UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C.  20549

FORM 10-Q



QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2021
OR


TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

          For the transition period from __________ to __________

Commission file number 001-35312

NUWELLIS, INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
Delaware
 
No. 68-0533453
(State or Other Jurisdiction of
Incorporation or Organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

12988 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

(952) 345-4200
(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class
Trading Symbol(s)
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per share
NUWE
Nasdaq Capital Market

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.
Yes ☒  No ☐
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).
Yes ☒ No ☐
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act:

 
Large accelerated filer ☐
Accelerated filer ☐
 
Non-accelerated Filer
Smaller reporting company
 
Emerging growth company
 
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).
Yes   No ☒

The number of outstanding shares of the registrant’s common stock, $0.0001 par value, as of November 5, 2021 was 10,537,606.



TABLE OF CONTENTS

   
Page Number
PART I—FINANCIAL INFORMATION
 
   
Item 1
3
 
3
 
4
 
5
 
6
 
7
Item 2
14
Item 3
20
Item 4
20
PART II—OTHER INFORMATION
 
Item 1
20
Item 1A
21
Item 2
21
Item 3
21
Item 4
21
Item 5
21
Item 6
21

PART I—FINANCIAL INFORMATION
ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
NUWELLIS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

   
September 30,
2021
   
December 31,
2020
 
ASSETS
 
(unaudited)
       
Current assets
           
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
28,431
   
$
14,437
 
Accounts receivable
   
1,069
     
905
 
Inventories
   
2,805
     
2,957
 
Other current assets
   
420
     
237
 
Total current assets
   
32,725
     
18,536
 
Property, plant and equipment, net
   
1,265
     
1,200
 
Operating lease right-of-use asset
   
105
     
255
 
Other assets
   
     
21
 
TOTAL ASSETS
 
$
34,095
   
$
20,012
 
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
               
Current liabilities
               
Accounts payable
 
$
1,851
   
$
1,097
 
Accrued compensation
   
1,771
     
2,192
 
Current portion of operating lease liability
   
108
     
206
 
Current portion of finance lease liability
   
27
     
24
 
Other current liabilities
   
38
     
66
 
Total current liabilities
   
3,795
     
3,585
 
Operating lease liability
   
     
55
 
Finance lease liability
   
33
     
54
 
Other Long-term liability
    286        
Total liabilities
   
4,114
     
3,694
 
                 
Commitments and contingencies
           
                 
Stockholders’ equity
               
Series A junior participating preferred stock as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, par value $0.0001 per share; authorized 30,000 shares, none outstanding
   
     
 
Series F convertible preferred stock as of both September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, par value $0.0001 per share; authorized 127 shares, issued and outstanding 127 shares
   
     
 
Preferred stock as of both September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, par value $0.0001 per share; authorized 39,969,873 shares, none outstanding
   
     
 
Common stock as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, par value $0.0001 per share; authorized 100,000,000 shares, issued and outstanding 10,537,606 and 2,736,060, respectively
   
1
     
 
Additional paid‑in capital
   
278,552
     
249,663
 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss:
               
Foreign currency translation adjustment
   
(10
)
   
(7
)
Accumulated deficit
   
(248,562
)
   
(233,338
)
Total stockholders’ equity
   
29,981
     
16,318
 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 
$
34,095
   
$
20,012
 

See notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements.

NUWELLIS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share amounts)

   
Three months ended
September 30,
   
Nine months ended
September 30,
 
   
2021
   
2020
    2021     2020  
Net sales
 
$
1,853
   
$
1,904
    $ 6,279     $ 5,397  
Cost of goods sold
   
733
     
1,026
      2,682       2,486  
Gross profit
   
1,120
     
878
      3,597       2,911  
Operating expenses:
                               
Selling, general and administrative
   
4,645
     
4,264
      14,945       13,034  
Research and development
   
1,726
     
871
      3,847       2,620  
Total operating expenses
   
6,371
     
5,135
      18,792       15,654  
Loss from operations
   
(5,251
)
   
(4,257
)
    (15,195 )     (12,743 )
Other income (expense), net
   
(19
)
   
      (22 )      
Loss before income taxes
   
(5,270
)
   
(4,257
)
    (15,217 )     (12,743 )
Income tax expense
   
(2
)
   
(3
)
    (7 )     (7 )
Net loss
 
$
(5,272
)
 
$
(4,260
)
  $ (15,224 )   $ (12,750 )
                                 
Basic and diluted loss per share
 
$
(0.75
)
 
$
(2.08
)
  $ (2.72 )   $ (11.27 )
                                 
Weighted average shares outstanding – basic and diluted
   
7,098
     
2,049
      5,624       1,287  
                                 
Other comprehensive loss:
                               
Foreign currency translation adjustments
 
$
   
$
(7
)
  $ (3 )   $ (12 )
Total comprehensive loss
 
$
(5,272
)
 
$
(4,267
)
  $ (15,227 )   $ (12,762 )

See notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements.
 
NUWELLIS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except share amounts)

   
Outstanding
Shares of Common Stock
   
Common
Stock
   
Additional
Paid in
Capital
   
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income
   
Accumulated
Deficit
   
Stockholders’
Equity
 
Balance December 31, 2019
   
155,802
   
$
   
$
218,278
   
$
1,214
   
$
(217,502
)
 
$
1,990
 
Net loss
   

     
     
     
     
(4,568
)
   
(4,568
)
Foreign currency translation adjustment
   

     
     
     
(3
)
   
     
(3
)
Stock-based compensation, net
   
     
     
380
     
     
     
380
 
Issuance of common and preferred stock, net
   
340,261
     
     
9,616
     
     
     
9,616
 
Exercise of warrants
   
29,933
     
     
289
     
     
     
289
 
Conversion of preferred stock into common stock
   
378,751
     
     
     
     
     
 
Balance March 31, 2020
   
904,747
   
$
   
$
228,563
   
$
1,211
   
$
(222,070
)
 
$
7,704
 
Net loss
   
                        (3,922 )     (3,922 )
Foreign currency translation adjustment
   
                  (2 )           (2 )
Stock-based compensation, net
                347                   347  
Issuance of common  stock, net
    290,938             3,424                   3,424  
Exercise of warrants
    227,939             2,051                   2,051  
Conversion of preferred stock into common stock
    16,270                                
Balance June 30, 2020
    1,439,894     $     $ 234,385     $ 1,209     $ (225,992 )   $ 9,602  
Net loss
                            (4,260 )     (4,260 )
Foreign currency translation adjustment
                      (7 )           (7 )
Stock-based compensation, net
                310                   310  
Issuance of common  stock, net
    1,064,678             12,908                   12,908  
Exercise of warrants
    197,267             1,775                   1,775  
Conversion of preferred stock into common stock
    34,221                                
Balance September 30, 2020
    2,736,060     $     $ 249,378     $ 1,202     $ (230,252 )   $ 20,328  

   
Outstanding
Shares of Common Stock
   
Common
Stock
   
Additional
Paid in
Capital
   
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Loss
   
Accumulated
Deficit
   
Stockholders’
Equity
 
Balance December 31, 2020
   
2,736,060
   
$
   
$
249,663
   
$
(7
)
 
$
(233,338
)
 
$
16,318
 
Net loss
   
     
     
     
     
(5,221
)
   
(5,221
)
Foreign currency translation adjustment
   
     
     
     
(3
)
   
     
(3
)
Stock-based compensation, net
   
     
     
355
     
     
     
355
 
Issuance of common stock, net
   
3,795,816
     
     
18,902
     
     
     
18,902
 
Exercise of warrants
   
66
     
     
1
     
     
     
1
 
Balance March 31, 2021
   
6,531,942
   
$
   
$
268,921
   
$
(10
)
 
$
(238,559
)
 
$
30,352
 
Net loss
   
                        (4,731 )     (4,731 )
Foreign currency translation adjustment
   
                               
Stock-based compensation, net
                381                   381  
Issuance costs related to common stock offerings
                (6 )                 (6 )
Exercise of warrants
    76                                
Balance June 30, 2021
    6,532,018     $     $ 269,296     $ (10 )   $ (243,290 )   $ 25,996  
Net loss
                            (5,272 )     (5,272 )
Foreign currency translation adjustment
                                   
Stock-based compensation, net
                257                   257  
Issuance of common stock, net
    4,005,588       1       8,999                   9,000  
Balance September 30, 2021
    10,537,606     $
1     $
278,552     $ (10 )   $
(248,562 )   $
29,981  

See notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements

NUWELLIS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
(in thousands)
   
Nine months ended
September 30,
 
   
2021
   
2020
 
Operating Activities:
           
Net loss
 
$
(15,224
)
 
$
(12,750
)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash flows used in operating activities:
               
Depreciation and amortization
   
383
     
253
 
Stock-based compensation expense, net
   
993
     
1,036
 
Loss on disposal of property and equipment
   
     
46
 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
               
Accounts receivable
   
(164
)
   
(249
)
Inventory
   
(105
)
   
(1,371
)
Other current assets
   
(183
)
   
(74
)
Other assets and liabilities
   
279
     
112
 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses
   
333
     
(166
)
Net cash used in operating activities
   
(13,688
)
   
(13,163
)
                 
Investing Activities:
               
Purchases of property and equipment
   
(191
)
   
(207
)
Net cash used in investing activities
   
(191
)
   
(207
)
                 
Financing Activities:
               
Proceeds from public stock offerings, net
   
27,896
     
25,949
 
Proceeds from warrant exercises
   
1
     
4,115
 
Payments on finance lease liability
   
(21
)
   
(14
)
Net cash provided by financing activities
   
27,876
     
30,050
 
                 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash
   
(3
)
   
(12
)
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents
   
13,994
     
16,668
 
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period
   
14,437
     
1,279
 
Cash and cash equivalents - end of period
 
$
28,431
   
$
17,947
 
                 
Supplemental cash flow information
               
Inventory transferred to property, plant and equipment
 
$
257
   
$
247
 
Equipment acquired through finance lease liability
  $     $ 98  

See notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements.

NUWELLIS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

Note 1 – Nature of Business and Basis of Presentation

Nature of Business: Nuwellis, Inc. (the “Company”) is a medical device company focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing the Aquadex FlexFlow® and Aquadex SmartFlow® systems (collectively, the “Aquadex System”) for ultrafiltration therapy. The Aquadex System is indicated for temporary (up to eight hours) or extended (longer than 8 hours in patients who require hospitalization) use in adult and pediatric patients weighing 20kg or more whose fluid overload is unresponsive to medical management, including diuretics. Nuwellis, Inc. is a Delaware corporation headquartered in Minneapolis with a wholly owned subsidiary in Ireland. The Company’s common stock began trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market in February 2012.

In August 2016, the Company acquired the business associated with the Aquadex System (the “Aquadex Business”) from a subsidiary of Baxter International, Inc., and refocused its strategy to fully devote its resources to the Aquadex Business.

On April 27, 2021, the Company announced that it was changing its name from CHF Solutions, Inc. to Nuwellis, Inc. to more appropriately reflect the direction of its business.

Principles of Consolidation: The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”) for interim financial information and with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 8 of Regulation S-X. Certain information and note disclosures normally included in the audited annual consolidated financial statements have been condensed or omitted pursuant to those rules and regulations. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information necessary for a fair presentation of results of operations, comprehensive loss, financial condition, and cash flows in conformity with U.S. GAAP. In the opinion of management, the condensed consolidated financial statements reflect all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring adjustments) considered necessary for a fair presentation of the results of the Company for the periods presented. Operating results for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of results that may be expected for the year as a whole. The preparation of the financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues, expenses, and the related disclosures at the date of the financial statements and during the reporting period. Actual results could materially differ from these estimates.

For further information, refer to the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.

Going Concern: The Company’s financial statements have been prepared and presented on a basis assuming it continues as a going concern. During the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 and through September 30, 2021, the Company incurred losses from operations and net cash outflows from operating activities as disclosed in the consolidated statements of operations and cash flows, respectively. As of September 30, 2021, the Company had an accumulated deficit of $248.6 million and it expects to incur losses for the immediate future. To date, the Company has been funded by debt and equity financings, and although the Company believes that it will be able to successfully fund its operations, there can be no assurance that it will be able to do so or that it will ever operate profitably.

The Company became a revenue generating company after acquiring the Aquadex Business in August 2016.  The Company expects to incur additional losses in the near-term as it grows the Aquadex Business, including investments in expanding its sales and marketing capabilities, purchasing inventory, manufacturing components, and complying with the requirements related to being a U.S. public company.  To become and remain profitable, the Company must succeed in expanding the adoption and market acceptance of the Aquadex System. This will require the Company to succeed in effectively training personnel at hospitals and efficiently manufacturing, marketing and distributing the Aquadex System and related components. There can be no assurance that the Company will succeed in these activities, and it may never generate revenues sufficient to achieve profitability.

During 2019, 2020 and through September 17, 2021, we closed on underwritten public and other equity offerings for aggregate net proceeds of approximately $66.6 million after deducting the underwriting discounts and commissions or placement agents’ fees and offering expenses, as applicable, and other costs associated with the offerings. In addition, during 2020 we received $4.1 million in proceeds from the exercise of investor warrants. See Note 3 – Stockholders’ Equity for additional related disclosure. The Company will require additional funding to grow its business, which may not be available on terms favorable to the Company, or at all. The Company may receive those funds from the proceeds from future warrant exercises, issuances of equity securities, or other financing transactions.
The Company believes that its existing capital resources will be sufficient to support its operating plan through March 31, 2023. However, the Company may seek to raise additional capital to support its growth or other strategic initiatives through debt, equity or a combination thereof.

Revenue Recognition: The Company recognizes revenue in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification, Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, which the Company adopted effective January 1, 2018. Accordingly, the Company recognizes revenue when its customers obtain control of its products or services, in an amount that reflects the consideration that the Company expects to receive in exchange for those goods and services. See Note 2 – Revenue Recognition below for additional disclosures. For the three months ended September 30, 2021 two customers represented 14% and 12% of net sales. For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, two customers represented 12% and 11% of net sales. For the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2020, there were no customers that represented in excess of 10% of net sales.

Accounts Receivable: Accounts receivable are unsecured, are recorded at net realizable value, and do not bear interest. The Company makes judgments as to its ability to collect outstanding receivables based upon significant patterns of collectability, historical experience, and managements evaluation of specific accounts and will provide an allowance for credit losses when collection becomes doubtful. The Company performs credit evaluations of its customers’ financial condition on an as-needed basis. Payment is generally due 30 days from the invoice date and accounts past 30 days are individually analyzed for collectability. When all collection efforts have been exhausted, the account is written off against any related allowance. To date the Company has not experienced any write-offs or significant deterioration of the aging of its accounts receivable, and therefore, no allowance for doubtful accounts was considered necessary as of September 30, 2021 or December 31, 2020. As of September 30, 2021, one customer represented 15% of the accounts receivable balance. As of December 31, 2020, no customer represented over 10% of the accounts receivable balance.

Inventories: Inventories represent finished goods purchased from the Company’s supplier and are recorded at the lower of cost or net realizable value using the first-in-first out method. Overhead is allocated to manufactured finished goods inventory based on the normal capacity of the Company’s production facilities. Abnormal amounts of overhead, if any, are expensed as incurred.  Inventories consisted of the following:

( in thousands)
 
September 30,
2021
   
December 31, 2020
 
Finished Goods
 
$
1,227
   
$
1,343
 
Work in Process
   
268
     
342
 
Raw Materials
   
1,310
     
1,272
 
Total
 
$
2,805
   
$
2,957
 
 
Loss per share: Basic loss per share is computed based on the net loss for each period divided by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding. The net loss allocable to common stockholders for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, reflects a $1.8 million increase for the net deemed dividend to preferred stockholders provided in connection with the close of the public offering of Series H Convertible Preferred Stock on January 28, 2020. The deemed dividends represent the intrinsic value of the preferred shares at the time of issuance and includes $0.2 million that resulted from the subsequent change in the exercise price of the warrants as a result of the March 2020 offering. See Note 3 – Stockholders’ Equity below for additional disclosures. The net loss allocable to common stockholders for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 includes a deemed dividend of $75,000 that resulted from the change in the exercise price of warrants as a result of the March 2021 and September 2021 offerings.

Diluted earnings per share is computed based on the net loss allocable to common stockholders for each period divided by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding, increased by the number of additional shares that would have been outstanding had the potentially dilutive common shares been issued, and reduced by the number of shares the Company could have repurchased from the proceeds from issuance of the potentially dilutive shares. Potentially dilutive shares of common stock include shares underlying outstanding convertible preferred stock, warrants, stock options and other stock-based awards granted under stock-based compensation plans.
The following table sets forth the potential shares of common stock that are not included in the calculation of diluted net loss per share because to do so would be anti-dilutive as of the end of each period presented:

   
September 30
 
   
2021
   
2020
 
Warrants to purchase common stock
   
1,631,801
     
1,631,948
 
Series F convertible preferred stock
   
50,800
     
14,224
 
Stock options
   
738,946
     
15,757
 
Total
   
2,421,547
     
1,661,929
 

The following table reconciles reported net loss with reported net loss per share for each of the nine months ended September 30:

(in thousands, except per share amounts)
 
2021
   
2020
 
Net loss
 
$
(15,224
)
 
$
(12,750
)
Deemed dividend to preferred shareholders (see Note 3)
   
(75
)
   
(1,757
)
Net loss after deemed dividend
   
(15,299
)
   
(14,507
)
Weighted average shares outstanding
   
5,624
     
1,287
 
Basic and diluted loss per share
 
$
(2.72
)
 
$
(11.27
)

Recent accounting pronouncements: In June 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-13, “Financial Instruments – Credit Losses.” This ASU added a new impairment model (known as the current expected credit loss (“CECL”) model) that is based on expected losses rather than incurred losses. Under the new guidance, an entity recognizes as an allowance its estimate of expected credit losses. The CECL model applies to most debt instruments, trade receivables, lease receivables, financial guarantee contracts, and other loan commitments. The CECL model does not have a minimum threshold for recognition of impairment losses and entities will need to measure expected credit losses on assets that have a low risk of loss. As a smaller reporting company pursuant to Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, these changes become effective for the Company on January 1, 2023. Management is currently evaluating the potential impact of these changes on the condensed consolidated financial statements of the Company.

The Company evaluates events through the date the consolidated financial statements are filed for events requiring adjustment to or disclosure in the consolidated financial statements.

Note 2 – Revenue Recognition

Net Sales: The Company sells its products in the United States primarily through a direct sales force. Customers who purchase the Company’s products include hospitals and clinics throughout the United States.  In countries outside the United States, the Company sells its products through a limited number of specialty healthcare distributors in Austria, Brazil, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Italy, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia (including the Czech Republic) Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. These distributors resell the Company’s products to hospitals and clinics in their respective geographies.

Revenue from product sales are recognized when the customer or distributor obtains control of the product, which occurs at a point in time, most frequently upon shipment of the product or receipt of the product, depending on shipment terms. The Company’s standard shipping terms are FOB shipping point unless the customer requests that control and title to the inventory transfer upon delivery.

Revenue is measured as the amount of consideration we expect to receive, adjusted for any applicable estimates of variable consideration and other factors affecting the transaction price, which is based on the invoiced price, in exchange for transferring products. All revenue is recognized when the Company satisfies its performance obligations under the contract. The majority of the Company’s contracts have a single performance obligation and are short term in nature. The Company has entered into extended service plans with customers which are recognized over time. This revenue represents less than 1% of net sales for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020. The unfulfilled performance obligations related to these extended service plans is included in deferred revenue, which is included in other current liabilities on the consolidated balance sheets. The majority of the deferred revenue is expected to be recognized within one year.

Sales taxes and value added taxes in foreign jurisdictions that are collected from customers and remitted to governmental authorities are accounted for on a net basis and therefore are excluded from net sales. Revenue includes shipment and handling fees charged to customers. Shipping and handling costs associated with outbound freight after control over a product has transferred to a customer are accounted for as a fulfillment cost and are included in cost of goods sold.

Product Returns:  The Company offers customers a limited right of return for its product in case of non-conformity or performance issues. The Company estimates the amount of its product sales that may be returned by its customers and records this estimate as a reduction of revenue in the period the related product revenue is recognized.  The Company currently estimates product return liabilities using available industry data and its own historical sales and returns information.  The Company has not received any returns to date and believes that future returns of its products will be minimal. Therefore, revenue recognized is not currently impacted by variable consideration related to product returns.
Note 3 – Stockholders’ Equity
 
Series F Convertible Preferred Stock: On November 27, 2017, the Company closed on an underwritten public offering Series F convertible preferred stock and warrants to purchase shares of common stock for gross proceeds of $18.0 million. Net proceeds totaled approximately $16.2 million after deducting the underwriting discounts and commissions and other costs associated with the offering.

The offering was comprised of Series F convertible preferred stock, convertible into shares of the Company’s common stock at an initial conversion price of $1,890.00 per share. Each share of Series F convertible preferred stock was accompanied by a Series 1 warrant, which expired on the first anniversary of its issuance, to purchase 16 shares of the Company’s common stock at an exercise price of $1,890.00 per share, and a Series 2 warrant, which expires on the seventh anniversary of its issuance, to purchase 16 shares of the Company’s common stock at an exercise price of $1,890.00 per share. The Series F convertible preferred stock has full ratchet price based anti-dilution protection, subject to customary carve outs, in the event of a down-round financing at a price per share below the conversion price of the Series F convertible preferred stock (which protection will expire if, during any 20 of 30 consecutive trading days, the volume weighted average price of the Company’s common stock exceeds 300% of the then-effective conversion price of the Series F convertible preferred stock and the daily dollar trading volume for each trading day during such period exceeds $200,000). The exercise price of the warrants is fixed and does not contain any variable pricing features, nor any price-based anti-dilutive features, apart from customary adjustments for stock splits, combinations, reclassifications, stock dividends or fundamental transactions. A total of 18,000 shares of Series F convertible preferred stock initially convertible into 9,557 shares of common stock and warrants to purchase 19,122 shares of common stock were issued in the offering.

Effective March 12, 2019, the conversion price of the Series F convertible preferred stock was reduced from $890.40 to $157.50, the per share price to the public of the Series G convertible preferred stock issued in the March 2019 Offering, described below. Effective October 25, 2019, the conversion price of the Series F convertible preferred stock was reduced from $157.50 to $42.30, and on November 6, 2019 from $42.30 to $29.83, the per share price to the public in the October and November 2019 transactions, respectively, described below. Effective January 28, 2020, the conversion price of the Series F convertible preferred stock was reduced from $29.83 to $16.50, the per share price to the public of the Series H convertible preferred stock which closed in an underwritten public offering on January 28, 2020, described below. Effective March 23, 2020, the conversion price of the Series F convertible preferred stock was reduced from $16.50 to $9.00, the per share price to the public in the March 2020 offering, described below. In connection with the March 2021 offering, the conversion price of the Series F convertible preferred stock was reduced from $9.00 to $5.50, the per share price to the public in the March 2021 offering, described below. In connection with the September 2021 offering, the conversion price of the Series F convertible preferred stock was reduced from $5.50 to $2.50, the per share price to the public in the September 2021 offering, described below.

As of September 30, 2021, and December 31, 2020, 127 shares of the Series F convertible preferred stock remained outstanding.

Series G Convertible Preferred Stock and March 2019 Offering: On March 12, 2019, the Company closed on an underwritten public offering of common stock, Series G convertible preferred stock and warrants to purchase shares of common stock for gross proceeds of $12.4 million (“March 2019 Offering”). Net proceeds totaled approximately $11.0 million after deducting the underwriting discounts and commissions and other costs associated with the offering. The Series G convertible preferred stock included a beneficial conversion amount of $4.5 million, representing the intrinsic value of the shares at the time of issuance. This amount was reflected as an increase to the loss per share allocable to common stockholders in the year ended December 31, 2019.

The March 2019 Offering was comprised of 15,173 shares of common stock priced at $157.50 per share and 1,910,536 shares of Series G convertible preferred stock, convertible into common stock at $157.50 per share. Each share of Series G convertible preferred stock and each share of common stock was accompanied by a Series 1 warrant and a Series 2 warrant. The Series 1 warrants are exercisable into 78,863 shares of common stock and the Series 2 warrants are exercisable into 78,863 shares of common stock. Series 1 warrants expire on the fifth anniversary of the date of issuance and are exercisable at $157.50 to purchase one share of common stock. Series 2 warrants expire on the earlier of: (i) the eighteen-month anniversary of the date of issuance and (ii) the 30th trading day following the public announcement of the receipt from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of clearance or approval of a modification to the product label for the Aquadex System to include pediatric patients. Series 2 warrants are exercisable at $157.50 per share of common stock. The Company announced it had received FDA clearance for use of its Aquadex System in pediatric patients on February 26, 2020, effectively setting the date of expiration of these warrants for April 8, 2020 at which time they expired. The conversion price of the Series G convertible preferred stock as well as the exercise price of the warrants are fixed and do not contain any variable pricing features, nor any price based anti-dilutive features apart from customary adjustments for splits and reverse splits of common stock. The Series G convertible preferred stock included a beneficial ownership limitation of 4.99% but had no dividend preference (except to extent dividends are also paid on the common stock), liquidation preference or other preferences over common stock. The securities comprising the units were immediately separable and were issued separately.
As of December 31, 2019, all 63,685 shares of the Series G convertible preferred stock had been converted into common stock and none remained outstanding.

October and November 2019 Offerings: On October 25, 2019, the Company closed on a registered direct offering of 19,195 shares of common stock at a price of $34.50 per share, for gross proceeds of approximately $660,000, prior to deducting commissions and expenses related to the transaction. In a concurrent private placement, the Company agreed to issue to the investors in the registered direct offering unregistered warrants to purchase up to 19,196 shares of its common stock at an exercise price of $42.30 per share, which became exercisable six months from the date of issuance and will expire five years from the initial exercise date. On November 6, 2019, the Company closed on a registered direct offering of 40,637 shares of common stock, or common equivalents, at a price of $33.60 per share, for gross proceeds of approximately $1.36 million prior to deduction of commissions and offering expenses related to the transaction. In a concurrent private placement, the Company agreed to issue to the investors in the registered direct offering warrants to purchase up to 40,638 shares of our common stock at an exercise price of $29.83 per share, which were exercisable upon the date of issuance, and will expire five years from the initial exercise date.

Series H Convertible Preferred Stock and January 2020 Offering: On January 28, 2020, the Company closed on an underwritten public offering of common stock, Series H convertible preferred stock and warrants to purchase shares of common stock for gross proceeds of $9.7 million (“January 2020 Offering”). Net proceeds totaled approximately $8.6 million after deducting the underwriting discounts and commissions and other costs associated with the offering. The Series H convertible preferred stock included a beneficial conversion amount of $1.6 million, representing the intrinsic value of the shares at the time of issuance, and $0.2 million of down-round protection in connection with the re-pricing of the warrants following the March 2020 offering described below. This amount is reflected as an increase to the loss per share allocable to common stockholders in the nine months ended September 30, 2020.

The January 2020 Offering was comprised of 201,546 shares of common stock priced at $16.50 per share and 11,517,269 shares of Series H convertible preferred stock, convertible into common stock at $16.50 per share. Each share of Series H convertible preferred stock and each share of common stock was accompanied by a warrant to purchase common stock.  The warrants are exercisable into 585,460 shares of common stock. The conversion price of the preferred stock issued in the transaction is fixed and does not contain any variable pricing feature or any price based anti-dilutive feature. The preferred stock issued in this transaction includes a beneficial ownership blocker but has no dividend rights (except to the extent that dividends are also paid on the common stock) or liquidation preference, and, subject to limited exceptions, has no voting rights. The securities comprising the units were immediately separable and were issued separately. The warrants were exercisable beginning on the closing date and expire on the fifth anniversary of the closing date and had an initial exercise price per share equal to $16.50 per share, subject to appropriate adjustment in the event of subsequent equity sales of common stock or securities convertible into common stock for an exercise price per share less than the exercise price per share of the warrants then in effect (but in no event lower than 10% of the applicable Unit offering price), or in the event of recapitalization events, stock dividends, stock splits, stock combinations, reclassifications, reorganizations or similar events affecting our common stock. Effective March 23, 2020, the exercise price of these warrants was reduced from $16.50 to $9.00, the per share price to the public in the March 2020 offering described below.  Effective with the March 19, 2021 financing, the exercise price for the unexercised warrants from the January 2020 offering were further reduced to $5.50 per share. Effective with the September 17, 2021 financing, the exercise price for the unexercised warrants from the January 2020 offering were further reduced to $2.50 per share. The net loss allocable to common stockholders for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 includes a deemed dividend of $75,000 that resulted from the change in the exercise price of warrants as a result of the March 2021 and the September 2021 offerings.

As of December 31, 2020, all 11,517,269 shares of the Series H convertible preferred stock had been converted into common stock and none remained outstanding. As of September 30, 2021, warrants to purchase 130,170 shares of common stock remain exercisable.

March 2020 Offering: On March 23, 2020, the Company closed on a registered direct offering of 138,715 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $9.00 per share, for gross proceeds of approximately $1.2 million, or $1.0 million net after deducting commissions and offering expenses. In a concurrent private placement, the Company agreed to issue to the investors in the registered direct offering warrants to purchase up to 138,715 shares of the Company’s common stock. The warrants to purchase up to 138,715 shares of common stock have an exercise price of $11.18 per share, were exercisable six months from the date of issuance, and will expire five and a half years from the date of issuance.

April 2020 Offering: On April 1, 2020, the Company closed on a registered direct offering of 171,008 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $13.02 per share, for gross proceeds of approximately $2.2 million, prior to deduction of commissions and offering expenses related to the transaction. In a concurrent private placement, the Company agreed to issue to the investors in the registered direct offering warrants to purchase up to 85,506 shares of the Company’s common stock. The warrants have an exercise price of $11.15 per share, were exercisable immediately, and will expire five and a half years from the date of issuance.

May 2020 Offering: On May 5, 2020, the Company closed on a registered direct offering of 119,930 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $14.18 per share, for gross proceeds of approximately $1.7 million, prior to deduction of commissions and offering expenses related to the transaction. In a concurrent private placement, the Company agreed to issue to the investors in the registered direct offering warrants to purchase up to 59,966 shares of the Company’s common stock. The warrants have an exercise price of $12.30 per share, were exercisable immediately, and will expire five and a half years from the date of issuance.

August 2020 Offering: On August 21, 2020, the Company closed on an underwritten public offering of common stock and warrants to purchase shares of common stock for gross proceeds of approximately $14.4 million (“August 2020 Offering”). Net proceeds totaled approximately $13.0 million after deducting the underwriting discounts and commissions and other costs associated with the offering.  The August 2020 Offering was comprised of 1,064,678 shares of common stock priced at $13.50 per share. Each share of common stock was accompanied by a warrant to purchase common stock.  The warrants are exercisable into 1,064,678 shares of common stock. The securities comprising the units were immediately separable and were issued separately. The warrants were exercisable beginning on the effective date of our stockholders’ approval of a reverse stock split in an amount sufficient to permit the exercise in full of the warrants, which occurred on October 6, 2020, and will expire on the five-year anniversary of the closing date.
 
March 2021 Offering: On March 19, 2021, the Company closed on an underwritten public offering of 3,795,816 shares of common stock, for gross proceeds of approximately $20.9 million (the “March 2021 Offering”). Net proceeds totaled approximately $18.9 million after deducting the underwriting discounts and commissions and other costs associated with the offering and after giving effect to the underwriters’ full exercise of their overallotment option.

In connection with the March 2021 Offering, the conversion price of the Series F convertible preferred stock was reduced from $9.00 to $5.50, the per share price to the public in the March 2021 Offering. In addition, the exercise price of the common stock warrants issued in connection with the January 2020 Offering was reduced from $9.00 to $5.50, the per share price to the public in the March 2021 Offering.

September 2021 Offering: On September 17, 2021, the Company closed on an underwritten public offering of 4,005,588 shares of common stock, for gross proceeds of approximately $10 million (the “September 2021 Offering”). Net proceeds totaled approximately $9.0 million after deducting the underwriting discounts and commissions and other costs associated with the offering and after giving effect to the underwriters’ full exercise of their overallotment option.

In connection with the September 2021 Offering, the conversion price of the Series F convertible preferred stock was reduced from $5.50 to $2.50, the per share price to the public in the September 2021 Offering. In addition, the exercise price of the common stock warrants issued in connection with the January 2020 Offering was reduced from $5.50 to $2.50, the per share price to the public in the September 2021 Offering.
 
Placement Agent Fees: In connection with the offerings described above, the Company paid the placement agent an aggregate cash placement fee equal to 8% of the aggregate gross proceeds raised in each of the offerings.
 
Market-Based Warrants: On May 30, 2019, the Company granted a market-based warrant to a consultant in exchange for investor relations services. The warrant represents the right to acquire up to 3,334 shares of the Company’s common stock at an exercise price of $95.40 per share, the closing stock price of the Company’s common shares on May 30, 2019. The warrant is subject to a vesting schedule based on the Company achieving certain market stock prices within a specified period of time. The warrant expires on May 30, 2024. The warrant was valued at $57.90 per share using the Monte Carlo valuation methodology and was expensed over the term of the consulting engagement which was twelve months. Significant inputs used for the Monte Carlo valuation were the expected stock price volatility of 136.21%, and management’s expectations regarding the timing of regulatory clearance for an expanded label in pediatrics. None of these warrants had vested as of September 30, 2021.

Note 4 - Stock-Based Compensation

Under the fair value recognition provisions of U.S. GAAP for accounting for stock-based compensation, the Company measures stock-based compensation expense at the grant date based on the fair value of the award and recognizes the compensation expense over the requisite service period, which is generally the vesting period.

The following table presents the classification of stock-based compensation expense recognized for the periods below:

   
Three months ended
September 30,
   
Nine months ended
September 30,
 
(in thousands)
 
2021
   
2020
   
2021
   
2020
 
Selling, general and administrative expense
 
$
216
   
$
288
   
$
894
   
$
963
 
Research and development expense
   
40
     
21
     
99
     
73
 
Total stock-based compensation expense
 
$
256
   
$
309
   
$
993
   
$
1,036
 

Note 5 – Income Taxes

The Company provides for a valuation allowance when it is more likely than not that it will not realize a portion of its deferred tax assets. The Company has established a full valuation allowance for U.S. and foreign deferred tax assets due to the uncertainty that enough taxable income will be generated in those taxing jurisdictions to utilize the assets. Therefore, the Company has not reflected any benefit of such deferred tax assets in the accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements.

As of September 30, 2021, there were no material changes to what the Company disclosed regarding tax uncertainties or penalties in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.
 
Note 6—Finance Lease Liability

In 2020, the Company entered into lease agreements to finance equipment valued at $97,000. The equipment consisted of computer hardware and audio-visual equipment and is included in Property, Plant and Equipment in the accompanying consolidated financial statements. The principal amount under the lease agreements was $93,000 at the date the leases commenced, the implied interest rate is 7.5%, and the term of the leases is 39 months.
 
Note 7—Commitments and Contingencies

Employee Retirement Plan: The Company has a 401(k)-profit sharing plan that provides retirement benefits to substantially all full-time U.S. employees. Eligible employees may contribute a percentage of their annual compensation, subject to Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) limitations, with the Company matching a portion of the employee’s contributions at the discretion of the Company, but subject to a predetermined vesting schedule. The employee is always fully funded in their own contributions.

Non-refundable Technology License Fee: On June 24, 2021, the Company entered into a research and development collaboration agreement with Koronis Biomedical Corporation (KBT) to design and develop an integrated continuous renal replacement therapy device. This agreement became effective on August 5, 2021, when KBT received approval of a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support this project.  As part of this agreement, the Company will pay KBT a non-refundable technology license fee of $428,160, payable in twelve equal monthly installments commencing in June 2022. The Company has recorded a liability for the non-refundable technology license fee with $142,720 included in Current Accounts Payable and $285,440 included in Other Long-term Liabilities. The full amount of $428,160 was expensed and included in the Research and Development Expense line for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021.

ITEM 2.
MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

The following discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with our interim condensed consolidated financial statements and related notes included in Part I, Item 1 of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and the audited consolidated financial statements and related notes and Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020. This discussion contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties.  Our actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including those discussed in Part I, Item 1A “Risk Factors,” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 and in our subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (theSEC”).

Unless otherwise specified or indicated by the context, Nuwellis, Company, we, us and our, refer to Nuwellis, Inc. and its subsidiary.

 OVERVIEW

About Nuwellis

We are a medical device company focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing the Aquadex FlexFlow® and Aquadex SmartFlow® systems (collectively, the “Aquadex System”) for ultrafiltration therapy.  The Aquadex System delivers clinically proven therapy using a simple, flexible and smart method of removing excess fluid from patients suffering from hypervolemia (fluid overload). The Aquadex SmartFlow system is indicated for temporary (up to 8 hours) or extended (longer than 8 hours in patients who require hospitalization) use in adult and pediatric patients weighing 20 kg or more whose fluid overload is unresponsive to medical management, including diuretics.

Previously, the Company was focused on developing the C-Pulse® Heart Assist System for treatment of Class III and ambulatory Class IV heart failure. In August 2016, the Company acquired the business associated with the Aquadex System (the “Aquadex Business”) from a subsidiary of Baxter International, Inc. (“Baxter”) and refocused its strategy to fully devote its resources to the Aquadex Business.

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

During the first nine months of 2021, we continue to be subject to challenging social and economic conditions created as a result of the outbreak of the novel strain of coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, and the resulting coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our operations and has required us to continue the changes that were made to keep our customers, their patients, and our employees safe. These changes continue to include restrictions on hospital access imposed on our field employees by customers dealing on the front lines of COVID-19 and managing the spread of the virus, changes to employee work practices by continuing to allow employees to work remotely and increased protocols to ensure the safety of those employees who are required to work on site.  The ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our operational and financial performance will depend on certain future developments, including the duration and spread of the outbreak, the ongoing impact on our customers and hospital access restrictions imposed on our field employees, and effect on our vendors, all of which remain uncertain and cannot be predicted.

We may experience curtailed customer demand or constrained supply that could materially adversely impact our business, results of operations and overall financial performance in future periods. Specifically, we may experience negative impacts from changes in how we conduct business due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including but not limited to restrictions on travel and in-person meetings, production delays, warehouses and staffing disruptions and shortages, decreases or delays in customer demand and spending, and difficulties or changes to our sales process and customer support.

Several hospitals in the U.S. originally included the Aquadex System into their treatment protocol for fluid management of COVID-19, especially when dialysis equipment and staff are limited.  In March 2020, we increased production of the Aquadex System to meet anticipated demand due to its use in treatment protocols for COVID-19. We estimate that approximately 14% of our U.S. revenue for the year ended December 31, 2020, was driven by hospitals treating patients with COVID-19.  However, treatment protocols have evolved such that fewer patients are now being treated with fluid resuscitation, so we have seen little revenue in the nine months ended September 30, 2021 for treating patients with COVID-19.  However, we have also seen changes to our sales practices due to restrictions on hospital access and believe that revenue in other areas was negatively impacted by these restrictions.  In addition, the disruption created by COVID-19 has created significant uncertainty about our ability to access the capital markets in future periods. As of the filing date of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, the extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic may continue to impact our financial condition or results of operations or guidance is uncertain and cannot be reasonably estimated, but could be material and last for an extended period of time. The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic may not be fully reflected in our results of operations and overall financial performance until future periods.

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND ESTIMATES

We have adopted various accounting policies to prepare the condensed consolidated financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. (U.S. GAAP). Our most significant accounting policies are disclosed in Note 1 to the consolidated financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.

The preparation of the condensed consolidated financial statements, in conformity with U.S. GAAP, requires us to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the condensed consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes. Our estimates and assumptions, including those related to stock-based compensation, valuation of equity and debt securities, and income tax reserves are updated as appropriate, which in most cases is quarterly. We base our estimates on historical experience, valuations, or various assumptions that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances. There have been no material changes to our critical accounting policies and estimates from the information provided in Part II, Item 7, Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.

Revenue Recognition:  We recognize revenue in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”), Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, which we adopted effective January 1, 2018. Accordingly, we recognize revenue when our customers obtain control of our products or services, in an amount that reflects the consideration that we expect to receive in exchange for those goods and services. See Note 2 – Revenue Recognition, included in Part I, Item 1 of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, for additional disclosures.

Accounts Receivable:  Our accounts receivable have terms that generally require payment in 30 days.  We did not establish an allowance for doubtful accounts as of September 30, 2021 as we have not had any write offs or experienced a deterioration in the aging of our receivables, and do not expect to experience in the future.

Inventories:  Inventories consist of finished goods, raw materials and subassemblies and are recorded at the lower of cost or net realizable value using the first, in-first out method.

Stock-Based Compensation: We recognize all share-based payments to employees and directors, including grants of stock options, warrants and common stock awards in the consolidated statement of operations and comprehensive loss as an operating expense based on their fair values as established at the grant date. Equity instruments issued to non-employees include common stock awards or warrants to purchase shares of our common stock. These common stock awards or warrants either are fully vested and exercisable at the date of grant or vest over a certain period during which services are provided. We expense the fair market value of fully vested awards at the time of grant, and of unvested awards over the period in which the related services are received.  In accordance with Accounting Standards Update 2018-07, unvested awards are no longer remeasured to fair value until vesting and rather the fair value is established at the grant date consistent with the treatment of employee and director awards.

We compute the estimated fair values of stock options and warrants using the Black-Scholes option pricing model and market-based warrants using a Monte Carlo valuation model. Market price at the date of grant is used to calculate the fair value of restricted stock units and common stock awards.

Stock-based compensation expense is based on awards ultimately expected to vest and is reduced for estimated forfeitures except for market-based warrants which are expensed based on the grant date fair value regardless of whether the award vests. Forfeitures are estimated at the time of grant and revised, if necessary, in subsequent periods if actual forfeitures differ from those estimates.

Loss per share: Basic loss per share is computed based on the net loss for each period divided by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding. The net loss allocable to common stockholders for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, reflects a $1.8 million increase for the deemed dividend to preferred stockholders provided in connection with the close of the public offering of Series H convertible preferred stock on January 28, 2020. This deemed dividend includes $0.2 million that resulted from the subsequent reduction in the exercise of price of the warrants as a result of the March 2020 offering.  The net loss allocable to common stockholders for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 includes a deemed dividend of $75,000 that resulted from the change in the exercise price of the warrants as a result of the March 2021 and September 2021 offerings.

Diluted earnings per share is computed based on the net loss allocable to common stockholders for each period divided by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding, increased by the number of additional shares that would have been outstanding had the potentially dilutive common shares been issued, and reduced by the number of shares the Company could have repurchased from the proceeds from issuance of the potentially dilutive shares. Potentially dilutive shares of common stock include shares underlying outstanding convertible preferred stock, warrants, stock options and other stock-based awards granted under stock-based compensation plans.

Impairment of Long-Lived Assets: Long-lived assets are reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of an asset or asset group may not be recoverable. If the impairment tests indicate that the carrying value of the asset, or asset group is greater than the expected undiscounted cash flows to be generated by such asset or asset group, further analysis is performed to determine the fair value of the asset or asset group. To the extent the fair value of the asset or asset group is less than its carrying value, an impairment loss is recognized equal to the amount the fair value of the asset or asset group is exceeded by its carrying amount. Assets to be disposed of are carried at the lower of their carrying value or fair value less costs to sell. Considerable management judgment is necessary to estimate the fair value of assets or asset groups, and accordingly, actual results could vary significantly from such estimates.

The Company continues to report operating losses and negative cash flows from operations, both of which it considers to be indicators of potential impairment. Therefore, the Company evaluates its long-lived assets for potential impairment at each reporting period. The Company has concluded that its cash flows from the various long-lived assets are highly interrelated and, as a result, the Company consists of a single asset group. As the Company expects to continue incurring losses in the foreseeable future, the undiscounted cash flow step was bypassed, and the Company proceeded to fair value the asset group. The Company has determined the fair value of the asset group using expected cash flows associated with its loaner units by considering sales prices for similar assets and by estimating future discounted cash flows expected from the units. For recently acquired assets within the asset group, primarily equipment, the Company determined the fair value based on the replacement cost. There have been no impairment losses recognized for the year ended December 31, 2020 or the nine months ended September 30, 2021.

Going Concern: Our financial statements have been prepared and presented on a basis assuming we continue as a going concern. During the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 and through September 30, 2021, we incurred losses from operations and net cash outflows from operating activities as disclosed in the consolidated statements of operations and cash flows, respectively. At September 30, 2021, we had an accumulated deficit of $248.6 million and we expect to incur losses for the foreseeable future. To date, we have been funded by debt and equity financings, and although we believe that we will be able to successfully fund our operations, there can be no assurance that we will be able to do so or that we will ever operate profitably.

We became a revenue generating company after acquiring the Aquadex Business in August 2016.  We expect to incur additional losses in the near-term as we grow the Aquadex Business, including investments in expanding our sales and marketing capabilities, purchasing inventory, manufacturing components, and complying with the requirements related to being a U.S. public company.  To become and remain profitable, we must succeed in expanding the adoption and market acceptance of the Aquadex System. This will require the Company to succeed in effectively training personnel at hospitals and efficiently manufacturing, marketing and distributing the Aquadex System and related components. There can be no assurance that we will succeed in these activities, and we may never generate revenues sufficient to achieve profitability.

During 2019, 2020 and through September 17, 2021, we closed on underwritten public and other equity offerings for aggregate net proceeds of approximately $66.6 million after deducting the underwriting discounts and commissions or placement agents’ fees and offering expenses, as applicable, and other costs associated with the offerings. In addition, during 2020 we received $4.1 million in proceeds from the exercise of investor warrants. See Note 3 –Stockholders’ Equity for additional related disclosure. The Company will require additional funding to grow its business, which may not be available on terms favorable to the Company, or at all. The Company may receive those funds from the proceeds from future warrant exercises, issuances of equity securities, or other financing transactions.

We believe that our existing capital resources will be sufficient to support our operating plan through March 31, 2023. However, we may seek to raise additional capital to support our growth or other strategic initiatives through debt, equity or a combination thereof.

NEW ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS

In June 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-13, “Financial Instruments – Credit Losses.” This ASU added a new impairment model (known as the current expected credit loss (“CECL”) model) that is based on expected losses rather than incurred losses. Under the new guidance, an entity recognizes as an allowance its estimate of expected credit losses. The CECL model applies to most debt instruments, trade receivables, lease receivables, financial guarantee contracts, and other loan commitments. The CECL model does not have a minimum threshold for recognition of impairment losses and entities will need to measure expected credit losses on assets that have a low risk of loss. As a smaller reporting company pursuant to Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, these changes become effective for the Company on January 1, 2023. Management is currently evaluating the potential impact of these changes on the condensed consolidated financial statements of the Company.

FINANCIAL OVERVIEW

We are a medical device company focused on commercializing the Aquadex system for ultrafiltration treatment of patients with fluid overload who have failed diuretic therapy. Activities since inception have consisted principally of raising capital, performing research and development and conducting preclinical and clinical studies. During 2016, we acquired the Aquadex Business and announced that we were halting all clinical evaluations of our prior technology, the C-Pulse System. Since then, our activities have consisted mainly of expanding our sales and marketing capabilities and transferring manufacturing capabilities from Baxter to our facilities in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. As of September 30, 2021, we had an accumulated deficit of $248.6 million and we expect to incur losses for the foreseeable future. To date, we have been funded by public and private equity financings and debt. Although we believe that we will be able to successfully fund our operations, there can be no assurance that we will be able to do so or that we will ever operate profitably.

Results of Operations

Comparison of Three Months Ended September 30, 2021 to Three Months Ended September 30, 2020
 
Net Sales
(in thousands)
 
Three Months Ended
September 30, 2021
   
Three Months Ended
September 30, 2020
   
Increase (Decrease)
   
% Change
 
$
1,853
   
$
1,904
   
$
(51
)
   
(2.7
)%

Revenue is generated mainly from the sale of disposable blood filters and catheters used in conjunction with the Aquadex System consoles. We sell primarily in the United States to hospitals and clinics through our direct salesforce. We sell outside of the United States to independent specialty distributors who in turn sell to hospitals and clinics in their geographic regions.  Sales during the three months ended September 30, 2021 were negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on hospital access and procedural volumes, both in the US and internationally.  Pediatric patient volumes were also lower.

Costs and Expenses
Our costs and expenses were as follows:

(in thousands)
 
Three Months Ended
September 30, 2021
   
Three Months Ended
September 30, 2020
   
Increase (Decrease)
   
% Change
 
Cost of goods sold
 
$
733
   
$
1,026
   
$
(293
)
   
(28.6
)%
Selling, general and administrative
 
$
4,645
   
$
4,264
   
$
381
     
8.9
%
Research and development
 
$
1,726
   
$
871
   
$
855
     
98.2
%
 
Cost of Goods Sold
The increase in gross margin percent for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2020 was due to favorable geographic and product mix.

Selling, General and Administrative
The increase in selling, general and administrative expense reflects our continued investment in sales and marketing activities, along with administrative costs.

Research and Development
Research and development (“R&D”) expenses in the third quarter of 2021 were $1.7 million, an increase of 98% compared to the prior year period. The increase in R&D expenses was driven primarily by investments in new products, especially the new pediatric system, along with increased clinical, regulatory and reimbursement activity.  R&D expense included $428,160 for a non-refundable technology license fee, as discussed in Note 7 – Commitments and Contingencies.

Comparison of Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021 to Nine Months Ended September 30, 2010
 
Net Sales
(in thousands)
 
Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2021
   
Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2020
   
Increase (Decrease)
   
% Change
 
$
6,279
   
$
5,397
   
$
882
     
16.3
%

Revenue is generated mainly from the sale of disposable blood filters and catheters used in conjunction with the Aquadex system consoles. We sell primarily in the United States to hospitals and clinics through our direct salesforce. We sell outside of the United States to independent specialty distributors who in turn sell to hospitals and clinics in their geographic regions. The increase in sales is driven by execution of our commercialization strategy which includes continued expansion of our commercial footprint by the hiring of new sales representatives, clinical education specialists, and marketing personnel.

Costs and Expenses
Our costs and expenses were as follows:

(in thousands)
 
Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2021
   
Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2020
   
Increase (Decrease)
   
% Change
 
Cost of goods sold
 
$
2,682
   
$
2,486
   
$
196
     
7.9
%
Selling, general and administrative
 
$
14,945
   
$
13,034
   
$
1,911
     
14.7
%
Research and development
 
$
3,847
   
$
2,620
   
$
1,227
     
46.8
%
 
Cost of Goods Sold
The increase in gross margin percent for the first nine months of fiscal 2021 compared to the first nine months of fiscal 2020 was due to the timing of production costs and favorable geographic mix.

Selling, General and Administrative
The increase in selling, general and administrative expense reflects our continued investment in sales and marketing activities, along with nonrecurring leadership transition costs.

Research and Development
The increase in R&D expenses over the prior year were primarily driven by investments in new products, along with increased clinical, regulatory and reimbursement activity.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Sources of Liquidity
We have funded our operations primarily through cash on hand and a series of equity and debt issuances.

On January 28, 2020, we closed on an underwritten public offering of 201,546 shares of common stock, 383,909 shares of Series H Preferred Stock and warrants to purchase 585,460 shares of common stock, for gross proceeds of approximately $9.7 million. Net proceeds totaled approximately $8.6 million after deducting the underwriting discounts and commissions and other costs associated with the offering.

On March 23, 2020, we closed on a registered direct offering of 138,715 shares of common stock for gross proceeds of approximately $1.2 million, prior to deduction of commissions and offering expenses related to the transaction. In a concurrent private placement, we agreed to issue to the investors in the registered direct offering warrants to purchase up to 138,715 shares of the Company’s common stock.

On April 1, 2020, we closed on a registered direct offering of 171,008 shares of common stock for gross proceeds of approximately $2.2 million, prior to deduction of commissions and offering expenses payable related to the transaction. In a concurrent private placement, we agreed to issue to the investors in the registered direct offering warrants to purchase up to 85,506 shares of the Company’s common stock.  The warrants are exercisable immediately and expire five and a half years from the date of issuance.

On May 5, 2020, we closed on a registered direct offering of 119,930 shares of common stock for gross proceeds of approximately $1.7 million, prior to deduction of commissions and offering related to the transaction. In a concurrent private placement, we agreed to issue to the investors in the registered direct offering warrants to purchase up to 59,966 shares of the Company’s common stock. The warrants are exercisable immediately and will expire five and a half years from the date of issuance.

On August 21, 2020, we closed on an underwritten public offering of 1,064,678 shares of common stock and warrants to purchase 1,064,678 shares of common stock, for gross proceeds of approximately $14.4 million. Net proceeds totaled approximately $13.0 million after deducting the underwriting discounts and commissions and other costs associated with the offering.

On March 19, 2021, we closed on an underwritten public offering of 3,795,816 shares of common stock, for gross proceeds of approximately $20.9 million.  Net proceeds totaled approximately $18.9 million after deducting the underwriting discounts and commissions and other costs associated with the offering and after giving effect to the underwriters’ full exercise of their overallotment option.

On September 17, 2021, we closed on an underwritten public offering of 4,005,588 shares of common stock, for gross proceeds of approximately $10 million.  Net proceeds totaled approximately $9.0 million after deducting the underwriting discounts and commissions and other costs associated with the offering and after giving effect to the underwriters’ full exercise of their overallotment option.

As of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, cash and cash equivalents were $28.4 million and $14.4 million, respectively. Our business strategy and ability to fund our operations in the future depends in part on our ability to grow the Aquadex Business by establishing a sales force, selling our products to hospitals and other healthcare facilities and controlling costs. While we expect to continue to receive proceeds from the exercise of warrants, we will likely need to seek additional financing in the future, which, to date, has been through offerings of our equity. The disruption created by COVID-19 in our operations, our sales outlook, and the capital markets where we would seek such financing, have created uncertainty about our ability to access the capital markets in future periods.

Cash Flows from Operating Activities
Net cash used in operating activities was $13.7 and $13.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively. The net cash used in each of these periods primarily reflects the net loss for those periods, offset in part by stock-based compensation, depreciation and amortization, and the effects of changes in operating assets and liabilities, including working capital.

Cash Flows from Investing Activities
Net cash used in investing activities was $191,000 and $207,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and September 31, 2020, respectively.  The cash used in investing activities was primarily for the purchase of manufacturing, laboratory and office equipment.

Cash Flows from Financing Activities
As described above, net cash provided by financing activities was $27.9 and $30.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively.

Capital Resource Requirements

As of September 30, 2021, we did not have any material commitments for capital expenditures.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

We have no off-balance sheet transactions, arrangements, obligations (including contingent obligations), or other relationships with unconsolidated entities or other persons that have, or may have, a material effect on our financial condition, changes in financial condition, revenues or expenses, results of operations, liquidity, capital expenditures or capital resources

Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors

Certain statements in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (“Exchange Act”), 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 regarding the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business operations, cash flow, business development, and employees, our ability to execute on our commercial strategy and to grow our Aquadex® Business, our post-market clinical data collection activities, benefits of our products to patients, our expectations with respect to product development and commercialization efforts, our ability to increase market and physician acceptance of our products, potentially competitive product offerings, the possibility that we may be unable to raise sufficient funds necessary for our anticipated operations, intellectual property protection, our ability to integrate acquired businesses, our expectations regarding anticipated synergies with and benefits of the Aquadex business, our business strategy, market size, potential growth opportunities and other risks and uncertainties described in our filings with the SEC. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the following words: “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “ongoing,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “would” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. Management believes that these forward-looking statements are reasonable as and when made. However, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements because they speak only as of the date when made. We undertake no obligation to revise any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that might subsequently arise.  Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events to adversely differ from the expectations indicated in these forward-looking statements, including without limitation, the risks and uncertainties described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, in other reports filed thereafter with the SEC, which risk factors may by updated from time to time, and in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2021. We operate in an evolving environment. New risk factors and uncertainties may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all risk factors and uncertainties. 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. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, the possibility that regulatory authorities do not accept our application or approve the marketing of our products, the possibility we may be unable to raise the funds necessary for the development and commercialization of our products, and those described in our filings with the SEC.
.
ITEM 3.
QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

Not applicable.

ITEM 4.
CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

We maintain disclosure controls and procedures that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in our Exchange Act reports is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC rules and forms and that such information is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Principal Financial Officer (together, the “Certifying Officers”), as appropriate, to allow for timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

In designing and evaluating disclosure controls and procedures, management recognizes that any controls and procedures, no matter how well designed and operated, can provide only reasonable, not absolute, assurance of achieving the desired objectives. Also, the design of a control system must reflect the fact that there are resource constraints, and the benefits of controls must be considered relative to their costs. Because of the inherent limitations in all control systems, no evaluation of controls can provide absolute assurance that misstatements due to error or fraud will not occur or that all control issues and instances of fraud, if any, have been detected. These inherent limitations include the realities that judgments in decision-making can be faulty and that breakdowns can occur because of simple error or mistake. The design of any system of controls is based, in part, upon certain assumptions about the likelihood of future events and there can be no assurance that any design will succeed in achieving its stated goals under all potential future conditions.

As of September 30, 2021, the end of the period covered by this report, we conducted an evaluation, under the supervision and with the participation of management, including the Certifying Officers, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) of the Exchange Act.  Our disclosure controls and procedures are designed to provide reasonable assurance of achieving their stated objectives.  Based on their evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Principal Financial Officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective at a reasonable assurance level as of September 30, 2021.

Changes in Internal Controls over Financial Reporting

There was no change in our internal control over financial reporting during our most recently completed fiscal quarter that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

PART II—OTHER INFORMATION

ITEM 1.
LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

We are not currently subject to any legal proceedings.

ITEM 1A.
RISK FACTORS

You should carefully consider the risks and uncertainties we describe in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, and in other reports filed thereafter with the SEC, before deciding to invest in or retain shares of our common stock.  There have been no material changes from our risk factors previously disclosed in response to Item 1A. Risk Factors of Part I of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.

ITEM 2.
UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS

Not applicable.

ITEM 3.
DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES

Not applicable.

ITEM 4.
MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

Not applicable.

ITEM 5.
OTHER INFORMATION

None.

ITEM 6.
EXHIBITS

The exhibits filed as part of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q are listed in the Exhibit Index below.

Exhibit Index
Nuwellis, Inc.
Form 10-Q for the Quarterly Period Ended September 30, 2021

       
Incorporated By Reference
      
Exhibit
Number
 
Exhibit Description
 
Form
 
File
Number
 
Date of First Filing
 
Exhibit
Number
 
Filed
Herewith
Furnished
 Herewith
 
Fourth Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation
 
10
 
001-35312
 
February 1, 2012
 
3.1
     
                           
 
Certificate of Amendment to the Fourth Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation
 
8-K
 
001-35312
 
January 13, 2017
 
3.1
     
                           
 
 
Certificate of Amendment to the Fourth Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation
 
8-K
 
 
001-35312
 
May 23, 2017
 
3.1
     
                           
 
 
Certificate of Amendment to the Fourth Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation
 
8-K
 
 
001-35312
 
 
October 12, 2017
 
3.1
     
                           
 
Certificate of Amendment to the Fourth Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation
 
8-K
 
001-35312
 
January 2, 2019
 
3.1
     
                           
 
Certificate of Amendment to the Fourth Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation
 
8-K/A
 
 
001-35312
 
October 16, 2020
 
3.1
     
                           
 
Certificate of Amendment to the Fourth Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation
 
8-K
 
001-35312
 
April 27, 2021
 
3.1
     
                           
 
Certificate of Designation of Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock
 
8-K
 
001-35312
 
June 14, 2013
 
3.1
     
                           
 
Certificate of Designation of Preferences, Rights and Limitations of Series F Convertible Preferred Stock
 
S-1/A
 
333-221010
 
November 6, 2017
 
3.7
     
                           
 
 
Certificate of Designation of Preferences, Rights and Limitations of Series G Convertible Preferred Stock
 
8-K
 
 
001-35312
 
 
March 13, 2019
 
 
3.1
     
                           
 
Certificate of Designation of Preferences, Rights and Limitations of Series H Convertible Preferred Stock
 
8-K
 
001-35312
 
January 29, 2020
 
3.1
     
                           
 
Second Amended and Restated Bylaws
 
8-K
 
001-35312
 
April 27, 2021
 
3.2
     
                           
 
Underwriting Agreement, dated September 15, 2021, between Nuwellis, Inc. and Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc., as the Representative of the several underwriters named in Schedule I thereto
 
8-K
 
001-35312
 
September 17, 2021
 
1.1
 
     

       
Incorporated By Reference
         
Exhibit
Number
 
Exhibit Description
  Form  
File
Number
 
Date of First Filing
  Exhibit
Number
 
Filed
Herewith
Furnished
 Herewith
 
Nuwellis, Inc. Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy (effective August 18, 2021)
                 
X
 
                           
 
Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
                 
X
 
                           
 
Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
                 
X
 
                           
 
Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
                    X
                           
 
Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
                    X
                           
101.INS
 
Inline XBRL Instance Document
                 
X

                         

101.SCH
 
Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
                 
X
 
                           
101.CAL
 
Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document
                 
X
 
                           
101.DEF
 
Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document
                 
X
 
                           
101.LAB
 
Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document
                 
X
 
                           
101.PRE
 
Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document
                 
X
 
                           
104
 
Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as Inline XBRL and contained in Exhibit 101)
                 
X
 

SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 
Nuwellis, Inc.
       
Date: November 10, 2021
By:
/s/ Nestor Jaramillo, Jr.
 
   
Nestor Jaramillo, Jr.
   
President, Chief Executive Officer
   
(principal executive officer)

Date: November 10, 2021
By:
/s/ George Montague
 
   
George Montague
   
Chief Financial Officer
   
(principal financial officer)


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Exhibit 10.2

NUWELLIS, INC.
NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTOR COMPENSATION POLICY
(Effective August 18, 2021)

On August 18, 2021, upon the recommendation of the Compensation Committee (the “Compensation Committee”) of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Nuwellis, Inc. a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), the Board approved the following compensation policy (this “Policy”) for Non-Employee Directors, effective as of August 18, 2021 (the “Effective Date”). For purposes of this Policy, a “Non-Employee Director” is (i) a director of the Company who has not served as an employee or executive officer of the Company or its affiliates or otherwise provided services to the Company or its affiliates in a capacity other than as a director of the Company or its affiliates during the preceding year or (ii) a director of the Company who has previously served, but does not currently serve, as an employee or executive officer of the Company or its affiliates and whom the Board (disregarding the director of the Company referred to in this clause (ii)) has determined is a Non-Employee Director under this Policy.

Annual Cash Compensation

The annual cash compensation amount set forth below is payable in equal quarterly installments, payable in arrears on the last day of each fiscal quarter in which the service occurred. If a Non-Employee Director joins the Board or a committee of the Board at a time other than effective as of the first day of a fiscal quarter, each annual retainer and fee set forth below will be pro-rated based on days served in the applicable fiscal year, with the pro-rated amount paid for the first fiscal quarter in which the Non-Employee Director provides the service, and regular full quarterly payments thereafter. All annual cash fees are vested upon payment.


Base Annual Retainer for Non-Employee Directors: $45,000

Additional Base Annual Retainer for additional positions and committee membership:

Chair of the Board: $15,000

Lead Independent Director: $10,000

Chair Audit Committee: $10,000

Chair Compensation Committee: $5,000

Chair Nominating and Governance Committee: $5,000

Member Audit Committee: $5,000

Member Compensation Committee: $2,000

Member Nominating and Governance Committee: $2,000

Annual Equity Award

Each Non-Employee Director will be eligible to receive compensatory equity awards under the Company’s 2013 Non-Employee Directors’ Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) as consideration for service on the Board. All grants under this Policy will be made automatically in accordance with the terms of this Policy and the Plan, without the need for any additional corporate action by the Board or the Compensation Committee. Vesting of all equity awards granted under this Policy is subject to a Non-Employee Director’s Continuous Service (as defined in the Plan) from the date of grant through each applicable vesting date. All equity awards granted under this Policy will be subject to the Company’s standard forms of award agreements, as most recently adopted by the Board for use under this Policy.

1

Each year on the date of the first regular annual meeting of the Company’s stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”), the Company will automatically grant each newly-elected and each continuing Non-Employee Director, an annual equity award with an aggregate value on the date of grant equal to 0.15% of the fully diluted shares of the Company as of December 31 of the prior year (the “Annual Equity Award”).  Subject to a Non-Employee Director’s Continuous Service, the Annual Equity Award will vest 1/12 of the shares each month, commencing on the one-month anniversary of the date of grant, so that all of the shares will be vested on the one-year anniversary of the date of grant.

Pro-Rata Annual Equity Award

If an individual first becomes a Non-Employee Director other than at the Annual Meeting, the Company will automatically grant such new Non-Employee Director, on the date that he or she is first elected or appointed to the Board, an annual equity award with an aggregate value on the date of grant equal to the pro rata portion of the Annual Equity Award, which pro rata portion reflects a reduction for each month prior to the date of grant that has elapsed since the preceding Annual Meeting (the “Pro-Rated Annual Equity Award”).  Subject to a Non-Employee Director’s Continuous Service, the Pro-Rated Annual Equity Award will vest 1/12 of the shares each month, commencing on the one-month anniversary of the date of grant, so that all of the shares will be vested on the one-year anniversary of the date of grant.

One-Time Option Award for Board Chair on Effective Date

As of the Effective Date, the Company will automatically grant the Chair of the Board an Option award under the Plan.  The number of shares of the Company’s common stock underlying the Option awarded to the Chair of the Board as of the Effective Date will equal the quotient of (i) $40,000 divided by (ii) the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the Nasdaq Stock Market on the Effective Date (or, if the Effective Date is not a trading day, on the trading day immediately preceding the Effective Date), rounded to the nearest whole share.  The Options awarded to the Chair of the Board as of the Effective Date will have an exercise price equal to the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the Nasdaq Stock Market on the Effective Date (or, if the Effective Date is not a trading day, on the trading day immediately preceding the Effective Date).

Expense Reimbursement

All Non-Employee Directors will be entitled to reimbursement from the Company for their reasonable travel (including airfare and ground transportation), lodging and meal expenses incident to meetings of the Board or committees thereof. The Company will also reimburse directors for attendance at director continuing education programs that are relevant to their service on the Board and which attendance is pre-approved by the Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee or the Chair of the Board. The Company will make reimbursement to a Non-Employee Director within a reasonable amount of time following submission by such Non-Employee Director of reasonable written substantiation for the expenses.

2

Exhibit 31.1

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER’S 302 CERTIFICATION

I, Nestor Jaramillo, Jr., certify that:
 
1.
I have reviewed this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of Nuwellis, Inc. for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2021;

2.
Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;
 
3.
Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;
 
4.
The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:
 

a)
Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiary, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;


b)
Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;


c)
Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and


d)
Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and
 
5.
The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):
 

a)
All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and


b)
Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

Date:  November 10, 2021
/s/ Nestor Jaramillo
 
Nestor Jaramillo
 
President, Chief Executive Officer




Exhibit 31.2

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER’S 302 CERTIFICATION

I, George Montague, certify that:

1.
I have reviewed this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of Nuwellis, Inc. for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2021.

2.
Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

3.
Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

4.
The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:
 

a)
Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiary, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;


b)
Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;


c)
Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and


d)
Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

5.
The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):


a)
All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and


b)
Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.