Markforged Announces First Quarter 2021 Resutls
Reaffirms Full Year 2021 Outlook
WATERTOWN, MA – May 18, 2021 – Markforged, creator of an integrated metal and carbon fiber additive manufacturing platform, The Digital Forge, today announced its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021. Markforged expects to complete its previously announced merger with one (NYSE: AONE), a special purpose acquisition company, founded and led by technology industry veteran Kevin Hartz, later this summer. Upon completion, Markforged will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “MKFG.”
- Revenue increased by 14.7% to $20.3 million in the first quarter of 2021 from $17.7 million in the first quarter of 2020.
- Gross profit grew 31.9% to $12.4 million in the first quarter of 2021 from $9.4 million in the first quarter of 2020, largely due to increased revenues and cost reductions gained through operational efficiencies.
- Gross margins expanded to 61% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to 53% in the first quarter of 2020.
Markforged has provided an updated Company Presentation, available on its website https://investors.markforged.com.
“We are pleased with our results from the first quarter of the year, building on our strong momentum from 2020,” said Shai Terem, Markforged’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We remain optimistic for the remainder of the year and reaffirm our outlook for 2021 as previously disclosed in one’s public filings.”
Mr. Terem continued, “These results reflect on the growing demand for our unique Digital Forge platform and the strength of our partners and team. Earlier this year we achieved an important milestone with the release of our AI-powered Blacksmith software. Blacksmith learns through AI and streamlines workflow to give manufacturers accurate, repeatable parts on our Markforged X7 printers. We continue to add deep industry expertise to our sales channels through the addition of global partners such as Phillips Corporation. And the addition of seasoned leaders such as Mark Schwartz, our chief financial officer and Ken Clayton, our SVP, Global Sales, speaks volumes to our ability to scale and meet the requirements of our customers, partners and investors. We’re committed to continuing to accelerate product innovation and expand customer adoption as we finalize the merger transaction with one and begin trading under the Markforged ticker MKFG.”
Markforged transforms manufacturing with 3D metal and continuous carbon fiber printers capable of producing parts tough enough for the factory floor. The Markforged Digital Forge brings the power and speed of agile software development to industrial manufacturing, combining hardware, software and materials to eliminate the barriers between design and functional parts. Engineers, designers, and manufacturing professionals all over the world rely on Markforged metal and composite printers for tooling, fixtures, functional prototyping, and high-value end-use production. Founded in 2013 and based in Watertown, MA, Markforged has more than 250 employees globally. Markforged has been recognized by Forbes in the Next Billion-Dollar Startups list, and was listed as the #2 fastest-growing hardware company in the US in the 2019 Deloitte Fast 500. In February 2021, Markforged announced it entered into a definitive agreement to merge with one (NYSE: AONE), a special purpose acquisition company founded and led by technology industry veteran Kevin Hartz. The transaction is expected to close in the summer of 2021, subject to regulatory and stockholder approvals, and other customary closing conditions. The combined company will retain the Markforged name and be listed on the NYSE under the ticker symbol “MKFG”. To learn more about Markforged, please visit https://markforged.com.
one is a special purpose acquisition company sponsored by A* formed for the purpose of effecting a business combination with one or more businesses in the innovation economy. one completed its initial public offering in August 2020 raising $215 million in cash proceeds. A* was founded and is led by technology industry veteran Kevin Hartz. To learn more about one, please visit https://www.a-star.co/.
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Preliminary Financial Statements
The preliminary financial information for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 included in this press release is subject to completion of Markforged’s quarter-end close procedures and further financial review and represents Markforged’s current expectations as to what it will report for such quarter. Actual results may differ as a result of the completion of Markforged’s quarter-end closing procedures, review of adjustments and other developments that may arise between now and the time such financial information for the period is finalized. As a result, these estimates are preliminary and may change. Neither Markforged’s independent registered accounting firm nor any other independent registered accounting firm has audited, reviewed or complied, examined or performed any procedures with respect to the preliminary results, nor have they expressed any opinion or any other form of assurance on the preliminary financial information.
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