Obalon Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:OBLN), a weight loss solutions company with the first and only FDA-approved swallowable, gas-filled intragastric balloon system for the treatment of obesity, today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.

Third Quarter 2019 highlights:

  • Announced the opening of the first Company-owned retail treatment center, the Obalon Center for Weight Loss in San Diego, CA., and initial patient treatments
  • Further streamlined operations and expenses to support the new commercial strategy
  • Raised $16.6 million in gross proceeds from an equity offering
  • Extinguished long-term debt facility by making the final $5 million payment
  • Promoted William J. Plovanic to President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Promoted Nooshin Hussainy to Chief Financial Officer

"During the third quarter, we opened the first Obalon Center for Weight Loss and began to lay the foundation for our new commercial strategy of developing Company-owned retail treatment centers, which we believe will make our proven, FDA-approved gastric balloon weight loss system more accessible to patients,” said William J Plovanic, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our key accomplishments in the period included creating the required corporate structure, engaging a professional medical corporation to oversee medical care, hiring the necessary staff to run day-to-day operations, entering into the lease and building out the physical space for our first Company-owned retail weight loss treatment center, which resulted in opening the site and initiating first patient treatments.”

Mr. Plovanic continued, “There continues to be strong interest in the Obalon Balloon System from individuals with obesity who are frustrated with not being able to lose weight with diet and exercise-alone and those who are not interested in, or candidates for, surgery. I look forward to providing more detail on our commercial strategy on our earnings call today.”

Revenue for the third quarter of 2019 was $0.3 million, compared to $3.0 million for the third quarter of 2018. The decrease was largely attributable to the Company restructuring its operations, eliminating its direct field sales force in April 2019, and transitioning to its new strategy and business model. Net loss for the third quarter of 2019 was $3.7 million, compared to $6.7 million for the third quarter of 2018. Net loss per share for the third quarter of 2019 was $0.61, compared to $3.47 for the third quarter of 2018.

Cost of revenue was $0.4 million for the third quarter of 2019, down from $1.4 million for the third quarter of 2018. Gross deficit for the third quarter of 2019 was $0.1 million, compared to a gross profit of $1.6 million for the third quarter of 2018.

Research and development expense for the third quarter of 2019 totaled $1.2 million, down from $2.4 million for the third quarter of 2018. Selling, general and administrative expense decreased to $2.5 million for the third quarter of 2019, compared to $5.8 million for the third quarter of 2018.

Operating loss for the third quarter of 2019 was $3.7 million, down from a loss of $6.6 million for the third quarter of 2018.

As of September 30, 2019, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $19.4 million and no debt.

Call Information

A conference call to discuss third quarter 2019 financial results is scheduled for today, November 8, 2019, at 9:00 AM Eastern Time (6:00 AM Pacific Time). Interested parties may access the conference call by dialing (844) 889-7791 (U.S.) or (661) 378-9934 (international) and using passcode 4987828.  Media and individuals will be in a listen-only mode. Participants are asked to dial in a few minutes prior to the call to register for the event. The conference call will also be webcast live at: http://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/htzhm89b

An archive of the webcast will be available for twelve months following the event on the Obalon Therapeutics, Inc. website located at http://investor.obalon.com in the “News & Events” section.

About Obalon Therapeutics, Inc. 

Obalon Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:OBLN) is a San Diego-based company focused on developing and commercializing novel technologies for weight loss. For more information, please visit http://www.obalon.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are not purely historical regarding Obalon’s or its management’s intentions, beliefs, expectations and strategies for the future, including those related to new products and their potential benefits. All forward-looking statements and reasons why results might differ included in this press release are made as of the date of this release, based on information currently available to Obalon, deal with future events, are subject to various risks and uncertainties, and actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in those forward looking statements. The risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from Obalon’s current expectations are more fully described in Obalon’s annual report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2018, its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2019 and its other reports, each as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Except as required by law, Obalon assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statement after the date of this report or to conform these forward-looking statements to actual results.

For Obalon Therapeutics, Inc.

Investor Contact:  William Plovanic  President and Chief Executive Officer  Obalon Therapeutics, Inc.  Office: +1 760 607 5103  wplovanic@obalon.com


 Three Months Ended  September 30, Nine Months Ended  September 30,
 2019 2018 2019 2018
Revenue$333  $2,987  $2,494  $7,065 
Cost of revenue412  1,418  2,323  3,919 
Gross (deficit) profit(79) 1,569  171  3,146 
Operating expenses:       
Research and development1,174  2,368  5,401  8,359 
Selling, general and administrative2,489  5,836  13,025  23,092 
Total operating expenses3,663  8,204  18,426  31,451 
Loss from operations(3,742) (6,635) (18,255) (28,305)
Interest income (expense), net37  (70) (448) (164)
Other expense, net(1) (40) (60) (155)
  Net loss(3,706) (6,745) (18,763) (28,624)
Other comprehensive income (loss)  (3)   3 
Net loss and comprehensive loss$(3,706) $(6,748) $(18,763) $(28,621)
Net loss per share, basic and diluted$(0.61) $(3.47) $(5.07) $(16.05)
Weighted-average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted6,061,248  1,945,864  3,700,538  1,783,793 

OBALON THERAPEUTICS, INC.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(in thousands, except shares and par value data)

 September 30, 2019 December 31, 2018
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$19,380  $21,187 
Short-term investments  2,548 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $508 and $665, respectively238  870 
Inventory2,048  1,580 
Other current assets683  2,462 
Total current assets22,349  28,647 
Property and equipment, net1,117  1,739 
Lease right-of-use assets1,191   
Total assets$24,657  $30,386 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity   
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$732  $1,159 
Accrued compensation724  3,805 
Deferred revenue283  352 
Other current liabilities1,609  1,985 
Current portion of lease liabilities557   
Current portion of long-term loan  9,930 
Total current liabilities3,905  17,231 
Lease liabilities long-term687   
Other long-term liabilities  48 
Total long-term liabilities687  48 
Total liabilities4,592  17,279 
Commitments and contingencies   
Stockholders’ equity:   
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized as of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018; 7,724,100 and 2,351,333 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively8  2 
Additional paid-in capital187,574  161,859 
Accumulated deficit(167,517) (148,754)
Total stockholders’ equity20,065  13,107 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$24,657  $30,386 


 Nine Months Ended  September 30,
 2019 2018
Operating activities:   
Net loss$(18,763) $(28,624)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:   
Depreciation361  428 
Stock-based compensation2,300  3,610 
Loss on disposal of fixed assets128  107 
Amortization of right-of-use asset301   
Accretion of investment discount, net(2) (20)
Amortization of debt discount70  29 
Change in operating assets and liabilities:   
Accounts receivable, net632  1,448 
Inventory(117) (537)
Other current assets1,604  805 
Accounts payable(724) 135 
Accrued compensation(3,097) (1,823)
Deferred revenue(69) (209)
Lease liabilities, net(248)  
Other current and long-term liabilities(363) 634 
Net cash used in operating activities(17,987) (24,017)
Investing activities:   
Purchases of short-term investments  (9,103)
Maturities of short-term investments2,550  24,302 
Purchases of property and equipment(44) (867)
Net cash provided by investing activities2,506  14,332 
Financing activities:   
Proceeds from long-term loan10,000   
Payment on long-term loan(20,000)  
Proceeds from issuance of common stock and warrants, net of paid issuance costs15,014  9,973 
Proceeds from issuance of common stock, net of issuance costs8,659   
Proceeds from stock issued under employee stock purchase plan  148 
Proceeds from sale of common stock upon exercise of stock options1  38 
Fees paid in connection with loan amendment  (30)
Net cash provided by financing activities13,674  10,129 
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents(1,807) 444 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period21,187  21,108 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$19,380  $21,552 
Supplemental cash flow information:   
Interest paid$700  $473 
Unpaid issuance costs$295  $160 
Property and equipment in accounts payable$  $106 

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