Stephen Simpson, CFA
Long only, growth at reasonable price, value, research analyst

After A Big Rally, What Propels Lonza Now?

I've always been a little surprised at how willing investors can be to bid up the manufacturers of pharmaceutical components. While these are fine specialty chemical businesses, nothing about the revenue or margins (or the persistence of either) is particularly outstanding. Be that as it may, investors have certainly taken a more positive view on Switzerland's Lonza (OTCPK:LZAGY) over the past 18 months as the company has digested its Arch Chemicals acquisition and a new CEO who appears more focused on margins and returns than growth for the sake of growth.

On one hand, I do like Lonza's capabilities in small molecules, peptides, and monoclonal antibodies. On the other hand, recent contract wins by Samsung Biologics highlight that...

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