Mon, Mar. 16, 5:20 PM
Sun, Mar. 15, 5:35 PM
Fri, Mar. 13, 3:15 PM
- The Nasdaq is down 0.9%, and major tech decliners are outnumbering major gainers by a sound margin.
- Notable gainers include 3D printer maker ExOne (XONE +2.7%), OLED materials/IP provider Universal Display (OLED +3.9%), stock photo marketplace Shutterstock (SSTK +4%), flash storage array vendor Violin Memory (VMEM +8.2%), and Wi-Fi hardware vendor Aerohive (HIVE +4.6%).
- For the second day in a row, Chinese companies are well-represented among major decliners. The list includes online retailer Vipshop (VIPS -4.8%), microblogging platform Weibo (WB -4.2%), auto site Autohome (ATHM -4.3%), online real estate plays SouFun (SFUN -5.3%) and Leju (LEJU -5.9%), and mobile game publisher iDreamSky (DSKY -4.5%).
- Other major decliners include flash sales site Zulily (ZU -5.8%), server maker Super Micro (SMCI -3.7%), fleet management software vendor FleetMatics (FLTX -3.9%), and 4G baseband modem maker Sequans (SQNS -9.1%).
- Universal Display is adding to yesterday's big gains, and appears to be benefiting from early signs of strong Galaxy S6 demand. Zulily has reversed yesterday's gains. Weibo's losses come two days after the company posted a Q4 revenue beat and offered in-line guidance.
- Previously covered: IBM, Ebix, NXP/Freescale, Qiwi, eHealth, Pandora, InterCloud, ChipMOS, Demandware, Imperva, Rudolph, Globalstar, ChannelAdvisor
Wed, Mar. 11, 10:07 AM
- Hans Sack, until now an ExOne (XONE +0.9%) director and chair of the company's strategic oversight committee, has been named the company's president. In tandem with the appointment, Sack will be stepping down from the board, thus reducing its size to 7.
- Sack's resume includes a stint as the managing director of consulting firm Headwaters, and as the CEO of oil/gas pipeline pipe maker Berg Steel Pipe. ExOne asserts naming Sack president will allow him to "be even more instrumental in the execution of our key strategic and operating plans for 2015 and beyond."
Fri, Feb. 27, 5:44 PM
Thu, Feb. 26, 9:51 AM
- Though it missed Q4 estimates, 3D Systems (DDD +1.5%) is guiding for 2015 revenue of $850M-$900M and EPS of $0.90-$1.10, in-line with a consensus of $873.2M and $1.02.
- Also: Capex is expected to remain at 3% of revenue, and M&A activity (very aggressive in recent years) is expected to "moderate" as 3D "decisively shifts its focus towards leveraging recently acquired assets to generate greater profitability progressively throughout 2015."
- 3D does note its sales are pressured by "delayed new products and gaps in its North American channel performance," and that it "may take several periods" to address the issue. It adds forex is expected to be a headwind (as it is for many other companies), and that the discontinuation of legacy products and "pruning" of lower-margin services will also take a toll. A lot of this was advertised by the company's October warning.
- Product revenue rose 16% Y/Y in Q4 to $129.1M, and services revenue 33% to $58.3M. Metals printing and healthcare were strong points, respectively rising 178% and 96%. Consumer revenue rose 68% in spite of recent challenges.
- Gross margin was 47.9%, roughly flat Q/Q but down from 52.1% a year ago. Operating expenses rose 38% Y/Y to $85.5M (compares with 21% revenue growth).
- ExOne (XONE +2.8%) is following 3D Systems higher. Expectations for 3D printer makers are a lot lower than they were a few months ago.
- Q4 results, PR
Mon, Feb. 23, 3:04 PM
- Today's notable tech gainers include video processor supplier Ambarella (AMBA +5.1%), online retailer Overstock (OSTK +6.5%), Web toolbar/mobile ad services firm Perion (PERI +4.3%), data center switch vendor Arista (ANET +3.2%), and cloud contact center software provider InContact (SAAS +3.9%).
- Notable decliners include supercomputer maker Cray (CRAY -7.2%), 3D printer maker ExOne (XONE -4.5%), Chinese mobile game publisher Sky-mobi (MOBI -6.6%), demand-side online ad platform Rocket Fuel (FUEL -7.9%), auto site TrueCar (TRUE -4.3%), online flash sales provider Zulily (ZU -4.2%), online health insurance agency eHealth (EHTH -9.7%), and data center services provider Datalink (DTLK -4.9%). The Nasdaq is close to breakeven.
- Arista is adding to Friday's post-earnings gains, which were aided by upbeat analyst commentary. Rocket Fuel and TrueCar are adding to Friday's post-earnings losses (I, II) - TrueCar released February sales estimate data today for a number of automakers.
- Previously covered: Cybersecurity stocks, Digital Ally, TowerJazz, 500.com, Russian tech/telecom stocks, TubeMogul, RGS Energy, Computer Sciences
Tue, Feb. 17, 1:49 PM
- After rebounding over the last couple of weeks in spite of Stratasys' Feb. 2 warning, 3D printer makers are seeing more pain today.
- 3D Systems (DDD -5.9%), Stratasys (SSYS -4.7%), ExOne (XONE -3.8%), and Voxeljet (VJET -5.8%) are all posting big declines. Voxeljet and (to a lesser extent) 3D Systems have seen above-average volume, while Stratasys and ExOne have seen below-average volume.
- 3D Systems' Q4 report is due on Feb. 26. If history is any guide, ExOne will also report this month. Voxeljet doesn't report until March 26.
Tue, Feb. 10, 2:37 PM
- A slew of tech firms are rallying strongly on a day the Nasdaq is up 1.1%. Notable gainers include M2M hardware/service provider Sierra Wireless (SWIR +5.5%), 3D printer vendors Voxeljet (VJET +3.3%) and ExOne (XONE +7.7%), online ad retargeting platform Criteo (CRTO +5.5%), cloud marketing software provider Marketo (MKTO +4.6%), network processor/ARM server vendor Cavium (CAVM +5.6%), Chinese mobile app developer Cheetah Mobile (CMCM +4.1%), and Chinese jobs site 51job (JOBS +4.1%).
- Sierra tumbled last week after providing mixed Q1 guidance to go with a Q4 beat. ExOne was also up sharply yesterday. Marketo reports after the close, and Criteo on Feb. 18.
Mon, Feb. 9, 2:55 PM
- Today's notable tech gainers include 3D printer maker ExOne (XONE +6%), data center switch vendor Arista (ANET +4.2%), solar microinverter maker Enphase (ENPH +6.1%), ID theft-protection services firm LifeLock (LOCK +6.8%), voice processor developer Audience (ADNC +10.3%), contract manufacturer Multi-Finline (MFLX +10.2%), and cloud file-sharing platform/recent IPO Box (BOX +9.1%).
- Notable decliners include flash storage array vendor Violin Memory (VMEM -5.6%), ultracapacitor maker Maxwell (MXWL -6.3%), SMB Web services provider Wix.com (WIX -4.8%), salvage auction site Liquidity Services (LQDT -5.4%), and carrier billing software/cloud services provider Synchronoss (SNCR -5.6%). The Nasdaq is down 0.3%.
- LifeLock reports earnings tomorrow afternoon. Audience is four days removed from beating Q3 estimates and offering in-line guidance. Arista is reversing its Friday's losses, and Box is adding to the Friday gains that came after a positive Jim Cramer mention.
- Synchronoss is adding to the losses seen last week after the company offered cautious 2015 cloud revenue guidance to go with a Q4 beat, and Maxwell to the losses seen due to the soft Q1/2015 guidance provided with a Q4 beat. Liquidity is giving back some of last week's huge post-earnings gains. Wix reports on Wednesday morning.
- Earlier: GoPro, Yelp see more post-earnings pain
- Earlier: Chinese solar stocks rally
Thu, Feb. 5, 2:06 PM
- Clobbered on Tuesday thanks to Stratasys' warning and soft 2015 guidance, 3D printing stocks are up sharply amid a market rally (the Nasdaq is up 0.7%). 3D Systems (DDD +4.8%), Stratasys (SSYS +7.3%), Voxeljet (VJET +3.8%), ExOne (XONE +4%), and Arcam (OTCPK:AMAVF +5.1%) are among the gainers.
- Possibly helping the group: 3D modeling/simulation software firm Dassault and industrial prototyping services firm Proto Labs have each soared after posting Q4 beats. Though each firm only gets a fraction of its revenue from 3D printing/additive manufacturing use cases, they've each occasionally been hyped as 3D printing plays.
- Gabelli recently made a contrarian call on 3D Systems and Stratasys, upgrading the printer makers following the latter's warning. The firm argued 3D's shares have "limited downside" at an enterprise value of 14.8x estimated 2016 EBITDA, and praises Stratasys' "extensive product and service portfolio and its focus on high-value business applications."
Mon, Feb. 2, 4:39 PM
- Stratasys (NASDAQ:SSYS) now expects 2014 revenue of $748M-$750M (31% organic growth) and EPS of $1.97-$2.03, below prior guidance of $750M-$770M and $2.21-$2.31 and a consensus of $763.6M and $2.25.
- The company is also guiding for 2015 revenue of $940M-$960M (25%-28% growth) and EPS of $2.07-$2.24, below a consensus of $1.01B and $2.91. It "plans to invest an additional 2% in operating expenses out of anticipated revenues in 2015 and future periods to help enable growth, maintain market leadership and meet future opportunities."
- Q4 revenue is estimated to have risen 38% Y/Y, below a consensus for 48% growth. Q4 organic growth is pegged at 25%.
- A $100M-$110M goodwill impairment charge is expected to be taken on the MakerBot acquisition. MakerBot revenue (12% of total revenue) only rose 7% Y/Y in Q4, well below the growth seen in prior quarters.
- Stratasys is reiterating long-term goals for at least 25% organic revenue growth, an 18%-23% op. margin, and a 16%-21% net margin. CC at 8:30AM ET tomorrow.
- 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) is also off sharply AH. ExOne (NASDAQ:XONE) is down 2.3%.
Wed, Jan. 14, 11:49 AM
- William Blair argues competition in the professional 3D printer market is intensifying, and that the consumables revenue of incumbents (20%-30% of total revenue, but 70%-80% of gross profit) is at risk. (source: Notable Calls)
- As evidence, Blair notes a new 3D printer from German injection molding system maker Arburg relies on thermoplastic pellets that cost ~1/100th as much as Stratasys' (SSYS -2.7%) thermoplastics. "Arburg is precisely the type of machine that we believe could significantly alter the competitive landscape."
- In addition to Stratasys, 3D Systems (DDD -4.5%) and industrial-focused ExOne (XONE -1.9%) are underperforming. The Nasdaq is down 0.6%.
- The group also sold off on Monday.
Mon, Jan. 12, 4:13 PM
- 3D Systems (DDD -3.8%), Voxeljet (VJET -3.9%), ExOne (XONE -5.6%), Organovo (ONVO -4.4%), Arc Worldwide (ARCW -7.3%), and to a lesser extent Stratasys (SSYS -2.8%) sold off today, generally on below-average volume. The Nasdaq closed down 0.8%.
- 3D Systems has received some favorable CES coverage over the last week. During a CES talk with management, Brean reported hearing of a "meaningful increase in partner interest," and that 3D thinks it offers an unmatched consumer experience in terms of ease-of-use. "DDD believes they are the only folks offering plug and play in just 10 minutes ... now it is not about making the printer work, but what can I get out. DDD has also cracked the code on content generation and getting content off of Cubify."
- Oppenheimer, which calls 3D its favorite name in the space, noted there weren't many new product launches from big OEMs, something it considers a positive. "We believe 2013 and 2014 were aberrant years and 2015 could return to more normal [investment] patterns."
- Dutch startup Ultimaker's desktop 3D printer line (competes against 3D's Cube line and Stratasys' MakerBot unit) received good reviews at CES. Ultimaker's systems, which are based on open-source hardware designs, are priced from $1,450-$3,030; two new models become available for pre-order in March.
- Last week: 3D Systems goes after MakerBot by acquiring botObjects
Sun, Jan. 4, 3:49 PM
- The following stocks were the Russell 2000's worst performers in 2014:
- KWK -93.5%. WLT -91.7%. AMZG -89.5%. PHMD -88.2%. EXXI -88%. RGDO -86.8%. REN -85.4%. HERO -84.7%. EOX -84.3%. MCP -94.3%. CVEO -84.2%. BPZ -84.1%. FWM -82.6%. MILL -82.2%. NADL -81.6%. VRNG -81.4%. CYTX -81%. SALT -80.5%. PRKR -80%. MBII -79.7%. NTLS -79.2%. COVS -78.9%. KEG -78.9%. MM 78 MPO -77%. ANR -76.6%. EXEL -76.5%. SZYM -76.3%. CONN -76.2%. ANV -75.5%. GALT -75.5%. ZQK -74.8%. ARO -74.5%. REXX -74.1%. GDP -74%. FUEL -73.8%. QRHC -73.7%. VTG -73.4%. RLOC -73%. XONE -72.2%.
Dec. 26, 2014, 1:03 PM
ExOne Co is engaged in providing 3D printing machines & 3D printed and other products, materials and services to industrial customers. It manufactures and sells 3D printing machines and printing products to specification for its customers.
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