STAAR Surgical Company (NASDAQ:STAA), a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of implantable lenses and companion delivery systems for the eye, today provided preliminary results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 3, 2020. The Company expects fourth quarter and fiscal year net sales to increase approximately 25% and 21% over the prior year periods, respectively. Total net sales for the fourth quarter and fiscal year are expected to be approximately $38.9 million and $150.2 million, respectively, as compared to Company outlook for $37.6 million and $149.0 million most recently provided on November 8, 2019. Fourth quarter GAAP earnings per share is expected to be approximately $0.05, exceeding the current $0.02 consensus analyst estimate.
“The preliminary sales and unit growth results we are reporting today demonstrate STAAR’s ability to deliver on our stated financial commitments that support continued market share momentum for our ICL family of products and paradigm change in refractive vision correction to our lens-based solutions,” said Caren Mason, President and CEO of STAAR Surgical. “For the 2019 fiscal year preliminary earnings per share nearly doubled to approximately $0.21 driven by 33% global ICL unit growth and operating expense discipline, underscoring STAAR’s standing as one of the few publicly-traded growth medical technology companies with GAAP earnings profitability. On the regulatory front we also announced today that we have won a new CE Mark approval for the use of our ICL as a supplemental lens for the many post-cataract-surgery IOL patients who may be unhappy because they find themselves back in glasses or disposable contact lenses. Following another year of strong performance in 2019, we now fully turn our attention to achieving the financial and operating targets we recently outlined for the next three-year planning period.”
The Company also today provided an initial outlook for fiscal year 2020 including total net sales growth, year-over-year, in the range of 16% to 20% with a mid-point of 18%, representing approximately $177.2 million in fiscal 2020 total net sales, and also reaffirmed expectations for a 25% total net sales CAGR for the fiscal 2020-2022 three-year planning period. STAAR expects net sales attributable to its non-core “Other Products” business segment will decline by approximately $3 million for fiscal year 2020 as the Company continues to phase out certain lower margin, non-strategic “Other Products” while simultaneously investing more resources in the core ICL business segment, which the Company expects will continue its strong trajectory of growth. The Company anticipates total net sales growth, on an annual basis, will accelerate over the three-year planning period driven by new product catalysts and increasing adoption by surgeons and patients of the Company’s proprietary EVO Visian ICL family of lenses. GAAP earnings per share for fiscal 2020 is expected to be similar to fiscal 2019 on a full-year basis as the Company incurs one-time expenses related to its EVO clinical trial in the U.S. and makes strategic sales and marketing investments ahead of accelerating sales growth in fiscal 2021 and 2022.
STAAR expects to report its complete 2019 financial results on its fourth-quarter and full-year earnings call on or about February 26, 2020 and provided today’s information due to investor meetings taking place January 13-14, 2020. The financial information in this release is unaudited and subject to adjustment in the final audited financial statements to be filed with the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K.