Intersect ENT, Inc. (NASDAQ:XENT), a company dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients with ear, nose and throat conditions, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018.
Recent Business Highlights
- In December 2018, the company commenced enrollment in the study of its newest platform product, the ASCEND investigational drug-coated sinus balloon. This novel device is designed to deliver a corticosteroid (mometasone furoate) directly to the sinuses at the time of dilation.
- In November 2018, the International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology published a pooled analysis of the companys PROPEL Contour and PROPEL Mini steroid releasing sinus implants showing improved outcomes of frontal sinus surgery. The pooled analysis showed that the PROPEL frontal steroid releasing implants significantly improved endoscopic outcomes of frontal sinus surgery compared to surgery alone.
In addition, the company announced today the completion of the ENCORE study, a 50-patient multicenter, open-label study focused on evaluation of the safety of repeat placement of SINUVA in a population of chronic sinusitis patients with nasal polyps. Study findings showed zero serious adverse events related to the implants during the measurement period and zero serious adverse events related to repeat placement.
Fourth Quarter Financial Results
Total revenue grew to $32.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to $29.5 million for the same period of 2017, an increase of 11%. This increase was attributable to growth in the adoption of the PROPEL family of steroid releasing implants as well as to commercialization of the SINUVA (mometasone furoate) Sinus Implant, which contributed approximately 4% of revenue, or $1.2 million, in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Gross profit for the fourth quarter 2018 was $26.4 million and gross margin was 81%, compared to gross profit of $24.4 million and gross margin of 83% for the same period of 2017. The decrease in gross margin was attributable to increased overhead and inefficiencies primarily associated with the introduction of SINUVA.
Operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2018 were $32.1 million, compared to $27.9 million in the same period of 2017, an increase of 15%. R&D expenses increased to $5.7 million from $5.6 million. SG&A expenses increased to $26.3 million from $22.3 million, primarily due to an expansion of SINUVA commercial and market access activities, including headcount, marketing and consulting expenses.
Full Year 2018 Financial Results
Total 2018 revenue grew to $108.5 million compared to $96.3 million in 2017, an increase of 13%. This increase was attributable to growth in the adoption of the PROPEL family of steroid releasing implants as well as to commercialization of SINUVA, which contributed 3% of revenue, or $2.8 million, in 2018.
Gross profit for 2018 was $85.9 million and gross margin was 79%, compared to gross profit of $80.8 million and gross margin of 84% for 2017. The decrease in gross margin was attributable primarily to increased overhead and inefficiencies associated with the introduction of SINUVA.
2018 operating expenses were $110.9 million compared to $98.4 million in 2017, an increase of 13%. R&D expenses increased to $19.3 million from $18.4 million due to an increase in headcount expense and clinical trial activities. SG&A expenses increased to $91.6 million from $80.0 million, primarily due to an increase in headcount expense.
The balance of cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments was $100.8 million compared to $102.3 million at the start of the year.
Intersect ENT continues to forecast 2019 revenue in the range of $123 to $127 million and first quarter revenue in the range of $26.0 to $26.5 million. The Companys 2019 outlook for gross margin is in the range of 80-81% and for expenses in the range of $135 to $137 million.
Webcast and Conference Call Information
Intersect ENT will host a conference call at 4:30 p.m. ET (1:30 p.m. PT) to discuss the companys fourth quarter 2018 results and business outlook. To access the conference call via the internet, go to the “Investor Relations” page of the company’s web site at www.intersectENT.com. To access the live conference call via phone, dial 1-844-850-0548 and ask to join the Intersect ENT call. International callers may access the live call by dialing 1-412-317-5205. Participants may expedite telephone access by pre-registering for the call using the following link: http://dpregister.com/10128610.
A replay of the conference call may be accessed that same day after 8:00 p.m. ET at www.intersectENT.com or via phone at 1-877-344-7529 or 1-412-317-0088 for international callers. The reference number to enter the replay of the call is 10128610. The dial-in replay will be available for a week after the call and via the internet for approximately one month.
About Intersect ENT
Intersect ENT is dedicated to transforming ear, nose and throat care by providing innovative, clinically meaningful therapies to physicians and patients. The companys steroid releasing implants are designed to provide mechanical spacing and deliver targeted therapy to the site of disease. In addition, Intersect ENT is continuing to expand its portfolio of products based on the companys unique localized steroid releasing technology and is committed to broadening patient access to less invasive and more cost-effective care.
Intersect ENT, PROPEL and SINUVA are registered trademarks of Intersect ENT, Inc.
The statements in this press release regarding Intersect ENT’s continued growth and financial outlook are “forward-looking” statements. These forward-looking statements are based on Intersect ENT’s current expectations and inherently involve significant risks and uncertainties. These statements and risks include Intersect ENT’s ability to provide solutions to improve surgical outcomes, Intersect ENTs ability to expand the use and adoption of its current products and advance its pipeline, Intersect ENTs ability to obtain and maintain FDA or other regulatory approvals, the ability to procure and maintain adequate coverage and reimbursement for our products and/or the procedures in which they are used, and Intersect ENTs projections about 2019 full year and first quarter revenue, gross margin and operating expenses. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of these risks and uncertainties, which are described in the company’s filings on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and the company’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) available at the SEC’s Internet site (www.sec.gov). Intersect ENT does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements and expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein.
|Intersect ENT, Inc.|
|Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|(in thousands, except percentages and per share data)|
|Three Months Ended||Fiscal Years Ended|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|Cost of sales||6,371||5,123||22,613||15,499|
|Selling, general and administrative||26,322||22,298||91,603||80,045|
|Research and development||5,743||5,618||19,262||18,360|
|Total operating expenses||32,065||27,916||110,865||98,405|
|Loss from operations||(5,653||)||(3,510||)||(25,006||)||(17,603||)|
|Interest income and other, net||623||358||2,084||1,240|
|Net loss per share, basic and diluted||$||(0.16||)||$||(0.11||)||$||(0.76||)||$||(0.56||)|
Weighted average common shares used to compute net loss per share, basic and diluted
|Intersect ENT, Inc.|
|Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments||$||100,773||$||102,320|
|Accounts receivable, net||19,616||16,589|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||2,695||2,908|
|Total current assets||134,670||130,291|
|Property and equipment, net||5,878||4,848|
|Other non-current assets||413||436|
|Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity|
|Other current liabilities||1,250||1,125|
|Total current liabilities||19,733||17,677|
|Deferred rent and other non-current liabilities||234||679|
|Total stockholders’ equity||120,994||117,219|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||140,961||$||135,575|
Intersect ENT, Inc.
Jeri Hilleman, 650-641-2105