Alphatec Spine Announces Third Quarter 2010 Revenue and Financial Results

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Nov 8, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) --

  --  Revenue of $44.8 million; 49% growth over 3Q 2009; Pro Forma Revenue
      Growth of 2% over 3Q 2009 and 2.3% Growth on a Constant-Currency Basis
  --  Adjusted EBITDA of $5.3 million; 11.9% growth over 3Q 2009
  --  Non-GAAP Net Earnings of $0.7 million; or $0.01 per share

CARLSBAD, Calif., Nov. 8, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Alphatec Holdings, Inc.(ATEC 2.18, -0.09, -3.76%), the parent company of Alphatec Spine, Inc., a medical device company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets products for the surgical treatment of spine disorders, with a focus on treating conditions related to the aging spine, announced today financial results for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2010.

Third Quarter 2010 Performance Highlights

  --  Achieved US revenues of $30.0 million, representing 15.2% year-over-year
      growth on a GAAP basis, and 3.4% year-over-year growth on a pro forma
      basis.
  --  Launched PureGen(TM), the Company's Osteoprogenitor Cell Allograft with
      the first case completed in September.
  --  Established Biologics Division at Alphatec Spine, with the addition of
      Edward Ross, Vice President and General Manager, Biologics as well as
      dedicated sales specialists to drive biologics product adoption and work
      with customers as biologics experts.
  --  Strengthened US sales network with the addition of several independent
      distribution agents and direct representatives in key strategic markets.
  --  OsseoFix(TM), the Company's proprietary device for treating vertebral
      compression fractures and restoration of vertebral height, has been used
      in over 1,600 patients in Europe through 3Q 2010, representing continued
      acceleration in product adoption.
  --  OsseoScrew(TM), the Company's proprietary expandable pedicle screw
      system, has been used in over 100 patients in Europe through 3Q 2010.
  --  Helifix(TM) Interspinous Spacer System, a proprietary minimally invasive
      non-fusion solution for lumbar spinal stenosis, was launched in Europe
      with the first cases completed in Switzerland and Germany.
  --  Solus(TM) ALIF System, a zero-profile, single-action locking implant
      that is used in anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) procedures, was
      launched in Europe with the first cases completed in Germany.
  --  The Company resubmitted the Solus 510(k) application with a revised
      indication in the third quarter 2010.

Dirk Kuyper, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, stated: “I am proud of the focus of the Alphatec Spine team and our ability to achieve continued revenue growth through execution and key product launches despite the challenges currently facing the spine market.” Mr. Kuyper continued, “2010 has been a transformative year for the Company and in the third quarter we saw a stabilization of our business internationally and a stabilization of pricing here in the US. The Scient’x integration is progressing, and with the launch of PureGen and most of our key technologies in Europe, we are well positioned as we enter 2011 to drive towards our goal of being the leading global pure-play spine company. We have the team, the products and the strategic plan to achieve long-term revenue growth and enhanced profitability.”

Third Quarter 2010 Financial Review

Consolidated revenues for the third quarter 2010 were $44.8 million, an increase of $14.7 million, or 49.0%, from the $30.1 million reported for the third quarter 2009. U.S. revenues for the third quarter 2010 were $30.0 million, an increase of 15.2% from the $26.1 million reported for the third quarter 2009.

Gross profit for the third quarter 2010 was $28.9 million, an increase of $8.8 million, or 44.1% over the third quarter 2009 gross profit of $20.1 million. The third quarter 2010 gross margin of 64.5% was below the third quarter 2009 gross margin of 66.7%, primarily due to geographic sales mix associated with our increased international business. The third quarter gross margin of 64.5% was higher than the second quarter 2010 gross margin of 63.5%, reflecting increased manufacturing efficiencies and reduced royalty burden.

Total operating expenses for the third quarter 2010 were $32.4 million, which included $2.4 million of in-process research and development expenses, $5.2 million in operating expenses associated with the addition of the Company’s acquired international operations and $0.7 million of restructuring expenses. Total operating expenses for the third quarter 2009 were $20.9 million and included $1.2 million in acquisition-related expenses.

Adjusted EBITDA was $5.3 million for the third quarter 2010, an increase of $0.6 million compared to adjusted EBITDA of $4.7 million reported for the third quarter 2009. Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter 2009 included $1.2 million of Scient’x acquisition-related expenses previously recorded in general and administrative expenses.

Net loss for the third quarter 2010 was $3.8 million, or ($0.04) per share (basic and diluted), compared with a net loss of $1.3 million, or ($0.02) per share (basic and diluted) for the third quarter 2009.

Non-GAAP EPS for the third quarter 2010 was $0.01 per share compared to $0.00 per share reported in the third quarter 2009. Non-GAAP EPS excludes the impact of in-process research and development expenses, Scient’x acquisition-related expenses and restructuring expenses.

Cash and cash equivalents were $28.9 million at September 30, 2010. In October 2010, the Company amended and restated its loan agreement with Silicon Valley Bank, and the agreement provides for a $32 million working capital revolving line of credit. The loan agreement provides a significant reduction in debt service and terminates the principal payments that existed in the prior credit facility. The proceeds from the new loan agreement will primarily be used to pay off the Company’s existing credit facility with Silicon Valley Bank and Oxford Finance Corporation.

Updated Full Year 2010 Financial Guidance

Due to continuing uncertainty in the US spine market as it relates to procedure volumes, in addition to international debt and solvency issues impacting government-funded health systems, the Company is adjusting its full-year 2010 guidance as follows:

  --  GAAP annual revenues of $170 million to $172 million; a reduction from
      the $177 million to $182 million previously announced
  --  Pro forma annual revenues of $181 million to $183 million; a reduction
      from the $188 million to $193 million previously announced
  --  Adjusted EBITDA of $19 million to $20 million; a reduction from the $21
      million to $24 million previously announced

The revised annual pro forma revenue guidance reflects annual growth of 6% to 7% over pro forma 2009 revenues of $170.8 million.

Conference Call

Alphatec Spine will host a conference call today at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET to discuss the results. To participate in the conference call, please visit the investor relations section of the Alphatec Spine website at www.alphatecspine.com. The dial-in numbers are (877) 556-5251 for domestic callers and (720) 545-0036 for international callers. A live webcast of the conference call will be available online on the investor relations section of the Alphatec Spine website at www.alphatecspine.com. The webcast will be recorded and will remain available on the investor relations section of Alphatec Spine’s website for at least 30 days.

About Alphatec Spine

Alphatec Spine, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alphatec Holdings, Inc. (ATEC 2.18, -0.09, -3.76%). Alphatec Spine is a medical device company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets products for the surgical treatment of spine disorders, primarily focused on the aging spine. The Company’s mission is to combine world-class customer service with innovative, surgeon-driven design that will help improve the aging patient’s quality of life. The Company is poised to achieve its goal through new solutions for patients with osteoporosis, stenosis and other aging spine deformities, improved minimally invasive products and techniques and integrated biologics solutions. In addition to its US operations, the Company also markets its products in over 50 international markets through its subsidiary, Scient’x SA, via a direct sales force in France, Italy and the United Kingdom and via independent distributors in the rest of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, South America and Latin America. In Asia and Australia, the Company markets its products through its subsidiary, Alphatec Pacific, Inc, and through Scient’x’s distributors in China, Korea and Australia.

Also visit the Aging Spine Center, www.agingspinecenter.com, a web-based information portal for healthcare providers and patients regarding aging spine disorders and their treatment. Alphatec Spine is working with the National Osteoporosis Foundation as well as other clinical portals that provide peer-reviewed content, to populate the Aging Spine Center. The interactive website enables patients to review pertinent information about all the key disorders that affect the aging spine in an easy-to-understand format that includes videos, graphics and questions that should be asked of caregivers. Medical information includes published abstracts regarding the aging spine.

The Alphatec Holdings, Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=3520

Non-GAAP Information for non-GAAP earnings and Adjusted EBITDA

Non-GAAP earnings included in this press release is a non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) financial measure that represents net income (loss) excluding the effects of in-process research and development expenses, acquisition-related expenses, restructuring expenses and litigation settlement expenses. Management does not consider these expenses when it makes certain evaluations of the operations of the Company. Non-GAAP earnings, as defined above, may not be similar to non-GAAP earnings measures used by other companies and is not a measurement under GAAP.

Adjusted EBITDA included in this press release is a non-GAAP financial measure that represents net income (loss) excluding the effects of interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation expense, and other income or expense items, such as in-process research and development expense and acquisition-related expenses. Adjusted EBITDA, as defined above, may not be similar to adjusted EBITDA measures used by other companies and is not a measurement under GAAP.

Though management finds non-GAAP-based earnings or loss and adjusted EBITDA useful for evaluating aspects of the Company’s business, its reliance on these measures are limited because excluded items often have a material effect on the Company’s earnings and earnings per common share calculated in accordance with GAAP. The Company believes that non-GAAP earnings and adjusted EBITDA provides investors with an additional tool for evaluating the Company’s core performance, which management uses in its own evaluation of continuing operating performance, and a base-line for assessing the future earnings potential of the Company. While the GAAP results are more complete, the Company prefers to allow investors to have these supplemental metrics since, with reconciliation to GAAP, they may provide greater insight into the Company’s financial results.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainty. Such statements are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: Alphatec Spine’s ability to accelerate new product momentum, bring to market differentiated products and commercialize its product pipeline. Alphatec Spine cautions investors that there can be no assurance that actual results or business conditions will not differ materially from those projected or suggested in such forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including, but not limited to, the following: Alphatec Spine’s ability to meet its 2010 revenue, adjusted EBITDA, and earnings projections, the ability to successfully integrate Scient’x and Alphatec, the US and global growth rate of the spine market overall and the growth rate related to aging and elderly patients, the impact of macroeconomic conditions on the spine market both inside the US and outside of the US, the negative impact of pricing reductions in the spine market, uncertainty of success in developing new products or products currently in Alphatec Spine’s pipeline, the successful global launch of the Alphatec Spine’s new products and the products in its development pipeline including PureGen, HeleFix, OsseoFix, OsseoScrew, and Solus, failure to achieve acceptance of Alphatec Spine’s products by the surgeon community, failure to obtain FDA clearance or approval for new products, or unexpected or prolonged delays in the process, Alphatec Spine’s ability to develop and expand its business in the United States, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa and Latin America continuation of favorable third party payor reimbursement for procedures performed using Alphatec Spine’s products, price erosion, unanticipated expenses or liabilities or other adverse events affecting cash flow or Alphatec Spine’s ability to successfully control its costs or achieve profitability, uncertainty of additional funding, Alphatec Spine’s ability to compete with other competing products and with emerging new technologies, product liability exposure, patent infringement claims and claims related to Alphatec Spine’s or a third party’s intellectual property. Please refer to the risks detailed from time to time in Alphatec Spine’s SEC reports, including quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, reports on Form 8-K and annual reports on Form 10-K. Alphatec Spine disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, unless required by law.

                 ALPHATEC HOLDINGS, INC.
           CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                (in thousands - unaudited)

                                   September   December
                                     30,         31,
                                     2010        2009
                                  ----------  ----------
              ASSETS
  Current assets:
    Cash and cash equivalents       $ 28,854    $ 10,085
    Accounts receivable, net          43,151      24,766
    Inventories, net                  53,552      29,515
    Prepaid expenses and other
     current assets                    5,851       3,128

    Deferred income tax assets         1,817         128
                                  ----------  ----------
  Total current assets               133,225      67,622

  Property and equipment, net         39,415      30,356
  Goodwill                           172,318      60,113
  Intangibles, net                    42,354       2,296

  Other assets                         3,081       1,501
                                  ----------  ----------

  Total assets                     $ 390,393   $ 161,888
                                  ==========  ==========

   LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS'
              EQUITY
  Current liabilities:
    Accounts payable                $ 19,272    $ 12,781
    Accrued expenses                  24,580      16,439
    Deferred revenue                   2,984       2,135
    Other current liabilities          1,033          --
    Current portion of long-term
     debt                             10,147       6,724
                                  ----------  ----------
  Total current liabilities           58,016      38,079

    Total long term liabilities       39,191      25,377
    Redeemable preferred stock        23,603      23,603
    Stockholders' equity -
     Alphatec                        269,043      74,829

    Non-controlling interest             540          --
                                  ----------  ----------
  Total liabilities and
   stockholders' equity            $ 390,393   $ 161,888
                                  ==========  ==========
                                   ALPHATEC HOLDINGS, INC.
                       CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
                    (in thousands, except per share amounts - unaudited)

                                            Three Months Ended       Nine Months Ended
                                               September 30,           September 30,

                                             2010        2009        2010         2009
                                          ----------  ----------  -----------  -----------

  Revenues                                  $ 44,846    $ 30,103    $ 125,592     $ 87,358
  Cost of revenues                            15,546      10,028       43,516       28,311
  Amortization of acquired intangible
   assets                                        373          --          742           --
                                          ----------  ----------  -----------  -----------

    Total cost of revenues                    15,919      10,028       44,258       28,311
                                          ----------  ----------  -----------  -----------
  Gross profit                                28,927      20,075       81,334       59,047

  Operating expenses:
    Research and development                   3,751       3,630       12,347        9,933
    In-process research and development        2,425          50        2,967        5,833
    Sales and marketing                       17,052      12,088       47,571       36,618
    General and administrative                 7,933       3,895       21,500       15,216
    Amortization of acquired intangible
     assets                                      533          --        1,002           --
    Transaction related expenses                   6       1,240        3,651        1,240

    Restructuring expenses                       702          --        2,389           --
                                          ----------  ----------  -----------  -----------

      Total operating expenses                32,402      20,903       91,427       68,840
                                          ----------  ----------  -----------  -----------
  Operating loss                             (3,475)       (828)     (10,093)      (9,793)
    Interest and other income (expense),
     net                                     (1,085)       (630)      (2,363)      (2,508)
                                          ----------  ----------  -----------  -----------
  Loss from continuing operations before
   taxes                                     (4,560)     (1,458)     (12,456)     (12,301)

    Income tax benefit                         (770)        (94)        (899)         (68)
                                          ----------  ----------  -----------  -----------
  Loss from continuing operations            (3,790)     (1,364)     (11,557)     (12,233)
    Income from discontinued operations,
     net of tax                                   --          81           78          264
                                          ----------  ----------  -----------  -----------

  Net loss                                 $ (3,790)   $ (1,283)   $ (11,479)   $ (11,969)
                                          ==========  ==========  ===========  ===========

  Net loss attributable to
   non-controlling interest                     $ --        $ --         $ --         $ --
                                          ----------  ----------  -----------  -----------

  Net loss attributable to Alphatec        $ (3,790)   $ (1,283)   $ (11,479)   $ (11,969)
                                          ==========  ==========  ===========  ===========

  Net income (loss) per common share:
    Basic and diluted net loss from
     continuing operations                  $ (0.04)    $ (0.02)     $ (0.15)     $ (0.25)
    Basic and diluted net income from
     discontinued operations                      --        0.00         0.00         0.00
                                          ----------  ----------  -----------  -----------

    Basic and diluted net loss per share    $ (0.04)    $ (0.02)     $ (0.15)     $ (0.25)
                                          ==========  ==========  ===========  ===========

  Weighted-average shares - basic and
   diluted                                    86,990      51,516       75,394       48,411
                                ALPHATEC HOLDINGS, INC.
                     RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
                               (in thousands - unaudited)

                                       Three Months Ended       Nine Months Ended
                                          September 30,           September 30,

                                        2010        2009        2010         2009
                                     ----------  ----------  -----------  -----------

  Operating loss, as reported         $ (3,475)     $ (828)   $ (10,093)    $ (9,793)
  Add back:
    Depreciation                          3,586       2,292        9,462        6,234
    Amortization of intangibles             122         854        1,245        2,410
    Amortization of acquired
     intangibles                            906          --        1,744           --
                                     ----------  ----------  -----------  -----------
  Total EBITDA                            1,139       2,318        2,358      (1,149)

  Add back significant items:
    Stock-based compensation                573       1,098        2,326        2,563
    In-process research and
     development                          2,425          50        2,967        5,833
    Acquisition-related inventory
     step-up                                419          --          832           --
    Transaction related expenses              6       1,240        3,651        1,240

    Restructuring expenses                  702          --        2,389           --
                                     ----------  ----------  -----------  -----------

  EBITDA, as adjusted for
   significant items                    $ 5,264     $ 4,706     $ 14,523      $ 8,487
                                     ==========  ==========  ===========  ===========

  Net loss, as reported               $ (3,790)   $ (1,283)   $ (11,479)   $ (11,969)
  Add back:
    In-process research and
     development                          2,425          50        2,967        5,833
    Acquisition-related inventory
     step-up                                419          --          832           --
    Amortization of acquired
     intangibles                            906          --        1,744           --
    Transaction related expenses              6       1,240        3,651        1,240

    Restructuring expenses                  702          --        2,389           --
                                     ----------  ----------  -----------  -----------

  Net loss, as adjusted for
   significant items                      $ 668         $ 7        $ 104    $ (4,896)
                                     ==========  ==========  ===========  ===========

  Net loss per common share - basic
   and diluted                         $ (0.04)    $ (0.02)     $ (0.15)     $ (0.25)
  Add back:
    In-process research and
     development                           0.03        0.00         0.04         0.12
    Acquisition-related inventory
     step-up                               0.00          --         0.01           --
    Amortization of acquired
     intangibles                           0.01          --         0.02           --
    Transaction related expenses           0.00        0.02         0.05         0.03

    Restructuring expenses                 0.01          --         0.03           --
                                     ----------  ----------  -----------  -----------

  Net loss per common share - basic
   and diluted, as adjusted for
   significant items                     $ 0.01      $ 0.00       $ 0.00     $ (0.10)
                                     ==========  ==========  ===========  ===========
                    ALPHATEC HOLDINGS, INC.
    RECONCILIATION OF GEOGRAPHIC SEGMENT REVENUES AND GROSS
                             PROFIT
    (in thousands, except gross profit margin percentages -
                           unaudited)

                       Three Months Ended
                          September 30,

                                                      Impact
                                                       from
                                                %     Foreign
                         2010        2009    Change  Currency
                      ----------  ---------  ------  --------

  Revenues by
   geographic
   segment
   U.S.                 $ 30,010   $ 26,052   15.2%      0.0%
   Europe                  5,770      1,036  456.9%     -4.4%
   Asia                    6,020      3,015   99.7%      4.7%

   Rest of world           3,046         --
                      ----------  ---------  100.0%     -4.4%

  Total revenues        $ 44,846   $ 30,103
                      ==========  =========   49.0%     -0.3%

  Gross profit by
   geographic
   segment
   U.S.                 $ 23,346   $ 17,937
   Europe                  1,595        412
   Asia                    3,143      1,726

   Rest of world             843         --
                      ----------  ---------

  Total gross profit    $ 28,927   $ 20,075
                      ==========  =========

  Gross profit
   margin by
   geographic
   segment
   U.S.                    77.8%      68.9%
   Europe                  27.6%      39.8%
   Asia                    52.2%      57.2%

   Rest of world           27.7%       0.0%
                      ----------  ---------
  Total gross profit
   margin                  64.5%      66.7%
                      ==========  =========

                        Nine Months Ended
                          September 30,

                                                      Impact
                                                       from
                                                %     Foreign
                         2010        2009    Change  Currency
                      ----------  ---------  ------  --------

  Revenues by
   geographic
   segment
   U.S.                 $ 87,763   $ 76,243   15.1%      0.0%
   Europe                 18,543      2,415  667.8%     -5.4%
   Asia                   14,265      8,700   64.0%      1.2%

   Rest of world           5,021         --
                      ----------  ---------  100.0%     -5.4%

  Total revenues       $ 125,592   $ 87,358
                      ==========  =========   43.8%     -0.9%

  Gross profit by
   geographic
   segment
   U.S.                 $ 64,145   $ 53,100
   Europe                  7,279        965
   Asia                    7,905      4,982

   Rest of world           2,005         --
                      ----------  ---------

  Total gross profit    $ 81,334   $ 59,047
                      ==========  =========

  Gross profit
   margin by
   geographic
   segment
   U.S.                    73.1%      69.6%
   Europe                  39.3%      40.0%
   Asia                    55.4%      57.3%

   Rest of world           39.9%       0.0%
                      ----------  ---------
  Total gross profit
   margin                  64.8%      67.6%
                      ==========  =========

  Footnotes:
  1) IMC operating results have been removed from Asia
   revenues and gross profit for 2010 and 2009 periods
   presented.

  2) The impact from foreign currency represents the
   percentage change in 2010 revenues due to the change in
   foreign exchange rates for the periods presented.
                      ALPHATEC HOLDINGS, INC.
             PRO FORMA REVENUES BY GEOGRAPHIC SEGMENT
                     (in thousands - unaudited)

                         Three Months Ended
                            September 30,           % Change

                                                         Constant
                          2010        2009     Reported  Currency
                       ----------  ----------  --------  --------

  Pro Forma Revenues
   by geographic
   segment
   U.S.                  $ 30,010    $ 29,034      3.4%      3.4%
   Europe                   5,770       6,813    -15.3%    -11.4%
   Asia                     6,020       4,856     24.0%     18.4%

   Rest of world            3,046       3,246
                       ----------  ----------     -6.2%     -1.8%

  Total revenues         $ 44,846    $ 43,949
                       ==========  ==========      2.0%      2.3%

                          Nine Months Ended
                            September 30,           % Change

                                                         Constant
                          2010        2009     Reported  Currency
                       ----------  ----------  --------  --------

  Pro Forma Revenues
   by geographic
   segment
   U.S.                  $ 90,738    $ 84,607      7.2%      7.2%
   Europe                  23,398      17,520     33.6%     39.6%
   Asia                    15,924      13,670     16.5%     15.3%

   Rest of world            6,867       8,417
                       ----------  ----------    -18.4%    -15.0%

  Total revenues        $ 136,927   $ 124,214
                       ==========  ==========     10.2%     11.2%

  Footnotes:
  1) IMC operating results have been removed from Asia pro forma
   revenues for 2010 and 2009 periods presented.

  2) Pro Forma revenues for all perods presented include the
   results of Scient'x as if the Scient'x acquisition had
   occurred on January 1, 2009.

  3) % Change - Constant Currency represents the change in 2010
   pro forma revenue had the 2010 foreign exchange rates remained
   constant with 2009 foreign exchange rates.

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SOURCE: Alphatec Holdings, Inc.

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