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Why Greenway Medical Technologies' Shares Dipped Temporarily

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What: Shares of cloud-based health-care management services company Greenway Medical Technologies (NYSE: GWAY  ) dove as much as 15% before recovering more than half of its losses, after reporting its first-quarter earnings results.

So what: For the quarter, Greenway recorded 28% year-over-year revenue growth to $32.8 million, as well as a 262 basis point gross margin expansion, to 54.4%. While revenue squeaked past Wall Street's consensus, the company's breakeven EPS fell $0.02 shy of what analysts had been expecting.

Now what: Yes, Greenway is an expensive IT health-care provider at 36 times forward earnings, but there are a few key points worth noting. First, the company's application platform is based on recurring revenue; so, once it becomes healthfully profitable, remaining profitable shouldn't be too difficult. Secondly, it's begun landing major partners, as evidenced by its electronic health records deal recently signed with Walgreen (NYSE: WAG  ) . Lastly, the company's gross margin is heading in the correct direction, which isn't often the case with rapidly expanding IT-based solution providers. Overall, I think you can look at today's dips as a possible long-term buying opportunity.

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Fool contributor Sean Williams has no material interest in any companies mentioned in this article. You can follow him on CAPS under the screen name TMFUltraLong, track every pick he makes under the screen name TrackUltraLong, and check him out on Twitter, where he goes by the handle @TMFUltraLong.

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Sean Williams
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A Fool since 2010, and a graduate from UC San Diego with a B.A. in Economics, Sean specializes in the healthcare sector and in investment planning topics. You'll usually find him writing about Obamacare, marijuana, developing drugs, diagnostics, and medical devices, Social Security, taxes, or any number of other macroeconomic issues.

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