CyberOptics Reports Fourth Quarter Operating Results
February 18, 2021 at 16:00 PM EST
CyberOptics Corporation (Nasdaq: CYBE) today reported sales of $16.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2020 ended December 31, virtually unchanged from the fourth quarter of 2019. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $1.5 million or $0.20 per diluted share, compared to earnings of $168,000 or $0.02 per diluted share in the year-earlier period. Net income in the fourth quarter of 2020 benefited from the improvement in gross margin to 47%, reflecting the increased proportion of high-margin products in the sales mix, and lower operating expenses.
For full-year 2020, CyberOptics reported record sales of $70.1 million, an increase of 18% from $59.3 million in 2019. Net income in 2020 came to $5.7 million or $0.77 per diluted share, compared to earnings of $774,000 or $0.11 per share in 2019.
Dr. Subodh Kulkarni, president and chief executive officer, said, “CyberOptics’ fourth quarter sales were at the upper end of our previously issued guidance for this period. Our performance benefited from higher sales of Multi-Reflection Suppression™(MRS™) 3D sensors and WaferSense® semiconductor products as well as customer acceptances for $1.6 million of 2D MX600™ memory module inspection systems. As announced in January 2021, CyberOptics received orders valued at $4.2 million for 3D MX3000™ memory module inspection systems from multiple subcontractors for a large memory manufacturer. These orders, which validate the importance of our 3D MRS inspection technology to memory manufacturers, are scheduled to ship in the second and third quarters of 2021.”
He continued, “The capital spending outlook among customers in our markets is positive at this time. This environment bodes well for sales of our 3D MRS sensor and system products during the coming year.”
Sales of inspection and metrology systems fell 19% year-over-year to $8.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. Within this category, sales of SQ3000™ Multi-Function inspection systems declined 43% year-over-year to $4.0 million. This anticipated decrease was attributable to normal quarterly variation in sales of capital equipment. Micro LED-related sales of SQ3000 Multi-Function systems totaled approximately $600,000 in the fourth quarter of 2020. Additional orders for SQ3000 Multi-Function systems for micro LED inspection and metrology and 2D and 3D MX systems for memory module inspection are anticipated as 2021 progresses. Sales of inspection and metrology systems in the first quarter of 2021 are forecasted to decline on both a sequential and year-over-year basis due to normal quarterly sales variability.
Customer demonstrations are continuing for the new WX3000 metrology and inspection system that incorporates CyberOptics 3D NanoResolution MRS™ sensor. The NanoResolution sensor and WX system have positioned CyberOptics to capitalize upon long term growth opportunities in its markets.
Sales of 3D and 2D sensors increased 37% year-over-year to $5.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. This growth was driven by sales of 3D MRS sensors, which rose 85% year-over-year to $3.5 million. The increase was generated by demand from OEM’s and system integrators using 3D MRS sensors for high-end semiconductor inspection and metrology applications. Sales of 3D and 2D sensors are forecasted to post strong growth in the first quarter of 2021 on both a sequential and year-over-year basis.
Sales of semiconductor sensors increased 21% year-over-year to $3.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. Sales of these yield and process improvement sensors are expected to post sequential and year-over-year increases in the first quarter of 2021.
CyberOptics’ backlog at December 31, 2020 was $23.0 million, up from $17.7 million at the end of the third quarter, due primarily to the recently announced orders valued at $4.2 million for 3D MX3000 memory module inspection systems. The company is forecasting sales of $16.5 to $17.5 million for the first quarter of 2021 ended March 31.
Kulkarni added, “We currently see 2021 shaping up as another good year for CyberOptics. We are confident that our 3D MRS sensor and system products will enable us to continue building leadership positions in our targeted markets.”
CyberOptics Corporation (www.cyberoptics.com) is a leading global developer and manufacturer of high-precision 3D sensing technology solutions. CyberOptics’ sensors are used for inspection and metrology in the SMT and semiconductor markets to significantly improve yields and productivity. By leveraging its leading edge technologies, the Company has strategically established itself as a global leader in high precision 3D sensors, allowing CyberOptics to further increase its penetration of key vertical markets. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, CyberOptics conducts worldwide operations through its facilities in North America, Asia and Europe.
Fourth Quarter 2020 Conference Call and Replay
CyberOptics will review its fourth quarter operating results in a conference call at 4:30 P.M. Eastern today. Investors can access the live call by dialing toll-free 800-437-2398 prior to the start of the call and providing the conference ID: 1739750. A webcast of the live conference call, which will be archived for 30 days, can be heard by visiting the investor relations section of the CyberOptics website, www.cyberoptics.com. A replay of the conference call, available one hour after the call, can be accessed by dialing 888-203-1112 and providing conference ID: 1739750. The replay will be available for 30 days.