DEERFIELD, Ill., March 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Surgalign Holdings, Inc., (NASDAQ: SRGA) a global medical technology company focused on elevating the standard of care by driving the evolution of digital surgery, today reported operating results for the fourth quarter and full year 2021.
- Total global spine revenue of $21.8 million, compared to $26.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2020
- Net loss from continuing operations of $88.8 million, inclusive of a $72.1 million loss related to the Inteneural Networks, Inc. (INN) acquisition, or net loss of $0.64 share in the fourth quarter of 2021
- Adjusted EBITDA loss of $12.9 million, compared to a loss of $7.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2020
- Cash and cash equivalents at December 31, 2021 was $51.3 million
- In December 2021, the Company expanded is digital health capabilities through the acquisition of a significant equity interest in INN
- In January 2022, received FDA 510(k) clearance for HOLO PortalTM System, the world’s first AI-driven AR guidance system for spine surgery
- In March 2022, the Company appointed David Lyle as Chief Financial Officer
“We are very proud of what we were able to accomplish during 2021 and early in 2022, despite the ongoing headwinds we are experiencing. I want to thank all of our employees for their hard work and perseverance to deliver for our customers while at the same time developing HOLO, which we believe is a quantum leap in the way surgical procedures are performed and ultimately the way patients are cared for throughout the care continuum,” said Terry Rich, President and Chief Executive Officer of Surgalign Holdings. “Fourth quarter performance was in line with our expectations, but continued to be heavily impacted by macro issues, including COVID-related procedural restrictions and hospital staffing shortages, both of which persisted during the first two months of 2022.”
Mr. Rich continued, “As we look to 2022, we are squarely focused on putting the pieces in place to allow us to drive the long-term adoption of HOLO. With a milestone FDA clearance in hand, our near term focus is on early commercial efforts to get HOLO into the hands of surgeons across the U.S. as part of our limited market release. We remain incredibly excited about the opportunity that exists for HOLO within the initial spine surgery market, but also for the broader opportunity for the platform as we move into additional procedural areas and incremental parts of the care continuum outside of the operating room.”
Fourth Quarter 2021
Global revenue for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, was $21.8 million compared to $26.2 million for the prior year period. The decrease in revenue is primarily due to decreased demand as a result of COVID-19 related headwinds in the fourth quarter.
Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $12.3 million or 56.5% of revenue compared to $12.8 million or 48.8% of revenue in the fourth quarter of 2020.
General and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter of 2021 were $25.4 million compared to $27.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2020.
R&D expense for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $4.9 million compared to $2.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Net loss from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $88.8 million, inclusive of a $72.1 million loss related to the acquisition of INN, compared to a net loss of $118.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, inclusive of a $93.5 million loss related to the acquisition of Holo.
Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (Adjusted EBITDA), for the fourth quarter of 2021 was a loss of $12.9 million compared to a loss of $7.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2020.
As of December 31, 2021, cash and cash equivalents were approximately $51.3 million. Subsequent to the end of the fourth quarter, the Company completed an underwritten public offering of its common stock, raising gross proceeds of approximately $17.8 million.
Fiscal 2022 Business Outlook
The Company anticipates full year revenue in the range of $83 to $87 million.
FDA 510(k) Clearance of HOLO Portal System
On January 18, 2022, the Company announced it had received clearance of its HOLO Portal surgical guidance system for use within lumbar spine procedures. The HOLO Portal system is the world’s first artificial intelligence (AI)-driven augmented reality (AR) guidance system for spine and the first clinical application of the Company’s HOLOTM AI digital health platform.
The HOLO Portal system combines machine learning-based image guidance technology with AR, automated spine segmentation (i.e., anatomy recognition), and automated surgical planning utilizing proprietary AI software. Intraoperative images are autonomously processed by the AI system to create a patient-specific plan that is presented to the surgeon using the AR display.
Acquisition of Equity Interest in Inteneural Networks, Inc.
In December 2021, the Company acquired an equity interest in INN, and its proprietary AI technology for autonomously segmenting and identifying neural structures in medical images and helping identify possible pathological states. The Company will also have the ability to acquire the remainder of INN’s outstanding equity interests upon the achievement of certain regulatory, developmental, and revenue-based commercial milestones. In June of 2021, the Company and INN entered into a strategic collaboration agreement during which time the Company evaluated INN’s technology for future integration within the Company’s digital platform.
INN is developing technology that harnesses ML and AI to autonomously and accurately identify and segment neural structures in medical images and integrate specific reference information regarding possible pathological states to physicians caring for patients. This technology could have future applications in neurosurgery as well as the potential to address a wide variety of potential disorders, including dementia, autism, tumors, aneurysm, stroke, and neurovascular structures using magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography platforms.
Appointment of David Lyle as Chief Financial Officer
On March 7, 2022, the Company announced the appointment of David Lyle as its Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Lyle brings more than two decades of financial leadership experience with the technology sector and has a proven track record of successfully scaling high growth technology companies, having served in leadership roles in both public and private organizations.
Surgalign will host a conference call and audio webcast at 4:30 p.m. ET today. The conference call can be accessed by dialing (866) 604-1616 (U.S.) or (201) 689-8043 (International), using conference ID 13724073. The webcast can be accessed through the investor section of Surgalign’s website at surgalign.com/investors/. A replay of the conference call will be available on Surgalign’s website for one month following the call.
About Surgalign Holdings, Inc.
Surgalign Holdings, Inc. is a global medical technology company committed to the promise of digital health to drive transformation across the surgical landscape. Uniquely aligned and resourced to advance the standard of care, the company is building technologies physicians and other health providers will look to for what is truly possible for their patients. Surgalign is focused on developing solutions that predictably deliver superior clinical and economic outcomes. Surgalign markets products throughout the United States and in more than 50 countries worldwide through an expanding network of top independent distributors. Surgalign is headquartered in Deerfield, IL, with commercial, innovation and design centers in San Diego, CA, Warsaw and Poznan, Poland and Wurmlingen, Germany. Learn more at www.surgalign.com and connect on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Forward Looking Statement
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