Vertex Pharmaceuticals Stock Hold Recommendation Reiterated (VRTX)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: VRTX) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a hold with a ratings score of C . 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 notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has experienced relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • VRTX's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 7.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 265.6%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.54, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.86, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for VERTEX PHARMACEUTICALS INC is currently very high, coming in at 86.40%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -15.50% is in-line with the industry average.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated engages in discovering, developing, manufacturing, and commercializing small molecule drugs for the treatment of serious diseases worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.9, below the average drugs industry P/E ratio of 30 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Vertex has a market cap of $12.36 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are up 72.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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