Why 3D Systems (DDD) Is Falling Today (Update 1)

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- 3D Systems (DDD) was falling 24.9% to $56.89 Wednesday after the 3D printer producer announced fourth-quarter earnings estimates that were lower than previous guidance.

3D Systems gained slightly throughout the day, and closed at $64.10, a 15.4% drop from its closing price on Tuesday. Shares continued to fall by 0.7% to $63.68 in after-hours trading.

The company announced it now expects earnings of between 83 cents and 87 cents a share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013. 3D Systems' previous guidance called for earnings of 93 cents to $1.03 a share. The company said it saw strong professional 3D printer and materials demand, but that was offset by softer demand for on-demand parts and consumer devices in the quarter.

3D Systems also said it expects earnings for 2014 of between 73 cents and 85 cents a share and revenue of between $680 million and $720 million. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expects earnings of $1.27 a share and revenue of $671.3 for 2014.

TheStreet Ratings team rates 3D SYSTEMS CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about its recommendation:

"We rate 3D SYSTEMS CORP (DDD) a BUY. This is driven by multiple strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. 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, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 4.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 49.9%. 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 0.02 is very low, it is currently higher than that of the industry average. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 4.40, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • 3D SYSTEMS CORP has improved earnings per share by 6.3% 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 ($0.96 versus $0.47).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Computers & Peripherals industry average. The net income increased by 30.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $13.52 million to $17.66 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $31.64 million or 39.80% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -4.27%.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: DDD Ratings Report

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