electroCore Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results
Full year 2020 net sales of approximately $3.5 million increased 46% over $2.4 million for full year 2019; Further reduced net cash usage to $3.7 million in the fourth quarter 2020 versus $4.1 million in the third quarter 2020; Ended 2020 with cash and cash equivalents of $22.6 million, excluding $6.9 million raised subsequent to the end of the year
ROCKAWAY, N.J., March 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — electroCore, Inc. (Nasdaq: ECOR), a commercial-stage bioelectronic medicine company, today announced fourth quarter and full year 2020 financial results and provided an operational update.
Fourth Quarter 2020 and Recent Highlights
Reported full year 2020 net sales of approximately $3.5 million, representing an increase of 46% over $2.4 million for full year 2019; fourth quarter net sales of approximately $928,000, an increase of 38% over the fourth quarter of 2019;
Used net cash of approximately $3.7 million, down from $4.1 million in the third quarter of 2020 and $9.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2019;
Secured unique CMS Level II HCPCS reimbursement code for “Non-invasive vagus nerve stimulator”;
Announced inclusion of gammaCore in new NHS England and NHS Improvement MedTech Funding Mandate Policy 2021/22, and two-year extension of gammaCore listing in the NHS Supply Chain Catalogue;
Announced Scottish Health Technology Group recommendation for use of gammaCore™ in NHS Scotland cluster headache patients;
Executed distribution agreements with Pro Medica Baltic, RSK Medical and Medistar for distribution of gammaCore Sapphire in Eastern Europe, Canada and Australia, respectively;
Obtained 510(k) clearance of gammaCore to expand its indication into preventative and acute treatment of adolescent migraine (ages 12-17);
Announced completion of enrollment in the investigator-initiated SAVIOR-1 clinical trial evaluating gammaCore Sapphire CV in hospitalized COVID-19 patients exhibiting respiratory symptoms;
Announced publication of a peer reviewed paper entitled: “Non-Invasive vagus nerve stimulation to reduce ileus after major colorectal surgery: Early development study” in the journal Colorectal Disease on use of nVNS to reduce post-operative ileus after major colorectal surgery;
Announced selection of gammaCore for NIDA-sponsored study in opioid use disorders;
Announced full enrollment in study of gammaCore for the acute treatment of stroke supported by the Turkish Neurological Society; and
Presented positive topline results from the PREMIUM II study evaluating gammaCore for the prevention of migraine subsequent to early trial termination in March 2020 due to COVID-19.
Dan Goldberger, Chief Executive Officer of electroCore, commented: “We had a highly productive fourth quarter across all facets of our business in spite of the challenges and headwinds of the pandemic. We delivered 38% year-over-year revenue growth in the quarter, we achieved a major U.S. reimbursement milestone in the establishment of a unique Level II HCPCS code for ‘Non-invasive vagus nerve stimulator’, we signed three ex–U.S. distribution agreements, we continued expanding the gammaCore indication for use to include adolescents suffering from migraine, we saw the progression of clinical trials in four additional indications: COVID-19, stroke, post-operative ileus and opioid use disorder, and we realized continued support by NHS England to cover gammaCore therapy through inclusion in the new NHS Improvement MedTech Funding Mandate.
“Notably, we were able to achieve all of this while continuing to manage our cash prudently. Our net cash usage for the fourth quarter of $3.7 million was down from $4.1 million in the third quarter of 2020 and down significantly from $9.4 million in the same period last year. Our cash balance at December 31, 2020 provides substantial runway to execute our plan into 2022.
“Looking ahead, while the course of the pandemic remains difficult to predict, I believe we have taken steps to ensure continued growth of gammaCore in our core revenue generating channels while working to establish and capitalize on new opportunities. I believe gammaCore has broad potential utility across a very diverse range of indications, and along with the entire electroCore team, I remain committed to making this therapy available to every individual who can potentially benefit from it.”
Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results
For the quarter ended December 31, 2020, electroCore reported net sales of approximately $928,000 compared to $675,000 in the same period of 2019, and at the upper end of guidance provided in the company’s January 11, 2021 business update. For the full year 2020, the company reported net sales of approximately $3.5 million, as compared to net sales of approximately $2.4 million for the full year 2019.
Revenue from the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) and Department of Defense (“DOD”) decreased 21% sequentially to $509,000 in the fourth quarter of 2020 from $646,000 in the third quarter of 2020 and increased 35% as compared to $378,000 in the fourth quarter of 2019. Paid months of therapy shipped to the VA and DOD decreased 22% sequentially to 1,232 in the fourth quarter of 2020 from 1,571 in the third quarter of 2020 and increased 49% as compared to 829 in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Revenue from outside the United States increased sequentially to $311,000 in the fourth quarter of 2020 from $278,000 in the third quarter and increased 6% as compared to $294,000 in the fourth quarter of 2019. Paid months of therapy shipped outside the United States increased 12% sequentially to 1,143 in the fourth quarter of 2020 from 1,020 in the third quarter of 2020 and increased 19% as compared to 961 in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $109,000 inclusive of an increase of $434,000 in inventory reserves, as compared to $284,000 for the fourth quarter of 2019. Gross margin for the fourth quarter excluding the increase to inventory reserves was 59%, compared to 42% in the fourth quarter of 2019. Gross margin for the full year 2020 was 50% as compared to 52% for the full year of 2019. Excluding the increase to inventory reserves, gross margin for full year 2020 was 63%.
Total operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2020 were approximately $6.4 million, a reduction of approximately $2.5 million from $8.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. Total operating expenses for the full year 2020 were $26.5 million as compared to $47.3 million for the full year 2019.
Research and development expense in the fourth quarter of 2020 was $1.0 million, as compared to $1.6 million for the same period in 2019. Research and development expenses for the full year 2020 were $4.2 million as compared to $9.9 million for the full year 2019.
Selling, general and administrative expense in the fourth quarter of 2020 was $5.4 million, as compared to $7.3 million for the same period in 2019. Selling, general and administrative expense for the full year 2020 was $21.8 million as compared to $35.4 million for the full year 2019.
GAAP net loss in the fourth quarter of 2020 was $6.3 million as compared to a GAAP net loss of $8.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. GAAP net loss for the full year 2020 was a loss of $23.5 million as compared to a GAAP net loss of $45.1 million for the full year 2019.
Adjusted EBITDA net loss in the fourth quarter of 2020 was a loss of $4.3 million as compared to a loss of $6.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. Adjusted EBITDA net loss for the full year 2020 was a loss of $18.4 million as compared to an adjusted EBITDA net loss of $39.0 million for the full year 2019.
The company defines adjusted EBITDA net loss as GAAP net loss, excluding income tax expense/benefit, depreciation and amortization, stock-compensation expense, write-off of right of use operating lease, increase in inventory reserves, restructuring and other severance related charges, legal fees associated with stockholders’ litigation and total other income/expense. A reconciliation of GAAP net loss to Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA net loss has been provided in the financial statement tables included in this press release.
Net cash used in the quarter ended December 31, 2020 was approximately $3.7 million, as compared to $4.1 million in the third quarter of 2020, and $9.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. Net cash used for the full year 2020 was $20.2 million as compared to net cash used of $44.5 million for the full year 2019.
Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities at December 31, 2020 totaled approximately $22.6 million, as compared to approximately $24.1 million at December 31, 2019. Subsequent to the end of the fourth quarter, the company raised approximately $6.9 million through the company’s previously announced stock purchase agreement, resulting in a pro forma cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities balance of $29.5 million as of December 31, 2020.
Webcast and Conference Call Information
electroCore’s management team will host a conference call today, March 11, 2021, beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET.
Investors interested in listening to the conference call or webcast may do so by dialing 877-407-4018 for domestic callers or 201-689-8471 for international callers, using conference ID: 13715729, or through the following link: http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=143276
An archived webcast of the event will be available on the “Investors” section of the company’s website at: www.electrocore.com.
About electroCore, Inc.
electroCore, Inc. is a commercial stage bioelectronic medicine company dedicated to improving patient outcomes through its platform non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation therapy initially focused on the treatment of multiple conditions in neurology. The company’s current indications are for the preventative treatment of cluster headache and migraine and acute treatment of migraine and episodic cluster headache.
For more information, visit www.electrocore.com.
gammaCore™ (nVNS) is the first non-invasive, hand-held medical therapy applied at the neck as an adjunctive therapy to treat migraine and cluster headache through the utilization of a mild electrical stimulation to the vagus nerve that passes through the skin. Designed as a portable, easy-to-use technology, gammaCore can be self-administered by patients, as needed, without the potential side effects associated with commonly prescribed drugs. When placed on a patient’s neck over the vagus nerve, gammaCore stimulates the nerve’s afferent fibers, which may lead to a reduction of pain in patients.
gammaCore is FDA cleared in the United States for adjunctive use for the preventive treatment of cluster headache in adult patients, the acute treatment of pain associated with episodic cluster headache in adult patients, and the acute and preventive treatment of migraine in adolescent (ages 12 and older) and adult patients. gammaCore is CE-marked in the European Union for the acute and/or prophylactic treatment of primary headache (Migraine, Cluster Headache, Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgias and Hemicrania Continua) and Medication Overuse Headache in adults.
gammaCore is contraindicated for patients with:
- An active implantable medical device, such as a pacemaker, hearing aid implant, or any implanted electronic device
- A metallic device, such as a stent, bone plate, or bone screw, implanted at or near the neck
- An open wound, rash, infection, swelling, cut, sore, drug patch, or surgical scar(s) on the neck at the treatment location
Safety and efficacy of gammaCore have not been evaluated in the following patients:
- Patients diagnosed wit narrowing of the arteries (carotid atherosclerosis)
- Patients who have had surgery to cut the vagus nerve in the neck (cervical vagotomy)
- Pediatric patients (younger than 12 years)
- Pregnant women
- Patients with clinically significant hypertension, hypotension, bradycardia, or tachycardia
In the US, the FDA has not cleared gammaCore for the treatment of pneumonia and/or respiratory disorders such as acute respiratory stress disorder associated with COVID-19.
Please refer to the gammaCore Instructions for Use for all of the important warnings and precautions before using or prescribing this product.
gammaCore Sapphire™ CV has received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA for acute use at home or in a healthcare setting to treat adult patients with known or suspected COVID-19 who are experiencing exacerbation of asthma-related dyspnea and reduced airflow, and for whom approved drug therapies are not tolerated or provide insufficient symptom relief as assessed by their healthcare provider, by using non-invasive Vagus Nerve Stimulation (nVNS) on either side of the patient’s neck during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
gammaCore Sapphire CV has neither been cleared nor approved for acute use at home or in a healthcare setting to treat adult patients with known or suspected COVID-19 who are experiencing exacerbation of asthma-related dyspnea and reduced airflow, and for whom approved drug therapies are not tolerated or provide insufficient symptom relief as assessed by their healthcare provider, by using non-invasive Vagus nerve Stimulation (nVNS) on either side of the patient’s neck during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
gammaCore Sapphire CV has been authorized only for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of the emergency use of medical devices under section 564(b)(1) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(b)(1), unless the authorization is terminated or revoked.
Please refer to gammaCore Sapphire CV (nVNS) Instructions for Use for Use for all of the important warnings and precautions before using or prescribing gammaCore Sapphire CV (nVNS).
This press release and other written and oral statements made by representatives of electroCore may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about electroCore’s business prospects and clinical and product development plans, its expected cash runway, its pipeline or potential markets for its technologies, the timing, outcome and impact of regulatory, clinical and commercial developments including commercialization of, and potential reimbursement for, gammaCore Sapphire CV, the business, operating or financial impact of such studies, and other statements that are not historical in nature, particularly those that utilize terminology such as “anticipates,” “will,” “expects,” “believes,” “intends,” other words of similar meaning, derivations of such words and the use of future dates. Actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements due to numerous factors. Such factors include, among others, the ability to raise the additional funding needed to continue to pursue electroCore’s business and product development plans, the inherent uncertainties associated with developing new products or technologies, the ability to commercialize gammaCore™, the potential impact and effects of COVID-19 on the business of electroCore, electroCore’s results of operations and financial performance, and any measures electroCore has and may take in response to COVID-19 and any expectations electroCore may have with respect thereto, competition in the industry in which electroCore operates and overall market conditions. Any forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release, and electroCore assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements, except as required by law. Investors should consult all of the information set forth herein and should also refer to the risk factor disclosure set forth in the reports and other documents electroCore files with the SEC available at www.sec.gov.