nLIGHT, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2022 Results
nLIGHT, Inc. (Nasdaq: LASR), a leading provider of high-power semiconductor and fiber lasers used in the industrial, microfabrication, and aerospace and defense markets, today reported financial results for the second quarter of 2022.
"We delivered a solid quarter despite the significant operational challenges caused by a prolonged COVID-related lockdown in Shanghai," commented Scott Keeney, nLIGHT's President and Chief Executive Officer. "43% year-over-year growth in sales to Industrial customers outside of China and continued strong demand in Microfabrication enabled us to generate product revenue at the midpoint of our guidance range. In Directed Energy, we delivered new products to multiple customers and continued to make good progress in our core development programs."
Mr. Keeney continued, "Favorable product mix and solid execution towards our strategic revenue growth objectives helped drive gross margins above the high end of guidance and, as a result, we are pleased to report positive Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter. Our strong balance sheet and focus on core strategic markets gives us confidence in achieving our long-term growth objectives."
"I am also pleased to announce that Chris Schechter has joined our team as Chief Operating Officer. Chris most recently served as VP Operations, Aerospace and Defense at Celestica and brings a strong manufacturing background to support our continued growth."
Second Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights
Revenues of $60.8 million for the second quarter of 2022 were down 12.0% compared to $69.1 million for the second quarter of 2021. Gross margin was 25.3% for the second quarter of 2022 compared to 29.4% for the second quarter of 2021. GAAP net loss for the second quarter of 2022 was $(10.3) million, or net loss of $(0.23) per diluted share, compared to net loss of $(7.9) million, or net loss of $(0.19) per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2021. Non-GAAP net loss for the second quarter of 2022 was $(3.3) million, or non-GAAP net loss of $(0.07) per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $4.4 million, or non-GAAP net income of $0.09 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2021. Reconciliations of the non-GAAP metrics presented here to the most directly comparable GAAP metric have been provided in the tables included at the end of this release.
For the third quarter of 2022, nLIGHT expects revenues to be in the range of $60 million to $66 million, gross margin to be in the range of 21% to 25%, and Adjusted EBITDA to be in the range of $(1) million to $2 million.
We have not reconciled our outlook for Adjusted EBITDA because unrealized and realized foreign exchange gains and losses cannot be reasonably calculated or predicted nor can the probable significance be determined at this time. Accordingly, a reconciliation is not available without unreasonable effort.
Investor Conference Call at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Thursday, August 4, 2022
Parties interested in listening to nLIGHT's quarterly conference call may do so by dialing 1-833-535-2198 (U.S., toll-free) or +1-412-902-6775 (international and toll), with the conference title: nLIGHT Second Quarter 2022 Earnings. The call can also be accessed via the web by going to nLIGHT's Investor Relations page at http://investors.nlight.net.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Results
In addition to U.S. GAAP results, this press release contains non-GAAP financial results, including Adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP net income (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) per share, basic and diluted. We use Adjusted EBITDA to help us evaluate our business, measure our performance, identify trends affecting our business, formulate business plans and make strategic decisions. In addition to our results determined in accordance with GAAP, we believe Adjusted EBITDA is a meaningful measure of performance as it is commonly utilized by us and the investment community to analyze operating performance in our industry. Similarly, we believe that providing non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per share, basic and diluted, is useful to our investors as they present an informative supplemental view of our results from period to period by removing the effect of stock-based compensation expense and other non-recurring items. However, the non-GAAP financial metrics presented herein are specific to us and may not be comparable to similar metrics disclosed by other companies because of differing methods used by other companies in calculating them.
We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) adjusted for income tax expense (benefit), other non-operating income or expense, interest income or expense, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, acquisition and integration-related costs, and other non-recurring items as determined by management, as applicable. We define non-GAAP net income (loss) as GAAP net income (loss) adjusted for stock-based compensation, amortization of purchased intangibles, acquisition and integration-related costs, and other non-recurring items as determined by management, as applicable. We define non-GAAP net income (loss) per share, basic and diluted, as non-GAAP net income (loss) divided by the weighted average number of shares outstanding during the respective period plus the dilutive effect of any common stock equivalents during the period in the case of non-GAAP net income (loss) per share, diluted.
Tables presenting the reconciliation of net loss to Adjusted EBITDA, as well as the reconciliation of GAAP loss to non-GAAP net income (loss) and GAAP to non-GAAP net income (loss) per share, basic and diluted, are included at the end of this press release.
Safe Harbor Statement
Certain statements in this release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as "outlook," "guidance," "expects," "intends," "projects," "plans," "believes," "estimates," "targets," "anticipates," and similar expressions may identify these forward-looking statements. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding expected revenues, gross margin, and Adjusted EBITDA, as well as any other statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. Forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and assumptions, which may not prove to be accurate. These statements are not guarantees and are subject to risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements, including but not limited to our ability to compete successfully in the markets for our products; changes in the markets we serve or in the global economy; our ability to increase our volumes and decrease our costs to offset potential declines in the average selling prices of our products; rapid technological changes in the markets that we participate in; our ability to develop and maintain products that can achieve market acceptance; our ability to generate sufficient revenues to achieve or maintain profitability in the future; our high levels of fixed costs and inventory and their effect on our gross profits and results of operations if demand for our products declines or we maintain excess inventory levels; disruptions, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and their effect on our business, financial condition, or results of operations; our manufacturing capacity and operations and their suitability for future levels of demand; our reliance on a small number of customers for a significant portion of our revenues; our ability to manage risks associated with international customers and operations; the effect of government export and import controls on our ability to compete in international markets; our ability to protect our proprietary technology and intellectual property rights; fluctuations in our quarterly results of operations and other operating measures; and the effect on our business of claims, lawsuits, government investigations, other legal or regulatory proceedings, or commercial or contractual disputes that we may become involved in. Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in nLIGHT's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including other risks, relevant factors and uncertainties identified in the "Risk Factors" section of nLIGHT's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K or subsequent filings with the SEC. nLIGHT undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect future events or developments, except as required by law.
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nLIGHT, Inc. is a leading provider of high-power semiconductor and fiber lasers for industrial, microfabrication, aerospace and defense applications. Our lasers are changing not only the way things are made but also the things that can be made. Headquartered in Camas, Washington, nLIGHT employs over 1,200 people with operations in the U.S., China, Finland, Korea and Italy. For more information, please visit www.nlight.net.
(1) There is no income tax effect related to the stock-based compensation and amortization of purchased intangibles adjustments due to the full valuation allowance in the United States.