EQS-News: aap Implantate AG / Key word(s): Quarter Results/9 Month figures
aap Implantate AG ("aap" or the "Company") was able to realize slight sales growth in the third quarter contrary to the general downward trend in the trauma sector and in a persistently volatile market environment. Thereby, the Company's sales in Q3/2022 increased by 1 % to EUR 3.0 million compared to the same period of the previous year (Q3/2021: EUR 3.0 million). In the first nine months of the current fiscal year, sales decreased by 4 % to EUR 8.5 million compared to 9M/2021 (9M/2021: EUR 8.9 million). Taking into account constant exchange rates, the changes in sales were ‑3 % (Q3) and ‑8 % (9M).
With regard to earnings, the Company recorded normalized EBITDA1 of EUR ‑0.4 million (reported: EUR ‑0.8 million; Q3/2021: +EUR 20 thousand) in the third quarter and of EUR ‑1.5 million (9M/2021: EUR +0.1 million) in the first nine months of 2022, respectively, mainly reflecting the decline in sales (9M), the expansion of the sales infrastructure in Germany and the U.S. as planned, the execution of the clinical trial for aap's innovative antibacterial silver coating technology as well as the extensive work on processes and documents to meet the increased regulatory requirements of the new EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR). In addition, other operating income decreased, and the Company faced partly massive unplanned cost increases (e.g. procurement prices for energy and purchased inputs) from the observable increasing pressure on global supply chains and the general inflationary cost environment, e.g. as a result of the war in Ukraine.
In general, regarding the regions outside North America, the Company continues to face the existing and now also worsening pandemic COVID-19 situation, related increasing staff shortages in hospitals and also in the increasing but persistently too low mobility and the changed mobility behavior of the populations, which is reflected in lower case numbers compared to pre-COVID-19 levels. In addition, the still ongoing war in Ukraine, the observable dynamic pressure on global supply chains and the general inflationary (cost)environment are generally affecting business development.
Q3/2022 and 9M/2022 - Key financial figures
Sales Q3/2022 and 9M/2022
Looking at the individual regions, the picture in North America is very positive: the Company achieved significant sales growth of +45 % and +9 % in both the third quarter and the first nine months. This shows a clear recovery of the market in the third quarter compared to the first half of 2022. Above all, the increased average invoiced price per surgery performed was the main factor behind the increase in sales; in addition, the development of the USD/EUR exchange rate was also beneficial. Even taking into account constant exchange rates, the changes in sales were a remarkable +24 % in the third quarter or almost at the level of the previous year in a nine-month comparison.
For the sales regions outside North America, the aforementioned effects ran through almost all markets relevant to aap, albeit to varying degrees. In the EMEA region, the Company recorded a 7 % decline in sales in the third quarter, which resulted in a sales decrease of also 7 % in the first nine months of the financial year. This was mainly due to developments in markets outside the EU, which showed a lower volume of business than in the previous year. The markets within the EU showed a slightly positive development in the third quarter, although the home market of Germany was down on the previous year due to lower case numbers in clinics using aap products. By contrast, the market in South Africa, among others, developed positively in the nine-month period with significant double-digit growth, although this could only partially compensate for the development of the other submarkets in the EMEA region. Following encouraging developments in the first half of the year, the LATAM region realized a 22 % decline in sales in the third quarter, resulting in a reduction of 8 % in the nine-month period. The encouraging growth in Mexico in Q3 of 84 % could not fully compensate for the declines in the Puerto Rico and Chile markets. In addition, sales in the prior-year quarter were significantly impacted by an initial equipment order from a new customer in Colombia. In the APAC region, aap recorded a sales decline of 27 % in the third quarter and 42 % in the nine-month period compared with the respective comparative period of the previous year, mainly because of a reduced volume of business due to a sharp drop in the price situation with the Chinese distribution partner.
EBITDA Q3/2022 and 9M/2022
Regarding earnings, comparable EBITDA (normalized1) decreased year-on-year to EUR ‑0.4 million for Q3 2022 (reported: EUR ‑0.8 million; Q3/2021: EUR +20 thousand) and to EUR -1.5 million for the first nine months of 2022 (9M/2021: EUR +0.1 million). The following developments were particularly decisive in this regard:
Excluding non-recurring items, comparable Recurring EBITDA (normalized1) decreased to EUR ‑0.3 million (reported: EUR ‑0.8 million; Q3/2021: EUR +4 thousand) and to EUR ‑1.7 million (9M/2021: EUR ‑0.4 million) in the third quarter and first nine months of 2022, respectively.
With a view to stabilizing aap's financial position, the Company successfully executed a capital increase of around 10 % in September/October. A total of around 0.6 million new shares were issued excluding subscription rights by way of a private placement against cash contributions at a subscription price of EUR 1.99, so that the Company received a net inflow of around EUR 1.2 million after deduction of consultancy fees and other costs. The new shares were subscribed by a strategic investor from Asia, who already has business activities in the field of orthopedics. As of September 30, 2022, the Company reported cash and cash equivalents of approximately EUR 1.0 million.
Silver coating technology
Regarding aap's innovative antibacterial silver coating technology, an application for an amendment to the clinical trial plan was submitted following restrained patient recruitment in the first nine months of 2022. This was approved by the relevant authorities and is currently being implemented. Thus, aap expects that the necessary number of patients will be reached at the beginning of 2024 and that the mandatory follow-up year will then begin. In addition, aap is still in talks about possible co-financing of the human clinical trial and further cooperation opportunities.
Not included in the following forecast statements:
Based on Q3 2022 results, a continued volatile market environment due to the war in Ukraine and a re-aggravating pandemic COVID-19 situation, and including consideration of ongoing inflationary pressures, the Company now expects revenue and EBITDA at the lower end of the guidance range of EUR 11.5 million to EUR 13.5 million (revenue) and EUR -2.0 million to EUR -1.1 million (EBITDA), respectively.
About aap Implantate AG
aap Implantate AG is a globally active medical technology company headquartered in Berlin, Germany. The company develops, manufactures and markets products for traumatology. In addition to the innovative anatomical plate system LOQTEQ®, the IP-protected portfolio includes a wide range of cannulated screws. In addition, aap Implantate AG has an innovation pipeline with promising development projects such as antibacterial silver coating technology and magnesium-based implants. These technologies address critical problems in traumatology that have not yet been adequately solved. In Germany, aap Implantate AG sells its products directly to hospitals, purchasing groups and group clinics, while at international level it primarily uses a broad network of distributors in around 25 countries. In the USA, the company relies on a hybrid sales strategy through its subsidiary aap Implants Inc. This involves sales both via distribution agents and within the framework of partnerships with global orthopedic companies. The aap Implantate AG share is listed in the General Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (XETRA: AAQ.DE). For further information, please visit our website at www.aap.de.
The figures presented in this press release may be subject to technical rounding differences which do not affect the overall presentation.
This release may contain forward-looking statements based on current expectations, beliefs and projections of the Management Board and currently available information. The forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or results. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. These factors include those discussed in aap's public reports. Forward-looking statements therefore speak only as of the date they are made. We assume no obligation to update the forward-looking statements made in this release or to conform them to future events or developments.
 Q3 EBITDA normalized: Smoothing of a valuation effect from the second quarter in work in progress which neutralized this effect again in the third quarter; pure quarterly shift and therefore no impact on the 9M figures.
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