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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549


FORM 8-K


CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 

Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): May 8, 2018

Vericel Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Michigan
 
  001-35280
 
94-3096597
(State or other jurisdiction of
 
(Commission File Number)
 
(l.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
incorporation)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
64 Sidney Street
 
 
 
 
Cambridge, MA
 
02139
 
 
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
 

Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (800) 556-0311

Not Applicable
Former name or former address, if changed since last report

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Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition

On May 8, 2018, Vericel Corporation issued a press release, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
The information in this Report on Form 8-K and Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto is intended to be furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits
Exhibit No.
 
Description
 
 
99.1
 






SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 
 
 
Vericel Corporation
 
 
 
 
 
Date: May 8, 2018
 
 
By:
/s/ Gerard Michel
 
 
 
 
Name: Gerard Michel
 
 
 
 
Title: Chief Financial Officer and Vice President Corporate Development








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Exhibit 99.1
 
 
 
 
 
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Vericel Corporation
64 Sidney Street Cambridge, MA 02139
T (617) 252-7999 F (617) 252-7550
www.vcel.com

Vericel Reports First Quarter 2018 Financial Results
Record First Quarter Revenues of $18.0 Million
Conference Call Today at 8:30am Eastern Time
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 8, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Vericel Corporation (NASDAQ:VCEL), a leader in advanced cell therapies for the sports medicine and severe burn care markets, today reported financial results and business highlights for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018.
First Quarter 2018 Financial Highlights
Total net revenues of $18.0 million compared to $9.4 million in the first quarter of 2017; first quarter 2017 revenues included a $2.8 million revenue reserve for Carticel® and MACI® related to a contractual dispute between one of the Company’s pharmacy providers and a third-party payer;
Gross margins of 57% compared to gross margins of 24% in the first quarter of 2017;
Net loss of $7.7 million, or $0.21 loss per share, which included warrant-related expense of $2.9 million, compared to net loss of $9.8 million, or $0.31 per share, in the first quarter of 2017, which included $0.1 million of warrant income;
Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA loss of $2.6 million compared to a loss of $5.9 million in the first quarter of 2017; and
As of March 31, 2018, the company had $29.8 million in cash compared to $26.9 million in cash at December 31, 2017.

Recent Business Highlights
During and since the first quarter of 2018, the company:
Achieved record first quarter revenues and the fourth straight quarter of 30% or greater revenue growth versus the same quarter of the prior year;
Achieved the Company’s first quarter of positive operating cash flow;
Deployed the expanded MACI (autologous cultured chondrocytes on porcine collagen membrane) sales force, which increased from 28 to 40 sales representatives;
Launched the MACI ‘It’s Your Move’ campaign in partnership with world champion swimmer, five-time Olympian, and best-selling author Dara Torres; and

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Announced the publication of results from the Phase 3 SUMMIT Extension Study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine demonstrating sustained clinical benefit of MACI out to five years.
“We had a strong start to 2018 with significant revenue growth for both MACI and Epicel, and delivered the fourth straight quarter of 30% or higher revenue growth compared to the same quarter of the prior year,” said Nick Colangelo, president and CEO of Vericel. “We also reported significant margin improvements and generated the Company’s first quarter of positive operating cash flow as we continue to move our current business towards sustained profitability.”

First Quarter 2018 Results
Total net revenues for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 were $18.0 million, which included $12.1 million of MACI net revenue and $6.0 million of Epicel® (cultured epidermal autografts) net revenue, compared to $5.0 million of Carticel (autologous cultured chondrocytes) and MACI net revenue and $4.4 million of Epicel net revenue, respectively, in the first quarter of 2017. Total net revenues for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 included a $2.8 million revenue reserve for Carticel and MACI related to a contractual dispute between one of the Company’s pharmacy providers and a third-party payer. Total net revenues increased 93% compared to the first quarter of 2017, with MACI revenue increasing 141% and Epicel revenue increasing 37%, respectively, compared to the same period in 2017. Excluding the revenue reserve in the first quarter of 2017, non-GAAP net revenues increased 49%, with MACI revenue increasing 55% compared to first quarter of 2017.
Gross profit for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 was $10.4 million, or 57% of net revenues, compared to $2.3 million, or 24% of net revenues, for the first quarter of 2017.
Total operating expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 were $14.7 million compared to $11.9 million for the same period in 2017.
Loss from operations for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 was $4.3 million, compared to a loss of $9.6 million for the first quarter of 2017. Material non-cash items impacting the operating loss for the quarter included $1.3 million of stock-based compensation expense and $0.4 million in depreciation expense.
Other expense for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 was $3.3 million compared to $0.2 million for the same period in 2017. The change in other expense for the quarter is primarily due to a $2.9 million change in the fair value of warrants.
Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA loss was $2.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 compared to a loss of $5.9 million in the same period in 2017. See table reconciling non-GAAP measures for more details.
Vericel’s net loss for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 was $7.7 million, or $0.21 per share, compared to a net loss of $9.8 million, or $0.31 per share, for the same period in 2017.

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As of March 31, 2018, the company had $29.8 million in cash compared to $26.9 million in cash at December 31, 2017.
“Our first quarter results demonstrated continued momentum moving into our second year with MACI on the market and that investments made in Epicel are continuing to drive additional utilization,” added Mr. Colangelo. “We believe that an expanded MACI sales force in 2018, together with patient-focused marketing initiatives, will further strengthen our position in the market and build the foundation for strong revenue growth in the years ahead.”
Conference Call Information
Today's conference call will be available live at 8:30am Eastern time in the Investor Relations section of the Vericel website at http://investors.vcel.com/events.cfm. Please access the site at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time in order to download the required audio software if necessary. To participate in the live call by telephone, please call (877) 312-5881 and reference Vericel Corporation's first-quarter 2018 investor conference call. If calling from outside the U.S., please use the international phone number (253) 237-1173.
If you are unable to participate in the live call, the webcast will be available at http://investors.vcel.com/events.cfm until May 8, 2019. A replay of the call will also be available until 11:30am (EST) on May 13, 2018 by calling (855) 859-2056, or from outside the U.S. (404) 537-3406. The conference ID is 1564056.
About Vericel Corporation
Vericel is a leader in advanced cell therapies for the sports medicine and severe burn care markets. The company markets two cell therapy products in the United States. MACI (autologous cultured chondrocytes on porcine collagen membrane) is an autologous cellularized scaffold product indicated for the repair of symptomatic, single or multiple full-thickness cartilage defects of the knee with or without bone involvement in adults. Epicel (cultured epidermal autografts) is a permanent skin replacement for the treatment of patients with deep dermal or full thickness burns greater than or equal to 30% of total body surface area. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.vcel.com.
GAAP v. Non‑GAAP Measures
Vericel's reported earnings are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or GAAP, and represent earnings as reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Vericel has provided in this release financial information that has not been prepared in accordance with GAAP.  Vericel's management believes that adjusted EBITDA loss described in the release, or EBITDA loss adjusted for specific items that are generally not indicative of our core operations, provides additional information that is useful to investors in understanding Vericel's underlying performance, business and performance trends, and helps facilitate period to period comparisons and compare its financial measures with other companies in Vericel's industry.  However, non-GAAP financial measures that Vericel uses may differ from measures that other companies may use.  Non-GAAP financial measures are not required to be uniformly applied, are not audited and should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for results prepared in accordance with GAAP.

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Epicel®, MACI® and Carticel® are registered trademarks of Vericel Corporation. © 2018 Vericel Corporation. All rights reserved.
This document contains forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements concerning anticipated progress, objectives and expectations regarding the commercial potential of our products and growth in revenues, and objectives and expectations regarding our company described herein, all of which involve certain risks and uncertainties. These statements are often, but are not always, made through the use of words or phrases such as "anticipates," "intends," "estimates," "plans," "expects," "we believe," "we intend," “guidance,” ”outlook,” “future,” and similar words or phrases, or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "potential," "could," "may," or similar expressions. Actual results may differ significantly from the expectations contained in the forward-looking statements. Among the factors that may result in differences are the inherent uncertainties associated with our expectations regarding 2018 revenues, our ability to achieve or sustain profitability, our need to generate significant sales to become profitable, potential fluctuations in sales volumes and our results of operations over the course of the year, competitive developments, estimating the commercial growth potential of our products and product candidates and growth in revenues and improvement in costs, market demand for our products, our ability to secure consistent reimbursement for our products, changes in third party coverage and reimbursement, any disruption or delays in operations at our facilities, our dependence on a limited number of third party suppliers, our ability to maintain and expand our network of direct sales employees, and our ability to supply or meet customer demand for our products. These and other significant factors are discussed in greater detail in Vericel's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on March 5, 2018, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings with the SEC. These forward-looking statements reflect management's current views and Vericel does not undertake to update any of these forward-looking statements to reflect a change in its views or events or circumstances that occur after the date of this release except as required by law. 
Global Media Contacts:
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Investor Contacts:
Chad Rubin
Solebury Trout

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crubin@troutgroup.com
+1 (646) 378-2947

Lee Stern
Solebury Trout
lstern@troutgroup.com
+1 (646) 378-2922






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VERICEL CORPORATION 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(unaudited, amounts in thousands)
 
 
March 31,
 
December 31,
 
 
2018
 
2017
ASSETS
 
 

 
 

Current assets:
 
 

 
 

Cash
 
$
29,777

 
$
26,862

Accounts receivable (net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $315 and $249, respectively)
 
13,162

 
18,270

Inventory
 
3,905

 
3,793

Other current assets
 
1,358

 
1,581

Total current assets
 
48,202

 
50,506

Property and equipment, net
 
4,207

 
4,071

Total assets
 
$
52,409

 
$
54,577

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 
 

 
 

Current liabilities:
 
 

 
 

Accounts payable
 
$
5,768

 
$
5,552

Accrued expenses
 
4,007

 
5,573

Short term deferred rent
 
426

 
420

Current portion of term loan credit agreement (net of deferred costs of $69 and $67, respectively)
 
1,597

 
350

Warrant liabilities
 
1,921

 
1,014

Other
 
159

 
181

Total current liabilities
 
13,878

 
13,090

Revolving and term loan credit agreement (net of deferred costs of $185 and $196, respectively)
 
15,649

 
16,888

Long term deferred rent
 
1,947

 
2,059

Total liabilities
 
31,474

 
32,037

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
 
 
 
 
Shareholders’ equity:
 
 

 
 

Common stock, no par value; shares authorized — 75,000; shares issued and outstanding — 36,502 and 35,861, respectively
 
389,074

 
383,020

Warrants
 
397

 
397

Accumulated deficit
 
(368,536
)
 
(360,877
)
Total shareholders’ equity
 
20,935

 
22,540

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity
 
$
52,409

 
$
54,577


 

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VERICEL CORPORATION 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(unaudited, amounts in thousands except per share amounts) 
 
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
 
 
2018
 
2017
Product sales, net
 
$
18,027

 
$
9,361

Cost of product sales
 
7,666

 
7,109

Gross profit
 
10,361

 
2,252

Research and development
 
3,729

 
3,467

Selling, general and administrative
 
10,954

 
8,408

Total operating expenses
 
14,683

 
11,875

Loss from operations
 
(4,322
)
 
(9,623
)
Other income (expense):
 
 

 
 

(Increase) decrease in fair value of warrants
 
(2,907
)
 
107

Foreign currency translation (loss)
 
(44
)
 
(1
)
Interest income
 

 
1

Interest expense
 
(432
)
 
(262
)
Other income
 
46

 

Total other income (expense)
 
(3,337
)
 
(155
)
Net loss
 
$
(7,659
)
 
$
(9,778
)
 
 
 
 
 
Net loss per share attributable to common shareholders (Basic and Diluted)
 
$
(0.21
)
 
$
(0.31
)
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding (Basic and Diluted)
 
36,140

 
31,896


RECONCILIATION OF REPORTED NET LOSS (GAAP) TO ADJUSTED EBITDA (NON-GAAP MEASURE) - UNAUDITED
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
(In thousands)
 
2018
 
2017
Net loss (GAAP)
 
$
(7,659
)
 
$
(9,778
)
Change in fair value of warrants
 
2,907

 
(107
)
Revenue reserve related to a dispute between pharmacy provider and payer
 

 
2,775

Stock compensation expense
 
1,342

 
502

Depreciation and amortization
 
427

 
409

Net interest expense
 
432

 
261

Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP)
 
$
(2,551
)
 
$
(5,938
)



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