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  • IPG Photonics Reports Another Record Quarter

Photonics.com
Oct 2012
OXFORD, Mass., Oct. 31, 2012 — Fiber laser maker IPG Photonics reported Wednesday another quarter of double-digit profit and revenue growth for the third quarter of 2012, which ended Sept. 30. The company said it also expects to report strong year-over-year growth in the fourth quarter.

Profit increased to $42.4 million, up 29 percent from 2011's $32.9 million. Revenue increased 21 percent year over year, from $129 million to $156 million. Once again, the increase was attributed to growth in high-power and pulsed laser sales for materials processing applications.

"Strength in the US and Europe for cutting and welding applications in automotive and general manufacturing, as well as marking and engraving in consumer electronics, were the primary drivers of our record revenue performance," said IPG CEO Dr. Valentin Gapontsev. "In addition, advanced applications revenue benefited from sales of several high-power and brightness lasers."

Our growth in Europe was partially offset by lower demand in Russia, he said, adding, "In Asia, we continued to expand our business in Turkey, while Japan and China both showed moderate growth.”

Gapontsev said the company used a portion of the $38 million in cash it generated in the third quarter from operations to acquire JP Sercel Associates Inc. (See: IPG Photonics Acquires JPSA). IPG ended the quarter with $372 million in cash.

"Materials processing sales increased by 21 percent, driven primarily by high-power laser sales for automotive and general manufacturing applications," Gapontsev said. "High-power laser sales increased 16 percent, while pulsed laser sales grew by 51 percent, driven by increased demand for consumer electronics applications."

Demand for thin metal cutting and welding in microprocessing applications boosted medium-power laser sales by 11 percent, he said.

Looking ahead, the company said it expects revenue of between $140 million and $150 million for the fourth quarter, with earnings per share in the range of 65 cents to 75 cents.

"At the same time, we will face challenges in the fourth quarter, including historical seasonality in some markets and macro-economic pressures in a few key geographies. As a result of these factors, our book-to-bill ratio was less than one in Q3," Gapontsev said.

For more information, visit: www.ipgphotonics.com



GLOSSARY
cutting
The process of forming a lens to a given pattern, or of cutting a piece of glass along the line of scratch.
fiber laser
A laser in which the lasing medium is an optical fiber doped with low levels of rare-earth halides to make it capable of amplifying light. Output is tunable over a broad range and can be broadband. Laser diodes can be used for pumping because of the fiber laser's low threshold power, eliminating the need for cooling.
optical fiber
A thin filament of drawn or extruded glass or plastic having a central core and a cladding of lower index material to promote total internal reflection (TIR). It may be used singly to transmit pulsed optical signals (communications fiber) or in bundles to transmit light or images.  
pulsed laser
A laser that emits energy in a series of short bursts or pulses and that remains inactive between each burst or pulse. The frequency of the pulses is termed the pulse-repetition frequency.
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