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I found another one...and this looks like a keeper! In what seems to be a similar business to Digene (DIGE) which is posted elsewhere on this BLOG, Cytyc Corporation (CYTC), according to the money.cnn.com snapshot "...designs, develops, manufactures and markets a sample preparation system for medical diagnostic applications." They appear to be involved in Pap Test for cervical cancer screening that requires a microscopic inspection of cervical cells. Anyway, CYTC is having a nice day today trading, as I write, at $14.89 up $.65 or 4.57% on the day.
I hope I don't sound like a broken record, or does anyone remember that expression anymore?, but CYTC jumped today after announcing a great fourth quarter 2003 earnings report. They reported, for the quarter ended December 31, 2003, that sales were a record $78.3 million, a 17% increase over the $66.7 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2002. Net income for the quarter was $19.5 million or $.17/share compared to $17.9 million or $.15/share in the same quarter in 2002.
Looking at the Morningstar.com 5-yr restated financials, we find that revenue has been growing steadily from $44.3 million in 1998, $81.1 million in 1999, $142.1 million in 2000, $221.0 million in 2001, $236.5 million in 2002, and $291.5 million in the trailing twelve months. Earnings/share have grown very steadily from $(.11) in 1998 to $.65/share in the trailing twelve months.
Free cash flow has also grown steadily from $15 million in 2000, $82 million in 2001, and $91 million in 2002, with $88 million reported in the trailing twelve months.
Gorgeous! is the only way I can describe their balance sheet...with $87.1 million in cash and $145.6 million in other current assets with $42.2 million in current liabilities and NO long-term liabilities reported on Morningstar.com. Now that is what I call a NICE balance sheet!
Looking at "key statistics" for CYTC on Yahoo.com, we find the market cap at $1.62 Billion. The trailing p/e isn't bad at all at 18.49 and the PEG is even fairly reasonable at 1.39. Price/sales on this one is a bit steep at 5.36.
There are 109.70 million shares outstanding with 108.70 million of them that float. There are 3.02 million shares out short representing 2.78% of the float or 3.118 trading days as of 1/8/04. No cash dividend is paid and the last stock dividend was a 3:1 split on 8/5/01 per Yahoo.
I actually like this stock a lot. They have great growth numbers, a reasonable p/e and PEG, and a beautiful balance sheet. Like a few others in the portfolio, this stock IS in the medical field, but I like it because of the numbers and not that they are involved in thin-film slides for Pap smears. This one may find a place in my portfolio soon...you know I am looking for #25 to fill out the trading portfolio!
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