When shares of a stock like Gilead Sciences
Apparently, revenue and earnings growth topping 50% was not enough to satisfy the market. Lead HIV combination drug Truvada experienced 29% year-over-year sales growth and accounted for more than 40% of Gilead's drug sales in the second quarter.
Trading at 23 times its second-quarter earnings-per-share run rate of $1.68, yet growing its top and bottom lines at more than double this rate, shares of Gilead are now extremely enticing, priced at less than $40 a share. Gilead's sales guidance for all of 2007 ranges between $3.6 billion to $3.7 billion, at least a 38% jump over 2006. (This doesn't even include its fast-growing royalty revenues.)
Some potential new competition in the HIV space could come on the market in the next two years, including Pfizer's
Looking too closely at quarterly financial results, and quibbling over whether revenue growth should have been 60% or 50%, is definitely a case of missing the forest for the trees. The only problem investors could have about Gilead right now is that it is not giving any cash back to shareholders. Other than that, it's hard to find fault with the company's performance or valuation.
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