Company Update (OTCBB:EKSO): Ekso Bionics Holding Reports Third Quarter 2015 Financial Results


Ekso Bionics Holding (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. (Original Source)

Shares of Ekso Bionics Holding closed today at $1.26, up $0.01 or 1.20%. EKSO has a 1-year high of $2.34 and a 1-year low of $0.93. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $1.20 and its 200-day moving average is $1.32.

Ekso Bionics Holdings Inc designs, develops and sells wearable bionic human exoskeletons that have applications in healthcare, industrial, military, and consumer markets.