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ORGO earnings call for the period ending September 30, 2021.

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Organogenesis Holdings Inc (ORGO -4.44%)
Q3 2021 Earnings Call
Nov 09, 2021, 5:00 p.m. ET


  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:


Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the third quarter 2021 earnings conference call for Organogenesis Holdings, Incorporated. At this time all participants have been placed in a listen-only mode. Please note that this conference call is being recorded, and that the recording will be available on the company's website for replay shortly. Before we begin, I would like to remind everyone that our remarks today may contain forward-looking statements that are based on the current expectations of management and involve inherent risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated, including the risks and uncertainties described in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Item 1A, risk factors on the company's most recent annual and quarterly reports.

You are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Although it may voluntarily do so from time to time, the company undertakes no commitment to update or revise the forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by the applicable securities laws. This call will also include references to certain financial measures that are not calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP. We generally refer to these as non-GAAP financial measures.

Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP are available in the earnings press release on the investor relations portion of our website. I would now like to turn the call over to Mr. Gary S. Gillheeney, Sr., Organogenesis Holdings' president and chief executive officer.

Please go ahead, sir.

Gary Gillheeney -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, operator, and welcome everyone to Organogenesis Holdings third quarter 2021 earnings conference call. Today, I'm joined on the call by our chief financial officer, Dave Francisco. Let me start with a brief agenda of what we'll cover during our prepared remarks today. I'll start with an overview of our financial performance in the third quarter including a discussion of the key drivers of the strong revenue growth and profitability our team delivered in Q3.

After my opening remarks. Dave will provide you with a more in-depth review of our third quarter financial results and the updated guidance for 2021 that we updated in this afternoon's press release, and then we'll open up the call for questions. Beginning with the review of our third quarter revenue performance, I'm pleased to report that we delivered another quarter of strong performance despite a tougher-than-expected operating environment. During the quarter, we reported revenue growth of 13% year over year to 113.8 million, driven by 19% growth of our advanced wound care products, which offset a 41% decrease in the sale of our surgical and sports medicine products.

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As expected, our surgical our sports medicine results reflected the headwinds for our ReNu and NuCel product lines following the expiration of the FDA enforcement grace period for those products, which ended on May 31 of this year. Excluding net revenue from these products, our net revenue increased 20% year over year on an adjusted basis in the third quarter. A full reconciliation of our non-GAAP adjusted net revenue to GAAP net revenue is included in our earnings release. Our performance in Q3 continues to reflect that strong execution against our key pillars of our growth strategies, which includes leveraging our comprehensive and differentiated portfolio of products, diversifying our revenue sources across multiple sites of care and physician specialties, and leveraging our broad commercial reach.

Let me provide more color on how each of these long-term drivers of growth contributed to our revenues performance despite the tougher operating environment in the third quarter. First, regarding the strength of our portfolio, we have a broad portfolio of products across the continuum of wound care with a unique customer value proposition through a combination of our PuraPly brand, which is the only skin substitute with purified collagen, and PHMB, a broad-spectrum antimicrobial; our amniotic portfolio with the only fresh amniotic membrane on the market; and our PMA approved products for VLUs and DFUs. Our sale of PuraPly products increased 39% in the quarter. This growth was driven by strong utilization from existing customers and a contribution from new customers.

Excluding the expected loss of ReNu and NuCel product lines, sale of our amniotic products was essentially flat in the third quarter, and the sale of our PMA and other products increased 14% year over year in Q3. Second, we continue to diversify our revenue by expanding into new physician specialties in multiple sites of care to better position the company for sustained long-term growth. Additionally, we continue to leverage our Organogenesis physician solutions platform to further penetrate the office market. And as a result, we continue to expand the number of customers and customer accounts in the office channel, and we're experiencing increased utilization of our products from existing customers.

Lastly, on enhancing our commercial reach, we continue to make significant investments to grow on sales force, and we believe our team of 330 direct sales representatives represents a key competitive advantage for Organogenesis. With respect to the overall operating environment in the third quarter, as we highlighted on our Q2 call, we expected a measure of softness in Q3, growth trends as a result of the seasonality we typically experience. And although we expect that to see steady improvement in COVID-related headwinds, as we moved through the second half of '21, we began to see more COVID impacts in July and in early August in  key areas of the country, and we will be monitoring it very closely. We ultimately did experience a tougher-than-expected operating environment in Q3 as healthcare facilities in COVID hotspots around the country implemented restrictions on access, which negatively impacted patient consultations, treatments, and elective procedures.

Notably our commercial strategy in recent years has resulted in a broader diversification of our revenue, specifically less exposure to acute care in outpatient settings, which historically have experienced greater COVID-related headwinds. However, in the third quarter, we experienced a spillover of these COVID-related headwinds in the office setting, which has in the past been a little more resilient. Our strategic initiatives focused on diversifying our revenue and leveraging our strong product portfolio and allow us to drive 20% growth on an adjusted basis in the third quarter, despite tougher operating environment. We are encouraged by the continued expansion of our customer accounts in the office channel and the growth in utilization of our products from existing customers.

That said, the unexpected COVID headwinds had a material impact on our full commercial launch of Affinity during the quarter. Staff shortages, increased restrictions, and limitations on access challenge our ability to engage with new customers, impacting the adoption of our new novel technology and, ultimately, had a material impact on sales for our amniotic products in Q3. As a result of these challenging headwinds, as we've done in the past, we have successfully leveraged our diverse portfolio and drove better-than-expected sales in our PuraPly brands. To reach out to two takeaways for the quarter, we delivered another quarter of strong growth, against a difficult comparison in the prior year, and impressive financial performance, particularly with respect to our strong operating cash flow generation in the period.

We ended the quarter with more than a $100 million in cash on the balance sheet. And our team executed well, despite the tough environment we experienced. And we made great progress toward our strategic initiative. Long-term, we will continue to lead the space, launching highly innovative and highly efficacious products, as we deliver on our mission to provide integrated healing solutions that substantially improve outcomes and reduces the overall cost of care.

One more item I'd like to address before I turn the call over to David. Recently, we've had several inquiries regarding Medicare and not having a published rate for Affinity in the fourth quarter. As part of our strategy to grow the brand nationwide, in Q1 of this year, we voluntarily reported our ASP for Affinity, and we're very pleased to receive a published ASP for Q3. Our Q4 ASP submission was impacted by a filing error, which initially resulted in an incorrect rate issued by CMS and ultimately resulted in Affinity not having a published rate for the fourth quarter.

However, we are confident that the nationally published rate will be reinstated on January 1, 2022. Contrary to some speculation in the market, Affinity continues to be covered and reimbursed by all MACs in the fourth quarter. With that, I'd like to turn the call over to David to review our financial results in the third quarter, our balance sheet and financial condition, and our updated guidance.

David Francisco -- Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Gary. I'll begin with a review of our third quarter financial results. Unless otherwise specified, all growth rates referenced during my prepared remarks are on a year-over-year basis. As Gary mentioned, we were pleased with a strong revenue growth in the quarter given the challenging environment, as well as the prior year comparable.

Net revenue for the third quarter of 2021 was 113.8 million, up 13%. And normalizing for the loss of renewal and new cell, we grew adjusted net revenue by 20%. Our advanced wound care revenue for the third quarter of 2021 was 107.3 million, up 19%, driven by our expanded sales force and increased adoption of our PuraPly line extensions launched in the second half of 2020. Revenue from surgical and sports medicine products for the third quarter of 2021 was 6.4 million, down 41%, driven by the impact of sales of our ReNu and NuCel products, which we stopped marketing after May 31, 2021 due the expiration of the FDA's enforcement grace period.

Revenue from PuraPly products for the third quarter of 2021 was 56.9 million, up 39%. As Gary indicated earlier, we were pleased with the continued strong performance from the PuraPly brand as sales have increased 33% year over year over the first nine months of 2021. Regarding our commercial footprint, we ended the quarter with 330 direct reps and expect to achieve our goal of ending the year with 340 direct representatives compared to 300 as of December 31, 2020. Gross profits of third quarter of 2021 were 87.6 million, or approximately 77% of revenue, compared to 77% last year.

Operating expenses for the third quarter of 2021 were 71.3 million compared to 55 million last year, an increase of 16.3 million or 30%. The increase in operating expenses in the third quarter was driven by an $11 million increase in selling, general, and administrative expenses, and a $5.2 million increase in research and development costs compared to the prior year period. The year-over-year increase in selling, general, and administrative expense was primarily due to a $4.8 million increase related to additional head count, primarily in our direct sales force, and increased sales commissions due to the increased sales. The $2.3 million increase in marketing and travel expenses as compared to the low prior year comparable amid COVID-related travel restrictions in the third quarter of 2020.

Third quarter of 2021 selling, general, and administrative expense also included three items that did not impact our prior year results. A $1 million of restructuring costs associate with the closing of the La Jolla facility, a 1.1 million write-off of certain design and consulting fees previously capitalized related to the unfinished construction work on the 275 Dan Road Building and $0.9 million non-cash benefit related to the change in the fair value of the earn-out liability in connection with the CPN acquisition. Year-over-year increase in R&D expense was primarily driven by an increase in the clinical study and related costs necessary to seek our regulatory approvals for certain of our products. Operating income for the third quarter of 2021 was $16.3 million compared to an operating income of $22.8 million last year, a decrease of $6.5 million or 29%.

Third quarter GAAP operating margin was 14.3% of net revenue. Excluding the aforementioned restructuring costs write-off of previously capitalized construction expenses and the change in the fair value of the earn-out liability, operating margin was 15.4% in the third quarter of 2021. Total other expenses for the third quarter of 2021 were 3.4 million compared to 2 million last year, an increase of 1.4 million or 71%, driven primarily by a $1.9 million loss on extinguishment of debt related to repayment of our 2019 credit agreement during the period. Net income for the third quarter of 2021 was 12.6 million or $0.09 a share, compared to net income of 20.8 million or $0.19 a share, a decrease of 8.2 million or $0.10 cents per share.

Adjusted EBITDA was 21.7 million for the third quarter of 2021 or 19% of net revenue, compared to adjusted EBITDA of 24.6 million or 24% of net revenue last year, a decrease of 3 million. We have provided a full reconciliation of our adjusted EBITDA results in our earnings release issued this afternoon. Turning to the balance sheet as of September 30, 2021, the company had a 102.7 million in cash and restricted cash, and 83.2 million in debt obligations of which 9.4 million were capital lease obligations. This compared to 84.8 million in cash and restricted cash and 84.8 million in debt obligations, of which 15.1 million were capitalized lease obligations as of December 31, 2020.

As mentioned last quarter, we secured a new credit agreement in early August. The agreement provides for credit facility in the aggregate amount of 200 million consisting of a $75 million term loan and $125 million revolving credit facility. The new facility reduces our borrowing costs and enhances our financial flexibility, which along with our improving profitability profile and related cash flow generation, has well positioned us to continue to execute on our strategic growth initiatives in the years to come. Turning to a review or a 2021 revenue guidance, which we updated in our press release this afternoon, for 12 months ended December 31, 2021, the company now expects net revenue between 458 million and 470 million, representing an increase of approximately 35% to 39% year over year, as compared to net revenue of 338.3 million for the 12 months ended December 31, 2020.

This compares to our prior guidance range of 456 million to 472 million. The 2021 net revenue guidance assumes net revenue from advanced wound care products between 425 million and 434 million, representing an increase of approximately 44% to 47% year over year. This compares to our prior to guidance which called for growth of 44% to 48% year over year. Net revenue from surgical and sports Medicine products between 33 million and 36 million, representing a decrease of approximately 18% to 24% year over year, unchanged from the prior guidance range.

Net revenue from sale of our PuraPly products between 196 million and 204 million, representing an increase of approximately 33% to 39% year over year, and this compares to our prior guidance range, which called for growth of 22% to 27% year over year. In addition to the formal revenue guidance, we'd like to provide a few considerations for investors to bear in mind when evaluating our growth expectations for fiscal year 2021. This additional color is intended to help the investment community better understand the assumptions supporting my revenue expectations for 2021. First, the largest contributor of our total company net revenue in fiscal year 2021 will be sales of our amniotic products, which at the midpoint of our full year total revenue range, now assumes amniotic growth of approximately 52% year over year to 2021.

This compares to our prior guidance range, which assumed at the midpoint of approximately 68% year over year and reflects our updated expectations for the timing of our full commercial launch of Affinity. Second, we expect sales of our remaining non-PuraPly, non-amniotic products, which collectively formed the group called PMA and other, to increase at the midpoint of the range at approximately 14% year over year in 2021. This compares to our prior guidance range, which assumed growth at the mid-point of approximately 11% year over year, reflecting better than expected performance in the third quarter. Third, we expect to see only modest improvement in COVID-related headwinds as we move through the fourth quarter.

Our guidance now reflects a more challenging operating environment versus what our prior guidance as assumed. However, despite the COVID-related headwinds in the second half of 2021, our full year guidance reflects the strong growth range of 35% to 39% and remains at the midpoint of our previous guidance of $464 million or 37%. As detailed on our priorities calls this year, our guidance also continues to reflect the expectation of lower year-over-your growth in the second half of 2021 compared to the prior year. As highlighted on previous earnings call, this expectation is driven primarily by two factors: first, the strong performance of advanced wound care business in the second half of 2020.

We expect this year-over-year growth trends in the second half of 2021 to moderate as we lap the 56% growth from the second half of 2020. Second, an estimated $18 million headwind to growth over the last seven months of 2021 related to the removal of ReNu and NuCel from the market, beginning June 1, 2021. With respect to our expectations for financial performance in 2021, we continue to expect to report positive GAAP net income and positive adjusted EBITDA for fiscal year of 2021. In addition to our formal financial guidance for 2021, we are providing some consideration for modeling purposes.

For the full year of 2021 period, we now expect gross margins of approximately 75%. Total GAAP operating expenses to increase approximately 27% year over year. Note, our 2021 GAAP operating expenses include approximately 5 million of restructuring expenses related to our La Jolla, California facility, of which 2.9 million occurred in the first three quarters of 2021. Non-cash G&A of approximately 10 million, non-cash stock comp of approximately 3.5 million, weighted average diluted shares of approximately 134 million, and we expect full year 2021 capex of approximately 30 million of which approximately two-thirds is related to growth and gross margin improvement initiatives.

Finally, we expect total interest in other expenses of approximately 9.5 million as the lower borrowing costs associated with the refinance facilities partially offset by exit cost expense in the third quarter of 2021. With that operator, I'll turn the call back over to you.

Questions & Answers:


[Operator instructions] And our first question will come from Ryan Zimmerman from BTIG. Your line is now open.

Ryan Zimmerman -- BTIG -- Analyst

Appreciate all the color you gave today on guidance and commentary on CMS. I guess, starting with guidance for both of you guys, as we think about the recovery into the fourth quarter, you have PuraPly kind of going up offsetting some of the amniotic sales, specifically due to Affinity's delay. And so, just help us understand kind of how the wound market is recovering in the fourth quarter and why we should expect to see stronger PuraPly sales maybe offsetting some of the other slower areas like surgical and sports medicine or amniotics? Thank you.

Gary Gillheeney -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. So I mean, the environment really is not improving dramatically. We continue to see the impact of COVID. I think for our PuraPly products, one of the areas that's really helped the product is, we have more accounts, more physician specialties.

It's a more established brand, and we're able to focus our large sales force on selling that product because of its brand equity and because of the customers we have. So, we've been able to drive a little extra growth within those existing accounts and some additional accounts. So it's really the utility of the product and the focus of our sales force. We've done that in the past, and it really had an impact.

I don't know, Dave, if you have a different opinion.

David Francisco -- Chief Financial Officer

No, I think that's right. I mean, it's just as you said, it's a well-established brand, continues to be something that the customers find a lot of clinical utility in. And we continue to see good growth in that product line.

Ryan Zimmerman -- BTIG -- Analyst

And just Gary, to dig into that a little further in that, I have one follow-up. But are you seeing offsetting usage of some of the other products -- are you seeing offsetting usage, I guess, of PuraPly just given your focus on it relative to potentially other products that are in your portfolio or others? And then I just want to ask a follow-up on Affinity.

Gary Gillheeney -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. So, PuraPly is very different product. I mean, ultimately, all the products get to a point of healing. So, our focus, when you're selling Affinity -- excuse me, PuraPly is it's a different focus.

It's a different patient. It's a patient earlier on in the process where Affinity is more of a recalcitrant wound, layer i the process. And it's a different site of care. So, our sales reps will then focus on a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon office, where that product PuraPly can be utilized where you wouldn't with Affinity.

So, it really does expand the use of the product. They can be some, because ultimately, the objective is to heal the wound. But the type of patient and the sites of care are a little bit different. So we don't expect a significant amount of cannibalization across usage.

Ryan Zimmerman -- BTIG -- Analyst

And then, just lastly, for me, as we think about Affinity, I mean, it's been obviously a subject of investor discussion this quarter. And so, how much of Affinity -- the impact and guidance that you've laid out? How much do you think that that's due to the delay in rollout versus maybe other factors? And what impact have you seen in the fourth quarter from CMS' error with the MAC in terms of utilization? And any color you can provide maybe on what kind of their expectation or what they've said or indicated about the plan going forward would be appreciated?

Gary Gillheeney -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, sure. So CMS has not provided any color. We wouldn't discuss any discussions we have with them, but we do expect to get the rate reestablished, as I mentioned. So when we filed for a published ASP, when you move to a published ASP, you will have a pause, and that's considered in our guidance when you move to that published ASP.

And that pause is related to benefit verifications and other changes that happen with the product. So, you'll have those types of impacts. You also have the rest of the country, which is the strategy here where not selling the product, where you have the opportunity to sell to the entire country and build the brand more broadly and build a base for long-term growth. So, there are changing dynamics, clearly, when you move to a published ASP, which is, again, something that we filed for and we believe is in the best interest for the long-term growth of the product.

So, clearly, not being able to get out those new customers in those regions where we haven't sold a product at all has really had an enormous impact. So, you get the benefit of those additional regions, and you may have some loss in existing regions, but overall, you end up at a better place. But we weren't able to get at those new regions and get out those customers. That's a major impact on Affinity for the quarter.

Dave, would you have any comment on that?

David Francisco -- Chief Financial Officer

I would agree. It's really all about access and kind of adopting a new technology. So, it was really challenging in the period.

Ryan Zimmerman -- BTIG -- Analyst

OK. Thank you.

David Francisco -- Chief Financial Officer



Your next question comes from Matt Miksic with Credit Suisse. Your line is open.

Matt Miksic -- Credit Suisse -- Analyst

Hi. Thanks, guys, for taking the question, and congrats on a really strong quarter and a tough environment. Maybe, I apologize, Gary, if I missed it, but just because of the questions and focus around reimbursement around Affinity and PuraPly, just wondering, if you provided -- if you could provide any color on like the trajectory of growth, the cadence of growth, the second and third quarter, and maybe what your expectations are in the fourth quarter. Understanding guide by products like that, but just whether you're expecting things to improve or remained stable? Just anything you'd be willing to share would be helpful.

And I have one follow up.

Gary Gillheeney -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. So we certainly expect sales of Affinity to improve in Q4, even with the loss of published ASP. There will be a pause again in October. So, we expect to see that and we did see that.

And we're now starting to see the product pick back up once benefit verifications are done and folks understand that the product is still being reimbursed. So we feel like that there will be a slight improvement and the product will grow in Q4. We expect to have a published ASP in January and then we will relaunch the product again in January. And we would expect a pause again when you have a change in your ASP and you now have a published ASP, which is different.

There'll be benefit verification process, which normally happens in Q1 anyway as deductibles reset for our customers. So, we do expect that there'll be some pause going into Q1, but ultimately, we expect Affinity to continue to be a growth driver for the company going forward.

Matt Miksic -- Credit Suisse -- Analyst

OK. And just maybe to understand that the value of the product. I know we spend a fair amount of time making calls out to clinicians about the product early on in our diligence and covering the company over the past several years. And the feedback has certainly been positive, but I thought it might be helpful just propose to understand, given the array of amniotic products that are out there.

Just remind us like what is special about it? Maybe where is it used that you maybe would not use a dehydrated tissue amnion? Or just a little more color on where clinicians really seek it and use it, and particularly, I guess, in this physician channel-only at this point?

Gary Gillheeney -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Correct. So it is unique. It is the only fresh amnion in the space. So, it has living cells in the product, similar to many of our other products.

That's part of who we are as living active technology. So, when a wound is recalcitrant, meaning it hasn't really closed more than 50% in four weeks, and the clinician is challenged, and they feel an active product like Affinity is really what's needed to jump-start the wound. That's really the value of the product. It's when you have that wound, that's really difficult.

And again, the question feels an active living type technology would help that wound move on to healing through the proliferative phase, ultimately, to healing.

Matt Miksic -- Credit Suisse -- Analyst

Thanks for that, and good luck.

Gary Gillheeney -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Matt.


Next question comes from Steve Lichtman with Oppenheimer. Your line is open.

Steve Lichtman -- Oppenheimer and Company -- Analyst

Thank you. Hi guys. Gary, just on the ASP update for the fourth quarter, for January -- excuse me. What gives you the confidence that, it will be on the next list? I know you mentioned not wanting to talk about any conversations with CMS, but anything you guys have looked at relative to prior situations or any outside consultants or anything to give you that confidence?

Gary Gillheeney -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Well, sure. We certainly have a lot of outside consultants, given there's a lot of confidence that that would happen. I think it's important to note that we received an ASP, a published ASP for the quarter. It was just incorrect.

And I'm in the process of trying to get it corrected. We didn't meet the timelines and weren't able to get the ASP reestablished. So, it was a filing error, and this happens often. What we've been told by our consultants is the match will typically reimburse it.

And we are seeing that, so that's ended up being accurate. And then you refile correctly, and it'll get reestablished again. So, we have no reason to believe or any reason to believe that it wouldn't be reestablished at this point.

Steve Lichtman -- Oppenheimer and Company -- Analyst

OK, got it. And then relative to COVID, I just wanted to put a finer point of what you're seeing out there. It sounds like you're seeing pretty steady environment versus what you saw in the third quarter. And what part of your business specifically would see more of an impact versus others? As you mentioned, you've diversified a lot, so certainly not all.

But if you could talk a little bit more color on what's impacted and what you're seeing out there today?

Gary Gillheeney -- President and Chief Executive Officer

So, I mean, our entire business has really impacted. What's troubling is when you don't have access and you're launching a new technology like Affinity. It's challenging because you need multiple meetings, you need training, replenishment typically goes through benefits verification obviously, and then a trial period with the product. So, there is a lot of access that's required.

So, anything that's new or new customers are more challenged. Our existing accounts where we have great brand equity, we have great relationships, we're able to continue to sell and go a little deeper which helped PuraPly this past quarter. That's really the challenge, is branching out with new technologies, and new accounts and new physician specialties when you don't have access.

Steve Lichtman -- Oppenheimer and Company -- Analyst

Got it. Thanks, Gary. I'll come back in queue.

Gary Gillheeney -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.


[Operator instructions] Next question From Danielle Antalffy with SVB Leerink. Your line is open.

Erin Fahey -- SVB Leerink -- Analyst

Hi. This is Erin on for Danielle. Thanks so much for taking our questions.

Gary Gillheeney -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure, Erin.

Erin Fahey -- SVB Leerink -- Analyst

Yeah. So congrats on the quarter. I just wanted to kind of dive a little bit deeper into the COVID headwind. I know you mentioned that staffing shortages is creating a challenge.

I just was hoping to see if there's any way to quantify what that impact looked like in 3Q? It just seems like this is kind of a larger headwind that that could potentially linger. So just wanted to kind of get a sense of how this may impact growth going forward.

Gary Gillheeney -- President and Chief Executive Officer

David, you want to...

David Francisco -- Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. So, third quarter was impacted -- we estimated to be about $4 million. I think, as you move into Q4, it's a little bit more difficult to tease it out, just because of the components that Gary had said about the access. This is a change in dynamics in the launch and how much is this associated with specific COVID-related is a little bit more challenging to tease out.

Gary Gillheeney -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes, it is. But we think there's about 4 million third quarter. But we view that -- we clearly think that the headwind is going to exist Q4, and we're battling it and navigating it with our portfolio in our customers. And we also think it could leak into the first half of next year as well based on what we're seeing.

So, I [Inaudible] seeing that as well. Thank you.Unidentified AnalystOK, great. Thanks. Yeah.

Thanks for the color. And then just on the office channel, obviously, the diversification of care setting has helped you power through some of the COVID-headwinds. I just wanted to get a sense of how penetrated you are into the potential accounts? And how much runway is potentially left in this channel?

David Francisco -- Chief Financial Officer

So, we don't really provide how many accounts, but what I've said before is the channel is large. It's about 12,000 offices. And we -- there's about 6,000 high-potential offices. We're not anywhere near penetrating that channel significantly underpenetrated.

Erin Fahey -- SVB Leerink -- Analyst

OK, great. Thank you so much for taking my questions.

David Francisco -- Chief Financial Officer

My pleasure.


We are currently showing no remaining questions in the queue at this time. That does conclude our conference for today. Thank you for your participation.

David Francisco -- Chief Financial Officer

Thank you

Duration: 40 minutes

Call participants:

Gary Gillheeney -- President and Chief Executive Officer

David Francisco -- Chief Financial Officer

Ryan Zimmerman -- BTIG -- Analyst

Matt Miksic -- Credit Suisse -- Analyst

Steve Lichtman -- Oppenheimer and Company -- Analyst

Erin Fahey -- SVB Leerink -- Analyst

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