Xtant Medical projects strong growth and increased revenue in 2024 By Investing.com



Xtant Medical Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:), a company specializing in surgical and medical device solutions, has reported a significant increase in its first-quarter revenue for 2024, with a 55% surge from the previous year.

In light of this robust growth, the company has revised its revenue outlook upward and is now expecting to achieve annual growth of 27% to 32%.

The successful integration of Surgalign assets and a focus on expanding its product lines and distribution network are key factors contributing to this optimistic forecast.

Despite a net loss for the quarter, Xtant Medical is aiming for positive operating cash flow by the end of the year and is actively pursuing strategic acquisitions to bolster its market presence.

Key Takeaways

  • Xtant Medical’s Q1 revenue rose by 55% year-over-year, reaching $27.9 million.
  • The company raised its full-year revenue guidance to $160 million to $120 million.
  • Organic growth is expected to hit double digits in the latter half of 2024.
  • Gross margin improved to 62.1% in Q1, up from 58.7% in the previous year.
  • Xtant increased its long-term debt with MidCap Financial to $22 million to support growth strategies.
  • The company anticipates becoming operationally self-sustaining and achieving positive cash flow by Q4 2024.

Company Outlook

  • Xtant Medical anticipates organic growth accelerating in Q2 and the second half of 2024.
  • The company is focused on new product introductions and expanding its distribution network.
  • Strategic acquisitions are being considered to enhance capabilities and supply chain.

Bearish Highlights

  • Operating expenses in Q1 2024 were significantly higher at $28 million, compared to $12.1 million in the same period last year.
  • Stem cell sales saw a decline from $800,000 per month to $200,000 per month due to resource limitations.
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Bullish Highlights

  • The company expects double-digit organic revenue growth by the end of fiscal year 2024.
  • Xtant Medical has seen success with the Surgalign assets, aiding the transition to newer product lines.
  • The company is aiming to control its supply chain and produce its own products to improve margins.

Misses

  • The net loss for the quarter was $4.4 million, an increase from a net loss of $2.1 million in the previous year.

Q&A Highlights

  • CEO Sean Browne expressed optimism about improving stem cell product availability and profitability.
  • Xtant Medical’s open distribution model may include partnerships with other distributors.
  • The company reaffirmed its commitment to its mission of improving patient lives through innovation and employee dedication.

InvestingPro Insights

Xtant Medical Holdings, Inc. (XTNT) has demonstrated a remarkable 57.5% revenue growth over the last twelve months as of Q1 2023, indicating a solid upward trajectory in sales. This aligns with the company’s recently reported surge in first-quarter revenue and its upwardly revised annual growth expectations. Notably, the revenue growth for the most recent quarter stood at an impressive 84.07%, underscoring the company’s successful integration of Surgalign assets and expansion efforts.

Despite the optimistic revenue figures, InvestingPro Tips suggest caution due to XTNT trading at a high earnings multiple with a P/E Ratio of 133.52. This could signal that the company’s stock is priced optimistically relative to near-term earnings growth. Additionally, analysts are not expecting XTNT to be profitable this year, with net income projected to drop. However, it’s worth noting that the company has been profitable over the last twelve months.

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On the balance sheet side, XTNT’s liquid assets exceed its short-term obligations, a positive sign of the company’s ability to meet its immediate financial liabilities. This financial stability is critical as the company pursues strategic acquisitions and aims for positive operating cash flow by year’s end.

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Full transcript – Bacterin Intl (XTNT) Q1 2024:

Operator: Greetings. Welcome to the Xtant Medical Holdings, Inc. First Quarter 2024 Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. A question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentation. [Operator Instructions] Please note, this conference is being recorded. I will now turn the conference over to your host, Brett Maas. You may begin.

Brett Maas: Thank you, operator, and welcome to Xtant Medical’s first quarter 2024 financial results call. Joining me today is Sean Browne, President and Chief Executive Officer; Scott Neils, Chief Financial Officer. Today’s call is being webcast and will be posted on the Company’s website for playback. During the course of the call, we may make certain forward-looking statements regarding to our future events and the Company’s expected future performance. These forward-looking statements reflect Xtant’s current perspective on existing trends and information can be identified by such words as expect, plan, will, may, anticipate, believe, should, intends and words with similar meaning. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, including those noted in the Risk Factors section of the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on April 1, 2024, and in the subsequent SEC reports and press releases, results may differ materially. The Company’s financial results press release and today’s discussion include certain non-GAAP financial measures. Please refer to the non-GAAP to GAAP reconciliations, which appear in our press release and are otherwise available on our website. Note that our Form 8-K, filed with our financial results press release provides a detailed narrative that describes our use of such measures. For the benefit of those of you who may be listening to the replay, this call was held and recorded on May 15 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Company declines any obligation to update forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable law. Now I’d like to turn the call over to Sean Browne. Sean, the floor is yours.

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Sean Browne: Thank you, Brett, and good afternoon, everyone. I am pleased to announce another strong order for the Xtant team with 55% growth over the prior year and preparing our 2024 outlook for the beginning of the year, we recognize the first two quarters would be difficult due to a couple of significant supply chain challenges. However, by completing our first quarter, we are confident about our progress toward addressing these challenges and consequently, are raising revenue guidance from $112 million to $116 million to a new range of $116 million to $120 million. Moreover, we are quite pleased with the growth of the Surgalign assets we acquired in 2023. We Keep in mind, these product lines declined 37% over a period of six consecutive quarters prior to becoming part of Xtant Medical. Our first priority was to stem the losses and then start investing and building where it makes sense. Our collect team has done a terrific job of getting the flywheel moving on this business. More specifically, the Surgalign products have helped us transition some of our customers off the old Xtant hardware lines that were at risk which was a main theme in our investment thesis for that acquisition. With the Surgalign business, we saw an affordable way to dramatically improve our growth platform with new IDN contracts, new distributors in international distribution network and a nice updated adult retentive spine fixation business that could help us replace our aging X-spine systems. Moreover, we also saw a significant opportunity in pulling through our best-in-class biologics. From an organic growth perspective, we define as revenue growth, excluding contributions from products acquired during the previous 365 days towards where there are no durable sales. First quarter revenue was flat over prior year quarter. And as I mentioned in the last two quarterly conference calls, we anticipated low organic growth in the first half of this year. However, as our supply chain challenges abate, and we introduce new products to the market, we anticipate delivering organic growth during the second half of 2024, reaching double digits. Let me reiterate that. We will reach double-digit organic growth in the second half of 2024. There are three key areas that have affected our growth thus far, and we are actively addressing each of them to ensure a robust and sustainable growth trajectory for Xtant. The first are stem cells. This product line has been an extremely short supply since August of last year. Happily, as of April, we are back up to a strong inventory levels and are building this business back up again. Second, OEM sales. We had strong OEM sales in the first half of last year due to one of our competitors supply challenges. This year, as we roll out new pick lines like our amniotic membrane allografts, this will primarily be an OEM product line that we will expect will do well in the second half of fiscal year 2024. Third, the cannibalization of our old X-spine hardware products by Surgalign acquired products dampens our core organic growth rate. However, as I mentioned before, this is part of our broader plan to upgrade our surgeons to the newer, more improved Surgalign product lines. From a profitability perspective, we were adjusted EBITDA positive and despite investments to rebuild the Surgalign infrastructure to support our future growth. So, from an operating expense perspective, we expect to see operating expenses decline as a percentage of revenue and combined with improvements to gross margin will drive growth in adjusted EBITDA in Q3 and beyond. At this time, I’ll now provide an overview of how we build a platform that will give us sustainable long-term growth. As a reminder, our four key growth pillars are focused on: one, new product introductions; two, distribution network expand and greater contract access; three, adjacent market penetration; and four, strategic acquisitions. Starting with new products. Like every healthy, robust organization, we continually innovate with a deep pipeline of new products. During the course of our turnaround, we expanded our biologics product offering from two product categories to five, which enhanced our profile. Moreover, we are the only biologics company that offers a complete line of orthobiologics, which include allograft, DBM, synthetics, viable bone matrix otherwise known as stem cells, and growth factor. This past month, Xtant released a sixth new category, amniotic membrane allografts for surgical applications in advanced wound care. Xtant previously sold a distributed product that someone else made that focused on the surgical repair side of our business. This is currently a small product line for us, but with our far superior products we believe we can profitably grow this Xtant branded product line as well as provide a fantastic solution as an OEM producer. Fiscal year 2024 is our year of self-sustainability. The second half of this year, we plan to roll out products that we produce to our own standards in a much more profitable way than relying on products from others where we do not control the supply chain. Additionally, on the hardware side, we have several exciting new opportunities. Through the Coflex acquisition, we are reviving a fantastic motion preservation interlaminar stabilization device. This is a PMA-based product, that is very good reimbursement in the ASC and outpatient settings. Also on the hardware side, we are finishing the development and the soft rollout of the Cortera posterior fixation system that was started by Surgalign. And we are now in the process of completing that rollout, which we anticipate will be fully completed by Q4 of this year. The next pillar focuses on expanding our distribution network and contract access. Our platform offers access to more than 450 IDNs and GPOs that cover approximately 90% of all beds in the U.S. In addition, our distribution network now includes more than 650 distributors. In years past, we focused on continuing to expand the total number of distributors by at least 10 new agents per quarter. Today, we plan to look for opportunistic distributor adds, but our primary focus will be to get greater penetration into the distributors we have today. What we have found is that the more product lines and distributor sales of our products, the stickier they become as a distributor for Xtant Medical. Now turning to our third pillar, leveraging adjacent markets. One goal for Xtant is the longer term is to build products that serve other verticals beyond spine and orthopedics. Through our OEM manufacturing, we serve different verticals and learn about the dynamics of those specific markets with an IM potentially expanding into places where we can have a significant impact. We have gained traction within the foot and ankle, trauma and reconstruction joint orthopedic markets. With the addition of our amniotic tissue products, we can now serve both the surgical repair and advanced chronic wound care markets. Our final pillar focuses on achieve growth through targeted acquisitions. By leveraging our growth platform of over 450 IDN agreements and 650 distributors who are selling our products nationally, we are targeting companies that are either undercapitalized or our subscale. More specifically, similar to acquisitions in 2023, we are targeting companies that either help complete our offering or provide us additional scale. For instance, think about taking a company or a technology that may have access to, say, 50 or 100 IDN agreements and maybe only 75 to 100 distributors, take their innovative technologies and get them on to our contracts, give them access to our nationwide distribution network. We believe we can help those companies meet more of their potential, similar to what we have done with the Coflex and Surgalign acquisitions. Our focus on acquisition targets is based on three key characteristics: first, capabilities. We’re looking at companies or technologies that give us greater capabilities, particularly in regenerative biologics. Additionally, we will look at businesses that help complete Xtant’s offering in spine fixation and motion preservation offerings. Second, capacity. Targets that can expand our longer-term biologics production demand. And then third, cash flow, businesses that are profitable or can become profitable through cost or margin synergies. We believe that making sound, targeted and strategic acquisitions that fit within our stringent criteria will take us one step closer to achieving our long-term goals. We believe our unique platform and robust distribution network will allow future companies that we acquired to take advantage of being part of a fast-growing company. Furthermore, we believe it will allow the entrepreneurs and other owners of those companies to win when they are purchased and then potentially win even bigger over time as Xtant continues to grow. Xtant is committed to driving long-term sustainable revenue growth and maximizing shareholder value. To better support the fast pace of our growth initiatives, we are pleased to increase our long-term debt with MidCap Financial to $22 million from $17 million. Moreover, access to more capital positions us well to further execute our strategy and capture greater market share, with an eye on achieving positive operating cash flow during fourth quarter of 2024. Finally, we increased our full year 2024 revenue outlook to a new range of $160 million to $120 million. This increased guidance range represents annual growth of approximately 27% to 32% compared to full year 2023. Within that, we anticipate our organic growth will accelerate beginning in the second quarter of 2024 and continuing into the second half of 2024. We expect this will be driven by a normalized supply environment in our stem cell business that was adversely affected by the temporary market shortage in the second half of 2023 and the first quarter of 2024 and by revitalizing the Surgalign supply chain. Moving forward, we are focused on becoming operationally self-sustaining by controlling our supply chain and becoming less reliant production outside of control. We believe this self-reliance will allow us to be a larger and more diverse producer of biologics. Moreover, producing our own products should dramatically improve our margin profile, coupled with an expanded product line that brings additional transformative treatment options for a large and growing patient population. Most importantly, we believe these actions will help us get to positive operating cash flow during the fourth quarter of 2024. Now, I’d like to turn the call over to Scott, who will discuss our first quarter 2024 financial results.

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Scott Neils: Thank you, Sean, and good afternoon, everyone. Total revenue for the first quarter of 2024 was $27.9 million compared to $17.9 million for the same period in 2023. Our 55% increase is attributed primarily to product sales from the recently acquired Surgalign Hardware and Biologics business. Gross margin for the first quarter of 2024 was 62.1% compared to 58.7% for the same period in 2023. The increase was primarily attributable to greater scale and efficiencies, partially offset by higher product costs from which we expect to start seeing relief as we expand the sale of internally produced biologics. First quarter 2024 operating expenses were $28 million, compared to $12.1 million in the same period a year ago. As a percentage of total revenue, operating expenses were 75% compared to 68% in the same period a year ago. General and administrative expenses were $7.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, compared to $4.9 million in the same period in 2023. This increase is primarily attributable to additional employee compensation expense, additional legal and accounting expenses and amortization of intangible assets associated with the Coflex and Cofix product lines. Sales and marketing expenses were $12.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, compared to $7.1 million for the same period in 2023. This increase is primarily due to additional independent agent commissions, additional compensation expense associated with additional headcount to drive continued growth in new products and consulting expenses. Research and development expenses were $0.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, an increase from $0.2 million in the same period of 2023. This increase is primarily due to increased headcount related to increased focus on new product introduction, which Sean highlighted earlier as one of our pillars of growth. Net loss in the first quarter of 2024 was $4.4 million or $0.03 per share compared to a net loss of $2.1 million or $0.02 per share in the comparable 2023 period. Adjusted EBITDA for first quarter of 2024 was $0.1 million compared to an adjusted EBITDA loss of $0.3 million for the same period in 2023. As of March 31, 2024, with $4.5 million of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, $21.5 million in net accounts receivable, $38.7 million of inventory and $6.7 million available under our revolving credit facility. In addition, on May 1, we closed an additional $5 million of term debt under our term debt facility with MidCap to provide for additional working capital. Operator, you may now open the line for questions.

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Operator: [Operator Instructions] Our first question comes from Ryan Zimmerman with BTIG. Please proceed.

Ryan Zimmerman: Nice quarter to start the year here. So, I want to start with guidance a little bit, Sean. You guys beat consensus by a little less than, I don’t know, $1 million — or excuse me, a little more than $1 million, my apologies. You took up guidance $4 million on both the low end and the top end. So just talk to us a little bit kind of, one, what’s driving that? Two, if you can comment a little bit on pacing dynamics through the quarters, kind of what you expect from a seasonal perspective? And really, the other last part of that question is just what’s driving it? Is it orthobiologics within Surgalign? Is it hardware? I think most of the assets you picked up on Surgalign were more hardware related. So just a little more color there would be helpful as well. And then I have one follow-up.

Sean Browne: Sure. Okay. Just to start off with why we bumped our guidance so much. Part of are starting out relatively low because we were concerned about both this first quarter and the second quarter coming up with respect to just the supply chain challenges. There’s a number of things that I’ve outlined here. But we now feel really good. The first quarter came out a little bit better than what we expected. Again, you saw from the guidance that you had set as well as Craig-Hallum folks. When I look at Q2 and beyond, I start to see that we’ve got our new amnio product that’s starting to come out, the Surgalign products that we have really excited about their growth are going nicely. You’re right is been in the hardware side where they’ve been helping us, but also opportunities that the hardware products open up for our Xtant biologic products. So, all in general, there’s just a mix of a lot more — I see a better velocity of growth that we’re coming into the beginning of this year, really worried about this first half. And so right now, I’m starting to feel pretty good about where we are in this first half, so that in the second half, we should really start to get some really nice good traction. I hope that answered — I don’t know if it answered all your questions. What did I miss?

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Ryan Zimmerman: I guess just in part of that, it’s just kind of from a pacing perspective, how you think about seasonality given the results this quarter, how just to think about kind of the pace through the rest of the year. And then, I’ll just ask my second question. Now it’s just around margins that came in termly better than I think we were expecting. Great to see. Talk to me about, one, the sustainability of your margin gains, kind of what your expectations are over time for margins and kind of where you think you can kind of exit maybe this year?

Sean Browne: Yes. I’ll take the seasonality question. I’ll throw it over to Scott and I might have a color — and added color to that on the margin side. So, we think about seasonality, certainly, in Q2, things typically pick up. Q3 as you can well imagine, normally, our business would flatten to Q2. I think that we’re going to see a little more acceleration even in — as we think about Q3 and even more so in Q4 because in Q3 and Q4, there’ll be more product lines that we’ll be releasing from our end that we’re manufacturing. And so, I do believe that those products will have a nice pickup, specifically because they really address OEM opportunities. And then, I’ll throw it back to Scott with respect to how he sees margins and progressing throughout the year.

Scott Neils: Sure. I guess speaking to gross margins, I see Q2 and Q3 being largely consistent with what we’ve seen here in Q1. And a big driver of that is, even as we start this new product rollouts, as we start selling into that from an amnio side that won’t necessarily help our gross margin all that much, where we’ll see the benefit from that will be on the contribution margin side, where we’ll really start to see a pickup from a gross margin perspective. I think we’ll be in Q4, where we’ll start selling into that stem cell, and we could see that increase by as much as two to three points within Q4.

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Operator: Our next question comes from Chase Knickerbocker with Craig-Hallum. Please proceed.

Chase Knickerbocker: I have two. I’m going to ask them both upfront. Maybe on the amnio side, how much of the opportunity should we think of as OEM versus your distribution work? And then along those same lines, what should we think of as far as immediate impact from the amnio launch, I mean do you think we could have kind of material revenue as soon as kind of Q3? And just last for me. Any way to quantify the impact of what the supply chain issues were on orthobiologics from the stem cell side as far as what could you have done if not for those headwinds.

Sean Browne: Okay. Let me — I’ll jump into those. Okay. So, first things first, on the amnio side. The — we make an amnio product today, we sell an amnio product today. There’s a little bit less than $1 million, but we buy that from another source. We don’t get great pricing. And quite frankly, we can’t give out a lot of margins. With our own product line, we were actually surprised because this is not why we really built this. We actually built it because there seem to be such a significant OEM opportunity, especially on the surgical side and particularly in the wound care side. But what we’ll see is that we do think that we pick up. But again, it’s not a huge pickup on the — our own internal product, but where we do see significant revenue that could be coming in is in the second half of this year for those product lines. And then the other question that you just asked that was amnio and then it was how significant — is that what you’re — I’m sorry, I forgot what the second question was to that. It was amnio…

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Chase Knickerbocker: The lines as far as what the impact was from a dollar perspective and kind of what you could have done. Is there any way to kind of quantify that just as far as it relates to kind of the go-forward?

Sean Browne: Yes. So, when we were at our peak in, say, July of last year, July August of last year, we were doing just about $800,000 a month in stem cell sales. That dropped off to — I mean it literally dropped off the table to around $200,000 a month because that’s about all the resources we get all supplies we could get. What we see and the thing of it is, is that our opportunity, what we looked at was substantially higher than even $800,000 because we never could get enough product. Right now, we’ve been working with one of our suppliers to help us get that product. And so, we are set for a while, and it is something that we feel really, really good moving forward, having not only the product in hand, but then eventually our own product line as well, and that will be significantly more profitable and we think a better product, too. So overall, we feel very good about what the opportunity sits out. And it’s a little bit of why I’m stepping forward and coming out a little bit harder, a little bit higher on our guidance. And so that’s part of why I’m feeling good about where we are.

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Operator: [Operator Instructions] We have a follow-up coming from Ryan Zimmerman with BTIG. Please proceed, Ryan.

Ryan Zimmerman: I couldn’t get enough guys. I want to ask one more question. Just on the amniotic products a little bit. I mean your 650 distributors that you have now, I appreciate you’re going to go deeper into those. I mean, being amnio — a little bit of a different call point than, say, spine? How do you think about the distribution sales force today, their ability to kind of pick up amniotics, your need to pick up maybe new distributors or those that are maybe focused outside of spine? Just if you could talk a little bit about that, Sean, and kind of how you balance that dynamic of having this new product category outside of maybe core spine.

Sean Browne: Yes. Just first things first, we are only going to be selling this within — and again, if other distributors want to carry by all means, we got it, right? So, we have an open distribution model. But this — when we built these products, it was really built for the OEM side of things. And by the way, we have this $1 million product line that we knew that we could sum it out and have our own products, right, for basically twice the margins. And so that in of itself, a pick up there. But then b, as we’ve gone down the path and we rolled this out, I was surprised to see the number of our distributors said, oh, yes, I saw a little bit here and there. I sell 100,000 here or 50,000 there. And so, it turns out that our network actually does a fair amount in this market as it is, all primarily all on the surgical side, right, the surgical repair side. And then, when we were building this product line, we were really building it as an OEM supplier through both the wound care and the surgical repair side. And so, we have deep actually expertise within our company, of guys that have contacts in this OEM market. And so, we — actually, we’re really excited because we have quite a bit of demand that’s starting to build up. And so, it is something that we — when we built this was really more as an OEM product. But as we’re looking at it now, it turns out there may be more there as our own Xtant-branded product. So more to follow on that. But it’s actually been a nice add to what we’re doing more so than what we expected.

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Operator: We have no further questions in the queue. I’d like to turn the floor back to management for any closing remarks.

Sean Browne: Great. Thank you, operator. Overall, I’m very pleased with the progress we have achieved in our Q1. Our overall revenue growth of 55% is a testament to the outstanding work our team has done in turning around and growing the acquired Surgalign business. As the year progresses, we expect to continue to grow organically. So, by the end of fiscal year 2024, we anticipate double-digit organic revenue growth. Inorganically, we continue to be very active in looking for companies that provide capabilities, capacity and cash flows, driven by an taking over the supply chain for both internally produced products and improved vendor management of the acquired Surgalign products, we see solid growth in the first half of the year with increasing velocity as we produce more of our own goods in the second half of the year. In closing, I want to reiterate our mission, honoring the gift of donation by allowing our patients to live as full and complete a life as possible. I appreciate the dedication of our valuable employees. Without them, our success and achievements would not be possible. Thank you for joining us today and for your continued support.

Operator: Thank you. This concludes today’s conference, and you may disconnect your lines at this time. Thank you for your participation.

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