Express Scripts Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (ESRX)
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- ESRX's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 26.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 143.4%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
- Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 58.29% to $726.10 million when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 36.64%.
- Compared to its closing price of one year ago, ESRX's share price has jumped by 61.92%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. We feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The other strengths this company shows, however, justify the higher price levels.
- EXPRESS SCRIPTS HOLDING CO has exprienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, EXPRESS SCRIPTS HOLDING CO increased its bottom line by earning $2.52 versus $2.22 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.70 versus $2.52).
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