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Friday, 19 September 2003
September 19, 2003 Stratasys, Inc. (SSYS)
Something telling about our posts. I am finding stocks that pretty much fit our criteria but you will notice that the last several I have complained about the p/e. Maybe stocks ARE getting a bit richly valued (?)....or are we late at getting to them? I do think, that since we are looking over the long-term with this approach, the timing isn't critical, it is the owning of the right companies.

Stratasys (SSYS), according to money.cnn.com, "...develops, manufactures and market prototyping devices that allow engineers and designers to create models and prototypes out of plastic and other materials directly from computer-aided design (CAD) workstations." I do not own any shares of this company. SSYS is having a GREAT day in the market, currently trading at $50.04 up $4.32 or 9.45% on the day as I write.

On July 28, 2003, SSYS reported their second quarter results for the quarter ending June 30, 2003: revenues for the second quarter were $12.1 million, a 19% increase over $10.1 million last year. Net income was $1.5 million or $.25/share compared to $.5 million or $.09/share last year.

Revenue has grown, although not consistently, from $32.4 million in 1998, $37.6 million in 1999, $35.6 million in 2000 (a hiccup), $37.6 million in 2001, $39.8 million in 2002, and extrapolating the current quarter would get us to about $48 million for 2003.

Free cash flow has also improved nicely the last few years from $0 in 2000, $2 million in 2001, $6 million in 2002, and $9 million in the trailing twelve months per Morningstar.com.

Looking at the balance sheet we find $17.5 million in cash, more than enough to cover the $9.0 million in current liabilities and $2.1 million in long-term debt. In addition, Morningstar reports that SSYS has $17.1 million of other current assets. This company is financially very sound imho.

This is a pretty SMALL company overall with a market cap of $287.21 million. The trailing p/e is moderately high at 43.96 but the PEG ratio is only 0.86 suggesting a reasonable valuation and p/e in light of the growth rate. There are only 5.80 million shares outstanding and 4.90 million of them float. There are 426,000 shares out short representing 8.69% of the float or 1.13 days of trading.

Overall, I like this company and it deserves a second look. Like I usually say, I like a LOT of companies but have only so much money to invest...do you know that feeling? If this is your kind of company, then jump right in! Remember to hang on to those 8% stops so that you don't find yourself with growing losses.

Have a great weekend. I will try to update the prices on the main website http://bobsadviceforstocks.tripod.com (the URL should be on the left)...as well as the current trading portfolio (actual holdings in my Fidelity account) and gains/losses. Have a GREAT weekend everyone. I hope if you were in the path of Isabel you didn't suffer too badly....

Bob




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