Life Technologies Corp Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (LIFE)

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 revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • LIFE's revenue growth trails the industry average of 12.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.5%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $134.72 million or 29.64% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -14.98%.
  • LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORP' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. 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 ($4.21 versus $2.39).
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, LIFE's share price has jumped by 63.86%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. We feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The other strengths this company shows, however, justify the higher price levels.
  • The gross profit margin for LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORP is rather high; currently it is at 69.70%. Regardless of LIFE's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, LIFE's net profit margin of 12.59% compares favorably to the industry average.

Life Technologies Corporation operates as a life sciences company. Life has a market cap of $12.7 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 51% 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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