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Q3 2018 Electromed Inc Earnings Call

Jun 5, 2018 (Thomson StreetEvents) -- Edited Transcript of Electromed Inc earnings conference call or presentation Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 1:00:00pm GMT

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Corporate Participants

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* Jeremy T. Brock

Electromed, Inc. - CFO, Principal Accounting Officer & Financial Controller

* Kalle J. Ahl

The Equity Group, Inc. - Senior Associate

* Kathleen S. Skarvan

Electromed, Inc. - CEO, President & Director

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Conference Call Participants

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* Andrew Summers

Summers Value Partners - Analyst

* Jenifer Taylor

MAC Funds - Analyst

* Mike Disler

Terminix Holdings - Analyst

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Presentation

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Operator [1]

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Greeting, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Electromed, Inc. Third Quarter Fiscal 2018 Financial Results Conference Call. (Operator Instructions) As a reminder, this conference is being recorded.

It is now my pleasure to introduce your host, Kalle Ahl of the Equity Group. Please go ahead, sir.

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Kalle J. Ahl, The Equity Group, Inc. - Senior Associate [2]

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Thank you, Jan, and good morning, everyone. Electromed's third quarter fiscal 2018 financial results were released yesterday after the market close. A copy of the earnings release can be found in the Investor Relations section of the company's website at www.smartvest.com.

As a matter of formality, I need to remind participants that remarks made by management during the course of this call may contain forward-looking statements about the company's results and plans. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or achievements to be materially different from those projected. The words believe, expect, plan, intend, estimate, should or could, and similar expressions are words that are used to identify forward-looking statements, but their absence does not mean a statement is not forward-looking.

In addition, any projections as to the company's future performance represent management's estimates as of today, May 9, 2018. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. We expressly do not undertake any duty to update forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. We ask that you please refer to the company's SEC filings for further guidance on this matter.

Joining us from Electromed this morning are Ms. Kathleen Skarvan, President and Chief Executive Officer; and Mr. Jeremy Brock, Chief Financial Officer. Kathleen will begin with some opening remarks, after which Jeremy will present a summary of the company's third quarter fiscal 2018 financial results. And then we'll open the call for questions.

Now, it's my pleasure to turn the call over to Kathleen.

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Kathleen S. Skarvan, Electromed, Inc. - CEO, President & Director [3]

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Thank you, Kalle. Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us to discuss Electromed's third quarter fiscal 2018 financial results. Our total revenue this quarter increased by approximately 6% year-over-year, reflecting home care sales growth of 6% and institutional sales growth of 16%.

While home care growth moderated due to lower sales productivity, we took decisive action and achieved a meaningful uptick in sales productivity and referrals in March, which continued into April. It's important to note that sales productivity and referrals are a good leading indicator of future sales.

In our institutional segment, we hired new sales leadership, placed a renewed focus on key hospital relationships and implemented a new strategic plan that positions the business for continued growth heading into fiscal 2019.

Despite incurring a higher level investment in sales initiatives, we remain profitable and generated positive operating cash flow in the third quarter. While we have noted some evidence of tightening labor market with lower unemployment rates and higher compensation requirements, we will continue to manage the business for profitability in 2019, and expect to benefit from operating leverage as our sales team matures and produces a higher level of revenue.

We have invested heavily in our field sales staff, which increased from 35 a year ago to 48 at the end of the quarter, and have focused on penetrating large metropolitan areas. We are gaining traction with this strategy and, although it is taking a bit longer than we anticipated to deliver enhanced growth, we remain extremely confident in the market opportunity across the United States. We estimate that sales -- new sales employees generally require about a year on the job to reach full productivity, and approximately half of our field staff has less than 1 year of tenure.

In addition to the natural productivity ramp that comes with time, we have taken swift measures to improve sales productivity and enhance sales growth and continued to drive our longer-term sales growth strategies. Measures taken during the quarter include increasing leadership co-travel with new sales employees in the field. I have increased my interaction with clinicians this quarter along with other senior sales executives, reinforcing our commitment to cultivating new clinician relationships while building on existing ones.

We raised the frequency of visits at strategic clinics to strengthen the level of service to the providers, which includes education on reimbursement criteria and further strengthens relationships with those key prescribers.

We expanded and updated our training programs for new sales employees. These improvements included extending classroom training, weekly reinforcement calls and additional certification testing. In support of our longer-term sales growth strategies, we expanded the body of clinical evidence.

Our evidence-based marketing approach provides sales employees with important tools to inform pulmonologists and other key decision makers of the benefit of high frequency chest wall oscillation therapy using SmartVest.

In this regard, in the Spring 2018 issue of Respiratory Therapy, we published a longitudinal bronchiectasis outcome-based study for HFCWO therapy, the first of its kind. Our study builds on previously published evidence and demonstrates that improved outcomes for bronchiectasis patients can be sustained 2.5 years after starting SmartVest treatment.

We launched a new customer relationship management system. At our mid-fiscal year sales meetings, we introduced to our staff, a new CRM database and software application that is -- it's designed to provide real-time information on clinical referrals, patient status and shipments among other data. We believe the incremental expense of this system will deliver long-term benefits and help our team provide better customer service and feedback to clients.

We reallocated reimbursement resources to provide additional sales and provider support. Our reimbursement team has set the bar higher for service to our clinics and our patients and recently realigned processes and people into geographically-focused teams versus by function. Early feedback from providers and patients has been very positive and we believe will lead to improvements to our revenue cycle process.

Finally, we advanced our direct-to-patient digital marketing initiatives, hiring a digital marketing firm experienced in medical device marketing, and they will focus on education and increasing awareness of bronchiectasis and the value of airway clearance with clinicians and patients.

Through these actions, we envision a return to double-digit sales growth in fiscal '19. We believe that focusing on sales force productivity is the prudent approach to managing our business for the significant long-term growth opportunity in front of us. And as our productivity improves, we will resume sales team expansion with a measured and methodical approach.

To conclude, the fundamental pieces of Electromed's growth opportunity remain as strong as ever. Conservatively, we estimate that there are 400,000 Medicare-only patients and up to 1.1 million total individuals in the United States that have non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis, of which, between 5% and 15% have been prescribed HFCWO therapy with devices like SmartVest.

As the only independent publicly traded manufacturer of these airway clearance devices designed for use in the home care setting, we are participating in the right market, with the right product, and service at the right time. We believe we are a critical part of the solution to improve quality of life and outcomes for an expanding number of patients with compromised pulmonary function while reducing health care utilization.

I will now turn it over to Jeremy for a more detailed discussion of our financial results. Jeremy?

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Jeremy T. Brock, Electromed, Inc. - CFO, Principal Accounting Officer & Financial Controller [4]

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Thank you, Kathleen, and good morning, everyone. Our net revenue for Q3 of fiscal 2018 increased 6.3% to $7.1 million from $6.7 million in Q3 of fiscal 2017, driven by growth in home care and institutional sales. Home care sales increased 6.4% to $6.5 million due to higher average selling price per device, which was partially offset by a lower level of referrals and approvals as compared to the same quarter in fiscal 2017.

Institutional revenue increased 15.8% to $506,000 from $437,000 in the prior year quarter, and international revenue, which is not a strategic growth area for Electromed, totaled approximately $120,000 compared to $155,000 in the prior year period.

Although quarter-to-quarter sales variability can be expected due to the nature of our business, we anticipating -- we anticipate returning to double-digit revenue growth in fiscal '19.

Gross profit rose 5.4% to $5.6 million or 79% of net revenues in Q3 of fiscal 2018 from $5.3 million or 79.7% of net revenues in Q3 fiscal 2017. The increase in gross profit primarily resulted from an increase in home care revenue. We believe that gross margins will range in the mid to upper 70s as we proceed into fiscal 2019.

Operating expenses, which include SG&A as well as R&D expenses, totaled $5.1 million or 21 -- 72.1% of net revenue in Q3 of fiscal 2018 compared to $4.3 million or 64.1% of net revenue in the same period of the prior year.

SG&A expenses increased 20.9% to $5.1 million in Q3 of fiscal 2018 from $4.2 million in Q3 of fiscal 2017, primarily due to additional employees in sales, annual sales increases, higher share-based equity compensation expense, additional sales incentives on higher revenue and increases in certain professional fees.

Research and development expenses totaled $43,000 in Q3 of fiscal 2018 compared to $81,000 in the same period of the prior year. And operating income in Q3 of fiscal 2018 decreased from -- to $485,000 from $1 million in Q3 of fiscal 2017, primarily due to higher investments in SG&A in support of our revenue growth initiatives, which more than offset growth in gross profit.

Net income before income tax expense totaled $486,000 in Q3 of fiscal 2018 compared to $1 million in the prior year quarter. And in Q3 of fiscal 2018, income tax expense totaled $173,000 compared to $380,000 in the same period of the prior year. Our effective tax rate for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 was 35.6% compared to 37% in the prior year period.

I'd like to point out that net -- that our income tax expense during the third quarter of fiscal 2018 benefited from a reduced statutory corporate federal tax rate. During fiscal 2018, we will see a blended federal statutory rate of approximately 28% that will decrease to 21% in fiscal 2019. The reduction in the statutory corporate federal tax rate from 34% to 21% is due to the Tax Cut and Jobs Act that was enacted by the U.S. Government on December 22 and became effective January 1, 2018.

Our net income in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 equaled $313,000 or $0.04 per diluted share compared to $648,000 or $0.08 per diluted share in the same period in the prior year.

And now moving on to the balance sheet and operating cash flow. Our balance sheet at March 31, 2018, included cash of $7.1 million, current maturities of long-term debt of $1.1 million, working capital of $16.2 million and shareholders' equity of $20.5 million.

Cash flow from -- provided by operations in the third quarter totaled $342,000 compared to cash flows provided by operations of $767,000 in the same quarter of the prior year. Overall, we remain excited about where our business is heading, and this concludes my remarks.

Operator, we can start the Q&A portion of the call, please.

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Questions and Answers

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Operator [1]

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(Operator Instructions) Our first question comes from the line of Jenifer Taylor with MAC Funds.

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Jenifer Taylor, MAC Funds - Analyst [2]

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I wanted just to touch upon a little bit of the CRM implementation, sort of tracking new customers and then the home care line? Is that -- should we see some direct correlation just to sort of better manage that for its growth?

And then secondarily, I was also just wondering about the competitive landscape. And if you could just review where we are and whether or not you're seeing any response competitively.

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Kathleen S. Skarvan, Electromed, Inc. - CEO, President & Director [3]

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Jenifer, it's great to have you on the call today. This is, of course, Kathleen. I appreciate your 2 questions here. And let me take the CRM first. And the response to your question around is it going to help us track our patients, track our clinics and potentially advance our ability to move forward with our growth strategies. And of course, the answer is absolutely.

This is a CRM that's a bit unique, and we -- it is customized for our needs. And as you know, since we are working in the home care environment, the service level to a patient is so critically important not only for the patient but for the provider to know that their patient is being responded to in a timely manner, that their product is being shipped, that the trainer has been there in the home.

And so our sales team will have the same information that our reimbursement team has here on that whole process. And so, in addition to our people here at reimbursement and corporate office, the sales team can be intimately involved in that communication and that responsiveness.

Also, as you know, it will be used for generating leads and helping us to expand our footprint and the number of clinics that we're bringing on and working with with SmartVest. So we are really excited about it and getting that positive feedback from our team and from our providers.

On the competitive landscape, again, I appreciate this question. And I would say that, as an -- from an external -- externally, the competition is certainly something that has been a force for us. And when you think about the tact that we took 9 months ago, in deciding that we needed to accelerate our growth with more people in the field selling our product, it was partially a response to the competitive forces.

It also, of course, primarily is because we feel there is a great opportunity out there to identify bronchiectasis patients and that airway clearance is an appropriate therapy to help improve their quality of life. But with those 2 larger competitors and then RespirTech being purchased by Philips, we know that we're outnumbered in the field, almost 4 to 1. And in order for us to grow and stay relevant and to take our piece of this market and help grow it, that was so important to put those people in the field.

What we've seen in the last 9 months is that our competition has taken notice of that and they've also taken notice historically of our success and the growth rates that we've had. And so we are seeing a little more pressure in our stronghold clinics with our competition visiting and trying to sell their value.

We're confident we can continue to protect our strongholds and also sell on our value with going deeper into those clinics where there's more patients, but also to attack those competitive clinics as well. So hopefully that helps answer your question.

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Jenifer Taylor, MAC Funds - Analyst [4]

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Okay. And -- it does. But when you're saying -- seeing pressure, I'm just wondering are they -- is it a pricing game they're trying to play? Are they trying to -- I'm just kind of wondering really what the hand-to-hand combat is that you all may be experiencing?

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Kathleen S. Skarvan, Electromed, Inc. - CEO, President & Director [5]

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Sure. I can certainly provide a little more specificity around that. Typically, it wouldn't be pricing in the home care environment, although the pricing is typically controlled by the contracts we have with commercial insurers and MCOs that could be through the state with Medicare and Medicaid.

So as those contracts are renewed or we're seeking new contracts, there can be pricing pressure there. I wouldn't say that's a major issue for us from a competitive standpoint. It's certainly something that's always out there and there can be some shifts there. Most of the pressure can come from the frequency that the competitors are visiting clinics.

It can come from a service level in that they may take strategic clinics and say something like, I'm going to ship on the prescription and not wait until the patient's medical documentation is collected, and I know for sure that we're going to receive an approval and be able to book revenue. They may take more risk on that. And the clinic may say, well, I want to get this to my patient as quickly as possible. And so I'm going to pick your device because of that responsiveness and that service level that you're going to provide.

Now that may be an okay strategy for a quick switch or a change, but it's not sustainable because what typically can happen when you do that is that a clinic isn't going to be as responsive for you collecting the medical records that are needed for the patient to receive reimbursement and for us to book revenue. So it's a short-term strategy and one that can be used selectively, and we do it as well, but we've just seen a little kick-up from the competition in certain areas with that approach.

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Jenifer Taylor, MAC Funds - Analyst [6]

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Okay. That's great. I appreciate it. From a reimbursement standpoint, could you describe -- in that you're first taking a more active stand, which makes sense -- how those conversations are going? And where you get pushback?

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Kathleen S. Skarvan, Electromed, Inc. - CEO, President & Director [7]

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Jenifer, maybe I could just ask a follow-up question on that, just for clarification. Would you be speaking more with our commercial payers as an example there? Is that...

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Jenifer Taylor, MAC Funds - Analyst [8]

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Yes.

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Kathleen S. Skarvan, Electromed, Inc. - CEO, President & Director [9]

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or something -- yes. I'm going to let Jeremy take that relative to any of the pushback or pressure that we see from contracting.

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Jeremy T. Brock, Electromed, Inc. - CFO, Principal Accounting Officer & Financial Controller [10]

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From a contracting standpoint, we're very happy over the past 5 years and really where we even went into this year from a contracting standpoint, having the majority of everyone in the United States covered under a contract, so it will be in network.

There are a few medium-sized regional contracts or commercial payers, I should say, that we may not have a contract with. That doesn't mean that we don't get paid. It will -- it may be out of network or we may actually be working with them and doing one-off individual approvals. So from that standpoint, we're very happy with that.

And then from a contracting and the renewals, as Kathleen talked about, from an ancillary provider perspective, which is a type of a contract we would have with any of the major carriers, they are generally evergreen and there isn't like an annual renewal with a discussion on pricing. It's set upfront and it's generally from that point on, that's your pricing going forward. Does that answer your question?

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Jenifer Taylor, MAC Funds - Analyst [11]

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Yes. Nope, that's great.

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Operator [12]

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(Operator Instructions) Our next question comes from the line of Andy Summers with Summers Value Partners.

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Andrew Summers, Summers Value Partners - Analyst [13]

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Just a couple questions on my end. So it sounds like there hasn't been any sort of change in the overarching market dynamics in home care. Is that -- that's correct?

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Kathleen S. Skarvan, Electromed, Inc. - CEO, President & Director [14]

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I believe that I would agree with that, yes.

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Andrew Summers, Summers Value Partners - Analyst [15]

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Okay. And price was positive in the quarter. So if competitive intensity is increasing, you're not seeing it in price yet. Is that fair?

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Kathleen S. Skarvan, Electromed, Inc. - CEO, President & Director [16]

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Absolutely. That is fair.

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Andrew Summers, Summers Value Partners - Analyst [17]

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Okay. So just regarding the sales force efficacy. You mentioned that you took some initiatives in the quarter. They don't sound overly profound, but maybe just a little more color on what happened in the quarter would be helpful, because your sales force is maturing, but at the same time your efficacy is declining every quarter.

So maybe just talk about what exactly happened in the quarter. And why what happened in March and April gives you confidence that those trends can be sustained going into fiscal '19?

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Kathleen S. Skarvan, Electromed, Inc. - CEO, President & Director [18]

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Sure. Thanks, Andy, for the question. So just a reminder for everyone on the call that we measure sales productivity by the average number of referrals per salesperson in the month. And of course, that can be extrapolated for the quarter or the year. And we had specific goals set for sales productivity as we moved into the year and with the additional sales people that we plan to add.

And so, as we saw that declining with the number of individuals that we were adding at the beginning of the year, we took actions to shore that up, to understand what might be happening different than what we had planned and then took these actions that you're seeing here. And although they may not seem profound, they have had a significant impact on being able to reverse a sales productivity trend that we had seen for the last quarter.

And what -- when you talk about the sales force maturing, when we think about 50% of them are less than 1 year old, one could say that, yes, it's maturing, but it's maturing a bit differently than we may have planned at the beginning of the year. And again, some of that's due to external factors like competition, paying more attention to our clinics.

It's also due to internal factors and where we may have somewhat underestimated the impact of adding new people and also that impact on your veteran CAMs, because you're dividing a territory and so your veteran CAMs then are being asked to develop new clinics to improve their productivity as well as your new CAMs are going to be given some of the veteran CAM clinics, but they're going to be asked to improve their productivity as well with new clinics.

And so the amount of effort to develop new clinics or to go deeper with our current clinics was more of a challenge than we had anticipated. And the measures that we've taken that I explained today are all those measures that have been now helping us to improve that productivity both in March and April. And we're confident that can be sustained with the maturity, as you're saying, of the sales force.

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Andrew Summers, Summers Value Partners - Analyst [19]

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Okay. And the sales force has had some turnover issues, I believe, in the last couple of quarters. Do you feel like you have that under control now?

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Kathleen S. Skarvan, Electromed, Inc. - CEO, President & Director [20]

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We're more confident that we do, Andy. And it's a combination of the actions that we've taken to help a CAM realize success sooner. So they are gaining the confidence to continue to grow their sales. And it also is looking overall at our compensation for those CAMs as well.

And although you're not -- we're not going to see some changes in compensation here through the remainder of the fiscal 2018, we are anticipating that our overall sales comp will be higher as we move into 2019 and that will be helpful for our turnover as well.

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Andrew Summers, Summers Value Partners - Analyst [21]

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Okay, great. And then one last housekeeping question for Jeremy. You have about $1.1 million in short-term debt on the balance sheet. Can you just talk about your plans for that debt? Are you going to be paying it off in the next quarter or so? Or how should we be thinking about that?

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Jeremy T. Brock, Electromed, Inc. - CFO, Principal Accounting Officer & Financial Controller [22]

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Yes. At this time, a final decision for what we're going to do with that has not been made. I think there's a likelihood that it will get paid off in the future. And the due date for that is December 31 as far as when it would come due, which would be the likely point when we would pay it off.

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Operator [23]

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Our next question comes from the line of [Mike Disler] with [Terminix Holdings].

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Mike Disler, Terminix Holdings - Analyst [24]

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Just a couple of quick thoughts. As you know, I'm a long-term holder as are many that I deal with. I just want to chime in about the refocusing on Internet -- on institutional, I think that's a good idea. And, of course, the geographic focus for your folks both in-house and in the field, I think is terrific, having had decades of experience doing those things myself.

Just 2 quick things. You spoke about the blended rate, tax rate at 28%. I was just wondering why it was not coming down faster during this year? That's blended fiscally, I get that. So that would mean the holdover. So therefore next year you'll, I guess, realize that full drop to the 21% on the federal level, and that's how we get the blend 2 quarters at the higher rate and 2 quarters at the lower. Is that correct?

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Jeremy T. Brock, Electromed, Inc. - CFO, Principal Accounting Officer & Financial Controller [25]

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Yes, you would be doing the math correctly on that.

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Mike Disler, Terminix Holdings - Analyst [26]

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Okay. Just want to make sure. And then you'd said that the -- that 2019 you expect to see return to double-digit growth. I'm hopeful that that doesn't mean fourth quarter '18 is going to be a throwaway quarter and you need not comment on that. It's just my comment.

And then lastly, as a long-term holder of most of the things I view, I just want to know, when you spoke and we've spoken before about the Aerobika product, which is obviously a terrific, in my opinion, product. Of course, it's not a revenue generator per se of huge import. My question would be, since your competitor, one of them, has introduced a portable line, and I believe on the last conference call you had mentioned describing that the item is really not a replacement for the SmartVest quality product but more a function of like an add-on product for many patients.

Is there down the road an opportunity for looking at selling some sort of -- or at least in terms of R&D, looking ahead to some sort of portability product as an add-on that would be a less expensive device but part of a packaged item that could be put together for patients, so that when your presentations are made both at the clinician level as well as to the patient directly, you're providing the SmartVest Connect quality, SQL quality product.

And then saying in addition, here is another idea we have for you. And if you combine these 2 products, it will give you the 110% service that we always give and will still allow you the flexibility for those occasions when you go visit your kids on the coast and/or are not available or whatever, you can use the product portably. And then, of course, that would generate additional revenues.

I realize there are some costs involved. But is that something that could be considered down the road? And I don't mean necessarily in the next 2 quarters, but certainly in the next 10 quarters.

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Kathleen S. Skarvan, Electromed, Inc. - CEO, President & Director [27]

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Hello, Mike. Thank you for being a long-time shareholder, and we appreciate your question. First of all, I want to address your comment about a throwaway quarter. This is absolutely not a throwaway quarter. We are working diligently to continue growth. And we want all the shareholders and investors to understand that that is our focus.

As far as the Monarch, which is the Hill-Rom portable device, they -- it is primarily being sold as a second device to cystic fibrosis patients, although, we have heard occasionally of docs prescribing it for elderly bronchiectasis patients. We think that is less of a market based on its weight and for bronchiectasis patients, being able to really utilize the portability of walking outside and taking it to work as an example. We think that is more suited for cystic fibrosis patients as a second device.

When we think about Electromed and what our plans are for the future, we're really focused this year on collecting and assessing and researching sound voice of the customer when it comes to what our next generation device should look like and what the needs of that patient are.

And often what we're hearing -- and this focus is primarily on our bronchiectasis patients because that is where the growth opportunity is from our viewpoint. They want something that is somewhat untethered, so that if they're using in their treatment twice a day, that if the doorbell rings, they can go open the doorbell without having to unplug or unhook their device, or they might be able to answer the phone.

So those are some of the early pieces of information we're collecting. And we certainly are going to incorporate that, also understanding what's -- what the competitors are doing into that next generation. So be assured that we're paying attention and that is going to be met with some very deep due diligence here as we exit the quarter and think about our plans for '19.

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Mike Disler, Terminix Holdings - Analyst [28]

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Okay. Just on that line, I guess, you're looking at items like a quick release, quick replug-in and/or pause buttons, et cetera, for those 2 examples you gave about doorbell and telephone.

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Kathleen S. Skarvan, Electromed, Inc. - CEO, President & Director [29]

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They could be around that, yes.

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Mike Disler, Terminix Holdings - Analyst [30]

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Right. No, I'm just throwing things out as you speak. In any case, if I have any further issues, I'll be happy to give Jeremy a call.

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Operator [31]

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(Operator Instructions) It appears there are no further questions at this time. I would like to turn the floor back to Kathleen for any closing comments.

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Kathleen S. Skarvan, Electromed, Inc. - CEO, President & Director [32]

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Thank you all for participating on our call this morning. We look forward to reporting back to you in September when we release our fourth quarter fiscal 2018 financial results. Have a good day.

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Operator [33]

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Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, this concludes today's teleconference. You may disconnect your lines at this time. Thank you for your participation.