Markforged Holding Corporation (NYSE:MKFG) Q3 2023 Earnings Conference Call November 13, 2023 5:00 PM ET
Austin Bohlig – Director, IR
Shai Terem – President, CEO
Assaf Zipori – CFO
Conference Call Participants
Greg Palm – Craig-Hallum Capital Group
Jacob Stephan – Lake Street Capital Markets
Blake Keating – William Blair
Greetings, and welcome to the Markforged Third Quarter 2023 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being recorded.
It is now my pleasure to introduce your host, Austin Bohlig, Director of Investor Relations. Thank you. You may begin.
Good afternoon. I’m Austin Bohlig, Director of Investor Relations of Markforged Holding Corporation. Welcome to our third quarter of 2023 results conference call. We will be discussing the results announced in our earnings press release issued as of today. With me on the call is our President and CEO, Shai Terem; and our acting CFO, Assaf Zipori.
Before we get started, I’d like to remind everyone that management will be making statements during this call that include estimates and other forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements contained in this call that are not statements of historical facts should be deemed to be forward-looking statements. These statements represent management’s views as of today, November 13, 2023 and are subject to material risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. Markforged disclaims any intention or obligation, except as required by law, to update or revise forward-looking statements.
Also during the course of today’s call, we refer to certain non-GAAP financial measures. There’s a reconciliation schedule showing the GAAP versus non-GAAP results currently available in our press release issued after market close today, which can also be found on our website at investors.markforged.com.
I’ll now turn the call over to Shai Terem, President and CEO of Markforged.
Thank you, Austin, and thank you, everyone, for joining us on our Q3 2023 earnings call.
While the medium- to long-term opportunity for Markforged to help manufacturers reduce costs and strengthen supply chain resiliency remains intact, we were disappointed with our third quarter results with top line of $20 million. The current macroeconomic uncertainty and increasing interest rates had a material impact on our ability to close deals in the last two weeks of the quarter.
As we shared on our October 23 press release, we have also updated our full year 2023 outlook to reflect our current view. At our Investor Day in mid-September, we still believe our 2023 target were attainable. But macroeconomic headwinds in dramatically accelerated in the final weeks of the quarter, and we saw delays in several large deals that we had expected to close. As we progress into the fourth quarter, we believe that the persistent high cost of capital and uncertainty in the macro environment will continue to restrict capital investment in the short term.
In light of these headwinds, we remain laser-focused on our path to profitability and have accelerated cost reduction efforts to align our operating expenses to match anticipated near-term demand. These efforts supported our ability to reduce our cash burn in the third quarter to $10 million and end of quarter cash balance of $126 million.
Today, in addition, we’re announcing a restructuring initiative that we believe will improve operating efficiencies and strengthen our balance sheet resiliency even further, but without compromising on our ability to innovate and grow to profitability.
This initiative, coupled with other cost reduction efforts, is expected to deliver operating cost savings of approximately $9 million to $12 million in 2024, driven by an approximate 10% headcount reduction.
With that, we remain confident in our long-term growth trajectory. The fundamental driving manufacturers to reduce costs and seek more resilient and flexible supply chain remain. And as we heard directly from our customers, Ford, Vestas Wind System, Azoth, Triumph Aerospace, Musashi Auto Parts, Dana and Automation Alley at our Investor Day, the digital forge provides a powerful platform for achieving this goal. This strengthens our conviction that as macroeconomic uncertainty clears, Markforged is well-positioned for strong growth.
To expand on one of these examples, Musashi Autopart, a leading manufacturer of a differential gear and assemblies has gained substantial benefit from its investment in the digital forge. Musashi began by printing grippers and other industrial and effectors using our Mark Two and Metal X printers in their Michigan facility. Over 80% cost savings and significant operational efficiencies achieved. Led Musashi to expand their Markforged deployment to three additional facilities across the globe. Musashi now uses the Digital Forge for over 40 different manufacturing applications.
With over 34 facilities worldwide, we’re excited about further expansion opportunities with Musashi. In Q3, we achieved another critical milestone towards the future of distributed manufacturing with the launch of the Digital Source. Digital Source is an on-demand parts platform for the licensing and 3D printing of manufacture certified parts when and where they are needed without the cost or hassle of physical inventory.
While our focus in 2024 is building out the platform, we believe the opportunity for high-margin revenue streams will be a growth catalyst in the years to come, as we are already seeing early signs of excitement from customers would help and expand Markforged solution into their own customer base.
One of our early digital store adapter is BMF, a specialized manufacturer of complex sandblasting machines with over 200 installations worldwide. Each BMF machine features 60 printed components, which are typically replaced every three to four months when the machines are running at full capacity. With Digital Source, BMF customers can print replacement components on-site the moment a failure or where is detected, minimizing downtime as well as shipping and inventory costs.
Continuing our track record of innovation, Markforged announced two new products last week at Formnext. The first, the FX10 is Markforged next-generation composite 3D printer for the factory floor. Building on the precision and reliability of the X7, but nearly twice as large and twice as fast as its predecessor. The FX10 is built to supercharge manufacturing productivity and profitability. The excitement in our booth around this product was beyond words.
We are already building a backlog of orders as the balance between value and price to our customers is extremely attractive, even under challenging cost of capital time. In addition, we also announced Vega, an ultra-high-performance carbon fiber field tech material for 3D printing aerospace part. Vega is highly compatible with carbon fiber reinforcement, unlocking aluminum strength for aerospace applications and high-value tooling.
Our aerospace FX20 customers visiting Formnext were highly impressed and eagerly waiting for first shipment. Both these new innovations are complementary into the digital forge, and further increased our addressable market by helping our customers solve more applications and deliver strong accurate parts on the factory floor.
So while the current macroeconomics environment is challenging, especially after coming back from Formnext last week, we strongly believe that the FX10, FX20, the PX100 and the digital source, on top of our legacy solution, are meeting critical industry needs to strengthen manufacturing resiliency and supply chain.
There is clearly pent-up demand, which is waiting for new platforms to start shipping. I am very proud of the one team effort over the last few years to reach this critical innovation milestones that will position the company for long-term success. With strong cost control in place and a sharp focus on achieving profitability, we believe our future is bright.
With that, I’ll now turn the call over to Assaf Zipori, our acting CFO, who will offer more details on our financial performance and guidance for the remainder of the year.
Thank you, Shai, and good evening, everyone.
I will be covering our financial results for the third quarter of 2023. Please note that my comments reflect our non-GAAP results and outlook. For your reference, our earnings press release issued earlier this afternoon to our Investor Relations website includes our GAAP and non-GAAP reconciliation to assist with my commentary. So let’s begin.
In line with our preliminary announced results, revenue for Q3 was $20.1 million compared to $25.2 million in the third quarter of 2022. The revenue decline was driven by stronger-than-expected macroeconomic headwinds, the delayed orders towards the end of the quarter.
Revenue for the first nine months of 2023 was $69.6 million compared to $71.3 million in the first nine months of 2022. In spite of the lower sales volume, gross profit margin for the quarter was 46.9% compared to 49.2% in the third quarter of 2022. Gross margins were also impacted by the continued ramp of the FX20 production, which is expected to continue until mid-2024.
Our operating expenses were $24.9 million for the third quarter of 2023, down from $28.5 million in the third quarter of 2022. This improvement in operating expenses is a result of our continued efforts to reduce operating expenses and our commitment to incremental efficiencies. Net loss for the third quarter of 2023 was $13.8 million or a loss of $0.07 per share based on a weighted average shares outstanding for the quarter of 197.4 million.
Our net cash used in operating activities in the first nine months of 2023 decreased by $25.3 million or approximately 39% from the first nine months of 2022. Our cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were $126 million as of September 30, 2023, down from $136 million at the close of second quarter 2023. We expect our cash utilization to continue to decrease with time as a result of higher revenue, continued focus on OpEx management and working capital efficiencies.
Now moving on to our guidance. The uncertain macro environment and relatively high cost of capital have weighed on our customers’ purchasing behavior more than expected. Therefore, we are maintaining our revised revenue guidance of $90 million to $95 million. We expect gross margins to be within the range of 47% to 48%, still within the range of our previous guidance. As previously communicated, we are committed to balance between revenue and expenses.
As such, we have recently announced the restructuring initiatives that, together with other cost reduction efforts, are expected to generate annualized OpEx cost reduction of $9 million to $12 million in 2024, based on our 2023 OpEx range of approximately $104 million.
Furthermore, we remain committed to continuously optimize our cash utilization. Our operating loss for the year is expected to be within the range of $59 million to $61 million, including a onetime restructuring cost of approximately $900,000. EPS loss per share is expected to be between $0.26 and $0.28, including the restructuring costs.
With our recent product introductions and excitement that this has generated, we are confident in our ability to grow and increase our market share in 2024 and beyond. Furthermore, we are confident that the cost reduction measures, which we have taken together with our growth trajectory, keep us on a path for profitability.
That concludes our prepared remarks today. Let’s please open up the call for questions.
[Operator Instructions] Our first question comes from Greg Palm with Craig-Hallum Capital Group. Please state your question.
Yes. Thanks for taking the question. Just starting off with kind of what you saw end of quarter. I’m just curious if you can give us a little bit more color on whether, a, you were relying on several large orders that didn’t close, whether it was certain kind of end customers or end verticals that you saw the most weakness. Maybe just a little bit more detail on sort of what kind of drove the end of quarter weakness. And just to be clear, did some of those orders that get delayed, have those closed here in Q4? Or are those still getting pushed?
Thank you, Greg. Yes. So as we indicated previously, some of the large deals that we’re expecting to close at the end of the quarter actually got delayed mainly due to the macro uncertainty, I would say, and mainly in APAC and the Americas, as you can see from this performances. Fair question, some of them already closed in Q4, but a bigger portion of them got delayed into 2024.
And it was fairly large deals that were fully funded, and we were expecting them to close based on the knowledge that we had. But the owners and the decision-makers decided in the last second, to pull out due to the sentiment and the uncertainty on the macro environment and they ask to wait until the next quarter or even 2024. With that, as you can see, we came back from Formnext, which was fairly successful. So we are starting to build the confidence back.
Got it. Okay. And one item that maybe stood out to us was consumables. I wouldn’t think of consumables as having nearly the same kind of magnitude of sort of volatility and that was a lot lower, both on a year-over-year and a sequential basis. So what kind of drove that? How much of that was based on the other phenomenon you saw? And going forward, just in terms of usage rates of the installed base out there, are you seeing a significant difference in recent months versus where we’ve been trending before? Thank you.
I think there are two kind of points around that. The first one, usually when our customers buy from us printers, they immediately also buy materials. So when there is significant drop in the purchasing of printers, with that comes a point in time of reduction of the purchase of materials.
The second, which I think for your question, we do not see a drop in utilization. But as you know, we’re still a small company. So point of time could move few pilots right or left with our channel partners that usually sell the materials through them. And as such, it was a point of time, we already see a recovery right after the end of the quarter. And the utilization stay in the right direction. So we don’t have any concerns on that front.
Understood. I will get back in the queue. Best of luck. Thanks.
Thank you, Greg.
Thank you. Our next question comes from Jacob Stephan with Lake Street Capital Markets. Please state your question.
Hi, guys. Thanks for taking my questions. Maybe I’ll just touch on the restructuring initiative a little bit. Could you help us kind of think about what percentage of the $9 million to $12 million comes out of the model and how that lays out over 2024?
So yes, thanks for the question. So we are looking at a reduction of $9 million to $12 million from a run rate of $104 million approximately in OpEx. The reduction is going to be across the board, across all departments without any compromise on our ability to grow and innovate. So it’s across the all departments, and we are well-positioned and encouraged with the outlook for 2024.
Okay. And maybe I could just get a better sense on kind of the quarterly, I guess, impact of that, I mean, are we thinking Q1 as we see the majority of the $9 million to $12 million in Q2, Q3, Q4 kind of steps down to get to the…
Yes, of course. When you look at the numbers, so basically, the bottom line is that the OpEx run rate would be between $92 million and $95 million annually. It should kick in, in Q1 2024. And obviously, there’s a certain level of fluctuation between the Qs given the events that we have in sales, marketing and so on. So — but the annual run rate would be $92 million to $95 million.
Okay. Got it. And I just want to touch on the services. Revenue was up 33% year-over-year. Could you just kind of touch on the strength, what you’re seeing in the services business? Is that Blacksmith is that Digital Forge?
Yes. Jacob, if you remember about a year ago, we talked about changing our service model to subscription, and adding to it the tools around software with simulation and the automated inspection. And we’re starting to see the fruits of it. So we are starting to see higher level of attach rate right out of the box. When people are buying the printers, but also a higher level of renewal rates. And I think this is where it’s turning to kick in. So we did some revisions to this modem, but a year ago we announced it, and now we’re starting to see the fruits of it.
Okay, I think that’s all the questions I had. Best of luck going forward here, guys. Great seeing you last week.
Thank you, Jacob.
Thank you. [Operator Instructions] Our next question comes from Brian Drab with William Blair. Please state your question.
Hi, guys. Good evening. This is Blake Keating on for Brian. If I could just ask, can you guys provide some additional details about the FX10 backlog you guys mentioned in the prepared remarks? Are these existing customers looking to upgrade from the X7 or add to the fleet? Or is it new customers who are beginning to use 3D printing?
Thank you for your question. It’s actually both. We are just coming back from Formnext. And if you can see videos of the event, it was very, very impressive and encouraging. Right after we launched it, we had hundreds of potential prospects kind of reaching out into the printer trying to touch it. So we currently see backlog of existing customers, but also new customers which are really interested in this solution. We’re already looking on dozens of orders.
What’s really nice about this printer that it’s building up on the legacy X7, the reliability of the solution, but also the price point. So the price point here is around $100,000, which is a very good sweet spot to our channel partners, but also to our customers, especially in times like this with very strange cost of capital environment. Sub-$100,000 solution can easily pass the bar, because it’s much better than the FX20 in times like this.
Understood. Appreciate the color. And then just building on that, do you anticipate the launch of the Digital Source that could cannibalize some of these demands from the new customers that you’re seeing for newer products like the FX10, PX100 or FX20?
Actually, exactly the opposite. The Digital Source was launched successfully. And actually, last week in Formnext, we officially started GA. We see a lot of traction from big OEMs that are looking to the solution. And what we’ve seen for the first step is that these big OEMs are pushing our solution into their supply chain or into their customer base. So what we actually see in reality is an increased adoption of our or Digital Source of the printers and materials and software and not cannibalization of it. It’s actually very impressive.
Understood. And then just lastly, I know you guys have kind of mentioned that you expect — you’re encouraged by what you’re seeing so far for 2024. But can you provide additional detail on how we should think about growth in 2024? Are you — you kind of touched how you’re going to balance revenue growth and profitability. But is there any more focus with the macro where it is on profitability? Or how should we think about that?
Yes. So I would say the macro uncertainties are still out there, and we cannot control them. With that, especially coming out of Formnext, we are coming with a very strong product portfolio, which is complementary to our legacy product portfolio. And we really believe that we can still grow even in a tough environment and especially because some of the new products are in the right price point. So we believe we’re in the right direction, but the final will be decided by the macro environment and how it clears up.
Got it. I’ll pass it along. Thank you.
Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, there are no further questions at this time. I’ll hand the floor back to management for closing remarks.
Thank you very much, everyone, for joining us on our call. And looking forward to see you in our next quarter. Thank you.
Thank you. This concludes today’s conference. All parties may disconnect. Have a good day.