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IPG Photonics Announces Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Record Annual Revenue

February 15, 2022

Strong Demand in Europe, North America and Japan Drives Sales

Increasing Contribution from Emerging Growth Products Further Diversifies Revenue

Authorization of New $200 Million Stock Buyback Program

OXFORD, Mass., Feb. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IPG Photonics Corporation (NASDAQ: IPGP) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2021.

    Three Months Ended December 31,       Twelve Months Ended December 31,    
(In millions, except per share data and percentages)     2021       2020     Change     2021       2020     Change
Revenue   $ 364.5     $ 336.6     8 %   $ 1,460.9     $ 1,200.7     22 %
Gross margin     45.5 %     43.6 %         47.7 %     44.9 %    
Operating income   $ 84.8     $ 65.2     30 %   $ 367.9     $ 198.7     85 %
Operating margin     23.3 %     19.4 %         25.2 %     16.5 %    
Net income attributable to IPG Photonics Corporation   $ 65.1     $ 49.3     32 %   $ 278.4     $ 159.6     74 %
Earnings per diluted share   $ 1.21     $ 0.92     32 %   $ 5.16     $ 2.97     74 %

Management Comments

"Growth in Europe, North America and Japan as well as higher sales in emerging growth products drove results in the fourth quarter allowing us to exceed our revenue guidance and grow year over year despite weakness in China," said Dr. Eugene Scherbakov, IPG Photonics' Chief Executive Officer. "Sales outside of China increased to 69% of our total revenue, a level we have not seen in many years, showing our progress in achieving a better balance in our business. We continue to focus on new products and opportunities that diversify our revenue and position us to benefit from major macro trends such as automation, miniaturization, sustainability and energy efficiency."

Financial Highlights

Fourth quarter revenue of $364 million increased 8% year over year. Materials processing sales accounted for 87% of total revenue and increased 5% year over year with higher sales in welding, marking, 3D printing, and cleaning applications. Sales into Other applications increased 41% year over year, driven by the strength in medical, advanced applications and telecom. Emerging growth products sales were 38% of total revenue and increased 57% year over year in the fourth quarter.

Strong revenue growth in welding globally and higher sales in cutting in North America and Europe were offset by softer demand in cutting applications in China resulting in a 19% year-over-year revenue decline in high power continuous wave (CW) lasers. Sales of medium power, pulsed and QCW lasers all improved significantly compared with the prior year. By region, sales increased 37% in Europe, 30% in North America, and 56% in Japan, but decreased 20% in China on a year-over-year basis.

Earnings per diluted share (EPS) of $1.21 increased by 32% year over year. The effective tax rate in the quarter was 23%. During the fourth quarter, IPG generated $85 million in cash from operations. Capital expenditures were $29 million and stock repurchases were $57 million in the quarter.

Authorization of New Stock Buyback Program

The Board of Directors has authorized the purchase of up to $200 million of IPG common stock. This new authorization is in addition to the Company's existing stock repurchase program authorized in May 2020, which has approximately $80 million left available for repurchase. Share repurchases may be made periodically in open-market transactions, and are subject to market conditions, legal requirements and other factors. The share repurchase program authorization does not obligate the Company to repurchase any dollar amount or number of its shares, and repurchases may be commenced or suspended from time to time without prior notice.

Business Outlook and Financial Guidance

“We are pursuing profitable growth opportunities for IPG products in electric vehicle applications, renewable energy, handheld welding, medical markets and ultrafast lasers, diversifying away from the highly competitive high power cutting market in China. We will emphasize markets that value our commitment to quality, innovative technology, reliability and global customer support. As a result, this will be a transition year for IPG with expected strength in emerging growth products, welding and cutting in Europe, North America and Japan, offset by lower sales in high power cutting in China. Demand in the high power cutting market in China is expected to stabilize at a lower level, making difficult year-over-year comparisons with strong growth in cutting in the first half of 2021. This leads to our expectations for a more moderate total revenue growth rate of 3% to 6% in 2022 with non-cutting applications expected to show robust growth. We continue to expect double-digit total revenue growth in the mid to long term," concluded Dr. Scherbakov.

In total, fourth quarter book-to-bill was close to 1. Total backlog was $729 million, which comprised of $487 million of orders with firm shipment dates, and $242 million of frame agreements. Total backlog increased by 8%, driven by a 30% increase in orders with firm shipment dates, partially offset by a 19% decrease in frame agreements.

For the first quarter of 2022, IPG expects revenue of $320 to $350 million. The Company expects the first quarter tax rate to be approximately 26%. IPG anticipates delivering earnings per diluted share in the range of $0.85 to $1.15.

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, government and Company measures implemented to address the COVID-19 pandemic, product demand, order cancellations and delays, competition, tariffs, trade policy changes 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 0.88, Russian Ruble 74, Japanese Yen 115 and Chinese Yuan 6.38, respectively.

Supplemental Financial Information

Additional supplemental financial information is provided in the unaudited Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Data Workbook and Earnings Call Presentation available on the investor relations section of the Company's website at investor.ipgphotonics.com.

Conference Call Reminder

The Company will hold a conference call today, February 15, 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 investor.ipgphotonics.com.

Contact

Eugene Fedotoff
Director of Investor Relations
IPG Photonics Corporation
508-597-4713
efedotoff@ipgphotonics.com 

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 www.ipgphotonics.com.

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 growth opportunities for IPG products in electric vehicle batteries, renewable energy, handheld welding, medical markets and ultrafast lasers, diversifying away from highly competitive high power cutting market in China, expected strength in emerging growth products, welding and cutting in Europe, North America and Japan, offset by lower sales in high power cutting in China, revenue growth rate of 3% to 6% in 2022, non-cutting applications expected to show robust growth, expectations of double-digit total revenue growth in the mid to long term, as well as revenue, tax rate and earnings guidance for first 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; IPG'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; changes in trade controls and trade policies; 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, 2021), Current Report on Form 8-K (filed with the SEC on November 3, 2021) 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.

 

IPG PHOTONICS CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (UNAUDITED)

    Three Months Ended December 31,   Twelve Months Ended December 31,
      2021       2020     2021       2020  
    (In thousands, except per share data)
Net sales   $ 364,467     $ 336,630   $ 1,460,860     $ 1,200,724  
Cost of sales     198,462       189,751     764,462       661,728  
Gross profit     166,005       146,879     696,398       538,996  
Operating expenses:                
Sales and marketing     19,416       17,242     78,180       70,583  
Research and development     36,766       31,766     139,573       126,898  
General and administrative     32,167       27,444     125,882       110,005  
Goodwill impairment                     44,589  
Impairment of long-lived assets and other restructuring charges                     1,177  
(Gain) loss on foreign exchange     (7,147 )     5,186     (15,120 )     (12,915 )
     Total operating expenses     81,202       81,638     328,515       340,337  
Operating income     84,803       65,241     367,883       198,659  
Other (expense) income, net:                
Interest (expense) income, net     (649 )     173     (1,839 )     6,270  
Other income, net     367       182     437       763  
     Total other (expense) income     (282 )     355     (1,402 )     7,033  
Income before provision of income taxes     84,521       65,596     366,481       205,692  
Provision for income taxes     19,253       15,920     88,615       45,354  
Net income     65,268       49,676     277,866       160,338  
Less: net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests     181       337     (550 )     766  
Net income attributable to IPG Photonics Corporation   $ 65,087     $ 49,339   $ 278,416     $ 159,572  
Net income attributable to IPG Photonics Corporation per share:                
Basic   $ 1.22     $ 0.92   $ 5.21     $ 3.00  
Diluted   $ 1.21     $ 0.92   $ 5.16     $ 2.97  
Weighted average shares outstanding:                
Basic     53,222       53,187     53,410       53,186  
Diluted     53,626       53,865     53,930       53,785  


IPG PHOTONICS CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)

    December 31,   December 31,
      2021       2020  
    (In thousands, except share and 
per share data)
ASSETS
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 709,105     $ 876,231  
Short-term investments     805,400       514,835  
Accounts receivable, net     262,121       264,321  
Inventories     460,747       364,993  
Prepaid income taxes     36,990       69,893  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     73,320       57,804  
     Total current assets     2,347,683       2,148,077  
Deferred income taxes, net     47,761       43,197  
Goodwill     38,609       41,366  
Intangible assets, net     52,678       62,114  
Property, plant and equipment, net     635,302       597,527  
Other assets     48,507       43,419  
Total assets   $ 3,170,540     $ 2,935,700  
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities:        
Current portion of long-term debt   $ 18,126     $ 3,810  
Accounts payable     55,839       25,748  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     230,826       176,740  
Income taxes payable     8,642       8,280  
     Total current liabilities     313,433       214,578  
Deferred income taxes and other long-term liabilities     93,855       92,854  
Long-term debt, net of current portion     16,031       34,157  
Total liabilities     423,319       341,589  
Commitments and contingencies        
IPG Photonics Corporation equity:        
Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 175,000,000 shares authorized; 55,788,246 and 53,010,265 shares issued and outstanding, respectively, at December 31, 2021; 55,461,246 and 53,427,234 shares issued and outstanding, respectively, at December 31, 2020.     6       6  
Treasury stock, at cost, 2,777,981 and 2,034,012 shares held at December 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively.     (438,503 )     (303,614 )
Additional paid-in capital     908,423       854,301  
Retained earnings     2,466,607       2,188,191  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (189,951 )     (146,065 )
     Total IPG Photonics Corporation equity     2,746,582       2,592,819  
Non-controlling interests     639       1,292  
Total equity     2,747,221       2,594,111  
Total liabilities and equity   $ 3,170,540     $ 2,935,700  


IPG PHOTONICS CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)

    Twelve Months Ended December 31,
      2021       2020  
    (In thousands)
Cash flows from operating activities:        
Net income   $ 277,866     $ 160,338  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:        
Depreciation and amortization     96,330       94,554  
Goodwill impairment           44,589  
Impairment of long-lived assets           671  
Provisions for inventory, warranty & bad debt     68,441       70,572  
Other     31,037       11,366  
Changes in assets and liabilities that used cash, net of acquisitions:        
Accounts receivable and accounts payable     28,906       (14,964 )
Inventories     (149,754 )     (39,900 )
Other     36,874       (41,891 )
     Net cash provided by operating activities     389,700       285,335  
Cash flows from investing activities:        
Purchases of property, plant and equipment     (123,108 )     (87,696 )
Proceeds from sales of property, plant and equipment     1,409       889  
Purchases of short-term investments     (1,940,605 )     (1,111,555 )
Proceeds from short-term investments     1,647,537       1,099,224  
Acquisitions of businesses, net of cash acquired           (429 )
Other     (1,515 )     (7 )
     Net cash used in investing activities     (416,282 )     (99,574 )
Cash flows from financing activities:        
Principal payments on long-term borrowings     (3,810 )     (3,740 )
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     16,258       33,194  
Purchase of treasury stock, at cost     (134,889 )     (37,884 )
Payment of purchase price holdback from business combination     (2,625 )     (1,650 )
     Net cash used in financing activities     (125,066 )     (10,080 )
Effect of changes in exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash     (17,800 )     19,888  
Net (decrease) increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash     (169,448 )     195,569  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash — Beginning of period     878,553       682,984  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash — End of period     709,105       878,553  
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:        
Cash paid for interest   $ 2,714     $ 2,234  
Cash paid for income taxes   $ 62,998     $ 85,861  


IPG PHOTONICS CORPORATION
SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULE OF AMORTIZATION OF INTANGIBLE ASSETS (UNAUDITED)

    Three Months Ended December 31,   Twelve Months Ended December 31,
      2021     2020     2021     2020
    (In thousands)
Amortization of intangible assets:                
Cost of sales   $ 1,200   $ 1,166   $ 4,843   $ 4,728
Sales and marketing     1,840     1,779     7,584     7,113
Research and development                 133
Total amortization of intangible assets   $ 3,040   $ 2,945   $ 12,427   $ 11,974


IPG PHOTONICS CORPORATION
SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULE OF STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION (UNAUDITED)

    Three Months Ended December 31,   Twelve Months Ended December 31,
      2021       2020       2021       2020  
    (In thousands)
Cost of sales   $ 2,910     $ 2,690     $ 11,245     $ 10,392  
Sales and marketing     669       1,120       4,320       4,395  
Research and development     2,478       2,317       9,533       9,122  
General and administrative     3,329       3,051       12,883       11,749  
Total stock-based compensation     9,386       9,178       37,981       35,658  
Tax effect of stock-based compensation     (1,969 )     (1,912 )     (8,071 )     (7,498 )
Net stock-based compensation   $ 7,417     $ 7,266     $ 29,910     $ 28,160  

 

    Three Months Ended December 31,   Twelve Months Ended December 31,
      2021     2020     2021     2020
    (In thousands)
Excess tax benefit on exercise of stock options included in net income   $ 441   $ 3,074   $ 6,641   $ 9,664


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