Express Scripts, Inc (NASDAQ:ESRX) is one of the largest pharmacy benefit managers in North America. The recent acquisition/merger with Medco has already begun bearing fruit as reflected in strong top line growth during the last quarter. Express Scripts, Inc has grown earnings at a compounded growth rate of 30.5% since calendar year 1999. Although due to its size, future earnings growth may slow a bit, but is still expected to be plus or minus 20% per annum going forward. We believe threats of Obama Care potentially affecting the pharmacy benefit management industry has created a buying opportunity in this high-quality growth stock.
This article is intended to look at Express Scripts, Inc's "essential fundamentals at a glance" through the lens of the F.A.S.T. Graphs research tool. Therefore, rather than reinvent the wheel, we direct the readers to an article written by fellow Seeking Alpha Contributor: Express Scripts: Good Investment Decisions Do Not Require Rocket Science by Paul Price.
A Live F.A.S.T. Graphs on Express Scripts, Inc
The F.A.S.T. Graphs on Express Scripts illustrates that this blue-chip growth stock can be purchased at a sound valuation. Therefore, we rate Express Scripts a buy based on the following fundamental metrics:
· A PE ratio of 18.1, which is on the low end of its historical norms
· A price to sales ratio of .81, indicating that this growth stock is reasonably priced relative to its sales
· The company's healthy financial condition is a plus with debt only 42% of capital and strong free cash flow generation
· A recent agreement with Walgreen (WAG) illustrates the company's clout in the pharmacy benefit management industry
Moreover, in order to conduct your own research and get a clearer perspective on Express Scripts valuation, click on the picture above that links you to a fully functioning sample F.A.S.T. Graphs on Express Scripts and research this high-quality large-cap growth stock deeper and faster.
(Click on this link or the picture above that will take you to a free, live, and fully functioning FAST Graphs™ on Express Scripts. Run this "tool to think with" through its paces. Use the tan navigation bar to the left of the graphs and draw multiple graphs ranging from 2 to 20 years of history. Discover how this tool instantly provides a clear picture of the business behind the stock and dynamically re-evaluates valuation and reveals the clear correlation between the company's earnings and price.)
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Summary And Conclusions
Express Scripts is our large-cap aggressive growth stock value idea of the week. At its current quotation, Express Scripts, Inc is trading at what appears to be a low valuation relative to its growth potential. This is a long-term call for investors seeking above-average capital appreciation that can be purchased at a reasonable price. Consequently, we believe this is an attractive candidate worthy of further due diligence.
Disclosure: Long ESRX at the time of writing.
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