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Tandem Diabetes Care Inc (NASDAQ:TNDM)
Q3 2019 Earnings Call
Nov 4, 2019, 4:30 p.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Ladies, and gentlemen thank you for standing by and welcome to the Third Quarter 2019 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] After the speaker's presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions]

I would now like to hand the conference over to your speaker today Ms. Susan Morrison, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. Thank you Please go ahead ma'am.

Susan Morrison -- Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Thank you. Good afternoon everyone, and thanks for joining Tandem's third quarter 2019 earnings call. Today's discussion, will include forward-looking statements. These statements reflect management's expectations about future events product development timelines and financial performance and operating plans and speak only as of today's date. There are risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated or projected in our forward-looking statements. A list of factors that could cause actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied by any of these forward-looking statements is highlighted in our press release issued earlier today and under the Risk Factors portion and elsewhere in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K quarterly report, on Form 10-Q and in our other SEC filings.

We assume no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information future events or other factors. In addition today's discussion will include references to adjusted EBITDA which is a non-GAAP financial measure. Adjusted EBITDA is a key measure used by us to evaluate operating performance generate future operating plans, and make strategic decisions for the allocation of capital. Please refer to the Investor Center portion of our website for further information. Today's call participants include Kim Blickenstaff, our Executive Chairman; John Sheridan, President and CEO; and Leigh Vosseller, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Following our prepared remarks we'll open the call up for questions. We appreciate everyone limiting themselves to two questions before getting back into the queue.

I'll now turn the call over to Kim.

Kim D. Blickenstaff -- Executive Chairman

Thanks Susan, and welcome everyone to today's call. Our third quarter results once again demonstrate that technology reduces the burden of diabetes and drives customer options. This concept is why we have a meaningful long-term opportunity to continue bringing the benefits of insulin pump therapy to people with diabetes worldwide. As we've discussed historically insulin pump penetration does not exceed 30% in any of the countries we are in with the greatest penetration being here in the United States. It's because of this large opportunity that at the start of 2019 we have expectations of at least 40% year-over-year sales growth which was well above most of our high growth medtech peers. We thought this year's growth would primarily be driven by capturing a portion of both the people adopting pump therapy for the first time as well as a portion of the current pump users eligible for reimbursement which would benefit from the Animas conversion opportunity. In addition we anticipated additional momentum from our international launch of t:slim X2 and the domestic launch of the Basal-IQ technology.

Looking back over the year, we've experienced strength in each of these key areas while achieving nearly 100% growth based on our 2019 sales guidance. We also continue to benefit from multiple tailwinds at our backs. The number of people choosing pump therapy for the first time for multiple daily injections continues to be strong and represented about half of our new customers in the quarter. Conversions from other pump manufacturers remained similar to what we saw last quarter as far as the breakout of which manufacturers or customers came from. Renewals for our scaling it will be a continued tailwind as our installed base grows. International is a large under penetrated market and we are just in the very early stages of bringing the benefits of Basal-IQ technology to these markets. And finally our new product pipeline is key with innovation and we have plan for study cadence of new offerings in the upcoming quarters and years.

To that end, we are actively preparing for a domestic launch of the t:slim X2 with Control-IQ technology. Following FDA approval we expect this to be the seventh insulin pump we launch in the last seven years demonstrating that we are delivering upon our commitment to rapid innovation. It will be the fourth insulin delivery system that we've successfully integrated with the Dexcom CGM sensor. Historically each of our product launches have been a sales catalyst for the company. And following the Control-IQ approval we will be launching the most advanced insulin delivery system available in the world. This is a remarkable accomplishment for any company and particularly for one of our size and history. Further contributing to our excitement in anticipation of the approval of Control-IQ is the last month's publication of pivotal clinical trial data for the Control-IQ system in the New England Journal of Medicine. Widely believed to be the most prestigious peer-reviewed medical journal this publication underscores the meaningful improvement in clinical outcomes demonstrated for the use of our Control-IQ system in the study.

And opportunity remains, for additional publications that speak the positive psychosocial benefits that people have recorded from using a system including desire to continue to use the system ease of use usefulness and trust. We believe the New England Journal publication and the corresponding editorial will be invaluable in our conversations with clinicians as well as payers following FDA approval. I've seen the New England Journal publication serve as an inflection point for companies and transform their business by establishing their products as a new standard-of-care. This is our vision for automated insulin delivery systems and the goal for our Control-IQ technology. Strategically we are maintaining our focus on key elements of the business that will position us for longer term success. This combined with the continued strength of catalysts that have driven our growth in 2019 gives us confidence in our ability to continue delivering meaningful long-term growth that outpaces other typical high growth medtech companies.

With that I'll now turn the call over to John.

John F. Sheridan -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Kim. The third quarter was a solid demonstration of a steadfast execution on the part of our employees. Commercially our focus was on continuing to share the features and benefits of our t:slim X2 platform while internally we were optimizing our scalability efforts in preparing for the launch of Control-IQ. Excitement is obviously high around Tandem as well as across the diabetes community for our Control-IQ approval. There are no concerning issues that we are working through with the FDA. And at this time we are engaged with them in a routine interactive review process for the approval of the system for people aged 14 and above. Our pediatric trial that's intended to lower the age indication for Control-IQ to people aged 6 and above is now fully enrolled and we are on track for filing our supporting regulatory submission in the first quarter of next year. It's important to note that we cannot market Control-IQ until following FDA approval.

Nonetheless awareness of the system, has been building since the initial presentation of the data at ADA in June among the thought leaders healthcare providers and people with diabetes. Because of this we have increasingly heard from the top prescribers that people are waiting until Control-IQ is approved to purchase a new pump. Despite our offering of no cost software updates to the Tandem Device Updater this pausing was a real dynamic that we experienced beginning in the third quarter and has continued into the fourth quarter. Following approval we will be ready to take Control-IQ orders and begin working with customers through the insurance and prescription verification process. Our launch plans include taking a few weeks following approval to educate healthcare providers on the features and functionality of Control-IQ before shipping new pumps with Control-IQ and with unique features of Tandem Device Updater offering this new software to our existing t:slim X2 customers. We've recently pulled together our field sales and clinical teams to provide training on Control-IQ and the excitement in these sessions was incredible. We started 2019 with approximately 70 territories in the United States and based on demand have increased our scaling efforts to have 90 territories by early next year.

In the past we have discussed, Tandem's commitment to relentless innovation as being first fast smart and customer-focused. With Control-IQ I believe we are well positioned to deliver on each of these initiatives. Concurrent with the launch of Control-IQ will also be the launch of our new mobile application which is particularly exciting as is the foundation of our digital health strategy. The first generation of the app will benefit patients by allowing our t:slim X2 to wirelessly upload data from their pump in CGM to our t:connect management application. This is a significant feature as it takes away a manual step for our customers and their healthcare providers of having to upload pumps through USB in order to track and see trending information. In the past we've discussed how in addition to the customers Tandem is also focused on ways to improve the full diabetes ecosystem. This app will be evidence of that effort as the wireless upload feature is a significant benefit for healthcare providers by helping to improve their office efficiency and streamlining business. AGP has commonly shared that they waste meaningful office time accessing data from the different insulin pumps each day. With this launch of our new app we will be offering the first wireless solution to address this issue.

While our focus domestically, is on the pending approval and launch of Control-IQ internationally excitement is building for Basal-IQ which is now available in half of the countries that we are in outside of United States. In addition to selling new pumps for Basal-IQ included we are also offering Basal-IQ to existing customers following our recent international launch of the Tandem Device Updater which is another Tandem first. Not surprisingly we are already hearing the same overwhelmingly positive feedback from people using Basal-IQ outside the United States as we do in the states as the early feedback begins to spread to existing geographies. And as we launch in additional countries we anticipate that strong adoption of Basal-IQ will be a catalyst for international business in 2020. Further contributing to our future international growth is the expansion into three new geographies; Germany France and the Benelux countries. We've recently signed agreements with experienced distributors who serve these regions and look forward to bringing the benefits of the t:slim X2 to more people around the world beginning in early 2020. With that sort of confidence and excitement at Tandem is right behind the domestic launch of Control-IQ and our new app. And the international launch of Basal-IQ is a rich pipeline of even more innovation that are being designed to further reduce the burden and improve the lives of people living with diabetes.

Our next generation automated, insulin delivery algorithms are in active development and focus on customization and even greater ease of use to continue progressing toward our ultimate goal of offering a fully closed loop system. Dexcom continues to be a trusted partner in our automated insulin delivery efforts and we look forward to bringing new innovations to market with them by integrating future technologies. We recently announced that we intend to develop and commercialize integrated diabetes solutions that combine Abbott's next generation glucose sensing technology with our insulin delivery systems to provide more options for people in managing their diabetes. There are a number of steps in finalizing this agreement. We look forward to doing so in advancing the product integration activities. As we look to the near-term our efforts in 2020 will focus on t:sport and new meaningful features for our mobile app. We are sharing a timeline for the different features we plan to roll out through our mobile application for competitive reasons. But we intend to offer a steady cadence of new features and enhancements which with new feature rollout is slated for the second half of next year. This leads to our next main pipeline initiative in 2020 our t:sport insulin delivery system.

The hardware designed for this pump is now final. And we are currently in active software development. We intend to submit the pump which is about half the size of the t:slim for 510[k] clearance as an ultimate controller enabled pump in the summer of 2020. We continue to develop the software to control t:sport in two parallel paths. The first will uphold t:sport control through a mobile application and the second is via a dedicated device for people who want the size and discretion and benefits of t:sport to further keep their 30 management devices separate from their mobile app -- their mobile device. We are in the process of understanding from a development commercial and regulatory perspective the timing of the offerings of both options and we'll keep you posted as decisions are made. From a manufacturing perspective our first t:sport cartridge line is on order. And what's particularly exciting is that we also expect that our new t:slim automated cartridge manufacturing lines will be capable of being converted to manufactured t:sport cartridges. This opportunity for incremental benefit from the uptake of t:sport and potential cannibalization of t:slim X2 by t:sport is difficult to predict. But this is the type of creative solutions that provides the flexibility as we grow and scale our business.

In the past, we've discussed our manufacturing capacity as a key scalar initiative for the company. Earlier this year, we ordered three new automated cartridge lines, and have been evaluating housing them near our corporate headquarters in San Diego, or outsourcing elsewhere to a third party. Recently, after completing thorough due diligence efforts, we have made the decision to utilize a highly experienced manufacturer for the ladder. We are currently in the late stages of negotiations with this firm and expect to have more to share on this in the near future. But expanding factoring only makes up a small portion of our revenue. Utilizing a contract manufacturer is an opportunity to gain leverage in this area of our operations and provide flexibility for future growth. Planning. This expansion of our manufacturing capacity has been ongoing for the better part of this year. And we expect this this will capacity to come online in q1 of 2020 will continue to run our manufacturing operations concurrent in San Diego and we expect this arrangement combined with a new manufacturing equipment will double our existing manufacturing capacity and provide us flexibility to scale the business as it grows. equal to our dedication to relentless innovation is our commitment to revolutionary customer service.

As we discussed in our last call internal sales support and customer support teams are needed to increase to support our growing installed base. As a reminder we directly support our U.S. and Canadian customers while our international distribution partners support our customers in other countries. The ease of use of our technology has been a big factor in allowing us to manage growth in these organizations. And we've also been investing in the solutions that will allow us to grow our sales faster than the support resources. That being said we have invested and will continue to invest in these groups as part of our mission to deliver world class customer service. Our temporary office in Boise Idaho is dedicated to supporting many of the physicians at scale with our customer base through customer technical support and insurance verification. And this office is now fully operational. The speed and efficiency at which we were able to identify the location hire and train talented individuals and operationalize the facility is unheard of in our industry. It also confirmed that we picked the right location to build these operations and we are in the final stages of identifying a more permanent facility in Boise that will further allow us to leverage the business and provide flexible and continued growth in 2020 and beyond.

Our ability to quickly operationalize the boat the Boise facility, it's really a testament to the hard work and perseverance of our employees and their commitment to providing world class service to our customers. We have but we have begun to see certain call metrics, such as customer wait time increase, and now with Boise online, we've already begun to see meaningful positive improvements. Overall, the third quarter was straightforward and that we met or exceeded our goals across the organization with control IQ approval pending. It's up to be exciting and what was already been an incredible year as we looked at today, 20 we expect the benefit of having control IQ on the market domestically, and Faisal IQ on the market internationally for the full year. Diabetes is large and growing market. And we fully intend to continue building our market share by bringing people new and innovative products that reduce the burden of diabetes by implementing solutions that benefit the healthcare providers who care for our customers and by demonstrating the value of our offerings to payers to support them.

I'd now like to turn the call over to Leigh for an additional color on the quarter as well as guidance for the rest of the year.

Leigh Vosseller -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thank you John. And good afternoon everyone. At $95 million in worldwide sales Q3 marks the third quarter in a row with greater than 100% sales growth year-over-year. This was primarily driven by pump shipments which exceeded 17800 in the third quarter. Based on continued strength in the business we are narrowing our guidance range for worldwide sales to be $358 million to $365 million which on the high-end is nearly double our 2018 sales of $184 million. The U.S. market remains strong with a total of 13800 pump shipments in the quarter. This is an impressive 87% increase over 2018 resulting in $79 million in total domestic sales. Also included in the quarterly pump shipments were approximately 2000 renewals which continue to scale at a steady pace. We have now cumulatively renewed more than 12000 customers out of approximately 24000 opportunities in total. Of those opportunities warranties for nearly 15% did not expire until third quarter of this year.

Keep in mind that there is often a lag from the actual date of warranty expiration to the time in which a customer chooses to make their next purchase. We are still seeing renewals from 2016 and 2017 warranty expirations in recent quarters. Overall we estimate our domestic in warranty installed base has grown to nearly 107000 people. On a sequential basis our U.S. pump shipments grew 8%. We are highly confident that the approval of Control-IQ will be an inflection point in our sales once available similar to what we've experienced with new pump launches in the past. As this relates to guidance our philosophy is unchanged. We only factor in the things we can control and so we do not factor in new product benefit prior to approval. Based on the strength in our sales to-date and factoring in continued pausing pending the availability of Control-IQ we are confident in our domestic sales expectations and are narrowing our guidance to a range of $300 million to $305 million which represents approximately 75% year-over-year growth on the high-end. Our international sales in the third quarter were $16 million driven by 4000 pump shipments.

We were very happy with the strength demonstrated in our U.S. sales as this was the first quarter that our distributors' attention was not primarily centered on the conversion of Animas customers. As a reminder we also experienced and outsized performance in the second quarter due to the $8 million fulfillment of backlog from 2018. We now have an international installed base of nearly 22000 people. We are proud of achieving this level of presence while scaling rapidly over the past year. By comparison it took nearly three years to reach a similar sized install base in a much larger U.S. market. The Animas opportunity provided a valuable kick start to this business and word of mouth is beginning to spread about the features and benefits of the t:slim X2 among the diabetes community. In addition our distributors' focus has turned to the launches of both Basal-IQ and the Tandem Device Updater. These new product launches plus the underpenetrated nature of the countries we are currently in gives us great confidence in our international sales expectation. However not unlike the U.S. this new product launch may cause a temporary impact on the sales patterns in Q4. The expectation of this impact is reflected in our guidance for the year which we have narrowed to $58 million to $60 million.

We believe there is a meaningful longer term opportunity outside the U.S. when you combine the opportunities today with the three new geographies where we are preparing to launch in early 2020. We now have approximately 129000 customers in our worldwide installed base based on the number of customers who have purchased a pump in the past four years. We experienced a 105% year-over-year increase in supply sales in the third quarter based on this continually increasing install base. Overall pump sales represented 67% of total sales followed by infusion sets at 22% and cartridges at 11%. Gross margin remained strong at 54% in the third quarter compared to 47% in the prior year as we continue to benefit from increasing sales and higher manufacturing volume. This is consistent with our gross margin performance in the second quarter with similar sales levels. As John discussed we continue to focus on and invest in the expansion of our manufacturing capacity to meet the rapid uptake in demand. We are maintaining our 54% gross margin expectation for the full year keeping in mind that we may experience pressure from other factors such as geographical mix variability in non-cash stock-based compensation and the royalty associated with the launch of Control-IQ.

Cost of sales also includes non-cash stock-based compensation expense at a rate of 2% of sales. Similar to gross margin adjusted EBITDA remained consistent with the second quarter at 13% despite continued investments to scale the business. This is a significant improvement over the negative 10% adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter of 2018 which was the last negative quarter we reported. Operating expenses were $57 million in the quarter including $15 million in non-cash stock-based compensation which compared to operating expenses of $38 million in the prior year including only $9 million in stock compensation. The growth year-over-year aside from stock compensation was primarily associated with investments in our operating structure including advancement of R&D initiatives increased number of customer support personnel and facilities expansion. As a result of this focus on leverage of our operating structure we are increasing our adjusted EBITDA outlook for 2019 to a range of 7% to 12% of sales. Our total cash and investments balance increased by $28 million this year to $157 million at the end of the third quarter. This includes $18 million benefit from employee stock planned. We had previously guided to the fact that we would begin generating cash from operations in the second half of 2019.

Our strong sales growth combined with our measured investments in the business allowed us to already achieve that goal on a year-to-date basis. To summarize our 2019 outlook our worldwide sales are estimated to be in the range of $358 million to $365 million including international sales of $58 million to $60 million. We expect gross margin for the year to average 54% and we now expect adjusted EBITDA in the range of 7% to 12%. Our non-cash charges for stock compensation and depreciation and amortization are expected to be approximately $60 million included as components of both cost of sales and operating expense. 2019 has been an incredible year so far as we anticipate nearly doubling sales compared to 2018 based on the performance of Basal-IQ and our international expansion efforts. Today we are focused on closing the year strong while we prepare for another exciting year in 2020 as the many growth catalysts we discussed today including the large and underpenetrated insulin pump market are scaling renewals the international opportunity and our much anticipated Control-IQ launch have us on track to continue fulfilling our mission to improve the life of people with diabetes worldwide.

With that I will turn it over to the operator for questions.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

[Operator Instructions]. Our first question comes from Brooks O'Neil with Lake Street. Your line is now open.

Good afternoon. Congratulations as a terrific group results. I'm just curious maybe, John; you mentioned pause during the quarter in the context of what I think was continued very strong sales growth. So could you just describe how you see that manifesting itself in the marketplace? And perhaps could you talk a little bit about the response you're seeing from endocrinologists around primarily the U.S. in response to your product development?

John F. Sheridan -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. How are you doing, Brooks. Nice talking to you. Well, I guess the first thing I'd say is that, we interact with physicians quite often in our office place, and so to our sales organizations. And in the last couple of months, we have heard from them that the HCPs are basically pausing and waiting for Control-IQ to be available and on the market. I would say that there's a couple things that have happened here. First of all, I think more so than any product we've introduced the level of awareness for Control-IQ has just been off the charts with the data presented at ADA and of the New England Journal article too, really big publications. And I think that the people are just talking about it. And so there's just a lot of awareness out there. We can't market it right now. We basically can't do anything to market the product. And so I think that we're in a situation just have to wait until we get approval. I would say that HCPs are probably waiting, because if they were to prescribe Basal-IQ, they would have to come back and shortly prescribe the Control-IQ as well. So there's probably some pausing just to reduce that burden. I think we remain very confident that, that technology is going to be approved by the FDA this quarter, and we're looking forward to a very strong 2020.

Brooks O'Neil -- Lake Street -- Analyst

I just want to ask Leigh one little detail question, I guess. It looks to me Leigh if I'm looking at your tables on your website correctly, like you did not add back the positive stock warrant benefit this quarter. In the past in Q1 and Q2, there was a large expense non-cash related to warrants. How did you treat that at the time?

Leigh Vosseller -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Brooks. So actually, we did include in our non-operating expenses, there was a benefit this quarter of about $2 million for the change in the fair value of those warrants that are still outstanding, which is consistent with the way we treated it in the past. The difference this time is that it was a benefit as opposed to the other periods it has been expensed most of the time. So this year, that brings us to about $11 million non-cash expense associated with the warrant.

Brooks O'Neil -- Lake Street -- Analyst

Okay. So the $17 million -- no, adjusted EBITDA $12.7 million, that does include $2 million benefit from the warrants, is that right?

Leigh Vosseller -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

That's been excluded from the net loss to reconcile to the EBITDA number.

Brooks O'Neil -- Lake Street -- Analyst

Yeah. Okay, I got it. Thank you very much. And congratulations again.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from Alex Nowak with Craig-Hallum. Your line is now open.

Alex Nowak -- Craig-Hallum -- Analyst

Great. Good afternoon, everyone. Leigh, I just want to touch on the guidance first. So I mean, this is kind of continuation of the last question here, but the guidance is implying Q4 sales of about $104 million to $111 million. That's roughly 30% of full year sales. Last year in Q4, it was about 41 -- Q4 was about 41% of sales, in 2017, it was 37%. So I guess I'm just trying to understand why are you assuming a much more muted Q4 here? I understand, there's some pausing with Control-IQ launching in the near-term, but it looks like you're assuming a pretty big pause, in my opinion.

Leigh Vosseller -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

So I'll start with, what you need to do is or we need to dissect the year between international and domestic, that's the major difference between the comparisons for 2017 and 2018. If you recall, this year in particular, we had a heavier first half performance from international. So if you're looking at on a worldwide basis, it would look as if the percent of sales in the fourth quarter is lower than in the past. So if you pull that out, and you look at just the domestic business, you'll see that it's more in line with the normal seasonality curves that we've seen in the past.

Alex Nowak -- Craig-Hallum -- Analyst

Okay, understood, got it. And then just staying on that one piece with Control-IQ and the pause there. If you had to take guidance and back out and say what that actual pause is, what would the guidance look like excluding that pause with Control-IQ?

Leigh Vosseller -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Good question. Unfortunately, we're not able to quantify that this time. The real answer will come when we see the approval come through, we're able to start marketing it. We're very confident though that it is related to pausing. As we looked at Q3 we still had a very strong quarter and all of the normal dynamics were in place. We still saw the same split of MDI versus conversion. And we thought Animas was in line pretty much with what we've seen in the last two years. And so it's very clear, especially from the feedback that it is due to this pausing. And as John said, we're very excited when it does come, what this looks like for 2020.

Alex Nowak -- Craig-Hallum -- Analyst

Okay, understood, congrats on the great results.

Leigh Vosseller -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from Travis Steed with Bank of America. Your line is now open.

Travis Steed -- Bank of America -- Analyst

Hi. Thanks for taking the questions. Starting with New England Journal of Medicine, it seems like very unlikely United could continue denying coverage at least in my view. So wondering if you can talk about how many patients United has and kind of your confidence in getting that approval in 2020?

John F. Sheridan -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure, Travis, this is John. I think that, as we've talked about in the past, our number one priority when it comes to pay organizations is really to try to get as many contracts as we can and so we're moving aggressively to try to get our goals from our goal of 50%, up from 25%. I think that the other thing that we're really interested in doing is basically getting additional reimbursement for our advanced algorithms. And so I would say that right now we have -- we're having great meetings with the senior levels of the sale organizations, and there's a lot of favorable interaction. So we are excited about moving forward with these organizations, and we feel positive going forward.

Leigh Vosseller -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

And I'll add to it a little bit of color to the number you asked about the number of United patients. So today, our estimation is there about 15 million covered lives under United. And based on the prevalence of type 1 in the US, we think that there probably are about 250,000 people in the population with type 1. So we're looking at those as an opportunity for us, when we do, are able to secure that agreement in the future. And based on that, it would appear that about roughly 80,000 people, if you use the penetration rate across the U.S. would have comp today. So we have the same opportunities where we can convert more people from MDI, as well as convert people from their existing over to us. And so at the end of the day, we're looking at that uplift to be somewhere in the mid single-digits, if and when we are able to secure that contract.

Travis Steed -- Bank of America -- Analyst

And one other question on, you definitely had a really good year this year with taking share from competitors with some of the perfect storm, Basel-IQ versus 670G. The Medtronic is making management changes. They are likely launching new products. So just would love to hear what you think about the competitive landscape moving forward. And do you think competitive wins can continue to grow in 2020 or was 2019 an exceptional year for you?

John F. Sheridan -- President and Chief Executive Officer

I think with the introduction and launch of Control-IQ, I think we expect that we'll have the same sort of momentum in 2020 that was in 2019. We will be competing against the Medtronic' new product which I think is intended to be introduced in the mid-year timeframe. And I think that we'll have momentum already built up on Control-IQ by that point in time. And I think that the ease of use and the simplicity of our device are going to continue to differentiate us when you do compare us with those devices.

Travis Steed -- Bank of America -- Analyst

Great, thank you.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from Danielle Antalffy with SVB Leerink. Your line is now open.

Danielle Antalffy -- SVB Leerink -- Analyst

Hey, good afternoon, everyone. Thanks so much for taking the question. Congrats on another good quarter. Just to follow-up on this pause situation or issue or what have you. I guess I was hoping maybe you could talk a little bit more about why you're seeing -- given the fact that it's a free software upgrade, you're seeing this pause? Is it misinformation among patients around the free software upgrade or what's going on there? Because it does seem a little unusual. And are you confident that it's around Control-IQ and not potentially patients waiting for the next Medtronic product cycle or something like that. Maybe give a little bit more detail to give us comfort there?

John F. Sheridan -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. I mean, I think we absolutely think it's around the availability of Control-IQ. And as I said, I think that -- while I think it's a logical question to ask whether or not the free software would be a differentiator, I think what we see happening is the decision really comes down to the interaction with the physician and the person who wants to acquire the new technology. And I think that the physician is just recommending that they wait until Control-IQ is available. It's just -- it's easier for them, they don't have to go the download process. Now, we would argue that the downloading process is very simple. And it's not that big of a deal, but I think that's just what was coming down to. And as I mentioned earlier, in the case of the physicians, if they were to prescribe the pumps today, the Basal-IQ, they will have to come back again and prescribe it as a Control-IQ pump here in just a matter of a short period of time. So I think it's a combination of those issues that I think are really affecting that decision process.

Danielle Antalffy -- SVB Leerink -- Analyst

And one quick follow-up on Libre, you guys announced a few weeks ago a partnership with Abbott and ultimately the Libre 2.0. Can you talk a little bit about or what can you get to tell us around timing for a potential integrated product and what you now know about Libre 2.0 that in the past I think your commentary was sort of like we don't know what the product is. So it sounds like you must have gotten some level of comfort around what Libre 2.0 will look like and whether or not it'll have iCGM. Can you talk a little bit about that? Thanks so much.

John F. Sheridan -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. Well I don't think we've actually indicated which product we're going to work on at this point in time. I think we've indicated that we're going to work with Abbott on integrated the next generation technology. So I think it's important that we start off with that. The next thing that we're doing right now is we're working with them on the agreement. We're really trying to get the agreement done here. And I think that once that's in place, we can start to work aggressively on implementing the technology in the system. I would say that we're probably looking at -- it's going to at least take us a year. So in terms of having a meaningful impact on revenue or growth it's probably something that we wouldn't anticipate seeing until 2021.

Danielle Antalffy -- SVB Leerink -- Analyst

Thank you so much.

John F. Sheridan -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Perfect.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from Matthew Blackman with Stifel. Your line is now open.

Mathew Blackman -- Stifel -- Analyst

Good afternoon, everyone. Just actually a couple questions for Leigh. Leigh could you just remind us how back end loaded the fourth quarter typically is in terms of pump shipments? In other words, if you got Control-IQ approval next week in the middle of a quarter, I'm guessing you'd still be able to capture more than half of a typical fourth quarter opportunity.

Leigh Vosseller -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Sure. So a typical fourth quarter for us from the domestic side is that about 35% to 40% of the pump shipments occur in that quarter. And you're correct, it's even more back end loaded through the end of that quarter. When we've been up at the 40% range that's been when we had a product launch in the third quarter. So that gave us plenty of time to execute on the launch, get pumps in people's hands. And so at this point, as we said earlier, we have not factored in any trajectory change for Control-IQ in the fourth quarter. And so we do expect there to be a difference, but when that time comes is when we will start to factor that in.

Mathew Blackman -- Stifel -- Analyst

Okay, I appreciate that. And then the next question, should we use the $15.8 million in international revenues this quarter, is that call it a reasonable normalized launching point to think about 2020 growth off of?

Leigh Vosseller -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yes, I think it's a good launching point. As we mentioned in the prepared remarks that we do think there might be a little bit of a blip here in the fourth quarter as we're rolling out Basal-IQ just like we see in the U.S. when we have a new product launch, but third quarter was the start of a good baseline.

Mathew Blackman -- Stifel -- Analyst

Okay, that's all I had. Thank you very much.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from J.P. McKim with Piper Jaffray. Your line is now open.

Matt O'Brien -- Piper Jaffray -- Analyst

Afternoon, thanks for taking the questions. This is actually Matt in for J.P. I was hoping to talk a little bit about next year. There's just a lot of moving parts right now with the business. And I know you don't want to get any guidance too much for next year. But John you said you're expecting a really strong year. So can you just talk a little bit about the puts and takes as we think about 2020 with the slowdown with Control-IQ and international growth and any other tailwinds that we may see on the renewal side? How do we think about the trajectory of the business into 2020?

John F. Sheridan -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Well, I mean the slowdown on Control-IQ is only because it's not available at this point in time. I mean as soon as it's available, we expect to see similar momentum as we did with Basal-IQ last year. So we expect that Control-IQ is going to have a meaningful impact on our revenue growth in 2020. I would also say that when you look OUS, we also think that Basal-IQ, and these new locations will also have a meaningful impact on the growth we see OUS. And so those are big factors for us. Like I said a moment ago when I was talking about sort of the competitive situation with Control-IQ, we think that the ease of use is going to continue to drive competitive convergence. So we expect to see more of that, and we also -- renewals are continuing to grow. So, I think that we see the same factors and the same issues that created the momentum in 2019 are available in 2020. And in addition to that, we've also got t:sport coming to market. And so, we are looking forward to completing a development and the approval process for that, but we see that as having an impact at a minimum in 2021.

Matt O'Brien -- Piper Jaffray -- Analyst

Okay. But obviously not expecting a doubling of the business again next year, but something and the market growth rate is healthy. But should we think about you guys doubling or even tripling the market growth rate as we think about 2020?

Leigh Vosseller -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Well as Kim mentioned in the opening, we look to the other medtech companies for what is a good strong growth rate. And of course, when you're at $365 million and you've doubled your business year-over-year, it does get harder to do 100% again, but we expect to continue to outpace as we have in the past in medtech community.

Matt O'Brien -- Piper Jaffray -- Analyst

And last real quick one from me is just on the Animas side of things, you lapped supply stop there, how do we think about the number of patients that are still out there in the universe that are Animas users? Thank you.

Leigh Vosseller -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yes. Unfortunately, that's a number that we've never had really in our hands. Although we really wish we would. We do think the number has dropped quite significantly from where things started. But having said that, we think it won't be a complete drop off for us in terms of opportunity going into fourth quarter and even into 2020. We think it will taper over time. There's still that pocket of people who hold on to their pumps, stock up on their supplies and just keep using it as long as they possibly can. There may be other people who have even taken advantage of conversion programs to the Medtronic pump and they might become opportunities for us as their warranties expire as well.

Matt O'Brien -- Piper Jaffray -- Analyst

Very helpful. Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from Jeff Johnson with Baird. Your line is now open.

Jeff Johnson -- Baird -- Analyst

Thank you. Good afternoon, guys. Leigh could I follow-up on that point then around Animas. And I guess, in the third quarter itself, it sounds like about 50% again was MDI, and the other 50% ex the turnover patients of your own or the renewals of your own were either Medtronic or probably Animas conversion. The last couple quarters, it seems like that Medtronic to Animas split has been about two-thirds, one-third on the competitive converts and very little insulate. Is that kind of where we were in the third quarter as well or any update you can provide there would be helpful?

Leigh Vosseller -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yes, that's a good approximation. And the third quarter was very consistent with what we've been seeing for the last two years, basically.

Jeff Johnson -- Baird -- Analyst

And it sounds like you expect some of that to continue into the fourth quarter and beyond. Just want to confirm that's what you meant by your last answer. But John, I was hoping -- for my follow up question then, I could also ask you on to t:sport. You're talking about this parallel pathway now, the phone control versus the controller unit? I think it makes sense from a risk mitigation standpoint. But my question, I guess is, are you hearing anything from the FDA that maybe they're getting a little hedgy on phone control? Is that -- or is the FDA concerned about anything with your ability to phone control versus a broader ability to control an insulin pump in general with the phone. Would just love any color you're hearing from the FDA or talking with the FDA about on phone control?

John F. Sheridan -- President and Chief Executive Officer

I think that the FDA remains very bullish on using phone control for insulin devices. I think we're seeing that across the board when we have conversations with them. So we still think that that's going to be a real exciting new product for us. And it's something that we're spending a lot of effort to get some market here quickly.

Jeff Johnson -- Baird -- Analyst

All right, thank you.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from Steven Lichtman with Oppenheimer & Company. Your line is now open.

Steven Lichtman -- Oppenheimer & Company -- Analyst

Hi, guys. So first of all, thanks for the visibility on some of the new country opportunities next year. Obviously, without expecting you give us guidance, can you talk generally about the opportunity you see, anything on with regard to the distributors you signed up or the relative market opportunity in the country you will be entering versus the countries you're currently in?

John F. Sheridan -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Well, I think you can look at Germany as part of the second largest market. We have a great distributor there and they're investing in the sales force. And so I mean, obviously initially it's going to be just getting started and getting the ball rolling. But we expect that when that organization is in place and staffed and trained that it's going to be a meaningful driver for OUS growth. Similar to France, I think France also has a meaningful marketplace. And we're excited about getting into that location also.

Steven Lichtman -- Oppenheimer & Company -- Analyst

And then secondly, just the piece of renewal capture seems to be picking up. What's driving that maybe Leigh in your view and can you remind as to what your goals are on renewal capture?

Leigh Vosseller -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Sure, our long-term goal is to achieve a 70% retention rate of our customers. And so part of it is not only I guess I would say we're getting better as we continue to progress and learn from the renewal process, but we're still renewing people from those older cohort. So people from 2016 and 2017 still renewed this quarter. And I think there's enthusiasm around our products themselves in just the diabetes technology. So that's really helping to move our renewals in the right direction.

Steven Lichtman -- Oppenheimer & Company -- Analyst

Okay, great. Thanks, guys.

Leigh Vosseller -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Steve.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from Ryan Blicker with Cowen. Your line is now open.

Ryan Blicker -- Cowen -- Analyst

I apologize if I've missed this, but can you provide a bit more color on the rationale behind your international guidance for Q4, which appears to imply that new patient shipments declined prematurely versus Q3, lower Animas contributions to international, new patient shipments in Q3 and why wouldn't the launch of Basel-IQ allow for a bit better of a new patient number in Q4 for the international business?

Leigh Vosseller -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thanks Ryan for the questions. Just a reminder, from an international perspective, the majority of the Animas business, we were able to convert by the end of the second quarter. So I would say prior to that point we would think it as mostly Animas and modestly new market growth, in the third quarter is when that transition occurred until it became mostly new market growth, and less about the Animas conversion opportunity. We did begin to roll out Basel-IQ at the very end of the second quarter on into the third quarter. So we're going country-by-country. But one factor is that our Tandem Device Updater wasn't available really till the end of the third quarter, actually on September 30. And so that's one of the factors the distributors taking into mind whenever they're thinking about their rollout strategy for Basel-IQ. So not unlike the U.S., we are anticipating that there could be a small pausing or a transition period as the new product comes to market and that it fuels what our guide is for the fourth quarter.

Ryan Blicker -- Cowen -- Analyst

And then do you expect the launch of Control-IQ internationally in 2020?

John F. Sheridan -- President and Chief Executive Officer

I don't think we've stated that yet. So we'd probably discuss that on the fourth quarter call next year.

Ryan Blicker -- Cowen -- Analyst

Okay. And if I could just take another shot at the 2020 question. So I know you're not providing guidance, but looking at 2020 consensus revenue expectations, it appears to imply that new patient additions are around flat year-over-year versus 2019. So there are headwinds that reduce Animas opportunity and competitive launches. But you've also talked pretty confidently about Control-IQ both in the U.S. and maybe internationally we'll see and then t:sport obviously can't hurt. There's another quarter to go. But looking as we sit here today, do you expect to add more new patients in 2020 than you will in 2019? Thank you.

Leigh Vosseller -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

We do expect to continue to see strong growth. Control-IQ is really going to be the major driver next year, as we look at how the market breaks down and as John mentioned we go through the different pieces of it. We have the MDI opportunity, which this year seems to have accelerated quite significantly. So if you assume that's even the same next year, we would expect 50,000 to 60,000 new people coming to market from the MDI population, of which we feel confident we'll take a fair -- our fair share of. If you think about the people who just come up for renewal, whether it's from our own pump or from other pump companies, that's easily more than 125,000 pumps coming to market next year. And again, with the leading technology with Control-IQ out there, we think that we have a really strong chance of attracting those customers at a very high rate.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from Ravi Misra with Berenberg. Your line is now open.

Ravi Misra -- Berenberg -- Analyst

Hi, thank you for taking the call. So just a question on t:sport here coming through, appreciate the incremental detail that you provided. Just how do we think about this in terms of what the offering is to patients? I mean, is this going after a potential new segment that may not be amenable to slim, or do you think that this could open up a different slice of the market for you guys?

John F. Sheridan -- President and Chief Executive Officer

We did a lot of research on this Ravi early on and what we found is that the people that were most interested in t:slim -- excuse t:sport were MDIs and pediatrics, and so I think we expect to see meaningful growth in those two markets once this device is on the marketplace.

Ravi Misra -- Berenberg -- Analyst

And then just one more, going back to the question I think Steven had asked on renewals. You're getting -- by my math, you're kind of in the mid 60s based on that cohort. I mean should we expect -- I think we were previously thinking that this would be like a multiyear plan to get to 70. But is this something that you can get to in 2020, maybe, or should we kind of rebias our numbers even higher? Thanks.

Leigh Vosseller -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

I really think it's a longer term trajectory to get to that 50% to 70% range. If you think about it, the base of opportunities that we're adding every year is increasing so substantially when you look back to our growth from 2013 to 2016, in that it doesn't lend itself with the renewals taking such of a lag to actually be processed. It doesn't lend itself to getting to 70% that quickly. But we still feel very good about achieving that goal. We just think about it more as cohort-by-cohort rather than at the highest business level.

Ravi Misra -- Berenberg -- Analyst

And then if I can just ask one last one. If you could just help us understand the impact, or the flow through of the economics of the European fourth quarter kind of step down as they focus on that training through your opex? Is there any kind of different seasonality or cash usage that may have been overstated or understated in the quarter that may not be recurring in the fourth quarter? Thank you.

Leigh Vosseller -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Right. So when it comes to the international chain, the distributors there are very different from the U.S. They handle all the customer support activities. So there's really no more expense for us whenever there's a new product roll out there, other than the support that we provide them on a regular basis. But the majority of that burden and costs honestly falls on to them.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from Alex Nowak with Craig-Hallum. Your line is now open.

Alex Nowak -- Craig-Hallum -- Analyst

Hey everyone, Just a quick follow up here to kind of the pausing piece that we've all been talking about on the call here. Many people when they buy their pumps they buy in Q4 but before the deductible is reset. With Control-IQ launching likely too late here for people to call on pause and get their pump purchase in before the year end of 2019, do these patients then wait until Q4 2020 instead of immediately buying their pump in Q1 '20 when Control-IQ will likely become available?

Leigh Vosseller -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

It's really hard to say what that behavior will actually be. But I do expect that even out it might impacts when they decide to make that purchasing decision. Because for so many people until their deductible has been met, it's a very costly decision for them to make. But having said that, we have a very firm launch strategy in place. So the moment we get approval, we will be pushing very hard to try to get as many people through the pipeline as possible before end of the year.

Alex Nowak -- Craig-Hallum -- Analyst

Okay, understood. Thank you.

Operator

I'm not showing any further questions at this time. I would now like to turn the call back over to John Sheridan for any closing remarks.

John F. Sheridan -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Well, thanks, everybody for joining us today. We look forward to seeing you soon. We're going to be at the Credit Suisse Conference in Scottsdale on November 12th. The Stifle Healthcare Conference in New York on the 19th of November, and the Piper Jaffray Conference on December 4th also in New York City. Thanks again for joining us. We look forward to keeping you updated on the company as we continue to make progress.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 53 minutes

Call participants:

Susan Morrison -- Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Kim D. Blickenstaff -- Executive Chairman

John F. Sheridan -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Leigh Vosseller -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Brooks O'Neil -- Lake Street -- Analyst

Alex Nowak -- Craig-Hallum -- Analyst

Travis Steed -- Bank of America -- Analyst

Danielle Antalffy -- SVB Leerink -- Analyst

Mathew Blackman -- Stifel -- Analyst

Matt O'Brien -- Piper Jaffray -- Analyst

Jeff Johnson -- Baird -- Analyst

Steven Lichtman -- Oppenheimer & Company -- Analyst

Ryan Blicker -- Cowen -- Analyst

Ravi Misra -- Berenberg -- Analyst

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