Velo3D Announces First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

May 10, 2022

Reiterates FY2022 Revenue Guidance of $89 Million on Q1 Execution, Record Backlog

  • Record revenue – 17% sequential increase, >900% YoY
  • Increasing demand reflected in record total backlog – up >80% YoY to $55 million
  • 2022 confidence – Q122 revenue / backlog account for >75% of 2022 revenue guidance
  • Manufacturing execution – initiated volume production of Sapphire XC during quarter
  • Maintained strong balance sheet – exited Q122 with $186 million in cash

CAMPBELL, Calif., May 10, 2022 – Velo3D, Inc. (NYSE: VLD), a leading additive manufacturing technology company for mission-critical metal parts, today announced financial results for its first fiscal quarter of 2022.

“Strong execution enabled us to post our third straight quarter of revenue growth as a public company, add to our backlog and expand our new customer footprint,” said Benny Buller, CEO of Velo3D. “Demand for our industry-leading Sapphire systems remains high as our total backlog exiting the quarter increased more than 80 percent year over year to $55 million and we now have more than 75 percent of our 2022 revenue either recognized or booked. When combined with our strong first quarter bookings momentum of 7 systems, we now have significant visibility and increasing confidence in our ability to achieve our 2022 outlook. Additionally, we continued to successfully manage our supply chain to meet our production goals despite the ongoing global challenges. Our European market expansion also remains on plan and we expect to add a significant number of new customers in this growing market by the end of the year. Finally, we reached a key milestone as we started volume production of our Sapphire XC system during the quarter.”

“We are continuing to cement ourselves as a differentiated technology leader in high value manufacturing. Our metal additive manufacturing technology changes the way products in Aerospace, Energy, Power and other industrial segments are designed and produced. It is used to make some of the most critical parts in these products and we are maintaining our focus on driving the vast blue ocean market opportunity we see before us. This success is reflected in our first quarter results as our customers are using our differentiated technology to design and build the high value metal parts they need to succeed – without compromise,” continued Buller.

“Looking forward, given our first quarter execution, continued bookings growth, revenue visibility through our backlog and the successful ramp of our Sapphire XC production, we are increasingly confident in our ability to meet our 2022 revenue guidance of $89 million,” concluded Buller.

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Information about Velo3d’s use of non-GAAP information, including a reconciliation to U.S. GAAP, is provided at the end of this release.

  1. Reconciliations to U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) financial measures are presented below under “Non-GAAP Financial Information”. 
  2. Non-GAAP net loss and non-GAAP net loss per diluted share exclude stock-based compensation expense, and fair value adjustments for the Company’s warrants and earnout liabilities.

Summary of First Quarter and FY 2021 results

Revenue for the first quarter was $12.2 million, an increase of 17% compared to the fourth quarter of 2021 and more than 900% year over year.  The Company shipped 8 systems in the first quarter.  The improvement in revenue was driven by an increase in average selling price as well as higher revenue from support services and recurring payment transactions due to the Company’s increasing installed base of systems.

Gross margin for the quarter was 0% and reflects the impact of launch customer pricing for the Company’s Sapphire XC systems shipped during the quarter. This pricing is expected to impact gross margin through the third quarter of 2022 as the Company completes the delivery of its remaining Sapphire XC systems under its launch customer contract.  With the completion of its launch customer contract and ongoing material improvements in production efficiencies, the Company remains on plan to achieve a gross margin of 30 percent in the fourth quarter of this year.

Operating expenses for the quarter rose sequentially to $28.2 million, primarily the result of increased sales and marketing costs to fund the Company’s global expansion plans as well as higher research and development investment. Non-GAAP operating expenses, which excluded stock-based compensation expense of $5.0 million, was $23.2 million.

Net loss for the quarter was $65.3 million. Non-GAAP net loss, which excludes loss on fair value of warrants, loss (gain) on fair value of contingent earnout liabilities and stock-based compensation, was $23.1 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter, excluding loss on fair value of warrants, loss (gain) on fair value of contingent earnout liabilities and stock-based compensation, was a loss of $22.0 million. For more information regarding the Company’s non-GAAP financial measures, see “Non-GAAP Financial Information” below.

The Company ended the quarter with a strong balance sheet with $186 million in cash and investments.  As a result, the Company believes it has the liquidity for ongoing technology investments as well as providing the resources needed to fund its growth plans.


For fiscal year 2022, given its strong first quarter results and increasing backlog, the Company’s previous guidance remains unchanged.

  • Revenue – $89 million
  • Total bookings – 47-49
  • Total shipments – 47-49
  • Sapphire XC shipments – 23-25
  • New customer additions – 23-25

The Company will host a conference call for investors this afternoon to discuss its first quarter 2022 performance at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time.  The call will be webcast and can be accessed from the Events page of the Investor Relations section of Velo3D’s website at

For the full release with financial tables, including GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation, visit

About Velo3D:

Velo3D is a metal 3D printing technology company. 3D printing—also known as additive manufacturing (AM)—has a unique ability to improve the way high-value metal parts are built. However, legacy metal AM has been greatly limited in its capabilities since its invention almost 30 years ago. This has prevented the technology from being used to create the most valuable and impactful parts, restricting its use to specific niches where the limitations were acceptable.

Velo3D has overcome these limitations so engineers can design and print the parts they want. The company’s solution unlocks a wide breadth of design freedom and enables customers in space exploration, aviation, power generation, energy and semiconductor to innovate the future in their respective industries. Using Velo3D, these customers can now build mission-critical metal parts that were previously impossible to manufacture. The end-to-end solution includes the Flow print preparation software, the Sapphire family of printers and the Assure quality control system—all of which are powered by Velo3D’s Intelligent Fusion manufacturing process. The company delivered its first Sapphire system in 2018 and has been a strategic partner to innovators such as SpaceX, Honeywell, Honda, Chromalloy and Lam Research. Velo3D has been named to Fast Company’s prestigious annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2021. For more information, please visit, or follow the company on LinkedIn or Twitter.

Velo, Velo3D, Sapphire, and Intelligent Fusion are registered trademarks of Velo3D, Inc. Without Compromise, Flow and Assure are trademarks of Velo3D, Inc.

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Amounts herein pertaining to March 31, 2022 represent a preliminary estimate as of the date of this earnings release and may be revised upon filing our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). More information on our results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2022 will be provided upon filing our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q with the SEC.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1996. The Company’s actual results may differ from its expectations, estimates and projections and consequently, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Words such as “expect”, “estimate”, “project”, “budget”, “forecast”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “plan”, “may”, “will”, “could”, “should”, “believes”, “predicts”, “potential”, “continue”, and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the Company’s guidance for full year 2022 (including the Company’s estimates for revenue, total Sapphire bookings, total Sapphire shipments, Sapphire XC shipments and new customer additions), the Company’s expectations regarding its pricing, improved production efficiencies and gross margin during 2022, the Company’s strategic priorities for 2022 (including the Company’s market and customer expansion plans), the Company’s expectations regarding its liquidity and capital requirements, and the Company’s other expectations, hopes, beliefs, intentions or strategies for the future. These forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially from the expected results. You should carefully consider the risks and uncertainties described in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021 (the “FY 2021 10-K”), which was filed by the Company with the SEC on March 28, 2022 and the other documents filed by the Company from time to time with the SEC. These filings identify and address other important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Most of these factors are outside the Company’s control and are difficult to predict. Factors that may cause such differences include, but are not limited to: (1) the inability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the merger transaction, which may be affected by, among other things, competition, the ability of the Company to grow and manage growth profitably, maintain relationships with customers and suppliers and retain its key employees; (2) costs related to the merger transaction; (3) changes in the applicable laws or regulations; (4) the possibility that the Company may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors; (5) the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic; and (6) other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time described in the FY 2021 10-K, including those under “Risk Factors” therein, and in the Company’s other filings with the SEC. The Company cautions that the foregoing list of factors is not exclusive and not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, including projections, which speak only as of the date made. The Company does not undertake or accept any obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

About the Author

Dan Sorensen

Sr. Director of PR and Social Media

Dan Sorensen is the Sr. Director of Public Relations and Social Media at Velo3D, where he oversees the company’s public image and communications efforts. Dan works closely with customers to better understand their needs and to execute joint announcements. Prior to joining Velo3D, Dan worked for various companies in enterprise tech, including those in software, hardware, and venture capital.