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How to buy Proto Labs stock | $70.82

Learn how to easily invest in Proto Labs stock.

Proto Labs Inc is a metal fabrication business based in the US. Proto Labs shares (PRLB) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Proto Labs employs 2,408 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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Proto Labs stock price (NYSE: PRLB)

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Proto Labs shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-17.
Latest market close$70.82
52-week range$63.81 - $286.57
50-day moving average $70.71
200-day moving average $86.82
Wall St. target price$107.50
PE ratio 47.3396
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $1.50

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Is it a good time to buy Proto Labs stock?

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Proto Labs price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $70.82 from 2021-10-15

1 week (2021-10-11) 5.80%
1 month (2021-09-17) -6.74%
3 months (2021-07-16) -18.06%
6 months (2021-04-16) -34.21%
1 year (2020-10-16) -51.46%
2 years (2019-10-18) -32.03%
3 years (2018-10-18) 126.7
5 years (2016-10-18) 31.25%

Is Proto Labs under- or over-valued?

Valuing Proto Labs stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Proto Labs's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Proto Labs's P/E ratio

Proto Labs's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 47x. In other words, Proto Labs shares trade at around 47x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Proto Labs's PEG ratio

Proto Labs's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.71. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Proto Labs's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Proto Labs's EBITDA

Proto Labs's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $92.6 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Proto Labs's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Proto Labs financials

Revenue TTM $451.9 million
Operating margin TTM 12.57%
Gross profit TTM $217.8 million
Return on assets TTM 4.31%
Return on equity TTM 5.71%
Profit margin 9.05%
Book value $29.97
Market capitalisation $2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Proto Labs shares

There are currently 2.7 million Proto Labs shares held short by investors – that's known as Proto Labs's "short interest". This figure is 4.6% down from 2.8 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Proto Labs shares can be evaluated.

Proto Labs's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Proto Labs's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Proto Labs shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Proto Labs shares traded daily (recently around 281085.02617801). Proto Labs's SIR currently stands at 9.55. In other words for every 100,000 Proto Labs shares traded daily on the market, roughly 9550 shares are currently held short.

However Proto Labs's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Proto Labs shares, or, against the total number of tradable Proto Labs shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Proto Labs's short interest could be expressed as 0.1% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Proto Labs shares in existence, roughly 100 shares are currently held short) or 0.0972% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Proto Labs shares, roughly 97 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Proto Labs.

Find out more about how you can short Proto Labs stock.

Proto Labs share dividends

We're not expecting Proto Labs to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Proto Labs share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Proto Labs's shares have ranged in value from as little as $63.81 up to $286.57. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

PRLB.US volatility(beta: 1.66)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Proto Labs's is 1.6571. This would suggest that Proto Labs's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Proto Labs overview

Proto Labs, Inc. , together with its subsidiaries, operates as an e-commerce driven digital manufacturer of custom prototypes and on-demand production parts in the worldwide. The company offers injection molding; computer numerical control machining; three-dimensional (3D) printing, which include stereolithography, selective laser sintering, direct metal laser sintering, multi jet fusion, polyjet, and carbon DLS processes; and sheet metal fabrication products, including quick-turn and e-commerce-enabled custom sheet metal parts. It serves developers and engineers, who use 3D computer-aided design software to design products across a range of end markets. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Maple Plain, Minnesota. .

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Proto Labs is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.63% of Proto Labs shares are held by insiders and 98.953% by institutions.
How many people work for Proto Labs?
Latest data suggests 2,408 work at Proto Labs.
When does the fiscal year end for Proto Labs?
Proto Labs's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is Proto Labs based?
Proto Labs's address is: 5540 Pioneer Creek Drive, Maple Plain, MN, United States, 55359
What is Proto Labs's ISIN number?
Proto Labs's international securities identification number is: US7437131094
What is Proto Labs's CUSIP number?
Proto Labs's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 743713109

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