CARLSBAD, Calif., March 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alphatec Holdings, Inc. (“Alphatec” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq:ATEC), a provider of innovative spine surgery solutions with a mission to improve patient lives through the relentless pursuit of superior outcomes, today announced financial results for fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2017, and provided guidance for 2018. 

2017 Financial Highlights

 Quarter Ended
 December 31, 2017
 Year Ended
December 31, 2017
    
Total revenue$ 26.3 million $101.7 million
U.S. commercial revenue$ 20.9 million $ 86.9 million
U.S. gross margin69.9% 69.8%
Operating expenses$ 18.9 million $ 71.3 million
Non-GAAP operating expenses$ 16.3 million $ 66.0 million
Loss from operations$(3.6) million $ (9.0) million
Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA$  1.0 million $  3.8 million
Cash burnLess than $0.1 million $ 21.5 million
    

We closed 2017 with solid momentum, and on excellent footing to continue to drive ATEC’s advancement into an innovative, growth organization,” said Terry Rich, President and Chief Operating Officer. “Throughout the year, we demonstrated great progress with the transition of our sales channel and aggressively managed expenses and cash.  We have an exceptionally strong understanding of what it will take to achieve our vision and the strongest team in spine to accomplish it.”

Comparison of Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter 2017 to Third Quarter 2017

Following is a table, comparing key fourth quarter 2017 results to third quarter 2017 results.  At this time, the Company believes that sequential results are the best indicators of performance. These are the comparisons management uses in its own evaluation of continuing operating performance given the re-focus of the Company’s strategy under a new leadership team.

        
 Three Months Ended Change
 December 31, 2017 September 30, 2017 $000's %
            
 (unaudited)    
        
U.S. commercial revenue$  20,949  $  20,662  $  287  1.4%
U.S gross profit   14,639     14,280     359  2.5%
U.S. gross margin 69.9%  69.1%    
        
Operating Expenses       
Research and development$  1,437  $  1,044  $  393  37.6%
Sales and marketing   9,742     10,015     (273) (2.8%)
General and administrative   7,243     4,403     2,840  64.5%
Amortization of intangible assets   172     172     -    
Restructuring expenses   308     139     169  121.6%
Gain on sale of assets   -      -      -    
Total operating expenses$  18,902  $  15,773  $  3,129  19.8%
        
Operating loss$  (3,608) $  (1,261) $  (2,347) (186.1%)
        
Gain on change in warrant fair value$  12,044  $  -   $  12,044  NM
        
Gain (loss) from continuing operations$  6,589  $  (3,076) $  9,665  314.2%
        
Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA$  958  $  1,126  $  (168) (14.9%)
        

U.S. commercial revenue for the fourth quarter of 2017 was $20.9 million, up $0.2 million compared to $20.7 million in the third quarter of 2017.  While U.S. commercial revenue was essentially flat on a sequential basis, the percentage of revenue generated by dedicated agents and distributors increased to 40% up from approximately 30% in the third quarter of 2017. Revenue growth generated by the dedicated sales channel has begun to offset the revenue impacts associated with transitioning or discontinuing non-strategic distributor relationships.

U.S. gross profit and gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2017 were $14.6 million and 69.9%, respectively, compared to $14.3 million and 69.1%, respectively, for the third quarter of 2017. U.S. gross margin has stabilized as the Company continues to optimize its supply chain.

Total operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2017 were $18.9 million, reflecting an increase of $3.1 million compared to $15.8 million in the third quarter of 2017.  On a non-GAAP basis, excluding restructuring charges and stock-based compensation, total operating expenses in the fourth quarter increased from $15.2 million to $16.3 million, reflecting increased investments in product development and leadership.  

GAAP loss from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2017 was $3.6 million, compared to a loss of $1.3 million for the third quarter of 2017, of which $1.9 million of the additional loss was attributed to an increase in non-cash, stock-based compensation. 

Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2017 was $1.0 million, compared to $1.1 million in the third quarter of 2017.  For more detailed information, please refer to the table, “Alphatec Holdings, Inc. Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures,” that follows.

Gain on change in fair value of warrants in the fourth quarter of 2017 was $12.0 million, representing the change in fair value of certain warrants to purchase common stock that were temporarily classified as a liability on the consolidated balance sheet, and subsequently reclassified as stockholders’ equity, in accordance with authoritative accounting guidance.

Current and long-term debt includes $32.4 million in term debt and $10.3 million outstanding under the Company’s revolving credit facility at December 31, 2017. This compares to $33.0 million in term debt and $9.2 million outstanding under the Company’s revolving credit facility at September 30, 2017.

Cash and cash equivalents were $22.5 million at December 31, 2017, compared to $15.4 million reported at September 30, 2017.  During the fourth quarter of 2017, the Company received additional equity investments of $3.7 million and generated cash proceeds of $3.3 million from the exercise of warrants.

Comparison of Financial Results for the Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2017 and 2016

Revenue decreased on a year-over-year basis as a result of the Company’s execution of its sales organization transition and the impact of lost revenue related to the financial and operational challenges the Company faced in 2016 prior to the sale of its international business.  The year-over-year improvement in operating expenses is the result of a comprehensive initiative to reduce costs and drive operational efficiencies.  For additional information, please reference the following financial statement tables and the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on or about March 9, 2018.

2018 Financial Outlook

Alphatec expects total revenue in 2018 to approximate $95.0 million, an increase in the U.S. commercial revenue run rate reported for the second half of 2017.

Rich continued, “As the transition of our distribution channel progresses, top-line visibility will continue to be somewhat limited as we discontinue non-strategic relationships and navigate the contracting process to execute each transition.  However, I am proud to say that we are beginning to see our efforts reach fruition.  As 2018 progresses, we expect that sales from the dedicated portion of our channel will continue to offset the negative revenue impacts associated with transitioning or discontinuing non-strategic distributor relationships.”

Investor Conference Call

Alphatec will hold a conference today at 2:30 p.m. PT / 5:30 p.m. ET to discuss the results. The dial-in numbers are (877) 556-5251 for domestic callers and (720) 545-0036 for international callers. The conference ID number is 7887979. A live webcast of the conference call will be available online from the investor relations page of the Company’s corporate website at www.atecspine.com.

About Alphatec Holdings, Inc.

Alphatec Holdings, Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary Alphatec Spine, Inc., is a medical device company that designs, develops, and markets spinal fusion technology products and solutions for the treatment of spinal disorders associated with disease and degeneration, congenital deformities, and trauma. The Company's mission is to improve lives by providing innovative spine surgery solutions through the relentless pursuit of superior outcomes. The Company markets its products in the U.S. via independent sales agents and a direct sales force.

Additional information can be found at www.atecspine.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains "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. The Company 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. Forward-looking statements include the references to the Company’s strategy in significantly repositioning the Alphatec brand and turning the Company into a growth organization.  The important factors that could cause actual operating results to differ significantly from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to:  the uncertainty of success in developing new products or products currently in the Company’s pipeline; the uncertainties in the Company’s ability to execute upon its strategic operating plan; the uncertainties regarding the ability to successfully license or acquire new products, and the commercial success of such products; failure to achieve acceptance of the Company’s products by the surgeon community, including Battalion and Arsenal Deformity; failure to obtain FDA or other regulatory clearance or approval for new products, or unexpected or prolonged delays in the process; continuation of favorable third party reimbursement for procedures performed using the Company’s products; unanticipated expenses or liabilities or other adverse events affecting cash flow or the Company’s ability to successfully control its costs or achieve profitability; uncertainty of additional funding; the Company’s ability to compete with other competing products and with emerging new technologies; product liability exposure; an unsuccessful outcome in any litigation in which the Company is a defendant; patent infringement claims; claims related to the Company’s intellectual property and the Company’s ability to meet its financial obligations under its credit agreements and the Orthotec settlement agreement. The words “believe,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate” and “anticipate,” variations of such words and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, but their absence does not mean that a statement is not a forward-looking statement.  A further list and description of these and other factors, risks and uncertainties can be found in the Company's most recent annual report, and any subsequent quarterly and current reports, filed with the  Securities and Exchange Commission. Alphatec 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.

Investor/Media Contact:

Lee Roth / Emma Poalillo
The Ruth Group
(646) 536-7000
alphatec@theruthgroup.com

Company Contact:

Jeff Black
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Alphatec Holdings, Inc.
ir@atecspine.com

 
ALPHATEC HOLDINGS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
  (in thousands, except per share amounts)
         
 Three Months Ended  Twelve Months Ended
 December 31,   December 31, 
  2017   2016    2017   2016 
         
Revenues$  26,283  $  27,090   $  101,739  $  120,248 
Cost of revenues   10,989     12,463      39,406     44,114 
Gross profit 15,294     14,627      62,333   76,134 
         
Operating expenses:        
Research and development   1,437     2,449      4,920     9,248 
Sales and marketing   9,742     11,464      41,158     50,962 
General and administrative   7,243     6,923      23,220   26,339 
Amortization of intangible assets   172     341      688   934 
Restructuring expenses   308     514      2,206     2,292 
Goodwill and intangible asset impairment   -         -     1,736 
Gain on sale of assets   -      -      (856)    -  
Total operating expenses 18,902     21,691      71,336   91,511 
Operating loss (3,608)    (7,064)     (9,003)  (15,377)
Other income (expense)        
Interest and other expense, net   (1,938)    7,476      (7,615)  (5,393)
Loss on debt extinguishment   -      (9,478)     -   (9,478)
Gain on change in fair value of warrants   12,044     (687)     12,044   (687)
Total other income (expense), net   10,106     (2,689)     4,429     (15,558)
Loss from continuing operations before taxes 6,498     (9,753)     (4,574)  (30,935)
Income tax provision   (91)    328      (34)    (4,634)
Gain (loss) from continuing operations   6,589     (10,081)     (4,540)    (26,301)
Gain (loss) from discontinued operations   2,466     5,727      2,246     (3,624)
Net loss$  9,055  $  (4,354)  $  (2,294) $  (29,925)
         
Net loss per share continuing operations$  0.39  $  (1.18)  $  (0.36) $  (3.06)
Net loss per share discontinued operations   0.14     0.67      0.18     (0.42)
Net loss per share  - basic and diluted$  0.53  $  (0.51)  $  (0.18) $  (3.49)
         
Weighted-average shares - basic and diluted 17,062   8,560    12,788   8,582 
         
         
Stock-based compensation included in:        
Cost of revenue   28     20      40     36 
Research and development   150     375      207     438 
Sales and marketing   245     140      480     258 
General and adminstrative   2,188     142      3,255     894 
 $  2,611  $  677   $  3,982  $  1,626 
         


 
ALPHATEC HOLDINGS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands) 
    
 December 31, December 31,
  2017   2016 
    
ASSETS
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents $  22,466  $  19,593 
Accounts receivable, net  14,822   18,512 
Inventories, net  27,292   30,093 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  1,767   4,262 
Current assets of discontinued operations  131   364 
Total current assets 66,478   72,824 
    
Property and equipment, net 12,670   15,076 
Intangibles, net 5,248   5,711 
Other assets 208   516 
Noncurrent assets of discontinued operations 56   61 
Total assets$  84,660  $  94,188 
    
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable $  3,878  $  8,701 
Accrued expenses  22,246   27,589 
Current portion of long-term debt  3,306   3,113 
Current liabilities of discontinued operations  312   732 
Total current liabilities 29,742   40,135 
    
Total long term liabilities    57,973     71,954 
Redeemable preferred stock    23,603     23,603 
Stockholders' deficit    (26,658)    (41,504)
Non-controlling interest    0 
Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit$  84,660  $  94,188 
    


 
ALPHATEC HOLDINGS, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(in thousands - unaudited) 
            
  Three Months Ended Three Months Ended  Twelve Months Ended
  September 30, December 31,  December 31,
   2017   2017   2016    2017   2016 
            
Operating loss, as reported $  (1,261) $  (3,608) $  (7,064)  $  (9,003) $  (15,377)
Add back:           
Depreciation    1,564     1,711     1,735      6,545     7,387 
Amortization of intangible assets    234     234     693      936     1,608 
Total EBITDA  537   (1,663)  (4,636)   (1,522)  (6,382)
            
Add back significant items:           
Stock-based compensation    450     2,313     1,931      3,982     3,441 
Restructuring and other charges    139     308     514      2,206     2,292 
Goodwill and intangible asset impairment    -     -     -      -     1,736 
Gain on sale of assets    -     -     -      (856)    - 
            
Adjusted EBITDA $  1,126  $  958  $  (2,191)  $  3,810  $  1,087 
            
            
            
            
  Three Months Ended Three Months Ended  Twelve Months Ended
  September 30, December 31,  December 31,
   2017   2017   2016    2017   2016 
            
Operating expenses, as reported $  15,773  $  18,902  $  21,691   $  71,336  $  91,511 
Less:           
Stock-based compensation  (450)    (2,313)    (1,931)     (3,982)    (3,441)
Restructuring and other charges  (139)    (308)    (514)     (2,206)    (2,292)
Goodwill and intangible asset impairment    -     -     -      -     (1,736)
Gain on sale of assets    -     -     -      856     - 
Non-GAAP operating expenses $  15,184  $  16,281  $  19,246   $  66,004  $  84,042 
            


 
ALPHATEC HOLDINGS, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF GEOGRAPHIC SEGMENT REVENUES AND GROSS PROFIT
(in thousands, except percentages - unaudited)
          
 Three Months Ended Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
 September 30, December 31, December 31,
  2017   2017   2016   2017   2016 
          
Revenues by source         
U.S. commercial revenue$  20,662  $  20,949  $  24,473  $  86,925  $  106,918 
Other 2,437   5,334   2,617   14,814   13,330 
Total revenues$  23,099  $  26,283  $  27,090  $  101,739  $  120,248 
          
Gross profit by source         
U.S.$  14,280  $  14,639  $  15,002  $  60,709  $  71,432 
Other   232     655     (375)    1,624     4,702 
Total gross profit$  14,512  $  15,294  $  14,627  $  62,333  $  76,134 
          
Gross profit margin by source         
U.S. 69.1%  69.9%  61.3%  69.8%  66.8%
Other 9.5%  12.3%  (14.3%)  11.0%  35.3%
Total gross profit margin 62.8%  58.2%  54.0%  61.3%  63.3%