It's sometimes hard to put a company in just one box.
For instance, do Lucent's
Even a little company such as biomedical products maker Kensey Nash
Whichever box you put Kensey in, though, it had better be a big one. Because on Tuesday, this small cap reported outsized profits for fiscal 2004. Total revenues increased 31%, composed of a 34% increase in product sales and a 30% rise in royalties (despite a negotiated royalty rate decrease). Earnings per share rose 39% -- although if you back out the effects of a tax credit received last year, that figure would have been 55%.
The company sees growth continuing through 2005, albeit at a slower pace. Kensey predicts revenues in the neighborhood of $71 million (for 22% annual growth) and profits of about $1.20 a share (for 13% annual growth). The reason for the slowdown? While sales are expected to again grow by more than 30%, Kensey expects its higher-margin royalty revenues to remain essentially flat year-on-year.
Wall Street, although initially spooked by the expected downturn in growth, quickly changed its mind on this one and started bidding Kensey's stock up early on Wednesday morning. And I think the Street is calling this one right. No company grows at 30% a year, across the board, forever. The fact that the larger of Kensey's two main revenue streams is continuing to accomplish that feat is plenty of reason to like this company.
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Fool contributor Rich Smith owns no shares in any companies mentioned in this article.