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Shockwave Medical Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Shockwave Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: SWAV), a pioneer in the development and commercialization of Intravascular Lithotripsy (IVL) to treat complex calcified cardiovascular disease, today reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2021.

Recent Highlights

  • Recognized revenue of $31.9 million for the first quarter of 2021, representing an increase of 110% from the same period in 2020
  • Received Pre-Market Approval for use of IVL in severely calcified coronary artery disease from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and subsequently launched our Shockwave C2 device in the U.S.
  • Announced formation of a joint venture with Genesis MedTech Group, an established entity whose management team has a solid track record of commercializing medical devices in mainland China
  • Submitted Shonin application to PMDA for commercial approval of IVL for coronary use in Japan
  • CMS proposed new technology add on codes, or NTAP, for inpatient coronary procedures where IVL is used

“This quarter has been a highly productive one for Shockwave and I could not be more impressed by the achievements of our team and the support of our customers,” said Doug Godshall, President and Chief Executive Officer of Shockwave Medical. “With the recent FDA approval of our Shockwave C2 device, followed by the proposed NTAP payment by CMS only eight weeks after approval, we are well positioned to continue to expand our reach in helping to treat patients with severely calcified arterial disease.”

First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Revenue for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021 was $31.9 million, a 110% increase from $15.2 million in the same period of 2020. The growth was primarily driven by the launch of the coronary product, Shockwave C2, in the U.S. in February and increased adoption of Shockwave products.

Gross profit for the first quarter of 2021 was $24.0 million compared to $9.5 million for the first quarter of 2020. Gross margin for the first quarter of 2021 was 75%, as compared to 63% in the first quarter of 2020. Contributors to gross margin expansion included the launch of Shockwave C2 in the US, which has a higher selling price, and continued improvements in manufacturing productivity and process efficiencies.

Total operating expenses for the first quarter of 2021 were $41.5 million, a 45% increase from $28.5 million in the first quarter of 2020. The increase was primarily driven by salesforce expansion in the U.S. and higher headcount to support the growth of the business.

Net loss for the first quarter of 2021 was $23.6 million, compared to a net loss of $18.8 million in the same period of 2020. Net loss per share for the period was $0.68.

Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $177.4 million as of March 31, 2021.

2021 Financial Guidance
Shockwave Medical projects revenue for the full year 2021 to range from $195 million to $205 million, which would represent 188% to 202% growth over the company’s prior year revenue.

Conference Call

Shockwave Medical will host a conference call at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time / 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, May 10, 2021 to discuss its first quarter 2021 financial results. The call may be accessed through an operator by dialing (866) 795-9106 for domestic callers or (470) 495-9173 for international callers, using conference ID: 5446898. A live and archived webcast of the event will be available at

About Shockwave Medical, Inc. 

Shockwave Medical is focused on developing and commercializing products intended to transform the way calcified cardiovascular disease is treated. Shockwave Medical aims to establish a new standard of care for the interventional treatment of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease through differentiated and proprietary local delivery of sonic pressure waves for the treatment of calcified plaque, which Shockwave Medical refers to as Intravascular Lithotripsy (IVL). IVL is a minimally invasive, easy-to-use and safe way to significantly improve patient outcomes. To view an animation of the IVL procedure and for more information, visit

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements relating to our expectations, projections, beliefs, and prospects, which are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, you can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as “may,” “might,” “will,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential” or “continue,” and similar expressions, and the negative of these terms. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are only predictions based on our current expectations, estimates, and assumptions, valid only as of the date they are made, and subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which we are not currently aware.

Important factors that could cause our actual results and financial condition to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements include, among others: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our operations, financial results, and liquidity and capital resources, including the impact on our sales, expenses, supply chain, manufacturing, research and development activities, clinical trials, and employees; our ability to develop, manufacture, obtain and maintain regulatory approvals for, market and sell, our products; our expected future growth, including the size and growth potential of the markets for our products; our ability to obtain coverage and reimbursement for procedures performed using our products; our ability to scale our organizational culture; the impact of the development, regulatory approval, efficacy and commercialization of competing products; the loss of key scientific or management personnel; our ability to develop and maintain our corporate infrastructure, including our internal controls; our financial performance and capital requirements; and our ability to obtain and maintain intellectual property protection for our products, as well as our ability to operate our business without infringing the intellectual property rights of others. These factors, as well as others, are discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including in Part I, Item IA - Risk Factors in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC, and in our other periodic and other reports filed with the SEC. Except to the extent required by law, we do not undertake to update any of these forward-looking statements after the date hereof to conform these statements to actual results or revised expectations.

Media Contact:
Rob Fletcher

Investor Contact:
Debbie Kaster


Balance Sheet Data
(in thousands)
March 31,
December 31,
Cash and cash equivalents $ 57,006 $ 50,423
Short-term investments 120,422 151,931
Accounts receivable, net 19,613 11,689
Inventory 33,538 29,859
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 2,533 2,398
Total current assets 233,112 246,300
Operating lease right-of-use assets 7,211 7,568
Property and equipment, net 20,233 16,362
Equity method investment 6,750
Other assets 1,764 1,812
TOTAL ASSETS $ 269,070 $ 272,042
Accounts payable $ 3,728 $ 1,466
Term notes, current portion 4,950 3,300
Accrued liabilities 23,918 19,942
Lease liability, current portion 898 873
Total current liabilities 33,494 25,581
Lease liability, noncurrent 7,213 7,488
Term notes, noncurrent portion 11,836 13,319
Related party contract liability, noncurrent portion 12,273
Preferred stock
Common stock 35 35
Additional paid-in capital 471,477 469,283
Accumulated other comprehensive loss 16 9
Accumulated deficit (267,274 ) (243,673 )


Statement of Operations Data
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2021 2020
Product revenue $ 31,900 $ 15,197
Cost of revenue:
Cost of product revenue 7,892 5,651
Gross profit 24,008 9,546
Operating expenses:
Research and development 10,277 11,890
Sales and marketing 23,992 10,411
General and administrative 7,226 6,224
Total operating expenses 41,495 28,525
Loss from operations (17,487 ) (18,979 )
Share in net loss of equity method investment (5,523 )
Interest expense (312 ) (277 )
Other income (expense), net (235 ) 504
Net loss before taxes (23,557 ) (18,752 )
Income tax provision 44 23
Net loss $ (23,601 ) $ (18,775 )
Net loss per share, basic and diluted $ (0.68 ) $ (0.59 )
Shares used in computing net loss per share, basic and diluted 34,797,400 31,644,041



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