InspireMD Reports Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

-CGuard™ sales generated 24% YoY revenue growth-

-CGuard™ EPS received a positive opinion from the French National Authority  for Health (HAS) regarding reimbursement in France-

-$37.1 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term bank deposits as of September 30, 2021, provides runway into first half of 2023-

-Management to host Call & Webcast Today, November 9, 2021, at 8:30am ET-

 

Tel Aviv, Israel— November 9, 2021 – InspireMD, Inc. (Nasdaq: NSPR), developer of the CGuard™ Embolic Prevention System (EPS) for the prevention of stroke caused by the treatment of Carotid Artery Disease (CAD), today announced financial and operating results as of and for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021.

“This quarter has been extremely productive, and I am pleased to report our progress as we build momentum into the end of the year. On the commercial front, the successful expansion of CGuard™ into France represents further progress of our reimbursement initiative as well as growing global demand from physicians for our product when treating CAD,” explained Marvin Slosman, CEO of InspireMD. “Our performance this quarter has been particularly gratifying, both year over year and sequentially, as we continue to deliver growth in the use of CGuard EPS to prevent strokes and manage CAD.”

 

Third Quarter 2021 and Recent Highlights

  • Total CGuard EPS revenue for the third quarter of $1,031,000, an increase of 23.8% compared to the same period in 2020, showed growing procedural share and return to normalized procedure levels in most geographies as the COVID pandemic has waned. For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, CGuard revenue increased by 45.4% compared to the same period in 2020.
  • In November 2021, the Company announced a publications’ acceptance in the Journals of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), Randomized Controlled Trial of Conventional Versus MicroNet-Covered Stent in Carotid Artery Revascularization. This publication demonstrates the latest randomized trial of CGuard compared to first generation stents and supports the large and growing body of clinical and scientific evidence showing the superiority of the CGuard device in preventing brain embolization.
  • In October 2021, the Company announced that its CGuard EPS stent system had received a positive opinion from the National Commission for the Evaluation of Medical Devices and Health Technologies (CNEDIMTS) of the French National Authority for Health (HAS) regarding reimbursement in France. The CGuard EPS was also added to the list of reimbursed medical products (LPPR) at the end of October 2021 and will now receive this preferred status. CGuard carotid stent, is commercially established in 33 markets to date, adding France to our growing global expansion. 
  • In July 2021, InspireMD announced the first patients enrolled in its U.S. Registration
    C-Guardians IDE clinical trial at the Ballad Health Systems (Kingsport, TN) under the guidance of Principal Investigator Dr. Christopher Metzger.

    • To date enrollment continues to increase at all sites as familiarity of CGuard is employed across each hospital system. A total of 315 participants are expected in the Multicenter, Single-Arm, Pivotal Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of the CGuard Carotid Stent System
    • Currently 5 trial sites have been opened and are actively enrolling:

Avera Heart Hospital; Ballad CVA Heart Institute; Turkey Creek Medical Center; Ascension Seton of the Seton Heart Institute and Pinnacle Health Cardiovascular Institute

 

 “We are encouraged by our commercial momentum as measured by demand for CGuard EPS in our served markets, particularly in Europe. Our trial enrollment levels for the U.S. C-Guardians trial, which began this quarter, is on track and we expect the fourth quarter of 2021 to yield additional site approvals and patient enrollments. Furthermore, we are pleased by ongoing expansion discussions in Asia with partnership plans for Japan and Taiwan. We are building our organizational resources and talent to drive CGuard EPS to be the leading Carotid stent system in the market. Lastly, I want to reiterate that investment in our pipeline of innovative solutions continues as we advance toward regulatory approvals of two new delivery systems, capable of expanding CGuard’s market penetration and conversion of open surgery to endovascular procedures,” Mr. Slosman commented.


Financial Results for the Third Quarter ended September 30, 2021

 For the three months ended September 30, 2021, revenue increased by $91,000, or 9.3%, to $1,071,000, from $980,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2020.  This increase was predominantly driven by a 23.8% increase in sales volume of CGuard EPS from $833,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2020, to $1,031,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2021.  This sales increase was mainly due to the fact that in the three months ended September 30, 2021, procedures with CGuard EPS, which are generally scheduled for non-emergency cases, continued to return to normalized levels in additional territories as compared to the three months ended September 30, 2020, when procedures with CGuard EPS were still somewhat postponed as hospitals shifted resources to patients affected by COVID-19.  In addition, the sales increased due to sales related to stents used in our FDA clinical trial which occurred in the three months ended September 30, 2021, but not in the corresponding period in 2020.  The increase in sales of CGuard EPS was partially offset by a decrease of 72.8% in sales of MGuard Prime EPS from $147,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2020, to $40,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2021, driven by the predominant industry preferences favoring drug-eluting stents rather than bare metal stents such as MGuard Prime EPS in STEMI patients.     

For the three months ended September 30, 2021, gross profit (revenue less cost of revenues) decreased by $206,000, to $92,000, from $298,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2020. This decrease in gross profit resulted from a $136,000 increase in material and labor costs (mainly due to an increase in sales volume as well as a short-term increase in production cost per unit), an increase in write-offs of $66,000, due to components supply issues, a $57,000 increase in new employee training costs, and an increase of $38,000 in miscellaneous expenses during the three months ended September 30, 2021. This decrease was partially offset by a $91,000 increase in revenues mainly due to an increase in sales volume (as mentioned above). Gross margin (gross profits as a percentage of revenue) decreased to 8.6% during the three months ended September 30, 2021 from 30.4% during the three months ended September 30, 2020, driven by the reasons mentioned above.Total operating expenses for the quarter ended September 30, 2021 were $4,123,000, an increase of 65.4% compared to $2,493,000 for the same period in 2020.  This increase was primarily due to increases of $708,000 in expenses related to the commencement of the C-Guardians FDA study, $400,000 in salary expenses and related accrual expenses due to additional resources mainly in our product development and sales infrastructure, $151,000 in development expenses associated with CGuard EPS new delivery system and accessory solutions, $147,000  in share-based compensation-related expenses due to the recognition of grants made since August 31, 2020, $102,000 in sales and marketing expenses associated with expansion of existing and new markets, $81,000 of Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance expense due to increased premiums caused by recent trends in the overall insurance industry and $41,000 of miscellaneous expense.

For the three months ended September 30, 2021, financial expenses increased by 5.3%, or $2,000, to $40,000, from $38,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2020. Net loss for the third quarter of 2021 totaled $4,071,000, or $0.53 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $2,233,000, or $0.96 per basic and diluted share, for the same period in 2020. The average amount of shares outstanding used for the earnings per share calculation were 7,739,463 in the third quarter of 2021 and 2,325,619 in the third quarter of 2020, both adjusted to reflect the 1:15 reverse split effected by us on April 26, 2021.

As of September 30, 2021, cash, cash equivalents and short-term bank deposits were $37.1 million compared to $12.6 million as of December 31, 2020.

 

Conference Call and Webcast Details

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. ET

Domestic:                 877-407-4018

International:            201-689-8471

Conference ID:         13724012

Webcast:                  Webcast Link

 

About InspireMD, Inc.

 InspireMD seeks to utilize its proprietary MicroNet® technology to make its products the industry standard for carotid stenting by providing outstanding acute results and durable, stroke-free, long-term outcomes. InspireMD’s common stock is quoted on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol NSPR, and certain warrants are quoted on the Nasdaq under the symbol NSPRZ.

 

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements.” Such statements may be preceded by the words “intends,” “may,” “will,” “plans,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “projects,” “predicts,” “estimates,” “aims,” “believes,” “hopes,” “potential”, “scheduled” or similar words. For example, the company is using forward-looking statements when it discusses that its expansion of CGuard into France represents further progress of its reimbursement initiative as well as  growing global demand from physicians for its product when treating CAD, that the CGuard EPS will now receive this preferred status as a result of it being added to the list of reimbursed medical products (LPPR) at the end of October 2021, that its U.S. trial enrollment is on track, that it expects the fourth quarter of 2021 to yield additional site approvals and patient enrollments and that it continues to investment in its pipeline of innovative solutions continues as it advances toward regulatory approvals of two new delivery systems, capable of expanding CGuard’s market penetration and conversion of open surgery to endovascular procedures. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, are based on certain assumptions and are subject to various known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the company’s control, and cannot be predicted or quantified and consequently, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks and uncertainties associated with (i) market acceptance of our existing and new products, (ii) negative clinical trial results or lengthy product delays in key markets, (iii) an inability to secure regulatory approvals for the sale of our products, (iv) intense competition in the medical device industry from much larger, multinational companies, (v) product liability claims, (vi) product malfunctions, (vii) our limited manufacturing capabilities and reliance on subcontractors for assistance, (viii) insufficient or inadequate reimbursement by governmental and other third party payers for our products, (ix) our efforts to successfully obtain and maintain intellectual property protection covering our products, which may not be successful, (x) legislative or regulatory reform of the healthcare system in both the U.S. and foreign jurisdictions, (xi) our reliance on single suppliers for certain product components, (xii) the fact that we will need to raise additional capital to meet our business requirements in the future and that such capital raising may be costly, dilutive or difficult to obtain and (xiii) the fact that we conduct business in multiple foreign jurisdictions, exposing us to foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, logistical and communications challenges, burdens and costs of compliance with foreign laws and political and economic instability in each jurisdiction. More detailed information about the Company and the risk factors that may affect the realization of forward-looking statements is set forth in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Investors and security holders are urged to read these documents free of charge on the SEC’s web site at http://www.sec.gov. The Company assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

 Investor Contacts:

Craig Shore

Chief Financial Officer

InspireMD, Inc.

888-776-6804

craigs@inspiremd.com 

Chuck Padala, Managing Director
LifeSci Advisors
646-627-8390
chuck@lifesciadvisors.com

investor-relations@inspiremd.com