Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (ALXN)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Alexion Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ALXN) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of B. 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 6.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 40.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • ALXN's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.08 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 3.62, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • ALEXION PHARMACEUTICALS INC 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, ALEXION PHARMACEUTICALS INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.27 versus $0.91 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.88 versus $1.27).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Biotechnology industry. The net income increased by 68.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $48.17 million to $80.97 million.
  • The gross profit margin for ALEXION PHARMACEUTICALS INC is currently very high, coming in at 91.60%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 25.26% is above that of the industry average.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, engages in the development and commercialization of life-transforming therapeutic products. Alexion has a market cap of $18.5 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 74.00, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 18.00. Shares are up 1.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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