Novanta Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVT) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference Call - Final Transcript

Feb 27, 2019 • 10:00 am ET


Novanta Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVT) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference Call - Final Transcript


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Hello, and good morning. My name is Chad, and I will be your conference operator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the Novanta Incorporated 2018 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Earnings Call. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. After the speakers remarks their will be a question-and-answer session. (Operator Instructions) Please note, this event is being recorded.

I would now like to turn the conference over to Mr. Ray Nash, Corporate Finance Leader. Please go ahead, sir.

Ray Nash

Thank you very much. Good morning, and welcome to Novanta's fourth quarter and full-year 2018 earnings conference call. I am Ray Nash, Corporate Finance Leader of Novanta. With me on today's call is our Chief Executive Officer, Matthijs Glastra; and our Chief Financial Officer, Robert Buckley.

If you have not received a copy of our earnings press release issued today, you may obtain it from the Investor Relations section of our website at Please note, this call is being webcast live and will be archived on our website shortly after the call.

Before we begin, we need to remind everyone of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements that we've outlined in our earnings press release issued earlier today and also those in our SEC filings. We may make some comments today, both in our prepared remarks and in responses to questions, that may include forward-looking statements. These involve inherent assumptions with known and unknown risks and other factors that could cause our future results to differ materially from our current expectations.

Any forward-looking statements made today represent our views only as of this time. We disclaim any obligation to update forward-looking statements in the future even if our estimates change, so you should not rely on any of these forward-looking statements as representing our views as of any time after this call.

During this call, we will be referring to certain non-GAAP financial measures. A reconciliation of such non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures is available as an attachment to our earnings press release. To the extent that we use non-GAAP financial measures during this call that are not reconciled to GAAP measures in the earnings press release, we will provide reconciliations promptly on the Investor Relations section of our website after this call.

I'm now pleased to introduce the Chief Executive Officer of Novanta, Matthijs Glastra.

Matthijs Glastra

Thank you, Ray. Good morning, everybody, and thanks for joining our call. I'm going to start with a brief overview of 2018 and what we expect to see in 2019. 2018 was an excellent year for Novanta delivering record results in most financial metrics and delivering on both our revenue and profit promises to our shareholders.

Our Company delivered $614.3 million in full year revenue, representing 18% year-over-year reported revenue growth and 7% year-over-year organic revenue growth. Our full-year book-to-bill was 1.07 and our organic bookings grew 9% versus 2017.

Our adjusted EBITDA was $123.8 million, which is up 17% versus