Lab Corp.'s Margins Miss Their Mark

Jul.25.07 | About: Laboratory Corporation (LH)

Mid Cap and Large Cap Watch List member Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (NYSE:LH) announced results for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2007. Excluding restructuring and other special charges recorded in 2007, net earnings increased 14.1% to $132.8 million. Earnings per diluted share increased 20.7% to $1.05, compared to $0.87 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2006. Excluding restructuring and other special charges recorded in 2007, EPS increased 25.3% to $1.09, in line with consensus estimates.

Revenues for the quarter were $1,043.1 million, an increase of 15.4% compared to the same period in 2006 and ahead of the $1.03 billion consensus. Looking ahead, the Company expects revenue growth of 13% to 14%, EBITDA margins of approximately 26.4% to 26.9%, and diluted earnings per share of between $4.11 and $4.27. With the consensus at 13.5% revenue growth and $4.21 in earnings per share, the apparent margin pressure (relative to expectations) is forecast to continue.

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