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Shockwave Medical Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Financial Results

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 17, 2022 (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 and full year ended December 31, 2021.

Recent Highlights

  • Recognized revenue of $84.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2021 and $237.1 million for the full year of 2021, representing increases of 271% and 250%, respectively, from the same periods in 2020
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reassigned the payment for peripheral IVL procedures performed on above the knee (ATK) arteries in the hospital outpatient setting, thereby meaningfully increasing the payments hospitals receive for these procedures
  • Enrolled the first patient in our Disrupt BTK II global post-market study that is designed to assess the long-term benefit of peripheral IVL on the most challenging calcified below the knee lesions
  • Ended the year with 125 issued and 46 pending patents

“I continue to be humbled by the exceptional performance of the entire Shockwave team, despite the unpredictable and unprecedented challenges that are constantly being put in front of us,” said Doug Godshall, President and Chief Executive Officer of Shockwave Medical. “2021 was another stellar year with significant achievements across the board - from regulatory and sales to reimbursement, marketing, and operations. I want to thank our employees for their hard work and persistence in helping us achieve these successes and our customers and investigators for supporting us as we pursue our mission to improve outcomes for patients with calcified vascular disease.”

Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $84.2 million, an increase of $61.5 million, or 271%, compared to the corresponding prior year period. Revenue growth was primarily driven by the launch of the coronary product, Shockwave C2, in the U.S. in February, sales force expansion in the U.S. and increased penetration in both U.S. and international markets.

Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $71.5 million compared to $16.2 million for corresponding prior year period. Gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2021 was 85%, as compared to 72% in the corresponding prior year period. Contributors to increased gross margin included product mix in addition to continued improvement in manufacturing productivity and process efficiencies.

Operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2021 were $57.5 million, compared to $32.1 million for the corresponding prior year period, representing a 79% increase, primarily driven by increases in headcount to support growth in the business.

Net income was $12.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2021, as compared to a net loss of $15.9 million in the corresponding prior year period. Basic net income per share was $0.37 in the fourth quarter of 2021. Diluted net income per share was $0.34 in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Full Year 2021 Financial Results

Revenue for the full year 2021 was $237.1 million, an increase of $169.4 million, or 250%, compared to the full year of 2020. The growth was primarily driven by the launch of Shockwave C2 in the U.S. in February, along with expansion of the U.S. sales force and international distributor network.

Gross profit for the full year 2021 was $195.7 million compared to $46.8 million for the full year 2020. The gross margin percentage for the full year 2021 increased to 83% compared to 69% in the full year 2020, driven primarily by product mix in addition to continued improvements in production processes and greater absorption of fixed costs by higher production.

Operating expenses were $196.6 million for the full year 2021, compared to $112.5 million in the full year 2020, an increase of 75% primarily driven by headcount increases.

Net loss was $9.1 million for the full year 2021, as compared to $65.7 million in the full year 2020. Net loss per share was $0.26 for the full year 2021.

Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $201 million as of December 31, 2021.

2022 Financial Guidance

Shockwave Medical projects revenue for the full year 2022 to range from $405 million to $425 million, which represents 71% to 79% growth over the full year 2021 revenue.

Conference Call

Shockwave Medical will host a conference call at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time / 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, February 17, 2022, to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 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: 6866777. 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

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Forward-looking statements contained in this press release include, but are not limited to the following, statements about: 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:
Scott Shadiow

Investor Contact:
Debbie Kaster

Balance Sheet Data
(in thousands)
December 31,
December 31,
Cash and cash equivalents $ 89,209 $ 50,423
Short-term investments 111,772 151,931
Accounts receivable, net 37,435 11,689
Inventory 42,978 29,859
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 4,508 2,398
Total current assets 285,902 246,300
Operating lease right-of-use assets 27,496 7,568
Property and equipment, net 24,361 16,362
Equity method investment 5,987
Other assets 1,936 1,812
TOTAL ASSETS $ 345,682 $ 272,042
Accounts payable $ 3,520 $ 1,466
Term notes, current portion 5,500 3,300
Accrued liabilities 40,870 19,942
Lease liability, current portion 1,738 873
Total current liabilities 51,628 25,581
Lease liability, noncurrent 28,321 7,488
Term notes, noncurrent portion 11,630 13,319
Related party contract liability, noncurrent portion 12,273
TOTAL LIABILITIES 103,852 46,388
Preferred stock
Common stock 35 35
Additional paid-in capital 494,806 469,283
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (202 ) 9
Accumulated deficit (252,809 ) (243,673 )


Statement of Operations Data
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
Three Months Ended
December 31,
Year Ended
December 31,
 2021  2020  2021  2020
Product revenue $ 84,183 $ 22,716 $ 237,146 $ 67,789
Cost of revenue:
Cost of product revenue 12,663 6,471 41,438 20,991
Gross profit 71,520 16,245 195,708 46,798
Operating expenses:
Research and development 14,717 9,044 50,544 36,926
Sales and marketing 33,190 16,436 111,288 51,672
General and administrative 9,630 6,631 34,747 23,863
Total operating expenses 57,537 32,111 196,579 112,461
Income (loss) from operations 13,983 (15,866 ) (871 ) (65,663 )
Share in net loss of equity method investment (421 ) (6,286 )
Interest expense (301 ) (315 ) (1,096 ) (1,212 )
Other income (expense), net (213 ) 314 (582 ) 1,256
Net income (loss) before taxes 13,048 (15,867 ) (8,835 ) (65,619 )
Income tax provision 106 7 301 80
Net income (loss) $ 12,942 $ (15,874 ) $ (9,136 )  $ (65,699 )
Net income (loss) per share
Basic $ 0.37 $ (0.46 ) $ (0.26 ) $ (1.99 )
Diluted $ 0.34 $ (0.46 ) $ (0.26 ) $ (1.99 )
Shares used in computing net income (loss) per share
Basic 35,350,529 34,447,314 35,098,130 33,088,095
Diluted 37,614,385 34,447,314 35,098,130 33,088,095

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