MONMOUTH JUNCTION, N.J., March 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- CytoSorbents Corporation (NASDAQ: CTSO) a critical care immunotherapy leader commercializing its CytoSorb® blood purification technology to treat deadly inflammation in critically-ill and cardiac surgery patients around the world, achieves record total revenue, CytoSorb® sales, and product gross margins in 2019.
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Dr. Phillip Chan, Chief Executive Officer of CytoSorbents stated, "As discussed in our January 14, 2020 stockholder letter, 2019 was a year of progress, though not without its fair share of growing pains. That said, we believe the significant investments and efforts made last year to strengthen our commercialization infrastructure have solidly positioned the company for future potential successes. I recommend that you read this letter if you have interest."
Dr. Chan continued, "That said, 2020 has started with a burst of important achievements and new opportunity, but also a very deep sense of responsibility to investigate the use of CytoSorb as a possible adjunctive treatment in critically-ill patients infected with either COVID-19 coronavirus or influenza. In the U.S. alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that influenza has infected 30 million people this season, killing 18,000. There have been more than 90,000 documented cases of COVID-19 coronavirus infection worldwide, with more than 3,000 deaths. In the U.S., there have been 162 cases across 18 states, and 11 deaths. We predict that as the coronavirus test becomes more available, and more people are tested, the number of documented cases in the U.S. will increase dramatically. We want to be in a position to help as many people here in the U.S. and worldwide as possible."
"As we have discussed in the past couple of weeks, our partnership with China Medical System Holding Ltd, a publicly-traded $800+ million in revenue specialty pharma company in China, has led to the rapid introduction of donated CytoSorb devices into key hospitals in the Wuhan, China region, the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, announced last Friday," stated Dr. Chan.
"We have now learned that multiple COVID-19 infected patients at multiple hospitals have been undergoing CytoSorb treatment. Although too soon to report on clinical outcomes, we expect information to begin to be available in the near future. Physicians from hospitals in Beijing (Peking), Shanghai, and other cities throughout China, have generously come to Wuhan to assist in treating those infected with COVID-19. In particular, physicians working in Wuhan from Peking Union Medical College Hospital, one of the most prestigious medical institutions in China, have registered a clinical study entitled, 'Cytosorb adsorption therapy combined with standard therapy for new coronavirus pneumonia in adult severe patients' in order to have a mechanism to collect ongoing safety and efficacy data from patients they are treating, and to publish these data."
Dr. Chan continued, "We are also pleased that on March 3, 2020, the National Health Commission in China issued the official, updated "Diagnosis and Treatment of New Coronavirus Pneumonia (7th Version)" guidelines, which now includes the following translated statement as a treatment recommendation, "For severe and critically ill patients with cytokine storms, in order to remove inflammatory factors, block "cytokine storms" and increase "blood purification treatment".
"Meanwhile, CytoSorb is already being sold in many countries around the world where COVID-19 cases have surged, including Italy, Iran, Germany, France, Spain, Hong Kong, and others. Meanwhile, here in the U.S., we have submitted our documentation to the multi-agency coronavirus task force, led by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), had a preliminary conversation with the agency, and await further feedback. There are many cases in the published literature where the use of CytoSorb, in conjunction with standard of care, has been successful in helping to treat the severe complications of influenza and coronavirus infection. These include the "cytokine storm" that triggers an overwhelming systemic inflammatory response syndrome that can then lead to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), shock, multiple organ failure, and sepsis from secondary bacterial pneumonia. If we observe the similar ability to treat these complications in patients afflicted with COVID-19, it would represent a major advance in the treatment of this deadly illness."
"For further updates on our existing business, we invite you to join us on our earnings conference call, details below."
Conference Call Details:
Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020
Time: 4:45 PM Eastern Time
Participant Dial-In: 1-201-389-0879
Conference ID: 13699145
Live Presentation Webcast http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=138111
It is recommended that participants dial in approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. There will also be a simultaneous live webcast of the conference call that can be accessed through the following audio feed link: http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=138111
An archived recording and written transcript of the conference call will be available under the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at http://cytosorbents.com/investor-relations/financial-results/
Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Results:
For the year ended December 31, 2019, we generated total revenue, which includes product revenue and grant income, of approximately $24,949,000 as compared to revenues of approximately $22,504,000 for the year ended December 31, 2018, an increase of approximately $2,445,000, or 11%. Revenue from product sales was approximately $22,766,000 for the year ended December 31, 2019, as compared to approximately $20,252,000 in the year ended December 31, 2018, an increase of approximately $2,514,000 or 12%. This increase was primarily driven by an increase in direct sales of approximately $3,194,000 resulting from both new customers and repeat orders from existing customers. This increase was offset by a decrease in distributor sales of approximately $680,000. In addition, sales were negatively impacted by approximately $1,201,000 as a result of the decrease in the average exchange rate of the Euro to the U.S. dollar. For the year ended December 31, 2019, the average exchange rate of the Euro to the U.S. dollar was $1.12 as compared to an average exchange rate of $1.18 for the year ended December 31, 2018.
Cost of Revenue:
For the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, cost of revenue was approximately $7,364,000 and $7,489,000, respectively, a decrease of approximately $125,000. Product cost of revenues decreased approximately $63,000 during the year ended December 31, 2019 as compared to the year ended December 31, 2018 as a result of achieved production efficiencies. Product gross margins were approximately 77% for the year ended December 31, 2019 and approximately 74% for the year ended December 31, 2018.
Gross profit was approximately $17,586,000 for the year ended December 31, 2019, an increase of approximately $2,571,000 or 17%, over gross profit of $15,015,000 in 2018. This increase is attributed to an increase in CytoSorb product sales during 2019 as well as achieved production efficiencies.
Research and Development Expenses:
Our research and development costs were approximately $12,092,000 and $7,723,000 for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively, an increase of approximately $4,369,000, or 57%. This increase was due to an increase in clinical trial and related costs of approximately $3,890,000, which include expenditures related to our REFRESH 2-AKI study and our TISORB study, an increase in non-clinical research and development salary related costs of approximately $223,000, decreases in direct labor and other costs being deployed toward grant-funded activities of approximately $62,000, which had the effect of increasing the amount of our non-reimbursable research and development costs and an increase in our non-grant related research and development costs of approximately $194,000.
Legal, Financial and Other Consulting Expenses:
Our legal, financial and other consulting costs were approximately $2,462,000 and $2,002,000 for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively, an increase of approximately $460,000, or 23%. This increase was due to an increase in legal fees of approximately $334,000 related to patent matters and certain corporate initiatives, an increase in employment agency fees of approximately $88,000 related to the hiring of senior level personnel, an increase in accounting and auditing fees of approximately $24,000 and an increase in consulting fees of approximately $14,000.
Selling, General and Administrative Expenses:
Our selling, general and administrative expenses were approximately $22,006,000 and $20,874,000 for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively, an increase of approximately $1,132,000, or 5%. This increase was due to an increase in salaries, commissions and related costs of approximately $2,323,000, additional sales and marketing costs, which include advertising and conference attendance of approximately $863,000, an increase in royalty expenses of approximately $198,000 due to the increase in product sales, and an increase in restricted stock expense of approximately $226,000 related to restricted stock units granted to the Company's executive officers, an increase in public relations cost of approximately $78,000 and increase in other general and administrative costs of approximately $215,000. These increases were offset by a decrease in non-cash stock compensation expense of approximately $2,771,000.
Interest Expense, Net:
For the year ended December 31, 2019, interest expense, net was approximately $1,034,000, as compared to interest expense, net of approximately $1,461,000 for the year ended December 31, 2018. This decrease in net interest expense of approximately $427,000 is related to the settlement of the Success Fee with Bridge Bank in the amount of $637,000 that became due in May 2018 in accordance with the terms of the 2016 Success Fee Letter, offset by an increase in interest due to the draw down of the $5,000,000 Term B Loan with Bridge Bank on July 31, 2019.
Gain (Loss) on Foreign Currency Transactions:
For the year ended December 31, 2019, the loss on foreign currency transactions was approximately $350,000, as compared to a loss on foreign currency transactions of approximately $785,000 for the year ended December 31, 2018. The 2019 loss is directly related to the decrease in the exchange rate of the Euro at December 31, 2019, as compared to December 31, 2018. The exchange rate of the Euro to the U.S. dollar was $1.12 per Euro at December 31, 2019 as compared to $1.15 per Euro at December 31, 2018. The 2018 loss is directly related to the decrease in the exchange rate of the Euro at December 31, 2018, as compared to December 31, 2017. The exchange rate of the Euro to the U.S. dollar was $1.15 per Euro at December 31, 2018 as compared to $1.20 per Euro at December 31, 2017.
Benefit from Income Taxes:
Our benefit from income taxes was approximately $1,092,000 and $620,000 for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively. These benefits were realized by utilizing the New Jersey Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer Program whereby the State of New Jersey allows us to sell a portion of our state net operating losses to a third party.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
Since inception, our operations have been primarily financed through the private and public placement of our debt and equity securities. At December 31, 2019, we had current assets of approximately $20,902,000 including cash on hand of approximately $12,232,000 and had current liabilities of approximately $9,936,000. During the period from January 1, 2020 through March 2, 2020, we raised approximately $13,322,000 by utilizing our ATM facility with co-agents Jefferies LLC and B. Riley FBR. Also, we expect to receive approximately $1,092,000 in cash from the approved sale of our net operating losses and research and development credits from the State of New Jersey in the first quarter of 2020. We believe that we have sufficient cash to fund our operations into 2021.
2020 First Quarter Revenue Guidance
CytoSorbents has not historically given specific financial guidance on quarterly results until the quarter has been completed. However, we expect our first quarter 2020 product sales will exceed product sales reported in the first quarter of 2019.
For additional information, please see the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 filed on March 5, 2020 on http://www.sec.gov.
About CytoSorbents Corporation (NASDAQ: CTSO)
CytoSorbents Corporation is a leader in critical care immunotherapy, specializing in blood purification. Its flagship product, CytoSorb® is approved in the European Union with distribution in 58 countries around the world, as an extracorporeal cytokine adsorber designed to reduce the "cytokine storm" or "cytokine release syndrome" that could otherwise cause massive inflammation, organ failure and death in common critical illnesses. These are conditions where the risk of death is extremely high, yet no effective treatments exist. CytoSorb® has been used in more than 80,000 human treatments to date.
CytoSorbents' purification technologies are based on biocompatible, highly porous polymer beads that can actively remove toxic substances from blood and other bodily fluids by pore capture and surface adsorption. Its technologies have received non-dilutive grant, contract, and other funding of nearly $29 million from DARPA, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), the U.S. Army, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Material Command (USAF/AFMC) and others. The Company has numerous products under development based upon this unique blood purification technology protected by many issued U.S. and international patents and multiple applications pending, including CytoSorb-XL™, HemoDefend™, VetResQ™, K+ontrol™, ContrastSorb, DrugSorb, and others. For more information, please visit the Company's websites at www.cytosorbents.com and www.cytosorb.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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