3D Printing Financials: SLM Solutions Reports Net Loss of 5.1M for 2021 First Qu

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SLM Solutions reported first-quarter results after the market closed on May 12, 2021, announcing losses and decreasing revenues. The German pioneer in metal 3D printing technology came out with a quarterly loss of 5.1 million or 26 cents per share, a 16% improvement over the same quarter last year. While its order intake increased more than 350% year-over-year, its revenues dropped 14% as it is still reorganizing after the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Revenue decreased compared to the first quarter of 2020 to 15.4 million from 17.8 million. The chief reason for that being a slower backlog conversion of machine orders and a slight decrease in after-sales revenue. Despite the lower revenue, SLM Solutions improved its EBITDA, reporting a loss of 2.1 million in the first quarter of 2021, after a loss of 3 million a year earlier. This was mainly driven by lower travel and consulting expenses as well as a more cautious spending behavior as a result of implemented cost-out actions.


3D printing a Y-connector with SLM Solutions. Image courtesy of SLM Solutions.
After announcing earnings results for the quarter, SLM Solutions stock fell 7.4%. Trading under the ticker symbol AM3D on Germany’s Frankfurt Stock Exchange, SLM shares roller-coastered since the beginning of 2021, dropping to values as low as 15.26 and peaking to some of the highest stock prices in a year, over the 24 mark. Over the past three months, the company stock has become highly volatile, according to the financial analysis of Australian startup Simply Wall Street. Still, it forecasts annual earnings growth of 88% in the next one to three years – based on analyst estimates.
Sam O’Leary, SLM Solutions’ CEO, said that as order intake began gaining traction over the last quarter, the company saw a “strong start to the new year,” in line with its expectations. A notable portion of its increased order backlog will be converted into revenue over the next quarters, O’Leary said. He also reflected on SLM Solutions’ projections and expected a significant acceleration of its growth, especially in the second half of the year.


Launch of SLM Solutions’ NXG XII 600 machine. Image courtesy of SLM Solutions.
The company is counting on the commercialization of the NXG XII 600, a multi-laser industrial 3D metal printer unveiled in November 2020, as a significant driver of the company’s future growth. In line with that, SLM Solutions recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a major energy original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in Europe to purchase five NXG XII 600 machines.
Another good sign that the business is gaining an increasing number of clients has been its reportedly high order intake in the first quarter, worth 13.4 million, a strong improvement compared to the same quarter in 2020, which reported just 2.9 million. The increased order intake reflects an ongoing improvement in the business environment that began in the third quarter of 2020, after being significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in the first half of the year.

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