DGAP-News: aap Implantate AG / Key word(s): Half Year Results
14.08.2019 / 08:12
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aap Implantate AG (“aap“) achieved its financial objectives in the second quarter of 2019. aap registered sales of EUR 2.5 million (Q2/2018: EUR 2.7 million) and thus a value at the lower end of the forecast of EUR 2.5 million to EUR 3.5 million. EBITDA in the second quarter of 2019 were burdened by significant one-time effects in a volume of about EUR 0.8 million and amounted to EUR -2.1 million (Q2/2018: EUR -1.5 million), thus being also at the lower end of the guidance of EUR -2.1 million to EUR -1.1 million. In contrast, aap increased sales on a half-yearly basis by +10% to EUR 6.0 million (H1/2018: EUR 5.4 million), with all regions contributing with positive growth rates. EBITDA in the first six months of 2019 were EUR -3.1 million (H1/2018: EUR -3.1 million). Based on unchanged recurring EBITDA (adjusted by one-time effects) in the second quarter of 2019 of EUR -1.3 million, recurring EBITDA improved significantly on a half-yearly basis by +18% to EUR -2.2 million.
Q2/2019 and H1/2019 – Major results and progress
– Sales by region: Q2: Stable business in Germany, whereas international business was, as expected after a strong Q1, down on the previous year; further stabilisation in North America with a growth trend in distribution business; good growth rates in all regions on a half-yearly basis
– Earnings: EBITDA burdened in Q2 by significant one-time effects due primarily to early termination of contract with former CEO and termination of legal disputes; recurring EBITDA adjusted for one-time effects in Q2 on previous year level, while in H1 considerable improvement was registered (H1/2019: EUR -2.2 million; +18%)
– Gross margin and costs: Improvement of gross margin to 83% in Q2 (Q2/2018: 76%) and 84% in H1 (H1/2018: 77%) along with declining cost level (adjusted for one-time effects)
– Cash flow and balance sheet: Successful completion of capital increase with subscription rights and two further external financings with net inflows totalling around EUR 5.2 million; Cash need in H1 totalled EUR 4.0 million with positive effects of working capital reduction (EUR 1.7 million); cash holdings of EUR 7.6 million; first-time application of IFRS 16 – Leasing and concluded factoring agreement lead to shifts in balance sheet, income statement and cash flow
– LOQTEQ(R): FDA approval for polyaxial LOQTEQ(R) VA foot system – Launch in US and further markets planned for beginning of 2020; continuous focus on adaptation of processes and documents to new regulatory requirements of MDR and development of sterile packaging for implants
– Silver coating technology: In Q2 continued intensive exchange with BfArM on application to conduct a human clinical study; training of participating doctors and preparation of silver-coated implants for hospitals; preparation of application for FDA to conduct the human clinical study in the US; at the beginning of August BfArM granted approval for study and application submitted to FDA
Q2/2019 and H1/2019 – Financials
On a half-yearly basis all regions contributed with positive growth rates to the realized increase in sales. That includes Germany (+6%), although no growth was posted in the second quarter of 2019 compared with the same period of the previous year (-1%). In international business, aap recorded an expected quarterly decline (-14%) in the second quarter following strong first three months, although the positive growth trend on a half-yearly basis could be continued in this market as well (+9%). In North America, aap continued to stabilize sales development in both the second quarter and in the first half of 2019 (+10%). Particularly the growth in distribution business (+5% in Q2/2019 and +14% in H1/2019) shows that the implemented measures are bearing fruit and the foundation for the return to dynamic growth has been laid.
* Includes cost of personnel measures, termination of legal disputes (net effect) and external staff.
* Includes cost of personnel measures, external staff and termination of legal disputes (net effect).
In respect of earnings aap benefited in both the second quarter and the first half of 2019 from an improved gross margin and a declining cost level (adjusted for one-time effects). At the same time, however, earnings were burdened by significant one-time effects in the second quarter, due primarily to the early termination of the contract with the former CEO and the termination of legal disputes. On that basis EBITDA in the second quarter of 2019 were EUR -2.1 million (Q2/2018: EUR -1.5 million) and in the first six months of the current financial year EUR -3.1 million (H1/2018: EUR -3.1 million). Adjusted for one-time effects, recurring EBITDA in the second quarter of 2019 were unchanged at EUR -1.3 million. If compared on a half-yearly basis, recurring EBITDA improved significantly by +18 % to EUR -2.2 million (H1/2018: EUR -2.7 million) and reflect the aimed development: Focus on established markets with higher profit margins and simultaneous a disciplined cost management to improve the operating performance.
In the second quarter of 2019 aap also implemented a package of measures to strengthen its financial base. The Company successfully completed a capital increase with subscription rights and two further external financings. The overall inflow from these measures totalled around EUR 5.2 million that the Company uses to finance the planned sales growth and for the further development of its pioneering and innovative silver coating technology.
With a view to its antibacterial silver coating technology, aap will further intensify talks and negotiations with interested global medical technology companies after approval of the human clinical study by the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (“BfArM”). In detail, the Company discusses in addition to joint product development and approval projects also distribution partnerships as well as licensing deals up to the sale of the technology for specific application areas. For its innovative resorbable magnesium implant technology aap aims to push forward the further development of this promising technology jointly with partners under aap‘s management.
For financial year 2019 the Management Board expects sales of EUR 11.0 million to EUR 13.0 million and EBITDA of EUR -6.0 million to EUR 5.0 million. This corresponds to an increase in sales of 2% to 21% and an improvement in EBITDA of 6% to 22% compared with the previous year’s figures.
Against the background of the resolved change of the stock exchange listing from the Prime Standard to the General Standard of the regulated market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, aap will no longer be publishing a consolidated quarterly statement for the third quarter of 2019. The Company will comply with the high transparency requirements of the regulated market in the General Standard in the future as well and continue to inform its shareholders and the capital market about the developments in a suitable form on a quarterly basis within a financial year.
 Relating to sales revenues, changes in inventories of finished and unfinished products and cost of materials / purchased services.
About aap Implantate AG
For inquiries please contact:
aap Implantate AG; Fabian Franke; Manager Investor Relations; Lorenzweg 5; 12099 Berlin, Germany; Tel.: +49/30/750 19 – 134; Fax.: +49/30/750 19 – 290; email@example.com
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|Company:||aap Implantate AG|
|Phone:||+49 (0) 30 75 01 90|
|Fax:||+49 (0) 30 75 01 91 11|
|Listed:||Regulated Market in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange|
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