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Axogen, Inc. Reports 2019 Third Quarter Financial Results


ALACHUA, Fla., Nov. 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Axogen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AXGN), a global leader in developing and marketing innovative surgical solutions for damage or transection to peripheral nerves, today reported financial results and business highlights for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.

Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results:

  • Net sales were $28.6 million during the quarter, an increase of 26.1% compared to third quarter 2018 revenue of $22.7 million.
  • Gross margin was 84.2% for the quarter, compared to 84.7% in the third quarter of 2018.
  • Net loss for the quarter was $5.6 million, or $0.14 per share, compared to net loss of $4.1 million, or $0.11 per share in the third quarter of 2018.
  • Adjusted net loss was $2.6 million for the quarter, or $0.07 per share, compared with adjusted net loss of $1.9 million, or $0.05 per share, in the third quarter of 2018.
  • Adjusted EBITDA loss was $3.0 million for the quarter, compared to adjusted EBITDA loss of $2.4 million in the third quarter of 2018.
  • Ended the quarter with $106.1 million in cash, cash equivalents, and investments, compared to $109.1 million at the end of the second quarter of 2019.

"We delivered solid financial results during the quarter, and I am pleased with the progress we are making to improve our commercial operations," commented Karen Zaderej, chairman, CEO, and president. "We are rebalancing our efforts toward our largest market opportunity, extremity trauma, which represents the most efficient and effective path to sustainable long-term growth. We will continue to invest in the breast reconstruction neurotization and oral and maxillofacial markets and expect to expand these efforts as these nascent markets continue to develop. Additionally, we are slowing the rate of sales force expansion to enable further productivity gains across our existing commercial footprint. We are encouraged with the early results of these initiatives and will continue to evaluate and build upon them throughout the remainder of the year and into 2020." 

Additional Third Quarter 2019 Operational and Clinical Updates:

  • Increased active accounts in the third quarter to 791, up 16% from 679 a year ago.
  • Ended the quarter with 105 direct sales representatives and 19 independent agencies.
  • Conducted four national education programs in the third quarter, including one OMF specialty program, and expect to conduct 25 programs in total during 2019.
  • Added five peer reviewed clinical publications to our surgical portfolio for a total of 105.
  • Increased the number of presentations at clinical and scientific conferences related to our surgical portfolio by 14, for a total of 44 year-to-date.
  • The following updates were provided by clinical investigators at the 2019 American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) meeting:
    • Updated data from the RANGER® registry, including 511 upper extremity nerve repairs, demonstrate a consistent meaningful recovery rate for Avance® Nerve Graft of 84%
    • Findings from the MATCHSM study show Avance Nerve Graft had statistically significant improvements as compared to synthetic conduits in three essential areas: the rate of recovery, the overall degree of recovery, and in average recovery of static two-point discrimination, a key sensory measure in the hand

2019 Financial Guidance
The Company continues to expect 2019 revenue will be between $106 million and $110 million. Management reiterates its expectation for gross margin to remain above 80%. Additionally, the Company now expects to have between 105 and 110 direct sales representatives by year-end, compared to its previous estimate of at least 115.

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 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 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. We 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; 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, the United Kingdom, and several other European and international 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 regarding our growth, our 2019 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, 2018, 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 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.  We also use the non-GAAP financial measures of Adjusted Net Loss and Adjusted Net Loss Per Common Share - basic and diluted which excludes non-cash stock compensation expense and loss on extinguishment of debt 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.

Axogen, Inc.
Peter J. Mariani, Chief Financial Officer

AXOGEN, INC.          
    September 30, December 31,          
      2019     2018            
Current assets:                  
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 24,555     $ 24,294            
Restricted Cash     6,000       6,000            
Investments     75,511       92,311            
Accounts receivable, net     15,451       15,321            
Inventory     13,682       11,982            
Prepaid expenses and other     2,144       1,045            
Total current assets     137,343       150,953            
Property and equipment, net     11,673       8,039            
Operating lease right-of-use assets     3,595         -        
Finance lease right-of-use assets     93         -        
Intangible assets     1,488       1,181            
Total assets   $ 154,192     $ 160,173            
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity                  
Current liabilities:                  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 14,970     $ 12,998            
Current maturities of long term obligations     1,773       28            
Contract liabilities, current     14    
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