Strong Operating Momentum Leads to AxoGen Inc.’s First Ever $6 Million Quarter

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Revenue Increased 52% to $6.4 Million; Gross Profit Margin of 83.8%. Solid Start to Second Half of 2015; Full Year Guidance Raised.

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AxoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXGN), a leader in developing and marketing innovative surgical solutions for peripheral nerve injuries, reported record revenue of $6.4 million in the second quarter ended June 30, 2015, a 52% increase compared with $4.2 million in the year-ago second quarter. The record result represented the first time the Company’s quarterly revenue surpassed $6 million.

2015 Second Quarter Financial Results

For the second quarter ended June 30, 2015, revenue totaled $6.4 million, a 52% increase when compared to $4.2 million reported in the same quarter last year. The Company reported gross margin of 83.8% compared to 78.9% in the second quarter of 2014.

Operating expenses for the quarter increased 33.9% to $7.5 million, compared to $5.6 million for the second quarter of 2014. The increased operating expenses reflect the Company’s continued investment in sales and marketing to raise awareness of its product portfolio and expanded sales footprint. Operating loss was $2.2 million compared to $2.3 million for the same quarter last year. Net loss was $3.2 million, or $0.13 per share, compared to a net loss of $3.7 million, or $0.21 per share for the second quarter of 2014. The weighted common average shares for the second quarter of 2015 were approximately 24.9 million shares, an increase from 17.5 million shares for the second quarter of the prior year due to the common stock offering in the first quarter of 2015.

“Our team executed our strategy during the second quarter as our professional education forums and expanded sales team continued to drive increased customer interest in AxoGen’s solutions for peripheral nerve injuries and we exceeded our sales goals,” said Karen Zaderej, President & Chief Executive Officer. “With the increasing acceptance and adoption of our unique and proprietary products and the successful execution of our growth strategies, we are exploring additional revenue opportunities, which include new geographies and new market applications for our products such as nerves severed during prostate cancer surgery and lower extremity nerve injuries.

"Our goal is for at least one of these initiatives to begin to contribute to our growth during 2016. Meanwhile, our progress through the first six months of this year, as well as our solid start to the second half, has enabled an increase in our revenue guidance for 2015.”

Second Quarter Highlights

  • Year to date held four “Best Practices in Nerve Repair” surgeon education forums, providing the over 100 surgeons in attendance with a comprehensive review of nerve repair techniques. The Company has found that as surgeons return to their practice and use these new techniques, the revenue from their usage increases by approximately 60%. The revenue generated from the four events held in late 2013 and early 2014 is over $500,000 per course in the first twelve months following course completion.
  • Completed the first international surgeon training course held in Milan, Italy, with over 60 surgeons in attendance. This event is part of the Company’s strategy to increase its presence and revenue in select geographies
  • At the 20th Congress of the Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand (FESSH), there were three clinical presentations on the use of Avance® Nerve Graft.
  • Completed a pilot clinical study assessing cavernous nerve reconstruction with Avance® Nerve Graft following radical prostatectomy, which demonstrated technical feasibility and promising ability to restore erectile function and reduce incontinence. The Company is currently evaluating strategies on how to address this new market opportunity.
  • Enrolled the first subject in the RECONTM Study to support an Investigational New Drug (IND) Application, which compares AxoGen’s Avance® Nerve Graft to synthetic nerve tubes for bridging gaps in peripheral nerves and will support the FDA biologic license application (“BLA”) being pursued by the Company.

2015 Six Month Financial Results

For the six months ended June 30, 2015, revenue totaled $11.4 million, a 54% increase when compared to $7.4 million reported in the first six months of 2014. Gross margin for the first six months of 2015 was 82.2% compared to 78.4% for the comparable six month period in 2014. Operating expenses for the six month period ended June 30, 2015 were $14.0 million compared to $11.1 million for the first six months of 2014. The increased operating expenses reflect the Company’s continued investment in sales and marketing to raise awareness of its product portfolio and expanded sales footprint. For the six months ended June 30, 2015, the net loss was $6.8 million, or $0.29 per share compared to a net loss of $8.0 million, or $0.46 per share for the six months ended June 30, 2014.

As of June 30, 2015, cash and cash equivalents totaled $15.6 million.

2015 Guidance

Based on a strong first half and the continued momentum the Company is experiencing in the third quarter, AxoGen is raising its revenue guidance and now expects 2015 full year revenue to exceed $25 million with annual gross margins in the mid to high 70% range.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call and webcast for the investment community following the release at 4:30 PM 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 joining via the webcast, should visit http://axogeninc.equisolvewebcast.com/q2-2015.

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 other countries and includes Avance® Nerve Graft, an off-the-shelf processed human 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 worldwide exclusively by AxoGen. AxoGen maintains its corporate offices in Alachua, Florida and is the parent of its wholly owned operating subsidiary, AxoGen Corporation.

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" 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 2015 revenue estimate, product development, product potential, financial performance, sales growth, product adoption, market awareness of our products, data validation, our visibility at and sponsorship of conferences and educational events. The forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, which may cause results to differ materially from those set forth in the statements. Forward-looking statements in this release should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties that affect AxoGen's business and its market, particularly those discussed in the risk factors and cautionary statements in AxoGen's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees 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 law, AxoGen assumes no responsibility to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Source: AxoGen, Inc.

Contact:
AxoGen, Inc.
Gregory Freitag, Chief Financial Officer & General Counsel
386.462.6856
InvestorRelations(at)AxoGenInc(dot)com

EVC Group
Michael Polyviou/Doug Sherk – Investor Relations            
212.850.6020/646-445-4800
mpolyviou(at)evcgroup(dot)com; dsherk(at)evcgroup(dot)com

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