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Niox Group PLC
17 January 2023
 

 

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NIOX Group plc

 

Full Year Trading Update

 

Strong business model delivering profitable growth

 

Oxford, UK - 17 January 2023: NIOX Group plc ("NIOX", the "Company" or the "Group"; AIM: NIOX), a medical device company focused on point of care asthma diagnosis and management, today announces the following trading update for the year ended 31 December 2022.

 

Highlights (unaudited data)

 

·   Underlying revenue growth of c.15% to £31.3m (2021: £27.9m)

 

·   Adjusted EBITDA ahead of consensus expectations at approximately £7.0m (2021: £0.6m in a transitional year)

 

·    Net cash £19.4m (31 December 2021: £12.6m)

 

·  Good progress in expanding distribution in the USA and initial sales of NIOX into the UK primary care  sector

 

 

Unaudited revenues for the year ended 31 December 2022 were up 12% at approximately £31.3m (2021: £27.9m) with underlying revenues growing by 15% (excluding a one-off revenue item in 2021 of £0.6m).  The second half of the year saw stronger relative growth of 19% over H2 2021.

 

Gross margins improved to 71% from 68% in 2021, with recurring test kit revenues for the Clinical business continuing to represent a high proportion of Clinical sales at 89%.

 

Group adjusted EBITDA1 was approximately £7.0m (2021: £0.6m), ahead of market expectations which had been revised upwards twice during the year.

 

The unaudited cash balance at the period end was £19.4m (31 December 2021: £12.6m), reflecting positive cash generation in the business and including the benefit of $2.5m received in the second half as the first milestone payment under the settlement reached with Beyond Air.

 

The transition to a distributor-led sales strategy in our Clinical business continued throughout 2022 with the focus on building partnered distribution in USA and China. This was the principal contributor to a further substantial reduction in operating costs, with total costs of £15.2m down from £18.4m in 2021.

 

 

Ian Johnson, NIOX's Executive Chairman, said: "As the impact of the global pandemic receded during 2022, sales of NIOX devices and tests continued to improve, with the increase in revenues reflecting a combination of returning customers and new sales. In our Clinical business, sales in EMEA finished well ahead of 2021 and exceeded pre pandemic levels, whilst APAC and the USA also finished ahead of 2021 but with further recovery available as they are yet to return fully to 2019 levels. Sales to our Research customers were significantly higher than in 2019.

 

It is particularly encouraging that the NHS in the UK continues to support the use of FeNO testing, which has resulted in a significant number of additional NIOX devices being introduced into primary care, where the majority of asthma is diagnosed.

 

The Board believes that the Company's robust business model will remain resilient to existing   macroeconomic conditions and, together with the measures taken to drive top-line growth, will continue to deliver improved shareholder value going forward."

 

NIOX expects to release its Preliminary Results for the year ended 31 December 2022 on 21 March 2023.

 

1 Adjusted EBITDA excludes depreciation, amortisation, impairment and share option charges

 

 

Contacts

NIOX

Ian Johnson, Executive Chairman                                                                Tel: +44 (0) 1865 405 560

Michael Roller, Chief Financial Officer

 

Singer Capital Markets (Nominated Adviser and Broker)                             Tel: +44 (0) 20 7496 3000

Aubrey Powell/ Jen Boorer/ Alex Emslie

 

 

About NIOX

Our ambition is to improve the quality of life of millions of people suffering from asthma. Asthma is one of the biggest healthcare issues globally with 340 million sufferers, many of whom are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed The Group is engaged in the design, development, and commercialisation of medical devices for the measurement of FeNO, a biomarker of inflammatory asthma. Our market leading device, NIOX VERO®, is increasingly recognised by healthcare professionals as an important tool to improve the diagnosis and management of asthma. NIOX VERO® is also the device of choice by leading clinical research organisations for respiratory studies. We passionately believe in empowering everyone to manage their health at home and will look to provide a device designed exclusively for home use. 

 

At present, NIOX provides products and services in around 50 countries. For more information, please visit www.investors.niox.com

 

Forward-looking statements

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