Fox Business’ Charles Payne; retail analyst Hitha Prapbakar; Founder of Penn Financial Group, Matt MacCall; Fox Business’ Tracy Byrnes and Fox Business Reporter Kate Rogers indulged in a debate on Fox Business on how Stratasys, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS) is progressing and heights that they could reach.
Payne said that he had actually suggested the Stratasys, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS) stock to his subscribers back in 2003 when it was trading at $41. Currently, it is trading at around $104. After a lot of ups and downs and short attacks, Payne thinks that this stock is ready to go up and suggested that people should buy it. He feels that this 3D printing technology will revolutionize almost all the industries. He said on acquisitions made by Stratasys:
“Stratasys has made some really smart acquisitions, including MakerBot, that was a good one. Recently a company called Solid Concepts and Harvest.”
He discussed some statistics and said that the revenue of the company is up by 54% in the recent quarter and gross margins increased by almost 61%. Operating margins went up by 22.8%. He also talked about the company’s strategy of going retail with Home Depot and websites. However, he thinks that manufacturing is going to pour money into the company. He accepts the fact that Stratasys, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS) is a volatile stock but he feels that once the break-even is reached then this stock will have continuous growth. MacCall added to Payne’s comments on 3D printing industry:
“If you want growth, you have to look at a industry like this: think about 40 years ago, anybody would assume that you would have a computer and a printer in everybody’s home, you never thought that would happen.”
MacCall said that Stratasys has 17 3D printer products lined up from $500 to $3000 which is actually affordable. He pointed out that IDC predicts that 3D printing would grow 10 times by 2017. The Street predicted that Stratasys would grow 25% in 5 years which he thinks is very conservative.
Prabhakar raised a concern on why Stratasys always uses plastics and does not care to look at other metals and materials. Her other concern was about the fact that acquisitions split the shares.
Payne feels that all these acquisition is to suppress the possible competition in the future and about strengthening the company’s position in industry which he thinks is very smart.
Rogers then pointed out that some fancy 3D printing ideas such as 3D printed pizza for marketing by many companies are being suggested, which she thinks is a pretty impressive usage of the product.
3D Printers is one of the newest technological innovations that could influence all the industries. This can make any three-dimensional object with any shape through an additive process which allows successive layers of material deposition to get the shape completely under instructions from a computer. Stratasys, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS) is one of the leaders in 3D printing industry and slowly becoming a favorite stock for many investors.