How much of Desktop Metal’s revenue comes from haram?

Desktop Metal manufactures and commercializes additive manufacturing solutions, commonly referred to as 3D printing, for engineers, designers, and manufacturers.

Desktop Metal earns its revenue from the following segments:

  • Product Revenue:

Includes sales of additive manufacturing systems and related accessories, as well as consumables used to produce parts. 

  • Service Revenue:

Includes installation, training, and post-installation hardware and software support and various software solutions the Company offers to facilitate the design of parts and operation of the Company’s products.

The contributions from each of Desktop Metal’s revenue segments in their 2020 annual report were as follows:

Practical Islamic Finance concludes:

None of Desktop Metal’s revenue comes from anything inherently haram.

Does Desktop Metal rely on interest to operate?

Desktop Metal reports its interest income as a net value, including interest earned on deposits and short-term investments and gains and losses on investments, represented as Interest and Other Income.

Year-to-Date
for period ended
6/30/2021
Fiscal year
ended
12/31/2020
Fiscal year
ended
12/31/2019
Interest and Other Income $630$1,011$5,952
Total Revenue$30,290$16,470$26,439
Interest Expense $125$328$503
Total Expenses$108,745$108,525$135,484
Interest and Other Income / Revenue2.08%6.08%22.51%
Interest Expense / Total Expense0.11%0.30%0.37%
*Numbers in thousands, U.S. dollars

Practical Islamic Finance concludes: 

Riba is used but not relied upon in Desktop Metal’s operations.

What is Desktop Metal’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) impact?

Environment

3D printing generates less waste and uses fewer raw materials than traditional manufacturing, resulting in lower carbon emissions. 

Social

Desktop Metal has an impressively high Glassdoor rating of 4.4 out of 5 from current and previous employees compared to a 3.3 average for all other Glassdoor rated companies.

Governance

No notable governance highlights.

Practical Islamic Finance concludes: 

Desktop Metal has a net positive ESG impact.

Comfort Rating

From Desktop Metal’s business, financial, and ESG reviews, Practical Islamic Finance rates Desktop Metal stock as:

Comfortable to invest in from a Halal perspective.

Sources

Desktop Metal Q2 2021 10-Q

Desktop Metal 2020 10-K  

Desktop Metal Reviews 

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