Drug delivery firm Hospira
Anemic second-quarter organic sales growth of 2.8% helps illustrate that Hospira needs assistance on the top line. The February purchase of "Australian-based specialty injectable pharmaceutical company" Mayne Pharma Limited played the primary role in the delivery of impressive reported sales growth of nearly 30%, but time will tell if this truly helps "position Hospira for sustained growth."
Quarterly bottom-line trends were hit by charges and other accounting adjustments related to the Mayne acquisition. Management highlighted that adjusted earnings grew almost 14% as respectable domestic medication delivery systems and international third-party sales growth flowed through to operating earnings. For the full year, it expects 26%-28% sales growth, consisting of 3%-4% organic growth and the rest from adding Mayne to the mix. It's also targeting adjusted earnings of $2.11-$2.16, putting Hospira's forward P/E at about 18.
As fellow Fool Brian Lawler recently pointed out, Hospira's cash flow trends have been uneven as of late, and management has tempered current expectations to $450 million-$500 million, based on guidance provided in the earnings release. And based on current capex projections, free cash flow will come in somewhere around $1.50 per share.
That's not enough cash flow for me to get excited about the stock, and the fact that Hospira is still integrating a large acquisition makes me even more wary. Throw in a hefty debt load to buy Mayne, and it may be even longer before shareholders see the benefit of recent moves to inject more life into the existing operations.
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