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- GIVEN IMAGING reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, GIVEN IMAGING increased its bottom line by earning $0.38 versus $0.28 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.48 versus $0.38).
- The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Health Care Equipment & Supplies industry. The net income increased by 58.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $1.92 million to $3.04 million.
- GIVN's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.00 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.05, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
- Net operating cash flow has increased to $6.91 million or 35.31% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -1.58%.
- The gross profit margin for GIVEN IMAGING is currently very high, coming in at 82.10%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, GIVN's net profit margin of 6.80% significantly trails the industry average.
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