Luminar Achieves Start of Production with SAIC’s Rising Auto; Reports Q3 Financials
Company Beats on Revenue and Earnings
Orlando, Fla. — Nov. 2, 2022 — Luminar (NASDAQ: LAZR), a leading global automotive technology company, announced its achievement of the start of production milestone and reported its financial results for the third quarter of 2022, ended Sept. 30, 2022. SAIC is the largest Chinese automaker, and the R7 is the first flagship vehicle from its new smart electric brand RISING AUTO. Its debut, featuring Luminar, marks an inflection point in the industry as Luminar’s technology makes its way into consumer production vehicles.
Luminar’s technology helps power the vehicle’s RISING PILOT Intelligent Driving Program to enable advanced safety features and automated driving capabilities over time. The launch follows RISING AUTO’s high-speed testing across China, encompassing more than 400,000km.
“With the start of series production, autonomous technology has for the first time evolved from R&D into consumer production vehicles,” said Austin Russell, Luminar Founder and CEO. “The team and I couldn’t be more proud to bridge that chasm with China’s largest automaker and power what is set to be their most advanced and safest vehicle on the road. As we continue to successfully prove ourselves, major automakers are becoming more convinced that the path to autonomy will be paved by Luminar lidar and will begin with next generation safety.”
On October 12, Polestar unveiled the Polestar 3 vehicle featuring lidar by Luminar, which Polestar referenced as “the best long-range lidar in the world.” Luminar Iris is expected to be available to order on Polestar 3 beginning in Q2 2023. Next week, Volvo Cars is set to unveil its new fully-electric flagship SUV, the Volvo EX90, which will come standard with Luminar on every vehicle.
Today, Luminar released the capstone to its Path to Series Production video series, which can be viewed at: www.luminartech.com/path. The video underscores the recent start of series production for SAIC’s RISING AUTO and spotlights Volvo Cars’ design approach to sleekly integrating Iris into the Volvo EX90 prior to its upcoming reveal on Nov. 9.
Major 2022 Milestones – Q3 Status:
Luminar outlined its four major milestones to measure success at the beginning of the year. Last quarter, the company raised guidance for the growth of commercial programs (major commercial wins) and forward-looking order book. Luminar is on track to meet or beat each of these targets by year-end, and today has achieved its number one major 2022 milestone with the start of Iris production.
- Iris Industrialization for Series Production: Luminar successfully launched its Iris lidar into series production, leveraging manufacturing partners in Mexico and Thailand, driven by Luminar’s advanced manufacturing team. The company continues its focus on industrialization with construction of a new dedicated higher volume production facility in Monterrey, Mexico that is on track to be production ready by the second half of 2023.
- Software: The company continued to make strong progress improving and refining critical components of its software stack, including the on-road performance of Proactive Safety™ and highway autonomy features. The company remains on track for its beta version milestone by the end of 2022 and expects to demonstrate it live at CES in January 2023.
- Commercial Programs: Luminar remains on track to achieve its previously increased goal of 60% YoY growth for major commercial program wins.
- Forward-Looking Order Book: Luminar remains on track to achieve its previously increased goal of 60% YoY growth for its forward-looking order book.
Key Q3 2022 Financials:
Luminar exceeded its Q3 financial guidance and maintains a strong balance sheet for accelerating business growth and reaching positive cash flow.
- Revenue: Q3 revenue of $12.8 million, ahead of expectations and up 60% YoY, and 29% compared to the prior quarter.
- GAAP and Non-GAAP net loss: Q3 GAAP net loss was $117.6 million, or $(0.33) per share; Q3 Non-GAAP net loss was $63.4 million, or $(0.18) per share.
- Cash, Cash Equivalents and Marketable Securities were $553.1 million as of Sept. 30, 2022. Q3 cash spend (operating cash flow less capital expenditures) was $52.5 million. Luminar is maintaining prior cash spend guidance of 2022 cash spend moderately higher than 2021.
- Q4 2022 Financial Outlook: Maintaining full-year revenue outlook of $40 million to $45 million, which the company raised in August.
Founder and CEO Austin Russell and CFO Tom Fennimore will host a video webcast, featuring a business update followed by a live Q&A session.
- What: video webcast featuring quarterly business and financial update and live Q&A
- Date: today, Nov. 2, 2022
- Time: 2:00 p.m. PDT (5:00 p.m. EDT)
A live webcast of the event will be available on Luminar’s investor site at https://luminartech.com/quarterlyreview. A replay of the webcast will be available following the presentation. For additional information or to be added to our investor distribution list, please visit us at https://investors.luminartech.com/ir-resources/email-alerts.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
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. Non-GAAP financial measures do not have any standardized meaning and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies. Luminar considers these non-GAAP financial measures 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 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 are presented only as supplemental information for purposes of understanding the Company’s operating results. The non-GAAP financial measures 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, Order Book, and Cash Spend. Non-GAAP net loss is defined as GAAP net loss plus stock-based compensation expense, plus amortization of intangible 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 on behalf of selling stockholders, plus change in fair value of warrant liabilities, plus provision for (benefit from) income taxes.
Order Book is defined as the forward-looking cumulative sales estimates of Luminar’s hardware and software products over the lifetime of given programs which Luminar’s technology is integrated into or provided for, based primarily on projected/actual contractual pricing terms and good faith estimates of “take rates” of Luminar’s technology on vehicles. Such anticipated programs and volumes/take rates are based on commitments by our partners that are dependent on successful performance through development and validation and entering definitive purchase orders for series production, which may change for a variety of reasons as disclosed herein and other SEC filings, including, without limitation, the risks set forth in the “Forward-Looking Statements” section below. Customer production vehicle volume estimates (and take rates when applicable) are largely sourced from (i) the OEM/customer, (ii) IHS Markit or other third party estimates, and/or (iii) Luminar’s management good faith estimates.
Luminar defines a “major win” as a written agreement with a major industry player, including based on their past experience in high volume production, leadership in autonomy, or market leadership, that selects our technology for what is expected to be a significant commercial program, including OEM series production programs. We only include major commercial wins, disclosed or undisclosed, in our forward-looking order book calculation, which are subject to the risks set forth in the “Forward-Looking Statements” section below.
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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.