First quarter revenue growth driven by continued strong uptake of the CGuard Embolic Prevention System (EPS) in the company’s major markets

Management to host investor conference call today, May 12, at 8:30am ET

TEL AVIV, Israel, May 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- InspireMD, Inc. (NYSE American: NSPR), developer of the CGuard™ Embolic Prevention System (EPS) for the prevention of stroke caused by the treatment of Carotid Artery Disease (CAD), today announced financial and operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020.

First Quarter 2020 and recent highlights:

  • Generated CGuard™ EPS revenue of $971,000, an increase of 158.2% compared to $376,000 in the first quarter of 2019, when the company’s previous third-party sterilizer equipment failures caused a significant interruption in sterilized product supply for the majority of the first quarter.
  • For the third consecutive year, company was chosen to demonstrate a successful live clinical case transmission featuring CGuard™ EPS at the Leipzig Interventional Course (LINC) 2020 that showcased CGuard’s ease-of-use and exceptional patient safety features
  • Completed all additional bench testing requested by FDA in support of the company’s pending IDE application, which the company expects to re-file in May 2020
  • Continued to advance plans to broaden the company’s product portfolio with procedural protection devices based on its reverse flow technology as well as develop new indications for the CGuard EPS with MicroNet.

“The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented pressure on healthcare systems around the world, and we are seeing this impact on elective procedure volumes, including carotid artery disease treatments,” stated Marvin Slosman, Chief Executive Officer of InspireMD. “However, these procedures must ultimately occur to save lives, and we stand ready with our support and supply infrastructure to quickly fulfill the needs of physicians and their patients as a more normalized healthcare environment reemerges.”

“I am more enthusiastic than ever about the potential of CGuard EPS – and its novel MicroNet® technology - to fundamentally disrupt the current standard of care in carotid stenosis. During the quarter, we continued to see consistent growth across all our current markets while we simultaneously worked to open new opportunities in Brazil, France, the Asia/Pacific region and, of course, the United States. Longer-term, I believe we can establish another pillar of growth by further exploiting our reverse flow technology in a procedural protection device and to expand our product pipeline with CGuard with MicroNet into new high-value indications.

“During these highly challenging and uncertain times, I am buoyed by our team’s ability to maintain these essential growth drivers in light of the changes we have made in order to operate safely and effectively. This is a reflection of our team’s ongoing quest for high achievement, high accountability and laser focus,” concluded Mr. Slosman.

Financial Results

For the three months ended March 31, 2020, revenue increased by $619,000, or 149.2%, to $1,034,000, from $415,000 during the three months ended March 31, 2019. This increase was predominantly driven by a 158.2% increase in sales volume of CGuard EPS from $376,000 during the three months ended March 31, 2019, to $971,000 during the three months ended March 31, 2020, mainly due to the company’s previous third-party sterilizer equipment failures which caused a significant interruption in sterilized product supply for the majority of the first quarter 2019 as well as the company’s continued focus in expanding revenue base in the company’s major markets. In addition, MGuard Prime EPS sales increased from $39,000 during the three months ended March 31, 2019, to $63,000 during the three months ended March 31, 2020, due to the delayed shipments of sterilized products during the three months ended March 31, 2019, as mentioned above. The company's gross profit for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 was $295,000, compared to a gross loss of $73,000 for the same period in 2019. This increase in gross profit was primarily driven by a higher volume of sales of CGuard EPS less the related material and labor costs and a decrease in write-offs of inventory during the three months ended March 31, 2020 due to the same sterilization issue mentioned above. Gross margin increased to 28.5% in the first quarter of 2020 from (17.6%) for the same period in 2019.

Total operating expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 were $2,316,000, a decrease of 24.2% compared to $3,057,000 for the same period in 2019. This decrease was primarily due to a reduction of $328,000 in clinical expenses associated with CGuard EPS, mainly related to the IDE approval process, a decrease of $354,000 due to settlement expenses made to a former service provider pursuant to a settlement agreement during the three months ended March 31, 2019, which did not occur during the three months ended on March 31, 2020 as well as $59,000 of miscellaneous expense reductions.

Financial income for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 was $43,000 compared to financial expenses of $77,000 for the same period in 2019. This increase in income of $120,000 was predominately due to changes in exchange rates. Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2020 totaled $1,978,000, or $0.43 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $3,207,000, or $3.82 per basic and diluted share, for the same period in 2019.

As of March 31, 2020, cash and cash equivalents were $3,141,000, compared to $5,514,000 at December 31, 2019.

Conference Call and Webcast Details

The conference call will be available via telephone by dialing toll free 877-451-6152 for U.S. callers, or +1 201-389-0879 for international callers, and referencing conference ID 13703268. To access the webcast, please go to the following link: http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=139696. The webcast will be archived on the Company’s website.

About InspireMD, Inc.
InspireMD seeks to utilize its proprietary MicroNet® technology to make its products the industry standard for Carotid Stenting by providing outstanding acute results and durable stroke free long-term outcomes.

InspireMD’s common stock is quoted on the NYSE American under the ticker symbol NSPR and certain warrants are quoted on the NYSE American under the ticker symbol NSPR.WS and NSPR.WSB.

Forward-looking Statements
This press release contains “forward-looking statements.” Such statements may be preceded by the words “intends,” “may,” “will,” “plans,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “projects,” “predicts,” “estimates,” “aims,” “believes,” “hopes,” “potential” or similar words. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, are based on certain assumptions and are subject to various known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company’s control, and cannot be predicted or quantified and consequently, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks and uncertainties associated with (i) market acceptance of our existing and new products, (ii) negative clinical trial results or lengthy product delays in key markets, (iii) an inability to secure regulatory approvals for the sale of our products, (iv) intense competition in the medical device industry from much larger, multinational companies, (v) product liability claims, (vi) product malfunctions, (vii) our limited manufacturing capabilities and reliance on subcontractors for assistance, (viii) insufficient or inadequate reimbursement by governmental and other third party payers for our products, (ix) our efforts to successfully obtain and maintain intellectual property protection covering our products, which may not be successful, (x) legislative or regulatory reform of the healthcare system in both the U.S. and foreign jurisdictions, including the transition to the new European Medical Devices Regulation, (xi) our reliance on single suppliers for certain product components, (xii) the fact that we will need to raise additional capital to meet our business requirements in the future and that such capital raising may be costly, dilutive or difficult to obtain and (xiii) the fact that we conduct business in multiple foreign jurisdictions, exposing us to foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, logistical and communications challenges, burdens and costs of compliance with foreign laws and political and economic instability and public health crisis in each jurisdiction. More detailed information about the Company and the risk factors that may affect the realization of forward looking statements is set forth in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Investors and security holders are urged to read these documents free of charge on the SEC’s web site at http://www.sec.gov. The Company assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Investor Contacts:

Craig Shore
Chief Financial Officer
InspireMD, Inc.
888-776-6804
craigs@inspiremd.com 

Jeremy Feffer
LifeSci Advisors, LLC
212-915-2568
jeremy@lifesciadvisors.com

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS(1)
(U.S. dollars in thousands, except per share data)

  
 Three months ended
March 31,
  2020  2019
    
    
Revenues$1,034 $415
Cost of revenues 739  488
    
Gross Profit (Loss) 295  (73)
    
Operating Expenses:   
Research and development 523  1,125
Selling and marketing 624  634
General and administrative 1,169  1,298
    
Total operating expenses 2,316  3,057
    
Loss from operations (2,021)  (3,130)
    
Financial expenses (Income) (43)  77
    
Net Loss$(1,978) $(3,207)
    
Net loss per share – basic and diluted$(0.43) $(3.82
    
Weighted average number of shares of common stock used in computing net loss per share – basic and diluted 4,623,034  839,533




CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(2)
(U.S. dollars in thousands)
ASSETSMarch 31, December 31,
2020 2019
    
Current Assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$3,141 $5,514
Accounts receivable:   
Trade, net 856  823
Other 174  150
Prepaid expenses 63  87
Inventory 1,202  1,236
    
Total current assets 5,436  7,810
    
    
Non-current assets: 
Property, plant and equipment, net 496  547
Operating lease right of use assets 864  937
Funds in respect of employee rights upon retirement 589  586
    
Total non-current assets 1,949  2,070
    
Total assets$7,385 $9,880




LIABILITIES AND EQUITY March 31, December 31,
 2020  2019
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable and accruals:   
Trade$562 $646
Other 2,024  2,449
Contract liability 17  20
Total current liabilities 2,603  3,115
    
Long-term liabilities:   
Operating lease liabilities 544  653
Liability for employees rights upon retirement 761  729
Total long-term liabilities 1,305  1,382
    
Total liabilities 3,908  4,497
    
    
Equity:   
Common stock, par value $0.0001 per share; 150,000,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019; 4,338,910 and 3,916,134 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively -  -
Preferred B shares, par value $0.0001 per share;
500,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019; 17,303 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019.
 -  -
Preferred C shares, par value $0.0001 per share;
1,172,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019; 26,558 and 34,370 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively
 -  -
Additional paid-in capital 163,087  163,015
Accumulated deficit (159,610)  (157,632)
    
Total equity  3,477  5,383
    
Total liabilities and equity $7,385 $9,880


(1) All 2020 financial information is derived from the Company’s 2020 unaudited financial statements, as disclosed in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission; all 2019 financial information is derived from the Company’s 2019 unaudited financial statements, as disclosed in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

(2) All March 31, 2020 financial information is derived from the Company’s 2020 unaudited financial statements, as disclosed in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All December 31, 2019 financial information is derived from the Company’s 2019 audited financial statements as disclosed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.