3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) is one of 185 public companies in the “Prepackaged software” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare 3D Systems to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for 3D Systems and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
3D Systems 5 9 1 0 1.73
3D Systems Competitors 1126 5773 11878 490 2.61

3D Systems presently has a consensus price target of $11.68, indicating a potential downside of 2.85%. As a group, “Prepackaged software” companies have a potential upside of 2.75%. Given 3D Systems’ rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe 3D Systems has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

66.7% of 3D Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.4% of shares of all “Prepackaged software” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.0% of 3D Systems shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 21.5% of shares of all “Prepackaged software” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

3D Systems has a beta of 1.41, indicating that its share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, 3D Systems’ rivals have a beta of -16.78, indicating that their average share price is 1,778% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares 3D Systems and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
3D Systems -11.77% -10.41% -7.37%
3D Systems Competitors -7.00% -93.45% -2.57%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares 3D Systems and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
3D Systems $646.07 million -$66.19 million -21.09
3D Systems Competitors $1.68 billion $254.70 million -13.97

3D Systems’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than 3D Systems. 3D Systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


3D Systems rivals beat 3D Systems on 10 of the 13 factors compared.

About 3D Systems

3D Systems Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides three-dimensional (3D) printing products and services worldwide. The company offers 3D printers, such as stereolithography, selective laser sintering, direct metal printing, multi jet printing, and color jet printers that transform data input generated by 3D design software, CAD software, or other 3D design tools into printed parts under the Accura, DuraForm, LaserForm, CastForm, and VisiJet brand names. It also develops, blends, and markets various print materials, such as plastic, nylon, metal, composite, elastomeric, wax, polymeric dental, and Class IV bio-compatible materials. In addition, the company provides digital design tools, including software, scanners, and haptic devices, as well as products for product design, mold and die design, 3D scan-to-print, reverse engineering, production machining, metrology, and inspection. Further, it offers proprietary software and drivers that provide part review, part preparation, part placement, automated support building and placement, build platform management, and print queue management; and 3D virtual reality simulators and simulator modules for medical applications, as well as digitizing scanners for medical and mechanical applications. Additionally, the company provides warranty, maintenance, and training services; on-demand manufacturing solutions; and software and precision healthcare services. It primarily serves companies and small and midsize businesses in medical, dental, automotive, aerospace, durable good, government, defense, technology, jewelry, electronic, education, consumer good, energy, and other industries through direct sales force, as well as partner channels and distributors. The company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

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