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nLIGHT, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2021 Results

05/06/2021

Revenues of $61.3 million and gross margin of 28.8% for the first quarter of 2021

VANCOUVER, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- nLIGHT, Inc. (Nasdaq: LASR), a leading provider of high-power semiconductor and fiber lasers used in the industrial, microfabrication, and aerospace and defense markets, today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2021.

“We delivered record first quarter revenue, which was driven by year-over-year growth in each of our end markets,” commented Scott Keeney, nLIGHT’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Led by stronger demand from customers outside of China and continued execution in our A&D business, our overall revenue increased by 42% year-over-year.”

“Growth from strategic customers and disciplined spending enabled us to generate gross margins and Adjusted EBITDA at the high end of our Q1 guidance. We ended the quarter with approximately $186 million of net cash, which provides us with greater flexibility to achieve our long-term growth objectives.”

First Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights

Three Months Ended March 31,

(In thousands, except percentages)

2021

2020

% Change

Revenues

$

61,345

 

$

43,215

 

42.0

%

Gross margin

 

28.8

%

 

22.0

%

 

Loss from operations

$

(5,779

)

$

(6,737

)

14.2

%

Operating margin

 

(9.4

)%

 

(15.6

)%

 

Net loss

$

(6,149

)

$

(7,475

)

17.7

%

Adjusted EBITDA(1)

$

5,992

 

$

237

 

NM

 

Adjusted EBITDA, as percentage of revenues

 

9.8

%

 

0.5

%

 

(1)

A reconciliation of the non-GAAP information provided here to the most directly comparable GAAP metric has been provided in the financial statement tables included in this release.

Revenues of $61.3 million for the first quarter of 2021 were up 42.0% compared to $43.2 million for the first quarter of 2020. Gross margin was 28.8% for the first quarter of 2021 compared to 22.0% for the first quarter of 2020. GAAP net loss for the first quarter of 2021 was $(6.1) million, or net loss of $(0.15) per diluted share, compared to net loss of $(7.5) million, or net loss of $(0.20) per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2020. Non-GAAP net income for the first quarter of 2021 was $2.6 million, or non-GAAP net income of $0.06 per diluted share, compared to non- GAAP net loss of $(3.0) million, or non-GAAP net loss of $(0.08) per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2020. Reconciliations of the non-GAAP information provided here to the most directly comparable GAAP metric have been provided in the financial statement tables included in this release.

Outlook

For the second quarter of 2021, nLIGHT expects revenues to be in the range of $62 million to $68 million, gross margin to be in the range of 26% to 30%, and Adjusted EBITDA to be in the range of $5 million to $8 million.

Investor Conference Call at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Thursday, May 6, 2021

Parties interested in listening to nLIGHT’s quarterly conference call may do so by dialing 1-833-535-2198 (U.S., toll- free) or +1-412-902-6775 (international and toll), with the conference title: nLIGHT First Quarter 2021 Earnings. The call can also be accessed via the web by going to nLIGHT’s Investor Relations page at http://investors.nlight.net.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Results

In addition to U.S. GAAP results, this press release contains non-GAAP financial results, including Adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP net income (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) per share, basic and diluted. We use Adjusted EBITDA to help us evaluate our business, measure our performance, identify trends affecting our business, formulate business plans and make strategic decisions. In addition to our results determined in accordance with GAAP, we believe Adjusted EBITDA is a meaningful measure of performance as it is commonly utilized by us and the investment community to analyze operating performance in our industry. Similarly, we believe that providing non-GAAP net income (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) per share, basic and diluted, is useful to our investors as they present an informative supplemental view of our results from period to period by removing the effect of stock-based compensation expense and other non-recurring items. However, the non-GAAP financial measures presented herein are specific to us and may not be comparable to similar measures disclosed by other companies because of differing methods used by other companies in calculating them.

We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) adjusted for income tax expense, other non-operating income or expense, interest income or expense, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, acquisition and integration-related costs, and other non-recurring items as determined by management, as applicable. We define non-GAAP net income (loss) as GAAP net income (loss) adjusted for stock-based compensation, amortization of purchased intangibles, acquisition and integration-related costs, and other non-recurring items as determined by management, as applicable. We define non-GAAP net income (loss) per share, basic and diluted, as non-GAAP net income (loss) divided by common weighted-average shares outstanding during the respective period plus the dilutive effect of any common stock equivalents during the period, if applicable.

Tables presenting the reconciliation of net loss to Adjusted EBITDA, as well as the reconciliation of GAAP to non- GAAP net income (loss) and GAAP to non-GAAP net income (loss) per share, basic and diluted, are included at the end of this press release.

We have not reconciled our outlook for Adjusted EBITDA because unrealized and realized foreign exchange gains and losses cannot be reasonably calculated or predicted nor can the probable significance be determined at this time. Accordingly, a reconciliation is not available without unreasonable effort.

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain statements in this release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “outlook,” “guidance,” “expects,” “intends,” “projects,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “targets,” “anticipates,” and similar expressions may identify these forward-looking statements. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding expected revenues, gross margin, and Adjusted EBITDA and our expectations regarding customer demand for our products, operating results, and financial position, as well as any other statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. Forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and assumptions, which may not prove to be accurate. These statements are not guarantees and are subject to risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from these forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: (1) the impact on our sales and operations of public health crises in China, the United States or internationally, including the COVID-19 pandemic, (2) our ability to generate sufficient revenues to achieve or maintain profitability in the future, (3) fluctuations in our quarterly results of operations and other operating measures, (4) downturns in the markets we serve could materially adversely affect our revenues and profitability, (5) our high levels of fixed costs and inventory levels may harm our gross profits and results of operations in the event that demand for our products declines or we maintain excess inventory levels, (6) the competitiveness of the markets for our products, (7) our substantial sales and operations in China, which expose us to risks inherent in doing business there, (8) the effect of current and potential tariffs and global trade policies on the cost of our products, (9) our manufacturing capacity and operations may not be appropriate for future levels of demand, (10) our reliance on a small number of customers for a significant portion of our revenues, and (11) the risk that we may be unable to protect our proprietary technology and intellectual property rights. Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in nLIGHT's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including other risks, relevant factors and uncertainties identified in the “Risk Factors” section of nLIGHT's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K or subsequent filings with the SEC. nLIGHT undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect future events or developments, except as required by law.

The nLIGHT logo and “nLIGHT” are registered trademarks or trademarks of nLIGHT, Inc. in various jurisdictions.

About nLIGHT

nLIGHT, Inc. is a leading provider of high-power semiconductor and fiber lasers for industrial, microfabrication, aerospace and defense applications. Our lasers are changing not only the way things are made but also the things that can be made. Headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, nLIGHT employs over 1,200 people with operations in the U.S., China, Finland, Korea and Italy. For more information, please visit www.nlight.net.

nLIGHT, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

2021

2020

Revenue:

 

 

Products

$

47,335

 

$

36,930

 

Development

 

14,010

 

 

6,285

 

Total revenue

 

61,345

 

 

43,215

 

Cost of revenue:

Products

 

30,395

 

 

27,900

 

Development

 

13,305

 

 

5,814

 

Total cost of revenue(1)

 

43,700

 

 

33,714

 

Gross profit

 

17,645

 

 

9,501

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

Research and development(1)

 

11,710

 

 

8,538

 

Sales, general, and administrative(1)

 

11,714

 

 

7,700

 

Total operating expenses

 

23,424

 

 

16,238

 

Loss from operations

 

(5,779

)

 

(6,737

)

Other income (expense):

Interest income (expense), net

 

(74

)

 

283

 

Other income (expense), net

 

26

 

 

(116

)

Loss before income taxes

 

(5,827

)

 

(6,570

)

Income tax expense

 

322

 

 

905

 

Net loss

$

(6,149

)

$

(7,475

)

Net loss per share, basic

$

(0.15

)

$

(0.20

)

Net loss per share, diluted

$

(0.15

)

$

(0.20

)

Shares used in per share calculations:

 

 

Basic

 

40,048

 

 

37,846

 

Diluted

 

40,048

 

 

37,846

 

(1) Includes stock-based compensation as follows:

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

2021

2020

Cost of revenues

$

491

 

$

345

 

Research and development

 

2,918

 

 

1,782

 

Sales, general and administrative

 

4,645

 

 

1,636

 

 

$

8,054

 

$

3,763

 

nLIGHT, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

As of

 

March 31, 2021

December 31, 2020

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

185,638

 

$

102,282

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

31,658

 

 

31,820

 

Inventory

 

58,804

 

 

54,706

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

9,548

 

 

11,767

 

Total current assets

 

285,648

 

 

200,575

 

Restricted cash

 

250

 

 

291

 

Lease right-of-use assets

 

18,153

 

 

12,302

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

46,127

 

 

44,480

 

Intangible assets, net

 

7,409

 

 

8,345

 

Goodwill

 

12,447

 

 

12,484

 

Other assets

 

5,038

 

 

5,167

 

Total assets

$

375,072

 

$

283,644

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

 

 

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

23,644

 

$

21,057

 

Accrued liabilities

 

13,922

 

 

15,321

 

Deferred revenues

 

2,589

 

 

2,528

 

Current portion of lease liabilities

 

2,751

 

 

2,273

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

 

 

184

 

Total current liabilities

 

42,906

 

 

41,363

 

Non-current income taxes payable

 

7,730

 

 

7,556

 

Long-term lease liabilities

 

15,846

 

 

10,375

 

Long-term debt

 

29

 

 

215

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

4,506

 

 

4,221

 

Total liabilities

 

71,017

 

 

63,730

 

Stockholders' equity:

 

 

Common stock - par value

 

15

 

 

15

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

449,496

 

 

358,544

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(921

)

 

(259

)

Accumulated deficit

 

(144,535

)

 

(138,386

)

Total stockholders’ equity

 

304,055

 

 

219,914

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

375,072

 

$

283,644

 

nLIGHT, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

2021

2020

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

Net loss

$

(6,149

)

$

(7,475

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:

 

 

Depreciation

 

2,157

 

 

1,769

 

Amortization

 

1,560

 

 

1,392

 

Reduction in carrying amount of right-of-use assets

 

808

 

 

706

 

Provision for (recoveries of) losses on accounts receivable

 

(71

)

 

67

 

Stock-based compensation

 

8,054

 

 

3,763

 

Deferred income taxes

 

(11

)

 

 

Gain on disposal of assets

 

 

 

(1

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

121

 

 

(53

)

Inventory

 

(4,405

)

 

(3,572

)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

2,183

 

 

923

 

Other assets

 

(428

)

 

(1,488

)

Accounts payable

 

1,437

 

 

4,582

 

Accrued and other long-term liabilities

 

(736

)

 

(2,247

)

Deferred revenues

 

64

 

 

1,312

 

Lease liabilities

 

(690

)

 

(705

)

Non-current income taxes payable

 

221

 

 

(52

)

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

 

4,115

 

 

(1,079

)

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired

 

(291

)

 

 

Purchases of property, plant and equipment

 

(3,134

)

 

(15,185

)

Capitalization of patents

 

(80

)

 

(320

)

Proceeds from sale of assets

 

 

 

41

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(3,505

)

 

(15,464

)

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

Proceeds from public offerings, net of offering costs

 

82,761

 

 

 

Proceeds from term loan

 

 

 

15,000

 

Principal payments on debt and financing leases

 

(372

)

 

(16

)

Proceeds from stock option exercises

 

574

 

 

558

 

Tax payments related to stock award issuances

 

(31

)

 

(11

)

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

82,932

 

 

15,531

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

 

(227

)

 

10

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

 

83,315

 

 

(1,002

)

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, beginning of period

 

102,573

 

 

117,293

 

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, end of period

$

185,888

 

$

116,291

 

Supplemental disclosures:

 

 

Cash paid (received) for interest

$

66

 

$

(384

)

Cash paid for income taxes

 

241

 

 

605

 

Right-of-use assets obtained in exchange for lease liabilities

 

6,699

 

 

7,566

 

Accrued purchases of property, equipment and patents

 

1,698

 

 

744

 

Accrued offering costs

 

406

 

 

 

nLIGHT, Inc.

Reconciliation of GAAP Financial Metrics to Non-GAAP

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

Reconciliation of Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

2021

2020

Net loss

$

(6,149

)

$

(7,475

)

Income tax expense

 

322

 

 

905

 

Other (income) expense, net

 

(26

)

 

116

 

Interest (income) expense, net

 

74

 

 

(283

)

Depreciation and amortization

 

3,717

 

 

3,161

 

Stock-based compensation

 

8,054

 

 

3,763

 

Acquisition and integration-related costs

 

 

 

50

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

5,992

 

$

237

 

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss), and GAAP to Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) per Share, Basic and Diluted

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

2021

2020

Net loss

$

(6,149

)

$

(7,475

)

Add back:

 

 

Stock-based compensation(1)

 

8,054

 

 

3,763

 

Amortization of purchased intangibles

 

717

 

 

656

 

Acquisition and integration-related costs

 

 

 

50

 

Non-GAAP net income (loss)

$

2,622

 

$

(3,006

)

 

 

 

GAAP weighted-average shares outstanding

 

40,048

 

 

37,846

 

Participating securities

 

653

 

 

 

Non-GAAP weighted-average number of shares, basic

 

40,701

 

 

37,846

 

Dilutive effect of common stock equivalents

 

4,691

 

 

 

Non-GAAP weighted-average number of shares, diluted

 

45,392

 

 

37,846

 

 

 

 

Non-GAAP net income (loss) per share, basic

$

0.06

 

$

(0.08

)

Non-GAAP net income (loss) per share, diluted

$

0.06

 

$

(0.08

)

(1) There is no income tax effect related to the stock-based compensation adjustment due to the full valuation allowance in the U.S.

Joseph Corso
VP, Corporate Development and Investor Relations nLIGHT, Inc.
(360) 566-4460
joe.corso@nlight.net

Source: nLIGHT, Inc.

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