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Proto Labs Reports Record Revenue and Net Income for the First Quarter 2014

Proto Labs, Inc. (NYSE: PRLB), a leading online and technology-enabled quick-turn manufacturer, today announced record financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014.

Highlights include:

  • Revenue for the first quarter of 2014 increased to a record $46.1 million, 23 percent above revenue of $37.3 million in the first quarter of 2013.
  • The record quarterly revenue was achieved through an 18 percent increase in the number of product developers served combined with an increase of 4 percent in spending per product developer.
  • Net income for the first quarter of 2014 increased to a record $10.1 million, or $0.39 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income, excluding the after tax expense of stock compensation, was $10.8 million, or $0.41 per diluted share. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measure” below.

“Our story in the first quarter of 2014 was about execution on many fronts. We successfully prepared for the formal launches in metal injection molding and liquid silicone rubber, both of which were announced the first week of April. Our revenue growth was strong, especially considering all the weather slow-downs and closures our customers experienced in the eastern half of the country. And of course, we completed the acquisition of FineLine Prototyping which we proudly announced a few days ago,” said Vicki Holt, President and Chief Executive Officer of Proto Labs.

Additional highlights include:

  • Gross margin was 63.0 percent of revenue in the first quarter of 2014 compared with 62.4 percent during the same quarter in 2013.
  • During the first quarter of 2014, spending on research and development, including the Protoworks initiatives, totaled $3.5 million, or 7.5 percent of revenue. This compares to $2.6 million, or 7.0 percent of revenue, during the first quarter of 2013.
  • Operating margin was 31.4 percent of revenue during the first quarter of 2014 compared to 30.5 percent in the first quarter of 2013.
  • As measured on a year-to-date basis, cash generated from operations totaled $15.3 million and expenditures on capital equipment were $9.9 million. Total cash, cash equivalents and investments totaled $149.9 million as of March 31, 2014.

“As much as we accomplished this past quarter, we expect the next few quarters will bring even more success. We are confident that our new services, LSR and MIM, will continue to gain momentum through 2014 and into 2015 as product developers become aware of and have experience with these new offerings. The integration of FineLine and its additive manufacturing service will bring more choices to product developers. We believe we are building the most dynamic parts supplier in the world with capabilities to supply our customers’ parts demand from quick-turn prototyping through short-run volume production via a robust portfolio of manufacturing technologies in a wide variety of material selections,” concluded Holt.

Non-GAAP Financial Measure

The company has included non-GAAP net income, adjusted for stock-based compensation expense, in this press release to provide investors with additional information regarding the company’s financial results. The company has provided below a reconciliation of non-GAAP net income, adjusted for stock-based compensation expense, to net income, the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP net income, adjusted for stock-based compensation expense, is used by the company’s management and board of directors to understand and evaluate operating performance and trends and provides a useful measure for period-to-period comparisons of the company’s business. Accordingly, the company believes that non-GAAP net income, adjusted for stock-based compensation expense, provides useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating operating results in the same manner as our management and board of directors.

Conference Call

The company has scheduled a conference call to discuss its first quarter financial results today, May 1, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. ET. To access the call in the U.S. please dial 866-700-6067. Outside the U.S. please dial 617-213-8834. Use participant code 17168050. A simultaneous webcast of the call will also be available on the investor relations section of the company’s website at An audio replay will be available for 14 days following the call on the investor relations section of Proto Labs’ website.

About Proto Labs, Inc.
Proto Labs is a leading online and technology-enabled quick-turn manufacturer of custom parts for prototyping and short-run production. Proto Labs provides “Real Parts, Really Fast” to product developers worldwide. Proto Labs utilizes computer numerical control (CNC) machining, injection molding, and additive manufacturing (3D printing), to manufacture custom parts for our customers. For more information, visit

Forward-Looking Statements
Statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical or current facts are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the results of Proto Labs to be materially different than those expressed or implied in such statements. Certain of these risk factors and others are described in the “Risk Factors” section within reports filed with the SEC. Other unknown or unpredictable factors also could have material adverse effects on Proto Labs’ future results. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. Proto Labs cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Finally, Proto Labs expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

Proto Labs, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
March 31, December 31,
2014 2013
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 44,201 $ 43,039
Short-term marketable securities 34,360 36,339
Accounts receivable, net 21,905 18,320
Inventory 5,346 5,166
Other current assets   4,862   6,931
Total current assets 110,674 109,795
Property and equipment, net 63,963 56,101
Long-term marketable securities 71,315 64,023
Other long-term assets   249   256
Total assets $ 246,201 $ 230,175
Liabilities and shareholders' equity
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $ 10,405 $ 6,455
Accrued compensation 4,779 6,196
Accrued liabilities and other 1,304 808
Income taxes payable 145 -
Current portion of long-term debt obligations   208   204
Total current liabilities 16,841 13,663
Long-term deferred tax liabilities 3,779 3,682
Long-term debt obligations 106 159
Other long-term liabilities 999 1,028
Shareholders' equity   224,476   211,643
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 246,201 $ 230,175
Proto Labs, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
Three Months Ended
March 31,



Protomold $ 32,694 $ 26,880
Firstcut   13,380   10,433
Total revenue 46,074 37,313
Cost of revenue   17,050   14,034
Gross profit 29,024 23,279
Operating expenses
Marketing and sales 6,417 5,263
Research and development 3,456 2,628
General and administrative   4,703   3,994
Total operating expenses   14,576   11,885
Income from operations 14,448 11,394
Other income, net   103   3
Income before income taxes 14,551 11,397
Provision for income taxes   4,449   3,110
Net income $ 10,102 $ 8,287
Net income per share:
Basic $ 0.40 $ 0.33
Diluted $ 0.39 $ 0.32
Shares used to compute net income per share:
Basic 25,573,851 25,014,907
Diluted 26,091,069 25,645,744
Proto Labs, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2014 2013
Operating activities
Net income $ 10,102 $ 8,287
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 2,106 1,734
Stock-based compensation expense 998 865
Deferred taxes 107 148
Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation (897 ) (4,067 )
Amortization of held-to-maturity securities 482 304
Changes in operating assets and liabilities   2,368     3,874  
Net cash provided by operating activities   15,266     11,145  
Investing activities
Purchases of property and equipment (9,892 ) (2,548 )
Purchases of marketable securities (32,385 ) (41,088 )
Proceeds from maturities of marketable securities   26,590     18,313  
Net cash used in investing activities   (15,687 )   (25,323 )
Financing activities
Payments on debt (50 ) (92 )
Proceeds from exercises of stock options and other 665 1,619
Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation   897     4,067  
Net cash provided by financing activities   1,512     5,594  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   71     (246 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 1,162 (8,830 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   43,039     36,759  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 44,201   $ 27,929  
Proto Labs, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measure
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
Three Months Ended
March 31, 2014
Non-GAAP net income, adjusted for stock-based compensation expense:
GAAP net income $ 10,102
Add back: Stock-based compensation expense
Cost of revenue 82
Marketing and sales 195
Research and development 215
General and administrative   506  
Total stock-based compensation expense 998
Income tax benefits on stock-based compensation   (312 )
Non-GAAP net income $ 10,788  
Non-GAAP net income per share:
Basic $ 0.42  
Diluted $ 0.41  
Shares used to compute non-GAAP net income per share:
Basic 25,573,851
Diluted 26,091,069
Proto Labs, Inc.
Revenue by Geography - Based on Shipping Location
(In thousands)
Three Months Ended
March 31,



United States $ 33,022 $ 28,148
Europe 9,205 6,465
Japan 1,885 1,349
United States   1,962   1,351
Total international   13,052   9,165
Total revenue $ 46,074 $ 37,313
Proto Labs, Inc.
Customer Information
(In thousands, except customer amounts)
Three Months Ended March 31,
2014 2013
Number of Number of
Customers Revenue ($) Customers Revenue ($)
New customers 559 $ 3,196 710 $ 3,078
Existing customers 4,325   42,878 3,528   34,235
Total 4,884 $ 46,074 4,238 $ 37,313
Proto Labs, Inc.
Product Developer Information
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2014 2013
Unique product developers served 7,669 6,488

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