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# Vicor Results Dampened by Global Headwinds but Bookings and Backlog Grow

February 27, 2020 by Paul Shepard

Vicor Corporation reported revenues for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2019 totaled $63.1 million, a 14.4% decrease from$73.7 million for the corresponding period a year ago, and a 10.8% sequential decrease from $70.8 million in the third quarter of 2019. Gross margin dollars decreased to$29.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to $39 million for the corresponding period a year ago, and decreased sequentially from$33.0 million for the third quarter of 2019.  Gross margin, as a percentage of revenue, increased to 47.1% for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to 45.9% for the corresponding period a year ago, and increased from 46.6% for the third quarter of 2019.

Net income for the fourth quarter was $1.3 million, or$0.03 per diluted share, compared to net income of $6.9 million or$0.17 per diluted share, for the corresponding period a year ago and net income of $5.9 million, or$0.14 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2019.

Revenues for the year ended December 31, 2019, decreased 9.7% to $263.0 million from$291.2 million for the corresponding period a year ago.  Net income for 2019 was $14.1 million, or$0.34 per diluted share, compared to net income of $31.7 million, or$0.78 per diluted share, for the corresponding period a year ago.

Cash and cash equivalents sequentially increased by $3.5 million to approximately$84.7 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2019, from $81.2 million at the end of the third quarter of 2019. Capital expenditures for the fourth quarter of 2019 totaled$3.4 million, compared to $3.3 million for the third quarter of 2019. Fourth quarter bookings of$76.8 million compare with $60.5 million for the third quarter of 2019 and the corresponding period a year ago. Total backlog at the end of the fourth quarter of 2019 was$104.2 million, up 15.6% from $90.1 million at the end of the third quarter of 2019, and up 1.2% from$103.0 million at the end of 2018.

Commenting on fourth quarter performance and the company’s outlook, Dr. Patrizio Vinciarelli, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Vicor’s Q4 revenues were influenced by continuing headwinds related to tariffs and trade restrictions and rescheduling of programs now due to ramp starting in Q2.  Bookings came in as expected but near-term visibility is clouded by the potential impact of the coronavirus on China and the global economy.”

Dr. Vinciarelli continued, “Q4 highlights included an all-encompassing list of customers seeking power system solutions to high current ASICs and AI accelerators for hyper-scale computing and automotive OEMs seeking power system solutions for autonomous driving and electric vehicles. The pace of design wins and breadth of customer engagements in high growth markets like AI and automotive reflects adoption of 48V Factorized Power and traction for our modular power system methodology, uniquely capable to efficiently address requirements from Mega-Watt power sources to Kilo-Amp loads.”