ExOne (XONE) Stock Revisited


Back in January, I alerted you to a 3-D printing company that was hoping to "follow in the footsteps" of the wildly successful 3D Systems ( DDD ). So far, ExOne ( XONE ) has done just that.

Shares of the 3-D printing company have risen 165% since the stock's February 6 IPO. XONE stock was up another 2.5% earlier today, in fact.

ExOne is a Pennsylvania-based company that provides 3-D printing machines and products to industrial customers, including airlines. At the time it went public, ExOne wasn't profitable - and it still isn't. But the promise of 3-D printing - an up-and-coming industry based on a new technology that gives customers the power to print three-dimensional replicas of real parts taken directly from digital input - seems to be what's carrying the stock.

3D Systems really started the 3-D printing craze on Wall Street. The company went public in May 2011, and has shot up 300% since then. Now XONE is following a similar path.

How long will it last? That may depend on if ExOne becomes profitable. 3D Systems has turned a profit every quarter since it went public, with annual earnings doubling in the last two years. ExOne, meanwhile, suffered a $10 million loss last year, and has been in the red each of the two quarters since it went public.

Unless it can improve those numbers, XONE might have a difficult time sustaining this torrid pace. For now, though, the stock continues to benefit from its place in one of America's hottest industries.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.

This article appears in: Investing , Stocks

Referenced Stocks: DDD , XONE

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