Previous Stratasys-Desktop Metal Coverage
- Desktop Metal CEO: What's Next After the Deal to Merge with Stratasys Fails
- Stratasys Bid to Buy Desktop Metal Fails, Company Seeking ‘Strategic Alternatives’
- Stratasys CEO Zeif: Additive Technology's Advances and Long-Term Challenges
- Stratasys Again Rejects 3D Systems, Urges Shareholders to Support Desktop Metal Purchase
- Stratasys CEO Zeif: How Additive Can Scale for Manufacturing
- Stratasys CEO Zeif: Why Now for Additive Manufacturing Mergers
- Stratasys Will "Engage in Discussions" on Acquisition by 3D Systems
- Stratasys Board Again Turns Away 3D, Nano Offers
- Stratasys Stiff-Arms 3D Systems' Bid
- 3D Systems Offers $1.2 Billion for Stratasys
- Understanding the Merger of Stratasys and Desktop Metal
- Stratasys to Buy Desktop Metal for $1.8 Billion
Merger fights may not be over in the 3D printing world. Early Saturday morning, Dec. 23, 2023, Israeli additive manufacturing company Nano Dimension bid $1.1 billion for Stratasys, an Israeli 3D printing rival.
The proposed $16.50 purchase price is a massive discount to the $18 per share bid in March, a figure Nano Dimension later increased to $25. At $1.1 billion, the new bid is more than $500 million lower than what Nano Dimension offered at its peak.
The new, lower proposal at the tail end of 2023 implies that this year’s wild ride in the additive manufacturing space continues. Throughout the past year, Stratasys considered bids from Nano Dimension and 3D Systems to buy the company while pursuing its own bid for metal additive manufacturing company Desktop Metal.
None of those deals came to fruition with shareholders soundly rejecting the Stratasys-Desktop Metal merger in September.
At the heart of the merger mania of 2023 is that after decades of development, none of the major additive companies are profitable (Stratasys claims it is profitable on an operating basis, but it still reports as GAAP financial loss), and several executives have argued that combining will give the companies larger scale needed to develop new technologies and serve more markets.