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Ekso Bionics Reports Third Quarter 2015 Financial Results

RICHMOND, Calif., Nov. 5, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ekso Bionics Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB:EKSO), a robotic exoskeleton company, today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 as well as recent highlights.

"I am pleased to share the progress Ekso Bionics continued to make this past quarter, our highest revenue quarter ever. On the medical front, we continue to grow the number of our multi-unit centers and we see utilization by customers accelerating in the form of steps taken in our Ekso medical rehabilitation devices," shared Nathan Harding, chief executive officer and co-founder of Ekso Bionics. "On the able-bodied front, we continue to win cutting-edge projects with our government partners and we are seeing prospective customers experiencing quantifiable outcomes from using our industrial exoskeleton prototypes in the field."

"Our vision, however, is to do more. We are striving to make exoskeleton use in the hospital and in the home ubiquitous. We are expecting the industrial workplace to be transformed. This will take time, and this past quarter we kicked off a number of initiatives and made some important changes to strengthen our path towards commercial, financial and technological success," added Harding.

THIRD QUARTER AND RECENT HIGHLIGHTS

  • We recognized revenue of $2.9 million for the third quarter and $6.7 million year-to-date, an increase of 84% and 75% for the same periods in 2014, respectively.
  • We shipped a net 12 new units in the third quarter, plus had three rental units converted to a purchase. At the end of September, we had sold or rented a net total of 156 medical devices to over 100 customers.
  • We have recorded over 25,000 patient sessions with a total of over 33 million steps, an increase of 163% from one year ago.
  • We hired Ruediger Hausherr as President of Europe to lead our expansion into the European, Middle Eastern and African Markets.
  • We hired Russ DeLonzor as VP of Operations to lead our medical engineering, manufacturing and procurement teams.
  • We continue to have a premarket notification submission pending before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration seeking clearance for our medical exoskeleton. We received a letter from the FDA requesting additional information regarding our clinical data and other information in support of our requested 510(k) clearance for our medical exoskeleton.

THIRD QUARTER 2015 FINANCIAL RESULTS

Revenue

For the three months ended September 30, 2015

Medical device revenue increased $0.3 million, or 39%, as compared to the three months ended September 30, 2014, primarily due to the near doubling of the number of medical device sales being recognized to revenue during the three months ended September 30, 2015, as compared to the same period in the prior year. Engineering services revenue increased by $1.0 million, or 128%, as compared to the three months ended September 30, 2014, primarily due to an overall increase in Ekso Labs projects period over period.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2015

Medical device revenue increased $1.1 million, or 56%, as compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2014, primarily due to the more than doubling of the number of medical device sales being recognized to revenue during the nine months ended September 30, 2015, as compared to the same period in the prior year. Engineering services revenue increased by $1.7 million, or 95%, as compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2014, primarily due to an overall increase in Ekso Labs projects period over period.

Gross Profit

For the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2015

Overall our gross profit remained relatively unchanged as compared to the three months ended September 30, 2014, and increased $0.4 million or 37%, as compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2014.

Our medical device segment has experienced increased service related expenses related to an accelerated maintenance program, field corrections and the implementation of technological improvements developed subsequent to many of our units being placed into service. We recognize service expense on an as-incurred basis, which exceeded the increase in associated revenue during the same periods. The Company continues to evaluate this level of increased cost associated with fleet enhancements and expects increased costs for the next quarter or two.

The decrease in gross profit and margins for our medical devices was more than offset by improvements in gross profit and margins for our engineering services business during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015. The improvement in this segment was driven primarily by a better balance of higher margin projects compared to the prior year.

Operating Expenses

For the three months ended September 30, 2015

Sales and marketing expenses increased $0.7 million, or 45%, as compared to the three months ended September 30, 2014, due to an increase in sales and marketing personnel and related resources, the greatest of which is an increase of $0.3 million in compensation related costs.

Research and development expenses increased $0.6 million, or 56%, as compared to the three months ended September 30, 2014, primarily due to an increase of $0.5 million in compensation related expenses as a result of increases in headcount and $0.1 million in development of our industrial business.

General and administrative expenses were relatively unchanged as compared to the three months ended September 30, 2014.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2015

Sales and marketing expenses increased $1.7 million, or 34%, as compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2014, due to an increase in sales and marketing personnel, and regulatory and public relations expenses, the greatest of which is an increase of $0.7 million in compensation related costs.

Research and development expenses increased $1.9 million, or 73%, as compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2014, primarily due to an increase of $1.5 million in compensation related expenses as a result of increases in headcount to support our increase in government projects and $0.3 million in expenses related to the development of our industrial business.

General and administrative expenses were relatively unchanged as compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2014.

Other Income (Expense), Net

For the three months ended September 30, 2015

Total other income (expenses), net decreased $15.8 million, as compared to the three months ended September 30, 2014. The decrease was primarily attributable to a non-cash benefit in the 2014 period relating to outstanding warrants, with no comparable amount in the 2015 period. Due to the price-based anti-dilution provision in the warrants, the Company was required to classify the warrants as a liability and to adjust their fair value to market at each measurement period. In November 2014, the holders of a majority of the warrants approved an amendment to remove the price-based anti-dilution provisions in the warrants. As a result, the warrants are no longer recorded as a liability effective November 2014 because they met the criteria for equity treatment.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2015

Total other expense, for the nine months ended September 30, 2015, reflected a decrease of $1.6 million as compared to the nine months period ended September 30, 2014, primarily due to a $1.2 million non-cash charge in the 2014 period relating to outstanding warrants, with no comparable amount in the 2015 period. The $1.2 million of prior year warrant liability charges was attributable to warrants issued in the private placement offering in the first quarter of 2014. Interest expense decreased by $0.4 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2015, as compared to the prior year periods due to the repayment of outstanding debt in January 2014.

Net Loss

The net loss for the three months ended September 30, 2015 was $5.2 million, or ($0.05) per basic and diluted share, compared to net income of $12.0 million or $0.15 per basic share and ($0.04) per diluted share for the same period of 2014. The net income in the 2014 period was primarily due to a non-cash gain of $15.8 million related to warrant liabilities.

The net loss for the nine months period ended September 30, 2015 was $14.9 million, or ($0.15) per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $13.6 million or ($0.18) per basic and diluted share for the same period of 2014. The net loss in the 2014 period included a $1.2 million non-cash warrant liability related charge.

Cash and Cash Equivalents

Since the Company's inception, we have incurred recurring net losses and negative cash flows from operations. We incurred net losses of $33.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2014, and $14.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. In addition, our operating activities used $15.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2014, and $13.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

REGULATORY UPDATE

By letter dated September 11, 2015, the US Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") has requested that the Company provide additional information regarding its clinical data and other information in support of the Company's requested 510(k) clearance for the Ekso robotic exoskeleton. The Company is working diligently to provide the information requested by the FDA, including information pertaining to the Company's requested indications for use and the Company's clinical data supporting the requested indications for use, information pertaining to mechanical and electromagnetic compatibility testing, electrical safety and software, information pertaining to medical device reports related to adverse events involving the Ekso robotic exoskeleton, and other requested information.

The Company has up to 180 days from September 11, 2015 to respond to the FDA's requests for additional information. The Company intends to request a submission issue meeting with the FDA to be held in advance of the Company's formal submission of its response to the FDA's request for additional information to discuss the Company's response strategy and seek the FDA's input on that strategy. Although there is the possibility that the Company could receive FDA clearance in 2015, we believe that it is much more likely that the Company will receive a determination from the FDA sometime in 2016. However, if the Company were to decide, or be required, to conduct additional clinical testing in support of its request for clearance, the Company may decide to withdraw its pending 510(k) notification and resubmit a 510(k) notification following completion of the additional clinical testing, which could further delay receipt of clearance.

The Company intends to continue marketing the Ekso robotic exoskeleton under its current Class I registration and listing with its current indications for use until 510(k) clearance is either granted or denied by the FDA or the Company is otherwise notified by the FDA to cease such activities. If the FDA disagrees with our decision, we may be required to cease marketing or to recall our products in the U.S. until we obtain clearance or approval, and we may be subject to regulatory fines or penalties.

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST DETAILS

Ekso Bionics will hold a conference call and audio webcast to discuss financial results for its third quarter 2015 and provide a general business update on Thursday November 5, 2015, at 4:30pm ET.

Date: November 5, 2015
Time: 4:30pm ET
Listen via Internet: http://eksobionics.equisolvewebcast.com/q3-2015
Toll-free (US and Canada): 877-407-3036
International: 201-378-4919

A webcast replay will be available on the Ekso Bionics website for 30 days.

ABOUT EKSO BIONICS

Since 2005, Ekso Bionics has been pioneering the field of robotic exoskeletons, or wearable robots, to augment human strength, endurance and mobility. The Company's first commercially available product, called the Ekso device, has helped thousands of people with paralysis take millions of steps not otherwise possible. By designing and creating some of the most forward-thinking and innovative solutions for people looking to augment human capabilities, Ekso Bionics is helping people rethink current physical limitations and achieve the remarkable.

Ekso Bionics is headquartered in Richmond, CA and is listed on the OTC QB under the symbol EKSO. To learn more about Ekso Bionics please visit us at www.eksobionics.com

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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Any statements contained in this press release that do not describe historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may include, without limitation, statements regarding (i) the plans and objectives of management for future operations, including plans or objectives relating to the design, development and commercialization of human exoskeletons, (ii) a projection of financial results, financial condition, capital expenditures, capital structure or other financial items, (iii) the Company's future financial performance and (iv) the assumptions underlying or relating to any statement described in points (i), (ii) or (iii) above. Such forward-looking statements are not meant to predict or guarantee actual results, performance, events or circumstances and may not be realized because they are based upon the Company's current projections, plans, objectives, beliefs, expectations, estimates and assumptions and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties and other influences, many of which the Company has no control over. Actual results and the timing of certain events and circumstances may differ materially from those described by the forward-looking statements as a result of these risks and uncertainties. Factors that may influence or contribute to the inaccuracy of the forward-looking statements or cause actual results to differ materially from expected or desired results may include, without limitation, the Company's inability to obtain adequate financing to fund the Company's operations and necessary to develop or enhance our technology, the significant length of time and resources associated with the development of the Company's products, the Company's failure to achieve broad market acceptance of the Company's products, the failure of our sales and marketing organization or partners to market our products effectively, adverse results in future clinical studies of the Company's medical device products, the failure to obtain or maintain patent protection for the Company's technology, failure to obtain or maintain regulatory approval to market the Company's medical devices, lack of product diversification, existing or increased competition, and the Company's failure to implement the Company's business plans or strategies. These and other factors are identified and described in more detail in the Company's filings with the SEC. The Company does not undertake to update these forward-looking statements. To learn more about Ekso Bionics please visit us at www.eksobionics.com. The Company does not undertake to update these forward-looking statements.

-Financial Information Follows-

Ekso Bionics Holdings, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share and par value amounts)
September 30, December 31,
2015 2014
(unaudited)
Assets
Current assets:
Cash $ 11,238 $ 25,190
Accounts receivable 2,185 1,549
Inventories, net 1,179 622
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 726 388
Deferred cost of revenue, current 1,920 1,551
Total current assets 17,248 29,300
Property and equipment, net 2,399 2,102
Deferred cost of revenue, non-current portion 2,424 2,017
Other assets 55 55
Total assets $ 22,126 $ 33,474
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 2,148 $ 783
Accrued liabilities 2,190 2,378
Deferred revenues, current portion 3,839 3,412
Capital lease obligation, current 79 41
Total current liabilities 8,256 6,614
Deferred revenues, non-current portion 4,399 3,895
Other non-current liabilities 225 165
Total liabilities 12,880 10,674
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock 102 102
Additional paid-in capital 95,890 94,499
Accumulated deficit (86,746) (71,801)
Total stockholders' equity 9,246 22,800
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 22,126 $ 33,474
Ekso Bionics Holdings, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
(unaudited)
Three months ended Nine months ended
September 30, September 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Revenue
Medical devices $ 1,095 $ 789 $ 3,128 $ 2,006
Engineering services 1,820 799 3,590 1,841
Total revenue 2,915 1,588 6,718 3,847
Cost of revenue
Medical devices 1,095 578 2,863 1,410
Engineering services 1,352 530 2,482 1,432
Total cost of revenue 2,447 1,108 5,345 2,842
Gross profit 468 480 1,373 1,005
Operating expenses
Sales and marketing 2,380 1,642 6,754 5,022
Research and development 1,713 1,096 4,438 2,564
General and administrative 1,556 1,474 5,090 5,354
Total operating expenses 5,649 4,212 16,282 12,940
Loss from operations (5,181) (3,732) (14,909) (11,935)
Other income (expense)
Interest expense (4) (3) (10) (433)
Gain (loss) on warrant liability -- 15,773 -- (1,206)
Interest income 2 1 9 4
Other expense, net (2) (15) (35) (44)
Total other income (expense), net (4) 15,756 (36) (1,679)
Net income (loss) $ (5,185) $ 12,024 $ (14,945) $ (13,614)
Basic net income (loss) per share $ (0.05) $ 0.15 $ (0.15) $ (0.18)
Weighted-average shares used in computing basic per share amounts 102,239,868 78,513,144 102,043,392 74,943,169
Diluted net loss per share $ (0.05) $ (0.04) $ (0.15) $ (0.18)
Weighted-average shares used in computing diluted per share amounts 102,239,868 83,336,371 102,043,392 74,943,169
Ekso Bionics Holdings, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
Nine months ended
September 30,
2015 2014
Net cash used in operating activities $ (13,082) $ (12,296)
Net cash used in investing activities (962) (813)
Net cash provided by financing activities 92 19,480
Net increase (decrease) in cash (13,952) 6,371
Cash at beginning of the period 25,190 805
Cash at end of the period $ 11,238 $ 7,176

CONTACT: Media Contact: Heidi Darling, Director of Marketing Communications Phone: 510-984-1761 x317 E-mail: hdarling@eksobionics.com Investor Contact: Chad Rubin, Senior Vice President Phone: 646 378-2947 E-mail: crubin@troutgroup.com

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