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Neovasc Announces Results for the Second Quarter of 2017

12:10 EDT 10 Aug 2017 | PR Newswire

NASDAQ, TSX: NVCN

VANCOUVER, Aug. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - Neovasc Inc. ("Neovasc" or the "Company") (NASDAQ, TSX: NVCN) today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017 (all figures in U.S. dollars unless otherwise indicated).

"For both the Tiara and Reducer, the quarter saw consistent progress across North America and Europe," commented Neovasc CEO, Alexei Marko. "As we get closer to key decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals, our regulatory and commercial teams are gaining momentum from both the clinical and commercial results our innovative cardiovascular products are producing."

The Company's proprietary product for treating mitral valve disease, the Tiara™ ("Tiara"), continues to perform well and has now been used to treat 33 patients under early feasibility, compassionate use and clinical study protocols across North America and Europe. The 30-day survival rate for those treated more than 30 days ago is 88%. The longest surviving patient treated with Tiara is now almost three and half years' post implant. The Company added additional sites to its CE Mark trial during the quarter with UK approval, and is in the process of adding additional sites in Italy, Germany and the U.S.  

Implant procedures of the Neovasc Reducer™ ("Reducer"), the Company's innovative device to treat refractory angina continued to grow during the quarter. Since launch in 2015, close to 500 devices have been implanted at more than 73 centres and the Company is now actively selling in 12 countries. The Company is also in advanced discussions with the FDA to gain approval for a pivotal U.S. study for Reducer.

Results for the quarters ended June 30, 2017 and 2016

RevenuesRevenues decreased 24% to $1,305,136 for the three months ended June 30, 2017, compared to revenues of $1,710,932 for the same period in 2016. The Company continues to focus its business away from its traditional revenue streams towards development and commercialization of its own products, the Reducer and the Tiara.  Sales of the Reducer for the three months ended June 30, 2017 were $247,555, compared to $246,122 for the same period in 2016, representing an increase of 1%.

During the three months ended June 30, 2017 there was an overstocking of the Reducer at certain distributors in Europe and as a result quarterly purchases were not made by those distributors.  The Company is closely monitoring Reducer revenue growth and may see some volatility on a quarterly basis due to distributor purchase patterns. The Company continues to see a significant increase in the underlying implant rate year over year. The continued success of the commercialization of the Reducer will be dependent on the amount of internal resources allocated to the product, obtaining appropriate reimbursement codes in various territories and correctly managing the referrals process.

Contract manufacturing revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2017 were $152,717, compared to $240,837 for the same period in 2016, representing a decrease of 37%. The decrease in revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2017 compared to the same period in 2016 is primarily due to the loss of Boston Scientific Corporation ("Boston Scientific") as a customer. In December 2016, the Company entered into an agreement for Boston Scientific to acquire the Company's advanced biologic tissue capabilities and certain manufacturing assets in exchange for a 15% equity investment in Neovasc, for a total of $75 million in cash. Under the terms of the approximate $68 million asset purchase agreement the Company has been granted a license to the purchased trade secrets and know-how and access to the sold facilities to allow it to continue its tissue and valve assembly activities for its remaining customers, and continue its own tissue-related programs, including advancing the Tiara through its clinical and regulatory pathways.  The Company believes that going forward contract manufacturing revenues will be derived from a smaller customer base as the transcatheter aortic valve market matures.

Revenues from consulting services for the three months ended June 30, 2017 were $904,864, compared to $1,223,973 for the same period in 2016, representing a decrease of 26%. The loss is indicative of the trend the Company is seeing in consulting service revenue. The Company anticipates that its consulting services revenue will decline in the long-term as its consulting customers continue to transition to becoming contract manufacturing customers or cease to be customers at all.

Cost of Goods SoldThe cost of goods sold for the three months ended June 30, 2017 was $872,703, compared to $1,391,708 for the same period in 2016. The overall gross margin for the three months ended June 30, 2016 was 33%, compared to 19% gross margin for the same period in 2016.  The Company has seen its gross margins increase due to a change in the product mix as Reducer revenues reflect an increasing proportion of the overall revenues.

ExpensesTotal expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2017 were $6,728,381, compared to $13,313,333 for the same period in 2016, representing a decrease of $6,584,952 or 49%. The decrease in total expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2017 compared to the same period in 2016 reflects a $5,173,905 reduction in general and administrative expenses (of which $5,184,935 relates to a decrease in litigation expenses) and a $1,454,255 decrease in product development and clinical trial expenses to advance the Tiara and the Reducer development programs.

Selling expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2017 were $224,382, compared to $181,174 for the same period in 2016, representing an increase of $43,208, or 24%. The increase in selling expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2017 compared to the same period in 2016 reflects an increase in costs incurred for commercialization activities related to the Reducer. The Company continues to minimize its selling expenses in the light of ongoing litigation costs and the impact of litigation on the Company.

General and administrative expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2017 were $2,253,219, compared to $7,427,124 for the same period in 2016, representing a decrease of $5,173,905 or 70%. The decrease in general and administrative expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2017 compared to the same period in 2016 can be substantially explained by a $5,184,935 decrease in litigation expenses.

Product development and clinical trial expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2017 were $4,250,780, compared to $5,705,035 for the same period in 2016, representing a decrease of $1,454,255 or 25%. The decrease in product development and clinical trial expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2017 was due to a $840,671 decrease in other expenses as the Company focused on clinical activities and slowed product development activities to preserve cash resources.

Other Income and LossThe other income for the three months ended June 30, 2017 was $1,012,926, compared to a loss of $70,648,431 for the same period in 2016, an increase in other income of $71,667,357.  The increase in the other income can be substantially explained by a $70 million decrease in the charge for the damages provision related to the litigation with CardiAQ Valve Technologies Inc. ("CardiAQ").  Included within other income for the three months ended June 30, 2017 is a charge of $214,239 for post-judgment interest on the damages provision (see "Trends, Risks and Uncertainties" and "Contractual Obligations and Contingencies" in the Company's second quarter Management Discussion and Analysis), (2016: $nil).

LossesThe operating losses and comprehensive losses for the three months ended June 30, 2017 were $5,341,308 and $6,097,512, respectively, or $0.07 basic and diluted loss per share, as compared with losses of $83,692,460 and $83,064,254, or $1.25 basic and diluted loss per share for the same period in 2016. The $78,351,152 decrease in the operating loss incurred for the three months ended June 30, 2017 compared to the same period in 2016 consists of a $70 million damages provision related to the jury award against the Company in its litigation with CardiAQ charged in the three months ended June 30, 2016, a $5,173,905 reduction in general and administrative expenses (of which $5,184,935 relates to a decrease in litigation expenses) and a $1,454,255 decrease in product development and clinical trial expenses (as the Company manages its cash resources). Litigation expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2017 represent a loss of $0.01 basic and diluted loss per share compared to a loss of $0.09 basic and diluted loss per share for the same period in 2016.  The contingent liability for the three months ended June 30, 2016 represent a loss of $1.05 basic and diluted loss per share. To date, the Company has incurred significant costs in defending itself in lawsuits filed by CardiAQ. Total litigation expenses since the initial claims were filed in June 2014 are approximately $22.5 million and the Company expects that it may require an additional $0.5 million to cover additional litigation expenses related to the U.S. appeal and an additional $1.0 million related to the ongoing appeal in Germany.

Discussion of Liquidity and Capital ResourcesNeovasc finances its operations and capital expenditures with cash generated from operations and equity financings.  As at June 30, 2017 the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $11,580,940 compared to cash and cash equivalents of $22,954,571 as at December 31, 2016. The Company's working capital deficit is $29,777,487 as at June 30, 2017 compared to a working capital deficit of $17,497,931 as at December 31, 2016. Unless the Company is successful in an appeal of the verdict in the litigation with CardiAQ, or otherwise is successful in reducing the amount of the approximate $112 million damages award to an amount less than the $70 million held in escrow, the Company will require significant additional financing in order to pay the damages and to continue to operate its business. There can be no assurance that such financing will be available on favorable terms, or at all.

Cash used in operating activities for the three months ended June 30, 2017, was $3,892,764, compared to $11,049,955 for the same period in 2016. For the three months ended June 30, 2017, operating expenses were $4,686,615, compared to $12,870,083 for the same period in 2016, a decrease of $8,183,468.  This can substantially be explained by a decrease in litigation expenses of $5,184,935.

Net cash applied to investing activities for the three months ended June 30, 2017, was $229,265 compared to $225,951 in 2016.  In 2017, the Company invested in lease hold improvements for its new facility to replace the facilities sold to Boston Scientific in 2016.

Net cash provided by financing activities for the three months ended June 30, 2017, was $206,924, compared to $26,698 for the same period in 2016 from the proceeds of options.

The majority of the revenue and expenses of the Company are incurred in the parent and in one of its subsidiaries, Neovasc Medical Inc., both of which are Canadian companies. There were no significant restrictions on the transfer of funds between these entities and during the three months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016 the Company had no complications in transferring funds to and from its subsidiaries in Israel and the United States.

The Company is exposed to foreign currency fluctuations on $1,999,477 of its cash and cash equivalents held in U.S. dollars and Euros.

Going ConcernThe Company may be faced with significant monetary damages in the litigation with CardiAQ that could exceed its resources and/or the loss of intellectual property rights that could have a material adverse effect on the Company and its financial condition. These circumstances indicate the existence of material uncertainty and cast substantial doubt about the Company's ability to continue as a going concern.

Outstanding Share DataAs at August 10, 2017, the Company had 78,910,688 common voting shares issued and outstanding.  Further, the following securities are convertible into common shares of the Company: 9,256,824 stock options with a weighted average price of C$3.54. The fully diluted share capital of the Company at August 10, 2017 is 88,167,512.

The Company prepares its consolidated financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards, as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board.

Neovasc's second quarter 2017 financial statements and notes and its Management's Discussion and Analysis will be posted on the Company's website at www.neovasc.com and will be filed on SEDAR and EDGAR. In addition to the summary contained herein, readers are encouraged to review the full disclosure in Neovasc's second quarter 2017 financial statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis.

Conference Call and Webcast InformationNeovasc will be hosting a conference call today at 4:30 pm ET to discuss these results.  To participate in the conference, dial 888 390 0546 or 416 764 8688.  A recording of the call will be available for 72 hours by calling 888 390 0541 or 416 764 8677 and using passcode 773413#.  A link to the live and archived audio webcast of the conference call will also be available on the Presentations and Events page of the Investors section of Neovasc's website at www.neovasc.com.

NEOVASC INC.
Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Financial Position(Expressed in U.S. dollars) (Unaudited)

June 30,

December 31,

2017

2016

ASSETS

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

11,580,940

$

22,954,571

Cash held in escrow

70,190,184

70,000,000

Accounts receivable

1,512,689

3,117,474

Inventory

424,742

196,723

Prepaid expenses and other assets

919,800

505,340

Total current assets

84,628,355

96,774,108

Non-current assets

Restricted cash

462,360

449,760

Property, plant and equipment

1,787,762

1,585,635

Total non-current assets

2,250,122

2,035,395

Total assets

$

86,878,477

$

98,809,503

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Liabilities

Current liabilities

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$ 2,198,623

$ 2,490,943

Damages provision

112,207,219

111,781,096

Total current liabilities and total liabilities

114,405,842

114,272,039

Equity

Share capital

169,138,524

168,712,673

Contributed surplus

23,835,573

22,301,437

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(5,531,561)

(4,693,040)

Deficit

(214,969,901)

(201,783,606)

Total equity

(27,527,365)

(15,462,536)

Total liabilities and equity

$

86,878,477

$

98,809,503

NEOVASC INC.Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Loss and Comprehensive LossFor the three and six months ended June 30,
(Expressed in U.S. dollars) (Unaudited)

For the three months ended

June 30,

For the six months ended

June 30,

2017

2016

2017

2016

REVENUE

Reducer

$

247,555

$

246,122

$

508,320

$

459,887

Contract manufacturing

152,717

240,837

286,680

847,620

Consulting services

904,864

1,223,973

1,991,496

2,410,167

1,305,136

1,710,932

2,786,496

3,717,674

COST OF GOODS SOLD

872,703

1,391,708

1,681,331

2,837,352

GROSS PROFIT

432,433

319,224

1,105,165

880,322

EXPENSES

Selling expenses

224,382

181,174

411,550

346,021

General and administrative expenses

2,253,219

7,427,124

5,501,932

13,254,529

Product development and clinical trials expenses

4,250,780

5,705,035

9,304,303

9,787,822

6,728,381

13,313,333

15,217,785

23,388,372

OPERATING LOSS

(6,295,948)

(12,994,109)

(14,112,620)

(22,508,050)

OTHER INCOME/(EXPENSE)

Interest income

127,255

46,525

217,224

135,799

Interest on damages provision

(214,239)

-

(426,123)

-

Damages provision

-

(70,000,000)

-

(70,000,000)

Foreign exchange gain

4,644,823

(694,956)

3,289,162

(2,103,253)

Unrealized loss on damages provision

(3,544,913)

-

(2,039,038)

-

1,012,926

(70,648,431)

1,041,225

(71,967,454)

LOSS BEFORE TAX

(5,283,022)

(83,642,540)

(13,071,395)

(94,475,504)

Tax expense

(58,286)

(49,920)

(114,900)

(98,094)

LOSS FOR THE PERIOD

$

(5,341,308)

$

(83,692,460)

$

(13,186,295)

$

(94,573,598)

OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME/(LOSS) FOR THE PERIOD

Exchange difference on translation

2,788,709

628,206

1,200,517

3,917,642

Unrealized loss on damages provision

(3,544,913)

-

(2,039,038)

-

(756,204)

628,206

(838,521)

3,917,642

LOSS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS FOR THE

PERIOD

$

(6,097,512)

$

(83,064,254)

$

(14,024,816)

$

(90,655,956)

LOSS PER SHARE

Basic and diluted loss per share

$

(0.07)

$

(1.25)

$

(0.17)

$

(1.41)

NEOVASC INC.Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash FlowsFor the three and six months ended June 30,
(Expressed in U.S. dollars) (Unaudited)

For the three months ended

For the six months ended

June 30,

June 30,

2017

2016

2017

2016

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

Loss for the period

$

(5,341,308)

$

(83,692,460)

$

(13,186,295)

$

(94,573,598)

Adjustments for:

Depreciation

134,445

199,497

245,728

346,980

Share-based payments

373,843

669,405

1,735,520

1,230,989

Damages provision

214,239

70,000,000

426,123

70,000,000

Write-down accounts receivable

-

-

40,000

4,859

Income tax expense

59,421

-

116,035

-

Interest income

(127,255)

(46,525)

(217,224)

(135,799)

(4,686,615)

(12,870,083)

(10,840,113)

(23,126,569)

Net change in non-cash working capital items:

Accounts receivable

674,885

(130,686)

1,630,388

(173,935)

Inventory

46,571

(435,245)

(217,608)

(920,155)

Prepaid expenses and other assets

37,912

9,687

(389,780)

(255,207)

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

135,521

2,321,390

(373,337)

2,385,879

894,889

1,765,146

649,663

1,036,582

Interest received

13,862

54,982

103,831

136,320

Income tax paid

(114,900)

-

(114,900)

-

(101,038)

54,982

(11,069)

136,320

Net cash applied to operating activities

(3,892,764)

(11,049,955)

(10,201,519)

(21,953,667)

INVESTING ACTIVITES

Increase in cash held in escrow

(114,150)

-

(190,184)

-

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(115,115)

(225,951)

(390,341)

(531,536)

Net cash applied to investing activities

(229,265)

(225,951)

(580,525)

(531,536)

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

Proceeds from exercise of options

206,925

26,698

224,467

75,192

Net cash received from financing activities

206,925

26,698

224,467

75,192

NET CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

(3,915,104)

(11,249,208)

(10,557,577)

(22,410,011)

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

Beginning of the period

16,206,632

46,903,192

22,954,571

55,026,171

Exchange difference on cash and cash equivalents

(710,588)

623,809

(816,054)

3,661,633

End of the period

$   11,580,940

$   36,277,793

$   11,580,940

$   36,277,793

Represented by:

Cash

6,396,379

18,675,154

6,396,379

18,675,154

Cashable high interest savings accounts

5,184,561

17,602,639

5,184,561

17,602,639

$   11,580,940

$   36,277,793

$   11,580,940

$   36,277,793

About Neovasc Inc. 
Neovasc is a specialty medical device company that develops, manufactures and markets products for the rapidly growing cardiovascular marketplace.  Its products include the Neovasc Reducer™, for the treatment of refractory angina which is not currently available in the United States and has been available in Europe since 2015 and the Tiara™, for the transcatheter treatment of mitral valve disease, which is currently under investigation in the United States, Canada and Europe. The Company also sells a line of advanced biological tissue products that are used as key components in third-party medical products including transcatheter heart valves. For more information, visit: www.neovasc.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws relating to the Company's plans and expectations concerning its business, financial results, trends, litigation and other matters, including the Company's intentions and expectations relating to the CardiAQ litigation, significant monetary damages and required additional financing that may result from the CardiAQ litigation, the Company's ability to continue as a going concern, additional CardiAQ litigation expenses, the Company's intention to continue the European CE Mark trial and schedule additional cases and add additional sites in the coming months, the momentum of the Company's regulatory and commercial teams, increases in the implant rate of reducer, the decline of contract manufacturing and consulting revenues in future periods, the focus of the Company's business toward development and commercialization of its own products and the future success of the Company in advancing the standard of care and quality of life for its patients. The words "expect", "could", "may", "will", "believe", "continue", "remain", "strategy", and similar words or expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by the Company in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that the Company believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Many factors and assumptions could cause the Company's actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, risks relating to our litigation with CardiAQ, including the Company's ability to successfully appeal the validity of the awards as well as the ruling on inventorship, which create material uncertainty and which cast substantial doubt on our ability to continue as a going concern; the substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern; risks relating to our need for significant additional future capital and our ability to raise additional funding; risks relating to claims by third parties alleging infringement of their intellectual property rights; our ability to establish, maintain and defend intellectual property rights in our products; risks relating to results from clinical trials of our products, which may be unfavorable or perceived as unfavorable; our history of losses and significant accumulated deficit; risks associated with product liability claims, insurance and recalls; risks relating to competition in the medical device industry, including the risk that one or more competitors may develop more effective or more affordable products; risks relating to our ability to achieve or maintain expected levels of market acceptance for our products, as well as our ability to successfully build our in-house sales capabilities or secure third-party marketing or distribution partners; our ability to convince public payors and hospitals to include our products on their approved products lists; risks relating to new legislation, new regulatory requirements and the efforts of governmental and third party payors to contain or reduce the costs of healthcare; risks relating to increased regulation, enforcement and inspections of participants in the medical device industry, including frequent government investigations into marketing and other business practices; risks associated with the extensive regulation of our products and trials by governmental authorities, as well as the cost and time delays associated therewith; risks associated with post-market regulation of our products; health and safety risks associated with our products and our industry; risks associated with our manufacturing operations, including the regulation of our manufacturing processes by governmental authorities and the availability of two critical components of the Reducer; risk of animal disease associated with the use of our products; risks relating to the manufacturing capacity of third-party manufacturers for our products, including risks of supply interruptions impacting the Company's ability to manufacture its own products; risks relating to breaches of anti-bribery laws by our employees or agents; risks associated with future changes in financial accounting standards and new accounting pronouncements; our dependence upon key personnel to achieve our business objectives; our ability to maintain strong relationships with physicians; risks relating to the sufficiency of our management systems and resources in periods of significant growth; risks associated with consolidation in the health care industry, including the downward pressure on product pricing and the growing need to be selected by larger customers in order to make sales to their members or participants; our ability to successfully identify and complete corporate transactions on favorable terms or achieve anticipated synergies relating to any acquisitions or alliances; anti-takeover provisions in our constating documents which could discourage a third party from making a takeover bid beneficial to our shareholders; risks relating to conflicts of interests among the Company's officers and directors as a result of their involvement with other issuers; and risks relating to the influence of significant shareholders of the Company over our business operations and share price. These risk factors and others relating to the Company are discussed in greater detail in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's Annual Information Form, which is included in its Annual Report on Form 40-F, and Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (copies of which filings may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov).  These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on the Company's forward-looking statements.  The Company has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

SOURCE Neovasc Inc.

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