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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 5, 2020

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Item 2.02.
Results of Operations and Financial Condition

On November 5, 2020, Velodyne Lidar, Inc. (the “Company” or “Velodyne”) issued a press release reporting its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2020. The press release is attached to this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.1.

As provided in General Instruction B.2 of Form 8-K, the information in this Item 2.02 and the exhibit hereto are “furnished” and shall not be deemed to be “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liability of such section nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or the Exchange Act, regardless of any general incorporation language in such filing.

Item 9.01.
Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits
Exhibit No.
Press Release Issued by the Company on November 5, 2020
Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as Inline XBRL).



Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
November 5, 2020
/s/ Andrew Hamer
Andrew Hamer
Chief Financial Officer

Exhibit 99.1
Velodyne Lidar Announces Inaugural Public-Company Third Quarter 2020 Results

Completed business combination with Graf Industrial Corp. on September 29, 2020 and started trading on Nasdaq
Grew revenue 137% year over year to $32.1 million
Signed six (6) multi-year agreements during the quarter and now count 24 total contracts
Initiated commercial shipments of Velarrays – our next-generation, compact lidar product with best-in-class range and resolution
Finished the quarter with $298 million of cash
Continued to build upon #1 position in lidar as evidenced by our shipment of 47,500 sensors to date for cumulative revenue of over $650 million

SAN JOSE, CA – November 5, 2020 – Velodyne Lidar (NASDAQ: VLDR, VLDRW), the global leader in lidar technology, today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Dr. Anand Gopalan commented, “We are pleased to present our third quarter results for the first time as a public company. And we are excited about the continued strength we see in the overall lidar markets. Despite the continued impacts of Covid-19, we see growing interest in lidar applications across multiple industries, as evidenced by our accelerating commercial success across all of our focused markets. In this environment, Velodyne continues to demonstrate its leadership as the only at-scale lidar player, through strong technical and business execution.”

Third Quarter 2020 Financial Highlights

Revenue: Total revenue of $32.1 million represents a 137% increase year-over-year. Product revenue was $26.1 million in the quarter versus $11.7 million in Q3 2019, and License and Services revenue was $6.0 million up from $1.8 million in Q3 2019.
Units and ASPs: We shipped 2,235 sensor units with a weighted average selling price (ASP) of approximately $5,600. We continue to build out our portfolio of sensor products at different price points that meet many industries’ needs, including those with lower-price application entry points.
Agreements: Total active multi-year agreements increased to 24 during the quarter.
Pipeline Strength: At the end of the quarter, we are tracking 175 pipeline projects across 25+ industries, representing a 34% increase over 131 projects at the end of 2019.
Gross Profit: GAAP and non-GAAP gross profit totaled $15.0 million compared to a third quarter 2019 gross loss of $1.1 million. Previous public guidance reflected a third quarter benefit from a one-time $11 million stocking fee, which positively impacted gross profit.
Net Loss and EPS: GAAP net loss was $5.3 million and non-GAAP net loss was $9.1 million. Accordingly, GAAP loss per share was $0.04 and non-GAAP loss per share was $0.06.

Shares Outstanding: EPS for the third quarter is calculated using weighted average shares outstanding of 140.5 million. As of September 30, actual shares outstanding were 168.7 million.

Liquidity: Cash of $298 million was on the balance sheet at the end of the third quarter.

A reconciliation between historical GAAP and non-GAAP information is provided in the tables below.


Third Quarter 2020 Business Highlights

Consummated business combination with Graf Industrial Corp and began trading on Nasdaq under the tickers VLDR (common stock) and VLDRW (public warrants) on September 30, 2020
Awarded six new agreements with diverse applications among each of our three focused market segments – moving people, moving goods, security and smart cities
Ongoing activities with our 300+ customers which include nearly all the leading global automotive manufacturers and technology companies
Successfully defended patents with Hesai and RoboSense by entering into recurring global licensing payment agreements
Announced a three-year sales agreement with Baidu for our Alpha Prime lidar sensors

Financial Outlook

Velodyne is pleased to reiterate the guidance shared in early September, as part of our business combination with Graf Industrial Corp.

For the full year 2020, we expect total revenue of approximately $101 million, as previously forecasted.
We expect the full year GAAP gross margin, including appriximately $7.5 million of stock-based compensation, in the range of 22.6% to 25.6% and the non-GAAP gross margin to be approximately 30% to 33%.
For the full year, GAAP operating loss is expected to total between $208 million and $205 million. Non-GAAP operating loss is expected in the range of $67 million to $64 million for the full year of 2020. The primary difference between GAAP and Non-GAAP operating loss is the amortization of stock-based compensation equaling approximately $142 million. Stock-based compensation is calculated using the closing common share price for VLDR on October 30, 2020, which was $12.23. The charge for each employee equity incentive is based on the actual day that the incentives vest.
Given our business combination, we estimate fourth quarter and fiscal year weighted average shares outstanding of approximately 175.4 million and 148.5 million, respectively.

Conference Call Information

Velodyne will host a conference call and live webcast for analysts and investors at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time on November 5, 2020. Parties in the United States and Canada can access the call by dialing (800) 289-0462, using conference code 805709. The webcast will be accessible on Velodyne’s investor relations website at https://investors.velodynelidar.com/. A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available through November 12, 2020. To access the replay, parties in the United States and Canada should call (888) 203-1112 and enter conference code 7086125.

About Velodyne Lidar

Velodyne Lidar (NASDAQ: VLDR, VLDRW) ushered in a new era of autonomous technology with the invention of real-time surround view lidar sensors. Velodyne is the first public pure-play lidar company and is known worldwide for its broad portfolio of breakthrough lidar technologies. Velodyne’s revolutionary sensor and software solutions provide flexibility, quality and performance to meet the needs of a wide range of industries, including autonomous vehicles, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), smart cities, and security. Through continuous innovation, Velodyne strives to transform lives and communities by advancing safer mobility for all. For more information, please visit https://velodynelidar.com/ and follow us on Twitter: @VelodyneLidar.

(In thousands, except share and per share data)
September 30,December 31,
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$297,853 $60,004 
Short-term investments— 2,199 
Accounts receivable, net19,405 11,863 
Inventories, net16,422 14,987 
Prepaid and other current assets10,906 12,918 
Total current assets344,586 101,971 
Property, plant and equipment, net17,808 26,278 
Goodwill1,189 1,189 
Intangible assets, net723 982 
Contract assets5,626 — 
Other assets632 5,755 
Total assets$370,564 $136,175 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$10,447 $6,923 
Accrued expense and other current liabilities41,134 31,160 
Contract liabilities6,574 18,261 
Total current liabilities58,155 56,344 
Long-term tax liabilities605 1,360 
Other long-term liabilities26,302 2,225 
Total liabilities85,062 59,929 
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders’ equity (as adjusted for December 31, 2019):
Preferred stock— — 
Common stock
17 14 
Additional paid-in capital489,920 240,464 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(211)(216)
Accumulated deficit(204,224)(164,016)
Total stockholders' equity285,502 76,246 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$370,564 $136,175 

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

Three Months Ended September 30,Nine Months Ended
September 30,
$26,099 $11,698 $53,948 $63,234 
License and services6,000 1,819 23,568 19,192 
Total revenue32,099 13,517 77,516 82,426 
Cost of revenue:
Product16,482 14,430 46,027 51,384 
License and services648 180 1,032 1,498 
Total cost of revenue17,130 14,610 47,059 52,882 
Gross profit14,969 (1,093)30,457 29,544 
Operating expenses:
Research and development10,535 16,521 39,653 42,211 
Sales and marketing4,126 5,126 12,798 15,945 
General and administrative10,579 4,148 26,942 10,637 
Gain on sale of assets held-for-sale(7,529)— (7,529)— 
Restructuring— — 1,043 — 
Total operating expenses17,711 25,795 72,907 68,793 
Operating loss(2,742)(26,888)(42,450)(39,249)
Interest income191 119 946 
Interest expense(31)(18)(69)(45)
Other income (expense), net 38 (42)(105)(15)
Loss before income taxes(2,733)(26,757)(42,505)(38,363)
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes2,562 70 (4,098)122 
Net loss$(5,295)$(26,827)$(38,407)$(38,485)
Net loss per share:
Basic and diluted$(0.04)$(0.20)$(0.28)$(0.29)
Weighted-average shares used in computing
net loss per share:
Basic and diluted140,490,370 133,033,927 139,425,745 133,033,927 


(In thousands)
Three Months Ended
September 30,
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net loss
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash used in operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization2,091 2,109 6,342 5,804 
Stock-based compensation85 25 241 111 
Write-off of deferred IPO costs3,548 — 3,548 — 
Gain on sale of assets held-for-sale(7,529)— (7,529)— 
Provision for doubtful accounts16 74 525 418 
Other(82)74 (418)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable, net15,847 3,958 (8,067)7,769 
Inventories, net1,134 (2,460)3,329 (2,074)
Prepaid and other current assets621 (4,732)2,510 (5,164)
Contract assets— — (8,439)38 
Other assets94 249 358 703 
Accounts payable2,543 3,254 3,188 4,631 
Accrued expenses and other liabilities(1,357)7,994 (9,812)7,932 
Contract liabilities(8,885)(1,335)2,512 (1,275)
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities2,917 (17,773)(49,627)(20,010)
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchase of property, plant and equipment(474)(1,634)(2,197)(4,805)
Proceeds from sale of assets held-for-sale12,275 — 12,275 — 
Proceeds from sales of short-term investments— 7,403 — 8,903 
Proceeds from maturities of short-term investments— 17,100 2,200 48,250 
Purchase of short-term investments— (5,387)— (28,823)
Considerations paid for acquisition— (2,473)— (2,473)
Net cash provided by investing activities11,801 15,009 12,278 21,052 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from issuance of preferred stock, net of issuance costs— — 19,919 — 
Proceeds from Business Combination and PIPE offering,
net of transaction costs
248,355 — 248,303 — 
Repurchase of common stock(1,801)— (1,801)— 
Cash paid for IPO costs— — (1,144)— 
Proceeds from notes payable— — 10,000 — 
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities
246,554 — 275,277 — 
Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash and cash equivalent(49)(8)(79)(67)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents261,223 (2,772)237,849 975 
Beginning cash and cash equivalents36,630 27,651 60,004 23,904 
Ending cash and cash equivalents$297,853 $24,879 $297,853 $24,879 

(In thousands, except share and per share data)
Three Months Ended
September 30,
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
Gross profit (loss) on GAAP basis$14,969 $(1,093)$30,457 $29,544 
Gross margin on GAAP basis47 %(8)%39 %36 %
Stock-based compensation— — 
Gross profit (loss) on non-GAAP basis$14,971 $(1,093)$30,459 $29,544 
Gross margin on non-GAAP basis47 %(8)%39 %36 %
Operation loss on GAAP basis$(2,742)$(26,888)$(42,450)$(39,249)
Stock-based compensation85 25 241 111 
Legal settlements— — 2,479 — 
Gain on Sale of assets held-for-sale(7,529)— (7,529)— 
Write-off of deferred IPO costs3,548 3,548 
Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets96 92 288 92 
Restructuring charges— — 1,043 — 
Operation loss on non-GAAP basis$(6,542)$(26,771)$(42,380)$(39,046)
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes on GAAP basis$2,562 $70 $(4,098)$122 
Non-GAAP tax reconciling adjustments— — 6,679 — 
Provision for income taxes on non-GAAP basis$2,562 $70 $2,581 $122 
Net loss on GAAP basis$(5,295)$(26,827)$(38,407)$(38,485)
Stock-based compensation85 25 241 111 
Legal settlements— — 2,479 — 
Gain on Sale of assets held-for-sale(7,529)— (7,529)— 
Write-off of deferred IPO costs3,548 3,548 
Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets96 92 288 92 
Restructuring charges— — 1,043 — 
Non-GAAP tax reconciling adjustments— — (6,679)— 
Net loss on non-GAAP basis$(9,095)$(26,710)$(45,016)$(38,282)
Net loss per share on GAAP basis
Basic and diluted$(0.04)$(0.20)$(0.28)$(0.29)
Weighted-average shares on GAAP basis
Basic and diluted140,490,370 133,033,927 139,425,745 133,033,927 
Net loss per share on non-GAAP basis
Basic and diluted$(0.06)$(0.20)$(0.32)$(0.29)
Weighted-average shares on non-GAAP basis
Basic and diluted140,490,370 133,033,927 139,425,745 133,033,927 

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to, statements regarding our financial outlook and market positioning. Forward-looking statements give our current expectations and projections relating to our financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business. You can identify forward-looking statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. These statements may include words such as "anticipate", "estimate", "expect", "project", "plan", "intend", "believe", "may", "will", "should", "can have", "likely" and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of the timing or nature of future operating or financial performance or other events. All forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those that we expected, including: the impact on our operations and financial condition from the effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic both on Velodyne’s business and those of its customers and suppliers; Velodyne’s ability to execute its business plan; the timing of revenue from existing customers, including uncertainties related to the ability of Velodyne’s customers to commercialize their products and the ultimate market acceptance of these products; uncertainties related to Velodyne’s estimates of the size of the markets for its products and future revenue opportunities; the rate and degree of market acceptance of Velodyne’s products; the success of other competing lidar and sensor-related products and services that exist or may become available; Velodyne’s ability to identify and integrate acquisitions; rising costs adversely affecting Velodyne’s profitability; uncertainties related to Velodyne’s current litigation and potential litigation involving GRAF or Velodyne or the validity or enforceability of Velodyne’s intellectual property; Velodyne’s ability to partner with and rely on third party manufacturers; general economic and market conditions impacting demand for Velodyne’s products and services; and changes in applicable laws or regulations.
Given these factors, as well as other variables that may affect Velodyne’s operating results, you should not rely on forward-looking statements, assume that past financial performance will be a reliable indicator of future performance, or use historical trends to anticipate results or trends in future periods. The forward-looking statements included in this press release and on the related teleconference call relate only to events as of the date hereof. Velodyne undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to our results determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”), we believe the non‑GAAP measures of non-GAAP gross profit (loss), non-GAAP gross margin, Non‑GAAP operating loss, non-GAAP net loss, and non‑GAAP net loss per share are useful in evaluating our operating performance. Certain of these non-GAAP measures exclude stock-based compensation, litigation settlements, gain from asset sales, one-time IPO-related costs, amortization of acquisition-related intangibles assets, and discrete tax items. We believe that non‑GAAP financial information, when taken collectively, may be helpful to investors because it provides consistency and comparability with past financial performance and assists in comparisons with other companies, some of which use similar non‑GAAP information to supplement their GAAP results. The non‑GAAP financial information is presented for supplemental informational purposes only, and should not be considered a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with GAAP, and may be different from similarly‑titled non‑GAAP measures used by other companies. Reconciliation tables of the most comparable GAAP financial measures to the non-GAAP financial measures are used in this press release. The impact of these items in future periods is uncertain and, depends on various factors. Accordingly, a reconciliation for forward-looking non-GAAP operating income is not available without unreasonable effort.

Investor Contact:
Drew Hamer
Chief Financial Officer

Media Contact:
Sean Dowdall