LAKE MARY, Fla., April 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO) today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 28, 2015.
The Company's first quarter 2015 sales of $69.9 million decreased 4.7% from $73.4 million in the first quarter of 2014. Excluding approximately $7.0 million of unfavorable foreign exchange impacts, the Company's first quarter 2015 sales would have increased approximately 5% as compared to the first quarter of 2014. Net income decreased $4.3 million, or 86.7%, to $0.7 million, or $0.04 per share, in the first quarter of 2015 from $5.0 million, or $0.29 per share, in the first quarter of 2014.
First quarter 2015 new order bookings of $69.1 million decreased by $1.8 million, or 2.6%, from $70.9 million in the first quarter of 2014. Excluding approximately $7.0 million of unfavorable foreign exchange impacts, new order bookings would have increased approximately 7% as compared to the same quarter last year.
Gross margin of 56.6% increased 2.0 percentage points in the first quarter of 2015 as compared to the first quarter of 2014. This solid increase was primarily driven by a higher Arm average selling price and an increase in service margin from strong revenue growth as the Company's installed base continues to grow in the market.
Operating margin decreased to 2.7% in the first quarter of 2015 from 9.5% in the first quarter of 2014 primarily driven by a decrease in gross profit on lower sales and higher fixed operating expenses in support of long term growth. The Company continued to demonstrate its commitment to new disruptive product development by increasing research and development spending by $0.9 million, or 17.1% from the first quarter of 2014, to $6.4 million in the first quarter of 2015.
"Our first quarter sales reflect the impacts of foreign currency and challenging macro-economic conditions for capital spending, but do not tell the complete story of the underlying FARO business to start 2015," stated Jay Freeland, FARO's President and CEO. "Excluding approximately $5.4 million of unfavorable foreign exchange impacts, our Europe/Africa reported sales of $22.2 million would have shown year-over-year growth of almost 16%. Our 3D documentation portfolio continued its strong growth with the FARO Focus3D laser scanner posting over 20% year-over-year unit sales growth and our new FARO Freestyle3D laser scanner launching with strong demand. In the first quarter, we continued our strategic focus to strengthen our position in the AEC and law enforcement verticals by acquiring highly regarded software innovators, ARAS 360 and kubit GmbH. In response to the top line growth headwinds, we are taking pro-active, deliberate action now to opportunistically take cost out of the business, without inhibiting our ability to continue to develop new, disruptive products to deliver long term growth for our shareholders."
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are subject to risks and uncertainties, such as statements about FARO's growth, demand for and customer acceptance of FARO's products, anticipated improvement in the markets in which FARO operates, and FARO's product development and product launches. Statements that are not historical facts or that describe the Company's plans, objectives, projections, expectations, assumptions, strategies, or goals are forward-looking statements. In addition, words such as "is," "are," "future," "will," and similar expressions or discussions of FARO's plans or other intentions identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to various known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause actual results, performances, or achievements to differ materially from future results, performances, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Consequently, undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements.
Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to:
the Company's inability to successfully identify and acquire target companies or achieve expected benefits from acquisitions that are consummated;
development by others of new or improved products, processes or technologies that make the Company's products less competitive or obsolete;
the Company's inability to maintain its technological advantage by developing new products and enhancing its existing products;
declines or other adverse changes, or lack of improvement, in industries that the Company serves or the domestic and international economies in the regions of the world where the Company operates and other general economic, business, and financial conditions;
the impact of fluctuations of foreign exchange rates; and
Other risks detailed in Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014.
Forward-looking statements in this release represent the Company's judgment as of the date of this release. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, unless otherwise required by law.
FARO is the world's most trusted source for 3D measurement technology. The Company develops and markets computer-aided measurement and imaging devices and software. Technology from FARO permits high-precision 3D measurement, imaging and comparison of parts and complex structures within production and quality assurance processes. The devices are used for inspecting components and assemblies, rapid prototyping, documenting large volume spaces or structures in 3D, surveying and construction, as well as for investigation and reconstruction of accident sites or crime scenes.
The Company's global headquarters is located in Lake Mary, FL; its European regional headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany; and its Asia Pacific regional headquarters in Singapore. FARO has other offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Turkey, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Portugal, India, China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea, and Japan.