Should Investors Hold Tight To Proto Labs, Inc. (NYSE:PRLB) In Their Porfolio With Sales Growth of 0.27802?

Potential Investors often look for key drivers that can move a stock in a positive direction.  One of those is sales growth.  Proto Labs, Inc. (NYSE:PRLB) of the Industrial Engineering sector, witnessed sales growth of  0.27802 year over year. The firm has a traded value of 21539 and has its headquarters in United States of America.

As any seasoned investor knows, markets can move up or down in the blink of an eye. Investors who attempt to beat the market without creating a plan may find themselves grasping at straws down the line. Building a plan that included the right level of risk may be different for every individual. Managing risk and staying on top of the stock portfolio can help investors ride out the storm when it eventually rolls in. Anybody who manages their own portfolio knows that it can be extremely challenging at times. Finding a consistent process that works when markets become volatile can be a big help to the investor. Controlling emotions and conducting the necessary research can help the investor make the difficult decisions when they crop up.

So how has Proto Labs, Inc. (NYSE:PRLB) performed in terms of returns?  The ROIC quality score stands at 1.700237 whilet he actual return on invested capital holds at  0.303302.  Proto Labs, Inc.’s book to market ratio is at 0.123054 while the book to market mean difference is -0.04202. This indicator tells you how a company is currently valued in terms of Book to Market compared to its average Book to Market over the past 10 years. It’s important to note that BM is the inverse of the Price to book ratio. Thus a high BM ratio means a company is undervalued.

In glancing at some key ratios we note that the Piotroski F-Score is at 5 (1 to 10 scale) and the ERP5 rank is at 7476. The Q.I. Value of Proto Labs, Inc. (NYSE:PRLB) currently reads 51.00000 on the Quant scale. The Free Cash Flow score of 1.392580 is also swinging some momentum at investors. The United States of America based firm is currently valued at 21539.

Some other notable ratios include the Accrual Ratio of 0.246666, the Altman Z score of 43.935776, a Montier C-Score of 2.00000 and a Value Composite rank of 72.

Debt

In looking at some Debt ratios, Proto Labs, Inc. (NYSE:PRLB) currently has a debt to equity ratio of 0.00000 and a Free Cash Flow to Debt ratio of . This ratio gives insight as to how high the firm’s total debt is compared to its free cash flow generated. In terms of Net Debt to EBIT, that ratio stands at -1.46876. This ratio reveals how easily a firm is able to pay interest and capital on its net outstanding debt. The lower the ratio the better as that indicates that the company is able to meet its interest and capital payments. Lastly we’ll take note of the Net Debt to Market Value ratio. Proto Labs, Inc.’s ND to MV current stands at -0.029223. This ratio is calculated as follows: Net debt (Total debt minus Cash ) / Market value of the company.

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Proto Labs, Inc. (NYSE:PRLB) are showing an adjusted slope average of the past 125 and 250 days of 65.87134.  The Adjusted Slope 125/250d indicator is equal to the average annualized exponential regression slope, over the past 125 and 250 trading days, multiplied by the coefficient of determination (R2).  The purpose of this calculation is to provide a longer term average adjusted slope value that levels out large share price movements by using the average. This indicator is useful in helping find stocks that have been on a smooth upward trend over the past 6 months to a year.

Drilling down into some additional key near-term indicators we note that the Capex to PPE ratio stands at 0.316856 for Proto Labs, Inc. (NYSE:PRLB).  The Capex to PPE ratio shows you how capital intensive a company is. Stocks with an increasing (year over year) ratio may be moving to be more capital intensive and often underperform the market. Higher Capex also often means lower Free Cash Flow (Operating cash flow – Capex) generation and lower dividends as companies don’t have the cash to pay dividends if they are investing more in the business.

Investors may be trying to gauge the current business cycle phase and how that could potentially impact the portfolio. Business cycles can be one way to analyze portfolio performance. Early on in the cycle, profits tend to grow rapidly, sales tend to improve, and activity rebounds. In the middle of a cycle, growth may be peaking, strong credit growth may still be seen, and policy may swing neutral. Toward the later stages, growth may be moderate, earnings may come under pressure, and credit may tighten. Heading into a period of recession, credit may completely dry up, profits may decline sharply, and there may be policy easing. Investors will often have to adjust portfolio holdings that reflect the current state of a business cycle.