February 28, 2022
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Asensus Surgical, Inc. (NYSE American: ASXC), a medical device company that is digitizing the interface between the surgeon and the patient to pioneer a new era of Performance-Guided Surgery™, today announced its operating and financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2021.
Fourth Quarter Highlights
- Over 500 procedures were performed globally during the quarter, representing growth of 30% over the fourth quarter 2020
- Six Senhance Surgical Programs were initiated during the quarter
- Fourth quarter revenue of $2.5 million
- Over 2,100 procedures performed globally, representing 44% growth compared to 2020
- 10 Senhance Surgical Programs were initiated
- Received four regulatory clearances:
- FDA 510(k) clearance for expansion of machine vision capabilities for the Intelligent Surgical Unit™ (ISU™)
- FDA 510(k) clearance for articulating instruments
- Expanded FDA 510(k) clearance for general surgery indication
- CE Mark approval for the ISU
- Full year 2021 revenue of $8.2 million, representing growth of 159% over the prior year
- The Company had cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments, excluding restricted cash, of approximately $135.8 million at December 31, 2021
“Despite the macro headwinds that persisted throughout the year, we were able to significantly grow our active installed base, drive the highest procedure volumes in Senhance’s commercial history, and make great strides with the development and expansion of our portfolio. We continue to believe that there is a critical need to elevate the way surgery is performed globally by bringing clinical intelligence to the OR, and the growth we achieved in 2021 validates the clinical utility Senhance delivers to surgeons and hospitals,” said Anthony Fernando, Asensus Surgical President and CEO. “As we look towards 2022, we expect to continue to drive the global adoption of Senhance through our market development and portfolio expansion efforts while at the same time focusing on the ongoing development of the platform’s innovative digital capabilities to deliver on the promise of Performance-Guided Surgery.”
Upcoming 2022 Milestones
For the full year 2022, the Company expects to initiate 10 – 12 new Senhance Surgical Systems.
During the second half of 2022, the Company expects to achieve the following commercial and regulatory milestones:
- Full scale commercialization of articulating instruments globally
- File a 510(k) for FDA clearance of Senhance for pediatric indication
- Receive CE Mark for expanded machine vision capabilities for the ISU
2021 Senhance Program Initiations
Throughout 2021, the Company completed 10 Senhance Surgical Program initiations: one in the US, six in EMEA, and three in Asia.
During the fourth quarter of 2021, the Company initiated six programs, one in the US, three in EMEA, and two in Asia.
In 2021, surgeons performed over 2,100 procedures utilizing the Senhance System, representing a 44% increase over the previous year. Compared to 2020, US-based procedure volumes increased 95%, EMEA increased 42%, and Asia increased 18%. These procedures included general surgery, gynecology, urology, bariatric, and colorectal surgical cases.
During 2021, there were 21 peer-reviewed clinical papers published providing further support for the clinical utility of the Senhance System across a variety of surgical specialties.
Performance-Guided Surgery (PGS)
As an organization, the Company’s goal is to revolutionize the way surgery is performed. The fact that there are complications with one in five surgeries is unacceptable, and, more importantly, avoidable. The Company is helping to unlock clinical intelligence and capabilities to reduce surgical variability and the complications associated with it. PGS builds upon the foundation of Digital Laparoscopy by adding machine vision, augmented intelligence, and deep learning capabilities. These capabilities shift the promise of consistently superior surgery into practice regardless of a surgeon’s experience or skill level by guiding improved decision making, enriching collaboration, and enhancing predictability.
Expanded Global ISU Machine Vision Capabilities
In September 2021, the Company announced that it had received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for an expansion of machine vision capabilities on the previously cleared ISU. The ISU is utilized with the Senhance System which enables Digital Laparoscopy. The initial features of the ISU enable machine vision-driven control of the camera for a surgeon by responding to commands and recognizing certain objects and locations in the surgical field, and allow a surgeon to change the visualized field of view using the movement of their instruments. The newest ISU features expanded upon these capabilities and introduced more advanced features including: real-time 3D measurement, digital tagging, image enhancement, and enhanced camera control based on real-time data from anatomical structures while performing surgery. This is the first time any of these features will be clinically available in soft-tissue abdominal surgery.
Articulating Instrument Clearance
In July 2021, the Company announced that it had received 510(k) clearance for 5mm articulating instruments, which offer better access to difficult-to-reach areas of the anatomy.
General Surgery Indication Expansion
In March 2021, the Company announced that it had received an additional FDA clearance for the Senhance Surgical System which allows for indication expansion in general surgery in the US.
CE Mark for Intelligent Surgical Unit
In January 2021, the Company announced that it had received CE Mark approval for the ISU that enables machine vision capabilities on the Senhance System. This approval will provide Senhance Digital Laparoscopy programs in Europe access to this technology.
Fourth Quarter Financial Results
For the three months ended December 31, 2021, the Company reported revenue of $2.5 million as compared to revenue of $1.1 million in the three months ended December 31, 2020. Revenue in the fourth quarter of 2021 included $1.7 million in system revenue, $0.5 million in instruments and accessories, and $0.3 million in services.
For the three months ended December 31, 2021, total operating expenses were $15.9 million, as compared to $14.2 million, in the three months ended December 31, 2020.
For the three months ended December 31, 2021, net loss was $15.9 million, or $0.07 per share, as compared to a net loss of $13.8 million, or $0.13 per share, in the three months ended December 31, 2020.
Adjusted net loss is a non-GAAP financial measure. See the reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures below.For the three months ended December 31, 2021, the adjusted net loss was $15.7 million, or $0.07 per share, as compared to an adjusted net loss of $9.7 million, or $0.9 per share in the three months ended December 31, 2020, after adjusting for the following charges: amortization of intangible assets, change in fair value of contingent consideration, change in fair value of warrant liabilities, and restructuring and other charges, all of which are non-cash charges.
Balance Sheet Updates
The Company had cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments, excluding restricted cash of approximately $135.8 million as of December 31, 2021.
Asensus Surgical, Inc. will host a conference call on Monday, February 28, 2022, at 4:30 PM ET to discuss its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2021 operating and financial results. To listen to the conference call on your telephone, please dial 1-855-327-6837 for domestic callers and 1-631-891-4304 for international callers, and reference conference ID 10017809 approximately ten minutes prior to the start time. To access the live audio webcast or archived recording, use the following link https://ir.asensus.com/events-and-presentations. The replay will be available on the Company’s website.
About Asensus Surgical, Inc.
Asensus Surgical, Inc. is digitizing the interface between the surgeon and patient to pioneer a new era of Performance-Guided Surgery by unlocking clinical intelligence for surgeons to enable consistently superior outcomes and a new standard of surgery. This builds upon the foundation of Digital Laparoscopy with the Senhance Surgical System powered by the Intelligent Surgical Unit (ISU) to increase surgeon control and reduce surgical variability. With the addition of machine vision, augmented intelligence, and deep learning capabilities throughout the surgical experience, we intend to holistically address the current clinical, cognitive and economic shortcomings that drive surgical outcomes and value-based healthcare. Learn more about Performance-Guided Surgery and Digital Laparoscopy with the Senhance Surgical System here: www.senhance.com. Now available for sale in the US, EU, Japan, Russia, and select other countries. For a complete list of indications for use, visit: www.senhance.com/indications. For more information, visit www.asensus.com.
This press release includes statements relating to the Senhance System and our 2021 results. These statements and other statements regarding our future plans and goals constitute “forward looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and are intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that are often difficult to predict, are beyond our control and which may cause results to differ materially from expectations and include whether we will be able to continue to progress our strategic plan in 2022, including achieving our commercial and regulatory milestones; whether the growth we achieved in 2021 validates the clinical utility the Senhance System delivers to surgeons and hospitals; whether we can continue to drive the global adoption of Senhance through our market development and portfolio expansion efforts while at the same time focusing on the ongoing development of the platform’s innovative digital capabilities to deliver on the promise of Performance-Guided Surgery; whether we will initiate 10-12 new Senhance Surgical Systems placements in 2022; whether we can continue to increase Senhance System placements and sales; and whether we can continue to add foundational sites and receive regulatory clearances and approvals that we seek. For a discussion of the risks and uncertainties associated with the Company’s business, please review our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are based on our expectations as of the date of this press release and speak only as of the origination date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.