After the stock had triple-digit percentage increases in 2012 and 2013, it fell victim to major corrections in 2014 and 2015. It looked as if it was among a group of former high-flying stocks about to crash to earth.
But shares of 3D Systems seem to have gotten their mojo back, boasting a 15% jump over the past month.
3D Systems has carved a path strewn with acquisitions, underlining its yearning for aggressive growth. In fact, in 2011 the company closed 16 acquisitions.
More recently, the company has bought firms from China to Israel.
Growth has clearly been a priority, but it has come at a price. Although the company's top line boasts a solid three-year average 41.6% growth, outpacing the industry, profits have slumped at a fast clip, and rapidly declining earnings are a classic sign of a company that could fail.
Meaningful net income (earnings-before-tax margins fell to single digits in 2014 and are in the negative for the trailing 12-month period) has eluded 3D Systems, one reason it fared poorly for the past couple of years, giving it all the earmarks of a toxic stock.