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Cepton, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2023 Results

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$CPTN #automotive–Cepton, Inc. (“Cepton”) (Nasdaq: CPTN), a Silicon Valley innovator and leader in high performance lidar solutions, today announced business updates and financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2023.


“We set new company records for shipment volumes across both automotive and smart infrastructure end markets during the second quarter,” said Jun Pei, Cepton’s Co-Founder and CEO. “Our strong execution capabilities while maintaining our commitment to quality and reliability will be key differentiating factors as our shipments continue to grow for the remainder of this year to meet our OEM customer needs.”

Business Highlights

Business

  • Record shipments of lidar units in both Automotive and Smart Infrastructure end markets
    • Record shipment volume to automotive customers, expect shipment volume to more than double in each sequential quarter for the remainder of the year
    • Continued fulfillment on multi-million dollar tolling contract; our largest contract for tolling use case

Series Production Execution

  • On-track to fulfill orders to support OEM start of production at the end of this year
  • Developed and deployed automated manufacturing equipment to fulfill series production order volumes

Automotive

  • Accelerated interest from major consumer and commercial vehicle OEMs in lidar enabled ADAS systems to compete in the US market; new RFI received from an international top-ten OEM
  • Completed multiple on-site technical reviews for existing RFI/RFQ activities across multiple top-ten OEM customers spanning multiple continents

Smart Infrastructure

  • Received first of several production orders for lidar installations across multiple airports in the US
  • Continued fulfillment for our largest tolling contract, in advanced discussions to expand projects to additional states and countries

Technology

  • Completed engineering validation of point cloud processing ASIC (Komodo) and shipped first commercial units of Nova sensors incorporating Komodo to our lead OEM customer in autonomous ground vehicles
  • Designed and developed automated testing equipment for mass production quality control
  • Developed enhanced calibration equipment to enable scalability across multiple products, improve manufacturing efficiency and reduce manufacturing footprint

Financial Highlights

Revenue and Gross Margin

  • Second quarter 2023 total revenue was $2.8 million, an increase of 9% compared to the prior year comparable period and 88% sequentially
    • Second quarter 2023 revenue growth driven by record shipment volumes and an increase in average selling prices due to changes in product mix
    • Second quarter 2023 gross margin achieved company record of 16%
  • Second quarter 2023 product revenue was $2.8 million, an increase of 92% compared to the prior year comparable period and 123% sequentially
  • Minimal development revenue in second quarter 2023, a decrease of $1.1 million compared to the prior year period and a decrease of $0.2 million sequentially, due to timing of satisfaction of project milestones in the prior comparable periods

Net Loss and Non-GAAP Net Loss

  • Second quarter 2023 GAAP net loss was $14.2 million, or $(0.09) per share, basic and diluted
  • Second quarter 2023 non-GAAP net loss was $11.8 million, or $(0.08) per share, basic and diluted

Adjusted EBITDA

  • Second quarter 2023 adjusted EBITDA was $(12.6) million

Conference Call Details

Cepton will host a live conference call and webcast to discuss the business updates and results at 2:30 p.m. PT (5:30 p.m. ET) today. The live call can be accessed by dialing 1-877-423-9813 (toll free) or 1-201-689-8573 (international) and by webcast at https://investors.cepton.com/.

A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available approximately three hours after the live call and until August 21, 2023, and can be accessed by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (toll free) or 1-412-317-6671 (international) and entering the passcode 13739319. An archived webcast of the conference call will be accessible on Cepton’s Investor Relations page at https://investors.cepton.com/.

About Cepton, Inc.

Cepton is a Silicon Valley innovator of lidar-based solutions for automotive (ADAS/AV), smart cities, smart spaces, and smart industrial applications. With its patented lidar technology, Cepton aims to take lidar mainstream and achieve a balanced approach to performance, cost and reliability, while enabling scalable and intelligent 3D perception solutions across industries.

Cepton has been awarded a significant ADAS lidar series production award with Koito on the General Motors business. Cepton is also engaged with all Top 10 global OEMs.

Founded in 2016 and led by industry veterans with decades of collective experience across a wide range of advanced lidar and imaging technologies, Cepton is focused on the mass market commercialization of high performance, high quality lidar solutions. Cepton is headquartered in San Jose, CA and has a center of excellence facility in Troy, MI to provide local support to automotive customers in the Metro Detroit area. Cepton also has a presence in Germany, Canada, Japan, China and India to serve a fast-growing global customer base. For more information, visit www.cepton.com and follow Cepton on Twitter and LinkedIn. Information on or that can be accessed through our website, our Twitter account, our LinkedIn account, or that is contained in any website to which a hyperlink is provided herein is not part of this press release.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical or current fact included in this press release are forward-looking statements. The statements included above as well as any other statements that refer to projections, forecasts or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “estimate,” “objective,” “plan,” “project,” “forecast,” “intend,” “will,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “seek,” “target,” “milestone,” “designed to,” “proposed” or other similar expressions that predict or imply future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. Cepton cautions readers of this press release that these forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond Cepton’s control, that could cause the actual results to differ materially from the expected results. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding estimates and forecasts of financial and performance metrics, projections of market opportunity, future sensor sales numbers and market share, potential benefits and the commercial attractiveness to its customers of Cepton’s products and services, the potential success of Cepton’s marketing and expansion strategies, and the potential for Cepton to achieve design awards.

These statements are based on various assumptions, whether or not identified in this press release, and on the current expectations of Cepton’s management and are not predictions of actual performance. These forward-looking statements are provided for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to serve as, and must not be relied on by any investor as, a guarantee, an assurance, a prediction or a definitive statement of fact or probability. Actual events and circumstances are difficult or impossible to predict and will differ from assumptions. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including (1) the conditions affecting the markets in which Cepton operates; (2) the success of Cepton’s strategic relationships, including with Koito, which is not exclusive; (3) fluctuations in sales by Cepton’s major customers; (4) fluctuations in capital spending in the automotive and smart infrastructure markets; (5) negative impact on the global economy and capital markets resulting from macroeconomic conditions, including inflation and rising interest rates, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic or other future public health crises, and the potential impact of geopolitical conflicts, such as the ongoing conflict in Ukraine; (6) changes in applicable laws or regulations; (7) the possibility that Cepton’s business may be adversely affected by other economic, business, or competitive factors; (8) the risk that current trends in the automotive and smart infrastructure markets decelerate or do not continue; (9) errors or material differences in Cepton’s estimates and expectations for its financial performance and growth, including when Cepton will generate positive cash flow from operations; (10) risks relating to the uncertainty of projected financial and operating information, including whether Cepton will be able to achieve its target milestones, its pricing and sales volume targets, and its proposed production timelines and win the engagements contemplated in its projected pipeline, and the ability of OEMs and other strategic partners to re-source or cancel vehicle or technology programs; (11) risks related to future market adoption of Cepton’s offerings; (12) the final terms of Cepton’s arrangement with its Tier 1 partner and, in turn, its Tier 1 partner’s contract with GM differing from Cepton’s expectations, including with respect to volume and timing, or that the arrangement can be terminated or may not materialize into a long-term contract partnership arrangement; (13) risks related to Cepton’s marketing and growth strategies; (14) the effects of competition on Cepton’s future business; (15) Cepton’s ability to issue equity or equity-linked securities in the future; (16) Cepton’s ability to raise funding on reasonable terms as necessary to develop its products in the timeframe contemplated by its business plan, and to comply with the terms of any restrictive, financial or other covenants in the agreements governing such funding, including the consent and other rights granted to Koito as part of Koito’s convertible preferred stock investment; (17) Cepton’s ability to execute its business plans and strategy; (18) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against Cepton, including any related to the business combination with Growth Capital Acquisition Corp.; and (19) the other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in the reports and documents Cepton files with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including in its Annual Report on Form 10-K. If any of these risks materialize or any of Cepton’s assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements. There may be additional risks that Cepton does not presently know or that Cepton currently believes are immaterial that could also cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements reflect Cepton’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this press release. Cepton anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause its assessments to change. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Cepton’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed upon the forward-looking statements. Cepton undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which the statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law.

Actual results, performance or achievements may, and are likely to, differ materially, and potentially adversely, from any projections and forward-looking statements and the assumptions on which those forward-looking statements were based. There can be no assurance that the data contained herein is reflective of future performance to any degree. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a predictor of future performance as projected financial information and other information are based on estimates and assumptions that are inherently subject to various significant risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond Cepton’s control.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Some of the financial information and data contained in this press release, such as non-GAAP net loss and adjusted EBITDA, have not been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”). Non-GAAP net loss is defined as GAAP net (loss) income excluding stock-based compensation, non-recurring transaction expenses, gain or loss on changes in fair value of earnout liability and warrants, gain or loss on extinguishment of debt, and foreign currency transaction loss, net. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as non-GAAP net loss before interest income or expense, provision for income taxes, and depreciation and amortization.

Cepton believes these non-GAAP financial measures of financial results provide useful information to management and investors regarding certain financial and business trends relating to Cepton’s financial condition and results of operations. Cepton believes that the use of these non-GAAP financial measures provides an additional tool for investors to use in evaluating actual and projected operating results and trends in comparing Cepton’s financial measures with other similar companies, many of which present similar non-GAAP financial measures to investors. Cepton also believes that adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors and analysts in assessing our operating performance during the periods these charges were incurred on a consistent basis with the periods during which these charges were not incurred. Our presentation of adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an inference that our future results and financial position will be unaffected by unusual items. Cepton does not consider these non-GAAP financial measures in isolation or as an alternative to financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. The principal limitation of these non-GAAP financial measures is that they exclude significant expenses and other amounts that are required by GAAP to be recorded in Cepton’s financial statements. In addition, they are subject to inherent limitations as they reflect the exercise of judgments by management about which expenses and other amounts are excluded or included in determining these non-GAAP financial measures.

 

CEPTON, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Reconciliation of GAAP Net (Loss) Income to Non-GAAP Net Loss and Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended
June 30,

 

Six Months Ended
June 30,

 

 

2023

 

2022

 

2023

 

2022

Net (loss) income

$

(14,190

)

 

$

843

 

 

$

(28,932

)

 

$

42,042

 

Stock-based compensation

 

2,365

 

 

 

2,239

 

 

 

4,654

 

 

 

3,586

 

Non-recurring transaction expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,709

 

Loss (gain) on change in fair value of earnout liability

 

26

 

 

 

(15,630

)

 

 

(736

)

 

 

(72,308

)

Gain on change in fair value of warrant liability

 

(36

)

 

 

(1,904

)

 

 

(130

)

 

 

(2,684

)

Loss on extinguishment of debt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,123

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency transaction loss, net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

750

 

 

 

 

Non-GAAP net loss

$

(11,835

)

 

$

(14,452

)

 

$

(23,271

)

 

$

(26,655

)

Interest (income) expense, net

 

(917

)

 

 

585

 

 

 

(1,216

)

 

 

1,278

 

Provision for income taxes

 

3

 

 

 

12

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

16

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

125

 

 

 

79

 

 

 

235

 

 

 

147

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

(12,624

)

 

$

(13,776

)

 

$

(24,249

)

 

$

(25,214

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP net (loss) income per share attributable to common stockholders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

$

(0.09

)

 

$

0.01

 

 

$

(0.18

)

 

$

0.31

 

Diluted

$

(0.09

)

 

$

0.01

 

 

$

(0.18

)

 

$

0.29

 

Non-GAAP net loss per share attributable to common stockholders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

$

(0.08

)

 

$

(0.09

)

 

$

(0.15

)

 

$

(0.20

)

Diluted

$

(0.08

)

 

$

(0.09

)

 

$

(0.15

)

 

$

(0.20

)

Shares used in computing GAAP net (loss) income per share attributable to common stockholders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

157,379,175

 

 

 

154,108,677

 

 

 

157,081,027

 

 

 

135,160,187

 

Diluted

 

157,379,175

 

 

 

161,831,284

 

 

 

157,081,027

 

 

 

145,187,227

 

Shares used in computing Non-GAAP net loss per share attributable to common stockholders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

157,379,175

 

 

 

154,108,677

 

 

 

157,081,027

 

 

 

135,160,187

 

Diluted

 

157,379,175

 

 

 

154,108,677

 

 

 

157,081,027

 

 

 

135,160,187

 

 

CEPTON, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except share data)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 30,
2023

 

December 31,
2022

ASSETS

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

32,605

 

 

$

31,953

 

Short-term investments

 

37,036

 

 

 

3,703

 

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for credit losses of $0 and $0, respectively

 

2,092

 

 

 

1,301

 

Inventories

 

4,188

 

 

 

2,985

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

3,327

 

 

 

6,272

 

Total current assets

 

79,248

 

 

 

46,214

 

Property and equipment, net

 

2,028

 

 

 

982

 

Restricted cash

 

1,924

 

 

 

2,565

 

Other assets

 

10,891

 

 

 

555

 

Total assets

$

94,091

 

 

$

50,316

 

LIABILITIES, CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT)

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

2,942

 

 

$

1,979

 

Operating lease liabilities, current

 

1,697

 

 

 

211

 

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

3,056

 

 

 

2,265

 

Short-term debt

 

 

 

 

42,587

 

Total current liabilities

 

7,695

 

 

 

47,042

 

Warrant liability

 

310

 

 

 

440

 

Earnout liability

 

184

 

 

 

920

 

Operating lease liabilities, non-current

 

9,696

 

 

 

281

 

Total liabilities

 

17,885

 

 

 

48,683

 

Commitments and contingencies (Note 17)

 

 

 

Convertible preferred stock:

 

 

 

Convertible preferred stock – Par value $0.00001 per share – 5,000,000 shares authorized at June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022; 100,000 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2023 (aggregate liquidation preference of $101.9 million at June 30, 2023); No shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2022

 

98,891

 

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity (deficit):

 

 

 

Common stock – Par value $0.00001 per share – 350,000,000 shares authorized at June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022; 158,224,189 and 156,747,708 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively

 

2

 

 

 

2

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

92,648

 

 

 

88,056

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(344

)

 

 

(366

)

Accumulated deficit

 

(114,991

)

 

 

(86,059

)

Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)

 

(22,685

)

 

 

1,633

 

Total liabilities, convertible preferred stock and stockholders’ equity (deficit)

$

94,091

 

 

$

50,316

 

 

CEPTON, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended
June 30,

 

Six Months Ended
June 30,

 

 

2023

 

2022

 

2023

 

2022

Lidar sensor and prototype revenue

$

2,771

 

 

$

1,441

 

 

$

4,011

 

 

$

2,863

 

Development revenue

 

16

 

 

 

1,118

 

 

 

261

 

 

 

1,181

 

Total revenue

$

2,787

 

 

$

2,559

 

 

$

4,272

 

 

$

4,044

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lidar sensor and prototype cost of revenue

 

2,348

 

 

 

2,520

 

 

 

3,796

 

 

 

3,736

 

Development cost of revenue

 

5

 

 

 

562

 

 

 

116

 

 

 

598

 

Total cost of revenue

$

2,353

 

 

$

3,082

 

 

$

3,912

 

 

$

4,334

 

Gross profit (loss)

 

434

 

 

 

(523

)

 

 

360

 

 

 

(290

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development

 

9,365

 

 

 

8,386

 

 

 

16,603

 

 

 

16,140

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

6,185

 

 

 

7,189

 

 

 

12,916

 

 

 

15,232

 

Total operating expenses

 

15,550

 

 

 

15,575

 

 

 

29,519

 

 

 

31,372

 

Operating loss

 

(15,116

)

 

 

(16,098

)

 

 

(29,159

)

 

 

(31,662

)

Other income (expense):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss) gain on change in fair value of earnout liability

 

(26

)

 

 

15,630

 

 

 

736

 

 

 

72,308

 

Gain on change in fair value of warrant liability

 

36

 

 

 

1,904

 

 

 

130

 

 

 

2,684

 

Foreign currency transaction loss, net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(750

)

 

 

 

Loss on extinguishment of debt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1,123

)

 

 

 

Other income, net

 

2

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

21

 

 

 

6

 

Interest income (expense), net

 

917

 

 

 

(585

)

 

 

1,216

 

 

 

(1,278

)

(Loss) income before income taxes

 

(14,187

)

 

 

855

 

 

 

(28,929

)

 

 

42,058

 

Provision for income taxes

 

(3

)

 

 

(12

)

 

 

(3

)

 

 

(16

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (loss) income

$

(14,190

)

 

$

843

 

 

$

(28,932

)

 

$

42,042

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (loss) income per share, basic

$

(0.09

)

 

$

0.01

 

 

$

(0.18

)

 

$

0.31

 

Net (loss) income per share, diluted

$

(0.09

)

 

$

0.01

 

 

$

(0.18

)

 

$

0.29

 

Weighted-average common shares, basic

 

157,379,175

 

 

 

154,108,677

 

 

 

157,081,027

 

 

 

135,160,187

 

Weighted-average common shares, diluted

 

157,379,175

 

 

 

161,831,284

 

 

 

157,081,027

 

 

 

145,187,227

 

 

CEPTON, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

Six Months Ended
June 30,

 

 

2023

 

2022

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

Net (loss) income

$

(28,932

)

 

$

42,042

 

Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash used in operating activities:

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

235

 

 

 

147

 

Stock-based compensation

 

4,654

 

 

 

3,586

 

Amortization of right-of-use asset

 

773

 

 

 

642

 

Amortization (accretion), other

 

(373

)

 

 

800

 

Gain on change in fair value of earnout liability

 

(736

)

 

 

(72,308

)

Gain on change in fair value of warrant liability

 

(130

)

 

 

(2,684

)

Foreign currency transaction loss, net

 

750

 

 

 

 

Loss from extinguishment of debt

 

1,123

 

 

 

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

(791

)

 

 

(1,176

)

Inventories

 

(1,216

)

 

 

(466

)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

1,958

 

 

 

(670

)

Other long-term assets

 

202

 

 

 

(1,406

)

Accounts payable

 

741

 

 

 

(178

)

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

791

 

 

 

(148

)

Operating lease liabilities

 

(289

)

 

 

(753

)

Other long-term liabilities

 

 

 

 

298

 

Net cash used in operating activities

 

(21,240

)

 

 

(32,274

)

 

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 

(1,186

)

 

 

(567

)

Purchases of short-term investments

 

(37,806

)

 

 

(32,368

)

Proceeds from sales of short-term investments

 

 

 

 

5,902

 

Proceeds from maturities of short-term investments

 

5,200

 

 

 

2,773

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(33,792

)

 

 

(24,260

)

 

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

Proceeds from convertible preferred stock, net of transaction costs

 

99,884

 

 

 

 

Repayment of Koito secured term loan

 

(45,220

)

 

 

 

Proceeds from Business Combination and private offering

 

 

 

 

76,107

 

Payments of Business Combination and private offering transaction costs

 

 

 

 

(28,897

)

Proceeds from issuance of debt and warrants, net of debt discount

 

 

 

 

9,724

 

Proceeds from issuance of common stock options

 

13

 

 

 

447

 

Payments of employee taxes related to vested restricted stock units

 

(63

)

 

 

 

Issuance of common stock

 

 

 

 

50

 

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

54,614

 

 

 

57,431

 

 

 

 

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

 

429

 

 

 

(13

)

 

 

 

 

Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

11

 

 

 

884

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period

 

34,518

 

 

 

3,654

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period

$

34,529

 

 

$

4,538

 

 

Contacts

Cepton, Inc. Contacts
Investors: InvestorRelations@cepton.com
Media: Faithy Li, media@cepton.com

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