electroCore Announces Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Third quarter 2022 revenue grew 33% over third quarter 2021

ROCKAWAY, N.J. , Nov. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — electroCore, Inc. (Nasdaq: ECOR), a commercial-stage bioelectronic medicine company, announced third quarter 2022 financial results and provided an operational update.

 Third Quarter 2022 and Recent Highlights

  • Posted revenue of approximately $2.0 million, representing an increase of approximately 33% over third quarter 2021
  • Net cash used in operating activities was $4.6 million during the third quarter 2022 leaving approximately $21.9 million of cash and cash equivalents at September 30, 2022
  • Strengthened patent portfolio with issuance of four new U.S. patents related to nVNS and other technologies

Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results

For the quarter ended September 30, 2022, electroCore reported net sales of $2.0 million as compared to $1.5 million during the same period of 2021. 

Gross profit for the third quarter of 2022 was $1.7 million as compared to $1.1 million for the third quarter of 2021. Gross margin for the third quarter of 2022 was 87%, compared to 76% in the third quarter of 2021. Our evolving commercial strategy has resulted in the launch of cash payment models under which we license a portion of our devices. The cost of the licensed device is being recognized as cost of goods sold over estimated useful life of our devices. The incremental favorable impact on gross margin associated with licensing a portion of our devices was 9% in the three months ended September 30, 2022. Moreover, in recent quarters, we have sold an increasing amount of longer duration therapy, resulting in a higher average selling price, as well as selling an increased number of refill kits with a lower cost of goods. These factors and favorable absorption of labor and overhead costs associated with the increased number of units sold contributed to the increase in gross margin.

Total operating expenses in the third quarter of 2022 were approximately $7.3 million, as compared to $5.1 million in the third quarter of 2021.

Research and development expense in the third quarter of 2022 was $1.6 million as compared to $470 thousand in the third quarter of 2021. The $1.1 million increase was primarily due to targeted investments to support the future iterations of our therapy delivery platform, including the use of our intellectual property around the delivery of smart phone-integrated and smart phone-connected non-invasive therapies.

Selling, general and administrative expense in the third quarter of 2022 was $5.7 million as compared to $4.6 million in the third quarter of 2021. The increase of approximately $1.1 million, or 24%, was due to continued targeted investments to support commercial efforts.

GAAP net loss in the third quarter of 2022 was $5.5 million compared to a loss of $4.0 million in the third quarter of 2021.

Adjusted EBITDA net loss in the third quarter of 2022 was $4.8 million as compared to a loss of $3.1 million in the third quarter of 2021.

The company defines adjusted EBITDA net loss as GAAP net loss as adjusted to exclude non-operating gains and losses, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, legal fees associated with stockholders’ litigation, provision/benefit from income taxes, and gain on extinguishment of debt. 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 operating activities in the quarter ended September 30, 2022, was approximately $4.6 million as compared to $3.4 million in the third quarter of 2021.

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at September 30, 2022 totaled approximately $21.9 million, as compared to approximately $34.7 million as of December 31, 2021.

Fourth Quarter 2022 Outlook
For the fourth quarter of 2022, the Company expects net revenue to be between $2.2 million and $2.3 million and net cash usage to be between $4.0 million and $4.5 million.

Webcast and Conference Call Information   

electroCore’s management team will host a conference call today, November 3, 2022, beginning at 4:30 PM EDT.

Investors interested in listening to the conference call, or webcast may do so by dialing 877-269-7756 for domestic callers or 201-689-7817 for international callers, using Conference ID: 13733010, or by connecting to the Web: electroCore Earnings Webcast. 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 non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation therapy platform, initially focused on the treatment of multiple conditions in neurology. The company’s current indications are the preventive treatment of cluster headache and migraine, the acute treatment of migraine and episodic cluster headache, the acute and preventive treatment of migraines in adolescents, and paroxysmal hemicrania and hemicrania continua in adults.

For more information, visit www.electrocore.com

About gammaCore™    

gammaCore™ (nVNS) is the first non-invasive, hand-held medical therapy applied at the neck 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 is 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 (nVNS) 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, and paroxysmal hemicrania and hemicrania continua in 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 if they:

  • Have an active implantable medical device, such as a pacemaker, hearing aid implant, or any implanted electronic device
  • Have a metallic device, such as a stent, bone plate, or bone screw, implanted at or near the neck
  • Are using another device at the same time (e.g., TENS Unit, muscle stimulator) or any portable electronic device (e.g., mobile phone)

Safety and efficacy of gammaCore have not been evaluated in the following patients:

  • Adolescent patients with congenital cardiac issues
  • Patients diagnosed with narrowing of the arteries (carotid atherosclerosis)
  • Patients who have had surgery to cut the vagus nerve in the neck (cervical vagotomy)
  • Pediatric patients (less than 12 years)
  • Pregnant women
  • Patients with clinically significant hypertension, hypotension, bradycardia, or tachycardia

For more information, please visit gammaCore.com

Forward-Looking Statements
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 (including with respect to enrollment in ongoing studies); its pipeline or potential markets for its technologies; the timing, outcome and impact of regulatory, clinical and commercial developments; the issuance of U.S. and international patents providing expanded IP coverage; the possibility of future business models and revenue streams from the company’s potential use of nVNS for the acute treatment of traumatic brain injury and concussion, the potential of nVNS generally and gammaCore in particular 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.

Rich Cockrell
CG Capital