Stratasys Ltd. SSYS reported fourth-quarter 2019 earnings of 18 cents per share, which lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 14.29%. Moreover, the bottom line was lower than the year-ago reported figure of 21 cents.
Further, Stratasys’ revenues of $160.2 million missed the consensus mark of $170 million and declined 9.5% year over year.
Economic weakness in Europe and Asia remained a major headwind. Decline in materials associated with the company’s legacy platforms also affected the top line.
However, continued strength in the Americas, particularly in the F123 Series was a relief.
Segment wise, Product revenues fell 12.4% from the year-ago quarter to $109 million. The figure was down 12.1% in constant currency. The decline was due to weakness in Europe and Asia that affected systems sales in those regions.
Within Products revenues, System revenues decreased 20.6%. Consumables revenues fell 2.9% year over year.
System revenues were affected by persistent macroeconomic sluggishness in Europe and Asia. Moreover, decline in certain legacy product lines were also a headwind. However, Stratasys expects new products to offset the headwinds in future.
Materials for high-end platforms including design realism in PolyJet, and advanced materials in FDM increased year over year, reflecting strong customer adoption of high-value application solutions.
Revenues from Services decreased 2.6% to $51.2 million. However, within service revenues, customer support revenues increased 1% year over year.
Increasing adoption of manufacturing-focused platforms in automotive, aerospace and healthcare was encouraging.
Stratasys’ non-GAAP gross profit decreased 9.2% from the year-ago quarter to $84 million. Non-GAAP gross margin expanded 20 basis points (bps) to 52.4%.
Non-GAAP operating expenses declined 7.4% year over year to $73.8 million driven by efforts to increase cost efficiency.
Non-GAAP operating income totaled $10.2 million, down 20.3%.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
The company exited the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $321.8 million compared with $347.1 million at the end of the previous quarter.
As of Dec 31, 2019, there was no long-term debt.
Net cash used in operating activities in the quarter was $3.4 million.
For full-year 2020, the company provided revenue guidance. Revenues are expected in the range of $620-$680 million.
Non-GAAP earnings per share for the full year are expected between 45 cents and 60 cents.
Non-GAAP operating margin is projected between 5% and 6.5%.
Capital expenditures are estimated to lie within $40-$60 million.
About 52% of total full-year revenues is expected come at the second part of the year. Fourth quarter is typically the strongest, while the first quarter is the weakest.
First-quarter 2020 is anticipated to be negatively impacted by significant macroeconomic headwinds due to the coronavirus menace.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Stratasys currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Some better-ranked stocks in the broader technology sector are Cirrus Logic, Inc. CRUS, SYNNEX SNX and Mellanox Technologies MLNX, all sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), at present. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Long-term earnings growth rate for Cirrus, SYNNEX and Mellanox is currently pegged at 15.27%, 10.37% and 18.25%, respectively.
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