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LDR Holding Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2014 Results

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 18, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LDR Holding Corporation (Nasdaq:LDRH), a global medical device company focused on designing and commercializing novel and proprietary surgical technologies for the treatment of patients suffering from spine disorders, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2014.

Fourth Quarter 2014 Revenue Highlights

  • Total revenue in the fourth quarter of 2014 increased 23.6% to $39.5 million, compared to $32.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.
  • Revenue in the fourth quarter of 2014 from exclusive technology products grew 30.6% to $35.8 million, compared to $27.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.
  • Revenue in the United States increased 28.8% to $32.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to $24.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, and represented 81.0% of total revenue.
  • International revenue increased 5.5% during the fourth quarter of 2014 to $7.5 million compared to $7.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, and represented 19.0% of total revenue.

Revenue from sales of the Company's exclusive cervical products grew 47.1% in the fourth quarter of 2014 to $25.5 million, compared with $17.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, due principally to the growth from the Mobi-C® cervical disc. Additionally, revenue from LDR's exclusive lumbar products in the fourth quarter increased 2.4% to $10.3 million, compared with $10.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. Along with growth in the Company's non-fusion products, led by Mobi-C, LDR's VerteBRIDGE fusion products for both the cervical and lumbar spine continued to grow, in part, because surgeons who were trained on the use of Mobi-C were introduced to the balance of LDR's exclusive technology product lines for use in surgical cases where fusion is appropriate.

Christophe Lavigne, President and Chief Executive Officer of LDR, commented, "We reported another quarter of strong growth in our exclusive technology products, including both our cervical and lumbar product lines. We want to thank surgeons for their support and our employees and distributors for their tremendous effort in making 2014 another very successful year for LDR, growing our year-over-year quarterly revenues by 20% or more in each quarter this year. To date, there have been more than 80,000 VerteBRIDGE and 30,000 Mobi-C implantations worldwide." He added, "A specific Category I CPT reimbursement code for two-level cervical disc procedures in the U.S. went into effect on January 1, 2015, and a DRG reimbursement code for cervical disc replacement procedures became effective October 1, 2014. Now both spine surgeons and hospitals will have reimbursement payment codes in place related to two-level Mobi-C procedures. We believe these developments will facilitate further surgeon adoption of Mobi-C."

Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $32.7 million and gross margin was 82.7%, compared to gross profit of $26.6 million and gross margin of 83.2% for the fourth quarter of 2013. This gross margin percentage decrease is primarily due to increased inventory reserves associated with the build-up of inventory related to product launches and enhancements.

Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $3.1 million, or $0.12 per share, compared to a net loss of $15.1 million, or $0.69 per share, for the same quarter a year ago.

Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $(0.7) million compared to adjusted EBITDA of $1.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2013.

Mr. Lavigne added, "Consistent with our Horizon 2016 plan, we continued to make investments in sales and marketing, physician education and reimbursement in the fourth quarter, as well as substantial investments in inventory and capital, including instrumentation sets, to take advantage of our 'first mover' position with Mobi-C being the only FDA-approved two-level cervical disc replacement solution."

He continued, "We are pleased that the 5-year data from the PMA trial on Mobi-C versus fusion for one- and two-level disc disease was presented in five podium presentations at the North American Spine Society meeting on November 12, 2014. Spine surgeons often regard 5-year data as an important milestone to evaluate an implant's demonstrable long-term clinical benefit and reliability. We believe that the presentation and upcoming publication of the 5-year PMA trial data, combined with the publication of a study of the cost effectiveness of cervical total disc replacement with Mobi-C versus fusion for the treatment of two-level degenerative disc disease in the prestigious journal JAMA Surgery, will be very important to payors in making Mobi-C coverage and reimbursement decisions."

Fiscal Year 2014 Revenue Highlights

For the year ended December 31, 2014, LDR's total revenue was $141.3 million, an increase of 26.6%, compared to $111.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. For fiscal year 2014, revenue from LDR's exclusive technology products grew 35.2% to $125.0 million compared to $92.5 million in fiscal year 2013. Revenue from traditional fusion products decreased 15.1% to $16.2 million in fiscal year 2014 compared to $19.1 million in fiscal year 2013.

Gross profit for the year ended December 31, 2014 was $116.8 million and gross margin was 82.7%, compared to a gross profit of $93.6 million and a gross margin of 83.9% for the year ended December 31, 2013.

For the year ended December 31, 2014, LDR's revenue in the United States increased 33.2% to $109.6 million, compared to $82.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. International revenue increased 8.1% to $31.7 million, compared to $29.3 million in fiscal year 2013.

For the year ended December 31, 2014, net loss totaled $11.0 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $27.9 million, or $3.09 per diluted share, for fiscal year 2013, (which included $7.4 million in non-cash expense related to the beneficial conversion of promissory notes, $6.9 million in non-cash accretion related to warrants and discounts on long-term debt and $5.6 million in non-cash expenses associated with the revaluation of warrants leading up to LDR's initial public offering).

For the year ended December 31, 2014, adjusted EBITDA was $(0.8) million, compared to an adjusted EBITDA of $3.0 million for fiscal year 2013.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

As of December 31, 2014, LDR had $73.9 million in cash and cash equivalents, $98.9 million in working capital and $24.9 million in debt.

2015 Guidance

Based on LDR's results for the year ended December 31, 2014, LDR expects revenue growth for the full year 2015 to be in the range of 15.5% to 17.0%, before any foreign exchange impact. This implies revenues, before any foreign exchange impact, in the range of approximately $163.0 million to $165.0 million for the full year 2015. Based on current foreign exchange rates, changes in foreign exchange rates are expected to negatively impact 2015 revenue by 3.5% to 4.5%.

Conference Call

LDR Holding Corporation will host a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2014 financial results. The conference call will be available to interested parties through a live audio webcast available through LDR's website at www.ldr.com. Those without internet access may join the call from within the United States by dialing (877) 312-5637; outside the United States, by dialing (253) 237-1149.

A telephone replay will be available for two weeks following the call by dialing (855) 859-2056 for domestic participants and (404) 537-3406 for international participants. When prompted, please enter the replay pin number 78924723. For those who are not available to listen to the live webcast, the call will be archived for 90 days on LDR Holding's website.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release include the intent, belief or current expectations of LDR and members of its management team with respect to LDR's future business operations as well as the assumptions upon which such statements are based. Forward-looking statements include specifically, but are not limited to, LDR's market opportunities, growth, future revenues, future products, market acceptance of its products, sales and financial results and such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties such as the timing and success of new product introductions, physician acceptance, endorsement, and use of LDR's products, regulatory matters, competitor activities, changes in and adoption of reimbursement rates, potential product recalls, effects of global economic conditions and changes in foreign currency exchange rates. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated within this press release can also be found in LDR's Risk Factors disclosure in its Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed on March 4, 2014, and in LDR's other filings with the SEC. LDR disclaims any responsibility to update any forward-looking statements.

About LDR Holding Corporation

LDR Holding Corporation is a global medical device company focused on designing and commercializing novel and proprietary surgical technologies for the treatment of patients suffering from spine disorders. LDR's primary products are based on its exclusive VerteBRIDGE fusion and Mobi non-fusion technology platforms and are designed for applications in the cervical and lumbar spine. These technologies are designed to enable products that are less invasive, provide greater intra-operative flexibility, offer simplified surgical techniques and promote improved clinical outcomes for patients as compared to existing alternatives. In August 2013, LDR received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Mobi-C cervical disc replacement device, the first and only cervical disc replacement device to receive FDA approval to treat both one-level and two-level cervical disc disease. For more information regarding LDR Holding, visit www.ldr.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement LDR's consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), LDR uses Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, in this release. Management defines Adjusted EBITDA as operating income (loss) plus depreciation and amortization and stock-based compensation expense. The Company presents Adjusted EBITDA because management believes it is a useful indicator of operating performance. LDR's management uses Adjusted EBITDA principally as a measure of operating performance and believes that Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors because it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in their evaluation of the operating performance of companies in industries similar to LDR. Management also uses Adjusted EBITDA for planning purposes, including the preparation of the annual operating budget and financial projections.

A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure used in this release to the most comparable U.S. GAAP measures for the respective periods can be found in a table later in this release immediately following the condensed consolidated statements of cash flows. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for a measure of the Company's liquidity or operating performance prepared in accordance with GAAP and is not indicative of operating income (loss) from operations as determined under GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA has limitations that should be considered before using this measure to evaluate the Company's liquidity or financial performance. Adjusted EBITDA does not include certain expenses that may be necessary to review LDR's operating results and liquidity requirements. Management's definition and calculation of Adjusted EBITDA may differ from that of other companies.

LDR HOLDING CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)
December 31,
2014 2013
Unaudited
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 73,883 $ 56,678
Accounts receivable, net 26,484 22,193
Inventory, net 24,996 17,690
Other current assets 4,864 4,780
Prepaid expenses 1,419 1,593
Deferred tax asset, current 296
Total current assets 131,942 102,934
Property and equipment, net 19,025 12,695
Goodwill 6,621 6,621
Intangible assets, net 3,858 3,073
Restricted cash 2,000
Deferred tax assets 192 513
Other assets 171 157
Total assets $ 161,809 $ 127,993
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 8,302 $ 8,128
Accrued expenses 19,366 16,324
Line of credit, net of discount 18,162
Short-term financing 4,343 2,641
Current portion of long-term debt 1,009 1,763
Deferred tax liabilities 540
Total current liabilities 33,020 47,558
Line of credit, net of discount 18,166
Long-term debt, net of discount and current portion 1,422 2,758
Deferred tax liabilities 740
Other long-term liabilities 760
Total liabilities 54,108 50,316
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock 27 24
Treasury stock at cost (8)
Additional paid-in capital 205,920 161,216
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (3,500) 198
Accumulated deficit (94,738) (83,761)
Total stockholders' equity 107,701 77,677
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 161,809 $ 127,993
LDR HOLDING CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Revenue $ 39,533 $ 31,978 $ 141,254 $ 111,594
Cost of goods sold 6,843 5,386 24,418 17,947
Gross profit 32,690 26,592 116,836 93,647
Operating expenses:
Research and development 3,014 2,165 12,323 9,380
Sales and marketing 26,268 19,915 87,506 67,676
General and administrative 7,067 5,417 27,720 18,915
Total operating expenses 36,349 27,497 127,549 95,971
Operating loss (3,659) (905) (10,713) (2,324)
Other operating income (expense):
Other income (expense) 634 (293) 2,037 (771)
Interest income 6 27 10
Interest expense (173) (247) (878) (3,273)
Expense related to beneficial conversion of promissory notes (7,413) (7,413)
Accretion related to warrants and discounts on long-term debt (6) (5,547) (20) (6,900)
Change in fair value of common stock warrants (5,5930
Total other income (expense), net 461 (13,500) 1,166 (23,940)
Loss before income taxes (3,198) (14,405) (9,547) (26,264)
Income tax expense 67 (700) (1,430) (1,671)
Net loss (3,131) (15,105) (10,977) (27,935)
Other comprehensive loss:
Foreign currency translation (1,294) 110 (3,698) 655
Comprehensive loss $ (4,425) $ (14,995) $ (14,675) $ (27,280)
Net loss per common share:
Basic and diluted $ (0.12) $ (0.69) $ (0.43) $ (3.09)
Weighted average number of shares outstanding:
Basic and diluted 26,127,613 21,809,672 25,288,284 9,040,567
Pro forma net loss per share:
Basic and diluted $ (0.64) $ (1.19)
Weighted average number of shares used in computing pro forma net loss per share:
Basic and diluted 23,432,964 23,400,463
LDR HOLDING CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Operating activities:
Net loss $ (3,131) $ (15,105) $ (10,977) $ (27,935)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash used in operating activities:
Bad debt expense 133 142 603 517
Provision for excess and obsolete inventories 216 (148) 1,173 641
Depreciation and amortization 1,333 1,094 4,682 4,024
Stock-based compensation 1,585 771 5,225 1,269
Accretion related to warrants and discounts on long-term debt 6 5,547 20 6,900
Change in fair value of common stock warrants 5,593
Deferred income tax expense (benefit) 104 37 278 37
Loss on disposal of assets 47 19 246 57
Unrealized foreign currency loss (gains) 818 298 (389) 713
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Cash restricted for line of credit agreement 2,000
Accounts receivable (3,299) (3,638) (5,557) (6,313)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,318 (128) (474) (2,141)
Inventory (2,245) (1,260) (10,059) (1,231)
Other assets 9 (126) (15) 215
Accounts payable 598 2,147 1,008 (190)
Accrued expenses (1,734) 2,220 2,815 4,505
Other long-term liabilities (1,080) (50)
Net cash used in operating activities (4,242) (9,210) (9,421) (13,389)
Investing activities:
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment 4 1 19 54
Purchase of intangible assets (61) (406) (626) (780)
Purchase of property and equipment (6,337) (1,751) (11,229) (3,757)
Net cash used in investing activities (6,394) (2,156) (11,836) (4,483)
Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Financing activities:
Proceeds from issuance of common stock in public offering 86,250 36,628 86,250
Stock issuance costs 6 (8,744) (2,634) (8,744)
Exercise of stock options 1,395 60 2,363 235
Proceeds from issuance of common stock under Employee Stock Purchase Plan 106 2,148
Proceeds from Employee Stock Purchase Plan 95 976 95 976
Purchase of treasury stock (8)
Net proceeds (payments) on short-term financings 446 (162) 2,035 759
Payments on line of credit (431) (1,209)
Payments on capital leases (9) (6) (42) (22)
Payments on long-term debt (305) (12,303) (1,710) (13,711)
Net cash provided by financing activities 1,734 65,640 38,875 64,534
Effect of exchange rate on cash (251) 122 (413) 231
Net change in cash and cash equivalents (9,153) 54,396 17,205 46,893
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 83,036 11,632 56,678 19,135
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 73,883 $ 66,028 $ 73,883 $ 66,028
LDR HOLDING CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF OPERATING LOSS TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(in thousands, except margin percentages)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Operating loss, as reported $ (3,659) $ (905) $ (10,713) $ (2,324)
Add back:
Depreciation and amortization 1,333 1,094 4,682 4,024
Stock-based compensation 1,585 771 5,225 1,269
Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA (741) $ 960 $ (806) $ 2,969
Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA margin (1.9)% 3.0% (0.6)% 2.7%

CONTACT: Robert McNamara Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer LDR Holding Corporation (512) 344-3333 Bob Yedid Managing Director ICR, Inc. (646) 277-1250 bob.yedid@icrinc.comSource:LDR Holding Corporation