Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc. Stock Upgraded (AUXL)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Auxilium Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: AUXL) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from sell to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 2.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 18.6%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • AUXL has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. To add to this, AUXL has a quick ratio of 2.46, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • The gross profit margin for AUXILIUM PHARMA INC is currently very high, coming in at 79.90%. Regardless of AUXL's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 9.90% trails the industry average.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Pharmaceuticals industry and the overall market, AUXILIUM PHARMA INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $11.93 million or 44.83% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.

Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty biopharmaceutical company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in developing and marketing pharmaceutical products primarily in the United States. Auxilium has a market cap of $1.19 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are up 21.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.
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