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Luna Innovations Reports Strong Third-Quarter 2018 Results

November 8, 2018

ROANOKE, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 8, 2018--Luna Innovations Incorporated (NASDAQ: LUNA), a global leader in advanced optical technology, today reported record financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018.

“Our third quarter represents the fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit top-line growth. We posted strong operating income, net income and adjusted EBITDA growth as well, and I’m extremely pleased with and proud of the way our teams are executing,” said Scott Graeff, President and Chief Executive Officer of Luna. “Since the end of fiscal 2017, we have been laser focused on executing our strategy, streamlining our businesses and driving growth in our core, fiber optic-based test and measurement business. I am particularly proud of Luna’s performance this quarter, which builds extremely well on the acquisition and divestitures we announced previously.”

Graeff continued, “We are committed to being prudent stewards of capital. Our most recent acquisition of Micron Optics, a leading provider of innovative optical components and laser-based measurement technology for approximately $5 million in cash with Micron 2017 revenues of approximately $8 million, underscores our ability to acquire assets that fit squarely within our core and deliver an excellent return on invested capital. While we continue to invest organically, we will always have our eye on external opportunities that fit well with our organization and can accelerate our growth.”

Third-Quarter and Nine Month Financial Summary

Total revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2018 were $10.7 million compared to $8.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017. Technology development revenues increased to $5.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018, compared to $4.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017. Total products and licensing revenues increased to $5.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018, compared to $3.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017. The increase in the products and licensing revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2018 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2017 was due to continued growth in sales of Luna’s fiber optic-based sensing products, including its ODiSI products and its Terahertz products. The increase in technology development revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2018 compared to the prior-year period was due to continued growth in government research advancing optical and biomedical technologies and Luna’s success in winning these research contracts.

Gross profit was $4.7 million, or 44% of revenues, for the three months ended September 30, 2018, compared to gross profit of $3.3 million, or 40% of revenues, for the three months ended September 30, 2017.

Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses were $3.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018, compared to $2.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017. Research, development and engineering (“R&D”) expenses were $0.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018, compared to $0.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017. The increase in SG&A expenses was due primarily to investment in Luna’s sales force and other selling expenses associated with supporting the strong revenue growth in its products and licensing segment.

Net income from continuing operations improved to $1.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018, compared to $0.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017.

Net income attributable to common stockholders for the three months ended September 30, 2018 was $8.8 million, compared to $15.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017. The decline in net income attributable to common stockholders was primarily due to the gain of $15.1 million recognized on the sale of Luna’s high-speed optical receiver business during the third quarter of 2017 compared to the gain of $7.6 million recognized on the sale of Luna’s optoelectronic components business during the third quarter of 2018. Adjusted EBITDA was $0.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018, compared to $0.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017.

For the first nine months of fiscal 2018, Luna reported net income attributable to common stockholders of $9.9 million compared to $14.1 million for the first nine months of 2017. The year-over-year decline was again due primarily to the gain recognized on the sales of both Luna’s high-speed optical receivers business in 2017 and its optoelectronic components business in 2018. Net income from continuing operations improved to $1.4 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, compared to a net loss from continuing operations of $(1.3) million, or $(0.05) per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2017. Adjusted EBITDA was $1.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 compared to $(0.6) million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017. A reconciliation of net income to adjusted EBITDA can be found in the schedules included in this release.

2018 Fourth-Quarter and Year End Outlook (forward-looking statement):

Luna expects:

Revenue in the range of $12 million to $12.5 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018; Revenue in the range of $41.5 million to $42 million for full fiscal 2018; Net income per diluted share attributable to common stockholders of breakeven to $0.01 for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018; and Net income per diluted share attributable to common stockholders in a range of $0.31 to $0.32 for full fiscal 2018.

The outlook above includes the expected operating results from Luna’s acquisition of Micron Optics, Inc. on October 16, 2018, along with the associated acquisition costs. It does not include any future acquisitions, divestitures, or unanticipated events.

Non-GAAP Measures

In evaluating the operating performance of its business, Luna’s management considers Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes certain charges and credits that are required by generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to both management and investors by excluding the effect of certain non-cash expenses and items that Luna believes may not be indicative of its operating performance, because either they are unusual and Luna does not expect them to recur in the ordinary course of its business, or they are unrelated to the ongoing operation of the business in the ordinary course. Adjusted EBITDA should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results. Adjusted EBITDA has been reconciled to the nearest GAAP measure in the table following the financial statements attached to this press release.

Conference Call Information

Luna will host a conference call today at 8:30 a.m. (EST), to discuss the financial results and provide a general business update. The third quarter earnings call can be accessed by dialing 844.578.9643 domestically or 270.823.1522 internationally prior to the start of the call. The participant access code is 9194505. Investors are advised to dial in at least five minutes prior to the call to register. The conference call will also be webcast live over the Internet. The webcast can be accessed by logging on to the “Investor Relations” section of the Luna website, www.lunainc.com, prior to the event. The webcast will be archived under the “Webcasts and Presentations” section of the Luna website for at least 30 days following the conference call.

About Luna

Luna Innovations, Incorporated ( www.lunainc.com ) is a leader in optical technology, providing unique capabilities in high-performance fiber optic-based test products for the telecommunications industry and distributed fiber optic-based sensing for the aerospace and automotive industries. Luna is organized into two business segments, which work closely together to turn ideas into products: a Technology Development segment and a Products and Licensing segment. Luna’s business model is designed to accelerate the process of bringing new and innovative technologies to market.

Forward-Looking Statements

The statements in this release that are not historical facts constitute “forward-looking statements” made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements include Luna’s expectations regarding its growth potential, its projected financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 and the full year ended December 31, 2018, and its business focus. Management cautions the reader that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and are subject to a number of both known and unknown risks and uncertainties, and actual results, performance, and/or achievements of Luna may differ materially from the future results, performance, and/or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors. These factors include, without limitation, failure of demand for Luna’s products and services to meet expectations, failure of target market to grow and expand, technological and strategic challenges and those risks and uncertainties set forth in Luna’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, and Luna’s other periodic reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Such filings are available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and on Luna’s website at www.lunainc.com. The statements made in this release are based on information available to Luna as of the date of this release and Luna undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this release.

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CONTACT: Investors:

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Luna Innovations Incorporated

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IR@lunainc.com

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Luna Innovations Incorporated

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