- Published: 02 August 2016
- Written by Editor
Cognex Reports Record Second Quarter Revenue and Earnings Per Share from Continuing Operations
*Table 1 excludes the results of discontinued operations, which relate to the company’s Surface Inspection Systems Division (SISD) that was sold on July 6, 2015.
“I am exceptionally pleased with our results for the second quarter of 2016,” said Dr. Robert J. Shillman, Chairman and Chief Culture Officer of Cognex. “Business grew significantly at the top line on a sequential basis. And, this growth brought with it a higher level of profitability. Our operating profit margin increased to 34% in the second quarter compared to 17% in the prior quarter, reflecting the substantial leverage that incremental revenue has on our profitability.”
“When we gave our guidance in May, we expected a good quarter. We are now very pleased to report we surpassed that guidance and had an exceptional quarter,” said Robert J. Willett, Chief Executive Officer of Cognex. “Business in our three largest industries—consumer electronics, automotive and logistics—was higher than anticipated. We now expect to see revenue from consumer electronics grow on an annual basis. These improvements are reflected in the results we reported today for Q2 and in our guidance for Q3.”
Details of the Quarter
Statement of Operations Highlights – Second Quarter of 2016
- Revenue for Q2 2016 increased 2% from Q2 2015 and 53% from Q1 2016. Growth year-on-year across a number of industries was partially offset by lower revenue from the consumer electronics industry. Growth on a sequential basis came from Cognex’s three largest industries—consumer electronics, automotive and logistics.
- Gross margin was 76% for Q2 2016 compared to 79% for Q2 2015 and 78% for Q1 2016. Gross margin decreased both year-on-year and sequentially due to product mix and inventory charges resulting from changes in product development plans. Also contributing to the decline year-on-year was higher hardware content in product sales in Q2 2016.
- Research, Development & Engineering (RD&E) expenses increased 7% from Q2 2015 and decreased 4% from Q1 2016. RD&E increased year-on-year due to Cognex’s investment in engineering resources, a higher bonus accrual and stock option expense. RD&E decreased on a sequential basis due to development efforts on large opportunities in Q1 2016 that resulted in revenue in Q2 2016.
- Selling, General & Administrative (SG&A) expenses decreased 1% from Q2 2015 and increased 11% from Q1 2016. SG&A decreased year-on-year as lower costs related to a patent dispute in 2015 offset investments in the sales organization, a higher bonus accrual and spending on marketing initiatives. SG&A increased on a sequential basis due to the bonus accrual, higher spending in sales and marketing, and the impact of foreign exchange rates on the company’s international operations. The increase was partially offset by lower stock option expense.
- Investment and other income was $1,669,000 in Q2 2016, $902,000 in Q2 2015 and $1,344,000 in Q1 2016. The increase both year-on-year and sequentially was due to a higher average invested balance.
- The effective tax rate was 17% in both Q2 2016 and Q2 2015, and 15% in Q1 2016. Excluding discrete tax items, the rate was approximately 18% in all periods presented (tax adjustments are summarized in Exhibit 2).
Balance Sheet Highlights – July 3, 2016
- Cognex’s financial position as of July 3, 2016, was very strong, with $657.2 million in cash and investments and no debt. During Q2 2016, Cognex paid out $6.4 million in dividends to shareholders and also spent $8.7 million to repurchase 208,000 shares of its common stock at an average price of $41.92 per share. Cognex intends to continue to repurchase shares of its common stock in Q3 2016, subject to market conditions and other relevant factors.
- Accounts receivable as of July 3, 2016 increased by $18.4 million, or 43%, from the end of 2015 due to the substantial revenue increase in Q2 2016.
- Unbilled revenue of $25.5 million as of July 3, 2016 represents revenue that Cognex expects to invoice largely in Q3 2016 and collect by the end of the year.
- Inventories decreased by $11.5 million, or 31%, from the end of 2015 as a result of the substantial revenue recognized in the first half of 2016.
Financial Outlook – Q3 2016
- Cognex expects revenue for Q3 2016 to be between $142 million and $147 million. This range represents substantial growth over Q3 2015 due to large orders expected from the consumer electronics industry and anticipated growth in other industries, including logistics.
- Gross margin is expected to be in the mid-to-high 70% range.
- Operating expenses are expected to be essentially flat on a sequential basis.
- The effective tax rate is expected to be 18% before discrete tax items.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
- Exhibit 2 of this news release includes a reconciliation of certain financial measures from GAAP to non-GAAP. Cognex believes these non-GAAP financial measures are helpful because they allow investors to more accurately compare Cognex results over multiple periods using the same methodology that management employs in its budgeting process and in its review of Cognex’s operating results. In particular, non-GAAP presentations exclude the following: (1) stock option expense for the purpose of calculating non-GAAP adjusted operating income and net income from continuing operations (because these expenses have no current effect on cash or the future uses of cash, and they fluctuate as a result of changes in Cognex’s stock price), and (2) certain one-time discrete events, such as tax adjustments. Cognex does not intend for non-GAAP financial measures to be considered in isolation, or as a substitute for financial information provided in accordance with GAAP.
- The tax effect of items identified in the reconciliation is estimated by applying the effective tax rate to the pre-tax amount. However, if a specific tax rate or tax treatment is required because of the nature of the item and/or the tax jurisdiction where the item was recorded, the tax effect is estimated by applying the relevant specific tax rate or tax treatment, rather than the effective tax rate.
Analyst Conference Call and Simultaneous Webcast
- Cognex will host a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). The telephone number is (866) 256-9239 (or (703) 639-1213 if outside the United States). A replay will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET today and will run continuously until 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, August 4, 2016. The telephone number for the replay is (888) 266-2081 (or (703) 925-2533 if outside the United States). The access code for both the live call and the replay is 1674245.
- Internet users can listen to a real-time audio broadcast of the conference call or an archived recording on the Cognex Investor Relations website:http://www.cognex.com/Investor.
About Cognex Corporation
Cognex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures and markets a range of products that incorporate sophisticated machine vision technology that gives them the ability to “see.” Cognex products include barcode readers, machine vision sensors and machine vision systems that are used in factories, warehouses and distribution centers around the world to guide, gauge, inspect, identify and assure the quality of items during the manufacturing and distribution process. Cognex is the world's leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 1 million vision-based products, representing over $4 billion in cumulative revenue, since the company's founding in 1981. Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, USA, Cognex has regional offices and distributors located throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For details visit Cognex online at http://www.cognex.com.
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