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IPG Photonics Reports 20% Revenue Growth for First Quarter 2014

Companies mentioned in this article: IPG Photonics Corporation

OXFORD, Mass. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- IPG Photonics Corporation (NASDAQ: IPGP) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014.

             
Three Months Ended March 31,

(In millions, except per share data)

2014 2013 % Change
Revenue $ 170.6 $ 141.9 20 %
Gross margin 52.3 % 53.3 %
Operating income $ 57.8 $ 49.6 16 %
Operating margin 33.9 % 35.0 %
Net income attributable to IPG Photonics Corporation $ 40.5 $ 35.1 15 %
Earnings per diluted share $ 0.77 $ 0.67 15 %
 

Management Comments

"Demand for IPG's high-power fiber lasers drove a 20% year-over-year sales increase for the first quarter of 2014," said Dr. Valentin Gapontsev, IPG Photonics' Chief Executive Officer. "Gross margins at 52.3% improved from the sequential fourth quarter to within our target range and we grew our bottom line by 15% year-over-year."

"Materials processing sales grew 22% as demand continues to increase for cutting applications across a number of industries. In addition, some of the newer applications like additive manufacturing, which includes 3-D printing, and glass cutting showed robust performance. While welding performed exceptionally well in Japan and to a lesser extent Europe, it was weaker in North America and China," said Dr. Gapontsev. "High-power fiber laser sales increased 33% and medium-power, QCW and laser systems sales also were up compared with the prior year. Geographically, we saw strong growth in Europe, China and Turkey, and achieved record sales in Japan. North American sales were lower due to lower sales for welding and paint stripping, partially offset by strong cutting sales as compared to Q1 2013."

"We generated $43.4 million in cash from operating activities and grew our cash and cash equivalents balance to $480.6 million after using $11.5 million to finance capital expenditures during the first quarter," Dr. Gapontsev said.

Business Outlook and Financial Guidance

"There are significant opportunities for IPG to continue to generate profitable growth through existing and new applications as well as product line expansion. Fiber laser technology continues to displace traditional laser technologies and non-laser technologies for applications such as cutting, welding, additive manufacturing and cladding. The book-to-bill ratio was greater than one in the first quarter and cutting applications continue to expand nicely. However, softness in North American advanced and medical application orders and continued competition for low-power pulsed lasers in China will partially offset the expected Q2 growth from our high-power cutting, QCW and our systems businesses. We have received a significant order in China for our new low-cost pulsed lasers and this should start to ship in Q2 improving our competitive position against the local suppliers. We believe that expected future traction from new product introductions will be a growth driver over the longer term. We will continue to make strategic investments to advance our industry-leading technology and address our customers' growing need for more efficient, faster and higher power laser solutions," concluded Dr. Gapontsev.

IPG Photonics expects revenue in the range of $173 million to $188 million for the second quarter of 2014. The Company anticipates earnings per diluted share in the range of $0.77 to $0.92 based on 52,724,000 diluted common shares, which includes 51,970,000 basic common shares outstanding and 754,000 potentially dilutive options at March 31, 2014.

As discussed in more detail below, actual results may differ from this guidance due to various factors including, but not limited to, product demand, competition and general economic conditions. This guidance is subject to the risks outlined in the Company's reports with the SEC, and assumes that exchange rates remain at present levels.

Conference Call Reminder

The Company will hold a conference call to review its financial results and business highlights today, April 29, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. ET. The conference call will be webcast live and can be accessed on the "Investors" section of the Company's website at www.ipgphotonics.com. The conference call also can be accessed by dialing (877) 709-8155 or (201) 689-8881. An archived version of the webcast will be available for approximately one year on IPG's website.

About IPG Photonics Corporation

IPG Photonics Corporation is the world leader in high-power fiber lasers and amplifiers. Founded in 1990, IPG pioneered the development and commercialization of optical fiber-based lasers for use in diverse applications, primarily materials processing. Fiber lasers have revolutionized the industry by delivering superior performance, reliability and usability at a lower total cost of ownership compared with conventional lasers, allowing end users to increase productivity and decrease operating costs. IPG has its headquarters in Oxford, Massachusetts, and has additional plants and offices throughout the world. For more information, please visit www.ipgphotonics.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

Information and statements provided by the Company 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, significant opportunities for IPG to continue to generate profitable growth through existing and new applications as well as product line expansion, fiber laser technology gaining adoption over traditional laser and non-laser technologies, continuing expansion in cutting applications, growth in IPG's high-power cutting, QCW and systems businesses offsetting softness in other areas, orders and shipment dates for new pulsed lasers in China, improvement in competitive position against local pulsed laser suppliers, expected future traction from new product introductions driving growth over the longer term, making continued strategic investments to advance IPG's technology, and guidance for the second quarter of 2014. 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 the Company serves, particularly the effect of downturns in the markets served; uncertainties and adverse changes in the general economic conditions of markets; the Company's ability to penetrate new applications for fiber lasers and increase market share; the rate of acceptance and penetration of IPG's products; 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; foreign currency fluctuations; intellectual property infringement claims and litigation; interruption in supply of key components; manufacturing risks; building and expanding field service and support operations; inability to manage risks associated with international customers and operations; and other risks identified in the Company's SEC filings. Readers are encouraged to refer to the risk factors described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K (filed with the SEC on February 28, 2014) 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. The Company 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 March 31,
2014 2013
(in thousands, except per share data)
NET SALES $ 170,575 $ 141,852
COST OF SALES 81,291   66,211  
GROSS PROFIT 89,284   75,641  
OPERATING EXPENSES:
Sales and marketing 7,165 5,868
Research and development 12,784 8,798
General and administrative 12,916 11,810
Gain on foreign exchange (1,370 ) (481 )
Total operating expenses 31,495   25,995  
OPERATING INCOME 57,789   49,646  
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE), Net:
Interest expense, net (139 ) (53 )
Other income, net 334   70  
Total other income (expense) 195   17  
INCOME BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES 57,984 49,663
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES (17,453 ) (14,536 )
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO IPG PHOTONICS CORPORATION $ 40,531   $ 35,127  
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO IPG PHOTONICS CORPORATION PER SHARE:
Basic $ 0.78 $ 0.68
Diluted $ 0.77 $ 0.67
WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING:
Basic 51,970 51,407
Diluted 52,724 52,350
 
         
IPG PHOTONICS CORPORATION
SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULE OF STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
(In thousands) 2014 2013
Cost of sales $ 890 $ 676
Sales and marketing 373 284
Research and development 654 382
General and administrative 1,350   1,190  
Total stock-based compensation 3,267 2,532
Tax benefit recognized (273 ) (817 )
Net stock-based compensation $ 2,994   $ 1,715  
 
         
IPG PHOTONICS CORPORATION
SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULE OF ACQUISITION RELATED COSTS IN COST OF SALES
 
Three Months Ended March 31,

(In thousands)

2014 2013
Cost of sales

Step-up of inventory (1)

$

$

406
Amortization of intangible assets (2) 156 182
Total acquisition related costs $ 156 $ 588
 

(1) Amount relates to Microsystems step-up adjustment on inventory sold during the period
(2) Amount relates to intangible amortization expense during periods presented including amortization of acquired patents

         
IPG PHOTONICS CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 
March 31, December 31,
2014 2013

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 480,609 $ 448,776
Accounts receivable, net 107,598 103,803
Inventories 170,556 172,700
Prepaid income taxes 17,977 15,996
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 33,118 30,836
Deferred income taxes, net 15,275   14,232  
Total current assets 825,133 786,343
DEFERRED INCOME TAXES, NET 6,014 4,799
GOODWILL 455 455
INTANGIBLE ASSETS, NET 9,018 9,564
PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, NET 249,361 252,245
OTHER ASSETS 7,032   7,810  
TOTAL $ 1,097,013   $ 1,061,216  
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
Revolving line-of-credit facilities $ 2,300 $ 3,296
Current portion of long-term debt 1,333 1,333
Accounts payable 18,620 18,787
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 63,867 59,336
Deferred income taxes, net 3,104 2,109
Income taxes payable 14,054   15,218  
Total current liabilities 103,278 100,079

DEFERRED INCOME TAXES AND OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES

21,419 21,835
LONG-TERM DEBT, NET OF CURRENT PORTION 11,000   11,333  
Total liabilities 135,697 133,247
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
IPG PHOTONICS CORPORATION STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY:

Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 175,000,000 shares authorized; 52,020,421 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2014; 51,930,978 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2013

5 5
Additional paid-in capital 544,351 538,908
Retained earnings 431,288 390,757
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (14,328 ) (1,701 )
Total IPG Photonics Corporation stockholders’ equity 961,316   927,969  
TOTAL $ 1,097,013   $ 1,061,216  
 
         
IPG PHOTONICS CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
2014 2013
(In thousands)

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

Net income $ 40,531 $ 35,127
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 8,102 7,217
Provisions for inventory, warranty & bad debt 5,284 3,705
Other (276 ) 6,359
Changes in assets and liabilities that used cash:
Accounts receivable/payable (3,857 ) (10,186 )
Inventories (3,856 ) (6,984 )
Other (2,537 ) (46,577 )

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

43,391   (11,339 )
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Purchases of property, plant and equipment (11,456 ) (17,746 )
Proceeds from sales of property, plant and equipment 119
Acquisition of businesses (5,555 )
Other 32   375  
Net cash used in investing activities (11,305 ) (22,926 )
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Line-of-credit facilities (972 ) 7,482
Principal payments on long-term borrowings (333 ) (1,640 )
Tax benefits from exercise of employee stock options 1,565 1,464
Exercise of employee stock options and issuances under employee stock purchase plan 611   720  
Net cash provided by financing activities 871   8,026  
EFFECT OF CHANGES IN EXCHANGE RATES ON CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS (1,124 ) (2,188 )
NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 31,833 (28,427 )
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS — Beginning of period 448,776   384,053  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS — End of period $ 480,609   $ 355,626  
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION:
Cash paid for interest $ 102   $ 88  
Cash paid for income taxes $ 20,893   $ 47,813  
 


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