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Establishment Labs Reports Record First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Establishment Labs Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: ESTA), a global medical technology company dedicated to improving women’s health and wellness, principally in breast aesthetics and reconstruction, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

First Quarter Highlights and Outlook

  • Strong momentum with first quarter worldwide sales of $38.5 million, an increase of 26.8% year-over-year and a new quarterly record.
  • Gross profit for the first quarter was 64.8% of revenue, compared to 66.2% of revenue for the same period in 2021; first quarter 2022 gross profit margin reduced 3.1% by increase in inventory reserve.
  • First quarter operating expenses of $30.5 million, an increase of 37.5% compared to the first quarter of 2021 as spending returned to more normalized levels following the global disruption in 2021.
  • Cash balance of $44.7 million as of March 31, 2022; entered into $225 million credit facility with Oaktree Capital on April 26, 2022.
  • Motiva Flora® tissue expander launch in Europe and CE mark countries ongoing.
  • Motiva JOY rollout expanding globally.
  • Motiva MIA® development and commercialization programs progressing.
  • Modular PMA submission for U.S. FDA approval progressing with second module submitted to the FDA; reconstruction cohort of IDE trial expected to be completed in May.
  • Timelines for U.S. and China market entry remain unchanged.

“The strong momentum in our business continued in the first quarter of 2022,” said Juan José Chacón-Quirós, Chief Executive Officer. “First quarter revenue of $38.5 million was up 26.8% from the first quarter of 2021. With the positive underlying trends, we are maintaining our 2022 revenue guidance of $155 million to $165 million, which is an annual growth rate of 22% to 30%.”

"The past several weeks have seen a number of very encouraging developments for Establishment Labs," Mr. Chacón-Quirós continued. "First, data from our U.S. IDE trial was presented at The Aesthetic Meeting by Dr. Caroline Glicksman. The sub-one percent rates of major complications at two years matched the positive results we have seen in real world data and numerous studies over the past eleven years with over 2 million Motiva implants placed in the market. As Dr. Glicksman herself noted, Motiva represents ‘a new class of options in breast implants.' We are also pleased to note that our journey to approval in the U.S. is progressing, with the second module of our modular PMA submitted to the FDA."

“Finally, we are pleased to have completed a recent financing with Oaktree Capital," Mr. Chacón-Quirós concluded. "Based on current forecasts, the $225 million available under the facility will provide us with sufficient capital to fully fund our business to where we are cash flow positive. We are on very solid footing to become the leading global company in breast aesthetics and reconstruction and continue on our path of technological and clinical leadership to improve the outcomes for women worldwide."

First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Total revenue for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 was $38.5 million compared to $30.3 million for the same period in 2021. Direct sales comprised approximately 45% of total sales, while distributor sales made up the balance.

Gross profit for the first quarter was $24.9 million, or 64.8% of revenue, compared to $20.1 million, or 66.2% of revenue, for the same period in 2021. The change in gross margin in the first quarter of 2022 was primarily due to an increase in inventory reserve for a distributed product; the increase had a negative impact on gross margin of approximately 3.1%.

Total operating expenses for the first quarter were $30.5 million, an increase of $8.3 million compared to $22.2 million in the first quarter of 2021.

SG&A expenses for the first quarter increased approximately $8.8 million to $26.9 million compared to $18.1 million in the first quarter of 2021. The increase in SG&A was primarily due to an increase in personnel and related costs due to increased headcount, an increase in sales and marketing expenses, as well as an increase in consulting fees.

R&D expenses decreased approximately $0.5 million to $3.6 million in the first quarter compared to $4.0 million for the same quarter a year ago. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease in personnel cost and the timing of clinical trial and other expenses.

Net loss from operations for the first quarter was $5.6 million compared to a net loss of $2.1 million in the year ago period.

The Company’s cash balance on March 31, 2022 was $44.7 million. Cash decreased $8.8 million from December 31, 2021, primarily as a result of operating losses and investments in facility expansion.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

Establishment Labs will host a conference call and webcast today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss its financial results. The conference call can be accessed by dialing (877) 407-8037 (U.S. and Canada) or (201) 689-8037 (international) and using conference ID number 13729255. In addition, the live and archived webcast will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at

About Establishment Labs

Establishment Labs Holdings Inc. is a global medical technology company dedicated to improving women’s health and wellness. The company’s initial focus is breast health, principally breast aesthetics and reconstruction. Establishment Labs offers a portfolio of advanced silicone gel-filled breast implants, branded as Motiva Implants® that include a number of innovative and patented features designed to deliver improved aesthetic and clinical outcomes. Since commercial launch in 2010, over 2.0 million Motiva Implants® have been delivered to plastic surgeons in over 80 countries. The company also offers or has under development a number of related products and technologies, including the Motiva Flora® tissue expander and Motiva MIA®, the company’s minimally invasive breast enhancement procedure. In 2018, Establishment Labs received an investigational device exemption (IDE) from the FDA for the Motiva Implant® and began a clinical trial to support regulatory approval in the United States. Motiva Implants® are manufactured at the company’s two facilities in Costa Rica, which are compliant with all applicable regulatory standards under ISO13485:2016 and FDA 21 CFR 820 under the MDSAP program. Please visit our website for additional information at

Forward-Looking Statements

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