Life Technologies Corp Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (LIFE)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Life Technologies (Nasdaq: LIFE) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of A-. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, expanding profit margins, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 58.29% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Turning to the future, naturally, any stock can fall in a major bear market. However, in almost any other environment, the stock should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed nice gains in the past year.
  • LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORP has improved earnings per share by 23.5% 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, LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORP increased its bottom line by earning $2.39 versus $2.05 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.37 versus $2.39).
  • The gross profit margin for LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORP is currently very high, coming in at 72.90%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 11.01% trails the industry average.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Life Sciences Tools & Services industry average. The net income increased by 18.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $93.07 million to $110.01 million.
  • LIFE, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 7.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 1.1%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

Life Technologies Corporation operates as a life sciences company. Life has a market cap of $12.6 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.00, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 18.00. Shares are up 50.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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