SOURCE: Align Technology

Align Technology

July 23, 2015 16:00 ET

Align Technology Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 23, 2015) - Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN)

  • Q2 worldwide Clear Aligner shipments of 144.6 thousand, up 21.2% year-over-year, with North America up 17.4% and International up 30.4%
  • Q2 revenues of $209.5 million, up 8.8% year-over-year, and diluted EPS of $0.39
  • On a constant currency basis, total revenues up 14.2% year-over-year, and Clear Aligner revenues up 17.5% year-over-year

Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015. Clear Aligner shipments in Q2'15 were 144.6 thousand, a 21.2% increase year-over-year from 119.3 thousand in Q2'14. Revenues for the second quarter of 2015 (Q2'15) were $209.5 million, an 8.8% increase year-over-year from $192.5 million in the second quarter of 2014 (Q2'14).  Net profit for Q2'15 was $31.4 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, compared to $35.6 million, or $0.43 per diluted share in Q2'14. For Q2'15, on a constant currency basis, year-over-year total revenue growth would have been 14.2%, year-over-year Clear Aligner revenue growth would have been 17.5%, and earnings per diluted share would have been $0.03 per share higher.

"Our second quarter results were solid driven by strong Invisalign volume and growth across all customer channels and geographies," said Joe Hogan, Align president and CEO. "North America volumes grew 17% year-over-year and our international geographies were up 30% compared to last year. This reflects another record quarter for North American Ortho utilization and record volume in almost every major country in Europe, as well as China, Japan, Southeast Asia, and Taiwan."

 
Summary Financial Comparisons
(In millions except for shipments and per share amounts)
  Q2'15   Q1'15   Q2'14   Q/Q   Y/Y
GAAP                  
Clear Aligner shipments 144,570   130,780   119,300   10.5 %   21.2 %
Net revenues $209.5   $198.1   $192.5   5.8 %   8.8 %
Clear Aligner $200.8   $187.0   $179.7   7.4 %   11.7 %
Scanner & Services $8.7   $11.1   $12.8   (21.6)%   (32.2)%
Net profit $31.4   $36.2   $35.6   (13.3)%   (11.9)%
Net profit per share $0.39   $0.44   $0.43   $(0.05)   $(0.04)
                   
Note: Changes and percentages are based on actual values and may effect totals due to rounding 
 

As of June 30, 2015, Align had $596.7 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities compared to $602.6 million as of December 31, 2014. During Q2'15, we paid out $70 million under an accelerated stock repurchase plan ("ASR") in which we received an initial delivery of approximately 824,000 shares of our common stock. The final number of shares repurchased will be determined upon completion of the ASR based on Align's volume-weighted average stock price during the term of the ASR, less an agreed upon discount. The ASR is expected to be completed by July 29, 2015. There remains approximately $130 million available for repurchases under the existing stock repurchase authorization, of which $30 million is expected to be used for open market repurchases pursuant to a 10b-5 trading plan over the next nine months. These repurchases were collectively part of a three-year, $300 million stock repurchase program announced on April 23, 2014 of which the second $100 million was authorized to be purchased through April 2016.

Additional Aligners at No Charge Effective July 18, 2015
"We are committed to delivering a better customer experience for our doctors and their patients," said Joe Hogan, Align president and CEO. "Our goal is to continue to improve how customers experience our products and services, our business processes and interactions with them, and the Invisalign and iTero brands. Over the past two years we have made improvements in each of these areas and as a result, our key customer experience measure for success, our Net Promoter Score (NPS), has continued to rise. We expect this new policy will result in significant improvement in customer satisfaction and loyalty, which we believe will further increase Invisalign utilization and volume over time."

On July 18, 2015, Align launched a new product policy called "Additional Aligners At No Charge" to address one of our customer's top complaints. Previously, Align charged customers for additional aligners ordered beyond those covered by the initial treatment plan. With this new policy, Align will no longer distinguish between mid-course corrections and case refinements and allow doctors to order additional aligners to address either treatment need at no charge, subject to certain requirements. These changes will be effective for all new Invisalign Full, Teen, and Assist treatments shipped worldwide after July 18, 2015, as well as any open Invisalign Full, Teen, and Assist cases as of this date. 

Based on this new policy, beginning in Q3'15, we will now defer more revenue as a result of providing free additional aligners for eligible treatments. Additionally, since we are "grandfathering" over 1 million open cases, we will recognize lower revenue when additional aligners are shipped for at least the next two years until these cases complete. Therefore, we expect this new product policy will decrease Clear Aligner net revenues by approximately $6 to $7 million in Q3'15 and $7 to $8 million in Q4'15.

Q3 2015 Business Outlook
For the third quarter of 2015 (Q3'15), Align provides the following guidance:

  • Clear Aligner case shipments in the range of 141.8 thousand to 144.3 thousand, up approximately 18.5% to 20.6% over the same period a year-ago.
  • Net revenues in the range of $201.4 million to $205.7 million.
  • Diluted EPS in the range of $0.28 to $0.31.
  • For Q3'15, on a constant currency basis and excluding the impact of the Additional Aligners policy, year-over-year total net revenues growth is expected to be 12.5% to 15.3%, year-over-year Clear Aligner net revenues growth expected to be 13.9% to 16.6%, and earnings per diluted share with the additional costs associated with the organizational change is expected to be $0.09 to $0.10 per share higher.

Align Announces Leadership Changes to Support Continued Growth and Expansion Globally
In a separate press release today, Align announced that it is simplifying the commercial reporting structure for its three key regions and global marketing to better support regional growth and priorities, and to extend best practices across the company.

Align Web Cast and Conference Call
Align will host a conference call today, July 23, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. ET, 1:30 p.m. PT, to review its second quarter 2015 results, discuss future operating trends and the business outlook. The conference call will also be web cast live via the Internet. To access the web cast, go to the "Events & Presentations" section under Company Information on Align's Investor Relations web site at http://investor.aligntech.com. To access the conference call, please dial 201-689-8261 approximately fifteen minutes prior to the start of the call. An archived audio web cast will be available beginning approximately one hour after the call's conclusion and will remain available for approximately 12 months. Additionally, a telephonic replay of the call can be accessed by dialing 877-660-6853 with conference number 13612927 followed by #. For international callers, please dial 201-612-7415 and use the same conference number referenced above. The telephonic replay will be available through 5:30 p.m. ET on July 30, 2015.

About Align Technology, Inc.
Align Technology is the leader in modern clear aligner orthodontics that designs, manufactures and markets the Invisalign® system, which provides dental professionals with a range of treatment options for adults and teenagers. Align also offers the iTero 3D digital scanning system and services for orthodontic and restorative dentistry. Align was founded in March 1997 and received FDA clearance to market the Invisalign system in 1998. Visit www.aligntech.com for more information.

For additional information about the Invisalign system or to find an Invisalign provider in your area, please visit www.invisalign.com. For additional information about the iTero 3D digital scanning system, please visit www.itero.com.

Forward-Looking Statement
This news release, including the tables below, contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the expectation that the program simplification "Additional Aligners for No Charge" will help increase Invisalign utilization and volume, as well as the expected impact this program change will have on Invisalign Clear Aligner net revenues in the third and fourth quarter of 2015, in addition to certain other business metrics for the third quarter of 2015, including, but not limited to, anticipated net revenues, deferrals, gross margin, operating expenses, operating profit, diluted earnings per share, case shipments, and additional common stock repurchases. Forward-looking statements contained in this news release and the tables below relating to expectations about future events or results are based upon information available to Align as of the date hereof. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. As a result, actual results may differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. Factors that might cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, difficulties predicting customer and consumer purchasing behavior, the willingness and ability of our customers to maintain and/or increase product utilization in sufficient numbers, the possibility that the development and release of new products does not proceed in accordance with the anticipated timeline, the possibility that the market for the sale of these new products may not develop as expected, the risks relating to Align's ability to sustain or increase profitability or revenue growth in future periods while controlling expenses, growth related risks, including capacity constraints and pressure on our internal systems and personnel, our ability to successfully achieve the anticipated benefits from the scanner and services business, continued customer demand for our existing and new products, changes in consumer spending habits as a result of, among other things, prevailing economic conditions, levels of employment, salaries and wages and consumer confidence, the timing of case submissions from our doctors within a quarter, acceptance of our products by consumers and dental professionals, foreign operational, political and other risks relating to Align's international manufacturing operations, Align's ability to protect its intellectual property rights, continued compliance with regulatory requirements, competition from existing and new competitors, Align's ability to develop and successfully introduce new products and product enhancements and the loss of key personnel. These and other risks are detailed from time to time in Align's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 26, 2015. Align undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason.

 
 
ALIGN TECHNOLOGY, INC.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share data)
                   
  Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended
  June 30,
2015
  June 30,
2014
    June 30,
2015
    June 30,
2014
                           
Net revenues $ 209,488   $ 192,531     $ 407,574     $ 373,177
                           
Cost of revenues   50,854     47,055       97,850       90,450
                           
Gross profit   158,634     145,476       309,724       282,727
                           
Operating expenses:                          
  Selling, general and adminstrative   100,625     83,455       188,906       165,522
  Research and development   15,684     13,289       29,569       26,669
Total operating expenses   116,309     96,744       218,475       192,191
                           
Operating profit   42,325     48,732       91,249       90,536
                           
Interest and other income (expense), net   174     (93 )     (1,278 )     508
                           
Profit before income taxes   42,499     48,639       89,971       91,044
                           
Provision for income taxes   11,149     13,039       22,444       23,000
                           
Net profit $ 31,350   $ 35,600     $ 67,527     $ 68,044
                           
Net profit per share                          
  - basic $ 0.39   $ 0.44     $ 0.84     $ 0.84
  - diluted $ 0.39   $ 0.43     $ 0.83     $ 0.82
                           
Shares used in computing net profit per share                          
  - basic   80,257     81,027       80,358       81,073
  - diluted   81,394     82,341       81,729       82,651
                             
                             
                             
ALIGN TECHNOLOGY, INC.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)
         
    June 30,
2015
  December 31,
2014
ASSETS            
             
Current assets:            
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 161,753   $ 199,871
  Marketable securities, short-term     276,789     254,787
  Accounts receivable, net     146,466     129,751
  Inventories     16,415     15,928
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets     56,483     56,823
    Total current assets     657,906     657,160
             
Marketable securities, long-term     158,161     147,892
Property, plant and equipment, net     108,029     90,125
Goodwill and intangible assets, net     80,590     82,056
Deferred tax assets     16,014     3,099
  Other assets     7,881     7,665
             
    Total assets   $ 1,028,581   $ 987,997
             
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY            
             
Current liabilities:            
  Accounts payable   $ 29,513   $ 23,247
  Accrued liabilities     91,992     87,880
  Deferred revenues     101,420     90,684
    Total current liabilities     222,925     201,811
             
Other long term liabilities     35,855     33,415
             
    Total liabilities     258,780     235,226
             
Total stockholders' equity     769,801     752,771
             
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 1,028,581   $ 987,997
             
             
             
ALIGN TECHNOLOGY, INC.
Q1 2015 FINANCIAL AND BUSINESS METRICS
(in thousands except average selling price, utilization and doctors trained)
   
                                         
  Q1     Q2     Q3     Q4     Fiscal     Q1     Q2  
  2014     2014     2014     2014     2014     2015     2015  
Invisalign Clear Aligner Net Revenues by Geography:                                        
  North America $ 107,910     $ 111,648     $ 113,349     $ 113,670     $ 446,577     $ 118,844     $ 126,137  
  International   49,848       55,988       53,439       60,467       219,742       55,920       61,896  
  Non-case*   10,481       12,099       11,350       12,300       46,230       12,265       12,784  
    Total Clear Aligner Net Revenues $ 168,239     $ 179,735     $ 178,138     $ 186,437     $ 712,549     $ 187,029     $ 200,817  
      YoY % growth   18.8 %     17.2 %     16.0 %     12.2 %     15.9 %     11.2 %     11.7 %
      QoQ % growth   1.2 %     6.8 %     -0.9 %     4.7 %             0.3 %     7.4 %
  *includes Invisalign training, ancillary products, and retainers                                                      
                                                       
Average Invisalign Selling Price (ASP):                                                      
  Worldwide ASP $ 1,405     $ 1,405     $ 1,395     $ 1,370     $ 1,395     $ 1,335     $ 1,300  
  International ASP $ 1,620     $ 1,625     $ 1,560     $ 1,510     $ 1,575     $ 1,410     $ 1,380  
                                                       
                                                       
Invisalign Clear Aligner Cases Shipped by Geography:                                                      
  North America   81,420       84,850       85,405       86,855       338,530       91,110       99,630  
  International   30,760       34,450       34,210       40,050       139,470       39,670       44,940  
    Total Cases Shipped   112,180       119,300       119,615       126,905       478,000       130,780       144,570  
                                                       
Number of Invisalign Doctors Cases Shipped To:                                                      
  North America   19,015       19,505       19,550       19,745       29,890       20,165       21,335  
  International   7,185       7,685       7,950       8,945       13,450       9,050       9,790  
    Total Doctors Cases Shipped To   26,200       27,190       27,500       28,690       43,340       29,215       31,125  
                                                       
Invisalign Doctor Utilization Rates*:                                                      
  North America   4.3       4.4       4.4       4.4       11.3       4.5       4.7  
    North American Orthodontists   8.1       8.4       8.8       8.6       27.7       9.0       9.5  
    North American GP Dentists   2.9       2.9       2.8       2.9       6.9       2.9       3.0  
  International   4.3       4.5       4.3       4.5       10.4       4.4       4.6  
    Total Utilization Rates   4.3       4.4       4.4       4.4       11.0       4.5       4.6  
  * # of cases shipped/# of doctors to whom cases were shipped                                                      
                                                       
Number of Invisalign Doctors Trained:                                                      
  North America   700       1,150       1,125       1,170       4,145       870       1,120  
  International   1,255       1,380       1,400       1,255       5,290       1,540       1,335  
    Total Doctors Trained Worldwide   1,955       2,530       2,525       2,425       9,435       2,410       2,455  
    Total to Date Worldwide   86,515       89,045       91,570       93,995       93,995       96,405       98,860  
                                                       
Total Net Revenues:                                                      
  Clear Aligner Net Revenues $ 168,239     $ 179,735     $ 178,138     $ 186,437     $ 712,549     $ 187,029     $ 200,817  
  Scanner & Services Net Revenues   12,407       12,796       11,738       12,163       49,104       11,057       8,671  
    Total Worldwide Net Revenues $ 180,646     $ 192,531     $ 189,876     $ 198,600     $ 761,653     $ 198,086     $ 209,488  
      YoY % growth   17.6 %     17.5 %     15.4 %     11.4 %     15.4 %     9.7 %     8.8 %
      QoQ % growth   1.3 %     6.6 %     -1.4 %     4.6 %             -0.3 %     5.8 %
                                                       
Stock-based Compensation (SBC)                                                      
  SBC included in Gross Profit $ 800     $ 940     $ 865     $ 965     $ 3,570     $ 980     $ 970  
  SBC included in Operating Expenses   8,300       9,370       9,045       9,510       36,225       10,670       11,860  
    Total SBC Expense $ 9,100     $ 10,310     $ 9,910     $ 10,475     $ 39,795     $ 11,650     $ 12,830  
                                                       
 Note: Historical public data may differ due to rounding. Additionally, rounding may effect totals.  
   
   
   
     
ALIGN TECHNOLOGY, INC.    
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP KEY FINANCIAL METRICS    
(in millions, except per share amounts and percentages)    
     
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Net Revenues    
(in millions)   Q2 2015
    (using Q2'14 FX rates)
     
GAAP Net Revenues   $209.5
  Exclude foreign exchange impact on Q2'15 revenues   10.3
Non-GAAP Net Revenues excluding foreign exchange impact   $219.8
     
Net Revenues in Q2'14   $192.5
% Year-over-year growth excluding the impact of foreign exchange   14.2%
     
     
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Clear Aligner Net Revenues    
(in millions)   Q2 2015
    (using Q2'14 FX rates)
     
GAAP Clear Aligner Net Revenues   $200.8
  Exclude foreign exchange impact on Q2'15 revenues   10.3
Non-GAAP Clear Aligner Net Revenues excluding foreign exchange impact   $211.1
     
Clear Aligner Net Revenues in Q2'14   $179.7
% Year-over-year growth excluding the impact of foreign exchange   17.5%
     
     
     
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Net Revenues    
(in millions)   Q3 2015 Guidance
    (using Q3'14 FX rates)
     
GAAP Net Revenues   $201.4 - $205.7
  Exclude foreign exchange impact on Q3'15 revenues   6.2
  Exclude the impact of Additional Aligner deferral on Q3'15 revenues   $6.0 - $7.0
Non-GAAP Net Revenues excluding foreign exchange and additional aligners deferrals impact   $213.6 - $218.9
     
Net Revenues in Q3'14   $189.9
% Year-over-year growth excluding the impact of foreign exchange and additional aligners deferrals   12.5% - 15.3%
     
     
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Clear Aligner Net Revenues    
(in millions)   Q3 2015 Guidance
    (using Q3'14 FX rates)
     
GAAP Clear Aligner Net Revenues   $190.6 - $194.4
  Exclude foreign exchange impact on Q3'15 revenues   6.2
  Exclude the impact of Additional Aligner deferral on Q3'15 revenues   $6.0 - $7.0
Non-GAAP Clear Aligner Net Revenues excluding foreign exchange and additional aligners deferrals impact   $202.8 - $207.6
     
Clear Aligner Net Revenues in Q3'14   $178.1
% Year-over-year growth excluding the impact of foreign exchange and additional aligners deferral   13.9% - 16.6%
     
     
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP EPS    
    Q3 2015 Guidance
    (using Q3'14 FX rates)
     
GAAP EPS   $0.28 - $0.31
  Exclude foreign exchange impact on Q3'15 revenues   0.06
  Exclude foreign exchange impact on Q3'15 operating expenses   (0.05)
  Exclude the impact of Additional Aligner deferral on Q3'15 revenues   $0.06 - $0.07
  Exclude the impact of organizational costs on Q3'15 operating expenses   0.02
Non-GAAP EPS excluding foreign exchange, additional aligners deferrals and organizational costs impact   $0.37 - $0.41
     

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement our consolidated financial statements and our business outlook, we may use from time to time the following non-GAAP financial measures: non-GAAP constant currency revenue growth and non-GAAP constant currency earnings per share. The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation, or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.

We use these non-GAAP financial measures for financial and operational decision making and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. Our management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our "core operating performance." Management believes that "core operating performance" represents Align's performance in the ordinary, on-going and customary course of its operations. Accordingly, management excludes from "core operating performance" certain expenditures and other items that may not be indicative of our operating performance, such as our revenues and earnings per share excluding the impact for foreign currency fluctuations, severance and other costs related to organizational changes, amounts related to the Additional Aligners at no Charge policy change, as well as discrete cash and non-cash charges that are infrequent, or one-time in nature. We believe that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing our performance and when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate management's internal evaluation of period-to-period comparisons. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors both because (1) they allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision making, and (2) they are provided to and used by our institutional investors and the analyst community to facilitate comparisons with prior and subsequent reporting periods. A reconciliation of the GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures for the quarter and year and a more detailed explanation of each non-GAAP financial measure and its uses are provided in the footnotes to the table captioned "Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP Key Financial Metrics" and "Business Outlook Summary" included at the end of this release.

           
ALIGN TECHNOLOGY, INC.
BUSINESS OUTLOOK SUMMARY
(unaudited)
 
The outlook figures provided below and elsewhere in this press release are approximate in nature since Align's business outlook is difficult to predict. Align's future performance involves numerous risks and uncertainties and the company's results could differ materially from the outlook provided. Some of the factors that could affect Align's future financial performance and business outlook are set forth under "Forward Looking Information" above in this press release.
                 
Financial Outlook
(in millions, except per share amounts and percentages)
                 
    Q3'15 Guidance
                 
    GAAP   Adjustment   (a)   Non-GAAP
                 
Net Revenues   $201.4 - $205.7   $12.2 - $13.2       $213.6 - $218.9
                 
Gross Margin   74.5% - 75.1%            
                 
Operating Expenses   $119.5 - $120.9            
                 
Operating Margin   15.1% - 16.4%            
                 
Net Income per Diluted Share   $0.28 - $0.31   $0.09 - $0.10       $0.37 - $0.41
                 
(a) Excludes impact from foreign exchange, additional aligner deferrals and organizational costs
                 
Business Metrics:   Q3'15            
                 
Case Shipments   141.8K - 144.3K            
Capital Expenditure   $20M - $25M            
Depreciation & Amortization   $4.5M - $5.0M            
Diluted Shares Outstanding   81.2M*            
Stock Based Compensation Expense   $14.3M            
Tax Rate   24.0%            
                 
* Includes impact of ASR program and excludes any other repurchases during the quarter