Nova Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Results

REHOVOT, Israel, Feb. 18, 2021 - Nova (Nasdaq: NVMI) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2020.

Fourth Quarter 2020 Highlights:

  • Quarterly record revenue of $76.3 million, up 18% year-over-year
  • GAAP net income of $13.7 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, up 9% year-over-year on a per-share basis
  • Non-GAAP net income of $15.9 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, up 8% year-over-year on a per-share basis
  • Initial revenues recognized from multiple customers for Nova ELIPSON™, a newly launched materials metrology solution
  • Record quarterly materials metrology revenue, driven by expansion into leading Logic and Foundry customers

Full Year 2020 Highlights:

  • Record annual revenue of $269.4 million, up 20% year-over-year
  • GAAP net income of $47.9 million, or $1.65 per diluted share, up 35% year-over-year on a per-share basis
  • Non-GAAP net income of $59.6 million, or $2.06 per diluted share, up 30% year-over-year on a per-share basis

Management Comments

"Our robust fourth quarter financial results concluded a record year for Nova, demonstrating the company's growing agility and outstanding execution capabilities," commented Eitan Oppenhaim, President and Chief Executive Officer. "This was a firm conclusion to a well-performed year during which we continued to innovate and expand our differentiated portfolio to support our customers' new generation of devices. Our resilience amid the pandemic, led by our global teams, drove our strong performance throughout the year. With our new enhanced product offering and solid market position, we enter 2021 with substantial momentum to continue our growth across customers and territories."

2021 First Quarter Financial Outlook

Management provided an outlook for the first quarter, the period ending March 31, 2021. Based on current estimates, management expects:

  • $76 million to $83 million in revenue
  • $0.41 to $0.53 in diluted GAAP EPS
  • $0.55 to $0.66 in diluted non-GAAP EPS

2020 Fourth Quarter Results

Total revenues for the fourth quarter of 2020 were $76.3 million, an increase of 9.8% compared with the third quarter of 2020 and an increase of 18.1% compared with the fourth quarter of 2019.

Gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2020 was 55.5%, compared with a gross margin of 57.1% in the third quarter of 2020, and compared with a gross margin of 53.6% in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2020 were $25.5 million, compared with $24.1 million in the third quarter of 2020 and compared with $20.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2019.

On a GAAP basis, the Company reported net income of $13.7 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2020. This is compared with net income of $13.9 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2020, and compared with net income of $12.4 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2019.

On a non-GAAP basis, which excludes amortization of acquired intangible assets, stock-based compensation expenses, one-time expense related to a transaction made by a financial institution without Company authorization, facilities transition costs, revaluation of operating lease liabilities, amortization of debt discount and issuance costs and tax effect of non-GAAP adjustment, the Company reported net income of $15.9 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2020. This is compared with net income of $16.5 million, or $0.57 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2020, and compared with net income of $14.6 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2019.

2020 Full Year Results

Total revenues for 2020 were $269.4 million, an increase of 19.8% compared to total revenues of $224.9 million for 2019.

Gross margin in 2020 was 56.8%, compared with gross margin of 54.2% in 2019.

Operating expenses in 2020 were $97.4 million, compared with operating expenses of $85.4 in 2019.

On a GAAP basis, the Company reported net income of $47.9 million, or $1.65 per diluted share, in 2020. This is compared with a net income of $35.2 million, or $1.23 per diluted share, in 2019.

On a non-GAAP basis, which excludes amortization of acquired intangible assets, stock-based compensation expenses, one-time expense related to a transaction made by a financial institution without Company authorization, facilities transition costs, revaluation of operating lease liabilities, amortization of debt discount and issuance costs and tax effect of non-GAAP adjustment, the Company reported net income of $59.6 million, or $2.06 per diluted share, in 2020. This is compared with net income of $45.5 million, or $1.59 per diluted share, in 2019.