MALVERN, Pa., Mar 10, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — –Fourth quarter 2009 operating income of $385,000 compared to an operating loss of $670,000 in fourth quarter 2008; full year 2009 operating loss was $1.1 million compared to an operating loss of $9.2 million in 2008
–Fourth quarter 2009 net loss of $291,000, or less than $0.01 per common share, compared to a net loss of $1.2 million, or $0.02 per common share, in fourth quarter 2008; full year 2009 net loss was $3.9 million, or $0.05 per common share, compared to a net loss of $10.8 million, or $0.14 per common share, in 2008
–2010 financial guidance: total sales of $106 million to $112 million and net income between breakeven and $2 million
Orthovita, Inc. (VITA 3.73, -0.40, -9.52%), a specialty spine and orthopedic company with a portfolio of orthobiologic and biosurgery products, reported financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2009. Product sales for the quarter ended December 31, 2009 increased 17% to $24.4 million, compared to $20.8 million for the same period in 2008. Product sales for the year ended December 31, 2009 increased 21% to $92.9 million, compared to $76.9 million for 2008. The 2009 fourth quarter and full year results included U.S. sales of $700,000 and $1.1 million, respectively, of Cortoss(TM), the Company’s novel synthetic biomaterial that was cleared by the FDA in June 2009 for the treatment of vertebral compression fractures, and Aliquot(TM), the Company’s Cortoss delivery device.
Gross profit for the quarters ended December 31, 2009 and 2008 was $16.3 million and $13.8 million, respectively. Gross profit for 2009 was $62.9 million compared to $51.0 million in 2008. As a percentage of sales, gross profit was 67% and 68% for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2009, respectively, compared to 66% for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2008. These increases in gross profit margins during the 2009 periods were primarily due to a more favorable product mix resulting from strong growth in our Vitoss(TM) Bioactive Foam products.
During the fourth quarter of 2009, Orthovita recorded operating income of $385,000 compared to an operating loss of $670,000 in the fourth quarter of 2008. The operating loss for the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008 was $1.1 million and $9.2 million, respectively. The net loss for the fourth quarter of 2009 declined to $291,000, or less than $0.01 per common share, compared to a net loss of $1.2 million, or $0.02 per common share, in the fourth quarter of 2008. The net loss for the year ended December 31, 2009 was $3.9 million, or $0.05 per common share, compared to a net loss of $10.8 million, or $0.14 per common share, for the year ended December 31, 2008.
“Our financial results for the fourth quarter of 2009 demonstrated our ability to continue to drive growth in our Vitoss and biosurgery product platforms while launching a significant new product, Cortoss, to both current and prospective customers,” said Antony Koblish, President and Chief Executive Officer of Orthovita. “During the fourth quarter of 2009, sales of our Vitoss and biosurgery products increased 13% and 14%, respectively, over the fourth quarter of 2008.”
Mr. Koblish continued, “At the same time, our sales force made progress in launching Cortoss to our existing spine customers, primarily orthopedic and neurological surgeons, and to a new customer group of interventional radiologists and neuro-interventional radiologists. While the challenging economic environment has lengthened the process for getting new technologies approved and used regularly in hospitals, we have seen our number of active Cortoss customer accounts increase steadily. At the end of February 2010, we had 151 active Cortoss accounts, and 76% of our customers have placed reorders. Most importantly, physicians are reporting that their patients are experiencing excellent clinical outcomes from the use of Cortoss to treat vertebral compression fractures, with no reported adverse events.”
Nancy Broadbent, Chief Financial Officer of Orthovita, commented, “Our 2009 sales and net loss were in line with our 2009 financial guidance. For 2010, we estimate that sales will be in the range of $106 million to $112 million, and that our bottom line will range from breakeven to $2 million of net income.”
“Our primary financial objective in 2010 is to drive product sales growth, a key element in building shareholder value,” Ms. Broadbent continued. “Following the U.S. approval of Cortoss in June 2009, we initiated an expansion of our sales force from 90 sales representatives to 103 at December 31, 2009. Since it usually takes new sales representatives up to nine months to generate meaningful sales levels, we do not expect to see the sales impact from the new sales representatives to occur until the second half of 2010. We anticipate that the quarterly progression of sales and net income or loss from late 2009 through 2010 could be uneven, as we manage the integration of the new sales representatives into our sales force while continuing to launch Cortoss and drive sales growth in our Vitoss and biosurgery product lines. Future expansion of our sales force in 2010 and beyond will be on a highly targeted, selective basis, largely by augmenting existing, under-served territories. We believe that our current cash and short-term investments are sufficient to support this strategy, and we do not anticipate a need to raise additional capital to fund our operations for the foreseeable future.”
Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were $23.1 million at December 31, 2009, compared to $32.3 million at December 31, 2008. For the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, the net cash used in operating activities was $4.8 million and $14.2 million, respectively. Additionally, for the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, the Company spent $4.9 million and $5.9 million, respectively, on capital expenditures primarily related to the expansion of its manufacturing facilities; such costs are reported as a use of cash for investing activities.
Antony Koblish, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Nancy C. Broadbent, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Orthovita, will host a conference call at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time on March 11, 2010 to review and discuss the fourth quarter and full year 2009 financial results. The phone number to join the conference call from within the U.S. is (888) 815-2919, and from outside the U.S. is (706) 643-3675; the conference identification number is 58246952. Listeners are advised to dial in ten minutes prior to the scheduled start time for the conference call. A replay of the conference call will be available for two weeks beginning March 11, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time, and ending March 24, 2010, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. You may listen to the replay by dialing within the U.S. at (800) 642-1687 or by dialing from outside the U.S. (706) 645-9291. The replay identification number is 58246952.
About the Company
We are a specialty spine and orthopedic company with a portfolio of orthobiologic and biosurgery products. Our products are based on novel and unique proprietary biomaterials that have innovative mechanisms of action in the body. Our orthobiologics platform offers products for the fusion, regeneration, and fixation of human bone. Our biosurgery platform offers products for controlling intra-operative bleeding, also known as hemostasis. Our current fusion and regeneration products are based on our proprietary Vitoss(TM) Bone Graft Substitute technology and address the non-structural bone graft market with synthetic, bioactive alternatives to patient- and cadaver-derived bone tissue. Cortoss(TM) Bone Augmentation Material, an injectable, polymer composite that mimics the structural characteristics of human bone, provides the basis for our fixation portfolio. Cortoss received FDA clearance in June 2009 for vertebral augmentation. Our hemostasis portfolio includes Vitagel(TM) Surgical Hemostat, a unique, collagen-based matrix that controls bleeding and facilitates healing, and Vitasure(TM) Absorbable Hemostat, a plant-based product that can be deployed quickly throughout surgery.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements regarding Orthovita’s current expectations of future events that involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the demand and market acceptance of our products, including Cortoss, our ability to achieve our sales and net income forecast for 2010, and other aspects of our business. Such statements are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to a number of substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or timeliness to differ materially from those addressed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause such a difference are listed from time to time in reports filed by the Company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including but not limited to risks described in our most recently filed Form 10-K under the caption “Risk Factors.” Further information about these and other relevant risks and uncertainties may be found in Orthovita’s filings with the SEC, all of which are available from the SEC as well as other sources. Orthovita undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements.
ORTHOVITA, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Summary Financial Information (Unaudited) (In thousands except per share amounts) Statements of Operation Data: Three months ended Year Ended December 31, December 31, 2009 as a 2008 as a 2009 as a 2008 as a percentage of sales percentage of sales percentage of sales percentage of sales PRODUCT SALES $ 24,377 100 % $ 20,847 100 % $ 92,853 100 % $ 76,915 100 % COST OF SALES 8,088 33 % 7,078 34 % 29,914 32 % 25,929 34 % GROSS PROFIT 16,289 67 % 13,769 66 % 62,939 68 % 50,986 66 % OPERATING EXPENSES: General and administrative expenses 3,024 12 % 2,551 12 % 12,172 13 % 10,753 14 % Selling and marketing expenses 11,637 48 % 10,469 50 % 45,070 49 % 42,706 56 % Research and development expenses 1,243 5 % 1,419 7 % 6,786 7 % 6,711 9 % Total operating expenses 15,904 65 % 14,439 69 % 64,028 69 % 60,170 78 % OPERATING INCOME (LOSS) 385 2 % (670 ) -3 % (1,089 ) -1 % (9,184 ) -12 % INTEREST EXPENSE (770 ) -3 % (801 ) -4 % (3,112 ) -3 % (2,777 ) -4 % INTEREST INCOME 38 0 % 195 1 % 282 0 % 1,271 2 % LOSS ON SALE OF PRODUCT LINE AND RELATED ASSETS - 0 % - 0 % - 0 % (72 ) 0 % LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAXES (347 ) -1 % (1,276 ) -6 % (3,919 ) -4 % (10,762 ) -14 % INCOME TAX BENEFIT 56 0 % 53 0 % 13 0 % 10 0 % NET LOSS $ (291 ) -1 % $ (1,223 ) -6 % $ (3,906 ) -4 % $ (10,752 ) -14 % NET LOSS PER SHARE, BASIC AND DILUTED $ - $ (0.02 ) $ (0.05 ) $ (0.14 ) SHARES USED IN COMPUTING BASIC AND DILUTED NET LOSS PER COMMON SHARE 76,435 75,844 76,176 75,804
ORTHOVITA, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Summary Financial Information (Unaudited) (continued) (Dollars in thousands) December 31, 2009 2008 Balance Sheet Data: Cash and cash equivalents $ 7,757 $ 8,518 Short-term investments 15,349 23,773 Accounts receivable, net 12,324 10,881 Inventories 26,058 19,757 Other current assets 784 693 Total current assets 62,272 63,622 Property and equipment, net 17,940 14,438 License and technology intangibles, net 11,376 12,354 Other assets 1,041 757 Total assets $ 92,629 $ 91,171 Current liabilities 13,367 11,410 Notes payable, net of debt discount 34,095 33,809 Other long-term liabilities 408 310 Total liabilities 47,870 45,529 Total shareholders' equity 44,759 45,642 Total liabilities and shareholder's equity $ 92,629 $ 91,171 Cash Flow Data: Year ended December 31, 2009 2008 Net cash used in operating activities $ (4,817 ) $ (14,211 ) Net cash provided by investing activities $ 2,792 $ 2,720 Net cash provided by financing activities $ 1,446 $ 10,197
SOURCE: Orthovita, Inc.
Orthovita, Inc. Nancy C. Broadbent Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer 610-640-1775 or 800-676-8482
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