Kopin Corp (KOPN) Tops Q4 EPS by 3c, Revenues Beat

March 2, 2021 7:32 AM EST

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Kopin Corp (NASDAQ: KOPN) reported Q4 EPS of $0.02, $0.03 better than the analyst estimate of ($0.01). Revenue for the quarter came in at $13.9 million versus the consensus estimate of $9.33 million.

“We are delighted to have finished 2020 with very strong results in both our top and bottom lines, with revenue growth of 36% year-over-year and increased efficiency in our operations. Our fourth quarter 2020 revenue growth was particularly strong, growing 60% from a year ago, our strongest quarterly year-over-year growth since the fourth quarter of 2017. We also made great progress in streamlining our cost structure along with increasing our product yields and production efficiencies, resulting in a net income of $1.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2020. We are very proud of this achievement, and though we acknowledge it was due to the convergence of many favorable factors, it is undeniable that we are on the right track with momentum continuing into the current year,” said Dr. John C. C. Fan, CEO of Kopin.

“Our business was strong across multiple segments and was again led by our defense product revenues which increased 112% in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared with the fourth quarter of 2019. This significant increase was driven by our two production programs -- the display sub-assembly system for the FWS-I thermal weapon sight program and displays for the F-35 Fighter jet program. As announced in September 2020, we were awarded a $22.9 million follow-on contract for the FWS-I program, with shipments scheduled through the third quarter of 2021. We expect these two production programs will continue to generate strong revenue in the coming years. We are also on track to transition three more products, out of a dozen programs currently in development, to initial low-rate production, with revenues expected to begin ramping in the second half of this year. We believe these programs will provide accelerated growth momentum for 2022 and beyond. Our active pipeline of development programs includes using our advanced display products in armored vehicle targeting systems, rotary-wing aircraft helmets, automatic and semi-automatic rifle day scopes and targeting systems, among others. These programs are all using our microdisplays and also increasingly utilizing our sophisticated optics systems and dust-free assemblies. We believe we are the sole source supplier to most of these programs.

“In the fourth quarter we saw solid growth in our industrial wearables led by sales to RealWear Inc., a market leader in enterprise AR and computing headsets, along with sales to 3D metrology applications. We expect both industrial wearables and 3D metrology revenues will continue solid growth in 2021. However, revenues from the sale of our products for public safety applications were down in the fourth quarter of 2020 which we believe is attributable to the negative impact of Covid-19 on municipal budgets. We expect this segment will recover later in 2021. In the fourth quarter of 2020, we announced that HMDmd and Kopin have entered an agreement to develop a specialized headset for surgeries, our initial entry into the expanding field medical applications utilizing AR headsets.”

Dr. Fan continued, “In the fourth quarter of 2020 our funded Research and Development (R&D) revenue and our R&D expenses both increased very significantly this year. As AR and VR applications are increasingly adopted, we have accelerated our R&D activities in advanced OLED and LED microdisplays and optics. We are excited about our R&D progress, which we believe will provide a stream of new, differentiated products as well as further enhance our already strong IP positions.

“This quarter we received our first production order and began shipments of our 720p duo-stack, ColorMax OLED microdisplays. We also announced an agreement to develop superbright monochrome MicroLED displays. We believe that both our advanced ColorMax™ OLED and our MicroLED displays will be key enablers of what we see as the coming wave of AR and VR products in defense, enterprise and consumer applications. We believe Kopin offers the widest range of leading microdisplay technologies in the world, which is particularly valuable as we anticipate the long-awaited adoption of AR and VR systems is beginning to take hold. As expected, these systems are being adopted first in defense, followed by industrial/enterprise/medical and consumer applications. Currently, almost all of our development programs are related to AR and VR applications. As the AR and VR market segments continue to gain traction, Kopin is ideally positioned to meet this demand. With industry leading displays and modules for AR and VR devices, Kopin clearly sees growing opportunities in many wearable sectors and we are making great progress in executing our strategy to improve the performance in all aspects of the Company. We are confident that we are well positioned for the coming era of AR/VR, and our future is bright,” concluded Dr. Fan.

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