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  • Tue, Sep. 6, 6:55 PM
    • GE's $1.4B purchase of a pair of 3D-printer companies sent stocks in the group soaring in today's trade, with 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) closing +5.5%, Stratasys (NASDAQ:SSYS) +3.7%, Voxeljet (NYSE:VJET) +4.6% and ExOne (NASDAQ:XONE) +5.8%.
    • But GE closed 0.7% lower, as analysts say that while 3D printing is promising, GE’s acquisitions are a “net negative” because there are relatively few short-term benefits.
    • “This seems like a relatively outsized and expensive bet, with no near-term return, and an incremental opportunity cost when considering the ongoing debate around what we view as finite balance sheet capacity,” says J.P. Morgan's Steve Tusa.
    • Cowen analyst Gautam Khanna takes a longer view, saying that “while the deals appear pricey, they help position GE to lead, implement and control additive manufacturing processes that will become important cost-reduction levers long term in Aviation and elsewhere."
    • As for the 3-D companies, Citigroup’s Kenneth Wong says that while the GE deal does not present any immediate competition for them, it does not necessarily suggest any buyout implications for the companies since GE is focusing on metal applications.
    | Tue, Sep. 6, 6:55 PM | 27 Comments
  • Mar. 7, 2014, 12:00 PM
    • ExOne (XONE +2.1%) has bought MWT, a German maker of industrial microwaves, and the assets of Machin-A-Mation, a Michigan-based machining shop. Between them, the acquisitions cost $9.8M.
    • The 3D printer maker says MWT's microwaves will be used to strengthen its sand printing offerings, and that Machina-A-Mation, located near an ExOne production service center focused on aerospace/shipbuilding clients, will help it "address the finishing requirements for complex parts which are cast from [ExOne's] 3D printed sand molds."
    • MWT's microwave ops will be folded into ExOne's Augsburg, Germany manufacturing ops.
    | Mar. 7, 2014, 12:00 PM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 5, 2013, 10:43 AM
    • Rumors IBM is interested in buying 3D Systems (DDD +6.2%) for $90/share (a 28% premium to current levels) are helping the 3D printer vendor surge to new highs. Rivals Stratasys (SSYS +3.9% - also making new highs) and ExOne (XONE +5.5%) are also up strongly.
    • Heavy short interests (I, II, III) are probably adding fuel to the fire.
    | Nov. 5, 2013, 10:43 AM | 10 Comments
  • Jun. 6, 2013, 2:23 PM
    A positive WSJ column about the 3D printing industry's potential could be helping printer makers (DDD, SSYS, XONE) rally. The paper notes GE's aviation unit prints fuel injectors and other combustion system components, Mattel uses 30 3D printers to prototype its toys, and Ford both prints auto part prototypes and "sees a future where customers will be able to print their own replacement parts." Also: the WSJ reports fast-growing 3D printer startup MakerBot is in buyout talks, and that recent VC funding talks valued the company at $300M. 3D Systems is fresh off raising $237M many think will be directed towards M&A. (ExOne coverage launch)
    | Jun. 6, 2013, 2:23 PM | 9 Comments