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U.S. Revenue Grew Nearly 30% Year-Over-Year for the Full Year
And 35% Year-Over-Year in the Fourth Quarter

CARLSBAD, Calif., March 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alphatec Holdings, Inc. ("ATEC" or the "Company") (NASDAQ:ATEC), today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2019, and recent corporate highlights.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Financial Highlights

  Quarter Ended
 December 31, 2019
  Year Ended
December 31, 2019
       
Total revenues $ 32.4 million   $ 113.4 million
U.S. product revenue $ 31.1 million   $ 108.2 million
U.S. gross margin 71.1%   71.4%
Operating expenses $ 36.7 million   $ 124.9 million
Non-GAAP operating expenses $ 29.2 million   $ 105.2 million
Operating loss $ (14.5) million   $ (47.3) million
Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA $ (2.6) million   $ (11.2) million
       

2019 and Recent Commercial and Product Highlights

  • Increased the percent of revenue driven by new products to 48% in the fourth quarter of 2019 and 37% for the full year 2019
  • Advanced clinical distinction with 12 new product launches
  • Grew revenue per case by over 20% year-over-year in the fourth quarter 2019 and by 17% year-over-year in the full year 2019
  • Continued to make significant progress transforming the sales network, generating revenue growth from strategic distribution partners of over 40% compared to fourth quarter 2018
  • Launched the SafeOp Neural Monitoring System, the first reflection of the AlphaInformatiX platform
  • Received FDA 510(k) clearance for 6 products
  • Announced an agreement to acquire EOS Imaging, S.A. ("EOS"), adding unprecedented spine imaging and anatomical modeling proficiencies to the AlphaInformatiX platform
  • Secured a new capital commitment of up to $160 million to refinance existing debt and fund the proposed acquisition of EOS

"2019 was a strong year of execution," said Pat Miles, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We drove nearly 30% U.S. revenue growth by delivering on our commitments to create clinical distinction, revitalize the sales channel and compel surgeon adoption."

"We are building on that momentum in 2020," Miles added. "With our recently announced agreement to acquire EOS imaging, we are significantly enhancing our ability to inform spine surgery, improve clinical decisions and drive better patient-specific outcomes. The future is exceptionally bright for spine's Organic Innovation Machine!"

Comparison of 2019 Financial Results to 2018

U.S. product revenue for the fourth quarter 2019 was $31.1 million, up 35% compared to $23.0 million in the fourth quarter 2018. U.S. product revenue for the full year 2019 was $108.2 million, up 29% compared to $83.7 million in the full year 2018. Growth was driven by the strength of new product introductions and the expansion of the strategic distribution channel, which generated 88% of U.S. revenue in 2019, up from 80% in 2018.  Revenue growth generated by strategic distributors continues to offset revenue impacts associated with transitioning or discontinuing legacy distributor relationships.

U.S. gross profit and gross margin for the fourth quarter 2019 were $22.1 million and 71.1%, respectively, compared to $16.5 million and 71.6%, respectively, for the fourth quarter 2018.  U.S. gross profit and gross margin the full year 2019 were $77.2 million and 71.4%, respectively, compared to $62.7 million and 75.0%, respectively, for the full year 2018.  U.S. gross margin was impacted by increased non-cash excess and obsolete write-offs related to legacy products. On a non-GAAP basis, excluding non-cash excess and obsolete charges, U.S. gross margin was 78.1% in the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to 79.1% in the fourth quarter of 2018, and 79.3% for the full year 2019, compared to 79.5% in 2018.

Total operating expenses for the fourth quarter 2019 were $36.7 million, reflecting an increase of $12.4 million compared to $24.3 million in the fourth quarter 2018. Total operating expenses for the full year 2019 were $124.9 million, reflecting an increase of $39.2 million compared to $85.7 million in the full year 2018. 

On a non-GAAP basis, excluding restructuring charges, stock-based compensation, transaction-related expenses, litigation-related expenses, fair value adjustments, and a 2018 gain on settlement, total operating expenses in the fourth quarter 2019 increased to $29.2 million from $20.1 million in 2018, and increased to $105.2 million for the full year 2019 from $77.2 million in 2018.  The increases were attributable to increased organic product development, the support of new product launches, variable selling expenses and continued investment in the sales channel.

GAAP Operating loss for the fourth quarter 2019 was $14.5 million, compared to a loss of $7.7 million for the fourth quarter 2018, an increase of $6.8 million. The increase includes $3.5 million attributable to non-cash stock-based compensation, litigation-related expenses, and restructuring.  GAAP operating loss for the full year 2019 was $47.3 million, compared to a loss of $22.4 million for the full year 2018, an increase of $24.8 million. The increase includes $7.2 million attributable to non-cash stock-based compensation, litigation-related expenses, and restructuring.

Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes stock-based compensation, fair value adjustments, litigation-related expenses, restructuring, transaction-related expenses, non-cash excess and obsolescence charges and a 2018 gain on settlement, was a loss of $2.6 million in the fourth quarter 2019, compared to earnings of $0.04 million in the fourth quarter 2018, and a loss of $11.2 million for the full year 2019, compared to a loss of $3.3 million in the full year 2018.

For more detailed information on non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP adjusted operating loss and non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA, please refer to the table, "Alphatec Holdings, Inc. Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures," that follows.

Current and long-term debt includes $45.0 million in term debt and $12.8 million outstanding under the Company's revolving credit facility at December 31, 2019 compared to $35.0 million in term debt and $11.0 million outstanding under the Company's revolving credit facility at December 31, 2018.

Cash and cash equivalents were $47.1 million at December 31, 2019, compared to $29.1 million reported at December 31, 2018.

2020 Financial Outlook

ATEC expects total 2020 revenue between $130.0 million and $134.0 million, with expected U.S. product revenue between $128.0 and $131.0 million.  Guidance contemplates U.S. revenue growth of 19% to 21% compared to 2019.  The company will update guidance to reflect the impact of the proposed acquisition of EOS when the transaction closes, which is expected in the third quarter of 2020.

Investor Conference Call

Alphatec will host a live webcast and conference call today at 1:30 p.m. PT / 4:30 p.m. ET to discuss the results. At that time, please click here to access the webcast.  The conference call will be available domestically at (877) 556-5251 and internationally at (720) 545-0036. The conference ID number is 5166856.  During today's webcast, management will be referring to a presentation, viewable via the live webcast or through the Investor Relations section of the Company's website.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

To supplement the Company's financial statements presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the Company reports certain non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP U.S. gross margin, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP operating loss, and non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide investors with an additional tool for evaluating the Company's core performance, which management uses in its own evaluation of continuing operating performance, and a baseline for assessing the future earnings potential of the Company. The Company's non-GAAP financial measures may not provide information that is directly comparable to that provided by other companies in the Company's industry, as other companies in the industry may calculate non-GAAP financial results differently, particularly related to non-recurring, unusual items. Non-GAAP financial results should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Included below are reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures.

About Alphatec Holdings, Inc.

Alphatec Holdings, Inc. (ATEC), through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Alphatec Spine, Inc. and SafeOp Surgical, Inc., is a medical device company dedicated to revolutionizing the approach to spine surgery through clinical distinction. ATEC architects and commercializes approach-based technology that integrates seamlessly with the SafeOp Neural InformatiX System to provide real-time, objective nerve information that can enhance the safety and reproducibility of spine surgery. Additional information can be found at www.atecspine.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainty.  Such statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements.  The Company cautions investors that there can be no assurance that actual results or business conditions will not differ materially from those projected or suggested in such forward-looking statements as a result of various factors.  Forward-looking statements include the references to the Company's 2020 revenue and growth outlook, planned commercial launches and product introductions, the Company's strategy in significantly repositioning the ATEC brand, turning the Company into a growth organization and creating future market disruption, its ability to finance future operations, statements about the timing of the anticipated EOS acquisition, when and whether the anticipated EOS acquisition ultimately will close, the potential benefits and synergies of the anticipated acquisition (including the expected impact on future financial and operating results).  The important factors that could cause actual operating results to differ significantly from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: uncertainty of success in developing new products or products currently in the pipeline; uncertainties in the Company's ability to execute upon its strategic operating plan; uncertainties regarding the ability to successfully license or acquire new products, and the commercial success of such products; failure to achieve acceptance of products by the surgeon community; failure to obtain FDA or other regulatory clearance or approval for new products, or unexpected or prolonged delays in the process; continuation of favorable third party reimbursement for procedures performed; unanticipated expenses or liabilities or other adverse events affecting cash flow or the Company's ability to successfully control its costs or achieve profitability; uncertainty of additional funding; the Company's ability to compete with other products or emerging new technologies; product liability exposure; an unsuccessful outcome in any litigation in which the Company is a defendant; patent infringement claims; the Company's ability to meet its financial obligations under its credit agreements and the OrthoTec LLC settlement agreement; uncertainties as to the timing and the closing of the EOS acquisition; uncertainties as to the percentage of EOS's securityholders tendering their shares; the ability to retain and hire key EOS personnel, maintain relationships with their customers and suppliers, and maintain their operating results and business generally; the risk that the businesses will not be integrated successfully.  The words "believe," "will," "should," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "look forward" and "anticipate," variations of such words and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, but their absence does not mean that a statement is not a forward-looking statement.  A further list and description of these and other factors, risks and uncertainties can be found in the Company's most recent annual report, and any subsequent quarterly and current reports, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. ATEC disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, unless required by law.

Investor/Media Contact:

Josh Berg
Investor Relations 
(760) 494-6790
ir@atecspine.com 

Company Contact:

Jeff Black
Chief Financial Officer
Alphatec Holdings, Inc.
ir@atecspine.com

 
ALPHATEC HOLDINGS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
  (in thousands, except per share amounts)
               
               
  Three Months Ended   Year Ended
  December 31,   December 31,
  2019   2018   2019   2018
  (unaudited)       (unaudited)    
Revenues:              
Revenue from U.S. products $ 31,143     $ 23,050     $ 108,242     $ 83,656  
Revenue from international supply agreement   1,209       2,293       5,185       8,038  
Total revenues   32,352       25,343       113,427       91,694  
Cost of revenues   10,145       8,771       35,833       28,457  
Gross profit   22,207       16,572       77,594       63,237  
               
Operating expenses:              
Research and development   3,436       2,964       13,849       9,853  
Sales, general and administrative   28,976       18,949       101,714       72,640  
Litigation-related expenses   4,122       1,540       8,549       5,683  
Amortization of intangible assets   172       187       698       738  
Transaction-related expenses         4             1,550  
Gain on settlement                     (6,168 )
Restructuring expenses         623       60       1,381  
Total operating expenses   36,706       24,267       124,870       85,677  
Operating loss   (14,499 )     (7,695 )     (47,276 )     (22,440 )
Total other expenses, net   (2,899 )     (2,546 )     (9,865 )     (7,729 )
Loss from continuing operations before taxes   (17,398 )     (10,241 )     (57,141 )     (30,169 )
Income tax (benefit) provision   (361 )     336       (239 )     (1,361 )
Loss from continuing operations   (17,037 )     (10,577 )     (56,902 )     (28,808 )
Loss from discontinued operations   6       (51 )     (100 )     (167 )
Net loss $ (17,031 )   $ (10,628 )   $ (57,002 )   $ (28,975 )
Recognition of beneficial conversion feature - Series B Preferred Stock   -       -       -       (13,488 )
Net loss attributable to common shareholders $ (17,031 )   $ (10,628 )   $ (57,002 )   $ (42,463 )
               
               
Net loss per share, basic and diluted:              
Continuing operations $ (0.28 )   $ (0.24 )   $ (1.09 )   $ (0.82 )
Discontinued operations                      
Net loss per share, basic and diluted $ (0.28 )   $ (0.25 )   $ (1.09 )   $ (1.20 )
               
Shares used in calculating basic and diluted net loss per share   61,139       43,201       52,234       35,315  
               
Stock-based compensation included in:              
Cost of revenue $ 33     $ 22     $ 146     $ 73  
Research and development   209       222       752       351  
Sales, general and administrative   3,148       1,618       10,058       4,880  
  $ 3,390     $ 1,862     $ 10,956     $ 5,304  
               


 
ALPHATEC HOLDINGS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)
       
       
  December 31,   December 31,
  2019
  2018
  (unaudited)    
ASSETS
Current assets:      
Cash $ 47,113     $ 29,054  
Accounts receivable, net   16,150       15,095  
Inventories, net   34,854       28,765  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   9,880       2,380  
Current assets of discontinued operations   321       242  
Total current assets   108,318       75,536  
       
Property and equipment, net   19,722       13,235  
Right-of-use asset   1,860       -  
Goodwill   13,897       13,897  
Intangibles, net   25,605       26,408  
Other assets   493       347  
Noncurrent assets of discontinued operations   53       54  
Total assets $ 169,948     $ 129,477  
       
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 7,772     $ 4,399  
Accrued expenses   26,416       22,316  
Current portion of long-term debt   489       3,276  
Current portion of lease liability   1,314       -  
Current liabilities of discontinued operations   399       621  
Total current liabilities   36,390       30,612  
       
Total long term liabilities   66,324       57,688  
       
Redeemable preferred stock   23,603       23,603  
Stockholders' equity   43,631       17,574  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 169,948     $ 129,477  
       


 
ALPHATEC HOLDINGS, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(in thousands)
 
               
               
  Three Months Ended   Year Ended
  December 31,   December 31,
  2019   2018   2019   2018
  (unaudited)       (unaudited)    
               
Operating expenses   36,706       24,267       124,870       85,677  
Adjustments:              
Stock-based compensation   (3,357 )     (1,840 )     (10,810 )     (5,231 )
Contingent consideration fair value adjustment   -       (200 )     (289 )     (846 )
Litigation-related expenses   (4,122 )     (1,540 )     (8,549 )     (5,683 )
Restructuring   -       (623 )     (60 )     (1,381 )
Transaction-related expenses   -       (4 )     -       (1,550 )
Gain on settlement   -       -       -       6,168  
Non-GAAP operating expenses $ 29,227     $ 20,060     $ 105,162     $ 77,154  
               
               
  Three Months Ended   Year Ended
  December 31,   December 31,
  2019   2018   2019   2018
  (unaudited)       (unaudited)    
Operating loss, as reported $ (14,499 )   $ (7,695 )   $ (47,276 )   $ (22,440 )
Add back significant items:              
Stock-based compensation   3,390       1,862       10,956       5,304  
Contingent consideration fair value adjustment   -       200       289       846  
Litigation-related expenses   4,122       1,540       8,549       5,683  
Restructuring   -       623       60       1,381  
Transaction-related expenses   -       4       -       1,550  
Excess & obsolete charges   2,173       1,717       8,624       3,733  
Gain on settlement   -       -       -       (6,168 )
Adjusted operating loss   (4,814 )     (1,749 )     (18,798 )     (10,111 )
               
               
Operating loss, as reported $ (14,499 )   $ (7,695 )   $ (47,276 )   $ (22,440 )
Depreciation   1,947       1,597       6,775       6,051  
Amortization of intangible assets   277       187       803       738  
EBITDA   (12,275 )     (5,911 )     (39,698 )     (15,651 )
Add back significant items:              
Stock-based compensation   3,390       1,862       10,956       5,304  
Contingent consideration fair value adjustment   -       200       289       846  
Litigation-related expenses   4,122       1,540       8,549       5,683  
Restructuring   -       623       60       1,381  
Transaction-related expenses   -       4       -       1,550  
Excess & obsolete charges   2,173       1,717       8,624       3,733  
Gain on settlement   -       -       -       (6,168 )
Adjusted EBITDA $ (2,590 )   $ 35     $ (11,220 )   $ (3,322 )
               


 
ALPHATEC HOLDINGS, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF GEOGRAPHIC SEGMENT REVENUES AND GROSS PROFIT
(in thousands, except percentages)
             
                   
  Three Months Ended   Year Ended    
  December 31,   December 31,   % Change
  2019   2018   2019   2018    
Revenues by source (unaudited)                
Revenue from U.S. products $ 31,143     $ 23,050     $ 108,242     $ 83,656     29.4 %
Revenue from international supply agreement   1,209       2,293       5,185       8,038     (35.5 %)
Total revenues $ 32,352     $ 25,343     $ 113,427     $ 91,694     23.7 %
                   
Gross profit by source                  
Revenue from U.S. products $ 22,148     $ 16,510     $ 77,235     $ 62,740      
Revenue from international supply agreement   59       62       359       497      
Total gross profit $ 22,207     $ 16,572     $ 77,594     $ 63,237      
                   
Gross profit margin by source                  
Revenue from U.S. products   71.1 %     71.6 %     71.4 %     75.0 %    
Revenue from international supply agreement   4.9 %     2.7 %     6.9 %     6.2 %    
Total gross profit margin   68.6 %     65.4 %     68.4 %     69.0 %    
                   
                   
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP GROSS PROFIT AND GROSS MARGIN FROM U.S. PRODUCTS
(in thousands, except percentages)
                   
  Three Months Ended   Year Ended    
  December 31,   December 31,    
  2019   2018   2019   2018    
  (unaudited)       (unaudited)        
GAAP-based gross profit from U.S. products $ 22,148     $ 16,510     $ 77,235     $ 62,740      
Add: non-cash excess and obsolete charges   2,173       1,717       8,624       3,733      
Non-GAAP gross profit from U.S. products $ 24,321     $ 18,227     $ 85,859     $ 66,473      
                   
GAAP-based gross margin from U.S. products   71.1 %     71.6 %     71.4 %     75.0 %    
Add: non-cash excess and obsolete charges   7.0 %     7.4 %     8.0 %     4.5 %    
Non-GAAP gross margin from U.S. products   78.1 %     79.1 %     79.3 %     79.5 %    
                   


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