Stratasys, Ltd. (SSYS), 3D Systems Corporation (DDD): Not All 3D Printers Are Making It Big

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The 3-D printing market has been hot recently. Three big companies posted earnings in the last few weeks which caused a rally in their stock prices. It can be hard to look past the hype and understand what the earnings really mean for these companies and which ones are worth your investment. Let’s have a look.

A company that acquires

Stratasys, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS)

Stratasys, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS) is a leading 3-D printing company that posted its earnings for the first quarter of this year last week. The earnings were very strong. Earnings per share grew by 34% from the same time last year. Total revenue grew by nearly 120%, totaling $98 million.

Some of this growth is due to recent acquisitions. The company is expanding its foothold in the 3-D printing market. Net income may have been higher had it not been for the increase in costs due to acquisitions.

The company has grown its bottom and top line more or less at the rate Wall Street was expecting. This news isn’t overwhelmingly positive or negative for investors. The company is on track to hit earnings per share of $1.91 this year. This would be a 28% increase from last year. Investors who own this company should hold on to the stock for now and watch as the market grows.

A stock with a lot of recent growth

3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) posted its earnings for the first quarter at the end of April. The company posted a strong growth of 24% for earnings per share. Total net income for the company was roughly $5.8 million.

The stock is up 170% in the last year and up 37% in the last month. Sales have been growing and will likely grow in the future as the entire 3-D printing industry continues to expand.

The issue investors need to worry about with 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) isn’t whether or not to buy, but rather when to buy. After the recent rally, the stock has appreciated quite a bit. Many Wall Street analysts are putting a one-year price target of just $45 for the stock. If this is the case, just hold on to the stock for now.

The next two quarters will give investors the answer of growth. If the company can continue to grow at a higher rate than it has in the past, it could be a very strong buy.

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