FARO has announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.
First Quarter 2021 Financial Summary
2021 first quarter sales of $76.3 million compare with $79.5 million for the first quarter of 2020. The company reported new order bookings in the first quarter at $80.6 million were up 3% over the preceding year. The slight decline in sales for the quarter is the result of the economic effect of Covid pandemic which is still in the recovery stage. Sequentially, sales and bookings compared with the fourth quarter 2020 were lower by 18% and 15%, respectively, reflecting normal seasonality in Faro’s business.
Gross margin was 52.9% for the first quarter 2021, as compared to 55.2% for the same prior year period. Non-GAAP gross margin was 53.0% for the first quarter 2021 compared to 55.5% for the first quarter 2020. The annual decrease in gross margin was primarily a result of changes in product mix and lower sales resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Operating expense, was $46.8 million for the first quarter 2021, compared to $60.4 million for the same prior year period. Non-GAAP operating expense was $42.8 million for the first quarter 2021 compared to $44.3 million for the first quarter 2020.
Net loss was $3.2 million for the first quarter 2021, as compared to a net loss of $14.8 million for the first quarter 2020. Non-GAAP net loss was $0.6 million for the first quarter 2021 compared to Non-GAAP net loss of $0.4 million for the first quarter 2020.
The Company’s cash and short-term investments decreased $15.7 million to $170.0 million as of the end of the first quarter of 2021, and the Company remained debt-free.
“First quarter demand reflected historical seasonality combined with an ongoing but improving pandemic demand impact that we believe will continue to improve throughout 2021,” stated Michael Burger, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Once demand returns to normalized pre-pandemic levels, we believe our new cost structure will enable the sustained achievement of our success model of 20% EBITDA margins.”
Mr. Burger continued, “While demand recovers, we remain focused on executing our strategic initiatives including the alignment of our hardware and software development activities to add value to our customer’s workflows and create long-term product differentiation in our target markets.”
For more information: www.faro.com