Axogen, Inc. Reports 2023 First Quarter Financial Results

ALACHUA, Fla. and TAMPA, Fla., May 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Axogen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXGN), a global leader in developing and marketing innovative surgical solutions for peripheral nerve injuries, today reported financial results and business highlights for the first quarter ended March 31, 2023.

First Quarter Financial Results and Business Highlights

  • Net revenue was $36.7 million, an increase of 18% over the first quarter of 2022.
  • Gross margin was 81.7%, compared to 82.1% in the first quarter of 2022.
  • Net loss of $7.1 million, or $0.17 per share, compared to net loss of $11.5 million, or $0.27 per share in the first quarter of 2022.
  • Adjusted net loss of $4.1 million, or $0.10 per share, compared to adjusted net loss of $8.5 million, or $0.20 per share, in the first quarter of 2022.
  • Adjusted EBITDA loss of $3.8 million, compared to an adjusted EBITDA loss of $7.4 million in the first quarter of 2022.
  • The balance of all cash and cash equivalents and investments on March 31, 2023, was $44.1 million, as compared to $55.0 million on December 31, 2022. The net change includes capital expenditures of $3.3 million related to the construction of the Company's new processing facility in Dayton, OH, and $7.6 million of other cash burn, including approximately $7.2 million of items which typically occur in the first quarter, including bonuses, sales meetings and awards, and insurance premiums.
  • In early April, a new comprehensive study was published that analyzed all-payor data of 1,300 procedural costs of nerve injury repairs. The authors' findings indicated that there were no significant differences in procedure cost between autograft and allograft repair. Additionally, the study concluded that there was significant operating room time savings of 41 minutes on average, for allograft compared to autograft in the outpatient setting, where the majority of nerve repairs are performed.

Additionally, on April 7th, the Company received FDA 510(k) clearance for the Axoguard HA+ Nerve Protector™. The category of nerve protection covers a wide range of nerve injuries including compression, crush injuries, complex traumatic injuries where the nerve remains intact, and protecting the coaptation sites of nerve transections. The Company believes that these injury types and their anatomical locations present diverse challenges requiring unique targeted solutions. Axoguard HA+ Nerve Protector adds new proprietary design features, including the benefits of a hyaluronate-alginate gel layer, which facilitates enhanced nerve gliding to aid in minimizing soft tissue attachments, while the base layer is remodeled into a long-term protective tissue layer. Axoguard HA+ will undergo a pilot launch in the second quarter, followed by a full product launch in the third quarter.

“The strong revenue growth and operational execution of this quarter continues the momentum we achieved in the second half of last year with improved consistency of hospital staffing and surgical capacity,” commented Karen Zaderej, chairman, CEO, and president of Axogen, Inc. “We continue to drive innovation across the broad spectrum of nerve repair solutions. We believe our new Axoguard HA+ Nerve Protector provides enhanced design features and improves our access to the nerve protection category.”

Additional Operational and Business Highlights

  • Core Accounts totaled 350, an increase of 5% sequentially, and 23% over an adjusted* prior year level of 285. Revenue from Core Accounts continued to represent approximately 60% of total revenue.
  • Active Accounts totaled 994, up 3% sequentially, and 9% over an adjusted* prior year level of 916. Revenue from the top 10% of Active Accounts represents approximately 35% of total revenue.
  • Ended the quarter with a total of 220 peer-reviewed clinical publications featuring Axogen’s nerve repair product portfolio, up from 215 the previous quarter.
  • Ended the quarter with 116 direct sales representatives, compared to 115 at the end of the fourth quarter of 2022, and compared to 116 one year ago.

2023 Financial Guidance
Management continues to expect full-year 2023 revenue to be in the range of $154 million to $159 million. The Company continues to anticipate that gross margin will be reduced with the transition to its new processing facility and expects gross margins will return to approximately 80% by the fourth quarter of 2023.

*The Company voluntarily suspended market availability of Avive® Soft Tissue Membrane on June 1, 2021; and therefore no Avive revenue was recorded in 2022. Core and Active Account metrics for prior periods were adjusted for Avive revenue. For a reconciliation of adjusted Core and Active Account numbers, please see our Corporate Presentation on the investors page on

Axoguard HA+ Nerve Protector
The Axoguard HA+ Nerve Protector is a proprietary nerve protection device designed to provide short- and long-term protection for peripheral nerve injuries. The device is comprised of a processed porcine submucosa extracellular matrix (ECM) base layer with a hyaluronate-alginate gel coating. The gel layer facilitates enhanced nerve gliding to aid in minimizing soft tissue attachments, while the base layer is remodeled into a long-term protective tissue layer. It is available in a variety of sizes to meet patient’s and surgeon’s needs.

Conference Call
The Company will host a conference call and webcast for the investment community today at 8:00 a.m. ET. Investors interested in participating in the conference call by phone may do so by dialing toll free at (866) 682-6100 or use the direct dial-in number at (862) 298-0702. Those interested in listening to the conference call live via the Internet may do so by visiting the Investors page of the Company's website at and clicking on the webcast link.

Following the conference call, a replay will be available in the Investors section of the Company's website at under Investors.

About Axogen
Axogen (AXGN) is the leading Company focused specifically on the science, development, and commercialization of technologies for peripheral nerve regeneration and repair. Axogen employees are passionate about helping to restore peripheral nerve function and quality of life to patients with physical damage or transection to peripheral nerves by providing innovative, clinically proven, and economically effective repair solutions for surgeons and health care providers. Peripheral nerves provide the pathways for both motor and sensory signals throughout the body. Every day, people suffer traumatic injuries or undergo surgical procedures that impact the function of their peripheral nerves. Physical damage to a peripheral nerve, or the inability to properly reconnect peripheral nerves, can result in the loss of muscle or organ function, the loss of sensory feeling, or the initiation of pain.  

Axogen's platform for peripheral nerve repair features a comprehensive portfolio of products, including Avance Nerve Graft, a biologically active off-the-shelf processed human nerve allograft for bridging severed peripheral nerves without the comorbidities associated with a second surgical site; Axoguard Nerve Connector®, a porcine submucosa ECM coaptation aid for tensionless repair of severed peripheral nerves; Axoguard Nerve Protector®, a porcine submucosa ECM product used to wrap and protect damaged peripheral nerves and reinforce the nerve reconstruction while preventing soft tissue attachments; and Axoguard Nerve Cap®, a porcine submucosa ECM product used to protect a peripheral nerve end and separate the nerve from the surrounding environment to reduce the development of symptomatic or painful neuroma. The Axogen portfolio of products is available in the United States, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, South Korea, and several other countries.

Cautionary Statements Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains “forward-looking” statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations or predictions of future conditions, events, or results based on various assumptions and management's estimates of trends and economic factors in the markets in which we are active, as well as our business plans. Words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “projects,” “forecasts,” “continue,” “may,” “should,” “will,” “goals,” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statement on benefits and market opportunities, market launch timetable for Axoguard HA+, as well as statements under the subheading "2023 Financial Guidance." Actual results or events could differ materially from those described in any forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including, without limitation, statements related to the continued impact of COVID-19, global supply chain issues, record inflation, hospital staffing issues, product development, product potential, expected clinical enrollment timing and outcomes, regulatory process and approvals, APC renovation timing and expense, financial performance, sales growth, surgeon and product adoption, market awareness of our products, data validation, our visibility at and sponsorship of conferences and educational events, global business disruption caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and related sanctions, as well as those risk factors described under Part I, Item 1A., “Risk Factors,” of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year. Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of future performance, and actual results may differ materially from those projected. The forward-looking statements are representative only as of the date they are made and, except as required by applicable law, we assume no responsibility to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement our consolidated financial statements, we use the non-GAAP financial measures of EBITDA, which measures earnings before interest, income taxes, and depreciation and amortization, and Adjusted EBITDA which further excludes non-cash stock compensation expense and litigation and related expenses. We also use the non-GAAP financial measures of Adjusted Net Loss and Adjusted Net Loss Per Common Share - basic and diluted which excludes non-cash stock compensation expense and litigation and related expenses from Net Loss and Net Loss Per Common Share - basic and diluted, respectively. These non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles and should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP measures should be read in conjunction with our financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. The reconciliations of the non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP should be carefully evaluated.

We use these non-GAAP financial measures for financial and operational decision-making and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance and that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing our performance and when planning, forecasting, and analyzing future periods. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors because (1) they allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision-making and (2) they are used by our institutional investors and the analyst community to help them analyze the performance of our business, the Company’s cash available for operations, and the Company’s ability to meet future capital expenditure and working capital requirements.

Axogen, Inc.
Ed Joyce, Director, Investor Relations

Axogen, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Amounts)
March 31,
  December 31,
Current assets:  
Cash and cash equivalents $ 7,707     $ 15,284  
Restricted cash   6,252       6,251  
Investments   30,160       33,505  
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $383 and $650, respectively   22,278       22,186  
Inventory   19,849       18,905  
Prepaid expenses and other   2,453       1,944  
Total current assets   88,699       98,075  
Property and equipment, net   83,049       79,294  
Operating lease right-of-use assets   13,868       14,369  
Intangible assets, net   3,858       3,649  
Total assets $ 189,474     $ 195,387  
Liabilities and shareholders’ equity      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 20,188     $ 22,443  
Current maturities of long-term lease obligations   1,050       1,310  
Total current liabilities   21,238       23,753  
Long-term debt, net of debt discount and financing fees   45,931       45,712  
Long-term lease obligations   20,089       20,405  
Debt derivative liabilities   4,703       4,518  
Total liabilities   91,961       94,388  
Commitments and contingencies - see Note 12      
Shareholders’ equity:      
Common stock, $0.01 par value per share; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 42,809,994 and 42,445,517 shares issued and outstanding   428       424  
Additional paid-in capital   363,739       360,155  
Accumulated deficit   (266,654 )     (259,580 )
Total shareholders’ equity   97,513       100,999  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 189,474     $ 195,387  

Axogen, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)
Three Months Ended
March 31,
  March 31,
Revenues $ 36,664     $ 31,007  
Cost of goods sold   6,709       5,546  
Gross profit   29,955       25,461  
Costs and expenses:        
Sales and marketing   21,618       20,888  
Research and development   6,679       6,275  
General and administrative   8,999       9,618  
Total costs and expenses   37,296       36,781  
Loss from operations   (7,341 )     (11,320 )
Other income (expense):      
Investment income (loss)   549       (46 )
Interest expense   (16 )     (354 )
Change in fair value of derivatives   (185 )     252  
Other expense   (81 )     (7 )
Total other income (expense), net   267       (155 )
Net loss $ (7,074 )   $ (11,475 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding — basic and diluted   42,571,021       41,804,330  
Loss per common share — basic and diluted $ (0.17 )   $ (0.27 )

Axogen, Inc.
Three Months Ended March 31, 2023 and 2022
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)​
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  March 31,
Net loss $ (7,074 )   $ (11,475 )
Depreciation and amortization expense   780       773  
Investment (income) loss   (549 )     46  
Income tax expense   83        
Interest expense   16       354  
EBITDA - non GAAP $ (6,744 )   $ (10,302 )
Non cash stock-based compensation expense   2,954       2,678  
Litigation and related costs         267  
Adjusted EBITDA - non GAAP $ (3,790 )   $ (7,357 )
Net loss $ (7,074 )   $ (11,475 )
Non cash stock-based compensation expense   2,954       2,678  
Litigation and related costs         267  
Adjusted net loss - non GAAP $ (4,120 )   $ (8,530 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding — basic and diluted   42,571,021       41,804,330  
Loss per common share — basic and diluted $ (0.17 )   $ (0.27 )
Non cash stock-based compensation expense   0.07       0.06  
Litigation and related costs         0.01  
Adjusted net loss per common share — basic and diluted - non GAAP $ (0.10 )   $ (0.20 )

Axogen, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity
(In Thousands, Except Share Amounts)
Common Stock   Additional Paid-in
  Total Shareholders'
Shares   Amount      
Three Months Ended March 31, 2023        
Balance at December 31, 2022 42,445,517   $ 424   $ 360,155     $ (259,580 )   $ 100,999  
Net loss               (7,074 )     (7,074 )
Stock-based compensation         2,954             2,954  
Issuance of restricted and performance stock units 238,719     3     (3 )            
Exercise of stock options and employee stock purchase plan 125,758     1     633             634  
Balance at March 31, 2023 42,809,994   $ 428   $ 363,739     $ (266,654 )   $ 97,513  
Three Months Ended March 31, 2022                  
Balance at December 31, 2021 41,736,950   $ 417   $ 342,765     $ (230,632 )   $ 112,550  
Net loss               (11,475 )     (11,475 )
Stock-based compensation         2,678             2,678  
Issuance of restricted and performance stock units 215,287     2     (2 )            
Exercise of stock options and employee stock purchase plan 20,750     1     97             98  
Balance at March 31, 2022 41,972,987   $ 420   $ 345,538     $ (242,107 )   $ 103,851  


Axogen, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
Three Months Ended
March 31,
  March 31,
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net loss $ (7,074 )   $ (11,475 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:      
Depreciation   709       704  
Amortization of right-of-use assets   464       427  
Amortization of intangible assets   71       69  
Amortization of debt discount and deferred financing fees   219       220  
Provision for bad debt   (267 )     267  
Provision for inventory write-down   581       459  
Change in fair value of derivatives   185       (252 )
Investment (income) loss   (426 )     96  
Stock-based compensation   2,954       2,678  
Change in operating assets and liabilities:      
Accounts receivable   175       (624 )
Inventory   (1,525 )     (1,166 )
Prepaid expenses and other   (509 )     (1,030 )
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   (2,442 )     (1,104 )
Operating lease obligations   (537 )     (320 )
Cash paid for interest portion of finance leases   (1 )      
Net cash used in operating activities   (7,423 )     (11,051 )
Cash flows from investing activities:      
Purchase of property and equipment   (4,304 )     (5,037 )
Purchase of investments   (10,203 )     (6,024 )
Proceeds from sale of investments   13,974       4,400  
Cash payments for intangible assets   (253 )     (580 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (786 )     (7,241 )
Cash flows from financing activities:      
Cash paid for debt portion of finance leases   (1 )     (2 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options and ESPP stock purchases   634       97  
Net cash provided by financing activities   633       95  
Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash   (7,576 )     (18,197 )
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, beginning of period   21,535       39,007  
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, end of period $ 13,959     $ 20,810  
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow activity:      
Cash paid for interest, net of capitalized interest $     $  
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing and financing activities:      
Acquisition of fixed assets in accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 1,026     $ 1,119  
Obtaining a right-of-use asset in exchange for a lease liability $     $ 641  
Acquisition of intangible assets in accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 326     $ 239  

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