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Ouster Delivers on 2021 Guidance with $34 Million in Revenue and 27% Gross Margins; Q4 Revenue Up 53%; Aims to Double Revenue for 2022

15 February 2022

Ouster, Inc. (NYSE: OUST) (“Ouster” or the “Company”), a leading provider of high-resolution digital lidar sensors for the automotive, industrial, smart infrastructure, and robotics industries, today announced financial results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2021.

Ouster delivers on 2021 guidance following record fourth quarter (Graphic: Business Wire)

Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights

  • $11.9 million in revenue, up 86% year over year.
  • 30% gross margins, compared to 31% in fourth quarter 2020, and 24% in third quarter 2021.
  • Shipped over 2,400 sensors in the fourth quarter, up 198% year over year.
  • Increased the number of Strategic Customer Agreements to 68, up from 62 in the prior quarter, collectively representing approximately $500 million in contracted revenue opportunity through 2025.1
  • Net loss decreased to $28 million, compared to $57 million in fourth quarter 2020.
  • Adjusted EBITDA2 loss increased to $24 million, compared to $9 million in fourth quarter 2020.

Investments in scaling the commercial organization as well as advancements in hardware and firmware were key drivers of revenue growth in the fourth quarter. The Company signed 68 Strategic Customer Agreements (SCAs) through the end of the fourth quarter, up from 10 SCAs as of the end of 2020. Ouster successfully launched its new OS sensors equipped with the L2X chip, which unlocks new customer opportunities across all verticals. The Company achieved positive gross margins of 30% in the fourth quarter, due primarily to increased sales volume, in spite of continued purchase price variance related to the ongoing headwinds stemming from industry supply chain challenges.

Full Year 2021 Financial Highlights

  • Achieved full year 2021 guidance with $34 million in revenue and 27% gross margins.
  • Shipped over 6,475 sensors in 2021, totaling over 10,000 sensors shipped to date.
  • Net loss decreased to $94 million, compared to $107 million in 2020.
  • Adjusted EBITDA loss of $67 million, compared to $36 million in 2020.

“This year was a turning point for Ouster as we scaled up our commercial engine, proved our high-volume manufacturing capabilities, accelerated our automotive roadmap, and won key customers across each of our target vertical markets. We expect 2022 to be even stronger, with important product and customer milestones that we are excited to share throughout the year,” said Ouster CEO Angus Pacala. “Ouster’s diversified, digital lidar strategy has taken stride. We have a clear plan to grow our business, further differentiate our product offerings, capture market share and extend our market leadership.”

Business Updates

Accelerated Automotive Momentum: Ouster established Ouster Automotive to advance negotiations with global automotive OEMs for series production programs with anticipated 2025 to 2026 start of production. The Company also delivered on key milestones as part of its strategic OEM development deal, shipping prototypes in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Continued Customer Traction: In 2021, Ouster sold sensors to over 600 customers3, including 40 distributors, and signed 58 additional multi-year SCAs. In 2021, the automotive vertical accounted for 34% of sensors shipped. The industrial vertical accounted for 25% of sensors shipped. Robotics and Smart Infrastructure verticals accounted for 26% and 15% of sensors shipped, respectively.

Delivered on Product Roadmap: Ouster reached a substantial milestone with the introduction of its L2X chip, which doubled both the processing power and data output of its OS sensors, opening up additional market opportunities and revenue in the fourth quarter and beyond. The Company also introduced the Ouster Automotive DF series, its true solid-state lidar sensors for high-volume automotive programs for anticipated start of production in 2025.

2022 Outlook

For the full year 2022, Ouster aims to double revenue, targeting a range of $65 million to $85 million. The Company also expects to maintain positive gross margins, targeting a range of 25% to 30%.

Ouster expects key catalysts for growth to drive product volume and increase revenue in 2022 and subsequent years. This includes at least one OEM production program award expected this year, the upcoming launch of its L3 chip, critical safety certifications to displace legacy sensors across its verticals, and a more robust software ecosystem, all of which is expected to accelerate lidar adoption, expand market opportunities and provide customized solutions for its customers.

“Ouster had a breakout year in 2021, reinforcing our view that we chose the right technology with CMOS digital lidar, and the right strategy with our multi-market approach,” said Ouster CFO Anna Brunelle. “As a result of our meaningful customer growth, and 68 established SCAs through 2021, we are building greater predictability in our business, and aim to double revenue in 2022.”

Conference Call Information

Ouster will host a conference call and live webcast for analysts and investors at 5 p.m. EST today, February 15, to discuss its financial results and business outlook. To access the call, please register by visiting the website https://conferencingportals.com/event/XOJjOxLp.

Upon registering, each participant will be provided with call details and a registrant ID. The webcast and related presentation materials will be accessible for at least 30 days on Ouster’s investor relations website at https://investors.ouster.com/. A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available through March 1, 2022. To access the replay, please dial (800) 770-2030 from the U.S. or (647) 362-9199 from outside the U.S. and enter the conference ID number: 93428.

About Ouster

Ouster (NYSE: OUST) is building a safer and more sustainable future through its high-resolution digital lidar sensors for the automotive, industrial, smart infrastructure, and robotics industries. Ouster’s sensors offer an excellent combination of price and performance with the flexibility to span hundreds of use-cases and enable revolutionary autonomy across industries. With a global team and high-volume manufacturing, Ouster supports approximately 600 customers in over 50 countries. Ouster is headquartered in San Francisco, CA with offices in the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.ouster.com, or connect with us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to, statements regarding Ouster’s technological advancements, competitive edge, strategic partnerships and outlook, its ability to meet its revenue goals and guidance, supply requirements, the scalability of its production, its strategy, and market positioning as it relates to its brand and competitors. Forward-looking statements give Ouster’s current expectations and projections relating to its financial condition, competitive position, future results of operations, plans, objectives, future orders whether binding or non-binding, and business. You may identify forward-looking statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. These statements may include words such as “aim”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “expect”, “project”, “plan”, “forecast”, “intend”, “believe”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “can have”, “likely” and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of the timing or nature of future operating or financial performance or other events. All forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those that we expected, including but not limited to Ouster’s limited operating history and history of losses; the negotiating power and product standards of its customers; fluctuations in its operating results; supply chain constraints and challenges; cancellation or postponement of contracts or unsuccessful implementations; the adoption of its products and the growth of the lidar market generally; its ability to grow its sales and marketing organization; substantial research and development costs needed to develop and commercialize new products; the competitive environment in which it operates; selection of its products for inclusion in target markets; its future capital needs and ability to secure additional capital on favorable terms or at all; its ability to use tax attributes; its dependence on key third party suppliers, in particular Benchmark Electronics, Inc., and manufacturers; ability to maintain inventory and the risk of inventory write-downs; inaccurate forecasts of market growth; its ability to manage growth; the creditworthiness of customers; risks related to acquisitions; risks related to international operations; risks of product delivery problems or defects; costs associated with product warranties; its ability to maintain competitive average selling prices or high sales volumes or reduce product costs; conditions in its customers’ industries; its ability to recruit and retain key personnel; its use of professional employer organizations; its ability to adequately protect and enforce its intellectual property rights; its ability to effectively respond to evolving regulations and standards; risks related to operating as a public company; risks related to the COVID-19 pandemic; and other important factors discussed in the Company’s final prospectus dated August 19, 2021, and in other reports the Company files with or furnishes to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any such forward-looking statements represent management’s reasonable estimates and beliefs as of the date of this press release. While Ouster may elect to update such forward-looking statements at some point in the future, it disclaims any obligation to do so, other than as required by law, even if subsequent events cause its views to change.

The financials herein are unaudited and subject to the finalization of year-end audit procedures. In addition see information below concerning non-GAAP financial measures:

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to its results determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”), Ouster believes the non‑GAAP measure of Adjusted EBITDA is useful in evaluating its operating performance. Ouster calculates Adjusted EBITDA as net loss excluding interest expense (income), net, other expense (income), net, stock-based compensation expense, depreciation and amortization and non-recurring acquisition related expenses. Ouster believes that Adjusted EBITDA may be helpful to investors because it provides consistency and comparability with past financial performance and may be helpful in comparison with other companies, some of which use similar non‑GAAP information to supplement their GAAP results. The non-GAAP financial information is presented for supplemental informational purposes only, and should not be considered a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with GAAP, and may be different from similarly‑titled non‑GAAP measures used by other companies. Reconciliation tables of the most comparable GAAP financial measures to the non-GAAP financial measures are included at the end of this press release.

1 "Strategic Customer Agreements” or “SCAs” establish a multi-year purchase and supply framework for Ouster and the customer, and include details about customer programs and applications where the customer intends to use Ouster products. SCAs also include multi-year non-binding customer forecasts (typically of three to five years in length) giving Ouster visibility to the customer's long-term purchasing requirements, mutually agreed upon pricing over the duration of the agreement, and in certain cases include multi-year binding purchase commitments. “Contracted revenue opportunity” represents the sum of both binding purchase commitments and non-binding forecasts. No assurances can be given that non-binding forecasts will mature into binding purchase commitments, or that any contracted revenue opportunity will result in revenue. No additional revenue opportunity beyond the customer’s actual forecast has been imputed.

2 Adjusted EBITDA loss is a non-GAAP financial measure. See Non-GAAP Financial Measures for additional information and a reconciliation to Net loss, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

3 "Customer” is defined as having purchased a sensor within the past twelve months ended December 31, 2021.

     
 OUSTER, INC.
 CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 (unaudited)
 (in thousands)
     
  December 31
  

 

2021

 

 

 

2020

 

 Assets   
 Current assets:   
 Cash and cash equivalents

$

182,644

 

 

$

11,362

 

 Restricted cash, current

 

977

 

 

 

276

 

 Accounts receivable, net

 

10,723

 

 

 

2,327

 

 Inventory

 

7,448

 

 

 

4,817

 

 Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

5,566

 

 

 

2,441

 

 Total current assets

 

207,358

 

 

 

21,223

 

     
 Property and equipment, net

 

10,054

 

 

 

9,731

 

 Operating lease, right-of-use assets

 

15,156

 

 

 

11,071

 

 Goodwill

 

51,076

 

 

 

 

 Intangible assets, net

 

22,652

 

 

 

 

 Restricted cash, non-current

 

1,035

 

 

 

1,004

 

 Other non-current assets

 

371

 

 

 

3,385

 

 Total assets

$

307,702

 

 

$

46,414

 

     
 Liabilities, redeemable convertible preferred stock and stockholder's deficit   
 Current liabilities:   
 Accounts payable

$

4,863

 

 

$

6,894

 

 Accrued and other current liabilities

 

14,173

 

 

 

4,121

 

 Short-term debt

 

 

 

 

7,130

 

 Operating lease liability, current portion

 

3,067

 

 

 

2,772

 

 Total current liabilities

 

22,103

 

 

 

20,917

 

     
 Operating lease liability, long term portion

 

16,208

 

 

 

11,908

 

 Warrant liabilities

 

7,626

 

 

 

49,293

 

 Other non-current liabilities

 

1,065

 

 

 

978

 

 Total liabilities

 

47,002

 

 

 

83,096

 

     
 Commitments and contingencies   
     
 Redeemable convertible preferred stock

 

 

 

 

39,225

 

     
 Stockholders' equity (deficit):   
 Common stock

 

17

 

 

 

 

 Additional paid-in capital

 

564,045

 

 

 

133,468

 

 Accumulated deficit

 

(303,356

)

 

 

(209,375

)

 Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(6

)

 

 

 

 Total stockholder's equity (deficit)

 

260,700

 

 

 

(75,907

)

 Total liabilties, redeemable convertible preferred stock, and stockholder's deficit

$

307,702

 

 

$

46,414

 

OUSTER, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
(unaudited)
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
 Three Months Ended Dec 31,  Year Ended December 31,
 

 

2021

 

 

 

2020

 

 

 

2021

 

 

 

2020

 

Revenue        
Product revenue

$

11,852

 

 

$

6,362

 

 

$

33,578

 

 

$

16,886

 

Service revenue

 

-

 

 

 

14

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,018

 

Total revenue

 

11,852

 

 

 

6,376

 

 

 

33,578

 

 

 

18,904

 

         
Cost of revenue        
Cost of product

 

8,280

 

 

 

4,403

 

 

 

24,492

 

 

 

17,365

 

Cost of services

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

26

 

Total cost of revenue

 

8,280

 

 

 

4,403

 

 

 

24,492

 

 

 

17,391

 

Gross profit

 

3,572

 

 

 

1,973

 

 

 

9,086

 

 

 

1,513

 

         
Operating expenses:        
Research and development

 

15,003

 

 

 

4,289

 

 

 

34,579

 

 

 

23,317

 

Sales and marketing

 

7,481

 

 

 

2,693

 

 

 

22,258

 

 

 

8,998

 

General and administrative

 

15,782

 

 

 

9,104

 

 

 

51,959

 

 

 

20,960

 

Total operating expenses

 

38,266

 

 

 

16,086

 

 

 

108,796

 

 

 

53,275

 

Loss from operations

 

(34,694

)

 

 

(14,113

)

 

 

(99,710

)

 

 

(51,762

)

         
Other (expense) income:        
Interest income

 

166

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

471

 

 

 

24

 

Interest expense

 

-

 

 

 

(321

)

 

 

(504

)

 

 

(2,517

)

Other income (expense), net

 

3,390

 

 

 

(42,351

)

 

 

2,968

 

 

 

(52,150

)

Total other expense, net

 

3,556

 

 

 

(42,672

)

 

 

2,935

 

 

 

(54,643

)

         
Loss before income taxes

 

(31,138

)

 

 

(56,785

)

 

 

(96,775

)

 

 

(106,405

)

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

 

(2,794

)

 

 

375

 

 

 

(2,794

)

 

 

375

 

Net loss

 

(28,344

)

 

 

(57,160

)

 

 

(93,981

)

 

 

(106,780

)

Other comprehensive loss        
Foreign currency translation adjustments

 

(6

)

 

 

 

 

 

(6

)

 

 

-

 

Total comprehensive loss

 

(28,350

)

 

 

(57,160

)

 

 

(93,987

)

 

 

(106,780

)

Net loss per common share, basic

$

(0.17

)

 

$

(2.37

)

 

$

(0.70

)

 

$

(5.98

)

Weighted-average common shares outstanding, basic

 

165,853,915

 

 

 

24,130,953

 

 

 

133,917,571

 

 

17,858,976

 

OUSTER, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(unaudited)
(in thousands)
 

For the Years Ended December 31,

 

 

2021

 

 

 

2020

 

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES   
Net loss

$

(93,981

)

 

$

(106,780

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:   
Depreciation and amortization

 

5,477

 

 

 

3,718

 

Stock-based compensation

 

25,363

 

 

 

12,057

 

Deferred income taxes

 

(2,477

)

 

 

-

 

Change in right-of-use asset

 

2,180

 

 

 

1,887

 

Interest expense on notes and convertible debt

 

36

 

 

 

1,030

 

Amortization of debt issuance costs and debt discount

 

250

 

 

 

258

 

Change in fair value of warrant liabilities

 

(2,947

)

 

 

48,440

 

Change in fair value of derivative liability

 

-

 

 

 

5,308

 

Gain on extinguishment of tranche right liability

 

-

 

 

 

(1,610

)

Provision for doubtful accounts

 

379

 

 

 

67

 

Inventory write down

 

808

 

 

 

797

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:   
Accounts receivable

 

(8,007

)

 

 

(1,457

)

Inventory

 

(3,440

)

 

 

(3,146

)

Prepaid expenses and other assets

 

854

 

 

 

(1,442

)

Accounts payable

 

(2,442

)

 

 

144

 

Accrued and other liabilities

 

9,060

 

 

 

(417

)

Operating lease liability

 

(1,670

)

 

 

(971

)

Net cash used in operating activities

 

(70,557

)

 

 

(42,117

)

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES   
Purchases of property and equipment

 

(4,283

)

 

 

(3,509

)

Acquisition, net of cash acquired

 

(10,946

)

 

 

-

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(15,229

)

 

 

(3,509

)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES   
Proceeds from the merger and private offering

 

291,442

 

 

 

-

 

Payment of offering costs

 

(27,124

)

 

 

-

 

Repayment of debt

 

(7,000

)

 

 

(3,000

)

Proceeds from issuance of promissory notes to related parties

 

5,000

 

 

 

-

 

Repayment of promissory notes to related parties

 

(5,000

)

 

 

-

 

Repurchase of common stock

 

(45

)

 

 

-

 

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

 

526

 

 

 

1,337

 

Proceeds from exercise of warrants

 

1

 

 

 

-

 

Proceeds from issuance of redeemable convertible preferred stock, net off issuance cost of $265

 

-

 

 

 

41,526

 

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

257,800

 

 

 

39,863

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

172,014

 

 

 

(5,763

)

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

 

12,642

 

 

 

18,405

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

$

184,656

 

 

$

12,642

 

OUSTER, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(unaudited)
(in thousands)
         
  Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
  

 

2021

 

 

 

2020

 

 

 

2021

 

 

 

2020

 

GAAP net loss 

$

(28,344

)

 

$

(57,160

)

 

$

(93,981

)

 

$

(106,780

)

Interest expense (income), net 

 

(166

)

 

 

321

 

 

 

33

 

 

 

2,493

 

Other expense (income), net 

 

(3,390

)

 

 

42,351

 

 

 

(2,968

)

 

 

52,150

 

Stock-based compensation 

 

6,805

 

 

 

4,166

 

 

 

25,363

 

 

 

12,057

 

Income taxes 

 

(2,794

)

 

 

375

 

 

 

(2,794

)

 

 

375

 

Non-GAAP operating loss 

 

(27,889

)

 

 

(9,947

)

 

 

(74,347

)

 

 

(39,705

)

Depreciation and amortization expense

 

2,049

 

 

 

1,013

 

 

 

5,477

 

 

 

3,718

 

Non-recurring acquisition expense 

 

1,535

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

1,535

 

 

 

-

 

Adjusted EBITDA 

$

(24,306

)

 

$

(8,934

)

 

$

(67,336

)

 

$

(35,987

)

 

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