Why Stratasys Is Thursday's Big Earnings Winner

Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS) reported its most recent quarterly results before the markets opened on Thursday. The company said that it had $0.11 in earnings per share (EPS) and $162.0 million in revenue. Consensus estimates that called for $0.05 in EPS and $161.61 million in revenue, and the same period of last year had $0.08 in EPS and $155.87 million in revenue.

During the most recent quarter, the gross margin was 52.1%, versus 52.5% for the same period last year

Looking ahead to the full year, the company expects to see EPS in the range of $0.50 to $0.55 and revenue between $670 million and $680 million. Consensus estimates call for $0.40 in EPS and $672.31 million in revenue.

On the books, Stratasys cash and cash equivalents totaled $348.9 million at the end of the quarter, up from $328.8 million in the same period of last year.

Elchanan (Elan) Jaglom, interim CEO of Stratasys, commented:

We are pleased with our results this quarter, reflecting continued strength in our high-end systems orders, utilization rates and our parts services business. The level of engagement we are experiencing with customers in our key verticals is encouraging, as we highlighted at the recent International Manufacturing Technology Show. And we are excited about the innovation we plan to bring to market to drive incremental, long-term opportunities, as we continue to invest in new products and materials across our portfolio of FDM and PolyJet technologies, our new metal additive manufacturing platform, and advanced composite materials.

Shares of Stratasys were last seen up about 24% at $23.75. The consensus analyst price target is $20.43. The stock has a 52-week range of $17.17 to $26.17.