Will This Ratings Upgrade Help Omnicare (OCR) Stock Today?

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Omnicare Inc. (OCR) was upgraded to "buy" from "neutral" at Goldman Sachs (GS) on Thursday.

The firm said it raised its rating on the healthcare services company as it believes Omnicare's generic business will drive growth and that the company has "untapped strategic value."

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Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates OMNICARE INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate OMNICARE INC (OCR) 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, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share and increase in stock price during the past year. 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:

  • OCR's revenue growth trails the industry average of 20.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.1%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $218.88 million or 42.34% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 10.50%.
  • OMNICARE INC has improved earnings per share by 34.9% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. 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, OMNICARE INC reported lower earnings of $0.74 versus $1.52 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.69 versus $0.74).
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.66, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.92 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Looking ahead, the stock's rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that the other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: OCR Ratings Report

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