Why ANI Pharmaceuticals Inc. Shares Shot Higher

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What: Shares of ANI Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ANIP  ) , a specialist in the development and marketing of branded and generic pharmaceutical products, jumped as much as 15% after the company reported fourth-quarter earnings results.

So what: Given that ANI Pharmaceuticals is a smaller company (with a market cap just above $200 million) there were no Wall Street estimates to match up to, allowing investors to push its share price higher or lower based solely on the raw results. For the quarter, revenue rose 98% to $10.5 million, from $5.3 million in the prior year. Net income tallied $3.4 million, or $0.35 per share, and reversed a year-ago loss of nearly $1.2 million. ANI noted that prescription sale revenue spiked 170% during the quarter to $8.8 million, primarily due to better sales and a higher price for its Esterified Estrogens with Methyltestosterone Tablet, or EEMT. During the quarter, ANI also announced the acquisition of 31 generic products from Teva Pharmaceutical (NYSE: TEVA  ) for $12.5 million, bringing its current and developing pipeline to 38 products.

Now what: Simply put, this is what happens when a company grows its top line organically and turns losses into profits. It's especially beautiful because we get to witness the reaction of shareholders who have not been clouded by Wall Street's "guesstimates." If ANI is already profitable from its EEMT product, chances are good that the addition of Teva's generic products is only going to further boost that profitability in 2014. ANI has already had quite the run, so I'm a bit skeptical about insinuating that it could head even higher, but that isn't out of the question.

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