$0.69 EPS Expected for Proto Labs Inc (PRLB) This Quarter

Brokerages predict that Proto Labs Inc (NYSE:PRLB) will report earnings of $0.69 per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Three analysts have made estimates for Proto Labs’ earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $0.70 and the lowest estimate coming in at $0.67. Proto Labs posted earnings of $0.51 per share during the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year over year growth rate of 35.3%. The firm is expected to announce its next earnings results before the market opens on Thursday, April 26th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Proto Labs will report full-year earnings of $2.86 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.83 to $2.89. For the next fiscal year, analysts expect that the business will report earnings of $3.33 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.22 to $3.39. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS averages are a mean average based on a survey of research analysts that that provide coverage for Proto Labs.

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Proto Labs (NYSE:PRLB) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 8th. The industrial products company reported $0.53 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.48 by $0.05. The firm had revenue of $94.18 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $92.20 million. Proto Labs had a return on equity of 12.22% and a net margin of 15.03%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 30.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.41 earnings per share.

Separately, Zacks Investment Research raised Proto Labs from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $115.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Thursday, January 4th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Proto Labs currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $85.00.

In other Proto Labs news, Director John B. Goodman sold 2,715 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, February 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $106.79, for a total value of $289,934.85. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, Director John B. Goodman sold 1,114 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, March 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $122.71, for a total value of $136,698.94. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 11,091 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,360,976.61. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders have sold 5,720 shares of company stock valued at $627,080. Insiders own 0.64% of the company’s stock.

Several large investors have recently made changes to their positions in PRLB. Russell Investments Group Ltd. lifted its position in shares of Proto Labs by 51.5% in the third quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. now owns 25,005 shares of the industrial products company’s stock worth $2,007,000 after buying an additional 8,504 shares during the last quarter. American International Group Inc. lifted its position in shares of Proto Labs by 6.0% in the third quarter. American International Group Inc. now owns 19,639 shares of the industrial products company’s stock worth $1,577,000 after buying an additional 1,117 shares during the last quarter. Legal & General Group Plc lifted its position in shares of Proto Labs by 9.4% in the third quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 51,429 shares of the industrial products company’s stock worth $4,127,000 after buying an additional 4,426 shares during the last quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. lifted its position in shares of Proto Labs by 5.5% in the third quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 110,883 shares of the industrial products company’s stock worth $8,904,000 after buying an additional 5,779 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its position in shares of Proto Labs by 12.3% in the third quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 438,869 shares of the industrial products company’s stock worth $35,240,000 after buying an additional 48,172 shares during the last quarter. 98.13% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

PRLB traded down $0.45 during trading on Friday, reaching $125.75. 138,147 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 166,441. The stock has a market cap of $3,404.35, a price-to-earnings ratio of 65.16, a PEG ratio of 2.59 and a beta of 0.96. Proto Labs has a fifty-two week low of $49.65 and a fifty-two week high of $128.22.

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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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