Laegeler says Par is in the midst of a risky strategy of expanding its development of brand-name drugs. These products have higher profit margins than do generics, but they're more expensive to make and market.
With a market cap of $634 million, Par is making a decision that is creating uncertainty in the minds of investors and analysts. Thomson Reuters reports five analysts are neutral and one has a sell rating.
Teva, Barr and Watson make some brand-name drugs; Mylan tried to do so, but it has decided to focus on generics. Sell-side analysts support Teva, and they still like Barr and Mylan. Thomson Reuters says each company has more buy ratings than the combined neutral and sell ratings. Watson has few buy ratings, with most analysts neutral.
Morningstar assigns its top, 5-star rating for Barr, Mylan and Watson. Based on their fundamentals, they are trading so far below their fair values that Laegeler says they're worth buying. Teva earns four stars, and Par gets two.