Zacks: Analysts Expect Proto Labs, Inc. (PRLB) Will Post Quarterly Sales of $87.62 Million

Equities research analysts expect Proto Labs, Inc. (NYSE:PRLB) to post sales of $87.62 million for the current quarter, Zacks reports. Three analysts have made estimates for Proto Labs’ earnings, with the highest sales estimate coming in at $87.70 million and the lowest estimate coming in at $87.55 million. Proto Labs posted sales of $72.35 million in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year-over-year growth rate of 21.1%. The firm is scheduled to announce its next quarterly earnings report on Thursday, February 8th.

On average, analysts expect that Proto Labs will report full-year sales of $87.62 million for the current year, with estimates ranging from $336.70 million to $338.00 million. For the next financial year, analysts expect that the company will post sales of $374.86 million per share, with estimates ranging from $372.70 million to $379.08 million. Zacks Investment Research’s sales calculations are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side analysts that cover Proto Labs.

Proto Labs (NYSE:PRLB) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The industrial products company reported $0.56 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.52 by $0.04. Proto Labs had a return on equity of 11.63% and a net margin of 14.53%. The company had revenue of $88.10 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $85.68 million. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.51 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 12.7% compared to the same quarter last year.

A number of research analysts have recently weighed in on PRLB shares. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $67.00 price objective on shares of Proto Labs in a report on Friday, July 28th. BidaskClub lowered Proto Labs from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, October 6th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Proto Labs from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $96.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $69.33.

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Proto Labs (NYSE:PRLB) opened at $84.75 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $2,240.91, a PE ratio of 48.06, a PEG ratio of 2.25 and a beta of 1.03. Proto Labs has a 1-year low of $48.00 and a 1-year high of $89.95.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in PRLB. BlackRock Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Proto Labs by 146,773.4% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 2,905,155 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $148,453,000 after purchasing an additional 2,903,177 shares during the period. Janus Henderson Group PLC increased its holdings in shares of Proto Labs by 411.4% in the second quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 1,301,429 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $87,521,000 after purchasing an additional 1,046,960 shares during the period. Victory Capital Management Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Proto Labs by 15,548.3% in the third quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 363,509 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $29,190,000 after purchasing an additional 361,186 shares during the period. Lord Abbett & CO. LLC acquired a new stake in Proto Labs during the second quarter worth about $21,351,000. Finally, Bank of New York Mellon Corp grew its holdings in Proto Labs by 44.2% during the second quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 498,198 shares of the industrial products company’s stock worth $33,504,000 after acquiring an additional 152,637 shares during the period.

About Proto Labs

Proto Labs, Inc is an e-commerce driven digital manufacturer of on-demand three dimensional (3D) printed, computer numerical control (CNC) machined and injection-molded custom parts for prototyping and short-run production. The Company’s geographic segments include the United States, Europe and Japan.

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