Amedica Corporation (NASDAQ:AMDA), a company that develops and commercializes silicon nitride ceramics as a biomaterial platform, is pleased to announce that it has regained compliance with Nasdaq’s minimum bid price requirement. On February 8, 2016, the Company received a letter from the Nasdaq Listing Qualifications department stating that because the Company’s closing bid price of its common shares has been at $1.00 per share or greater for 10 consecutive trading days, the Company has regained compliance with the minimum bid price requirement under Listing Rule 5450(a)(1).
Additionally, Amedica provided select preliminary 2015 year-end financial results. The Company has made significant advancements in its ongoing initiative toward improving its capitalization table, capitalization, and operational structure. The Company anticipates that its full year 2015 financials will represent a positive trajectory change in its fourth quarter sales, resulting in annual sales finishing the year at the high end of the Company’s previously stated guidance of $19.0-$19.5 million. The Company also expects to report operational cash burn reductions in excess of 30% as compared to the prior year period. As of February 9, 2016, the Company has approximately 11.3 million shares of common stock outstanding and approximately 12.2 million shares on a fully diluted basis.
“2015 was transformative for Amedica,” said Dr. Sonny Bal, Chairman and CEO. “We were able to resolve the variability in our capitalization table and consolidate our share structure along with positioning ourselves to continue the trajectory from our fourth-quarter sales into 2016. We’ve built strong momentum during the second half of 2015 to become a leading biomaterials company focused on commercialization and development of our silicon nitride ceramic biomaterial for spine, hip, knee, dental and other applications. Our performance reflects the strength of our hybrid sales model, a commitment to continued innovation, and the competitive advantage of our research and development team. We are seeing solid results from our investment in innovation, a newly energized sales force, and a re-engagement with the medical and surgical community.”
2016 Preliminary Outlook
The Company anticipates a continued decrease in annual operational cash burn in 2016, improving an additional 40-50% from prior-year levels. Also, the Company expects to finalize agreements with four additional private-label or OEM partners, as well as providing three new spine solution offerings – a composite cervical interbody fusion device, an enhanced lateral lumber interbody solution, and a next-generation cannulated pedicle screw system.
These preliminary, unaudited financial results regarding the Company’s 2015 annual sales and operational cash burn reductions for the year ending December 31, 2015, are based on current expectations and are subject to quarter-end closing adjustments, as actual results may differ. The Company intends to report complete fourth-quarter and full-year 2015 financial results in early March.
Dr. Bal continued, “Management is also pleased to announce that we’ve passed the administrative review process on our 510(k) submission to the FDA for our novel silicon nitride composite interbody fusion device. We’re currently in the clinical review process with the FDA and have recently received questions regarding our 24-month clinical data. We hope to provide another update in the near future regarding our responses to the FDA questions. Going forward, Amedica will continue our unrelenting focus on innovation, improving operational efficiencies and scaling our hybrid sales model to deliver enhanced value for our shareholders, while continuing to transform healthcare with our revolutionary silicon nitride technology platform.” (Original Source)
Shares of Amedica closed yesterday at $2.91. AMDA has a 1-year high of $13.20 and a 1-year low of $1.16. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $1.97 and its 200-day moving average is $4.19.
On the ratings front, Needham analyst Michael Matson reiterated a Buy rating on AMDA, with a price target of $15, in a report issued on November 13. The current price target represents a potential upside of 415.5% from where the stock is currently trading. According to TipRanks.com, Matson has a total average return of -6.6%, a 35.7% success rate, and is ranked #3299 out of 3556 analysts.
Amedica Corp s a commercial-stage biomaterial company. It is engaged in using its silicon nitride technology platform to develop, manufacture & commercialize medical devices. Its products include valeo interbody fusion devices & facet fixation.