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IPG Photonics Announces First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

May 03, 2022

Successful Diversification Across Geographies and Applications Drives Strong Demand, Enhanced by Solid Performance in Electric Vehicle Applications and Emerging Growth Products

OXFORD, Mass., May 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IPG Photonics Corporation (NASDAQ: IPGP) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

    Three Months Ended March 31,    
(In millions, except per share data and percentages)   2022   2021   Change
Revenue   $ 370.0     $ 345.6     7 %
Gross margin     46.4 %     47.5 %    
Operating income   $ 93.1     $ 88.8     5 %
Operating margin     25.2 %     25.7 %    
Net income attributable to IPG Photonics Corporation   $ 69.6     $ 68.1     2 %
Earnings per diluted share   $ 1.31     $ 1.26     4 %

Management Comments

"We are pleased to report another solid quarter with growth driven by higher demand across many diverse applications in Europe, North America and Japan. Increased laser welding adoption, primarily in electric vehicle manufacturing, drove record welding revenue for IPG this quarter," said Dr. Eugene Scherbakov, IPG Photonics' Chief Executive Officer. "As we execute on growth opportunities that diversify our revenue across geographies and applications, such as electric vehicle production, handheld welding and medical products, China's share of revenue decreased to 35% this quarter. Given increased geopolitical risks, we are reducing our reliance on manufacturing in Russia and have stopped new investments in the region while increasing manufacturing capacity in North America and Western Europe."

Financial Highlights

First quarter revenue of $370 million increased 7% year over year. Materials processing sales accounted for 92% of total revenue and increased 7% year over year with higher sales in welding, marking, systems, cleaning and 3D printing, partially offset by lower revenue in cutting and solar cell manufacturing applications. Sales into Other applications increased 9% year over year, driven by the strength in medical, partially offset by lower sales in advanced applications and telecom. Emerging growth products sales accounted for 36% of total revenue.

Revenue in high power continuous wave (CW) lasers declined 2% year over year due to softer demand in high power cutting applications in China that was partially offset by strong growth in welding in the region as well as growth in welding and cutting across most other major regions. Sales of medium power and pulsed lasers improved significantly compared with the prior year, primarily driven by emerging growth products. By region, sales increased 27% in Europe, 5% in North America, and 18% in Japan, and decreased 7% in China on a year-over-year basis.

Earnings per diluted share (EPS) of $1.31 increased by 4% year over year. The effective tax rate in the quarter was 25%. During the first quarter, IPG generated $16 million in cash from operations. Capital expenditures were $25 million and stock repurchases were $79 million in the quarter.

Business Outlook and Financial Guidance

“First quarter book-to-bill was greater than one and while bookings were at a record level driven by strong demand for electric vehicle battery manufacturing, handheld welding and medical applications, we received several orders that we expect to ship after the second quarter. Our strategy of diversifying revenue sources and geographical exposure is providing us with confidence in the long-term growth strategy for the Company, despite a challenging operating environment. We believe that fiber laser adoption continues across many applications and geographies. To support quicker adoption of our lasers, we are focusing on meeting customers' demands and working on providing solutions with our commitment to quality, innovative technology, reliability and global customer support," concluded Dr. Scherbakov.

For the second quarter of 2022, IPG expects revenue of $355 to $385 million. The Company expects the second quarter tax rate to be approximately 26%. IPG anticipates delivering earnings per diluted share in the range of $0.95 to $1.25.

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, trade policy changes and trade restrictions with Russia, the COVID-19 pandemic, product demand, order cancellations and delays, competition, tariffs, 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 filed with the SEC, and assumes exchange rates relative to the U.S. Dollar of Euro 0.90, Russian Ruble 84, Japanese Yen 122 and Chinese Yuan 6.35, respectively.

Supplemental Financial Information

Additional supplemental financial information is provided in the unaudited First Quarter 2022 Financial Data Workbook and Earnings Call Presentation available on the investor relations section of the Company's website at

Conference Call Reminder

The Company will hold a conference call today, May 3, 2022 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


Eugene Fedotoff
Director of Investor Relations
IPG Photonics Corporation

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 30 facilities worldwide. For more information, visit

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 our strategy of diversifying revenue sources and geographical exposure that is providing us with confidence in the long-term growth for the Company, fiber laser adoption across many applications and geographies, meeting customers' demands and working on providing solutions with our commitments to quality, innovative technology, reliability and global customer support, as well as revenue, tax rate and earnings guidance for second quarter of 2022. 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; inability to manage risks associated with international customers and operations; changes in trade controls and trade policies; IPG's ability to penetrate new applications for fiber lasers and increase market share; the rate of acceptance and penetration of IPG's products; 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 22, 2022) and IPG's 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.


    Three Months Ended March 31,
    2022   2021
    (In thousands, except per share data)
Net sales   $ 369,979     $ 345,585  
Cost of sales     198,158       181,594  
Gross profit     171,821       163,991  
Operating expenses:        
Sales and marketing     20,374       18,883  
Research and development     33,450       33,339  
General and administrative     30,664       30,092  
Gain on foreign exchange     (5,810 )     (7,165 )
Total operating expenses     78,678       75,149  
Operating income     93,143       88,842  
Other (expense) income, net:        
Interest expense, net     (70 )     (495 )
Other (expense) income, net     (236 )     253  
Total other expense     (306 )     (242 )
Income before provision of income taxes     92,837       88,600  
Provision for income taxes     23,209       20,378  
Net income     69,628       68,222  
Less: net income attributable to non-controlling interests     56       95  
Net income attributable to IPG Photonics Corporation   $ 69,572     $ 68,127  
Net income attributable to IPG Photonics Corporation per share:        
Basic   $ 1.32     $ 1.27  
Diluted   $ 1.31     $ 1.26  
Weighted average shares outstanding:        
Basic     52,810       53,541  
Diluted     53,100       54,201  


    March 31,   December 31,
    2022   2021
    (In thousands, except share and
per share data)
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 642,517     $ 709,105  
Short-term investments     774,161       805,400  
Accounts receivable, net     257,464       262,121  
Inventories     484,971       460,747  
Prepaid income taxes     40,888       36,990  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     82,833       73,320  
Total current assets     2,282,834       2,347,683  
Deferred income taxes, net     49,942       47,761  
Goodwill     39,741       38,609  
Intangible assets, net     50,017       52,678  
Property, plant and equipment, net     625,366       635,302  
Other assets     50,569       48,507  
Total assets   $ 3,098,469     $ 3,170,540  
Current liabilities:        
Current portion of long-term debt   $ 17,459     $ 18,126  
Accounts payable     46,481       55,839  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     203,579       230,826  
Income taxes payable     12,317       8,642  
Total current liabilities     279,836       313,433  
Other long-term liabilities and deferred income taxes     94,650       93,855  
Long-term debt, net of current portion     15,734       16,031  
Total liabilities     390,220       423,319  
Commitments and contingencies        
IPG Photonics Corporation equity:        
Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 175,000,000 shares authorized; 55,921,562 and 52,542,466 shares issued and outstanding, respectively, at March 31, 2022; 55,788,246 and 53,010,265 shares issued and outstanding, respectively, at December 31, 2021.     6       6  
Treasury stock, at cost, 3,379,096 and 2,777,981 shares held at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively.     (517,260 )     (438,503 )
Additional paid-in capital     917,693       908,423  
Retained earnings     2,536,179       2,466,607  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (229,369 )     (189,951 )
Total IPG Photonics Corporation equity     2,707,249       2,746,582  
Non-controlling interests     1,000       639  
Total equity     2,708,249       2,747,221  
Total liabilities and equity   $ 3,098,469     $ 3,170,540  


    Three Months Ended March 31,
    2022   2021
    (In thousands)
Cash flows from operating activities:        
Net income   $ 69,628     $ 68,222  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:        
Depreciation and amortization     23,435       23,819  
Provisions for inventory, warranty & bad debt     16,142       16,685  
Other     6,572       6,421  
Changes in assets and liabilities that used cash, net of acquisitions:        
Accounts receivable and accounts payable     (5,827 )     26,340  
Inventories     (50,951 )     (20,084 )
Other     (42,576 )     (33,860 )
Net cash provided by operating activities     16,423       87,543  
Cash flows from investing activities:        
Purchases of property, plant and equipment     (25,177 )     (27,421 )
Proceeds from sales of property, plant and equipment     428       130  
Purchases of short-term investments     (475,435 )     (513,564 )
Proceeds from short-term investments     505,818       480,163  
Acquisitions of businesses, net of cash acquired     (2,000 )      
Other     (1,164 )     (2 )
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities     2,470       (60,694 )
Cash flows from financing activities:        
Principal payments on long-term borrowings     (964 )     (946 )
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     (724 )     4,981  
Purchase of treasury stock, at cost     (78,757 )     (3,048 )
Payment of purchase price holdback from business combination           (2,624 )
Net cash used in financing activities     (80,445 )     (1,637 )
Effect of changes in exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash     (5,036 )     (7,024 )
Net (decrease) increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash     (66,588 )     18,188  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash — Beginning of period     709,105       878,553  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash — End of period     642,517       896,741  
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:        
Cash paid for interest   $ 857     $ 703  
Cash paid for income taxes   $ 25,423     $ 21,340  


    Three Months Ended March 31,
    2022   2021
    (In thousands)
Amortization of intangible assets:        
Cost of sales   $ 1,173   $ 1,241
Sales and marketing     1,848     2,016
Total amortization of intangible assets   $ 3,021   $ 3,257


    Three Months Ended March 31,
    (In thousands)
Cost of sales   $ 3,058     $ 2,626  
Sales and marketing     1,209       1,160  
Research and development     2,529       2,118  
General and administrative     3,162       2,949  
Total stock-based compensation     9,958       8,853  
Tax effect of stock-based compensation     (2,134 )     (1,878 )
Net stock-based compensation   $ 7,824     $ 6,975  


    Three Months Ended March 31,
    (In thousands)
Tax (detriment) benefit on stock-based compensation   $ (1,713 )   $ 5,596


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