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IPG Photonics Delivers Record Revenue and Net Income in Second Quarter 2012

Revenue Increases 13% Year-Over-Year and Net Income Grows 23%

Demand for Fiber Lasers Continues to Grow

OXFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- IPG Photonics Corporation (NASDAQ: IPGP) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012.

  Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
June 30, June 30,
(In millions, except per share data)   2012       2011   % Change   2012       2011   % Change
Revenue $ 137.9 $ 121.9 13% $ 261.1 $ 221.9 18%
Gross margin 54.3 % 54.7 % 55.0 % 54.2 %
Operating income $ 56.4 $ 46.1 22% $ 101.6 $ 80.2 27%
Operating margin 40.9 % 37.8 % 38.9 % 36.2 %
Net income attributable to IPG Photonics Corporation $ 37.7 $ 30.7 23% $ 67.7 $ 53.8 26%
Earnings per diluted share $ 0.72 $ 0.63 14% $ 1.34 $ 1.11 21%

Management Comments

"IPG reported record top and bottom line results for the second quarter of 2012," said Dr. Valentin Gapontsev, IPG Photonics' Chief Executive Officer. "Revenues increased 13% and net income grew 23% over the prior year."

"Sales for materials processing applications grew 16%, driven by demand for high-power, medium-power and pulsed lasers with continued strength in cutting, welding and marking applications," said Dr. Gapontsev. "High-power laser sales increased 13%, primarily for the automotive manufacturing industry and cutting OEMs, while pulsed laser sales were up 10%, benefitting from increased demand in the consumer electronics industry."

"Sales grew quarter over quarter across most geographic regions," said Dr. Gapontsev. "Europe reported a solid quarter, with record sales in Russia, primarily from telecom and materials processing applications. China, Japan and Turkey were strong in the Asian region."

"Operating income included $3.4 million related to foreign exchange transaction gains," added Dr. Gapontsev. "This benefited earnings per diluted share, net of associated tax, by $0.04. In addition, net income attributable to IPG Photonics excludes net income attributable to the redeemable non-controlling interest of $2.1 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, in the second quarter. In future quarters, there will be no net income attributable to the non-controlling interest."

"During the second quarter, IPG generated $52 million in cash from operations which is another quarterly record. We ended the quarter with $345.6 million in cash and cash equivalents, even after the purchase of the outstanding minority interest of our Russian subsidiary, NTO IRE-Polus, for $55.4 million," said Dr. Gapontsev. "In the quarter, we invested $22 million in production expansion and modernization across multiple regions."

Business Outlook and Financial Guidance

"Our near-term outlook is strong," said Dr. Gapontsev. "Despite the macroeconomic environment in our various geographic markets, there are several factors counteracting these conditions to drive our growth, including the adoption of fiber lasers over other laser technologies, the use of lasers in an increasing number of applications, and strong demand trends in key industries, including automotive and consumer electronics."

IPG Photonics expects revenue in the range of $145 million to $155 million for the third quarter of 2012. The Company anticipates earnings per diluted share in the range of $0.74 to $0.84 based on 52,175,000 diluted common shares, which includes 51,066,000 basic common shares outstanding and 1,109,000 potentially dilutive options at June 30, 2012.

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, July 31, 2012 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. Interested parties that are unable to listen to the live call may access an archived version of the webcast, which 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, continued growth of demand for fiber lasers, near-term outlook, the adoption of fiber lasers over other laser technologies, the use of lasers in an increasing number of applications, strong demand trends in key industries, including automotive and consumer electronics, and revenue and earnings per share expectations for the third quarter of 2012. 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 economic downturns; reduction in customer capital expenditures; potential order cancellations and push-outs and financial and credit market issues; 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; effective management of growth; level of fixed costs from its vertical integration; intellectual property infringement claims and litigation; interruption in supply of key components, including from transportation disruptions from natural and man-made events; manufacturing risks; inventory write-downs; foreign currency fluctuations; competitive factors, including declining average selling prices; building and expanding field service and support operations; uncertainties pertaining to customer orders; demand for products and services; development of markets for the Company's products and services; 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 27, 2012) 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.

Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
2012 2011 2012 2011
(in thousands, except per share data)
NET SALES $ 137,927 $ 121,936 $ 261,119 $ 221,894
COST OF SALES   63,017     55,230     117,525     101,522  
GROSS PROFIT   74,910     66,706     143,594     120,372  
Sales and marketing 5,854 5,847 10,986 10,795
Research and development 7,229 6,610 14,369 12,341
General and administrative 8,736 8,333 18,685 16,502
(Gain) loss on foreign exchange   (3,354 )   (206 )   (2,068 )   514  
Total operating expenses   18,465     20,584     41,972     40,152  
OPERATING INCOME   56,445     46,122     101,622     80,220  
Interest income (expense), net 615 (170 ) 486 (376 )
Other expense, net   (92 )   (618 )   (1,186 )   (610 )
Total other income (expense)   523     (788 )   (700 )   (986 )
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES   (17,119 )   (13,827 )   (30,525 )   (24,349 )
NET INCOME 39,849 31,507 70,397 54,885
NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS   2,107     771     2,740     1,081  
CORPORATION $ 37,742   $ 30,736   $ 67,657  

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