Nano-X Imaging Ltd (NNOX) CEO Erez Meltzer on Q1 2022 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

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Nano-X Imaging Ltd (NASDAQ:NNOX) Q1 2022 Earnings Conference Call May 19, 2022 8:30 AM ET

Company Participants

Mike Cavanaugh - IR, ICR Westwicke

Erez Meltzer - Chief Executive Officer

Ran Daniel - Chief Financial Officer

Conference Call Participants

Suraj Kalia - Oppenheimer

Jeffrey Cohen - Ladenbrug Thalmann

Rahul Rakhit - LifeSci Capital

Operator

Good day, and thank you for standing by. Welcome to the NANO-X IMAGING First Quarter 2022 Earnings Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. After the speakers’ presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions]. Please be advised that today's conference may be recorded.

I would now like to hand the conference over to your speaker today, Mike Cavanaugh, Investor Relations. Please go ahead.

Mike Cavanaugh

Good afternoon, and thank you for joining us today. Earlier today, NANO-X IMAGING LTD released financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2022. The release is currently available on the Investors section of the company's website. Erez Meltzer, Chief Executive Officer; and Ran Daniel, Chief Financial Officer, will host this afternoon's call.

Before we get started, I would like to remind everyone that management will be making statements during this call that include forward-looking statements regarding the company's financial results, research and development, manufacturing and commercialization activities regulatory process operations, the impact of COVID-19 on its business and other matters. These statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are based on management's current expectations as of today and may not be updated in the future. Therefore, these statements should not be relied upon as representing the company's views as of any subsequent date.

Factors that may cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, those described in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We will also refer to certain non-GAAP financial measures to provide additional information to investors. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP to GAAP measures is provided with our press release, with the primary differences being stock-based compensation, amortization of intangible assets and class action related expenses.

I'd now like to turn the call over to Erez Meltzer.

Erez Meltzer

Thank you, Mike, and thank you all for joining the call today. As always, we appreciate your continued support of Nanox. As on our last call, I will give an overview of our recent achievements and share our outlook on the year ahead before turning the call over to Ran Daniel, our Chief Financial Officer, to review our financial results. We will then open the call up to questions.

Overall, I'm pleased with our performance in the first quarter, as Nanox experienced accelerating revenue growth, continue to advance the design and deployments of the Nanox System, and we continue to make headway in the FDA clearance process. The first quarter of 2022 was our first full quarter of revenue generation. The company generated top line revenue of $1.8 million compared to $1.3 million revenue in Q4 2021. As in the previous quarter, the revenue growth was due to the acquisition of Zebra Medical Vision, now Nanox.AI, a deep learning machine analytics company; MDW, now Nanox Marketplace, which is decentralized marketplace connecting imaging facilities with the radiologists; and USARAD Holdings, Inc., a leading provider of teleradiology services. The acquisitions were completed at the end of 2021 and started to generate revenue in mid-Q4.

Beyond the acquired revenue streams, we are pleased to note that we also experienced organic growth in the teleradiology business, which accelerated in the first quarter of 2022. The sales and marketing efforts around our teleradiology solution, which began in November of 2021, has begun to produce results. During the first quarter, our team generated growth from existing clients, while also implementing new contracts with their new imaging centers.

Our teleradiology solution now consists of a network of more than 300 independent radiologists that are certified by American Board of Radiology, and we provide our teleradiology service to over 500 imaging facilities, including hospitals. We believe that the progress in our teleradiology business will strengthen the Nanox end-to-end medical imaging platform and will support our global deployment efforts and ultimately help to increase the accessibility of medical imaging solutions. These acquisitions are important pieces that we have put in place around the innovative Nanox.ARC technology and we believe they will help prepare Nanox to advance our vision democratizing health care around the world.

It is gratifying to see our AI-powered software adopted by large hospital systems, designed to promote increased early detection of risk for cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis, which was first announced on our last call. We believe the value of our AI solution will become stronger once it is being paired with a Nanox.ARC to create end-to-end connected, affordable, streamlined medical imaging solution, from image capture through analytics, to intervention by trained radiologists.

It is well known that early detection saves lives, and we believe that the increasing use of advanced AI-enabled diagnostic equipment for the rapid diagnosis will shift healthcare from predictive to preventive. In developed countries, this is one of the major factors anticipated to contribute to the rising product demand as this technology continues to gain momentum with healthcare providers. Currently, only handful players operating in the market are providing AI-enabled imaging technologies to the healthcare industries. We believe that these successes demonstrates the integration of the acquired companies is going smoothly.

As part of our integration effort, we are focused on improving our internal controls by implementing procedures, process and policies. We are continuing to invest and improve our human capital and technological infrastructure. We plan to continue to evaluate our potential additive technologies that may enhance the value of Nanox ecosystem.

With that, I'd like to turn to the regulatory update. Our continuing dialogue with the FDA enabled us to receive feedback on our Q submission, and we expect that the next step in the process to be the submission of the supplement to the Q submission, followed by a formal 510(k) application to the FDA for the multisource Nanox.ARC that will have the power levels an indication that we believe will result in a successful deployment of the Nanox.ARC.

In another related matter to our regulatory efforts, we announced several weeks ago that Nanox.AI had secured another FDA 510(k) clearance, this time for our health host device, an AI software that provide qualitative and quantitative analysis of the spine from CP to support clinicians in the evaluation and assessment of vertebral compression fractures and low bone density. This is our 10th clearance with our innovative portfolio of AI-powered clinical decision assist through. In addition to these FDA clearances, Nanox has secured the CE Mark in Europe for 11 radiology AI solutions, as well as numerous regulatory approvals in other countries for its radiology AI solutions.

I'd like to finish up the regulatory update by announcing another new initiative on the regulatory front. We are now in discussions with several notified bodies in the European Union to begin the process of securing the CE Mark in the EU for the Nanox System. This is an important step towards achieving a global footprint. We are pleased with our regulatory developments, and we are committed to continue our efforts diligently to meet the goals we have set for ourselves.

We took another important step over commercialization with the commencement of large-scale production of our MEMs chips at our new semiconductor fabrication plant in South Korea as announced at the beginning of April. The facility will be the production site for the Nanox source, the chip that produces the digital X-ray source and lies at the heart of the company's Nanox.ARC system. We continue to prepare for full scale production soon and this facility will support our manufacturing needs for the foreseeable future once we begin deployment.

As we also reported last month, we are continuing to build our production lines for the Nanox systems at our Israeli facility in anticipation of the first Nanox.ARC shipments.

With that, I'd like to turn the call over to Ran Daniel, Chief Financial Officer, to review our financial results.

Ran Daniel

Thank you, Erez. We reported a GAAP net loss for the first quarter of 2022 of $21.7 million compared with a net loss of $12.7 million in the first quarter of 2021. Our revenues for the first quarter of 2022 were $1.28 million and the gross loss was $1.9 million. Our revenue stems from the sales of teleradiology services and AI solutions and those revenues represent a full quarter of operation. Of such revenue, our revenue from teleradiology services for the same period was $1.7 million with a gross profit of $0.1 million on a GAAP basis and a gross profit of $0.7 million on a non-GAAP basis, which represents a gross profit margin of approximately 39%. In addition, our revenue from licensing of AI applications for the same period was $0.1 million, with a gross loss of $2.0 million on a GAAP basis and $0.0 million on a non-GAAP basis.

Research and development expenses for the first quarter of 2022 were $6.8 million as compared to $2.7 million for the comparable period in 2021. The increase in our research and development expenses was mainly due to the consolidation of Nanox.AI with the company, development of our multisource and cloud systems and share-based compensation. Sales and marketing expenses for the first quarter of 2022 were $1.1 million as compared to $1.7 million for the comparable period in 2021. The decrease was due to the decrease in share-based compensation.

General and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2022 were $11.3 million as compared to $8.2 million for the comparable period in 2021. The increase was due largely to the consolidation of Nanox.AI and USARAD Holdings with the company and the acquisition of the assets of MDW, increase in our labor cost due to the increase in our headcount in connection with the expansion of the company's management team and our overall organization infrastructure, and legal fees with connection to the SEC inquiry and class-action litigation.

Other expenses for the 3 months ended March 31, 2022 were $0.8 million as compared to none for the 3 months ended March 31, 2021. The increase was mainly due to the relocation of our fabrication facility in Korea to its permanent location and change in our contingent earn-out liability. The non-GAAP net loss for the first quarter of 2022 was $12.0 million compared to a non-GAAP net loss of [$7 million] for the same period in 2021. A reconciliation between GAAP net loss and non-GAAP net loss for the first quarter of '22 and 2021 is provided in the financial results that are part of the press release we issued this morning. The difference between GAAP and non-GAAP net loss is mainly due to amortization of intangible assets, share-based compensation, fees related to our secondary share offering, which was closed during the first quarter of 2021 and legal fees in connection with the SEC inquiry and class-action.

Turning to our balance sheet. As of March 31, 2022, we had cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of approximately of $139.4 million, and we had $3.7 million loan from banks. We ended the quarter with property and equipment net of $41.2 million, the increase of $3.8 million during the first quarter of 2022 is mainly due to the completion of our -- the construction of our fab in South Korea and the preparation for mass production of our MEMs chips. As of March 31, 2022, we had approximately 52.1 million shares outstanding as opposed to 51.8 million shares outstanding as of December 31, 2021. The increase was mainly due to the exercise of warrants and issuance of shares to the former shareholders of Nanox.AI due to the achievement of a milestone.

With that, I will hand the call back over to Erez.

Erez Meltzer

Thank you, Ran, for the financial update. And once again, thank you all for joining us today. I feel very good about Nanox' results at the first quarter as a CEO, but all of us recognize there is more to do. We hope to provide additional updates in the coming weeks and months.

I would also like to share with you all that Nanox management team will have a non-deal roadshow in person with investors in late June. If you would like to schedule a meeting, please contact our Investor Relations partners at ACR.

With that, I'd like now to open the call for questions. Operator, please begin the Q&A session.

Question-and-Answer Session

Operator

[Operator Instructions] Our first question comes from Suraj Kalia with Oppenheimer.

Suraj Kalia

So, sorry, just hopping around on a couple of things. In terms of the timing of the actual 510(K) submission and CE Mark, can you give us broad timelines as to how you see it currently?

Erez Meltzer

For some reason, unfortunately, I can't hear you. Mike, can you repeat the question or Ran?

Mike Cavanaugh

Yes. Could you -- Suraj is asking kind of a broad timeline of 510(k) submission down the road.

Erez Meltzer

I can't hear for some reason. Can you ask -- can you repeat it once again, sorry?

Mike Cavanaugh

Suraj, can you repeat that, sorry?

Suraj Kalia

Sure, Erez.

Erez Meltzer

There is a lot of noise in the background.

Suraj Kalia

Forgive me Erez, there is no noise here. I was just inquiring about the timing of the actual 510(k) submission and the CE Mark?

Erez Meltzer

Okay. Okay. I understand. So basically, right now, the only thing that we -- maybe it's in my phone. One second. Okay. Right now, we don't say more than what we are seeing right now in the press release and in the earnings. The only thing I'm saying is that the fact that we have changed our way to communicate with the FDA to an on-day dialogue with a Q sub, we are waiting for the green light to the FDA for the approval of the Q sub and then it will be submitted, okay?

We have provided in the last few months all the information that we requested. Following the last 2 sessions that we had with the FDA, they have asked for a lot of supplemental information. We have actually shared this information with the FDA. And right now, we are waiting for the okay.

They will take their time. Last time -- the only thing I would say that the last time they had like 75 days before they responded to the submission, and they responded after 35 days. What it will be now? Good question. As soon as we have their response, it will be very shortly after that we will do the publishing.

Suraj Kalia

Fair enough. Erez, hopefully, you can hear me. I will just ask one more question, and I'll hop back in queue. Has there been any validation testing done by any client on the multisource?

Erez Meltzer

First of all, I'd like to complete one question that you had before with respect to the CE, what we said is exactly the situation. We are evaluating a few notified bodies in Europe. So hopefully, shortly, we'll be able to finalize and go ahead where they see submission as well.

In terms of the -- what you say, the customers, the real implementation, we obviously cannot do anything before we get the approval of the FDA or an approval to do the clinical trials. What we can do is, once we get the clearance from the -- those countries that we’re playing with the deployment that do not require the FDA approval, they have a different regulation that will apply. The answer is that this will be shortly, after that we will do the trials at the customer sites.

Operator

Our next question comes from Jeffrey Cohen with Ladenbrug Thalmann.

Jeffrey Cohen

I'm going to follow up with Suraj's follow-up. So what I was hearing was that you will receive some feedback from the agency on your last Q submission and you should get feedback in the maybe near or medium term, and then you will again submit another supplement from their feedback in the coming months.

Erez Meltzer

No. The -- right now, what we know is basically, we have provided and submitted all the supplemental information that they require -- they required. And we are waiting for their go ahead to do the submission. Now they may ask a few more questions. We are planning to do a session with them similar to those that we had in the last few months since we went to the Q sub process. And based on this, we're waiting for the go ahead and do the submission.

If more information will be -- is required, then we'll submit it. But right now, we are also doing all the -- taking all the necessary steps to provide some more, kind of, simulations and supporting evidence for what is needed. So I think that the process as it's going right now from -- at least from our point of view and especially due to the fact that it's kind of a new technology that they haven't experienced in the past years, and asking a lot of fundamental questions. I think it will enable us to move pretty quickly with a go-in and to get a go ahead and move forward.

Jeffrey Cohen

Okay. So they may require or you may be going through 1 more iteration perhaps? Or at some point, they will inform you to go ahead and file the formal 510(k) for the ARC?

Erez Meltzer

Yes. There are a few options, of course. We hope that it will -- the next step we'll do the submission. They may ask for at the same time that we do the submission to go with clinical trials. Probably -- no, we are not sure yet, but this is something that we -- we think that will be shortly after. So the one thing that we hope is that it will go directly to submission and start the ticking the clock in order to get the approval as soon as possible.

Jeffrey Cohen

Got it. Okay. And then as far as your commentary for the European Union, Will that -- was your commentary referring to the ARC submission? Or was your commentary about single source?

Erez Meltzer

No, no, multisource. The same submission that is going to the FDA, it's going to be with the CE. As you probably know, they have changed the guidance -- in Europe, they have limited the amount of notified body that can actually approve the overload of work of the COVID, following the COVID was enormous. So basically sometimes it takes more time than it used to be before when they have like 40 or 50 notified bodies. And right now, I think that it's like 20. But I think that -- I believe that the efforts that we are making right now will get the results, and we hope to move forward in the foreseeable future with the CE as well.

Jeffrey Cohen

Okay, got it. And then for Ran, any commentary -- I think that our estimates for the first quarter were slightly lighter on the overall OpEx front. Could you give us any indication or flavor of cadence on how OpEx, in your view currently, should roll out for the balance of the year? Would you expect that to come off a little bit due to lower charges that are one-time in nature?

Ran Daniel

Well, I think, first of all, that you -- in general we’re saying that you should expect to see us be more efficient. We're going through a lot of processes and a lot of steps that we are taking in order to be more efficient, which will come in effect with the OpEx itself.

Of course, that the current trend in the market where the dollar is strengthening and is helping us a little bit with regard to the OpEx since, as you know, most of our headcount is in Israel and [indiscernible]. So over there, we enjoyed some -- in some period of the Q, the first quarter of the strengthening of the dollar. And probably, it will be the same in the second quarter. But as a whole, we are in line with our annual operating plan.

Jeffrey Cohen

Okay. Got it. And what's been the net FTE change over the past quarter or so from end of year to now? Is the organization continuing to grow or stabilize at the same size?

Ran Daniel

I'm sorry, can you repeat the question?

Jeffrey Cohen

The total employee count.

Ran Daniel

The total employee count, we had a decrease in the total employee count. But of course, per our annual operating plan, we do plan to recruit more people, and to -- in order to exercise our plan.

Operator

Our next question comes from Rahul Rakhit with LifeSci Capital.

Rahul Rakhit

Just a couple from me. I know you mentioned that certain countries don't require the FDA approval in order for you to get regulatory clearances there. Could you comment on what the regulatory process looks like in those countries? And when do you anticipate receiving those regulatory clearances?

Erez Meltzer

So the processes in these countries are what I would call local processes, special approval that are required. At least on 1 or 2 of them, we hope to get it shortly. They are, by far, I would say, a little -- not by far but a little bit more simple than the usual FDA and CE. But we are in the process to get them as soon as possible. It will enable us to actually to start the...

Rahul Rakhit

Can you guys hear me?

Erez Meltzer

Yes.

Rahul Rakhit

Sorry, I think I cut off for a second. Apologies. And then last one is, do you guys expect to sign any additional MSaaS agreements through the year? I know there were 2 last year. I guess maybe you can kind of just touch on your efforts there and what that pipeline might look like?

Erez Meltzer

The short answer is yes. The little bit longer answer that we are negotiating right now a few more agreements. I don't think that I can actually share when they are going to be signed, but at least in 1 or 2 of them, it's an advanced process.

Rahul Rakhit

Got it, okay. And last one for me. I know a few of the contracts you guys signed back in 2020 had 3-year initial terms. Just realistically, how many did you expect to renew? And of the ones that do renew, should we expect any changes seen in the terms of these contracts in terms of the minimum numbers of units they may deploy or the minimum annual fee that might be agreed upon?

Erez Meltzer

So right now, we don't have any reason to expect that any of them will change. The one thing that we are pushing once -- this is kind of right now in the cooking stage. But once we start or initiate the deployment, I think it will enable us to analyze in a better way, what will be the minimum and what will be the charge per scan. Bear in mind that in those scans that we're going to add the reading, we're going to charge by far 3x or 4x more than the current charge. This is right now the discussion. I think that we may want to change, first of all, the minimum per scan and the minimum scans per day.

Operator

That's all the time we have for questions. I'd like to turn the call back over to Erez Meltzer for closing remarks.

Erez Meltzer

So once again, thank you all for joining us today. We do hope to give you some more good news in the next few months. And as always, what I'm trying at least to ensure that I'm saying or informing only things that I'm 100% sure that are going to be implemented or have been implemented already. Sometimes it's more careful to be like this. But at the end, that's the better way. So thank you all for today and we'll be in touch. We'll see you probably in sometime in late June.

Operator

This concludes today's conference call. Thank you for participating. You may now disconnect.

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