Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) 03-31-2016

Organization and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Organization and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2016
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Organization and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

1. Organization and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies




Amedica Corporation (“Amedica” or “the Company”) was incorporated in the state of Delaware on December 10, 1996. Amedica is a commercial-stage biomaterials company focused on using its silicon nitride technology platform to develop, manufacture, and commercialize a broad range of medical devices. The Company believes it is the first and only manufacturer to use silicon nitride in medical applications. The Company acquired US Spine, Inc. (“US Spine”), a Delaware spinal products corporation with operations in Florida, on September 20, 2010. The Company’s products are sold primarily in the United States.


Basis of Presentation


These unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the rules and regulations of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Such rules and regulations allow the omission of certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, so long as the statements are not misleading. In the opinion of management, these financial statements and accompanying notes contain all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring adjustments) necessary to present fairly the financial position and results of operations for the periods presented herein. These condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated audited financial statements and notes thereto contained in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, filed with the SEC on March 23, 2016. The results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2016 are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the year ending December 31, 2016. The Company’s significant accounting policies are set forth in Note 1 to the consolidated financial statements in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015.


In accordance with the adoption of Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2015-03, the Company’s debt issuance costs have been reclassified to be presented in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as a direct reduction from the debt liability rather than as an asset.


The following is a reconciliation of the effect of these reclassifications on the Company’s Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet at December 31, 2015 (in thousands):


    December 31, 2015  
    As Reported     Adjustments     As Revised  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   $ 821     $ (592)     $ 229  
Current portion of long-term debt     16,957       (592)       16,365  


Use of Estimates


The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“U.S. GAAP”) requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenue and expenses during the period. Actual results could differ from those estimates. Some of the more significant estimates relate to inventory, stock-based compensation, long-lived and intangible assets and the liability for preferred stock and common stock warrants.


Liquidity and Capital Resources


For the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015, the Company incurred a net loss of $3.4 million and $5.4 million, respectively, and used cash in operations of $1.5 million and $3 million, respectively. The Company had an accumulated deficit of $199.9 million and $196.5 million at March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively. To date, the Company’s operations have been principally financed from proceeds from the issuance of preferred and common stock, convertible debt and bank debt and, to a lesser extent, cash generated from product sales. It is anticipated that the Company will continue to generate operating losses and use cash in operations through 2016.


As discussed further in Note 7, the Company has entered into a term loan with Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc. (“Hercules Technology”), as administrative and collateral agent for the lenders thereunder and as lender, and Hercules Technology III, LP, (“HT III” and, together with Hercules Technology, “Hercules”) as lender (the “Hercules Term Loan”). The Hercules Term Loan has a liquidity covenant that requires the Company to maintain a cash balance of not less than $7.0 million at March 31, 2016. At March 31, 2016, the Company’s cash balance was approximately $7.9 million. The Company anticipates that it will need to refinance the note or obtain additional funding early in the third quarter of 2016 to maintain compliance through 2016 with the liquidity covenant related to the Hercules Term Loan. However, if the Company is unable to refinance the note or access additional funds prior to becoming non-compliant with the financial and liquidity covenants related to the Hercules Term Loan, the entire remaining balance of the debt under the Hercules Term Loan could become immediately due and payable at the option of the lender. Although the Company is seeking to refinance the note or obtain additional financing, additional funding may not be available to the Company on favorable or acceptable terms, or at all. Any additional equity financing, if available to the Company, will most likely be dilutive to its current stockholders, and debt financing, if available, may involve more restrictive covenants. The Company’s ability to access capital when needed is not assured and, if not achieved on a timely basis, will materially harm its business, financial condition and results of operations. These uncertainties create substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. No adjustment has been made to our financial statements as a result of this uncertainty.


See Note 11. Subsequent Events for further discussion with respect to the assignment of $3.0 million of the principal balance of the Hercules Term Loan to Riverside Merchant Partners, LLC (“Riverside”) and the subsequent agreement between the Company and Riverside to exchange the $3.0 million of the Hercules Term Loan held by Riverside for subordinated convertible promissory notes in the aggregate principal amount of $3.0 million.


Significant Accounting Policies


There have been no significant changes to the Company’s significant accounting policies as described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015.


New Accounting Pronouncements


In March 2016 the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) updated the accounting guidance related to stock compensation. This update simplifies the accounting for employee share-based payment transactions, including the accounting for income taxes, forfeitures, and statutory tax withholding requirements, as well as classification in the statement of cash flows. The Company is still evaluating the impact that this standard will have on its consolidated financial statements.


In February 2016, the FASB updated the accounting guidance related to leases as part of a joint project with the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) to increase transparency and comparability among organizations by recognizing lease assets and lease liabilities on the balance sheet and disclosing key information about leasing arrangements. Under the new guidance, a lessee will be required to recognize assets and liabilities for capital and operating leases with lease terms of more than 12 months. Additionally, this ASU will require disclosures to help investors and other financial statement users better understand the amount, timing, and uncertainty of cash flows arising from leases, including qualitative and quantitative requirements. For public business entities, the amendments are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, including interim periods within those fiscal years, with early adoption permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the potential impact this new standard may have on its financial statements.


In August 2014, the FASB updated the accounting guidance related to disclosure of uncertainties about an entity’s ability to continue as a going concern. The new standard provides guidance on determining when and how to disclose going concern uncertainties in the financial statements. It requires management to perform interim and annual assessments of an entity’s ability to continue as a going concern. The new standard is effective for annual periods ending after December 15, 2016, and interim periods thereafter. Early adoption is permitted. The impact on the Company’s financial statements of adopting the new standard is currently being assessed by management.


In May 2014, the FASB updated the accounting guidance related to revenue from contracts with customers, which supersedes nearly all existing revenue recognition guidance under U.S. GAAP. The core principle is that a company should recognize revenue when promised goods or services are transferred to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which an entity expects to be entitled for those goods or services. The standard defines a five step process to achieve this core principle and, in doing so, more judgment and estimates may be required within the revenue recognition process than are required under existing U.S. GAAP. The standard is effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2017, and interim periods therein, and shall be applied either retrospectively to each period presented or as a cumulative-effect adjustment as of the date of adoption. The Company is evaluating the potential impact of this adoption on its consolidated financial statements.