Materialise Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Results

Operating profit was (4,639) kEUR for the year ended December 31, 2020 compared to 6,936 kEUR in the prior year. Excluding the effect of the impairments and revaluation, our operating profit was (803) kEUR.

Net financial expenses amounted to (3,541) kEUR, compared to (2,305) kEUR for the year ended December 31, 2019. Income taxes amounted to 949 kEUR compared to (2,595) kEUR for the year ended December 31, 2019. Net result decreased to (7,272) kEUR for 2020 from a net profit of 1,644 kEUR in 2019.

At December 31, 2020, we had cash and equivalents of 111,538 kEUR compared to 128,897 kEUR at December 31, 2019. Gross debt amounted to 115,110 kEUR compared to 127,939 kEUR at December 31, 2019.

Cash flow from operating activities for the year ended December 31, 2020 was 29,978 kEUR compared to 28,402 kEUR in the year ended December 31,2019. Total capital expenditures for the year ended December 31, 2020 amounted to 17,650 kEUR. This amount included 6,617 kEUR of capitalized R&D expenditures from intangible assets, of which 2,185 kEUR related to our ongoing internal digital transformation program.

Net shareholders’ equity at December 31, 2020 was 133,104 kEUR compared to 142,782 kEUR at December 31, 2019.

2021 Guidance

Mr. Leys concluded, “Although our fourth-quarter-2020 results and the customer feedback we have been receiving to date in 2021 are encouraging, our outlook is currently not sufficiently mature and is too diverse across our various segments and regions for us to provide quantitative guidance for our consolidated full-year-2021 performance. We do believe we have somewhat more visibility in the shorter term. In the first quarter of 2021, we currently expect both our Software and Medical segments will continue to recover steadily, with the potential of posting revenues that come close to their levels in the pre-pandemic first quarter of 2020. We do not expect our Manufacturing segment to recover to the same extent and at the same pace over that period. As a result, we believe that our consolidated revenues in the first quarter of 2021 will be 5% to 10% lower than our revenues in the same period of 2020. Based on the information we currently have, we believe that in the subsequent quarters of this year, as the COVID-19 crisis subsides, the entire group, including our Manufacturing segment, will perform well and grow sequentially. In line with our strategy we will continue to invest in our R&D programs and internal infrastructure, which will weigh on our overall results in 2021.”

Note on Comparability

The year 2019 has been restated to reflect certain reclassification adjustments and the final accounting of the Engimplan business combination. The fair value analysis with respect to the assets and liabilities acquired had not been finalized as of December 31, 2019. Within 12 months of acquisition, we completed the fair value analysis of the Engimplan business combination, with corresponding adjustments to intangible assets, goodwill, property, plant and equipment, inventories and contracts in progress. The impact has been accounted for as retrospective adjustments to our consolidated statement of financial position as of December 31, 2019 and our consolidated income statement for the year ended December 31, 2019. It concerned a fair value correction of the plant and equipment of 674 kEUR, goodwill of 567 kEUR and the related depreciation for an amount of (80) kEUR.

Non-IFRS Measures

Materialise uses EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as supplemental financial measures of its financial performance. EBITDA is calculated as net profit plus income taxes, financial expenses (less financial income), shares of profit or loss in a joint venture and depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is determined by adding share-based compensation expenses, acquisition-related expenses of business combinations, impairments and revaluation of fair value due to business combinations to EBITDA. Management believes these non-IFRS measures to be important measures as they exclude the effects of items which primarily reflect the impact of long-term investment and financing decisions, rather than the performance of the company’s day-to-day operations. As compared to net profit, these measures are limited in that they do not reflect the periodic costs of certain capitalized tangible and intangible assets used in generating revenues in the company’s business, or the charges associated with impairments. Management evaluates such items through other financial measures such as capital expenditures and cash flow provided by operating activities. The company believes that these measurements are useful to measure a company’s ability to grow or as a valuation measurement. The company’s calculation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as alternatives to net profit or any other performance measure derived in accordance with IFRS. The company’s presentation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed to imply that its future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items.

Exchange Rate

This document contains translations of certain euro amounts into U.S. dollars at specified rates solely for the convenience of readers. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from euros to U.S. dollars in this document were made at a rate of EUR 1.00 to USD 1.2271, the reference rate of the European Central Bank on December 31, 2020.

Conference Call and Webcast

Materialise will hold a conference call and simultaneous webcast to discuss its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2020 and other matters on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CET. Company participants on the call will include Wilfried Vancraen, Founder and Chief Executive Officer; Peter Leys, Executive Chairman; and Johan Albrecht, Chief Financial Officer. A question-and-answer session will follow management’s remarks.

  • To access the conference call, please dial 844-469-2530 (U.S.) or 765-507-2679 (international), passcode 2875898.

The conference call will also be broadcast live over the Internet with an accompanying slide presentation, which can be accessed on the company’s website at A webcast of the conference call will be archived on the company's website for one year.

About Materialise

Materialise incorporates 30 years of 3D printing experience into a range of software solutions and 3D printing services, which form the backbone of the 3D printing industry. Materialise’s open and flexible solutions enable players in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, automotive, aerospace, art and design, and consumer goods, to build innovative 3D printing applications that aim to make the world a better and healthier place. Headquartered in Belgium, with branches worldwide, Materialise combines the largest groups of software developers in the industry with one of the largest and most complete 3D printing facilities in the world.

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, regarding, among other things, our intentions, beliefs, assumptions, projections, outlook, analyses or current expectations, plans, objectives, strategies and prospects, both financial and business, including statements concerning, among other things, our results of operations, cash needs, capital expenditures, expenses, financial condition, liquidity, prospects, growth and strategies (including how our business, results of operations and financial condition could be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and related public health measures, as well as the related actions we are taking in response), and the trends and competition that may affect the markets, industry or us. Such statements are subject to known and unknown uncertainties and risks. When used in this press release, the words “estimate,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “project,” “plan,” “intend,” “believe,” “forecast,” “will,” “may,” “could,” “might,” “aim,” “should,” and variations of such words or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon the expectations of management under current assumptions at the time of this press release. These expectations, beliefs and projections are expressed in good faith and the Company believes there is a reasonable basis for them. However, the Company cannot offer any assurance that our expectations, beliefs and projections will actually be achieved. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events, competitive dynamics and industry change, and depend on economic circumstances that may or may not occur in the future or may occur on longer or shorter timelines than anticipated. We caution you that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are in some cases beyond our control. All of the forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from our expectations, including risk factors described in the Company's most recent annual report on Form 20-F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. There are a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release.

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