Executive Chairman Peter Leys commented, “While the global economy was negatively impacted by a combination of geopolitical instability and the COVID-19 pandemic, Materialise continued to perform well. After posting record numbers for 2021, all of our segments grew during the first quarter of 2022, with an aggregate revenue increase of 16% on a consolidated basis, driven by the continued recovery of Materialise Manufacturing. We are particularly pleased that our deferred revenue from annual software sales and maintenance fees increased significantly, underscoring the solid recurring sales performance of our Materialise Software and Materialise Medical segments. Moreover, our Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was 5,443 kEUR, slightly above last year’s, and included the continued operational investments in Link3D, a developer of AM manufacturing execution systems that we acquired on January 4, 2022.”
First Quarter 2022 Results
Total revenue for the first quarter of 2022 increased 16.3% to 52,961 kEUR from 45,554 kEUR for the first quarter of 2021. Adjusted EBITDA increased to 5,443 kEUR for the first quarter of 2022 from 5,341 kEUR for the 2021 period. The Adjusted EBITDA margin (Adjusted EBITDA divided by total revenue) for the first quarter of 2022 was 10.3%, compared to 11.7% for the first quarter of 2021.
The results of Link3D have been fully consolidated with the results of our Materialise Software segment as of the beginning of this year. Revenue from Materialise Software increased 2.6% to 10,483 kEUR for the first quarter of 2022 from 10,219 kEUR for the same quarter last year. Segment EBITDA decreased, including the effect of ongoing investments in Link3D, to 1,932 kEUR from 3,429 kEUR while the segment EBITDA margin was 18.4% compared to 33.6% for the prior-year period.
Revenue from our Materialise Medical segment increased 13.0% to 18,347 kEUR for the first quarter of 2022 compared to 16,231 kEUR for the same period in 2021. Segment EBITDA amounted to 3,227 kEUR for the first quarter of 2022 compared to 4,541 kEUR while the segment EBITDA margin was 17.6% compared to 28.0% for the first quarter of 2021.
Revenue from our Materialise Manufacturing segment increased 26.2% to 24,131 kEUR for the first quarter of 2022 from 19,114 kEUR for the first quarter of 2021. Segment EBITDA increased to 2,613 kEUR from (144) kEUR while the segment EBITDA margin grew to 10.8% compared to (0.8)% for the first quarter of 2021.
Gross profit grew to 28,884 kEUR compared to 24,568 kEUR for the same period last year, while gross profit as a percentage of revenue increased to 54.5% compared to 53.9% for the first quarter of 2021.
Research and development (“R&D”), sales and marketing (“S&M”) and general and administrative (“G&A”) expenses increased, in the aggregate, 17.2% to 29,773 kEUR for the first quarter of 2022 from 25,398 kEUR for the first quarter of 2021.
Net other operating income was 938 kEUR compared to 1,120 kEUR for the first quarter of 2021.
Operating result amounted to 49 kEUR compared to 290 kEUR for the first quarter of 2021.
Net financial result was 376 kEUR compared to (4,112) kEUR for the first quarter of 2021.
The first quarter of 2022 contained income tax expenses of (298) kEUR, compared to 181 kEUR income tax income in the first quarter of 2021.
As a result of the above, net profit for the first quarter of 2022 was 127 kEUR, compared to (3,642) kEUR for the same period in 2021. Total comprehensive income for the first quarter of 2022, which includes exchange differences on translation of foreign operations, was 1,543 kEUR compared to (3,150) kEUR for the 2021 period.
At March 31, 2022, we had cash and cash equivalents of 169,610 kEUR compared to 196,028 kEUR at December 31, 2021. Gross debt amounted to 93,583 kEUR, compared to 99,107 kEUR at December 31, 2021. As a result, our net cash position (gross debt less cash and cash equivalents) was 76,027 kEUR, a decrease of 20,894 kEUR, and included the effect of our call option exercise to acquire 100% of the shares of Link3D.
Cash flow from operating activities for the first quarter of 2022 increased to 11,111 kEUR from 4,231 kEUR for the same period in 2021. Total capital expenditures for the first quarter of 2022 amounted to 3,499 kEUR.
Net shareholders’ equity at March 31, 2022 was 234,121 kEUR compared to 232,577 kEUR at December 31, 2021.
Materialise uses EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as supplemental financial measures of its financial performance. EBITDA is calculated as net profit plus income taxes, financial expenses (less financial income), shares of profit or loss in a joint venture and depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is determined by adding share-based compensation expenses, acquisition-related expenses of business combinations, impairments and revaluation of fair value due to business combinations to EBITDA. Management believes these non-IFRS measures to be important measures as they exclude the effects of items which primarily reflect the impact of long-term investment and financing decisions, rather than the performance of the company’s day-to-day operations. As compared to net profit, these measures are limited in that they do not reflect the periodic costs of certain capitalized tangible and intangible assets used in generating revenues in the company’s business, or the charges associated with impairments. Management evaluates such items through other financial measures such as capital expenditures and cash flow provided by operating activities. The company believes that these measurements are useful to measure a company’s ability to grow or as a valuation measurement. The company’s calculation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as alternatives to net profit or any other performance measure derived in accordance with IFRS. The company’s presentation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed to imply that its future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items.
This document contains translations of certain euro amounts into U.S. dollars at specified rates solely for the convenience of readers. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from euros to U.S. dollars in this document were made at a rate of EUR 1.00 to USD 1.1101, the reference rate of the European Central Bank on March 31, 2022.
Conference Call and Webcast
Materialise will hold a conference call and simultaneous webcast to discuss its financial results for the first quarter of 2022 on Thursday, April 28, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CET. Company participants on the call will include Wilfried Vancraen, Founder and Chief Executive Officer; Peter Leys, Executive Chairman; and Johan Albrecht, Chief Financial Officer. A question-and-answer session will follow management’s remarks.
- To access the conference call, please dial 844-469-2530 (U.S.) or 765-507-2679 (international), passcode 2437458#.
The conference call will also be broadcast live over the Internet with an accompanying slide presentation, which can be accessed on the company’s website at http://investors.materialise.com. A webcast of the conference call will be archived on the company’s website for one year.