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Axogen, Inc. Reports 2021 First Quarter Financial Results

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ALACHUA, Fla. and TAMPA, Fla., May 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Axogen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXGN), a global leader in developing and marketing innovative surgical solutions for peripheral nerve injuries, today reported financial results and business highlights for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

First Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Business Highlights

  • Net revenue was $31.0 million during the quarter, a 28% increase compared to first quarter 2020 revenue of $24.3 million.

  • Gross margin was 83.3% for the quarter, compared to 80.1% in the first quarter of 2020.

  • Net loss for the quarter was $6.7 million, or $0.16 per share, compared to a net loss of $8.2 million, or $0.21 per share, in the first quarter of 2020.

  • Adjusted net loss was $3.1 million for the quarter, or $0.08 per share, compared with adjusted net loss of $7.6 million, or $0.19 per share, in the first quarter of 2020.

  • Adjusted EBITDA loss was $1.9 million for the quarter, compared to an adjusted EBITDA loss of $7.6 million in the first quarter of 2020.

  • The balance of cash, cash equivalents, and investments on March 31, 2021 was $97.2 million, compared to a balance of $110.8 million on December 31, 2020.

“I am pleased with our first quarter performance,” commented Karen Zaderej, chairman, CEO, and president of Axogen, Inc. “Surgeon demand for our products remains strong, supported by our substantial investment in clinical studies over the past decade. These studies continue to generate meaningful evidence, driving further surgeon adoption and reinforcing our confidence in the long-term growth potential of our business.”

Additional Operational and Business Highlights

  • Active accounts in the first quarter were 919, an 11% increase compared to 825 in the first quarter a year ago, and revenue from the top 10% of our active accounts continued to represent approximately 35% of total revenue in the quarter.

  • Ended the quarter with 106 direct sales representatives, compared to 108 currently, 111 at year end, and 109 one year ago.

  • Ended the quarter with 157 peer-reviewed clinical publications featuring Axogen’s nerve repair product portfolio.

  • Reinitiated clinical study activities for the Rethink Pain™ and Sensation-NOW® registries and are actively engaged in six sponsored studies currently enrolling across our four primary market applications.

2021 Financial Guidance
Management is reinitiating financial guidance and believes that full-year 2021 revenue will be in the range of $133 million to $136 million. Additionally, full-year 2021 gross margin is expected to remain above 80%.

Conference Call
The Company will host a conference call and webcast for the investment community today at 4:30 p.m. ET. Investors interested in participating by phone are invited to call toll free at 1-877-407-0993 or use the direct dial-in number 1-201-689-8795. Those interested in listening to the conference call live via the Internet can do so by visiting the Investors page of the Company’s website at www.axogeninc.com and clicking on the webcast link on the Investors home page.

Following the conference call, a replay will be available on the Company’s website at www.axogeninc.com under Investors.

About Axogen
Axogen (AXGN) is the leading company focused specifically on the science, development, and commercialization of technologies for peripheral nerve regeneration and repair. Axogen employees are passionate about helping to restore peripheral nerve function and quality of life to patients with physical damage or transection to peripheral nerves by providing innovative, clinically proven, and economically effective repair solutions for surgeons and health care providers. Peripheral nerves provide the pathways for both motor and sensory signals throughout the body. Every day, people suffer traumatic injuries or undergo surgical procedures that impact the function of their peripheral nerves. Physical damage to a peripheral nerve, or the inability to properly reconnect peripheral nerves, can result in the loss of muscle or organ function, the loss of sensory feeling, or the initiation of pain.

Axogen's platform for peripheral nerve repair features a comprehensive portfolio of products, including Avance® Nerve Graft, a biologically active off-the-shelf processed human nerve allograft for bridging severed peripheral nerves without the comorbidities associated with a second surgical site; Axoguard Nerve Connector®, a porcine submucosa extracellular matrix (ECM) coaptation aid for tensionless repair of severed peripheral nerves; Axoguard Nerve Protector®, a porcine submucosa ECM product used to wrap and protect damaged peripheral nerves and reinforce the nerve reconstruction while preventing soft tissue attachments; Axoguard Nerve Cap®, a porcine submucosa ECM product used to protect a peripheral nerve end and separate the nerve from the surrounding environment to reduce the development of symptomatic or painful neuroma; and Avive® Soft Tissue Membrane, a processed human umbilical cord intended for surgical use as a resorbable soft tissue barrier. The Axogen portfolio of products is available in the United States, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, Spain, South Korea, and several other countries.

Cautionary Statements Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains “forward-looking” statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations or predictions of future conditions, events, or results based on various assumptions and management's estimates of trends and economic factors in the markets in which we are active, as well as our business plans. Words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “projects,” “forecasts,” “continue,” “may,” “should,” “will,” “goals,” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements may include, without limitation, statements related to the expected impact of COVID-19 on our business, statements regarding our growth, our 2021 financial guidance, product development, product potential, financial performance, sales growth, product adoption, market awareness of our products, data validation, our assessment of our internal controls over financial reporting, our visibility at and sponsorship of conferences and educational events. The forward-looking statements are and will be subject to risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties that affect our business and our market, particularly those discussed under Part I, Item 1A., “Risk Factors,” of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, as well as other risks and cautionary statements set forth in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of future performance, and actual results may differ materially from those projected. The forward-looking statements are representative only as of the date they are made and, except as required by applicable law, we assume no responsibility to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances, or otherwise.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement our condensed consolidated financial statements, we use the non-GAAP financial measures of EBITDA, which measures earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, and Adjusted EBITDA which further excludes non-cash stock compensation expense and litigation and related expenses. We also use the non-GAAP financial measures of Adjusted Net Income or Loss and Adjusted Net Income or Loss Per Common Share - basic and diluted which excludes non-cash stock compensation expense and litigation and related expenses from Net Loss and Net Loss Per Common Share - basic and diluted, respectively. These non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles and should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP measures should be read in conjunction with our financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. The reconciliations of Axogen’s GAAP financial measures to the corresponding non-GAAP measures should be carefully evaluated.

We use these non-GAAP financial measures for financial and operational decision-making and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance and that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing our performance and when planning, forecasting, and analyzing future periods. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors because (1) they allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision-making and (2) they are used by our institutional investors and the analyst community to help them analyze the performance of our business.

Contact:
Axogen, Inc.
Peter J. Mariani, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
InvestorRelations@AxogenInc.com

AXOGEN, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(unaudited)

(In Thousands, Except Share Amounts)

March 31,

December 31,

2021

2020

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

39,843

$

48,767

Restricted cash

6,333

6,842

Investments

51,062

55,199

Accounts receivable, net

19,825

17,618

Inventory

13,388

12,529

Prepaid expenses and other

4,694

4,296

Total current assets

135,145

145,251

Property and equipment, net

44,395

38,398

Operating lease right-of-use assets

15,442

15,614

Finance lease right-of-use assets

59

64

Intangible assets

2,328

2,054

Total assets

$

197,369

$

201,381

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

20,831

$

21,968

Current maturities of long-term lease obligations

1,442

863

Total current liabilities

22,273

22,831

Long-term debt, net of financing fees

32,140

32,027

Debt derivative liability

2,519

2,497

Long-term lease obligations

20,731

20,874

Other long-term liabilities

2

3

Total liabilities

77,665

78,232

Shareholders’ equity:

Common stock, $.01 par value per share; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 40,842,717 and 40,618,766 shares issued and outstanding

408

406

Additional paid-in capital

329,603

326,390

Accumulated deficit

(210,307

)

(203,647

)

Total shareholders’ equity

119,704

123,149

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

197,369

$

201,381

AXOGEN, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

Three Months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020

(In Thousands)

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Mar 31,

Mar 31,

2021

2020

Revenues

$

31,037

$

24,261

Cost of goods sold

5,172

4,816

Gross profit

25,865

19,445

Costs and expenses:

Sales and marketing

17,973

17,838

Research and development

5,748

4,614

General and administrative

8,364

5,502

Total costs and expenses

32,085

27,954

Loss from operations

(6,220

)

(8,509

)

Other income (expense):

Interest income

34

311

Interest expense

(444

)

(31

)

Other income (expense)

(30

)

37

Total other income (expense)

(440

)

317

Net loss

$

(6,660

)

$

(8,192

)

Weighted average common shares outstanding – basic and diluted

40,706

39,698

Loss per common share – basic and diluted

$

(0.16

)

$

(0.21

)

Adjusted net loss - non GAAP

(3,129

)

(7,636

)

Adjusted net loss per common share - basic and diluted

$

(0.08

)

$

(0.19

)

AXOGEN, INC.

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

Three Months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020

(In Thousands)

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Mar 31,

Mar 31,

2021

2020

Net loss

$

(6,660

)

$

(8,192

)

Depreciation and amortization expense

818

343

Investment income

(34

)

(311

)

Income tax

(5

)

(10

)

Interest expense

444

31

EBITDA - non GAAP

$

(5,437

)

$

(8,139

)

Non cash stock compensation expense

$

2,694

$

556

Litigation and related costs

837

Adjusted EBITDA - non GAAP

$

(1,906

)

$

(7,583

)

Net loss

$

(6,660

)

$

(8,192

)

Non cash stock compensation expense

2,694

556

Litigation and related costs

837

Adjusted Net Loss - non GAAP

$

(3,129

)

$

(7,636

)

Weighted average common shares outstanding – basic and diluted

$

(0.16

)

$

(0.21

)

Non cash stock compensation expense

0.07

0.01

Litigation and related costs

0.02

-

Adjusted net loss per common share - basic and diluted

$

(0.08

)

$

(0.19

)

Weighted average common shares outstanding – basic and diluted

40,706

39,698

AXOGEN, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

Three Months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020

(unaudited)

(In Thousands, Except Share Amounts)

Common Stock

Total

Shares

Amount

Additional Paid-
in Capital

Accumulated
Deficit

Shareholders'
Equity

For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2021:

Balance at December 31, 2020

40,618,766

$

406

$

326,390

$

(203,647

)

$

123,149

Net Loss

-

-

-

(6,660

)

(6,660

)

Issuance of restricted/performance service awards

94,533

1

(1

)

-

-

Stock-based compensation

-

-

2,694

-

2,694

Exercise of stock options and employee stock purchase plan

129,418

1

520

-

521

Balance at March 31, 2021

40,842,717

$

408

$

329,603

$

(210,307

)

$

119,704

For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2020:

Balance at December 31, 2019

39,589,755

$

396

$

311,618

$

(179,861

)

$

132,153

Net Loss

-

-

-

(8,192

)

(8,192

)

Issuance of restricted/performance service awards

137,634

1

(1

)

-

-

Stock-based compensation

-

-

556

-

556

Shares surrendered by employees to pay taxes

(36,963

)

-

(639

)

-

(639

)

Exercise of stock options and employee stock purchase plan

48,341

-

316

-

316

Balance at March 31, 2020

39,738,767

$

397

$

311,850

$

(188,053

)

$

124,194

AXOGEN, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

Three Months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020

(In Thousands)

(unaudited)

Fiscal Year

Mar 31,

Mar 31,

2021

2020

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net loss

$

(6,660

)

$

(8,192

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:

Depreciation

772

307

Amortization of right-of-use assets

500

470

Amortization of intangible assets

46

36

Amortization of deferred financing costs

112

Provision for bad debt

(26

)

22

Provision for inventory write down

783

924

Change in fair value of derivatives

22

Change in investment gains and losses

15

(49

)

Share-based compensation

2,694

556

Change in assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

(2,153

)

3,902

Inventory

(1,642

)

(1,626

)

Prepaid expenses and other

(342

)

(2,024

)

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

(4,896

)

(1,903

)

Operating Lease Obligations

119

(472

)

Contract and other liabilities

(1

)

(3

)

Net cash used in operating activities

(10,657

)

(8,052

)

Cash flows from investing activities:

Purchase of short-term investments

(15,278

)

(11,760

)

Purchase of property and equipment

(3,095

)

(5,021

)

Sale/Maturities of short-term investments

19,400

25,450

Cash payments for intangible assets

(321

)

(119

)

Net cash provided by investing activities

706

8,550

Cash flows from financing activities:

Payments for repurchase of common stock for employee tax withholding

(639

)

Cash paid for debt portion of finance leases

(4

)

(5

)

Proceeds from exercise of stock options and warrants

521

316

Net cash provided by / (used in) financing activities

517

(328

)

Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(9,434

)

170

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of year

55,609

41,724

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period

$

46,175

$

41,894

Supplemental disclosures of cash flow activity:

Cash paid for interest

$

312

$

11

Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing and financing activities

Acquisition of fixed assets in accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

4,836

$

3,674

Right-of-use asset and operating lease liability

$

321

$

120

Acquisition of intangible assets in accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

166

$

-