How Will Becton Dickinson (BDX) Stock React To Today's Earnings Report?

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Becton Dickinson & Company (BDX) released its second quarter 2014 earnings results before the opening bell on Monday, falling short of analysts revenue estimates but beating earnings guidance.

The medical technology company posted revenues of $2.072 billion in the quarter, missing analysts estimates of $2.09 billion.

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The company also had earnings of $1.53 per share for the quarter, beating analysts estimates by 3 cents.

Becton Dickinson stock is flat in early market trading today.

TheStreet Ratings team rates BECTON DICKINSON & CO as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate BECTON DICKINSON & CO (BDX) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations 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 analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • BDX's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 3.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.0%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The stock has risen over the past year as investors have generally rewarded the company for its earnings growth and other positive factors like the ones we have cited in this report. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 52.06% to $355.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, BECTON DICKINSON & CO has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -15.11%.
  • BDX's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.78 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Despite the fact that BDX's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 1.82 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: BDX Ratings Report
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