Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, drugmaker Forest Labs
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Forest's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||New York City (1956)|
|Market Cap||$8.94 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$4.22 billion|
|Management||CEO Howard Solomon (since 1977)
CFO Francis Perier Jr. (since 2004)
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||19.5%|
|Cash/Debt||$3.3 billion / $0|
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 95% of the 585 members who have rated Forest believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Stars Clint35 and TSIF, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.
This past summer, Clint35 helped Fools see the greener side of Forest:
Their margins are pretty good. Sales have been improving the last couple years, not by a lot but up is up. They have a little over 3B in cash and equivilants and no debt. Very good deal.
While Forest faces a pretty steep patent cliff within the next few years, our community remains confident in the company's long-term prospects. With 20%-plus cash king margins and a cash hoard that represents a much bigger chunk of its assets (53%) than big drug rivals Pfizer (10%), Lilly (19%), Glaxo (16%), and Teva (14%), Forest seems well-armed to address its portfolio concerns. Additionally, with the shares trading at a forward P/E of just 7.5 -- a discount to more direct threats like Shire
CAPS All-Star TSIF expands on the bull case:
Keeping your drug pipeline secure, growing, not encroached on by generics, etc is a tough job, but overall Forest does it fairly well. ... Forest is sitting on about $3 Billion in cash, no debt, and great cash flow, so is ripe to acquire to grow market share. Last quarter was a tough one, but overall Forest maintains good margins, (12% profit, 18% operating) with a decent P/B of only 2 and a P/S of 2.1. ...
What to watch for:
1. How Forest Spends it's cash coffer.
2. Anymore run-ins with the FDA.
3. It's drug portfolio, (exclusive patents), which is currently crimping Forest Laboratories share price.
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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Pfizer is a Motley Fool Inside Value selection. Glaxo is a choice of Global Gains. The Fool owns shares of Glaxo and Teva. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.
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