Aziyo Biologics Reports Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results

SILVER SPRING, Md., Nov. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aziyo Biologics, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZYO), a commercial-stage regenerative medicine company focused on creating the next generation of differentiated products and improving outcomes in patients undergoing surgery, today reported financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021.

“Despite the challenges faced during the quarter, the long-term value proposition of our regenerative medicine portfolio remains intact, as evidenced by continued customer adoption, improving productivity within our direct sales organization and partnerships with key market participants,” said Ron Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer.

“Our team is energized by the growth catalysts on the horizon. In particular, we are especially excited about the growing awareness and adoption of our CanGaroo envelope, as well as the progress made on our next generation product, CanGaroo RM. We continue to track towards CanGaroo RM FDA submission in the first quarter of 2022. In parallel, we anticipate new clinical data, greater market access and continued growth within our SimpliDerm product line. Within our orthopedic and spine business, we are working towards adding partners, as well as expanding existing relationships, while launching new viable bone matrix products. We are also implementing new screening and testing procedures that we believe will further support the safety of these products and set a new standard for the industry,” concluded Lloyd.

Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results
Net sales for the third quarter of 2021 were $11.5 million, compared to $11.8 million in the third quarter of 2020. Year to date at September 30, 2021, net sales were $36.5 million, a 21% increase over the same period in 2020. Net sales of core products were $8.6 million in the third quarter of 2021, compared to $10.3 million for the third quarter of 2020, and net sales of non-core products were $2.9 million in the third quarter of 2021, compared to $1.4 million in the third quarter of 2020. The decrease in core products was driven primarily by the discontinuation of sales of FiberCel Fiber Viable Bone Matrix, as well as lower procedure volumes in certain geographies due to the resurgence of Covid-19 hospitalizations. These decreases were partially offset by growth in the CanGaroo and SimpliDerm product lines. The increase in non-core products was driven primarily by one contract manufacturing customer building inventory for a new product launch.

Gross profit for the third quarter of 2021 was $3.7 million, and gross margin was 32.1%, as compared to $5.5 million and 47.1% in the corresponding prior-year period. Gross margin, excluding intangible asset amortization (a measure not presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”)), was 39.5% for the third quarter of 2021, as compared to 54.3% in the third quarter of 2020. The decrease in gross margin was primarily due to lower yields in the Company’s viable bone products related to heightened donor screening criteria ahead of the implementation of enhanced product testing, as well as write-downs of inventory in certain categories. Together these factors impacted margins by approximately 12 percentage points. The Company does not expect these costs to continue at similar levels going forward.

Total operating expenses were $10.7 million for the third quarter of 2021, as compared to $8.2 million in the corresponding prior-year period, an increase of 30%. The increase in total operating expense was primarily driven by R&D expenses related to the development of the next-generation CanGaroo product and increased G&A expenses associated with operating as a public company.

Net loss was $8.3 million in the third quarter of 2021, as compared to $6.7 million in the corresponding prior-year period.

Loss per share in the third quarter of 2021 was $0.81, compared to a loss of $15.79 per share in the third quarter of 2020, which was prior to the conversion of the Company’s preferred stock into common stock in connection with the Company’s initial public offering in the fourth quarter of 2020.

The Company’s cash balance as of September 30, 2021, was $22.6 million, with an additional $4.5 million available for borrowing under the Company’s working capital line of credit, resulting in total liquidity of $27.1 million.

Guidance
Aziyo expects net sales for the full year 2021 to be in a range of $47 million to $48 million, representing growth of 10% to 12.5% over the full year 2020.

Conference Call
Aziyo will host a conference call at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 to discuss its third quarter 2021 financial results and provide a business update. The call may be accessed through an operator by dialing (833) 665-0667 (US/Canada) and (914) 987-7319 (International) using conference ID number 1677709. A live and archived webcast of the event will be available at https://investors.aziyo.com/.

About Aziyo Biologics
Aziyo Biologics is a commercial-stage regenerative medicine company focused on creating the next generation of differentiated products and improving outcomes in patients undergoing surgery, concentrating on patients receiving implantable medical devices. Since its founding in 2015, the Company has created a portfolio of commercial-stage products used in cardiovascular, orthopedic, and reconstructive specialties. For more information, visit www.aziyo.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements contained in this press release that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements, including statements and information concerning growth of its current products, execution on products in the pipeline, timing of the next-generation CanGaroo platform and expected financial results for 2021. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current assumptions and expectations of future events and trends, which affect or may affect the Company’s business, strategy, operations or financial performance, and actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements due to numerous risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified, and other important factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those contemplated or implied in this press release, including, but not limited to, risks regarding the Company’s products and its ability to enhance, expand and develop its products; the impact on the Company’s business of the recall of a single lot of its FiberCel product and the suspension of its sales by its distribution partner; the Company’s dependence on its commercial partners; the adverse impacts of COVID-19 or adverse changes in economic conditions; physician awareness of the distinctive characteristics, and acceptance by the medical community, of the Company’s products; the ability to obtain regulatory approval or other marketing authorizations; and the Company’s intellectual property rights, and other important factors discussed under the caption “Risk Factors” in Aziyo’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the annual period ended December 31, 2020 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), as updated by the section titled “Risk Factors” included in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2021 to be filed with the SEC, as such risk factors may be updated from time to time in Aziyo’s other filings with the SEC, which are accessible on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and the Investor Relations page of Aziyo’s website at www.aziyo.com. Because forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Except to the extent required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or review any estimate, projection, or forward-looking statement.

Investors:
Leigh Salvo
Gilmartin Group
investors@aziyo.com

 
AZIYO BIOLOGICS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA
(Unaudited, in thousands)
       
Assets September 30, 2021     December 31, 2020  
Current assets:      
Cash $ 22,626     $ 39,532  
Accounts receivable, net   5,519       7,166  
Inventory   9,832       10,117  
Prepaid expense and other assets   1,277       2,892  
Total current assets   39,254       59,707  
       
Property and equipment, net   1,257       1,162  
Intangible assets, net   19,316       21,865  
Other assets   76       76  
Total assets $ 59,903     $ 82,810  
       
       
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 9,635     $ 10,672  
Current portion of long-term debt and revenue interest obligation   10,809       9,060  
Revolving line of credit   1,956       6,514  
Deferred revenue and other current liabilities   110       533  
Total current liabilities   22,510       26,779  
       
Long-term debt   12,046       17,811  
Long-term revenue interest obligation   16,552       16,633  
Deferred revenue and other long-term liabilities   936       756  
Total liabilities   52,044       61,979  
       
Stockholders' equity (deficit):      
Common stock   10       10  
Additional paid-in capital   103,876       101,080  
Accumulated deficit   (96,027 )     (80,259 )
Total stockholders' equity   7,859       20,831  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 59,903     $ 82,810  
               
 
AZIYO BIOLOGICS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share data)
               
  Three months ended September 30,   Nine months ended September 30,
    2021       2020       2021       2020  
               
Net sales $ 11,485     $ 11,774     $ 36,529     $ 30,216  
Cost of goods sold   7,796       6,233       20,897       15,676  
Gross profit   3,689       5,541       15,632       14,540  
               
Operating expenses:              
Sales and marketing   4,783       4,301       14,285       12,845  
General and administrative   3,593       2,667       10,727       7,350  
Research and development   2,289       1,264       5,890       3,981  
Total operating expenses   10,665       8,232       30,902       24,176  
Loss from operations   (6,976 )     (2,691 )     (15,270 )     (9,636 )
               
Interest expense   1,328       1,465       4,034       4,248  
Other (income) expense, net   -       2,567       (3,579 )     2,567  
Loss before provision of income taxes   (8,304 )     (6,723 )     (15,725 )     (16,451 )
               
Provision for income taxes   12       8       43       18  
Net loss   (8,316 )     (6,731 )     (15,768 )     (16,469 )
Accretion of Convertible Preferred Stock   -       3,510       -       3,510  
Net loss attributable to common stockholders $ (8,316 )   $ (10,241 )   $ (15,768 )   $ (19,979 )
               
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders -        
basic and diluted $ (0.81 )   $ (15.79 )   $ (1.54 )   $ (30.82 )
               
Weighted average common shares outstanding -            
basic and diluted   10,235,350       648,436       10,229,974       648,331  
                               
                               

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release presents our gross margin, excluding intangible asset amortization. We calculate gross margin, excluding intangible asset amortization, as gross profit, excluding amortization expense relating to intangible assets we acquired in our acquisition of all of the commercial assets of CorMatrix Cardiovascular, Inc. in 2017, divided by net sales. Gross margin, excluding intangible asset amortization, is a supplemental measure of our performance, is not defined by or presented in accordance with GAAP, has limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to our GAAP gross margin, gross profit or any other financial performance measure presented in accordance with GAAP. We present gross margin, excluding intangible asset amortization, because we believe that it provides meaningful supplemental information regarding our operating performance by removing the impact of amortization expense, which is not indicative of our overall operating performance. We believe this provides our management and investors with useful information to facilitate period-to-period comparisons of our operating results. Our management uses this metric in assessing the health of our business and our operating performance, and we believe investors’ understanding of our operating performance is similarly enhanced by our presentation of this metric.

Although we use gross margin, excluding intangible asset amortization, as described above, this metric has limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with GAAP. In addition, other companies, including companies in our industry, may use other measures to evaluate their performance, which could reduce the usefulness of this non-GAAP financial measure as a tool for comparison.

The following table presents a reconciliation of our gross margin, excluding intangible asset amortization, to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, which is our GAAP gross margin (unaudited, in thousands).

  Three months ended September 30,   Nine months ended September 30,
    2021       2020       2021       2020  
               
Net sales $ 11,485     $ 11,774     $ 36,529     $ 30,216  
Gross profit   3,689       5,541       15,632       14,540  
Intangible asset amortization expense   849       849       2,548       2,548  
Gross profit, excluding intangible asset amortization $ 4,538     $ 6,390     $ 18,180     $ 17,088  
Gross margin   32.1 %     47.1 %     42.8 %     48.1 %
Gross margin percentage, excluding intangible asset amortization   39.5 %     54.3 %     49.8 %     56.6 %


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