Luminar Provides Business Update with Q4 and Full-Year 2022 Financials
Providing Guidance for Near-term and Long-term Profitability; Exponential Revenue Acceleration Anticipated with Triple-Digit Percentage Growth for Coming Years
Orlando, Fla. — Luminar (NASDAQ: LAZR), a leading global automotive technology company, announced at Luminar Day its quarterly business update and financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2022, ended December 31, 2022. The company is also providing insight into its long-term forecast and guidance, which is being webcast live at www.luminartech.com/day.
“In 2022, we achieved or exceeded all four key company-level milestones including: achieving the start of production with Iris, advancing our software, and exceeding our previously raised sixty percent year-over-year growth targets for both major commercial wins and our forward-looking order book,” said Tom Fennimore, CFO of Luminar. “This year is already off to a strong start. Existing customers are expanding their business with us, our dialogue with new customers is increasing, and the team is doing a great job executing our industrialization and scaling plans to support upcoming vehicle launches.”
Today, the company also hosted Luminar Day at its headquarters, where it announced several new commercial agreements, revealed its new Iris+ sensor and reported positive industrialization progress, ahead of prior guidance, to meet the strong, forecasted customer demand. A replay of Luminar Day presentations is available at www.luminartech.com/day.
Key Q4 & Full-Year 2022 Financials:
Key financial highlights for the fourth-quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2022:
* Revenue: Q4 revenue of $11.1 million and full-year revenue of $40.7 million. Both are at the lower end of guidance range primarily due to timing of program and service revenue recognition.
*GAAP and Non-GAAP net loss: Q4 GAAP net loss was $144.8 million, or $(0.40) per share; Q4 Non-GAAP net loss was $94.9 million, or $(0.26) per share, slightly higher than expectations as we invested in industrialization and ongoing software development. For the full year, GAAP net loss was $445.9 million, or $(1.25) per share; Non-GAAP net loss was $279.3 million, or $(0.78) per share.
* Cash, Cash Equivalents and Marketable Securities: Cash position, including marketable securities, of $488.9 million as of December 31, 2022, compared to $792.1 million as of December 31, 2021. Net cash used in operating activities was $(74.7) million in Q4 and $(208.2) million for the full year. Free Cash Flow (operating cash flow less capital expenditures) was $(79.5) million in Q4 and $(226.3) million for the full year. Net cash used in operating activities was higher and Free Cash Flow was lower sequentially from Q3 primarily due to operating loss from industrialization & software investments.
Major 2023 Milestone Targets and Financial Guidance:
Today, Luminar updated its annual business milestone targets and financial guidance for the full year of 2023.
Top 3 Critical Business Milestones to Achieve by Year-End 2023:
- Bring new high volume, automated manufacturing facility in Mexico online and validate to Volvo’s series production requirements for global vehicle launches
- Execute Product and Technology Roadmap
* Enter Iris+ C-phase
* Build next-gen lidar prototype
* Complete software to support Volvo and Mercedes-Benz series production programs
- Execute and Grow the Business
* Add at least $1 billion to forward-looking Order Book in 2023
2023 Financial Outlook:
* Revenue Growth: The company expects revenue growth of at least 100% in 2023
* Gross Margin: The company expects to reach positive gross margin by the fourth quarter
* Cash, Cash Equivalents and Marketable Securities (including liquidity): The company expects to end the year with a balance of greater than $300 million
Plan for Profitability:
At Luminar Day, the company unveiled its plan to achieve near-term as well as long-term profitability, with target metrics beginning this year. Luminar maintains the balance sheet and liquidity required to execute on its current plan and achieve profitability.
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Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Metrics
In addition to disclosing financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), this press release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures and certain other metrics. Non-GAAP financial measures and these other metrics do not have any standardized meaning and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similarly titled measures and metrics presented by other companies. Luminar considers these non-GAAP financial measures and metrics to be important because they provide useful measures of the operating performance of the Company, exclusive of factors that do not directly affect what we consider to be our core operating performance, as well as unusual events. The Company’s management uses these measures and metrics to (i) illustrate underlying trends in the Company’s business that could otherwise be masked by the effect of income or expenses that are excluded from non-GAAP measures, and (ii) establish budgets and operational goals for managing the Company’s business and evaluating its performance. In addition, investors often use similar measures to evaluate the operating performance of a company. Non-GAAP financial measures and metrics are presented only as supplemental information for purposes of understanding the Company’s operating results. The non-GAAP financial measures and metrics should not be considered a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with GAAP.
This release includes non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP net loss and Free Cash Flow. Non-GAAP net loss is defined as GAAP net loss plus stock-based compensation expense, plus amortization of intangible assets, plus impairment of investments and certain other assets, plus legal reserve related to employee matters, plus transaction costs relating to acquisition activities, plus expenses related to registration statement on Form S-1 or Form S-3 on behalf of selling stockholders, plus change in fair value of warrant liabilities, plus provision for (benefit from) income taxes. Free Cash Flow is defined as operating cash flow less capital expenditures.
We use “Order Book” as a metric to measure performance against anticipated achievement of planned key milestones of our business. Order Book is defined as the forward-looking cumulative billings estimate of Luminar’s hardware and software products over the lifetime of given vehicle production programs which Luminar’s technology is expected to be integrated into or provided for, based primarily on projected / actual contractual pricing terms and our good faith estimates of “take rate” of Luminar’s technology on vehicles. “Take rates” are the anticipated percentage of new vehicles to be equipped with Luminar’s technology based on a combination of original equipment manufacturer (“OEM”) product offering decisions and predicted end consumer purchasing decisions. We include programs in our Order Book when (a) we have obtained a written agreement (e.g. non-binding expression of interest arrangement or an agreement for non-recurring engineering project) or public announcement with a major industry player, and (b) we expect to ultimately be awarded a significant commercial program.
We believe Order Book provides useful information to investors as a supplemental performance metric as our products are currently in a pre-production stage and therefore there are currently no billings or revenues from commercial grade product sales. OEMs customarily place non-cancelable purchase orders with their automotive component suppliers only shortly before or during production. Consequently, we use Order Book to inform investors about the progress of expected adoption of our technologies by OEMs because there is, in our view, no other better metric available at our stage. The Order Book estimate may be impacted by various factors, as described in “Risk Factors” in Item 1A of Part I of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021 and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to the following:
(i) None of our customers make contractual commitments to use our lidar sensors and software until all test and validation activities have been completed, they have finalized plans for integrating our systems, have a positive expectation of the market demand for our features, and unrelated to us, have determined that their vehicle is ready for market and there is appropriate consumer demand. Consequently, there is no assurance or guarantee that any of our customers, including any programs which we included in our Order Book estimates will ever complete such testing and validation or enter into a definitive volume production agreement with us or that we will receive any billings or revenues forecasted in connection with such programs.
(ii) The development cycles of our products with new customers vary widely depending on the application, market, customer and the complexity of the product. In the automotive market, for example, this development cycle can be as long as seven or more years. Variability in development cycles make it difficult to reliably estimate the pricing, volume or timing of purchases of our products by our customers.
(iii) Customers cancel or postpone implementation of our technology.
(iv) We may not be able to integrate our technology successfully into a larger system with other sensing modalities.
(v) The product or vehicle model that is expected to include our lidar products may be unsuccessful, including for reasons unrelated to our technology.
These risks and uncertainties may cause our future actual sales to be materially different than that implied by the Order Book metric.
Certain statements included in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “aims,” “believe,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “set,” “continue,” “towards,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” “should,” “would,” “forward,” and similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding expected achievement and timing of manufacturing scale up, OEM production readiness, next-gen lidar prototype delivery, Iris+ program milestones and Order Book growth, and expectations for 2023 revenue growth, gross margin improvement, operating expense growth, year-end cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities (including liquidity) balance, and year-end share count. These statements are based on various assumptions, whether or not identified in this press release, and on the current expectations of Luminar’s management and are not guarantees of actual performance. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements, including the risks discussed in the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections of Luminar’s most recently filed periodic reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, and other documents Luminar files with the SEC in the future. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made, and Luminar undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release.
Luminar is a global automotive technology company ushering in a new era of vehicle safety and autonomy. For the past decade, Luminar has built an advanced hardware and software platform to enable its more than 50 industry partners, including the majority of global automotive OEMs. From Volvo Cars and Mercedes-Benz for consumer vehicles and Daimler Trucks for commercial trucks, to tech partners NVIDIA and Intel’s Mobileye, Luminar is poised to be the first automotive technology Company to enable next-generation safety and autonomous capabilities for production vehicles. For more information please visit www.luminartech.com.