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Establishment Labs Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Financial Results; Record Fourth Quarter Revenue of $35.3 Million

March 1, 2022

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 1, 2022-- Establishment Labs Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: ESTA), a global medical technology company dedicated to improving women’s health and wellness, principally in breast aesthetics and reconstruction, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2021 and provided initial 2022 guidance.

Fourth Quarter Highlights and Outlook

  • Fourth quarter worldwide sales of $35.3 million, an increase of 31.0% year-over-year and a new quarterly record; consistent with preannouncement on January 10, 2022.
  • 2022 guidance of $155 million to $165 million, an increase of 22% to 30% over 2021.
  • Gross profit for the fourth quarter was 68.6% of revenue, compared to 54.3% of revenue for the same period in 2020.
  • Fourth quarter operating expenses of $33.6 million, an increase of 48.2% compared to the fourth quarter of 2020 as spending returned to more normalized levels following the global disruption in 2020.
  • Cash balance of $53.4 million as of December 31, 2021.
  • Motiva Flora® tissue expander launch in Europe and CE mark countries ongoing.
  • Motiva JOY and Motiva MIA® development and commercialization programs progressing as planned.
  • Opened inaugural Women’s Health Hub in Barcelona, Spain to support consumer-centric strategies.
  • Timelines for U.S. and China market entry remain unchanged; began modular PMA submission for US FDA approval.

“The strong growth we have seen across all areas of our business in 2021 continued in the fourth quarter,” said Juan José Chacón-Quirós, Chief Executive Officer. “Fourth quarter revenue of $35.3 million was up 31.0% from the fourth quarter of 2020 and full year revenue of $126.7 million was up 50% over the year ago period. We believe 2022 will be another strong year and are issuing full year 2022 revenue guidance of $155 million to $165 million, which is an annual growth rate of 22% to 30%.”

“2021 was a foundational year for our company, with the launch of our Motiva Flora tissue expander and our Aesthetic BreastRecon® program; the introduction of JOY and Ergonomix2®; and the progress we made with Motiva MIA,” Mr. Chacón-Quirós continued. “These new programs are adding to the strong share gains we continue to see in our existing global markets. Regulatory and commercial timelines to begin selling Motiva implants in the U.S. and Chinese markets are progressing as planned and we are preparing for the growth to come with our new Sulàyöm Innovation Campus. Construction of the new facility remains on plan and, when complete, it will allow us to supply half the current global market for breast implants."

“We are defining every day what a women’s health company can do to raise the standards in breast aesthetics and reconstruction,” Mr. Chacón-Quirós concluded. “The publication of the landmark study in Nature Biomedical Engineering showing the superior biocompatibility of Motiva SmoothSilk® technology remains a watershed moment for our industry, and efforts like the new Women’s Health Hub we recently opened in Barcelona, Spain allow us to develop programs and initiatives that best meet the needs of women. We believe we are on a clear path to not only become the leading global company in breast aesthetics and reconstruction, but to fundamentally transform and expand these markets through science and consumer-centric innovation.”

Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Total revenue for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 was $35.3 million compared to $27.0 million for the same period in 2020. Direct sales comprised approximately 44% of total sales, while distributor sales made up the balance.

Gross profit for the fourth quarter was $24.2 million, or 68.6% of revenue, compared to $14.6 million, or 54.3% of revenue, for the same period in 2020. The change in gross margin was primarily due to the benefit of geographic mix, greater operating efficiencies, and enhanced manufacturing planning capabilities.

Total operating expenses for the fourth quarter were $33.6 million, an increase of $10.9 million compared to $22.7 million in the fourth of 2020.

SG&A expenses for the fourth quarter increased approximately $9.4 million to $27.6 million compared to $18.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. The increase in SG&A was primarily due to an increase in personnel and related costs due to increased headcount, an increase in sales and marketing expenses, as well as an increase in consulting fees.

R&D expenses increased approximately $1.6 million to $6.0 million in the fourth quarter compared to $4.5 million for the same quarter a year ago. The majority of the increase was due to a normalization of spending levels and the timing of clinical trial and other expenses.

Net loss from operations for the fourth quarter was $9.4 million compared to a net loss of $8.0 million in the year ago period.

The Company’s cash balance on December 31, 2021 was $53.4 million. Cash decreased $31.1 million from December 31, 2020 and $11.2 million from the prior quarter, primarily as a result of operating losses and investments in facility expansion.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

Establishment Labs will host a conference call and webcast today at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss its financial results. The conference call can be accessed by dialing (877) 407-8037 (U.S. and Canada) or (201) 689-8037 (international) and using conference ID number 13725695. In addition, the live and archived webcast will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at

About Establishment Labs

Establishment Labs Holdings Inc. is a global medical technology company dedicated to improving women’s health and wellness. The company’s initial focus is breast health, principally breast aesthetics and reconstruction. Establishment Labs offers a portfolio of advanced silicone gel-filled breast implants, branded as Motiva Implants® that include a number of innovative and patented features designed to deliver improved aesthetic and clinical outcomes. Since commercial launch in 2010, approximately 2.0 million Motiva Implants® have been delivered to plastic surgeons in over 80 countries. The company also offers or has under development a number of related products and technologies, including the Motiva Flora® tissue expander and Motiva MIA®, the company’s minimally invasive breast enhancement procedure. In 2018, Establishment Labs received an investigational device exemption (IDE) from the FDA for the Motiva Implant® and began a clinical trial to support regulatory approval in the United States. Motiva Implants® are manufactured at the company’s two facilities in Costa Rica, which are compliant with all applicable regulatory standards under ISO13485:2016 and FDA 21 CFR 820 under the MDSAP program. Please visit our website for additional information at

Forward-Looking Statements

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Investor/Media Contact:
Raj Denhoy
415 828-1044

Source: Establishment Labs Holdings Inc.