News Release

May 7, 2020

Neovasc Announces First Quarter Financial Results

Promotes John Panton to Chief Quality Officer

 

NASDAQ, TSX: NVCN

VANCOUVER and MINNEAPOLIS, May 7, 2020 – Neovasc Inc. (“Neovasc” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ, TSX: NVCN), a leader in the development of minimally invasive transcatheter mitral valve replacement technologies, and minimally invasive devices for the treatment of refractory angina, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020.

 

First Quarter Highlights
 

  • FDA formally accepted Reducer PMA application
  • Renewal of NUB Status 1 reimbursement for Neovasc ReducerTM (“Reducer”) in Germany
  • Achieved the design freeze for Tiara TF
  • COVID 19 impacted Reducer implants in March
  • Nasdaq extension for compliance with the $35 million minimum market value of listed securities (“MVLS”) requirement received until August 17, 2020

 

“First and foremost, our thoughts go out to all affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we thank the medical personnel and first responders working around the clock.  Neovasc had another solid quarter advancing its value creation strategies and continuing the turnaround of the business,” said Fred Colen, Chief Executive Officer.   “We continued to focus on the commercialization of the Reducer in Europe, and the PMA submitted to the FDA for US market approval was accepted in January.  We are pursuing the CE mark in Europe for the Tiara TA device, and we reached design freeze for our next generation transfemoral Tiara TF.  On May 1 we received notice from the Nasdaq Hearings Panel that we have received an extension up until August 17, 2020 to evidence our compliance with the $35 million minimum MVLS requirement.  We again thank our shareholders for their continued support. The building blocks we put in place during 2019 had begun to yield results in 2020 before the COVID pandemic markedly slowed Reducer implant volumes.  We nevertheless believe that we will regain our momentum as hospitals resume elective procedures.”

 

Financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020

Revenues in the quarter decreased 9% to $532,895 for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to revenues of $585,793 for the same period in 2019.  The first quarter revenues were negatively impacted by the COVID crisis in mid-March.

 

The cost of goods sold for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was $124,563 compared to $143,994 for the same period in 2019. The overall gross margin for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was 77%, compared to 75% gross margin for the same period in 2019. The Company continues to focus on Germany where the Company sells the Reducer direct for higher margins.

 

Total expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2020 were $7,564,437 compared to $7,289,127 for 2019, representing an increase of $275,310 or 4%.  The increase in total expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to 2019 can be substantially explained by a $283,443 increase in product development and clinical trial expenses as the Company continues to incur development and clinical costs related to Tiara and regulatory costs related to Tiara and Reducer.

 

The operating losses and comprehensive losses for the three months ended March 31, 2020 were $7,156,105 and $2,673,406, respectively, or $0.38 basic and diluted loss per share, as compared with $6,847,328 operating losses and  $7,918,822 comprehensive loss, or $0.21 basic and diluted earnings per share, for the same period in 2019. The increase of $308,777 in operating losses can be explained by the increase in product development and clinical trial expenses.

 

The $5,245,416 decrease in the comprehensive loss incurred for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to the same period in 2019 can be substantially explained by a $4,557,260 increase in income related to the accounting treatment of the 2017 Notes and 2019 Notes, offset by a $741,632 increase in other comprehensive income.

 

John Panton Appointed to Chief Quality Officer (“CQO”)

The Company has appointed John Panton, formerly the VP, Quality to CQO effective May 6, 2020.  The Company would like to thank John for his hard work and dedication and look forward to his future involvement.

 

Conference Call and Webcast information

Neovasc will be hosting a conference call and audio webcast today at 4:30 pm ET to discuss these results.

 

Domestic:                  1-888-204-4368

International:             1-856-344-9299

 

Parties wishing to access the call via webcast should use the link in the Investors section of the Neovasc website at https://www.neovasc.com/investors/

 

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 Reducer, for the treatment of refractory angina, which is not currently commercially available in the United States and has been commercially available in Europe since 2015, and Tiara, for the transcatheter treatment of mitral valve disease, which is currently under clinical investigation in the United States, Canada, Israel and Europe. For more information, visit: www.neovasc.com.

 

NEOVASC INC.

Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

(Expressed in U.S. dollars) (Unaudited)

 

    March 31, December 31,
    2020 2019
   
ASSETS    
  Current assets    
    Cash and cash equivalents $ 7,042,344 5,292,833
    Accounts receivable   741,034 715,696
    Finance lease receivable   88,951 86,764
    Inventory   806,717 618,650
    Research and development supplies   424,887 671,845
    Prepaid expenses and other assets   546,492 630,042
  Total current assets   9,650,425 8,015,830
   
Non-current assets    
    Restricted cash   424,821 462,874
    Right-of-use asset   627,818 720,473
    Finance lease receivable   115,615 138,690
    Property, plant and equipment   743,400 767,973
  Total non-current assets   1,911,654 2,090,010
   
Total assets $ 11,562,079 10,105,840
   
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY    
  Liabilities    
  Current liabilities    
   Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 6,611,950 7,794,456
   Lease liabilities   386,479 436,352
   2017 Convertible Notes   3,783,494 5,400,189
   2019 Convertible Notes   1,304,784 1,090,561
  Total current liabilities   12,086,707 14,721,558
   
  Non-Current Liabilities    
    Accrued liabilities   1,211,561 1,186,601
    Lease liabilities   404,705 468,527
    2019 Convertible Notes   5,149,974 8,174,919
Total non-current liabilities   6,766,240 9,830,047
   
Total liabilities $ 18,852,947 24,551,605
   
  Equity    
    Share capital $ 335,439,896 328,460,681
    Contributed surplus   32,615,313 29,766,225
    Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (4,702,322) (6,140,507)
    Deficit   (370,643,755) (366,532,164)
  Total equity   (7,290,868) (14,445,765)
   
Total liabilities and equity $ 11,562,079 10,105,840

 

NEOVASC INC.

Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Loss and Comprehensive Loss

For the three months ended March 31,

(Expressed in U.S. dollars) (Unaudited)

  2020 2019
   
REVENUE $                  532,895 $                 585,793
COST OF GOODS SOLD (124,563) (143,994)
GROSS PROFIT 408,332 441,799
 
EXPENSES  
Selling expenses 553,529 368,233
General and administrative expenses 2,487,502 2,680,931
Product development and clinical trials expenses 4,523,406 4,239,963
7,564,437 7,289,127
 
OPERATING LOSS (7,156,105) (6,847,328)
 
OTHER (EXPENSE)/INCOME  
Interest income 33,669 35,130
Interest expense 29,336 (31,421)
Impairment on right-of-use asset (260,616)
Gain/(loss) on foreign exchange (651) 20,518
Unrealized gain/(loss) on derivative warrant  
  liability from financing and convertible notes 3,132,982 (781,621)
Realized loss on exercise of warrants and convertible notes (143,750) (786,407)
3,051,586 (1,804,417)
LOSS BEFORE TAX (4,104,519) (8,651,745)
   
Tax (expense)/recovery (7,072) 36,370
LOSS FOR THE PERIOD $       (4,111,591) $        (8,615,375)
 
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE PERIOD  
Fair market value changes in convertible notes due to changes  
  in own credit risk 1,438,185 696,553
LOSS AND OTHER COMPREHENSIVE LOSS FOR THE PERIOD   $       (2,673,406) $        (7,918,822)
 
LOSS PER SHARE  
Basic and diluted loss per share $                (0.38) $                 (0.21)

 

 

Investors

Mike Cavanaugh

Westwicke/ICR

Phone: +1.646.877.9641

Mike.Cavanaugh@westwicke.com

 

Media

Sean Leous

Westwicke/ICR

Phone: +1.646.677.1839

Sean.Leous@icrinc.com

 

Forward-Looking Statement Disclaimer

Certain statements in this news release contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws that may not be based on historical fact, including without limitation statements containing the words “believe”, “may”, “plan”, “will”, “estimate”, “continue”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “expect” and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements may involve, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the impact of COVID-19 on the Company’s operations including the belief that the Company will regain its momentum as hospitals resume elective procedures and the growing cardiovascular marketplace. 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 the possibility that the Company’s common shares may be delisted from the Nasdaq Capital Market or the Toronto Stock Exchange, including Nasdaq’s discretionary public interest authority to apply more stringent criteria for continued listing or suspend or delist securities, which could affect their market price and liquidity; the substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern; risks relating to the Notes issued pursuant to the November 2017 private placement (the “2017 Financing”), resulting in significant dilution to the Company’s shareholders; risks relating to the Company’s need for significant additional future capital and the Company’s ability to raise additional funding; risks relating to cashless exercise and adjustment provisions in the Notes issued pursuant to the 2017 Financing, which could make it more difficult and expensive for the Company to raise additional capital in the future and result in further dilution to investors; risks relating to the sale of a significant number of common shares of the Company; risks relating to the conversion of the senior secured convertible Notes issued pursuant to the 2017 Financing, which may encourage short sales by third parties; risks relating to the Company’s conclusion that it did not have effective internal control over financial reporting as at December 31, 2018; risks relating to the Company’s Common Share price being volatile; risks relating to the influence of significant shareholders of the Company over the Company’s business operations and share price; risks relating to the Company’s significant indebtedness, and its effect on the Company’s financial condition; risks relating to claims by third parties alleging infringement of their intellectual property rights; risks relating to lawsuits that the Company is subject to, which could divert the Company’s resources and result in the payment of significant damages and other remedies; the Company’s ability to establish, maintain and defend intellectual property rights in the Company’s products; risks relating to results from clinical trials of the Company’s products, which may be unfavorable or perceived as unfavorable; the Company’s history of losses and significant accumulated deficit; risks associated with product liability claims, insurance and recalls; risks relating to use of the Company’s products in unapproved circumstances, which could expose the Company to liabilities; risks relating to competition in the medical device industry, including the risk that one or more of the Company’s competitors may develop more effective or more affordable products; risks relating to the Company’s ability to achieve or maintain expected levels of market acceptance for the Company’s products, as well as the Company’s ability to successfully build its in-house sales capabilities or secure third-party marketing or distribution partners; the Company’s ability to convince public payors and hospitals to include the Company’s 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 the Company’s products and trials by governmental authorities, as well as the cost and time delays associated therewith; risks associated with post-market regulation of the Company’s products; health and safety risks associated with the Company’s products and industry; risks associated with the Company’s manufacturing operations, including the regulation of the Company’s manufacturing processes by governmental authorities and the availability of two critical components of the Reducer; risk of animal disease associated with the use of the Company’s products; risks relating to the manufacturing capacity of third-party manufacturers for the Company’s products, including risks of supply interruptions impacting the Company’s ability to manufacture its own products; risks relating to the Company’s dependence on limited products for substantially all of the Company’s current revenues; risks relating to the Company’s exposure to adverse movements in foreign currency exchange rates; risks relating to the possibility that the Company could lose its foreign private issuer status under U.S. federal securities laws; risks relating to breaches of antibribery laws by the Company’s employees or agents; risks associated with future changes in financial accounting standards and new accounting pronouncements; risks relating to the Company’s dependence upon key personnel to achieve its business objectives; the Company’s ability to maintain strong relationships with physicians; risks relating to the sufficiency of the Company’s 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; risks relating to the Company’s ability to successfully identify and complete corporate transactions on favorable terms or achieve anticipated synergies relating to any acquisitions or alliances; risks relating to the Company’s ability to successfully enter into fundamental transactions as defined in the Notes issued pursuant to the 2017 Financings; anti-takeover provisions in the Company’s constating documents which could discourage a third party from making a takeover bid beneficial to the Company’s shareholders; and risks relating to conflicts of interests among the Company’s officers and directors as a result of their involvement with other issuers. These risk factors and others relating to the Company are discussed in greater detail in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 20-F and in the Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the three months ended March 31, 2020 (copies of which may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov). The Company has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements beyond required periodic filings with securities regulators, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.