Reviewing Key Tronic Corporation (KTCC)’s and 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD)’s results

Both Key Tronic Corporation (NASDAQ:KTCC) and 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) compete on a level playing field in the Computer …

Both Key Tronic Corporation (NASDAQ:KTCC) and 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) compete on a level playing field in the Computer Peripherals industry. We will evaluate their performance with regards to dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Key Tronic Corporation 475.89M 0.14 1.65M -0.03 0.00
3D Systems Corporation 687.66M 1.88 45.51M -0.46 0.00

Table 1 highlights Key Tronic Corporation and 3D Systems Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Profitability

Table 2 has Key Tronic Corporation and 3D Systems Corporation’s return on equity, return on assets and net margins.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Key Tronic Corporation 0.35% 1.4% 0.7%
3D Systems Corporation -6.62% -12.9% -8.9%

Volatility and Risk

Key Tronic Corporation is 52.00% less volatile than S&P 500 due to its 0.48 beta. 3D Systems Corporation on the other hand, has 1.98 beta which makes it 98.00% more volatile compared to S&P 500.

Liquidity

2.1 and 1.2 are the respective Current Ratio and a Quick Ratio of Key Tronic Corporation. Its rival 3D Systems Corporation’s Current and Quick Ratios are 2.3 and 1.5 respectively. 3D Systems Corporation has a better chance of clearing its pay short and long-term debts than Key Tronic Corporation.

Analyst Ratings

The table given features the ratings and recommendations for Key Tronic Corporation and 3D Systems Corporation.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Rating Score
Key Tronic Corporation 0 0 0 0.00
3D Systems Corporation 1 1 2 2.50

Meanwhile, 3D Systems Corporation’s consensus price target is $14.5, while its potential upside is 28.55%.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

Key Tronic Corporation and 3D Systems Corporation has shares owned by institutional investors as follows: 45.3% and 72.2%. Insiders owned 6.56% of Key Tronic Corporation shares. On the other hand, insiders owned about 1% of 3D Systems Corporation’s shares.

Performance

In this table we provide the Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Yearly and YTD Performance of both pretenders.

Performance (W) Performance (M) Performance (Q) Performance (HY) Performance (Y) Performance (YTD)
Key Tronic Corporation -2.14% -9.58% -4.26% -18.11% -7.4% 15.22%
3D Systems Corporation -17.96% -9.4% -7.59% -45.45% 7.64% 13.67%

For the past year Key Tronic Corporation was more bullish than 3D Systems Corporation.

Summary

Key Tronic Corporation beats on 7 of the 11 factors 3D Systems Corporation.

3D Systems Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides 3D printing products and services worldwide. The companyÂ’s 3D printers transform data input generated by 3D design software, CAD software, or other 3D design tools into printed parts using a range of print materials, including plastic, nylon, metal, composite, elastomeric, wax, polymeric dental materials, and Class IV bio-compatible materials. It offers various 3D printing technologies, such as stereolithography, selective laser sintering, direct metal printing, multijet printing, and colorjet printing. The company also develops, blends, and markets various print materials, such as plastic, nylon, metal, composite, elastomeric, wax, polymeric dental materials, and Class IV bio-compatible materials. It offers its printers under the Accura, DuraForm, LaserForm, CastForm, and VisiJet brand names. 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, and production machining and inspection. Further, it offers proprietary software and drivers that provide part preparation, part placement, support 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 solutions; and software and healthcare services. It primarily serves companies and small and midsize businesses in a range of industries, including healthcare, automotive, aerospace, government, defense, technology, electronics, education, consumer goods, and energy. The company sells its products and services through direct sales force, partner channels, and distributors. 3D Systems Corporation was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

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Analysis OpenAI, a leading machine-learning lab, has launched for-profit spin-off OpenAI LP – so it can put investors’ cash toward the expensive task …

Analysis OpenAI, a leading machine-learning lab, has launched for-profit spin-off OpenAI LP – so it can put investors’ cash toward the expensive task of building artificial general intelligence.

The San-Francisco-headquartered organisation was founded in late 2015 as a nonprofit, with a mission to build, and encourage the development of, advanced neural network systems that are safe and beneficial to humanity.

It was backed by notable figures including killer-AI-fearing Elon Musk, who has since left the board, and Sam Altman, the former president of Silicon Valley VC firm Y Combinator. Altman stepped down from as YC president last week to focus more on OpenAI.

Altman is now CEO of OpenAI LP. Greg Brockman, co-founder and CTO, and Ilya Sutskever, co-founder and chief scientist, are also heading over to the commercial side and keeping their roles in the new organization. OpenAI LP stated it clearly it wants to “raise investment capital and attract employees with startup-like equity.”

There is still a nonprofit wing, imaginatively named OpenAI Nonprofit, though it is a much smaller entity considering most of its hundred or so employees have switched over to the commercial side, OpenAI LP, to reap the benefits its stock options.

“We’ve experienced firsthand that the most dramatic AI systems use the most computational power in addition to algorithmic innovations, and decided to scale much faster than we’d planned when starting OpenAI,” the lab’s management said in a statement this week. “We’ll need to invest billions of dollars in upcoming years into large-scale cloud compute, attracting and retaining talented people, and building AI supercomputers.”

OpenAI refers to this odd split between OpenAI LP and OpenAI Nonprofit as a “capped-profit” company. The initial round of investors, including LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman and Khosla Ventures, are in line to receive 100 times the amount they’ve invested from OpenAI LP’s profits, if everything goes to plan. Any excess funds afterwards will be handed over to the non-profit side. In order to pay back these early investors, and then some, OpenAI LP will have to therefore find ways to generate fat profits from its technologies.

The reaction to the “capped-profit” model has raised eyebrows. Several machine-learning experts told The Register they were somewhat disappointed by OpenAI’s decision. It once stood out among other AI orgs for its nonprofit status, its focus on developing machine-learning know-how independent of profit and product incentives, and its dedication to open-source research.

Now, for some, it appears to be just another profit-driven Silicon Valley startup stocked with well-paid engineers and boffins.

Conflict of interest?

“Most tech companies have business models that rely on secrecy or monopolistic protections like copyright and patents,” said Daniel Lowd, an associate professor at the department of computer and information science at the University of Oregon in the US.

“These practices are the opposite of openness. Already, there are concerns that companies like Google are patenting machine learning methods and that this could stifle innovation. A profit incentive is a conflict of interest.”

Rachel Thomas, co-founder of fast.ai and an assistant professor at the University of San Francisco’s Data Institute, agreed. “I already see OpenAI as similar to the research labs at major tech companies: they hire people from the same backgrounds; focus on publishing in the same conferences; are primarily interested in resource-intensive academic research.

“There is nothing wrong with any of this, but I don’t really see it as ensuring that AI is beneficial to humanity, nor as democratizing AI, which was their former mission statement. To me, forming OpenAI LP is just one more step to being indistinguishable from any other major tech company doing lots of academic, resource-intensive research.”

OpenAI’s commitment to openness, as it name would suggest, has already been called into question. Last month, it withheld a trained language model known as GPT-2, claiming it was too dangerous to release: the software is capable of translating text, answering questions, and generating prose from writing prompts.

At first glance, its output appears competent, however, it composes words with little or no regard to facts and balance, and descends into nonsense, contradictions, and repetition. It was feared the algorithms would be used to churn out masses of fake news articles and product reviews, spam and phishing emails, instant messages, and other text that would fool humans, if it fell into the wrong hands. And thus, OpenAI suppressed it.

Some details about the system were published in a paper, along with a smaller version of the model, however, the full payload was withheld. The AI community was split into two on this decision. One half supported OpenAI’s efforts to avoid causing any harm to society through the dissemination of its technology, and the other half thought it was hypocritical and harmful to research.

Now that OpenAI hopes to generate a profit to pay back its investors in spades, will it now sell and monetize this powerful GPT-2 software and similar work? We’re assured it has no plans.

Control

OpenAI has tried to quash concerns that will drift from its primary mission – which is fulfilling its grandiose humanity-benefiting charter – by insisting the for-profit company is ultimately controlled by the nonprofit’s board. That means whatever the for-profit side wants to do, the nonprofit board will ensure it abides by the charter, which states it will “build safe and beneficial artificial general intelligence,” by having the final say on any major decision.

“The mission comes first even with respect to OpenAI LP’s structure,” it stated. “We may update our implementation as the world changes. Regardless of how the world evolves, we are committed — legally and personally — to our mission.”

Looking for the Holy Grail

That mission is to develop so-called artificial general intelligence (AGI) that helps humanity and is safe. Such a system, seen only in science fiction so far, would be able to do pretty much anything a human could, and more. It is the Holy Grail of computer intelligence.

“OpenAI is an outstanding research organization, so it’ll be disappointing if they won’t be as open in the future,” Oren Etzioni, CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, an AI research lab founded by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, told The Register. “AGI is still the stuff of science fiction and philosophical speculation. I see no evidence that anyone, OpenAI included, is making tangible progress towards it.”

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We note that there will or may be people – such as OpenAI LP staffers – on the non-profit board, overseeing the for-profit arm’s activities, who have a direct financial interest in seeing the for-profit side succeed: OpenAI said “only a minority of board members are allowed to hold financial stakes in the partnership at one time.”

Some may feel this will still hinder the board’s ability to keep the for-profit side on the right side of the charter, putting safety and humanity ahead of money.

However, OpenAI stated that anyone with a conflict of interest will not be allowed to vote: “Only board members without such [financial] stakes can vote on decisions where the interests of limited partners and OpenAI Nonprofit’s mission may conflict—including any decisions about making payouts to investors and employees.” When The Register asked how many people on the board were working on the for-profit and non-profit side, we did not get a clear answer.

As mentioned above, OpenAI Nonprofit will only receive leftover profits after the initial investors get a 100X return on their investments. It’s hard to judge how likely OpenAI LP will reach that target. OpenAI didn’t disclose how much the initial investments amounted to, but did tell us that it doesn’t have any immediate plans to make money.

“We don’t plan to monetize GPT-2 or other prior research projects at OpenAI. We’re focused on the mission,” a spokesperson said. “Though, this structure gives us flexibility to do other things if we want — always subject to approval from the board.” ®

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Global 3D Printing Market Overview 2019-2028: Voxeljet AG (Germany), Materialise NV, The …

The report on the global 3D Printing market is an insightful reference data for established players as well as new entrants in … The ExOne Company

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The estimate of the global 3D Printing market share, whether based on revenue or size is a blend of fact and expert judgment that is supported by a sound research methodology.

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Stratasys Ltd

3D Systems Corporation

EOS GmbH

Materialise NV

SLM Solutions Group AG

Arcam AB

Concept Laser GmbH

The ExOne Company

Voxeljet AG (Germany)

Proto Labs

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Chapter 4: This Chapter includes data about the 3D Printing segmentation including Y-o-Y growth and revenue share.

Chapter 5: In this chapter the 3D Printing report offers insights on various trends in regions, countries, and markets as per segmentation, as well as insights and crucial information.

Chapter 6: A detailed region-wise analysis of the global 3D Printing market gives readers a clear perspective of the most influential trends along with the regulatory scenario in the individual regional sectors. In addition to this, the 3D Printing market size and shares of these regions along with forecast data included in the 3D Printing report are essential for companies to understand the investment viability in these regions.

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Asia Pacific 3D Printing Market 2019: Emphasis on Component, Product (Professional/ Industrial …

Considering the presence of 3D printing players in Asia Pacific region, 3D Systems Corporation, Arcam AB, Royal DSM N.V., ExOne Company, …

Asia Pacific 3D Printing Market Research Report Forecast from 2019 to 2024

Asia Pacific 3D printing market is segmented based on component, sub-component, technology, application and industrial verticals. Product (industrial and desktop printer), material (polymer, plastic, metal & alloy, ceramic and other) and services are the types of components considered while analysing and defining the penetration of 3D printing technology in different geographies and countries. In 2017, product segment dominated the Asia Pacific 3D printing market with maximum share in terms of revenue. Based on estimation, the segment occupied for around 36.8% share in the same year. However, increasing demand for desktop printers would help the product segment to grow at a faster rate of 30.4% during the forecast period (2018-2024).

3D printing offers integration of metals & alloys with other raw materials as per the requirement of the end-user industry, to create specified 3-dimensional objects. During 2017, polymer held prominent share of 33.5% followed by plastic which held 30.6% during the same year. Polymer market in Asia Pacific 3D printing was valued at US$ 57.2 Million in 2017 and is projected to derive US$ 358.3 Million revenues by 2024 witnessing astonishing CAGR of 30.2% during the forecasted period. Numerous industrial sectors are influenced by 3D printing solutions. In addition, Custom Design and Manufacturing held more than 50% share and garnered US$ 72 Million revenues during 2017.

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Considering the presence of 3D printing players in Asia Pacific region, 3D Systems Corporation, Arcam AB, Royal DSM N.V., ExOne Company, Autodesk, Inc., Stratasys Ltd., Organovo Holdings, Inc , Hoganas AB, Mcor Technologies Limited and Voxeljet AG, constitute as some of the prominent players operating in 3D space. The players consistently aim to focus on product development, launch new products and enhance their existing portfolios to expand their customer base and strengthen their market position through partnerships and collaborations which further offers them growth opportunities for geographic expansion.

Moreover, benefits of 3D printing can also be witnessed among various industry verticals such as Education, automotive, aerospace & defense, healthcare, consumer goods, manufacturing, construction and others where the additive manufacturing has turned out to be a game changer. Automakers and raw material suppliers for manufacturing sector have realized the benefits of 3D printing solutions, eventually increasing the demand for 3D printing solutions in these industries. In the automotive industry, the use of 3D printing technology has been successful in bring about new shapes to the industry, allowing the industry to produce lighter and more complex structures at affordable price ranges. Manufacturing sector was accounted as the fastest growing industry vertical in terms of its applications in 3D printing. Based on estimation, the respective segment is projected to generate revenue of US$ 743.6 Million in by 2024 displaying tremendous CAGR of 28.7% during the forecasted period in Asia Pacific 3D printing market.

Since, the concept of 3D printing has taken Asia Pacific market by storm the technology has emerged as one of the promising concept in the specific region wherein entrepreneurs in the Indian market have visualized ample opportunities in 3D printing space. Moreover, new developments in 3D technology have enabled the companies to accelerate and simplify product development processes. To add on, advent of 3D printing has considerably paved the way for 3D manufacturers owing to substantial growth of manufacturing in various sectors ranging from automotive, healthcare to medical implants to retail goods. The impact of 3D printing is becoming deep and permanent in every industrial segment. However, absence of appropriate knowledge on 3D printing among the personnel and rate of unemployment contribute as restraining parameters behind the fostering growth of 3D printing in respective region.

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For better understanding of 3D Printing market penetration, the market is analysed one the basis of different countries such as Asia-Pacific region (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Rest of APAC). Based on estimation, Asia Pacific accounted for revenue share of 12.2% in 2017. Countries that majorly lead the growth of 3D printing in the region encompass China, Japan and India wherein Japan currently occupies the prominent share and contributes more than 20% to the overall regional 3D revenues. The respective country contributed around US$ 163.5 Million in 2017 towards regional 3D printing sales and is further projected to garner US$ 877 Million by 2024 registering substantial CAGR of 27.3% over the period. Accredited to extensive industrial base, favourable government policies and appropriate funding in Research and Development initiatives, Asia Pacific 3D printing has surged exorbitantly.

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Asia Pacific 3D Printing Market Report (Status and Outlook) 2019

1 Market Introduction

2 Legal & Regulatory Framework

3 Research Methodology Or Assumption

4 Industry Performance

5 Executive Summary

6 Market Overview

7 Market Insights By Deployment Type

8 Public Cloud Insights By Services

9 Private Cloud Insights By Services

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Wireless Chipsets Market to Witness Considerable Upsurge During 2015-2021

The segmentation by type includes mobile ZigBee chipsets, WiMAX chipsets, wireless/Wi-Fi chipsets, LTE chipsets and wireless display/video …

Wireless chipsets are a part of internal hardware made to enable a device to communicate and connect to another wireless device. A wireless adapter or chipset internet card is an inner hardware design, which is used in wireless communication systems or computer to connect with other devices. The market is expected to grow with a double digit CAGR. The consumers shift towards portable devices coupled with the increase usage of wireless devices increases the use of wireless chipsets

The growth of the market is fueled by increased demand of the wireless devices and increased application areas of wireless chipsets. In addition, the shift from wired to wireless technology acts as a driving force for the wireless chipsets market. Some other drivers for this market are fast growth in the tablets and PC market and technology advancement related to the communications protocol and introduction of frequency bands in some emerging countries. However, complex inserted systems increases the cost of production and swiftly changing technological requirements acts as a restraint for the market.

The total market can be segmented on the basis of type, application and technology. The segmentation by type includes mobile ZigBee chipsets, WiMAX chipsets, wireless/Wi-Fi chipsets, LTE chipsets and wireless display/video chipsets. The application segment includes Computers, laptops, mobile phone, global positioning system (GPS), routers and other wireless devices. The technology segment includes such as HD Display and Video, Low-power WLAN, Dual-protocol ZigBee and Multi-mode LTE. The market can be segmented by geography into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and RoW.

The key players of the wireless chipsets market are Greenpeak Technologies Ltd., Atmel Corporation, Altair Semiconductor, Inc., Amimon Ltd., Gainspan Corporation, Broadcom Corporation, Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Intel Corporation and GCT Semiconductor Inc., among others.

Key geographies evaluated in this report are:

  • North America
    • U.S
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK
    • Eastern Europe
    • CIS
  • APAC
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Australia
    • Others
  • Latin America
    • Argentina
    • Brazil
    • Others

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  • Drivers, restraints, and challenges shaping the Wireless Chipsets market dynamics
  • Latest innovations and key events in the industry
  • Analysis of business strategies of the top players
  • Wireless Chipsets market estimates and forecasts(2015 -2021)

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