Zacks Investment Research downgraded
) to a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) on Jul 9, 2013.
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Why the Downgrade?
BioScrip witnessed downward estimate revision since it reported
disappointing first-quarter 2013 earnings results on May 8.
Moreover, top-line for this provider of infusion, home healthcare
and pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services is expected to
decline 6.55% in the long-term.
In the first quarter of 2013, BioScrip's adjusted EPS of a penny
missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 2 cents. The company
delivered negative earnings surprises in 2 of the last 4
quarters. Moreover, losses widened as net loss from continuing
operations of $7.5 million or a loss of 13 cents per share in the
first quarter was worse than the net loss of $2 million or 4
cents per share in the year-ago quarter.
BioScrip still battles margin headwinds as the high-margin PBM
business continued to decline. Although the company is working to
deliver margin improvement, any near-term improvement is
Reimbursement pressure remains an overhang for the company's home
health franchise. The dearth of any major near-term catalyst
might make it difficult for BioScrip to overcome these challenges
in the near future.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2013 declined 11.1% to 24 cents
per share over the last 90 days as most of the estimates were
revised downwards. For 2014, the Zacks Consensus Estimate went
down 4.5% to 42 cents as half of the estimates were lowered over
the same timeframe.
Other Stocks to Consider
Not all healthcare stocks carry an unfavorable Zacks Rank. Stocks
CVS Caremark Corporation
) are likely to perform well and warrant a look. While Herbalife
holds a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), the other two carry a Zacks
Rank #2 (Buy).