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3D Systems Corporation Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (DDD)

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of B. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 17.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 45.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • Although DDD's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.18 is very low, it is currently higher than that of the industry average. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.14, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • 3D SYSTEMS CORP has improved earnings per share by 18.7% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Stable earnings per share over the past year indicate the company has sound management over its earnings and share float. We anticipate these figures will begin to experience more growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, 3D SYSTEMS CORP increased its bottom line by earning $0.47 versus $0.47 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.05 versus $0.47).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Computers & Peripherals industry. The net income increased by 36.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $8.01 million to $10.91 million.
  • The gross profit margin for 3D SYSTEMS CORP is rather high; currently it is at 57.00%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, DDD's net profit margin of 10.74% significantly trails the industry average.

3D Systems Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and markets 3D printers, print materials, on-demand custom parts services, and 3D authoring solutions for professionals and consumers. 3D Systems has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 69.00, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 18.00. Shares are down 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

You can view the full 3D Systems Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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