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MELA Sciences Announces 2013 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Financial Results

MELA Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:MELA), (the “Company”), developer of MelaFind®, an FDA approved optical diagnostic device that assists dermatologists in the diagnosis of melanoma, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2013.

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Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2013 Financial Results

Net Revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2013 were $140,000 compared to $122,000 for the same period last year, an increase of 14.75%. Cost of revenue for the fourth quarter was $914,000 down 5.87% from $971,000 in the prior year. Total operating expenses for the fourth quarter were $3.6 million down 30.58% from last year, which was due to management’s cost reduction and cash conservation policy put in place mid-year.

The Company’s net loss for the three months ended December 31, 2013 was $4.6 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $6.1 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the same period in 2012.

Net Revenues for the twelve months ended December 31, 2013 were $536,000 compared to $278,000 reported for the same period in 2012, an increase of 92.81%. Cost of revenue for the full year was $4.3 million compared to $2.0 million for 2012 and primarily relates to increased depreciation expense for units placed during the year. Total operating expenses for 2013 were $20.3 million down 3.02% from last year and included an impairment charge taken in the third quarter of approximately $1 million related to our MelaFind® systems placed in the field.

The net loss for 2013 was $25.9 million or $0.60 per share compared to $22.7 million or $0.74 per share in 2012. The net loss for 2013 includes the $1 million non-cash impairment charge mentioned above, a write-off of unamortized loan costs of approximately $1 million relating to the pay-off of long term debt, increased interest expense of $0.6 million also attributed to the long term debt and a non-cash charge of $0.3 million primarily related to warrants issued in the October 2013 financing that must be accounted for as a liability.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2013 Highlights

On October 31, 2013 the Company closed on a $6 million registered direct offering, which resulted in net proceeds to the Company of approximately $5.5 million. As part of the offering the Company sold just over 4.2 million shares of common stock and prefunded warrants to purchase up to 4.3 million shares of common stock. The Company also issued additional warrants to purchase up to 6.9 million shares of common stock, which could result in proceeds of $5.8 million, if exercised.

In November, Rose Crane was appointed President and CEO of the Company bringing over 30 years of healthcare industry experience in fields such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices and healthcare services. As President and CEO of Epocrates, a healthcare technology firm, she directed the efforts to take the company public.

In October, Dr. Darrell Rigel, Clinical Professor of Dermatology at New York University, Langone Medical Center was appointed Chief Medical Advisor to the Board. Dr. Rigel also serves as a Regional Chair of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Education Council.

In the fourth quarter, MELA Sciences participated in various clinical conferences and meetings including the following:

  • MelaFind® was showcased at the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery Annual Meeting, the meeting was held over four days and provided attendees the opportunity to stay current on innovative devices, news and technology;
  • presented four Poster Presentations at the 32nd Annual Fall Clinical Dermatology Conference in Las Vegas and held its first Clinical Advisory meeting, which announced the launch of a new user study, called the MelaFind® Experience Trial (MET–1);
  • participated in the Washington D.C. Dermatological Society’s Fall Clinical Conference, a hands-on symposium involving live patient case studies and pathology analysis; and
  • in conjunction with the Mount Sinai Winter Dermatology Symposium, hosted its second Clinical Advisory Meeting chaired by Dr. Gary Goldenberg, Medical Director of Mount Sinai’s Dermatology Faculty Practice.

“Having joined MELA Sciences just before the end of the year, I can only say thank you to everyone from management to staff for their diligence and hard work throughout 2013. The market proved to be a difficult one and ultimately the Company realized that a refocused strategy was in order. So I am happy to say we have initiated a new business plan and a new business model that will serve not only MELA but dermatologists and most importantly the patients at high risk for melanoma,” said Rose Crane, President and CEO of MELA Sciences.

The new business plan refocuses the Company’s go-to-market strategy on medical dermatologists who treat high-risk patients and on Key Opinion Leaders at leading hospitals and teaching institutions in the United States as they lead the charge on melanoma.

The new business model allows dermatologists to purchase the MelaFind® device rather than rent it. This is typically how business is conducted for medical devices.

The Company is also working diligently on securing insurance reimbursement codes for both doctors and insurance companies.

Since the end of 2013, the Company has also taken important steps in raising awareness of, the Company and its product MelaFind®, and strengthening its balance sheet. Senior management presented at a small-cap investor conference in New York and was well received. MelaFind® has been introduced to several major institutions in the United States gaining placement in four of the leading melanoma centers.

In February, the Company completed a private placement offering with two major healthcare institutional investors and its directors for net proceeds of approximately $11.54 million prior to approximately $2.5 million in penalties that have applied and up to an additional $1.4 million in penalties that may apply. As part of the offering the Company sold shares of its non-redeemable preferred stock, which is convertible into approximately 14.6 million shares of its common stock and warrants to purchase up to 13.3 million shares of common stock which, if exercised, could result in proceeds to the Company of up to $9.8 million. In addition, the Company sold approximately 200,000 shares of its common stock to its directors.

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About MELA Sciences, Inc.

MELA Sciences is a medical device company developing dermatology diagnostics utilizing state-of-the-art optical imaging. The flagship product is MelaFind®, an FDA, PMA and CE Mark approved, non-invasive diagnostic tool to assist dermatologists in melanoma evaluation and diagnosis. MelaFind® uses a variety of visible to near-infrared light waves to analyze atypical pigmented skin lesions 2.5mm below the skin surface. It provides images and data on the relative disorganization of a lesion's structure that provides substantial additional perspective to assist melanoma diagnosis. MELA is also exploring new potential uses for its core imaging technology and algorithms.

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As of December 31, 2013 and 2012
(in thousands, except for share and per share data)
2013 2012
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 3,783 $ 7,862
Accounts receivable, net 57 180
Inventory, net 5,631 676
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   880     965  
Total Current Assets 10,351 9,683
Property and equipment, net 3,691 7,350
Patents and trademarks, net 42 47
Deferred financing costs - 106
Other assets   48     84  
Total Assets $ 14,132   $ 17,270  
Current Liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 1,479 $ 1,850
Accrued expenses 844 956
Deferred placement revenue 244 172
Warrant liability 3,017 -
Other current liabilities   68     41  
Total Current Liabilities   5,652     3,019  
Long Term Liabilities:
Deferred placement revenue 64 132
Deferred rent   120     144  
Total Long Term Liabilities   184     276  
Total Liabilities   5,836     3,295  
Stockholders' Equity
Preferred stock - $.10 par value; authorized 10,000,000 shares: issued and outstanding: none
Common stock - $.001 par value; authorized 95,000,000 shares:

Issued and outstanding 47,501,596 and 32,204,720 shares at December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively.

48 32
Additional paid-in capital 176,396 156,143
Accumulated deficit   (168,148 )   (142,200 )
Stockholders' Equity   8,296     13,975  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 14,132   $ 17,270  
(in thousands, except for share and per share data)
Three months ended December 31 Twelve months ended December 31
2013 2012 2013 2012
Net revenues 140 122 536 278
Cost of revenue   914     971     4,341     2,042  
Gross profit (774 ) (849 ) (3,805 ) (1,764 )
Operating expenses:
Research and development 540 1,285 3,782 6,792
Selling, general and administrative 3,096 3,953 15,536 14,169
Impairment of long-lived assets   -     -     1,011     -  
Total operating expenses   3,636     5,238     20,329     20,961  
Operating loss (4,410 ) (6,087 ) (24,134 ) (22,725 )
Other income (expenses):
Interest income 1 4 8 32
Interest expense (1 ) - (564 ) -
Change in fair value of warrant liability (206 ) - (296 ) -
Loss on early extinguishment of debt - - (983 ) -
Other income, net   6     5     21     20  
  (200 )   9     (1,814 )   52  
Net loss $ (4,610 ) $ (6,078 ) $ (25,948 ) $ (22,673 )
Basic and diluted net loss per common share $ (0.09 ) $ (0.19 ) $ (0.60 ) $ (0.74 )

Basic and diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding

  46,058,796     31,727,391     42,894,500     30,762,610  

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