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Stratasys Releases Financial Guidance for Fiscal Year 2005

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb 16, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Stratasys, Inc. (SSYS) today released the following financial guidance for its fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2005:

-- Stratasys anticipates revenue of $84 million to $89 million, an increase of 20% to 27% over fiscal 2004, and an upward revision of the previous fiscal 2005 revenue guidance of 18 to 25% growth.

-- The company expects a higher corresponding growth rate in earnings in fiscal 2005 of 26% to 33%, or $1.07 to $1.12 per diluted share. The earnings per diluted share figures do not give effect to the cost associated with expensing stock option-based compensation, which is expected to become mandatory in mid-2005.

The company's financial guidance assumes the following regarding fiscal 2005:

-- Primary growth drivers will include 3D printers, consumables, as well as the company's emerging paid-parts business.
-- Research and development expenses of $6.3 million to $6.7 million.
-- Operating margins between 20% and 22%.
-- Tax rate between 37% and 39%.

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