Sunshine Heart Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Results

Sunshine Heart Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Results 
EDEN PRAIRIE, MN and SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/11/13 --
 Sunshine Heart, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSH) (ASX: SHC) today announced
financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31,
2012 and provided an update on the progress of the C-Pulse(R) Heart
Assist System. 
Fourth Quarter Milestones: 

--  Unconditional IDE approval for U.S. FDA pivotal trial
--  Release of 1 year follow up data on C-Pulse feasibility trial
--  Existing C-Pulse patients converted to new single unit driver
--  Infrastructure in place for European post market and U.S. pivotal

Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights:  

--  SG&A expense totaled $1.9 million in the fourth quarter and $6.9
    million for the full year 2012 compared to $2.1 million and $5.4
    million in 2011, respectively
--  R&D expense totaled $2.2 million in the fourth quarter and $8.0
    million for the full year 2012 compared to $3.3 million and $11.2
    million in 2011, respectively
--  $14.2 million cash balance at December 31, 2012, up from $6.6 million
    at December 31, 2011

Q1 Accomplishments: 

--  $25 million equity line of credit; $1M investment by Aspire Capital
    Fund, LLC
--  Addition of U.S. board member
--  Conditional approval to delist from ASX
--  First U.S. pivotal trial site activated, enrollment process commenced
--  First European post-market trial site activated, enrollment process
--  First U.S. pivotal site received CMS reimbursement approval
--  Additional patent filings for fully implantable system
--  Initiation of fully implantable pump design program with Cirtec
    Medical Systems

"After achieving several key regulatory milestones in 2012 and making
significant progress toward initiating our U.S. and European trials,
we entered 2013 by further fortifying the company's financial
resources, continuing to transition the board composition to U.S.
market expertise and activating initial trial sites in the U.S. and
Europe. We remain confident that 22 centers will be initiated to
participate in the U.S. pivotal trial and eight centers in Europe
will be activated by the end of 2013," said Dave Rosa, Chief
Executive Officer of Sunshine Heart 
The Berlin Heart Center, located in Berlin Germany, one of the
leading heart failure centers in the world, was recently initiated
for the European post market trial. By the end of 2013, the Company
expects to have centers located in Germany, Italy and the United
Kingdom enrolling patients in the European post market trial. In
addition, St. Luke's Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri, the
leading enroller in the U.S. feasibility trial, was recently
initiated and has received confirmation from CMS that the C-Pulse
procedures will be reimbursed.  
On the product development front, the Company completed its contract
with Cirtec Medical Systems, a firm with decades of expertise in the
development of implantable mechanical circulatory support devices and
expects to have a contract completed with a transcutaneous energy
transfer (TET) manufacturer this quarter. Once an implantable product
is developed, it will eliminate the driveline exiting the skin,
thereby removing the risk of exit site infections. As part of this
effort, additional intellectual property has been filed regarding the
fully implantable program.  
Additionally, the Company has taken steps to reduce the financial
risk by executing a $25 million line of credit with Aspire Capital.
This facility gives the Company an opportunistic means to access
capital as well as provides a safety net in the event of
uncontrollable market circumstances. 
"The 2013 year will be focused on site initiations, enrollments and
European patient data but we have many other exciting initiatives as
well and look forward to reporting progress in each of these areas
throughout the year," concluded Rosa. 
Operating expenses in the fourth quarter 2012 totaled $4.1 million,
compared to $5.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The decrease
was attributable to reduced spending on clinical trials and research
and development projects during the fourth quarter 2012 versus the
prior year primarily as a result of the timing of certain development
activities and clinical trial expenses.  
Operating expenses totaled $14.9 million for the full year 2012
compared to $16.6 million in the prior year's period. The decrease
resulted primarily from reduced spending on clinical trials and
research and development projects in 2012 as a result of the timing
of certain development activities and clinical trial expenses,
partially offset by increased SG&A related to infrastructure
development and increased non-cash compensation expense. The
Company's full year 2012 results include a $730,000 research and
development tax credit refund by the Company's Australian subsidiary
related to eligible expenses incurred for the twelve-month tax period
ended June 30, 2011, which was received and recognized in the second
quarter of 2012.  
Net loss in the fourth quarter and full year 2012 was $4.1 million
and $14.1 million, compared to losses of $5.2 million and $16.2
million in 2011, respectively.  
The Company ended 2012 with a cash balance of $14.2 million compared
to $6.6 million at December 31, 2011. Cash used in operating
activities was $13.1 million in both 2012 and 2011. 

                            SUNSHINE HEART, INC.                            
   Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss   
                  (In thousands, except per share amounts)                  
                                       Three months             Year        
                                    ended December 31,   ended December 31, 
                                    ------------------  ------------------- 
                                      2012      2011       2012      2011   
                                    --------- --------  ---------- -------- 
Net sales                           $     --  $     --  $      --  $     -- 
Operating expenses                                                          
Selling, general and administrative    1,862     2,113      6,866     5,363 
Research and development               2,248     3,260      8,003    11,199 
                                    --------  --------  ---------  -------- 
Total operating expenses               4,110     5,373     14,869    16,562 
                                    --------  --------  ---------  -------- 
Loss from operations                  (4,110)   (5,373)  (14,869)   (16,562)
Interest income                            3        23         33       251 
                                    --------  --------  ---------  -------- 
Loss before income taxes              (4,107)   (5,350)  (14,836)   (16,311)
Income tax benefit                        41       115        771       115 
                                    --------  --------  ---------  -------- 
Net loss                            $ (4,066) $ (5,235) $ (14,065) $(16,196)
                                    --------  --------  ---------  -------- 
Basic and diluted loss per share    $  (0.44) $  (0.87) $   (1.98) $  (2.98)
Weighted average shares outstanding                                         
 -- basic and diluted                  9,275     6,019      7,099     5,442 
Comprehensive loss                  $ (4,067) $ (5,143) $ (14,012) $(16,059)
                    Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets                   
                (Dollars in thousands, except share amounts)                
                                                  December 31, December 31, 
                                                      2012         2011     
                                                  ------------ ------------ 
Current assets                                                              
Cash and cash equivalents                         $     14,224 $      6,563 
Other current assets                                       333          346 
                                                  ------------ ------------ 
Total current assets                                    14,557        6,909 
                                                  ------------ ------------ 
Property, plant and equipment, net                         479          522 
                                                  ------------ ------------ 
TOTAL ASSETS                                      $     15,036 $      7,431 
                                                  ------------ ------------ 
Current liabilities                                                         
Accounts payable                                  $      1,156 $      1,857 
Accrued salaries, wages, and other compensation            931          978 
                                                  ------------ ------------ 
Total current liabilities                                2,087        2,835 
                                                  ------------ ------------ 
Total liabilities                                        2,087        2,835 
                                                  ------------ ------------ 
Commitments and contingencies                               --           -- 
Stockholders' equity                                                        
Preferred Stock as of December 31, 2012 and 2011,                           
 par value $0.0001 per share; authorized                                    
Common stock as of December 31, 2012 and 2011, par                          
 value $0.0001 per share; authorized 100,000,000                            
 shares: issued and outstanding 9,282,724 and                               
 6,019,663 shares, respectively                              1            1 
Additional paid-in capital                              91,017       68,652 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss:                                       
Foreign currency translation adjustment                  1,185        1,132 
Retained earnings                                      (79,254)     (65,189)
                                                  ------------ ------------ 
Total stockholders' equity                              12,949        4,596 
                                                  ------------ ------------ 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY        $     15,036 $      7,431 
                                                  ------------ ------------ 
               Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows              
                               (In thousands)                               
                                                            For the year    
                                                         ended December 31, 
                                                           2012      2011   
                                                         --------  -------- 
Cash flows used in operating activities:                                    
Net loss                                                 $(14,065) $(16,196)
  Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash flows used                      
   in operating activities:                                                 
      Depreciation and amortization                           138        50 
      Abandonment of fixed assets                              63        -- 
      Stock-based compensation expense                      1,248       939 
      Expense for warrants issued in conjunction with                       
       service agreement                                      280        -- 
Changes in assets and liabilities                                           
    Accounts receivable                                        --       258 
    Other current assets                                       13      (166)
    Accounts payable and accrued expenses                    (760)    2,026 
                                                         --------  -------- 
Net cash used in operations                               (13,083)  (13,089)
                                                         --------  -------- 
Cash flows used in investing activities:                                    
  Purchases of property and equipment                        (158)     (451)
                                                         --------  -------- 
Net cash used in investing activities                        (158)     (451)
                                                         --------  -------- 
Cash flows provided by financing activities:                                
  Net proceeds from the sale of common stock               20,837     7,627 
                                                         --------  -------- 
Net cash provided by financing activities                  20,837     7,627 
Effect of exchange rate changes in cash                        65       126 
                                                         --------  -------- 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents        7,661    (5,787)
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period             6,563    12,350 
                                                         --------  -------- 
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - END OF PERIOD                $ 14,224  $  6,563 
                                                         --------  -------- 

About the C-Pulse(R) Heart Assist System 
The C-Pulse Heart Assist System, o
r C-Pulse System, an
investigational device in the United States, Canada and countries
that do not recognize the CE Mark approval, utilizes the scientific
principles of intra-aortic balloon counter-pulsation applied in an
extra-aortic approach to assist the left ventricle by reducing the
workload required to pump blood throughout the body, while increasing
blood flow to the coronary arteries. Operating outside the patient's
bloodstream, the extra-aortic approach of the C-Pulse technology
offers greater flexibility, allowing patients to safely disconnect to
have intervals of freedom to perform certain activities such as
showering. The C-Pulse System may help maintain the patient's current
condition and, in some cases, reverse the heart failure process,
thereby potentially preventing the need for later stage heart failure
therapies, such as left ventricular assist devices (LVADs),
artificial hearts or transplants. 
Caution: Investigational device, limited by Federal (or United
States) Law to Investigational use. 
About Sunshine(R) Heart  
Sunshine Heart, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSH) (ASX: SHC) is an early-stage
global medical device company committed to the commercialization of
the C-Pulse System, an implantable, non-blood contacting, heart
assist therapy for the treatment of moderate to severe heart failure.
The C-Pulse System can be implanted using a minimally invasive
procedure and is designed to relieve the
 symptoms of heart failure
through the use of counter-pulsation technology, which enables an
increase in cardiac output, an increase in coronary blood flow and a
reduction in the heart's pumping load. Sunshine Heart has completed
an approved U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) feasibility
clinical trial of the C-Pulse System and presented the results in
November 2011. In March, 2012, the FDA notified the Company that it
could move forward with an investigational device exemption (IDE)
application. Sunshine Heart received unconditional approval from the
FDA in November 2012 to initiate its pivotal trial. In July 2012
Sunshine Heart received CE Mark approval for its C-Pulse System in
Europe. Sunshine Heart is a Delaware corporation headquartered in
Minneapolis with a subsidiary presence in Australia. The Company has
been listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) since
September 2004 and on the NASDAQ Capital Market since February 2012.
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Forward-Looking Statements  
Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements
that are based on management's beliefs, assumptions and expectations
and information currently available to management. All statements
that address future operating performance, events or developments
that we expect or anticipate will occur in the future are
forward-looking statements, including without limitation, our
expectations with respect to future clinical trial activities and
results including patient enrollment in trials. These forward-looking
statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including
without limitation, the possibility that our clinical trials do not
meet their enrollment goals, meet their end-points or otherwise fail,
that regulatory authorities do not accept our application or approve
the marketing of the C-Pulse System, the possibility we may be unable
to raise the funds necessary for the development and
commercialization of our products, that we may not be able to
commercialize our products successfully in the EU and the other risk
factors described under the caption "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in
our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and ASX.
You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements
because they speak only as of the date when made and may turn out to
be inaccurate. We do not assume any obligation to publicly update or
revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise. We may not actually achieve
the plans, projections or expectations disclosed in forward-looking
statements, and actual results, developments or events could differ
materially from those disclosed in the forward-looking statements. 
For further information, please contact:  
Laura For
Blueprint Life Science Group
T: +1-415-375-3340 
Jeff Mathiesen
Chief Financial Officer
Sunshine Heart, Inc.
T: +1-952-345-4200 
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