IPG Photonics Reports First Quarter 2015 Revenue Growth of 17%

High Power Fiber Laser Demand in Cutting and Welding Drives Increase in Materials Processing Sales

29% Increase in Net Income Excluding Foreign Exchange Transaction Gains

OXFORD, Mass.--()--IPG Photonics Corporation (NASDAQ: IPGP) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015.

“IPG delivered another strong quarter and we are off to a terrific start this year”

         
Three Months Ended March 31,
(In millions, except per share data) 2015     2014 % Change
Revenue $ 199.0 $ 170.6 17 %
Gross margin 54.2 % 52.3 %
Operating income $ 82.0 $ 57.8 42 %
Operating margin 41.2 % 33.9 %
Net income attributable to IPG Photonics Corporation $ 57.4 $ 40.5 42 %
Earnings per diluted share $ 1.08 $ 0.77 40 %
 

Management Comments

"IPG delivered another strong quarter and we are off to a terrific start this year," said Dr. Valentin Gapontsev, IPG Photonics' Chief Executive Officer. "Despite foreign currency headwinds that impacted our anticipated sales growth, demand for IPG's high-power fiber lasers boosted revenue 17% year-over-year for the first quarter of 2015. Using average exchange rates for last year, the underlying growth for the first quarter would have been more than 20%. Gross margin of 54.2% was within our target range and we grew our bottom line by 29% year-over-year, excluding the benefit from foreign exchange transaction gains."

Materials processing sales grew 18% year-over-year as demand expands in cutting, welding and additive manufacturing applications across a number of industries and markets. Growth of cutting in Europe continues to be strong while in Japan adoption accelerated in the first quarter. In addition, welding sales improved substantially compared with a year ago and is being used in a variety of new and existing applications. High-power fiber laser sales increased 14% and medium power, pulsed, QCW and laser systems sales also increased compared with the prior year. Geographically, we experienced strong growth in Europe, the U.S. and China, while sales were lower in Japan and Russia.

In the first quarter, earnings per diluted share increased by 40% to a record $1.08 and by 29% excluding a benefit of $0.11 related to foreign exchange transaction gains. The growth in earnings per share was driven by the increase in revenue and an improvement in operating margins.

During the first quarter, IPG generated $52.0 million in cash from operations and used $13.7 million to finance capital expenditures and $5 million on an acquisition. IPG ended the quarter with $541.5 million in cash and cash equivalents.

Business Outlook and Financial Guidance

"Our order flow and book-to-bill remain at strong levels in our three main geographies and we expect that to continue in the near term. We remain focused on gaining share in our established materials processing applications, developing new product applications that will expand our available market and applying our lasers in large scale and novel applications beyond our core applications in materials processing," concluded Dr. Gapontsev.

IPG Photonics expects revenue in the range of $215 million to $225 million for the second quarter of 2015. The Company anticipates earnings per diluted share in the range of $1.05 to $1.15 based on 53,267,000 diluted common shares, which includes 52,486,000 basic common shares outstanding and 781,000 potentially dilutive options at March 31, 2015.

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 and general economic conditions. This guidance 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 0.93, Russian Ruble 52 and Japanese Yen 119, respectively.

Conference Call Reminder

The Company will hold a conference call today, April 28, 2015 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, the Company's expectation that order flow and book-bill will remain at strong levels, IPG's focus on gaining share in its established materials processing applications, developing new product applications that will expand the Company's available market and applying its lasers in large scale and novel applications beyond the Company's core applications in materials processing, and guidance for the second quarter of 2015. 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 IPG serves; 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; inability to manage risks associated with international customers and operations; foreign currency fluctuations; high levels of fixed costs from IPG's vertical integration; the appropriateness of the Company's manufacturing capacity for the level of demand; competitive factors, including declining average selling prices; the effect of acquisitions and investments; inventory write-downs; intellectual property infringement claims and litigation; interruption in supply of key components; manufacturing risks; government regulations and trade sanctions; 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, 2015) 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,
2015     2014
(in thousands, except per share data)
NET SALES $ 198,960 $ 170,575
COST OF SALES 91,133   81,291  
GROSS PROFIT 107,827   89,284  
OPERATING EXPENSES:
Sales and marketing 7,549 7,165
Research and development 14,230 12,784
General and administrative 12,778 12,916
Gain on foreign exchange (8,752 ) (1,370 )
Total operating expenses 25,805   31,495  
OPERATING INCOME 82,022   57,789  
OTHER (EXPENSE) INCOME, Net:
Interest expense, net (184 ) (139 )
Other income, net 85   334  
Total other (expense) income (99 ) 195  
INCOME BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES 81,923 57,984
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES (24,577 ) (17,453 )
NET INCOME 57,346 40,531
LESS: NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS (13 )  
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO IPG PHOTONICS CORPORATION $ 57,359   $ 40,531  
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO IPG PHOTONICS CORPORATION PER SHARE:
Basic $ 1.09 $ 0.78
Diluted $ 1.08 $ 0.77
WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING:
Basic 52,486 51,970
Diluted 53,267 52,724
 

IPG PHOTONICS CORPORATION

SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULE OF STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION

             
Three Months Ended March 31,
(In thousands) 2015     2014
Cost of sales $ 1,156 $ 890
Sales and marketing 435 373
Research and development 870 654
General and administrative 1,666   1,350  
Total stock-based compensation 4,127 3,267
Tax benefit recognized (1,343 ) (273 )
Net stock-based compensation $ 2,784   $ 2,994  

     

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SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULE OF ACQUISITION RELATED COSTS IN COST OF SALES

 
Three Months Ended March 31,
(In thousands) 2015     2014
Cost of sales

Amortization of intangible assets (1)

235   156

Total acquisition related costs

$ 235   $ 156
 

(1) Amount relates to intangible amortization expense during periods presented including amortization of acquired patents

           

IPG PHOTONICS CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 
March 31, December 31,
2015 2014
(In thousands, except share and per
share data)
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 541,474 $ 522,150
Accounts receivable, net 149,781 143,109
Inventories, net 174,140 171,009
Prepaid income taxes 25,712 20,967
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 23,785 21,295
Deferred income taxes, net 16,136   15,308  
Total current assets 931,028 893,838
DEFERRED INCOME TAXES, NET 5,868 5,438
GOODWILL 519 455
INTANGIBLE ASSETS, NET 14,913 9,227
PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, NET 274,145 275,082
DEPOSITS AND OTHER ASSETS 22,787   26,847  
TOTAL $ 1,249,260   $ 1,210,887  
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
Revolving line-of-credit facilities $ 523 $ 2,631
Current portion of long-term debt 13,000 13,333
Accounts payable 15,916 17,141
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 62,209 64,057
Deferred income taxes, net 5,876 3,241
Income taxes payable 25,606   21,672  
Total current liabilities 123,130 122,075

DEFERRED INCOME TAXES AND OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES

26,444 22,584
LONG-TERM DEBT, NET OF CURRENT PORTION 19,167   19,667  
Total liabilities 168,741 164,326
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
IPG PHOTONICS CORPORATION STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:
Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 175,000,000 shares authorized; 52,620,428 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2015; 52,369,688 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2014 5 5
Additional paid-in capital 580,926 567,617
Retained earnings 648,561 591,202
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (150,539 ) (112,263 )
Total IPG Photonics Corporation stockholders' equity 1,078,953 1,046,561
NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS 1,566    
Total equity $ 1,080,519   $ 1,046,561  
TOTAL $ 1,249,260   $ 1,210,887  
 

 

IPG PHOTONICS CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

       
Three Months Ended March 31,
2015     2014
(In thousands)
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net income $ 57,346 $ 40,531
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 9,743 8,102
Provisions for inventory, warranty & bad debt 8,017 5,284
Other

4,470

(276 )
Changes in assets and liabilities that used cash:
Accounts receivable/payable

(13,116

) (3,857 )
Inventories (13,898 ) (3,856 )
Other (554 ) (2,537 )
Net cash provided by operating activities

52,008

  43,391  
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Purchases of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets

(14,027

) (11,456 )
Proceeds from sales of property, plant and equipment 131 119
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired (4,958 )
Other 60   32  
Net cash used in investing activities

(18,794

) (11,305 )
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Line-of-credit facilities (1,872 ) (972 )
Principal payments on long-term borrowings (833 ) (333 )
Tax benefits from exercise of employee stock options 4,773 1,565
Exercise of employee stock options 4,409   611  
Net cash provided by financing activities 6,477   871  
EFFECT OF CHANGES IN EXCHANGE RATES ON CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

(20,367

)

(1,124 )
NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 19,324 31,833
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS — Beginning of period 522,150   448,776  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS — End of period $ 541,474   $ 480,609  
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION:
Cash paid for interest $ 254   $ 102  
Cash paid for income taxes $ 11,819   $ 20,893  

Contacts

IPG Photonics Corporation
Tim Mammen, 508-373-1100
Chief Financial Officer
or
Sharon Merrill
David Calusdian, 617-542-5300
Executive Vice President

IPG Photonics Corporation