Proto Labs Earnings: Here’s Why Shares are Down Now

Proto Labs, Inc. (NYSE:PRLB) delivered a profit and beat Wall Street’s expectations, AND beat the revenue expectation. The revenue beat is a positive sign to shareholders seeking high growth out of the company. Shares are down 2.87%.

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Proto Labs, Inc. Earnings Cheat Sheet

Results: Adjusted Earnings Per Share increased 45.83% to $0.35 in the quarter versus EPS of $0.24 in the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue: Rose 24.46% to $37.3 million from the year-earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: Proto Labs, Inc. reported adjusted EPS income of $0.35 per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean analyst estimate of $0.31. It beat the average revenue estimate of $36.78 million.

Quoting Management: “We are pleased to report that our United States, European and Japanese operations each achieved record quarterly revenues for the first quarter of 2013, a consistent theme for our teams. Our marketing and sales strategies combined with efficient operations continue to make us a very fast growing and highly profitable company,” said Proto Labs’ President and CEO, Brad Cleveland.

Key Stats (on next page)…

Revenue increased 10.95% from $33.62 million in the previous quarter. EPS increased 12.9% from $0.31 in the previous quarter.

Looking Forward: Analysts have a more positive outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has risen from a profit of $0.31 to a profit $0.32. For the current year, the average estimate has moved up from a profit of $1.27 to a profit of $1.33 over the last ninety days.

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