Aspira Women’s Health Reports First Quarter 2024 Financial Results

 May 15, 2024 07:30 ET 

Q1 2024 OvaSuiteSM revenue of $2.2 million and volume of 5,829 units

Q1 2024 cash utilization of $4.4 million, a decrease of 22% compared to Q1 2023

Conference Call and Webcast scheduled for today at 8:30 am ET

AUSTIN, Texas, May 15, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Aspira Women’s Health Inc. (“Aspira” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: AWH), a bio-analytical based women’s health company focused on the development of gynecologic disease diagnostic tools, today reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2024.

“Our continued focus on growth, innovation and operational excellence has positioned us for an exciting year,” said Nicole Sandford, Chief Executive Officer of Aspira. “We saw OvaWatch® volume grow 114% this quarter when compared to the first quarter of last year, and we continued our two-year trend of cost reductions across the company. Moreover, the price volatility we anticipated following the introduction of OvaWatch in 2022 never materialized, and our gross margin remains strong.”

“OvaWatch offers an incredible opportunity for our growth, especially now that its features have been expanded to allow for repeat testing at provider-prescribed intervals. Moreover, clinical evidence to support the use of OvaWatch is stronger than ever. Recent publications showed that clinicians may have been able to avoid surgery for a majority of women with low- or indeterminate ovarian cancer risk if OvaWatch had been used as part of clinical decision-making. This one-of-a-kind tool offers clear benefits to patients, providers and payers alike, and is poised to improve outcomes for patients that choose to delay or avoid surgery in favor of a watchful waiting approach.”

“Our team is more prepared than ever to take advantage of the expanded commercially available OvaSuite test portfolio. We saw very strong signs of a return to growth now that our commercial strategy has reached the execution phase. March was the strongest month of the first quarter and that momentum carried into April, the second largest volume month in company history.”

Recent Corporate Highlights

  • Published a study that demonstrated OvaWatch significantly improves patient selection for surgery in ovarian cancer management. The study entitled: “Ovarian Cancer Surgical Consideration is Markedly Improved by the Neural Network Powered-MIA3G Multivariate Index Assay,” evaluated 785 surgical results in women with an adnexal mass. Results demonstrated that the use of OvaWatch would have reduced the number of surgeries by 62% overall, and by 77% in pre-menopausal women. Had physicians utilized OvaWatch scores for surgery selection, results demonstrated a 431% improvement in the ability to predict malignancy.
  • Published a study of 500 women validating the use of OvaWatch as a tool to monitor adnexal masses over time. The study, entitled “Neural Network-derived Multivariate Index Assay Demonstrates Effective Clinical Performance in Longitudinal Monitoring of Ovarian Cancer Risk,” found serial testing with OvaWatch to be a useful clinical tool in monitoring cancer risk of an adnexal mass.
  • Enhanced the Company’s commercial offering with the formal launch of the longitudinal monitoring feature of OvaWatch. The new feature offers physicians a tool for assessing malignancy risk over time and determining the appropriate personalized treatment path. OvaWatch utilizes an AI-powered algorithm to assess malignancy risk of adnexal masses when initial clinical assessment indicates the mass is indeterminant or low-risk.
  • Announced a new agreement with Anthem Blue Cross in California for reimbursement coverage of the Company’s OvaSuite portfolio of risk assessment tests effective June 1, 2024. Anthem Blue Cross will provide coverage for its commercial and government lines of business, including Medicare Advantage and Medicaid, which represents a total of approximately six million covered lives in California. The Company was credentialed by Anthem during the first quarter of 2024, allowing for its affiliates to partner with Aspira, and more contracts are expected to follow.

First Quarter 2024 Financial Highlights

  • Product revenue was $2.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, compared to $2.3 million for the same period in 2023. The number of OvaSuite tests performed was approximately 5,829 during the three months ended March 31, 2024, a 7% decrease compared to the approximately 6,259 OvaSuite tests for the same period in 2023. The average unit price (AUP) for the Company’s OvaSuite tests was $369 for the three months ended March 31, 2024, compared to $370 for the same period in 2023. Sales efficiency, as measured by volume per full-time sales representative, increased 22% in the first quarter compared to the same period in 2023.
  • Gross profit margin was 56% for the three months ended March 31, 2024, compared to 51% for the same period in 2023.
  • Research and development expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2024, were $0.9 million, a decrease of 28% compared to $1.3 million for the same period in 2023. This decrease was primarily due to decreases in personnel costs.
  • Sales and marketing expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2024, were $1.9 million, a decrease of 27%, compared to $2.6 million for the same period in 2023. This decrease was primarily due to decreased consulting, personnel, and travel costs.
  • General and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2024, were $3.1 million, a decrease of 13%, compared to $3.6 million for the same period in 2023. This decrease was primarily due to a decrease in personnel costs, as well as outside accounting and consulting costs.

Balance Sheet Highlights
As of March 31, 2024, Aspira had $3.7 million in cash, including restricted cash, up from $2.9 million in cash, including restricted cash as of December 31, 2023. Aspira raised $5.6 million in gross proceeds in a registered direct offering during the first quarter 2024. Cash used in operating activities was $4.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, compared to $5.7 million in the same period in 2023, a 22% decrease. The Company’s operating cash utilization target for 2024 remains between $15 million and $18 million.

Conference Call and Webcast Details
Aspira’s management team will host a conference call beginning at 8:30 am ET today, May 15, 2024. Investors and other interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 1-877-407-4018. The call will be available via webcast by clicking HERE or on the events page of the Company’s website after the conclusion of the call.

About Aspira Women’s Health Inc.
Aspira Women’s Health Inc. is dedicated to the discovery, development, and commercialization of noninvasive, AI-powered tests to aid in the diagnosis of gynecologic diseases.   

OvaWatch® and Ova1Plus® are offered to clinicians as OvaSuiteSM. Together, they provide the only comprehensive portfolio of blood tests to aid in the detection of ovarian cancer for the 1.2+ million American women diagnosed with an adnexal mass each year. OvaWatch provides a negative predictive value of 99% and is used to assess ovarian cancer risk for women where initial clinical assessment indicates the mass is indeterminate or benign, and thus surgery may be premature or unnecessary. Ova1Plus is comprised of two FDA-cleared tests, Ova1® and Overa®, to assess the risk of ovarian malignancy in women planned for surgery.    

Our in-development test pipeline is designed to expand our ovarian cancer portfolio and addresses the tremendous need for noninvasive diagnostics for endometriosis, a debilitating disease that impacts millions of women worldwide. In ovarian cancer, our OvaMDxSM risk assessment is designed to combine microRNA and protein biomarkers with patient data to further enhance the sensitivity and specificity of our current tests. In endometriosis, EndoCheckSM is the first-ever noninvasive test designed to identify endometriomas, one of the most commonly occurring forms of endometriosis. The EndoMDxSM test is designed to combine microRNA and protein biomarkers with patient data to identify all endometriosis.  

Forward-Looking Statements
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Investor Relations Contact: 
Torsten Hombeck, Ph.D. 
Chief Financial Officer 
Aspira Women’s Health 
[email protected]

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (unaudited)
(Amounts in Thousands, Except Share and Par Value Amounts)
  March 31,   December 31,
Assets (Unaudited)      
Current assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents $ 3,413     $ 2,597  
Accounts receivable, net of reserves of $2 and $15, as of
March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023, respectively
  1,531       1,459  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   942       997  
Inventories   236       227  
Total current assets   6,122       5,280  
Property and equipment, net   131       165  
Right-of-use assets   620       528  
Restricted cash   260       258  
Other assets   31       31  
Total assets $ 7,164     $ 6,262  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Deficit          
Current liabilities:          
Accounts payable $ 1,643     $ 1,261  
Accrued liabilities   2,797       2,863  
Current portion of long-term debt   249       166  
Short-term debt   416       670  
Current maturities of lease liabilities   188       159  
Total current liabilities   5,293       5,119  
Non-current liabilities:          
Long-term debt   1,347       1,430  
Non-current maturities of lease liabilities   487       427  
Warrant liabilities   1,400       1,651  
Total liabilities   8,527       8,627  
Commitments and contingencies          
Stockholders’ deficit:          
Common stock, par value $0.001 per share, 200,000,000 and 150,000,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023, respectively; 12,344,104 and 10,645,049 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023, respectively   12       11  
Additional paid-in capital   521,557       515,927  
Accumulated deficit   (522,932 )     (518,303 )
Total stockholders’ deficit   (1,363 )     (2,365 )
Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit $ 7,164     $ 6,262  

Aspira Women’s Health Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (unaudited)
(Amounts in Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Amounts)
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2024   2023
Product $ 2,153     $ 2,315  
Genetics         1  
Total revenue   2,153       2,316  
Cost of revenue:          
Product   939       1,130  
Total cost of revenue   939       1,130  
Gross profit   1,214       1,186  
Operating expenses:          
Research and development   906       1,267  
Sales and marketing   1,889       2,595  
General and administrative   3,129       3,604  
Total operating expenses   5,924       7,466  
Loss from operations   (4,710 )     (6,280 )
Other income (expense), net:          
Change in fair value of warrant liabilities   251       (24 )
Interest (expense) income, net   (5 )     26  
Other expense, net   (165 )     (300 )
Total other income (expense), net   81       (298 )
Net loss $ (4,629 )   $ (6,578 )
Net loss per share – basic and diluted $ (0.39 )   $ (0.79 )
Weighted average common shares used to compute basic and diluted net loss per common share   11,846,075       8,313,091