Obalon Announces First Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Business Update

SAN DIEGO, June 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Obalon Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: OBLN), a weight loss solutions company with the first and only FDA-approved swallowable, gas-filled intragastric balloon system for the treatment of obesity, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020 and provided a business update.

Financial results for the first quarter of 2020

Revenue for the first quarter of 2020 was $0.8 million, compared to $1.8 million for the first quarter of 2019. Net loss for the first quarter of 2020 was $5.3 million, compared to $8.3 million for the first quarter of 2019. Net loss per share for the first quarter of 2020 was $0.68, compared to $3.59 for the first quarter of 2019.

Cost of revenue was $0.5 million for the first quarter of 2020, down from $1.2 million for the first quarter of 2019. Gross profit for the first quarter of 2020 was $0.2 million, down from $0.5 million for the first quarter of 2019.

Research and development expense for the first quarter of 2020 totaled $1.3 million, down from $2.4 million for the first quarter of 2019. Selling, general and administrative expense decreased to $3.9 million for the first quarter of 2020, compared to $6.2 million for the first quarter of 2019.

Operating loss for the first quarter of 2020 was $4.9 million, down from a loss of $8.1 million for the first quarter of 2020.

In the first quarter ended March 31, 2020, the Company did not record any asset impairment charges, but it would expect to record certain long-lived asset and inventory impairment charges in the second quarter ended June 30, 2020 related to its decision to move away from the retail treatment center model. The Company estimates the second quarter impairment charge to be in a range between $0.8 million and $1.4 million.

As of March 31, 2020, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $8.9 million and no debt.  The Company believes its cash and cash equivalents as of March 31, 2020 are sufficient to fund its operations only through the end of 2020.  If the Company is not able to raise additional capital to meet its needs, it will not be able to support any ongoing operations and may not be able to settle all of its liabilities. The Company has actively reviewed financial and strategic alternatives, including debt and equity financing, whole or partial sale of the company and a reverse merger in order to meet its capital needs and financial obligations, and to date it has been unable to identify a viable alternative for capital raising.

Business update

On June 16, 2020, the Company and certain of its executive officers reached a settlement with the plaintiffs in its ongoing securities class action litigation, and they intend to submit a final settlement agreement for court approval. The settlement provides that the defendants continue to deny the allegations and claims asserted by the plaintiffs, and are entering into the settlement solely to eliminate the burden and expense of further litigation.  The Company expects that any amounts due as part of the settlement will be covered by the Company’s insurance policies.

In March 2020, the Company announced that the overall uncertainty, the restriction on elective procedures and the specific directives issued by the Governor of California as a result of COVID-19 had a significant impact on its business.  As a result, the Company halted sales to new patients in its company-branded retail treatment centers, terminated expansion plans for additional retail centers and subsequently closed the two retail treatment centers it had opened.  The Company also halted manufacturing operations and has not filled orders to U.S. customers or its former international distributor since that time.

Given those impacts and the significant concern about an economic recovery that would allow consumers to feel confident enough to spend on a cash-pay procedure like the Obalon Balloon System, the Company does not currently plan to re-open its retail treatment centers, re-initiate its retail treatment center expansion plans, or plan to ship orders to U.S. customers or its former international distributor. As a result, the Company would not expect to report any meaningful revenue for the foreseeable future.

The Company continues to believe the Obalon Balloon System can provide significant benefits to patients and value to the healthcare system.  However, treatment with the Obalon Balloon System is not currently covered by any kind of private or public health insurance.  The Company believes this has contributed to slow commercial adoption of the product and the procedure, as physicians are not reimbursed for treating patients with the Obalon therapy and patients must pay solely out of pocket for the Obalon Balloon System and the procedure.  With that in mind, the Company is initiating efforts to explore obtaining third-party payor reimbursement and coverage for the Obalon Balloon System.  The Company believes that reimbursement and coverage for the Obalon Balloon System could significantly expand its market opportunity.  There are more than 70 million adults in the United States who are obese and over 11 million adults in the United States who have Type 2 diabetes and are obese.  Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the personal health and economics costs of the obesity epidemic in the United States.  Recently published data suggest that next to age, the underlying health conditions of obesity and obesity-related health conditions (hypertension and diabetes) are the greatest predictors of COVID-19 hospitalizations and death.  The Company believes the Obalon Balloon System could help reduce third-party payors’ costs and improve patient care, and the Company intends to explore how additional data may be collected to demonstrate the economic and clinical evidence necessary to secure reimbursement.  However, obtaining reimbursement is never certain and can take many years to achieve, and if achieved, may not be determinative of the Company’s success.  If the Company’s initial efforts with payors begin to bear success, it would expect to need to raise additional capital to support those efforts.

To enable it to pursue this reimbursement strategy, the Company is taking further steps to significantly reduce expenses in an effort to extend its cash runway.  The Company has significantly reduced the organization to only essential personnel and expects that, after a transition, only two full-time employees will remain:  Andy Rasdal, the current Executive Chairman of the Board, who effective as of the close of business on the date of this quarterly report will reassume the role of CEO, and Nooshin Hussainy, who will remain Chief Financial Officer.  During this time the Company also plans to continue to seek strategic alternatives that may be in the best interests of its stockholders, while it explores establishing third party coverage and reimbursement for the Obalon Balloon System.  If the Company is unsuccessful in either of these two endeavors over the next several months, there is a high likelihood it may need to sell all or portions of its business, liquidate all or some of its assets or seek bankruptcy protection, any of which could result in a significant decrease in value for all stakeholders.  If the Company determines to proceed with a plan to establish reimbursement coverage for its products, it will need additional capital to fund operations beyond the end of 2020 and there is no assurance that such capital will be available on acceptable terms or at all.

About Obalon Therapeutics, Inc.

Obalon Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: OBLN) is a San Diego-based company focused on developing and commercializing novel technologies for weight loss. For more information, please visit

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are not purely historical regarding Obalon’s or its management’s intentions, beliefs, expectations and strategies for the future, including those related to new products and their potential benefits. All forward-looking statements and reasons why results might differ included in this press release are made as of the date of this release, based on information currently available to Obalon, deal with future events, are subject to various risks and uncertainties, and actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in those forward looking statements. The risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from Obalon’s current expectations are more fully described in Obalon’s annual report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2019, periodic report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2020 and its other reports, each as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Except as required by law, Obalon assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statement after the date of this report or to conform these forward-looking statements to actual results.

(in thousands, except shares and per share data)

  Three Months Ended
March 31,
  2020   2019
Revenue $ 780     $ 1,775  
Cost of revenue 541     1,232  
Gross profit 239     543  
Operating expenses:      
Research and development 1,257     2,439  
Selling, general and administrative 3,893     6,204  
Total operating expenses 5,150     8,643  
Loss from operations (4,911 )   (8,100 )
Interest income (expense), net 35     (190 )
Other expense, net (385 )    
Net loss and comprehensive loss $ (5,261 )   $ (8,290 )
Net loss per share, basic and diluted $ (0.68 )   $ (3.59 )
Weighted-average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted 7,725,205     2,311,329  

(in thousands, except shares and par value data)

  March 31, 2020   December 31,
Assets (Unaudited)    
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 8,915     $ 14,055  
Accounts receivable, net 461     285  
Inventory 1,408     1,936  
Other current assets 4,786     1,959  
Total current assets 15,570     18,235  
Property and equipment, net 2,159     1,081  
Lease right-of-use assets 1,500     1,077  
Total assets $ 19,229     $ 20,393  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 1,070     $ 648  
Accrued compensation 359     820  
Deferred revenue 462     424  
Other current liabilities 4,607     1,524  
Current portion of lease liabilities 690     561  
Total current liabilities 7,188     3,977  
Lease liabilities long-term 969     567  
Total liabilities 8,157     4,544  
Commitments and contingencies      
Stockholders’ equity:      
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019; 7,731,633 and 7,724,100 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively 8     8  
Additional paid-in capital 188,755     188,271  
Accumulated deficit (177,691 )   (172,430 )
Total stockholders’ equity 11,072     15,849  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 19,229     $ 20,393  

(in thousands)

  Three Months Ended
March 31,
  2020   2019
Operating activities:      
Net loss $ (5,261 )   $ (8,290 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:      
Depreciation 103     150  
Stock-based compensation 470     1,105  
Amortization of right-of-use asset 122     92  
Accretion of investment discount, net     (2 )
Amortization of debt discount     22  
Change in operating assets and liabilities:      
Accounts receivable, net (176 )   (959 )
Inventory (326 )   102  
Other current assets (2,828 )   923  
Accounts payable 422     (137 )
Accrued compensation (446 )   (2,819 )
Deferred revenue 38     18  
Lease liabilities, net (14 )   (42 )
Other current liabilities 3,082     195  
Net cash used in operating activities (4,814 )   (9,642 )
Investing activities:      
Maturities of short-term investments     2,550  
Purchases of property and equipment (326 )   (19 )
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities (326 )   2,531  
Financing activities:      
Proceeds from long-term loan     10,000  
Proceeds from issuance of common stock, net of issuance costs     607  
Proceeds from sale of common stock upon exercise of stock options     1  
Net cash provided by financing activities     10,608  
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (5,140 )   3,497  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 14,055     21,187  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 8,915     $ 24,684  
Supplemental cash flow information:      
Interest paid $     $ 205  
Unpaid issuance costs $     $ 26  
Property and equipment in accounts payable $     $ 4  

For Obalon Therapeutics, Inc.

Investor Contact: 
Bill Plovanic 
President and Chief Executive Officer 
Obalon Therapeutics, Inc. 
Office: +1 760 607 5103


Source: Obalon Therapeutics, Inc.

The Obalon Balloon System is intended for adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 40 kg/m2 willing to follow a diet and exercise program. All Obalon balloons must be removed in 6 months. Patients with prior weight loss surgeries are not eligible. The most common side effects reported were mild abdominal pain and nausea which typically resolved within two weeks. You must take daily acid-blocking medicine prescribed by your doctor. For full Important Safety Information click onSafety Information and Patient Labeling