For investors, the discussion about value in 3D printing stocks depends upon one’s time horizon. Last year, Goldman Sachs called the sector as one of its eight ‘creative destructor’ markets that’d remake the global economy. Analyst Cristina Colón provided the following chart revealing a 16 % 10-year substance annual development rate.

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‘3D printing is penetrating the vehicle, aerospace, and medical industries, among others,’ she wrote. ‘For example, Boeing now 3D prints 300 distinct airplane parts, noting a 25 % to 50 % cost savings per part. As materials homes improve and processes end up being more robust, 3D printing could become increasingly appealing for end-parts manufacturing.’

The 2 largest publicly traded 3D printing companies have actually seen solid development in recent times, however they’ve experienced a challenging 2014. Shares of Stratasys (SSYS), America’s largest 3D printing business, have actually climbed more than 50 % because August 2012 but are down 17 % considering that Jan. 1. Also, 3D Systems (DDD) is up nearly 90 % given that summertime 2012 but off approximately 45 % this year.

The consensus seems to be this recent performance isn’t a lot a no-confidence vote in the sector however even more of a cooling-off period after the extreme run-up in interest that 3D printing saw in 2012 amongst investors.

RBC Capital’s Amit Daryanani remains bullish on the sector, calling it a ‘hyper-growth market’ in a July note. The most current proof one can indicate is Amazon’s announcement in July that it would team up with 2 smaller 3D printing firms to provide 200 distinct print-on-demand items, customizable in infinite ways.

As Marketwatch’s Ben Pimental recently noted, Petra Schindler-Carter, Amazon’s director of marketplace sales, said the step “recommends the beginnings of a shift in online retail– that production can be more active to supply an immersive consumer experience.” And Piper Jaffray expert Troy Jensen called Amazon’s announcement “another recognition relating to the future development” for the 3-D printer industry.

Our two primary 3D printing firms were not straight affected by Amazon’s statement. Still, each have its own intrinsic benefits and are most likely to gain from the increased interest the announcement is likely to generate.

Let us take a look.

ddd versus ssys


With 57 % of the 3D printing space’s market share, Stratasys sits atop the market. The firm is seeing healthy demand across all its markets, especially for MakerBot, the desktop 3D printer it got the rights to in the fall of 2013. RBC’s Daryanani notes the company just recently upgraded its lasting operating design to recommend higher natural earnings development of 25 % from 20 % prior, and raised his cost target to $130. Shares presently trade at close to $115.

‘The firm should be able to sustain high double-digit revenue development and industry-leading earnings as it benefits from a swiftly expanding additive manufacturing market and installed base,’ he composes.

Besides its market share, Daryanani suches as the company’s large range of printer abilities, priced between $2,200 and $600,000. This ‘should allow it to capture a sustained upturn in market growth,’ he says.

He likewise keeps in mind MakerBot sales have doubled to $34 million.

‘The sustained strong growth of safe to eat sales (that includes MakerBot) suggests to us a higher set up base of printers is beginning to drive significant development in higher-margin product need,’ he says.

Earlier this year, a Credit Suisse group led by Jonathan Shaffer stated Stratasys ought to come to control what he called the ‘prosumer’ market of engineers, designers, teachers, in addition to consumers, thanks to Stratasys’ MakerBot, which competing 3D Systems does not have a response to. He wound up modifying this market section’s potential up more than 360 % to $806 million.

‘We draw a difference in between the prosumer (engineers, designers, education for desktop ideation and design prototyping) and consumer markets (home desktop printing with smaller sized build boxes primarily for trinkets),’ he writes.

‘Our analysis concentrates on engineers and architects as main prosumer customers, these are measurable groups with clear use cases, nevertheless, we don’t think the opportunity is limited to these groups. High-level hobbyists, for example, continue to be a significant development motorist, the variety of amateur ‘tinkerers’ is just challenging to estimate as are non-engineer product designers. SSYS has much higher exposure to the consumer and prosumer markets than does DDD.’

Here’s his contrast between 3D and Stratasys to the consumer and prosumer market:

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Stratasys now delights in a gross margin of 59.8 %, which is 60 points greater than where it was a year ago. Earnings from Stratasys’ services part climbed 50 % quarter-on-quarter, although its Redeye parts department has now under-performed for three-straight quarters. However RBC’s Daryanani says current acquisitions must permit this department to grow 79 % YOY for 2014.

T. Rowe Rate is Stratasys’ largest investor. Since June 30 it managed 10.75 % of shares exceptional at a value of $604 million.

Stratasys now utilizes more than 1,500 people in 20+ workplaces worldwide. It’s based n Minneapolis and Israel.

3D Systems

‘Triple D,’ as it’s typically known because of its stock ticker, was started in 1986 by Charles Hull, the man considered to have designed 3D printing. Headquartered in Rock Hillside, S.C., 3D Systems utilizes more than 1,000 individuals in 25 workplaces worldwide.

RBC’s Daryanani says he stays bullish on DDD in spite of some recent obstacles that caused him to lower his rate target to $64 from $78. Shares presently trade at around $50 a share.

His base case sees shares growing 28 % long term. DDD boasts 18 % of the 3D printing market share, a strong position from which to profit from the industry’s development. 3D Systems has seven distinct kinds of printing lines, making it the most diverse printer in the market and permitting it to deal with numerous end-users. Its business lines run the gamut: hardware, products, software application, and services. Its printer speeds have actually doubled every 18 months, and it now has more than 15 metal products to select from.

‘DDD has actually developed an attractive services, products, and on-demand portfolio that needs to increase client stickiness and visibility into future profits,’ Daryanani states.

DDD delights in lots of ‘dry powder’ in the form of $600 million in money, and a typical totally free capital of 70 % of income, with which to make discounts, he composes. DDD’s ‘Quickparts’ device, which enables customers to do fast prototyping, products development, clinical, and metal services are most ripe for expansion, he says.

The risks aren’t insubstantial. In Daryanani’s bear case, shares slide back to $40 if small prototyping and enthusiasts concern consist of too big a share of the marketplace. DDD has also ended up being greatly dependent on acquiring other companies– 40 in the past 4 years.

‘If it’s difficultly incorporating current acquisitions in addition to slower industry growth expectations, we think running take advantage of might be impacted detrimentally,’ he writes.

Still, Daryanani composes that they’ll do around $1 billion in sales in FY15, up from about $700 million in FY2014.

The Vanguard Group is 3D Systems’ largest institutional shareholder with 5.35 % of shares exceptional valued at $351 million as of June 30.

The Rest

Beyond these two companies, there are 3 other publicly traded firms worth watching. One is an American firm that focuses on additive manufacturing though isn’t strictly 3D. The other two are German companies concentrating on industrial-scale 3D printing, and both have struggled of late.

Shares in Minnesota-based Proto Labs Inc. (PRLB) have actually climbed up 165 % given that its 2012 IPO. The company assures “Genuine Parts, Actually Fast” but uses a proprietary kind of standard CNC machining and injection molding processes to do so. However, it just recently bought a 3D printing company, and Jefferies expert Jason North states Proto Labs stands to benefit from the wider 3D trend, a minimum of initially.

‘By leveraging its exclusive innovation to increase standard manufacturing processes, the business has actually constructed a disruptive company model, significantly reducing the time to delivery at prices that are normally below those of conventional operators,’ North writes.

‘In the near-term Proto Labs and 3D printing are complementary as 3D printing prototypes are commonly used in the design phase and Proto Labs prototypes tend to be used more for form-and-fit and practical testing. While at first small initially, parts that can just be manufactured making use of 3D printing won’t be prototyped making use of Proto Labs’ standard processes but on 3D printers. And as the abilities of 3D printers remain to broaden, we anticipate to see increasing competition with Proto Labs.’

ExOne, which trades on the NASDAQ as XONE, has actually seen its shares fall even more than 50 % YTD, and at $30 it’s now simply 7 % greater than its February 2013 IPO rate. German firm Voxeljet, which trades on the New York Stock Exchange as VJET, specializes in commercial 3D printing and on-demand metal casting. It too has seen similarly dreadful performance, falling 47 % from its late 2013 IPO.

In April, The Wall Street Journal’s Matt Jarzemsky reported it had sold 3 million shares for $15 each. That was 19 % below its predeal closing price. As of April 11, U.S.-listed follow-on providings had actually priced at an average 5.4 % below their predeal closing rates, Jarzemsky said.


Goldman’s Colón is persuaded the marketplace for 3D is explosive. She values the immediate market at $2.2 billion, with a $30 billion value chain. Colón points out a consulting company that’s actually anticipated a 23 % substance annual growth rate from 2013 to 2020, with annual incomes reaching $6 billion by 2017 and $10.8 billion by 2021.

‘As compared to traditional manufacturing and prototyping approaches, 3D printing offers the capacity for high degrees of customization, lowered expenses for complex designs, and lower overhead costs for short-run parts and products,’ she composes. ‘The market has actually been growing in excess of 20 % annually and is commonly expected to speed up in the years ahead.’

Jefferies’ North is more measured in his forecast, particularly for the consumer market, keeping in mind that early arise from Amazon’s foray have been disappointing. But he stays optimistic overall.

‘Penetration analysis shows a number of more years of excellent growth,’ he writes. ‘We approximate the prototyping/prosumer/education penetration rate is presently 9 % -23 % and will rise to 29 % -76 % in 2017, assuming the low-end ($5000) at 25 %. The range in [overall addressable market] sizes relies on how far 3D printing will engage not simply MCAD users who’re currently heavy prototypers however also the general CAD user.’

Gartner Group thinks the customer 3D printing continues to be rather immature. ‘Consumer 3D printing is around 5 to 10 years far from mainstream adoption,’ Gartner research vice president Pete Basiliere said in a statement Aug. 20, noting that even at a couple of hundred dollars the typical cost for a 3D printer stays expensive for lots of customers.

He said the marketplace continues to be too diffuse, with about 40 producers offering 3D printers and over 200 startups worldwide establishing and selling consumer-oriented 3D printers.

But it’s better to be too early than too late.