so i’ve been gymming pretty regularly but haven’t been blogging. i’d like to start again so i can better keep track of my running progress. :D 

today was the best i ever did! i did 2.25 miles at 28 minutes. so close to 5k! which i just googled… is only 3.1 miles. if i want to at least once in my life run a marathon… @_@ so, mathwise….. that pace is 1 mile in 12.44 minutes. 3 miles would then take 37.32 minutes. :O 26 miles..!? would be 5.39 hours!! ahaaaa… yeahhh… can i run for 5 hours!? jesus christ. how do people do it?

Finishing times for marathons (26.2 miles) range from a little over two hours for world-class, elite marathoners to 8+ hours for walkers. In the United States, the average marathon finishing time in 2014 for men in U.S. marathons was 4:19:27 (9:54/mile pace), according to Running USA.  The median finishing time for women was 4:44:19 (10:51/mile pace).

i’m barely tackling 5ks as it is… XD so i need to work myself up to 10ks, and then half marathons…! but how in the world does anybody ever have the time to practice running for that long!? who knows.

i’ve paid for vjet’s gym membership, so hopefully that will be really good for him… he’ll go whenever i do, so tbh, it’s a good incentive for me to get out of the house since i want him to be out regularly too. 

i’m feeling really good about all of this :)  

3D Printer Drama

3D printer maker VJET recently took a tumble on news that Citron, a famed short selling research firm, said in a note to clients that the firm was basically a joke. In the aptly entitled research note “VJET is a Total F**king Joke” Citron said VJET provided a loan to its only customer.

Citron points out that the timing of the loan was rather peculiar. The firm needed a sale in order to achieve analyst expectations for its first quarterly earnings announcement as a publicly traded company. “The company’s only system sales were transacted with loans went completely unmentioned on the company’s triumphant conference call.”

The Plot Thickens

In addition to this finding, apparently insiders of the company sold a good chunk of shares on the IPO too. Specifically, higher-ups in the firm dumped 1.875 million shares out of a total offering of 7.475 million (they accounted for roughly 25%).

Positive Headlines

The quarter in question was VJET’s Q3 2013 financial results. The company’s revenues increased 77.0% YoY and profit was €0.11 per share, while the street was expecting a loss. Dr. Ingo Ederer, CEO of VJET, said, “We are pleased with our revenue growth, which reflects the increased adoption of 3D printing in industrial and commercial applications. The proceeds from our initial public offering which was completed in October will enable us to continue with our primary growth strategies, which include expanding our European on-demand parts service center, opening new service centers in both North America and Asia, and continuing to invest in research and development projects for the future.” The company also guided for Q4 2013 and full-year 2013, where VJET expects revenue to exceed €3 million and €11 million, respectively.

Interesting Options 

Given that VJET tanked nearly 35% on Citron’s note, IV should be expensive. In fact, 77% of VJET’s historical implied volatilities are lower than today’s prices, which could be expected, but market makers are still nervous. So nervous that an 18 day ATM straddle will cost you nearly 20% of the the stock.

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Three Bull Flags You Want To Buy: (NYSE:VJET), (NASDAQ:SINA), (NASDAQ:SSYS)

There are some amazing bull flag setups out there as the markets hover near all time highs. Three stocks that get my immediate attention are Voxeljet (NYSE:VJET), SINA Corp (NASDAQ:SINA), and Stratasys, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS). Not only do they have great bull flag formations, but the patterns are occurring near the lows of the chart which indicate a potential longer term bottom. Voxeljet, Sina and Stratasys have all been beaten down sharply from their 52 week highs. Assuming the markets do not collapse in the coming days, these patterns should play out and can be very profitable. Please note that if any of these patterns take out the recent lows (wide range bar which makes up the pole of the flag), it will have failed and you should stop out.

Gareth Soloway


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3D Printing at it again

3D Printing at it again

Last week, internal triggers alerted that DDD and SSYS were on the move up. After reading through the news threads, we found an analyst from BB&T praised the MarkerBot line of personal printers made by Stratasys. I looked at the charts and found that any buying at this point assumes significant risk. We saw that DDD, SSYS , XONE and VJET are all down over 30% for the year. Does this mean they hit…

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3-D Printing Stocks Put In Pivot Low: Buy Entry Tempting

Everyone loved the 3-D printing stocks when they were at their all time highs (just months ago). Now, everyone hates them when they are at their 52 week lows. I am a contrary trader, and anytime it is a hated sector, I take a closer look and usually buy.  3-D printing stocks have put in a near term bottom according to the charts and price action. After ugly earnings from 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) yesterday morning, the stock reversed a majority of the steep losses and is jumping higher today. 3D Systems Corporation is likely setting up for a bigger bounce in the coming weeks.

Stocks like ExOne Co (NASDAQ:XONE), Voxeljet AG (NYSE:VJET), along with 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) have all fallen around 50% from their all time highs in early 2014. This steep decline has punished buyers that bought the hype but has rewarded shorts that saw the bubble. Now, it appears the tides may be changing. With the market flat on the day, these 3D printing stocks are showing strong signs of life. The charts are all into significant support and near term, extremely oversold. It would not be a far fetched guess to think that the 3D printing stocks like 3D Systems Corporation could bounce 10-20% in the next month or two.

3D Systems Corp. showing a reversal today off its earnings drop yesterday is a very significant indicator. This stock is a profitable company and very few will disagree with the long term view of these companies dominating manufacturing in the future. While not in any of these stocks at this time, I am looking closely for a potential entry in the near future. 

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voxeljet AG Announces the Successful Conclusion of Loan Agreements to Finance the Expansion of the new Office and Production Space at its Headquarters in Friedberg


voxeljet AG (VJET) (the “Company”, or “voxeljet”), a leading provider of high-speed, large-format 3D printers and on-demand parts services to industrial and commercial customers has concluded the following three loan agreements with Kreissparkasse Augsburg, a bank that specializes in providing financing to small and medium-sized businesses, in the aggregate amount of EUR 4,000,000 to finance the building of new office and production facilities in Friedberg in Balthasar-Schaller-Str.: (i) a loan agreement in the amount of EUR 2,000,000 with a fixed interest rate of 2.47% per annum until the end of the term of the loan on December 30, 2025, (ii) a loan agreement in the amount of EUR 1,000,000 with a fixed interest rate of 2.72% per annum until the end of the term of the loan on December 30, 2030 and (iii) a loan agreement in the amount of EUR 1,000,000 with a variable interest rate of 1.75% per annum, which can be terminated by either party with a notice period of 3 months.

Among other terms, the loan agreements contain certain covenants, including that voxeljet deposit EUR 2,000,000 with Kreissparkasse Augsburg until it has reached certain target numbers with respect to its ability to service the debt. In case voxeljet has not reached certain target numbers with respect to its ability to service the debt by the end of its business year 2019, voxeljet is obliged to grant a pledge over the deposited amount of EUR 2,000,000 in favor of Kreissparkasse Augsburg. The loan agreements further include a change of control provision that is triggered in the event voxeljet shareholders Dr. Ingo Ederer and Franz Industriebeteiligungen AG hold less than 512,300 (2,561,500 ADS’s) or 229,700 (1,148,500 ADS’s) voxeljet ordinary shares, respectively. The change of control provision is only applicable as long as voxeljet does not meet the debt service target numbers. The real estate in Balthasar-Schaller-Str. will serve as collateral under the loan agreements.

voxeljet had previously purchased the parcels of land in Balthasar-Schaller-Str. in December 2013. Management expects that construction will commence shortly, i.e. at the latest in May 2016.

About voxeljet

voxeljet is a leading provider of high-speed, large-format 3D printers and on-demand parts services to industrial and commercial customers. The Company’s 3D printers employ a powder binding, additive manufacturing technology to produce parts using various material sets, which consist of particulate materials and proprietary chemical binding agents. The Company provides its 3D printers and on-demand parts services to industrial and commercial customers serving the automotive, aerospace, film and entertainment, art and architecture, engineering and consumer product end markets. For more information, visit http://www.voxeljet.com/en/

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3D Printing Company Stratasys Has Yet to Reach a Bottom

3D printing stocks have been struggling for over a year now, and market leader Stratasys (SSYS) is no exception to it. The stock was hovering near 52-week lows. On the other hand, Voxeljet’s (VJET) better-than-expected 2016 revenue guidance gave the entire 3D printing sector a big boost. Stratasys, which was down almost 30% year to date, also jumped on the news.

While many investors may think that Voxeljet’s better-than-expected guidance may be a sign that the stocks in the 3D printing sector have finally bottomed, I think they can offer more downside.

Voxeljet was the best run company

Comparing other 3D printing stocks to Voxeljet is not wise as the later has been the best run 3D printing company for a long time. Voxeljet had a strong industrial client base even before it went public. But due to the 3D printing bubble, Voxeljet was priced ridiculously from 2013 to 2015. However, improved revenue guidance shows that Voxeljet may have finally bottomed.

That being said, I think assuming that the likes of Stratasys have also bottomed is a mistake. Unlike Voxeljet, Stratasys was not a well-run company. This is evident by the fact that it has paid over $1 billion in goodwill write-offs. The failed acquisition of MakerBot has cost Stratasys over $1 billion and the company is still being run by the same people. Companies with bad CEOs almost always fail, which is why I think investors should stay away from Stratasys.

Falling sales

Stratasys’ organic revenue and sales dipped over 15% in the last quarter. With the company expected to reveal its Q4 results this month, I expect to see another decline yet again. Moreover, the company has also been bleeding money over the last few quarters. In addition to a bad CEO, failed acquisitions, growing competition, and increasing costs are also long-term headwinds for Stratasys. Due to these reasons, I think the stock has not bottomed and investors would be better off selling it after the recent rally.


There are many examples of companies that have struggled due to a bad CEO. The likes of Yahoo! (YHOO), Twitter (TWTR) and GoPro (GPRO) have all performed terribly due to terrible management, and Stratasys is no exception to this trend. The company is facing many headwinds going forward and I think the stock has more downside to offer. For these reasons, I think investors should sell Stratasys.

This article first appeared on GuruFocus.