New order bookings at Faro Technologies for third quarter 2017 were $90.5 million, an increase of 13.4%, compared with $79.8 million for third quarter 2016. Sales increased to $90.3 million, an increase of 13.4%, for the three months ended September 30, 2017 from $79.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016.
The third quarter of 2017 was the first quarter following the completion of FARO’s Going Vertical in Harmony (GVH) initiative; and the improvement in new order bookings, sales, gross margin and profitability reinforces FARO’s commitment to its strategic objectives.
The sales increase was driven by a strong increase in product unit sales in Construction BIM-CIM and other segments which includes the Public Safety Forensics and Product Design verticals, higher average selling prices, and continued service revenue growth.
New order bookings for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 were $266.4 million, an increase of 13.4%, compared with $234.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016. Sales increased to $254.5 million, an increase of 8.8%, for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 from $233.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016.
“We are selectively continuing to grow the salesforce to drive the top line. Consistent with our strategy, we grew our trailing 12-month average sales full time experienced (FTE) headcount by 18.2% over the same prior year period. As previously discussed, start-up sales headcount requires approximately 12 months to become FTE headcount. Hence, our costs reflected the onboarding of this personnel, but our sales do not yet reflect the full benefits. Our third quarter performance demonstrated continued progress towards our long-term financial objectives. The increase in sales, the gross margin increases, and the two percent of sales decline in G&A expense underscore our commitment to drive operating margin and resulted in our return to quarterly profit,” stated Simon Raab, Ph.D., FARO’s President and CEO. “We continued our aggressive new product drumbeat and in the past 12 months we have launched next generation products across all our core platforms, including our next generation Quantum Arm product line in August 2017. The Construction BIM-CIM vertical team has capitalized on its market-leading laser scanner technology to deliver strong 2017 performance with year-to-date sales growth exceeding 27%. Our vertical market approach coupled with our investment in sales headcount, release of new products, and expense controls has re-energized the growth of the company and represent important steps towards our long-term financial objectives.”