MELA Sciences Reports Supplemental Financial Information on XTRAC(R) Recurring Revenue

HORSHAM, Pa., Nov. 13, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MELA Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:MELA) reported today additional information related to its Third Quarter 2015 financial results press release dated November 12, 2015, clarifying the comparative revenue information from its XTRAC recurring revenues.

On June 22, 2015, MELA acquired the XTRAC and VTRAC® businesses from PhotoMedex, Inc., including its high margin recurring XTRAC revenues, which are driven by the number of XTRAC units in the field as well as their utilization, both of which continue to increase as planned. In order to provide information that is helpful to investors relating to the historical and current growth of these revenues, the Company is providing the following table, including information obtained from the predecessor company's disclosures of previous period results.

MELA Sciences, Inc.
Q3 2015 Supplemental Financial Information
As of September 30, 2015, Q3 Earnings Report
(dollar amounts in thousands)                
  Qtr. 1   Qtr. 2   Qtr. 3   YTD  
XTRAC Recurring Revenue:                
2015 $5,376 * $6,678 ** $7,033   $19,087 ***
2014 $4,410 * $5,501 * $6,069 * $15,980 *
Year-over-year 21.9%   21.4%   15.9%   19.4%  
*As reported by PhotoMedex, Inc.                
**$104 reported by the Company; balance reported by PhotoMedex, Inc.                
***$7,137 reported by the Company; balance reported by PhotoMedex, Inc.                

Michael R. Stewart, MELA Sciences President and CEO stated: "The table above presents the results of the Company's recently acquired XTRAC recurring revenue business. Year-over-year growth during the third quarter was 15.9% (sequential growth of 5.3%); and the nine month to date (2015) generated year-over-year growth of 19.4%. As shown in the table below, EBITDA for the third quarter of 2015 was a loss of $1.9 million as compared to a loss of $1.3 million for the third quarter of 2014. After further adjustments for stock-based compensation expense and the change in fair value of warrants, adjusted EBITDA, on a non-GAAP basis, was income of $0.4 million for the third quarter of 2015 as compared to a loss of $3.3 million for the third quarter of 2014."

  Three Months Ended 
  September 30,
(Unaudited, in thousands) 2015 2014
Net loss income as reported ($9,234) ($2,288)
Depreciation and amortization expense 1,710 489
Interest expense, net  506 104
Non-cash interest expense  5,071 423
EBITDA (1,947) (1,272)
Stock-based compensation expense 1,007 115
Change in fair value of warrants 1,329 (2,108)
Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA  $389 ($3,265)

MELA provided annual guidance of XTRAC recurring revenue growth in the mid to high teens and the results to date, as reported in the Company's November 12, 2015 financial results press release, have met that guidance. The Company reiterates its guidance of continued XTRAC recurring annual revenue growth in the mid to high teens.           

About MELA Sciences, Inc.  (     

MELA Sciences is a medical technology company focused on the dermatology market. Its products include the XTRAC laser and VTRAC excimer lamp systems utilized in the treatment of psoriasis, vitiligo and various other skin conditions, and the MelaFind® system used to assist in the identification and management of melanoma skin cancer.

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         Christina L. Allgeier
         MELA Sciences, Inc.

         Andrew McDonald
         LifeSci Advisors, LLC
MELA Sciences