Everyone -- including my Foolish colleague Ryan Fuhrmann, our friendly Pfizer
The cost-cutting that Pfizer is undertaking to drive stronger profitability can only go so far. And doing things like cutting its sales and marketing force does have tangible effects on its business, like slowing down sales growth even further.
As our Pfizer bull has stated, the outlook for Pfizer is cloudy past 2008. The earnings-shortfall storm in the future may be even worse than expected. Some of the drugs Pfizer has just launched, like Exubera and Sutent, which are supposed to pick up the slack for the other compounds going off patent, may face tougher competition or get off to a much slower marketing launch than expected.
Faith is nice in terms of religion, but when it comes to my investments, I'd like to be able to make some reasonable assumptions about future growth plans. With Pfizer, the only way to envision bottom-line growth beyond the 2010 Lipitor patent expiration is to take it on faith. Unless the valuation becomes much more compelling or Pfizer better outlines how it will use its cash hoard, I think I'll pass.