IPG Photonics Announces Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Revenue of $318 Million Exceeds the Top End of the Guidance Range

Earnings per Diluted Share of $0.66 Reduced by $0.63 due to Goodwill Impairment Charge

OXFORD, Mass., Oct. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IPG Photonics Corporation (NASDAQ: IPGP) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020.

  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,  
(In millions, except per share data and percentages) 2020 2019 Change 2020 2019 Change
Revenue $318.4  $329.1  (3)% $864.1  $1,008.0  (14)%
Gross margin 48.0% 46.4%   45.4% 47.8%  
Operating income $41.4  $74.1  (44)% $133.4  $233.6  (43)%
Operating margin 13.0% 22.5%   15.4% 23.2%  
Net income attributable to IPG Photonics Corporation $35.6  $57.3  (38)% $110.2  $184.7  (40)%
Earnings per diluted share $0.66  $1.07  (38)% $2.05  $3.43  (40)%

Management Comments

"We delivered third quarter results above our guidance range due to sales growth in China and a sequential improvement in Europe," said Dr. Valentin Gapontsev, IPG Photonics' Chief Executive Officer. "We continue to introduce leading-edge solutions to the market thanks to our technology differentiation, low-cost production capabilities and global footprint.  Although bottom-line results were impacted by a goodwill impairment charge of $45 million, we achieved a 160 basis point year-over-year increase in gross margin on 3% lower revenue.  We demonstrated excellent execution given the circumstances."

Financial Highlights

Third quarter revenue of $318 million decreased 3% year over year.  Materials processing sales decreased 5% year over year due to lower sales in cutting, welding and marking applications, while sales into other applications increased 24% year over year on strength in advanced applications and devices used in medical procedures. Materials processing sales accounted for 91% of total revenue.

Sales of high power continuous wave ("CW") lasers, representing 58% of total revenue, were flat on a year over year basis.  These sales benefited from growth of ultra-high power fiber lasers (6 kilowatts of power or greater) which represented 58% of all high power CW laser sales. By region, sales increased 22% in China, and decreased 10% in Europe, 41% in Japan and 26% in North America on a year over year basis.

Earnings per diluted share ("EPS") of $0.66 decreased 38% year over year. A goodwill impairment charge reduced EPS by $0.63, while foreign exchange gains benefited EPS by $0.15. The effective tax rate in the quarter was 16%, which benefited from certain discrete tax items.  The goodwill impairment charges related to Genesis Systems Group reduced operating income by $45 million and operating margin by 14 percentage points. The results of this business were impacted by lower capital investments from industries impacted greatly by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as aerospace and transportation, as projects have been delayed. During the third quarter, IPG generated $70 million in cash from operations. Capital expenditures were $25 million and stock repurchases totaled $10 million.

Business Outlook and Financial Guidance

"Bookings growth in North America and Europe was strong when compared sequentially with the second quarter. In North America, we had record bookings aided by several orders for advanced applications.  While total orders in China for the third quarter were lower, China continues to have a significant backlog given the exceptional level of orders booked in the first half of the year.  In total, third quarter book-to-bill was slightly below 1. Overall, it was notable that order bookings improved markedly during September. 

“While the pandemic represents considerable macroeconomic uncertainty for the months ahead, we have continued to demonstrate our ability to execute even in these challenging times.  Further, our strong balance sheet and free cash flow provide us ample flexibility to respond to business disruptions and maintain our leading competitive position. We continue to benefit from near-term growth opportunities in ultra-high power cutting, electric vehicle battery processing, medical procedures and advanced applications. We believe the strides we are making in higher power products within our core materials processing business and new solutions will enable us to emerge from the current downturn in a stronger competitive position," concluded Dr. Gapontsev.

For the fourth quarter of 2020, IPG expects revenue of $290 to $320 million. The Company expects the fourth quarter tax rate to be approximately 25%. IPG anticipates delivering earnings per diluted share in the range of $0.75 to $1.05, with 53.1 million basic common shares outstanding and 53.7 million diluted common shares outstanding. Financial guidance provided this quarter is subject to greater risk and uncertainty given the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated impacts to the global business environment, public health requirements and government mandates.

As discussed in more detail in the "Safe Harbor" passage of this news release, actual results may differ from this guidance due to various factors including, but not limited to, government and Company measures implemented to address the COVID-19 pandemic, product demand, order cancellations and delays, competition, tariffs, trade policy changes and general economic conditions. This guidance is based upon current market conditions and expectations, and is subject to the risks outlined in the Company's reports with the SEC, and assumes exchange rates relative to the U.S. Dollar of Euro 0.85, Russian Ruble 80, Japanese Yen 106 and Chinese Yuan 6.81, respectively.

Supplemental Financial Information

Additional supplemental financial information is provided in the unaudited Third Quarter 2020 Financial Data Workbook available on the investor relations section of the Company's website at investor.ipgphotonics.com.

Conference Call Reminder

The Company will hold a conference call today, October 30, 2020 at 10:00 am ET. To access the call, please dial 877-407-6184 in the US or 201-389-0877 internationally. A live webcast of the call will also be available and archived on the investor relations section of the Company's website at investor.ipgphotonics.com.


Nicholas P. Manganaro
Senior Associate
Sharon Merrill Associates, Inc

About IPG Photonics Corporation

IPG Photonics Corporation is the leader in high-power fiber lasers and amplifiers used primarily in materials processing and other diverse applications. The Company’s mission is to make its fiber laser technology the tool of choice in mass production. IPG accomplishes this mission by delivering superior performance, reliability and usability at a lower total cost of ownership compared with other types of lasers and non-laser tools, allowing end users to increase productivity and decrease costs. A member of the S&P 500® Index, IPG is headquartered in Oxford, Massachusetts and has more than 25 facilities worldwide. For more information, visit www.ipgphotonics.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

Information and statements provided by IPG and its employees, including statements in this press release, that relate to future plans, events or performance are forward-looking statements. These statements involve risks and uncertainties. Any statements in this press release that are not statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, continuing to introduce leading-edge solutions, ability to execute in challenging times, our strong balance sheet and free cash flow providing us ample flexibility to respond to business disruptions and maintain our leading competitive position, growth opportunities in ultra-high power cutting, electric vehicle battery processing, medical procedures and advanced applications, strides in higher power products and new solutions enabling us to emerge from the pandemic in a stronger competitive position, impacts of COVID-19 on our business, the global economy and government policies, revenue, tax rate and earnings guidance for Q4 2020. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include risks and uncertainties, including risks associated with the strength or weakness of the business conditions in industries and geographic markets that IPG serves, particularly the effect of downturns in the markets IPG serves; uncertainties and adverse changes in the general economic conditions of markets; IPG's ability to penetrate new applications for fiber lasers and increase market share; the rate of acceptance and penetration of IPG's products; inability to manage risks associated with international customers and operations; changes in trade controls and trade policies; foreign currency fluctuations; high levels of fixed costs from IPG's vertical integration; the appropriateness of IPG's manufacturing capacity for the level of demand; competitive factors, including declining average selling prices; the effect of acquisitions and investments; inventory write-downs; asset impairment charges; intellectual property infringement claims and litigation; interruption in supply of key components; manufacturing risks; government regulations and trade sanctions; and other risks identified in IPG's SEC filings. Readers are encouraged to refer to the risk factors described in IPG's Annual Report on Form 10-K (filed with the SEC on February 24, 2020), Current Report on Form 8-K (filed with the SEC on May 5, 2020) and IPG's reports filed with the SEC, as applicable. Actual results, events and performance may differ materially. Readers are cautioned not to rely on the forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. IPG undertakes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.


  Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2020 2019 2020 2019
  (In thousands, except per share data)
Net sales $318,441  $329,138  $864,094  $1,007,954 
Cost of sales 165,649  176,280  471,977  525,948 
Gross profit 152,792  152,858  392,117  482,006 
Operating expenses:        
Sales and marketing 17,332  18,969  53,341  58,907 
Research and development 31,710  32,160  95,132  99,528 
General and administrative 29,038  26,776  82,561  82,526 
Goodwill impairment 44,589    44,589   
Impairment of long-lived assets and other restructuring charges 12    1,177   
(Gain) loss on foreign exchange (11,302) 808  (18,101) 7,495 
Total operating expenses 111,379  78,713  258,699  248,456 
Operating income 41,413  74,145  133,418  233,550 
Other income, net:        
Interest income, net 1,168  3,734  6,097  11,737 
Other income (expense), net (59) (520) 581  129 
Total other income 1,109  3,214  6,678  11,866 
Income before provision of income taxes 42,522  77,359  140,096  245,416 
Provision for income taxes 6,992  20,232  29,434  60,852 
Net income 35,530  57,127  110,662  184,564 
Less: net (loss) income attributable to non-controlling interests (74) (126) 429  (120)
Net income attributable to IPG Photonics Corporation $35,604  $57,253  $110,233  $184,684 
Net income attributable to IPG Photonics Corporation per share:        
Basic $0.67  $1.08  $2.07  $3.48 
Diluted $0.66  $1.07  $2.05  $3.43 
Weighted average shares outstanding:        
Basic 53,098  52,928  53,136  53,073 
Diluted 53,664  53,622  53,691  53,864 


  September 30, December 31,
  2020 2019
  (In thousands, except share and 
per share data)
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $763,920  $680,070 
Short-term investments 537,696  502,546 
Accounts receivable, net 240,352  238,479 
Inventories 370,344  380,790 
Prepaid income taxes 60,436  38,873 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 58,905  55,876 
Total current assets 2,031,653  1,896,634 
Deferred income taxes, net 38,616  31,395 
Goodwill 37,731  82,092 
Intangible assets, net 64,999  74,271 
Property, plant and equipment, net 576,398  600,852 
Other assets 45,535  45,192 
Total assets $2,794,932  $2,730,436 
Current liabilities:    
Current portion of long-term debt $3,792  $3,740 
Accounts payable 37,375  27,329 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 156,472  149,782 
Income taxes payable 3,806  11,053 
Total current liabilities 201,445  191,904 
Deferred income taxes and other long-term liabilities 87,296  98,121 
Long-term debt, net of current portion 35,117  37,968 
Total liabilities 323,858  327,993 
Commitments and contingencies    
IPG Photonics Corporation equity:    
Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 175,000,000 shares authorized; 55,278,428 and 53,244,416 shares issued and outstanding, respectively, at September 30, 2020; 54,743,227 and 53,010,875 shares issued and outstanding, respectively, at December 31, 2019. 6  5 
Treasury stock, at cost, 2,034,012 and 1,732,352 shares held at September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively. (303,614) (265,730)
Additional paid-in capital 828,796  785,636 
Retained earnings 2,138,852  2,028,734 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (193,827) (146,919)
Total IPG Photonics Corporation equity 2,470,213  2,401,726 
Non-controlling interests 861  717 
Total equity 2,471,074  2,402,443 
Total liabilities and equity $2,794,932  $2,730,436 


  Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2020 2019
  (In thousands)
Cash flows from operating activities:    
Net income $110,662  $184,564 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:    
Depreciation and amortization 71,188  72,531 
Goodwill impairment 44,589   
Impairment of long-lived assets 671   
Provisions for inventory, warranty & bad debt 42,559  38,748 
Other 1,336  29,244 
Changes in assets and liabilities that provided (used) cash, net of acquisitions:    
Accounts receivable and accounts payable 11,127  (15,699)
Inventories (34,213) (51,032)
Other (47,902) (64,774)
Net cash provided by operating activities 200,017  193,582 
Cash flows from investing activities:    
Purchases of property, plant and equipment (61,871) (107,540)
Proceeds from sales of property, plant and equipment 689  348 
Purchases of short-term and long-term investments (732,729) (557,674)
Proceeds from short-term investments 697,816  568,501 
Acquisitions of businesses, net of cash acquired   (15,115)
Other 17  243 
Net cash used in investing activities (96,078) (111,237)
Cash flows from financing activities:    
Principal payments on long-term borrowings (2,798) (2,747)
Proceeds from issuance of common stock under employee stock option and purchase plans less payments for taxes related to net share settlement of equity awards 16,767  1,644 
Purchase of treasury stock, at cost (37,884) (25,921)
Payment of purchase price holdback from business combination (1,650)  
Net cash used in financing activities (25,565) (27,024)
Effect of changes in exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash 4,692  (16,561)
Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash 83,066  38,760 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash — Beginning of period 682,984  544,358 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash — End of period $766,050  $583,118 
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:    
Cash paid for interest $1,650  $1,655 
Cash paid for income taxes $65,895  $97,172 


  Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2020 2019 2020 2019
  (In thousands)
Amortization of intangible assets:        
Cost of sales $1,168  $1,484  $3,562  $4,318 
Sales and marketing 1,779  1,973  5,334  5,783 
Research and development   160  133  480 
Total acquisition related costs and other charges $2,947  $3,617  $9,029  $10,581 



  Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2020 2019 2020 2019
  (In thousands)
Cost of sales $2,663  $2,575  $7,702  $6,806 
Sales and marketing 1,126  1,266  3,275  2,907 
Research and development 2,258  2,035  6,805  5,955 
General and administrative 2,732  2,678  8,698  10,096 
Total stock-based compensation 8,779  8,554  26,480  25,764 
Tax effect of stock-based compensation (1,527) (2,074) (5,586) (6,121)
Net stock-based compensation $7,252  $6,480  $20,894  $19,643 

  Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2020 2019 2020 2019
  (In thousands)
Excess tax benefit on exercise of stock options included in net income $1,896  $1,713  $6,590  $13,780 

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