Materialise Reports First Quarter 2021 Results

LEUVEN, Belgium — (BUSINESS WIRE) — April 29, 2021 — Materialise NV (NASDAQ: MTLS), a leading provider of additive manufacturing and medical software and of sophisticated 3D printing services, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

Highlights – First Quarter 2021

  • Total revenue was 45,554 kEUR for the first quarter of 2021, compared to 46,245 kEUR for the 2020 period.
  • Total deferred revenues from annual software sales and maintenance fees increased 1,888 kEUR to 32,130 kEUR compared to December 31, 2020.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was 5,341 kEUR for the first quarter of 2021 compared to 3,603 kEUR for the 2020 period.
  • Net loss for the first quarter of 2021 was (3,667) kEUR, or (0.07) EUR per diluted share, compared to (2,899) kEUR, or (0.05) EUR per diluted share, for the 2020 period.
  • Total cash was 107,568 kEUR at the end of the quarter; net debt was 2,960 kEUR, an improvement of 612 kEUR compared to December 31, 2020.

Executive Chairman Peter Leys commented, “While the global economy was still significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Materialise performed well. We continued to bounce back, and our revenue came close to the level of the first quarter of 2020, which predated the pandemic. We are particularly encouraged by the fact that, alongside the revenue growth of Materialise Medical, which has been performing very strongly since Q3 2020, Materialise Software also posted growth this quarter. Our Adjusted EBITDA was a solid 5,341 kEUR, a 48.2% increase compared to the same period last year. In addition to our good financial performance during the past quarter, we took an important step to secure our growth in the longer term through the acquisition of an option to buy Link3D, a developer of AM manufacturing execution systems.”

First Quarter 2021 Results

Total revenue for the first quarter of 2021 was 45,554 kEUR, a decrease of 1.5% compared to 46,245 kEUR for the first quarter of 2020. Adjusted EBITDA increased 48.2% to 5,341 kEUR from 3,603 kEUR. The Adjusted EBITDA margin (Adjusted EBITDA divided by total revenue) for the first quarter of 2021 increased to 11.7% from 7.8% for the first quarter of 2020.

Revenue from our Materialise Software segment increased 4.1% to 10,219 kEUR for the first quarter of 2021 from 9,821 kEUR for the same quarter last year. Segment EBITDA increased 29.6% to 3,429 kEUR from 2,645 kEUR while the segment EBITDA margin increased to 33.6% from 26.9% for the prior-year period.

Revenue from our Materialise Medical segment increased 3.7% to 16,231 kEUR for the first quarter of 2021 compared to 15,645 kEUR for the same period in 2020. Segment EBITDA increased 85.0% to 4,541 kEUR compared to 2,455 kEUR while the segment EBITDA margin increased to 28.0% from 15.7% for the first quarter of 2020.

Revenue from our Materialise Manufacturing segment was 19,114 kEUR for the first quarter of 2021, a decrease of 8.2% from 20,815 kEUR for the first quarter of 2020. Segment EBITDA decreased to (144) kEUR from 1,118 kEUR while the segment EBITDA margin was (0.8)% compared to 5.4% % for the first quarter of 2020.

Gross profit remained stable at 24,568 kEUR compared to 24,585 kEUR for the same period last year, while the gross profit margin increased to 53.9% of total revenue from 53.2% for the first quarter of 2020.

Research and development (“R&D”), sales and marketing (“S&M”) and general and administrative (“G&A”) expenses decreased, in the aggregate, 3.6% to 25,398 kEUR for the first quarter of 2021 from 26,351 kEUR for the first quarter of 2020.

Net other operating income was 1,120 kEUR compared to 683 kEUR for the first quarter of 2020.

Operating result increased to 290 kEUR from (1,084) kEUR for the first quarter of 2020.

Net financial result was (4,112) kEUR compared to (1,321) kEUR for the first quarter of 2020. Excluding the impairment of our loan position in Ditto for an amount of (3,201) kEUR, net financial result was (911) kEUR.

The first quarter of 2021 contained income tax expenses of 155 kEUR, compared to (457) kEUR in the first quarter of 2020.

As a result of the above, net loss for the first quarter of 2021 was (3,667) kEUR, compared to (2,899) kEUR for the same period in 2020. Total comprehensive income for the first quarter of 2021, which includes exchange differences on translation of foreign operations, was (6,996) kEUR compared to 284 kEUR for the 2020 period.

At March 31, 2021, we had cash and cash equivalents of 107,568 kEUR compared to 111,538 kEUR at December 31, 2020. Gross debt amounted to 110,527 kEUR, compared to 115,110 kEUR at December 31, 2020. As a result, our net debt position (gross debt less cash and cash equivalents) was (2,960) kEUR, an improvement of 612 kEUR compared to December 31, 2020.

Cash flow from operating activities for the first quarter of 2021 was 4,231 kEUR compared to 7,273 kEUR for the same period in 2020. Total capital expenditures for the first quarter of 2021 amounted to 2,011 kEUR.

Net shareholders’ equity at March 31, 2021 was 129,961 kEUR compared to 133,104 kEUR at December 31, 2020.

2021 Guidance

Mr. Leys concluded, “In the second quarter of 2021, we currently expect that our consolidated revenues will continue to grow sequentially, with the potential to be up to 10% higher than in this year’s first quarter. As our business gradually recovers from the crisis, we also intend to gradually increase expenditures in our growth initiatives, which will also impact our Adjusted EBITDA. We are cautiously optimistic that the positive trend we have been seeing in the first months of the year will continue throughout the rest of 2021, but in view of the unpredictability of the COVID-19 crisis, our visibility remains too uncertain to provide quantitative guidance for the full year of 2021.”

Non-IFRS Measures

Materialise uses EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as supplemental financial measures of its financial performance. EBITDA is calculated as net profit plus income taxes, financial expenses (less financial income), shares of profit or loss in a joint venture and depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is determined by adding share-based compensation expenses, acquisition-related expenses of business combinations, impairments and revaluation of fair value due to business combinations to EBITDA. Management believes these non-IFRS measures to be important measures as they exclude the effects of items which primarily reflect the impact of long-term investment and financing decisions, rather than the performance of the company’s day-to-day operations. As compared to net profit, these measures are limited in that they do not reflect the periodic costs of certain capitalized tangible and intangible assets used in generating revenues in the company’s business, or the charges associated with impairments. Management evaluates such items through other financial measures such as capital expenditures and cash flow provided by operating activities. The company believes that these measurements are useful to measure a company’s ability to grow or as a valuation measurement. The company’s calculation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as alternatives to net profit or any other performance measure derived in accordance with IFRS. The company’s presentation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed to imply that its future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items.

Exchange Rate

This document contains translations of certain euro amounts into U.S. dollars at specified rates solely for the convenience of readers. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from euros to U.S. dollars in this document were made at a rate of EUR 1.00 to USD 1.1725, the reference rate of the European Central Bank on March 31, 2021.

Conference Call and Webcast

Materialise will hold a conference call and simultaneous webcast to discuss its financial results for the first quarter of 2021 on Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CET. Company participants on the call will include Wilfried Vancraen, Founder and Chief Executive Officer; Peter Leys, Executive Chairman; and Johan Albrecht, Chief Financial Officer. A question-and-answer session will follow management’s remarks.

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