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Fluidigm Announces Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results


Third quarter revenue decreased 8.5 percent to $26.5 million; year-to-date revenue increased 5 percent to $84.8 million

Third quarter consumables revenue increased 11 percent

Year-to-date mass cytometry revenue increased 28 percent

More than 10 new products commercialized in the quarter

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Nov. 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --  Fluidigm Corporation (NASDAQ:FLDM) today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.

Financial Highlights

  • Third quarter revenue decreased 8.5 percent to $26.5 million from $29.0 million, with consumables revenue growth of 11 percent, compared to the third quarter of 2018.
  • Year-to-date total revenue increased 5 percent to $84.8 million, and mass cytometry revenue increased 28 percent to $51.8 million, compared to the same period in 2018.  
  • GAAP net loss for the quarter was $12.9 million, compared with a GAAP net loss of $14.8 million for the third quarter of 2018.
  • Non-GAAP net loss was $6.2 million for the quarter, compared with a $5.2 million non-GAAP net loss for the third quarter of 2018.

"Total revenue in the third quarter declined primarily due to mass cytometry instrument sales in the Americas, partially offset by growth in mass cytometry and microfluidics consumables. Double-digit recurring revenue growth from consumables and service, as well as disciplined financial management, were highlights for the quarter," said Chris Linthwaite, President and CEO.

"Building recurring revenue has been an area of strategic focus, and this quarter we launched a significant number of innovative products, including seven new metals in mass cytometry and a novel RNA-seq solution in microfluidics," added Linthwaite. "As we look ahead to 2020 and beyond, we are executing on a long-term multi-omics strategy to drive new insights in health and disease, identify meaningful biomarkers and accelerate therapeutic development."

A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures can be found in the tables of this news release.

Third Quarter 2019 Results

Revenue by category:

Category Revenue by Category Year-over-Year
% of Total
Instruments $9.2 million (34%) 35%
Consumables $11.5 million 11% 43%
Service $5.6 million 19% 21%
Grant $0.2 million N/A 1%

Revenue by market:

  • Mass cytometry revenue decreased 13 percent to $15.6 million from $17.9 million in the prior year period. Mass cytometry product revenue decreased 23 percent to $11.8 million from $15.2 million in the prior year primarily due to lower sales of instruments partially offset by higher sales of consumables.

  • Microfluidics revenue decreased 2 percent to $10.9 million from $11.1 million in the prior year period. Microfluidics product revenue decreased 1 percent to $8.9 million from $9.0 million in the prior year period primarily due to lower sales of instruments partially offset by higher sales of consumables.

Total revenue by geographic area:

Geographic Area Revenue by
% of Total
Americas $11.1 million (19%) 42%
EMEA $9.1 million 4% 34%
Asia-Pacific $6.3 million (4%) 24%

Gross margin:

GAAP gross margin was 53.0 percent in the third quarter of 2019 compared to 54.6 percent in the year ago period and 54.5 percent in the second quarter of 2019. Non-GAAP gross margin was 65.5 percent in the third quarter of 2019 compared to 66.4 percent in the year ago period and 66.4 percent in the second quarter of 2019. The year-over-year decrease in gross margin was primarily due to lower plant utilization, lower service margins, and an inventory reserve for low-volume microfluidics instruments partially offset by favorable product mix. Sequentially, the decrease in non-GAAP gross margin was primarily due to product mix and higher inventory reserves. In the case of GAAP margin, the year-over-year and sequential decreases were coupled with fixed amortization over lower revenue.

Cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments and restricted cash as of September 30, 2019:

Cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments, and restricted cash as of September 30, 2019, were $64.8 million, including $36.9 million in short-term securities and $2.1 million of restricted cash. Cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments, and restricted cash as of June 30, 2019, were $70.9 million, including $44.8 million in short-term securities and $2.1 million of restricted cash.

Operational and Business Progress

Market expansion:

  • Our mass cytometry active installed instrument base increased to 275 at the end of the third quarter, representing approximately 15 percent growth since December 31, 2018. This includes more than 70 imaging-enabled instruments.
  • A government medical center selected Imaging Mass Cytometry™ to accelerate therapeutic development for traumatic brain injury, broadening the use of Imaging Mass Cytometry beyond immuno-oncology.
  • The Maxpar® Direct™ Immune Profiling Assay™ and Maxpar Human Immune Monitoring Panel Kit are now being used by more than 100 academic, pharmaceutical, and biotech companies globally as customers adopt Maxpar workflow solutions for clinical research work.

Recurring revenue product launches:

  • Launched an automated Advanta™ RNA-Seq NGS Library Prep Kit for the Fluidigm® Juno™ microfluidic system. The innovative workflow delivers substantial cost savings and efficiency for mid-to-high-throughput laboratories.
  • Launched Maxpar labeling kits for seven new metals, expanding highly multiplexed cell analysis using CyTOF® technology. Fluidigm is the first company to enable 50-plex cytometry panels.
  • Launched three Imaging Mass Cytometry panel kits to accelerate immuno-oncology research.
  • Launched advanced CyTOF Software that streamlines the selection and acquisition of multiple regions of interest from each slide with an enhanced user experience.

Industry award:

  • CyTOF technology inventors received the 2019 Science and Technology Award from the Human Proteome Organization, an international scientific organization that promotes proteomics through internal cooperation and collaboration.

Clinical trials and publications:

  • CyTOF technology is now being used in more than 60 clinical trials. There are more than 945 publications for mass cytometry, including 43 for Imaging Mass Cytometry.

Fourth Quarter 2019 Guidance  

  • Total revenue of $­­­­­29 million to $32 million.
  • GAAP operating expenses of $29 million to $30 million.
  • Non-GAAP operating expenses of $25 million to $26 million excluding stock-based compensation and depreciation and amortization expenses of approximately $3 million and $1 million, respectively. 
  • Total cash outflow of $6 million to $8 million.

Conference Call Information
Fluidigm will host a conference call today, November 5, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. PT/5:00 p.m. ET to discuss third quarter 2019 financial results and operational progress. Individuals interested in listening to the conference call may do so by dialing the following:

US domestic callers: (877) 556-5248
Outside US callers: (720) 545-0029
Please reference Conference ID: 2178018

A live webcast of the conference call will be available online from the Investor Relations page of the Company's website at Events & Presentations. The link will not be active until 1:45 p.m. PT/4:45 p.m. ET on November 5, 2019.

After the live webcast, the call will be archived on Fluidigm's Investor Relations page at In addition, a telephone replay of the teleconference will be available approximately 90 minutes after the end of the call.

The replay dial-in numbers are:

US domestic callers: (855) 859-2056
Outside US: (404) 537-3406
Please reference Conference ID: 2178018

The telephone replay will be available until November 12.

Statement Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

Fluidigm has presented certain financial information in accordance with U.S. GAAP and also on a non-GAAP basis for the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2019, and September 30, 2018, as well as projected for the fourth quarter of 2019. Management believes that non-GAAP financial measures, taken in conjunction with GAAP financial measures, provide useful information for both management and investors by excluding certain non-cash and other expenses that are not indicative of the company's core operating results. Management uses non-GAAP measures to compare the company's performance relative to forecasts and strategic plans and to benchmark the company's performance externally against competitors. Our estimates of forward-looking non-GAAP operating expenses exclude estimates for stock-based compensation expense and depreciation and amortization; loss on disposal of property and equipment; future changes relating to developed and acquired technologies; other intangible assets; and income taxes, among other items, certain of which are presented in the tables accompanying our earnings release. The time and amount of certain material items needed to estimate non-GAAP financial measures are inherently unpredictable or outside of our control. Material changes to any of these items could have a significant effect on guidance and future GAAP results. Non-GAAP information is not prepared under a comprehensive set of accounting rules and should only be used to supplement an understanding of the company's operating results as reported under U.S. GAAP. Fluidigm encourages investors to carefully consider its results under GAAP, as well as its supplemental non-GAAP information and the reconciliation between these presentations, to more fully understand its business. Reconciliations between GAAP and non-GAAP operating results are presented in the accompanying tables of this release.

Use of Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, among others, statements regarding the expected benefits of strategic initiatives and product launches; and projected revenues, operating expenses, and cash flows for the fourth quarter of 2019. Forward‑looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from currently anticipated results, including but not limited to challenges inherent in developing, manufacturing, launching, marketing, and selling new products; risks relating to reliance on sales of capital equipment for a significant proportion of revenues in each quarter; potential product performance and quality issues; the possible loss of key employees, customers, or suppliers; intellectual property risks; competition; uncertainties in contractual relationships; risks relating to company research and development, sales, marketing, and distribution plans and capabilities; reductions in research and development spending or changes in budget priorities by customers; interruptions or delays in the supply of components or materials for, or manufacturing of, its products; seasonal variations in customer operations; unanticipated increases in costs or expenses; and risks associated with international operations. Information on these and additional risks and uncertainties and other information affecting Fluidigm's business and operating results is contained in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, and in its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. Fluidigm disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements except as may be required by law.

About Fluidigm

Fluidigm (NASDAQ:FLDM) is an industry-leading biotechnology tools provider with a vision to improve life through comprehensive health insight. We focus on the most pressing needs in translational and clinical research, including cancer, immunology, and immunotherapy. Using proprietary CyTOF and microfluidics technologies, we develop, manufacture, and market multi-omic solutions to drive meaningful insights in health and disease, identify biomarkers to inform decisions, and accelerate the development of more effective therapies. Our customers are leading academic, government, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and plant and animal research laboratories worldwide. Together with them, we strive to increase the quality of life for all. For more information, visit

Fluidigm, the Fluidigm logo, Advanta, CyTOF, Direct, Imaging Mass Cytometry, Immune Profiling Assay, Juno and Maxpar are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Fluidigm Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Fluidigm products are provided for Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.


Agnes Lee
Vice President, Investor Relations
Fluidigm Corporation
650 416 7423

  (In thousands, except per share amounts)  
      Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,  
        2019       2018       2019       2018    
    Instruments $ 9,159     $ 13,890     $ 34,200     $ 31,831    
    Consumables   11,507       10,352       34,528       34,665    
    Product revenue   20,666       24,242       68,728       66,496    
    Service revenue   5,630       4,721       15,875       14,143    
    Grant revenue   200       -       200       -    
  Total revenue   26,496       28,963       84,803
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