The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Sep. 30 (Q3), 3D Systems beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased significantly and GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.
Margins grew across the board.
3D Systems tallied revenue of $90.5 million. The six analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $87.3 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 57% higher than the prior-year quarter's $57.5 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
EPS came in at $0.24. The four earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.21 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.24 for Q3 were 71% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.14 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 51.8%, 350 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 20.4%, 460 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 14.9%, 240 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $98.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.24.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $343.5 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.75.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on 3D Systems is hold, with an average price target of $35.20.
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