Market Cap: $785 million
YTD Performance: +105%
ExOne (XONE) is a much smaller and thus more speculative play than 3D systems. The company has not yet turned a profit and boasts anemic revenue that’s only in the tens of millions of dollars each year.
But if you want to get in on the ground floor of 3D printing, ExOne might be your last best chance. After nearly doubling so far in 2013, clearly there is big demand for XONE stock based on future earnings despite the lack of current profits in 2013.
ExOne specializes in 3D printers that produce both prototypes and production parts, and has found a place in several industries, including automobiles and energy. While it doesn’t quite have the same consumer appeal as a MakerBot, this “enterprise 3D printing” focus could mean that ExOne is built more on sustainable sales than fad appeal among gadget junkies looking for the latest tech trend.
XONE stock recently sold off after reporting a tough third quarter, including a surprise loss when analysts were expecting a profit. Revenue also missed forecasts.
However, ExOne appears to be on the verge of profitability, and that could mean it’s off to the races once real earnings start to roll in across 2014.