representing approximately half of systems sold. Consumables revenue, excluding Prosigna, was $8.6 million for the first quarter of 2017 , 19% higher than in the comparable 2016 quarter. Prosigna IVD kit revenue was $1.4 million for the quarter, an increase of 91% over the first quarter of 2016 . Collaboration revenue totaled $2.3 million , compared to $2.6 million for the first quarter of 2016 . Gross margin on product and service revenue was 55% for the first quarter of 2017 , up from 52% for the prior year period.
Research and development expense increased by 50% to $10.8 million for the first quarter of 2017 versus $7.2 million for the first quarter of 2016 , reflecting increased costs associated with biopharma collaborations announced in 2016 and investments in new products and technologies under development for the life science research market, including 3D Biology™, Digital Spatial Profiling, and Hyb & Seq technologies. Selling, general and administrative expense increased by 18% to $17.6 million for the first quarter of 2017 compared to $14.9 million for the prior year period.

Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2017 increased to $18.9 million , or a loss of $0.87 per share, compared with $14.6 million , or $0.74 per share, for the first quarter of 2016 .

Outlook for 2017 The company reiterated its guidance for 2017, which includes:
Total revenue in the range of $100 million to $105 million
Gross margin on product and service revenues in the range of 57% to 58%
Operating expenses in the range of $117 million to $120 million
Operating loss in the range of $49 million to $53 million
Net loss per share in the range of $2.51 to $2.69

Conference Call
Management will host a conference call today beginning at 1:30 pm PT / 4:30 pm ET to discuss these results and answer questions. Individuals interested in listening to the conference call may do so by dialing (888) 793-9492 for domestic callers, or (734) 385-2643 for international callers. Please reference Conference ID 89220088 . To listen to a live webcast, please visit the investor relations section of the company’s website at: www.nanostring.com . A replay of the call will be available beginning May 4, 2017 at 7:30pm ET through 7:30pm ET on May 11, 2017 . To access the replay, dial (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406 and reference Conference ID: 89220088 . The webcast will also be available on the company’s website for one year following the completion of the call.

About NanoString Technologies, Inc.
NanoString Technologies provides life science tools for translational research and molecular diagnostic products. The company's nCounter Analysis System has been employed in life sciences research since it was first introduced in 2008 and has been cited in more than 1,500 peer-reviewed publications. The nCounter Analysis System offers a cost-effective way to easily profile the expression of hundreds of genes, proteins, miRNAs, or copy number variations, simultaneously with high sensitivity and precision, facilitating a wide variety of basic research and translational medicine applications, including biomarker discovery and validation. The company's technology is also being used in diagnostics. The Prosigna Breast Cancer Prognostic Gene Signature Assay together with the nCounter Dx Analysis System is FDA 510(k) cleared for use as a prognostic indicator for distant recurrence of breast cancer. In addition, the company is collaborating with multiple biopharmaceutical companies in the development of companion diagnostic tests for various cancer therapies, helping to realize the promise of precision oncology.

For more information, please visit www.nanostring.com .

Forward-Looking Statements
This news 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 of 1995. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding the capabilities of the company’s new products and future products under development, and its estimated 2017 operating results. Such statements are based on current assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, include market acceptance of our products; delays or denials of regulatory approvals or clearances for products or applications; delays or denials of reimbursement for diagnostic products; the impact of competition; the impact of expanded sales, marketing, product development and clinical activities on operating expenses; delays or other unforeseen problems with respect to manufacturing, product development or clinical studies; adverse conditions in the general domestic and global economic markets; as well as the other risks set forth in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. NanoString Technologies disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

The NanoString Technologies logo, NanoString, NanoString Technologies, 3D Biology, Hyb & Seq, nCounter, nCounter SPRINT, PlexSet, and Prosigna are registered trademarks or trademarks of NanoString Technologies, Inc. in various jurisdictions.

Contact     
Douglas Farrell
Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
dfarrell@nanostring.com
Phone: 206-602-1768

NANOSTRING TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
2017
 
2016
Revenue:
 
 
 
Instruments
$
4,470

 
$
3,402

Consumables
8,592

 
7,208

In vitro  diagnostic kits
1,439

 
754

Services
1,264

 
772

Total product and service revenue
15,765

 
12,136

Collaboration
2,298

 
2,561

Total revenue
18,063

 
14,697

Costs and expenses:
 
 
 
Cost of product and service revenue
7,163

 
5,870

Research and development
10,801

 
7,208

Selling, general and administrative
17,565

 
14,904

Total costs and expenses (a) (b)
35,529

 
27,982

Loss from operations
(17,466
)
 
(13,285
)
Other income (expense):
 
 
 
Interest income
147

 
68

Interest expense
(1,501
)
 
(1,315
)
Other income (expense)
13

 
(71
)
Total other income (expense), net
(1,341
)
 
(1,318
)
Net loss before provision for income taxes
(18,807
)
 
(14,603
)
Provision for income taxes
(45
)
 

Net loss
$
(18,852
)
 
$
(14,603
)
Net loss per share, basic and diluted
$
(0.87
)
 
$
(0.74
)
Shares used in calculating basic and diluted net loss per share
21,588

 
19,669

 
 
 
 
(a) Includes $2.3 million and $1.9 million of stock-based compensation expense for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively.
(b) Includes $0.8 million and $0.7 million of depreciation and amortization expense for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively.
NANOSTRING TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
March 31,
 
December 31,
 
2017
 
2016
Assets
 
 
 
Current assets:
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
5,416

 
$
20,583

Short-term investments
51,724

 
53,453

Accounts receivable, net
16,728

 
22,193

Inventory
14,544

 
13,812

Prepaid expenses and other
3,953

 
3,744

Total current assets
92,365

 
113,785

Property and equipment, net
13,657

 
12,158

Other assets
511

 
430

Total assets
$
106,533

 
$
126,373

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit)
 
 
 
Current liabilities:
 
 
 
Accounts payable
$
2,145

 
$
4,935

Accrued liabilities
9,117

 
12,344

Deferred revenue, current portion
20,798

 
19,033

Deferred rent, current portion
337

 
13

Lease financing obligations, current portion
26

 
58

Total current liabilities
32,423

 
36,383

Deferred revenue, net of current portion
20,656

 
22,664

Deferred rent and other liabilities, net of current portion
8,763

 
7,655

Long-term debt and lease financing obligations, net of current portion and debt issuance costs
47,748

 
47,366

Total liabilities
109,590

 
114,068

Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)
(3,057
)
 
12,305

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity (deficit)
$
106,533

 
$
126,373