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Stratasys (NASDAQ:SSYS) is scheduled to release its 1st-quarter 2013 earnings on Monday, May 13. Below I have provided an update of the quarter as well as an overview of earnings expectations.

Profile and Estimates

Stratasys has a market cap of $3.2 billion and currently trades for $83.07 per share. Shares are up 3.64% year to date (YTD) and trade 94.50% above their 52-week low of $42.71. Analysts have a mean target price of $84.21 and a median price target of $83.00 on the shares. Eight analysts have an average first-quarter earnings per share estimate of $0.38 on estimated revenues of $98.07 million. Stratasys has beat earnings estimates in three of the last four quarters.

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Fundamentals and Highlights (Sources cited below article)

Positives

  • Growing, growing, growing. Revenue growth over the last three years has averaged 29.8%, net income over the same time has grown 27.3% per year.
  • Every day is one step closer toward more manufacturers adopting and implementing 3-D printing.
  • In addition to use in the prototype market, many end-users could start to look at 3-D printing as a way to cut down on inventory.
  • Strong demand from healthcare industry.
  • P/B of only 2.0.

Negatives

  • High expectations. P/E currently stands at 232.6, P/S of 9.2.
  • ROA of 0.9 and ROE of 1.0 are both under the industry averages 14.4 and 38.8 respectively.
  • Recent concern over what 3-D printers might be used for.
  • Unknown industry; 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) currently has the lead for size and sales but the industry is still developing and no clear winner or loser has emerged.

Take Away

Shares have almost doubled over the last year and to be honest, it looks like analyst may have set up the company for an easy beat this time around because the average estimated EPS is $0.02 under both of the last two quarters' actual results. 3D Systems' shares surged after only meeting earnings expectations this quarter but unfortunately, it's starting to get hard to tell if these printers are getting caught up in the overall market's performance or rising on their own merit. Either way, the future is looking bright and any more information on Monday will help investors analyze this exciting new product and provider.

Sources

In addition to the links above, ratios and financial data was sourced from Morningstar.com, which you can find here.

Source: 3-D Printing Stratasys' Q1 Earnings Preview