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CyberOptics Corporation reported record sales of $25.2 million for the second quarter of 2021 ended June 30, an increase of 58% from $16.0 million in the second quarter of 2020. Net income for the second quarter of 2021 was $3.1 million or $0.41 per diluted share, up significantly from earnings of $1.6 million or $0.22 per diluted share in the year-earlier quarter.
Dr. Subodh Kulkarni, president and chief executive officer, said, “CyberOptics’ second-quarter sales, which exceeded our guidance for this period, were driven by strong, double-digit sales growth from each of our product lines. Our industry-leading 3D Multi-Reflection Suppression™ (MRS™)-based sensing and inspection products and semiconductor sensors are enabling CyberOptics to take optimum advantage of the robust capital spending environment in our targeted electronics and semiconductor markets. We believe this market strength will continue into the foreseeable future, making us optimistic about our performance in coming quarters.”
Sales of 3D and 2D sensors increased 50% year-over-year to $7.1 million in the second quarter of 2021. Sales of 3D MRS sensors, rose 46% year-over-year to $4.3 million, driven by ongoing demand for these sensors in high-end electronics and semiconductor applications. Sensor sales are forecasted to post robust year-over-year growth in the third quarter of 2021.
Sales of WaferSense® semiconductor sensors increased 53% year-over-year to a record $5.5 million in the second quarter of 2021. Demand for these yield and process improvement sensors is being generated in part by the construction of new semiconductor fabs. Sales of WaferSense products are forecasted to post strong year-over-year growth in the third quarter of 2021.
Sales of inspection and metrology systems rose 64% in the second quarter of 2021 to $12.6 million. Within this product category, second quarter sales of SQ3000™ Multi-Function inspection systems increased 35% year-over-year to $6.3 million. Second quarter system sales also benefited from customer acceptances of $2.4 million of 3D MX3000™ memory module inspection systems. Customer acceptances for $4.9 million of MX3000 systems are expected in this year’s third quarter. Following the end of the second quarter, CyberOptics’ existing customer for its 2D MX600 memory module inspection system placed its first order for a 3D MX3000 system. This order is expected to become revenue in the first quarter of 2022. Also, in this year’s second quarter, CyberOptics received three orders totaling $7.9 million from new and existing customers for SQ3000 systems for mini-LED inspection and metrology. Sales of inspection and metrology systems are forecasted to grow solidly in the third quarter of 2021 on a year-over-year basis.
CyberOptics’ backlog at June 30, 2021 totaled a record $45.3 million, up from $32.4 million at March 31, 2021, reflecting strong order backlogs of 3D MRS sensors, SQ3000 and MX3000 systems, and semiconductor sensors. The Company is forecasting sales of $25.0 to $28.0 million for the third quarter of 2021 ending September 30, compared to $20.8 million in the third quarter of 2020. Its anticipated that there will be no revenue from MX memory module systems in the fourth quarter of 2021 due to normal quarterly variability in the sales of these products. For this reason, sales in the fourth quarter of 2021 are expected to be lower on a sequential quarterly basis. However, strong year-over-year sales growth is anticipated for the fourth quarter of 2021, driven by the Company’s record backlog and the robust capital spending environment.
Kulkarni added, “Our advanced technology platforms have positioned CyberOptics to continue capitalizing upon the attractive growth opportunities in our electronics and semiconductor markets. This makes us confident about our prospects going forward.”