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Organization and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Organization and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2021
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Organization and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

1. Organization and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies




The condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of SINTX Technologies, Inc. (“SINTX”) and its wholly-owned subsidiary SINTX Armor, Inc. (“SINTX Armor”), which are collectively referred to as “we” or “the Company”. SINTX was incorporated in the state of Delaware on December 10, 1996 (and was previously known as Amedica Corporation). The Company is an OEM advanced ceramics materials company focused on providing solutions in a variety of medical, industrial, armor and antipathogenic applications. SINTX is a 25-year-old company that has grown over time from focusing on the research and development of silicon nitride for use in human interbody implants to becoming an advanced ceramics company engaged in many different fields, which has enabled the business to focus on core competencies. The core strength of the Company is the manufacturing, research, and development of advanced ceramics for external partners. The Company presently manufactures silicon nitride powders and components in its FDA registered, ISO 13485:2016 certified, and ASD9100D certified manufacturing facility. The Company’s products are primarily sold in the United States.


The Company is focused on building revenue generating opportunities in four business industries, namely, antipathogenic, armor, industrial, and biomedical connecting with current and new customers, partners and manufacturers to help realize the goal of leveraging expertise in high-tech ceramics to create new, innovative opportunities across these sectors. We also expect our continued investment in research and development to provide additional revenue opportunities.


The Company’s initial focus was the development and commercialization of products made from silicon nitride for use in spinal fusion and hip and knee replacement applications. SINTX believes it is the first and only manufacturer to use silicon nitride in medical applications primarily focused on spine fusion therapies. Since then, we have developed other applications for our silicon nitride technology as well as utilizing our expertise in the use of ceramic materials in other applications as well. In July 2021, the Company acquired the equipment and obtained certain proprietary know-how rights with which it intends to develop, manufacture and commercialize protective armor plates from boron carbide and a composite material of silicon carbide and boron carbide for military, law enforcement and civilian uses (see Note 14). The protective armor plate operations will be housed in SINTX Armor.


On October 1, 2018, the Company completed the sale of its retail spine business to CTL Medical, a Dallas, Texas-based privately held medical device manufacturer. As a result of the sale, CTL Medical became the exclusive owner of the Company’s portfolio of metal and silicon nitride spine products, as well as access to future silicon nitride spine technologies developed by the Company. The Company’s name, Amedica, was also transferred to CTL Medical, which is now CTL Amedica. The Company serves as CTL’s exclusive OEM provider of silicon nitride products. Manufacturing, R&D, and all intellectual property related to the core, non-spine, biomaterial technology including silicon nitride remains with the Company.


On October 30, 2018, the Company amended its Certificate of Incorporation with the State of Delaware to change its corporate name to SINTX Technologies, Inc. The Company also changed its trading symbol on the NASDAQ Capital Market to “SINT”.


The Company’s new corporate brand reflects both the Company’s core competence in the science and production of silicon nitride ceramics and other ceramics, as well as encouraging prospects for the future, as an OEM supplier of spine implants to CTL Amedica, and multiple opportunities outside of spine.


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”) and include all assets and liabilities of the Company. In May 2020, the Company dissolved a wholly owned subsidiary ST Sub, Inc. At the time of dissolution, the subsidiary had no assets, liabilities, equity, or operations.


SEC rules and regulations allow the omission of certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“U.S. GAAP”) 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, 2020, filed with the SEC on March 22, 2021. The results of operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the year ending December 31, 2021. 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, 2020.



Use of Estimates


The preparation of condensed consolidated financial statements in conformity with 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 condensed consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenue and expenses during the period. Actual results could differ from those estimates. As of September 30, 2021, the most significant estimate relates to derivative liabilities relating to common stock warrants.


Liquidity and Capital Resources


The condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared assuming the Company will continue to operate as a going concern, which contemplates the realization of assets and settlement of liabilities in the normal course of business, and does not include any adjustments to reflect the possible future effects on the recoverability and classification of assets or the amounts and classifications of liabilities that may result from uncertainty related to its ability to continue as a going concern within one year from the date of issuance of these condensed consolidated financial statements.


For the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, the Company incurred a net loss of $7.2 million and $5.3 million, respectively, and used cash in operations of $7.7 million and $7.1 million, respectively. The Company had an accumulated deficit of $248.3 million and $241.1 million as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively. To date, the Company’s operations have been principally financed from proceeds from the issuance of preferred and common stock 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. The Company’s continuation as a going concern is dependent upon its ability to increase sales, and/or raise additional funds through the capital markets. Whether and when the Company can attain profitability and positive cash flows from operations or obtain additional financing is uncertain.


The Company is actively generating additional scientific and clinical data to have it published in leading industry publications. The unique features of our advanced ceramic materials are not well known, and we believe the publication of such data would help sales efforts as the Company approaches new prospects. The Company is also making additional changes to the sales strategy, including a focus on revenue growth by expanding the use of silicon nitride in other areas outside of spinal fusion applications. The Company has also acquired equipment and certain proprietary know-how for the purpose of developing, manufacturing and commercializing armored plates made from boron carbide and a composite of boron carbide and silicon carbide for military, law enforcement and other civilian uses.


The Company has common stock that is publicly traded and has been able to successfully raise capital when needed since the date of the Company’s initial public offering in February 2014. On February 6, 2020, the Company closed on a rights offering to its stockholders of units, consisting of convertible preferred stock and warrants, for gross proceeds of $9.4 million, which excludes underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses payable by the Company of approximately $1.2 million. Additionally, during the period of June 2020 through August 2020, the Company closed four registered direct offerings of shares of its common stock, priced at-the-market under Nasdaq rules, resulting in the issuance of a total of 11,015,000 shares of its common stock for gross proceeds of approximately $20.9 million, before considering issuance costs of approximately $1.6 million (see Note 9).


During the year ended December 31, 2019, the Company entered into an at-the-market (2019 ATM) equity distribution agreement with Maxim Group LLC (“Maxim”) under which the Company could sell, from time to time, shares of common stock having an aggregate offering price of up to $2.5 million. During the year ended December 31, 2020, the Company sold 354,381 shares of common stock under the 2019 ATM, raising approximately $0.8 million before deducting fees to the placement agent and other offering expenses of approximately $0.034 million. As of September 30, 2021, no funding capacity is available under the 2019 ATM. (see Note 9).


On February 25, 2021, the Company entered into an at-the-market Equity Distribution Agreement (the “2021 Distribution Agreement”) with Maxim Group LLC (“Maxim”), pursuant to which the Company may sell from time to time, shares of the Company’s common stock having an aggregate offering price of up to $15.0 million through Maxim, as agent. As of September 30, 2021, there have been no sales of shares of common stock under the 2021 Distribution Agreement.


Management has concluded existing capital resources will be sufficient to fund operations for at least the next 12 months, or through November 2022.


Risks Related to COVID-19 Pandemic


The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the United States and global economies and may affect the Company’s operations and those of third parties on which the Company relies. In response to the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure safety of employees and continuity of business operations, we temporarily restricted access to the facility, with our administrative employees continuing their work remotely and limited the number of staff in our manufacturing facility. We implemented protective measures such as wearing of face masks, maintaining social distancing, and additional cleaning. Beginning in 2021, we have offered vaccination incentives. While the potential economic impact brought by, and the duration of, the COVID-19 pandemic is difficult to assess or predict, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global financial markets may reduce the Company’s ability to access capital, which could negatively impact the Company’s short-term and long-term liquidity. The ultimate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is highly uncertain and subject to change. The Company does not yet know the full extent of potential delays or impacts on its business, financing or other activities or on healthcare systems or the global economy as a whole. However, these effects could have a material impact on the Company’s liquidity, capital resources, operations and business and those of the third parties on which we rely.


New Accounting Pronouncements Not Yet Adopted


The Company has reviewed all recently issued, but not yet adopted, accounting standards, in order to determine their effects, if any, on its results of operations, financial position or cash flows. Based on that review, the Company believes that no other pronouncements will have a significant effect on its financial statements.