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Velodyne Lidar Announces Inaugural Public-Company Third Quarter 2020 Results
Nov 05, 2020 | By Velodyne Lidar
  • Completed business combination with Graf Industrial Corp. on September 29, 2020, and started trading on Nasdaq
  • Grew revenue 137% year-over-year to $32.1 million
  • Signed six (6) multi-year agreements during the quarter and now count 24 total contracts
  • Initiated commercial shipments of Velarrays – our next-generation, compact lidar product with best-in-class range and resolution
  • Finished the quarter with $298 million of cash
  • Continued to build upon #1 position in lidar as evidenced by our shipment of 47,500 sensors to date for cumulative revenue of over $650 million

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Velodyne Lidar (NASDAQ: VLDR, VLDRW), the global leader in lidar technology, today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Dr. Anand Gopalan commented, “We are pleased to present our third quarter results for the first time as a public company. We are also excited about the continued strength we see in the overall lidar markets. Despite the continued impacts of COVID-19, we see growing interest in lidar applications across multiple industries, as evidenced by our accelerating commercial success across all of our focused markets. In this environment, Velodyne continues to demonstrate its leadership as the only at-scale lidar player, through strong technical and business execution.”

Third Quarter 2020 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue: Total revenue of $32.1 million represents a 137% increase year-over-year. Product revenue was $26.1 million in the quarter versus $11.7 million in Q3 2019, and License and Services revenue was $6.0 million, up from $1.8 million in Q3 2019.
  • Units and ASPs: We shipped 2,235 sensor units with a weighted average selling price (ASP) of approximately $5,600. We continue to build out our portfolio of sensor products at different price points that meet many industries’ needs, including those with lower-price application entry points.
  • Agreements: Total active multi-year agreements increased to 24 during the quarter.
  • Pipeline Strength: At the end of the quarter, we are tracking 175 pipeline projects across 25+ industries, representing a 34% increase over 131 projects at the end of 2019.
  • Gross Profit: GAAP and non-GAAP gross profit totaled $15.0 million compared to a third quarter 2019 gross profit of $1.1 million. Previous public guidance reflected a third quarter benefit from a one-time $11 million stocking fee, which positively impacted gross profit.
  • Net Loss and EPS: GAAP net loss was $5.3 million and non-GAAP net loss was $9.1 million. Accordingly, GAAP loss per share was $0.04 and non-GAAP loss per share was $0.06.
  • Shares Outstanding: EPS for the third quarter is calculated using weighted average shares outstanding of 140.5 million. As of September 30, actual shares outstanding were 168.7 million.
  • Liquidity: Cash of $298 million was on the balance sheet at the end of the third quarter.

A reconciliation between historical GAAP and non-GAAP information is provided in the tables below.

Third Quarter 2020 Business Highlights

  • Consummated business combination with Graf Industrial Corp. and began trading on Nasdaq under the tickers VLDR (common stock) and VLDRW (public warrants) on September 30, 2020
  • Awarded six new agreements with diverse applications among each of our three focused market segments – moving people, moving goods, security and smart cities
  • Ongoing activities with our 300+ customers, which include nearly all the leading global automotive manufacturers and technology companies
  • Successfully defended patents with Hesai and RoboSense by entering into recurring global licensing payment agreements
  • Announced a three-year sales agreement with Baidu for our Alpha Prime lidar sensors

Financial Outlook

Velodyne is pleased to reiterate the guidance shared in early September as part of our business combination with Graf Industrial Corp.

  • For the full year 2020, we expect total revenue of approximately $101 million, as previously forecasted.
  • We expect the full year GAAP gross margin, including approximately $7.5 million of stock-based compensation, in the range of 22.6% to 25.6% and the non-GAAP gross margin to be approximately 30% to 33%.
  • For the full year, GAAP operating loss is expected to total between $208 million and $205 million. Non-GAAP operating loss is expected in the range of $67 million to $64 million for the full year of 2020. The primary difference between GAAP and Non-GAAP operating loss is the amortization of stock-based compensation equaling approximately $142 million. Stock-based compensation is calculated using the closing common share price for VLDR on October 30, 2020, which was $12.20. The charge for each employee equity incentive is based on the actual day that the incentives vest.
  • Given our business combination, we estimate fourth quarter actual and fiscal year weighted average shares outstanding of approximately 175.4 million and 148.5 million, respectively.

Conference Call Information

Velodyne will host a conference call and live webcast for analysts and investors at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time on November 5, 2020. Parties in the United States and Canada can access the call by dialing (800) 289-0462, using conference code 805709. The webcast will be accessible on Velodyne’s investor relations website at A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available through November 12, 2020. To access the replay, parties in the United States and Canada should call (888) 203-1112 and enter conference code 7086125.

About Velodyne Lidar

Velodyne Lidar (NASDAQ: VLDR, VLDRW) ushered in a new era of autonomous technology with the invention of real-time surround view lidar sensors. Velodyne is the first public pure-play lidar company and is known worldwide for its broad portfolio of breakthrough lidar technologies. Velodyne’s revolutionary sensor and software solutions provide flexibility, quality and performance to meet the needs of a wide range of industries, including autonomous vehicles, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), smart cities, and security. Through continuous innovation, Velodyne strives to transform lives and communities by advancing safer mobility for all. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter: @VelodyneLidar.

 September 30, 2020 December 31, 2019
Current assets: 
Cash and cash equivalents$297,853  $60,004 
Short-term investments  2,199 
Accounts receivable, net19,405  11,863 
Inventories, net16,422  14,987 
Prepaid and other current assets10,906  12,918 
Total current assets344,586  101,971 
Property, plant and equipment, net17,808  26,278 
Goodwill1,189  1,189 
Intangible assets, net723  982 
Contract assets5,626   
Other assets632  5,755 
Total assets$370,564  $136,175 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity   
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$10,447  $6,923 
Accrued expense and other current liabilities41,134  31,160 
Contract liabilities6,574  18,261 
Total current liabilities58,155  56,344 
Long-term tax liabilities605  1,360 
Other long-term liabilities26,302  2,225 
Total liabilities85,062  59,929 
Commitments and contingencies   
Stockholders’ equity (as adjusted for December 31, 2019):   
Preferred stock   
Common stock17  14 
Additional paid-in capital489,920  240,464 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(211)  (216) 
Accumulated deficit(204,224)  (164,016) 
Total stockholders’ equity285,502  76,246 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$370,564  $136,175 
 Three Months Ended
September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 2020 2019 2020 2019
Product$26,099  $11,698  $53,948  $63,234 
License and services6,000  1,819  23,568  19,192 
Total revenue32,099  13,517  77,516  82,426 
Cost of revenue:       
Product16,482  14,430  46,027  51,384 
License and services648  180  1,032  1,498 
Total cost of revenue17,130  14,610  47,059  52,882 
Gross profit14,969  (1,093)  30,457  29,544 
Operating expenses:       
Research and development10,535  16,521  39,653  42,211 
Sales and marketing4,126  5,126  12,798  15,945 
General and administrative10,579  4,148  26,942  10,637 
Gain on sale of assets held-for-sale(7,529)    (7,529)   
Restructuring    1,043   
Total operating expenses17,711  25,795  72,907  68,793 
Operating loss(2,742)  (26,888)  (42,450)  (39,249) 
Interest income2  191  119  946 
Interest expense(31)  (18)  (69)  (45) 
Other income (expense), net38  (42)  (105)  (15) 
Loss before income taxes(2,733)  (26,757)  (42,505)  (38,363) 
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes2,562  70  (4,098)  122 
Net loss$(5,295)  $(26,827)  $(38,407)  $(38,485) 
 Net loss per share:
Basic and diluted$(0.04) $(0.20) $(0.28) $(0.29)
Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share:   
Basic and diluted140,490,370133,033,927139,425,745133,033,927
 Three Months Ended
September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 2020 2019 2020 2019
Cash flows from operating activities:       
Net loss$(5,295)  $(26,827)  $(38,407)  $(38,485) 
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash used in operating activities:       
Depreciation and amortization2,091  2,109  6,342  5,804 
Stock-based compensation85  25  241  111 
Write-off of deferred IPO costs3,548    3,548   
Gain on sale of assets held-for-sale(7,529)    (7,529)   
Provision for doubtful accounts16  74  525  418 
Other4  (82)  74  (418) 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:       
Accounts receivable, net15,847  3,958  (8,067)  7,769 
Inventories, net1,134  (2,460)  3,329  (2,074) 
Prepaid and other current assets621  (4,732)  2,510  (5,164) 
Contract assets    (8,439)  38 
Other assets94  249  358  703 
Accounts payable2,543  3,254  3,188  4,631 
Accrued expenses and other liabilities(1,357)  7,994  (9,812)  7,932 
Contract liabilities(8,885)  (1,335)  2,512  (1,275) 
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities2,917  (17,773)  (49,627)  (20,010) 
Cash flows from investing activities:       
Purchase of property, plant and equipment(474)  (1,634)  (2,197)  (4,805) 
Proceeds from sale of assets held-for-sale12,275    12,275   
Proceeds from sales of short-term investments  7,403    8,903 
Proceeds from maturities of short-term investments  17,100  2,200  48,250 
Purchase of short-term investments  (5,387)    (28,823) 
Considerations paid for acquisition  (2,473)    (2,473) 
Net cash provided by investing activities11,801  15,009  12,278  21,052 
Cash flows from financing activities:       
Proceeds from issuance of preferred stock, net of issuance costs    19,919   
 Proceeds from Business Combination and PIPE offering, net of transaction costs248,355    248,303   
Repurchase of common stock(1,801)    (1,801)   
Cash paid for IPO costs    (1,144)   
Proceeds from notes payable    10,000   
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities246,554    275,277   
 Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash and cash equivalent(49)  (8)  (79)  (67) 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents261,223  (2,772)  237,849  975 
Beginning cash and cash equivalents36,630  27,651  60,004  23,904 
Ending cash and cash equivalents$297,853  $24,879  $297,853  $24,879 
 Three Months Ended
September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 2020 2019 2020 2019
Gross profit (loss) on GAAP basis$14,969  $(1,093)  $30,457  $29,544 
Gross margin on GAAP basis 47%   (8%)   39%   36% 
Stock-based compensation2    2   
Gross profit (loss) on non-GAAP basis$14,971  $(1,093)  $30,459  $29,544 
Gross margin on non-GAAP basis 47%   (8%)   39%   36% 
Operation loss on GAAP basis$(2,742)  $(26,888)  $(42,450)  $(39,249) 
Stock-based compensation85  25  241  111 
Legal settlements    2,479   
Gain on Sale of assets held-for-sale(7,529)    (7,529)   
Write-off of deferred IPO costs3,548    3,548   
Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets96  92  288  92 
Restructuring charges    1,043   
Operation loss on non-GAAP basis$(6,542)  $(26,771)  $(42,380)  $(39,046) 
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes on GAAP basis$2,562  $70  $(4,098)  $122 
Non-GAAP tax reconciling adjustments    6,679   
Provision for income taxes on non-GAAP basis$2,562  $70  $2,581  $122 
Net loss on GAAP basis$(5,295)  $(26,827)  $(38,407)  $(38,485) 
Stock-based compensation85  25  241  111 
Legal settlements    2,479   
Gain on Sale of assets held-for-sale(7,529)    (7,529)   
Write-off of deferred IPO costs3,548    3,548   
Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets96  92  288  92 
Restructuring charges    1,043   
Non-GAAP tax reconciling adjustments    (6,679)   
Net loss on non-GAAP basis$(9,095)  $(26,710)  $(45,016)  $(38,282) 
Net loss per share on GAAP basis       
Basic and diluted$(0.04)  $(0.20)  $(0.28)  $(0.29) 
Weighted-average shares on GAAP basis       
Basic and diluted140,490,370  133,033,927  139,425,745  133,033,927 
Net loss per share on non-GAAP basis       
Basic and diluted$(0.06)  $(0.20)  $(0.32)  $(0.29) 
Weighted-average shares on non-GAAP basis       
Basic and diluted140,490,370133,033,927139,425,745133,033,927

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to, statements regarding our financial outlook and market positioning. Forward-looking statements give our current expectations and projections relating to our financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business. You can identify forward-looking statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. These statements may include words such as “anticipate”, “estimate”, “expect”, “project”, “plan”, “intend”, “believe”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “can have”, “likely” and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of the timing or nature of future operating or financial performance or other events. All forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those that we expected, including: the impact on our operations and financial condition from the effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic both on Velodyne’s business and those of its customers and suppliers; Velodyne’s ability to execute its business plan; the timing of revenue from existing customers, including uncertainties related to the ability of Velodyne’s customers to commercialize their products and the ultimate market acceptance of these products; uncertainties related to Velodyne’s estimates of the size of the markets for its products and future revenue opportunities; the rate and degree of market acceptance of Velodyne’s products; the success of other competing lidar and sensor-related products and services that exist or may become available; Velodyne’s ability to identify and integrate acquisitions; rising costs adversely affecting Velodyne’s profitability; uncertainties related to Velodyne’s current litigation and potential litigation involving GRAF or Velodyne or the validity or enforceability of Velodyne’s intellectual property; Velodyne’s ability to partner with and rely on third party manufacturers; general economic and market conditions impacting demand for Velodyne’s products and services; and changes in applicable laws or regulations. Given these factors, as well as other variables that may affect Velodyne’s operating results, you should not rely on forward-looking statements, assume that past financial performance will be a reliable indicator of future performance, or use historical trends to anticipate results or trends in future periods. The forward-looking statements included in this press release and on the related teleconference call relate only to events as of the date hereof. Velodyne undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to our results determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”), we believe the non‑GAAP measures of non-GAAP gross profit (loss), non-GAAP gross margin, Non‑GAAP operating loss, non-GAAP net loss, and non‑GAAP net loss per share are useful in evaluating our operating performance. Certain of these non-GAAP measures exclude stock-based compensation, litigation settlements, gain from asset sales, one-time IPO-related costs, amortization of acquisition-related intangibles assets, and discrete tax items. We believe that non‑GAAP financial information, when taken collectively, may be helpful to investors because it provides consistency and comparability with past financial performance and assists in comparisons with other companies, some of which use similar non‑GAAP information to supplement their GAAP results. The non‑GAAP financial information is presented for supplemental informational purposes only, and should not be considered a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with GAAP, and may be different from similarly‑titled non‑GAAP measures used by other companies. Reconciliation tables of the most comparable GAAP financial measures to the non-GAAP financial measures are used in this press release. The impact of these items in future periods is uncertain and, depends on various factors. Accordingly, a reconciliation for forward-looking non-GAAP operating income is not available without unreasonable effort.


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About Velodyne Lidar

Velodyne Lidar (Nasdaq: VLDR, VLDRW) ushered in a new era of autonomous technology with the invention of real-time surround view lidar sensors. Velodyne, a global leader in lidar, is known for its broad portfolio of breakthrough lidar technologies. Velodyne’s revolutionary sensor and software solutions provide flexibility, quality and performance to meet the needs of a wide range of industries, including robotics, industrial, intelligent infrastructure, autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Through continuous innovation, Velodyne strives to transform lives and communities by advancing safer mobility for all.

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