23 October 2018

Trading Update and Notice of Results

Collagen Solutions plc (AIM: COS), the developer and manufacturer of medical grade collagen-based biomaterials for use in research, diagnostics, medical devices, and regenerative medicine, provides an update on trading for the six months to 30 September 2018.

Revenue and other income is expected to be £2.10m (H1 2017: £1.86m), representing a 13% increase on the prior year. Revenue performance has been buoyed by new development agreements closed in the first quarter of this financial year, more than offsetting previously announced delays in customer projects and inventory adjustments. As anticipated, our development business will comprise nearly half of our overall business this financial year.

New customer acquisition continues with nine new customer deals, representing an increase in the number of new customers over the same period last year (H1 2017:  eight). The average expected value of those customer acquisitions also increased. In addition, the tissue business unit has several pending agreements. These agreements typically take three to six months to negotiate, with supply agreements expected to follow within a further twelve to eighteen months.

Commenting on outlook, Jamal Rushdy, CEO says: "We remain on track to meet our key initiatives for the year including achieving our commercial execution plans and financial performance objectives in line with market expectations. We are also continuing our planned rolling submission of data to support our goal of obtaining the CE Mark for ChondroMimetic® this financial year. We are in negotiations with multiple distributors which we expect to conclude ahead of the limited user release planned to follow the ChondroMimetic® CE Mark.

"Operationally, our New Zealand restructuring initiative is delivering the expected synergies and benefits according to plan and the New Zealand team is now fully focused on the tissue business and we are pleased with our progress so far. Finally, we will continue to deliver more visibility and metrics to our investors relating to the value and progress within our core business."

The Company will announce its interim results for the six months to 30 September 2018 on Tuesday, 4 December 2018.

Enquiries:

Collagen Solutions Plc
Jamal Rushdy, CEO
Hilary Spence, CFO
Via Walbrook
Cenkos Securities plc (Nominated Adviser and Broker)
Steve Cox (Corporate Finance)
Stephen Keys
Tel: 0207 397 8900
Walbrook PR Ltd Tel: 020 7933 8780 or collagen@walbrookpr.com
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Helen Cresswell Mob: 07841 917 679

 

About Collagen Solutions:

Collagen Solutions Plc is a global supplier, developer, and manufacturer of medical grade collagen, tissues, and related medical devices and components for use in regenerative medicine, medical devices and in-vitro diagnostics and research. The Company is also expanding its range of biomaterials-based finished medical devices based on its internal and acquired intellectual property for commercialisation with partners via licensing and distribution arrangements, including ChondroMimetic®. The Company's products are used in a wide variety of applications including orthopaedics, cardiovascular, dental, plastic surgery, wound healing, neurology and urology.

For more information go to: www.collagensolutions.com