Rating Change #8

Pharmacyclics Incorporated ( PCYC) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • PCYC 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. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 11.75, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • 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 Biotechnology industry and the overall market, PHARMACYCLICS INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, PCYC's share price has jumped by 164.67%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Setting our sights on the months ahead, however, we feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The implication is that its reduced upside potential is not good enough to warrant further investment at this time.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Biotechnology industry average. The net income has significantly decreased by 25.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $56.25 million to $41.93 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $29.70 million or 78.01% 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.
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Pharmacyclics, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the development and commercialization of small-molecule drugs for the treatment of cancer and immune mediated diseases. The company has a P/E ratio of 73.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Pharmacyclics has a market cap of $5.62 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are up 32.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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