Innoviz, Israel updates about BMW and CARIAD program

Innoviz continued its progress towards 2023 series production launches, further expanded its customer pipeline, added a key automotive industry veteran as a senior advisor, and is in discussions to expand its program award with one of its largest customers

Innoviz Technologies the (“Company” or “Innoviz”), a Tier-1 direct supplier of high-performance, solid-state LiDAR sensors and perception software, provided commercial and strategic updates on its business, reported its financial results for the full year ended December 31, 2022 and announced 2023 operational and financial targets.

Management Commentary

“2022 was a fast-paced and exciting year at Innoviz,” said Omer Keilaf, CEO of Innoviz Technologies. “The march towards our first series production launch continues to move smoothly, and we expect unit volume growth from BMW and our shuttle program in the second half of 2023. Our RFI and RFQ pipeline continues to grow, and we are in advanced discussions to expand our program lineup with one of our largest customers. We will continue to focus on winning production level deals to deliver sustainable long-term revenue and drive enhanced shareholder value.”

Commercial & Strategic Updates

  • 2023 Start of Production (SOP) remains on track – the Company believes that full production launches for Innoviz’s BMW and Shuttle programs remain on track, with volumes expected to increase in the second half of 2023.
  • Volkswagen program is on track and exploring additional business opportunities – the Company’s Volkswagen CARIAD program remains on track for a mid-decade launch and is progressing well.  Furthermore, the company is in advanced discussions that are exploring additional business opportunities with the Volkswagen .
  • Continued growth and expansion in its customer pipeline – during the fourth quarter the Company saw further growth in its customer RFI/RFQ pipeline, including the addition of a multi-million unit LiDAR RFI. The Company’s pipeline for potential LiDAR orders is now over 20 million LIDAR units, and the Company believes the 10-15 programs currently in the pipeline represent an estimated opportunity to quote non-recurring engineering (NRE) bookings in the range of $150 to $250 million.
  • Innoviz added Steven Schondorf as a senior strategic advisor – Schondorf is an experienced leader in automotive driver assistance systems, active safety, passive safety and safety electronics. He spent 30 years at Ford Motor Company, most recently as the Chief Engineer of ADAS Systems, Hardware and Features, where he was responsible for evaluating early-stage technologies and built the company’s system architecture and overall product strategy, including features like Ford’s BlueCruise hands-free driving system. Innoviz believes Schondorf’s expertise will help accelerate the Company’s evolution towards becoming a Tier 1 direct supplier of LIDAR to automotive OEMs around the world.
  • Innoviz 360 debuted at CES – in only one year, Innoviz progressed from announcing plans for a new 360-degree LiDAR at CES in January 2022 to exhibiting a full sample unit with a live point cloud at CES in January 2023. The Company has received significant customer interest relating to Innoviz 360 and it believes the market has a strong appetite for new solutions at Innoviz’s performance levels and price points.

Full Year 2022 Financial Results

Revenues in 2022 were $6.0 million, up 10% compared to revenues of $5.5 million in 2021. Innoviz sold a record number of LiDAR units in 2022, with unit volumes increasing 99% in 2022 as compared to 2021. The difference in the increase between volume and revenue growth in 2022 as compared to 2021 primarily exists due to non-recurring items from machinery and other revenues in 2021, coupled with the evolution of average selling prices (ASPs) as the Company transitions from selling early-stage sample units to higher volumes as it gets closer to launching series production. 

Operating expenses in 2022 were $124.6 million, down 18% compared to operating expenses of $152.6 million in 2021. Operating expenses for 2022 included $19.3 million of share-based compensation compared to $64.7 million of share-based compensation in 2021. The year-over-year decrease in operating expense was primarily due to the lower level of share-based compensation, partially offset by higher payroll expense, InnovizTwo development costs, depreciation and facilities costs.

Research and development expenses in 2022 were $95.1 million, a slight increase from research and development expenses of $93.3 million in 2021. The increase was primarily attributable to higher payroll expenses and was partially offset by a decrease in share-based compensation, with 2022 share-based compensation of $12.0 million compared to $25.5 million in 2021.

Liquidity: Innoviz maintains significant liquidity with approximately $186.2 million in cash, short term deposits, short term restricted cash and marketable securities as of December 31, 2022.

Reviewing 2022 Targets

The Company is pleased to announce that it met or exceeded each of its targets for 2022:

  • The Company won two new series production awards in 2022, ahead of its stated goal of adding at least one.
  • The Company increased its forward-looking order book by +165% in 2022, ahead of its stated goal of +30%.
  • The Company announced participation in 14 pre-production programs, ahead of its stated goal of 10.

2023 Targets

The Company is establishing initial targets for 2023.

  • Win at least 2 new series production awards with new customers.  
  • Win at least 1-2 additional programs with existing customers.
  • 2023 revenues targeted in the range of $12-15 million and new NRE bookings targeted in the range of $20-40 million.

Conference Call

Innoviz management will hold a web conference , March 1, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time (6:00 a.m. Pacific time) to discuss commercial and strategic updates, financial results for the full year ended December 31, 2022 and 2023 operational and financial targets. Innoviz CEO Omer Keilaf and CFO Eldar Cegla will host the call, followed by a question-and-answer session. Steven Schondorf will join the call as a special guest.

Investors are invited to attend by registering in advance here. All relevant information will be sent upon registration.

A replay of the webinar will also be available shortly after the call in the Investors section of Innoviz’s website for 90 days.