Quantcast

IPG Photonics Announces Fourth Quarter 2018 Financial Results

By GlobeNewswire,  February 12, 2019, 08:00:00 AM EDT


OXFORD, Mass., Feb. 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IPG Photonics Corporation (NASDAQ:IPGP) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018.

    Three Months Ended

December 31,
      Twelve Months Ended

December 31,
   
(In millions, except per share data)   2018   2017   % Change   2018   2017   % Change
Revenue   $ 330.1   $ 361.1   (9 ) %   $ 1,459.9   $ 1,408.9   4   %
Gross margin   50.5 %   57.8 %       54.8 %   56.6 %    
Operating income   96.1   148.3   (35 ) %   523.4   551.1   (5 ) %
Operating margin   29.1 %   41.1 %       35.9 %   39.1 %    
Net income attributable to IPG Photonics Corporation   75.6   53.0   43   %   404.0   347.6   16   %
Earnings per diluted share   $ 1.40   $ 0.96   46   %   $ 7.38   $ 6.36   16   %



Management Comments

"Despite further weakening of the macroeconomic climate in our largest markets, we were able to deliver results in line with our guidance," said Dr. Valentin Gapontsev, IPG Photonics' Chief Executive Officer. "More importantly, we have made meaningful strides in key new product areas and undertaken strategic acquisitions that help us capitalize on the long-term growth opportunities for our laser solutions. We believe our progress delivering on new growth opportunities reinforces our industry leadership in fiber laser technology, strengthens our relationships with leading-edge customers and enables the next-generation of product creation."

Financial Highlights

Fourth quarter revenue of $330 million decreased 9% year over year. The acquisition of Genesis Systems Group (Genesis), which closed in early December, contributed $8 million of revenue, and currency depreciation relative to the exchange rates assumed in the company's fourth quarter guidance reduced revenue by $2 million. Materials processing sales accounted for 94% of total revenue, decreasing 9% year over year due to lower sales in metal cutting and 3D printing, partially offset by higher sales in welding applications. Sales to other markets increased 5% year-over-year driven by growth in communications, government and medical applications.

Sales of high power continuous wave (CW) lasers, representing 56% of total revenue, decreased 20% year over year. On a year over year basis, pulsed lasers sales increased 33%, medium power CW laser sales decreased 29%, quasi continuous wave (QCW) lasers sales decreased 12% and systems sales increased 42%. By region, sales decreased 19% in China and 12% in Europe but increased 32% in North America and 4% in Japan on a year over year basis.

Earnings per diluted share ("EPS") of $1.40 increased 46% year over year from $0.96 as charges related to the 2017 U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act reduced fourth quarter 2017 net income by $49 million and EPS by $0.90. In the fourth quarter 2018 foreign exchange gains increased EPS by $0.07. The effective tax rate in the quarter was 25%, which benefited from certain discrete tax items. During the fourth quarter, IPG generated $113 million in cash from operations. Capital expenditures were $27 million, and the company repurchased 466 thousand shares for $64 million completing its $125 million repurchase authorization.

As of December 31, 2018, total backlog was $712 million, decreasing 4% year over year. Orders with firm shipment dates were $339 million, up 4% year over year and frame agreements, which are non-binding indications of customer pricing and volume levels, decreased 11% to $374 million. Backlog excluding the acquisition of Genesis was $673 million and decreased by 10% year over year while orders with firm shipment dates excluding Genesis were $299 million, decreasing 8% year over year. Fourth quarter book-to-bill was below 1.0, in line with normal seasonality.

Stock Repurchase Program

Today IPG also announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a new $125 million anti-dilutive stock repurchase program following the completion of its previous $125 million repurchase program. Under the new anti-dilutive program, IPG management is authorized to repurchase shares of common stock in an amount not to exceed the lesser of (a) the number of shares issued to employees and directors under the Company's various employee and director equity compensation and employee stock purchase plans from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020 and (b) $125 million, exclusive of any fees, commissions or other expenses. Share repurchases will be made periodically in open-market transactions using the Company's working capital, and are subject to market conditions, legal requirements and other factors. The share repurchase program authorization does not obligate the Company to repurchase any dollar amount or number of its shares, and repurchases may be commenced or suspended from time to time without prior notice.

Business Outlook and Financial Guidance

"While the global macroeconomic and geopolitical challenges affecting the sector and our business have persisted into 2019, we have seen some encouraging signs over the last two months. There has been a modest pickup in order activity since late December, and we are more encouraged by the overall demand environment than we were three months ago. Our conviction around improving market conditions will only be fully validated if these trends continue for the remainder of the first quarter and into the second quarter. We expect pricing headwinds related to more aggressive competition in China to continue, exacerbating this challenging demand environment. However, we are reinforcing our competitive lead in our core metal processing markets, retaining our established relationships with large customers and winning new business with emerging OEM customers. Moreover, we are making competitive strides in new products and applications that significantly expand our addressable market and diversify our end market exposure," said Dr. Gapontsev.

For the first quarter of 2019, IPG expects revenue of $290 million to $320 million. The Company expects the first quarter tax rate to be approximately 25%, excluding effects relating to equity grants. IPG anticipates delivering earnings per diluted share in the range of $1.00 to $1.20, with 53.2 million basic common shares outstanding and 54.1 million diluted common shares outstanding.

Dr. Gapontsev added, "Although conversations with our OEM customers in China suggest cautious optimism regarding a mid-year pickup in demand driven by government stimulus and continued infrastructure investment, we do not have clear visibility into full year OEM order plans at this time. As such, we do not believe it is appropriate to provide full year revenue guidance until this visibility improves. In general, we would expect year over year declines in revenue to persist in the first and second quarter of 2019 due to more challenging comparisons, followed by improving trends in the back half of 2019 driven by potential market recovery and strength in new products and solutions."

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, 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 0.87, Russian Ruble 69, Japanese Yen 110 and Chinese Yuan 6.86, respectively.

Supplemental Financial Information

Additional supplemental financial information is provided in the Fourth Quarter 2018 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, February 12, 2019 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.

Contact

James Hillier

Vice President of Investor Relations

IPG Photonics Corporation

508-373-1467

jhillier@ipgphotonics.com



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, pricing headwinds related to more aggressive competition in China, reinforcing our competitive lead in our core metal processing markets, retaining our established relationships with large customers and winning new business with emerging OEMs; making competitive strides in new products and applications; estimated tax rate and outstanding sharers, revenue and earnings guidance for the first quarter; improving market conditions; the existence and timing of a mid-year pickup in demand and the causes for them; year-over-year declines in revenue persisting in the first and second quarter of 2019, followed by improving trends in the back half of 2019 and the causes for them. 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 28, 2018) and its periodic 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.



IPG PHOTONICS CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

    Three Months Ended December 31,   Twelve Months Ended December 31,
    2018     2017     2018     2017  
    (In thousands, except per share data)
NET SALES   $ 330,051     $ 361,055     $ 1,459,874     $ 1,408,889  
COST OF SALES   163,303     152,262     659,606     611,978  
GROSS PROFIT   166,748     208,793     800,268     796,911  
OPERATING EXPENSES:                
Sales and marketing   16,284     13,454     57,815     49,801  
Research and development   31,501     26,589     122,769     100,870  
General and administrative   27,572     21,576     102,429     80,668  
(Gain) loss on foreign exchange   (4,661 )   (1,093 )   (6,150 )   14,460  
   Total operating expenses   70,696     60,526     276,863     245,799  
OPERATING INCOME   96,052     148,267     523,405     551,112  
OTHER INCOME, Net:                
Interest income, net   4,132     86     9,057     737  
Other income, net   681     69     1,933     22  
   Total other income   4,813     155     10,990     759  
INCOME BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES   100,865     148,422     534,395     551,871  
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES   (25,399 )   (95,466 )   (130,226 )   (204,283 )
NET INCOME   75,466     52,956     404,169     347,588  
LESS: NET (LOSS) INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO

NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS
  (93 )       142     (26 )
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO IPG PHOTONICS

CORPORATION
  $ 75,559     $ 52,956     $ 404,027     $ 347,614  
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO IPG PHOTONICS

CORPORATION PER SHARE:
               
Basic   $ 1.42     $ 0.99     $ 7.55     $ 6.50  
Diluted   $ 1.40     $ 0.96     $ 7.38     $ 6.36  
WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING:                
Basic   53,243     53,460     53,522     53,495  
Diluted   54,107     54,923     54,726     54,699  





IPG PHOTONICS CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

    December 31,   December 31,
    2018   2017
    (In thousands, except share and per

share data)
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 544,358     $ 909,900  
Short-term investments   500,432     206,257  
Accounts receivable, net   255,509     237,278  
Inventories   403,579     307,712  
Prepaid income taxes   43,782     44,944  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   57,764     47,919  
   Total current assets   1,805,424     1,754,010  
DEFERRED INCOME TAXES, NET   19,165     26,976  
GOODWILL   100,722     55,831  
INTANGIBLE ASSETS, NET   87,139     51,223  
PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, NET   543,068     460,206  
OTHER ASSETS, NET   18,932     19,009  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 2,574,450     $ 2,367,255  
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY        
CURRENT LIABILITIES:        
Current portion of long-term debt   $ 3,671     $ 3,604  
Accounts payable   36,303     35,109  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities   154,640     144,417  
Income taxes payable   51,161     15,773  
   Total current liabilities   245,775     198,903  
DEFERRED INCOME TAXES AND OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES   80,734     100,652  
LONG-TERM DEBT, NET OF CURRENT PORTION   41,707     45,378  
   Total liabilities   368,216     344,933  
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES        
IPG PHOTONICS CORPORATION STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:        
Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 175,000,000 shares authorized;

54,371,701 and 52,941,607 shares issued and outstanding, respectively, at

December 31, 2018; 54,007,708 and 53,629,439 shares issued and

outstanding, respectively, at December 31, 2017
  5     5  
Treasury stock, at cost (1,430,094 and 378,269 shares held)   (224,998 )   (48,933 )
Additional paid-in capital   744,937     704,727  
Retained earnings   1,848,500     1,443,867  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (162,896 )   (77,344 )
Total IPG Photonics Corporation stockholders' equity   2,205,548     2,022,322  
NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS   686      
Total equity   2,206,234     2,022,322  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY   $ 2,574,450     $ 2,367,255  





IPG PHOTONICS CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

    Twelve Months Ended December 31,
    2018     2017  
    (In thousands)
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:        
Net income   $ 404,169     $ 347,588  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:        
   Depreciation and amortization   80,271     64,568  
   Provisions for inventory, warranty & bad debt   38,862     44,978  
   Other   17,195     54,837  
   Changes in assets and liabilities that used cash:        
      Accounts receivable and accounts payable   (20,240 )   (60,916 )
      Inventories   (135,440 )   (71,080 )
      Other   8,484     25,420  
         Net cash provided by operating activities   393,301     405,395  
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:        
Purchases of property, plant and equipment   (160,343 )   (126,535 )
Proceeds from sales of property, plant and equipment   1,026     15,882  
Purchases of investments   (765,310 )   (211,832 )
Proceeds from sales of investments   470,328     212,515  
Acquisitions of businesses, net of cash acquired   (109,115 )   (60,483 )
Other   415     (352 )
      Net cash used in investing activities   (562,999 )   (170,805 )
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:        
Proceeds on long-term borrowings       28,000  
Principal payments on long-term borrowings   (3,604 )   (19,842 )
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
  12,183     28,654  
Cash contributed by noncontrolling interest   839      
Purchase of noncontrolling interests       (197 )
Purchase of treasury stock, at cost   (176,065 )   (39,987 )
      Net cash used in financing activities   (166,647 )   (3,372 )
EFFECT OF CHANGES IN EXCHANGE RATES ON CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS   (29,197 )   54,827  
NET (DECREASE) INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS   (365,542 )   286,045  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS — Beginning of period   909,900     623,855  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS — End of period   $ 544,358     $ 909,900  
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION:        
Cash paid for interest   $ 3,052     $ 2,583  
Cash paid for income taxes   $ 112,762     $ 155,559  





IPG PHOTONICS CORPORATION

SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULE OF ACQUISITION RELATED COSTS AND OTHER CHARGES

    Three Months Ended December 31,   Twelve Months Ended December 31,
(In thousands)   2018   2017   2018   2017
Step-up of inventory (1)                 
Cost of sales   $   $ 992   $ 556   $ 2,573
Amortization of intangible assets                
Cost of sales   1,213   1,435   4,840   3,774
Sales and marketing   976   346   2,690   1,485
Research and development   160   160   640   640
Total amortization of intangible assets   2,349   1,941   8,170   5,899
Impairment charge related to long-lived asset                
General and administrative         162
Total acquisition related costs and other charges   $ 2,349   $ 2,933   $ 8,726   $ 8,634

(1) 2018 amount relates to Robot Concept and ILT, while 2017 relates to ILT and OptiGrate step-up adjustments on inventory sold during the period.

               

IPG PHOTONICS CORPORATION

SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULE OF STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION AND ACCOUNTING STANDARD IMPACTS TO NET INCOME AND EARNINGS PER SHARE

    Three Months Ended December 31,   Twelve Months Ended December 31,
(In thousands)   2018     2017     2018     2017  
Cost of sales   $ 1,292     $ 1,543     $ 6,535     $ 5,863  
Sales and marketing   586     537     2,550     2,041  
Research and development   1,516     1,286     6,410     5,001  
General and administrative   3,190     2,666     12,532     10,116  
Total stock-based compensation   6,584     6,032     28,027     23,021  
Tax benefit recognized   (1,578 )   (1,894 )   (6,632 )   (7,367 )
Net stock-based compensation   $ 5,006     $ 4,138     $ 21,395     $ 15,654  



(In thousands, except share and per share data)   Three Months Ended December 31,   Twelve Months Ended December 31,
    2018   2017   2018   2017
Excess tax benefit on exercise of stock options

included in net income
  $ 146   $ 3,700   $ 13,926   $ 14,585
Increase in weighted-average diluted shares

outstanding
  109,095   407,316   234,955   255,812

 

Source: IPG Photonics Corporation

This article appears in: News Headlines

Referenced Stocks: IPGP










Today's Market Activity

NASDAQ 7502.74
15.97  ▲  0.21%
DJIA 25903.40
12.08  ▲  0.05%
S&P 500 2781.42
1.66  ▲  0.06%
Data as of Feb 20, 2019 | 10:20AM