Aspira Women’s Health Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results

Conference Call scheduled for today, March 25th at 4:30 p.m. ET

Austin, Texas


AUSTIN, Texas, March 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aspira Women’s Health Inc. (“Aspira”) (Nasdaq: AWH), a bio-analytical based women’s health company focused on gynecologic disease, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2020.

“In a year dominated by the pandemic, we delivered strong stock price appreciation, growth in revenue and test volume, and financial stability. In addition, we strengthened our team and board of directors. We are starting 2021 by announcing an accelerated product launch of OVASight, a new strategic partnership and increases in our sales footprint,” stated Valerie Palmieri, President and CEO.

Recent Corporate Highlights 

  • Acceleration of Launch Date of OVASight to Fourth Quarter 2021
    Aspira announced the acceleration of the target launch date of OVASight to the fourth quarter of 2021 with full national availability in 2022. This test allows physicians to classify suspected benign masses as low or high risk for malignancy to help guide clinical management. The test is specifically designed for a population with a low prevalence of disease, and we estimate it may reach approximately 1.2 million to 1.5 million additional women in the United States.
  • Strategic Research Collaboration to Develop a Combined Technology Product-
    Development of Highly Sensitive and Specific Proteomic and Transcriptomics Early Detection Test For Women With High-Risk Of Ovarian Cancer

    Aspira announced it has entered into an agreement with Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Medical University Lodz to evaluate their jointly-developed novel microRNA (miRNA) technology in combination with current Aspira technologies, for the development of a highly sensitive and specific early detection test for women with high-risk of ovarian cancer.
  • New York Medicaid Coverage
    We announced coverage by New York State Medicaid – one of the larger Medicaid populations in the U.S., covering 33% of the population in the state. This is a significant add to serve this underserved population in New York State, and this will bring our total covered lives to approximately 179M or 54% of the U.S. population as of April 1, 2021.
  • Financing
    On February 8, 2021, the Company completed an offering of Aspira common stock resulting in net proceeds of approximately $48.4 million, including full exercise of the underwriters option to purchase additional shares and after giving effect to underwriting discounts but before expenses.
  • Board Update
    Aspira announced the appointment of Nicole Sandford to its board of directors. The board is now 71% female.
  • Financial Highlights

Quarter over Quarter Results – Fourth Quarter 2020 versus Fourth Quarter 2019:

   -Total product and genetics volumes were relatively flat at 3,937 units compared to 3,950 units in the fourth quarter of last year
 -Total product and genetics revenue increased 11% to $1.4 million up from $1.3 million in the fourth quarter of last year

Year over Year Results – Full Year of 2020 versus Full Year 2019:

  -Total product and genetics volumes increased 7% to 13,864 units up from 12,994 units in 2019
 -Total product and genetics revenue increased 5% to $4.6 million up from $4.4 million in 2019

Fourth Quarter Highlights:

  • Total Product and genetics revenue was $1.446 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020, compared to $1.239 million for the third quarter 2020. The 17% sequential increase is primarily due to an increase in OVA1plus test volume compared to the prior quarter. Prior year fourth quarter total product and genetics revenue was $1.306 million.

  • The number of OVA1plus tests performed increased 7% to approximately 3,849 OVA1plus tests during the three months ended December 31, 2020, compared to approximately 3,596 OVA1plus tests for the third quarter. This test volume increase was primarily due to our continued investment in commercialization and a further increase in patient doctor visits as patients have adjusted to the COVID-19 environment. Prior year fourth quarter OVA1plus tests performed was 3,854.

  • Gross profit on OVA1plus product revenue was $695 thousand (50% profit margin) for the fourth quarter 2020 compared to $547 thousand for the third quarter of 2020 (45% profit margin). Prior year fourth quarter OVA1plus gross profit was $619 thousand (48% profit margin).

  • Research and development expenses for the fourth quarter 2020 were $734 thousand compared to $244 thousand the same period in 2019. This increase was primarily due to product development costs related to OVASight, our third-generation serial monitoring product, as well as investments in bioinformatics and Aspira Synergy, a decentralized platform and cloud service technology.

  • Sales and marketing expenses for the fourth quarter 2020 were $2.843 million compared to $2.076 million the same period in 2019. This increase was primarily due to increased expenditures on marketing to improve product awareness as well as investments in personnel.

  • General and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter 2020 were $2.728 million compared to $1.600 million for the same period in 2019. This increase was primarily due to an increase in legal expenditures, board of director fees, which included the cash settlement of restricted stock units to defray tax liabilities resulting from earlier-granted restricted stock units, and headcount and personnel-related expenses in the fourth quarter.

  • The Company ended the year with approximately $16.6 million in cash. Cash utilization in the fourth quarter of 2020 was $4.205 million, compared to $2.933 million in the prior year fourth quarter.

  • On February 8, 2021, the Company completed a public offering of its common stock resulting in net proceeds of approximately $48.4 million, after giving effect to underwriting discounts but before expenses.

Conference Call and Webcast
Aspira will host a call today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss results followed by a question and answer period.

Thursday March 25th @ 4:30pmET
Investors Dial: 877-407-4018 
Int’l Investors Dial: 201-689-8471 
Conference ID: 13717832 

Webcast:  http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=144003            

About Aspira Women’s Health Inc.
Aspira is transforming women’s health with the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative testing options and bio-analytical solutions that help physicians assess risk, optimize patient management and improve gynecologic health outcomes for women. OVA1®plus combines our FDA-cleared products OVA1® and OVERA® to detect risk of ovarian malignancy in women with adnexal masses. Aspira GenetiXSM testing offers both targeted and comprehensive genetic testing options with a gynecologic focus. With over 10 years of expertise in ovarian cancer risk assessment Aspira has expertise in cutting-edge research to inform our next generation of products. Our focus is on delivering products that allow healthcare providers to stratify risk, facilitate early detection and optimize treatment plans.

Visit our website for more information about our products at www.aspirawh.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements, as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties.  All statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this press release are forward-looking statements. Words such as “may,” “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “plans,” “seeks,” “could,” “should,” “continue,” “will,” “potential,” “projects” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including those described in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in Aspira’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, as supplemented by the section entitled “Risk Factors” in Aspira’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2020 and September 30, 2020. The events and circumstances reflected in Aspira’s forward-looking statements may not be achieved or occur and actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements.  Aspira expressly disclaims any obligation to update, amend or clarify any forward-looking statements to reflect events, new information or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release, except as required by law.

Investor Relations Contact:
Ashley R. Robinson
LifeSci Advisors, LLC
Tel 617-535-7742



Aspira Women’s Health Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Amounts in Thousands, Except Share and Par Value Amounts)

       
       
 December 31, December 31, 
 2020  2019  
Assets      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents$16,631  $11,703  
Accounts receivable 865   924  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,077   758  
Inventories 30   25  
Total current assets 18,603   13,410  
Property and equipment, net 583   353  
Right-of-use assets 406   52  
Other assets 13   13  
Total assets$19,605  $13,828  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable$1,149  $855  
Accrued liabilities 3,618   2,588  
Current portion long-term debt 999   193  
Short-term debt 611   303  
Lease liability 23   39  
Total current liabilities 6,400   3,978  
Non-current liabilities:      
Long-term debt 3,077   1,099  
Lease liability 409   13  
Total liabilities 9,886   5,090  
Commitments and contingencies      
Stockholders’ equity:      
Common stock, par value $0.001 per share, 150,000,000 shares authorized at December 31,
2020 and December 31, 2019; 104,619,876 and 97,286,157 shares issued and outstanding at
December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively
 105   97  
Additional paid-in capital 449,680   430,802  
Accumulated deficit (440,066)  (422,161) 
Total stockholders’ equity 9,719   8,738  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$19,605  $13,828  

 


Aspira Women’s Health Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Amounts in Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Amounts)

            
            
 Three Months Ended December
  Year Ended December 31,
 2020 2019 2020 2019
Revenue:           
Product$1,402  $1,284  $4,530  $4,404 
Genetics 44   22   108   22 
Service -   2   13   112 
Total revenue 1,446   1,308   4,651   4,538 
Cost of revenue(1):           
Product 707   665   2,500   2,378 
Genetics 504   58   898   295 
Service 4   69   17   670 
Total cost of revenue 1,215   792   3,415   3,343 
Gross profit 231   516   1,236   1,195 
Operating expenses:           
Research and development(2) 734   244   2,104   1,018 
Sales and marketing(3) 2,843   2,076   8,843   9,645 
General and administrative(4) 2,728   1,600   8,270   5,810 
Total operating expenses 6,305   3,920   19,217   16,473 
Loss from operations (6,074)  (3,404)  (17,981)  (15,278)
Interest income, net (4)  20   10   59 
Other income (expense), net (3)  (3)  66   (18)
Net loss$(6,081) $(3,387) $(17,905) $(15,237)
Net loss per share - basic and diluted$(0.58) $(0.03) $(0.18) $(0.18)
                
Weighted average common shares used to compute
basic and diluted net loss per common share
 10,423,070   97,253,311   100,723,303   86,595,581 
            
Non-cash stock-based compensation expense
included in cost of revenue and operating expenses:
           
(1) Cost of revenue$33  $21  $106  $78 
(2) Research and development 17      34   4 
(3) Sales and marketing 112   31   228   124 
(4) General and administrative 265   248   1,180   986