Protolabs Reports Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018

Q4 2018 Revenue of $112.8 million, an increase of 20% over Q4 2017
Full
Year 2018 Revenue of $445.6 million, an increase of 29% over 2017

Q4
2018 Net Income of $19.3 million, an increase of 35% over Q4 2017

Full
Year 2018 Net Income of $76.6 million, an increase of 48% over 2017

MAPLE PLAIN, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Proto Labs, Inc. (NYSE: PRLB), a leading online and technology-enabled,
quick-turn, on-demand manufacturer, today announced financial results
for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018.

Fourth Quarter 2018 Highlights include:

  • Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $112.8 million,
    representing a 19.7 percent increase over revenue of $94.2 million in
    the fourth quarter of 2017.
  • The number of unique product developers and engineers served totaled
    20,403 in the fourth quarter of 2018, an increase of 18.2 percent over
    the fourth quarter of 2017.
  • Net income for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $19.3 million, or $0.71
    per diluted share.
  • Non-GAAP net income was $20.3 million, or $0.74 per diluted share. See
    “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.

“Protolabs had another quarter of strong revenue growth, however, fourth
quarter financial results were below our expectations,” said Vicki Holt,
President and Chief Executive Officer. “We experienced a strong start to
the quarter in terms of revenue, followed by a weak December. In
addition, our recent acquisition of Rapid Manufacturing is performing
below our expectations. These factors, combined with the relocation of
our CNC facility in the United States impacted our productivity during
the quarter, negatively affecting our operating earnings.”

Additional Fourth Quarter 2018 Highlights include:

  • Gross margin was 52.5 percent of revenue for the fourth quarter of
    2018, compared to 56.2 percent for the fourth quarter of 2017.
  • Operating expenses were 34.6 percent of revenue for the fourth quarter
    of 2018, compared to 36.2 percent for the fourth quarter of 2017.
  • GAAP operating margin was 17.9 percent of revenue during the fourth
    quarter of 2018, compared to 19.9 percent for the fourth quarter of
    2017.
  • Non-GAAP operating margin was 21.2 percent of revenue during the
    fourth quarter of 2018, compared to 25.1 percent for the fourth
    quarter of 2017. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.
  • The company generated $38.0 million in cash from operations during the
    fourth quarter of 2018.
  • Cash and investments balance was $155.4 million at December 31, 2018.
  • The company repurchased $12.2 million or 104,600 shares of common
    stock.

“As a company, we are focused on serving our customers and driving
growth and profitability over the long term,” said Holt. “Protolabs
achieved several major milestones during the fourth quarter that will
facilitate future growth. We successfully completed the relocation of
our CNC operations in Minnesota while fulfilling commitments to
customers, increased the number of product developers served in 2018 to
nearly 46,000, and became a founding member of MIT’s ADAPT consortium.”

Full Year 2018 Financial Highlights include:

  • Revenue increased 29.3 percent to $445.6 million compared to $344.5
    million in 2017. This growth includes the acquisition of Rapid
    Manufacturing in December 2017.
  • Net income for 2018 increased 47.9 percent to $76.6 million, or $2.81
    per diluted share compared to $51.8 million, or $1.93 per diluted
    share in 2017.
  • Non-GAAP net income was $82.8 million, or $3.04 per diluted share. See
    “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.
  • Cash generated from operations during the year totaled $122.9 million.

Additional 2018 Highlights include:

  • Served nearly 46,000 product developers during the year, an increase
    of 22.5 percent over 2017.
  • Formed a partnership with Misumi, a Japanese parts distributer, to
    increase our brand recognition and demand in Japan.
  • Moved the company’s CNC operations, including nearly 300 machines over
    a six-week period, to a new 215,000 square foot state-of-the-art CNC
    machining digital manufacturing facility in Minnesota.
  • New Hampshire operations received national recognition, winning The
    FABRICATOR’s 2019 Industry Award, an award that recognizes Protolabs’
    quick-turn production capabilities, lean manufacturing efforts, and
    overall evolution over the past year.
  • Became a founding member of MIT’s ADAPT (Additive and Digital Advanced
    Production Technologies) consortium along with other leading
    organizations in industry and academia.

“2018 was a strong year overall for our company. As we enter into our 20th
year of operations, it is rewarding to look back at all we have
accomplished since our inception. It is also very exciting to look ahead
and see the numerous opportunities we have to help our customers win in
their markets as they capitalize on underlying market trends. Our 2019
priorities are aligned to serving our customers through enhanced
relationships, continuously improving the customer experience and
increased efficiency in operations. After a strong 2018, these
priorities continue our focus on our customers, enabling us to drive
growth and deliver long term shareholder returns,” concluded Holt.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The company has included non-GAAP net income, adjusted for stock-based
compensation expense, amortization expense, impairment on assets,
acquisition costs, unrealized foreign currency activity, disposal of
businesses, legal settlement, provisional charges related to the tax
effect of deemed repatriation of foreign earnings, and revaluation of
net deferred tax assets and liabilities (collectively, “non-GAAP net
income”), in this press release to provide investors with additional
information regarding the company’s financial results.

The company has included non-GAAP operating margin, adjusted for
stock-based compensation expense, amortization expense, acquisition
costs, and impairment on assets (collectively, “non-GAAP operating
margin”), in this press release to provide investors with additional
information regarding the company’s financial results.

The company has included non-GAAP revenue growth that excludes the
impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates. Management
believes these metrics are useful in evaluating the underlying business
trends and ongoing operating performance of the company.

The company has provided reconciliations of GAAP to non-GAAP net income,
operating margin and revenues, the most directly comparable measures
calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP
measures are used by the company’s management and board of directors to
understand and evaluate operating performance and trends and provide
useful measures for period-to-period comparisons of the company’s
business. Accordingly, the company believes that these non-GAAP measures
provide useful information to investors and others in understanding and
evaluating operating results in the same manner as our management and
board of directors.

Conference Call

The company has scheduled a conference call to discuss its fourth
quarter and full year 2018 financial results today, February 7, 2019 at
8:30 a.m. ET. To access the call in the U.S. please dial 877-709-8150 or
outside the U.S. dial 201-689-8354 at least five minutes prior to the
8:30 a.m. start time. No participant code is required. A simultaneous
webcast of the call will be available via the investor relations section
of the Protolabs website and the following link: https://edge.media-server.com/m6/p/xhkhdnme.
A replay will be available for 14 days following the call on the
investor relations section of the Protolabs website.

About Protolabs

Protolabs is the world’s fastest digital manufacturing source for rapid
prototyping and on-demand production. The technology-enabled company
produces custom parts and assemblies in as fast as one day with
automated 3D printing, CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, and
injection molding processes. Its digital approach to manufacturing
enables accelerated time to market, reduces development and production
costs, and minimizes risk throughout the product life cycle. Visit protolabs.com
for more information.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are
not historical or current facts are “forward-looking statements” within
the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and
other factors which may cause the results of Protolabs to be materially
different than those expressed or implied in such statements. Certain of
these risk factors and others are described in the “Risk Factors”
section within reports filed with the SEC. Other unknown or
unpredictable factors also could have material adverse effects on
Protolabs’ future results. The forward-looking statements included in
this press release are made only as of the date hereof. Protolabs cannot
guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or
achievements. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on these
forward-looking statements. Finally, Protolabs expressly disclaims any
intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect
subsequent events or circumstances.

 
Proto Labs, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
 
   
December 31, December 31,
2018 2017
(Unaudited)
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 85,046 $ 36,707
Short-term marketable securities 46,750 57,424
Accounts receivable, net 59,155 51,503
Inventory 10,087 11,271
Income taxes receivable 5,757 1,832
Other current assets   8,567   6,267
Total current assets 215,362 165,004
 
Property and equipment, net 228,001 166,440
Long-term marketable securities 23,579 37,034
Goodwill 128,752 128,504
Other intangible assets, net 19,850 19,084
Other long-term assets   3,441   2,672
Total assets $ 618,985 $ 518,738
 
Liabilities and shareholders’ equity
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $ 17,411 $ 15,876
Accrued compensation 18,130 12,100
Accrued liabilities and other 16,702 8,408
Short-term debt obligations 5,000
Income taxes payable   491   2,371
Total current liabilities 52,734 43,755
 
Long-term income taxes payable 2,181
Long-term deferred tax liabilities 20,162 6,966
Other long-term liabilities 4,592 4,621
 
Shareholders’ equity   541,497   461,215
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 618,985 $ 518,738
         
 
Proto Labs, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
         
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
Revenue
Injection Molding $ 53,913 $ 50,245 $ 210,523 $ 194,432
CNC Machining 38,157 30,421 153,521 103,739
3D Printing 13,924 11,268 53,342 43,329
Sheet Metal 5,996 1,767 24,998 1,767
Other   779   477   3,212   1,223
Total revenue 112,769 94,178 445,596 344,490
 
Cost of revenue   53,614   41,290   206,917   150,648
Gross profit 59,155 52,888 238,679 193,842
 
Operating expenses
Marketing and sales 17,586 15,393 68,533 56,856
Research and development 7,580 5,776 28,735 23,560
General and administrative   13,834   12,944   52,513   41,200
Total operating expenses   39,000   34,113   149,781   121,616
Income from operations 20,155 18,775 88,898 72,226
Other income, net   1,381   430   2,757   2,209
Income before income taxes 21,536 19,205 91,655 74,435
Provision for income taxes   2,250   4,933   15,067   22,657
Net income $ 19,286 $ 14,272 $ 76,588 $ 51,778
 
Net income per share:
Basic $ 0.71 $ 0.53 $ 2.84 $ 1.94
Diluted $ 0.71 $ 0.53 $ 2.81 $ 1.93
 
Shares used to compute net income per share:
Basic 27,040,207 26,705,909 26,982,614 26,647,610
Diluted 27,311,988 27,009,017 27,278,816 26,845,071
                   
 
Proto Labs, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
     
Year Ended
December 31,
2018 2017
Operating activities
Net income $ 76,588 $ 51,778
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by
operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 26,754 18,474
Stock-based compensation expense 10,928 8,558
Deferred taxes 11,936 1,174
Gain on sale of businesses (671 )
Amortization of held-to-maturity securities 374 1,063
Loss on impairment of assets 513
Other (619 ) (153 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities   (2,361 )   341  
Net cash provided by operating activities   122,929     81,748  
 
Investing activities
Purchases of property, equipment and other capital assets (87,104 ) (32,635 )
Cash used for acquisitions, net of cash acquired (90 ) (110,533 )
Proceeds from sale of businesses 284
Purchases of other assets and investments (126 ) (8,742 )
Purchases of marketable securities (41,384 ) (20,037 )
Proceeds from maturities of marketable securities   65,139     47,972  
Net cash used in investing activities   (63,281 )   (123,975 )
 
Financing activities
Payments on debt (5,000 ) 5,000
Proceeds from exercises of stock options and other 6,791 8,602
Repurchases of common stock   (12,229 )   (4,410 )
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities   (10,438 )   9,192  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   (871 )   947  
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 48,339 (32,088 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   36,707     68,795  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 85,046   $ 36,707  
           
 
Proto Labs, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Net Income per Share
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
           
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,

2018

2017

2018

2017

Non-GAAP net income, adjusted for stock-based compensation
expense, amortization expense, impairment on assets, acquisition
costs, unrealized gain on foreign currency, disposal of businesses
and legal settlement

GAAP net income $ 19,286 $ 14,272 $ 76,588 $ 51,778
Add back:
Stock-based compensation expense 2,942 2,400 10,928 8,558
Amortization expense 862 107 3,233 501
Impairment on assets 513 513
Acquisition costs 1,875 1,875
Unrealized gain on foreign currency (527 ) (102 ) (380 ) (185 )
Disposal of businesses (671 )
Legal settlement               (417 )
Total adjustments 1   3,277     4,793     13,110     10,845  
Provisional charges related to the tax effect of deemed repatriation
of foreign earnings
(719 ) 2,400 (719 ) 2,400
Revaluation of net deferred tax assets and liabilities (496 ) (4,262 ) (496 ) (4,262 )
Income tax benefits on adjustments 2   (1,086 )   (1,520 )   (5,660 )   (3,344 )
Non-GAAP net income $ 20,262   $ 15,683   $ 82,823   $ 57,417  
 
 
Non-GAAP net income per share:
Basic $ 0.75   $ 0.59   $ 3.07   $ 2.16  
Diluted $ 0.74   $ 0.58   $ 3.04   $ 2.14  
 
Shares used to compute non-GAAP net income per share:
Basic 27,040,207 26,705,909 26,982,614 26,647,610
Diluted 27,311,988 27,009,017 27,278,816 26,845,071
                     
 

1 Stock-based compensation expense, amortization
expense, impairment on assets, acquisition costs, unrealized gain
on foreign currency, disposal of businesses and legal settlement
were included in the following GAAP consolidated statement of
operations categories:

 
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,

2018

2017

2018

2017

 
Cost of revenue $ 448 $ 273 $ 1,543 $ 970
 
Marketing and sales 562 405 1,942 1,429
Research and development 407 295 1,517 1,091
General and administrative   2,387     3,922     9,159     7,957  
Total operating expenses 3,356 4,622 12,618 10,477
 
Other income, net   (527 )   (102 )   (1,051 )   (602 )
Total adjustments $ 3,277   $ 4,793   $ 13,110   $ 10,845  
 

2 For the three-month and year-ended periods ended
December 31, 2018 and 2017, income tax effects were calculated
using the effective tax rate for the relevant jurisdictions. Our
non-GAAP tax rates differ from our GAAP tax rates due primarily to
the mix of activity incurred in domestic and foreign tax
jurisdictions and removing effective tax rate benefits from
stock-based compensation activity in the quarter.

 
 
Proto Labs, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Operating Margin
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
         
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,

2018

2017

2018

2017

Revenue $ 112,769 $ 94,178 $ 445,596 $ 344,490
Income from operations   20,155     18,775     88,898     72,226  
GAAP operating margin 17.9 % 19.9 % 20.0 % 21.0 %
Add back:
Stock-based compensation expense 2,942 2,400 10,928 8,558
Amortization expense 862 107 3,233 501
Acquisition Costs 1,875 1,875
Impairment on assets       513         513  
Total adjustments   3,804     4,895     14,161     11,447  

Non-GAAP income from operations adjusted for stock-based
compensation expense, amortization expense, acquisition costs, and
impairment on assets

$ 23,959   $ 23,670   $ 103,059   $ 83,673  
Non-GAAP operating margin 21.2 % 25.1 % 23.1 % 24.3 %
                   
 
Proto Labs, Inc.
Comparison of GAAP to Non-GAAP Revenue Growth
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
             
Three Months
Ended
Three Months Ended December 31, % Change
December 31, 2018 2017 % Constant
GAAP Adjustments1 Non-GAAP GAAP

Change2

Currencies3
Revenues
United States $ 89,282 $ 89,282 $ 72,067 23.9 % 23.9 %
Europe 19,458 523 19,981 18,930 2.8 % 5.6 %
Japan   4,029   (5 )   4,024   3,181 26.7 % 26.5 %
Total Revenue $ 112,769 $ 518   $ 113,287 $ 94,178 19.7 % 20.3 %
                 
 
Year Ended
Year Ended December 31, % Change
December 31, 2018 2017 % Constant
GAAP

Adjustments1

Non-GAAP GAAP

Change2

Currencies3
Revenues
United States $ 350,535 $ 350,535 $ 263,086 33.2 % 33.2 %
Europe 80,889 (3,302 ) 77,587 70,154 15.3 % 10.6 %
Japan   14,172   (216 )   13,956   11,250 26.0 % 24.1 %
Total Revenue $ 445,596 $ (3,518 ) $ 442,078 $ 344,490 29.3 % 28.3 %
 

1 Revenue growth for the three-month and year-ended
periods ended December 31, 2018 has been recalculated using 2017
foreign currency exchange rates in effect during comparable
periods to provide information useful in evaluating the underlying
business trends excluding the impact of changes in foreign
currency exchange rates.

 
2 This column presents the percentage change from GAAP
revenue growth for the three-month and year-ended periods ended
December 31, 2017 to GAAP revenue growth for the three-month and
year-ended periods ended December 31, 2018.
 
3 This column presents the percentage change from GAAP
revenue growth for the three-month and year-ended periods ended
December 31, 2017 (calculated using the foreign currency exchange
rates in effect during that period) to non-GAAP revenue growth for
the three-month and year-ended periods ended December 31, 2018 (as
recalculated using the foreign currency exchange rates in effect
during the three-month and year-ended periods ended December 31,
2017) in order to provide a constant currency comparison.
 
 
Proto Labs, Inc.
Product Developer Information
(Unaudited)
         
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
Unique product developers and engineers served 20,403 17,256 45,968 37,538
                   

Contacts

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763-479-7240
Director of Investor Relations
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