Align Technology, Inc.’s ( ALGN Quick Quote ALGN - Free Report) third-quarter 2022 earnings per share (EPS) were $1.36, reflecting a 52.6% plunge from the year-ago earnings. The quarter’s EPS lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 38.5%.
GAAP EPS for the quarter was 93 cents, down from the year-ago EPS of $2.28, reflecting a 59.2% decline year over year.
Revenues declined 12.4% year over year to $890.3 million in the quarter and missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 8.1%. According to the company, increasing inflation, rising interest rates, and less patient traffic and dental practices are lengthening sales cycles and conversion time, hampering sales significantly. Further, a significant impact from unfavorable foreign exchange rates across all currencies affected the company’s operations.
At constant exchange rate or CER, total revenues in the third quarter dropped 6.1% year over year – one of the largest foreign exchange impacts Align has ever experienced in one quarter.
Segments in Detail
In the third quarter, revenues at the Clear Aligner segment were down 12.5% year over year to $732.8 million. Revenues were unfavorably impacted by foreign exchange translation of approximately $47.4 million or 6.1% year over year. Within the segment, Invisalign case shipments amounted to 577,170, down 11.9% year over year.
Revenues from Imaging Systems & CAD/CAM Services were down 11.7% to $157.5 million in the quarter. Lower scanner volume was partially offset by higher services revenues from a larger installed base. Revenues witnessed an unfavorable currency impact of 5.9% year over year.
Gross profit in the third quarter was $619.2 million, reflecting an 18% decline year over year. Gross margin in the quarter under review contracted 479 basis points (bps) year over year to 69.5% on a 3.9% uptick in cost of net revenues.
During the quarter, Align Technology witnessed a 6.9% year-over-year fall in selling, general and administrative expenses to $398.5 million and a 17.3% rise in research and development expenses to $76.9 million.
Operating income in the quarter under review was $143.6 million, indicating a decline of 44.9%. The operating margin contracted 957 bps to 16.1%.
Align Technology exited the third quarter of 2022 with cash, cash equivalents of $1.04 billion compared with $877.5 million recorded at the end of Q2.
Cumulative net cash provided by operating activities at the end of the quarter was $424 million compared with $899.6 million a year ago.
The company did not make any share repurchases during Q3. Currently, Align Technology has $450.0 million remaining for repurchase under its existing $1.0 billion repurchase program. The company plans to repurchase up to $200.0 million of its common stock in the fourth quarter.
Align Technology expects to report below its 2022 GAAP operating margin target of 20%, which considers the impact from the current unfavorable foreign exchange of approximately two to three points that was not factored into the operating margin guidance for 2022, which was given back in April.
For 2022, the company continues to expect investments in capital expenditures to exceed $300 million. Capital expenditures primarily relate to building construction and improvements, as well as additional manufacturing capacity to support Align Technology’s international expansion.
Align Technology registered dismal revenue and EPS performance in the third quarter of 2022 with both metrics missing the respective Zacks Consensus Estimate and declining significantly on a year-over-year basis. The sluggish results were due to a dull underlying market, which, per management, was impacted by macroeconomic environmental factors and extremely unfavorable currency translation. The quarter witnessed the largest foreign exchange impact that Align has ever experienced in one quarter.
The contraction of both margins is worrisome. The volatility surrounding inflationary pressure,weaker consumer confidence, the lingering impacts of COVID-19 shutdowns, primarily in China and Japan, and other macroeconomic headwinds continue to pose challenges for the company.
Zacks Rank and Key Picks
Align Technology currently carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).
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