NI Reports Third Quarter Results

Revenue of $308 million, above midpoint of guidance

Q3 2020 Summary

  • GAAP Revenue of $308 million, down 9 percent year over year
  • Fully diluted GAAP EPS of $(0.04) and fully diluted non-GAAP EPS of $0.23
  • EBITDA of $19 million for the third quarter
  • Cash and short-term investments of $290 million as of September 30, 2020

First Three Quarters of 2020 Summary

  • GAAP Revenue of $919 million, down 7 percent year over year
  • Fully diluted GAAP EPS of $1.06 and fully diluted non-GAAP EPS of $0.74
  • EBITDA of $242 million for the first nine months of 2020

AUSTIN, Texas — (BUSINESS WIRE) — October 29, 2020 — National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) today announced Q3 2020 revenue of $308 million, down 9 percent year over year, and up 2 percent sequentially.

In Q3 2020 the value of the company's orders was down 7 percent year over year; orders over $20,000 were down 4 percent year over year; and orders under $20,000 were down 11 percent year over year. For Q3, year over year orders in the Americas region were relatively flat, in EMEA orders were down 16 percent, and in APAC orders were down 7 percent during the quarter.

Before the second quarter of 2020 we included order value and net sales attributable to our operations in India within the EMEA region. In the second quarter of 2020, we began including these amounts within the APAC geographic region, to reflect recent changes within our organizational structure.

Geographic revenue in U.S. dollar terms for Q3 2020 compared with Q3 2019 was down 11 percent in the Americas, down 5 percent in APAC and down 12 percent in EMEA. Excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange, revenue was down 11 percent in the Americas, down 3 percent in APAC and down 13 percent in EMEA. Historical revenue from these three regions can be found on NI’s investor website at www.ni.com/nati.

In Q3, GAAP gross margin was 70 percent and non-GAAP gross margin was 74 percent. Total GAAP operating expenses were $218 million, up 1 percent year over year. Total non-GAAP operating expenses were down 3 percent year over year at $189 million. GAAP operating loss was $(2) million with non-GAAP operating income of $40 million. GAAP net loss for Q3 was $(5) million and non-GAAP net income was $30 million, with GAAP fully diluted EPS of ($0.04) and non-GAAP fully diluted EPS of $0.23, above the midpoint of our guidance. EBITDA, or Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization, was $19 million for Q3.

For the first nine months of 2020, GAAP revenue was $919 million, down 7 percent year over year, the value of the company's total orders was down 6 percent year over year, with GAAP net income of $139 million, up 34% year over year, and GAAP fully diluted EPS of $1.06.

“We have and will continue to take a broad range of actions to ignite growth. Building on our unique software position, we believe we have the opportunity to once again modernize and disrupt our industry,” said Eric Starkloff, NI CEO. “We remain focused on execution in the areas of our business that can drive our growth even within the constraints of an overall weaker spending environment. The actions we are taking, on both reductions and investments, are focused on achieving long-term growth.”

“We delivered third quarter revenue above the midpoint of guidance despite the current economic environment. While we have seen positive signs in our business, we remain cautious to the uncertainty that lies ahead,” said Karen Rapp, NI CFO. “We remain committed to the execution of our growth and profitability strategy in pursuit of our long-term financial targets. We believe our strong balance sheet and cash position provide us the capability to keep our capital allocation priorities unchanged as we stay committed to shareholder value."

As of September 30, 2020, NI had $290 million in cash and short-term investments. During the third quarter, NI paid $34 million in dividends and repurchased 446,502 shares of our common stock at an average price of $34.86 per share. The NI Board of Directors approved a quarterly dividend of $0.26 per share payable on December 7, 2020, to stockholders of record on November 16, 2020.

The company’s non-GAAP results exclude, as applicable, the impact of purchase accounting fair value adjustments, stock-based compensation, amortization of acquisition-related intangibles, acquisition-related transaction and integration costs, taxes levied on the transfer of acquired intellectual property, foreign exchange loss on acquisitions, restructuring charges, tax reform charges, disposal gains on buildings and related charitable contributions, tax effects related to businesses held for sale, gain on sale of businesses, and capitalization and amortization of internally developed software costs. Reconciliations of the company’s GAAP and non-GAAP results are included as part of this news release.

Guidance

NI currently expects Q4 GAAP revenue to be in the range of $333 million to $363 million and Q4 non-GAAP revenue, which adjusts for the impact of purchase price accounting related to OptimalPlus, to be in the range of $335 million to $365 million. The company currently expects that GAAP fully diluted EPS will be in the range of $(0.04) to $0.10 for Q4, with non-GAAP fully diluted EPS expected to be in the range of $0.32 to $0.46. Included in our EPS guidance is a restructuring charge of $0.13 which relates to a reduction in our global workforce of approximately 9%.

Conference Call Information

Interested parties can listen to the Q3 2020 earnings conference call with NI management today, October 29, at 4:00 p.m. CT at ni.com/call or by dialing 855-212-2361 and entering confirmation code 7456239 ten minutes prior to the call start time. Replay information is available by calling (855) 859-2056 and entering confirmation code 7456239 , shortly after the call through November 1 at 10:00 p.m. CT or by visiting the company’s website at ni.com/call.

Non-GAAP Presentation

In addition to disclosing results determined in accordance with GAAP, NI discloses certain non-GAAP operating results and non-GAAP information that exclude certain charges. In this news release, the company has presented its revenue, gross profit, gross margin, operating expenses, operating income, operating margin, provision for income taxes, net income and fully diluted EPS for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis. NI is also providing guidance on its non-GAAP revenue and non-GAAP fully diluted EPS.

When presenting non-GAAP information, the company includes a reconciliation of the non-GAAP results to the GAAP results. Management believes that including the non-GAAP results assists investors in assessing the company’s operational performance and its performance relative to its competitors. The company presents these non-GAAP results as a complement to results provided in accordance with GAAP, and these results should not be regarded as a substitute for GAAP. Management uses these non-GAAP measures to manage and assess the profitability and performance of its business and does not consider purchase accounting fair value adjustments, stock-based compensation expense, amortization of acquisition-related intangibles, acquisition-related transaction and integration costs, taxes levied on the transfer of acquired intellectual property, foreign exchange loss on acquisitions, restructuring charges, tax reform charges, disposal gains on buildings and related charitable contributions, tax effects related to businesses held for sale, gain on sale of businesses, and capitalization and amortization of internally developed software costs in managing its operations. Specifically, management uses non-GAAP measures to plan and forecast future periods; to establish operational goals; to compare with its business plan and individual operating budgets; to measure management performance for the purposes of executive compensation, including payments to be made under bonus plans; to assist the public in measuring the company’s performance relative to the company’s long-term public performance goals; to allocate resources; and, relative to the company’s historical financial performance, to enable comparability between periods. Management also considers such non-GAAP results to be an important supplemental measure of its performance.

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