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SeaSpine Announces Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2018 Results and Reaffirms 2019 Revenue Guidance

CARLSBAD, Calif., Feb. 27, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SeaSpine Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SPNE), a global medical technology company focused on surgical solutions for the treatment of spinal disorders, announced today financial results for the three-months and full-year ended December 31, 2018 and reaffirmed revenue guidance for 2019.

Summary Fourth Quarter 2018 Financial Results and Recent Accomplishments

  • Revenue of $38.0 million, an increase of 12% year-over-year
  • U.S. revenue of $34.0 million, an increase of 9% year-over-year
    – U.S. Orthobiologics revenue of $18.2 million, an increase of 10% year-over-year
    – U.S. Spinal Implants revenue of $15.8 million, an increase of 8% year-over-year
  • International revenue of $4.0 million, an increase of 45% year-over-year
  • Initiated preliminary launch of the Mariner Cortical System, a procedural-specific solution for the less invasive, midline cortical approach
  • Raised $54 million of net proceeds in October from an underwritten public offering of 3.7 million shares of common stock

“During 2018, we delivered on our commitment to accelerate revenue growth, with both the U.S. spinal implants and orthobiologics portfolios increasing more than 10% in the second half of the year,” said Keith Valentine, President and Chief Executive Officer.  “Looking ahead, we are confident that we are well positioned to continue to take market share and to deliver cost effective procedural solutions to surgeons and hospitals to improve the quality of patient lives.”

Fourth Quarter 2018 Financial Results
Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2018 totaled $38.0 million, an increase of 12% compared to the same period of the prior year. U.S. revenue was $34.0 million, a 9% increase compared to the same period of the prior year. The increase in U.S. revenue was driven by both the spinal implants and orthobiologics portfolios.  International revenue was $4.0 million, a 45% increase compared to the same period of the prior year. The increase in international revenue was driven primarily by a recently added spinal implants distributor in Australia.

Orthobiologics revenue totaled $20.2 million, a 12% increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2017. The increase in orthobiologics revenue was driven primarily by growth in recently launched products, led by the OsteoStrand™ Plus product, and increased sales of existing demineralized bone matrix products to new customers.

Spinal implants revenue totaled $17.9 million, a 12% increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2017. The increase in spinal implant revenue was driven by growth in recently launched products, led primarily by the Shoreline and Mariner systems and by the Company’s expanded NanoMetalene portfolio, and strong international growth, particularly in Australia.

Gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2018 was 60.6%, compared to 63.3% for the same period in 2017. The decrease in gross margin was due to higher orthobiologics manufacturing scrap rates and other inefficiencies associated with the production ramp up of recently launched products, which were partially offset by lower raw material costs for orthobiologics products manufactured at the Company’s Irvine, California facility. 

Operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2018 totaled $32.5 million, compared to $29.2 million for the same period of the prior year. The $3.4 million increase was driven primarily by higher selling, general and administrative expenses, including cash and stock-based compensation, a $0.5 million impairment charge recorded against obsolete spinal instrumentation, and the impact of a $1.5 million non-cash gain recorded in the fourth quarter of 2017 related to the release of a foreign capital tax liability based on the passage of the statute of limitations.  The increase was offset by a $0.9 million non-cash gain recorded in the fourth quarter of 2018 related to a decrease in the fair value of NLT contingent consideration liabilities.

Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $9.5 million, compared to a net loss of $7.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2017.

Cash, cash equivalents and investments at December 31, 2018 totaled $54.0 million, and the Company had no amounts outstanding under its credit facility. 

2018 Financial Results
Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2018 totaled $143.4 million, an increase of 9% compared to the prior year. U.S. revenue was $127.9 million, an 8% increase compared to the prior year. Orthobiologics revenue totaled $75.3 million, a 9% increase compared to the prior year. Spinal implant revenue totaled $68.1 million, a 9% increase compared to the prior year.  

Gross margin for 2018 was 61.0%, compared to 60.7% for 2017. The increase in gross margin was mainly driven by lower raw material costs for orthobiologics products manufactured at the Company’s Irvine facility, and by lower provisions for excess and obsolete inventory in 2018.  These reductions were partially offset by higher orthobiologics manufacturing scrap rates and other inefficiencies associated with the production ramp up of recently launched products.

Operating expenses for 2018 totaled $120.6 million, compared to $112.7 million for 2017.  The $7.9 million increase was driven primarily by higher selling, general and administrative expenses, including cash and stock-based compensation, selling commissions, tradeshows and other promotional meetings, a $0.5 million impairment charge recorded against obsolete spinal instrumentation, and the impact of a $1.5 million non-cash gain recorded in 2017 related to the release of a foreign capital tax liability based on the passage of the statute of limitations.  These increases were offset by $0.9 million of additional non-cash gains recorded in 2018 compared to 2017 related to a decrease in the fair value of NLT contingent consideration liabilities.

Net loss for 2018 was $33.5 million, compared to a net loss of $32.1 million for 2017.

2019 Financial Outlook
SeaSpine continues to expect revenue for the full-year 2019 to be in the range of $152 million to $156 million, reflecting growth of 6% to 9% over full-year 2018 revenue.

Webcast and Conference Call Information
The Company’s management team will host a conference call beginning today at 1:30pm PT/4:30pm ET to discuss the financial results and recent business developments. Individuals interested in listening to the conference call may do so by dialing (877) 418-4766 for domestic callers or (614) 385-1253 for international callers, using Conference ID: 7765627.  To listen to a live webcast, please visit the Investors section of the SeaSpine website at: www.seaspine.com.

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Mason Krell

Mason began his career in the Orthopedic Industry in 2017 when he joined The De Angelis Group as a Research Manager. He has developed a strong network within the industry and is very dedicated to helping companies maximize opportunities and disrupt markets.

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