BIOLASE Reports Fourth Quarter, Year-End Results
Financial Restructuring in Full Effect by Q2; Quarterly Cash Breakeven Target Aligned With New Minimum Purchase Agreement

IRVINE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/16/09 -- BIOLASE Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLTI), the world's leading dental laser company, today reported operating results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2008.

Net revenue for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2008 was $11.6 million and $64.6 million, respectively, compared to $20.8 million and $66.9 million in the respective prior year periods. Gross margin as a percentage of net revenue for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2008, was 47 percent and 51 percent, respectively, as compared with 47 percent and 52 percent of net revenue for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2007.

BIOLASE Chief Executive Officer David M. Mulder said, "The top line result for BIOLASE as for most medical capital equipment suppliers has been impacted substantially by macroeconomic factors from late summer through today. It is the full awareness of those economic conditions and resulting corporate challenges that has led management to a series of significant and necessary changes in our structure and organization that will lead to improved financial footing and the ability to succeed during this very challenging time. These changes will put us in a much stronger position to both manage within our means and to prosper and generate cash as full implementation of the restructuring takes hold in Q2 and beyond."

Key changes at the Company include:

--  A restructured multi-year distribution agreement with Henry Schein,
    Inc. that calls for minimum bi-monthly purchases totaling $42.7 million
    over the initial 14-month term starting in February, and escalating levels
    of sales in each of the two additional optional 12-month terms;
--  Closure of the international subsidiaries that had been consuming cash
    resources and producing yearly losses of more than $4 million, in addition
    to rapidly advancing plans to replace many of those territories with the
    Henry Schein international organization; and
--  Significant headcount and cost cutting activities that have already
    been implemented in order to better align corporate cost structure with
    minimum sales levels.
    

Mulder continued, "Beyond the changes made to secure base revenues and align costs during these difficult times, we continue to pursue growth plans for the future. I am pleased with our process improvements over the past few months and our R&D efforts will continue to focus on maintaining innovation leadership. Our long term success, however, will be driven by the passion of employees and luminary doctors who understand and value what Waterlase Dentistry can do for a practice and its patients. Our world market penetration into the dental market place is still just under 1 percent, but we have pushed up to and well past 5 percent in penetration in several key geographies, domestically and internationally. We have found that one key trait these areas have in common is strong product champions. As we reposition the Company to succeed in this new world economy, we are dedicated to increasing the number of these champions that are spreading the knowledge and the passion for this revolutionary way to perform dentistry -- a vision shared by parents of children who do not have to experience shots and drills and doctors who are attracting more patients and doing more procedures with improved patient relations, our luminaries and our distributors, most notably our visionary partner, Henry Schein."

Operating expenses in the 2008 fourth quarter and year were $10.3 million and $41.4 million compared to operating expenses of $12.4 million and $43.5 million in the respective prior year periods. Operating expenses for 2008 included a $1.2 million charge for the October legal settlement with Diodem and the associated legal fees in that quarter plus approximately $587,000 related to impairment of intangible assets and property. The 2007 period includes restructuring charges of $802,000 related to management changes in November 2007. In 2008, the Company had significant initiatives including the new sales process and CRM program, new market messaging and materials, and several customer service programs, including education and training.

Other income in the fourth quarter included a loss on foreign currency of $390,000 compared to a favorable foreign currency adjustment of $1.3 million in the same period of 2007. Other income for the full year 2008 included a $186,000 loss on foreign currency compared to a gain of $1.4 million for the year-earlier. The foreign currency fluctuations were driven by inter-company payables from the foreign subsidiaries to BIOLASE. In mid-October, BIOLASE restructured these payables into capital contributions, which is expected to significantly reduce future foreign currency gains and losses reflected in other income.

Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2008 was $5.3 million, or $0.22 loss per share, compared with a net loss of $1.1 million, or $0.05 loss per share, in the same period of 2007. Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2008, was $9.1 million, or $0.38 loss per share, compared with a net loss of $7.3 million, or $0.31 loss per share in the prior year.

Cash on hand at December 31, 2008 was $11.2 million, with $5.4 million drawn from a line of credit with Comerica. The line of credit was repaid in the first quarter of this year with cash on hand and closed. With the changes described above, the company believes it will have sufficient resources to meet obligations and sustain operations.

Conference Call

As previously announced, the Company will host a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss its operating results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2008 and to answer questions. The dial-in number for the call is toll-free 1-800-762-8973 or toll/international 1-480-629-1990. The live webcast and archived replay of the call can be accessed in the Investors section of the BIOLASE website at www.biolase.com.

About BIOLASE Technology, Inc.

BIOLASE Technology, Inc. (http://www.biolase.com), the world's leading dental laser company, develops, manufactures and markets Waterlase technology and lasers and related products that advance the practice of dentistry and medicine. The Company's products incorporate patented and patent pending technologies designed to provide clinically superior performance with reduced pain, faster and biological recovery times. BIOLASE's principal products are dental laser systems that perform a broad range of dental procedures, including cosmetic and complex surgical applications. Other products under development address ophthalmology, pain management and other medical and consumer markets.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of safe harbor provided by the Securities Reform Act of 1995 that are based on the current expectations and estimates by our management. These forward-looking statements can be identified through the use of words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," and variations of these words or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are based on management's current, preliminary expectations and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from the statements contained herein, and are described in the Company's reports it files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual and quarterly reports. No undue reliance should be placed on forward-looking statements. Such information is subject to change, and we undertake no obligation to update such statements.

                         BIOLASE TECHNOLOGY, INC.

            CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)
                  (in thousands, except per share data)


                                    Three Months Ended      Years Ended
                                       December 31,        December 31,
                                    ------------------  ------------------
                                      2008      2007      2008      2007
                                    ------------------  ------------------
Products and services revenues      $ 10,760  $ 19,927  $ 61,010  $ 63,085
License fees and royalty revenue         875       913     3,615     3,804
                                    --------  --------  --------  --------

   Net revenue                        11,635    20,840    64,625    66,889
Cost of revenue                        6,193    11,046    31,963    32,364
                                    --------  --------  --------  --------

Gross profit                           5,442     9,794    32,662    34,525
                                    --------  --------  --------  --------

Operating expenses:
  Sales and marketing                  5,768     7,029    22,040    26,648
  General and administrative           2,366     3,160    12,006    10,941
  Engineering and development          1,535     1,418     5,580     5,104
  Patent infringement legal
   settlement                             --        --     1,232        --
  Impairment of intangible asset         232        --       232        --
  Impairment of property, plant and
   equipment                             355        --       355        --
  Restructuring charge                    --       802        --       802
                                    --------  --------  --------  --------

    Total operating expenses          10,256    12,409    41,445    43,495
                                    --------  --------  --------  --------

Loss from operations                  (4,814)   (2,615)   (8,783)   (8,970)
Non-operating (loss) gain, net          (444)    1,411      (225)    1,853
                                    --------  --------  --------  --------

Loss before taxes                     (5,258)   (1,204)   (9,008)   (7,117)
Income tax provision                      29       (56)      121       163
                                    --------  --------  --------  --------

Net loss                            $ (5,287) $ (1,148) $ (9,129) $ (7,280)
                                    --------  --------  --------  --------

Net loss per share:
    Basic                           $  (0.22) $  (0.05) $  (0.38) $  (0.31)
    Diluted                         $  (0.22) $  (0.05) $  (0.38) $  (0.31)
                                    --------  --------  --------  --------

Shares used in the calculation of
 net loss per share:
    Basic                             24,244    23,889    24,178    23,853
    Diluted                           24,244    23,889    24,178    23,853




                         BIOLASE TECHNOLOGY, INC.

                  CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)
                  (in thousands, except per share data)



                                             December 31,    December 31,
                                                 2008            2007
                                             -------------   -------------
                   ASSETS
Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                  $      11,235   $      14,566
  Accounts receivable, less allowance of
   $526 and $1,033 in 2008 and 2007,
   respectively                                      3,758          11,266
  Inventory, net                                    12,410           7,627
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets          1,391           2,317
                                             -------------   -------------

     Total current assets                           28,794          35,776
Property, plant and equipment, net                   3,040           4,040
Intangible assets, net                                 613           1,208
Goodwill                                             2,926           2,926
Deferred tax asset                                      29              50
Other assets                                           306             308
                                             -------------   -------------

     Total assets                            $      35,708   $      44,308
                                             =============   =============


     LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
  Line of credit                             $       5,404   $       3,552
  Accounts payable                                   7,509           6,151
  Accrued liabilities                                8,255           9,431
  Deferred revenue, current portion                  2,603           5,649
                                             -------------   -------------

     Total current liabilities                      23,771          24,783
Deferred tax liabilities                               376             342
Deferred revenue - long-term                         1,875           2,236
Other liabilities - long-term                          296             456
                                             -------------   -------------

     Total liabilities                              26,318          27,817
                                             -------------   -------------


Stockholders’ equity:
  Preferred stock, par value $0.001, 1,000
   shares authorized, no shares issued and
   outstanding                                          --              --
  Common stock, par value $0.001, 50,000
   shares authorized, 26,208 and 25,967
   shares issued; 24,244 and 24,003 shares
   outstanding in 2008 and 2007,
   respectively                                         27              26
  Additional paid-in capital                       115,698         113,430
  Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)
   gain                                               (187)             54
  Accumulated deficit                              (89,749)        (80,620)
                                             -------------   -------------

                                                    25,789          32,890
  Treasury stock (cost of 1,964 shares
   repurchased)                                    (16,399)        (16,399)
                                             -------------   -------------

     Total stockholders’ equity                      9,390          16,491
                                             -------------   -------------

     Total liabilities and
      stockholders’ equity                   $      35,708   $      44,308
                                             =============   =============

For further information, please contact:
Jill Bertotti
Allen & Caron
+1-949-474-4300

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