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ClearPoint Neuro Reports 53% Increase in 2019 Revenue

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Fourth quarter revenue grows 41%, fifth consecutive quarter of revenue growth 

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ClearPoint Neuro, Inc. (Nasdaq: CLPT) (formerly, MRI Interventions, Inc.; the “Company”) today announced financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter and full year ended December 31, 2019.

2019 Full Year and Fourth Quarter Highlights

  • Achieved full-year 2019 revenue of $11.2 million, representing 53% year-over year growth.
    • Functional neurosurgery revenue increased 29% to $6.9 million.
    • Biologics and drug delivery revenue increased 116% to $2.6 million.
    • Capital equipment sales and related service revenue increased 104% to $1.7 million
    • Increased to 60 active surgical centers utilizing the ClearPoint® system.
    • Supported a record 801 cases, an increase of 20%.
    • Reduced cash burn from operations to $2.8 million.
  • Increased 2019 fourth quarter revenue 41% on a year-over-year basis to a record $3.2 million.
  • Reduced cash burn from operations in the 2019 fourth quarter to $466,000.

“We believe that 2019 exhibited a true inflection point in our Company’s history,” commented Joe Burnett, President and CEO of ClearPoint Neuro. “We delivered growth in all four segments of our business, driven by the performance of our commercial and clinical specialist teams that exceeded our plan. We made significant progress across our portfolio of navigation and therapy programs that we expect will result in U.S. FDA submission or market introduction of several new products in 2020, a testament to our development and operations teams. In transactions completed in May 2019 and January 2020, we secured more than $25 million of financing from strategic partners that strengthened our balance sheet and facilitated us becoming a Nasdaq-listed company, an accomplishment driven by our finance and legal teams. The culmination of these successes enabled us to win multiple new biologics and gene therapy partnerships that we believe will lead to exciting new applications. It is not a coincidence that the totality of these achievements led us to change our corporate name to ClearPoint Neuro. We feel we are truly a new company, with an exciting future ahead.”

Financial Results – Year Ended December 31, 2019

Total revenues were approximately $11.2 million and $7.4 million for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively, an increase of 53% year-over-year.

Functional neurosurgery revenue, which consists of disposable product sales related to cases utilizing the ClearPoint system, increased 29% to $6.9 million for 2019, from $5.3 million in 2018. The increase was due primarily to a record 801 cases utilizing the ClearPoint Neuro Navigation System in 2019, an increase of 20% from 670 cases in 2018.

Biologics and drug delivery revenue, which include sales of disposable products and services related to customer-sponsored clinical trials and services, increased 116% to $2.6 million for 2019, from $1.2 million in 2018. This increase was due primarily to the growth of both clinical services and product sales during 2019.

Capital equipment sales and related service revenue, consisting of sales of ClearPoint reusable hardware and software, and related service revenue, increased to $1.7 million for 2019, from $813,000 in 2018, due primarily to an increase in sales of ClearPoint systems, which historically have varied from quarter to quarter.

Gross margin for the year ended December 31, 2019 was 66%, as compared to 67% in 2018. The slight decrease was due primarily to an increased contribution from lower margin capital equipment sales, substantially offset by an increased contribution from sales of services, which bear higher margins relative to other lines of revenue.

Research and development costs were $2.9 million in 2019, compared to $2.3 million in 2018, an increase of 26%, resulting primarily from increases in product development costs and departmental compensation. Sales and marketing expenses were $4.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, compared to $3.5 million in 2018, an increase of 35%, resulting primarily from increases in incentive-based compensation tied to increased sales and expansion of the Company’s team of clinical specialists. General and administrative expenses were $4.3 million for both 2019 and 2018.

Financial Results – Three Months Ended December 31, 2019

Functional neurosurgery revenue increased 7% to $1.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019, from $1.6 million for the same period in 2018. The increase was primarily due to an expanded customer base and increased utilization by our existing customers of MRI scanner availability.

Biologics and drug delivery revenue increased 99% to $1.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019, from $540,000 for the fourth quarter of 2018.

Capital equipment sales and related service revenue increased to $446,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2019, versus $174,000 in the fourth quarter of 2018, which, as previously mentioned, can vary from quarter to quarter.

Gross margin for the three months ended December 31, 2019 was 71%, a slight increase from gross margin of 70% for the same period in 2018, primarily due to an increased contribution from higher margin services.

Research and development costs were $880,000 for three months ended December 31, 2019, compared to $481,000 for the same period in 2018, an increase of 83%. Sales and marketing expenses were $1.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019, compared to $879,000 for the same period in 2018, an increase of 72%, attributable primarily to increases in incentive compensation tied to increased sales, and in the expansion of the Company’s team of clinical specialists. General and administrative expenses were $1.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019, compared to $1.2 million for the same period in 2018, an increase of 8%.

Teleconference Information

Investors and analysts are invited to listen to a live broadcast review of the Company's 2019 fourth quarter and full year financial results today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time (1:30 p.m. Pacific time) that may be accessed by visiting the Company's website at www.clearpointneuro.com and selecting “Investors” / “News” / “IR Calendar.” Investors and analysts who would like to participate in the conference call may do so via telephone at (877) 407-9034, or at (201) 493-6737 if calling from outside the U.S. or Canada.

For those who cannot access the live broadcast, a replay will be available shortly after the completion of the call until February 26, 2020 by calling (877) 660-6853, or (201) 612-7415 if calling from outside the U.S. or Canada, and then entering conference I.D. number 413671. An online archive of the broadcast will be available on the Company's website at www.clearpointneuro.com, on the “Investor Relations” page.

About ClearPoint Neuro

ClearPoint Neuro’s mission is to improve and restore quality of life to patients and their families by enabling therapies for the most complex neurological disorders with pinpoint accuracy. Applications of the Company’s current product portfolio include deep-brain stimulation, laser ablation, biopsy, neuro-aspiration, and delivery of drugs, biologics and gene therapy to the brain. The ClearPoint Neuro Navigation System has FDA clearance, is CE-marked, and is installed in 60 active clinical sites in the United States. The Company’s SmartFlow® cannula is being used in partnership or evaluation with more than 20 individual biologics and drug delivery companies in various stages from preclinical research to late stage regulatory trials. To date, more than 3,500 cases have been performed and supported by the Company’s field-based clinical specialist team which offers support and services for our partners. For more information, please visit www.clearpointneuro.com

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements herein concerning the Company’s plans, growth and strategies may include forward-looking statements within the context of the federal securities laws. Statements regarding the Company's future events, developments and future performance, as well as management's expectations, beliefs, plans, estimates or projections relating to the future, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of these laws. Uncertainties and risks may cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by forward-looking statements. Particular uncertainties and risks include those relating to: future revenues from sales of the Company’s ClearPoint Neuro Navigation System products; the Company’s ability to market, commercialize and achieve broader market acceptance for the Company’s ClearPoint Neuro Navigation System products; and estimates regarding the sufficiency of the Company’s cash resources. More detailed information on these and additional factors that could affect the Company’s actual results are described in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended September 30, 2019, both of which have been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, which the Company intends to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission on or before March 30, 2020.

Contact:
Harold A. Hurwitz, Chief Financial Officer
(949) 900-6833

Matt Kreps
Darrow Associates Investor Relations
(214) 597-8200
mkreps@darrowir.com


MRI INTERVENTIONS, INC. 
Consolidated Statements of Operations

    Three Months Ended
December 31,
 
    2019     2018  
                 
Revenues:                
Product revenues   $ 2,523,789     $ 1,994,019  
Service and other revenues     686,766       282,504  
Total revenues     3,210,555       2,276,523  
Cost of revenues     933,044       689,088  
Research and development costs     880,334       481,293  
Sales and marketing expenses     1,508,604       878,997  
General and administrative expenses     1,308,630       1,206,169  
Operating loss     (1,420,057 )     (979,024 )
Other income (expense):                
Other income (loss), net     3,229       (920 )
Interest expense, net     (228,874 )     (237,996 )
Net loss   $ (1,645,702 )   $ (1,217,940 )
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders:                
Basic and diluted   $ (0.11 )   $ (0.11 )
Weighted average shares outstanding:                
Basic and diluted     15,165,193       11,012,208  


    Years Ended December 31,  
    2019     2018  
                 
Revenues:                
Product revenues   $ 9,476,364     $ 6,685,020  
Service and other revenues     1,740,573       668,246  
Total revenues     11,216,937       7,353,266  
Cost of revenues     3,832,884       2,433,069  
Research and development costs     2,922,279       2,310,139  
Sales and marketing expenses     4,755,516       3,532,040  
General and administrative expenses     4,299,936       4,325,786  
Operating loss     (4,593,678 )     (5,247,768 )
Other income (expense):                
Gain on change in fair value of derivative liabilities     -       64,318  
Other income, net     9,054       364  
Interest expense, net     (955,166 )     (980,383 )
Net loss   $ (5,539,790 )   $ (6,163,469 )
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders:                
Basic and diluted   $ (0.42 )   $ (0.56 )
Weighted average shares outstanding:                
Basic and diluted     13,155,163       10,928,213  

 MRI INTERVENTIONS, INC.
Consolidated Balance Sheets

    December 31,  
    2019     2018  
ASSETS                
Current assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 5,695,722     $ 3,101,133  
Accounts receivable, net     1,089,917       1,233,896  
Inventory, net     3,240,218       2,105,976  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     357,227       213,684  
Total current assets     10,383,084       6,654,689  
Property and equipment, net     447,162       377,706  
Operating lease rights of use     374,218       -  
Software license inventory     504,400       801,900  
Other assets     217,573       22,538  
Total assets   $ 11,926,437     $ 7,856,833  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
Current liabilities:                
Accounts payable   $ 965,783     $ 500,929  
Accrued compensation     1,408,292       764,960  
Other accrued liabilities     328,460       390,838  
Operating lease liabilities, current portion     113,520       -  
Deferred product and service revenues     1,214,754       350,963  
Total current liabilities     4,030,809       2,007,690  
                 
Accrued interest     959,659       857,500  
Operating lease liabilities     276,669          
2010 junior secured notes payable, net of unamortized discount of $765,073 and $1,459,209 at December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively     2,072,583       1,540,791  
2014 junior secured notes payable, net of unamortized discount and deferred issuance costs aggregating $35,149 at December 31, 2018     -       1,939,850  
Total liabilities     7,339,720       6,345,831  
Commitments and contingencies                
Stockholders' equity:                
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; 25,000,000 shares authorized at December 31, 2019 and 2018; none issued and outstanding at December 31, 2019 and 2018     -       -  
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized at December 31, 2019 and 2018; 15,235,308 and 11,018,364 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively     152,353       110,183  
Additional paid-in capital     117,173,984       108,600,405  
Accumulated deficit     (112,739,620 )     (107,199,586 )
Total stockholders' equity     4,586,717       1,511,002  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 11,926,437     $ 7,856,833  



MRI INTERVENTIONS, INC.  
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

    Years Ended December 31,  
    2019       2018  
                 
Cash flows from operating activities:                
Net loss   $ (5,539,790  )   $ (6,163,469 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash flows from operating activities:                
Depreciation and amortization     143,604         109,439  
Share-based compensation     799,110         1,231,379  
Expenses paid through the issuance of common stock     -         77,500  
Gain on change in fair value of derivative liabilities     -         (64,318 )
Amortization of debt issuance costs and original issue discounts     729,287         562,529  
Amortization of lease right of use assets, net of accretion in lease liabilities     106,956         -  
Increase (decrease) in cash resulting from changes in:                
    Accounts receivable     143,979         (284,481 )
    Inventory     (1,024,612  )     122,220  
    Prepaid expenses and other current assets     (143,543  )     (20,957 )
    Other assets     14,965         (10,897 )
    Accounts payable and accrued expenses     1,165,724         (284,322 )
    Lease liability     (108,985  )     -  
    Deferred revenue     863,791         94,785  
Net cash flows from operating activities     (2,849,514  )     (4,630,592 )
Cash flows from investing activities:                
Purchases of property and equipment     (10,190  )     (63,490 )
Acquisition of licensing rights     (150,000  )     -  
Net cash flows from investing activities     (160,190  )     (63,490 )
Cash flows from financing activities:                
Proceeds from private offering, net of offering costs     7,427,847         -  
Prepayment of offering costs in connection with January 2020 private placement     (75,000 )          
Proceeds from exercise of warrants     388,790         505,384  
Principal repayment of 2014 and 2010 notes     (2,137,344  )     (2,000,000 )
Net cash flows from financing activities     5,604,293  )     (1,494,616 )
Net change in cash and cash equivalents     2,594,589         (6,188,698 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year     3,101,133         9,289,831  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of year   $ 5,695,722       $ 3,101,133  
                 
                 
SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW INFORMATION                
Cash paid for:                
Income taxes   $ -       $ -  
Interest   $ 316,558       $ 210,722  

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Source: ClearPoint Neuro, Inc.