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PLC Systems Reports Second Quarter 2008 Results

FRANKLIN, Mass., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PLC Systems Inc. (Amex: PLC), a company focused on innovative cardiac and vascular medical device-based technologies, today reported financial results for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2008.

Second quarter 2008 total revenues were $1,310,000 compared with $1,932,000 in the second quarter of 2007. The net loss for the second quarter of 2008 was $671,000, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $363,000, or $0.01 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2007.

Mark R. Tauscher, president and chief executive officer of PLC Systems Inc., stated, "As we recently announced, we have elected to defer the onset of our U.S. pivotal trial for RenalGuard(TM) for the prevention of Contrast-Induced Nephropathy (CIN), but we are moving forward with our limited launch of RenalGuard in Italy as well as continuing our support of the investigator-sponsored clinical trial that is taking place at the Cardiologico Centrino Monzino (CCM)-University of Milan. As we also announced, we are now targeting several additional applications for RenalGuard that are well suited to utilize its automated fluid balancing capabilities, thus demonstrating even greater value to medical institutions from our technology. We hope that by showing broader market applications for RenalGuard, combined with what we expect to be positive clinical data from the Italian study, we will be able to raise the additional funding necessary to complete our U.S. pivotal trial and plan for our U.S. market launch."

Mr. Tauscher added, "In our TMR business, TMR kit shipments in the second quarter were essentially level with the first quarter of this year, with a slight reduction in U.S. kit shipments to hospitals nearly offset by an increase in international kit shipments."

During the second quarter of 2008, 382 disposable TMR kits were shipped, consisting of 347 to hospitals in the U.S. by Novadaq Technologies Inc., PLC's U.S. marketing and distribution partner, in addition to 35 kits shipped internationally by PLC. In comparison, a total of 390 and 454 disposable TMR kits were shipped worldwide during the first quarter of 2008 and the second quarter of 2007, respectively.

Also during the second quarter of 2008, PLC shipped six CO2 Heart Lasers (HL2) to U.S. hospitals through Novadaq, comprised of two new systems and four redeployments, compared to six HL2s shipped in the second quarter of 2007, of which five were new systems and one was a redeployed unit. The majority of the overall revenue decline on a year-over-year basis is attributable to a lower selling price on the mix of systems sold in the second quarter of 2008 compared to the same period in 2007. PLC ended the second quarter of 2008 with 172 HL2 CO2 Heart Lasers located at heart centers throughout the U.S.

Six Months' Results

For the first half of 2008, PLC reported total revenues of $2,478,000 compared to $3,425,000 in the same period in 2007. The net loss for the 2008 first half was $1,433,000, or $0.05 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $1,049,000, or $0.03 per diluted share, in the first six months of 2007.

Conference Call

PLC Systems will host a conference call today, August 6, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. ET to discuss these matters. The call may be joined by dialing (866) 543-6411, or internationally, (617) 213-8900, at least ten minutes prior to the start of the call. The passcode is 90750239. A live webcast of the call will be accessible at the investor relations section of the Company's website at An archived webcast of the conference call will be available beginning one hour after the completion of the call in the same location. A replay of the call can also be accessed telephonically by dialing 888-286-8010, or internationally 617-801-6888, using passcode 83035479, from 1:00 p.m. ET on August 6, 2008 through midnight on August 13, 2008.

About PLC Systems Inc.

PLC Systems Inc. is a medical technology company specializing in innovative technologies for the cardiac and vascular markets.

PLC's newest product, RenalGuard, is approved for sale in the EU as a general fluid balancing device. The RenalGuard System consists of a unique, proprietary, closed loop, software-controlled console and accompanying single-use sets that can be used by physicians and nurses to balance patient fluid levels during a variety of medical procedures. The RenalGuard System, with its matched fluid replacement capability, is intended to minimize the risk of over- or under-hydration during medical procedures where creating and maintaining high urine outputs is deemed beneficial to patients.

Headquartered in Franklin, Massachusetts, PLC pioneered the CO2 Heart Laser System, which cardiac surgeons use to perform CO2 transmyocardial revascularization (TMR) to alleviate symptoms of severe angina. CO2 TMR offers a treatment option for angina patients who suffer from severe coronary artery disease. The CO2 Heart Laser is the world's first TMR angina relief device cleared for commercial distribution by both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, and to obtain a CE Mark for European distribution.

Additional company information can be found at

This press release contains "forward-looking" statements. For this purpose, any statements contained in this press release that relate to prospective events or developments are deemed to be forward-looking statements. Words such as "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "will" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Our statements of our objectives are also forward-looking statements. While we may elect to update forward-looking statements in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, even if our estimates change, and you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release. Actual results could differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of important factors, including that we may not receive necessary regulatory approvals to market our RenalGuard product or that such approvals may be withdrawn, we may be unable to raise sufficient funds in the future to implement our business plan and/or commence our planned U.S. clinical trial for RenalGuard, the current CCM clinical trial and the planned future U.S. clinical trial for RenalGuard as a safe and effective CIN prevention device may not be completed in a timely fashion if at all, or, if these clinical trials are completed, they may not produce clinically significant or meaningful results, the RenalGuard product may not be commercially accepted, operational changes, competitive developments may affect the market for our products, regulatory approval requirements may affect the market for our products, and additional risk factors described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007, and our other SEC reports.

PLC Systems, PLC Medical Systems, PLC and CO2 Heart Laser, and RenalGuard are trademarks of PLC Systems Inc.

Contact: Mary T. Conway

Conway Communications




(In thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended Six Months Ended

June 30, June 30,

2008 2007 2008 2007


Product sales $1,032 $1,520 $1,838 $2,654

Service fees 278 412 640 771

Total revenues 1,310 1,932 2,478 3,425

Cost of revenues:

Product sales 423 562 643 1,148

Service fees 150 213 335 421

Total cost of revenues 573 775 978 1,569

Gross profit 737 1,157 1,500 1,856

Operating expenses:

Selling, general and 831 1,076 1,801 2,089


Research and development 602 556 1,210 1,047

Total operating expenses 1,433 1,632 3,011 3,136

Loss from operations (696) (475) (1,511) (1,280)

Other income, net 25 112 78 231

Net loss $(671) $(363) $(1,433) $(1,049)

Basic and diluted loss per

share $(0.02) $(0.01) $(0.05) $(0.03)

Average shares outstanding:

Basic and diluted 30,330 30,311 30,330 30,311


June 30, December 31,

2008 2007

Cash and cash equivalents $5,506 $8,060

Total current assets 8,376 10,733

Total assets 8,784 11,200

Total current liabilities 3,248 3,811

Shareholders' equity 3,617 4,950

SOURCE PLC Systems Inc.
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