“Our third quarter results, and the continued momentum into the fourth quarter, demonstrate growing surgeon adoption of our entire portfolio of peripheral nerve repair solutions,” - Karen Zaderej, CEO
Alachua, FL (PRWEB) November 13, 2014
AxoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXGN), a leading medical technology company focused on the peripheral nerve repair market, grew revenue during the third quarter to $4.67 million, up 58% as compared to the year ago third quarter revenue of $2.96 million. The growth was driven by the successful execution of management’s growth strategies, which are focused on increasing sales to existing customers and the addition of targeted new customers.
“Our third quarter results, and the continued momentum into the fourth quarter, demonstrate growing surgeon adoption of our entire portfolio of peripheral nerve repair solutions,” said Karen Zaderej, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Throughout 2014, we have executed on our growth strategies and continue to deliver record performance. Our efforts to raise the awareness of our portfolio of nerve repair products - Avance® Nerve Graft, AxoGuard® Nerve Connector and AxoGuard® Nerve Protector - in combination with the professional education events we have organized, are having a positive impact as surgeons are re-thinking how they approach nerve repair. We are generating growth across the entire product portfolio with the majority of this growth coming from existing accounts.”
2014 Third Quarter Financial Results
In addition to the record third quarter revenue of $4.67 million, gross margin expanded to 80.8% compared to 78.0% for the third quarter of 2013. The gross margin improvement is due to changes in product sales mix, manufacturing efficiencies and implementation of product price increases.
Total operating expenses in the third quarter were $5.6 million compared to $4.6 million for the third quarter of 2013. The increased expenses were planned and are primarily attributable to increased sales and marketing efforts, surgeon educational programs and training events, and clinical activities. Operating loss was $1.8 million compared to an operating loss of $2.3 million for the third quarter of 2013. Net loss was $3.3 million, or $0.19 per share, compared to a net loss of $3.6 million, or $0.25 per share, for the third quarter of 2013. The weighted average common shares for the third quarter of 2014 was approximately 17.5 million shares compared to 14.3 million shares for the third quarter of 2013. The increase in common shares was a result of the common stock offering in August 2013. As of September 30, 2014, cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $11.8 million.
2014 Nine Month Financial Results
For the nine months ended September 30, 2014, AxoGen generated revenue of $12 million, as compared with $8 million for the comparable period of 2013 for a 51% increase in revenues. Gross margin for the nine months was 79% of revenue versus 77% of revenue for the first nine months of 2013. Total operating expenses were $16.6 million compared to $12.9 million for the first nine months of 2013 and the operating loss was $7.1 million versus $6.8 million for the year ago period. Net loss was $11.2 million, or $0.64 per share, compared to a net loss of $10.4 million, or $0.86 per share for the same period of 2013.
“Our performance for the first nine months has met the expectations we established for AxoGen at the beginning of the year. We remain focused on executing our plan and are now more confident than ever we will exceed our revenue target of $16 million while maintaining gross margins of at least 75%. At the same time, the new financing provided by Oberland Capital, through its subsidiary Three Peaks Capital, significantly lowers our future yearly debt payments as we move into 2015 and provides us with increased flexibility to fund our growth and improve shareholder value,” concluded Ms. Zaderej.
The Company will host a conference call and webcast for the investment community on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 4:30 PM ET. Investors within the United States interested in participating are invited to call 1-877-407-0993. All other participants can use the dial-in number 1-201-689-8795. To access the webcast, please visit http://ir.axogeninc.com/. Following the conference call, a replay will be available on the Company’s website at http://www.AxoGenInc.com, under ‘Investors.’
About AxoGen, Inc.
AxoGen (NASDAQ: AXGN) is a leading medical technology company dedicated to peripheral nerve repair. AxoGen’s portfolio of regenerative medicine products is available in the United States, Canada and several European countries and includes Avance® Nerve Graft, the only off-the-shelf commercially available processed nerve allograft for bridging severed 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 nerves, and AxoGuard® Nerve Protector, a porcine submucosa ECM product used to wrap and protect injured peripheral nerves and reinforce the nerve reconstruction while preventing soft tissue attachments.
Avance® Nerve Graft is processed in the United States by AxoGen. AxoGuard® Nerve Connector and AxoGuard® Nerve Protector are manufactured in the United States by Cook Biotech Incorporated, and are distributed exclusively by AxoGen. AxoGen maintains its corporate offices in Alachua, Florida and is the parent of its wholly owned operating subsidiary, AxoGen Corporation.
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