Consistent with its prior comments, the company more than doubled its fourth quarter R&D spending from $7.8 million the prior year to $16.6 million for the December quarter and continued to rapidly increase its sales, marketing, infrastructure and talent expenditures in support of its growth initiatives and recently announced joint developments and alliances. The impact of these expenditures was partially reflected in the unveiling of 24 new products between December 1 st 2013 and January 9 th 2014. The company also continued to expand its manufacturing capacity to accommodate increasing demand.
"Maintaining our historical performance doesn't require this level of increased expenditures, but planning to double our revenue over the next couple of years does," said Reichental. Although, in October, we guided for reduced earnings to reflect these actions, our late-quarter expenditures ramp surpassed our expectations."
Management continues to focus on accelerating the company's growth and expanding its market share. Consequently, management is prioritizing initiatives and investments that are central to its plans to double its revenue, over the next couple of years, ahead of short-term earnings, in order to deliver the full potential of its business model. Accordingly, management expects 2014 revenue to be in range of $680 million to $720 million and expects GAAP earnings per share in the range of $0.44 to $0.56 and non-GAAP earnings per share to be in the range of $0.73 to $0.85.
"We believe that 3D Printing is at the cusp of accelerated growth and that the ultimate measure of our success will be the sustainable value we create from our share and scale gains over time. While our stepped up actions and investments pressured our quarterly earnings, we believe that our actions set the stage to substantially compress the time it will take us to extend and solidify our leadership position and deliver greater value," concluded Reichental.