Why ExOne Shares Plunged

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What: Shares of three-dimensional-printer specialist The ExOne Company (NASDAQ: XONE  ) sank 11% today after its quarterly results and outlook disappointed Wall Street.

So what: The stock has rocketed over the past year on excitement over 3-D printing, but today's first-quarter results -- loss of $0.20 per share on revenue of $7.9 million -- coupled with less than stellar guidance is forcing investors to sober up a bit. Management cited weakness in Europe for the market-missing report, reinforcing concerns that ExOne's relative lack of diversification -- both from a product and geographical standpoint -- will always yield more volatile results than other plays in the space.

Now what: Management said it still sees 2013 revenue of $48 million-$52 million, with about two-thirds of that expected to fall in the latter half of the year, versus the consensus of $53.3 million. "We are steadily advancing our growth strategy," Chairman and CEO Kent Rockwell said. "This includes the expansion of our manufacturing capacity in Germany, upgrading our PSCs and working to establish a more robust PSC network." With the stock still up about 65% over the past six months alone and trading at a price to sales multiple of about 20, however, I'd wait for even more pullback before buying into that bull talk.

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