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TLC Vision Corp. (TLC) Reports Third Quarter 2009 Results



11/17/2009 11:08:27 AM

ST. LOUIS, MO--(Marketwire - November 16, 2009) - TLC Vision Corporation (NASDAQ: TLCV) (TSX: TLC), North America's premier eye care services company, today announced results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2009.

James B. Tiffany, President and Chief Operating Officer of TLCVision, commented, "TLCVision posted solid operating results during the third quarter of 2009. Our refractive centers procedure volume was down 17% for the quarter, in-line with industry metrics and we continued to reduce costs during the quarter. We reduced our fixed cost structure by $9.2 million in the third quarter, a 23% decrease from the prior year.

"We continue to benefit from strong performances in our non-refractive businesses as they continue to contribute positive EBITDA and cash flow. Our non-refractive businesses, which include other surgical procedures and general eye care, accounted for 46% of our total revenue for the third quarter. We continued to see solid growth in both our cataract business and eye care business.

"Our consolidated cash balance at September 30, 2009 was $13.2 million."

Third Quarter 2009 Results

-- Revenue for the third quarter was $51.6 million, a 10% decrease over prior year revenue of $57.5 million, with refractive revenues showing a decline of 22%. - Refractive Centers revenue of $22.2 million decreased by 22%, as same-store majority-owned center procedures declined by 17%, less than estimated market declines. - Doctor Services revenue of $22.2 million decreased by 2%, due primarily to the sale of the Phoenix ambulatory surgery center. - Eye Care revenue of $7.2 million increased 13%. This increase was due to increases in franchisee revenue. -- General and administrative and marketing costs declined by 35% or $5.7 million below prior year due to cost reduction initiatives. -- Other expenses increased $6.6 million due to various restructuring activities including legal fees, consulting costs and severance charges. -- Consolidated net loss attributable to TLC Vision Corporation for the third quarter was ($10.0) million, compared to ($6.7) million from the prior year period. Net loss attributable to TLC Vision Corporation per diluted share for the third quarter was ($0.20), compared to net a loss of ($0.13) for the prior year period. -- Pro-forma net loss attributable to TLC Vision Corporation for the third quarter (excluding impairment, severance and restructuring charges) was ($2.3) million or ($0.04) per fully diluted share, compared to ($5.2) million, or ($0.10) per fully diluted share in the third quarter of 2008. -- Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter was $6.7 million, or $0.13 per fully diluted share, compared to $2.7 million, or $0.05 per fully diluted share for the third quarter of 2008.

Nine Month 2009 Results

-- Revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2009, was $179.5 million, a 19% decrease over prior year revenue of $222.0 million, with refractive revenues showing a decline of 33%. - Refractive Centers revenue of $85.1 million decreased by 33%, as same-store majority-owned center procedures declined by 30%. - Doctor Services revenue of $70.3 million decreased by 4%, reflecting weakness in the refractive access business partially offset by growth in the cataract business. - Eye Care revenue of $24.1 million increased 8% as a result of increased franchises and revenue per franchisee. -- General and administrative and marketing costs declined by 34% or $18.2 million below prior year due to cost reduction initiatives. -- Other expenses increased $15.3 million due to various restructuring activities including legal fees, consulting costs and severance charges. -- Consolidated net loss attributable to TLC Vision Corporation for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 was ($18.2) million, compared to a loss of ($2.8) million for the prior year period. Net loss attributable to TLC Vision Corporation per diluted share for the nine months ended September 30, 2009, was ($0.36), compared to a net loss per diluted share of ($0.06) for the prior year period. -- Pro-forma net loss attributable to TLC Vision Corporation for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 (excluding impairment, severance and restructuring charges) was ($2.2) million, or ($0.04) per fully diluted share, compared to a loss of ($1.3) million, or ($0.03) per fully diluted share for the prior year period. -- Adjusted EBITDA for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 was $21.3 million, or $0.42 per fully diluted share, compared to $22.2 million, or $0.44 per fully diluted share, for the first nine months of 2008.

Expiration of Limited Waiver and Forbearance and Ongoing Discussions with Lenders

The limited waiver and forbearance which had been granted to the Company by its senior lenders under the Company's secured credit facility, expired in accordance with its terms on November 15, 2009. The Company continues to be in discussions with the secured lenders on the terms of a restructuring of the Company's capital structure. There can be no assurance, however, that the Company will be able to reach agreement on the terms of a restructuring with the secured lenders or that the secured lenders will continue to forbear from exercising their rights under the credit facility. The Company is also in discussions with certain third parties regarding the sale of certain non-core assets.

The credit agreement, dated June 21, 2007, as amended, provides for an $85 million term loan and a $25 million revolving credit line. As of October 31, 2009, the principal amount outstanding under the credit facility was approximately $100.1 million.

The Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, issued today and the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K disclose additional information regarding the amendments to its debt agreements and provide additional disclosure regarding the risks of the Company's current liquidity situation and its ability to comply with its financial covenants.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

Pro-forma results are presented to facilitate a comparison of current year and prior year results. The calculations of pro-forma results are not specified by United States generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). Our calculations of pro-forma results may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures of other companies. A reconciliation of reported net income to pro-forma net income for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008, is included in the attached Consolidated Statements of Operations.

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. It is used in addition to and in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP. This non-GAAP financial measure reflects an additional way of viewing aspects of our operations that, when viewed with our GAAP results, provide a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting our business. A schedule detailing the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA is attached to this release.

Non-GAAP measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, the corresponding measures calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

Conference Call

The company will host a conference call and live webcast with investors and analysts on Monday, November 16, 2009 at 4:30 p.m. (EST). To access, please dial 877-874-1586 or 719-325-4896 (international callers) and enter the pass code 7118427. The call will be broadcast live on the company's website at www.tlcv.com under the "Webcasts" link in the Investor Relations section.

A replay of the conference call will be available until November 30, 2009. To access the replay, dial 888-203-1112 or 719-457-0820 (international callers) and enter the pass code: 7118427. The call will also be archived on the company's web site at www.tlcv.com under the "Webcasts" link in the Investor Relations section.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Canadian Provincial Securities Laws, which statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as "may," "will," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "estimate," "predict," "plans" or "continue" or the negative thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology referring to future events or results. We caution that all forward-looking information is inherently uncertain and that actual results may differ materially from the assumptions, estimates or expectations reflected in the forward-looking information. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements, including but not limited to economic conditions, the level of competitive intensity for laser vision correction, the market acceptance of laser vision correction, concerns about potential side effects and long term effects of laser vision correction, the ability to maintain agreements with doctors on satisfactory terms, quarterly fluctuation of operating results that make financial forecasting difficult, the volatility of the market price of our common shares, profitability of investments, successful execution of our direct-to-consumer marketing programs, the ability to open new centers, the reliance on key personnel, medical malpractice claims and the ability to maintain adequate insurance therefore, claims for federal, state and local taxes, compliance with industry regulation, compliance with U.S. and Canadian healthcare regulations, disputes regarding intellectual property, many of which are beyond our control.

Therefore, should one or more of these risks materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary significantly from what we currently foresee. Accordingly, we warn investors to exercise caution when considering any such forward-looking information herein and to not place undue reliance on such statements and assumptions. We are under no obligation (and we expressly disclaim any such obligation) to update or alter any forward-looking statements or assumptions whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

See the Company's reports filed with the Canadian Securities Regulators and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time for cautionary statements identifying important factors with respect to such forward-looking statements, including certain risks and uncertainties, that could cause actual results to differ materially from results referred to in forward-looking statements. TLCVision assumes no obligation to update the information contained in this press release.

About TLCVision

TLCVision is North America's premier eye care services company, providing eye doctors with the tools and technologies needed to deliver high-quality patient care. Through its centers' management, technology access service models, extensive optometric relationships, direct to consumer advertising and managed care contracting strength, TLCVision maintains leading positions in Refractive, Cataract and Eye Care markets. Information about vision correction surgery can be found on the TLC Laser Eye Centers' website at www.tlcvision.com.

TLC VISION CORPORATION CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED) (In thousands, except per share amounts) Three months ended September 30, ---------------------- 2009 2008 ---------- ---------- Revenues: Refractive centers $ 22,197 $ 28,516 Doctor services 22,216 22,634 Eye care 7,212 6,384 ---------- ---------- Total revenues 51,625 57,534 Cost of revenues (excluding amortization): Refractive centers 17,510 22,245 Doctor services 16,371 16,618 Eye care 3,491 2,596 ---------- ---------- Total cost of revenues (excluding amortization) 37,372 41,459 ---------- ---------- Gross profit 14,253 16,075 ---------- ---------- General and administrative 5,679 6,848 Marketing and sales 4,948 9,448 Amortization of intangibles 583 799 Impairment of goodwill, intangibles and other long-term assets 496 1,500 Other expense (income), net 6,471 (147) ---------- ---------- Total operating costs 18,177 18,448 ---------- ---------- Operating loss (3,924) (2,373) Interest income - 122 Interest expense (4,118) (2,577) Earnings from equity investments 230 467 ---------- ---------- Loss before income taxes (7,812) (4,361) Income tax expense (176) (218) ---------- ---------- Net loss (7,988) (4,579) Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest 2,057 2,132 ---------- ---------- Net loss attributable to TLC Vision Corporation $ (10,045) $ (6,711) ========== ========== Net loss per share attributable to TLC Vision Corporation, diluted $ (0.20) $ (0.13) ========== ========== Weighted average number of common shares outstanding, diluted 50,565 50,345 Calculation of Pro Forma Net Loss and EPS Net loss attributable to TLC Vision Corporation, as reported $ (10,045) $ (6,711) Add: Impairment, severance and restructuring charges 7,790 1,500 ---------- ---------- Pro forma net loss attributable to TLC Vision Corporation $ (2,255) $ (5,211) ========== ========== Pro forma net loss per share attributable to TLC Vision Corporation, diluted $ (0.04) $ (0.10) ========== ========== Calculation of Adjusted EBITDA Net loss attributable to TLC Vision Corporation, as reported $ (10,045) $ (6,711) Add: Income tax expense 176 218 Depreciation and amortization 3,946 4,968 Interest expense, net 4,118 2,455 Non-cash compensation 332 390 Foreign exchange loss (gain) 342 (165) Impairment, severance and restructuring charges 7,790 1,500 Other 7 - ---------- ---------- Adjusted EBITDA $ 6,666 $ 2,655 ========== ========== Adjusted EBITDA per share, diluted $ 0.13 $ 0.05 ========== ========== TLC VISION CORPORATION CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED) (In thousands, except per share amounts) Nine months ended September 30, ---------------------- 2009 2008 ---------- ---------- Revenues: Refractive centers $ 85,145 $ 126,540 Doctor services 70,264 73,225 Eye care 24,097 22,221 ---------- ---------- Total revenues 179,506 221,986 Cost of revenues (excluding amortization): Refractive centers 65,140 89,011 Doctor services 52,462 53,439 Eye care 11,413 10,109 ---------- ---------- Total cost of revenues (excluding amortization) 129,015 152,559 ---------- ---------- Gross profit 50,491 69,427 ---------- ---------- General and administrative 18,007 22,201 Marketing and sales 17,285 31,308 Amortization of intangibles 1,748 2,432 Impairment of goodwill, intangibles and other long-term assets 496 1,500 Other expense (income), net 14,617 (703) ---------- ---------- Total operating costs 52,153 56,738 ---------- ---------- Operating (loss) income (1,662) 12,689 Interest income 168 548 Interest expense (9,681) (7,467) Earnings from equity investments 1,022 365 ---------- ---------- (Loss) income before income taxes (10,153) 6,135 Income tax expense (660) (950) ---------- ---------- Net (loss) income (10,813) 5,185 Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest 7,415 8,024 ---------- ---------- Net loss attributable to TLC Vision Corporation $ (18,228) $ (2,839) ========== ========== Net loss per share attributable to TLC Vision Corporation, diluted $ (0.36) $ (0.06) ========== ========== Weighted average number of common shares outstanding, diluted 50,550 50,292 Calculation of Pro Forma Net Loss and EPS Net loss attributable to TLC Vision Corporation, as reported $ (18,228) $ (2,839) Add: Impairment, severance and restructuring charges 16,048 1,500 ---------- ---------- Pro forma net loss attributable to TLC Vision Corporation $ (2,180) $ (1,339) ========== ========== Pro forma net loss per share attributable to TLC Vision Corporation, diluted $ (0.04) $ (0.03) ========== ========== Calculation of Adjusted EBITDA Net loss attributable to TLC Vision Corporation, as reported $ (18,228) $ (2,839) Add: Income tax expense 660 950 Depreciation and amortization 11,955 14,845 Interest expense, net 9,513 6,919 Non-cash compensation 675 1,101 Foreign exchange loss (gain) 651 (246) Impairment, severance and restructuring charges 16,048 1,500 Other 14 - ---------- ---------- Adjusted EBITDA $ 21,288 $ 22,230 ========== ========== Adjusted EBITDA per share, diluted $ 0.42 $ 0.44 ========== ========== TLC VISION CORPORATION CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (In thousands) (Unaudited) As of As of September 30, December 31, 2009 2008 ----------- ----------- ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 13,153 $ 4,492 Accounts receivable, net 16,517 16,870 Prepaid expenses, inventory and other 11,889 14,214 ----------- ----------- Total current assets 41,559 35,576 Restricted cash 1,000 - Investments and other assets, net 9,279 11,694 Goodwill 26,755 28,570 Other intangible assets, net 8,252 10,628 Fixed assets, net 43,227 50,514 ----------- ----------- Total assets $ 130,072 $ 136,982 =========== =========== LIABILITIES Current liabilities: Accounts payable $ 14,094 $ 17,897 Accrued liabilities 24,444 28,076 Current maturities of long-term debt (including debt in default of $100.1 million and $82.7 million at September 30, 2009 and December 31, 2008, respectively) 106,644 89,081 ----------- ----------- Total current liabilities 145,182 135,054 Long-term debt, less current maturities 14,891 16,500 Other long-term liabilities 6,772 5,444 ----------- ----------- Total liabilities 166,845 156,998 ----------- ----------- STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT TLC Vision Corporation stockholders' deficit: Common stock, no par value 339,809 339,112 Option and warrant equity 745 745 Accumulated other comprehensive loss - (1,545) Accumulated deficit (391,886) (373,658) ----------- ----------- Total TLC Vision Corporation stockholders' deficit (51,332) (35,346) Noncontrolling interest 14,559 15,330 ----------- ----------- Total stockholders' deficit (36,773) (20,016) ----------- ----------- Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit $ 130,072 $ 136,982 =========== =========== TLC VISION CORPORATION CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED) (In thousands, except per share amounts) Nine months ended September 30, ---------------------- 2009 2008 ---------- ---------- OPERATING ACTIVITIES Net (loss) income $ (10,813) $ 5,185 Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash from operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 11,955 14,845 Impairment of goodwill, intangibles and other long-term assets 496 1,500 Earnings from equity investments (1,022) (365) Gain on sales and disposals of fixed assets (303) (397) Loss (gain) on sale of businesses 1,594 (139) Non-cash compensation expense 675 1,101 Write-down of inventory 720 - Other 595 459 Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions and dispositions: 1,706 (132) ---------- ---------- Cash provided by operating activities 5,603 22,057 ---------- ---------- INVESTING ACTIVITIES Purchases of fixed assets (1,259) (2,785) Proceeds from sales of fixed assets 534 774 Distributions and loan payments received from equity investments 1,564 1,682 Acquisitions and equity investments (5,038) (8,332) Divestitures of businesses 2,181 1,128 Other (61) (72) ---------- ---------- Cash used in investing activities (2,079) (7,605) ---------- ---------- FINANCING ACTIVITIES Restricted cash movement (1,000) 1,101 Principal payments of debt financing and capital leases (4,024) (25,818) Proceeds from debt financing 17,971 13,784 Capitalized debt costs (78) (534) Distributions to noncontrolling interests (7,754) (7,724) Proceeds from issuances of common stock 22 309 ---------- ---------- Cash provided by (used in) financing activities 5,137 (18,882) ---------- ---------- Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents during the period 8,661 (4,430) Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 4,492 12,925 ---------- ---------- Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 13,153 $ 8,495 ========== ========== Operating cash flow per diluted share $ 0.11 $ 0.44


Contact:
James J. Hyland
VP Investor Relations
(636) 534-2369
Email: investor.relations@tlcvision.com


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