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Q3 2019 Insulet Corp Earnings Call

BEDFORD Nov 12, 2019 (Thomson StreetEvents) -- Edited Transcript of Insulet Corp earnings conference call or presentation Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 9:30:00pm GMT

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Corporate Participants

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* Deborah R. Gordon

Insulet Corporation - VP of IR & Corporate Communications

* Shacey Petrovic

Insulet Corporation - President, CEO & Director

* Wayde D. McMillan

Insulet Corporation - Executive VP,CFO & Treasurer

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Conference Call Participants

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* Brandon Vazquez

William Blair & Company L.L.C., Research Division - Associate

* Danielle Joy Antalffy

SVB Leerink LLC, Research Division - MD of Medical Supplies & Devices and Senior Analyst

* David Ryan Lewis

Morgan Stanley, Research Division - MD

* Jayson Tyler Bedford

Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Research Division - Senior Medical Supplies and Devices Analyst

* Jeffrey D. Johnson

Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, Research Division - Senior Research Analyst

* Kyle William Rose

Canaccord Genuity Corp., Research Division - Senior Analyst

* Mathew Justin Blackman

Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, Research Division - Analyst

* Matthew Charles Taylor

UBS Investment Bank, Research Division - Equity Research Analyst of Medical Supplies & Devices

* Rajbir Singh Denhoy

Jefferies LLC, Research Division - MD, Equity Research & Senior Equity Research Analyst

* Robert Justin Marcus

JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division - Analyst

* Ryan Blicker

Cowen and Company, LLC, Research Division - VP of Healthcare

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Presentation

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Operator [1]

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Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. And welcome to the Third Quarter 2019 Insulet Corporation Earnings Conference Call. (Operator Instructions) Please be advised that today's conference is being recorded. (Operator Instructions)

I would now like to hand the conference over to your speaker today, Ms. Deborah Gordon, Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications. Thank you, ma'am, please go ahead.

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Deborah R. Gordon, Insulet Corporation - VP of IR & Corporate Communications [2]

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Thank you, Lauren. Good afternoon, and thank you for joining us for Insulet's Third Quarter 2019 Earnings Call. Joining me today are Shacey Petrovic, President and Chief Executive Officer; and Wayde McMillan, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

The replay of this call will be archived on our website, and our press release discussing our third quarter 2019 results and fourth quarter and full year 2019 guidance is also available in the IR section of our website.

Before we begin, I would like to inform you that certain statements made by Insulet during the course of this call may be forward-looking and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results implied by such statements. Such risks and uncertainties, in addition to the inherent limitations of such forward-looking statements, include those referenced in our safe harbor statement in our third quarter earnings release and in the company's filings with the SEC. Please note that we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements even if actual results or future expectations change materially.

Also, unless otherwise stated, all financial commentary regarding dollar and percentage changes will be on a year-over-year basis.

With that, I'll turn the call over to Shacey.

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Shacey Petrovic, Insulet Corporation - President, CEO & Director [3]

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Thanks, Deb, and good afternoon, everyone. It is an exciting time at Insulet as we continue to build on our incredible growth and progress. We delivered another quarter of strong financial and operational performance, and we are well positioned to close the year with great momentum. Our strong performance has been years in the making and is the result of a very large and growing market and the work we have done to build a powerful foundation for the company.

Both the Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes segments represent significant unmet needs, which Insulet is uniquely positioned to address. The opportunity is huge. Approximately, 1.7 million people in the United States live with Type 1 diabetes and about the same number in our international markets we serve today. Additionally, we estimate that the Type 2 insulin-requiring population in the United States is between 2.5 million and 3 million people and growing, with a similar-sized population in our international regions. The opportunity is also urgent because many people living with diabetes are not achieving optimal glycemic targets, which can lead to near- and long-term health complications.

To unlock our market opportunities, we have spent the last couple of years transforming the business and executing on 4 strategic imperatives: one, expand market access; two, drive consumer-focused innovation with our pod therapy; three, strengthen our global footprint; and four, ensure operational excellence throughout our organization.

2019 has been a year in which these strategic imperatives are now coming to fruition, and our strong results are reinforcing our confidence in Insulet's long-term prospects. We are beginning to realize the returns on our investments and hard work over the last several years, and we are just getting started. The successful execution of our strategy demonstrates that we have the right team and approach to capture the significant opportunities before us. Improving the lives of people with diabetes remains central to everything we do, and we are focused on delivering our life-changing innovations to the diabetes community around the world.

During today's call, I will discuss key financial highlights and provide an overview of the progress we made on our strategic imperatives. I'll then turn the call over to Wayde, who will discuss our third quarter financial results in greater detail and share an update to our 2019 outlook. We will then open the call for questions.

Starting with our financial performance. We have consistently outperformed throughout 2019, and our third quarter was no exception. We generated $192 million in revenue, exceeding our guidance by $11 million at the high end and representing a 27% increase year-over-year. This was driven by 34% revenue growth in our global diabetes product line, with both our U.S. and international operations, firing on all cylinders. I'm proud of the team's progress and execution across our strategic imperatives and the team's sustained focus on our mission.

With these strong results, we achieved our fifth consecutive quarter of greater-than-20% revenue growth and our fifth consecutive quarter of both positive operating and net income. In fact, 2019 will mark our fourth consecutive year of greater-than-20% annual revenue growth. Given our sustained outperformance, we are once again raising guidance for 2019, which Wayde will talk to shortly.

Turning to our efforts to advance our strategic imperatives. I will begin with market access, which we have focused on to both increase coverage and enable innovation through the pharmacy channel. In the third quarter, we continued to successfully expand coverage for commercial, Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Additionally, Medicare beneficiaries continue to represent a growing percentage of our Omnipod users, not only because of the increased coverage, but also because our product design and functionality are incredibly well suited for the Type 2 insulin-requiring population, many of whom are Medicare beneficiaries. We are also increasing our impact through innovation, both in terms of our new product innovation and also our new business model innovation with our unique pay-as-you-go model.

Our recently launched Omnipod DASH is available with 0 upfront costs, an exciting disruptor with several unique advantages for both patients and payers. Because we know cost and access are hurdles to more people adopting pod therapy, through our pay-as-you-go model in the pharmacy channel, we are providing customers access to this easy-to-use technology with no upfront cost or lock-in period. This means Omnipod DASH can be used by far more patients, many of whom would otherwise not be able to access or afford new technology. And every quarter since DASH's launch, a record number of new users have adopted Omnipod in the United States. Based on overwhelmingly positive feedback on DASH, we have seen, and continue to believe, that patients who try Omnipod and DASH will stay on product and experience its long-term benefits.

Our new model and pharmacy access are true differentiators because they benefit patients and also provide reduced risk and cost of member attrition for payers. Because of its simplicity, low cost and low commitment, physicians can feel confident recommending Omnipod for a greater number of patients and earlier in the treatment pathway. The earlier an MDI user adopts pod therapy, the higher the likelihood of better glycemic control and the lower the likelihood of near- and long-term health complications.

As I communicated on last quarter's call, physicians have told us they are now recommending Omnipod DASH to more multiple daily injection users, particularly Type 2 patients, a population, many doctors would not have recommended for pump therapy. DASH's simplicity, discretion and ease of use make it a very appealing and beneficial technology for people still using multiple daily injections, including those living with Type 2 diabetes. Market access gains helped drive increased new starts, and as is typical of our business, the vast majority of our new starts in the third quarter came from multiple daily injection users. Growth of DASH continues to be commensurate with our work to establish access and reimbursement. DASH represented approximately 50% of our U.S. new starts in the third quarter. Additionally, over 20% of our total U.S. volume is now going through the pharmacy, up from 15% to 20% last quarter and 10% to 15% just 2 quarters ago. And for the second quarter in a row, we saw a significant increase in the percentage of our new starts through the pharmacy being individuals living with Type 2 diabetes.

In terms of new product innovation, we are in the final stages of our Omnipod Horizon development and are extremely excited to bring our game-changing automated insulin delivery system to the market in the second half of next year. We have designed a system we are incredibly proud of, and we remain on track to start recruiting for pivotals next month. This will consist of a 3-month outpatient clinical study of 240 individuals across a broad age range, including pediatrics. We are excited to send people home with our Horizon automated insulin delivery system in a matter of weeks.

With Horizon, Insulet will be the first to deliver tubeless personal smartphone-controlled automated insulin delivery. Horizon's unique form factor and the incredible design work that has gone into securing our algorithm on the pod, give Insulet strong competitive advantages over other AID devices. Horizon's architecture is uniquely positioned to provide more time in closed-loop because we have done the work to put the algorithm directly on our disposable pod rather than on an accompanying device the user must carry around. Our engineering teams have worked closely with our colleagues at Dexcom to enable the Dexcom sensor to speak directly to our pod without requiring a PDM or phone to be in close loop. These highly complex technical programs require great collaboration and great design and engineering work to keep the user experience simple. Horizon is designed to be plug-and-play even for new users coming from multiple daily injections. Over time, the system optimizes automated insulin delivery based on actual daily insulin used, which means it should require less ongoing maintenance. Horizon will offer an out-of-the-box experience where anyone can easily transition to our AID system. You simply put on a pod and with your Dexcom sensor, and within minutes, you are in close loop. It's as simple as it gets. We know that diabetes can be a significant burden and is always front-of-mind. We also know that users don't want to have to think more about their diabetes and nobody's needs are exactly the same. Horizon will offer a personalized approach to customized diabetes management. One of the system's unique features is the ability to select multiple glucose targets to allow for personalized control and a unique level of customization. Horizon is designed to provide an unparalleled level of flexibility to give our users personalization and peace of mind. People living with diabetes helped us design these and other Horizon features. We have completed our formative human factor studies and are in the midst of our summative human factors testing, and feedback has been terrific.

So we are thrilled to be in the final stages of our development work and to bring our advanced system to the diabetes community next year. In addition to our own internal product development programs, we continue to support Tidepool's development efforts on an open source AID Loop app that can be accessed through the Apple App Store. Our goal with this collaboration is to position Omnipod to be a FDA-cleared component of the Tidepool loop system and to support patient choice in the market.

Turning now to our efforts to expand globally. We are making great progress on our strategic imperative of strengthening our global footprint in geographies with large addressable markets and sustainable business models. Direct operations in Europe have been firmly in place for over a year, and we continue to unlock new opportunities. Across our existing and new markets, there is significant unmet need for simple, effective insulin delivery, and we are enthusiastic about the huge runway in front of us.

We plan to launch a limited market release of Omnipod DASH in next month in select European markets, and we will continue to roll out DASH across Europe throughout 2020. We know our customers are excited for our latest technology, and DASH is the platform with which we prefer to enter new markets. Our team is working on language translations, new market development and vetting of potential strategic partners in order to ensure that our go-to-market strategies are well conceived. As a reminder, DASH is the first step to phone control, and we plan to bring Horizon with phone control to our international markets.

Looking ahead to the rest of the year, we will remain focused on solidifying our leadership position in the international markets in which we have a presence today. Beginning in 2020, we will look to expand our global footprint into new markets that offer compelling value and opportunity. There is significant interest and unmet need, not only in Europe but around the world, and our international team is prioritizing the most attractive opportunities and go-to-market strategies. While we would not expect global expansion to add meaningful incremental revenue in 2020, our expansion efforts over the next few years will strengthen and broaden our global foundation and contribute continued significant top line growth over the long term.

Lastly, turning to operational excellence and the ramp of our new U.S. manufacturing facility. We continue to strengthen our global operations, enabling Insulet to produce exceptional high-quality products efficiently, at scale and eventually, at lower landed cost in the United States. Last quarter, we began production at our new highly automated manufacturing facility in the U.S. We are now in the process of installing our second U.S. manufacturing line, with production of sellable product on this line expected mid next year. Our manufacturing innovation is a key driver of our 2021 target of 70% gross margin, which we remain on track to deliver. Given our expectations for continued rapid growth, we plan to install our third line in the U.S. also in 2020. This third line will further strengthen our industry-leading position in manufacturing and operational excellence and will ensure we are poised for a successful launch of Horizon and to meet our growing Omnipod demand across the globe.

With that, I'll turn the call over to Wayde.

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Wayde D. McMillan, Insulet Corporation - Executive VP,CFO & Treasurer [4]

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Thank you. As Shacey noted, we had another quarter of strong financial and operational performance. We are pleased that the continued execution of our strategy is building value for our shareholders and furthering our mission to improve the lives of people with diabetes. We remain focused on advancing our innovation pipeline and increasing market access to drive revenue growth and operate with excellence across the organization to expand margins. In the third quarter of 2019, we delivered revenue of $192.1 million, representing growth of $41 million or 27%, which was $11 million above the high end of our guidance range.

Breaking this down by product line. U.S. Omnipod revenue grew 34% to $109.5 million, which was $7.5 million above the high end of our guidance range and marked our fourth consecutive quarter of accelerating growth in the U.S. This increased growth rate is mainly the result of accelerating volume growth driven by growing our customer base and adoption of new product innovation with Omnipod DASH, primarily through the pharmacy channel. It is also due to the mix benefit on the premium for DASH and the shift to the pay-as-you-go model in the pharmacy. Our success to date is a testament to the continued execution of our commercial and operational teams as they have simultaneously launched a new product in a new business model and in a new channel, while establishing our first new manufacturing line in the U.S. International Omnipod revenue grew 35% to $67.7 million, exceeding the high end of our guidance range by $5 million, primarily due to increased volume from growing demand for Omnipod within our existing European markets.

As a reminder, in Q3, we anniversaried our go-direct strategy in Europe, and therefore, both periods reflect the 50% uplift in revenue in our European business. Drug Delivery revenue was $14.9 million, a reduction of 21% and at the low end of our guidance range as a result of updated production planning with our partner.

Turning to gross margin. We delivered 64.1%, down 340 basis points year-over-year and down 160 basis points sequentially, in line with our expectations. As we communicated on last quarter's call, we expected a sequential decline in gross margin primarily due to the full quarter ramp of our U.S. manufacturing. As a reminder, as we increase production, we incur certain period costs, including training and start-up costs as well as normal inefficiencies of ramping up a new manufacturing line. We are confident, over the long term, our highly automated U.S. manufacturing will contribute to expanded gross margin. This headwind was partially offset by favorable Omnipod mix from the launch of DASH in the U.S., the move into the pharmacy channel with the pay-as-you-go model as well as some favorable customer mix internationally.

Operating expenses in the third quarter were 55% of revenue, an increase of 12% over the prior year, again, in line with our expectations. R&D as a percentage of revenue is sequentially lower as we had engineering and operational costs charged to R&D in Q2 that were associated with our newly constructed U.S. manufacturing facility up until the date we began producing sellable product. We ended the third quarter with operating income of $17 million, representing 8.9% of revenue. Net income for Q3 was just under $1 million and included a onetime noncash charge of $6.5 million relating to the extinguishment of 65% of our 2021 convertible notes.

Following our September notes offering, we publicly stated we expected a total noncash charge in the range of $10 million to $15 million, with approximately 2/3 to be incurred in Q3 and 1/3 to be incurred in Q4. Since that time, we've completed our valuation work and now expect a total onetime noncash charge of $10 million, with $3 million left to be recorded in Q4.

Let me take a minute to briefly summarize the successful convertible notes offering we completed in September. Given favorable market conditions and Insulet's strengthening financial performance, we felt it was an optimal time to refinance our 2021 convertible notes and conduct a new offering. This resulted in our raising $800 million and securing a low coupon rate and favorable conversion rate among other favorable terms. Raising these funds allowed us to repurchase our 2021 convertible notes. In doing so, we were able to limit future dilution to our shareholders, while also obtaining excellent financial terms. Completing this financing was an important step in executing our long-term capital plan.

Again this quarter, we generated positive operating cash flows. We ended the third quarter with $637 million in cash and investments compared to $372 million at the end of the second quarter and $430 million at the end of last year. This increase was largely due to the approximate $240 million of net proceeds raised as part of the new debt issuance, which was subsequently used to repurchase the remaining 35% of the 2021 notes in October. We expect to continue to use cash for planned capital expenditures as we invest in our U.S. manufacturing and supply chain operations.

To summarize the third quarter, we are pleased with the accelerated rate of revenue growth and the profitability we achieved. We expect this year's positive momentum year-to-date to continue through the end of 2019, and we remain well positioned for further revenue growth over the long term.

Turning now to 2019 guidance. Given our continued financial outperformance in the first 3 quarters in anticipation that this positive momentum will continue, we are raising our guidance expectations for the full year by $15 million at the high end of guidance and $22 million at the low end. We now expect 2019 total revenue in the range of $722 million to $730 million, representing growth of 28% to 29%. By product line, we are raising our U.S. revenue range to $410 million to $414 million, representing growth of 27% to 28%. This reflects our continued confidence in our strong volume momentum, given the ongoing market access and commercial expansion strategies as well as continued ramp of our new DASH product innovation and move into the pharmacy channel with our pay-as-you-go model, where we do not charge for PDMs like we did in prior years.

Also included in our guidance is an updated annual PDM headwind of $4 million to $6 million, which is a reduction from our prior guide of $6 million to $8 million due to the continued strength of selling PDMs in our DME and direct channels. We also continue to benefit from a stronger tailwind from the DASH pod premium compared to our original estimate of net neutral. For international Omnipod, we are raising our revenue to a range of $251 million to $253 million, representing growth of 46% to 47%.

Lastly, for Drug Delivery, we are updating revenue to a range of $61 million to $63 million, representing a decline of 8% to 11%.

For the rest of the P&L, we are reaffirming that we expect our full year 2019 gross margin to be relatively consistent with prior year. This reflects the benefit of going direct in Europe, continued operating and supply chain improvements and the mix benefit of DASH in the pharmacy with the pay-as-you-go model as well as some favorable customer mix in Europe. This is primarily offset by headwinds as we begin to ramp our first new U.S. manufacturing line.

These headwinds will continue in 2020 as we add and ramp 2 additional highly automated manufacturing lines in our move toward operational efficiency. We continue to expect full year 2019 operating expenses to increase approximately 25% primarily due to investing in innovation. We are committed to investing to unlock our market potential.

For operating income, given our year-to-date performance, we are now planning to be at the high end of our mid-single-digit percentage range. We continue to expect that our capital expenditures will be relatively consistent with 2018 as we invest in U.S. manufacturing to drive redundancy, improved efficiency and drive margin expansion over the longer term.

Given the recent refinancings of our -- of some of our convertible notes, we now expect our noncash interest expense for 2019 to be approximately $25 million, and on an annualized go-forward basis, to be in the range of $30 million to $35 million.

Before I turn the call back to Shacey, I want to share my enthusiasm about our performance. It is extremely rewarding to see all the hard work that goes into executing our strategy result in positive outcomes for our customers and value for our shareholders. We remain focused on advancing our strategies, and we expect our strong performance to continue over the long term. We remain on track to deliver on our 2021 targets of $1 billion in revenue, gross margin of 70% and operating margin in the mid-teens.

With that, I'll hand the call back over to Shacey.

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Shacey Petrovic, Insulet Corporation - President, CEO & Director [5]

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Thanks, Wayde. On behalf of our entire team at Insulet, I want to reiterate how pleased we are with the strong momentum of our company. 2019 has been a year of execution, and it is clearer than ever that we have the right team and strategy in place to deliver on our commitments to customers, the broader diabetes community and to our shareholders.

And now I'll turn the call back to the operator for Q&A. Operator?

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Operator [1]

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(Operator Instructions) And our first question comes from Ryan Blicker with Cowen.

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Ryan Blicker, Cowen and Company, LLC, Research Division - VP of Healthcare [2]

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Maybe just starting with the pharmacy channel transition. You mentioned the pharmacy channel was an overall net positive to U.S. revenue in Q3 and that you would now expect a greater tailwind from the pod pricing premium. I believe previous guidance assumed about a $6 million to $8 million tailwind from the pod pricing premium to offset the $6 million to $8 million PDM headwind. What do you expect now for pricing tailwinds year-over-year?

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Wayde D. McMillan, Insulet Corporation - Executive VP,CFO & Treasurer [3]

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Sure. So regarding the transition here, there's really 2 major components. So as we think about it, the headwind from the no-charge PDMs is actually less than we expected. Even though we are seeing the headwind as we transition to our pay-as-you-go model, we're selling more PDMs in our legacy DME and direct businesses as those businesses continue to perform pretty well and continue to grow. The other side of it is the premium that we're getting on the DASH, our new DASH product as well as in the pay-as-you-go model in the pharmacy. And so our original estimates, given that it was such a new channel, we were conservative. And I think now we're falling more in the middle of our range, where we had run scenarios. But what I have to say is it's still very early days. And so we are seeing some benefit today, but we're just a couple of quarters into a strategy that has significant change to our business. And so now we're finding ourselves kind of in the middle of our scenarios. We're very happy of -- for where we're performing right now. But having said that, I think we still have long ways to go to see how this plays out.

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Shacey Petrovic, Insulet Corporation - President, CEO & Director [4]

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Yes, I think that's right. I mean, it's early days. If you think about it, we're 3 quarters into a strategy that took 3 years to develop and design and we'll be deploying for many years. So it's just a changing situation. The channel is growing rapidly. And so price is changing as we bring on new payers, et cetera.

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Ryan Blicker, Cowen and Company, LLC, Research Division - VP of Healthcare [5]

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Got it. And then maybe just digging into the U.S. number a bit more, really impressive results. Can you provide any more color on new patient trends? I guess, assuming that utilization didn't increase meaningfully versus Q2, it seems like U.S. new patient starts could have approached or exceeded 10,000 in the quarter. Is that in the ballpark or did utilization increase sequentially? I just want to make sure we don't get ahead of ourselves moving forward.

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Shacey Petrovic, Insulet Corporation - President, CEO & Director [6]

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It was another record quarter in terms of new patient starts. So we're not really giving that color. I think if you think about what drove revenue, the reason we moved to volume and give you that kind of highlight around volume and mix is that it's just the primary driver behind revenue. As we move into the pharmacies, so now we've got 20% of our U.S. base and 50% of our new patient starts, we start to lose a little bit of visibility to the customer base, not to new patient starts as much, but to the whole customer base. You can imagine we just sort of becoming more like a pharmaceutical company where we've got visibility to prescriptions as opposed to customers and even that is a little bit delayed. So I just -- I hate to sort of -- I'm not avoiding the question, but really, we just have limited visibility. We think that's the right trade-off because the pharmacy channel is such a better customer experience and it's a more efficient channel for us.

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Operator [7]

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Our next question comes from Robbie Marcus with JPMorgan.

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Robert Justin Marcus, JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division - Analyst [8]

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Congrats on a really nice quarter. I wanted to really try and dive in around the change that's happening in the pharmacy because it's clear that this is materially increasing the patients that are signing up for DASH. So I was hoping you could give us, if there's any survey work you've done on these early patients here? Any kind of qualitative feedback you can provide on what you think it is that's driving such strong new patient growth here for DASH in the pharmacy?

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Shacey Petrovic, Insulet Corporation - President, CEO & Director [9]

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Yes. I think it's a great question. What's exciting to me is some of the feedback that we're getting from physicians in terms of prescribing Omnipod earlier in the treatment pathway and for physicians that they might not have otherwise. And the reason why that's happening is, number one, all of the things that we know about the pay-as-you-go model, the fact that we've reduced the commitment upfront and the lock-in period, those are really disruptive and really, I think, transformative for how clinicians can think about pod therapy for their customers. And I think the other thing that we're trying to give color around is just the increasing use among people living with Type 2 insulin-dependent diabetes. So we know we're in a strong coverage position in the pharmacy for that population. And then as we work to establish more and more Medicare coverage, that's also really important to unlocking the Type 2 insulin-requiring patients because we know that 60% of people living with Type 2 are over -- sorry, 40% are over the age of 60. So there's a large contingent of people living with Type 2 diabetes that are covered by Medicare. So the work that we're doing to establish Medicare access in the pharmacy is really helping to unlock that huge opportunity and huge unmet need.

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Robert Justin Marcus, JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division - Analyst [10]

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Yes. And just one more question here on DASH. I think it's really clear the value benefit to patients having a lower co-pay, out-of-pocket with diabetes with very expensive disease. Right now, you're getting most of the new patients from MDI but as you cycle through the year-end deductibles reset and as you go through the year where the warranties expire, do you think there is an opportunity here to pick up a meaningful amount of competitive switches from Tandem and Medtronic?

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Shacey Petrovic, Insulet Corporation - President, CEO & Director [11]

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Sure. I think we remain really focused on our target segment, which we view as the multiple daily injection user. If you think about why that is? And it's really because it's the vast majority of the opportunity. Even among Type 1s, still 60% to 65% of the opportunity is multiple-daily injections, and it's 95% or more of the Type 2 population, the 2.5 million to 3 million people living in the United States. So it really is the larger opportunity in where we're focused. Nothing has changed in terms of our trends. We continue to see 75% to 80% of our new users come from that segment. And of course, that means we still get 20% to 25% of our new users from pump transitions, it's just less of a focus for us.

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Operator [12]

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Our next question comes from David Lewis with Morgan Stanley.

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David Ryan Lewis, Morgan Stanley, Research Division - MD [13]

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Just two questions from me. I'll start with Wayde. Wayde, can you just sort of walk through the international guidance for the fourth quarter? It's lower on a dollar basis, and I'm just trying to -- if you can just help bridge us here to the fourth quarter number, just given the underlying momentum in the third quarter, we're just into the fourth. And I had a quick follow-up for Shacey.

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Wayde D. McMillan, Insulet Corporation - Executive VP,CFO & Treasurer [14]

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You bet. So two ways to think about it. We had a very strong Q3, and so we recognize that our guide is a deceleration from Q3. But Q3 was very strong for us. We do have a bit more of a lumpier business, given that a majority of our business goes through distributors. And so we did see insight to a stronger Q3, given the distributor order patterns there. So we get a bit of that going on from a deceleration standpoint. But then what I would bring us back to is, we believe that the international markets we're in, given the strong team that we have there and our position in the marketplace, that we're in this high-teens, low-20s range. And so that's right where our guide sits, including the impact of FX. So we do have about a 4% unfavorable impact of FX included in our guidance. So we're guiding to 16% to 20%. If you factor in the 4% unfavorable FX, it puts us at 20% to 24%. So we're really right where we want to be from an international standpoint, including FX, granting that we had a very strong Q3 and it looks like somewhat of a deceleration. But again, right where we want to be for Q4.

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David Ryan Lewis, Morgan Stanley, Research Division - MD [15]

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Okay. So a little bit of pull-forward, but the underlying demand, you think, is there?

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Wayde D. McMillan, Insulet Corporation - Executive VP,CFO & Treasurer [16]

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We do.

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David Ryan Lewis, Morgan Stanley, Research Division - MD [17]

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Okay. And then, Shacey, I know it's a little early, but you think about next year, you're, sort of, reiterating the time lines around Horizon. As you think about next year and just given the innovation around that product, is there any reason to believe that rolling out Horizon will be at all disruptive to sort of the core channel and core product as you think about sort of the introduction of that launch in the back half of next year?

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Shacey Petrovic, Insulet Corporation - President, CEO & Director [18]

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Sure, David. It's a good question, something we're working on today in terms of our launch plans and preparation. And so of course, anything of that magnitude could offer some distraction. But I'll tell you that the team is doing all of the right things, even thinking about market access and how do we leverage all of the market access that we've built in the pharmacy channel for Horizon so that we can have rapid and broad access across the channel. So I think we're doing the right things to try to minimize distraction and be able to bring that product to market as quickly and successfully as we can because we know people are waiting for it.

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Operator [19]

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Our next question comes from Jayson Bedford with Raymond James.

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Jayson Tyler Bedford, Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Research Division - Senior Medical Supplies and Devices Analyst [20]

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Congrats on the progress. Just a couple of quick ones here. Shacey, I think you mentioned that you believe you're in a strong coverage position for Type 2s. Just curious, was that in reference to Medicare or were you referring to commercial, in general?

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Shacey Petrovic, Insulet Corporation - President, CEO & Director [21]

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Really to both. So it is referring to the pharmacy as a really good channel for the Type 2 insulin-dependent patients.

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Jayson Tyler Bedford, Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Research Division - Senior Medical Supplies and Devices Analyst [22]

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Okay. And then in term -- there's a -- obviously, a few moving parts on price, channel, et cetera. I just want to make sure that you're still expecting growth in the U.S. installed base to be similar to U.S. sales growth. Is that fair?

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Shacey Petrovic, Insulet Corporation - President, CEO & Director [23]

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Well, we pointed out the benefit of mix, and we talked a little bit to the premium on the pod. So I would draw you to that. And the other reason why we're really giving you the color around volume. Because if you think about it, we're just becoming a bit more like a pharmaceutical company in terms of the visibility. And now we've got 20% of our total base going through the pharmacy, more than that actually. And 50% of our new patient customers. And so we're pointing you to volume. And then also with the benefit of mix in the pharmacy as one of the primary drivers behind revenue. We lose a little visibility as we move into the pharmacy, especially as you get out from the wholesalers to retail pharmacies and specialty pharmacies. And that's the right trade-off, for sure, because we know it's a much better customer experience and a better channel for Insulet, but it is the reality of where we are today.

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Jayson Tyler Bedford, Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Research Division - Senior Medical Supplies and Devices Analyst [24]

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Shacey, with DASH, have you seen any change in attrition?

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Shacey Petrovic, Insulet Corporation - President, CEO & Director [25]

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We have not. As you might remember, we have been watching that pretty carefully. And of course, as I mentioned, we do lose some visibility in the pharmacy. But from what we can estimate, we haven't seen a change in attrition.

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Our next question comes from Danielle Antalffy with SVB Leerink.

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Danielle Joy Antalffy, SVB Leerink LLC, Research Division - MD of Medical Supplies & Devices and Senior Analyst [27]

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Congrats on a really strong quarter again. Question for you, Wayde. Wondering if I could push you a little bit on the Q4 guidance, it looks like you're assuming some deceleration. And I'm just wondering what -- is there anything unique driving that? Is there seasonality we should be thinking of? And also, one of the other pump companies last night talked about a pause ahead of their new product launch. So I assume the pay-as-you-go model, we wouldn't be seeing any impact from new product cycles and pauses and such. But just wondering if you parse out a little bit what's driving the decel? Specifically, I'm looking at U.S. Omnipod growth.

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Wayde D. McMillan, Insulet Corporation - Executive VP,CFO & Treasurer [28]

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Yes, you bet. And we just talked about international a couple of minutes ago. And just to clear that one more time, we do not see any issues in international growth rates. In fact, ex FX, we're above the high teens, low 20s with a guidance of 6% (sic) [16%] to 20% with a 4% of unfavorable FX in there. So international, very strong. And on the U.S., I think it's great. We're talking about 27% to 28% guidance -- deceleration -- as a deceleration. We've had a great year-to-date. And so how we're thinking about it is, great year-to-date, 27% growth, a particularly great Q3 where, as Shacey said, we had record new patient starts. And we're guiding to a very strong Q4 of 25% to 29%, with our year-to-date 27% right in that range. In other words, if we perform the way we have year-to-date, we'll be right in the middle of the range. Even the low end of the range requires very strong new starts and it would be our highest revenue quarter ever. So a couple of things going on around seasonality. A couple of notes. One would be, as we're increasing volume, and as we said in our prepared remarks, volume through the pharmacy now is at 20%, as that grows, we would expect a headwind from seasonality in Q4 because of the switch from deductibles to co-pays. But again, it's going to be small and slight and something we're going to be watching carefully here this Q4. But certainly, as we move more and more of our volume into the pharmacy, that will become more of a headwind to seasonality year-over-year in Q4 but probably going to be pretty small right now, just given the percentage of volume through the pharmacy.

The other thing we talked about was monitoring our channel inventory. We have not seen channel inventory be an issue for us yet. There's basically no net impact again here in Q3. We did see some inventory start to build in the pharmacy channel. It's really 2 stages there: One, into the wholesalers and distributors; and the second, into stocking in the retail pharmacies. And that's -- that what did increase here in the quarter but it was offset by a reduction in our DME inventories. So there was no net impact on a material basis for our sales this quarter. But looking ahead, we do think it will become an impact as we start to mature and grow and add more wholesalers and distributors to our pharmacy distribution channel. So those 2 things are something to keep an eye on from a seasonality or a phasing standpoint. But we don't -- we're looking at a very strong Q4 here, both international and in the U.S. And yes, I get that it looks like a deceleration from Q3, but Q3 was an amazing quarter. There's a little bit of tougher comp in Q4, we had a very strong Q4 last year. But we see a very strong performance here again in Q4.

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Danielle Joy Antalffy, SVB Leerink LLC, Research Division - MD of Medical Supplies & Devices and Senior Analyst [29]

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Okay. Totally fair point, and sorry to be greedy there. And then -- and just last question, Shacey. You talked last quarter about how you really saw strength in the U.S. across all pieces of the business, including the DME channel. You saw Type -- pretty strong Type 2 quarter. I was wondering if you could give us a little bit more color on whether it looks like that continued into this quarter, but just curious about what you can say as to the drivers in Q3 of the U.S. growth.

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Shacey Petrovic, Insulet Corporation - President, CEO & Director [30]

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Sure, Danielle, and I think Wayde really covered this well. We saw strength across every channel in the U.S. that includes pharmacy, DME and direct. But we are a bit sort of cautious about that because long term, we do expect that the DME and, to a lesser degree, the direct business will soften as we move more of this business into the pharmacy. So Q3, amazing quarter for us. Everything was strong, maybe to a greater degree than we expected it to be in the DME channel. As we look forward, we expect that to soften a bit.

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Our next question comes from Matthew Blackman with Stifel.

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Mathew Justin Blackman, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, Research Division - Analyst [32]

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Maybe just start, Shacey, I'm just curious, as you're having ongoing dialogue with payers to expand coverage, is there anything interesting coming out of those conversations worth sharing? How eager or open are payers? Are there any common points of pushback in those conversations? And how are they responding to the new models that you're putting out there? And then I have one follow-up.

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Shacey Petrovic, Insulet Corporation - President, CEO & Director [33]

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Sure. The response has been terrific. And I think that's evidenced in the broad access that we've established in such a short period of time. And if you think about it, we've really just been at it for a few quarters and we've got more than 50% coverage established now in the U.S. for DASH, primarily in the pharmacy channel. So that is a testament to how well-received this risk-sharing model is and how novel it is for the market. And I think we see the benefit in how rapidly payers are establishing access. And then also, obviously, in the record-setting new patient start quarters that we've had over the last 3 quarters. The one interesting dynamic that I'll point out, it might not be exactly what you're looking for, Matthew, but is around Medicare and other contractings. If you think about it, we now have more than 50% of covered lives established. And we talked about this premium on the pod that was a little bit higher than expected this quarter. And a lot of that is -- could be driven also by pricing for payers, particularly on the Medicare side, where we haven't established contracts yet, but we're having a lot of success with the appeals process or with the exception process. So as we establish coverage with these payers that will actually act as a little bit of a headwind as we look to Q4 and beyond into 2020. As we establish more access, we would expect that price point to come down, especially if we're pursuing preferred positions on those payers. So -- but by and large, the discussions have been very productive. We feel really good about having a strong foundation for DASH and one that will be leverageable for Horizon as we look to 2020 and beyond.

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Mathew Justin Blackman, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, Research Division - Analyst [34]

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All right. I appreciate. That's very helpful. And then, I guess, the follow-up question and for you, Shacey, again. If we're at 20% pharmacy today, I don't know, look out the next 5 years in your mind's eye, what would you hope the ultimate channel mix would end up being for you guys?

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Shacey Petrovic, Insulet Corporation - President, CEO & Director [35]

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We want the vast majority of our business to be going through the pharmacy. I think there's some benefit -- actually, I should take that back. We want the vast majority of our business to be pay-as-you-go. We believe that, that is the best thing for payers and the best thing for patients. And we see great attractiveness in the pharmacy channel, so I would hope that the vast majority of that would be through the pharmacy channel. But there's a benefit in having some of the business served direct and DME as well, but we do see the best patient experience in the pharmacy channel.

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Our next question comes from Jeff Johnson with Baird.

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Jeffrey D. Johnson, Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, Research Division - Senior Research Analyst [37]

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Shacey, maybe a demand question then a Horizon question. On the demand side, can you break out at all kind of your mix? Are you seeing any shift in mix at all between T2 and T1? Obviously, you're talking a lot about good T2 traction, but any way to help us kind of quantify or break that out? And same question on the MDI side. This one's kind of a tougher question, I guess, but any way to know what percentage share capture you're enjoying of new to pump MDI patients relative to the market this quarter versus the last few qualitatively, do you feel that's going up.

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Shacey Petrovic, Insulet Corporation - President, CEO & Director [38]

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Great questions, Jeff. I'll start with the MDI question. There's very challenging to get good data on this, but we do believe that it's increasing. As I mentioned in my prepared remarks, every quarter this year, we have had a record number of new starts, the vast majority of those being multiple daily injection users adopt Omnipod. So we do believe we are seeing accelerating momentum there and that's thanks to this investment in the pay-as-you-go model and in such a simple, easy-to-use device that is DASH.

And then the other question was regarding Type 2s, and I gave a little bit of color in my opening remarks here. Again, this is something we're watching very closely. We have designed messaging and education for clinicians and patients on the benefits of DASH and Omnipod for the Type 2 user, and we are starting to see traction there. So we'll call it out as we get more and more of a trend, but this is the second quarter in a row where we have had a marked increase in the number of new users through the pharmacy that have Type 2 versus Type 1. So it does seem like our early efforts around education and awareness are working in this population.

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And our next question comes from Margaret Kaczor with William Blair.

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Brandon Vazquez, William Blair & Company L.L.C., Research Division - Associate [40]

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This is Brandon in for Margaret. Congrats on a good quarter. I'd like to kind of hit first on the Medicaid and as that's becoming a larger part of revenues and, Shacey, you were talking about it a little bit earlier, but can you remind us if there's any meaningful differences in the commercial channel for Medicaid? And part of the reason I'm asking is, I'm sure you're all aware that, on the CGM side, maybe the prerequisites are a little bit different and the reimbursement model's a little bit different. It sounds like it's a slight premium for all of you, and is that how we should be thinking about it going forward? And if there's any kind of different, I guess, prerequisites to get onto a pump for Medicaid?

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Shacey Petrovic, Insulet Corporation - President, CEO & Director [41]

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Yes. I want to just clarify in my opening remarks and some of these questions that we've covered already, it's really Medicare that has become a growing population for us. And we called that out because we've always been a market leader and incredibly strong in pediatrics. And as we have started to establish access among Medicare, it's really starting to change the complexion of our -- particularly our new patient starts, where we're seeing more from Medicare in older populations as well as more in Type 2, and Medicare coverage is really helping to drive that. And when I talked about there being a bit of a premium on Medicare, right now, that's because we're taking advantage of very successfully the exception and appeals process. And as we establish coverage, we would not expect to retain that premium as we get coverage with these Medicare payers. In terms of Medicaid, we continue to see that tick up. But I wouldn't say it's -- I would not say that it is, one, a premium-priced population, and I would not say that it's an outsized portion of our new patient starts, like we see with Medicare.

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Brandon Vazquez, William Blair & Company L.L.C., Research Division - Associate [42]

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Got it. That's helpful. And then looking in 2020 in the international, as you launch DASH in your international markets, will you be able to utilize kind of the same pay-as-you-go model? I can appreciate you probably won't be able to do a pharmacy channel, but going back to one of the earlier comments you made in clarifying, it seems like the pay-as-you-go has been one of the bigger catalysts for the U.S. business. So can you utilize that model? And then the follow-up with that, can it be as impactful as it was to U.S. growth through 2020?

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Shacey Petrovic, Insulet Corporation - President, CEO & Director [43]

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Sure. Brandon, those are great questions, and we have challenged our teams across our different international geographies to determine whether or not we can bring value to people living with diabetes and to governments that are paying for these technologies through our business model and pay-as-you-go. We've had some success with that, particularly I think of an example in Canada, for example. But we're still in the early days of understanding. You probably know that in many of these international geographies with single payer, national health care systems, that there's pretty established routes, and it can be a pretty significant task to try to change pathways. But it's something that we're exploring both for the existing markets as well as for new market entries, where we may be able to really bring value through this risk-sharing agreement to these markets.

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Our next question comes from Kyle Rose with Canaccord.

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Kyle William Rose, Canaccord Genuity Corp., Research Division - Senior Analyst [45]

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Congrats on a strong quarter. So just 2 questions for me. One, you talked about the emerging growth in the Type 2 opportunity. Maybe just give us a little more color on what you're seeing from these patients? I mean, how are they different? Specifically, I know you talked about attrition, but maybe from a utilization standpoint, how are they different from a requirements on your sales and your customer support teams, just things of that sort? And then I'll just give my follow-up now, and then hop in queue is, you've got ACE designation. You've got multiple algorithms, both with Horizon and loop. You only have 1 CGM partner. We saw Tandem announced a partnership with Abbott, the other CGM player. Do you expect to work with additional CGMs in the future? And just what should we expect around timing there?

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Shacey Petrovic, Insulet Corporation - President, CEO & Director [46]

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Thanks, Kyle. So I'll start with Type 2. Really, this has been, I think, an eye-opening experience for us because we had really thought maybe we were limited in this -- in our ability to serve this population. And what we're seeing is because Omnipod reduces the total daily dose of insulin, and because DASH has taken ease of use -- DASH and pharmacy have taken ease of use and access to new levels that we have a stronger right to win in this population than maybe we had previously predicted. I wouldn't say we see notable differences in terms of utilization or requirements from our clinical team. Typically, these patients are being seen by an endocrinologist. And so it's the same call point. And the same process in terms of training and implementation for the Type 2 population that requires insulin as it is to Type 1 today. But it's early days. It's really -- and this is 2 quarters in. So we're watching it very closely. And as we -- we certainly want to provide the same level of market-leading support for these patients. And so if that requires a different type of investment or approach, we will react accordingly.

And then the second question was on interoperability and other sensors. We always designed DASH, which is our interoperable pump that will be the basis of the submission for Horizon to be interoperable. It's why we went to the phone because Dexcom is already on the phone with their app and so is Libre. We don't have anything to announce right now. We are incredibly excited about our partnership with Dexcom on Horizon. But I will say we see a great experience in Europe, where there's a lot of overlap between Libre and Omnipod users as well. So we're focused on Horizon, and we see great opportunity for interoperability with DASH and Horizon.

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Operator [47]

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Our next question comes from Ravi Misra with Berenberg. (Operator Instructions)

Our next question comes from JP McKim with Piper Jaffray.

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Unidentified Analyst, [48]

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This is actually Matt in for JP. Shacey, as you think about the DME and pharmacy channels going forward and the stocking that you see there, you're growing really quickly right now early days, but how do you manage the inventory levels in those channels going forward? Are they meaningful? Is it not that meaningful for you from a stocking perspective on the pharmacy side, so that it's something that's easy to manage? Or is that something that you have to keep a close eye on going forward?

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Wayde D. McMillan, Insulet Corporation - Executive VP,CFO & Treasurer [49]

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Matt, it's Wayde. I can take that one. So very different channels. First of all, the pharmacy channel is just a couple of quarters old here, very early days. So we're signing up wholesalers and distributors seems like every month and expanding our logistics channel here and significant investment going into the IT side of things and EDI interfaces and moving from manual to more automated. So lot of work going on in this area, which means that we're learning every day. Having said that, we do have good insights into our wholesaler and distributor partners. From a reporting standpoint, what we're learning is it's a very efficient channel. And so we've got good insights there. As I said earlier, we are seeing that start to build. And then the second stage of that is when our product gets stocked in retail pharmacies. And so that's also very early days as we get our contracts put in place for the CVSs, the Walgreens and other retail pharmacies in the U.S. And so I think we'll see inventory start to build more in both of those as that channel matures.

And then on the DME side of things, we're very experienced in this area, have a very good handle on our inventories with our DME partners and manage it along with them. And so we feel confident there as well and understanding those. And we did see those come down somewhat this quarter, and it offset the build we saw in the pharmacy. So on a net basis between the 2 channels, we do not see a channel inventory build this quarter.

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Shacey Petrovic, Insulet Corporation - President, CEO & Director [50]

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The other thing I'll add, and Wayde's right, as the channel grows, we would expect for inventory to grow to support that. But the pharmacy is proving to be a very efficient channel. So the inventory turns very quickly, and it gets distributed very quickly. So it's something we're keeping a close eye on, and we'll give as much color as we feel is necessary to make sure you guys have a good handle on what's going on with the business.

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Okay, that's helpful. And then the follow-up is for Wayde, actually on the gross margin side. Your (inaudible) sometime next year, how do we think about the headwinds there on the gross margin line from those 2 new items that [will come out] over the next year or so? And is it something where (inaudible) second half of next year, where we really start to see things improve? And then how do you manage that level of manufacturing (inaudible) efficient, et cetera?

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Wayde D. McMillan, Insulet Corporation - Executive VP,CFO & Treasurer [52]

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Yes. So Matt, you were bit in and out there, but I think I got the gist of your question around gross margins. And this is one of our most significant investment areas, right. In automated manufacturing here in the U.S., many advantages to that, right? We get the redundancy, and it is going to be the single largest contributor to us getting to our long-term 70-plus percent gross margin targets over time. What it does mean is this investment is going to create a headwind for us, and it is here in the second half of '19 as we start to ramp up our first line. And then as we mentioned in our prepared remarks, we're bringing in a second and a third line in 2020. So we'll be adding to the headwinds here as we work through 2020. And then the plan is we're learning on line 1 already. We're already making adjustments that we're learning that we're implementing on line 2 and line 3. We feel really good about the talented team, the capability that we're building here. And so we're going to be able to leverage this capacity. And then what it comes down to is volume. So as we start to scale, we move from putting very inefficient cost of goods sold inventory into inventory and moving it to more efficient cost of goods sold and inventory. So there'll be an inflection point. We're not giving guidance for 2020 yet. But you can assume that we'll be having the majority of our headwind throughout 2020 as we ramp the first line, and we bring in our second and third line, and that will position us well for efficiencies over the long term.

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Our next question comes from Matt Taylor with UBS.

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Matthew Charles Taylor, UBS Investment Bank, Research Division - Equity Research Analyst of Medical Supplies & Devices [54]

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I was hoping, first, you could be a little bit more descriptive about the international market dynamics, what are you seeing there that's similar and different to the U.S. in terms of patient mix in Type 2 and talk a little bit more about next year, you mentioned entering some meaningful new markets, what are they and how much growth could they have?

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Shacey Petrovic, Insulet Corporation - President, CEO & Director [55]

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Sure. Thanks, Matt. The first question on international markets, it's a little challenging to answer. Because if you think about our international markets or Europe, when we refer to Europe, Europe is actually a dozen different business models, different reimbursement schemes and different access availabilities for the technology. So I would say that the percentage of, for example, Type 1 and type 2 varies dramatically across the market depending on the access restrictions. But by and large, in these national health care systems, there is less access for Type 2 that will take some market development work over the long-term to unlock that population. But fairly good and established access for people living with Type 1 diabetes. And certainly, what we see across every international market that we're in today is that we have a differentiated technology that is patient-preferred and growing pretty dramatically across these markets and that's evidenced by the performance this year and what we expect for Q4. And I think...

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Wayde D. McMillan, Insulet Corporation - Executive VP,CFO & Treasurer [56]

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The second one was just around the new markets, I think, what we're expecting.

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Shacey Petrovic, Insulet Corporation - President, CEO & Director [57]

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Yes. And so we'll give a little bit of color, I wouldn't expect us to add material revenue in 2021. We're not going to list out the markets but really, talking about a handful of markets in 2020. We've got a lot of work to do in 2020 to convert our markets to DASH and then to start to think about new markets to enter into. And really excited about the opportunity, but right now, we want to make sure that we enter these markets in the right way. When we make a commitment to a market, we're making a commitment for the rest of a patient's life. And so we're being really thoughtful about the markets that we select. I would expect that those will be the first tranche in 2020 will be in Europe and potentially, the Middle East.

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Our next question comes from Raj Denhoy with Jefferies.

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Rajbir Singh Denhoy, Jefferies LLC, Research Division - MD, Equity Research & Senior Equity Research Analyst [59]

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Maybe just a question for you, Shacey, on Horizon. I guess, I'm curious about how confident you are in the timing of the late 2020 approval or the second half of 2020, as you described it, with the trial just starting it's essentially a year from now? And I guess, given the unique nature of the product with the algorithms residing on the pod itself, is there any risk that, that timing could slip a little bit?

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Shacey Petrovic, Insulet Corporation - President, CEO & Director [60]

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I appreciate the question. I feel great actually about the time line. We've got a terrific team developing this, and Dr. Trang Ly leading it, who's arguably one of the world's experts in artificial pancreas research and development. We also I think really benefit from some great regulatory tailwinds. Remember, we've got an ICGM that is already cleared. We've got an ACE pump that is already cleared. And what we're working on is the algorithm clearance and the system clearance. So we've got a lot of tailwinds behind us. And we also benefit from the Breakthrough Devices program. And just to give a little color there, I think this last pre-sub with the agency is the seventh one we've had this year, so the level of collaboration and support on behalf of the agency has just been fantastic. So if you think about the time line, we feel like we're in really good shape. This trial will take approximately 3 months, and then we'll move into a compilation and submission. And we feel confident that we'll be on the market in the second half of next year.

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And that does end today's question-and-answer session. I would now like to turn the call back to Ms. Shacey Petrovic for any closing remarks.

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Shacey Petrovic, Insulet Corporation - President, CEO & Director [62]

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Thanks, everyone. Just a few weeks ago, Insulet was awarded the 2019 Massachusetts Economic Impact Award, the result of substantial investment in job creation we have made in Central Massachusetts. This award has been presented since 2003 to honor companies that have made a significant impact on the Massachusetts' economy. And just last week, Insulet U.K. was awarded the Medical Device Company of the Year by Diabetes Professional Care association, which celebrates standards of excellence, quality and positive outcomes, led by companies working in the diabetes community. I want to congratulate our entire team for taking home these goals, a great recognition of everybody's terrific execution and our deep commitment to our mission. We are just so proud to be making such a positive impact in our local communities and to be making a positive impact on people with diabetes across the globe. Thanks, and have a great evening.

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Ladies and gentlemen, this concludes today's conference call. Thank you for participating and you may now disconnect.