SAN DIEGO – May 1, 2019 – NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUVA), the leader in spine technology innovation, focused on transforming spine surgery with minimally disruptive, procedurally integrated solutions, today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2019.
First Quarter 2019 Highlights
- Revenue increased 5.5% to $274.8 million, or 6.4% on a constant currency basis;
- GAAP operating profit margin of 7.3%; Non-GAAP operating profit margin of 14.9%; and
- GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.18; Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.53.
“In the first quarter 2019, NuVasive delivered a solid start to the year with focused execution across our U.S. Spinal Hardware, U.S. Surgical Support and International businesses,” said Chris Barry, chief executive officer of NuVasive. “Coupled with these financial results, we continued to operate the business with rigor and discipline to drive profitability while strategically investing in key growth areas. This includes the recently launched X360 System for lateral single-position surgery integrated with Surgical Intelligence, further differentiation of our Advanced Materials Science portfolio and upcoming launch of the Pulse platform—all which enable our surgeon partners to provide better, more reproducible clinical outcomes for their patients through minimally invasive surgery.”
A full reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures can be found in the tables of this news release.
First Quarter 2019 Results
NuVasive reported first quarter 2019 total revenue of $274.8 million, a 5.5% increase compared to $260.5 million for the first quarter 2018. On a constant currency basis, first quarter 2019 total revenue increased 6.4% compared to the same period last year.
For the first quarter 2019, both GAAP and non-GAAP gross profit was $200.3 million and GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin was 72.9%. These results compared to GAAP and non-GAAP gross profit of $186.7 million and $187.1 million, respectively, and GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin of 71.7% and 71.8%, respectively, for the first quarter 2018.
The Company reported GAAP net income of $9.4 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.18, for the first quarter 2019 compared to a GAAP net loss of $(27.1) million, or diluted loss per share of $(0.53), for the first quarter 2018. On a non-GAAP basis, the Company reported net income of $27.6 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.53 per share, for the first quarter 2019 compared to net income of $20.6 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.40 per share, for the first quarter 2018.
Annual Financial Guidance for 2019
The Company reiterated its full-year 2019 guidance:
- The Company estimates revenue for full year 2019 to be in the range of $1.14 billion to $1.16 billion, reflecting reported growth in the range of 3.5% to 5.5%;
- Non-GAAP earnings per share in a range of $2.20 to $2.30;
- Non-GAAP operating profit margin of 15.0% to 15.5%;
- EBITDA margin of 25.2% to 25.7%; and
- Non-GAAP effective tax expense rate of approximately 23%.
Supplementary Financial Information
For additional financial detail, please visit the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.nuvasive.com to access Supplementary Financial Information.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Information
Management uses certain non-GAAP financial measures such as non-GAAP earnings per share, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP operating expenses and non-GAAP operating profit margin, which exclude amortization of intangible assets, business transition costs, purchased in-process research and development, one-time restructuring and related items in connection with acquisitions, investments and divestitures, non-recurring consulting fees, certain litigation expenses and settlements, certain European medical device regulation costs, gains and losses from strategic investments, and non-cash interest expense (excluding debt issuance cost). Management also uses certain non-GAAP measures which are intended to exclude the impact of foreign exchange currency fluctuations. The measure constant currency utilizes an exchange rate that eliminates fluctuations when calculating financial performance numbers. The Company also uses measures such as free cash flow, which represents cash flow from operations less cash used in the acquisition and disposition of capital. Additionally, the Company uses an adjusted EBITDA measure which represents earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and excludes the impact of stock-based compensation, business transition costs, purchased in-process research and development, one-time restructuring and related items in connection with acquisitions, investments and divestitures, non-recurring consulting fees, certain litigation expenses and settlements, certain European medical device regulation costs, gains and losses on strategic investments, and other significant one-time items.
Management calculates the non-GAAP financial measures provided in this earnings release excluding these costs and uses these non-GAAP financial measures to enable it to further and more consistently analyze the period-to-period financial performance of its core business operations. Management believes that providing investors with these non-GAAP measures gives them additional information to enable them to assess, in the same way management assesses, the Company’s current and future continuing operations. These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, GAAP, and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. Set forth below are reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measure.
During the quarter ended June 30, 2018, the Company began excluding from its non-GAAP financial results certain litigation related expenses associated with ongoing litigation with a former Board member and his current employer related to various matters, including infringement of the Company’s intellectual property. For consistency and comparability, the Company has re-casted non-GAAP financial results for each of the quarters ended Dec. 31, 2017 and March 31, 2018 to exclude these litigation expenses in such periods, which were $0.4 million and $0.6 million, respectively.
Investor Conference Call
NuVasive will hold a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT to discuss the results of its financial performance for the first quarter 2019. The dial-in numbers are 1-877-407-9039 for domestic callers and 1-201-689-8470 for international callers. A live webcast of the conference call will be available online from the Investor Relations page of the Company’s website at www.nuvasive.com. After the live webcast, the call will remain available on NuVasive’s website through May 31, 2019. In addition, a telephone replay of the call will be available until May 8, 2019. The replay dial-in numbers are 1-844-512-2921 for domestic callers and 1-412-317-6671 for international callers. Please use pin number: 13689332.
NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUVA) is the leader in spine technology innovation, focused on transforming spine surgery and beyond with minimally disruptive, procedurally integrated solutions designed to deliver reproducible and clinically-proven surgical outcomes. The Company’s portfolio includes access instruments, implantable hardware, biologics, software systems for surgical planning, navigation and imaging solutions, magnetically adjustable implant systems for spine and orthopedics, and intraoperative monitoring service offerings. With more than $1 billion in revenues, NuVasive has approximately 2,600 employees and operates in more than 50 countries serving surgeons, hospitals and patients. For more information, please visit www.nuvasive.com.
NuVasive cautions you that statements included in this news release or made on the investor conference call referenced herein that are not a description of historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors which, if they do not materialize or prove correct, could cause NuVasive’s results to differ materially from historical results or those expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. In addition, this news release contains selected financial results from the first quarter 2019, as well as projections for 2019 financial guidance and longer-term financial performance goals. The Company’s results for the first quarter 2019 are prior to the completion of review and audit procedures by the Company’s external auditors and are subject to adjustment. In addition, the Company’s projections for 2019 financial guidance and longer-term financial performance goals represent initial estimates, and are subject to the risk of being inaccurate because of the preliminary nature of the forecasts, the risk of further adjustment, or unanticipated difficulty in selling products or generating expected profitability. The potential risks and uncertainties which contribute to the uncertain nature of these statements include, among others, risks associated with acceptance of the Company’s surgical products and procedures by spine surgeons, development and acceptance of new products or product enhancements, clinical and statistical verification of the benefits achieved via the use of NuVasive’s products (including the iGA® platform), the Company’s ability to effectually manage inventory as it continues to release new products, its ability to recruit and retain management and key personnel, and the other risks and uncertainties more fully described in the Company’s news releases and periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. NuVasive’s public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission are available at www.sec.gov. NuVasive assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date on which it was made.
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