|Wright Medical Group N.V. Reports 2017 First Quarter Financial Results|
First Quarter 2017 Net Sales of
First Quarter 2017 Net Loss From Continuing Operations of
Launched PERFORM™ Reversed Glenoid Shoulder System
Completed U.S. Sales Force Expansion Ahead of Schedule
Company Reaffirms Previously Provided 2017 Annual Guidance
As a result of the previously announced sale of the large joints (hip/knee) business to
Net sales from continuing operations totaled
Palmisano continued, “In our U.S. lower extremities and biologics business, we saw outstanding growth of 28% in the most technologically advanced portions of our portfolio, which include AUGMENT, SALVATION and Total Ankle Replacement. Growth in the core lower extremities and biologics portfolio was significantly lower, partially due to the revenue dis-synergies in the quarter, which we anticipated. The key to improving our growth rates in this core lower extremities and biologics portfolio is our sales force expansion, which we have completed ahead of schedule. This accelerated implementation of our sales force expansion plan resulted in some short-term distraction in the first quarter that we expect will be offset in the second half of the year.”
Palmisano further commented, “We had outstanding gross margin performance of 79.0% as reported and 79.4% on a non-GAAP adjusted basis, in the first quarter and adjusted EBITDA margin expansion of 260 basis points, right on track with our plan for the year. We will continue to focus on improving our balance sheet and our cash flow throughout 2017 and expect to make significant progress on our specific
Net loss from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2017 totaled
The company’s net loss from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2017 included the after-tax effects of
The company's first quarter 2017 non-GAAP net loss from continuing operations, as adjusted for the above items, was
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash totaled
Palmisano concluded, “Today we are the leading Extremities-Biologics company in the world, both in terms of leading edge products and size. Through the remainder of the year, we intend to build on our lead. We are right on track with the key revenue growth drivers for 2017, and remain confident in our full-year guidance, which calls for annual constant currency growth of 12 to 14 percent, excluding the impacts of revenue dis-synergies, the Salto divestiture and the impact of the extra selling days. We continue to expect there will be strong acceleration in the second half of the year as we annualize the impact of the merger revenue dis-synergies and begin to realize the benefits from an expanded U.S. sales force and new product launches. In addition, I believe we are positioned well for future success and achieving our key financial goals of mid-teens constant currency net sales growth, gross margins in the high 70% range and non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA margins of approximately 20% three to four years post the close of the merger.”
The company continues to anticipate net sales for full-year 2017 of approximately
The midpoint of this net sales guidance range assumes constant currency growth of approximately 13%, excluding the negative impacts of revenue dis-synergies and Salto divestiture of 2%, and the approximately 1% positive impact of the extra selling days. Additionally, the company anticipates the second half of the year to grow faster than the first half of the year as it realizes the benefits from its new product launches and sales force expansion.
The company continues to anticipate full-year 2017 non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations, as described in the non-GAAP reconciliation provided later in this release, of
The company continues to anticipate non-GAAP adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations, including share-based compensation, as described in the non-GAAP to GAAP reconciliation provided later in this release, for full-year 2017 of
The company estimates approximately 105.1 million diluted weighted average ordinary shares outstanding for fiscal year 2017.
The company's non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations target is measured by adding back to net loss from continuing operations charges for interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization expenses, non-cash share-based compensation expense and non-operating income and expense. Additionally, the company’s adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations target excludes possible future acquisitions; other material future business developments; and due diligence, transaction and transition costs associated with acquisitions and divestitures. Further, this adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations target excludes any expenses, earnings or losses related to the divested large joints business, legacy Wright’s divested OrthoRecon business and legacy Tornier’s divested ankle replacement and silastic toe products.
The company’s non-GAAP adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations target is measured by adding back to net loss from continuing operations non-cash interest expense associated with the 2017, 2020 and 2021 convertible notes; due diligence, transaction and transition costs associated with acquisitions and divestitures; mark-to-market adjustments to CVRs; non-cash mark-to-market derivative adjustments; and charges for non-cash amortization expenses, net of taxes. Note that as a result of the company’s relatively low effective tax rate due to the valuation allowance impacting a substantial portion of the company’s income/loss, the company is currently estimating the tax effect on amortization expense at 0%. Further, this adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations target excludes possible future acquisitions; other material future business developments; and any expenses, earnings or losses related to the large joints business.
All of the historical non-GAAP financial measures used in this release are reconciled to the most directly comparable GAAP measures. With respect to the company’s 2017 financial guidance regarding non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations and non-GAAP adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations, however, the company cannot provide a quantitative reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP measures without unreasonable effort due to its inability to make accurate projections and estimates related to certain information needed to calculate some of the adjustments as described above, including the market driven fair value adjustments to CVRs and derivatives. The anticipated differences between these non-GAAP financial measures and the most directly comparable GAAP measure are described above qualitatively.
The company's anticipated ranges for net sales from continuing operations, non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations, and non-GAAP adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations are forward-looking statements, as are any other statements that anticipate or aspire to future events or performance. They are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause the company's actual results to differ materially from the anticipated targets. The anticipated targets are not predictions of the company's actual performance. See the cautionary information about forward-looking statements in the “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” section of this release.
Supplemental Financial Information
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The conference call may include a discussion of non-GAAP financial measures. Reference is made to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, the reconciliation of the differences between the two financial measures, and the other information included in this release, the Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the
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Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement the company’s consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, the company uses certain non-GAAP financial measures in this release. Reconciliations of the historical 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. Wright’s non-GAAP financial measures include net sales, excluding the impact of foreign currency; net income, as adjusted; EBITDA, as adjusted; gross margin, as adjusted; earnings, as adjusted; and earnings, as adjusted, per diluted share, in each case, from continuing operations. The company's management believes that the presentation of these measures provides useful information to investors. These measures may assist investors in evaluating the company's operations, period over period. Wright’s non-GAAP financial measures exclude such items as non-cash interest expense related to the company's 2017 convertible notes, 2020 convertible notes and 2021 convertible notes, net gains and losses on mark-to-market adjustments on and settlements of derivative assets and liabilities, write-off of unamortized debt discount and deferred financing charges following the partial settlement of 2017 convertible notes and 2020 convertible notes, mark-to-market adjustments on CVRs, and transaction and transition costs, all of which may be highly variable, difficult to predict and of a size that could have substantial impact on the company's reported results of operations for a period. It is for this reason that the company cannot provide without unreasonable effort a quantitative reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP measures for its 2017 financial guidance regarding non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations and non-GAAP adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations. Management uses the non-GAAP measures in this release internally for evaluation of the performance of the business, including the allocation of resources and the evaluation of results relative to employee performance compensation targets. Investors should consider non-GAAP financial measures only as a supplement to, not as a substitute for or as superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.
CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This release includes forward-looking statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “expect,” “intend,” “could,” “may,” “will,” “believe,” “estimate,” “look forward,” “forecast,” “goal,” “target,” “project,” “continue,” “outlook,” “guidance,” “future,” other words of similar meaning and the use of future dates. Forward-looking statements in this release include, but are not limited to, statements about the company’s anticipated financial results for 2017, including net sales from continuing operations, adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations and adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations; anticipated sales acceleration in the second half of the year and benefits from expanded U.S. sales force and new product launches, anticipated sales and cost synergies and dis-synergies and the timing thereof; the company’s expectations regarding the benefits of its merger with Tornier and integration efforts and progress; and the company’s ability to achieve its key financial goals. Forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain. Each forward-looking statement contained in this release is subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statement. Applicable risks and uncertainties include, among others, the failure to integrate the businesses and realize net sales synergies and cost savings from the merger with Tornier or delay in realization thereof; operating costs and business disruption as a result of the merger, including adverse effects on employee retention and sales force productivity and on business relationships with third parties; integration costs; actual or contingent liabilities; adverse effects of diverting resources and attention to providing transition services to the purchaser of the large joints business; the adequacy of the company’s capital resources and need for additional financing; the timing of regulatory approvals and introduction of new products; physician acceptance, endorsement, and use of new products; failure to achieve the anticipated benefits from approval of AUGMENT® Bone Graft; the effect of regulatory actions, changes in and adoption of reimbursement rates; product liability claims and product recalls; pending and threatened litigation; risks associated with the metal-on-metal master settlement agreement and the settlement agreement with the three settling insurers; risks associated with international operations and expansion; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; other business effects, including the effects of industry, economic or political conditions outside of the company’s control; reliance on independent distributors and sales agencies; competitor activities; changes in tax and other legislation; and the risks identified under the heading “Risk Factors” in Wright’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended
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