Interim results for the six months to 30 June 2021
Tissue Regenix Group (AIM:TRX) (“Tissue Regenix” or the “Group”), the regenerative medical devices company, announces its unaudited interim results for the six months to 30 June 2021.
· Group revenues increased by 12% to £6.8m (H1 2020: £6.1m, at 21% constant currency)
· Orthopaedic and Dental division recorded a 26% increase in revenues (37% constant currency) to £4.3m (H1 2020: £3.4m), driven by strong underlying performance in the US market
· Gross profit of £3.1m (H1 2020: £2.9m), delivered at a 46% gross margin (2020: 46%)
· EBITDA loss reduced 48% to £1.1m (H1 2020: £2.1m) due to sales growth and tight expense management
· Cash position of £6.6m (H1 2020: £13.7m)
· US product shipments increased by 44% in H1 2021 compared with the same period in 2020
· Restructuring of US commercial operations providing savings of US c.$350k in H1 2021
· Phase one expansion of the San Antonio facility completed on time and on budget
· Both government backed loans (part of the COVID-19 relief programme) have been forgiven
· Appointment of David Cocke as Chief Financial Officer
· Trevor Phillips and Brian Phillips appointed to the Board as Independent Non-Executive Directors
Post balance sheet events
· Two additional products added to the Biosurgery portfolio, DermaPure Mesh and VNEW®
Daniel Lee, Chief Executive Officer of Tissue Regenix Group plc, said: “I am proud of how the Group operated during a challenging 2020 and am encouraged by our strong H1 results, with the Group making good operational and commercial progress, as the world began its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The additions of Brian Phillips and Trevor Phillips to the Board, as well as David Cocke as CFO, have brought together a strong, commercially focussed team to drive Tissue Regenix forward as the Group builds momentum following the pandemic. I am delighted to welcome them to the Board and look forward to working with them as we broaden the Group’s portfolio and increase market penetration.
“I am incredibly pleased with the progress the Group has made in H1 2021 and look forward to this being further built on in H2. We are committed to creating long-term, sustainable value for shareholders and I am greatly encouraged by this promising set of results.”
Daniel Lee, Chief Executive Officer, and David Cocke, Chief Financial Officer, will be hosting a live online presentation relating to the interim results via the Investor Meet Company platform at 4.30pm today. The presentation is open to all existing and potential shareholders.
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Tissue Regenix Group plc
David Cocke, Chief Financial Officer
About Tissue Regenix ( www.tissueregenix.com )
Tissue Regenix is a leading medical devices company in the field of regenerative medicine. The company’s patented decellularisation (‘dCELL®’) technology removes DNA and other cellular material from animal and human soft tissue leaving an acellular tissue scaffold which is not rejected by the patient’s body and can then be used to repair diseased or worn-out body parts. Current applications address many critical clinical needs such as sports medicine, heart valve replacement and wound care.
In August 2017 Tissue Regenix acquired CellRight Technologies®, a biotech company that specializes in regenerative medicine and is dedicated to the development of innovative osteoinductive and soft tissue scaffolds that enhance healing opportunities of defects created by trauma and disease. CellRight’s human osteobiologics may be used in spine, trauma, general orthopaedic, foot & ankle, dental, and sports medicine surgical procedures.
Jonathan Glenn, Chairman
The first half of 2021 has been a period of strong recovery for the Group and one that has seen revenue growth and reduced losses, resulting in a business well-positioned for further growth as elective procedures recommence globally.
We have created a commercially focussed regenerative global medtech company in a high growth sector focused on soft tissues and bone, with a multi-billion dollar addressable market opportunity in the US alone. Our core product portfolio has two technology platforms:
· BioRinse® – natural bone filler solutions verified to be osteoinductive to stimulate and regenerate native bone growth
· dCELL® – used to produce allograft (DermaPure®) and xenograft (OrthoPure® XT) soft tissue products to promote healing and regeneration
These technologies have been used to create regenerative products with biosurgery, orthopaedics and dental applications.
Strong recovery in H1 2021
Following a challenging year in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Group has seen a strong recovery during H1 2021. Whilst the later release of lockdown restrictions in the UK and Europe led to a slower than anticipated return to normality, the Group has continued to work closely with its commercial partners to increase momentum and position the Group well for an expected increase in demand during H2 2021.
Revenues increased 12% (21% constant currency) to £6.8m (H1 2020 £6.2m) driven by the BioRinse portfolio which saw 26% (37% constant currency) year on year growth.
Operating loss for H1 2021 reduced to £1.6m (H1 2020: £2.5m) and the group also has a strong cash position of £6.6m (H1 2020: £13.7m).
With confirmation of my appointment as Non-Executive Chairman and a number of new Board appointments already announced in the first quarter of 2021, we now have a strong, commercially focussed Board and executive leadership in Danny and David, collectively committed to creating long-term sustainable value and growth of the Group through an increased portfolio offering and market penetration. I look forward to continuing to work alongside the Board as the Group continues to build momentum and as the economy continues to reopen.
Whilst some uncertainty remains about the pace of the economic recovery and specifically with the rise of the Delta variant leading to potential volatility in elective procedural activity in certain key markets, the Board believes the impact of this will be less than that experienced the previous year. The Board remains optimistic about the future growth of the business and is encouraged by the increase in sales in H1 as well as the progress made on the expansion of the Group’s product portfolio that is expected to deliver further growth and revenue opportunities in future periods. Completion of the Phase 1 facility expansion provides us with increased capacity to serve existing commercial partners and increase our market penetration, while providing flexibility in the timing of the Phase 2 expansion. The Board expects that the Phase 1 expansion will meet the Group’s BioRinse and dCELL production requirements over the short and medium term.
I look forward to updating shareholders on further progress in due course.
Daniel Lee, Chief Executive Officer
I am proud of how the Group operated during a challenging 2020 and our strong H1 2021 results are encouraging, with the Group making good operational and commercial progress as we have seen increasing vaccine distribution and global economic reopening and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
We ended the first half with year-on-year sales up 12% (21% constant currency) at £6.8m (H1 2020: £6.1m).
The BioRinse portfolio returned sales of £4.3m (H1 2020: £3.4m), a 26% increase on the comparative period (37% constant currency); indicating the return of demand for our diversified product portfolio as market conditions improved in the United States.
Sales of the dCell portfolio continued to be impacted during H1 2021 by the delayed return of applicable procedures in these surgical specialties due to the pandemic. Overall sales for the first six months of the year were down 12% (4% constant currency) to £1.5m (H1 2020: £1.7m).
In Germany, the business was impacted by the continued lockdown restrictions and the slower rollout of vaccines. The impact of this lockdown was demonstrated by flat sales (7% increase at constant currency) of £1.0m (H1 2020: £1.0m).
During this period, the business was able to grow in line with expectations as well as continuing to meet customer requirements. In 2020 our plans and activities for the Group positioned us well for the recommencement of elective procedures in 2021. The Group continues to develop new product and partnership opportunities, expand capacity through operational improvements and is well positioned to capitalise on additional opportunities in H2 2021.
Throughout the first six months of 2021 we were able to fully maintain operations at our facilities in the US, UK and Germany. In February, an unprecedented Texas winter storm impacted the San Antonio, Texas operation for almost two weeks due to the loss of power, water and supply chain delays; we implemented recovery measures which minimised any impact to our operations. Otherwise, our operations continued through the rest of the first half; we were able to respond to the resumption of demand and address any supply chain issues with minimal impact.
In January, we restructured our U.S. commercial operation to be more efficient and in-line with demand. In the initial six months of 2021, the overhead reduction as part of the restructuring, provided an additional US c.$350,000 in savings.
In 2020, we were the recipient of US Government backed loans which were provided as part of COVID-19 relief programmes and in 2021, we received official notification that both loans had been forgiven, as had been expected.
The Phase 1 expansion of our San Antonio facility, which was initiated in July 2020, was completed in H1 2021, on time and on budget. The expansion provides increased donor storage, final goods and distribution capacity and administrative space. Phase 1 also adds sterile packaging cleanroom space to our existing facility and provides 50 per cent. additional processing capacity for our growth plans. By staging our expansion, Phase 1 has given us the flexibility to initiate our Phase 2 plans through the addition of 10 more clean rooms at a later date, when the Board determines the Group is appropriately positioned to do so.
During the first half of the year, the Group worked closely with its commercial partners as businesses began to emerge from the pandemic. Our partners encountered numerous challenges during their “restart” periods and we remained flexible and proactive in responding to and addressing their needs. The pace of recovery has varied between the US, UK and Europe. The slower vaccine rollout in parts of the Europe compared to the US, has impacted the return of elective surgeries and with the late relaxation of restrictions in the UK, the market in these territories has remained suppressed. Comparatively, in the US product shipments increased by 44% in H1 2021 versus the same period in 2020.
We completed development on two additional products and added them to our Biosurgery portfolio in H1 2021. The DermaPure Mesh, meshed dermal graft, was commercially introduced in June and VNEW®, a pre-shaped dermis graft, distributed through our urogynaecological partner, ARMS Medical, completed development with the first delivery to take place in Q3 2021.
Market indications for a post pandemic recovery are encouraging. Whilst there are uncertainties around further waves of COVID-19 and specifically the spread of the Delta variant, assuming trends around the Delta variant remain contained, management believe that future restrictions will be less impactful to the Group than at the height of the pandemic and as such we expect a significant increase in elective surgeries globally during H2 2021 and beyond. Having completed Phase 1 of the expansion which provided increased capacity to deal with this demand, the Group is now well positioned to capitalise on opportunities in H2 2021. As mentioned previously, the Phase 1 expansion is expected to meet our production needs over the short and medium term.
In addition, we will continue to strengthen our portfolio of products and identify opportunities for strategic partnerships drawing on the experience and expertise of our new and more commercially aligned Board. I am encouraged by the positive momentum we have seen in the first half of 2021 and look forward to delivering on our strategic aims.
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