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We expect Exactech to benefit from its continued innovation and expansion. It remains focused on improving its existing line of business, and it is also awaiting approval on several new products in both the U.S. and overseas markets. However, the company is highly exposed to foreign exchange risks with its increasing share of global business, and stiff government regulation could negatively affect product approvals and therefore operating results.
CAM Commerce (CADA) provides a variety of software, hardware and other technical systems for retailers. Our buy rating, in place since February 2006, is based on positive investment measures such as strong revenue growth, a solid financial position and stock performance and growth in net income.
Powered by strong earnings growth of 70% during the first quarter of 2008, this stock has surged 64% over the past year. Revenue rose 37% year over year for the first quarter. CAM Commerce has no debt to speak of, giving it a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider a favorable sign. Net income increased 75% from the year-ago quarter.
Finally, the company has demonstrated an impressive pattern of positive EPS growth over the past two years. Looking forward, we feel that this trend should continue.Balchem (BCPC) develops, manufactures, and markets specialty performance ingredients and products for the food, feed and mechanical sterilization industries. Balchem produces choline products for both human and animal consumption. Choline, a vitamin-B complex, plays a vital role in the metabolism of fat and the building and maintaining of cell structures. Choline deficiency can result in reduced growth and perosis (a disease characterized by a deformity of the leg joint) in poultry and fatty liver, kidney necrosis, and general poor health in swine, among other symptoms. In humans, choline is recognized as playing a key role in the structural integrity of cell membranes, the processing of dietary fat, reproductive development and neural functions such as memory and muscle function. Balchem also produces encapsulated performance ingredients for use throughout the food and animal-health industries in end products such as baked goods, refrigerated and frozen dough, processed meats, seasoning blends and confections. These performance ingredients are used to enhance nutritional fortification and improve shelf life of prepared products.
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