Abiomed, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABMD), a leading provider of breakthrough heart support technologies today reported first quarter fiscal 2021 revenue of $164.9 million compared to revenue of $207.7 million for the same period of fiscal 2020 despite a negative impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. The company delivered sequential revenue and patient growth each month within the quarter, with June up 4% versus prior year. Operating income was $34.1 million down 44%, compared to $60.7 million in the same period of fiscal 2020.
Recent financial and operating highlights include:
- Worldwide Impella® heart pump revenue for the quarter totaled $155.4 million, a decrease of 22% compared to revenue of $199.9 million during the same period of the prior fiscal year 2020.
- U.S. Impella product revenue for the quarter totaled $126.2 million, a decrease of 25% compared to revenue of $168.3 million during the same period of the prior fiscal year with U.S. patient usage of the Impella heart pumps down 22%.
- Outside the U.S., Impella product revenue for the quarter totaled $29.2 million, a decrease of 7% compared to revenue of $31.5 million during the same period of the prior fiscal year. European Impella product revenue decreased 13% compared to prior year. Japan Impella product revenue increased 4% compared to prior year.
- Gross margin for the first quarter fiscal 2021 was 78.2% compared to 82.1% during the same period of fiscal 2020.
- Operating income for the first quarter fiscal 2021 was $34.1 million, or 20.7% operating margin, compared to $60.7 million, or 29.2% operating margin in the same period of fiscal 2020.
- First quarter fiscal 2021 GAAP net income was $44.6 million, or $0.98 per diluted share, which includes a $17.9 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, unrealized gain on our investment in Shockwave. This compared to GAAP net income of $88.9 million or $1.93 per diluted share for the prior fiscal year, which benefited from a $30.0 million, or $0.65 per share, unrealized gain on our investment in Shockwave and a $12.8 million, or $0.28 per share, of excess tax benefits.
- The company generated operating cash flow of $31.8 million in the first quarter. As of June 30, 2020, the company had $597.0 million of cash and marketable securities and no debt.
- On May 19, the company announced results presented during the 2020 Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions (SCAI) Scientific Sessions. Data from more than 1,000 patients demonstrates use of Impella hemodynamic support in high-risk PCI was associated with lower in-hospital mortality when placed before a PCI is performed. The data analyzed from the Global cVAD study found, in the setting of high-risk PCI, that Impella used prophylactically is associated with a ten times lower rate of in-hospital mortality, compared to when Impella is placed emergently as a bailout for patients that hemodynamically decompensate during PCI.
- On May 27, the company hosted a Virtual Investor Day covering clinical data and innovation. The event included presentations from members of Abiomed’s senior management team and five physicians experts providing an overview and update on the company’s robust clinical data and latest innovations that have been recently launched or are expected to be launched commercially over the next few years.
- On June 1, the company announced that the FDA issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for Impella RP for use in patients suffering with COVID-19 related right heart failure or decompensation, including pulmonary embolism (PE). Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Impella RP has become a therapeutic choice for clinicians treating certain COVID-19 patients suffering right heart failure. COVID-19 can create a prothrombotic environment in some patients resulting in acute pulmonary embolism which may lead to acute right ventricular failure.
- On June 5, the company announced that the FDA approved the company’s investigational device exemption application to start an early feasibility study with a first-in-human trial of the 9 French (Fr) Impella ECP heart pump. Impella ECP, which stands for expandable cardiac power, will be studied in high-risk PCI patients. The prospective, multi-center, non-randomized early feasibility study will allow Abiomed, the study investigators, and the FDA to make qualitative assessments about the safety and feasibility of Impella ECP use in high-risk patients.
- On June 15, the company announced it appointed Charles (Chuck) Simonton, M.D., as vice president and chief medical officer. Dr. Simonton’s appointment comes as the company accelerates its clinical research, including multiple randomized control trials. He will also play an integral role as the company launches new, innovative products and incorporates artificial intelligence (AI).
- On June 16, the company launched CAMP PCI, a cutting-edge digital education platform which stands for Coronary Artery & Myocardial Protected PCI, to improve patient outcomes and quality of life with supported high-risk PCI by utilizing best practices, techniques and technologies to enable safer, more effective and complete revascularization.
- On July 1, the company announced outcomes of the first 55 patients treated with Impella 5.5 with SmartAssist as a featured publication in the July edition of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO) Journal. This first published United States experience of Abiomed’s newest heart pump, Impella 5.5 with SmartAssist in the treatment of acute on chronic heart failure patients in cardiogenic shock, reported an 84% survival to explant with 76% native heart recovery.
- On July 16, the company announced that the FDA approved one-way digital data streaming during patient support from the company’s Automated Impella Controller (AIC), the external console used with Impella heart pumps. The data streaming capability is facilitated through the Impella Connect interface, a HIPAA-compliant, cloud-based remote monitoring platform. The approval means console data could be streamed live via Impella Connect to a secure server where AI could provide predictive clinical information to the patient’s physician.
- On July 30, the company announced data from a large, multi-center study in Japan. A three-year, investigator-led, prospective study of Japanese patients who received an Impella heart pump finds use of Impella is associated with a 77% survival rate at 30 days in AMI cardiogenic shock patients. The interim analysis examined 819 patients treated with Impella for a variety of conditions, including cardiogenic shock and fulminant myocarditis. Other findings include that Impella therapy is a highly effective treatment for myocarditis, with an 88% survival rate at 30 days. Overall, investigators conclude the favorable 30-day survival data indicates Impella is a beneficial therapy.
- On August 3, the FDA issued an EUA for left-sided Impella heart pumps to provide left ventricular unloading and support to COVID-19 patients who are undergoing ECMO treatment and develop pulmonary edema or myocarditis. Impella combined with ECMO therapy (known as ECpella™) has become an important tool for physicians treating COVID-19 patients suffering from both heart and lung failure.
“I am proud of Abiomed’s execution during the COVID-19 pandemic, delivering on our Q1 RED phase commitments and maintaining our focus to recover hearts and save lives. We achieved sequential improvements in revenue and patients, strengthened our clinical data, and advanced our pipeline technology,” said Michael R. Minogue, Abiomed’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We will make fiscal year 2021 one of the most productive and transformative years for the company as we build Abiomed 2.0 and continue to innovate products that are smaller, smarter and more connected, while we pursue studies for Class I guidelines.”
FISCAL YEAR 2021 OUTLOOK
Due to the uncertain scope and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and the timing of global recovery, the company has not provided full year revenue or operating margin guidance. The company will continue to analyze and monitor this dynamic environment and will continue to provide transparency around results and trends. The company will reassess after each quarter and provide an update on guidance as appropriate.
EARNINGS CONFERENCE CALL DETAILS
The company will host a conference call to discuss the quarterly and full year results at 8:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, August 6, 2020. The conference call will be hosted by Michael R. Minogue, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer and Todd A. Trapp, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
To listen to the call live, please tune into the webcast via https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/u65m8ykc or dial (855) 212-2361; the international number is (678) 809-1538. A replay of this conference call will be available beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET August 6, 2020 through 11:00 a.m. ET on August 13, 2020. The replay phone number is (855) 859-2056; the international number is (404) 537-3406. The replay access code is 4367904. -Businesswire