QPC Lasers Reports Revenues Triple in 2006 - Anticipates Strong Growth in 2007
SYLMAR, Calif. - As projected in the Company’s third quarter announcement last November, QPC Lasers, Inc. fiscal 2006 revenues tripled to $3.07 million from $1.07 million for fiscal year 2005. Fourth quarter 2006 revenues increased 225 percent to $1.3 million compared with $400,000 in the year-ago quarter, and rose 40 percent, sequentially, from $930,000 in the prior quarter of 2006.
QPC attributed its strong revenue growth for the year to the introduction of new products and to the generation of new commercial sales and government contracts by enhanced sales and marketing activities.
For fiscal 2006, the Company reported cash usage for operating activities of $8.2 million, compared to $6.2 million in 2005. Net loss for 2006 was $18.7 million, compared to $18.6 million for 2005. The 2006 net loss included a $6 million charge to terminate a previous license agreement (payable by promissory note over three years), approximately $2.8 million of non-cash charges resulting from the issuance of shares, warrants and options for services and loan fees, and amortization of loan discount arising from the modification of warrants held by certain lenders.
The Company noted that the pace of new QPC high-performance laser product releases is accelerating. In the first quarter of 2007 alone, QPC has already announced:
Shipment of a next-generation BrightLase™ Direct-Diode Laser for military and industrial application.
Shipment of next-generation, eye-safe laser engines to U.S. defense contractors for a U.S. Army project.
Collaboration with Northrop Grumman Space Technology (NYSE:NOC) to jointly develop integrated semiconductor laser modules and systems.
“2006 was a pivotal year in which QPC turned the corner in transitioning what had been primarily an R&D organization into a manufacturing company,” said Dr. Jeffrey Ungar, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of QPC. “We are pleased by the growth in our Company’s business during 2006, which also marked our transition from private to public company,” Ungar stated. “Our capacity for manufacturing existing products and for the development of new and exciting products and technologies continues to move forward, and we are positioning ourselves for continued strong growth in 2007 and beyond,” Ungar added.
“We are seeing increasing adoption of advanced laser technologies in a wide range of medical, industrial and defense industries, and expect demand for high-performance, cost-effective diode lasers to increase,” said George Lintz, Vice Chairman and Co-Founder.
“Our growing intellectual property portfolio of laser technology currently includes five issued patents and eleven patents pending representing state-of-the-art innovations in design and processes, which provide us with a strong foundation for participation in this growing and competitive market,” Lintz stated.
“To fund operations over the next twelve months and to enable continued growth in our activities, QPC will require additional financing,” Lintz said. “QPC is in discussions with a number of potential institutional and private investors with a view towards raising $6 to $10 million,” Lintz added.
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