At the rate Inverness Medical Innovations
Investors aren't so sure that the extrinsic growth is working the way Inverness planned it to. The stock was down 16% Wednesday to cap off a drop of more than 30% since the beginning of the year.
The company turned $27.6 million in adjusted non-GAAP net income in the fourth quarter into a GAAP loss of $12.5 million because of amortizations and one-time charges, including those associated with the acquisitions of Diamics, Cholestech, HemoSense, and BBI Holdings. That's a whole lot of charges -- and a lot companies to be integrating at one time.
That's not even all of the recent additions. Since the close of the quarter, Inverness has also agreed to purchase Matria Health Care
My guess is that investors are having trouble evaluating the company, with so many new additions and its joint venture with Procter & Gamble
That's a pretty smart move from my perspective. Imagine all the money investors could have saved if they'd sold when they realized they didn't understand Enron's business.
That's not to say that I think Inverness is necessarily going down in flames. There are plenty of companies that have turned around after having extrinsic growing pains -- Invitrogen
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