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Oxford Immunotec Reports First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

  • First quarter revenue of $13.9 million, a decrease of 6% compared to prior year period, due to the impact of COVID-19 in China
  • Gross margins expanded 270bps to 74%
  • Ended the quarter with $166 million of cash and cash equivalents

OXFORD, United Kingdom and MARLBOROUGH, Mass., May 5, 2020(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Oxford Immunotec Global PLC (Nasdaq: OXFD) (the “Company”), a global, high-growth diagnostics company, today announced first quarter 2020 financial results.

“The Company came in near the top end of our revenue guidance in Q1 but the global impact of COVID-19 outside of China really started to become apparent towards the end of the quarter” said Dr. Peter Wrighton-Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Oxford Immunotec. “As we move forward in Q2 and beyond, we remain focused on serving our customers and end users to continue to fight the world’s deadliest infectious disease, Tuberculosis. We are also taking actions to ensure that when the current temporary disruption eases, we are in the best place possible to meet the needs of the TB market and drive long-term growth.”

Revenues, broken-out by geographic location, were as follows, in millions:

Three Months Ended March 31,
        Percent Change
2020 2019 As Reported Constant Currency (1)
United States $         5.7 $        5.5 4% 4%
Europe & ROW 3.1            2.8 13% 17%
Asia 5.1           6.5 (22)% (21)%
Total Revenue $      13.9 $      14.8 (6)% (5)%

Constant currency basis is a non-GAAP financial measure. Changes in revenue include the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates. We use the non-GAAP financial measure “constant currency basis” in our filings to show changes in our revenue without giving effect to period-to-period currency fluctuations. We consider the use of a period over period revenue comparison on a constant currency basis to be helpful to investors, as it provides a revenue growth measure free of positive or negative volatility due to currency fluctuations. This non-GAAP financial measure may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies, limiting its usefulness for comparison purposes. Moreover, presentation of revenue on a constant currency basis is provided for year-over-year comparison purposes, and investors should be cautioned that the effect of changing foreign currency exchange rates has an actual effect on our operating results.

First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Revenue for the first quarter of 2020 was $13.9 million, representing a 6% decrease from first quarter 2019 revenue of $14.8 million. On a constant currency basis, revenue decreased 5% versus the prior year period.

United States revenue was $5.7 million in the first quarter of 2020, representing a 4% increase from revenue of $5.5 million in the prior year period. The increase was due to increased TB testing volumes in our business with Quest.

Europe & rest of world, or Europe & ROW, revenue was $3.1 million in the first quarter of 2020, representing a 13% increase compared to the first quarter of 2019. On a constant currency basis, Europe & ROW increased 17% versus the first quarter of 2019. The increase was driven by strong revenue growth in the U.K., France and Russia.

Asia revenue was $5.1 million in the first quarter of 2020, representing a decrease of 22% compared to 2019 first quarter revenue of $6.5 million. On a constant currency basis, Asia revenue decreased 21% versus the first quarter of 2019. The decrease was due primarily to a slowdown in China testing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gross profit for the first quarter of 2020 was $10.3 million, a decrease of approximately $0.3 million from gross profit of $10.6 million in the same period of 2019. Gross margin was 74.1%, an increase of 270 basis points from gross margin of 71.4% in the first quarter of 2019. The first quarter 2020 gross margin improvement was driven by higher average selling price in China, continued cost reductions in manufacturing and the roll-off of some royalty obligations, slightly offset by a provision for slow moving inventory as a result of the impact of COVID-19 on sales.

Operating expenses were $16.9 million in the first quarter of 2020, an increase of approximately $3 million compared to $13.9 million in the first quarter of 2019.

Net loss for the first quarter of 2020 was $6.0 million, or $0.23 per share, compared to $1.5 million, or $0.06 per share, in the first quarter of 2019. Net loss per share was based on 26,140,524 and 26,515,871 weighted average ordinary shares outstanding for the first quarters of 2020 and 2019, respectively.

EBITDA for the first quarter of 2020 was $(5.2) million compared to $(3.8) million in the first quarter of 2019. Adjusted EBITDA was $(5.2) million for the first quarter of 2020 compared to $(2.3) million in the same period in 2019. Both EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP measures.

Business Outlook

Given the uncertainty of the scope and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as its impact on our revenues and results from operations, we are not providing annual revenue guidance at this time.

We expect Q2 revenues to fall between $5 to $6 million, due to the continuing impact of COVID-19 globally. We anticipate Q2 being the lowest quarter of the year.

Conference Call

Oxford Immunotec will host a conference call on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to discuss its first quarter 2020 financial results and to give a general business update. The call will be concurrently webcast. To listen to the conference call on your telephone, please dial (855) 363-5047 for United States callers and +1 (484) 365-2897 for international callers and reference confirmation code 8473556 approximately 15 minutes prior to start time. To access the live audio webcast or subsequent archived recording, visit the Investor Relations section of Oxford Immunotec’s website at The replay will be available on the Company’s website for approximately 60 days.

About Oxford Immunotec

Oxford Immunotec Global PLC is a global, high-growth diagnostics company. We bring energy and invention to a world in need of diagnostic truth. Our leading product, the T-SPOT®.TB test, is used for diagnosing infection with Tuberculosis, the world’s largest cause of death from infectious disease. The T-SPOT.TB test has been approved for sale in over 60 countries, including the United States, where it has received pre-market approval from the Food and Drug Administration, Europe, where it has obtained a CE mark, as well as Japan and China. The Company is headquartered near Oxford, U.K. and in Marlborough, MA. Additional information can be found at

T-SPOT and the Oxford Immunotec logo are trademarks of Oxford Immunotec Limited.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable U.S. and U.K. laws and regulations, including under the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements contained herein which do not describe historical or current facts, including statements about Oxford Immunotec’s plans to ensure that when the COVID-19 disruption eases, Oxford Immunotec is best positioned to meet the needs of the TB market and drive long-term growth and statements regarding uncertainties around the impact of COVID-19 on Oxford Immunotec’s revenues and results of operations, constitute forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements are based on our management’s current expectations of future events and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those set forth in or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks that the COVID-19 pandemic may disrupt the company’s business and the global healthcare system more severely than anticipated, as well as those other risks described in Oxford Immunotec’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”), including the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year-ended December 31, 2019 and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, and in any other reports it subsequently files with the Commission, including any other Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or Current Reports on Form 8-K. Oxford Immunotec’s filings with the Commission are available for free by visiting the investor section of our website,, or the Commission’s website,

Investors should give careful consideration to these risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements contained herein are based on current expectations and assumptions and currently available data and are neither predictions nor guarantees of future events or performance. Investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements contained herein, which speak only as of the date of this release. Oxford Immunotec does not undertake to update or revise any forward-looking statements after they are made, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

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