If you missed out on my call of Indian pharmaceuticals company Dr. Reddy's Laboratories
The fourth-quarter earnings report was a bit mixed. Revenue growth of 29% on an organic basis (up 64% as reported) was certainly positive. Branded drug sales (like Teva
Though revenue growth was solid, not much of that hit the bottom line. The company saw meaningfully lower gross margins because of lower international sales of branded products, as well as higher revenue contributions from lower-margin territories like Mexico. All in all, the company posted a small loss for the fourth quarter, although net income for the full year was improved.
Hopefully, Dr. Reddy's pipeline will start paying off and re-energize the growth. Two authorized generics from Merck
As is often the case with turnarounds, Dr. Reddy's doesn't look especially cheap today. And it's also true that the stock has had a pretty fair run in the past year -- even with the roughly 25% correction from its high in early May. But when I look at the potential cash flow growth, it appears that money could still be made here. What's more, there aren't many Indian stocks available to U.S. investors outside of the IT services space, and eventually, this nervousness over emerging markets will pass.
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