Based in Friedberg, DE, voxeljet AG (VJET) scheduled a $91 million IPO with a market capitalization of $218 million at a price range mid-point of $14 for Friday, October 18, 2013.
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S-1 filed October 7, 2013
Manager, Joint Managers: Piper Jaffray/Citigroup
Co Managers: Cowen/Stephens
VJET makes and sells large 3D printing systems. VJET's new product represents a volume that is more than six times the volume of the next largest commercially available 3D printer.
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Buy VJET on the IPO, based on industry growth and comparative valuations.
To put the conclusions and observations in context, the following is reorganized, edited and summarized from the full S-1 referenced above:
VJET is a leading provider of high-speed, large-format 3D printers and on-demand parts services to industrial and commercial customers.
VJET's 3D printers employ a powder binding, additive manufacturing technology to produce parts using various material sets, which consist of particulate materials and proprietary chemical binding agents.
VJET offers customers the highest volumetric output rate in the industry due to the combination of large build boxes and print speeds. 3D printers and on-demand parts services are provided to industrial and commercial customers serving the automotive, aerospace, film and entertainment, art and architecture, engineering and consumer product end markets.
Products and services
VJET currently offers five different 3D printer platforms, and plans to offer a sixth prior to the end of 2013, with build boxes that range from 300 × 200 × 150 millimeters to 4,000 × 2,000 × 1,000 millimeters, with various print speeds, which produce volumetric output rates ranging from 0.7 liters per hour to 123.0 liters per hour.
All platforms support VJET's commercialized material sets, sand and plastics, along with their respective proprietary chemical binding agents.
VJET is currently in varying stages of developing new material sets, including shell molding and chromite sands, PMMA-based plastics, ceramics, silicon carbide, tungsten carbide, wood powder and cement.
Two business segments: Systems and Services.
In the Systems segment, VJET focuses on the development, production and sale of 3D printers. In addition, VJET sells refurbished 3D printers which were produced for and used in the Services segment. VJET also provides consumables, including particulate materials and proprietary chemical binding agents, maintenance contracts and spare parts to customers.
Historically, to project and development partners, VJET sold and leased test machines, which are smaller printers with limited functionality designed to provide full flexibility to change parameters for the purpose of testing materials and processes.
In 2012, VJET introduced the VX200, a fully functional 3D printer with similar flexibility for process optimization and materials development. As a result, VJET does not plan on selling test machines in the future.
In the Services segment, VJET prints on-demand custom parts for customers. At the service center, which VJET believes is one of the largest additive manufacturing service centers in Europe, VJET creates parts, molds, cores and models based on designs produced using 3D computer-aided design, or CAD, software.
VJET believes that its recent innovations in 3D printers will continue to increase customer adoption of VJET's additive manufacturing technology in industrial and commercial applications. Recent key innovations include:
•The VX4000 system, which offers a build box of 4,000 × 2,000 × 1,000 millimeters, representing a volume that is more than six times the volume of the next largest commercially available 3D printer. The VX4000 prints at a speed of 75 seconds per layer, yielding a volumetric output rate of 123.0 liters per hour, the highest in the industry. This printer enables the user to print cost-effectively either a single, large-scale part or large quantities of customized smaller parts in a single batch.
•The VXC800, which we believe is the only continuous build 3D printer currently on the market, has a build envelope of 850 × 500 millimeters, with the third dimension being theoretically unlimited. Unlike other additive manufacturing systems, the VXC800 utilizes a conveyer platform which permits the manufacturing of products that are not constrained by the length of a build box. VJET believes this process, enabled by proprietary design, creates new opportunities in the direct digital manufacturing of parts, as this 3D printer can be integrated into customers' workflows in a manner that allows for uninterrupted production.
The backlog as of June 30, 2013 was $5.7 million. VJET estimates that the vast majority of systems in the backlog will ship prior to December 31, 2013, with the remainder expected to ship prior to June 30, 2014.
Historically, results of operations have been subject to seasonal factors. Purchases of VJET's 3D printers often follow a seasonal pattern owing to the capital budgeting cycles of customers. Generally, 3D printer sales are higher in the second and fourth fiscal quarters than in the first and third fiscal quarters. Sales in the Services segment generally are not affected by seasonality.
As of June 30, 2013, VJET owned or co-owned 20 issued U.S. patents and 13 pending U.S. patent applications. In addition, VJET owns or co-owns patent rights in Europe, Asia and Canada. In total, as of June 30, 2013 VJET's patent portfolio consisted of over 170 U.S. and international patents and patent applications. Currently issued patents will expire at different times in the future, with the earliest expiring in 2017 and the latest expiring in 2029.
As of June 30, 2013, VJET had a total of 87 employees.
5% stockholders pre-IPO
Franz Industriebeteiligungen AGn, 16.9%
Startkapital-Fonds Augsburg GmbH, 16.9%
AleSta Beteiligungs GmbH, 12.5%
Technologie Beteiligungsfonds Bayern GmbH & Co. KG, 11.3%
Dr. Ingo Ederer, 37.7%
Use of proceeds
VJET expects to net $70 million from its IPO. Selling shareholders will receive $11.6 million at the price range mid-point. IPO proceeds are allocated as follows:
$40.0 million for expansion of on-demand parts service center in Europe and establishment of new on-demand parts service centers in North America and Asia;
$10.0 million for research and development and sales and marketing initiatives; and the remainder for general corporate purposes, including, without limitation, potential acquisitions.
Note: Each ADS represents one-fifth of an ordinary share.
Disclaimer: This VJET IPO report is based on a reading and analysis of VJET's S-1 filing, which can be found here, and a separate, independent analysis by IPOdesktop.com. There are no unattributed direct quotes in this article.