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Markforged growth slows significantly in Q3, at +5% YoY

CEO Shai Terem cites "challenging macro environment" and highlights solid overall performance with robust FX20 demand 

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The good news for Markforged Holding Corporation (NYSE: MKFG), a company looking to enable industrial production at the point of need, is that revenues grew again, by 5% YoY, to $25.2 million, in its fiscal Q3, which ended September 30, 2022. The not-as-good news is that growth slowed significantly if compared to Q3 2021 when the company’s revenues had grown by 53.8%, to $24.0 million compared to the previous year.

“Despite a challenging macro environment, we delivered another solid quarter as demand for The Digital Forge continues to grow globally. Ongoing supply chain challenges continue to be a catalyst for demand for our Digital Forge platform which brings industrial production to the point of need,” said Shai Terem, President and CEO of Markforged. “Excitement for our newest production-grade printer, the FX20, has been tremendous, and we are pleased to have expanded our addressable market by adding high-volume metal application capabilities to our technology offerings with the closing of the Digital Metal acquisition. While challenges including inflation, geopolitical tensions and supply chain disruption are putting near-term pressure on our margins, we are confident in our long term strong fundamentals, which are supported by our growing pipeline and market opportunity.”

Markforged growth slows significantly in Q3, at +5% YoY due to challenging macro environment in spite of robust FX20 demand Despite a challenging macro environment, we delivered another solid quarter as demand for The Digital Forge continues to grow globally. Ongoing supply chain challenges continue to be a catalyst for demand for our Digital Forge platform which brings industrial production to the point of needShai Terem, President and CEO of Markforged

Markforged’s newest production-grade printer the FX20 is generating unprecedented excitement and orders continue to exceed the company’s expectations as manufacturers seek solutions to make their supply chains more resilient and flexible. However, as supply chain challenges continued globally, Markforged was not able to meet the demand for the FX20 and the cost of production of the FX20 exceeded the company’s estimates.

Markforged also completed the acquisition of Digital Metal in Q3. The addition of this new metal binder jetting technology expands Markforged’s addressable market into the mass production of end-use metal parts. Demand is building in automotive, luxury goods, medical and MIM applications.

In the Americas and EMEA, inflation and geopolitical pressures continued to impact the company’s business, as macroeconomic uncertainty led businesses to delay purchase decisions. However, the APAC region met the company’s expectations for significant growth in the second half of 2022. Revenue in APAC grew 51% during the nine months that ended September 30, 2022, compared to the same period in 2021, and 82% during the three months that ended September 30, 2022, compared to the same period in 2021, led by strong demand for mature products and accelerated demand for the FX20.

Markforged growth slows significantly in Q3, at +5% YoY due to challenging macro environment in spite of robust FX20 demand 
The FX20

Operating leverage from tight cost controls. Strong cost controls allowed Markforged to see sequential operating leverage and deliver on its EPS target in Q3. The company reorganized its go-to-market team and reprioritized initiatives with the potential for the greatest impact on profitable growth. These cost controls resulted in a strong balance sheet that the company anticipates will keep it on the path to profitability in 2024.
2022 Guidance

Markforged is updating its full-year 2022 financial guidance to reflect its updated fiscal year outlook, which considers the current market conditions. The Company anticipates revenue for the fourth quarter to be in the range of $28 – $32 million which, at the midpoint, would result in 2022 full-year revenue near the lower end of the range the Company provided previously. Non-GAAP gross margin in the fourth quarter is anticipated to be in the range of 48% – 50%, which equates to full-year 2022 non-GAAP gross margin within the range of 50% – 52%.

Non-GAAP operating loss in the fourth quarter is expected to be in the range of $13.2 – $14.7 million, which equates to full year 2022 non-GAAP operating loss in the range of $61 – $62.5 million for the year. Non-GAAP earning per share results for the fourth quarter are expected to be a loss in the range of $0.06 – $0.07 per share, which equates to full year 2022 non-GAAP earning per share results to be a loss in the range of $0.31 – $0.32 per share, based on the outstanding share count of approximately 193.6 million shares.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based 3dpbm. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore, as well as 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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