Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, health and industrial sciences company PerkinElmer
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at PerkinElmer's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Waltham, Mass. (1931)|
|Market Cap||$2.18 billion|
|Industry||Life sciences tools and services|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$1.82 billion|
Chairman/CEO Robert Friel
Vice President/CFO Frank Wilson
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||6.8%|
|Cash/Debt||$395.2 million / $671 million|
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
Earlier this month, Clint35 succinctly summed up the PerkinElmer bull case: "Looks very cheap. Plus a small dividend."
In fact, PerkinElmer currently sports a particularly cheap P/E of 6.3. That represents a clear discount to rivals Agilent (11.1), Thermo Fisher (15.1), and Waters (16.8).
CAPS member Tradersinfo elaborated on the bargain opportunity back in June:
BUY $30.00 price target. ParkinElmner is a rebound-story. The Company has gone through no less than two restructuring programs in the last 12 months, both of which have been successful in reducing costs. Profit margin has improved to 13.6%, while the earnings forecast is also in the double-digit range (incidentally, 13.5%). ... [R]elatively fast growth momentum coupled with favorable valuation and, of course (how could I forget?) low beta. Favorable risk/reward in sum.
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