3 Key Things You Need to Watch With Boston Scientifichttp://www.fool.com/investing/general/2012/11/12/3-key-things-you-need-to-watch-with-bsx.aspx Dan Carroll
November 12, 2012
Medical device maker Boston Scientific (NYSE: BSX ) hasn't had a lot to celebrate recently. The company's recent quarterly report didn't perform up to expectations, and with its stock down more than 9% over the past month, Boston Scientific has some work to do to catch up with its industry peers. The right risk can reap rewards, however, and just because this company is hurting doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a good, long look. But in order to understand whether you should add this stock to your portfolio, you'll have to watch three key things that Boston Scientific will need to achieve to succeed.
Turn it around
Boston Scientific needs to turn around these divisions' fortunes, but it won't be easy. CRM in particular has taken some hits around the industry recently. Medical tech rival St Jude Medical (NYSE: STJ ) similarly posted CRM decline in the most recent quarter, and markets in both the U.S. and internationally are stumbling.
It's pretty gloomy for Boston Scientific, but all's not lost just yet here. The company did recently score positive results for a heart device clinical trial that showed decreased patient death or inappropriate therapy with Boston Scientific's devices, and offered optimism for the company's stakes in the CRM and interventional cardiology departments. It's a good step toward maintaining and growing Boston Scientific's presence in treating advanced heart disease.
The company will have to beat out its own maladies and the industry at large in these areas, however. It's thus doubly critical that Boston Scientific is able to diversify its own revenue sources in case the CRM and interventional cardiology markets can't recover.
Time to innovate
New CEO Michael Mahoney understands this fact well in good news for investors. Mahoney set a goal of revenue growth in 2013 despite industry observers betting otherwise, claiming, "we're absolutely a turn-around story." He's personally targeted innovation as a key driver for growth.
But how will the company achieve this innovation? It's made a lot of pricey acquisitions in its history, many of which have ended up as costly writedowns. Boston Scientific has expanded into asthma products and treatments for blocked arteries, and growth in smaller company segments such as neuromodulation -- which posted 5% year-over-year sales growth last quarter -- could provide some answers.
In order to innovate, however, it certainly would be nice if Boston Scientific could translate one of its acquisitions into good results.
Make them count
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