AtriCure Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Financial Results

Highlights

  • 2011 revenue of $64.4 million – up 9%
  • 2011 international sales of $15.5 million – up 35%
  • 4th quarter international sales of $4.4 million – up 32%
  • FDA approves Synergy Ablation System for the treatment of atrial fibrillation
  • Expanded credit facility – increased capacity

WEST CHESTER, Ohio--()--AtriCure, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATRC), a medical device company and a leader in cardiac surgical ablation systems for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, or AF, and systems for the exclusion of the left atrial appendage, today announced fourth quarter and full year 2011 financial results. Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $16.8 million, reflecting 2.3 percent growth over the fourth quarter of 2010. Revenue from product sales to international customers was a record $4.4 million, reflecting growth of 31.7 percent.

“We believe our international growth reflects market leading performance and that our sequential growth in the United States reflects a restoration and stabilization in procedural volumes. Importantly, we are highly encouraged by the recent FDA AF approval of our Synergy Ablation System, which represents a major milestone for AtriCure, the field of cardiac surgery and the treatment of patients with AF. Customer feedback on our approval has been very positive and is resulting in education and marketing opportunities which we believe will improve patient outcomes, increase disease awareness and expand product utilization,” said David J. Drachman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “As we look forward to 2012, we believe AtriCure is well positioned to capitalize on our expanded product portfolio, investments and momentum in international markets, AF approval and continued investment in clinical science.”

2011 Financial Results

Revenue for 2011 was $64.4 million, an increase of $5.4 million or 9.1 percent, compared to 2010 revenue. Domestic revenue increased 3.0 percent to $48.9 million, including $5.6 million in sales of the AtriClip system. International revenue was a record $15.5 million, an increase of $4.0 million or 34.7 percent (31.1 percent on a constant currency basis) when compared to $11.5 million for 2010. International revenue growth was driven primarily by our direct markets in Europe and an increase in sales in Asia.

Gross profit for 2011 was $47.0 million compared to $45.4 million for 2010. Gross margin for 2011 was 73.0 percent compared to 76.9 percent for 2010. The decrease in gross margin was primarily due to an increased mix of revenue from international sales, an increased mix of sales of new products, an increase in capital equipment sales and an increase in manufacturing costs, scrap and inefficiencies, primarily associated with new products and the anticipation of transitioning to the manufacturing of PMA approved products.

Operating expenses for 2011 increased 6.5 percent, or $3.1 million, to $51.7 million from $48.6 million for 2010. The increase in operating expenses was primarily driven by an increase in clinical related activities and expenses and an increase in selling, general and administrative expenses, primarily due to an increase in selling personnel.

Loss from operations for 2011 was $4.7 million as compared to $3.2 million for 2010. Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, was $0.1 million for 2011. Net loss per share was $0.35 for 2011 and $0.25 for 2010.

Cash, cash equivalents and investments were $14.2 million at December 31, 2011 and cash used in operations during 2011 was $2.0 million.

Fourth Quarter 2011 Financial Results

Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $16.8 million, an increase of $0.4 million or 2.3 percent, compared to fourth quarter 2010 revenue. Domestic revenue was $12.4 million, a decrease of $0.7 million compared to fourth quarter 2010 revenue, driven primarily by a reduction in revenue from the sale of minimally invasive products. International revenue was a record $4.4 million, an increase of $1.1 million or 31.7 percent (32.3 percent on a constant currency basis) when compared to $3.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. International revenue growth was driven primarily by our direct markets in Europe and an increase in sales in Asia.

Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $11.7 million compared to $12.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. Gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2011 and 2010 was 70.0 percent and 75.1 percent, respectively. The decrease in gross margin was primarily due to an increase in manufacturing costs, scrap and inefficiencies, primarily associated with new products and the anticipation of transitioning to the manufacturing of PMA approved products.

Operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2011 increased 7.1 percent, or $0.9 million, to $13.4 million from $12.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. The increase in operating expenses was primarily driven by an increase in clinical related activities and expenses offset by a $0.3 million non-recurring gain on the sale of intangible assets. Additionally, selling, general and administrative expenses increased $1.4 million, primarily due to an increase in selling personnel and marketing expenses.

Loss from operations for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $1.7 million as compared to $0.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2010 and net loss per share was $0.13 for the fourth quarter of 2011 and $0.00 for the fourth quarter of 2010.

Credit Facility Expansion

In February 2012 AtriCure modified and expanded its credit facility to provide for a new, expanded and extended five-year term loan of $10.0 million (net proceeds of $3.8 million after repayment of the existing term loan) at an interest rate of 6.75 percent. The amendment increased the total facility size to $20.0 million and also provided for modifications to covenants.

FDA Approval of Synergy Ablation System

In December 2011 AtriCure’s Synergy Ablation System received approval for the treatment of AF for patients with persistent and long-standing persistent AF during open-heart concomitant coronary artery bypass grafting and/or valve replacement and repair procedures. This is the first time a surgical ablation system has been approved in the United States for the treatment of AF and the first time any system, catheter or surgical, has been approved in the United States for the treatment of patients with persistent and long-standing persistent AF. The Synergy Ablation System includes AtriCure’s Isolator Synergy clamps, a radio frequency generator and related switchbox.

The approval includes the implementation of a 350-patient post-approval study and a comprehensive physician training program.

Conference Call

AtriCure will host a conference call at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, February 27, 2012 to discuss its fourth quarter 2011 financial results. A live web cast of the conference call will be available online from the investor relations page of AtriCure’s corporate web site at www.atricure.com.

Pre-registration is available and recommended for this call at the following URL: https://www.theconferencingservice.com/prereg/key.process?key=PECDKEQHU

You may also access this call through an operator by calling (888) 680-0879 for domestic callers and (617) 213-4856 for international callers at least 15 minutes prior to the call start time using reservation code 89328972.

The webcast will be available on AtriCure’s web site and a telephonic replay of the call will also be available through March 27, 2012. The replay dial-in numbers are (888) 286-8010 for domestic callers and (617) 801-6888 for international callers. The reservation code is 40844363.

About AtriCure, Inc.

AtriCure, Inc. is a medical device company and a leader in developing, manufacturing and selling innovative cardiac surgical ablation systems designed to create precise lesions, or scars, in cardiac, or heart, tissue for the treatment of atrial fibrillation and systems for the exclusion of the left atrial appendage. The Company believes cardiothoracic surgeons are adopting its ablation products for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, or AF, during concomitant open-heart surgical procedures and sole-therapy minimally invasive procedures. AF affects more than 5.5 million people worldwide and predisposes them to a five-fold increased risk of stroke. The FDA has not cleared or approved certain AtriCure products for the treatment of AF or a reduction in the risk of stroke.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements that address activities, events or developments that AtriCure expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future, such as earnings estimates, other predictions of financial performance, launches by AtriCure of new products and market acceptance of AtriCure’s products. Forward-looking statements are based on AtriCure’s experience and perception of current conditions, trends, expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate under the circumstances and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond AtriCure’s control. These risks and uncertainties include the rate and degree of market acceptance of AtriCure’s products, AtriCure’s ability to develop and market new and enhanced products, the timing of and ability to obtain and maintain regulatory clearances and approvals for its products, the timing of and ability to obtain reimbursement of procedures utilizing AtriCure’s products, competition from existing and new products and procedures or AtriCure’s ability to effectively react to other risks and uncertainties described from time to time in AtriCure’s SEC filings, such as fluctuation of quarterly financial results, reliance on third party manufacturers and suppliers, litigation or other proceedings, government regulation and stock price volatility. AtriCure does not guarantee any forward-looking statement, and actual results may differ materially from those projected. AtriCure undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement AtriCure’s condensed consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, AtriCure uses certain non-GAAP financial measures in this release as supplemental financial metrics. Non-GAAP financial measures provide an indication of performance excluding certain items. Our management believes that in order to properly understand short-term and long-term financial trends, investors may wish to consider the impact of these excluded items in addition to GAAP measures. The excluded items vary in frequency and/or impact on our continuing operations and our management believes that the excluded items are typically not reflective of our ongoing core business operations. Further, management uses results of operations before these excluded items as a basis for its strategic planning. The non-GAAP financial measures used by AtriCure may not be the same or calculated the same as those used by other companies. Reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures used in this release to the most comparable GAAP measures for the respective periods can be found in tables later in this release. Non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for AtriCure’s financial results prepared and reported in accordance with GAAP.

ATRICURE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
       
Three Months Ended December 31, Twelve Months Ended December 31,
2011 2010 2011 2010
 
Revenue $ 16,763,697 $ 16,388,963 $ 64,402,409 $ 59,006,188
Cost of revenue   5,022,972     4,082,993     17,405,985     13,618,454  
Gross profit 11,740,725 12,305,970 46,996,424 45,387,734
 
Operating expenses:
Research and development expenses 2,964,424 3,513,406 11,856,821 11,530,820
Selling, general and administrative expenses   10,470,922     9,030,330     39,870,139     37,048,715  
Total operating expenses   13,435,346     12,543,736     51,726,960     48,579,535  
 
Loss from operations (1,694,621 ) (237,766 ) (4,730,536 ) (3,191,801 )
 
Other (expense) income   (380,033 )   268,597     (694,079 )   (580,772 )
 
Loss before income tax expense (2,074,654 ) 30,831 (5,424,615 ) (3,772,573 )
 
Income tax expense   (4,814 )   (19,287 )   (30,888 )   (19,050 )
 
Net (loss) income $ (2,079,468 ) $ 11,544   $ (5,455,503 ) $ (3,791,623 )
 
Basic and diluted net loss per share $ (0.13 ) $ 0.00   $ (0.35 ) $ (0.25 )
 

Weighted average shares used in computing net loss per common share:

Basic and diluted   15,860,646     15,206,758     15,671,993     15,095,250  
 
ATRICURE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
   
December 31, December 31,
2011 2010
Assets
 
Current assets:
Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments $ 14,182,666 $ 12,570,737
Accounts receivable 9,513,894 9,480,064
Inventories 6,563,138 5,680,033
Other current assets   933,028     2,917,571  
Total current assets 31,192,726 30,648,405
 
Property and equipment, net 2,350,760 2,723,227
Intangible assets 44,791 89,375
Other assets   270,613     254,707  
Total assets $ 33,858,890   $ 33,715,714  
 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
 
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 9,265,964 $ 10,841,921
Current maturities of debt and capital lease obligations   1,542,848     2,193,356  
Total current liabilities 10,808,812 13,035,277
 
Long-term debt and capital lease obligations 4,925,775 661,624
Other liabilities   2,509,599     3,282,883  
Total liabilities 18,244,186 16,979,784
 
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock 16,369 15,664
Additional paid-in capital 118,852,948 114,402,234
Other comprehensive (loss) income (37,517 ) 79,625
Accumulated deficit   (103,217,096 )   (97,761,593 )
Total stockholders' equity 15,614,704 16,735,930
   
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 33,858,890   $ 33,715,714  
 
ATRICURE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
   
Twelve Months Ended December 31,
2011 2010
 
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net loss $ (5,455,503 ) $ (3,791,623 )

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:

Share-based compensation 2,938,988 2,771,850
Depreciation and amortization 1,922,148 2,363,284

Write-off of deferred financing costs and discount on long-term debt

153,101 -

Amortization of deferred financing costs and discount on long-term debt

118,623 296,379
Gain on sale of assets (243,585 ) (36,604 )
Amortization/accretion on investments 61,256 -
Change in allowance for doubtful accounts 28,183 (16,404 )
Changes in assets and liabilities
Accounts receivable (198,947 ) (2,299,937 )
Inventories (923,512 ) (850,147 )
Other current assets (16,986 ) 525,107
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (188,397 ) 656,210
Other non-current assets and liabilities   (181,795 )   348,451  
Net cash used in operating activities (1,986,426 ) (33,434 )
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases of available-for-sale securities (12,649,107 ) (11,124,852 )
Maturities of available-for-sale securities 16,506,154 9,598,491
Purchases of equipment (1,522,311 ) (1,813,812 )
Net proceeds from the sale of assets   389,476     5,238  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities 2,724,212 (3,334,935 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from borrowings of debt 7,500,000 -
Payments on debt and capital leases (4,046,497 ) (2,227,431 )
Proceeds from stock option exercises 1,588,065 353,356
Payment of debt fees (80,930 ) (67,619 )

Proceeds from issuance of common stock under employee stock purchase plan

669,048 498,520
Shares repurchased for payment of taxes on stock awards   (782,506 )   -  
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 4,847,180 (1,443,174 )
 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   (56,772 )   136,827  
 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 5,528,194 (4,674,716 )
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period   4,230,709     8,905,425  
Cash and cash equivalents - end of period $ 9,758,903   $ 4,230,709  
 
ATRICURE, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP RESULTS TO NON-GAAP RESULTS
(Unaudited)
       
 
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Adjusted Earnings (Adjusted EBITDA)
 
Three Months Ended December 31, Twelve Months Ended December 31,
2011 2010 2011 2010
 
Net (loss) income, as reported $ (2,079,468 ) $ 11,544 $ (5,455,503 ) $ (3,791,623 )
Income tax expense 4,814 19,287 30,888 19,050
Other expense (income) (a) 380,033 (268,597 ) 694,079 580,772
Depreciation and amortization expense 429,700 587,585 1,922,148 2,363,284
Share-based compensation expense   689,597     627,751     2,938,988     2,771,850  
Non-GAAP adjusted (loss) earnings (adjusted EBITDA) $ (575,324 ) $ 977,570   $ 130,600   $ 1,943,333  
 
 
Three Months Ended December 31, Twelve Months Ended December 31,
(a) Other includes: 2011 2010 2011 2010
 
Net interest expense $ (160,894 ) $ (179,652 ) $ (798,498 ) $ (839,354 )
(Loss) gain due to exchange rate fluctuation (123,729 ) (645 ) 30,081 (171,221 )
Non-employee stock option (expense) income (38,035 ) (93,341 ) 22,649 (164,959 )
Other income   (57,375 )   542,235     51,689     594,762  
Other (expense) income $ (380,033 ) $ 268,597   $ (694,079 ) $ (580,772 )
 

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AtriCure, Inc.
Julie A. Piton, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, 513-755-4561
jpiton@atricure.com

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AtriCure, Inc.
Julie A. Piton, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, 513-755-4561
jpiton@atricure.com