Alphatec Spine, Inc.
Feb 13, 2008

Alphatec Holdings, Inc. Announces Record Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2007 Revenue and Financial Results

CARLSBAD, Calif., Feb 13, 2008 (PrimeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- Alphatec Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATEC), a medical device company focused on the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of products for the surgical treatment of spine disorders, announced today financial results and record revenue for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2007.

Fourth Quarter 2007 Results Highlights:



 * Consolidated revenues grew 11.2% to a quarterly record of $21.3
   million from Q4 2006 to Q4 2007

 * U.S. revenues grew 4.9% to $17.1 million from Q4 2006 to Q4 2007

 * Asia revenue grew 45.9% to $4.3 million from Q4 2006 to Q4 2007

 * GAAP net loss per share for the quarter was $(0.24); from a GAAP
   net loss of $(0.34) during Q4 2006

 * Non-GAAP net loss per share for the quarter was $(0.05); from a
   non-GAAP net loss of $(0.12) during Q4 2006

 * Consolidated adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $540,000; an
   increase of 22.7% from an adjusted EBITDA of $440,000 during Q4
   2006

 * Acquired exclusive worldwide license for the V-STENT(tm), a
   revolutionary technology focused on providing solutions for the
   large and growing vertebral compression fracture market

 * Acquired exclusive worldwide license for the OsseoScrew, an
   innovative pedicle screw technology targeted at patients with
   osteoporosis or poor bone

 * Received 510(k) clearance from the FDA to market the DYNAMO(tm)
   Semi-Rigid Rod System

Fourth Quarter and Year End 2007 Results:

Consolidated revenues for the fourth quarter of 2007 were $21.3 million, an increase of 5.0% from the $20.3 million reported for the third quarter of 2007 and an increase of 11.2% from the $19.2 million reported for the fourth quarter of 2006. U.S. revenues for the fourth quarter of 2007 were $17.1 million, an increase of 1.6% from the $16.8 million reported for the third quarter of 2007 and an increase of 4.9% from the $16.3 million reported for the fourth quarter of 2006. Asia revenues for the fourth quarter of 2007 were $4.3 million, an increase of 21.3% from the $3.5 million reported for the third quarter of 2007 and an increase of 45.9% from the $2.9 million reported for the fourth quarter of 2006.

Net loss computed in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for the fourth quarter of 2007 was $11.2 million, or ($0.24) per share (diluted), compared with a GAAP net loss of $5.6 million, or ($0.16) per share (diluted), for the third quarter of 2007, and GAAP net loss of $11.3 million, or ($0.34) per share (diluted), for the fourth quarter of 2006. GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter of 2007 includes $7.0 million of in-process research and development expense, of which $5.0 million was associated with the license related to the V-STENT vertebral compression fracture solution technology, and $2.0 million was associated with the license related to the OsseoScrew pedicle screw technology targeted at patients with osteoporosis or poor bone.

Consolidated revenue for the year ended December 31, 2007 was $80.0 million, an increase of 8.1% from the $74.0 million reported for the year ended December 31, 2006. Net loss computed in accordance with GAAP for the year ended December 31, 2007 was $20.2 million, or ($0.54) per share (diluted), compared with GAAP net loss of $29.3 million, or ($1.07) per share (diluted), for the year ended December 31, 2006. GAAP net loss for the year ended December 31, 2007 includes $9.3 million of in-process research and development expense of which $2.3 million was associated with the acquisition of the GLIF minimally invasive access technology, $5.0 million was associated with the license related to the V-STENT vertebral compression fracture solution technology, and $2.0 million was associated with the license related to the OsseoScrew pedicle screw technology targeted at patients with osteoporosis or poor bone. In 2006, the net loss is after accretion related to our redeemable preferred stock of $3.5 million, or ($0.13) per share.

In addition to GAAP results, Alphatec reports earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization ("EBITDA"), net earnings or net loss, and net earnings or net loss per share calculations, as adjusted or on a non-GAAP basis. A discussion of Alphatec's use of these non-GAAP financial measures is set forth below for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2007 and 2006, respectively.

EBITDA, as adjusted, for the fourth quarter of 2007, was $540,000 compared to adjusted EBITDA of $1.5 million for the third quarter of 2007 and compared to adjusted EBITDA of $440,000 for the fourth quarter of 2006. EBITDA, as adjusted, for the year ended December 31, 2007 was $2.8 million compared to adjusted EBITDA loss of $1.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2006.

Non-GAAP net loss, as adjusted, for the fourth quarter of 2007, was $2.3 million or ($0.05) per share (diluted), compared with a non-GAAP net loss of $1.5 million, or ($0.04) per share (diluted), for the third quarter of 2007, and non-GAAP net loss of $3.9 million, or ($0.12) per share (diluted), for the fourth quarter of 2006. Non-GAAP net loss, as adjusted, for the year ended December 31, 2007, was $8.2 million or ($0.22) per share (diluted), compared with a non-GAAP net loss, as adjusted, of $15.9 million, or ($0.58) per share (diluted), for the year ended December 31, 2006. In 2006, the net loss is after accretion related to our redeemable preferred stock of $3.5 million, or ($0.13) per share.

"Although we are pleased with our record fourth quarter and fiscal year revenue, we must continue to focus on propelling our business with high quality and innovative products. In consultation with our Board of Directors, we decided to take several one time charges in the fourth quarter that affected both our margin and our EBITDA results," stated Dirk Kuyper, President and CEO. "We concluded that these were the appropriate actions to take in order to ensure that we move into 2008 focused on sustainable growth in revenue and operating margins. In addition to our broad product platform, we now have an exciting and innovative pipeline of products in development that are squarely focused on providing solutions for the elderly spine market, the fastest growing demographic segment of the market."

As of December 31, 2007, cash and cash equivalents, including restricted cash, totaled $27.8 million.

Non-GAAP Information

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization ("EBITDA") included in this press release is a non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) financial measure which represents net income (loss) excluding the effects of interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock based compensation costs, and other non-recurring income of expense items. EBITDA, as defined above, may not be similar to EBITDA measures used by other companies and is not a measurement under generally accepted accounting principles. In prior periods, EBITDA was calculated as detailed above, with the exclusion of other income.

The company believes that EBITDA provides useful information to investors about the company's performance because it eliminates the effects of period to period changes in costs that are not directly attributable to the underlying performance of the company's business operations. Management uses EBITDA in evaluating the overall performance of the company's business operations.

Though management finds EBITDA useful for evaluating aspects of the company's business, its reliance on this measure is limited because excluded items often have a material effect on the company's earnings and earnings per common share calculated in accordance with GAAP. Therefore, management always uses EBITDA in conjunction with GAAP earnings and earnings per common share measures. The company believes that EBITDA provides investors with an additional tool for evaluating the company's core performance, which management uses in its own evaluation of performance, and a base-line for assessing the future earnings potential of the company. While the GAAP results are more complete, the company prefers to allow investors to have this supplemental metric since, with reconciliation to GAAP, it may provide greater insight into the company's financial results.

The company believes that non-GAAP net earnings or net loss figures and non-GAAP net earnings or loss per share calculation provides useful information to investors about the company's performance because it eliminates the effects of period to period changes in costs that are not directly attributable to the underlying performance of the company's business operations. Management uses a non-GAAP net earnings or loss calculation in evaluating the overall performance of the company's business operations.

Conference Call

Alphatec will host a conference call today at 1:30 p.m. PT / 4:30 p.m. ET to discuss the results. To participate in the conference call, please visit the investor relations section of the Alphatec website at www.alphatecspine.com. The dial-in numbers are (877) 419-6593 for domestic callers and (719) 325-4938 for international. A live webcast of the conference call will be available online from the investor relations section of the Alphatec website at www.alphatecspine.com. The webcast will be recorded and will remain available on the investor relations section of Alphatec's website, for one year.

About Alphatec

Alphatec Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATEC) designs, develops, manufactures and markets products for the surgical treatment of spine disorders. Alphatec's broad product portfolio and pipeline includes a variety of spinal implant products and systems focused on solutions addressing the cervical, thoracolumbar, intervertebral, minimally invasive, motion preservation, vertebral compression fractures and allograft markets. Alphatec's "surgeons' culture" emphasizes collaboration with spinal surgeons to conceptualize, design and co-develop a broad range of products. State-of-the-art in-house manufacturing capabilities provide a unique competitive advantage, enabling Alphatec to rapidly deliver customized solutions to meet surgeons' and patients' critical needs. Alphatec has 23 issued U.S. patents, six issued foreign patents and 30 pending patent applications, including 10 pending U.S. applications, six pending international applications and 15 pending foreign national applications. Alphatec's principal product offerings are primarily focused on the global spine fusion market, which is estimated to be more than $7.0 billion in 2007. In addition to its U.S. operations, Alphatec also markets a range of spine and orthopedic products in Asia through its subsidiary, Alphatec Pacific, Inc. For more information, please visit www.alphatecspine.com.

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Forward Looking Statements

This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainty. Such statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: Alphatec's expected revenues in 2008, Alphatec's ability to accelerate new product momentum, bring to market differentiated products and commercialize its product pipeline. Alphatec cautions investors that there can be no assurance that actual results or business conditions will not differ materially from those projected or suggested in such forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including, but not limited to, the following: Alphatec's ability to maintain its level of previously reported sales growth, Alphatec's ability to successfully control its costs, Alphatec's ability to successfully leverage upon the experience of its Scientific Advisory Board, Alphatec's ability to develop and expand its spine fusion business in the United States, Asia and Europe, Alphatec's ability to enter the high-growth areas of spine disorders, including the market for disorders that are prevalent in aging patients, Alphatec's ability to meet fiscal year 2008 revenue guidance in either the United States, Asia or Europe, Alphatec's ability to expand and maintain a successful sales and marketing organization, continuation of favorable third party payor reimbursement for procedures performed using Alphatec's products, unanticipated expenses or liabilities or other adverse events affecting cash flow or Alphatec's ability to successfully control its costs or achieve profitability, uncertainty of additional funding, uncertainty of success in developing new products or products currently in Alphatec's pipeline, including those products that are intended to treat disorders prevalent in aging patients uncertainty of success in bringing to market differentiated products that meet the evolving needs of the contemporary spine surgeon, the growth rate of the spine market related to aging and elderly patients, price erosion related to Alphatec's products, failure to successfully introduce, develop and commercialize new products, failure to achieve acceptance of Alphatec's products by the surgeon community, failure to obtain FDA clearance or approval for new products, Alphatec's ability to compete with other competing products and with emerging new technologies within and outside of spinal fusion, product liability exposure, patent infringement claims and claims related to Alphatec's intellectual property. Please refer to the risks detailed from time to time in Alphatec's SEC reports, including quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, reports on Form 8-K and annual reports on Form 10-K. Alphatec disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, unless required by law.



                       ALPHATEC HOLDINGS, INC.
      UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
           (in thousands, except per share data--unaudited)

                                Three Months Ended  Twelve Months Ended
                                   December 31,        December 31,
                                  2007      2006      2007      2006
                                ------------------  ------------------

 Revenues                       $ 21,342  $ 19,196  $ 80,031  $ 74,005
 Cost of revenues                  8,728     6,117    29,824    25,700
                                ------------------  ------------------
 Gross profit                     12,614    13,079    50,207    48,305

 Operating expenses:
 Research and development          2,255     1,013     6,360     3,589
 In-process research and
  development                      7,000        --     9,344        --
 Sales and marketing               7,644     9,969    29,939    33,099
 General and administrative        6,871    11,681    24,250    33,731
                                ------------------  ------------------
  Total operating expenses        23,770    22,663    69,893    70,419
                                ------------------  ------------------
 Operating loss                  (11,156)   (9,584)  (19,686)  (22,114)
 Interest and other income
  (expense), net                     221    (1,406)       74    (3,432)
                                ------------------  ------------------
 Loss before taxes               (10,935)  (10,990)  (19,612)  (25,546)
 Income taxes                        312       334       590       270
                                ------------------  ------------------
 Net loss                        (11,247)  (11,324)  (20,202)  (25,816)
 Accretion to redemption value
  of redeemable convertible
  preferred                           --        --        --    (3,450)
                                ------------------  ------------------
 Net loss applicable to common
   stockholders'                $(11,247) $(11,324) $(20,202) $(29,266)
                                ==================  ==================

 Net loss per common share:
  Basic                         $  (0.24) $  (0.34) $  (0.54) $  (1.07)
  Diluted                       $  (0.24) $  (0.34) $  (0.54) $  (1.07)
 Weighted-average shares:
  Basic                           45,931    33,492    37,283    27,238
  Diluted                         45,931    33,492    37,283    27,238


                       ALPHATEC HOLDINGS, INC.
       UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
          (in thousands, except per share data--unaudited)

                             Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
                                 December 31,         December 31,
                               2007       2006       2007       2006
                            --------------------  --------------------

 GAAP loss before taxes, as
  reported                  $ (10,935) $ (10,990) $ (19,612) $ (25,546)
 Add back significant items:
  Stock-based compensation        600        386        678      3,760
  In-process research and
   development                  7,000         --      9,344         --
  IPO related bonuses              --         --         --      1,615
  Lawsuit settlement/plant
   shutdown/relocation          1,010         --      3,115        401
  Severance cost (reduction)      325      7,027     (1,151)     7,564
                            --------------------  --------------------
 Non-GAAP loss before taxes    (2,000)    (3,577)    (7,626)   (12,206)
 Income taxes                    (312)      (334)      (590)      (270)
                            --------------------  --------------------
 Non-GAAP loss after taxes     (2,312)    (3,911)    (8,216)   (12,476)
 Accretion to redemption
  value of redeemable
  convertible preferred            --         --         --     (3,450)
                            --------------------  --------------------
 Non-GAAP loss applicable
  to common stockholders'   $  (2,312) $  (3,911) $  (8,216) $ (15,926)
                            ====================  ====================
 Non-GAAP Net loss per
  common share:
  Basic                     $   (0.05) $   (0.12) $   (0.22) $   (0.58)
  Diluted                   $   (0.05) $   (0.12) $   (0.22) $   (0.58)
 Weighted-average shares:
  Basic                        45,931     33,492     37,283     27,238
  Diluted                      45,931     33,492     37,283     27,238


                             Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
                                 December 31,         December 31,
                               2007       2006       2007       2006
                            --------------------  --------------------

 Operating loss, as
  reported                  $ (11,156) $  (9,584) $ (19,686) $ (22,114)
 Add back:
  Depreciation                  1,910      1,753      6,609      4,362
  Amortization of
   intangibles                    851        858      3,874      3,386
                            --------------------  --------------------
 Total EBITDA                  (8,395)    (6,973)    (9,203)   (14,366)

 Add back significant items:
  Stock-based compensation        600        386        678      3,760
  In-process research and
   development                  7,000         --      9,344         --
  IPO related bonuses              --         --         --      1,615
  Lawsuit settlement/plant
   shutdown/relocation          1,010         --      3,115        401
  Severance cost (reduction)      325      7,027     (1,151)     7,564
                            --------------------  --------------------
 EBITDA, as adjusted for
  significant items         $     540  $     440  $   2,783  $  (1,026)
                            ====================  ====================


                       ALPHATEC HOLDINGS, INC.
           UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                      (in thousands--unaudited)

                                            December 31,  December 31,
                                                2007          2006
                                                ----          ----

               ASSETS
 Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                  $    25,843   $    16,943
  Restricted Cash                                  2,000         1,100
  Accounts receivable, net                        13,035        10,583
  Inventories, net                                20,092        13,454
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets        1,968         2,234
  Deferred income taxes                              937         1,184
                                             -----------   -----------
 Total current assets                             63,875        45,498

 Property and equipment, net                      12,229        12,583
 Goodwill                                         60,003        60,389
 Intangibles, net                                  9,634        10,185
 Other assets                                      1,499           622
                                             -----------   -----------
 Total assets                                $   147,240   $   129,277
                                             ===========   ===========

     LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
 Current liabilities:
  Accounts payable                           $     5,948   $     5,798
  Accrued expenses                                13,368        10,369
  Lines of credit                                  2,546         3,163
  Current portion of long-term debt                2,211         2,060
                                             -----------   -----------
 Total current liabilities                        24,073        21,390

  Total long term liabilities                      4,705         6,464
  Minority Interest                                   --         2,724
  New redeemable preferred stock                  23,612        23,703
  Total equity                                    94,850        74,996
                                             -----------   -----------
 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $   147,240   $   129,277
                                             ===========   ===========

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Alphatec Holdings, Inc.
          Gordon C. Bigler, Vice President of Finance, Investor 
           Relations & Corp. Communications
          760.494.6667
          gbigler@alphatecspine.com

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