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INVO Bioscience, Inc. (Nasdaq: INVO) Reports Yearend Financial Highlights & Recent Operational Highlights Financial Highlights

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

On March 30, 2021  INVO Bioscience, Inc. (Nasdaq: INVO), a medical device company focused on creating alternative treatments for patients diagnosed with infertility and developers of INVOcell®, the world’s only in vivo Intravaginal Culture System, announced its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2020.

INVO’s Recent Operational Highlights

  • In March 2021, the Company signed an agreement to open the first U.S.-based INVOcell clinic, to be located in Birmingham, Alabama with an expected opening in the second half of 2021. The Birmingham facility will be a joint venture with a group of experienced reproductive specialists who have been strong advocates and adopters of the INVOcell solution, having performed more than 700 cycles with INVOcell while in practice.
  • In addition to the Birmingham clinic, the Company signed joint venture agreements to open dedicated INVOcell centers in Mexico and India during 2020.
  • Regulatory approval for INVOcell in Mexico in February 2021 allows partner to target clinic opening in second half of 2021.
  • In addition to the U.S. commercialization agreement with Ferring, the Company signed additional international agreements as well as began selling direct into Spain in early 2021 at three separate fertility clinics.
  • During 2020, additional real-world evidence accrued, which continues to reflect the quality outcomes achieved in real world usage of INVOcell, memorialized in a published peer-reviewed manuscript by Ferring.
  • Formed a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) with the appointment of several prominent members of the fertility industry, including Tony Anderson, DHSc, ELD, Amber Cooper, MD, MSCI, FACOG, Karen R. Hammond, DNP, CRNP, and Francisco “Paco” Arredondo, MD, MPH, FACOG.
  • Strengthened the board of directors with the addition of independent directors Barbara RyanMatthew Szot and Jeffrey J. Segal, M.D., J.D.
  • Listed the Company’s common stock on the Nasdaq Capital Market.

INVO’s Financial Highlights

  • Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2020 was $1,037,286, compared to $1,480,213 for the ended December 31, 2019. Subsequent to the end of the year, Ferring placed a $501,000 order for the remaining 2020 minimum contractual product purchase requirements, which will be recognized as revenue by INVO Bioscience in the first quarter of 2021.
  • Net loss for 2020 was $(8.3) million, which included $(4.4) million of non-cash charges primarily related to the debt discount amortization and stock-based compensation. Adjusted EBITDA for 2020 was $(3.7) million compared to $(1.5) million in the prior year (see Adjusted EBITDA Table).
  • As of December 31, 2020, the Company had a cash position of approximately $10.1 million.

Management Discussion

“In the face of a difficult year for many industries, including the fertility business, I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of the entire INVO Bioscience team. During the year, we put in place a number of building blocks for the future, which are already beginning to pay dividends. Recently we announced our plan to open our first U.S.-based INVOcell clinic in partnership with some of the most highly accomplished INVOcell practitioners in the world. Our partners are not only extremely well-versed in the INVOcell technology, but also have a proven track record of successful implementation of the platform within an established clinical setting. A few months prior, we announced that we plan to open dedicated INVOcell clinics in Mexico with Dr. Francisco Arredondo and Dr. Ramiro Ramirez, who were also early adopters of the INVOcell solution and have established a successful track record of successful implementation of INVOcell in a clinical setting. We believe the combination of strong distribution partners such as Ferring in the U.S. and other locations around the world, coupled with dedicated INVOcell clinics partnerships which INVO Bioscience has an equity interest in, position the Company well for the future.

Another key development during the year was the availability of additional positive real-world usage data highlighting the success of INVOcell, including a published peer-reviewed manuscript (report).  We expect to see further data from this year’s SART information in the near future. In our opinion, this expanded retrospective, real world validated data is extremely valuable to our commercial efforts and builds confidence with practitioners. We believe that this expanding portfolio of usage data will play an important role in expanding and accelerating market adoption.”

In addition to expanded commercialization agreements and positive real-world usage data, we accelerated a number of other activities necessary to drive long-term adoption of INVOcell. In particular, we strengthened the Company with leaders on our board of directors and industry experts on the medical advisory board. With a strong team in place, and a balance sheet strengthened by our public offering and uplisting to Nasdaq, we remain optimistic about the near and long-term future,” stated Steve Shum, Chief Executive Officer of INVO Bioscience

Clinical/Regulatory Update

The Company continues to advance its 5-day label expansion efforts and filed a 510K utilizing the expanded retrospective (real market usage) data. The Company is working to collect additional real-world information to support the submission and we plan to continue to provide updates as they become available.

Financial Results

  • Revenue for 2020 was $1,037,286, compared to $1,480,213 in 2019. The decrease was the result of a decline in product sales to Ferring. However, pursuant to an amendment we entered into subsequent to the year end, Ferring placed a $501,000 purchase order in March 2021, which the Company agreed would satisfy Ferring’s minimum purchase requirements for 2020. Although the purchase order relates to the 2020 requirements, the company will record the revenue in the first quarter of 2021.
  • Gross margins were 91% in 2020, compared to 91% in 2019.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses for 2020 were $6,065,066, compared to $3,128,635 in 2019. The increase was primarily the result of an increase in personnel, stock-based compensation, marketing and other corporate expenses. Approximately $1,756,991 of this increase over 2019 was related to non-cash equity-based compensation.
  • The Company began to fund additional research and development (“R&D”) efforts in 2020 as part of its 5-day label expansion efforts, and also submitted additional trademark and patent filings. Excluding the investment in inventory in anticipation of clinical trials and patents, R&D expenses were $398,426 for 2020. During 2019 we did not fund any R&D.
  • Interest expense and financing fees were $2,836,504 for 2020, compared to $387,646 in 2019. The increase was primarily due to an increase in non-cash amortization of discount, debt issuance costs and interest on the 2020 Convertible Notes and was primarily a non-cash related expense.
  • Net loss in 2020 was $8,347,316 compared to $2,167,544 in 2019. The increase in net loss was due to increased operating expenses, interest expense and non-cash expenses.  Approximately $2,626,168 of this increase was related to non-cash debt amortization expense along with $1,756,991 of non-cash equity compensation.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (see Adjusted EBITDA Table) for 2020 was $(3.74) million, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $(1.54) million in 2019.
  • As of December 31, 2020, the Company had $10,097,760 in cash compared to $1,238,585 on December 31, 2019.

Conference Call Webcast Replay Details

INVO Bioscience held a conference call for Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at 4:30 pm ET (1:30 pm PT) to review these results and recent events. A teleconference replay of the call will be available through April 6, 2021 at (877) 344-7529 or (412) 317-0088, confirmation #10153332. A webcast replay will be available in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at https://www.invobioscience.com/investors/ for 90 days.

Vista’s View

INVO Bioscience (INVO) is an emerging company that owns the INVOcell system, an FDA cleared medical device that is one of only 3 ways today that a couple that is struggling with infertility may choose to use to try to get pregnant and that offers a more economical and natural way to proceed. Industry forecasts suggest that only 1% to 2% of the estimated 150 million infertile couples worldwide are currently being treated so they are working in a severely underserved market that has capacity constraints, access to care & cost issues which the INVOcell system seems to address.

INVO Bioscience successfully conducted a public offering in November 2020, raising net proceeds of approximately $11.6 million at $3.20/share, while uplisting the company onto the NASDAQ market. These moves strengthened their balance sheet & their position to execute on their commercialization efforts in the US and around the world and helped improve the adoptability of investors and Wall Street alike.

INVO has structured distribution agreements in eight countries located within Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

INVO has now structured additional joint venture agreements to open INVOcell-exclusive clinics in the US and Mexico where they will share not only in the sales of the INVOcell system, but also in the greater revenue of every cycle that would be . 

Upcoming milestones include opening more distributor & joint venture agreements, opening of 3-5 INVO-only clinics in in 2021 with existing partners in the U.S. and abroad, making progress with existing relationships the various countries, & successfully receiving the nod from the FDA for 5-day labelling, which alone would allow INVO to achieve a milestone payment of $3 Million from their U.S. partner Ferring Pharmaceuticals.

INVO’s stock closed trading at $4.33. The 52-week range of $2.90- $12.30. The current 3-month average daily volume is 2.01 million shares. 

Learn more about INVO Bioscience (NASDAQ: INVO) at our VP Watchlist page. 


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