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the fiscal year ended
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Chief Financial Officer
Kornit Digital Ltd.
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Securities registered or to be registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
|CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS||ii|
|USE OF TRADE NAMES||iii|
|CERTAIN ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONVENTIONS||iii|
|ITEM 1. IDENTITY OF DIRECTORS, SENIOR MANAGEMENT AND ADVISERS||1|
|ITEM 2. OFFER STATISTICS AND EXPECTED TIMETABLE||1|
|ITEM 3. KEY INFORMATION||1|
|ITEM 4. INFORMATION ON THE COMPANY||24|
|ITEM 4A. UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS||45|
|ITEM 5. OPERATING AND FINANCIAL REVIEW AND PROSPECTS||45|
|ITEM 6. DIRECTORS, SENIOR MANAGEMENT AND EMPLOYEES||62|
|ITEM 7. MAJOR SHAREHOLDERS AND RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS||83|
|ITEM 8. FINANCIAL INFORMATION||87|
|ITEM 9. THE OFFER AND LISTING||87|
|ITEM 10. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION||88|
|ITEM 11. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK||99|
|ITEM 12. DESCRIPTION OF SECURITIES OTHER THAN EQUITY SECURITIES||100|
|ITEM 13. DEFAULTS, DIVIDEND ARREARAGES AND DELINQUENCIES||101|
|ITEM 14. MATERIAL MODIFICATIONS TO THE RIGHTS OF SECURITY HOLDERS AND USE OF PROCEEDS||101|
|ITEM 15. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES||101|
|ITEM 16. [RESERVED]||102|
|ITEM 16A. AUDIT COMMITTEE FINANCIAL EXPERT||102|
|ITEM 16B. CODE OF ETHICS||102|
|ITEM 16C. PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT FEES AND SERVICES||102|
|ITEM 16D. EXEMPTIONS FROM THE LISTING STANDARDS FOR AUDIT COMMITTEES||103|
|ITEM 16E. PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES BY THE ISSUER AND AFFILIATED PURCHASERS||103|
|ITEM 16F. CHANGE IN REGISTRANT’S CERTIFYING ACCOUNTANT||103|
|ITEM 16G. CORPORATE GOVERNANCE||103|
|ITEM 16H. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURE||103|
|ITEM 17. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS||104|
|ITEM 18. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS||104|
|ITEM 19. EXHIBITS||104|
|INDEX TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS||F-1|
CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Certain information included or incorporated by reference in this annual report on Form 20-F may be deemed to be “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements are often characterized by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “continue,” “believe,” “should,” “intend,” “project” or other similar words, but are not the only way these statements are identified.
These forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements relating to our objectives, plans and strategies, statements that contain projections of results of operations or of financial condition and all statements (other than statements of historical facts) that address activities, events or developments that we expect, project, believe, anticipate, intend or project will or may occur in the future. The statements that we make regarding the following matters are forward-looking by their nature:
|●||our expectations regarding the expansion of our servable addressable market;|
|●||our expectations regarding our future gross margins and operating expenses;|
|●||our expectations regarding our growth and overall profitability;|
|●||our expectations regarding the impacts of variability on our future revenues;|
|●||our expectations regarding drivers of our future growth, including anticipated sales growth, penetration of new markets, and expansion of our customer base;|
|●||our plans to continue our expansion into new product markets;|
|●||our plans to continue to invest in research and development to introduce new systems and improved solutions;|
|●||our plans regarding our distribution strategy for our products;|
|●||our expectations concerning the timing for completion of the development of our new, modern manufacturing facility in Kiryat Gat, Israel;|
|●||our expectations regarding the success of our new products and systems;|
|●||the expected impact of new accounting pronouncements on our results of operations;|
|●||the impact of government laws and regulations;|
|●||our expectations regarding our anticipated cash requirements for the next 12 months;|
|●||our plans to expand our international operations;|
|●||our plans to file and procure additional patents relating to our intellectual property rights and the adequate protection of these rights; and|
|●||our plans to pursue strategic acquisitions or invest in complementary companies, products or technologies.|
The preceding list is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all of our forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are based on our beliefs, assumptions and expectations of future performance, taking into account the information currently available to us. These statements are only predictions based upon our current expectations and projections about future events. There are important factors that could cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from the results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. In particular, you should consider the risks described in “ITEM 3.D. Risk Factors” and the additional information contained in “ITEM 4 Information on the Company” and “ITEM 5. Operating and Financial Review and Prospects.”
You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee that the future results, levels of activity, performance and events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or will occur.
USE OF TRADE NAMES
Throughout this annual report, we refer to various trademarks, service marks and trade names that we use in our business. “Kornit Digital”, the “K” logo and other trademarks or service marks of Kornit Digital Ltd. appearing in this annual report are the property of Kornit Digital Ltd. We have several other registered trademarks, service marks and pending applications relating to our solutions. Although we have omitted the “®” and “™” trademark designations for such marks in this annual report, all rights to such trademarks are nevertheless reserved. Other trademarks and service marks appearing in this annual report are the property of their respective holders. We do not intend our use or display of other companies’ tradenames, trademarks or service marks to imply a relationship with, or endorsement or sponsorship of us by, these other companies.
CERTAIN ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONVENTIONS
In this annual report, unless the context otherwise requires:
|●||references to “Kornit Digital,” “our company,” “the Company,” “the registrant,” “we,” “us,” and “our” refer to Kornit Digital Ltd.;|
|●||references to “ordinary shares”, “our shares” and similar expressions refer to the Company’s Ordinary Shares, par value NIS 0.01 per share;|
|●||references to “dollars”, “U.S. dollars”, “U.S. $” and “$” are to United States Dollars;|
|●||references to “shekels” and “NIS” are to New Israeli Shekels, the Israeli currency;|
|●||references to “GAAP” are to U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles;|
|●||references to our “articles” are to our Articles of Association, as amended;|
|●||references to the “Companies Law” are to the Israeli Companies Law, 5759-1999, as amended;|
|●||references to the “Securities Act” are to the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended;|
|●||references to the “Exchange Act” are to the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended;|
|●||references to “NASDAQ” are to the NASDAQ Stock Market; and|
|●||references to the “SEC” are to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.|
|ITEM 1.||Identity of Directors, Senior Management and Advisers.|
|ITEM 2.||Offer Statistics and Expected Timetable.|
|ITEM 3.||Key Information.|
|A.||Selected Financial Data|
The following tables set forth our selected consolidated financial data. You should read the following selected consolidated financial data in conjunction with, and it is qualified in its entirety by reference to, our historical financial information and other information provided in this annual report, including “ITEM 5. Operating and Financial Review and Prospects” and our consolidated financial statements and the related notes appearing elsewhere in this annual report.
The selected consolidated statements of income data for the years ended December 31, 2017, 2018 and 2019 and selected consolidated balance sheet data as of December 31, 2018 and 2019 are derived from our audited consolidated financial statements appearing in ITEM 18. Financial Statements. The selected consolidated statements of income data for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2016 and the selected consolidated balance sheet data as of December 31, 2015, 2016 and 2017 has been derived from our audited consolidated financial statements not appearing in this annual report. The historical results set forth below are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected in future periods. Our financial statements have been prepared in accordance with GAAP.
|Year Ended December 31,|
|(in thousands, except share and per share data)|
|Consolidated Statements of Income:|
|Cost of revenues(1)||45,820||59,284||59,977||72,504||97,790|
|Research and development(1)||11,950||17,383||20,834||21,912||22,407|
|Sales and marketing(1)||13,367||18,338||21,279||25,596||33,573|
|General and administrative(1)||9,500||12,259||13,578||16,436||18,498|
|Total operating expenses||34,817||47,980||56,194||64,265||74,478|
|Operating income (loss)||5,768||1,430||(2,083||)||5,604||7,598|
|Finance income (expenses), net||(334||)||46||452||1,433||3,313|
|Income (loss) before taxes on income (tax benefit)||5,434||1,476||(1,631||)||7,037||10,911|
|Taxes on income (tax benefit)||709||648||384||(5,392||)||744|
|Net income (loss)||4,725||$||828||$||(2,015||)||$||12,429||$||10,167|
|Net earnings (loss) per ordinary share(2)|
|Weighted average number of ordinary shares used in computing income per ordinary share(2)|
|As of December 31,|
|Consolidated balance sheet data:|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||18,464||$||22,789||$||18,629||$||74,132||$||40,473|
|Total long term liabilities||1,839||2,725||2,155||2,515||21,586|
|Total shareholders’ equity||100,262||107,188||150,699||179,136||338,303|
|(1)||Includes share-based compensation expense as follows:|
|Year Ended December 31,|
|Share-based compensation expense:|
|Cost of revenues||$||306||$||482||$||629||$||892||$||1,152|
|Research and development||281||217||775||1,022||1,294|
|Sales and marketing||537||654||920||1,240||1,689|
|General and administrative||1,259||1,640||2,087||2,392||2,479|
|Total share-based compensation expense||$||2,383||$||2,993||$||4,411||$||5,546||$||6,614|
|(2)||Basic and diluted net earnings per ordinary share is computed based on the basic and diluted weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during each period. For additional information, see Notes 2aa and 11 to our consolidated financial statements included in ITEM 18. Financial Statements.|
|(3)||Working capital is defined as total current assets minus total current liabilities. In November 2015, the Financial Accounting Standards Board, or the FASB, issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2015-17, Income Taxes (Topic 740): Balance Sheet Classification of Deferred Taxes (ASU 2015-17), which simplifies the presentation of deferred income taxes by requiring deferred tax assets and liabilities to be classified as noncurrent on the balance sheet. We adopted this standard early in 2015 retrospectively and reclassified all of our current deferred tax assets to noncurrent deferred tax assets.|
|B.||Capitalization and Indebtedness|
|C.||Reasons for the Offer and Use of Proceeds|
Our business involves a high degree of risk. Please carefully consider the risks we describe below in addition to the other information set forth in this annual report and in our other filings with the SEC. These risks could materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations. See “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements.”
Risks Related to Our Business and Our Industry
If the market for digital textile printing does not develop as we anticipate, our sales may not grow as quickly as expected and our share price could decline.
The global printed textile industry is currently dominated by analog printing processes, the most common of which are screen printing and carousel printing. If the global printed textile industry does not more broadly accept digital printing as an alternative to analog printing, our revenues may not grow as quickly as expected, or may decline, and our share price could suffer. Widespread adoption of digital textile printing depends on the willingness and ability of businesses in the printed textile industry to replace their existing analog printing systems with digital printing systems. These businesses may decide that digital printing processes are less reliable, less cost-effective, of lower quality, or otherwise less suitable for their commercial needs than analog printing processes. For example, screen printing currently tends to be faster and less expensive than digital printing on a cost per print basis for larger production runs. Even if businesses are persuaded as to the benefits of digital printing, we do not know whether potential buyers of digital printing systems will delay their investment decisions. As a result, we may not correctly estimate demand for our solutions, which could cause us to fail to meet customer needs in a timely manner or fail to take advantage of economies of scale in the production of our solutions.
Our results of operations will be adversely impacted by our failure to timely introduce new products, or to achieve market acceptance or gain adequate market share for new or existing products.
Our ability to develop innovative new systems and products is important to our business strategy and competitive position. Difficulties or delays in research, development, production or commercialization of new systems and products could adversely impact our sales and competitive position. We cannot ensure that the significant investments that we have made in distribution, sales and customer service teams to launch the new systems will enable us to successfully market, sell and distribute the systems as planned. Market acceptance of the new systems will depend on, among other things, the systems demonstrating a real advantage over existing printers, the success of our sales and marketing teams in creating awareness of the systems, the sales price and the return on investment of the systems relative to alternative printers, customer recognition of the value of our technology, the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns, and the general willingness of potential customers to try new technologies. If we fail to develop and launch new systems and products, experience cost overruns in connection with such development, or the market does not accept our new systems and products, our business, results of operations and financial condition would be adversely affected. Even if we are successful in selling our new systems which provide greater efficiency and lower cost per print, sales of ink and other consumables per system may decrease, which may adversely affect our results of operations, including gross margin and overall profitability.
If our customers use alternative ink and consumables and/or alternative spare parts in our systems, our gross margin could decline significantly, and our business could be harmed.
Our business model benefits significantly from recurring sales of our ink and other consumables and spare parts for our existing and growing installed base of systems. Third parties could try to sell, and purchasers of our systems can seek to buy, alternative versions of our ink and other consumables or alternative spare parts. We have encountered limited instances of these activities by third parties in specific regions. Third-party ink and other consumables and spare parts might be less expensive or otherwise more appealing to our customers than our ink and other consumables. Significant sales of third-party inks and other consumables and spare parts to our customers could adversely impact our revenues and would have a more significant effect on our gross margins and overall profitability.
Given the sensitivity of our systems and, in particular, print heads to lower quality ink, which may cause our print heads to clog or otherwise malfunction, our systems are setup to operate at the highest throughput level only when using our original ink and other consumables in order to protect them from damage. In addition, since we are unable to control the impact of third-party inks, their use and the use of third-party spare parts might void the warranty that comes with our systems. We have also sought to protect the proprietary technology underlying our ink through patents and other forms of intellectual property protections and include an RFID mechanism with our ink tanks. These steps that we have taken to ensure the smooth operation of our systems and our ability to fully invoke all our intellectual property rights may be challenged. Any reduction in our ability to market and sell our ink and other consumables and spare parts for use in our systems may adversely impact our future revenues and our overall profitability.
We face increased competition and if we do not compete successfully, our revenues and demand for our solutions could decline.
The principal competition for our digital printing systems comes from manufacturers of analog screen printing systems, textile printers and ink, such as M&R Printing Equipment, Inc., Machines Highest Mechatronic GmbH and S. Roque – Máquinas e Tecnologia Laser, S.A. Our principal competitor in the industrial digital direct-to-garment market is Aeoon Technologies GmbH. We also face competition in this market from Brother International Corporation, Seiko Epson Corporation, Ricoh Company Ltd. and a number of smaller competitors with respect to our entry level system. Recently, a new competitor, with little track record, entered into the market The Dream Junction/OvalJet. Our competitors in the Direct-to-Fabric (also known as R2R), or DTF, market include: Dover Corporation through its MS Printing Solutions S.r.l. subsidiary; Seiko Epson Corporation through its subsidiary, Fratelli Robustelli S.r.l; Durst Phototechnik AG; Electronics for Imaging, Inc. through its Reggiani Macchine SpA subsidiary; and a number of smaller competitors. Some of our current and potential competitors have larger overall installed bases, longer operating histories and greater name recognition than we have. In addition, many of these competitors have greater sales and marketing resources, more advanced manufacturing operations, broader distribution channels and greater customer support resources than we have. Some of our competitors in the DTF market gained their current market position by merging with, or acquiring, existing companies in the DTF market. Current and future competitors may be able to respond more quickly to changes in customer demands and devote greater resources to the development, promotion and sale of their printers and ink and other consumables than we can. Our current and potential competitors in both the direct-to-garment and direct-to-fabric markets may also develop and market new technologies that render our existing solutions unmarketable or less competitive. In addition, if these competitors develop products with similar or superior functionality to our solutions at prices comparable to or lower than ours, we may be forced to decrease the prices of our solutions in order to remain competitive, which could reduce our gross margins.
Our move towards a higher proportion of direct sales in place of indirect sales may have adverse consequences.
Our go-to-market strategy consists of a hybrid model of indirect and direct sales, depending on the specific territory into which we are selling. We continually evaluate that strategy in the geographies we serve in an effort to best serve our direct or indirect customers. As we shift towards a direct sales model, we may experience an initial disruption to our sales efforts in those jurisdictions as we transition from our previous sales structure. In addition, a shift to a direct sales model might result in a short-term impact on our results of operations, including due to the acquisition of inventory that requires a step up in basis and other such accounting impacts and costs associated with increased headcount and related expenses. Moreover, the implementation of a direct sales model might require significant management time and attention which might have an adverse impact on our business and results of operations during the transition period. We have been exposed to risks as a result of transitioning from an indirect sales model to a direct sales model, such as difficulties maintaining relationships with specific customers, hiring appropriately trained personnel and ensuring compliance with local product registration requirements.
A significant portion of our sales is concentrated among a small number of customers, and our business would be adversely affected by a decline in sales to, or the loss of, those customers.
During the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2019, our ten largest customers accounted for approximately 55% and 45% of our revenues, respectively. During those same years, Amazon Corporate LLC, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc., which we collectively refer to as Amazon, accounted for approximately 17% and 12% of our revenues, respectively. Given the concentration of our revenues with these customers, the loss of either Amazon or another one of our significant customers, or variability in their order flows, could materially adversely affect our revenues or results of operations.
Our operating results are subject to seasonal variations, which could cause the price of our ordinary shares to decline.
Our business is seasonal. Either the third or fourth quarter has historically been our strongest quarter in terms of revenues, and the first quarter has been our weakest. This seasonality coincides with spending in anticipation of the holidays towards the end of the year, especially in the United States and Europe. In the last three fiscal years, we have continuously increased our operating expenses throughout the year, and as such, the expense run rate at which we have ended each year is significantly higher than where we started the given year. The carryover of such costs into the first quarter of the following year results in downward pressure on operating margins, which is compounded by seasonally lower revenue in the first quarter compared to other quarters.
In addition, during the third and fourth quarters, when customer spending is at its highest levels, we enjoy a more favorable revenue mix, generating greater revenues from the sales of ink and other consumables than in the first quarter. Since sales of ink and other consumables generate higher gross margins than systems sales, gross margin in the third or fourth quarter tends to be higher than gross margin in the first quarter, when our customers typically reduce their system utilization rates significantly, and thereby purchase less ink and other consumables. This impact leads to a reduction in overall operating margins. As we continue to focus our sales efforts on larger accounts, and as we continue to invest in the growth of our business, the impact of this seasonal decline in revenues generated from sales of ink and other consumables has had and may continue to have a more pronounced impact on gross margins and operating margins.
Our quarterly results of operations have fluctuated in the past and may fluctuate in the future due to variability in our revenues.
Our revenues and other results of operations have fluctuated from quarter to quarter in the past and could continue to fluctuate in the future. Our revenues depend in part on the sale and delivery of our systems, and we cannot predict with certainty when sales transactions for our systems will close or when we will be able to recognize the revenues from such sales, which generally occurs upon delivery of our systems. Customers that we expect to purchase our systems may delay doing so due to timing of obtaining regulatory permits or a change in their priorities or business plans, including as a result of adverse general economic conditions that may disproportionately impact the ability of the small businesses that constitute a significant portion of our customer base to expend capital or access financing sources. Such conditions could also force us to reduce our prices or limit our ability to profit from economies of scale, which could harm our gross margins. As a result of these factors, we may fail to meet market expectations for any given quarter if sales that we expect for that quarter are delayed until subsequent quarters. Our Allegro and Vulcan systems are offered at a higher average selling price than our other systems and, as a result, have longer sales cycles. The closing of one or more large transactions in a particular quarter may make it more difficult for us to meet market expectations in subsequent quarters, and our failure to close one or more large transactions in a particular quarter could adversely impact our revenues for that quarter. In addition, we may experience slower growth in our gross margins as our new systems gain commercial acceptance. Our gross margins may also fluctuate based on the regions in which sales of these systems occur.
Our customers generally purchase our ink and other consumables on an as-needed basis, and delays in making such purchases by a number of customers could result in a meaningful shift of revenues from one quarter to the next. Moreover, because ink and other consumables have a shelf life of up to 12 months, we typically maintain inventories of ink and other consumables sufficient to cover our average sales for one quarter. These inventories may not match customers’ demands for any given quarter, which could cause shortages or excesses in our inventory of ink and other consumables and result in fluctuations of our quarterly revenues. To the extent that we have excess inventory of ink and consumables that we are unable to sell due to spoilage or otherwise, we may have to write off such inventory. These inventory requirements may also limit our ability to profit from economies of scale in the production and marketing of our ink and other consumables.
Furthermore, we base our current and future expense levels on our revenue forecasts and operating plans, and our costs are relatively fixed in the short term, due in part to long lead times required for ordering certain components of our systems and ordering assembly of our systems by third-party manufacturers. Accordingly, we would likely not be able to reduce our costs sufficiently to compensate for an unexpected shortfall in revenues during a particular quarter, and even a relatively small decrease in revenues could disproportionately and adversely affect our financial results for that quarter. The variability and unpredictability of these and other factors could result in our failing to meet financial expectations for a given period.
Our contractual arrangements with Amazon, a significant customer, contain a number of material undertakings by us and other agreements the impact of which cannot be fully predicted in advance.
In January 2017, we entered into a master purchase agreement with an affiliate of Amazon.com, Inc. governing sales of our systems and ink and other consumables at agreed-upon prices that vary based on sales volumes. We also agreed to provide maintenance services and extended warranties to Amazon at agreed prices. The term of the agreement is five years beginning on May 1, 2016 and extends automatically for additional one-year periods unless terminated by Amazon. The agreement was amended effective as of March 1, 2017, January 1, 2018 and June 29, 2018, respectively. Under the agreement, we were required to issue to an affiliate of Amazon warrants to purchase up to 2,932,176 of our ordinary shares, which vest based on payments made by Amazon in connection with the purchase of goods and services from us.
Our contractual agreements with Amazon contain a number of material undertakings and other arrangements:
|●||Our revenues are presented net of the relative value of the warrants in each particular period related to the revenues recognized. The value of the warrants is determined as the fair value as of January 1st 2019, and reported as a reduction of revenue in the Company’s income statement when related revenues are recognized.|
|●||We have agreed to provide a rebate to Amazon based on the number of systems and amount of ink and other consumables Amazon orders in a given 12-month period. The timing and scale of any such rebate may be difficult to predict and may cause fluctuations in our quarterly and annual revenues, gross profit and operating profit.|
|●||We are required to notify Amazon 12 months in advance if we intend to stop supporting one of the products or services that we supply to Amazon and to continue to manufacture the product or provide such service during such 12-month period. Subject to certain exceptions, we are required to continue to supply ink in such quantities as Amazon requires for at least 36 months after the earlier of (1) the end of the term of the master purchase agreement or (2) 18 months following the purchase of the last product sold pursuant to the agreement.|
|●||We are required to deliver our products and services to Amazon and to comply with a service level agreement. If we fail to meet the requirements under such service level agreement Amazon will receive credits against its cost for those delayed products or services.|
The impact of the provisions listed above cannot be fully predicted in advance and could, in certain circumstances, adversely impact our business or results of operations, or the manner in which investors or analysts assess and perceive our performance.
If our relationships with suppliers, especially with single source suppliers of components, were to terminate, our business could be harmed.
We maintain an inventory of parts to facilitate the timely assembly of our systems, production of our ink and other consumables, and servicing our installed base. Most components are available from multiple suppliers, although certain components used in our systems and ink and other consumables, such as our print heads and certain chemicals included in our inks, are only available from single or limited sources as described below.
|●||The print heads for our systems are supplied by a sole supplier, FujiFilm Dimatix, Inc., or FDMX. We entered into an agreement with FDMX in 2015, pursuant to which FDMX sells us certain off-the-shelf print heads and additional products, all of which FDMX regularly sells to providers of inkjet systems. Our current agreement terminates in December 2022, at the conclusion of an initial three-year renewal period, and provides for further one-year renewal periods thereafter. The agreement provides that beginning with the start of the first one-year renewal period, FDMX may increase the prices of the products that we purchase from it upon 90-days’ prior notice, subject to certain conditions. During the successive one-year periods, FDMX or we can terminate the agreement upon 90 days’ notice prior to the end of the then-current term. Our agreement further provides that FDMX may, at its option, discontinue products supplied under the agreement, provided that we are given one-year notice of the planned discontinuance and are provided with an end-of-life purchase program.|
|●||A chemical used in some of our inks is supplied by B.G. (Israel) Technologies Ltd., or BG Bond, a subsidiary of Ashtrom Ltd., a large public Israeli industrial company. We entered into an agreement with BG Bond in December 2016 pursuant to which we agree to purchase, and BG Bond agrees to produce this chemical at set prices. In exchange for an upfront payment, which is refundable upon the purchase of a minimum quantity of the chemical, BG Bond agreed to install additional equipment dedicated to the production of the chemical. The agreement is for a term of five years or until we purchase a certain agreed-upon minimum quantity and cannot be terminated by us other than in case of material breach by BG Bond. For some of our inks, this chemical is supplied by The Dow Chemical Company, a multinational producer of chemicals and other compounds. We currently purchase these chemicals from the Dow Chemical Company on a purchase order basis.|
|●||Certain parts of the control system of our systems are supplied by a sole supplier, Yaskawa Europe Technology Ltd., or Yaskawa. Our turnkey suppliers (Flextronics and Sanmina), which assemble the control system on our behalf, purchase those control system parts from Yaskawa. We also purchase additional, spare control system parts from Yaskawa for our service department on a purchase order basis. Yaskawa maintains additional inventory of these control system parts as safety stock for our benefit, based on our requirements.|
|●||One of our printing systems contains a dryer that we purchase from Adelco Screen Process, or Adelco, which serves as a sole supplier of that part. The dryer is supplied under an April 2019 agreement that we entered into with Adelco.|
The loss of any of these suppliers, or of a supplier for which there are limited other sources, could result in the delay of the manufacture and delivery of our systems or inks and other consumables. For instance, FDMX has from time to time indicated that it may discontinue manufacturing the print head that we currently source from it and use in our systems, although it has never provided notice that it is actually doing so. In the event FDMX discontinues manufacturing the print head, we would be required to qualify a new print head for our systems. In order to minimize the risk of any impact from a disruption or discontinuation in the supply of print heads, raw materials or other components from limited source suppliers, we maintain an additional inventory of such components, in addition to the end of life purchase program that would be available to us if the products we purchase from FDMX were discontinued. Nevertheless, such inventory may not be sufficient to enable us to continue supplying our products should we need to locate and qualify a new supplier.
Other risks stemming from our reliance on suppliers include:
|●||if we experience an increase in demand for our solutions, our suppliers may be unable to provide us with the components that we need in order to meet that increased demand in a timely manner;|
|●||our suppliers may encounter financial hardships unrelated to our demand for components, which could inhibit their ability to fulfill our orders and meet our requirements;|
|●||we may experience production delays related to the evaluation and testing of products from alternative suppliers;|
|●||we may be subject to price fluctuations due to a lack of long-term supply arrangements for key components;|
|●||we or our suppliers may lose access to critical services and components, resulting in an interruption in the manufacture, assembly and shipment of our systems or inks and other consumables; and|
|●||fluctuations in demand for components that our suppliers manufacture for others may affect their ability or willingness to deliver components to us in a timely manner.|
If any of these risks materialize, the costs associated with developing alternative sources of supply or assembly in a timely manner could have a material adverse effect on our ability to meet demand for our solutions. Our ability to generate revenues could be impaired, market acceptance of our solutions could be adversely affected, and customers may instead purchase or use alternative products. We may not be able to find new or alternative components of a requisite quality or find that we are unable to reconfigure our systems and manufacturing processes in a timely manner if the necessary components become unavailable. As a result, we could incur increased production costs, experience delays in the delivery of our solutions and suffer harm to our reputation, which may have an adverse effect on our business and results of operations.
Our new Kiryat Gat facility is being constructed on lands leased by the Company from the Israel Lands Administration, or ILA. If we are unable to continue to use such lands, we would be unable to use the facility and our results of operations and future prospects will suffer as a result. In addition, construction of the facility may subject us to risks of construction delays or cost overruns.
In November 2018, we entered into a development agreement, which we refer to as the Development Agreement, with the ILA for the construction of our new, modern, manufacturing facility in Kiryat Gat on lands leased from the ILA. Construction has begun and is currently expected to be completed by 2020. The Development Agreement provides that if our company were a “foreign subject,” which includes our company being under foreign control (i.e., a majority of our ordinary shares are held by non-Israelis), that would constitute a fundamental breach under the agreement. We intend to follow a specific standard process for seeking approval from the ILA in which the ILA approves our entering into the Development Agreement despite our potential status as a “foreign subject,” since our shares are traded on Nasdaq, and we are held by multiple shareholders whose identities are unknown. However, should such approval not be provided, the ILA would be entitled to terminate the Development Agreement if our company would be considered a “foreign subject” under the terms of such agreement. If the Development Agreement were terminated, we would be unable to use the new Kiryat Gat facility being constructed on this property pursuant to the Development Agreement, which would have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.
In addition, in January 2019 we entered into a primary contractor agreement with Agrotop Ltd. to begin construction of our Kiryat Gat facility. In April 2019, we entered into an agreement with Y.V. Galil Engineering Ltd. for the design and installation of a production line at the new facility. We are also paying Galil Engineering on a time and materials basis. The construction of the new facility, including the production line, is expected to be completed on or about August 2020. We anticipate some delays due to the Coronavirus effect. We currently estimate that the total cost for land, construction of the facility and design and installation of the production line will be approximately NIS 62 million (approximately $17.5 million based on current exchange rates). This project is subject to risks of delay or cost overruns inherent in any construction project resulting from numerous factors, including the following:
|●||shortages of key equipment, materials or skilled labor;|
|●||unscheduled delays in the delivery of ordered materials and equipment;|
|●||unanticipated cost increases;|
|●||weather interferences; and|
|●||difficulties in obtaining necessary permits or in meeting permit conditions.|
A material delay or cost overrun in connection with the construction of the Kiryat Gat facility or the installation of the production line could adversely impact our results of operations and future prospects.
Disruption of operations at our manufacturing site or those of third-party manufacturers could prevent us from filling customer orders on a timely basis.
We manufacture our ink and other consumables at our facility in Kiryat Gat, Israel (which we are in the process of replacing with a new, modern facility being constructed). We also rely on contract manufacturing services provided by Flextronics Israel Ltd. and Sanmina-SCI Israel Medical Systems Ltd., which are also in Israel, to assemble our systems. We expect that almost all of our revenues in the near term will be derived from the systems and ink and other consumables manufactured at these facilities.
The loss of any of these contract manufacturers could result in the delay of the assembly and delivery of our systems. If that occurs or these contract manufacturers cease to provide manufacturing services for any reason, the costs associated with developing alternative sources of assembly in a timely manner could have a material adverse effect on our ability to meet demand for our solutions. Our ability to generate revenues could be impaired, market acceptance of our solutions could be adversely affected, and customers may instead purchase or use alternative products.
If operations in any of these facilities were to be disrupted due to a major equipment failure or power failure lasting beyond the capabilities of backup generators or other events outside of our reasonable control, our manufacturing capacity could be shut down for an extended period, we could experience a loss of raw materials or finished goods inventory and our ability to operate our business would be harmed. In addition, in any such event, the repair or reconstruction of our or our third-party manufacturers’ manufacturing facilities and storage facilities could take a significant amount of time. During this period, we or our third-party manufacturers would be unable to manufacture some or all of our systems or we may not be able to produce our ink and other consumables. In addition, at any given moment we have only a limited inventory of our systems and ink and other consumables that we can supply to our customers in the event that our manufacturing is disrupted.
Our operating results could decline in the near-term if we fail to execute on our growth strategies.
Our operating margin was 4.2% in 2019 and 3.9% in 2018, and we had an operating loss of 1.8% in 2017. Our growth strategies, many of which are aimed at achieving operating and net profit margins, include increasing sales to existing customers, acquiring new high-volume customers, capitalizing on growth in our targeted markets and extending our serviceable addressable market by continuing to enhance our solutions. If we do not execute these strategies successfully, it could adversely impact our revenues and have a negative impact on our operating and net profit margins.
Our business and operations may be negatively affected if we fail to effectively manage our growth.
We have experienced significant growth in a relatively short period of time and intend to continue to grow our business. Our revenues grew from $66.4 million in 2014 to $179.9 million in 2019. Our headcount increased from 251 as of December 31, 2014 to 547 as of December 31, 2019. We plan to continue to hire additional employees across all areas of our company. Our rapid growth has placed significant demands on our management, sales and operational and financial infrastructure, and our growth will continue to place significant demands on these resources. Further, in order to manage our future growth effectively, we must continue to improve our IT and financial infrastructure, operating and administrative systems and controls and efficiently manage headcount, capital and processes. We may not be able to successfully implement these improvements in a timely or efficient manner, and our failure to do so may materially impact our projected growth rate.
Significant disruptions of our information technology systems or breaches of our data security could adversely affect our business.
A significant invasion, interruption, destruction or breakdown of our information technology, or IT, systems and/or infrastructure by persons with authorized or unauthorized access could negatively impact our business and operations. We could also experience business interruption, information theft and/or reputational damage from cyber attacks, which may compromise our systems and lead to data leakage either internally or at our third party suppliers or customers. Both data that has been inputted into our main IT platform, which covers records of transactions, financial data and other data reflected in our results of operations, as well as data related to our proprietary rights (such as research and development, and other intellectual property- related data), are subject to material cyber security risks. Our IT systems have been, and are expected to continue to be, the target of malware and other cyber attacks. To date, we are not aware that we have experienced any loss of, or disruption to, material information as a result of any such malware or cyber attack.
We have invested in advanced protective systems to reduce these risks, some of which have been installed and others that are still in the process of installation. Based on information provided to us by the suppliers of our protective systems, we believe that our level of protection is in keeping with the customary practices of peer technology companies. We also maintain back-up files for much of our information, as a means of assuring that a breach or cyber attack does not necessarily cause the loss of that information. We furthermore review our protections and remedial measures periodically in order to ensure that they are adequate.
Despite these protective systems and remedial measures, techniques used to obtain unauthorized access are constantly changing, are becoming increasingly more sophisticated and often are not recognized until after an exploitation of information has occurred. We may be unable to anticipate these techniques or implement sufficient preventative measures, and we therefore cannot assure you that our preventative measures will be successful in preventing compromise and/or disruption of our information technology systems and related data. We furthermore cannot be certain that our remedial measures will fully mitigate the adverse financial consequences of any cyber attack or incident.
We and our customers are subject to extensive environmental, health and safety laws and regulations which, if not met, could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.
Our manufacturing and development facilities use chemicals and produce waste materials, which require us to hold business licenses that may include conditions set by the Ministry of Environmental Protection for the operations of such facilities. We are also subject to extensive environmental, health and safety laws and regulations governing, among other things, the use, storage, registration, handling and disposal of chemicals and waste materials, the presence of specified substances in electrical products, air, water and ground contamination, air emissions and the cleanup of contaminated sites. In the future we may incur expenditure of significant amounts in the event of non-compliance and/or remediation. Furthermore, requirements of environmental laws have adversely affected and may continue to adversely affect the ability of our customers to install and use our systems in a timely manner. If we fail to comply with such laws or regulations, we may be subject to fines and other civil, administrative or criminal sanctions, including the revocation of our toxin permit, business permits, or other permits and licenses necessary to continue our business activities. In addition, we may be required to pay damages or civil judgments in respect of third-party claims, including those relating to personal injury, including exposure to hazardous substances that we use, store, handle, transport, manufacture or dispose of, or property damage. Some environmental, health and safety laws and regulations allow for strict, joint and several liability for remediation costs, regardless of comparative fault. We may be identified as a potentially responsible party under such laws. In addition, our customers may encounter delays in obtaining or be unable to obtain regulatory permits to operate our systems in their facilities, which may result in cancellation or delay of orders of our systems.
The export of our products internationally subjects us to environmental laws and regulations concerning the import and export of chemicals and hazardous substances. In the European marketplace, electrical and electronic equipment is required to comply with the Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, or WEEE, which aims to prevent waste by encouraging reuse and recycling, and the Directive on Restriction of Use of Certain Hazardous Substances, or RoHS, which restricts the use of ten hazardous substances in electrical and electronic products. Additionally, we are required to comply with certain laws, regulations and directives such as the United States Toxic Substances Control Act, or TSCA, and the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical Substances, or REACH. These laws and regulations require the testing and registration of some chemicals that we ship along with, or that form a part of, our systems and other products. If we fail to comply with these or similar laws and regulations, we may be required to make significant expenditures to reformulate the chemicals that we use in our products and materials or incur costs to register such chemicals to gain and/or regain compliance. Additionally, we could be subject to significant fines or other civil and criminal penalties should we not achieve such compliance.
Any of such developments could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations. Environmental, health and safety laws and regulations may also change from time to time. Complying with any new requirements may involve substantial costs and could cause significant disruptions to our research, development, manufacturing, and sales.
Exchange rate fluctuations between the U.S. dollar and the Israeli shekel, the Euro and other non-U.S. currencies may negatively affect our earnings.
The U.S. dollar is our functional and reporting currency. However, a significant portion of our operating expenses are incurred in Israeli shekels, or NIS. As a result, we are exposed to the risk that the NIS may appreciate relative to the dollar, or, if the NIS instead devalues relative to the dollar, that the inflation rate in Israel may exceed such rate of devaluation of the NIS, or that the timing of such devaluation may lag behind inflation in Israel. In any such event, the dollar cost of our operations in Israel would increase and our dollar-denominated results of operations would be adversely affected. To protect against an increase the dollar-denominated value of expenses paid in NIS during the year, we have instituted a foreign currency cash flow hedging program, which seeks to hedge a portion of the economic exposure associated with our anticipated NIS-denominated expenses using derivative instruments. We expect that the substantial majority of our revenues will continue to be denominated in U.S. dollars for the foreseeable future and that a significant portion of our expenses will continue to be denominated in NIS. We cannot provide any assurances that our hedging activities will be successful in protecting us in full from adverse impacts from currency exchange rate fluctuations since we only plan to hedge a portion of our foreign currency exposure, and we cannot predict any future trends in the rate of inflation in Israel or the rate of devaluation (if any) of the NIS against the dollar For example, based on annual average exchange rates, the NIS appreciated by 6.3%, 0.1% and 0.9% against the dollar in 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively. During these periods, there was inflation of 0.4%, 0.8% and 0.6% in Israel in 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively. If the dollar cost of our operations increases, our dollar-measured results of operations will be adversely affected. See “ITEM 11. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk—Foreign Currency Risk.”
In addition, a material portion of our leases are denominated in currencies other than the U.S. dollar, mainly in NIS. In accordance with a new lease accounting standard, which became effective on January 1, 2019, the associated lease liabilities will be remeasured using the current exchange rate in future reporting periods, which may result in material foreign exchange gains or losses. See Note 2, “Significant Accounting Policies”, to the consolidated financial statements included in Item 18 of this annual report for more details.
Our business could suffer if we are unable to attract and retain key employees.
Our success depends upon the continued service and performance of our senior management and other key personnel. Our senior executive team is critical to the management of our business and operations, as well as to the development of our strategies. The loss of the services of any of these personnel could delay or prevent the continued successful implementation of our growth strategy, or our commercialization of new applications for our systems and ink and other consumables, or could otherwise affect our ability to manage our company effectively and to carry out our business plan. Members of our senior management team may resign at any time. High demand exists for senior management and other key personnel in our industry. There can be no assurance that we will be able to continue to retain such personnel. Following certain previously reported changes to our senior management team in 2018 and 2019, effective as of April 1, 2020, Gilad Yron, our Executive VP Global Business, will no longer serve in that role at our company and will be succeeded by Ms. Jecka Glasman, our recently appointed Chief Commercial Officer. To the extent we experience additional frequent changes in our leadership team (or the leadership teams of our subsidiaries) going forward, that could adversely affect our performance in a material manner.
Our growth and success also depend on our ability to attract and retain additional highly qualified scientific, technical, sales, managerial, operational, HR, marketing and finance personnel. We compete to attract qualified personnel, and, in some jurisdictions in which we operate, the existence of non-competition agreements between prospective employees and their former employers may prevent us from hiring those individuals or subject us to lawsuits from their former employers. While we attempt to provide competitive compensation packages to attract and retain key personnel, some of our competitors have greater resources and more experience than we have, making it difficult for us to compete successfully for key personnel. If we cannot attract and retain sufficiently qualified technical employees for our research and development operations on acceptable terms, we may not be able to continue to competitively develop and commercialize our solutions or new applications for our existing systems. Further, any failure to effectively integrate new personnel could prevent us from successfully growing our company.
Under applicable employment laws, we may not be able to enforce covenants not to compete and therefore may be unable to prevent our competitors from benefiting from the expertise of some of our former employees.
We generally enter into non-competition agreements with our employees. These agreements prohibit our employees, if they cease working for us, from competing directly with us or working for our competitors or clients for a limited period. We may be unable to enforce these agreements under the laws of the jurisdictions in which our employees work and it may be difficult for us to restrict our competitors from benefiting from the expertise that our former employees or consultants developed while working for us. For example, Israeli labor courts have required employers seeking to enforce non-compete undertakings of a former employee to demonstrate that the competitive activities of the former employee will harm one of a limited number of material interests of the employer that have been recognized by the courts, such as the secrecy of a company’s trade secrets or other intellectual property.
We have a significant presence in international markets and plan to continue to expand our international operations, which exposes us to a number of risks that could affect our future growth.
We have a worldwide sales, marketing and support infrastructure that is comprised of independent distributors and value added resellers, and our own personnel resulting in a sales, marketing and support presence in over 100 countries, including markets in North America, Western and Eastern Europe, the Asia Pacific region and Latin America. We expect to continue to increase our sales headcount, our applications development headcount, our field support headcount, our marketing headcount and our engineering headcount and, in some cases, establish new relationships with distributors, particularly in markets where we currently do not have a sales or customer support presence. As we continue to expand our international sales and operations, we are subject to a number of risks, including the following:
|●||greater difficulty in enforcing contracts and accounts receivable collection, as well as longer collection periods;|
|●||increased expenses incurred in establishing and maintaining office space and equipment for our international operations;|
|●||fluctuations in exchange rates between the U.S. dollar and foreign currencies in markets where we do business;|
|●||greater difficulty in recruiting local experienced personnel, and the costs and expenses associated with such activities;|
|●||general economic and political conditions in these foreign markets;|
|●||economic uncertainty around the world, including in respect of how our operations and sales in the European Union and the United Kingdom may potentially be impacted by Brexit;|
|●||management communication and integration problems resulting from cultural and geographic dispersion;|
disruption to the supply of certain of our raw materials for our products that are sourced in countries impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, due to the slowdown in activity there (although our products are manufactured in Israel only);
|●||adverse impact to our revenues worldwide, due to the spread of the coronavirus throughout the world, which has reduced economic activity in markets into which we sell our products;|
|●||risks associated with trade restrictions and foreign legal requirements, including the importation, certification, and localization of our solutions required in foreign countries, such as high import taxes in Brazil and other Latin American markets where we sell our products;|
|●||greater risk of unexpected changes in regulatory practices, tariffs, and tax laws and treaties;|
|●||the uncertainty of protection for intellectual property rights in some countries;|
|●||greater risk of a failure of employees to comply with both U.S. and foreign laws, including antitrust regulations, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, or FCPA, the European Union General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR (which broadened the scope of personal privacy laws to protect the rights of European Union citizens and requires organizations to report on data breaches promptly and obtain the consent of individuals on how their data can be used), the California Consumer Privacy Act, or CCPA (which imposes enhanced disclosure requirements for us vis-à-vis our interactions with customers that are residents of California), and any trade regulations ensuring fair trade practices; and|
|●||heightened risk of unfair or corrupt business practices in certain regions and of improper or fraudulent sales arrangements that may impact financial results and result in restatements of, or irregularities in, financial statements.|
Any of these risks could adversely affect our international operations, reduce our revenues from outside the United States or increase our operating costs, adversely affecting our business, results of operations and financial condition and growth prospects. There can be no assurance that all of our employees and channel partners will comply with the formal policies that we have in place and/or will implement, or applicable laws and regulations. Violations of laws or key control policies by our employees and channel partners could result in delays in revenue recognition, financial reporting misstatements, fines, penalties or the prohibition of the importation or exportation of our software and services and could have a material adverse effect on our business and results of operations.
If we are unable to obtain patent protection for our solutions or otherwise protect our intellectual property rights, our business could suffer.
The success of our business depends on our ability to protect our proprietary technology, brand owners and other intellectual property and to enforce our rights in that intellectual property. We attempt to protect our intellectual property under patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret laws, and through a combination of confidentiality procedures, contractual provisions and other methods, all of which offer only limited protection.
As of December 31, 2019, we owned twenty-three (23) issued patents in the United States and twenty-three (23) provisional or pending U.S. patent applications, along with thirty-three (33) pending non-U.S. patent applications. We also had eighteen (18) patents issued in non-U.S. jurisdictions, and eleven (11) pending Patent Cooperation Treaty patent applications, which are counterparts of our U.S. patent applications. The non-U.S. jurisdictions in which we have issued patents or pending applications are China, the European Union or European countries of the European Union, Hong Kong, Israel, Canada, Australia, Republic of Korea, South Africa, Brazil, Japan and India. We may file additional patent applications in the future. The process of obtaining patent protection is expensive, time-consuming, and uncertain, and we may not be able to prosecute all necessary or desirable patent applications at a reasonable cost or in a timely manner all the way through to the successful issuance of a patent. We may choose not to seek patent protection for certain innovations and may choose not to pursue patent protection in certain jurisdictions. Furthermore, it is possible that our patent applications may not issue as granted patents, that the scope of our issued patents will be insufficient or not have the coverage originally sought, that our issued patents will not provide us with any competitive advantages, and that our patents and other intellectual property rights may be challenged by others through administrative processes or litigation resulting in patent claims being narrowed, invalidated, or unenforceable. In addition, issuance of a patent does not guarantee that we have an absolute right to practice the patented invention. Our policy is to require our employees (and our consultants and service providers, including third-party manufacturers of our systems and components, that develop intellectual property included in our systems) to execute written agreements in whiFch they assign to us their rights in potential inventions and other intellectual property created within the scope of their employment (or, with respect to consultants and service providers, their engagement to develop such intellectual property), but we cannot assure you that we have adequately protected our rights in every such agreement or that we have executed an agreement with every such party. Finally, in order to benefit from the protection of patents and other intellectual property rights, we must monitor and detect infringement and pursue infringement claims in certain circumstances in relevant jurisdictions, all of which are costly and time-consuming. As a result, we may not be able to obtain adequate protection or to effectively enforce our issued patents or other intellectual property rights.
In addition to patents, we rely on trade secret rights, copyrights, trademarks, and other rights to protect our proprietary intellectual property and technology. Despite our efforts to protect our proprietary intellectual property and technology, unauthorized parties, including our employees, consultants, service providers or customers, may attempt to copy aspects of our solutions or obtain and use our trade secrets or other confidential information. We generally enter into confidentiality agreements with our employees, consultants, service providers, vendors, channel partners and customers, and generally limit access to and distribution of our proprietary information and proprietary technology through certain procedural safeguards. These agreements may not effectively prevent unauthorized use or disclosure of our intellectual property or technology and may not provide an adequate remedy in the event of unauthorized use or disclosure of our intellectual property or technology. We cannot assure you that the steps taken by us will prevent misappropriation of our intellectual property or technology or infringement of our intellectual property rights. In addition, the laws of some foreign countries where we sell or distribute our solutions do not protect intellectual property rights and technology to the same extent as the laws of the United States, and these countries may not enforce these laws as diligently as government agencies and private parties in the United States. Based on the 2017 report on intellectual property rights protection and enforcement published by the Office of the United States Trade Representative, such countries included Argentina, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Russia, Thailand and Ukraine (designated as priority watch list countries).
If we are unable to protect our trademarks from infringement, our business prospects may be harmed.
We own trademarks that identify “Kornit” “NeoPigment” and the “K” logo, and we have an additional pending trademark application for the “Konnect” logo, among others, and have registered these trademarks in certain key markets. Although we take steps to monitor the possible infringement or misuse of our trademarks, third parties may violate our trademark rights. In addition, we may not have trademark rights in all of the markets in which we may sell our products. Any unauthorized use of our trademarks could harm our reputation or commercial interests. In addition, efforts to enforce our trademarks may be expensive and time-consuming and may not effectively prevent infringement.
Our trademark rights may furthermore be subject to litigation. During 2016 we were subject to an opposition to our application to the European Union Intellectual Property Office, or EUIPO, to register the “Kornit” trademark in the European Union, on the part of Grupo FB Maquinaria, S.A., or Grupo, which claimed that it had earlier registered that trademark. While we ultimately succeeded, and the EUIPO ruled in our favor in April 2019 and registered the trademark in our name, we could face similar future challenges to our trademark rights in various jurisdictions around the globe.
We may become subject to claims of intellectual property infringement by third parties or may be required to indemnify our distributors or other third parties against such claims, which, regardless of their merit, could result in litigation, distract our management and materially adversely affect our business, results of operations or financial condition.
We have in the past and may in the future become subject to third-party claims that assert that our solutions, services and intellectual property infringe, misappropriate or otherwise violate third-party intellectual property or other proprietary rights.
Intellectual property disputes can be costly and disruptive to our business operations by diverting the attention and energies of management and key technical personnel, and by increasing our costs of doing business. Even if a claim is not directly against us, our agreements with distributors generally require us to indemnify them against losses from claims that our products infringe third-party intellectual property rights and entitle us to assume the defense of any claim as part of the indemnification undertaking. Our assumption of the defense of such a claim may result in similar costs, disruption and diversion of management attention to that of a claim that is asserted directly against us. We may not prevail in any such dispute or litigation, and an adverse decision in any legal action involving intellectual property rights could harm our intellectual property rights and the value of any related technology or limit our ability to execute our business.
Adverse outcomes in intellectual property disputes could:
|●||require us to redesign our technology or force us to enter into costly settlement or license agreements on terms that are unfavorable to us;|
|●||prevent us from manufacturing, importing, using, or selling some or all of our solutions;|
|●||disrupt our operations or the markets in which we compete;|
|●||impose costly damage awards;|
|●||require us to indemnify our distributors and customers; and|
|●||require us to pay royalties.|
We may become subject to claims for remuneration or royalties for assigned service invention rights by our employees, which could result in litigation and adversely affect our business.
A significant portion of our intellectual property has been developed by our employees in the course of their employment for us. Under the Israeli Patent Law, 5727-1967, or the Patent Law, inventions conceived by an employee in the course and as a result of or arising from his or her employment with a company are regarded as “service inventions,” which belong to the employer, absent a specific agreement between the employee and employer giving the employee proprietary rights. The Patent Law also provides under Section 134 that if there is no agreement between an employer and an employee as to whether the employee is entitled to consideration for service inventions, and to what extent and under which conditions, the Israeli Compensation and Royalties Committee, or the Committee, a body constituted under the Patent Law, shall determine these issues. Section 135 of the Patent law provides criteria for assisting the Committee in making its decisions. According to case law handed down by the Committee, an employee’s right to receive consideration for service inventions is a personal right and is entirely separate from the proprietary rights in such invention. Therefore, this right must be explicitly waived by the employee. A decision handed down in May 2014 by the Committee clarifies that the right to receive consideration under Section 134 can be waived and that such waiver can be made orally, in writing or by behavior like any other contract. The Committee will examine, on a case by case basis, the general contractual framework between the parties, using interpretation rules of the general Israeli contract laws. Further, the Committee has not yet determined one specific formula for calculating this remuneration, nor the criteria or circumstances under which an employee’s waiver of his right to remuneration will be disregarded. Similarly, it remains unclear whether waivers by employees in their employment agreements of the alleged right to receive consideration for service inventions should be declared as void being a depriving provision in a standard contract. We generally enter into assignment-of-invention agreements with our employees pursuant to which such individuals assign to us all rights to any inventions created in the scope of their employment or engagement with us. Although our employees have agreed to assign to us service invention rights and have specifically waived their right to receive any special remuneration for such service inventions beyond their regular salary and benefits, we may face claims demanding remuneration in consideration for assigned inventions.
Undetected defects in the design or manufacturing of our products may harm our business and results of operations.
Our systems, ink and other consumables, and associated software may contain undetected errors or defects when first introduced or as new versions are released. We have experienced these errors or defects in the past during the introduction of new systems and system upgrades. We expect that these errors or defects will be found from time to time in new or enhanced systems after commencement of commercial distribution or upon software upgrades. These problems may cause us to incur significant warranty and repair costs, divert the attention of our engineers from our product development and customer service efforts and harm our reputation. We may experience a delay in revenue recognition or collection of due payments from relevant customers as a result of our systems’ inability to meet agreed performance metrics. In addition, the use of third-party inks may harm the operation of our systems and reduce customer satisfaction with them, which could harm our reputation and adversely affect sales of our systems. We may also be subject to liability claims for damages related to system errors or defects. Although we carry insurance policies covering this type of liability, these policies may not provide sufficient protection should a claim be asserted against us. Any product liability claim brought against us could force us to incur significant expenses, divert management time and attention, and harm our reputation and business. In addition, costs or payments made in connection with warranty and product liability claims and system recalls could materially affect our financial condition and results of operations.
We may need substantial additional capital in the future, which may cause dilution to our existing shareholders, restrict our operations or require us to relinquish rights to our pipeline products or intellectual property. If additional capital is not available, we may have to delay, reduce or cease operations.
Based on our current business plan, we believe our cash flows from operating activities and our existing cash resources will be sufficient to meet our currently anticipated cash requirements through the next 12 months without drawing on our lines of credit or using significant amounts of the net proceeds from our initial public offering and follow-on offering. Nevertheless, to the extent our anticipated cash requirements change, we may seek additional funding in the future. This funding may consist of equity offerings, debt financings or any other means to expand our sales and marketing capabilities, develop our future solutions or pursue other general corporate purposes. Securing additional financing may divert our management from our day-to-day activities, which may adversely affect our ability to market our current solutions and develop and sell future solutions. Additional funding may not be available to us on acceptable terms, or at all.
To the extent that we raise additional capital through, for example, the sale of equity or convertible debt securities, your ownership interest will be diluted, and the terms may include liquidation or other preferences that adversely affect your rights as a shareholder. The incurrence of indebtedness or the issuance of certain equity securities could result in increased fixed payment obligations and could also result in certain restrictive covenants, such as limitations on our ability to incur additional debt, limitations on our ability to acquire or license intellectual property rights and other operating restrictions that could adversely impact our ability to conduct our business. In addition, the issuance of additional equity securities by us, or the possibility of such issuance, may cause the market price of our ordinary shares to decline.
We have acquired businesses and may acquire other businesses and/or companies, which could require significant management attention, disrupt our business, dilute shareholder value, and adversely affect our results of operations.
As part of our business strategy and in order to remain competitive, we have acquired businesses and may acquire or make investments in other complementary companies, products or technologies. However, we have only made small acquisitions and our experience in acquiring and integrating other companies, products or technologies is limited. We may not be able to find suitable acquisition candidates, and we may not be able to complete such acquisitions on favorable terms, if at all. If we complete other acquisitions, we may not ultimately strengthen our competitive position or achieve our goals, and any acquisitions we complete could be viewed negatively by our customers, analysts and investors. In addition, if we are unsuccessful at integrating such acquisitions or the technologies associated with such acquisitions, our revenues and results of operations may be adversely affected. Any integration process may require significant time and resources, and we may not be able to manage the process successfully. We may not successfully evaluate or utilize the acquired technology or personnel, or accurately forecast the financial impact of an acquisition transaction, including accounting charges. We may have to pay cash, incur debt or issue equity securities to pay for any such acquisition, each of which could adversely affect our financial condition or the value of our ordinary shares. The sale of equity or issuance of debt to finance any such acquisitions could result in dilution to our shareholders. The incurrence of indebtedness would result in increased fixed obligations and could also include covenants or other restrictions that would impede our ability to manage our operations.
We may be subject to additional tax liabilities in the future as a result of audits of our tax returns.
We are subject to income taxes principally in Israel, Germany, Hong-Kong and the United States. Significant judgment is required in evaluating our uncertain tax positions and determining our provision for income taxes. We recognize income taxes under the liability method. Tax benefits are recognized from uncertain tax positions only if we believe that it is more likely than not that the tax position will be sustained on examination by the taxing authorities based on the technical merits of the position. We are currently subject to a tax audit for the years 2013 to 2018 by the Israeli Tax Authority, or ITA. We have received the assessments for years 2013 and 2014 and they subject to another review by the ITA before they are finalized. The company is eligible to send its comments before the second review. According to a legal opinion we have received from our legal counsels, the claims we had and the positions we took on our tax returns are solid and valid, and we don’t believe the first assessment will be effective. The ITA may furthermore disagree with our positions taken in our tax returns for any other years as well, and we may be subject to additional tax liabilities, which could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.
The widespread outbreak of illness due to the coronavirus may hurt our business in many ways, and, if prolonged, would likely adversely impact our operating results and financial condition in a significant manner.
Our business has begun to be adversely affected by the recent, widespread outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus that was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. If that outbreak continues or worsens, or if any other outbreak of contagious diseases occurs, and is accompanied by further adverse public health developments, that will likely have a material and adverse effect on our business operations. The impact could include disruptions or restrictions on our ability to ensure the continuous manufacture and supply of our systems and services, as well as temporary closures of our facilities or the facilities of the third-party distributors or service providers for our systems. Any such disruptions or restrictions will adversely impact our revenues, cash flows, and profitability, as well as our overall operating results and financial condition. In addition, the outbreak of contagious diseases in the human population that results in a prolonged widespread health crisis that adversely affects the economies and financial markets worldwide and causes an economic downturn will affect demand for our products and services and significantly adversely impact our operating results.
Risks Related to Our Ordinary Shares
Our share price may be volatile.
Our ordinary shares were first offered publicly in our initial public offering in April 2015 at a price of $10.00 per share, and our ordinary shares have subsequently traded as high as $44.55 and as low as $8.10 through March 15, 2020. The market price of our ordinary shares could be highly volatile and may fluctuate substantially as a result of many factors, including:
|●||actual or anticipated variations in our and/or our competitors’ results of operations and financial condition;|
|●||variance in our financial performance from the expectations of market analysts;|
|●||announcements by us or our competitors of significant business developments, changes in service provider relationships, acquisitions, strategic relationships or expansion plans;|
|●||changes in the prices of our solutions;|
|●||our involvement in litigation;|
|●||our sale of ordinary shares or other securities in the future;|
|●||market conditions in our industry;|
|●||changes in key personnel;|
|●||the trading volume of our ordinary shares;|
|●||changes in the estimation of the future size and growth rate of our markets; and|
|●||general economic and market conditions;|
In addition, the stock markets have experienced extreme price and volume fluctuations. Broad market and industry factors may materially harm the market price of our ordinary shares, regardless of our operating performance. In the past, following periods of volatility in the market price of a company’s securities, securities class action litigation has often been instituted against that company. If we were involved in any similar litigation, we could incur substantial costs and our management’s attention and resources could be diverted. Furthermore, share price volatility may impact the fair value of the warrants granted to Amazon and as a result may impact revenues and profits.
We have never paid cash dividends on our share capital, and we do not anticipate paying any cash dividends in the foreseeable future.
We have never declared or paid cash dividends on our share capital, nor do we anticipate paying any cash dividends on our share capital in the foreseeable future. We currently intend (subject to any extraordinary market conditions that might arise) to retain all available funds and any future earnings to fund the development and growth of our business. As a result, capital appreciation, if any, of our ordinary shares should be investors’ principal expected source of gain for the foreseeable future. To the extent that volatile or depressed market conditions (whether in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak or otherwise) reduce the trading price of our ordinary shares substantially for an extended period of time, we may potentially consider using a portion of our cash reserves for share repurchases. In addition to considerations related to corporate finance, Israeli law limits our ability to declare and pay dividends and may subject our dividends to Israeli withholding taxes. Furthermore, our payment of dividends (out of tax-exempt income) may retroactively subject us to certain Israeli corporate income taxes, to which we would not otherwise be subject.
As a foreign private issuer whose shares are listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, we may follow certain home country corporate governance practices instead of otherwise applicable SEC and NASDAQ requirements, which may result in less protection than is accorded to investors under rules applicable to domestic U.S. issuers.
As a foreign private issuer whose shares are listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, we are permitted to follow certain home country corporate governance practices instead of those otherwise required under the corporate governance standards for U.S. domestic issuers. We currently follow Israeli home country practices with regard to the (i) quorum requirement for shareholder meetings (25%, which is less than the one-third minimum required under the NASDAQ rules) and (ii) independent director oversight requirement for director nominations (the board as a whole, rather than an entirely independent nominating committee or only the independent directors, handles this under Israeli law). See “ITEM 16G. Corporate Governance.” Furthermore, we may in the future elect to follow Israeli home country practices in lieu of the NASDAQ requirements on other matters, such as the requirement to hold separate executive sessions of independent directors or to obtain shareholder approval for certain dilutive events (such as for the establishment or amendment of certain equity-based compensation plans, issuances that will result in a change of control of the company, certain transactions other than a public offering involving issuances of a 20% or more interest in the company and certain acquisitions of the stock or assets of another company). Accordingly, our shareholders may not be afforded the same protection as provided under NASDAQ corporate governance rules. Following our home country governance practices as opposed to the requirements that would otherwise apply to a United States company listed on NASDAQ may provide less protection than is accorded to investors of domestic issuers. See “ITEM 16G. Corporate Governance.”
As a foreign private issuer, we are not subject to the provisions of Regulation FD or U.S. proxy rules and are exempt from filing certain Exchange Act reports.
As a foreign private issuer, we are exempt from a number of requirements under U.S. securities laws that apply to public companies that are not foreign private issuers. In particular, we are exempt from the rules and regulations under the Exchange Act related to the furnishing and content of proxy statements, and our officers, directors and principal shareholders are exempt from the reporting and short-swing profit recovery provisions contained in Section 16 of the Exchange Act. In addition, we are not required under the Exchange Act to file annual and current reports and financial statements with the SEC as frequently or as promptly as U.S. domestic companies whose securities are registered under the Exchange Act and we are generally exempt from filing quarterly reports with the SEC under the Exchange Act. We are also exempt from the provisions of Regulation FD, which prohibits issuers from making selective disclosure of material nonpublic information to, among others, broker-dealers and holders of a company’s securities under circumstances in which it is reasonably foreseeable that the holder will trade in the company’s securities on the basis of the information. These exemptions and leniencies will reduce the frequency and scope of information and protections to which you are entitled as an investor.
We are not required to comply with the proxy rules applicable to U.S. domestic companies, including the requirement applicable to emerging growth companies to disclose the compensation of our Chief Executive Officer and other two most highly compensated executive officers on an individual, rather than on an aggregate, basis. Nevertheless, the Companies Law requires us to disclose in the notice of convening an annual general meeting the annual compensation of our five most highly compensated office holders on an individual basis, rather than on an aggregate basis, as was previously permitted for Israeli public companies listed overseas. This disclosure is not as extensive as that required of a U.S. domestic issuer.
We would lose our foreign private issuer status if a majority of our directors or executive officers are U.S. citizens or residents and we fail to meet additional requirements necessary to avoid loss of foreign private issuer status. Although we have elected to comply with certain U.S. regulatory provisions, our loss of foreign private issuer status would make such provisions mandatory. The regulatory and compliance costs to us under U.S. securities laws as a U.S. domestic issuer may be significantly higher. If we are not a foreign private issuer, we will be required to file periodic reports and registration statements on U.S. domestic issuer forms with the SEC, which are more detailed and extensive than the forms available to a foreign private issuer. We would also be required to follow U.S. proxy disclosure requirements, including the requirement to disclose more detailed information about the compensation of our senior executive officers on an individual basis. We may also be required to modify certain of our policies to comply with good governance practices associated with U.S. domestic issuers. Such conversion and modifications will involve additional costs. In addition, we would lose our ability to rely upon exemptions from certain corporate governance requirements on U.S. stock exchanges that are available to foreign private issuers.
The market price of our ordinary shares could be negatively affected by future sales of our ordinary shares.
Future sales by us or our shareholders of a substantial number of ordinary shares in the public market, or the perception that these sales might occur, could cause the market price of our ordinary shares to decline or could impair our ability to raise capital through a future sale of, or to pay for acquisitions using, our equity securities.
Amazon is entitled to certain registration rights with respect to the 2,932,176 ordinary shares underlying its warrants, pursuant to a transaction agreement that we entered into with Amazon on January 10, 2017 and that was effective on May 8, 2016. All shares sold pursuant to an offering covered by a registration statement will be freely transferable except if purchased by an affiliate. See “ITEM 10.C — Material Contracts — Agreements with Amazon—Transaction Agreement and Warrant” in this annual report.
In addition, 455,735 ordinary shares are issuable under currently vested and exercisable share options granted to employees and office holders as of February 14, 2020. We have filed registration statements on Form S-8 under the Securities Act registering our potential issuance of those ordinary shares under our share incentive plans, of which as of February 24, 2020, there were options, restricted share units and warrants to purchase 3,363,054 shares outstanding. Shares included in such registration statements may be freely sold in the public market upon issuance, except for shares held by affiliates who have certain restrictions on their ability to sell
Under Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, because we are no longer an emerging growth company, we are for the first time required to obtain an auditor attestation regarding our internal control over financial reporting, which requires enhanced actions on our part that we may not successfully implement in an ongoing manner.
Effective as of January 1, 2019, we no longer qualify as an “emerging growth company” under the JOBS Act, and we have lost the ability to rely on the exemptions related thereto. Consequently, for the first time, in connection with this annual report, our independent registered public accounting firm is required to attest to the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting under Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. We are furthermore required (as we had been previously) to comply with the evaluation and certification requirements of Section 404 with respect to internal control over financial reporting. To maintain the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures and our internal control over financial reporting, we may need to continue enhancing existing, and implement new, financial reporting and management systems, procedures and controls to manage our business effectively and support our growth in the future. Irrespective of compliance with Section 404, any failure of our internal controls could have a material adverse effect on our stated results of operations and harm our reputation. If any such failure were to occur, we may be required to take remedial actions and make required changes to our internal control over financial reporting and we may experience higher than anticipated operating expenses, as well as higher independent auditor fees during and after the implementation of these changes. If we are unable to implement any of the required changes to our internal control over financial reporting effectively or efficiently, it could adversely affect our operations, financial reporting and/or results of operations and could result in an adverse opinion on internal controls from our independent auditors.
Our U.S. shareholders may suffer adverse tax consequences if we are classified as a passive foreign investment company.
Generally, if for any taxable year 75% or more of our gross income is passive income, or at least 50% of the average quarterly value of our assets (which may be determined in part by the market value of our ordinary shares, which is subject to change) are held for the production of, or produce, passive income, we would be characterized as a passive foreign investment company, or PFIC, for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Based on historic and certain estimates of our gross income, gross assets and market capitalization (which may fluctuate from time to time) and the nature of our business, we believe we were not a PFIC for the taxable year ended December 31, 2019 and we do not expect that we will be classified as a PFIC for the taxable year ending December 31, 2020. However, because PFIC status is based on our income, assets and activities for the entire taxable year, it is not possible to determine whether we will be characterized as a PFIC for our 2020 taxable year until after the close of the year. There can be no assurance that we will not be considered a PFIC for any taxable year. If we are characterized as a PFIC, our U.S. shareholders may suffer adverse tax consequences, including having gains realized on the sale of our ordinary shares treated as ordinary income, rather than as capital gain, the loss of the preferential rate applicable to dividends received on our ordinary shares by individuals who are U.S. Holders (as defined in “ITEM 10.E Taxation and Government Programs—U.S. Federal Income Taxation”), and having interest charges apply to distributions by us and the proceeds of sales of our ordinary shares. Certain elections exist that may alleviate some of the adverse consequences of PFIC status and would result in an alternative treatment (such as mark-to-market treatment) of our ordinary shares. For a more detailed discussion, see “ITEM 10.E Taxation and Government Programs - U.S. Federal Income Taxation - Passive Foreign Investment Company Considerations.”
Certain U.S. holders of our ordinary shares may suffer adverse tax consequences if we or any of our non-U.S. subsidiaries are characterized as a “controlled foreign corporation”, or a CFC, under Section 957(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or the Code.
A non-U.S. corporation is considered a CFC if more than 50 percent of (1) the total combined voting power of all classes of stock of such corporation entitled to vote, or (2) the total value of the stock of such corporation, is owned, or is considered as owned by applying certain constructive ownership rules, by United States shareholders who own stock representing 10% or more of the vote or (for the taxable year of a non-U.S. corporation beginning after December 31, 2017 and for taxable years of shareholders with or within which such taxable years of such non-U.S. corporation ends) 10% or more of the value on any day during the taxable year of such non-U.S. corporation (“10% U.S. Shareholders”). Generally, a 10% U.S. Shareholder of a CFC is required to include currently in gross income such 10% U.S. Shareholder’s share of the CFC’s “Subpart F income”, a portion of the CFC’s earnings to the extent the CFC holds certain U.S. property, and certain other new items under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, or the Tax Act. Such 10% U.S. Shareholders are subject to current U.S. federal income tax with respect to such items, even if the CFC has not made an actual distribution to such shareholders. “Subpart F income” includes, among other things, certain passive income (such as income from dividends, interests, royalties, rents and annuities or gain from the sale of property that produces such types of income) and certain sales and services income arising in connection with transactions between the CFC and a person related to the CFC.
Certain changes to the CFC constructive ownership rules introduced by the Tax Act may cause one or more of our non-U.S. subsidiaries to be treated as CFCs, may also impact our CFC status and, thus, may affect holders of our common shares that are United States shareholders. For 10% U.S. Shareholders, this may result in adverse U.S. federal income tax consequences, such as current U.S. taxation of Subpart F income and of any such shareholder’s share of our accumulated non-U.S. earnings and profits (regardless of whether we make any distributions), taxation of amounts treated as global intangible low-taxed income under Section 951A of the Code with respect to such shareholder, and being subject to certain reporting requirements with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Any 10% U.S. Shareholder should consult its own tax advisors regarding the U.S. tax consequences of acquiring, owning, or disposing our common shares and the impact of the Tax Act, especially the changes to the rules relating to CFCs. We have taken steps with the assistance of external tax consultants to prevent our subsidiaries from being treated as CFCs subsidiaries and it is not expected that any of the subsidiaries will be treated as CFCs.
If equity research analysts do not publish research or reports about our business or if analysts, including short sellers, issue unfavorable commentary or downgrade our ordinary shares, the price of our ordinary shares could decline. Additionally, we may fail to meet publicly announced financial guidance or other expectations about our business, which would cause our ordinary shares to decline in value.
The trading market for our ordinary shares relies in part on the research and reports that equity research analysts publish about us and our business. The price of our ordinary shares could decline if one or more securities analysts downgrade our ordinary shares or if one or more of those analysts issue other unfavorable commentary or cease publishing reports about us or our business. The market price for our ordinary shares has been in the past, and may be in the future, materially and adversely affected by allegations made in reports issued by short sellers regarding our business model, our management and our financial accounting. If our financial results for a particular period do not meet our guidance or if we reduce our guidance for future periods, the market price of our ordinary shares may decline.
Risks Related to Our Operations in Israel
Our headquarters, manufacturing and other significant operations are located in Israel and, therefore, our results may be adversely affected by political, economic and military instability in Israel.
Our headquarters, research and development and manufacturing facility, and the primary manufacturing facilities of our third-party manufacturers, are located in Israel. In addition, the majority of our key employees, officers and directors are residents of Israel. Accordingly, political, economic and military conditions in Israel may directly affect our business. Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, a number of armed conflicts have taken place between Israel and its neighboring countries. In recent years, these have included hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, both of which resulted in rockets being fired into Israel, causing casualties and disruption of economic activities. In addition, Israel faces threats from more distant neighbors, in particular, Iran. Our commercial insurance does not cover losses that may occur as a result of an event associated with the security situation in the Middle East. Although the Israeli government is currently committed to covering the reinstatement value of direct damages that are caused by terrorist attacks or acts of war, we cannot assure you that this government coverage will be maintained, or if maintained, will be sufficient to compensate us fully for damages incurred. Any losses or damages incurred by us could have a material adverse effect on our business. While we have commenced implementation of a business continuity plan which provides for alternative sites outside of Israel, there can be no assurance that such plan will be successful. Any armed conflict involving Israel could adversely affect our operations and results of operations.
Further, our operations could be disrupted by the obligations of personnel to perform military service. As of December 31, 2019, we had 339 employees based in Israel, certain of whom may be called upon to perform up to 54 days in each three year period (and in the case of non-officer commanders or officers, up to 70 or 84 days, respectively, in each three year period) of military reserve duty until they reach the age of 40 (and in some cases, depending on their specific military profession, up to 45 or even 49 years of age) and, in certain emergency circumstances, may be called to immediate and unlimited active duty. Our operations could be disrupted by the absence of a significant number of employees related to military service, which could materially adversely affect our business and results of operations.
Several countries, principally in the Middle East, restrict doing business with Israel and Israeli companies, and additional countries may impose restrictions on doing business with Israel and Israeli companies whether as a result of hostilities in the region or otherwise. In addition, there have been increased efforts by activists to cause companies and consumers to boycott Israeli goods based on Israeli government policies. Such actions, particularly if they become more widespread, may adversely impact our ability to sell our solutions.
In addition, the shipping and delivery of our systems and ink and other consumables from our manufacturing facilities and those of our third-party manufacturers in Israel could be delayed or interrupted by political, economic, military, and other events outside of our reasonable control, including labor strikes at ports in Israel or at ports of destination, military attacks on transportation facilities or vessels, and severe weather events. If delivery and installation of our products is delayed or prevented by any such events, our revenues could be materially and adversely impacted.
The government tax benefits that we currently receive require us to meet several conditions and will be terminated in the future, which will increase our costs.
We and our wholly owned Israeli subsidiary, Kornit Digital Technologies Ltd., or Kornit Technologies, are entitled to various tax benefits under the Israeli Law for the Encouragement of Capital Investments, 1959, or the Investment Law. As a result of this status, we expect to have a reduced tax rate for our taxable income generated in Israel in 2020. However, if we do not meet the requirements for maintaining these benefits, the tax benefits may be reduced or cancelled and the relevant operations would be subject to Israeli corporate tax at the standard rate, which is currently set as 23%. In addition to being subject to the standard corporate tax rate, we might be required to refund any tax benefits that we have already received, as adjusted by the Israeli consumer price index, plus interest and monetary penalties thereon. Once these tax benefits are eliminated, the amount of taxes that we pay will increase, as all our operations would consequently be subject to corporate tax at the standard rate, which could adversely affect our results of operations. Additionally, prior to the expiration of our tax benefits, if we increase our operational activities outside of Israel, for example, via acquisitions, our increased activities may not be eligible for inclusion in Israeli tax benefit programs. See “ITEM 5. Operating and Financial Review and Prospects - Taxation and Israeli Government Programs Applicable to our Company — Law for the Encouragement of Capital Investments, 5719-1959.”
We have received and may receive further Israeli government grants for certain research and development activities. The terms of those grants restrict our ability to transfer manufacturing operations or technology outside of Israel.
Our research and development efforts have been financed in part through grants from the Israeli National Authority for Technological Innovation, or the Innovation Authority (previously known as the Israeli Office of the Chief Scientist). Prior to 2015, we received various grants from the Innovation Authority, all of which we repaid. In 2019, we received new commitments from the Innovation Authority for non-royalty bearing grants to reimburse us for up to 50% of our research and development expenses in connection with two projects, for an amount of NIS 1.59 million (approximately $0.44 million), in the aggregate. To date, we have received from the Innovation Authority NIS 0.87 million (approximately $245,000) of this new committed amount. We must comply with the requirements of the Encouragement of Research, Development and Technological Innovation in the Industry Law, 5744-1984 (formerly known as the Law for the Encouragement of Research and Development in Industry 5744-1984), and related regulations, or collectively, the Innovation Law, in connection with that new funding that we have begun to receive and any past funding that we had received from the Innovation Authority.
When a company develops know-how, technology or products and related services using grants provided by the Innovation Authority, the terms of these grants and the Innovation Law, among others, restrict the transfer outside of Israel of such Innovation Authority-supported know-how (including by a way of license for research and development purposes), the transfer inside Israel of such know-how and the transfer of manufacturing or manufacturing rights of such products, and technologies outside of Israel, without the prior approval of the Innovation Authority. We may not receive those approvals.
The restrictions set forth under the Innovation Law, to which we are subject (even after repaying grants we have received) include:
|●||Transfer of know-how outside of Israel. Transfer of the know-how that was developed with the funding of the Innovation Authority outside of Israel requires prior approval of the Innovation Authority, and, if approved will require, the payment of a redemption fee, which cannot exceed 600% of the grant amount plus interest. Upon payment of such fee, the know-how and the production rights for the products supported by such funding cease to be subject to the Innovation Law.|
|●||Local manufacturing obligation. The terms of the grants under the Innovation Law require that the manufacturing of products resulting from the Innovation Authority funded programs are carried out in Israel, unless a prior written approval of the Innovation Authority is obtained. Such approval may be given in special circumstances and upon the fulfillment of certain conditions set forth in the Innovation Law, including payment of increased royalties. Such approval is not required for the transfer of less than 10% of the manufacturing capacity in the aggregate, and in such event, a notice to the Innovation Authority is required.|
|●||Certain reporting obligations. A recipient of a grant or a benefit under the Innovation Law is required to notify the Innovation Authority of events enumerated in the Innovation Law.|
These restrictions and requirements for payment may impair our ability to sell our technology assets outside of Israel or to outsource or transfer manufacturing activities with respect to any product or technology outside of Israel; however, they do not restrict the export of our products that incorporate know how funded by the Innovation Authority. Furthermore, the consideration available to our shareholders in a sale transaction involving the actual transfer outside of Israel of technology or know-how developed with funding by the Innovation Authority pursuant to a merger or similar transaction may be reduced by any amounts that we are required to pay to the Innovation Authority. Failure to comply with the requirements under the Innovation Law may subject us to mandatory repayment of grants received by us, together with interest and penalties, as well as expose us to criminal proceedings.
Provisions of Israeli law and our articles may delay, prevent or otherwise impede a merger with, or an acquisition of, our company, even when the terms of such a transaction are favorable to us and our shareholders.
Israeli corporate law regulates mergers, requires tender offers for acquisitions of shares above specified thresholds, requires special approvals for transactions involving directors, officers or significant shareholders and regulates other matters that may be relevant to such types of transactions. For example, a tender offer for all of a company’s issued and outstanding shares can only be completed if the acquirer receives positive responses from the holders of at least 95% of the issued share capital, otherwise, the acquirer may not own more than 90% of a company’s issued and outstanding share capital. Completion of the tender offer also requires approval of a majority in number of the offerees that do not have a personal interest in the tender offer, unless at least 98% of the company’s outstanding shares are tendered. Furthermore, the shareholders, including those who indicated their acceptance of the tender offer (unless the acquirer stipulated in its tender offer that a shareholder that accepts the offer may not seek appraisal rights), may, at any time within six months following the completion of the tender offer, petition an Israeli court to alter the consideration for the acquisition. See “ITEM 10.B — Articles of Association — Acquisitions under Israeli Law.”
Our articles provide that our directors (other than external directors) are elected on a staggered basis, such that a potential acquirer cannot readily replace our entire board of directors at a single annual general shareholder meeting.
Furthermore, Israeli tax considerations may make potential transactions unappealing to us or to our shareholders whose country of residence does not have a tax treaty with Israel exempting such shareholders from Israeli tax. For example, Israeli tax law does not recognize tax-free share exchanges to the same extent as U.S. tax law. With respect to mergers involving an exchange of shares, Israeli tax law allows for tax deferral in certain circumstances but makes the deferral contingent on the fulfillment of a number of conditions, including, in some cases, a holding period of two years from the date of the transaction during which sales and dispositions of shares of the participating companies are subject to certain restrictions. Moreover, with respect to certain share swap transactions in which the sellers receive shares in the acquiring entity that are publicly traded on a stock exchange, the tax deferral is limited in time, and when such time expires, the tax becomes payable even if no disposition of such shares has occurred. In order to benefit from the tax deferral, a pre-ruling from the Israel Tax Authority might be required.
It may be difficult to enforce a judgment of a U.S. court against us or our officers and directors, to assert U.S. securities laws claims in Israel or to serve process on our officers and directors.
We are incorporated in Israel. The majority of our directors and executive officers reside outside of the United States, and most of our assets and most of the assets of these persons are located outside of the United States. Therefore, a judgment obtained against us, or any of these persons, including a judgment based on the civil liability provisions of the U.S. federal securities laws, may not be collectible in the United States and may not be enforced by an Israeli court. It also may be difficult for you to effect service of process on these persons in the United States or to assert U.S. securities law claims in original actions instituted in Israel. Israeli courts may refuse to hear a claim based on an alleged violation of U.S. securities laws reasoning that Israel is not the most appropriate forum in which to bring such a claim. In addition, even if an Israeli court agrees to hear a claim, it may determine that Israeli law and not U.S. law is applicable to the claim. If U.S. law is found to be applicable, the content of applicable U.S. law must be proven as a fact by expert witnesses, which can be a time consuming and costly process. Certain matters of procedure will also be governed by Israeli law. There is little binding case law in Israel that addresses the matters described above. As a result of the difficulty associated with enforcing a judgment against us in Israel, you may not be able to collect any damages awarded by either a U.S. or foreign court. It may be difficult to enforce a judgment of a U.S. court against us, our officers and directors or the Israeli experts named in this prospectus supplement in Israel or the United States, to assert U.S. securities laws claims in Israel or to serve process on our officers and directors and these experts.
Your rights and responsibilities as a shareholder are governed by Israeli law, which differs in some material respects from the rights and responsibilities of shareholders of U.S. companies.
The rights and responsibilities of the holders of our ordinary shares are governed by our articles and by Israeli law. These rights and responsibilities differ in some material respects from the rights and responsibilities of shareholders in U.S.-based corporations. In particular, a shareholder of an Israeli company has a duty to act in good faith and in a customary manner in exercising its rights and performing its obligations towards the company and other shareholders, and to refrain from abusing its power in the company, including, among other things, in voting at a general meeting of shareholders on matters such as amendments to a company’s articles of association, increases in a company’s authorized share capital, mergers and acquisitions and related party transactions requiring shareholder approval. In addition, a shareholder who is aware that it possesses the power to determine the outcome of a shareholder vote or to appoint or prevent the appointment of a director or executive officer in the company has a duty of fairness toward the company. There is limited case law available to assist us in understanding the nature of this duty or the implications of these provisions. These provisions may be interpreted to impose additional obligations and liabilities on holders of our ordinary shares that are not typically imposed on shareholders of U.S. corporations.
|ITEM 4.||Information on the Company.|
|A.||History and Development of the Company|
Our legal name is Kornit Digital Ltd. and we were incorporated under the laws of the State of Israel on January 16, 2002.
In April 2015, we completed our initial public offering, or IPO, pursuant to which we sold 8.165 million ordinary shares for aggregate gross proceeds (before underwriting discounts, commissions and expenses) of $81.65 million. Our ordinary shares began trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, under the symbol “KRNT,” on April 2, 2015. On January 31, 2017 and June 18, 2019, we completed follow-on offerings pursuant to which we sold 2.3 million and 5.0 million ordinary shares, respectively, for aggregate gross proceeds (before underwriting discounts, commissions and expenses) of $38.0 million and $137.3 million, respectively.
We are subject to the provisions of the Israeli Companies Law, 5759-1999. Our principal executive offices are located at 12 Ha’Amal Street, Rosh Ha’Ayin 4809246, Israel, and our telephone number is +972-3-908-5800. Our website address is www.kornit.com (the information contained therein or linked thereto shall not be considered incorporated by reference in this annual report). Our agent for service of process in the United States is Kornit Digital North America Inc., located at 480 South Dean Street Englewood, NJ 07631, and its telephone number is (262) 518-0200.
Principal Capital Expenditures
Capital expenditures in the years ended December 31, 2017, 2018 and 2019 were principally used for the purchase of property, plant and equipment ($5.7 million, $7.3 million and $5.4 million in 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively). Those amounts included $1.8 million, in the aggregate invested over the course of those three years towards our now-complete, new headquarters in the United States. The amounts for 2018 and 2019 included $6.1 million spent towards land and construction of our new 6,400 square meter manufacturing and ink storage facility in Kiryat Gat, Israel, for which construction began in January 2019. The construction of that new facility, including a production line being installed there, is expected to be completed approximately in August 2020. We may experience some delays in construction due to the effects of the coronavirus. We currently estimate that the total cost for land, construction of the facility, design and installation of the production line, will be approximately NIS 62 million (approximately $17.5 million based on current exchange rates). We are financing the construction of that facility from cash on hand. On February 7, 2019, we consummated an asset purchase from Hirsch Solutions Inc., our former primary distributor in the United States and Canada, which accounted for 18% and 15% of our revenues in the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2018, respectively, to purchase remaining Kornit business assets related to the former distribution agreement between the companies. On the closing date, our company, through our wholly owned subsidiary Kornit Digital North America Inc., took ownership of relevant Kornit-related customer business assets as well as remaining inventory of systems and ink. Under the related acquisition agreement, the total consideration was $4.7 million.
The General Textile Industry
Textile is a flexible material formed using various processes, including weaving, knitting, crocheting or felting. This material may be used for manufacturing a broad range of conventional as well as advanced, finished goods, which may be broadly categorized (as related to the focus of our business) into fashion, apparel, home decoration and soft signage applications. According to a report published by Marketline in December 2018, the value of the global apparel retail market totaled $1.4 trillion in 2017. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of the market was 4.4% between 2013 and 2017. The global apparel retail market is forecast to reach $1.8 trillion in 2022, an increase of 29.7% since 2017, reflecting a CAGR of 5.3%. Rising disposable income, urbanization and population growth in emerging economies is expected to play an important role in improving the lifestyle of consumers, which is expected to drive the demand for textile products.
The global printed textile industry involves printing on fabric rolls, finished garments and unsewn pieces of cut fabric at various stages along the value chain in the production of goods for (as related to the focus of our business) fashion, apparel, home decoration and soft signage applications. According to The Future of Digital Textile Printing report published by Pira in 2019, approximately 95% of the global output of printed textile in 2018 was carried out via analogue methods of printing. According to the same Pira report, the global value of digital printed textile output was estimated to be approximately $3.2 billion in 2018 and is expected to grow to approximately $5.5 billion by 2023, reflecting a CAGR of 11.6% in the five-year period from 2018 to 2023. According to the same Pira report, digital textile output volume was estimated to be approximately 2.2 billion square meters in 2018 and is expected to reach 4.1 billion square meters in 2023, reflecting a CAGR of 13.4% for the five-year period from 2018 to 2023. Pira estimates that global digital printed textile output constituted less than 5% of the total global printed textile output in 2018.
Mega Trends Affecting Our Industry
Digitization of manufacturing is transforming the way products are being produced. This transformation process is also broadly referred to as Industry 4.0, representing the fourth industrial revolution occurring in manufacturing. This fourth industrial revolution is mainly about full digitization and the move away from analogue production methods, as well as cloud networks connectivity, and the introduction of autonomous systems fueled by data and machine learning. As a result of the support of machines that keep getting smarter as they get access to more data, the increased use of affordable robotics in production environments, and the data-connected logistics supply chain, our future factories are predicted to become more efficient, productive and less wasteful. The fashion and apparel industry segments in which we operate have been operating for decades in traditional, analogue and labor-intensive models, which will yield to what can also be referred to as Textile 4.0.
E-commerce has grown globally at an unprecedented rate and is transforming retailing, across industries. Around the world, e-commerce is entirely changing the way people shop. In the major consumer markets of Europe, the U.S. and China, e-commerce is fast trending towards becoming the preferred shopping method for many people. Having access to global shopping opportunities allows consumers to save time, save money and have access to greater choices. E-commerce giants and technology vendors continue to invest in advanced technologies such as virtual reality, 3D modeling, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence in a continuous effort to improve the online shopping experience.
Goldman Sachs estimated in a research report dated September 24, 2019 that the global ecommerce market (excluding travel) was worth approximately US $2.5 trillion in 2019, with a projected year-over-year CAGR of +20% until 2023. According to the same report, e-commerce was estimated to represent approximately 23.0%, 13.3%, and 10.6% of all retail sales in 2019 in China, the U.S. and Western Europe, respectively. M-commerce is about to burst into the mainstream thanks to a host of technological advances that are making it easier for people to shop on their phones. Business Insider predicted, in a 2019 report, m-commerce volume to rise at a CAGR of 24% from $205.0 billion at 2019 to hit $488.0 billion, or 44% of e-commerce, in 2024.
According to a global consumer survey performed by The Nilsen Company in 2018, fashion and apparel are, together, one of the top segments in ecommerce retail, predicted (according to a study published by Statista, the Statistics Portal) to increase at a compound annual rate of 12.2% from $518.9 billion in 2018 to more than $992 billion by 2023, as brands and retailers continue to adopt digital technologies that offer highly relevant and personalized customer experiences.
In the fashion and apparel industry, mobile purchases account for 65.4% of traffic to online fashion retailers and 57.1% of sales, much higher than the overall retail average.
Traditional Retail Meltdown
For the last decade, various factors have resulted in the shrinking, bankruptcy/reorganization or total closing of numerous traditional North American retailers. Announcements from major retailers of plans to either discontinue or greatly scale back their retail presence continued in 2018 and into 2019. For example, Sears Holdings filed for bankruptcy protection in October 2018, J.C Penney has been closing stores, including in 2019, and Payless Shoesource has announced plans to close all of its stores in 2019.
According to real estate tracking done by Coresight Research in 2019 US retailers announced 9,302 store closings, a 59% jump from 2018 and the highest number since Coresight Research began tracking the data in 2012.
A research report published by Goldman Sachs on September 5, 2018, states that approximately 27% of announced store closures in 2018 were in the apparel and accessories categories.
According to a research held by UBS in April 2019, Online sales rise will force up to 75,000 stores in the US to close by 2026, including more than 20,000 clothing stores, or 17% of all clothing shops across the US.
The primary factors affecting the continued closing of traditional retail stores are the shift in consumer habits towards online shopping, a less than inspiring shopping experience at traditional brick-and-mortar stores, retailers’ inability to sell trend-right apparel, and the ongoing pile-up of unsold inventory, which has put pressure on profits. Traditional retailers are struggling to find the right balance between supply and demand, so that they do not end up with too much inventory on their shelves or in stock rooms. When merchandise piles too high, traditional retailers are forced to use steep discounts to deplete inventory and make room for next season’s goods. Further, eCommerce share gains continue to put pressure on traditional retail stores that are finding it difficult to compete with the level of selection, price, service, and convenience provided by many of the pure-play eCommerce companies or scaled omni-channel retailers.
Social Media Platforms
Social platforms, historically categorized into media and networks (which categories have merged in recent years), have changed the industrial and business landscape, both for companies that have adopted them and for those that have not. Social media platforms have an extremely powerful impact on the ways in which individuals and organizations are communicating with each other, and a powerful impact on consumer trends, demand and brands perception. The number of social media users, according to Dataportal data from Jan 2020, was 3.8 billion, 49% of the total world population. In the US alone, according to Statista data from December 2019, more than 73% of the population use social medias. This mainstream effect has a dramatic impact on the ability of small and micro brands, some of which are initiated by individuals or organizations that are leveraging their social influence status to inspire individuals who, in turn, purchase those brands’ products, to achieve ultra-fast recognition and exponential growth at the expense of traditional players, which need to develop agility in order to connect with consumers.
The need to reduce or contain the ecological footprint of the textile industry is affecting the entire industrial system. The urgency for change has flowed through from political and environmental activists and scientists, into mainstream government regulators and business leadership across the globe. A sustainable industrial system requires formulation of new strategies and thinking, integrated into business and operational frameworks around sustainable manufacturing, supply chain design, sustainability performance measurement and ongoing management. Industry is now considered not only part of the problem but also part of the solution. From a practical point of view, as it comes to sustainability strategies, companies are focused on technology improvements enabling cleaner production, pollution prevention, and other sustainable manufacturing practices.
Among the biggest environmental impacts of the textile industry, two noticeable impacts are water pollution and waste of both water and garments.
In some of the countries in which garments are produced, untreated toxic wastewaters from textile factories are dumped directly into the rivers. These are extremely harmful for the aquatic life and the health of millions of people living by those riverbanks. The contamination also reaches the sea and eventually spreads around the globe. 200,000 tons of dyes are lost to effluents every year according to an article published by Sustain Your Style. The textile industry is also the second largest consumer of water. According to Sustain Your Style data, it can take up to 200 tons of freshwater per ton of dyed fabric. Consumer behavior and frequently changing fashion trends are making it difficult for fashion brands to predict the volumes of items that will be purchased. Combined with the traditional production methods designed to produce mass volumes of items, result with very large quantities of inventory leftovers. Redundant inventory and lack of adequate recycling infrastructure cause textile waste to rise and become an industry wide problem. According to Common Objective, a global tech solution for sustainable fashion business, 39 million tons of post-consumer textile waste that is generated worldwide each year.
Considering the size of the textile industry— one of the largest industries in the world—sustainability of the industry is important, but, on top of that, companies can furthermore make a huge difference environmentally, economically and socially. The textile industry has many reasons to place an emphasis on sustainability, including reduced costs, protection of the environment and sustained goodwill from its customers for eco-friendly practices. As one of the world’s most water and air polluting industries, sustainability issues in the textile/apparel industry continue to receive great attention.
Mega Consumer Trends Affecting our Industry
We believe that modern consumers, impacted by the mega industry trends, are increasingly seeking the ability to express their identities and beliefs through the everyday choices that they make. If in the past it was mainly about the choice of brand affiliation that was considered “appropriate” for their self-image, consumers are now seeking new and creative ways to express their identities through unique, customized or personalized impressions, styles, and messages – whether affiliated with their favorite brands, through the creation of their own “private brands” or via affiliation with unique “no brand” designed goods. According to Facebook’s data, 72% of US fashion shoppers say at least one form of personalization increases their likelihood of making a purchase.
Younger consumers are more and more concerned with social and environmental causes, as many increasingly back their beliefs with their tightly coupled expression and consumption habits, favoring goods and brands that are aligned with their personal, social and environmental values and avoiding those that do not.
Modern consumers seek solutions faster and easier than ever before, catalyzed by the explosive growth of technology and mobile applications usage. This shift has given way to an on-demand economy where immediate gratification has become the standard across industries, in the form of instant arrival rides in the transportation industry, unlimited on-demand video streaming, minimal wait time for food deliveries, or in the case of retail, instant visibility and availability of product and inventory, and ultra-fast delivery. Consumers expect to be serviced almost instantaneously and are rewarding the brands that understand and meet their instant gratification needs. According to a 2018 report published by Internet Retailer, 66.8% of the top 1,000 retailers in North America offer free shipping and 55.6% offer the option to pay for next-day delivery. According to a US consumer survey conducted in October 2019 among 2,500 consumers, a faster estimated delivery date in the online shopping cart has a big impact on purchase decisions, with 28.6% of shoppers saying they’d be more likely to buy if the order would arrive within a week. Already, 38% of online shoppers expect retailers to offer free two-day delivery and 24% expect free same-day delivery, according to the National Retail Federation.
A recent data published by Statista in September 2019 estimated that the number of Amazon customers in the United States willing to pay more to receive products faster, through its Amazon Prime service, exceeded 105 million as of June 2019.
This change in consumer behavior is causing retailers to evaluate ways to alter their approach towards their entire supply chain, with high focus on improved inventory management and an efficient and scalable fulfillment infrastructure. In addition to retooling their internal fulfillment capabilities, many retail brands have begun to leverage the capacity of third-party online stores to meet customer demands for delivery speed and product availability.
Social Media Influence
With the rise of mega
social platforms like YouTube and Instagram, and fueled by the explosive mobile device accessibility, influencer marketing continues
making waves on social media and narrowing the bridge between discovery, inspiration and purchase. According to a Yotpo 2019
US fashion eCommerce report, which surveyed 2,000 online consumers, most of today’s consumers are likely to find inspiration
from external sources rather than directly from a brand or retailer, more than half (55.2%) of Gen Z (14-24 years old) respondents
found inspiration for the most recent online fashion purchase on social media while 50.6% of Millennials (25-34 years old) reported
the same. According to another recent study conducted (the Robin Report by Catherine Schetting Salfino), 55% of millennials say
that they are less loyal to apparel brands now than they were a few years ago.
According to Morning Consult’s latest study, “The Influencer Report” published in 2019, surveying more than 2,000 13-38-year-olds in the US, when asked what traits they consider when deciding which influencers to follow, the vast majority (88%) of respondents are looking for influencers who are authentic and genuinely care about their interests. That can explain why sustainable bloggers and green living influencers are becoming an increasingly popular subgroup. Many fashion influencers across the globe are using their platforms to promote ethical fashion brands, spread eco-conscious messages and encourage users to create a positive impact on the planet.
Environmental degradation has been hitting headlines in recent years. News articles and documentaries around rising seas, declining air quality and shrinking animal populations have become more commonplace. Sales of reusable coffee cups and water bottles took off, plastic straws were banned in many bars and restaurants, and mega consumer brands like Evian and Coca-Cola have committed to manufacture from recycled materials. The impulse to “be greener” is clearly gaining momentum. According to a recent bespoke study carried out in the UK and U.S. by Globalwebindex, half of the digital consumers surveyed said environmental concerns impact their purchasing decisions. Millennials are the ones driving the sustainable movement with their lifestyle and behavioral changes. According to Deloitte 2019 millennials survey, millennials and Gen Zs they are inclined to spend their income on products and services from brands that speak about issues that resonate with them most, such as protecting the environment. Also, when asked on the essence of businesses 27% mentioned improving and protecting the environment, versus 12% in 2018. Social impact and ethics are the most common reasons why millennials change their relationships with businesses. Often coined as the “green generation”, many brands are starting to see the appeal of, and the opportunity to connect with their consumers through, these changes, rather than viewing the changes as a regulatory burden. On Stanford Social Innovation Review paper from 2018, more than 90% of CEOs surveyed state that sustainability is important to their company’s success, and companies develop sustainability strategies, market sustainable products and services, create positions such as chief sustainability officer, and publish sustainability reports for consumers, investors, activists, and the public at large.
According to the Globalwebindex study, 60% of Millennials (aged 22-35) said that they would be more likely than any other generation to pay extra for ecofriendly or sustainable products. With plastic waste currently at the center stage of consumers’ attention, it is likely just a matter of time before consumers better research the manufacturing processes and decoration techniques for their clothes, shoes and bags before buying them, which will increase pressure on brands to connect with the consumer by adopting eco-friendly printing and decoration methods that minimize water pollution, toxic chemicals use and other textile waste.
Governments and brands are collaborating and joining efforts in forming industry regulation to support the eco-friendly global trends. In August 2019, major fashion brands announced a Fashion Pact at the G7 Summit in France, outlining commitments focused on reducing the fashion industry’s contribution to climate change. This is the first time major industry players have set a level of ambition consistent with the UN Paris Agreement goal of keeping global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius. More than 30 companies signed the pact, including Kering, Gap, Nike, Adidas, H&M, and Chanel. The signatories committed to implementing Science Based Targets to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, including sustainable sourcing of raw materials and 100 percent use of renewable energy in their supply chains by 2030.
Implications on Fashion and Apparel Transformation, as it Relates to our Business
Regardless of size and specific segment, industry players in fashion and apparel, whether traditional brands, digital start-ups, new generation e-tailers, or different forms of customized designers, now need to be nimble, think digital-first and achieve ever-faster speed to market. They need to connect to the end consumer for self-expression, take an active stance on social issues, satisfy consumer demands for ultra-transparency and sustainability, and ensure that they invest in an omni-channel strategy, thereby enhancing their manufacturing productivity, supply chain resilience and their ability to respond to the immediate gratification needs of the evolving consumer. Traditional brands are beginning to self-disrupt their own business models, image and offering in response to the new breed of emerging high growth online-first brands that are accelerating, thanks to changing consumer preferences, decreasing brand loyalty, growing appetite for self-expression, and instant gratification. We expect more traditional brands to follow suit on this omni-channel path of self-disruption, which will have a significant impact on their ability to connect with, and meet the needs of, consumers. In a survey published in 2019 by a leading management consulting firm, top industry executives were asked to describe the words that best describe the industry, with the top three words being: “Changing”, “Digital”, and “Fast”.
We believe that the following objectives capture some of the key areas of focus, as they relate to our business, as traditional and new generation online-first fashion and apparel players continue to adapt their value propositions and operating models to the rapidly changing industry environment and consumer preferences. We believe that these industry areas of focus will continue to fuel the growing need and demand for our innovative digital textile printing solutions:
|o||Connect with consumers need for self-expression via unique graphical and text designs|
|o||Capture the moment, by shortening the time from inspiration and design to market|
|o||Offer “unlimited” variety and availability in their virtual and traditional storefronts|
|o||Connect with consumers via personalization and customization offerings|
|o||Respond to the sustainability demands of consumers and regulators|
|o||Respond to consumers’ immediate gratification needs|
Impact on the Industry Need and Demand for Operational Transformation
New generation start-up apparel and fashion businesses born and grown in digital and online retail and production, some of which are existing customers of our solutions, have already implemented successful full or partial on-demand production models as they establish their greenfield environments. We expect these businesses to continue scaling and perfecting their existing digital business and operational models, investing in front-end technologies to continue improving the online customer experience, and operationally scaling their partial or full on-demand production capabilities.
We believe that in order to address the focus areas identified above, traditional industry and brands players will continue to examine and transform their predominantly mass production and inefficient analogue operating production models and supply chains, especially as it comes to managing their finished goods inventory levels, which remains a huge financial risk. Traditional companies have continued to invest “upstream the chain” in better predicting buying trends, consumer preferences, and demand via sophisticated big-data analytics, as they plan their collections and inventory levels; however, consumer demand is more volatile and difficult to predict than ever. The challenge with prediction-only production planning is growing, and industry executives, as evidenced in a 2018 study published by a leading management consulting firm, are increasingly shifting their focus “downstream” to the manufacturing environment, seeking a shift to a more agile, partial or full on-demand production model. We believe that industry players will continue to seek ways to adopt major changes to their business and operational models, and supply chains, and - specifically as it relates to our business - in how they design, produce, and decorate garments and apparel.
The below lists a few key production gaps, that prevent a successful transition to partial or full on-demand retailing models, that traditional fashion and apparel manufacturers are looking to close as they plan their future marketing and production strategies:
Mass Customization and Personalization: The capability to manufacture a relatively high volume of product options, carrying unique designs, without tradeoffs in cost, delivery and quality. In a simplified way, the ability to cater demand to mass produce customizable products with unlimited designs, on a one-by-one basis, in a cost-efficient manner.
“Shorter Runs”: Mass production of smaller batches with (most likely) higher number of order amounts, at a similar cost per garment structure achieved by producing large batches. This flexibility reduces finished goods inventory risks by identifying buying patterns and responding to demand in a more accurate manner by replenishing stock in ultra-short cycles. The pressure for smaller batch sizes and on-demand replenishment is driven partly by profitability, but also by a desire for sustainability.
Proximity Production, Proximity Decoration and Nearshoring: Two decades ago, U.S. and European mass-market apparel brands and retailers shifted production to Asia to gain a cost advantage. Factors are changing this calculus by making it critical for companies to bring new styles to market more quickly and switch out lines mid-season. According to a recent 2018 survey published by a leading management consulting firm, 54% of purchasing managers surveyed in the US and the EU said that proximity to customers is becoming more important. In another study published by a leading management consulting firm, 60% of apparel procurement executives said that they expect that over 20% of their sourcing volume will be from nearshore by 2025. In addition, rising wages for factory workers across Asia mean that production in Asia is less cost-efficient than it used to be. The real prize is shorter lead times. By reducing time-to-market, companies can produce, partially produce, finish, print or decorate more closely in-line with demand, reducing overstocks and increasing full-price sell-through.
Microfactories, Speedfactories, Reshoring: Smaller and nimble manufacturing sites, usually planned out in an urban cell model, that can efficiently source or produce the raw materials as well as produce and ship finished apparel goods end-to-end. Success of such factories is heavily reliant on a fully digital, real estate efficient, either semi or fully automated manufacturing workflow capability that offsets the inefficient cost structure associated with large analogue equipment, rising costs of real estate and labor costs, predominantly in developed countries.
We believe that the technology and solutions that we bring to the market in the form of digital textile printing solutions, as listed in our products and technology sections, are key enablers for these business and operating models. We expect increasing demand and adoption of our solutions by start-ups and new-generation digital apparel brands (some of which are our customers), as well as from traditional apparel brands that need to adapt their operational models in order to remain connected with their customers.
Overview of Textile Printing Processes
The graphic and accompanying description below present various textile printing processes:
Screen printing is the most commonly used printing process for textiles. The two primary methods of screen printing are rotary screen printing and automated carousel screen printing.
The following chart summarizes the key steps involved in the analog printing process:
Rotary Screen Printing Rotary screen printing is commonly used to print on outerwear, underwear, sportswear, upholstery and linens. It involves multiple, time-consuming process steps. Rolls of fabric pass through rotating cylinders that are engraved with the image or design to be printed. Each cylinder then applies ink of a different color, which forms part of the image or design. This process is generally used to print a pattern on a fabric roll that is then cut and sewn into finished products. Rotary screen engraving is a costly process that takes between four and five hours per cylinder and is frequently done offsite. Preparation of colors typically takes an additional 30 minutes and the setup of the printer itself typically takes nearly 1.5 hours. The process can require up to seven people. The maximum size of an image or design is limited based on the circumference of the cylinders, which is typically no more than 60 centimeters.
The following diagram depicts the analog rotary screen printing process:
Automated Carousel Screen Printing Automated carousel screen printing is commonly used to print on finished garments and cut pieces. In automated carousel screen printing, a blade or squeegee squeezes printing paste or ink through mesh stencils onto fabric. The process typically employs a series of printing stations arranged in a carousel. At each station, one color of ink is pressed through specially prepared mesh stencils, or screens, on to the textile surface. Between color stations, there are also flash drying stations and cool-down stations to ensure that deposited ink does not inadvertently mix with the next color to be applied. Preparation of the mesh stencils is a specialized process and its complexity is a function of the number of discrete color separations and screens that need to be prepared for a given design. The process of color separations, film production, and screen exposure and alignment typically takes approximately 1.5 hours for six colors. Once the screens and color separations are complete, preparation of the carousel typically takes between 40 and 60 minutes. After being manually loaded, the textile moves along the carousel from station to station where each color is applied separately. Unlike rotary screen printing, carousel screen printing does not require fixing the image or design with steam or hot air and, in most cases, does not require washing and drying the textile afterward
Digital Printing Processes
Digital textile printing uses specially engineered inkjet heads, rather than screens and cylinders or mesh stencils, to print images and designs directly onto fabrics. As such, the use of digital technology eliminates multiple complicated, costly and time-consuming steps, such as screen preparation or cylinder engraving, preparation of pastes or inks, and screen or cylinder alignment.
Most fabrics need to be pre-treated before printing by submerging them in a solution that is designed specifically for the type of fabric and ink being used. This coating process is essential for achieving the desired chemical reaction between the ink and the fabric. The fabric is dried following pre-treatment. After the ink drops are applied, the printed fabric undergoes a process of fixation that is also specific to the type of fabric and ink being used. Digital textile printing generally uses either dye-based or pigment-based ink.
The digital textile printing market principally includes two types of printing processes:
Direct-to-Garment (DTG) In DTG printing, an inkjet printer prints directly on the textile. DTG printing allows for printing images and designs onto finished textiles, such as t-shirts that have already been sewn and dyed. The following chart summarizes the key steps involved in the DTG printing process:
Direct-to-Fabric (DTF) In DTF printing, rolls of fabric pass in-line through wide-format inkjet printers that are utilized to directly print images and designs onto rolling fabric. The following chart summarizes the key steps involved in the DTF printing process:
Recent technological developments in digital printing have supported the adoption of digital printing by the global printed textile industry, including by custom decorators, online businesses, brand owners and contract printers. As a result of consumer and macro trends impacting these businesses, we believe that the global printed textile industry offers a significant and rapidly growing market for digital printing solutions.
How Digital Textile Printing Addresses the Industry Needs
The following characteristics of digital textile printing enable new business and operating models, help industry players as they address their manufacturing gaps, and, as these characteristics relate to our business, are driving the shift from analog to digital textile printing:
Manufacturing flexibility: Digital textile printing allows a full image or design to be printed on a garment or cut fabric in one manufacturing step, compared to multiple steps in an analog printing process. Digital textile printing gives manufacturers the ability to print short runs, with personalization capabilities, in a cost-effective manner with a minimum order quantity of one unit. Unlike screen printing, digital printing cost remains the same when printing a single unit or multiple units. This allows printers to execute orders one by one without needing to accumulate large demand for a design before printing.
Design flexibility: Digital textile printing enables a larger variety of artwork to be imprinted, without limitations on number of colors per design and high-resolution imaging.
Integration with advanced workflow environments: Digital textile printing is better suited for transition to full digitization of the production floor environment, including connectivity to cloud networking elements and productivity analytics software solutions.
Reduced time between design and production: The digital textile printing process allows for samples to be quickly produced, evaluated, and modified, which permits brand owners to increase the frequency and variety of replenishment cycles in response to fashion trends.
Decreased risk of excess inventory: The costly and time-consuming upfront setup required in analog production methods is avoided when using digital printing technologies. Therefore, digital printing enables the cost-efficient production of a smaller quantity of garments, which mitigates excess inventory risk and improves profitability. Stocking blank garments or fabric and decorating them only when demand is identified significantly reduces the amount of inventory at risk. This reduces working capital requirements, thereby enabling the emergence of numerous online businesses which are focused on the sale of printed textiles.
Reduced labor and physical space requirements: Digital textile printing requires significantly less labor to print an equivalent output due to the significant reduction in process steps. The unique Kornit proprietary process of digital textile printing further reduces the need for labor and introduces additional floor space savings for manufacturing equipment by eliminating certain process steps and by consolidating multiple process steps into a single printing system. The combination of labor savings and smaller shop floor footprint, coupled with lower energy consumption and a lack of environmental impact, enables manufacturers to move production closer to consumers in a cost-effective manner. Textile business is very seasonal and the need to retain employees bares a heavy financial burden. The move to digital printing significantly reduces the need for manpower and allows for a more flexible cost structure.
Sustainability: Digital textile printing significantly reduces industrial water consumption and discharge of toxic chemicals by eliminating the need to wash screens for color changes and repeated use. We believe that this results in reduced environmental impact and, in turn, enables manufacturers to comply with regulatory and brand guidelines at a location of their choosing, in many cases in populated areas which are not industrial in nature.
We develop, design and market innovative digital printing solutions for the global printed textile industry, with a major focus on the fashion, apparel and home décor segments of the industry.
Our vision is to create a better world where everybody can bond, design and express their identities, one impression at a time.
Our mission is to revolutionize the fast-changing industry by facilitating and expediting the transition from analog processes that have not evolved for decades and are not fit for the rapidly changing business models and self-disruption needs of the industry, to digital methods of garment, apparel and home decor finished goods production and decoration that address the contemporary supply, demand, social and environmental needs of the industry in which we operate.
We focus on the rapidly growing high throughput, direct-to-garment, or DTG, and Direct-to-Fabric, or DTF, segments of the printed and decorated textile industry. Our solutions include our proprietary digital printing systems, ink and other consumables, associated software and value-added services that allow for quality and cost-effective large-scale printing of short runs of complex images and designs directly on finished garments and fabrics. Our solutions address the growing production gaps reflected in the need to shift to shorter runs, proximity production, proximity decoration, partial or full on-demand production, and microfactory models by enabling our customers to print and decorate high quality products in a time efficient, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly manner. This allows textile manufacturers to transition from their traditional business and operating models of supply based on demand predictions, to partial or full on-demand or made-to-order models, by which decoration of fabric and production of finished goods only takes place once a customer order has been issued.
Our solutions are differentiated from other digital methods of production because they eliminate the need to pre-treat fabrics prior to printing, thereby offering our customers the ability to digitally print high quality images and designs on a variety of fabrics in a streamlined and environmentally-friendly manner. When compared to analog methods of production, our solutions also significantly reduce production lead times and enable customers to more efficiently and cost-effectively produce smaller quantities of individually printed designs, thereby mitigating the risk of excess inventory, which is a significant challenge for the industry, as further described in our “Industry Overview” section above.
The success of evolving omni-channel apparel retail is dependent heavily on the ability to show a large variety of designs. Since it is more and more difficult to predict consumer preferences and demand, it is increasingly difficult to stock every possible design. Having digital capacity available allows printers, brands and retailers to offer unlimited design with minimal to no inventory risk. We believe we are well positioned to continue taking advantage of this trend.
Our DTG solutions utilize our patented wet-on-wet printing methodology that eliminates the common practice of separately coating and drying textiles prior to printing. This methodology also enables printing on a wide range of untreated natural, synthetic and man-made fabrics, including cotton, wool, polyester, lycra and denim. With throughputs ranging from 32 to 235 garments per hour, our entry level, industrial and mass production DTG solutions are suited to the needs of a variety of customers, from smaller industrial operators with limited budgets to mass producers with complex manufacturing requirements. Our patented NeoPigment ink and other consumables have been specially formulated to be compatible with our systems and overcome the quality-related challenges that pigment-based inks have traditionally faced when used in digital printing. Our software solutions simplify order to production workflows in the printing process, by offering a complete solution from web and traditional order intake through graphic job preparation and execution. We also offer customers maintenance and support services, as well as value-added services and application consulting, aimed at optimizing the number of impressions printed by our systems.
We have also recently (in April 2019) supplemented our original DTG printing technology with our Kornit NeoPoly Technology, which is our industry’s first digital, industrial process for high-quality printing on polyester, thereby opens the large sport and athleisure market to our digital printing solutions. The new Kornit NeoPoly Technology addresses existing challenges with a new process and ink set implemented in the Kornit NeoPigmentT process. Our new process handles polyester applications without having to compromise on design, run size, substrate or labor. The breakthrough technological innovation has been achieved by an innovative ink set and a physical and chemical process specifically developed for low-temperature curing, and polyester-enhancing functionalities developed to maintain fabric characteristics and provide superior fastness. This unique process overcomes dye migration on polyester. The inks are Eco-Passport certified, and do not contain PVCs or any other toxic ingredients. The first system equipped with our Kornit NeoPoly Technology is the Kornit Avalanche Poly Pro, a member of our industrial platform, which became commercially available in April 2019.
Building on the expertise and capabilities that we have accumulated in developing and offering differentiated solutions for the industrial DTG market, we also market an industrial digital printing solution, the Kornit Presto, which targets the on-demand DTF market. While the DTG market generally involves printing on finished garments, the DTF market is focused on printing on fabrics that are subsequently converted into finished garments, home or office décor, and other items. The Kornit Presto (like our predecessor DTF product, the Kornit Allegro) utilizes our proprietary wet-on-wet printing methodology and houses an integrated curing system. It offers the sole (following its predecessor, the Allegro) single-step, eco-friendly, stand-alone industrial DTF digital textile printing solution available on the market. We primarily market the Kornit Presto to businesses seeking horizontal or vertical expansions into fabric decoration, such as innovative web-based businesses operating on-demand business models that require a high degree of variety and limited quantity orders, as well as to fabric converters, which source large quantities of fabric and convert untreated fabrics into finished materials to be sold to garment and home décor manufacturers, and to sustainable fashion producers seeking a competitive edge in today’s changing supply chains. We believe that with the Presto we are well positioned to take advantage of the growing trend towards customized home décor and on-demand fabric printing, with increased focus on sustainable production. We began selling the Presto commercially in the second quarter of 2019 (after having introduced our initial DTF digital textile printing solution, the Kornit Allegro, four years earlier, in the second quarter of 2015).
We were founded in 2002 in Israel, shipped our first system in 2005 and, as of December 31, 2019, had more than 1,000 customers globally. As of December 31, 2019, we had 547 employees located across four regions: Israel, America, Europe and Asia Pacific. In the year ended December 31, 2019, we generated revenues of $179.9 million, representing an increase of 26.3% over the prior fiscal year. In the year ended December 31, 2019, we generated 61% of our revenues from the Americas region, 27% from the Europe, Middle East and Asia (“EMEA”) region, and 12% from the Asia Pacific region.
Our Competitive Strengths
The following are our key competitive strengths:
Leading player in the fast-growing industrial digital DTG market.
We are the leading player in the fast-growing, industrial and mass production, digital DTG market based on our sales, and have more than 1,000 customers globally. We have been revolutionizing the industry since 2005 and have developed a robust solutions portfolio and scaled our go-to-market infrastructure over the course of this period. Other than our unique intellectual property and technology, and our robust go-to-market infrastructure, our application experts have the best industry knowledge. Consequently, we believe we can greatly support and advise our existing and future customers with the best-known methods to optimize their production environments. Our own internal estimates, based on our understanding of the industry, combined with data from available market reports on the estimated production quantities of garments, are that approximately 15 billion impressions are printed direct-to-garment annually in the global apparel industry, including the decoration of, among other forms of garments, T-shirts, jerseys, and trousers. We estimate the number of annual impressions to grow to approximately 23 billion on an annualized run-rate basis, by the end of 2023. We estimate that only approximately 1 to 2% of these impressions are printed digitally today. We therefore believe that our leadership position, combined with continued technology innovation, and operational improvements, will allow us to grow our business in the coming years.
Well-positioned to disrupt the DTF market with our unique single-step manufacturing solution. We believe we are well positioned to capitalize on the growing trend toward on-demand home décor with our unique DTF solution. Our Kornit Presto system (like our former Kornit Allegro), combined with our proprietary process, was designed to offer a single-step manufacturing solution which is especially suited for businesses which do not have a vertically-integrated textile mill. Unlike other digital textile printers, the Kornit Presto does not require multiple pre-processing and post-processing steps that are customarily used in vertically integrated textile mills and that utilize high levels of energy and space and have a negative environmental impact. Given its architecture, it is perfectly suited for short and micro runs. The Kornit Presto is compact in size, requires a single person to operate, and fits very well in an urban and non-industrial setting. The Kornit Presto is unique in its ability to print on multiple fabric types without the need for different inks and consumables, while generally other systems and technologies for DTF digital printing require dedication of discrete printers to specific fabric types.
Disruptive technology that enables our customers to adopt new, or improve existing, business models. Our digital printing solutions allow our customers to develop new, or improve existing, business and operational models by enabling them to produce short to medium runs of high-quality customized garments efficiently. This facilitates online business models that require an on-demand and made-to-order basis and allows brand owners to produce and decorate garments in-house. With a constantly growing worldwide customer base of more than 1,000 customers, we are witnessing the creation of a global fulfillment network of printing specialists that are leveraged by large numbers of websites that offer customizable garment printing services. As demand from these customers continues to grow, so does utilization of our systems, which in turn print more impressions, consume more ink and once used to their full capacity, require purchasing of more systems.
Environmentally-friendly printing processes. A significant portion of global industrial water pollution comes from textile dyeing, printing and finishing. We believe that environmental factors are beginning to assume a significant role in the decision-making process of our existing and potential customers, with an increasing number of countries adopting restrictions on the use of technologies like screen printing that generate significant wastewater. Our printing process eliminates the need for separate pre-treatment, as well as steaming, washing or rinsing of textiles during the printing process, which leads to a significant reduction in water consumption compared to conventional printing methods. In addition, our inks are biodegradable and certified by leading industry groups as being safe for system operators, consumers and the environment. Finally, our systems offer energy saving processes that result in the use of significantly less power compared to traditional printing processes. We believe that these environmental benefits will further drive market penetration of our solutions and enable manufacturers to move production closer to the consumer in a cost-effective manner.
Attractive business model. We currently offer a broad portfolio of differentiated digital printing solutions for the digital industrial and mass production DTG market. Our existing and growing installed base of systems results in recurring sales of ink and other consumables, which are specially formulated to enable our systems to operate at the highest throughput level. These recurring sales are generated at attractive gross margins. Recurring sales of ink and other consumables have historically offered us a degree of visibility into a significant component of our results of operations. We believe that our recurring sales model also enables us to foster close customer relationships, as it facilitates ongoing engagement with our customers, which positions us to provide tailored solutions and expands our ability to provide value-added services to our customers. Our customer relationships are further strengthened by a trend towards ownership of multiple systems, as the number of customers with at least two systems has grown from 155 as of December 31, 2014, to 271 as of December 31, 2018, and to 277 as of December 2019. The number of customers with at least 10 systems has grown from nine as of December 31, 2014, to 17 as of December 31, 2019. We anticipate revenue from services to increase over time as we reach upgrade cycles across our growing installed base and continue to expand our service contracts business model. Additionally, sales of ink and other consumables are generally higher in high throughput systems such as the Vulcan Plus, Atlas, Avalanche and Presto systems. Large customers typically run at high utilization rates and can consume up to five times as much ink per year compared to other customers. By developing and implementing proprietary end-to-end solutions for our customers, we believe our business model is differentiated from more commoditized solutions serving the same end markets. We have proven our ability to grow revenues while maintaining an attractive margin profile and we intend to continue investing in our business to drive profitable growth in the future.
Product upgrade strategy. In 2016 we started implementing a long-term strategy for supporting our installed base with upgrade paths to newer, more advanced, systems. The goal of this strategy is to allow our customers to extend the return on their investment in Kornit systems, and in return, we enjoy growth in system utilization and on-going capital investments in our equipment through the depreciation cycle.
Product refurbishment strategy. In 2019, and going into 2020, we introduced a new line of factory refurbished systems, based on the Avalanche and Storm platforms. This new line of business will enable us to expand our product offering with the latest technology capabilities at different price points, as well as provide us with maximal control over any after-market activity. This initiative makes it easier for our existing customer base to adopt our latest technology as they trade-in their existing relevant installed base, which in turn will find its way to new customers who are more capital expenditure sensitive. As a part of our sustainability strategy, this new line of business enables us to re-use systems, sub-modules and other parts to their fullest potential and life expectancy, thus reducing waste and other environmental impacts of unnecessary production of new systems.
Robust intellectual property portfolio driven by an innovation-based culture. Our intellectual property portfolio reflects over a decade of significant investments in digital textile printing, which we believe creates significant barriers to entry. We have developed a strong base of technology know-how, backed by our portfolio of intellectual property, which includes 30 issued patents and 21 provisional or pending US applications, 33 pending non-US patent applications and 11 pending PCT applications that cover wet-on-wet printing methodology, ink formulations, printing processes and related methods and systems. Our team of over 128 researchers and developers, including chemists, electrical engineers, system engineers, software engineers and mechanical engineers, ensures that our systems remain technologically advanced, and are well engineered, user-friendly and highly reliable.
Extensive product portfolio and strong new product pipeline. With throughputs ranging from 32 to 235 garments per hour, our DTG systems are suited for smaller industrial operators with limited budgets, as well as mass producers with complex needs. Since 2015, we have commercialized several new solutions in the DTG market: the Vulcan and (recently, in January 2020) the Vulcan Plus, cost-effective digital substitutions for carousel screen printing and high-capacity, industrial DTG systems; the HD family of solutions (including, in January 2020, the Storm HD6 Lite refurbished system); the Atlas, our high throughput mass production digital DTG system; and, beginning in April 2019, our specialty DTG solutions—the Avalanche Poly Pro and Avalanche DC Pro, which enable digital printing on a variety of polyester products and other fabric types, including cotton, cotton-polyester blends, silk, leather, denim, linen and wool. Our future roadmap remains focused on the continued development of proprietary processes, continuously expanding the breadth of applications upon which we can print while pushing the envelope of cost-efficient manufacturing further as a means to expand our servable addressable markets.
At the heart of a true industrial revolution, or Textile 4.0. Every digital printing revolution starts with printing small quantities of particular designs where the advantages of digital technology are most pronounced. The ability to expand the addressable market of digital printing relies heavily on constant reduction of cost per printed unit (CPP). Given our deep technological foundations, we have been able to constantly reduce CPP by increasing system output as well as increasing the efficiency of our inks, allowing customers to consume less ink while achieving excellent results. Given this progression, we are now able to offer a cost-effective alternative to screen printing for runs of up to 500 garments, making our products a viable printing solution for large scale retailers who now seek to move to quick inventory replenishment and are constantly moving to shorter runs of production.
Strong management team. Our Chief Executive Officer, Ronen Samuel, and our Chief Financial Officer, Guy Avidan, bring extensive experience of managing publicly traded companies and/or in management roles in the printing industry. Our management team’s industry expertise and extensive experience in running global companies will enable us to execute our growth strategy. Our management infrastructure also includes executives who are experienced in the management of people, large scale business, innovation and product development in larger public organizations including HP, Applied Materials, NICE, Amdocs and Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks of America. Over the past five years, we have also invested heavily in human resources to support our growth. Since 2013, our workforce has almost tripled from 190 to 547 as of December 31, 2019. Additionally, more than 208 of our employees are in the field, enabling us to provide more localized service to our customers.
Our Strategy and Catalysts for Growth
The following are the key elements of our growth strategy and catalysts that will drive our business expansion:
Remove market and technology barriers to drive continued organic growth.
We are focused on ongoing investments in our research and development, product management, and applications development areas to continue driving innovation within the industry, thereby allowing our customers and prospects to grow their businesses by enabling them to expand their product offering with additional applications, designs, and fabric types. We focus on constantly removing barriers as they relate to quality, hand feel, and cost (as evidenced in the release of our latest HD family of solutions). We will continue to drive the productivity of our technology to allow existing and future customers to cost effectively obtain new jobs and transfer existing recurring jobs and impressions from analog to digital printing, which will drive increased sales of systems, consumables and services. As part of our strategy, we will continue to bring to the market solutions that enable efficient mass production and customization in a rapidly transforming industry that is shifting to shorter production runs and mass production of on-demand, at times one-by-one, orders. We believe that removing market barriers includes periodically introducing to the market innovative digital processes that address key industry pain points and gaps, which traditional analogue techniques cannot handle, do so with poor quality, or do so in a non-cost efficient or environmentally sustainable manner. We believe that continuing to remove market and technology barriers and developing new features and functionality of our solutions will allow us to win new customers and increase system, consumables and services sales to existing customers.
Enter Key Adjacent Markets.
We plan to continue growing our customer base by targeting new customers in markets that are adjacent to the markets in which we have been operating. To-date, we have been catering predominantly to the customized design market, consisting of online businesses of different sizes, focused mainly on mass customization and personalization that are enabled by using our technology. An example of our success in this market is the Master Purchase Agreement, that we entered into on January 10, 2017, with an affiliate of Amazon.com, Inc. To date we have supplied several systems, large quantities of inks and consumables and have been providing paid service to multiple facilities under the agreement. During the years 2018 and 2019, Amazon related revenues were $24.2 million and $22.15 million, respectively. We expect that our relationship with Amazon will continue to expand in the future and that they will remain a significant customer. We expect continued growth with other existing customers in the customized design market as they seek to grow capacity, provide new applications and expand into new market segments and geographies. We also expect to add new customers in the customized design market, as the market continues to grow and develop. With the breadth of our existing portfolio and our continued investment in features and functionality, we believe we are well positioned to expand our market reach by penetrating adjacent markets in the form of traditional and start-up brands, private labels, and the promotional market, in which we can drive adoption of digital DTG printing solutions in place of analogue screen-printing production methods, which are currently primarily relied upon. While we have started to penetrate these markets, directly or via third-party fulfillers and decorators, we plan to deepen our penetration into these important markets as they seek to transform their business and operating models.
Maximize system utilization by existing customers.
We are focused on increasing sales to existing customers by introducing new digital printing applications, developing new features and functionality of our systems, offering new system upgrade products to make it easier for customers to renew their fleets and update their IB to the latest technology available, increasing sales of software and value-added services, offering customers empowerment program inclusive of basic and advanced training, with a goal of enabling our customers to increase utilization of their systems. We also intend to actively refer business to our customers by connecting them with online businesses that seek fulfillment partners, which will enhance customer intimacy. Our objective is to help customers operate their businesses more efficiently, print more impressions and increase utilization of their systems, thereby requiring more ink and other consumables purchases as well as potential investment in new systems as they require additional capacity.
Expanding our GTM and services business.
We continue to invest in our go-to-market infrastructure across geographies, including in our sales, applications, and services teams. While maintaining an overall hybrid go-to-market strategy that includes both indirect and direct sales, we have adopted a direct sales model in North America and are assessing moving towards that model in one or more additional key markets. In North America, we initiated the transition towards direct sales via our acquisition of the U.S.-based digital DTG printing assets of SPSI in 2016, in which we acquired an increasing number of larger accounts, which require a more direct relationship between our company and the related customers. We completed the transition in North America to a full direct sales model in February 2019, with our acquisition of customer business assets from Hirsch, our former primary distributor in the United States and Canada. By fostering direct sales relationships with our North American customers, we aim to deepen our relationship with them as well as better align our product roadmap to meet their needs.
Strategic accounts are an important and valued part of our business and future growth, and we continue to make the appropriate investments in ensuring we serve their needs as it comes to sales, application consulting and services support. We expect to continue developing our strategic accounts practice in a combination of dedicated regional and corporate resources as we strive to help these important customers improve their business performances by delivering best-in-class customer experience.
We are seeking to increase the number of customers that rely on us to provide services for their systems by expanding our service capabilities and driving adoption of our portfolio of services contracts. As of December 31, 2019, we had service contracts in place with approximately 24% of our installed base. Service revenues exceeded 10% of our overall revenues for the first time in 2017 and, in 2019, amounted to $23.3 million. In addition to driving gross margin improvement, we believe this will provide us an opportunity for direct contact with customers with the goal of reducing system down-time, educating customers about optimal use of our systems to drive increased utilization and growth in the number of impressions printed, expanding the variety of print applications and increasing sales of post-warranty service contracts and other professional application development services.
Extend our leadership position through acquisitions and strategic partnerships.
We seek to continue to differentiate ourselves and extend our leadership position. From time to time, we may supplement our internal efforts with complementary inorganic initiatives such as acquisitions and strategic partnerships to enhance our positioning. For example, our acquisition of Polymeric Imaging in 2015 expanded our ink technology capabilities, our acquisitions of the digital DTG printing assets of SPSI in 2016 enabled us to strengthen our direct sales channel and gain access to a large screen-printing customer base, and the acquisition of business assets from Hirsch in 2019 helped us transition to a full direct sales model in North America. Each of these acquisitions enhanced the positioning of our company. Future acquisitions may also allow us to strengthen our existing portfolio of solutions or add new capabilities.
Direct-to-Garment (DTG) Systems
In 2019 we started consolidation of our core DTG products portfolio to rely on our HD technology. This represents a clear focus in our product offering, supporting our strategy to penetrate the market segment of brands and private labels. The combination of our HD technology, together with the Eco-Rapid ink-set, introduced in January 2019, enables our customers to produce retail-quality prints with competitive cost per print, allowing them to replace screen printed jobs, including those targeted for the retail market. Levelling up our entire product portfolio to the superior performance of our HD technology allows us to execute on our screen-replacement strategy across different market segments and a variety of customer types and sizes. The underlying strategy behind this system lineup is to accommodate a variety of customer types with the highest digital printing capabilities at a variety of productivity levels and price points, as they are now able to produce the same retail-quality at the same CPP on all our HD systems. The differentiation across our new line of HD systems is mainly based on system productivity and total cost of ownership, with a clear benefit to our higher productivity systems.
Yearly Output HD Portfolio
|Storm HD6 Lite||50K-60K||(1)|
|*||Yearly output measured in high productivity print mode (13”X13“, Dark)|
|(1)||The calculation is based on productivity of 8 hours shift in the range of 220 working days to 250 working days.|
|(2)||The calculation is based on productivity range of 8 hours shift in 220 working days to 12 hours shift in 250 working days.|
|(3)||The calculation is based on productivity range of 12 hours shift in 220 working days to 16 hours shift in 250 working days|
In the beginning of 2019, we launched a new industrial DTG platform – the Kornit Atlas. The Atlas represents our next generation direct-to-garment printing platform, equipped with our next generation HD technology and designed mainly for high-volume garment decoration businesses and mid-to-large size screen printers. With its retail-grade print quality, high productivity and attractive total cost of ownership, the Atlas allows our customers to serve additional market needs and open new opportunities.
In January 2020, we introduced the Storm HD6 Lite Refurbished, which effectively replaces the Kornit Storm II, enables DTG printing for smaller print operations, such as commercial printers moving to the industrial market and analogue printers broadening their production capabilities. It has a production capacity of up to 60,000 impressions annually and provides on-demand DTG printing that meets high-level, retail quality and sustainability standards.
In January 2020, we also launched the Vulcan Plus, which is currently our highest productivity HD system, with the best total cost of ownership for large production facilities with high volumes of mass customization print jobs. The Vulcan Plus is based on the Vulcan platform, that was introduced in 2016, and was designed based on our customers feedback and field experience with the platform.
Building on the massive new product introduction of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 we were able to create an extensive HD product portfolio, ranging all our main product platforms and a multitude of product configurations – starting from the Storm, through the Avalanche, and all the way to the Atlas and the Vulcan. In alignment with our products upgrade strategy, different upgrade paths are available to the HD systems, enabling our customers to equip themselves with new and superior capabilities and improve cost of ownership on their existing systems, expanding their business opportunities and allowing us to gain additional revenues from our existing installed base.
Specialty DTG: In 2019 we established another line of products as a part of our DTG offering – specialty solutions. This new line of products introduces a diversification in our offering, representing our product strategy of solutions. The underlying strategy behind this new line of products is to identify specific market needs and application challenges representing major market opportunities and address them with unique and specific solutions. In 2019 we introduced a new and innovative process for printing on dyed polyester, addressing the cross-industry challenge of dye-migration, when decorating dyed polyester. This new solution was introduced to market during 2019 on a new system from the Avalanche platform – the Avalanche Poly Pro.
Based on our new NeoPoly technology, the Avalanche Poly Pro can print on dyed polyester, using our new and innovative low temperature curing process, thus eliminating the challenge of dye-migration, currently existing in all other polyester decoration techniques.
The Avalanche Poly Pro enables the production of on-demand customized polyester products, without minimum order quantity, providing all the advantages of digital printing on polyester. The system can print on a variety of polyester fabrics including poly blends (e.g. poly-lycra, poly-cotton), a variety of fabric builds and textures, including woven and knitted fabrics, as well as on recycled polyester. This new specialty product solution is added to the already existing Avalanche DC Pro, which is the only digital solution we know for discharge printing in the market.
Direct-to-Fabric (DTF) Systems
Presto: Our Presto system has replaced our Allegro system - which was the first DTF printing system to allow for one-step DTF printing. The Presto, like the Allegro, combines a printing system and a drying and curing module so that a full end-to-end manufacturing process is enabled. Unlike the Presto, most DTF printers require additional steps. The Presto (like the Allegro before it) takes advantage of our patented wet-on-wet methodology to allow for in-line printing on various fabrics, without requiring a separate pre-treatment process, thereby avoiding the need to use textiles that are specifically pre-treated for digital printing. The Presto is designed to achieve high throughputs and does not require water or steam for any part of the printing process, making it friendly to the environment. By using our proprietary pigment-based ink, Presto can print on a variety of natural and synthetic fabrics providing customers with a significant level of flexibility. Most other dye-based systems are specifically designed to print on specific fabric types and cannot be used with other types of fabric as the processes and consumables used vary considerably from one to the other.
Our systems range in pricelist from $69,000 to over $820,000 and consume an average of $5,000 to $300,000 of ink and consumables annually per system.
Summary of DTG Systems:
The following table summarizes key aspects of our DTG systems, all of which are compatible with a wide range of fabrics, including cotton, wool, polyester, viscose, lycra and various blends, and print at maximum resolutions ranging from 600 to 1,200 DPI. With the introduction of our Avalanche Poly Pro, our systems now also enable large-scale printing on dyed polyester, which has served as an entry point for us into the lucrative athleisure market.
|Colors||Max. Printing Area|
|Breeze||Entry Level||32/25||CMYK + White||14 x 18 in|
|Storm HD6 Lite||High Throughput||40/30(2)||CMYKGR + White||20 x 28 in|
|Storm 1000*||High Throughput||170/85||CMYK + White||20 x 28 in|
|Storm Hexa||High Throughput||170/85||CMYKRG + White||20 x 28 in|
|Storm HD6||High Throughput||70/55(2)||CMYKRG + White||20 x 28 in|
|Storm Duo*||High Throughput||190/N.A||CMYK + White||20 x 28 in|
|Avalanche*||High Throughput||150/100||CMYK + White||23.5 x 35 in|
|Avalanche Poly Pro||High Throughput||106/85||CMYK + White + Poly Enhancer||23.5 x 35 in|
|Avalanche DC Pro||High Throughput||150/100||CMYK + White + Discharge ink||23.5 x 35 in|
|Avalanche 1000*||High Throughput||220/160||CMYK + White||23.5 x 35 in|
|Avalanche Hexa*||High Throughput||180/140||CMYKRG + White||23.5 x 35 in|
|Avalanche HDK||High Throughput||105/85(2)||CMYK + White||23.5 x 35 in|
|Avalanche HD6||High Throughput||105/85(2)||CMYKRG + White||23.5 x 35 in|
|Atlas||High Throughput||200/160(2)||CMYKRG + White||23.5 x 35 in|
|Paradigm II*||High Throughput||120/120||CMYK||15.5 x 19.5 in|
|Vulcan||High Throughput||250/250||CMYKRG + White||15.5 x 19.5 in|
|Vulcan Plus||High Throughput||235/235||CMYKRG + White||15.7 x 19.7 in|
|*||System undergoing End of Life process.|
|(1)||Maximum output for sellable product for dark and light garments. Output for all systems, except the Vulcan and Vulcan Plus, is measured in High Productivity print mode using A4 size prints per hour with pretreatment included. Output for the Vulcan and Vulcan Plus systems is measured in Standard print mode using 12 x 12 in size prints per hour with pretreatment included. The throughput measurement is based on 10 t-shirt print procedure.|
|(2)||Measurement method changed to 13''x13'' image impression instead of A4.|
Ink and Other Consumables
Kornit NeoPigment™ inks are water based, non-toxic, phthalate free and free of heavy metals and follow the highest international sustainability standards such as Eco-Passport, GOTS and per specific customer requirements. Our ink and consumables consist of our patented NeoPigment™ ink, proprietary binding agent, priming fluid, wiping fluid and flushing fluid. We categorize our line of inks into two category groups: Direct-to-Garment and Direct-to-Fabric.
For our DTG systems we hold four set of ink series: NeoPigment™, NeoPigment™ Rapid, NeoPigment™ Eco-Rapid and NeoPigment™ Olympia. The first two ink sets are designed for Kornit legacy products while the Eco-Rapid is the most advanced ink set designed for retail quality. These three ink sets are available in seven colors (W+CMYKRG) and a complementary binding agent. NeoPigment™ Olympia is designed for our new polyester printing system, the Avalanche Poly Pro, available in five colors (W+CMYK) and an enhancer. The printing process is unique and innovative specially designed for polyester printing overcoming the challenges by implementing four crucial steps. The first step, a fixation agent specially designed and formulated for polyester fabrics. The second step, white layer with special properties resulting in high quality white color, high opacity and elastic properties for high performance. The third step, CMYK printing, allowing increased color gamut and spot color matching and finishing with a poly-enhancer, designed for high quality finishing with improved durability and refined hand-feel.
For our Direct-to Fabric systems we have two ink set: NeoPigment™ Intenso and NeoPigment™ Robusto. Those are designed for our Roll-to-Roll systems and consist of six colors (CMYKRG), while the Intenso holds additional fluorescent colors and a light-K color. with our Direct-to-Fabrics ink series we have developed and patented a fixation on the fly (FOF) process. This unique consumable allows to print in a single step solution, avoiding the need of fabric pre-treatment and enabling minimal environmental impact.
All our inks are formulated for optimal use exclusively in our systems. Our patented wet-on-wet printing methodology that involves spraying a wetting solution on the fabric before applying our proprietary pigment-based inks. This unique capability enables our systems to reach high throughput levels while still producing high quality images and designs. The wetting solution prevents the ink from bleeding into the textile and fixes the ink drops, which enables digital printing with high color-intensity and image sharpness. This printing methodology combines the use of pigments rather than dyes in conjunction with our proprietary binding agent and allows us to print on a wide range of fabrics without the need for a separate pre-treatment process or system reconfiguration, resulting in minimal setup times for each run and high throughput levels. Given the proprietary nature of our printing methodology, our ink and consumables attachment rate is close to 100%. We also continuously invest in the development of new ink formulas for our systems in order to expand the range of applications we can print, further increase the quality of our high-resolution images and designs and improve color fastness.
We have developed two patented methods for printing on dark or colored fabrics. The first method involves printing a layer of specially formulated white ink as a base upon which to print colored images and designs. Printing on top of this foundation enhances color intensity and creates contrast against the dark or colored fabric. In addition, we have developed a patented discharge ink for printing on dark or colored fabrics. The discharge ink bleaches the fabric dye and applies colored ink in the locations where the discharge ink removed the fabric dye. This method, which is primarily used by brand owners and contract printers, allows the printing of high-resolution images and designs without compromising the texture or feel of the garment.
Our DTG systems arrive with our QuickP Production software embedded. The software manages the system operation and prepares image files for print. QuickP Production is a simple to use solution that allows users to control key operating parameters, such as ink dots per inch, or DPI, perform maintenance and calibration procedures and import image files and prepare them for print.
Some of our customers also purchase our QuickP Designer software. QuickP Designer is a software package that combines our own internally developed Raster Image Processing, or RIP, software with other print job management capabilities and includes an advanced ink consumption estimation tool. A single QuickP Designer license can be used to support multiple Kornit systems.
In 2018 we introduced to market a new professional RIP software specifically designed in full collaboration with ColorGate. This new offering allows our customers to enhance our systems’ performance in the areas of print quality and color management, allowing them to achieve superior results and manage high-end color demanding applications. The combination of this new product offering, together with our HD technology, also serves our screen-printing replacement strategy, allowing our customers to achieve color accuracy and matching to screen prints.
In June 2019 we introduced to the market the Kornit Konnect, our new cloud-based, software analytics connectivity platform that enables businesses to maximize productivity of their digital printing solutions. In its first phase, the Kornit Konnect enables businesses to monitor production, analyze insights and manage their fleet, in order to eliminate blind spots. It includes a fleet management dashboard, data driven benchmarks, actual production costs, and cost structures per job, making it easy for businesses to learn more, react faster and perform better.
Our services consist of maintenance and support, and professional services. We are seeking to increase the number of customers that rely on us to provide services for their systems by expanding our service capabilities. As of December 31, 2019, we had service contracts in place with approximately 32% of our industrial and mass production installed base. Starting in 2020, we expect this rate to increase, as according to our new policy, each industrial system will be sold along with a service contract. Service revenues exceeded 10% of our overall revenues for the first time in 2017 and, in 2019, amounted to $23.3 million. In addition to driving gross margin improvement, we believe this will provide us an opportunity for direct contact with customers with the goal of reducing system down-time, educating customers about optimal use of our systems to drive increased utilization, expanding the variety of print applications and increasing sales of post-warranty service contracts and other professional application development services.
Maintenance and Support
Starting in 2019, we provide a six-month warranty, which covers parts, labor, and remote support. Our customers can also purchase an additional year of support coverage at the time of purchase. After this period, customers can renew their support contract by purchasing a support package that includes remote support, on-site support, software updates, and on-site yearly maintenance. Alternatively, they can choose to rely on our support on a time-and-materials basis. In the United States, we provide direct service to all of our customers. In the EMEA region, we provide direct service to nearly half of our install base, while the other half receives that support through our independent distributors. In the Asia Pacific region, service is provided by our independent distributors, and we provide second line support, if needed.
Our systems are designed such that customers can operate them without the assistance of our company or our independent distributors. However, we provide the Customer Empowerment Program to ensure an efficient knowledge-transfer process and to help our customers become proficient and independent at operating their systems in a short period of time
The Customer Empowerment Program is composed of four touchpoints:
|●||Digital Touchpoint: This is available before the system is installed at the customer site. Includes access to a variety of online tutorials and documentation.|
|●||Basic Technical and Application Training: Consists of a five-day course in our training center. Includes an overview of the system and involves practice by the customer performing typical maintenance, application, and operation procedures.|
|●||Installation Training – Consists of three days on-site during the installation of the system, to ensure that the machine is up-and-running as expected.|
|●||Ramp-up Training – Three to five days of professional services. Includes customized consulting aimed at optimizing the use of our systems. These professional services are provided at our regional offices or on-site at the customer.|
We have furthermore established three training centers at our regional offices in the US, Germany, and Hong Kong, respectively. We continuously seek to expand the number and content of our training programs.
Our diverse global customer base consisted of more than 1,000 customers as of December 31, 2019. Throughout our growing installed base, our customers can serve a variety of different business models, particularly the new business models that have developed in response to the evolution of consumer trends and the rapid growth of the online retail market. Our solutions enable this category of “web-to-print” businesses to fulfill consumer demand more quickly and cost-effectively in a manner that is differentiated from traditional brick and mortar businesses. A number of large-scale, web-to-print platforms have emerged. These platforms often leverage digital printing solutions to facilitate business for other content providers.
The ecosystem of web-to-print businesses that we currently serve includes:
Self-Fulfillment. Companies manufacturing and selling their own designs that are advertised on their own websites and through other marketing means.
Hybrid Printers. Companies that both manufacture in-house and outsource manufacturing to third party fulfillment providers, who are often also our customers.
Third Party Fulfillment Centers. Companies serving as third party fulfillment for other businesses. Third party fulfillment providers include a number of our customers. Demand for these businesses is typically generated online through other web retailers.
Proximity to the end customer is a key factor for these businesses since it minimizes shipping costs and enables them to offer rapid turnaround to consumers, which is a key factor in choosing where to buy online apparel. In many cases, retailers have asked us for assistance in identifying our local customers to help with their fulfillment.
See “ITEM 10. Additional Information— C. - Material Contracts - Agreements with Amazon.”
Our corporate structure consists of Kornit Digital Ltd., our Israeli parent company, and five wholly-owned subsidiaries: (1) Kornit Digital Technologies Ltd., which was incorporated on July 5, 2006 under the laws of the State of Israel, (2) Kornit Digital North America Inc., which was incorporated on September 12, 2007 under the laws of the State of Delaware, (3) Kornit Digital Europe GmbH, which was incorporated on April 20, 2011 under the laws of Germany, (4) Kornit Digital Asia Pacific Limited, which was incorporated on November 18, 2009 under the laws of Hong Kong, (5) Kornit Digital UK Ltd., which was incorporated on August 30, 2017 under the laws of England and Wales, and (6) Kornit Digital Japan KK which was incorporated on March 9, 2020 under the laws of Japan.
|D.||Property, Plant and Equipment|
Our corporate headquarters are located in Rosh Ha’Ayin, Israel in an office and research and development facility consisting of approximately 107,000 square feet. The lease for this office expires in December 2025, with an option to extend the lease for an additional five years. We lease an additional facility of approximately 8,000 square feet near our corporate headquarters. The lease for this additional space expires in December 2020, with an option to extend the lease for an additional 18 months. In Israel, we also lease a manufacturing facility in Kiryat Gat, which consists of approximately 19,000 square feet. The lease for the Kiryat Gat manufacturing facility expires on May 31, 2021, and we have an option to lease this facility for an additional three years. We can terminate this lease by providing 180 days’ prior notice. During high season we can more than double our current output at the facility by increasing the number of shifts on the existing production lines without requiring us to expand the physical structure of the facility. We have secured a location for a new, modern, manufacturing facility that we intend to build in Kiryat Gat with the goal of increasing operational efficiency and providing for improved safety and security. Construction began in January 2019 and is expected to be completed approximately in August 2020. We will experience some delays due to the effects of the coronavirus. We have incurred capital expenditures for the new facility in order to complete the acquisition of the property and building of this facility.
Our new U.S. headquarters are located in Englewood, New Jersey. We have entered into a lease for these headquarters, which are comprised of approximately 15,845 square feet of offices and warehouse. The lease for this location expires in February 2028. We maintain additional sales, support and marketing offices in Dusseldorf, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
|ITEM 4A.||Unresolved Staff Comments.|
|ITEM 5.||Operating and Financial Review and Prospects.|
The information contained in this section should be read in conjunction with our financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2019 and related notes and the information contained elsewhere in this annual report. Our financial statements have been prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. This discussion contains forward-looking statements that are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties. As a result of many factors, such as those set forth under “ITEM 3.D. Risk Factors” and “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements,” our actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements.
We develop, design and market innovative digital printing solutions for the global printed textile industry. Our vision is to revolutionize this industry by facilitating the transition from analog processes that have not evolved for decades to digital methods of production that address contemporary supply, demand and environmental dynamics. We focus on the rapidly growing high throughput DTG and DTF segments of the printed textile industry. Our solutions include our proprietary digital printing systems, ink and other consumables, associated software and value-added services that allow for large scale printing of short runs of complex images and designs directly on finished garments and fabrics.
We have developed and offer a broad portfolio of differentiated digital printing solutions for the DTG market that provide answers to challenges faced by participants in the global printed textile industry. Our DTG solutions utilize our patented wet-on-wet printing methodology that eliminates the common practice of separately coating and drying textiles prior to printing. This methodology also enables printing on a wide range of untreated fabrics, including cotton, wool, polyester, lycra and denim. Our patented NeoPigment ink and other consumables have been specially formulated to be compatible with our systems and overcome the quality-related challenges that pigment-based inks have traditionally faced when used in digital printing. Our software solutions simplify workflows in the printing process, by offering a complete solution from web order intake through graphic job preparation and execution.
Building on the expertise and capabilities that we have accumulated in developing and offering differentiated solutions for the industrial DTG market, we also market an industrial digital printing solution, the Presto, which targets the on-demand DTF market. While the DTG market generally involves printing on finished garments, the DTF market is focused on printing on fabrics that are subsequently converted into finished garments, home or office décor, and other items. The Presto (like our predecessor DTF product, the Allegro) utilizes our proprietary wet-on-wet printing methodology and houses an integrated drying and curing system. It offers the sole (following its predecessor, the Allegro) single-step, eco-friendly, stand-alone industrial DTF digital textile printing solution available on the market. We primarily market the Presto to innovative web-based businesses operating on-demand business models that require a high degree of variety and limited quantity orders, as well as to fabric converters, which source large quantities of fabric and convert untreated fabrics into finished materials to be sold to garment and home décor manufacturers. We believe that with the Presto we are well positioned to take advantage of the growing trend towards customized home décor and on-demand fabric printing. We began selling the Presto commercially in the second quarter of 2019 (after having introduced our initial DTF digital textile printing solution, the Allegro, four years earlier, in the second quarter of 2015).
Our go-to-market strategy consists of a hybrid model of indirect and direct sales, with a trend towards adopting a direct sales model in certain key markets, as we have done in North America. We have historically generated a significant portion of our sales through a global network of independent distributors and value added resellers that we refer to as our channel partners. Our channel partners, in turn, sell the solutions they purchase from us to customers for whom we provide installation services, or sell and install our solutions on their own. Our channel partners work closely with our sales force and assist us by identifying potential sales targets, closing new business and maintaining relationships with and, in certain jurisdictions, providing support directly to our customers. Our agreement with our previous primary independent distributor in North America terminated effective as of February 7, 2019, following which we transitioned towards a direct sales model in that region.
Maintenance and support for our systems is performed either by our own service organization or by service engineers employed by our distributors. This varies among the four regions that we currently serve, depending on the infrastructure we have established in each particular region. We provide professional services directly to some of our customers in all regions. Our customers can renew maintenance and support contracts for additional periods by purchasing a maintenance and support package that covers remote support, software upgrades and onsite yearly maintenance or they can choose to rely on our support on a non-contractual time and material basis.
We have an attractive business model that results in recurring sales of ink and other consumables driven by our growing installed base of systems. Our ink and other consumables are specially formulated to enable our systems to operate at the highest throughput level while adhering to high print quality requirements.
We intend to capitalize on the continued growth of the DTG market by expanding our diverse global customer base, with particular focus on the fast-growing web-to-print businesses. We also seek to increase our sales to existing customers, particularly sales of our ink and other consumables. At the same time, we look to acquire new high-volume customers, which drives higher sales of ink and other consumables. We are also seeking to extend our serviceable addressable market by introducing new features and functionality that enhance the capabilities of our systems and inks, and enable our systems to print on new types of media. We plan to accomplish these goals by investing in our direct sales force, developing new applications for our systems, introducing new solutions and growing our relationships with channel partners.
We were founded in 2002 in Israel and shipped our first system in 2005. As of December 31, 2019, we had 547 employees located across four regions: Israel, America, Europe and the Asia Pacific regions.
The information contained in this section should be read in conjunction with our audited financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2017, 2018 and 2019 and related notes and the information contained in ITEM 18. Financial Statements. Our financial statements have been prepared in accordance with GAAP.
Components of Statement of Operations
Systems, Ink and Other Consumables, Value Added Services
Substantially all of our revenues are generated from sales of our systems and ink and other consumables. Prior to 2017, we derived, and in the near term we expect to continue to derive, a majority of our revenues from sales of our systems. However, in 2017, due to lower systems sales, which resulted in large part from the delay in receipt of permits for a new site for one of our large customers in the United States, we derived a larger portion of our revenues from sales of ink and consumables. In the medium term, we are targeting an equal mix of revenues from our systems compared to ink and other consumables, due to our growing installed base, which generates recurring revenues from sales of ink and other consumables. We do not, however, consider the period-to-period changes in our total installed base to be a helpful metric in assessing our performance because we currently sell a number of different systems that have significantly different throughput characteristics and average selling prices, which do not, therefore, provide evidence as to revenues from systems sales or expected consumables sales. Instead, because we have not experienced material changes in the prices at which we sell ink and other consumables, we believe the best measure of the success of our strategy for recurring revenues from our growing installed base is the amount of the increase in revenues from ink and other consumables that is generated in each period.
We generate the services portion of our revenues from the provision of spare parts to our distributors and customers, post-warranty service contracts, value added services consisting of time and material based support and system upgrades.
We have historically sold our products directly and through independent distributors who resell them to customers. Sales by our distributors accounted for approximately 44% and 30% of our revenues during 2018 and 2019, respectively. On February 7, 2019, our agreement with our previous primary independent distributor in North America, which accounted for 15% of our revenues in the year ended December 31, 2018, terminated. Despite our transition to a direct sales model in North America, we continue to generate a small, non-material portion of our revenues from the distribution of our products in North America via certain independent distributors.
We recognize revenues in accordance with ASC No. 606, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers”. As such, we recognize revenue under the core principle that transfer of control to our customers should be depicted in an amount reflecting the consideration we expect to receive in revenue. Therefore, we identify a contract with a customer, identify the performance obligations in the contract, determine the transaction price, allocate the transaction price to each performance obligation in the contract and recognize revenues when, or as, we satisfy a performance obligation.
We periodically provide customer incentive programs including product discounts, volume-based rebates and warrants, which are accounted for as variable consideration which is deducted from revenue in the period in which the revenue is recognized. These reductions to revenue are made based upon reasonable and reliable estimates that are determined by historical experience and the specific terms and conditions of the incentive
See “-Critical Accounting Policies-Revenue Recognition”.
Geographic Breakdown of Revenues
The following table sets forth the geographic breakdown of revenues from sales to customers located in the regions indicated below for the periods indicated:
|(in thousands except percentages)|
Shipping and handling
Shipping and handling fees that are charged to our customers are recognized as revenue in the period shipped and the related costs for providing these services are recorded as a cost of revenues.
Cost of Revenues and Gross Profit
Cost of revenues consists primarily of payments to the third-party contract manufacturers who assemble our systems and who are responsible for ordering most of the components for those systems. Cost of revenues also includes components for our systems for which we are responsible, such as print heads, as well as raw materials for ink and other consumables. Cost of revenues includes personnel expenses, such as operation and supply chain employees, and related overhead for the manufacturing of our systems, as well as expenses for service personnel involved in the installation and support of our systems, shipping and handling fees and overhead for the manufacturing process of ink and other consumables. We expect cost of revenues to increase in absolute dollars due to increased revenues but remain relatively constant or decrease as a percentage of total revenues, as we continue to improve our manufacturing processes and supply chain and as the costs related to our service infrastructure, which have a fixed component, are leveraged across a larger installed base.
Gross profit is revenues less cost of revenues. Gross margin is gross profit expressed as a percentage of total revenues. Our gross margin has historically fluctuated from period to period as a result of changes in the mix of the systems that we sell and the amount of revenues that we derive from ink and other consumables versus systems. In general, we generate higher gross margins from our high throughput systems compared to entry level systems. In addition, customers that purchase our high throughput systems generally use larger quantities of ink and other consumables, which generate higher margins than sales of systems. We expect that gross margins will increase due to improvements in economies of scale and improvements in services gross margin.
We currently provide maintenance and support for all of our systems sold in the United States even if the sale is made through a distributor. We are seeking to increase the number of customers that rely on us to provide maintenance and support for their systems by expanding our maintenance and support capabilities. In addition to driving gross margin improvement, we believe this will provide an opportunity for direct contact with customers with the goal of reducing system down-time, educating customers about optimal use of our systems to drive increased utilization, expanding the variety of print applications and increasing sales of post-warranty service contracts and other professional application development services. Our service operations have not been profitable on a stand-alone basis. We are seeking to generate greater revenues from our service offering, and thereby leverage the fixed cost component associated with it, by increasing sales of post-warranty service contracts, selling upgrade kits and providing other professional services.
Our operating expenses are classified into four categories: research and development expenses, sales and marketing expenses, general and administrative expenses and restructuring expenses. For each category, the largest component is generally personnel costs, consisting of salaries and related personnel expenses, including share-based compensation expenses. Operating expenses also include allocated overhead costs for facilities, including rent payments under our facility leases. We expect personnel and allocated costs to continue to increase at a controlled pace as we hire new employees to support growth of our business, but at a slower pace than in prior years. In the long term, we expect operating expenses to decrease as a percentage of revenues.
Research and Development Expenses. The largest component of our research and development expenses is salaries and related personnel expenses for our research and development employees. Research and development expenses also include purchases of laboratory supplies; expenses related to beta testing of our systems; and allocated overhead costs for facilities, including rent payments under our facilities leases. We record all research and development expenses as they are incurred. We expect research and development expenses to slightly increase in absolute terms as we continue to hire additional personnel for the development of upgrades to existing systems and additional systems that we develop. Our current research and development efforts are primarily focused on our next generation of DTF and DTG systems. We are also investing in the development of new ink formulas for our new systems and in order to expand the range of fabrics on which we can print and further improve color quality and diversification of our high-resolution images and designs.
Sales and Marketing Expenses. The largest component of our sales and marketing expenses is salaries and related personnel expenses for our marketing, sales and other sales-support employees. Sales and marketing expenses also include trade shows, other advertising and promotions, including distributor open houses and media advertising; sales-based commissions and allocated overhead costs for facilities, including rent payments under our facilities leases. We market our solutions using a combination of internal marketing professionals and our network of channel partners. We expect sales and marketing expenses to continue to increase in absolute terms in the near term as we add sales and marketing personnel, including pursuant to our direct product distribution strategy in certain key markets.
General and Administrative Expenses. The largest component of our general and administrative expenses is salaries and related personnel expenses for our executive officers, financial staff, information technology staff, and human resources staff. General and administrative costs also include fees for accounting and legal services and allocated overhead costs for facilities, including rent payments under our facilities leases. We expect our general and administrative expenses to increase in absolute terms in the near term, but at a slower pace than in prior years, as a result of the hiring of additional personnel to support our growth and to support our operations at our relatively new U.S. headquarters, which had been moved from Mequon, Wisconsin to Englewood, New Jersey.
Finance Income, Net
Finance income, net consists of interest income and foreign currency exchange gains or losses. Foreign currency exchange changes reflect gains or losses related to changes in the value of our non-U.S. dollar denominated financial assets, primarily cash and cash equivalents, and trade payables and receivables. As of December 31, 2019, we did not have any indebtedness for borrowed amounts. Interest income consists of interest earned on our cash, cash equivalents, short-term bank deposits and marketable securities, offset by amortization of premium on marketable securities. We expect interest income to vary depending on our average investment balances and market interest rates during each reporting period.
Taxes on Income
The corporate tax rate in Israel was 24% in 2017 and was reduced to 23% for 2018 and all subsequent years. However, as discussed in greater detail below under “Taxation and Israeli Government Programs Applicable To Our Company — Israeli Tax Considerations and Government Programs,” we and our wholly-owned Israeli subsidiary, Kornit Technologies, are entitled to various tax benefits under the Israeli Law for the Encouragement of Capital Investments, 1959, or the Investment Law.
Starting January 1, 2014 and based on the Israeli law, we consolidate the two separate results of our Israeli operations only for tax purposes such that net operating loss carryforwards of Kornit Technologies generated from 2014 onwards can be used to offset Israeli taxable income from us. Kornit Technologies currently generates enough carryforward net operating losses to offset the taxable income of the parent. Accordingly, we were not subject to effective income tax in Israel in 2017, 2018 or 2019, and our effective tax rate was the blended rate of our Israeli tax and those of our non-Israeli subsidiaries in their respective jurisdictions of organization. [NATY – done 19.3.20]
Under the Investment Law and other Israeli legislation, we are entitled to certain additional tax benefits, including accelerated depreciation and amortization rates for tax purposes on certain assets, deduction of public offering expenses in three equal annual installments and amortization of other intangible property rights for tax purposes.
Comparison of Period to Period Results of Operations
|Year Ended December 31,|
|Cost of revenues|
|Total cost of revenues||59,977||72,504||97,790|
|Research and development||20,834||21,912||22,407|
|Sales and marketing||21,279||25,596||33,573|
|General and administrative||13,578||16,436||18,498|
|Total operating expenses||56,194||64,265||74,478|
|Operating income (loss)||(2,083||)||5,604||7,598|
|Finance income, net||452||1,433||3,313|
|Income (loss) before taxes on income (tax benefit)||(1,631||)||7,037||10,911|
|Taxes on income (tax benefit)||384||(5,392||)||744|
|Net income (loss)||$||(2,015||)||$||12,429||$||10,167|
|Year Ended December 31,|
|(as a % of revenues)|
|Cost of revenues|
|Total cost of revenues||52.6||50.9||54.4|
|Research and development||18.3||15.4||12.5|
|Sales and marketing||18.7||18.0||18.7|
|General and administrative||11.9||11.5||10.3|
|Total operating expenses||49.3||45.1||41.5|
|Operating income (loss)||(1.8||)||3.9||4.2|
|Finance income, net||0.4||1||1.8|
|Income (loss) before taxes on income (tax benefit)||(1.4||)||4.9||6.1|
|Taxes on income (tax benefit)||0.3||(3.8||)||0.4|
|Net income (loss)||(1.8||)%||8.7||%||5.7||%|
Comparison of the Years Ended December 31, 2018 and 2019
Revenues increased by $37.5 million, or 26.3%, to $179.9 million in 2019 from $142.4 million in 2018, which is net of $5.1 million and $4.6 million, in 2019 and 2018, respectively, in fair value of the warrants associated with revenues recognized from Amazon. The growth in revenues resulted from: a 8.9% increase in ink and other consumables revenues to $65.2 million in 2019 from $59.9 million in 2018; a 39.8% increase in service revenues to $23.3 million in 2019 from $16.6 million in 2018, and an increase of 38.8% in systems revenues from $65.8 million in 2018 to $91.4 million in 2019. The $5.3 million increase in ink and other consumables revenues was due to a larger installed base, partially offset by install base transition to HD technology (which does not consume ink and other consumables as much). The $25.5 million increase in systems revenues was attributable to the launch of new systems and upgrades, which resulted in accelerated growth of our install base. The increase in our services revenues was due to an increase in sales of spare parts and service contracts to our installed base as well as an increase in systems upgrades.
Cost of Revenues and Gross Profit
Cost of revenues increased by $25.3 million, or 34.9%, to $97.8 million in 2019 from $72.5 million in 2018. Gross profit increased by $12.2 million, or 17.5%, to $82.1 million in 2019 from $69.9 million in 2018. Gross margin decreased to 45.6% in 2019, compared to 49.1% in 2018 as a result of the following factors: an additional $3.0 million of cost of revenues incurred related to an acquisition in 2019; less favorable product mix in 2019; and an increase in inventory write-offs by $1.0 million in 2019 compared to 2018.
|Year Ended December 31,|
|Amount||% of Revenues||Amount||% of Revenues||Amount||%|
|($ in thousands)|
|Research and development||$||21,912||15.4||%||$||22,407||12.5||%||$||495||2.3||%|
|Sales and marketing||25,596||18.0||33,573||18.7||7,977||31.2|
|General and administrative||16,436||11.5||18,498||10.3||2,062||12.5|
|Total operating expenses||$||64,265||45.1||%||$||74,478||41.5||%||10,213||15.9||%|
Research and Development. Research and development expenses increased by 2.3% in 2019 compared to 2018. This primarily reflected the robust growth in our operations in 2019, and was driven by an increase of $1.1 million in salaries and related personnel expenses and share based compensation due to an increase in the number of employees, with higher seniority and variable compensation payout, compared to 2018, offset, in part, by a decrease of $0.4 million in expenses related to consulting services. As a percentage of total revenues, our research and development expenses decreased during this period from 15.4% in 2018 to 12.5% in 2019. This primarily resulted from the capitalization of software development expenses in an amount of $1.2 million in 2019, which had the effect of reducing research and development expenses in 2019.
Sales and Marketing. Sales and marketing expenses increased by 31.2% in 2019 compared to 2018. This increase was primarily due to: an increase of $4.4 million in salaries and related personnel expenses and share-based compensation expenses, mainly due to a higher average number of employees during 2019 compared to 2018; an increase in sales commissions and variable compensation paid in 2019; and a $1.6 million increase due to participation in ITMA shows and increased investment in product roadshows compared to 2018. As a percentage of total revenues, our sales and marketing expenses increased during this period from 18.0% in 2018 to 18.7% in 2019.
General and Administrative. General and administrative expenses increased by 12.5% in 2019 compared to 2018. This primarily resulted from an increase of $1.4 million in salaries, related personnel expenses and share-based compensation expenses mainly due to the hiring of additional personnel and an increase of $0.5 million in IT expenses and of $0.3 million in consulting service expenses. As a percentage of total revenues, our general and administrative expenses decreased from 11.5% in 2018 to 10.3% in 2019.
Restructuring Costs. During 2017, we determined to transition our US headquarters to New Jersey. As part of this transition, we entered into agreements with certain employees for early retirement or retention. We recorded expenses of $0.3 million in 2018, related to those agreements. We did not record any expenses related to restructuring costs in 2019.
Finance Income, Net
Finance income, net amounted to $1.4 million of income in 2018 compared to income of $3.3 million in 2019. The $1.9 million increase primarily resulted from $4.5 million of financial income from interest on marketable securities, bank deposits and other sources in 2019 compared to $2.5 million of financial income from those sources in 2018.
Taxes on Income
Taxes on income amounted to $0.7 million in 2019 compared to tax benefit of $5.4 million in 2018. We record net deferred tax assets to the extent we believe these assets will more likely than not be realized. As of each reporting date, our management considers new evidence, both positive and negative, that could impact management’s view with regards to the future realization of deferred tax assets for each jurisdiction. During the year ended December 31, 2018, we released $5.5 million of valuation allowances against our deferred tax assets, primarily related to the carrying forward of net operating losses, or NOLs.
We are currently subject to a tax audit for the years 2013 to 2018 by the Israeli Tax Authority, or ITA. We have received the assessments for years 2013 and 2014 these assessments are subjects to another review by the ITA before they are finalized. The company is eligible to send its comments before the second review. According to a legal opinion we received from our legal counsels, the claims we had and the positions we took on our tax returns are solid and valid, and we don’t believe the first assessment will be effective. The ITA may furthermore disagree with our positions taken in our tax returns for any other years as well, and we may be subject to additional tax liabilities, which could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.
Comparison of the Years Ended December 31, 2017 and 2018
We have omitted in this annual report a discussion comparing the results of our operations for the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2018. In order to view that discussion, please see “ITEM 5. Operating and Financial Review and Prospects - A. Operating Results - Comparison of Period to Period Results of Operations - Comparison of the Years Ended December 31, 2017 and 2018” in our Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2018, which we filed with the SEC on March 26, 2019.
Critical Accounting Policies
Our consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (U.S. GAAP). These accounting principles are more fully described in Note 2 to our consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this annual report and require us to make certain estimates, judgments and assumptions. We believe that the estimates, judgments and assumptions upon which we rely are reasonable based upon information available to us at the time that these estimates, judgments and assumptions are made. These estimates, judgments and assumptions can affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities as of the date of the financial statements, as well as the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the periods presented. To the extent there are material differences between these estimates, judgments or assumptions and actual results, our financial statements will be affected. We believe that the accounting policies discussed below are critical to our financial results and to the understanding of our past and future performance, as these policies relate to the more significant areas involving management’s estimates and assumptions. We consider an accounting estimate to be critical if: (1) it requires us to make assumptions because information was not available at the time or it included matters that were highly uncertain at the time we were making our estimate; and (2) changes in the estimate could have a material impact on our financial condition or results of operations.
We believe that the following significant accounting policies are the basis for the most significant judgments and estimates used in the preparation of our consolidated financial statements.
We generate revenues from sales of systems, consumables and services. We generate revenues from sale of our products directly to end-users and indirectly through independent distributors, all of whom are considered end-users. We recognize revenue under the core principle that transfer of control to our customers should be depicted in an amount reflecting the consideration we expect to receive in revenue. Therefore, we identify a contract with a customer, identify the performance obligations in the contract, determine the transaction price, allocate the transaction price to each performance obligation in the contract, and recognize revenues when, or as, we satisfy a performance obligation.
Revenues from products, which consist of systems and consumables, are recognized at the point in time when control has transferred, in accordance with the agreed-upon delivery terms.
Revenues from services are derived mainly from the sale of print heads, spare parts, upgrade kits and service contracts. Our print heads, spare parts and upgrade kits revenues (collectively “Spare parts”) are recognized at the point in time when control has transferred, in accordance with the agreed-upon delivery terms. Service contracts are recognized over time, on a straight-line basis, over the period of the service.
For multiple performance obligations arrangements, such as selling a system with a service contract, installation and training, we account for each performance obligation separately, as it is distinct. The transaction price is allocated to each distinct performance obligation on a relative stand-alone selling price, or SSP, basis, and revenue is recognized for each performance obligation when control has passed. In most cases, we are able to establish SSP based on the observable prices of services sold separately in comparable circumstances to similar customers and for products based on our best estimates of the price at which we would have sold the product regularly on a stand-alone basis. We reassess the SSP on a periodic basis or when facts and circumstances change.
We do not account for training and installation as a separate performance obligation due to its immateriality in the context of our contracts. Accordingly, revenues from training and installation are recognized upon the delivery of our systems.
We periodically provide customer incentive programs in the form of product discounts, volume-based rebates and warrants, which are accounted for as variable consideration that are deducted from revenue in the period in which the revenue is recognized. These reductions to revenue are made based upon reasonable and reliable estimates that are determined according to historical experience and the specific terms and conditions of the incentive.
In cases in which old systems are traded in as part of sales of new printers, the fair value of the old printer is recorded as inventory, provided that such value can be determined.
Inventories are measured at the lower of cost or net realizable value. Cost is computed using weighted average cost, on a first-in, first-out basis. Inventory costs consist of material, direct labor and overhead. We periodically assess inventory for obsolescence and excess and reduce the carrying value by an amount equal to the difference between its cost and the estimated net realizable value based on assumptions about future demand and historical sales patterns. This valuation requires us to make judgments, based on currently available information, about the likely method of disposition, such as through sales and expected recoverable values of each disposition category. These assumptions about future disposition of inventory are inherently uncertain and changes in our estimates and assumptions may cause us to realize material write-downs in the future.
As of December 31, 2019, we had $37.5 million of inventory, of which $21.4 million consisted of raw materials and components and $16.1 million consisted of completed systems, ink and other consumables. We recorded inventory write-offs in total amounts of $3.0 million, $1.8 million and $2.8 million for the years ended December 31, 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively.
Under U.S. GAAP, we account for share-based compensation for employees in accordance with the provisions of the FASB’s ASC Topic 718 “Compensation - Stock Based Compensation,” or ASC 718, which requires us to measure the cost of options and RSUs based on the fair value of the award on the grant date.
The fair value of each RSU is the market value as determined by the closing share price at the date of the grant.
We selected the binomial option pricing model as the most appropriate method for determining the estimated fair value of options which requires the use of subjective assumptions, including the expected term of the award and the expected volatility of the price of our common stock. We recognize compensation expense over the vesting period using the straight-line method and classify these amounts in the consolidated financial statements based on the department to which the related employee reports. We will continue to use judgment in evaluating the assumptions related to our share-based compensation expense on a prospective basis. As we continue to accumulate additional data, we may have refinements to our estimates, which could materially impact our future share-based compensation expense.
We are subject to income taxes in Israel, United States Europe and Asia Pacific. Significant judgment is required in evaluating our uncertain tax positions and determining our provision for income taxes. We recognize income taxes under the liability method. Tax benefits are recognized from uncertain tax positions only if we believe that it is more likely than not that the tax position will be sustained on examination by the taxing authorities based on the technical merits of the position. Although we believe we have adequately reserved for our uncertain tax positions, no assurance can be given that the final tax outcome of these matters will not be different. We adjust these reserves when facts and circumstances change, such as the closing of a tax audit, the refinement of an estimate or changes in tax laws. To the extent that the final tax outcome of these matters is different than the amounts recorded, such differences will impact the provision for income taxes in the period in which such determination is made. The provision for income taxes includes the effects of any reserves that are considered appropriate, as well as the related net interest and penalties.
We recognize deferred tax assets and liabilities for future tax consequences arising from differences between the carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities under U.S. GAAP and their respective tax bases, and for net operating loss carryforwards and tax credit carryforwards. We regularly review our deferred tax assets for recoverability and establish a valuation allowance if it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized. To make this judgment, we must make predictions of the amount and category of taxable income from various sources and weigh all available positive and negative evidence about these possible sources of taxable income.
While we believe the resulting tax balances as of December 31, 2017, 2018 and 2019 are appropriately accounted for, the ultimate outcome of such matters could result in favorable or unfavorable adjustments to our consolidated financial statements and such adjustments could be material. We have filed or are in the process of filing local and foreign tax returns that may be audited by the respective tax authorities. We believe that we adequately provided for any reasonably foreseeable outcomes related to tax audits and settlement; however, our future results may include favorable or unfavorable adjustments to our estimated tax liabilities in the period the assessments are made or resolved, audits are closed or when statute of limitations on potential assessments expire.
During 2019 we granted a six-months warranty on our systems and recorded a provision for warranty at the time at which a product’s revenue was recognized. We estimate the liability of possible warranty claims based on our historical experience. We estimate the costs that may be incurred under our warranty arrangements and record a liability in the amount of such costs at the time product revenue is recognized. We periodically assess the adequacy of the recorded warranty liabilities and adjust the amounts as necessary.
Marketable securities currently are comprised of debt securities. We determine the appropriate classification of marketable securities at the time of purchase and re-evaluate such designation at each balance sheet date. In accordance with FASB ASC No. 320, “Investment Debt and Equity Securities,” we classify marketable securities as available-for-sale. Available-for-sale securities are stated at fair value, with unrealized gains and losses reported in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), a separate component of shareholders’ equity, net of taxes. Realized gains and losses on sales of marketable securities, as determined on a specific identification basis, are included in finance income, net. The amortized cost of marketable securities is adjusted for amortization of premium and accretion of discount to maturity, both of which, together with interest, are included in finance income, net. We classify our marketable securities as either short-term or long-term based on each instrument’s underlying contractual maturity date and our expectations as to sales and redemptions in the following year.
We recognize an impairment charge when a decline in the fair value of our investments in debt securities below the cost basis of such securities is judged to be other-than-temporary. The determination of credit losses requires significant judgment and actual results may be materially different from our estimates. Factors considered in making such a determination include the duration and severity of the impairment, the reason for the decline in value, the ability of the issuer to meet payment obligations, the potential recovery period and our intent to sell, including whether it is more likely than not that we will be required to sell the investment before recovery of cost basis. For securities that are deemed other-than-temporarily impaired, the amount of impairment is recognized in the statement of operations and is limited to the amount related to credit losses, while impairment related to other factors is recognized in other comprehensive income (loss).
During the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2019, no other-than temporary impairment were recorded related to our marketable securities.
Recently Issued and Adopted Accounting Pronouncements
For a summary of recent accounting pronouncements applicable to our consolidated financial statements see Note 2, “Significant Accounting Policies” to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in Part III, Item 18 of this Annual Report on Form 20-F.
Taxation and Israeli Government Programs Applicable to Our Company
Israeli Tax Considerations and Government Programs
The following is a brief summary of the material Israeli tax laws applicable to us, and certain Israeli Government programs that benefit us.
General Corporate Tax Structure in Israel
Israeli companies are generally subject to corporate tax on their taxable income. Since 2018, the corporate tax rate has been 23% (in 2017, the corporate tax rate was 24%). However, the effective tax rate payable by a company that derives income from an Approved Enterprise, a Benefited Enterprise, a Preferred Enterprise, a Special Preferred Enterprise, a Preferred Technology Enterprise or Special Preferred Technology Enterprise (as discussed below) may be considerably less. Capital gains derived by an Israeli company are subject to the prevailing corporate tax rate.
Law for the Encouragement of Industry (Taxes), 5729-1969
The Law for the Encouragement of Industry (Taxes), 5729-1969, generally referred to as the Industry Encouragement Law, provides several tax benefits for “Industrial Companies”. The Israeli companies are an "Industrial Company" as defined by the Israeli Law for the Encouragement of Industry (Taxation), 1969.
The Industry Encouragement Law defines an “Industrial Company” as a company resident in Israel, which was incorporated in Israel and of which 90% or more of its income in any tax year, other than income from certain government loans, is derived from an “Industrial Enterprise” located in Israel or in the “Area”, in accordance with the definition under section 3A of the Israeli Income Tax Ordinance (New Version) 1961, or the Ordinance, and owned by it. An “Industrial Enterprise” is defined as an enterprise whose principal activity in any given tax year is industrial production.
The following tax benefits, among others, are available to Industrial Companies:
|●||deduction of the cost of purchased know-how, patents and rights to use a patent and know-how or certain other intangible property rights (other than goodwill) that were purchased in good faith and are used for the development or promotion of the Industrial Enterprise, over an eight-year period commencing on the year in which such rights were first exercised;|
|●||under limited conditions, an election to file consolidated tax returns with related Israeli Industrial Companies controlled by it; and|
|●||expenses related to a public offering are deductible in equal amounts over three years, commencing in the year of the offering.|
Eligibility for benefits under the Industry Encouragement Law is not subject to receipt of prior approval from any governmental authority.
There can be no assurance that we will continue to qualify as an Industrial Company or that the benefits described above will be available in the future.
Law for the Encouragement of Capital Investments, 5719-1959
The Law for the Encouragement of Capital Investments, 5719-1959, generally referred to as the Investment Law, provides certain incentives for capital investments in production facilities (or other eligible assets) by “Industrial Enterprises” (as defined under the Investment Law).
The Investment Law has been amended several times over the recent years, with the three most significant changes effective as of April 1, 2005, or the 2005 Amendment, as of January 1, 2011, or the 2011 Amendment and as of January 1, 2017, or the 2017 Amendment. Pursuant to the 2005 Amendment, tax benefits granted in accordance with the provisions of the Investment Law prior to its revision by the 2005 Amendment remain in force but any benefits granted subsequently are subject to the provisions of the 2005 Amendment. Similarly, the 2011 Amendment introduced new benefits to replace those granted in accordance with the provisions of the Investment Law in effect prior to the 2011 Amendment. However, companies entitled to benefits under the Investment Law as in effect prior to January 1, 2011 were entitled to choose to continue to enjoy such benefits, provided that certain conditions are met, or elect instead, irrevocably, to forego such benefits and have the benefits of the 2011 Amendment apply. We have examined the possible effect of these provisions of the 2011 Amendment on our financial statements and have decided not to opt to apply the new benefits under the 2011 Amendment and the 2017 Amendment for our company, and for our Israeli subsidiary we elected to apply the benefit under the 2011 Amendment. The 2017 Amendment introduces new benefits for Technological Enterprises, alongside the existing tax benefits.
The following discussion is a summary of the Investment Law following its most recent amendments:
Tax Benefits Subsequent to the 2005 Amendment
The 2005 Amendment applies to new investment programs and investment programs commencing after 2004, but does not apply to investment programs approved prior to April 1, 2005, referred to as Approved Enterprises. The 2005 Amendment provides that terms and benefits included in any certificate of approval that was granted before the 2005 Amendment became effective (April 1, 2005) will remain subject to the provisions of the Investment Law as in effect on the date of such approval. Pursuant to the 2005 Amendment, the Israeli Authority for Investments and Development of the Industry and Economy, or the Investment Center, will continue to grant Approved Enterprise status to qualifying investments. The 2005 Amendment, however, limits the scope of enterprises that may be approved by the Investment Center by setting criteria for the approval of a facility as an Approved Enterprise.
The 2005 Amendment provides that Approved Enterprise status will only be necessary for receiving cash grants. As a result, it was no longer necessary for a company to obtain the advance approval of the Investment Center in order to receive the tax benefits previously available under the alternative benefits track. Instead, a company may claim the tax benefits offered by the Investment Law directly in its tax returns, provided that its facilities meet the criteria for tax benefits set forth in the 2005 Amendment. Companies or programs under the new provisions receiving these tax benefits are referred to as Benefited Enterprises. A company that has a Benefited Enterprise may, at its discretion, approach the Israel Tax Authority for a pre-ruling confirming that it is in compliance with the provisions of the Investment Law, as amended.
Tax benefits are available under the 2005 Amendment to production facilities (or other eligible facilities) which are generally required to derive more than 25% of their business income from export to specific markets with a population of at least 14 million in 2012 (such export criteria will further be increased in the future by 1.4% per annum). In order to receive the tax benefits, the 2005 Amendment states that a company must make an investment which meets certain conditions set forth in the amendment for tax benefits, including exceeding a minimum investment amount specified in the Investment Law. Such investment entitles a company to receive a “Benefited Enterprise” status with respect to the investment, and may be made over a period of no more than three years from the end of the year in which the company requested to have the tax benefits apply to its Benefited Enterprise. Where a company requests to have the tax benefits apply to an expansion of existing facilities, only the expansion will be considered to be a Benefited Enterprise and the company’s effective tax rate will be the weighted average of the applicable rates. In such case, the minimum investment required in order to qualify as a Benefited Enterprise must exceed a certain percentage of the value of the company’s production assets before the expansion.
The extent of the tax benefits available under the 2005 Amendment to qualifying income of a Benefited Enterprise depends on, among other things, the geographic location within Israel of the Benefited Enterprise. The location will also determine the period for which tax benefits are available. Such tax benefits include an exemption from corporate tax on undistributed income for a period of between two to ten years, depending on the geographic location of the Benefited Enterprise within Israel, and a reduced corporate tax rate of between 10% to 25% for the remainder of the benefits period, depending on the level of foreign investment in the company in each year. The benefits period is limited to 12 or 14 years from the year the company first chose to have the tax benefits apply, depending on the location of the company within Israel.
A company qualifying for tax benefits under the 2005 Amendment which pays a dividend out of income derived by its Benefited Enterprise during the tax exemption period will be subject to deferred corporate tax in respect of the gross amount of the dividend distributed (grossed-up to reflect the pre-tax income that it would have had to earn in order to distribute the dividend) at the corporate tax rate which would have otherwise been applicable. Dividends paid out of income attributed to a Benefited Enterprise (or out of dividends received from a company whose income is attributed to a Benefited Enterprise) are generally subject to withholding tax at source at the rate of 15% or such lower rate as may be provided in an applicable tax treaty (subject to the receipt in advance of a valid certificate from the Israel Tax Authority allowing for a reduced tax rate). The reduced rate of 15% is limited to dividends and distributions out of income derived during the benefits period and actually paid at any time up to 12 years thereafter. After this period, the withholding tax is applied at a rate of up to 30%, or at a lower rate under an applicable tax treaty (subject to the receipt in advance of a valid certificate from the Israel Tax Authority allowing for a reduced tax rate). In the case of a Foreign Investors’ Company (as such term is defined in the Investment Law), the 12-year limitation on reduced withholding tax on dividends does not apply.
We currently have Benefited Enterprise programs under the Investment Law which, entitle us to a tax exemption for undistributed income and a reduced tax rate. The benefits period for our company began in 2010. Our company had enjoyed these tax benefits until 2019. We believe that we qualify as a Preferred Technology Enterprise under the 2017 Amendment (as described below), and we are considering whether apply for benefits under the 2017 Amendment.
Tax Benefits under the 2011 Amendment
The 2011 Amendment canceled the availability of the benefits granted to companies in accordance with the provisions of the Investment Law prior to 2011 and, instead, introduced new benefits for income generated by a “Preferred Company” through its “Preferred Enterprise” (as such terms are defined in the Investment Law) as of January 1, 2011. The definition of a Preferred Company includes an industrial company that was incorporated in Israel, which is not wholly owned by a governmental entity, and which has, among other things, Preferred Enterprise status and is controlled and managed from Israel. Pursuant to the 2011 Amendment, a Preferred Company is entitled to a reduced corporate flat tax rate of 15% with respect to its preferred income derived by its Preferred Enterprise in 2011 and 2012, unless the Preferred Enterprise is located in a certain development zone, in which case the rate will be 10%. Such corporate tax rate was reduced to 12.5% and 7%, respectively, in 2013 and increased to 16% and 9% in 2014 and through 2016. Pursuant to the 2017 Amendment, in 2017 and thereafter, the corporate tax rate for a Preferred Enterprise which is located in a specified development zone was decreased to 7.5%, while the reduced corporate tax rate for other development zones remains 16%. Income derived by a Preferred Company from a ‘Special Preferred Enterprise’ (as such term is defined in the Investment Law) would be entitled, during a benefits period of 10 years, to further reduced tax rates of 8%, or to 5% if the Special Preferred Enterprise is located in a certain development zone. As of January 1, 2017, the definition of “Special Preferred Enterprise” includes less stringent conditions.
The tax benefits under the 2011 Amendment also include accelerated depreciation and amortization for tax purposes.
As of January 1, 2014, dividends paid out of preferred income attributed to a Preferred Enterprise or to a Special Preferred Enterprise are generally subject to withholding tax at source at the rate of 20% or such lower rate as may be provided in an applicable tax treaty (subject to the receipt in advance of a valid certificate from the Israel Tax Authority allowing for a reduced tax rate). However, if such dividends are paid to an Israeli company, no tax is required to be withheld (although, if subsequently distributed to individuals or a non-Israeli company, withholding of 20% or such lower rate as may be provided in an applicable tax treaty will apply). In 2017 through 2019 dividends paid out of preferred income attributed to a Special Preferred Enterprise directly to a foreign parent company are subject to withholding tax at source at the rate of 5% (temporary provisions).
The 2011 Amendment also provided transitional provisions to address companies already enjoying existing tax benefits under the Investment Law. These transitional provisions provide, among other things, that unless an irrevocable request is made to apply the provisions of the Investment Law as amended in 2011 with respect to income to be derived as of January 1, 2011: (i) the terms and benefits included in any certificate of approval that was granted to an Approved Enterprise which chose to receive grants and certain tax benefits before the 2011 Amendment became effective will remain subject to the provisions of the Investment Law as in effect on the date of such approval, and subject to certain conditions; (ii) terms and benefits included in any certificate of approval that was granted to an Approved Enterprise which had participated in an alternative benefits track before the 2011 Amendment became effective will remain subject to the provisions of the Investment Law as in effect on the date of such approval, provided that certain conditions are met; and (iii) a Benefited Enterprise can elect to continue to benefit from the benefits provided to it before the 2011 Amendment came into effect, provided that certain conditions are met. Kornit Technologies has filed a notification that it wishes to apply the new benefits under the 2011 Amendment.
New Tax benefits under the 2017 Amendment that became effective on January 1, 2017.
The 2017 Amendment was enacted as part of the Economic Efficiency Law that was published on December 29, 2016, and is effective as of January 1, 2017, The 2017 Amendment provides new tax benefits for two types of “Technology Enterprises”, as described below, and is in addition to the other existing tax beneficial programs under the Investment Law.
The 2017 Amendment provides that a technology company satisfying certain conditions will qualify as a Preferred Technology Enterprise and will thereby enjoy a reduced corporate tax rate of 12% on income that qualifies as “Preferred Technology Income”, as defined in the Investment Law. The tax rate is further reduced to 7.5% for a Preferred Technology Enterprise located in development zone A. These corporate tax rates shall apply only with respect to the portion of the Preferred Technology Income derived from R&D developed in Israel. In addition, a Preferred Technology Company will enjoy a reduced corporate tax rate of 12% on capital gain derived from the sale of certain “Benefitted Intangible Assets” (as defined in the Investment Law) to a related foreign company if the Benefitted Intangible Assets were acquired from a foreign company on or after January 1, 2017 for at least NIS 200 million, and the sale receives prior approval from the National Authority for Technological Authority (previously known as the Israeli Office of the Chief Scientist), referred to as the Innovation Authority.
The 2017 Amendment further provides that a technology company satisfying certain conditions will qualify as a “Special Preferred Technology Enterprise” and will thereby enjoy a reduced corporate tax rate of 6% on “Preferred Technology Income” regardless of the company’s geographic location within Israel. In addition, a Special Preferred Technology Enterprise will enjoy a reduced corporate tax rate of 6% on capital gain derived from the sale of certain “Benefitted Intangible Assets” to a related foreign company if the Benefitted Intangible Assets were either developed by the Special Preferred Technology Enterprise or acquired from a foreign company on or after January 1, 2017, and the sale received prior approval from the Innovation Authority. A Special Preferred Technology Enterprise that acquires Benefitted Intangible Assets from a foreign company for more than NIS 500 million will be eligible for these benefits for at least ten years, subject to certain approvals as specified in the Investment Law.
Dividends distributed by a Preferred Technology Enterprise or a Special Preferred Technology Enterprise, paid out of Preferred Technology Income, are generally subject to withholding tax at source at the rate of 20% or such lower rate as may be provided in an applicable tax treaty (subject to the receipt in advance of a valid certificate from the Israel Tax Authority allowing for a reduced tax rate). However, if such dividends are paid to an Israeli company, no tax is required to be withheld (although, if such dividends are subsequently distributed from such Israeli company to individuals or a non-Israeli company, withholding tax at a rate of 20% or such lower rate as may be provided in an applicable tax treaty will apply). If such dividends are distributed to a foreign parent company holding, solely or together with another foreign company, at least 90% of the shares of the distributing company and other conditions are met, the withholding tax rate will be 4% (or a lower rate under a tax treaty, if applicable, subject to the receipt in advance of a valid certificate from the Israel Tax Authority allowing for a reduced tax rate).
We believe that our Israeli subsidiary qualify as a Preferred Technology Enterprise, as it meets the relevant conditions, and therefore subject to a tax rate of 12%.
From time to time, the Israeli Government has discussed reducing the benefits available to companies under the Investment Law. The termination or substantial reduction of any of the benefits available under the Investment Law could materially increase our tax liabilities.
Foreign Tax Considerations
On December 22, 2017, the U.S. enacted the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which among other provisions, reduced the U.S. corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%, effective January 1, 2018.
At December 31, 2017, we re-measured our U.S. deferred tax assets and liabilities, based on the new rates at which they are expected to reverse in the future. The tax expense recorded in 2017, related to the re-measurement of the deferred tax balance, was $355,000.
|B.||Liquidity and Capital Resources|
As of December 31, 2019, we had approximately $40.7 million in cash and cash equivalents, $95.0 million in short term deposits and $128.0 million in marketable securities, which, in the aggregate, total $263.7 million. We fund our operations with cash generated from operating activities and cash raised via our equity financings, including our January 2017 and June 2019 follow-on offerings. In the past, we have also raised capital through the sale of equity securities to investors in private placements.
Our cash requirements have principally been for working capital, capital expenditures and acquisitions. Our working capital requirements reflect the growth in our business. Historically, we have funded our working capital requirements (primarily for inventory and accounts receivable) and capital expenditures from cash flows provided by our operating activities, investments in our equity securities and cash and cash equivalents on hand. We have funded our acquisitions from the proceeds of our April 2015 initial public offering and cash on hand. Our current capital expenditures relate primarily to our manufacturing facility for our ink and other consumables in Kiryat Gat, Israel. In addition to investments in this facility, our capital investments have included improvements and expansion of our worldwide locations and corporate facilities to support our growth and investment and improvements in our information technology.
The most significant elements of our working capital requirements are for inventory, accounts receivable and trade payables. We partially fund the procurement of the components of our systems that are assembled by our third-party manufacturers. Our inventory strategy includes maintaining inventory of systems and inks and other consumables at levels that we expect to sell during the successive months based on anticipated customer demand. Our accounts receivable increased in 2019 due to the increase in our revenues. Our trade payables increased in 2019 due to an increase in sales projected for 2020 compared to the projection for 2019.
As of December 31, 2019, we have two lines of credit with Israeli banks for total borrowings of up to $3 million, all of which was undrawn as of December 31, 2019. These lines of credit are unsecured and available subject to: (i) our maintenance of a 30% ratio of total tangible shareholders’ equity to total tangible assets; and (ii) the total credit use must be less than 70% of our and our subsidiaries’ receivables. Interest rates across these credit lines varied from 0.2% to 2.3% as of December 31, 2019.
Based on our current business plans, we believe that our cash flows from operating activities and our existing cash resources will be sufficient to fund our projected cash requirements for at least the next 12 months without drawing on our lines of credit or using significant amounts of the net proceeds from our initial public offering or our follow-on offerings. Our future capital requirements will depend on many factors, including our rate of revenue growth, the timing and extent of spending to support product development efforts, the expansion of our sales and marketing activities, the timing of introductions of new solutions and the continuing market acceptance of our solutions, as well as other business development efforts.
The following table presents the major components of net cash flows for the periods presented:
|Year Ended December 31,|
|Net cash provided by operating activities||$||5,990||$||33,368||$||11,004|
|Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities||(46,744||)||16,682||(179,497||)|
|Net cash provided by financing activities||36,437||5,525||135,131|
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities
Year Ended December 31, 2019
Net cash provided by operating activities in the year ended December 31, 2019 was $11.0 million.
Net cash provided by operating activities consisted of net income of $10.2 million, as adjusted upwards in an amount of $16.0 million for non-cash line items, including stock-based compensation expenses, depreciation, amortization of intangible assets, fair value of warrants deducted from revenues, amortization of premium on marketable securities, realized loss on sale of marketable securities and foreign currency translation gain on inter-company balances with foreign subsidiaries and other adjustments not included hereunder in an amount of $1.6 million.
During 2019, our accounts receivable increased by $18.6 million reflecting the increase in our revenues in 2019. DSO for the year ended December 31, 2019 increased to 82, compared to 56 for the year ended December 31, 2018.
During 2019, our inventory increased by $7.4 million compared to the year ended December 31, 2018, out of which $4.2 was attributed to cash operating activities. This was primarily due to our new product introduction and the need to maintain higher level if inventory to support increased install base and future business activities.
We also experienced an increase of $6.0 million in trade payables in 2019 that mainly derived from an increase in the sales that we projected for 2020 compared to 2019, in line with the growth in our sales and operations.
Year Ended December 31, 2018
Net cash provided by operating activities in the year ended December 31, 2018 was $33.4 million.
Net cash provided by operating activities consisted of net income of $12.4 million, as adjusted upwards in an amount of $16.3 million for non-cash line items, including stock-based compensation expenses, depreciation, amortization of intangible assets, fair value of warrants deducted from revenues, amortization of premium on marketable securities, realized loss on sale of marketable securities and foreign currency translation gain on inter-company balances with foreign subsidiaries, and adjustments for cash line items of $4.7 million.
During 2018, our trade receivables decreased by $1.1 million due to an improvement in collection during December 2018. DSO for the year ended December 31, 2018 was 56, compared to 74 for the year ended December 31, 2017.
During 2018, our inventory decreased by $4.0 million relative to the year ended December 31, 2017. This was primarily due to an improvement in our sales and operations planning process.
We also experienced an increase of $4.4 million in trade payables that mainly derived from an increase in the sales that we projected for 2019 compared to 2018, in line with the growth in our sales and operations.
In addition, we also had an increase in deferred taxes in 2018. For more information, please see “ITEM 5. Operating and Financial Review and Prospects— A. Operating Results— Comparison of Period to Period Results of Operations— Comparison of the Years Ended December 31, 2017 and 2018” in our Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2018, which we filed with the SEC on March 26, 2019.
Year Ended December 31, 2017
For a discussion of our cash flows provided by operating activities in the year ended December 31, 2017, please see “ITEM 5. Operating and Financial Review and Prospects— B. Liquidity and Capital Resources— Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Operating Activities—Year Ended December 31, 2017” in our Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2018, which we filed with the SEC on March 26, 2019.
Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Investing Activities
Net cash used in investing activities was $179.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, which was primarily attributable to our investment in marketable securities and bank deposits of $205.5 million, purchase of property, plant and equipment of $5.4 million and cash paid in connection with acquisition of $4.7 million, offset , in part, by $37.5 million of proceeds from the sale and maturity of marketable securities. Net cash provided by investing activities was $16.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2018, which was primarily attributable to $47.2 million of proceeds from the sale and maturity of marketable securities, offset, in part, by $23.2 million of cash used for investment in short term bank deposits and marketable securities and $7.3 million of cash used for purchase of property, plant and equipment. Net cash used in investing activities for the year ended December 31, 2017 was $46.7 million which was primarily attributable to our investment in marketable securities and short term bank deposits.
Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities
Net cash provided by financing activities was $135.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, which was primarily attributable to our follow-on offering in June 2019, in which we raised $129.7 million of net proceeds. Net cash provided by financing activities was $5.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2018, which was attributable to the exercise of share options, partially offset by $0.9 million of cash used for the payment of contingent consideration in connection with the acquisition of SPSI. Net cash provided by financing activities was $36.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2017, which was primarily attributable to our follow-on offering in January 2017, in which we raised $35.1 million of net proceeds.
|C.||Research and development, patents and licenses, etc.|
For a description of our research and development programs and the amounts that we have incurred over the last three years pursuant to those programs, please see “ITEM 5. Operating and Financial Review and Prospects— A. Operating Results— Components of Statement of Operations— Operating Expenses— Research and Development Expenses” and “ITEM 5. Operating and Financial Review and Prospects— A. Operating Results— Comparison of Period to Period Results of Operations.”
Our results of operations and financial condition may be affected by various trends and factors discussed in “ITEM 3.D Risk Factors,” including “If the market for digital textile printing does not develop as we anticipate, our sales may not grow as quickly as expected and our share price could decline,” and in “ITEM 4.B Business Overview—Industry Overview.” Additional trends that could potentially impact our results of operations and financial condition include changes in political, military or economic conditions in Israel and in the Middle East, general slowing of local or global economies and decreased economic activity in one or more of our target markets.
|E.||Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements|
We do not currently engage in off-balance sheet financing arrangements. In addition, we do not have any interest in entities referred to as variable interest entities, which includes special purposes entities and other structured finance entities.
|F.||Tabular Disclosure of Contractual Obligations|
Our contractual obligations as of December 31, 2019 are summarized in the following table:
|Payments Due by Period|
|Operating lease obligations (1)||$||26,316||$||4,341||$||3,750||$||2,938||$||2,284||$||2,281||$||10,722|
|Uncertain tax positions (2)||3,039||-|
|Purchase commitments (3)||26,367||-|
|Severance payment (4)||1,035||-|
|(1)||Operating lease obligations consist of our contractual rental expenses under operating leases of facilities and vehicles.|
|(2)||Consists of accruals for certain income tax positions under ASC 740 that are paid upon settlement, and for which we are unable to reasonably estimate the ultimate amount and timing of settlement. See Note 13(i) to our consolidated financial statements included in ITEM 18 of this annual report for further information regarding our liability under ASC 740. Payment of these obligations would result from settlements with tax authorities. Due to the difficulty in determining the timing of resolution of audits, these obligations are only presented in their total amount.|
|(3)||Consists of all open purchase order, or PO, commitments through the end of 2021.|
|(4)||Severance payments obligation of $1.0 million are payable only upon termination, retirement or death of our employees. Of this amount, $0.7 million is unfunded as of December 31, 2019. Since we are unable to reasonably estimate the timing of settlement, the timing of such payments is not specified in the table. See also Note 2(x) to our consolidated financial statements appearing in “ITEM 18. Financial Statements” of this annual report.|
|ITEM 6.||Directors, Senior Management and Employees.|
|A.||Directors and Senior Management|
The following table sets forth the name, age and position of each of our executive officers and directors as of the date of this annual report:
|Ronen Samuel||51||Chief Executive Officer and Director|
|Guy Avidan||57||Chief Financial Officer|
|Gilad Yron*||47||Executive Vice President of Global Business|
|Jecka Glasman||52||Chief Commercial Officer|
|Omer Kulka||43||Chief Marketing Officer|
|Kobi Mann||41||Chief Technology Officer|
|Directors (who are not also executive officers)|
|Yuval Cohen||57||Chairman of the Board of Directors|
|Yehoshua (Shuki) Nir (1)(2)(3)||50||Director|
* Mr. Yron will serve as SVP Global Business until March 31, 2020. Beginning on April 1, 2020, he will assist in connection with specific projects, until the end of his employment on August 31, 2020.
|(1)||Member of our audit committee.|
|(2)||Member of our compensation committee.|
|(3)||Independent director under the NASDAQ Stock Market rules.|
Ronen Samuel has served as our Chief Executive Officer since August 2018 and as a director since August 2019. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Samuel served in various capacities at Hewlett –Packard, or HP, over the course of the previous 18 years. Most recently, he served as Vice President and General Manager of HP Indigo and WebPress EMEA. Prior to that, Mr. Samuel led HP’s Asia Pacific and Japan region for seven years. He was also engaged in Strategic Marketing while at HP, working closely with Research and Development to define future products. While at HP, Mr. Samuel also served in various capacities as product/project manager. Prior to his career in printing technology, Mr. Samuel spent seven years in the Israeli Air Force, rising to the rank of major while serving as a fighter pilot and leading the establishment of Israel’s second Apache Squadron. Mr. Samuel received an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and received an undergraduate Business and Law degree from The Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel.
Guy Avidan has served as our Chief Financial Officer since September 2014. From July 2010 until November 2014, Mr. Avidan served as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of AudioCodes Ltd. (“AudioCodes”) (NASDAQ: AUDC). Prior to joining AudioCodes, Mr. Avidan served for 15 years in various managerial positions, including Co-President, at MRV Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: MRVC), a global provider of optical communications network infrastructure equipment and services. While at MRV Communications, he served as Chief Financial Officer between 2007 and 2009, Vice President and General Manager of MRV International from 2001 to 2007. From 1992 to 1995, Mr. Avidan served as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Ace North Hills, which was acquired by MRV Communications. Mr. Avidan is a CPA in Israel and holds a B.A. in Economics and Accounting from Haifa University in Israel.
Gilad Yron has served as our Executive Vice President of Global Business since May 2016 and will continue till March 31st, 2020. From April 1st, 2020 he will assist in connection with specific projects until the end of his employment on August 31, 2020. From February 2015 until April 2016, Mr. Yron served as Senior Vice President of Products at Stratasys, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS). His previous positions with Stratasys included VP Business Development and strategic alliances and Managing Director of Asia Pacific and Japan operating out of Hong Kong. From 2006 until 2010, Mr. Yron served in various positions for Nur Macroprinters, which later became part of HP, including Business Manager for the Asia-Pacific region and Service Director. Mr. Yron holds a Bs.C. in Physics from Tel Aviv University in Israel.
Jecka Glasman has served as our Chief Commercial Officer since November 2019. Prior to joining our company, Ms. Glasman served as the US General Manager for SodaStream (NASDAQ: SODA) since December 2017. Prior to joining SodaStream, for 3 years since November 2014, Jecka was the President and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks of America, A Daimler Trucks subsidiary of Daimler AG (ETR: DAI). Jecka began her career as an Officer in the Israel Defense Forces, followed by a decade in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office. She then joined Comverse Technology, a world leader in the telecom industry (NASDAQ: CMVT) where she spent over 10 years progressing from a Project Manager to various sales and operations leadership positions covering Central Europe and EMEA. Her last position at Comverse was Senior VP, Global Services Business Unit. Jecka holds an Executive MBA from Tel Aviv University, a BA in Computer Science and a BA in Economics and Business Administration from the Tel Aviv Jaffa Academic College, Israel.
Omer Kulka has served as our Chief Marketing Officer since July 2017. Omer joined Kornit in 2011 with years of extensive experience in the semiconductor industry, holding positions spanning R&D to Marketing and Business Management. Since joining Kornit he has held several managerial positions at the company including Director of the Wide-Format Division and Director of Product Marketing. Omer holds a BSc in Computer Science, a BA in Philosophy and an MA in History and Philosophy of Sciences and Ideas from Tel Aviv University.
Kobi Mann has served as our Chief Technology Officer since January 2020, prior to that he has held the position of VP Consumables & Application development since September 2017. Kobi Mann joined Kornit in 2004 as an R&D Chemist and has held core technology roles. As one of Kornit’s founders he brings over 15 years of experience in the field of Inkjet Technology. Kobi has played a critical role in the design and the execution of core projects and processes in the company. During his tenure at Kornit, he has managed and led R&D Chemistry, technology groups, transfer to production, Print heads and QA as well as lead Kornit’s Ink plant design. Prior to his executive, Kobi has held several managerial positions including Business Development of Consumables and Director of Global Application, an arena he established in Kornit. Kobi holds a B.Sc. Chemistry and Executive MBA – both from Bar Ilan University in Israel.
Yuval Cohen has served as the Chairman of our board of directors since August 2011. Mr. Cohen is the founding and managing partner of Fortissimo Capital, a private equity fund established in 2004 and our former controlling shareholder. From 1997 through 2002, Mr. Cohen was a General Partner at Jerusalem Venture Partners (“JVP”), an Israeli-based venture capital fund. Prior to joining JVP, he held executive positions at various Silicon Valley companies, including DSP Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: DSPG), and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC). Currently, Mr. Cohen serves as a director of Wix.com Ltd. (NASDAQ: WIX). He also serves on the board of directors of several privately held portfolio companies of Fortissimo Capital. Mr. Cohen holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Tel Aviv University in Israel and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in Massachusetts.
Ofer Ben-Zur is a co-founder of our company and has served as director since 2002. From April 2014 to July 2016, Mr. Ben-Zur served as our President and Chief Technology Officer. From 2002 to April 2014, Mr. Ben-Zur served as our Chief Executive Officer, as well as the manager of our department of research and development. Currently Mr. Ben-Zur serves as the CEO and founder of Tritone Technologies, an Israeli start up specializing in Additive Manufacturing of metals. Mr. Ben-Zur holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Technion — Israel Institute of Technology in Israel, an M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Tel Aviv University in Israel, and an M.B.A. from Bradford University in England.
Lauri Hanover has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2015 (until August 2019, as an external director under the Companies Law), and serves as the chairperson of our audit committee and a member of our compensation committee. Ms. Hanover has served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Netafim Ltd., a global leader in smart irrigation systems, since August 2013. From 2009 to 2013, she served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of the Tnuva Group, Israel’s largest food manufacturer. From 2008 to 2009, Ms. Hanover served as Chief Executive Officer of Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy and Greenberg & Co., an Israeli law firm. From 2004 to 2007, she served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Lumenis Ltd. (NASDAQ: LMNS), a medical laser device company. From 2000 to 2004, Ms. Hanover served as the Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Vice President of NICE Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: NICE), an interaction analytics company, and from 1997 to 2000, as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Sapiens International Corporation N.V. (NASDAQ: SPNS), a provider of software solutions for the insurance industry. From 1981 to 2007, she served in a variety of financial management positions, including Corporate Controller and Director of Corporate Budgeting and Financial Analysis at Scitex Corporation Ltd., a developer and manufacturer of inkjet printers, and Senior Financial Analyst at Philip Morris Inc. (Altria), a leading consumer goods manufacturer. Ms. Hanover holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an M.B.A. from New York University.
Alon Lumbroso has served as a member of our Board since March 2015. Since June 2019, Mr. Lumbroso serves as the CEO of Cardo Systems Ltd. the world’s leading communication devices for the motorcycle industry. Since June 2015 until August 2017, Mr. Lumbroso has been the chief executive of Dip-Tech Ltd. and from August 2017 until November 2018 served as Managing Director of Dip-Tech that become a subsidiary of Ferro (NYSE: FOE) a leading global functional coatings and color solutions. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Lumbroso served as President of Mul-T-Lock Ltd., a subsidiary of ASSA ABLOY, a global supplier of locks and security solutions, as well as Market Region Manager of ASSA ABLOY. From 2005 to 2011, he served as Chief Executive Officer and director of Larotec Ltd., a developer and manufacturer of web-based end-to-end solutions. From 2000 to 2003, he served as Managing Director of Creo Europe (now CreoEMEA and formerly CreoScitex), a manufacturer and supplier of digital presses and printers. In addition, from 1998 to 2000, Mr. Lumbroso served as Managing Directors of Scitex and CreoScitex Asia Pacific, Hong Kong. Currently, he serves as a partner and director of iCar 2007 Ltd. Mr. Lumbroso holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Tel Aviv University in Israel and an M.B.A. from Bar-Ilan University in Israel.
Stephen Nigro has served as a director of our company since August 2019, after having served as a strategic advisor to our company from April through August 2019. Mr. Nigro retired in early 2019 after 37 years at Hewlett–Packard, or HP, most recently serving as President of HP’s 3D printing business, where he created and scaled a new technology and business, serving as a driving force towards HP’s leadership in both the plastic and metal 3D printing markets. Mr. Nigro currently serves on the steering committee for the Oregon Business Council and is a Board member of iUrbanTeen, which promotes STEM education to underrepresented teens. Prior to heading HP’s 3D printing business, Mr. Nigro served as Senior Vice President of HP Imaging and Printing Business, where he was responsible for leading HP’s World Wide HP 2D printing business. Prior to that position, Mr. Nigro led the World Wide Inkjet and Graphics Business, which served the consumer, business, and Graphics segments, with both inkjet and LEP printing solutions. Mr. Nigro was involved in initiating several matters at HP, including: delivery of the first HP color inkjet solution to the market; setting up HP’s Inkjet Supplies operation in Singapore; development of HP’s first off-axis inkjet platform; HP’s move into the low-end consumer printing market, delivering a new low-end inkjet platform; creation and scaling of the HP Graphics printing business; the connected printing strategy introducing big data and a new Instant Ink business model; and the creation of the HP 3D printing business. Mr. Nigro spent time at HP’s locations in San Diego, California; Corvallis, Oregon; Singapore; Palo Alto; and Vancouver, Washington. Mr. Nigro holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Yehoshua (Shuki) Nir has served as a director of our company since July 2018 (until August 2019, as an external director under the Companies Law), and serves as the chairman of our compensation committee and a member of our audit committee. Since March 2017, Mr. Nir has served a director at EarlySense Ltd., a company that provides contact-free, continuous monitoring solutions for the medical and consumer digital health markets. From December 2012 to May 2016, Mr. Nir served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Marketing, and General Manager, Retail of Sandisk Corp., or Sandisk. From March 2008 to November 2012, Mr. Nir served as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Retail of Sandisk. From November 2006 through March 2008, he served in various other sales and marketing roles as a Vice President of Sandisk. Mr. Nir also served in various sales and marketing roles as a Vice President at msystems Ltd. from February 2003 until November 2006, when it was acquired by Sandisk. Prior to that, Mr. Nir held sales and marketing positions at Destinator Ltd. and also co-founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of MindEcho, Inc. Mr. Nir is a member of the board of directors of EarlySense Ltd., a company that provides contact-free, continuous monitoring solutions for the medical and consumer digital health markets. Mr. Nir has a B.A. in Law and Accounting and an M.B.A. from Tel Aviv University.
Dov Ofer has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2015 and is a member of our audit and compensation committees. From 2007 to 2013, Mr. Ofer served as Chief Executive Officer of Lumenis Ltd. (NASDAQ: LMNS), a medical laser device company. From 2005 to 2007, he served as Corporate Vice President and General Manager of HP Scitex (formerly a subsidiary of Scailex Corporation Ltd. (TASE: SCIX)), a producer of large format printing equipment. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Ofer served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Scitex Vision Ltd. Prior to joining Scitex, Mr. Ofer held various managerial positions in the emerging Israeli high-tech sector and participated in different mergers and acquisitions within the industry. Currently, Mr. Ofer serves as chairman of Magen Eco-Energy RCA Ltd., vice chairman of Scodix Ltd. and director of Copprint and Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS). He holds a B.A. in Economics from the Hebrew University in Israel as well as an M.B.A. from the University of California Berkeley in California.
Gabi Seligsohn has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2015. He also served as our Chief Executive Officer from April 2014 through July 2018. From August 2006 until August 2013, Mr. Seligsohn served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd., (“Nova”) (NASDAQ: NVMI), a designer, developer and producer of optical metrology solutions. From 1998 until 2006, Mr. Seligsohn served in several key positions in Nova, including Executive Vice President of the Global Business Management Group from August 2005 to August 2006. From August 2002 until August 2005, he served as President of Nova’s U.S. subsidiary, Nova Measuring Instruments Inc. Additionally, prior to August 2002, Mr. Seligsohn was Vice President Strategic Business Development of Nova Measuring Instruments Inc. where he established Nova’s OEM group and managed the Applied Materials and Lam Research accounts between 2000 and 2002. From 1998 until 2000, he served as Global Strategic Account Manager for Nova’s five leading customers. Mr. Seligsohn joined Nova after serving two years as Sales Manager for key financial accounts at Digital Equipment Corporation. Currently, Mr. Seligsohn serves as a director of DSP Group Inc. (NASDAQ: DSPG). Mr. Seligsohn also serves as a Director on the Board of privately owned PubPlus, a company specializing in AI and machine learning for the purpose of collecting and attributing data points to scale profitable content across native and social channels. In 2010, he was voted Chief Executive Officer of the year by the Israeli Institute of Management for hi-tech industries in the large company category. He holds an LL.B. from the University of Reading in Reading, England.
Arrangements Concerning Election of Directors; Family Relationships
Our board of directors consists of nine directors. We are not a party to, and are not aware of, any voting agreements among our shareholders. In addition, there are no family relationships among our executive officers or senior management members.
The aggregate compensation paid and equity-based compensation and other compensation expensed by us and our subsidiaries for our directors and executive officers with respect to the year ended December 31, 2019 was $4.8 million. The foregoing sum includes approximately $0.4 million set aside or accrued to provide pension, severance, retirement or similar benefits or expenses. The directors used in calculating that sum include our former directors Messrs. Eli Blatt and Marc Lesnick, who served from the start of 2018 through our annual shareholder meeting in August 2019, and our current director Mr. Stephen Nigro, who served from the date of his election at that August 2019 shareholder meeting through the end of 2019. As of December 31, 2019, options to purchase 249,001 ordinary shares and 134,483 restricted share units, or RSUs, granted to our directors and executive officers were outstanding under our share incentive plans, with a weighted average exercise price of $19.8 per share for the options. Certain of our officers and directors receive a severance payment of up to four months’ of their base salary upon termination of their employment.
The following table presents the grant dates, number of options and RSUs, and related exercise prices and expiration dates of options and RSUs granted to our directors and executive officers for the year ended December 31, 2019:
|Grant Date||Number of Options||Number of RSUs|
(per Share) of Options
|August 01, 2019||13,167|
|August 08, 2019||33,297|
|August 22, 2019||100,000||23,446||$||28.15||August 22, 2029|
|November 19, 2019||8,000|
Under the Companies Law, the compensation of our directors (including reimbursement of expenses) requires the approval of our compensation committee, the subsequent approval of the board of directors and, unless exempted under the regulations promulgated under the Companies Law, the approval of the shareholders at a general meeting as described in “C. Board Practices—Approval of Related Party Transactions under Israeli Law — Disclosure of Personal Interests of an Office Holder and Approval of Certain Transactions.” Where the director is also a controlling shareholder, the requirements for approval of transactions with controlling shareholders apply, as described below under “—Approval of Related Party Transactions under Israeli Law — Disclosure of Personal Interests of a Controlling Shareholder and Approval of Certain Transactions.”
Our directors are entitled to cash compensation as follows:
All of our non-employee directors receive annual fees and per-meeting fees for their service on our board and its committees as follows:
|●||annual fees in an amount of $35,000, and $41,000 for the chairman; and|
|●||per-meeting fees in an amount of $1,000, or $500 for participation in meetings via phone.|
In addition, commencing with our 2018 annual general meeting of shareholders, we provide for annual RSU grants to our non-employee directors. The number of RSUs granted to each director is linked to a fixed value— $100,000, in the case of the Chairman of the Board, and $80,000, in the case of all other non-employee directors. The actual number of RSUs to be granted each year with the foregoing $100,000 and $80,000 values is determined based on the closing price of our ordinary shares on the NASDAQ Global Select Market on the date of our annual shareholder meeting. Our RSU grant agreements for non-employee directors are subject to the following additional terms:
|●||the RSUs are granted to each non-employee director as of the date of the annual shareholder meeting and on the date of each annual general meeting thereafter;|
|●||the RSUs vest in their entirety on the first anniversary of the grant, provided the director continues to serve as a director of our company at such anniversary;|
|●||the RSUs, to the extent then unvested, become fully vested (a) immediately prior to the consummation of a Change of Control (as defined under our 2015 Plan (described below)) in which the director is required to resign from or is otherwise terminated from the service as a director, or (b) upon termination of service of such director occurring immediately after the consummation of a Change of Control; and|
|●||the RSUs are otherwise subject to the terms of the 2015 Plan.|
Executive Officer Compensation
The table below outlines the compensation granted to our five most highly compensated office holders during or with respect to the year ended December 31, 2019, in the disclosure format of Regulation 21 of the Israeli Securities Regulations (Periodic and Immediate Reports), 1970. We refer to the five individuals for whom disclosure is provided herein as our “Covered Executives.”
For purposes of the table and the summary below, and in accordance with the above-mentioned securities regulations, “compensation” includes base salary, variable compensation, equity-based compensation, retirement or termination payments, benefits and perquisites such as car, phone and social benefits and any undertaking to provide such compensation.
Summary Compensation Table
Information Regarding the Covered Executive(1)
|Name and Principal Position(2)||Base Salary|
|Benefits and Perquisites|
|(in thousands, US dollars)|
|Ronen Samuel, Chief Executive Officer||564||73||325||338||1,300|
|Guy Avidan, Chief Financial Officer||390||80||100||330||900|
|Gilad Yron, EVP Global Business||414||40||-||334||788|
|Haggai Abbo, VP Product Development||303||71||52||234||660|
|Amir Shaked, VP Corporate Development||330||62||68||179||639|
|(1)||All amounts reported in the table are in terms of cost to us, as recorded in our financial statements.|
|(2)||All current executive officers listed in the table are our full-time employees. Cash compensation amounts denominated in currencies other than the U.S. dollar were converted into U.S. dollars at the average conversion rate for 2019.|
|(3)||Amounts reported in this column include benefits and perquisites, including those mandated by applicable law. Such benefits and perquisites may include, to the extent applicable to the executive, payments, contributions and/or allocations for savings funds, pension, severance, vacation, car or car allowance, medical insurances and benefits, risk insurances (e.g., life, disability, accident), convalescence pay, payments for social security, tax gross-up payments and other benefits and perquisites consistent with our guidelines.|
|(4)||Amounts reported in this column refer to incentive and variable compensation payments which were paid or accrued with respect to 2019.|
|(5)||Amounts reported in this column represent the expense recorded in our financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2019 with respect to equity-based compensation. Assumptions and key variables used in the calculation of such amounts are described in paragraph (s) of Note 2 to our audited financial statements, which are included in “ITEM 18. Financial Statements” of this annual report.|
2004 Share Option Plan
In May 2004 our board of directors adopted, and our shareholders approved our 2004 Share Option Plan, or the 2004 Plan. The 2004 Plan was amended on June 15, 2005. We no longer grant options under the 2004 Plan because it was superseded by the 2012 Plan, although previously granted awards remain outstanding. As of December 31, 2019, we had options to purchase 1,310 ordinary shares outstanding under the 2004 Plan.
The 2004 Plan provides for the grant of options to our and our subsidiaries’ and affiliates’ directors, employees and officers, who are expected to contribute to our future growth and success.
The 2004 Plan is administered by our board of directors or by a compensation committee appointed by the board of directors, which determines, subject to Israeli law, the grantees of awards and the terms of the grant, including, exercise prices, vesting schedules, acceleration of vesting and the other matters necessary in the administration of the 2004 Plan. The 2004 Plan enabled us to issue awards under various tax regimes, including, without limitation, pursuant to Section 102 of the Israeli Income Tax Ordinance (New Version) 1961, or the Ordinance.
Section 102 of the Ordinance allows employees, directors and officers, who are not controlling shareholders, to receive favorable tax treatment for compensation in the form of shares or options. Section 102 of the Ordinance includes two alternatives for tax treatment involving the issuance of options or shares to a trustee for the benefit of the grantees and also includes an additional alternative for the issuance of options or shares directly to the grantee. Section 102(b)(2) of the Ordinance, which provides the most favorable tax treatment for grantees, permits the issuance to a trustee under the “capital gain track.” Note, however, that under Section 102(b)(3) of the Ordinance, if the company granting the shares or options is a publicly traded company or is listed for trading on any stock exchange within a period of 90 days from the date of grant, any difference between the exercise price of the Awards (if any) and the average closing price of the company’s shares at the 30 trading days preceding the grant date (when the company is listed on a stock exchange) or 30 trading days following the listing of the company, as applicable, will be taxed as “ordinary income” at the grantee’s marginal tax rate. In order to comply with the terms of the capital gain track, all securities granted under a specific plan and subject to the provisions of Section 102 of the Ordinance, as well as the shares issued upon exercise of such securities and other shares received following any realization of rights with respect to such securities, such as share dividends and share splits, must be registered in the name of a trustee selected by the board of directors and held in trust for the benefit of the relevant grantee. The trustee may not release these securities to the relevant grantee before 24 months from the date of grant and deposit of such securities with the trustee. However, under this track, we are not allowed to deduct an expense with respect to the issuance of the options or shares.
The vesting schedule of options granted under the 2004 Plan is set forth in each grantee’s grant letter.
Options currently outstanding under the 2004 Plan may be exercised up to seven years from the grant date. In the event of the death of a grantee while employed or engaged by us, or the termination of a grantee’s employment or services for reasons of disability or termination of a grantee’s employment of services for reason of retirement in accordance with applicable law, the grantee, or in the case of death, his or her legal successor, may exercise options that have vested prior to termination until the earlier of: (i) a period of one year from the date of disability, retirement or death, or (ii) the term of the options. If we terminate a grantee’s employment or service for cause, all of the grantee’s vested and unvested options will expire on the date of termination. If a grantee’s employment or service is terminated for any other reason, the grantee may generally exercise his or her vested options within the earlier of: (a) 90 days after the date of termination, or (b) the term of the options.
Options may not be sold, assigned, pledged or otherwise disposed of by the participant who holds such options, except by will or the laws of descent.
In the event of a merger or consolidation of our company, or a sale of all, or substantially all, of our shares or assets or other transaction having a similar effect on us, then without the consent of the option holder, our board of directors or its designated committee, as applicable, shall decide (i) if and how unvested options shall be canceled, replaced or accelerated, (ii) if and how vested options shall be exercised, replaced and/or sold by the trustee or the company on behalf of the option holder, and (iii) how the underlying shares issued upon exercise of options and held by the trustee on behalf of the option holder shall be replaced and/or sold by the trustee on behalf of the option holder.
2012 Share Incentive Plan
In October 2012, our board of directors adopted and our shareholders approved our 2012 Share Incentive Plan, or the 2012 Plan. The 2012 Plan replaced our 2004 Plan. We no longer grant options under the 2012 Plan because it was superseded by the 2015 Plan, although awards that were previously granted under the 2012 Plan remain outstanding. The 2012 Plan provides for the grant of options, restricted shares, restricted share units and other share-based awards to our and our subsidiaries’ and affiliates’ directors, employees, officers, consultants, advisors, and any other person whose services are considered valuable to us or our affiliates, to continue as service providers, to increase their efforts on our behalf or on behalf of our subsidiary or affiliate and to promote the success of our business. As of December 31, 2019, we had options to purchase 101,931 ordinary shares outstanding under the 2012 Plan.
The 2012 Plan is administered by our board of directors or by a committee designated by the board of directors, which determines, subject to Israeli law, the grantees of awards and the terms of the grant, including, exercise prices, vesting schedules, acceleration of vesting and the other matters necessary in the administration of the 2012 Plan. The 2012 Plan enables us to issue awards under various tax regimes, including, without limitation, pursuant to Section 102 of the Ordinance as discussed under “2004 Share Option Plan” above, and under Section 3(i) of the Ordinance and Section 422 of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or the Code.
The 2012 Plan provides that options granted to our employees, directors and officers who are not controlling shareholders and who are considered Israeli residents are intended to qualify for special tax treatment under the “capital gain track” provisions of Section 102(b) of the Ordinance. Our Israeli non-employee service providers and controlling shareholders may only be granted options under Section 3(i) of the Ordinance, which does not provide for similar tax benefits.
Options granted under the 2012 Plan to U.S. residents may qualify as “incentive stock options” within the meaning of Section 422 of the Code, or may be non-qualified. The exercise price for “incentive stock options” must not be less than the fair market value on the date on which an option is granted, or 110% of the fair market value if the option holder holds more than 10% of our share capital.
Options granted under the 2012 Plan generally vest over four years commencing on the date of grant, such that 50% vest on the second anniversary of the date of grant and an additional 25% vest at the end of each subsequent anniversary, provided that the participant remains continuously employed or engaged by us. In some cases, 25% vest on the first anniversary of the date of grant and an additional 6.25% vest at the end of each subsequent quarter, provided that the participant remains continuously employed by or engaged by us.
Options, other than certain incentive share options, that are not exercised within seven years from the grant date expire, unless otherwise determined by our board of directors or its designated committee, as applicable. Share options that qualify as “incentive stock options” and are granted to a person holding more than 10% of our voting power will expire within five years from the date of the grant. In the event of the death of a grantee while employed by or performing service for us or a subsidiary or within three months after the date of the employee’s termination, or the termination of a grantee’s employment or services for reasons of disability, the grantee, or in the case of death, his or her legal successor, may exercise options that have vested prior to termination within a period of one year from the date of disability or death. If a grantee’s employment or service is terminated by reason of retirement in accordance with applicable law, the grantee may exercise his or her vested options within the three-month period after the date of such retirement. If we terminate a grantee’s employment or service for cause, all of the grantee’s vested and unvested options will expire on the date of termination. If a grantee’s employment or service is terminated for any other reason, the grantee may generally exercise his or her vested options within 90 days of the date of termination. Any expired or unvested options return to the pool and become available for reissuance.
In the event of a merger or consolidation of our company, or a sale of all, or substantially all, of our shares or assets or other transaction having a similar effect on us, then without the consent of the option holder, our board of directors or its designated committee, as applicable, may but is not required to (i) cause any outstanding award to be assumed or an equivalent award to be substituted by such successor corporation, or (ii) in case the successor corporation does not assume or substitute the award (a) provide the grantee with the option to exercise the award as to all or part of the shares or (b) cancel the options and pay in cash an amount determined by the board of directors or the committee as fair in the circumstances. Notwithstanding the foregoing, our board of directors or its designated committee may upon such event amend, modify or terminate the terms of any award, including conferring the right to purchase any other security or asset that the board of directors or the committee shall deem, in good faith, appropriate.
2015 Incentive Compensation Plan
In March 2015, we adopted our 2015 Incentive Compensation Plan, or the 2015 Plan. The 2015 Plan provides for the grant of share options, share appreciation rights, restricted share awards, restricted share units, cash-based awards, other share-based awards and dividend equivalents to our company’s and our affiliates’ respective employees, non-employee directors and consultants. The reserved pool of shares under the 2015 Plan is the sum of (i) 661,745 shares; plus (ii) on January 1 of each calendar year during the term of the 2015 Plan, a number of shares equal to the least of: (x) 3% of the total number of shares outstanding on December 31 of the immediately preceding calendar year, (y) an amount determined by our board of directors, and (z) 1,965,930 shares. From and after the effective date of the 2015 Plan, no further grants or awards have been made under the 2012 Plan. Generally, shares that are forfeited, cancelled, terminated or expire unexercised, settled in cash in lieu of issuance of shares under the 2015 Plan or the 2012 Plan shall be available for issuance under new awards. Generally, any shares tendered or withheld to pay the exercise price, purchase price of an award, or any withholding taxes shall be available for issuance under new awards. Shares delivered pursuant to “substitute awards” (awards granted in assumption or substitution of awards granted by a company acquired by us) shall not reduce the shares available for issuance under the 2015 Plan.
As of December 31, 2019, we had options to purchase 969,536 ordinary shares and 677,593 unvested RSUs outstanding under the 2015 Plan. After adding the increase to the 2015 Plan that was effective on January 1, 2020, we had 3,269,482 ordinary shares reserved for additional grants.
Subject to applicable law, the 2015 Plan is administered by our compensation committee, which has full authority in all matters related to the discharge of its responsibilities and the exercise of its authority under the plan. Awards under the 2015 Plan may be granted until 10 years after the effective date of the 2015 Plan.
The terms of options granted under the 2015 Plan, including the exercise price, vesting provisions and the duration of an option, are determined by the compensation committee and set forth in an award agreement. Except as provided in the applicable award agreement, or in the discretion of the compensation committee, an option may be exercised only to the extent that it is then exercisable and shall terminate immediately upon a termination of service of the grantee.
Share appreciation rights, or SARs, are awards entitling a grantee to receive a payment representing the difference between the base price per share of the right and the fair market value of a share on the date of exercise. SARs may be granted in tandem with an option or independent and unrelated to an option. The terms of SARs granted under the 2015 Plan, including the base price per share, vesting provisions and the duration of an SAR, shall be determined by the compensation committee and set forth in an award agreement. Except as provided in the applicable award agreement, or in the discretion of the compensation committee, an SAR may be exercised only to the extent that it is then exercisable and shall terminate immediately upon a termination of service of the grantee. At the discretion of the compensation committee, SARs will be payable in cash, ordinary shares or equivalent value or some combination thereof.
Restricted share awards are ordinary shares that are awarded to a grantee subject to the satisfaction of the terms and conditions established by the compensation committee in the award agreement. Until such time as the applicable restrictions lapse, restricted shares are subject to forfeiture and may not be sold, assigned, pledged or otherwise disposed of by the grantee who holds those shares.
RSUs are awards covering a number of hypothetical units with respect to shares that are granted subject to such vesting and transfer restrictions and conditions of payment as the compensation committee may determine in an award agreement. RSUs, once vested, may be settled for the grantee in cash, ordinary shares of equivalent value, or a combination thereof.
The 2015 Plan provides for the grant of cash-based award and other share-based awards (which are equity-based or equity related award not otherwise described in the 2015 Plan). The terms of such cash-based awards or other share-based shall be determined by the compensation committee and set forth in the award agreement.
The compensation committee may grant dividend equivalents based on the dividends declared on shares that are subject to any award. Dividend equivalents may be subject to any limitations and/or restrictions determined by the compensation committee and shall be converted to cash or additional shares by such formula and at such time, and shall be paid at such times, as may be determined by the compensation committee.
In the event of any dividend (excluding any ordinary dividend) or other distribution, recapitalization, share split, reverse share split, reorganization, merger, consolidation, split-up, split-off, combination, repurchase or exchange of shares or similar event (including a change in control) that affects the ordinary shares, the compensation committee shall make any such adjustments in such manner as it may deem equitable, including any or all of the following: (i) adjusting the number of shares available for grant under the 2015 Plan, (ii) adjusting the terms of outstanding awards, (iii) providing for a substitution or assumption of awards and (iv) cancelling awards in exchange for a payment in cash. In the event of a change of control, each outstanding award shall be treated as the compensation committee determines, including, without limitation, (i) that each award be honored or assumed, or equivalent rights substituted therefor, by the new employer or (ii) that all unvested awards will terminate upon the change in control. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event that it is determined that neither (i) or (ii) in the preceding sentence will apply, all awards will become fully vested.
2015 Israeli Sub Plan
The 2015 Israeli Sub Plan provides for the grant by us of awards pursuant to Sections 102 and 3(i) of the Ordinance, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder. The 2015 Israeli Sub Plan is effective with respect to awards granted as of 30 days from the date we submitted it to the ITA. The 2015 Israeli Sub Plan provides for awards to be granted to those of our or our affiliates’ employees, directors and officers who are not Controlling Shareholders, as defined in the Ordinance, and who are considered Israeli residents, to the extent that such awards either are (i) intended to qualify for special tax treatment under the “capital gains track” provisions of Section 102(b) of the Ordinance or (ii) not intended to qualify for such special tax treatment. The 2015 Israeli Sub Plan also provides for the grant of awards under Section 3(i) of the Ordinance to our Israeli non-employee service providers and Controlling Shareholders, who are not eligible for such special tax treatment.
2015 U.S. Sub Plan
The 2015 U.S. Sub Plan applies to grantees that are subject to U.S. federal income tax. The 2015 U.S. Sub Plan provides that options granted to the U.S. grantees will either be incentive stock options pursuant to Section 422 of the Code, or nonqualified stock options. Options, other than certain incentive stock options described below, must have an exercise price not less than 100% of the fair market value of an underlying share on the date of grant. Incentive stock options that are not exercised within 10 years from the grant date expire, provided that incentive stock options granted to a person holding more than 10% of our voting power will expire within five years from the date of the grant and must have an exercise price at least equal to 110% of the fair market value of an underlying share on the date of grant. The number of shares available under the 2015 Plan for grants of incentive stock options shall be the total number of shares available under the 2015 Plan subject to any limitations under the Code and provided that shares delivered pursuant to “substitute awards” shall reduce the shares available for issuance of incentive stock options under the 2015 Plan. It is the intention that no award shall be deferred compensation subject to Section 409A of the Code unless and to the extent that the compensation committee specifically determines otherwise. If the compensation committee determines an award will be subject to Section 409A of the Code such awards shall be intended to comply in all respects with Section 409A of the Code, and the 2015 Plan and the terms and conditions of such awards shall be interpreted and administered accordingly.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
We have adopted an employee stock purchase plan, or ESPP, pursuant to which our employees and employees of our subsidiaries may elect to have payroll deductions (or, when not allowed under local laws or regulations, another form of payment) made on each pay day during the offering period in an amount not exceeding 15% of the compensation which the employees receive on each pay day during the offering period. To date, we have not granted employees the right to make purchases under the plan. The number of shares initially reserved for purchase under the ESPP was 242,425 ordinary shares, which was to be automatically increased annually on January 1 by a number of ordinary shares equal to the least of (i) 1% of the total number of shares outstanding on December 31 of the immediately preceding calendar year, (ii) an amount determined by our board of directors, if so determined prior to January 1 of the year on which the increase will occur, and (iii) 655,310 shares.
The ESPP is administered by our board of directors or by a committee designated by the board of directors. Subject to those rights which are reserved to the board of directors or which require shareholder approval under Israeli law, our board of directors has designated the compensation committee to administer the ESPP. To the extent that we grant employees the right to make purchases under the ESPP, on the first day of each offering period, each participating employee will be granted an option to purchase on the exercise date of such offering period up to a number of the company’s ordinary shares determined by dividing (1) the employee’s payroll deductions accumulated prior to such exercise date and retained in the employee’s account as of the exercise date by (2) the applicable purchase price. The applicable purchase price is based on a discount percentage of up to 15%, which percentage may be decreased by the board or the compensation committee, multiplied by the lesser of (1) the fair market value of an ordinary share on the exercise date, or (2) the fair market value of an ordinary share on the offering date.
Board of Directors
Under the Companies Law, the management of our business is vested in our board of directors. Our board of directors may exercise all powers and may take all actions that are not specifically granted to our shareholders or to management. Our executive officers are responsible for our day-to-day management and have individual responsibilities established by our board of directors. Our Chief Executive Officer is appointed by, and serves at the discretion of, our board of directors, subject to the employment agreement that we have entered into with him. All other executive officers are also appointed by our board of directors and are subject to the terms of any applicable employment agreements that we may enter into with them.
Under our articles, our board of directors must consist of at least five and not more than nine directors, including, to the extent applicable, at least two external directors who may be required to be appointed under the Companies Law. Our board of directors currently consists of nine directors. Our directors are divided into three classes with staggered three-year terms. Each class of directors consists, as nearly as possible, of one-third of the total number of directors constituting the entire board of directors (other than the external directors, to the extent applicable). At each annual general meeting of our shareholders, the election or re-election of directors following the expiration of the term of office of the directors of that class of directors is for a term of office that expires on the third annual general meeting following such election or re-election, such that at each annual general meeting the term of office of only one class of directors expires. Each director will hold office until the annual general meeting of our shareholders in which his or her term expires, unless they are removed by a vote of 65% of the total voting power of our shareholders at a general meeting of our shareholders or upon the occurrence of certain events, in accordance with the Companies Law and our articles.
In August 2019, we elected to be governed by an exemption under the Companies Law regulations that exempts us from appointing external directors and from complying with the Companies Law requirements related to the composition of the audit committee and compensation committee of our board of directors. Our eligibility for that exemption is conditioned upon: (i) the continued listing of our ordinary shares on the NASDAQ Stock Market (or one of a few select other non-Israeli stock exchanges); (ii) there not being a controlling shareholder (generally understood in this context to be a 25% or greater shareholder) of our company under the Companies Law; and (iii) our compliance with the NASDAQ Listing Rules requirements as to the composition of (a) our board of directors—which requires that we maintain a majority of independent directors (as defined under the NASDAQ Listing Rules) on our board of directors and (b) the audit and compensation committees of our board of directors (which require that such committees consist solely of independent directors (at least three and two members, respectively), as described under the NASDAQ Listing Rules). At the time that it determined to exempt our company from the external director requirement, our board affirmatively determined that we meet the conditions for exemption from the external director requirement, including that a majority of the members of our board, along with each of the members of the audit and compensation committees of the board, are independent under the NASDAQ Listing Rules.
As a result of our election to be exempt from the external director requirement under the Companies Law, each of our directors (including our two directors who formerly served as external directors) is now assigned to one of the three, staggered classes of our board of directors, as follows:
|(i)||the Class I directors are Alon Lumbroso, Dov Ofer and Yehoshua (Shuki) Nir, and, except for Mr. Nir, who is required to stand for reelection at the 2020 annual general meeting of shareholders (as described below), their terms expire at our annual general meeting of shareholders to be held in 2022 and when their successors are elected and qualified;|
|(ii)||the Class II directors are Ofer Ben-Zur, Gabi Seligsohn and Lauri Hanover and their terms expire at our annual general meeting of shareholders to be held in 2020 and when their successors are elected and qualified; and|
|(iii)||the Class III directors are Yuval Cohen, Stephen Nigro and Ronen Samuel, and their terms expire at our annual general meeting of shareholders to be held in 2021 and when their successors are elected and qualified.|
Our board of directors has determined that five of our directors, Lauri Hanover, Alon Lumbroso, Stephen Nigro, Yehoshua (Shuki) Nir and Dov Ofer, constituting a majority of the members of the board, are independent under the rules of the NASDAQ Stock Market. The definition of independent director under the NASDAQ Stock Market rules specifies criteria whose aim is to ensure that there is no factor that would impair the ability of the independent director to exercise independent judgment, and furthermore requires that the board of directors affirmatively determine that the independent director can exercise independent judgment.
Under the Companies Law and our articles, besides nominees who are chosen by our board of directors, nominees for director may also be proposed by any shareholder holding at least 1% of our outstanding voting power. However, any such shareholder may propose a nominee only if a written notice of such shareholder’s intent to propose a nominee has been given to our Secretary (or, if we have no such Secretary, our Chief Executive Officer) within seven days following our publication of notice of an upcoming annual shareholder meeting (or within 14 days after we publish a preliminary notification of an upcoming annual shareholder meeting). Any such shareholder nomination must include certain information, including, among other things, a description of all arrangements between the nominating shareholder and the proposed director nominee(s) and any other person pursuant to which the nomination(s) are to be made by the nominating shareholder, the consent of the proposed director nominee(s) to serve as our director(s) if elected and a declaration signed by the nominee(s) declaring that there is no limitation under the Companies Law preventing their election, and that all of the information that is required under the Companies Law to be provided to us in connection with such election has been provided.
In addition, our articles allow our board of directors to appoint directors to fill vacancies on our board of directors for a term of office equal to the remaining period of the term of office of the director(s) whose office(s) have been vacated. External directors—when we are subject to, or choose to be bound by, the requirement to elect them—are elected for an initial term of three years and may be elected for additional three-year terms under the circumstances described below.
Under the Companies Law, our board of directors must determine the minimum number of directors who are required to have accounting and financial expertise. In determining the number of directors required to have such expertise, our board of directors must consider, among other things, the type and size of the company and the scope and complexity of its operations. Our board of directors has determined that the minimum number of directors of our company who are required to have accounting and financial expertise is one.
Under the Companies Law, the boards of directors of companies whose shares are publicly traded, including companies with shares traded in the United States, are generally required to include at least two members who qualify as external directors. Lauri Hanover and Yehoshua (Shuki) Nir had served as our external directors until our board elected, in August 2019, to be governed by the exemption from maintaining external directors on our board under the Companies Law (as described above).
Our election to exempt our company from compliance with the external director requirement can be reversed at any time by our board of directors, in which case we would need to hold a shareholder meeting to once again appoint external directors, whose election would be for a three-year term. The election of each external director would require approval by a majority vote of the shares present and voting at a meeting of shareholders, provided that either:
|●||such majority includes at least a majority of the shares held by all shareholders who are not controlling shareholders and who lack a personal interest in the election of the external director (other than a personal interest not deriving from a relationship with a controlling shareholder) that are voted at the meeting, excluding abstentions, to which we refer as a disinterested majority; or|
|●||the total number of shares voted by non-controlling, disinterested shareholders and by shareholders (as described in the previous bullet point) against the election of the external director does not exceed 2% of the aggregate voting rights in the company.|
The term “controlling shareholder” as used in the Companies Law for purposes of all matters related to external directors and for certain other purposes (such as the requirements related to appointment to the audit committee or compensation committee, as described below), means a shareholder with the ability to direct the activities of the company, other than by virtue of being an office holder. A shareholder is presumed to be a controlling shareholder if the shareholder holds 50% or more of the voting rights in a company or has the right to appoint the majority of the directors of the company or its general manager (chief executive officer).
For further information concerning the Companies Law provisions related to external directors, please see “ITEM 6. Directors, Senior Management and Employees - C. Board Practices - Board of Directors - External Directors” in our annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2018, which we filed with the SEC on March 26, 2019.
Leadership Structure of the Board
In accordance with the Companies Law and our articles, our board of directors is required to appoint one of its members to serve as chairman of the board of directors. Our board of directors has appointed Yuval Cohen to serve as chairman of the board of directors.
Our audit committee consists of three members: Lauri Hanover (Chairperson), Yehoshua (Shuki) Nir and Dov Ofer.
Companies Law Requirements
Under the Companies Law, we are required to appoint an audit committee. The audit committee must be comprised of at least three directors. To the extent a company is required to appoint external directors, this committee must include all of the external directors, one of whom must serve as chairman of the committee. There are additional requirements as to the composition of the audit committee under the Companies Law. However, when we elected to exempt our company from the external director requirement, we concurrently elected to exempt our company from all of such requirements (which exemption is conditioned on our fulfillment of all NASDAQ listing requirements related to the composition of the audit committee).
NASDAQ Listing Requirements
Under NASDAQ corporate governance rules, we are required to maintain an audit committee consisting of at least three independent directors, each of whom is financially literate and one of whom has accounting or related financial management expertise.
All members of our audit committee meet the requirements for financial literacy under the applicable rules and regulations of the SEC and NASDAQ corporate governance rules. Our board of directors has determined that Lauri Hanover qualifies as an audit committee financial expert, as defined by the SEC rules, and has the requisite financial experience, as defined by the NASDAQ corporate governance rules.
Each of the members of our audit committee is “independent” as such term is defined in Rule 10A-3(b)(1) under the Exchange Act and satisfies the independent director requirements under the NASDAQ Stock Market rules.
Audit Committee Role
Our board of directors has adopted an audit committee charter that sets forth the responsibilities of the audit committee consistent with the rules and regulations of the SEC and the listing requirements of the NASDAQ Stock Market, as well as the requirements for such committee under the Companies Law, including the following:
|●||oversight of our independent registered public accounting firm and recommending the engagement, compensation or termination of engagement of our independent registered public accounting firm to the board of directors in accordance with Israeli law;|
|●||recommending the engagement or termination of the person filling the office of our internal auditor; and|
|●||recommending the terms of audit and non-audit services provided by the independent registered public accounting firm for pre-approval by our board of directors.|
Our audit committee provides assistance to our board of directors in fulfilling its legal and fiduciary obligations in matters involving our accounting, auditing, financial reporting, internal control and legal compliance functions by pre-approving the services performed by our independent accountants and reviewing their reports regarding our accounting practices and systems of internal control over financial reporting. Our audit committee also oversees the audit efforts of our independent accountants and takes those actions that it deems necessary to satisfy itself that the accountants are independent of management.
Under the Companies Law, our audit committee is responsible for:
|●||determining whether there are deficiencies in the business management practices of our company, including in consultation with our internal auditor or the independent auditor, and making recommendations to the board of directors to improve such practices;|
|●||determining whether to approve certain related party transactions (including transactions in which an office holder has a personal interest and whether such transaction is material or extraordinary under the Companies Law) (see “—Approval of Related Party Transactions under Israeli Law”);|
|●||establishing the approval process (including, potentially, the approval of the audit committee and conducting a competitive procedure supervised by the audit committee) for certain transactions with a controlling shareholder or in which a controlling shareholder has a personal interest;|
|●||where the board of directors approves the working plan of the internal auditor, examining such working plan before its submission to the board of directors and proposing amendments thereto;|
|●||examining our internal audit controls and internal auditor’s performance, including whether the internal auditor has sufficient resources and tools to fulfill his or her responsibilities;|
|●||examining the scope of our auditor’s work and compensation and submitting a recommendation with respect thereto to our board of directors or shareholders, depending on which of them is considering the appointment of our auditor; and|
|●||establishing procedures for the handling of employees’ complaints as to the management of our business and the protection to be provided to such employees.|
Compensation Committee and Compensation Policy
Our compensation committee consists of three members: Yehoshua (Shuki) Nir (Chairman), Lauri Hanover and Dov Ofer.
Companies Law Requirements
Under the Companies Law, the board of directors of a public company must appoint a compensation committee. To the extent a company is required to appoint external directors, the compensation committee must be comprised of at least three directors, including all of the external directors, who must constitute a majority of the members of, and include the chairman of, the compensation committee. There are additional requirements as to the composition of the compensation committee under the Companies Law. However, when we elected to exempt our company from the external director requirement, we concurrently elected to exempt our company from all of such requirements (including the three-member minimum). Our exemption under the Companies Law is conditioned on our fulfillment of all NASDAQ listing requirements related to the composition of the compensation committee.
The duties of the compensation committee include the recommendation to the company’s board of directors of a policy regarding the terms of engagement of office holders, to which we refer as a compensation policy. That policy must be adopted by the company’s board of directors, after considering the recommendations of the compensation committee, and must be brought for approval by the company’s shareholders, which approval requires what we refer to as a Special Approval for Compensation. A Special Approval for Compensation requires shareholder approval by a majority vote of the shares present and voting at a meeting of shareholders called for such purpose, provided that either: (a) such majority includes at least a majority of the shares held by all shareholders who are not controlling shareholders and do not have a personal interest in such compensation arrangement; or (b) the total number of shares of non-controlling shareholders who do not have a personal interest in the compensation arrangement and who vote against the arrangement does not exceed 2% of the company’s aggregate voting rights.
The compensation policy must serve as the basis for decisions concerning the financial terms of employment or engagement of office holders, including exculpation, insurance, indemnification or any monetary payment, obligation of payment or other benefit in respect of employment or engagement. The compensation policy must relate to certain factors, including advancement of the company’s objectives, the company’s business plan and its long-term strategy, and creation of appropriate incentives for office holders. It must also consider, among other things, the company’s risk management, size and the nature of its operations. The compensation policy must include certain principles, such as: a link between variable compensation and long-term performance and measurable criteria; the relationship between variable and fixed compensation; and the minimum holding or vesting period for variable, equity-based compensation.
The compensation committee is responsible for (a) recommending the compensation policy to a company’s board of directors for its approval (and subsequent approval by its shareholders) and (b) duties related to the compensation policy and to the compensation of a company’s office holders, as well as functions with respect to matters related to approval of the terms of engagement of office holders, including:
|●||recommending whether a compensation policy should continue in effect, if the then-current policy has a term of greater than three years or, in the case of the initial compensation policy of a company that has recently undergone its initial public offering, five years (approval of either a new compensation policy or the continuation of an existing compensation policy must in any case occur every three years or, upon the expiration of the initial period for a company that recently underwent its initial public offering, after five years);|
|●||recommending to the board of directors periodic updates to the compensation policy and assessing implementation of the compensation policy;|
|●||approving compensation terms of executive officers, directors and employees that require approval of the compensation committee;|
|●||determining whether the compensation terms of a chief executive officer nominee, which were determined pursuant to the compensation policy, will be exempt from approval of the shareholders because such approval would harm the ability to engage with such nominee; and|
|●||determining, subject to the approval of the board and under special circumstances, override a determination of the company’s shareholders regarding certain compensation related issues.|
Consistent with the foregoing requirements, following the recommendation of our compensation committee, our board and our shareholders approved our compensation policy in July 2015 and September 2015, respectively. We intend to call a shareholder meeting in the near future to present an updated compensation policy (following compensation committee recommendation and board approval) for the approval of our shareholders, as is required following the lapse of five years following our initial public offering. Following that approval, the compensation policy (in updated form, if applicable) will need to be recommended by the compensation committee and presented for the approval of the board and shareholders, every three years, in accordance with the requirements of the Companies Law.
NASDAQ Listing Requirements
Under NASDAQ corporate governance rules, we are required to maintain a compensation committee consisting of at least two independent directors. Each of the members of the compensation committee is required to be independent under NASDAQ rules relating to compensation committee members, which are different from the general test for independence of board and committee members. Each of the members of our compensation committee satisfies those requirements.
Compensation Committee Role
Our board of directors has adopted a compensation committee charter that sets forth the responsibilities of the compensation committee, which include:
|●||the responsibilities set forth in the compensation policy;|
|●||reviewing and approving the granting of options and other incentive awards to the extent such authority is delegated by our board of directors; and|
|●||reviewing, evaluating and making recommendations regarding the compensation and benefits for our non-employee directors.|
Compensation of Directors
Under the Companies Law, compensation of directors requires the approval of a company’s compensation committee, the subsequent approval of the board of directors and, unless exempted under the regulations promulgated under the Companies Law, the approval of the shareholders at a general meeting. Where the director is also a controlling shareholder, the requirements for approval of transactions with controlling shareholders apply, as described below under “Disclosure of Personal Interests of a Controlling Shareholder and Approval of Certain Transactions.”
For information regarding the current compensation package that is paid to our non-employee directors, see “B. Compensation—Director Compensation” in this ITEM 6. Our directors are also entitled to be paid reasonable travel, hotel and other expenses expended by them in attending board meetings and performing their functions as directors of the company, all of which is to be determined by the board of directors.
External directors (when we are required to have them serving on our board of directors) are entitled to remuneration subject to the provisions and limitations set forth in the regulations promulgated under the Companies Law.
Under the Companies Law, the board of directors of an Israeli public company must appoint an internal auditor recommended by the audit committee. An internal auditor may not be:
|●||a person (or a relative of a person) who holds 5% or more of the company’s outstanding shares or voting rights;|
|●||a person (or a relative of a person) who has the power to appoint a director or the general manager of the company;|
|●||an office holder (including a director) of the company (or a relative thereof); or|
|●||a member of the company’s independent auditor, or anyone on its behalf.|
The role of the internal auditor is to examine, among other things, our compliance with applicable law and orderly business procedures. The audit committee is required to oversee the activities and to assess the performance of the internal auditor as well as to review the internal auditor’s work plan. Irena Ben-Yakar of Brightman Almagor & Zohar (Deloitte) serves as our internal auditor.
Approval of Related Party Transactions Under Israeli Law
Fiduciary Duties of Directors and Executive Officers
The Companies Law codifies the fiduciary duties that office holders owe to a company. Each person listed in the table under “Directors and Senior Management” is an office holder of our company under the Companies Law.
An office holder’s fiduciary duties consist of a duty of care and a duty of loyalty. The duty of care requires an office holder to act with the level of care with which a reasonable office holder in the same position would have acted under the same circumstances. The duty of loyalty requires that an office holder act in good faith and in the best interests of the company.
The duty of care includes a duty to use reasonable means to obtain:
|●||information on the advisability of a given action brought for his or her approval or performed by virtue of his or her position; and|
|●||all other important information pertaining to any such action.|
The duty of loyalty includes a duty to:
|●||refrain from any conflict of interest between the performance of his or her duties to the company and his or her other duties or personal affairs;|
|●||refrain from any activity that is competitive with the business of the company;|
|●||refrain from exploiting any business opportunity of the company to receive a personal gain for himself or herself or others; and|
|●||disclose to the company any information or documents relating to the company’s affairs which the office holder received as a result of his or her position as an office holder.|
Disclosure of Personal Interests of an Office Holder and Approval of Certain Transactions
The Companies Law requires that an office holder promptly disclose to the board of directors any conflict of interest (referred to under the Companies Law as a “personal interest”) that he or she may be aware of and all related material information or documents concerning any existing or proposed transaction with the company. An interested office holder’s disclosure must be made promptly and, in any event, no later than the first meeting of the board of directors at which the transaction is considered. A personal interest includes an interest of any person in an act or transaction of a company, including a personal interest of such person’s relative or of a corporate body in which such person or a relative of such person is a 5% or greater shareholder, director or general manager (i.e., chief executive officer) or in which he or she has the right to appoint at least one director or the general manager, but excluding a personal interest stemming from one’s ownership of shares in the company.
A personal interest furthermore includes the personal interest of a person for whom the office holder holds a voting proxy or the personal interest of the office holder with respect to his or her vote on behalf of a person for whom he or she holds a proxy even if such shareholder has no personal interest in the matter. An office holder is not, however, obliged to disclose a personal interest if it derives solely from the personal interest of his or her relative in a transaction that is not considered an extraordinary transaction. Under the Companies Law, an extraordinary transaction is defined as any of the following:
|●||a transaction other than in the ordinary course of business;|
|●||a transaction that is not on market terms; or|
|●||a transaction that may have a material impact on a company’s profitability, assets or liabilities.|
If it is determined that an office holder has a personal interest in a transaction which is not an extraordinary transaction, approval by the board of directors is required for the transaction, unless the company’s articles of association provide for a different method of approval. Further, so long as an office holder has disclosed his or her personal interest in a transaction, the board of directors may approve an action by the office holder that would otherwise be deemed a breach of his or her duty of loyalty. However, a company may not approve a transaction or action that is not in the best interests of the company or that is not performed by the office holder in good faith. An extraordinary transaction in which an office holder has a personal interest requires approval first by the company’s audit committee and subsequently by the board of directors. The compensation of, or an undertaking to indemnify or insure, an office holder who is not a director requires approval first by the company’s compensation committee, then by the company’s board of directors. If such compensation arrangement or an undertaking to indemnify or insure is inconsistent with the company’s stated compensation policy, or if the office holder is the chief executive officer (apart from a number of specific exceptions), then such arrangement is further subject to a Special Approval for Compensation. Arrangements regarding the compensation, indemnification or insurance of a director require the approval of the compensation committee, board of directors and shareholders by ordinary majority, in that order, and under certain circumstances, a Special Approval for Compensation.
Generally, a person who has a personal interest in a matter which is considered at a meeting of the board of directors or the audit or compensation committees may not be present at such a meeting or vote on that matter unless the chairman of the relevant committee or board of directors (as applicable) determines that he or she should be present in order to present the transaction that is subject to approval. If a majority of the members of the board committee or the board of directors (as applicable) has a personal interest in the approval of a transaction, then all directors may participate in discussions of the committee or the board of directors (as applicable) on such transaction and the voting on approval thereof, but shareholder approval is also required for such transaction.
Disclosure of Personal Interests of Controlling Shareholders and Approval of Certain Transactions
Pursuant to Israeli law, the disclosure requirements regarding personal interests that apply to directors and executive officers also apply to a controlling shareholder of a public company. The Companies Law provides a broader definition of a controlling shareholder solely with respect to the provisions pertaining to related party transactions. For such purposes, a controlling shareholder is a shareholder that has the ability to direct the activities of a company, including by holding 50% or more of the voting rights in a company or by having the right to appoint the majority of the directors of the company or its general manager (chief executive officer), and furthermore, by holding 25% or more of the voting rights if no other shareholder holds more than 50% of the voting rights. For this purpose, the holdings of all shareholders who have a personal interest in the same transaction will be aggregated. An extraordinary transaction between a public company and a controlling shareholder or in which a controlling shareholder has a personal interest and the terms of any compensation arrangement of a controlling shareholder who is an office holder or his relative, require the approval of a company’s audit committee (or compensation committee with respect to compensation arrangements), board of directors and shareholders, in that order. In addition, the shareholder approval must fulfill one of the following requirements:
|●||at least a majority of the shares held by all shareholders who do not have a personal interest in the transaction and who are present and voting at the meeting approves the transaction, excluding abstentions; or|
|●||the shares voted against the transaction by shareholders who have no personal interest in the transaction and who are present and voting at the meeting do not exceed 2% of the voting rights in the company.|
To the extent that any such transaction with a controlling shareholder is for a period extending beyond three years, approval is required once every three years, unless, with respect to certain transactions, the audit committee determines that the duration of the transaction is reasonable given the circumstances related thereto.
Arrangements regarding the compensation, indemnification or insurance of a controlling shareholder in his or her capacity as an office holder require the approval of the compensation committee, board of directors and shareholders by a Special Majority, in that order, and the terms thereof may not be inconsistent with the company’s stated compensation policy.
Pursuant to regulations promulgated under the Companies Law, certain transactions with a controlling shareholder or his or her relative, with directors, or with the chief executive officer, that would otherwise require approval of a company’s shareholders may be exempt from shareholder approval upon certain determinations of the audit committee or compensation committee (as applicable), and the board of directors.
Pursuant to the Companies Law, a shareholder has a duty to act in good faith and in a customary manner toward the company and other shareholders and to refrain from abusing his or her power in the company, including, among other things, in voting at a general meeting and at shareholder class meetings with respect to the following matters:
|●||an amendment to the company’s articles of association;|
|●||an increase of the company’s authorized share capital;|
|●||a merger; or|
|●||the approval of related party transactions and acts of office holders that require shareholder approval.|
A shareholder also has a general duty to refrain from discriminating against other shareholders.
In addition, certain shareholders have a duty of fairness toward the company. These shareholders include any controlling shareholder, any shareholder who knows that he or she has the power to determine the outcome of a shareholder vote and any shareholder who has the power to appoint or to prevent the appointment of an office holder of the company or other power towards the company. The Companies Law does not define the substance of the duty of fairness, except to state that the remedies generally available upon a breach of contract will also apply in the event of a breach of the duty to act with fairness.
Exculpation, Insurance and Indemnification of Directors and Officers
Under the Companies Law, a company may not exculpate an office holder from liability for a breach of the duty of loyalty. An Israeli company may exculpate an office holder in advance from liability to the company, in whole or in part, for damages caused to the company as a result of a breach of duty of care but only if a provision authorizing such exculpation is included in its articles of association. Our articles include such a provision. A company may not exculpate in advance a director from liability arising out of a prohibited dividend or distribution to shareholders.
Under the Companies Law, a company may indemnify an office holder in respect of the following liabilities and expenses incurred for acts performed by him or her as an office holder, either pursuant to an undertaking made in advance of an event or following an event, provided its articles of association include a provision authorizing such indemnification:
|●||financial liability imposed on him or her in favor of another person pursuant to a judgment, including a settlement or arbitrator’s award approved by a court. However, if an undertaking to indemnify an office holder with respect to such liability is provided in advance, then such an undertaking must be limited to events which, in the opinion of the board of directors, can be foreseen based on the company’s activities when the undertaking to indemnify is given, and to an amount or according to criteria determined by the board of directors as reasonable under the circumstances, and such undertaking shall detail the abovementioned foreseen events and amount or criteria;|
|●||reasonable litigation expenses, including attorneys’ fees, incurred by the office holder (1) as a result of an investigation or proceeding instituted against him or her by an authority authorized to conduct such investigation or proceeding, provided that (i) no indictment was filed against such office holder as a result of such investigation or proceeding, and (ii) no financial liability was imposed upon him or her as a substitute for the criminal proceeding as a result of such investigation or proceeding or, if such financial liability was imposed, it was imposed with respect to an offense that does not require proof of criminal intent; and (2) in connection with a monetary sanction; and|
|●||reasonable litigation expenses, including attorneys’ fees, incurred by the office holder or imposed by a court in proceedings instituted against him or her by the company, on its behalf, or by a third party, or in connection with criminal proceedings in which the office holder was acquitted, or as a result of a conviction for an offense that does not require proof of criminal intent.|
Under the Companies Law, a company may insure an office holder against the following liabilities incurred for acts performed by him or her as an office holder, if and to the extent provided in the company’s articles of association:
|●||a breach of the duty of loyalty to the company, provided that the office holder acted in good faith and had a reasonable basis to believe that the act would not harm the company;|
|●||a breach of duty of care to the company or to a third party, to the extent such a breach arises out of the negligent conduct of the office holder; and|
|●||a financial liability imposed on the office holder in favor of a third party.|
Under the Companies Law, a company may not indemnify, exculpate or insure an office holder against any of the following:
|●||a breach of the duty of loyalty, except for indemnification and insurance for a breach of the duty of loyalty to the company to the extent that the office holder acted in good faith and had a reasonable basis to believe that the act would not harm the company;|
|●||a breach of duty of care committed intentionally or recklessly, excluding a breach arising out of the negligent conduct of the office holder;|
|●||an act or omission committed with intent to derive illegal personal benefit; or|
|●||a fine or forfeit levied against the office holder.|
Under the Companies Law, exculpation, indemnification and insurance of office holders in a public company must be approved by the compensation committee and the board of directors and, with respect to certain office holders or under certain circumstances, also by the shareholders. See “—Approval of Related Party Transactions under Israeli Law.”
Our articles permit us to exculpate, indemnify and insure our office holders to the fullest extent permitted or to be permitted by the Companies Law.
We have obtained directors and officers liability insurance for the benefit of our office holders and intend to continue to maintain such coverage and pay all premiums thereunder to the fullest extent permitted by the Companies Law. In addition, we entered into agreements with each of our directors and executive officers exculpating them from liability to us for damages caused to us as a result of a breach of duty of care and undertaking to indemnify them, in each case, to the fullest extent permitted by our articles and the Companies Law, including with respect to liabilities resulting from a public offering of our shares, to the extent that these liabilities are not covered by insurance.
As of December 31, 2019, we had 547 employees and subcontractors, with 339 located in Israel, 96 in the United States, 68 in Europe and 44 in Asia Pacific. The following table shows the breakdown of our workforce of employees and subcontractors by category of activity as of the dates indicated:
|As of December 31,|
|Area of Activity||2017||2018||2019|
|Sales and marketing||87||98||131|
|Manufacturing and operations||73||83||103|
|Research and development||122||115||128|
|General and administrative||64||69||84|
With respect to our Israeli employees, Israeli labor laws govern the length of the workday and workweek, minimum wages for employees, procedures for hiring and dismissing employees, determination of severance pay, annual leave, sick days, advance notice of termination of employment, payments to the National Insurance Institute, equal opportunity and anti-discrimination laws and other conditions of employment. While none of our employees is party to any collective bargaining agreements, certain provisions of the collective bargaining agreements between the Histadrut (General Federation of Labor in Israel) and the Coordination Bureau of Economic Organizations (including the Industrialists’ Associations) are applicable to our employees in Israel by order of the Israeli Ministry of the Economy and Industry. These provisions primarily concern pension fund benefits for all employees, insurance for work-related accidents, recuperation pay and travel expenses. We generally provide our employees with benefits and working conditions beyond the required minimums. With respect to our German employees, German and European labor laws govern the common employment terms including worktime, annual leave and employment termination. In addition to that our Kornit Digital Europe GmbH have a work council. Work council must be consulted about specific employee related issues and has the right to make proposals to management according to the German Works Constitution Act (BetrVG).
We have never experienced any labor-related work stoppages or strikes and believe our relationships with our employees are good.
For information regarding the share ownership of our directors and executive officers, please refer to “ITEM 6.B. Compensation” and “ITEM 7.A. Major Shareholders.”
|ITEM 7.||Major Shareholders and Related Party Transactions.|
The following table sets forth information with respect to the beneficial ownership of our ordinary shares as of February 28, 2020:
|●||each person or entity known by us to own beneficially 5% or more of our outstanding ordinary shares;|
|●||each of our directors and executive officers individually; and|
|●||all of our executive officers and directors as a group.|
The beneficial ownership of our ordinary shares is determined in accordance with the rules of the SEC and generally includes any ordinary shares over which a person exercises sole or shared voting or investment power, or the right to receive the economic benefit of ownership. For purposes of the table below, we deem ordinary shares issuable pursuant to options that are currently exercisable or exercisable within 60 days of February 28, 2019 to be outstanding and to be beneficially owned by the person holding the options for the purposes of computing the percentage ownership of that person, but we do not treat them as outstanding for the purpose of computing the percentage ownership of any other person. Except where otherwise indicated, we believe, based on information furnished to us by such owners, that the beneficial owners of the ordinary shares listed below have sole investment and voting power with respect to such shares. The number of record holders in the United States is not representative of the number of beneficial holders nor is it representative of where such beneficial holders are resident since many of these ordinary shares were held by brokers or other nominees.
Unless otherwise noted below, each shareholder’s address is c/o Kornit Digital Ltd., 12 Ha’Amal Street, Rosh –Ha’Ayin 4809246, Israel.
A description of any material relationship that our principal shareholders have had with us or any of our predecessors or affiliates within the past three years is included under “Certain Relationships and Related Party Transactions.”
The percentages set forth below are based on 40,801,834 ordinary shares outstanding as of February 28, 2020.
Except where otherwise indicated, we believe, based on information furnished to us by such owners, that the beneficial owners of the ordinary shares listed below have sole investment and voting power with respect to such shares. All of our shareholders, including the shareholders listed below, have the same voting rights attached to their ordinary shares. See “ITEM 10.B Articles of Association.”
A description of any material relationship that our major shareholders have had with us or any of our predecessors or affiliates within the past year is included under “ITEM 7.B—Related Party Transactions.
|Name||Number of Shares Beneficially Held||Percent|
|5% or Greater Shareholders|
|Wasatch Advisors Inc.(1)||3,559,402||8.7||%|
|American Capital Management Inc. (2)||2,545,892||6.2||%|
|Clal Insurance Enterprises Holdings Ltd. (3)||2,294,938||5.6||%|
|Directors and Executive Officers|
|Yehushua (Shuki) Nir||*||*|
|All Directors and Executive Officers as a Group (14 persons)||*||(4)||*|
|*||Represents beneficial ownership of less than 1% of our outstanding ordinary shares.|
|(1)||As of December 31, 2019, based on a beneficial ownership statement on Schedule 13G filed by Wasatch Advisors Inc. with the SEC on February 10, 2020.|
|(2)||As of December 31, 2019, based on an amendment to Schedule 13G amendment filed by American Capital Management Inc. with the SEC on February 20, 2020.|
|(3)||As of December 31, 2019, based on an amendment to Schedule 13G filed by Clal Insurance Enterprises Holdings Ltd., or Clal, with the SEC on February 10, 2020. All of the ordinary shares reported as beneficially owned by Clal are held for members of the public through, among others, provident funds and/or pension funds and/or insurance policies, which are managed by subsidiaries of Clal, which subsidiaries operate under independent management and make independent voting and investment decisions. Consequently, Clal does not admit beneficial ownership of any of those shares.|
|(4)||Consists of ordinary shares, options to purchase ordinary shares and RSUs that may be exercised or settled (as applicable) within 60 days of February 28, 2020.|
Recent Significant Changes in the Percentage Ownership of Major Shareholders
In January 2017, Fortissimo Capital (our former controlling shareholder) sold 6,235,000 of our ordinary shares in a secondary public offering, which decreased its holdings in our company from 48.5% to 26.3% (after taking into account the increase in outstanding shares resulting from our concurrent follow-on offering). In May 2017, Fortissimo Capital sold 4,250,000 of our ordinary shares in a secondary public offering, which decreased its holdings in our Company to 4,552,481 ordinary shares, or 13.5% of our outstanding ordinary shares. Over the course of 2018, Fortissimo Capital sold additional ordinary shares, thereby reducing its beneficial ownership further, and in December 2018, Fortissimo Capital sold all remaining 3,132,481 ordinary shares held by it in a secondary public offering.
In January and February 2018, several shareholders reported that they had acquired in excess of 5% of our outstanding shares over the course of 2017, including: Senvest Management, LLC (5.0%); American Capital Management, Inc. (7.3%); Granahan Investment Management, Inc. (6.9%); William Blair & Company, LLC (7.3%); and Gilder, Gagnon, Howe & Co. LLC (5.2%). In addition, in April 2018, Clal reported that it had acquired 5.0% of our outstanding ordinary shares.
In February 2019, each of Senvest Management, LLC, William Blair & Company, LLC and Gilder, Gagnon, Howe & Co. LLC reported that it had ceased to be a 5% shareholder as of the end of 2018, having dropped to beneficial ownership of 1.5%, 3.9% and 3.2%, respectively, as of that time. In February 2019, each of Granahan Investment Management, Inc. and Clal reported changes in its beneficial ownership as of the end of 2018, to 5.2% and 7.5%, respectively, of our outstanding ordinary shares.
In February 2020, each of Granahan Investment Management, Inc. and Clal reported changes in its beneficial ownership as of the end of 2019, to 3.0% and 5.6%, respectively, of our outstanding ordinary shares. Consequently, Granahan Investment Management, Inc. ceased to be a 5% shareholder as of the end of 2019. In addition, Wasatch Advisors Inc. reported that it held in excess of 5% of our outstanding shares as of the end of 2019, holding 8.7% as of that time.
The beneficial ownership of our ordinary shares by American Capital Management Inc. has gone from 7.5% as of the end of 2017 to 8.1% as of the end of 2018 and to 6.2% as of the end of 2019.
Other than the foregoing, there have been no recent significant changes in the percentage ownership of major shareholders.
Based upon a review of the information provided to us by our transfer agent, as of March 11, 2020, there were three holders of record of our ordinary shares, of which one record holder, holding approximately 99.88% of our outstanding ordinary shares, had a registered address in the United States. These numbers are not representative of the number of beneficial holders of our shares, nor is it representative of where such beneficial holders reside, since all of these shares held of record in the United States were held through CEDE & Co., the nominee company of the Depository Trust Company, on behalf of hundreds of firms of brokers and banks in the United States, who in turn held such shares on behalf of several thousand clients and customers.
|B.||Related Party Transactions|
Our policy is to enter into transactions with related parties on terms that, on the whole, are no more favorable, or no less favorable than those available from unaffiliated third parties. Based on our experience in the business sectors in which we operate and the terms of our transactions with unaffiliated third parties, we believe that all of the transactions described below met this policy standard at the time they occurred. The following is a description of material transactions, or series of related material transactions, since January 1, 2019, to which we were or will be a party and in which the other parties included or will include our directors, executive officers, holders of more than 10% of our voting securities or any member of the immediate family of any of the foregoing persons.
Agreements and Arrangements with, and Compensation of, Directors and Executive Officers
We have entered into written employment agreements with each of our executive officers. These agreements provide for notice periods of varying duration for termination of the agreement by us or by the relevant executive officer, during which time the executive officer will continue to receive base salary and benefits (except for the accrual of vacation days). These agreements also contain customary provisions regarding non-competition, confidentiality of information and assignment of inventions. However, the enforceability of the non-competition provisions may be limited under applicable law.
Options and RSUs
Since our inception we have granted options to purchase our ordinary shares to our officers and certain of our directors, and, commencing in 2018 (following approval by our shareholders), we began awarding annual RSU grants to our non-employee directors. Our option agreements may contain, and the terms of our RSU grants do contain, acceleration provisions upon certain merger, acquisition, or change of control transactions (in the case of the RSU grants, upon termination of, or resignation by, a non-employee director in connection with any such transaction or immediately thereafter). We describe our equity incentive plans under “ITEM 6.B. Compensation”. If the relationship between us and an executive officer or a director is terminated, except for cause (as defined in the option plans), all options that are vested will generally remain exercisable for ninety days after such termination.
Our articles permit us to exculpate, indemnify and insure each of our directors and office holders to the fullest extent permitted by Israeli law. We have entered into indemnification agreements with each of our directors and executive officers, undertaking to indemnify them to the fullest extent permitted by Israeli law, including with respect to liabilities resulting from a public offering of our shares, to the extent that these liabilities are not covered by insurance. We have also obtained Directors and Officers insurance for each of our executive officers and directors. For further information, see “ITEM 6.C Board Practices—Exculpation, Insurance and Indemnification of Directors and Officers.”
|C.||Interests of Experts and Counsel|
|ITEM 8.||Financial Information.|
|A.||Statements and Other Financial Information|
We have appended our financial statements at the end of this annual report, starting at page F-1, as part of this annual report.
From time to time, we may become party to litigation or other legal proceedings that we consider to be a part of the ordinary course of our business. Currently, and in the recent past, we are not and have not been a party to any legal proceedings, nor are there any legal proceedings (including governmental proceedings) pending or, to our knowledge, threatened against us, that our management believes, individually or in the aggregate, would have a significant effect on our financial position or profitability. We intend to defend against any claims to which we may become subject, and to proceed with any claims that we may need to assert against third parties, in a vigorous fashion.
Dividend Distribution Policy
We have never declared or paid any cash dividends on our ordinary shares. We do not anticipate paying any dividends in the foreseeable future. We currently intend (subject to any extraordinary market conditions that might arise) to retain future earnings, if any, to finance operations and expand our business. To the extent that volatile or depressed market conditions (whether in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak or otherwise) reduce the trading price of our ordinary shares substantially for an extended period of time, we may potentially consider using a portion of our cash reserves toward share repurchases. Our board of directors has sole discretion whether to pay dividends (or to effect share repurchases). If our board of directors decides to pay dividends, the form, frequency and amount will depend upon our future operations and earnings, capital requirements and surplus, general financial condition, contractual restrictions and other factors that our directors may deem relevant. See “ITEM 3.D. Risk Factors— Risks Related to Our Ordinary Shares— We have never paid cash dividends on our share capital, and we do not anticipate paying any cash dividends in the foreseeable future” and “ITEM 10.B Articles of Association— Dividend and Liquidation Rights” for an explanation concerning the payment of dividends under Israeli law.
Since the date of our financial statements included in ITEM 18 of this annual report, there has not been a significant change in our company other than as described elsewhere in this annual report.
|ITEM 9.||The Offer and Listing.|
Our ordinary shares have been quoted on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “KRNT” since April 2, 2015. Prior to that date, there was no public trading market for our ordinary shares. Our IPO was priced at $10.00 per share on April 2, 2015.
On March 18, 2020, the closing sales price of our ordinary shares on the NASDAQ Global Select Market was $26.36.
|B.||Plan of Distribution|
See “—Listing Details” above.
|F.||Expenses of the Issue|
|ITEM 10.||ADDITIONAL INFORMATION|