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What: Shares of AngioDynamics (NASDAQ: ANGO ) -- which makes medical, surgical, and diagnostic devices in the vascular and oncology arena -- tumbled as much as 16% after reporting its preliminary third-quarter earnings results.
So what: Although these results are unaudited, they paint a pretty stark miss for AngioDynamics. For the quarter, it expects to report revenue of approximately $82 million and EPS of $0.04-$0.06 versus the $89 million to $90 million in sales it had previously forecast. Wall Street had been expecting the device maker to turn in a profit of $0.09 on $87.8 million in sales. AngioDynamics blamed the shortfall on sales attrition in its vascular access segment, procedure volume softness in its peripheral vascular segment, and capital equipment purchase delays in its oncology/surgery segment.
Now what: This is a bit of a toss-up because these all could very easily be short-term issues. Then again, procedure softness and sales attrition could easily signify a shift away from AngioDynamics' products which would negatively impact its sales for more than just one quarter. Beyond making acquisitions, AngioDynamics' organic growth isn't anything to write home about -- sales are expected to grow by just 7% in 2014 according to the Street's estimates -- so at 22 times forward earnings, I'm more than happy to stay on the sidelines.
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