Cognex Reports Results for the First Quarter of 2020

NATICK, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$CGNXCognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX) today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2020. Table 1 below shows selected financial data for Q1-20 compared with Q1-19 and Q4-19.

Table 1

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

 

 

 

Revenue

 

 

 

Net Income

 

Net Income

per Diluted

Share

Non-GAAP

Net Income

per Diluted

Share*

Quarterly Comparisons

 

 

 

 

Current quarter: Q1-20

$167,235

$20,477

$0.12

$0.11

Prior year’s quarter: Q1-19

$173,484

$33,104

$0.19

$0.17

Change: Q1-19 to Q1-20

(4%)

(38%)

(37%)

(35%)

Prior quarter: Q4-19

$169,769

$80,327

$0.46

$0.11

Change: Q4-19 to Q1-20

(1%)

(75%)

(74%)

0%

*Non-GAAP net income per diluted share excludes tax adjustments. A reconciliation from GAAP to Non-GAAP is shown in Exhibit 2 of this news release. Notably, Cognex recorded tax adjustments in Q4-19 that together resulted in a discrete tax benefit of $61 million, or $0.35 per share.

“Our Q1 results were in line with our guidance, but that is little comfort in these very challenging times,” said Dr. Robert J. Shillman, Founder and Chairman of Cognex. “The risks to our ongoing success have increased significantly due to the economic impact of the limitations on travel and other restrictive measures mandated by governments around the world in recent weeks. We are fortunate to have an experienced management team, a very strong balance sheet, and a unique corporate culture that will help us navigate through this difficult period and emerge in an even stronger position relative to our competitors, as we have done in prior downturns.”

“Companies around the world, including ours, are facing significant disruptions in their businesses,” said Robert J. Willett, Chief Executive Officer of Cognex. “While some customers are accelerating activity, notably companies in China and in e-commerce fulfillment, many others are struggling to implement capital spending plans or are putting those investments on hold. Cognoids are adapting to this new reality and are moving quickly as they endeavor to support the evolving needs of our customers, manage our supply chain through disruption, and continue our product development efforts.”

Details of the Quarter

Statement of Operations Highlights – First Quarter of 2020

  • Revenue decreased by 4% from Q1-19 and 1% from Q4-19 as expected. The decline in revenue, both year-on-year and sequentially, was primarily due to continued weakness in sales to the automotive sector and other industrial end markets. The COVID-19 outbreak had a modest adverse impact on business in Q1-20, primarily near the end of the quarter.
  • Gross margin was 75% for Q1-20 compared with 73% for Q1-19 and 74% for Q4-19. The increase was mainly attributable to a favorable mix towards higher-margin products.
  • Research, Development & Engineering (RD&E) expenses increased by 19% from Q1-19 and 9% from Q4-19. The increase in RD&E year-on-year reflects incremental costs associated with Sualab Co., Ltd. (Sualab), which Cognex acquired in Q4-19. The increase in RD&E on a sequential basis is due, in part, to a reset of annual incentive compensation plans at the beginning of the year with relevant performance goals for 2020 and higher stock-based compensation expense, both of which also contributed to the year-on-year increase.
  • Selling, General & Administrative (SG&A) expenses increased by 3% from Q1-19 and decreased by 7% from Q4-19. SG&A increased year-on-year due to investments to support the company’s strategic priorities, higher incentive compensation costs as described above, and higher stock-based compensation expense. These increases were partially offset by lower travel and entertainment costs, material and supplies, and contract labor. On a sequential basis, SG&A decreased due to lower travel and entertainment costs and a true-up of accruals for incentive compensation at year end that did not repeat.
  • The effective tax rate was 11% in Q1-20, 7% in Q1-19, and (250)% in Q4-19. Excluding discrete tax adjustments, the tax rate was 17%, 15%, and 18%, respectively (tax adjustments are summarized in Exhibit 2). Notably, Cognex recorded discrete tax items in Q4-19 that together resulted in a tax benefit of $61 million. The two largest components of this tax benefit related to changes to the company’s corporate tax structure due to government legislation and movement of acquired intellectual property between different tax jurisdictions.

Balance Sheet Highlights – March 29, 2020

  • Cognex’s financial position as of March 29, 2020 continued to be strong, with $845 million in cash and investments and no debt. In Q1-20, Cognex generated approximately $65 million in cash from operations, and paid out $51 million to repurchase its common stock and nearly $10 million in dividends to shareholders. Cognex intends to continue to repurchase shares of its common stock, subject to market conditions and other relevant factors.

Financial Outlook – Q2 2020

  • The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak has expanded and accelerated into Q2-20 as Cognex has noted lower demand for its products in certain industries, additional disruptions to the supply chain, longer customer delivery times, higher delivery costs, and further shutdowns of customer facilities.
  • Given the degree of global economic uncertainty, Cognex is providing less specific guidance for Q2-20. In that regard, Cognex expects to report a decline in both revenue and earnings per share, excluding discrete tax items, for Q2-20 on both a year-on-year and sequential basis. In addition, gross margin for Q2-20 is expected to be in the mid-70% range and lower than the gross margin reported for Q1-20. Operating expenses are expected to decline by greater than 10% from Q1-20 as a result of lower discretionary spending. The effective tax rate is expected to be 17%, excluding 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. Non-GAAP presentations exclude the following: (1) stock-based compensation expense for 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 because of changes in Cognex’s stock price), and (2) certain one-time discrete events, such as tax adjustments (because these costs are outside of Cognex’s normal business operations). Cognex also uses results on a constant-currency basis as one measure to evaluate performance. Constant-currency information compares results between periods as if the exchange rates had remained constant period-over-period. 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 Daylight Time (EDT). The telephone number is (877) 704-4573 (or (201) 389-0911 if outside the United States). A replay will begin at 8:00 p.m. EDT today and will be available until 11:59 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 30, 2020. The telephone number for the replay is (877) 660-6853 (or (201) 612-7415 if outside the United States). The access code for both the live call and the replay is 13700597.
  • A real-time audio broadcast of the conference call or an archived recording will be accessible on the Events & Presentations page of the Cognex Investor website: https://www.cognex.com/Investor.

About Cognex Corporation

Cognex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets a wide range of image-based products, all of which use artificial intelligence (AI) techniques that give them the human-like ability to make decisions on what they see. Cognex products include machine vision systems, machine vision sensors and barcode readers that are used in factories and distribution centers around the world where they eliminate production and shipping errors.

Cognex is the world’s leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 2 million image-based products, representing over $7 billion in cumulative revenue, since the company’s founding in 1981. Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, USA, Cognex has offices and distributors located throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For details visit Cognex online at www.cognex.com.

Certain statements made in this news release, which do not relate solely to historical matters, are forward-looking statements. These statements can be identified by use of the words “expects,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “believes,” “projects,” “intends,” “plans,” “will,” “may,” “shall,” “could,” “should,” and similar words and other statements of a similar sense. These forward-looking statements, which include statements regarding business and market trends, future financial performance, the expected impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on Cognex’s business and results of operation, customer order rates and timing of related revenue, future product mix, research and development activities, investments, strategic plans, and estimated tax benefits and expenses and other tax matters, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Such risks and uncertainties include (1) the impact, duration, and severity of the COVID-19 outbreak, (2) current and future conditions in the global economy, including the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and the imposition of tariffs or export controls; (3) the loss of, or curtailment of purchases by, a large customer; (4) the reliance on revenue from the consumer electronics or automotive industries; (5) the inability to penetrate the logistics industry and other new markets; (6) the inability to achieve significant international revenue; (7) fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and the use of derivative instruments; (8) information security breaches or business system disruptions; (9) the inability to attract and retain skilled employees; (10) the failure to effectively manage our growth; (11) the reliance upon key suppliers to manufacture and deliver critical components for our products; (12) the failure to effectively manage product transitions or accurately forecast customer demand; (13) the inability to design and manufacture high-quality products; (14) the technological obsolescence of current products and the inability to develop new products; (15) the failure to properly manage the distribution of products and services; (16) the inability to protect our proprietary technology and intellectual property; (17) our involvement in time-consuming and costly litigation; (18) the impact of competitive pressures; (19) the challenges in integrating and achieving expected results from acquired businesses, including the recent acquisition of Sualab; (20) potential impairment charges with respect to our investments or for acquired intangible assets or goodwill; and (21) exposure to additional tax liabilities; and the other risks detailed in Cognex reports filed with the SEC, including its Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 and Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended March 29, 2020. You should not place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Cognex disclaims any obligation to update forward-looking statements after the date of such statements.

Exhibit 1

 

COGNEX CORPORATION

Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)

Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts

 

Three-months Ended

 

March 29,

2020

 

December 31,

2019

 

March 31,

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

$

167,235

 

 

$

169,769

 

 

$

173,484

 

Cost of revenue (1)

41,200

 

 

44,871

 

 

46,284

 

Gross margin

126,035

 

 

124,898

 

 

127,200

 

Percentage of revenue

75

%

 

74

%

 

73

%

Research, development, and engineering

expenses (1)

35,946

 

 

32,991

 

 

30,242

 

Percentage of revenue

21

%

 

19

%

 

17

%

Selling, general, and administrative expenses (1)

69,138

 

 

74,300

 

 

66,811

 

Percentage of revenue

41

%

 

44

%

 

39

%

Operating income

20,951

 

 

17,607

 

 

30,147

 

Percentage of revenue

13

%

 

10

%

 

17

%

Foreign currency gain (loss)

(3,003

)

 

894

 

 

(248

)

Investment and other income

5,046

 

 

4,420

 

 

5,832

 

Income before income tax expense

22,994

 

 

22,921

 

 

35,731

 

Income tax expense (benefit)

2,517

 

 

(57,406

)

 

2,627

 

Net income

$

20,477

 

 

$

80,327

 

 

$

33,104

 

Percentage of revenue

12

%

 

47

%

 

19

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income per weighted-average common and common-equivalent share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

$

0.12

 

 

$

0.47

 

 

$

0.19

 

Diluted

$

0.12

 

 

$

0.46

 

 

$

0.19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted-average common and common-equivalent shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

172,408

 

 

171,607

 

 

171,098

 

Diluted

175,602

 

 

175,500

 

 

175,607

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash dividends per common share

$

0.055

 

 

$

0.055

 

 

$

0.050

 

Cash and investments per common share

$

4.92

 

 

$

4.90

 

 

$

5.03

 

Book value per common share

$

7.73

 

 

$

7.86

 

 

$

6.93

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) Amounts include stock-based compensation expense, as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of revenue

$

354

 

 

$

390

 

 

$

451

 

Research, development, and engineering

5,366

 

 

4,115

 

 

4,467

 

Selling, general, and administrative

9,070

 

 

7,642

 

 

7,363

 

Total stock-based compensation expense

$

14,790

 

 

$

12,147

 

 

$

12,281

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 2

COGNEX CORPORATION

Reconciliation of Selected Items from GAAP to Non-GAAP

(Unaudited)

Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts

 

Three-months Ended

 

 

March 29,

2020

 

December 31,

2019

 

March 31,

2019

 

Adjustment for stock option expense and tax benefit for stock option exercises

 

 

 

Operating income (GAAP)

$

20,951

 

 

$

17,607

 

 

$

30,147

 

 

Stock-based compensation expense

14,790

 

 

12,147

 

 

12,281

 

 

Operating income (Non-GAAP)

$

35,741

 

 

$

29,754

 

 

$

42,428

 

 

Percentage of revenue (Non-GAAP)

21

%

 

18

%

 

24

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (GAAP)

$

20,477

 

 

$

80,327

 

 

$

33,104

 

 

Stock-based compensation expense

14,790

 

12,147

 

12,281

 

Tax effect on stock-based compensation expense

(2,564

)

 

(1,917

)

 

(2,222

)

 

Discrete tax benefit related to employee stock-based compensation

(1,680

)

 

(1,925

)

 

(2,730

)

 

Net income (Non-GAAP)

$

31,023

 

 

$

88,632

 

 

$

40,433

 

 

Percentage of revenue (Non-GAAP)

19

%

 

52

%

 

23

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income per diluted weighted-average common and common-equivalent share (GAAP)

$

0.12

 

 

$

0.46

 

 

$

0.19

 

 

Per share impact of non-GAAP adjustments identified above

0.06

 

 

0.05

 

 

0.04

 

 

Net income per diluted weighted-average common and common-equivalent share (Non-GAAP)

$

0.18

 

 

$

0.51

 

 

$

0.23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted weighted-average common and common-equivalent shares outstanding (GAAP)

175,602

 

 

175,500

 

 

175,607

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exclusion of tax adjustments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income before income tax expense (GAAP)

$

22,994

 

 

$

22,921

 

 

$

35,731

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax expense (benefit) (GAAP)

$

2,517

 

 

$

(57,406

)

 

$

2,627

 

 

Effective tax rate (GAAP)

11

%

 

(250

)%

 

7

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tax adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discrete tax benefit related to employee stock options

1,680

 

 

1,925

 

 

2,730

 

 

Discrete tax expense related to migration of acquired IP

 

 

(28,528

)

 

 

 

Discrete tax benefit related to change in tax structure

 

 

87,500

 

 

 

 

Other discrete tax events

(242

)

 

602

 

 

3

 

 

Income tax expense excluding tax adjustments (Non-GAAP)

$

3,955

 

 

$

4,093

 

 

$

5,360

 

 

Effective tax rate (Non-GAAP)

17

%

 

18

%

 

15

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income excluding tax adjustments (Non-GAAP)

$

19,039

 

 

$

18,828

 

 

$

30,371

 

 

Percentage of revenue (Non-GAAP)

11

%

 

11

%

 

18

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income per diluted weighted-average common and common-equivalent share (GAAP)

$

0.12

 

 

$

0.46

 

 

$

0.19

 

 

Per share impact of non-GAAP adjustments identified above

(0.01

)

 

(0.35

)

 

(0.02

)

 

Net income per diluted weighted-average common and common-equivalent share (Non-GAAP)

$

0.11

 

 

$

0.11

 

 

$

0.17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted weighted-average common and common-equivalent shares outstanding (GAAP)

175,602

 

175,500

 

175,607

 

 

Exhibit 3

COGNEX CORPORATION

Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)

Dollars in thousands

 

March 29, 2020

 

December 31, 2019

Assets

 

 

 

Cash and investments

$

845,396

 

 

$

845,353

 

Accounts receivable

100,463

 

 

103,447

 

Inventories

54,985

 

 

60,261

 

Property, plant, and equipment

86,702

 

 

89,443

 

Operating lease assets

17,346

 

 

17,522

 

Goodwill and intangible assets

280,316

 

 

282,935

 

Deferred tax assets

450,280

 

 

449,519

 

Other assets

49,589

 

 

37,455

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

$

1,885,077

 

 

$

1,885,935

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

 

 

 

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

80,150

 

 

$

70,065

 

Deferred revenue and customer deposits

26,252

 

 

14,432

 

Operating lease liabilities

17,966

 

 

17,973

 

Income taxes

99,498

 

 

93,009

 

Deferred tax liabilities

330,532

 

 

332,344

 

Other liabilities

3,186

 

 

2,402

 

Shareholders’ equity

1,327,493

 

 

1,355,710

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$

1,885,077

 

 

$

1,885,935

 

 

Contacts

Contacts:
Susan Conway

Investor Relations

+1 508-650-3353

Susan.conway@cognex.com

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