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Pulmonx Reports Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Nov. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pulmonx Corporation (Nasdaq: LUNG) (“Pulmonx” or the “Company”), a global leader in minimally invasive treatments for lung disease, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022.

Recent Highlights

  • Achieved worldwide revenue of $13.5 million in the third quarter of 2022, a 2% increase over the same period last year and an increase of 7% on a constant currency basis, driven by U.S. revenue of $8.4 million representing 22% year-over-year growth
  • Realized gross margin of 75% in the third quarter of 2022 as compared to 73% in the same period last year
  • Added 13 new U.S. treatment centers for Zephyr Valves in the third quarter 2022, increasing total U.S. treatment centers to 261
  • Preliminary AeriSeal data reported across two studies suggest that AeriSeal could significantly expand addressable market for Zephyr Valves to include patients with collateral ventilation
  • Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) agreed to approve Zephyr Valves to treat severe COPD/emphysema patients in Japan following a Special Panel Meeting on October 3, 2022

“Patient and physician interest in our clinically proven Zephyr Valve procedure remains strong despite ongoing hospital staffing challenges. We are building a large new market with a programmatic approach focused on high quality training for new centers, supporting our customers to realize operational efficiencies, and driving highly targeted education of COPD physicians about this new therapeutic option for their patients,” said Glen French, President & Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. French continued, “Further, we are very pleased to have made significant progress toward expanding our addressable market by securing agreement to approve Zephyr Valves in Japan and presenting encouraging preliminary data showing AeriSeal can expand Zephyr Valve treatment to patients with collateral ventilation. Our long-term outlook remains strong, and we look forward to further penetrating our significant market opportunity through incremental account acquisition and procedure volume growth, geographic expansion, and innovation.”

Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results
Total worldwide revenue in the third quarter of 2022 was $13.5 million, a 2% increase from $13.3 million in the third quarter of 2021 and an increase of 7% on a constant currency basis. U.S. revenue was $8.4 million, a 22% increase from the third quarter of 2021 and reflected continued commercial momentum and growth of Zephyr valve procedures. International revenue was $5.1 million, a 20% decrease compared to the third quarter of 2021, and a 10% decrease on a constant currency basis. Global sales were impacted by a more pronounced summer seasonality effect than has been seen in years past.

Gross profit in the third quarter of 2022 was $10.2 million, a 4% increase compared to $9.7 million for the third quarter of 2021. Gross margin for the third quarter of 2022 was 75%, up from 73% for the same period in 2021. The improvement in gross margin reflects benefits from production efficiencies.

Operating expenses in the third quarter of 2022 were $24.1 million, compared to $19.5 million for the third quarter of 2021, representing an increase of 23%. The increase in operating expenses was driven primarily by investments in commercial activity, research and development associated with our AeriSeal clinical development program, and an increase in non-cash stock-based compensation.

Net loss in the third quarter of 2022 was $14.2 million, or $0.38 per share, compared to a net loss of $10.2 million, or $0.28 per share, for the same period in 2021.

Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities totaled $156.9 million as of September 30, 2022.

2022 Financial Outlook
Pulmonx is updating its full year 2022 revenue guidance to be in the range of $51.5 million to $52.5 million, as compared to previously communicated guidance of $55 million to $60 million.

The Company now expects total operating expenses for the full year 2022 to fall in the range of $98 million to $100 million, as compared to previously communicated guidance of $100 million to $105 million, inclusive of stock-based compensation.

Webcast and Conference Call Details
Pulmonx will host a conference call today, November 3, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. PT / 4:30 p.m. ET to discuss its third quarter 2022 financial results. Investors interested in listening to the conference call should register online. Participants are required to register a day in advance or at minimum 15 minutes before the start of the call. A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at https://investors.pulmonx.com/. The webcast will be archived on the website following the completion of the call.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Pulmonx has presented constant currency percentage change in revenues, a non-GAAP financial measure, in this press release. Constant currency calculations show reported current period revenues as if the foreign exchange rates remain the same as those in effect in the comparable prior year period. Pulmonx uses results on a constant currency basis as one measure to evaluate its performance. Pulmonx calculates constant currency by calculating current-year results using foreign currency exchange rates from the applicable comparable period in the prior year. Pulmonx generally refers to such amounts calculated on a constant currency basis as excluding the impact of foreign exchange or being on a constant currency basis. Reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to the most comparable GAAP measure is set forth in the tables below.

Pulmonx believes the presentation of results on a constant currency basis in addition to reported results helps improve investors’ ability to understand its operating results and evaluate its performance in comparison to prior periods. Pulmonx generally uses constant currency to facilitate management’s financial and operational decision-making, including evaluation of Pulmonx’s historical operating results. Non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of the Company’s operations that, when viewed with GAAP results, may provide a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting Pulmonx’s business.

This non-GAAP financial measure should be considered supplemental to, and not a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Because non-GAAP financial measures exclude the effect of items that increase or decrease the company’s reported results of operations, management strongly encourages investors to review, when they become available, the Company’s consolidated financial statements and publicly filed reports in their entirety. The Company’s definition of non-GAAP measures may differ from similarly titled measures used by others.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current assumptions and expectations of future events and trends, which affect or may affect the Company’s business, strategy, operations or financial performance, and actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements due to numerous risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include information concerning the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company and its operations, a recovery and growth in the number of procedures performed, the size and penetration of the Japanese market for our products, the ability of AeriSeal to expand the addressable market for our products and to receive regulatory approval as well as physician and patient acceptance, and the Company’s possible or assumed future results of operations, including long-term outlook, descriptions of the Company’s revenues, total operating expenses, gross margin, profitability, guidance for full year 2022, commercial momentum, and overall business strategy. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in this press release can be found in the Risk Factors section of Pulmonx’s public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on August 8, 2022, available at www.sec.gov. Because forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. Except to the extent required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or review any estimate, projection, or forward-looking statement. Actual results may differ from those set forth in this press release due to the risks and uncertainties inherent in the Company’s business.

About Pulmonx Corporation
Pulmonx Corporation (Nasdaq: LUNG) is a global leader in minimally invasive treatments for severe lung disease. Pulmonx’s Zephyr® Endobronchial Valve, Chartis® Pulmonary Assessment System and StratX® Lung Analysis Platform are designed to assess and treat patients with severe emphysema/COPD who despite medical management are still profoundly symptomatic. Pulmonx received FDA pre-market approval to commercialize the Zephyr Valve following its designation as a “breakthrough device.” The Zephyr Valve is commercially available in more than 25 countries, with over 100,000 valves used to treat more than 25,000 patients. For more information on the Zephyr Valves and the company, please visit www.Pulmonx.com.

Pulmonx®, Chartis®, StratX®, and Zephyr® are registered trademarks of Pulmonx Corporation.

Investor Contact
Brian Johnston
Gilmartin Group

Pulmonx Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
(Unaudited)
          
  Three Months Ended September 30,  Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2022 2021  2022 2021
Revenue $13,502  $13,261   $38,237  $34,708 
Cost of goods sold  3,350   3,522    9,556   9,329 
Gross profit  10,152   9,739    28,681   25,379 
Operating expenses         
Research and development  4,366   2,815    11,494   9,355 
Selling, general and administrative  19,717   16,686    61,197   50,962 
Total operating expenses  24,083   19,501    72,691   60,317 
Loss from operations  (13,931)  (9,762)   (44,010)  (34,938)
Interest income  477   99    781   306 
Interest expense  (286)  (207)   (707)  (630)
Other income (expense), net  (432)  (267)   (597)  (202)
Net loss before tax  (14,172)  (10,137)   (44,533)  (35,464)
Income tax expense     44    107   191 
Net loss $(14,172) $(10,181)  $(44,640) $(35,655)
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted $(0.38) $(0.28)  $(1.21) $(0.99)
Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted  37,190,352   36,449,399    37,001,136   35,958,217 
          
Pulmonx Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
 September 30, 2022 December 31, 2021
Assets   
Current assets   
Cash and cash equivalents$112,402  $148,480 
Restricted cash 231   231 
Short-term marketable securities 44,497   31,561 
Accounts receivable, net 7,221   6,562 
Inventory 20,127   16,285 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 3,192   4,883 
Total current assets 187,670   208,002 
Long-term marketable securities    10,941 
Property and equipment, net 4,922   4,814 
Goodwill 2,333   2,333 
Intangible assets, net 185   277 
Right of use assets 6,406   8,075 
Other long-term assets 687   731 
Total assets$202,203  $235,173 
        
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity   
Current liabilities   
Accounts payable$2,648  $1,582 
Accrued liabilities 10,744   13,366 
Income taxes payable    147 
Deferred revenue 106   163 
Short-term debt 5,043   91 
Current lease liabilities 3,145   2,201 
Total current liabilities 21,686   17,550 
Deferred tax liability 51   37 
Long-term lease liabilities 4,644   6,844 
Long-term debt 12,340   17,324 
Other long-term liabilities    179 
Total liabilities 38,721   41,934 
Stockholders’ equity   
Common stock 37   37 
Additional paid-in capital 498,083   482,885 
Accumulated other comprehensive income 1,397   1,712 
Accumulated deficit (336,035)  (291,395)
Total stockholders’ equity 163,482   193,239 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$202,203  $235,173 
    
Pulmonx Corporation
Reconciliation of Reported Revenue % Change to Constant Currency Revenue % Change
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
 Three months ended September 30,      
 2022 2021 % Change FX Impact % Constant Currency % Change
United States$8,402 $6,861 22.5% —% 22.5%
International 5,100  6,400 (20.3)% (10.8)% (9.5)%
Total$13,502 $13,261 1.8% (5.2)% 7.0%
          
 Nine months ended September 30,      
 2022 2021 % Change FX Impact % Constant Currency % Change
United States$23,031 $17,716 30.0% —% 30.0%
International 15,206  16,992 (10.5)% (9.2)% (1.3)%
Total$38,237 $34,708 10.2% (4.5)% 14.7%
          

Source: Pulmonx