Sunday, April 2, 2017

Integra's Transformation Starting To Show Results

Mid-cap med-tech Integra LifeSciences (NASDAQ:IART) has been an odd stock over the years as the company has shifted its focus many times and struggled to generate the sort of revenue growth and margin leverage that the market typically demands from smaller med-techs. With that, the shares have lagged the broader medical device sector over the last decade, as well as larger names like Stryker (NYSE:SYK).

It looks like Integra has hit on a better mix in recent years, though, as revenue growth and margins have improved. While Integra isn't leveraged to the most attractive growth markets, the acquisition of Johnson & Johnson's (NYSE:JNJ) Codman neurosurgery business will improve margins and meaningfully improve the company's overseas sales and distribution capabilities. Although the high teens FCF growth I expect from Integra isn't enough to support an attractive fair value, the company's improving margin outlook argues for a richer multiple and some upside in the shares.

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Integra's Transformation Starting To Show Results

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