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Shockwave Medical Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Financial Results

February 17, 2022 at 4:05 PM EST

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.

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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 )
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY     241,830       225,654  

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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