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Proto Labs (PRLB 5.32% ) Q1 2022 Earnings Call May 06, 2022 , 8:30 a.m. ET

Greetings, and welcome to Proto Labs Q1 2022 earnings conference call. [Operator instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. I would now like to turn the conference over to your host, Mr. Jason Frankman, VP and corporate controller.

Jason Frankman -- Vice President and Corporate Controller

Thank you, Peter, and welcome, everyone, to Proto Labs' first quarter 2022 earnings conference call. I'm joined today by Rob Bodor, Proto Lab's president and chief executive officer; and Dan Schumacher, interim chief financial officer. This morning, Proto Lab issued a press release announcing its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022. The release is available on the company's website.

In addition, a prepared slide presentation is available online at the web address provided in our press release. Our discussion today will include statements relating to future performance and expectations that are or may be considered forward-looking statements and subject to many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. Please refer to our earnings press release and recent SEC filings, including our annual report on Form 10-K for information on certain risks that could cause actual outcomes to differ materially and adversely from any forward-looking statements made today. The results and guidance we will discuss include non-GAAP financial measures consistent with our past practice.

Please refer to our press release and the accompanying slide presentation at the Investor Relations section of our company website for a complete reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP results. Now I'd like to turn the call over to Rob Bodor. Rob?

Rob Bodor -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Jason. Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us today to discuss our company's first quarter financial results and our outlook for the second quarter. I'm happy to report that we finished the first quarter strong after a slow start in January, and our results were slightly ahead of our expectations. As I communicated on our fourth quarter call in February, demand was impacted in January as the Omicron variant delayed our seasonal demand growth by several weeks.

Our demand strengthened starting in February, and we finished the quarter strong. Our comprehensive digital manufacturing offer continues to provide our customers, the largest customer base in the industry. Before I provide an update on our 2022 priorities, I would like to take a moment to address the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. I want to send our thoughts and condolences to those impacted by the war in Ukraine.

Our business has not been directly impacted by the events in Ukraine, as we do not have direct customers or direct suppliers in Ukraine, Belarus, or Russia. However, the events have impacted some Proto Labs' employees, their families, and peers. Our primary focus is to support our employees and also to minimize the impact on our business going forward. Although a lot has changed in the world since our last update in February.

We continue to deliver on our mission to empower companies to bring new ideas to market by offering the fastest, and most comprehensive digital manufacturing service in the world. During our fourth quarter call, I laid out our strategic priorities for 2022, which are aligned with our winning long-term strategy. We are focused to execute our strategy, and we made progress on each priority during the first quarter. Our first priority is accelerating our revenue growth.

We're focused on accelerating organic growth through pricing optimization and expanded offerings. We made progress in the quarter on developing a flexible lead time offering in 3D printing, which will be launched in the coming months. We also made progress on the integration of the Proto Labs and Hubs offers into one e-commerce platform with a focus to provide a best-in-class customer experience. As we have previously communicated, the Hubs integration was initially delayed in 2021 by the implementation stabilization period of Protolabs 2.0.

We have a cross-functional global team focused to execute the integration, and we recognize the need to increase our speed and agility. We're taking a very thoughtful customer-centric approach to ensure that unified customer experience is seamless. We intend to have the initial integrated CNC machining offer released this year. Combining the strength of the Proto Labs and Hubs offers will further delight our customers and drive profitable growth.

Hubs has had another strong quarter of growth, further validating its high-growth model and current cross-selling activities reinforce the value that our model brings to the marketplace. As we execute on our integration plans, we're also working to drive accelerated growth at Proto Labs and Hubs. We continue to adjust pricing based on various market factors and input costs in both businesses. So far in 2022, our pricing realization is in line with our expectations.

In addition, our longer lead time CNC machining offer is gaining traction in the marketplace, and we've seen an increase in volume in CNC machining and 3D printing from key customers. Our new enhanced quality offering in our injection holding service, in which customers receive an automated dimensional and tolerance quality report, is key for production use cases. We will continue to automate and evolve our offerings to win in production. Our second priority in 2022 is to delight our customers.

Our customer Net Promoter Scores have continued to trend higher since the launch of our new e-commerce platform, largely driven by Proto Labs' best-in-class, on-time delivery, and quality rates. Additionally, we continue to find ways to improve our customer experience, including implementing new CRM strategies to accelerate responsiveness and offer an enhanced e-commerce experience in our sheet metal service. Our next priority is to be the digital leader at scale. Proto Labs' operating margins are a measure of success for this priority, and we're pleased to report margins above our expectations in the first quarter.

We expect margins to improve through the year as volume improves, and as we continue to realize the impact of pricing adjustments and continued cost structure optimization. Our fourth and final priority for 2022 is to continue to be a great place to work. Our employees are our greatest asset, and we will continue to invest in them in areas that matter to them. We are investing in learning and development for all employees, as well as a dynamic and flexible way of working.

In addition, during the first quarter, we focused attention on the advancement of our ESG initiatives, establishing a core cross-functional team tasked to identify opportunities and set goals for improved performance of our top environmental, social, and governance priorities. These priorities are outlined in our proxy statement recently filed with the SEC. Proto Labs also received significant external recognition of our industry leadership and best-in-class digital manufacturing capabilities in early 2022. Our injection molding business continues to receive accolades.

In March, Proto Labs was awarded the Plastics News' Excellence Award for technological innovation, recognizing our best-in-class and unique technology capabilities in our IM service. This reinforces the recognition we received in late 2021 when the World Economic Forum added our U.S. injection molding facility to its Global Lighthouse Network, recognizing our leadership in implementing Fourth Industrial Revolution Technologies. We were recognized because of our transformation from a prototyping provider to a full production provider through technologies connecting our e-commerce experience to the manufacturing shop floor.

And at the time, our facility was only the 10th Lighthouse in the United States. Proto Labs also received a leadership award in the collaborative ecosystems category from the National Association of Manufacturers, or NAM. 2022 is the eighth straight year in which Proto Labs has been recognized with the leadership award from them. The collaborative ecosystems award recognizes companies that use Manufacturing 4.0 technologies to enhance internal and external cross-functional collaboration, which helps boost productivity, satisfy customer requirements, accelerate innovation and achieve greater speed and agility.

Proto Labs continues to be recognized externally as the digital leader in many facets. Our revenue and non-GAAP operating margins improved sequentially, and we look forward to carrying this momentum into the rest of 2022. Proto Labs has the speed, scale, brand, customer base, and manufacturing experience to keep growing profitably. The combination of Proto Labs best-in-class rapid manufacturing services, and Hubs outsourced manufacturing partner network is a truly unique model in this market.

A market that is growing rapidly with the continued digitalization of manufacturing. We remain confident in our long-term strategy and are focused on execution. We've established and strengthened the foundation, and are focused to execute on the integration of Hubs. As we do this profitably, we will reinforce our sustainable long-term competitive advantage.

Before I hand the call over to Dan, I would like to take a moment to thank Rich Baker for his services to Proto Labs. In his five years as chief technology officer, Rich was instrumental in designing the upgrade of our digital infrastructure and launching our Protolabs 2.0 systems. I am serving as interim chief technology officer while we, with the help of an executive search firm, conducted search to find a new leader to elevate how technology fuels our strategy, and enables Proto Labs to maintain its position as the market leader. As we look on the horizon, we are on the precipice of revolutionizing manufacturing for a second time with a broader offering and unified digital experience, combining our digital thread with our digital network.

As an ever-increasing group of companies adopt Manufacturing 4.0, Proto Labs will continue to lead the way. I will now turn the call over to Dan Schumacher to take you through our first quarter financial results and our outlook for the second quarter. Dan?

Dan Schumacher -- Interim Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Rob, and good morning, everyone. Our first quarter financial results begin on Page 7 of the presentation. First quarter revenue of $124.2 million was within our guidance range and represents a 6.9% increase year-over-year or 6.2% organic growth in constant currencies. After a slow start in January, we saw demand pick up nicely through February and March.

Hubs generated $10.3 million of revenue in the first quarter representing growth of 78.6% year-over-year. As a reminder, we acquired Hubs in late January 2021. On an organic basis, first quarter Hubs' revenue grew 38.2% year-over-year. As the U.S.

dollar has continued to strengthen, changes in foreign currency had a $1.5 million unfavorable impact to revenue in the quarter. This impact was above our expectations. First quarter revenue by region is summarized on Slide 11. In Europe, revenue of $24.6 million amounted to growth of 14.6% year-over-year.

Excluding Hubs' first quarter revenue in Europe and the impact of foreign currencies, our Europe revenue grew 7.2% year-over-year. As Rob mentioned, we do not have direct customers or suppliers in Ukraine, Belarus, or Russia. While sanctions to date have not directly impacted Proto Labs, we may see some indirect impact from affected customers. Turning to revenue by service.

Our CNC machining and 3D printing services each had a very strong start to 2022, growing 25.6% and 14.1% year-over-year, respectively. Hubs contributed to outperformance in CNC machining and 3D printing. Excluding Hubs, CNC machining grew 18.6% and 3D printing grew 10.4%. Even with increasing levels of competition in those services, Proto Labs' speed, reliability, and quality continue to resonate in the marketplace.

Injection molding and sheet metal underperformed our first quarter expectations, and we are actively working to increase volume in those services. Our injection molding growth rate in the quarter was negatively impacted by the absence of a large COVID-related orders we fulfilled in the first quarter of 2021. We served 23,492 unique product developers in the first quarter, up 3.9% year-over-year. Average revenue per product developer increased year-over-year in most services, and regions due to the impact of pricing and increased orders from key customers.

Turning to Slide 14 and our detailed income statement. First quarter non-GAAP gross margin was 45.7%, above our guidance range and representing sequential improvement of 10 basis points from the fourth quarter. Overall gross margin was slightly higher than we anticipated due to revenue coming in above the top end of our range, as well as margin improvements in February and March. Hubs' gross margin in the first quarter was 24.2%, compared to 17.5% in the fourth quarter of 2021, and 11.5% in the same period in the prior year.

We are very pleased with the year-over-year improvement in Hubs' gross margin which was largely driven by optimization of pricing algorithms, and logistics processes, as well as increased volume. As a result of improvements to Hubs' gross margin over the last year, we are updating our long-term gross margin target range to 25% to 30%. For the quarter, Hubs represented an approximately 190-basis-point drag on our overall gross margin due to the lower margin nature of the outsourced manufacturing model. Our total non-GAAP operating expenses were $42.9 million in the first quarter, within our guidance range and in line with the fourth quarter of 2021.

Non-GAAP operating expenses increased $500,000 year-over-year, driven by a full quarter of Hubs' operating expenses in the first quarter of 2022, and higher incentive compensation due to merit inflation. These increases were largely offset by a decline in contractor expenses that were elevated in the first quarter of 2021 due to the launch of Protolabs 2.0 in the Americas. Moving to taxes. Our non-GAAP effective tax rate in the first quarter was 23.3%, compared to 16% in the prior quarter, and 22.7% in the first quarter of 2021.

Our non-GAAP rate was higher sequentially due to a one-time decrease in our reserves for uncertain tax positions in the fourth quarter of 2021 that did not repeat in the first quarter. Turning to earnings per share. First quarter non-GAAP diluted net income per share was $0.38, representing a sequential decrease of $0.03 per share, and a $0.02 per share decrease from the first quarter of 2021. The year-over-year decrease in earnings per share was driven by lower gross margins in our legacy business, partially offset by the absence of the Protolabs 2.0 launch expenses incurred in the first quarter of 2021 and higher value.

Transitioning to cash flow and balance sheet highlights on Slide 16. We generated $17.8 million in cash from operations in the first quarter, compared to $6.4 million in the first quarter of 2021. At March 31, we had $105.3 million of cash and investments on our balance sheet, and we remain debt-free. Finally, I'd like to detail our outlook for the second quarter of 2022 as outlined on Slide 18.

We expect to generate revenue between $123 million and $131 million in the second quarter representing year-over-year growth of up to 8% in constant currency. This guidance incorporates April performance, current demand trends, and typical seasonality patterns. We expect foreign currency to have approximately a $2.5 million unfavorable impact on revenue compared to the second quarter of 2021, assuming foreign currency rates remain at current levels. Moving to earnings guidance.

We anticipate non-GAAP add backs in the second quarter to include stock-based compensation expense of approximately $4.7 million and amortization expense of $1.6 million. We currently estimate our non-GAAP effective tax rate will be between 24% and 25% in the second quarter. In summary, we expect second quarter non-GAAP earnings per share between $0.35 and $0.43. That concludes our prepared remarks.

Rob and I are ready for questions.

Thank you. [Operator instructions] Our first question is from Brian Drab with William Blair. Please go ahead.

Brian Drab -- William Blair and Company -- Analyst

Hey, good morning, Rob and Dan. Thanks for taking my question.

Rob Bodor -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Brian Drab -- William Blair and Company -- Analyst

Good morning. First, just on Hubs. Can you elaborate a little bit on what you're seeing at hubs, and the improvements that you've been able to make that give you the sense that you can get that business at 25% to 30% gross margin?

Dan Schumacher -- Interim Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. So within the Hubs business, we've added resources around price optimization. So that is looking at as we get cat files coming in, optimizing the pricing that we can get that based on how that's going to be charged to us from our manufacturing partner network. Also, it's expanding who our manufacturing partners are into various areas.

So that's -- we have a wider range of different capabilities and pricing range that we can offer a customer.

Brian Drab -- William Blair and Company -- Analyst

OK. So if I remember correctly, the manufacturing partner base totaled I think it was $240 million when you acquired it. Where is that now? And where do you expect that to go for Hubs?

Rob Bodor -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. The hubs network is -- it's in the hundreds of manufacturing partners. Our strategy is to actually not to necessarily have the biggest network, but rather have a very well-groomed premium network of manufacturers that -- who we -- they're highly qualified and for whom we can send material business. So that there's a real true partnership between the network of manufacturing partners and ourselves.

We believe that that helps us to ensure very high quality and high reliability. And because we understand the network partners well, we can really tailor the jobs that we send to them to make sure that they're successful. And as Dan mentioned, we've invested in diversifying that network even further globally so that we've got a broader mix of partners in all regions of the globe.

Dan Schumacher -- Interim Chief Financial Officer

And, Brian, maybe to talk more directly about the first quarter and Hub's gross margin. Chinese New Year occurs in the first quarter, and there's less capacity than among our China manufacturing partners. And we've built stronger relationships with existing manufacturing partners within India and other locations so that we have capacity to better optimize that pricing within the quarter. We did not -- last year, we struggled a bit with that, honestly, from a Hubs perspective, and perform much better this year, which is why you saw the gross margin results you did.

Brian Drab -- William Blair and Company -- Analyst

Right. Yeah, I remember you mentioned that was going to be a positive this quarter. So that's good to see that played out. Can I just ask again, is that $240 million manufacturing partner base, the number that you're not going to update going forward?

Rob Bodor -- President and Chief Executive Officer

I think the number will -- the number will change yes, as we continue to grow I don't think that number is the thing to focus on. I mean, we're able to grow 40% year-over-year with this -- with the manufacturing partners that we have. And we will -- and we have no trouble continuing to grow that number as the business needs. But I think the number itself is really not the key metric for the health and robustness of our network.

Brian Drab -- William Blair and Company -- Analyst

OK. I'm just curious. And then just last, gross margin came in, as you pointed out, ahead of expectations. Should we -- and I think you signaled this, but I just want to be clear is gross margin expected to improve sequentially from the first quarter level as we move through 2022? Thanks.

Dan Schumacher -- Interim Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. We do expect quarter-to-quarter to continue to improve our gross margin. Our guide has a life behind it is a slight sequential improvement in the gross margin percent. What I am going to say, Brian, is it is predicated on volume and continuing to increase our volume quarter-to-quarter.

And that's one of the assumptions going in.

Brian Drab -- William Blair and Company -- Analyst

Got it. OK. Thanks, guys.

Rob Bodor -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Our next question is from Greg Palm with Craig-Hallum Capital Group. Please go ahead.

Danny Eggerichs -- Craig-Hallum Capital Group -- Analyst

Hey, guys. This is Danny Eggerichs on for Greg today. Thanks for taking the questions. 

Rob Bodor -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Danny Eggerichs -- Craig-Hallum Capital Group -- Analyst

Was hoping to dig in a little bit more on the segment details. CNC was pretty strong. I was wondering how much of that was maybe due to pricing. And then on the injection molding side, it seemed like that was pretty strong last quarter.

I know you mentioned some year-over-year comps related to some COVID projects, but any additional details there? And then maybe just a little bit on sheet metal and how that gets going.

Rob Bodor -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. So with regard to CNC, we -- you actually named it. We saw the benefit of pricing improvements, as well as from some large order increases from key customers in our CNC business. Which was really nice to see and growth both in the organic and in the Hubs business.

In terms of injection molding and sheet metal, as we talked about on our last call, we had a slow start to the year in January. The primarily affected those 2 service lines. From a sheet metal standpoint, we're seeing nice recovery from that, and we're expecting growth in Q2. On the IM side, just as you repeated from kind of our script in our prepared remarks.

We did have a number of large one-time production orders in injection molding in Q1 of last year. that we talked about at that time. And in fact, those orders even led to backlog leading into Q2. So we didn't see a recurrence of injection molding orders of that magnitude in Q1, and that's something that we're not satisfied with, and we've got a series of sales actions that we're driving to ensure a stable and healthy pipeline of production orders injection molding as we go forward.

But I -- longer term, I'm very confident in our injection molding business. We have a very differentiated offer there. Investing more into our production capabilities and launching new capabilities in that. Customers have been very satisfied.

So that's our focus, and I'm quite confident in our long-term growth in IM.

Dan Schumacher -- Interim Chief Financial Officer

From a sheet metal perspective, we had a very slow start to the year for sheet metal. So both with in January and continuing into February. But the results have been positive as we've been looking into April. And we feel like there's going to be growth in that service in the second quarter.

So sheet metal was more of a slow start to the year.

Danny Eggerichs -- Craig-Hallum Capital Group -- Analyst

Got it. And then maybe keeping on track with that monthly demand trends. I appreciate the color on Q1. What have you been seeing quarter to date so far, maybe in terms of demand, and also within the inflationary environment, what you're seeing there a possible pricing actions?

Dan Schumacher -- Interim Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. I think our guidance is our best view of what we've seen in the quarter so far, right? So our guidance is consistent, right, with what we're seeing in April and our seasonal trends. From an inflation perspective, I and what we're seeing from a macro perspective, for us, we're not seeing the shortages that we saw in the early part of the year. But we are seeing pickups in cost that go with that inflation.

That can be in our logistics costs into our end customers or some of our raw material costs are increasing. And so we're consistently looking at different ways that we can optimize price to offset what we're seeing there within the market.

Danny Eggerichs -- Craig-Hallum Capital Group -- Analyst

Got it. Maybe I'll just end on Protolabs 2.0, and kind of the overall improvements of the internal efficiencies? How is that progressing?

Rob Bodor -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Well, so as Dan indicated, Greg, we're continuing to drive productivity and efficiency and assuming the volume meets our expectations. We are -- we should see that in our margins.

Danny Eggerichs -- Craig-Hallum Capital Group -- Analyst

All right. I'll leave it there. Thanks for taking the questions.

Dan Schumacher -- Interim Chief Financial Officer

Our next question is from Jim Ricchiuti with Needham. Please go ahead.

Jim Ricchiuti -- Needham and Company -- Analyst

Hi, thanks. Good morning So I know there are a lot of moving parts to our gross margins. But as we think about the sequential improvement that you're anticipating over the balance of the year. It sounds like you're certainly making progress with Hubs.

To what extent is this ongoing price optimization given the cost pressures that you're seeing in the business, to what extent does that play into the margin improvement? Or might these be additional levers going forward?

Dan Schumacher -- Interim Chief Financial Officer

Jim, maybe one thing to point you in the right direction. We had slightly increasing non-GAAP margins Q4 to Q1. If we did not have the decrease within the injection molding business, that gross margin would have improved more. So part of our focus is on improving the volume within that injection molding business, and seeing that sequential growth quarter-to-quarter is part of what I talked about in terms of -- we need to see the volume, we have to see improvement in injection molding business as we move forward, and we have actions on that to see that gross margin improve.

As it relates to pricing, I think we're largely looking at pricing to offset inflationary costs and to be looking ahead of where we're going to see some cost increases and making sure that in those areas, we are we are adjusting our price and optimizing our price moving forward.

Rob Bodor -- President and Chief Executive Officer

And we're continuing to invest in our pricing approach and algorithms. So that we can continue to have a very real-time sense of pricing in the market and can adjust accordingly.

Jim Ricchiuti -- Needham and Company -- Analyst

And I think with respect to Europe, it doesn't sound like you're seeing any immediate impact from the geopolitical events there. But you alluded to indirect impact. And I guess what I'm wondering is, are you seeing any signs of that yet in the business or any particular areas where there's been a change in the demand picture relative to where we were a few months ago.

Rob Bodor -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Well, no, nothing -- no strong signal yet. Q1, we did see macro improvement in the Eurozone, and our business is performing well in Europe with on-time delivery and high customer satisfaction, which led to a nice growth in the quarter for us. We do anticipate that landscape can change though, of course, because it's a volatile time.

Jim Ricchiuti -- Needham and Company -- Analyst

And last question for me is, I'm just wondering if there's any color you could provide on anything noteworthy from an end market standpoint. You guys sell into some diverse vertical market verticals. And I'm just wondering if there's anything that you can call out that's worth noting as it relates to the quarter from an end market standpoint.

Dan Schumacher -- Interim Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. Two end markets that were exceptionally strong for us with both industrial and commercial machinery, as well as aerospace had very good quarters for us from a year-over-year growth perspective. As we mentioned in the injection molding side, some of the higher COVID orders that we had last year, that did impact medical. So medical was down slightly year-over-year in the quarter, just because of that impact.

Rob Bodor -- President and Chief Executive Officer

But we're definitely seeing -- we're seeing our offerings continue to be highly valued for those segments where innovation and speed to market is critical.

Jim Ricchiuti -- Needham and Company -- Analyst

That's it for me. Thank you.

Dan Schumacher -- Interim Chief Financial Officer

[Operator instructions] Our next question is from Ben Rose with Battle Road Research. Please go ahead.

Ben Rose -- Battle Road Research -- Analyst

Yes. Thanks very much, and good morning, gentlemen. With respect to the CNC business growing very nicely. Rob, I'm wondering if you can maybe offer some perspective on sort of the appeal of machine parts perhaps versus injection-molded parts at a high level for certain customers in certain industries, why this particular service would be growing and resonating now.

Rob Bodor -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. So I think if you look at the industries that Dan highlighted where we had strength in the quarter. Those are highly correlated with metal parts manufacture and CNC in particular. I would also add that we continue to see demand for our flexible lead time offer, right, that provides longer lead times and a broader range of solutions and offerings for our customers in CNC.

So that's what we attribute that to.

Ben Rose -- Battle Road Research -- Analyst

OK. And in the 3D printing area, can you speak to maybe at a high level, the mix that you're seeing from a plastic standpoint versus a metal standpoint, is there any evidence that 3D metal printing is becoming more mainstream?

Rob Bodor -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. I think we're seeing -- well, we're seeing growth in both -- in all materials within 3D printing, both plastics, and metals. Today, our plastics side of our 3D printing business is still larger than the metals. We have a broader portfolio in the plastics 3D printing technologies, but we're seeing nice growth in metals as well.

Ben Rose -- Battle Road Research -- Analyst

OK. And then finally could you speak to any synergies that you're seeing between the core Proto Labs business and the Hubs business? I'm thinking specifically about orders that might come in to either business unit that might be more appropriate to the other and whether that's helping to expand the business overall?

Rob Bodor -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. So we definitely do see orders that come in on one team that we transferred to the other, and are doing cross-selling right now between the sales teams and the two businesses. And as we get the integration completed and a unified customer experience online. We expect that to ramp up quite dramatically.

Ben Rose -- Battle Road Research -- Analyst

Dan Schumacher -- Interim Chief Financial Officer

Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, we have reached the end of the question-and-answer session. And I would like to turn the call back to Mr. Rob Bodor for closing remarks.

Rob Bodor -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you for joining us on our first quarter 2022 conference call. We're pleased with our performance in the first four months of 2022. And we're extremely focused on the execution of our strategy. I'd like to thank our customers and shareholders for their continued support, and I'd like to thank our employees for their efforts.

We look forward to updating you on our performance next quarter. Have a good day.

Jason Frankman -- Vice President and Corporate Controller

Rob Bodor -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Dan Schumacher -- Interim Chief Financial Officer

Brian Drab -- William Blair and Company -- Analyst

Danny Eggerichs -- Craig-Hallum Capital Group -- Analyst

Jim Ricchiuti -- Needham and Company -- Analyst

Ben Rose -- Battle Road Research -- Analyst

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