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NuVasive is a world leader in minimally invasive, procedurally-integrated spine solutions. From complex spinal deformity to degenerative spinal conditions, NuVasive is transforming spine surgery with innovative technologies designed to deliver reproducible and clinically proven surgical outcomes.

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NuVasive Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2018 Financial Results
Company provides 2019 financial performance guidance

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 and full year ended Dec. 31, 2018.

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Fourth Quarter 2018 Highlights:

  • Revenue increased 6.3% to $288.3 million, or 6.9% on a constant currency basis;
  • GAAP operating profit margin of 9.0%; Non-GAAP operating profit margin of 16.0%; and
  • GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.23; Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.69.

Full Year 2018 Highlights:

  • Revenue increased 7.3% to $1,101.7 million, or 7.1% on a constant currency basis;
  • GAAP operating profit margin of 4.9%; Non-GAAP operating profit margin of 15.1%; and
  • GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.24; Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $2.23.

"NuVasive delivered strong year-over-year revenue growth of more than 7% in 2018, demonstrating the Company's ability to take share in a stable but relatively flat U.S. spine market. Additionally, we made significant progress at our West Carrollton manufacturing facility, exiting the year at 70% SKU rationalization. Collectively, these achievements serve to advance our mission to bring disruptive technology to surgeon partners to enable better, more predictable patient outcomes," said J. Christopher Barry, chief executive officer of NuVasive. "In 2019, NuVasive will focus on continuing to deliver above market revenue growth, while balancing operating leverage with reinvestment opportunities. We will demonstrate a disciplined approach toward funding key areas for long-term Company growth—furthering our product leadership in global implant systems, accelerating our Surgical Intelligence platform, and investing in surgeon training and education with an ongoing focus on globalization efforts." 

A full reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP measures can be found in the tables of this news release.

Fourth Quarter 2018 Results

NuVasive reported fourth quarter 2018 total revenue of $288.3 million, a 6.3% increase on a reported basis and 6.9% increase on a constant currency basis, compared to $271.2 million for the fourth quarter 2017.

For the fourth quarter 2018, GAAP and non-GAAP gross profit was $202.2 million, and GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin was 70.1%. These results compared to GAAP and non-GAAP gross profit of $195.9 million and $196.3 million, respectively, and GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin of 72.2% and 72.4%, respectively for the fourth quarter 2017. Total GAAP and non-GAAP operating expenses for the fourth quarter 2018 were $176.3 million and $156.2 million, respectively. These results compared to GAAP and non-GAAP operating expenses of $166.5 million and $146.9 million, respectively, for the fourth quarter 2017.

The Company reported GAAP net income of $12.2 million, or $0.23 per share, for the fourth quarter 2018 compared to GAAP net income of $23.5 million, or $0.45 per share, for the fourth quarter 2017. On a non-GAAP basis, the Company reported net income of $36.1 million, or $0.69 per share, for the fourth quarter 2018 compared to net income of $29.1 million, or $0.56 per share, for the fourth quarter 2017.

Full Year 2018 Results

NuVasive reported full year 2018 total revenue of $1,101.7 million, a 7.3% increase on a reported basis and 7.1% increase on a constant currency basis, compared to $1,026.7 million for the full year 2017.

Total GAAP and non-GAAP gross profit for the full year 2018 was $790.6 million and $791.6 million, respectively, and GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin was 71.8% and 71.9%, respectively. These results compared to gross profit of $758.2 million and $758.8 million on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, respectively, and a GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin of 73.9% for the full year 2017. Total GAAP and non-GAAP operating expenses for the full year 2018 were $736.4 million and $624.8 million, respectively. These results compared to GAAP and non-GAAP operating expenses of $646.8 million and $589.5 million, respectively, for the full year 2017.

The Company reported GAAP net income of $12.5 million, or $0.24 per share, for the full year 2018 compared to GAAP net income of $81.6 million, or $1.48 per share, for the full year 2017. On a non-GAAP basis, the Company reported net income of $116.6 million, or $2.23 per share, for the full year 2018 compared to net income of $99.0 million, or $1.89 per share, for the full year 2017.

Annual Financial Guidance for 2019
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%. The Company expects currency to have a negative impact in 2019 of approximately $4 million. The Company estimates full year 2019 net income on a GAAP basis in the range of $1.00 to $1.10 per share and non-GAAP earnings per share in the range of $2.20 to $2.30.


2019 Guidance Range 1


 GAAP 

 Non-GAAP 

Revenue

 $1.14B - $1.16B 


 $1.14B - $1.16B 

  % Growth - Reported

3.5% - 5.5%


3.5% - 5.5%

 % Growth - Constant Currency2



3.8% - 5.8%

Operating margin

9.5% - 10.0%


15.0% - 15.5%

Earnings per share

 $1.00 - $1.10 


 $2.20 - $2.30 

EBITDA margin

21.2% - 21.7%


25.2% - 25.7%

Tax Rate

~24%


~23%



    1

Guidance reflects the range provided on February 20, 2019.

    2

Constant currency is a measure that adjusts US GAAP revenue for the impact of currency over the same period in the prior year.


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 Full Year EPS Guidance


2018 Actuals 1


2019 Guidance Range
1, 2, 3

GAAP diluted net income per share

$    0.24



 $1.00 - 1.10 

Impact of change to diluted share count



GAAP net income per share, adjusted to diluted Non-GAAP share count

$    0.24



 $1.00 - 1.10 






Business transition costs 4

0.22



Non-cash purchase accounting adjustments on acquisitions 5

0.02



Non-cash interest expense on convertible notes

0.32



0.30

Litigation related expenses and settlements 6

0.65



0.20

Non-recurring consulting fees 7

0.12



Net loss on strategic investments

0.07



Amortization of intangible assets

0.97



0.90

Purchase of in-process research and development 8

0.17



European medical device regulation9

0.01



0.10

Tax effect of adjustments10

(0.56)



(0.30)

Non-GAAP earnings per share

$    2.23



 $2.20 - 2.30 






GAAP Weighted shares outstanding - basic

51,382



52,017

GAAP Weighted shares outstanding - diluted

52,355



52,938

Non-GAAP Weighted shares outstanding - diluted 11

52,178



52,714



1

Items may not foot due to rounding.

2

Guidance reflects the range provided on February 20, 2019.

3

Effective tax expense rate of ~24% applied to GAAP earnings and ~23% applied to Non-GAAP earnings.

4

Costs related to acquisition, integration and business transition activities which include severance, relocation, consulting, leasehold exit costs, third party merger and acquisitions costs, contingent consideration fair value adjustments, and other costs directly associated with such activities.

5

Represents costs associated with non-cash purchase accounting adjustments, such as acquired inventory fair market value adjustments, which are amortized over the period in which underlying products are sold.

6

Represents the loss recorded in connection with the settlement of the Madsen Medical, Inc. litigation matter, as well as 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.

7

Non-recurring consulting fees associated with the implementation of our state tax-planning strategy.

8

Purchase of an in-process research and development asset which had no future alternative use.

9

Charges represent the costs specific to updating our quality system, product labeling, asset write-offs and product remanufacturing to comply with European medical device regulation.

10

The impact on results from taxes include tax affecting the adjustments above at the statutory rate as well as taking into account discrete items and including those discrete items in the annual effective tax rate calculation. The Company also includes those adjustments that would have benefited the tax rate in lieu of the above adjustments as part of the Company's tax filings. The impact of the changes to the tax rate results in an annual rate of ~43% benefit on a GAAP basis and ~18% on a non-GAAP basis in 2018.

11

Adjusted non-GAAP diluted WASO excludes the impact of dilutive convertible notes and warrants for which the Company is economically hedged through its anti-dilutive bond hedge arrangements.

 

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Operating Margin %






(in thousands, except %)


2018
Actuals 1


2019
Guidance 1, 2

Non-GAAP Gross Margin % [A]


71.9%


72.5% - 73.0%

Non-cash purchase accounting adjustments on acquisitions 3


(0.1%)


0.0%

GAAP Gross Margin [B]


71.8%


72.5% - 73.0%






Non-GAAP Sales, Marketing & Administrative Expense [C]


51.1%


51.0% - 52.0%

Non-recurring consulting fees4


0.6%


0.0%

Litigation related expenses5


0.6%


0.7%

GAAP Sales, Marketing & Administrative Expense [D]


52.3%


51.7% - 52.7%






GAAP and Non-GAAP Research & Development Expense [E]


5.6%


6.0%






Litigation related settlements [F]6


2.5%


0.0%

Amortization of intangible assets [G]


4.6%


4.2%

Purchase of in-process research and development [H]7


0.8%


0.0%

European medical device regulation [I]8


0.0%


0.6%

Business transition costs [J] 9


1.0%


0.0%






Non-GAAP Operating Margin % [A - C - E]


15.1%


15.0% - 15.5%






GAAP Operating Margin % [B - D - E - F - G - H - I - J]


4.9%


9.5% - 10.0%



1

Items may not foot due to rounding.

2

Guidance reflects the range provided on February 20, 2019.

3

Represents costs associated with non-cash purchase accounting adjustments, such as acquired inventory fair market value adjustments, which are amortized over the period in which underlying products are sold.

4

Non-recurring consulting fees associated with the implementation of our state tax-planning strategy.

5

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.

6

Represents the loss recorded in connection with the settlement of the Madsen Medical, Inc. litigation matter.

7

Purchase of an in-process research and development asset which had no future alternative use.

8

Charges represent the costs specific to updating our quality system, product labeling, asset write-offs and product remanufacturing to comply with European medical device regulation.

9

Costs related to acquisition, integration and business transition activities which include severance, relocation, consulting, leasehold exit costs, third party merger and acquisitions costs, contingent consideration fair value adjustments, and other costs directly associated with such activities.

 

Reconciliation of EBITDA Margin %





(in thousands, except %)

2018 Actuals 1, 2


2019 Guidance Range1, 3, 4

Net Income

1.1%


4.6% - 5.0%

Interest income / expense, net 

3.4%


3.3%

Income tax benefit / (expense)

(0.3%)


1.5%

Depreciation and amortization

11.8%


11.7%

EBITDA Margin

16.0%


21.2% - 21.7%

Non-cash stock based compensation

2.3%


2.7%

Business transition costs5

1.0%


0.0%

Non-cash purchase accounting adjustments on acquisitions6

0.1%


0.0%

Litigation related expenses and settlements 7

3.1%


0.7%

Non-recurring consulting fees 8

0.6%


0.0%

In-process research and development9

0.8%


0.0%

European medical device regulation10

0.0%


0.6%

Net loss on strategic investments

0.3%


0.0%

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

24.3%


25.2% - 25.7%



1

Items may not foot due to rounding.

2

Effective tax expense rate of ~43% benefit applied to GAAP earnings and ~18% applied to Non-GAAP earnings.

 3

Effective tax expense rate of ~24% applied to GAAP earnings and ~23% applied to Non-GAAP earnings.

4

Guidance reflects the range provided on February 20, 2019.

5

Costs related to acquisition, integration and business transition activities which include severance, relocation, consulting, leasehold exit costs, third party merger and acquisitions costs, contingent consideration fair value adjustments, and other costs directly associated with such activities.

6

Represents costs associated with non-cash purchase accounting adjustments, such as acquired inventory fair market value adjustments, which are amortized over the period in which underlying products are sold.

7

Represents the loss recorded in connection with the settlement of the Madsen Medical, Inc. litigation matter, as well as 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.

8

Non-recurring consulting fees associated with the implementation of our state tax-planning strategy.

9

Purchase of an in-process research and development asset which had no future alternative use.

10

Charges represent the costs specific to updating our quality system, product labeling, asset write-offs and product remanufacturing to comply with European medical device regulation.

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.

For the Three Months Ended December 31, 2018

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to the Most Directly Comparable GAAP Financial Measures

(Unaudited - in thousands, except per share data)









Gross
Profit

Operating
Profit

Net
Income 

Diluted
EPS

Diluted
WASO 5

Net
Income to
Adjusted
EBITDA

Reported GAAP

$      202,198

$    25,856

$      12,157

$   0.23

52,530

$          12,157

% of revenue

70.1%

9.0%





Amortization of intangible assets


13,268

13,268




Litigation related expenses and settlements1


2,750

2,750



2,750

Business transition costs2


3,779

3,779



3,779

European medical device regulation3


373

373



373

Non-cash interest expense on convertible notes



4,262




Net gain on strategic investments



(30)



(30)

Tax effect of adjustments 4



(444)




Interest expense/(income), net






9,193

Income tax expense






4,175

Depreciation and amortization






33,356

Non-cash stock based compensation






3,699

Adjusted Non-GAAP

$      202,198

$    46,026

$      36,115

$   0.69

52,471

$          69,452

% of revenue

70.1%

16.0%




24.1%



  1

Represents 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.

2

Costs related to acquisition, integration and business transition activities which include severance, relocation, consulting, leasehold exit costs, third party merger and acquisitions costs, contingent consideration fair value adjustments, and other costs directly associated with such activities.

3

Charges represent the costs specific to updating our quality system, product labeling, asset write-offs and product remanufacturing to comply with European medical device regulation.

4

The impact on results from taxes include tax affecting the adjustments above at the statutory rate as well as taking into account discrete items and including those discrete items in the annual effective tax rate calculation. The Company also includes those adjustments that would have benefited the tax rate in lieu of the above adjustments as part of the Company's tax filings. The impact of the changes to the tax rate results in an annual rate of ~43% benefit on a GAAP basis and ~18% on a non-GAAP basis.

 5

Adjusted non-GAAP diluted WASO excludes the impact of dilutive convertible notes and warrants for which the Company is economically hedged through its anti-dilutive bond hedge arrangements.

 

For the Year Ended December 31, 2018

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to the Most Directly Comparable GAAP Financial Measures

(Unaudited - in thousands, except per share data)









Gross
Profit

Operating
Profit

Net
Income

Diluted
EPS

Diluted
WASO 8

Net
Income to
Adjusted
EBITDA

Reported GAAP

$      790,555

$    54,168

$      12,479

$   0.24

52,355

$          12,479

% of revenue

71.8%

4.9%





Non-cash purchase accounting adjustments on acquisitions 1

1,080

1,080

1,080



1,080

Non-recurring consulting fees 2


6,084

6,084



6,084

Amortization of intangible assets


50,670

50,670




Litigation related expenses and settlements 3


34,052

34,052



34,052

Business transition costs4


11,473

11,473



11,473

Purchase of in-process research and development 5


8,913

8,913



8,913

European medical device regulation6


373

373



373

Non-cash interest expense on convertible notes



16,722




Net loss on strategic investments



3,837



3,837

Tax effect of adjustments7



(29,126)




Interest expense/(income), net






37,271

Income tax benefit






(3,756)

Depreciation and amortization






129,765

Non-cash stock based compensation






25,761

Adjusted Non-GAAP

$      791,635

$  166,813

$    116,557

$   2.23

52,178

$        267,332

% of revenue

71.9%

15.1%




24.3%



1

Represents costs associated with non-cash purchase accounting adjustments, such as acquired inventory fair market value adjustments, which are amortized over the period in which underlying products are sold.

2

Non-recurring consulting fees associated with the implementation of our state tax-planning strategy.

3

Represents the loss recorded in connection with the settlement of the Madsen Medical, Inc. litigation matter, as well as 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.

4

Costs related to acquisition, integration and business transition activities which include severance, relocation, consulting, leasehold exit costs, third party merger and acquisitions costs, contingent consideration fair value adjustments, and other costs directly associated with such activities.

  5

Purchase of an in-process research and development asset which had no future alternative use.

  6

Charges represent the costs specific to updating our quality system, product labeling, asset write-offs and product remanufacturing to comply with European medical device regulation.

 7

The impact on results from taxes include tax affecting the adjustments above at the statutory rate as well as taking into account discrete items and including those discrete items in the annual effective tax rate calculation. The Company also includes those adjustments that would have benefited the tax rate in lieu of the above adjustments as part of the Company's tax filings. The impact of the changes to the tax rate results in an annual rate of ~43% benefit on a GAAP basis and ~18% on a non-GAAP basis.

8

Adjusted non-GAAP diluted WASO excludes the impact of dilutive convertible notes and warrants for which the Company is economically hedged through its anti-dilutive bond hedge arrangements.

 

For the Three Months Ended December 31, 2017

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to the Most Directly Comparable GAAP Financial Measures

(Unaudited - in thousands, except per share data)









Gross
Profit

Operating
Profit

Net
Income 

Diluted
EPS

Diluted
WASO 6

Net
Income to
Adjusted
EBITDA

Reported GAAP1

$      195,917

$    29,408

$      23,477

$   0.45

51,857

$          23,477

% of revenue

72.2%

10.8%





Non-cash purchase accounting adjustments on acquisitions 2

404

404

404



404

Amortization of intangible assets 3


12,999

12,677




Litigation related expenses and settlements 


4,133

4,133



4,133

Business transition costs 4


2,518

2,518



2,518

Non-cash interest expense on convertible notes



4,046




Tax effect of adjustments 5



(18,155)




Interest expense/(income), net






9,156

Income tax benefit






(3,949)

Depreciation and amortization3






32,055

Non-cash stock based compensation






7,407

Adjusted Non-GAAP

$      196,321

$    49,462

$      29,100

$   0.56

51,857

$          75,201

% of revenue

72.4%

18.2%




27.7%



   1

Reported GAAP figures for 2017 have been recasted and presented based on the full retrospective method of adoption of ASC 606.

 2

Represents costs associated with non-cash purchase accounting adjustments, such as acquired inventory fair market value adjustments, which are amortized over the period in which underlying products are sold.

 3

When reconciling from reported GAAP net income, the adjustment for amortization of intangible assets excludes the amortization associated with non-controlling interest. In January 2018, the Company completed the acquisition of the non-controlling interest.

 4

Costs related to acquisition, integration and business transition activities which include severance, relocation, consulting, leasehold exit costs, third party merger and acquisitions costs, contingent consideration fair value adjustments, and other costs directly associated with such activities.

 5

The impact on results from taxes include tax affecting the adjustments above at the statutory rate as well as taking into account discrete items and including those discrete items in the annual effective tax rate calculation. The Company also includes those adjustments that would have benefited the tax rate in lieu of the above adjustments as part of the Company's tax filings. The impact of the changes to the tax rate results in an annual rate of ~10% benefit on a GAAP basis and ~33% on a non-GAAP basis.

  6

Adjusted non-GAAP diluted WASO excludes the impact of dilutive convertible notes and warrants for which the Company is economically hedged through its anti-dilutive bond hedge arrangements.

 

For the Year Ended December 31, 2017

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to the Most Directly Comparable GAAP Financial Measures

(Unaudited - in thousands, except per share data)









Gross
Profit

Operating
Profit

Net
Income 

Diluted
EPS

Diluted
WASO6

Net
Income to
Adjusted
EBITDA

Reported GAAP1

$      758,244

$  111,486

$      81,598

$   1.48

55,193

$          81,598

% of revenue

73.9%

10.9%





Non-cash purchase accounting adjustments on acquisitions 2

540

540

540



540

Amortization of intangible assets 3


48,039

46,750




Litigation related expenses and settlements 


4,883

4,883



4,883

Business transition costs 4


4,287

4,287



4,287

Non-cash interest expense on convertible notes



17,290




Tax effect of adjustments 5



(56,357)




Interest expense/(income), net






37,581

Income tax benefit






(7,492)

Depreciation and amortization3






119,927

Non-cash stock based compensation






22,391

Adjusted Non-GAAP

$      758,784

$  169,235

$      98,991

$   1.89

52,345

$        263,715

% of revenue

73.9%

16.5%




25.7%



  1

Reported GAAP figures for 2017 have been recasted and presented based on the full retrospective method of adoption of ASC 606.

 2

Represents costs associated with non-cash purchase accounting adjustments, such as acquired inventory fair market value adjustments, which are amortized over the period in which underlying products are sold.

3

When reconciling from reported GAAP net income, the adjustment for amortization of intangible assets excludes the amortization associated with non-controlling interest. In January 2018, the Company completed the acquisition of the non-controlling interest.

 4

Costs related to acquisition, integration and business transition activities which include severance, relocation, consulting, leasehold exit costs, third party merger and acquisitions costs, contingent consideration fair value adjustments, and other costs directly associated with such activities.

5

The impact on results from taxes include tax affecting the adjustments above at the statutory rate as well as taking into account discrete items and including those discrete items in the annual effective tax rate calculation. The Company also includes those adjustments that would have benefited the tax rate in lieu of the above adjustments as part of the Company's tax filings. The impact of the changes to the tax rate results in an annual rate of ~10% benefit on a GAAP basis and ~33% on a non-GAAP basis.

6

Adjusted non-GAAP diluted WASO excludes the impact of dilutive convertible notes and warrants for which the Company is economically hedged through its anti-dilutive bond hedge arrangements.

Investor Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT to discuss the results of its fourth quarter and full year 2018 financial performance. 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 March 20, 2019. In addition, a telephone replay of the call will be available until Feb. 27, 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: 13686677.

About NuVasive

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.

Forward-Looking Statements

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 fourth quarter and full year 2018, as well as projections for 2019 financial guidance and longer-term financial performance goals. The Company's results for the fourth quarter and full year 2018 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.

 

NuVasive, Inc. 

Consolidated Statements of Operations 

(in thousands, except per share data)












Three Months Ended
December 31,


Year Ended December 31,



2018


2017


2018


2017



(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)





Revenue









Product revenue


$ 258,226


$ 248,881


$  986,458


$  938,981

Service revenue


30,101


22,341


115,256


87,704

Total revenue


288,327


271,222


1,101,714


1,026,685

Cost of revenue (excluding below amortization of intangible assets)









Cost of products sold


66,375


60,015


234,509


207,307

Cost of services


19,754


15,290


76,650


61,134

Total cost of revenue


86,129


75,305


311,159


268,441

Gross profit


202,198


195,917


790,555


758,244

Operating expenses:









   Sales, marketing and administrative


142,201


134,523


575,836


539,507

   Research and development


17,094


12,719


61,695


50,425

   Amortization of intangible assets


13,268


12,999


50,670


48,039

   Purchase of in-process research and development




8,913


   Litigation liability loss



3,750


27,800


4,500

   Business transition costs


3,779


2,518


11,473


4,287

Total operating expenses


176,342


166,509


736,387


646,758

Interest and other expense, net:









   Interest income


206


85


586


440

   Interest expense


(9,399)


(9,241)


(37,857)


(38,021)

   Other (expense) income, net


(331)


(1,160)


(8,174)


(1,542)

Total interest and other expense, net


(9,524)


(10,316)


(45,445)


(39,123)

Income before income taxes


16,332


19,092


8,723


72,363

Income tax benefit (expense)


(4,175)


3,949


3,756


7,492

Consolidated net income


$   12,157


$   23,041


$    12,479


$    79,855

Add back net loss attributable to non-controlling interests



$       (436)



$    (1,743)

Net income attributable to NuVasive, Inc.


$   12,157


$   23,477


$    12,479


$    81,598

Net income per share attributable to NuVasive, Inc.:









   Basic


$       0.24


$       0.46


$        0.24


$        1.60

   Diluted


$       0.23


$       0.45


$        0.24


$        1.48

Weighted average shares outstanding:









   Basic


51,504


51,094


51,382


50,874

   Diluted


52,530


51,857


52,355


55,193


 

NuVasive, Inc. 

Consolidated Balance Sheets 

(in thousands, except par values and share amounts) 








December 31,



2018


2017

ASSETS





Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents


$          117,840


$            72,803

Restricted cash and investments



3,901

Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $16,171 and $13,026, respectively


196,487


200,220

Inventory, net


273,244


247,138

Prepaid income taxes


16,905


17,209

Prepaid expenses and other current assets


13,733


18,792

Total current assets


618,209


560,063

Property and equipment, net


238,841


215,326

Intangible assets, net


252,048


280,774

Goodwill


561,366


536,926

Deferred tax assets


5,263


6,440

Restricted cash and investments


2,395


1,494

Other assets


29,737


39,117

Total assets


$       1,707,859


$       1,640,140

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY





Current liabilities:





Accounts payable and accrued liabilities


$          105,877


$            75,767

Contingent consideration liabilities


7,560


18,952

Accrued payroll and related expenses


59,960


55,618

Litigation liabilities


1,415


8,150

Income tax liabilities


4,648


2,908

Total current liabilities


179,460


161,395

Long-term senior convertible notes


602,526


582,920

Deferred and income tax liabilities, non-current


4,964


18,870

Other long-term liabilities


86,384


77,539

Commitments and contingencies





Stockholders' equity:





Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized, none outstanding



Common stock, $0.001 par value; 120,000,000 shares authorized at December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, 56,648,077 and 56,164,060 issued and outstanding at December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively


61


60

Additional paid-in capital


1,397,829


1,363,549

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(8,628)


(6,933)

Retained earnings


17,241


4,762

Treasury stock at cost; 5,116,496 shares and 5,001,886  shares at December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively


(571,978)


(565,867)

Total NuVasive, Inc. stockholders' equity


834,525


795,571

Non-controlling interests



3,845

Total equity


834,525


799,416

Total liabilities and equity


$ 1,707,859


$ 1,640,140

 

NuVasive, Inc. 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows 

(in thousands) 








Year Ended December 31,



2018


2017

Operating activities:





Consolidated net income


$   12,479


$  79,855

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:





Depreciation and amortization


129,765


121,176

Purchase of in-process research and development


8,913


Deferred income taxes


(11,396)


(12,838)

Amortization of non-cash interest


20,123


20,538

Stock-based compensation


25,673


22,391

Net loss on strategic investments


4,421


Reserves on current assets


14,834


5,622

Other non-cash adjustments


23,703


16,561

Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects from acquisitions:





Accounts receivable


4,562


(26,610)

Inventory


(38,646)


(35,867)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets


(1,280)


(12,681)

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities


20,518


(5,558)

Contingent consideration liabilities


(300)


(11,200)

Accrued payroll and related expenses


2,595


3,975

Litigation liability


1,165


8,150

Income taxes


2,054


3,455

Net cash provided by operating activities


219,183


176,969

Investing activities:





Other acquisitions and investments


(55,266)


(62,370)

Proceeds from other investments


3,584


Purchases of intangible assets


(7,682)


(2,270)

Purchases of property and equipment


(101,921)


(110,221)

Net cash used in investing activities


(161,285)


(174,861)

Financing activities:





Proceeds from the issuance of common stock


8,127


9,991

Payment of contingent consideration


(19,450)


(19,400)

Purchase of treasury stock


(2,928)


(11,860)

Repurchases of convertible notes



(63,317)

Proceeds from revolving line of credit


100,000


60,000

Repayments on revolving line of credit


(100,000)


(60,000)

Other financing activities


(327)


(2,442)

Net cash used in financing activities


(14,578)


(87,028)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash


(1,283)


2,070

Increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash


42,037


(82,850)

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period


78,198


161,048

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period


$ 120,235


$  78,198

 

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SOURCE NuVasive, Inc.

Investor Contact: Suzanne Hatcher, NuVasive, Inc., 858-458-2240, investorrelations@nuvasive.com; Media Contact: Jill Howard, NuVasive, Inc., 858-480-0571, media@nuvasive.com