Strong growth in installed base yields significant reduction in net debt

LONDON, UK, 10 October 2014 – Optos plc (LSE: OPTS), the leading medical retinal imaging company, today provides a pre-close trading update for the financial year ended 30 September 2014 (“FY14”), ahead of the publication of its Preliminary Results on 19 November 2014. All figures, which are reported in US dollars (US$), are unaudited.

Revenues and adjusted Profit before tax* for the year to 30 September 2014 are expected to be in line with market consensus**, before accounting for the early renewal of a US corporate account which, once included, will result in both being slightly above market consensus.

During the year, we continued to make excellent progress in attracting new customers. We added 1,500 new customers (a record performance), increasing our installed base by 24%. We continued to make progress with corporate accounts globally. This included, as indicated above, the early renewal of a strategic corporate account in the US who upgraded their stores to Daytona devices.

Cash generation was strong during the year, especially in the second half of FY14 and we expect to report further improvement in net debt to around US$12 million (vs US$39 million at 30 September 2013).

Roy Davis, CEO, commented:

We continued to see strong demand for our products during the year, particularly Daytona. This has translated into another record year of placements with new customers. It has also resulted in a robust cash performance that has allowed us to reduce net debt significantly. Our pipeline of new products is progressing to plan and we remain excited about the future.

*Excludes exchange rate translation and other exceptional costs such as restructuring, consistent with previous years

**Bloomberg estimate


Optos plc
Roy Davis, CEO
Robert Kennedy, CFO   

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About Optos Plc

Optos plc has the vision to be The Retina Company.  We aim to be recognised as a leading provider of devices and solutions to eyecare professionals for improved patient care. Optos' core devices produce ultra widefield, high resolution digital images (optomaps®) of approximately 82% of the retina, something no other device is capable of doing in any one image.

Optos has a range of imaging devices that support different customer segments and patient levels: the P200 and 200Dx devices are concentrated on wellness screening carried out by optometrists and ophthalmologists in primary care; the P200C devices are designed to meet the need for more exacting clinical imaging capabilities and standards in secondary care within the ophthalmology market and at optometric practices that are clinically managing a patient base with advanced ocular disease; and the P200MA and 200Tx devices supports ophthalmologists and retinal specialists in the medical care market.

Daytona represents the next generation of Optos ultra-widefield retinal imaging technology, and has been scaled to accommodate smaller office spaces while providing high resolution imaging, and adding new autofluorescence capabilities. Weighing only about 25 kg, Daytona's new, ergonomic body is designed to increase patient comfort, as well as make it easier to correctly position the eye. In addition to the smaller, sleeker design, Daytona features an improved user interface with its intuitive, workflow based software. Daytona also offers "plug-n-play" installation, a modular robust build-design to simplify product support, image review capabilities and electronic image storage options. Daytona was designed to allow the globalisation of the core Optos imaging technology, giving the opportunity to offer the benefits of optomaps® technology to more eyecare professionals and their patients around the world.

The acquisition of OPKO instrumentation in October 2011 brought the group optical coherence tomography ("OCT") diagnostic devices and optical ultrasound scanners, used in the diagnosis and management of eye disease and conditions. Optos' widefield retinal imaging technology, combined with the specific data that can be derived from OCT images, has the potential to offer ophthalmologists and optometrists the most powerful tools for disease diagnosis and management. The optomaps® images provide enhanced clinical information which facilitates the early detection, management and treatment of disorders and diseases evidenced in the retina such as retinal detachments and tears, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. Retinal imaging can also indicate evidence of non-eye or systemic diseases such as hypertension and certain cancers. OCT delivers an image that shows a three dimensional, cross-sectional view of the retina in any particular area, typically in the central pole area of the retina around the optic nerve and macula and is used to detect the presence of and understand the severity of disease, determine treatment approaches and monitor post-treatment effect.

Our expanded product range now includes ultra-widefield imaging, OCT, visual acuity, perimetry and treatment laser products.

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Forward-Looking Statements

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