Stratasys Ltd. (SSYS): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity Research - Zacks Equity Research Report

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We have downgraded our long-term recommendation on Stratasys to Underperform after the company cuts the 2014 outlook and issued a weak guidance for 2015. The company mainly lowered its outlook to reflect an anticipated goodwill impairment charge and slower revenue growth at its MakerBot business. Moreover, the company is projecting its operating expenses to increase over the next two to three years as a result of its new investment plans. We are concerned about the company's declining margins which have been impacted by increase in sales of lower-margin products as well as higher acquisition related integration expenses. Furthermore, a high-cost business model and competition from big and small players remain the headwinds.


Headquartered in Eden Prairie, MN, Stratasys, Ltd. (SSYS) is a manufacturer of in-office rapid prototyping (RP) and manufacturing systems and 3D printers for automotive, aerospace, defense, electronic, medical, education and consumer product original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The company's systems are also used in direct digital manufacturing (DDM) and rapid tooling applications. With the use of patented Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and PolyJet rapid prototyping processes, engineers and designers are able to create precise physical models, tools and three-dimensional (3D) prototypes out of plastic and other materials using workstation-based computer-aided design (CAD).

These prototypes are used for testing form, fit and function throughout the design and development process. Essentially, Stratasys' systems allow design engineers to develop highly complex geometrical designs using a wide range of high-performance engineering materials with in-office RP systems that require no chemical post processing, special venting or facility modification.

The company generally reports revenues under two segments. First, Product Revenues, which includes revenues generated through the sale of products and consumables. Second, Services Revenues, which include revenues generated from service offerings, such as RedEye paid parts, installation and maintenance, and other services. In fiscal 2013, Products and Services accounted for 86% and 14% of the total revenue, respectively.

The company competes in a marketplace that is still dominated by conventional methods of model-making and prototype development. Machinists and engineers working on blueprints or CAD files and using machining or manual methods generally perform prototype development and fabrication.

The company's competitors include 3D Systems Corp., EOS GmbH and EnvisionTEC GmbH in the prototype development and customized manufacturing processes. Stratasys competes with companies such as Delta Micro Factory, Affinia, Ultimaker, Printrbot, Leapfrog, Solidoodle and 3D Systems in the entry-level desktop 3D printers.

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Referenced Stocks: SSYS , RP , DDM , FDM

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