Stratasys Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results

Stratasys, Inc. (NASDAQ:SSYS) today announced fourth quarter and full year financial results.

The company reported record revenue of $43.6 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011, a 28% increase from the $34.0 million for the same period last year.

System shipments totaled 700 units for the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to 632 units for the same period last year.

The company reported net income of $5.8 million for fourth quarter, or $0.27 per share, representing a 34% increase over the net income of $4.3 million, or $0.20 per share, for the same period last year.

Non-GAAP net income was $6.6 million for the fourth quarter, or $0.31 per share, representing a 49% increase over the non-GAAP net income of $4.4 million, or $0.21 per share, for the same period last year.

Solidscape Inc., acquired by Stratasys in May of 2011, contributed $3.2 million to revenue and 68 system sales, and was accretive to net income during the fourth quarter of 2011.

The company reported revenue of $155.9 million for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2011, compared to $117.8 million for the same period in 2010.

The twelve-month period in 2010 included a $5.0 million one-time non-cash charge against revenue. The charge against revenue was taken in the first quarter of 2010 and represents the fair value of a warrant issued to HP in connection with a distribution agreement signed in January 2010. Excluding this charge, total revenue increased by 27% in 2011 over the same period last year.

System shipments totaled 2,602 units for the twelve-month period in 2011, compared to 2,555 units for the same period last year.

The company reported net income of $20.6 million for the twelve-month period, or $0.95 per share, compared to net income of $9.4 million, or $0.44 per share, for the same period last year.

Non-GAAP net income was $22.5 million or $1.04 per share for the twelve-month period of 2011, compared to non-GAAP net income of $13.4 million, or $0.63 per share, for the same period last year.

Solidscape Inc. contributed $8.2 million in revenue and 174 system sales, and was accretive to net income for 2011.

“The fourth quarter represented a strong finish to 2011,” said Scott Crump, chairman and chief executive officer of Stratasys. “The quarter and full year results are record performances for both revenue and operating profit. The sales momentum was particularly strong during the final weeks of the year, resulting in a record year-end backlog, which includes over $12 million in system orders. Consequently, we are well positioned as we begin 2012.

“As in previous quarters, the fourth quarter benefited from sales of our Fortus 3D production systems. Fortus system revenue grew by nearly 80% during the quarter when compared to the same period last year, with particularly strong sales from our highest-margin systems. The growing demand for functional prototypes and DDM [Direct Digital Manufacturing] applications within the aerospace, automotive and defense industries remain the primary drivers behind this growth.

“Consumable revenue reached the highest level in our company’s history during the fourth quarter, growing by 25% over last year. Our expanding base of Fortus 3D production systems and the higher material usage rates generated by DDM applications is driving this growth. In addition, consumable usage is benefitting from a growing demand for our innovative new materials. We expect these positive trends will continue throughout 2012.

“Revenue within our RedEye paid parts business also represented a record level, expanding by 17% over the fourth quarter last year. Our RedEye business continues to benefit from customers accessing our significant capacity for large orders, as well as our ability to produce large parts made of high-grade thermoplastics.

“We are also making progress in our channel development programs aimed at accelerating the sales of our uPrint 3D printer line. This includes recruiting and training 90 new agents by the beginning of the second quarter of this year that will focus exclusively on selling our most affordable products. We expect this new initiative will drive incremental new volume starting in the second quarter.

“In addition to expanding our channel, we are raising the incentive for selling our most affordable 3D printers. Beginning late in the fourth quarter, distributor margin for the uPrint line was increased substantially. We believe the new incentive structure will drive incremental focus on selling the uPrint line, and combined with the expansion of our sales channel, will bode well for 3D printer sales in the coming months.

“A new initiative we expect to introduce in the second quarter will significantly reduce the manufacturing cost of our most-affordable 3D printers. This revolutionary development is a result of significant investments we have made over the past three years. Most important, this development should help us sustain a favorable margin profile on our most-affordable systems as we become more aggressive with our programs to drive growth.

“We observed new developments in our collaboration with HP during the fourth quarter, as they added three new countries to their distribution network in Europe. In addition, we were pleased to see sales of our HP-branded 3D printers grow by 15% during the fourth quarter over last year, outpacing the growth of our Stratasys-brand 3D printers in non-HP countries.

“We continue to believe HP could be the ideal partner for worldwide distribution of our 3D printers. However, the full potential and ultimate long-term success of our collaboration with HP will require sales and marketing programs that go beyond current commitments. Consequently, while we remain committed to the HP collaboration, we will continue to accelerate independent channel development strategies.

“Given the continued positive momentum within our Fortus business and new initiatives within 3D printing, we are optimistic as we begin 2012. This optimism is strengthened by our record backlog of system orders and a strong pipeline of new opportunities. We remain a healthy company with attractive growth opportunities on multiple fronts, and we look forward to a successful year,” Crump concluded.

Stratasys reiterated the following information regarding financial guidance for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2012:

    Revenue guidance of $175 million to $190 million.
    Earnings guidance of $1.02 to $1.13 per share.

The estimated expenses related to employee stock options, as well as the amortization of intangibles related to our acquisition of Solidscape Inc., amount to a combined impact of approximately $0.15 per share for 2012.

Stratasys plans to hold a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter and full year financial results on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. (ET).

The investor conference call will be available via live webcast at:

To participate by telephone, the domestic dial-in number is 800-798-2864, and the international dial-in is 617-614-6206. The access code is 65942427. Investors are advised to dial into the call at least ten minutes prior to the call to register.

The webcast will be available for 90 days on the "Investors" page of the Stratasys Web site or by accessing the provided web address.

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