LivaNova Reports First Quarter 2020 Results

April 29, 2020 10:00 UTC

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- LivaNova PLC (NASDAQ:LIVN), a market-leading medical technology and innovation company, today reported results for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.

For the first quarter of 2020, worldwide sales from continuing operations were $242.4 million, a decrease of 3.4 percent on a reported basis and a decline of 1.8 percent on a constant-currency1 basis, as compared to the same quarter of the previous year. On the basis of U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), first quarter 2020 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were $0.79. First quarter 2020 adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were $0.33.

"As a healthcare company committed to improving the lives of patients around the world, LivaNova is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. Being true to our values, we prioritize patients and their well-being, and we are working tirelessly to ensure they have access to the products and services they require. We commend and support our employees for their efforts and commitment to providing life-changing products and therapies during this difficult time," said Damien McDonald, Chief Executive Officer of LivaNova. "Our business was tracking at or above expectations until mid-March, when the global market started to experience a sharp decline in elective surgeries. Despite the near-term uncertainty created by COVID-19, we are resilient and will remain focused on thoughtful investments, maintaining a strong financial profile and strengthening our balance sheet."

First Quarter 2020 Results

The following table highlights worldwide sales for the first quarter of 2020 by business:

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March 31,

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  • Note: Numbers may not add up precisely due to rounding. Constant-currency percent change is considered a non-GAAP metric.

All sales growth rates below reflect comparable, constant-currency growth. Constant-currency growth accounts for the impact from fluctuations in the various currencies in which the Company operates as compared to reported growth.


Cardiovascular sales, which include Cardiopulmonary, Heart Valves and Advanced Circulatory Support (ACS) products, were $152.1 million, representing a 0.2 percent decrease versus the first quarter of 2019.

Sales in Cardiopulmonary products were $116.4 million, representing a 2.2 percent decrease versus the first quarter of 2019. For the first quarter of 2020, Cardiopulmonary declined primarily due to an expected reduction in heart-lung machine sales that was partially offset by strong growth in oxygenators driven by Rest of World.

Heart Valve sales were $25.2 million, an increase of 0.6 percent compared to the first quarter of 2019.

ACS sales were $10.5 million in the quarter, an increase of 27.3 percent compared to the first quarter of 2019, primarily related to growth in ProtekDuo® kits.


Neuromodulation sales were $89.7 million in the first quarter, representing a 4.6 percent decrease versus the first quarter of 2019. This decline was primarily related to the impact of COVID-19 on new patient implants globally.

Financial Performance

On a U.S. GAAP basis, first quarter 2020 operating income from continuing operations was $0.6 million. Adjusted operating income from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2020 was $21.0 million, a decrease of 35.4 percent as compared to the first quarter of 2019 related to the revenue impact from COVID-19 and continued investment in strategic portfolio initiatives.

The adjusted effective tax rate in the quarter was 8.2 percent, an improvement from 15.5 percent in the first quarter of 2019 related to changes in the geographic income mix and prior tax planning initiatives.

On a U.S. GAAP basis, first quarter 2020 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were $0.79. First quarter 2020 adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were $0.33, a decrease of 38.9 percent compared to the first quarter of 2019.

2020 Updated Guidance

As a result of the impact of COVID-19, LivaNova worldwide net sales for full-year 2020 are now expected to decline between 7 and 17 percent on a constant-currency basis. Adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for 2020 are expected to be in the range of $1.40 to $1.70.

The Company now estimates that adjusted cash flow from operations, excluding integration, restructuring and litigation payments, will be in the range of $80-$100 million for 2020.

"Looking ahead, we expect the pandemic to adversely impact full-year results," said McDonald. "We expect Q2 to experience the greatest impact and anticipate a steady improvement throughout the remainder of the year. We believe in our ability to execute on our strategy and our long-term fundamental outlook remains strong."

Strategic Capital Alternatives

In light of recent market developments, we have implemented actions designed to strengthen our liquidity position and promote financial resiliency. Among other things, we concluded execution of a series of amendments to our credit agreements that temporarily revise certain financial covenants and waive certain events of non-compliance prior to December 31, 2020. We are also in the process of evaluating strategic capital raising options to fulfill our short-and medium-term capital needs. Among these alternatives, we have been analyzing potential offerings of equity/equity linked or debt securities2. Discussions concerning these potential transactions are ongoing, and no assurance can be given that a transaction will be consummated or as to the ultimate terms of any such transaction.

Webcast and Conference Call Instructions

The Company will host a live audio webcast for interested parties commencing at 1 p.m. London time (8 a.m. Eastern Time) on Wednesday, April 29 that will be accessible through the Investor Relations section of the LivaNova corporate website at Listeners should log on approximately 10 minutes in advance to ensure proper setup to receive the webcast. To listen to the conference call by telephone, dial 844-239-5285 (if dialing from within the U.S. or Canada) or 512-961-6524 (if dialing from outside the U.S. or Canada). The conference ID is 6455744. Within 24 hours of the webcast, a replay will be available under the "News & Events / Presentations" section of the Investor Relations portion of the LivaNova website, where it will be archived and accessible for approximately 90 days.

1 Constant-currency percent change is considered a non-GAAP metric.

2 Any securities that may be issued by LivaNova have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and if offered, will only be offered to persons who are either (i) an “accredited investor” within the meaning of Regulation D under the Securities Act or (ii) a “qualified institutional buyer” within the meaning of Rule 144A under the Securities Act, or to persons that are not U.S. persons pursuant to Regulation S under the Securities Act. This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities of LivaNova.

About LivaNova

LivaNova PLC is a global medical technology and innovation company built on nearly five decades of experience and a relentless commitment to provide hope for patients and their families through innovative medical technologies, delivering life-changing improvements for both the Head and Heart. Headquartered in London, LivaNova employs approximately 4,000 employees and has a presence in more than 100 countries for the benefit of patients, healthcare professionals and healthcare systems worldwide. LivaNova operates as two businesses: Cardiovascular and Neuromodulation, with operating headquarters in Mirandola (Italy) and Houston (U.S.), respectively.

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Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In this press release, management has disclosed financial measurements that present financial information not necessarily in accordance with GAAP. Company management uses these measurements as aids in monitoring the Company’s ongoing financial performance from quarter to quarter and year to year on a regular basis and for benchmarking against other medical technology companies. Non-GAAP financial measures used by the Company may be calculated differently from, and therefore may not be comparable to, similarly titled measures used by other companies. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered along with, but not as alternatives to, the operating performance measure as prescribed by GAAP.

Unless otherwise noted, all sales growth rates in this release reflect comparable, constant-currency growth. Management believes that referring to comparable, constant-currency growth is the most useful way to evaluate the sales performance of LivaNova and to compare the sales performance of current periods to prior periods on a consistent basis. Constant-currency growth, a non-GAAP financial measure, measures the change in sales between current and prior-year periods using average exchange rates in effect during the applicable prior-year period.

LivaNova calculates forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures based on internal forecasts that omit certain amounts that would be included in GAAP financial measures. For example, forward-looking net sales growth projections are estimated on a constant-currency basis and exclude the impact of foreign currency fluctuations. Forward-looking non-GAAP adjusted tax rate and adjusted diluted earnings per share guidance exclude other items such as, but not limited to, changes in fair value of contingent consideration arrangements, asset impairment charges and product remediation costs that would be included in comparable GAAP financial measures. The most directly comparable GAAP measure for constant-currency net sales, non-GAAP adjusted tax rate and adjusted diluted earnings per share are net sales, the effective tax rate, and earnings per share, respectively. However, non-GAAP financial adjustments on a forward-looking basis are subject to uncertainty and variability as they are dependent on many factors, including but not limited to, the effect of foreign currency exchange fluctuations, impacts from potential acquisitions or divestitures, gains or losses on the potential sale of businesses or other assets, restructuring costs, merger and integration activities, changes in fair value of contingent consideration arrangements, product remediation costs, asset impairment charges, and the tax impact of the aforementioned items, tax law changes or other tax matters. Accordingly, reconciliations to the most directly comparable forward-looking GAAP financial measures are not available without unreasonable effort.

The Company also believes adjusted financial measures such as adjusted gross profit percentage; adjusted selling, general and administrative expense; adjusted research and development expense; adjusted other operating expenses; adjusted operating income from continuing operations; adjusted income tax expense; adjusted net income from continuing operations; and adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations, are measures by which LivaNova generally uses to facilitate management review of the operational performance of the company, to serve as a basis for strategic planning, and to assist in the design of compensation incentive plans. Furthermore, adjusted financial measures allow investors to evaluate the Company’s core performance for different periods on a more comparable and consistent basis, and with other entities in the medical technology industry by adjusting for items that are not related to the ongoing operations of the Company or incurred in the ordinary course of business.

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain statements in this press release, other than purely historical information, are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements include, but are not limited to, LivaNova’s plans, objectives, strategies, financial performance and outlook, trends, the amount and timing of future cash distributions, prospects or future events and involve known and unknown risks that are difficult to predict. As a result, our actual financial results, performance, achievements or prospects may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of words such as “may,” “could,” “seek,” “guidance,” “predict,” “potential,” “likely,” “believe,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “plan,” “intend,” “forecast,” “foresee,” or variations of these terms and similar expressions, or the negative of these terms or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements are necessarily based on estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by LivaNova and its management based on their knowledge and understanding of the business and industry, are inherently uncertain. These statements are not guarantees of future performance, and stockholders should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that all such statements involve risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, statements concerning achieving a stronger future, driving sustainable growth and value to our shareholders, projected net sales, adjusted diluted earnings per share, cash flow from operations, capital expenditures, and depreciation and amortization for 2020, advancing our growth, driving product launches and funding our equity investments, executing on our synergy targets and retaining our focus, energy and discipline as a company, and serving the needs of our customers and patients. Important factors that may cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to: (i) COVID-19; (ii) an assessment by LivaNova's management that current market conditions are not conducive for an equity or debt offering on terms that would be in the best interest of LivaNova's stakeholders; (iii) reductions in customer spending, a slowdown in customer payments and changes in customer demand for products and services; (iv) unanticipated changes relating to competitive factors in the industries in which LivaNova operates; (v) the ability to hire and retain key personnel; (vi) the ability to attract new customers and retain existing customers in the manner anticipated; (vii) changes in legislation or governmental regulations affecting LivaNova; (viii) international, national or local economic, social or political conditions that could adversely affect LivaNova, its partners or its customers; (ix) conditions in the credit markets; (x) business and other financial risks inherent to the industries in which LivaNova operates; (xi) risks associated with assumptions made in connection with critical accounting estimates and legal proceedings; (xii) LivaNova’s international operations, which are subject to the risks of currency fluctuations and foreign exchange controls; (xiii) the potential for international unrest, economic downturn or effects of currencies, tax assessments, tax adjustments, anticipated tax rates, raw material costs or availability, benefit or retirement plan costs, or other regulatory compliance costs; (xiv) the inability of LivaNova to meet expectations regarding the timing, completion and accounting of tax treatments; (xv) and organizational and governance structure. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. You should carefully consider the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties that affect the Company’s business, including those described in the “Risk Factors” section of Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and other documents filed from time to time with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission by LivaNova.

We caution you not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which are made only as of the date of this press release. The Company does not undertake or assume any obligation to update publicly any of the forward-looking statements in this press release to reflect actual results, new information or future events, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking statements, except to the extent required by applicable law. If we update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements.

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Melissa Farina
Vice President, Investor Relations
Phone: +1 (281) 228 7262

Source: LivaNova PLC

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