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Quidel Announces Preliminary Revenue for Fourth Quarter 2015

Posted: January 8, 2016 12:40 am (UTC)

SAN DIEGO, CA–(Marketwired – January 07, 2016) – Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ: QDEL), a provider of rapid diagnostic testing solutions, cellular-based virology assays and molecular diagnostic systems, announced today that it expects revenues in the fourth quarter of 2015 to be between $52 million and $53 million. 

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the proportion of patients presenting with Influenza-like illness (ILI) in December did not spike in the last few weeks as it has done in many years past. For example, in week 51 of 2015 ILI represented 2.6% of outpatient visits, compared with 5.5% in the same week of 2014. As a result, the sudden customer ordering that signals the beginning of an Influenza epidemic and often triggers re-ordering by our distribution partners over a two to three week period, has not yet occurred. In fact, in the last few weeks of December, Influenza orders from distribution were roughly one third of what they were in the same period of 2014,” said Douglas Bryant, president and chief executive officer.

“Despite the apparent delay in the onset of a potential Influenza epidemic, Sofia placements were strong in the quarter, and share gains were consistent with those that we had demonstrated earlier in the year. As we exited the year, total Sofia placements on contract for one or more assays were nearly 14,000, the result of an acceleration in placements in 2015, which were about 20% higher than they were in the prior year,” added Bryant.

These preliminary results are based on management’s initial analysis of operations for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, are subject to the completion of its audit process, and are subject to change. The company expects to issue full financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2015 in February.

Quidel to Present at 34th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference

Quidel will present at the 34th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference to be held at The Westin St. Francis hotel in San Francisco, California on Wednesday, January 13, 2016.

Douglas Bryant, president and chief executive officer, and Randy Steward, chief financial officer, will present that day at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time (11:30 a.m. Pacific time) with a question and answer session scheduled immediately following the presentation. During the presentation, the company will discuss business and financial developments and trends. The company’s statements may contain or constitute material information that has not been previously disclosed.

A live webcast and audio archive of the presentation will be available via the Investor Relations section of the company’s Web site at http://ir.quidel.com/, or by accessing the following link:

http://jpmorgan.metameetings.com/confbook/healthcare16/directlink?p=19833.

Participants should allow approximately five to ten minutes prior to the presentation’s start time to visit the site and download any streaming media software needed to listen to the Internet webcast. A replay of the webcast will also be available on the company’s Web site for 14 days.

About Quidel Corporation

Quidel Corporation serves to enhance the health and well-being of people around the globe through the development of diagnostic solutions that can lead to improved patient outcomes and provide economic benefits to the healthcare system. Marketed under the QuickVue®, D3® Direct Detection and Thyretain® leading brand names, as well as under the new Sofia®, AmpliVue®, Solana® and Lyra® brands, Quidel’s products aid in the detection and diagnosis of many critical diseases and conditions, including, among others, influenza, respiratory syncytial virus, Strep A, herpes, pregnancy, thyroid disease and fecal occult blood. Quidel’s research and development engine is also developing a continuum of diagnostic solutions from advanced lateral-flow and direct fluorescent antibody to molecular diagnostic tests to further improve the quality of healthcare in physicians’ offices and hospital and reference laboratories. For more information about Quidel’s comprehensive product portfolio, visit quidel.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws that involve material risks, assumptions and uncertainties. Many possible events or factors could affect our future financial results and performance, such that our actual results and performance may differ materially from those that may be described or implied in the forward-looking statements. As such, no forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Differences in actual results and performance may arise as a result of a number of factors including, without limitation, fluctuations in our operating results resulting from seasonality, the timing of the onset, length and severity of cold and flu seasons, government and media attention focused on influenza and the related potential impact on humans from novel influenza viruses, adverse changes in competitive conditions in domestic and international markets, changes in sales levels as it relates to the absorption of our fixed costs, lower than anticipated market penetration of our products, the reimbursement system currently in place and future changes to that system, and changes in economic conditions in our domestic and international markets, the quantity of our product in our distributors’ inventory or distribution channels, changes in the buying patterns of our distributors and changes in the healthcare market and consolidation of our customer base; our development and protection of intellectual property; our development of new technologies, products and markets; our reliance on a limited number of key distributors; our reliance on sales of our influenza diagnostics tests; our ability to manage our growth strategy, including our ability to integrate companies or technologies we have acquired or may acquire; intellectual property risks, including but not limited to, infringement litigation; limitations and covenants in our senior credit facility; our need for additional funds to finance our operating needs; volatility and disruption in the global capital and credit markets; acceptance of our products among physicians and other healthcare providers; competition with other providers of diagnostic products; adverse actions or delays in new product reviews or related to currently-marketed products by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (the “FDA”); changes in government policies; compliance with other government regulations, such as safe working conditions, manufacturing practices, environmental protection, fire hazard and disposal of hazardous substances; third-party reimbursement policies; our ability to meet demand for our products; interruptions in our supply of raw materials; product defects; business risks not covered by insurance and exposure to other litigation claims; interruption to our computer systems; competition for and loss of management and key personnel; international risks, including but not limited to, compliance with product registration requirements, exposure to currency exchange fluctuations and foreign currency exchange risk sharing arrangements, longer payment cycles, lower selling prices and greater difficulty in collecting accounts receivable, reduced protection of intellectual property rights, political and economic instability, taxes, and diversion of lower priced international products into U.S. markets; our significant debt service requirements; the possibility that we may incur additional indebtedness; our ability to settle conversions of our convertible senior notes in cash; the effect on our operating results from the trigger of the conditional conversion feature of our convertible senior notes; dilution resulting from future sales of our equity; volatility in our stock price; provisions in our charter documents, Delaware law and the indenture governing our convertible senior notes that might delay or impede stockholder actions with respect to business combinations or similar transactions; and our intention of not paying dividends. Forward-looking statements typically are identified by the use of terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “might,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “plan,” “intend,” “goal,” “project,” “strategy,” “future,” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently. The risks described in reports and registration statements that we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) from time to time should be carefully considered. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management’s analysis only as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to publicly release the results of any revision or update of these forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

Quidel Contact: 
Quidel Corporation 
Randy Steward 
Chief Financial Officer 
858.552.7931

Media and Investors Contact:
Quidel Corporation
Ruben Argueta
858.646.8023
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