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Integra (IART) Hopeful on Spine Spin-Off amid Global Woes

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On Sep 30, 2015, we issued an updated research report on Integra LifeSciences Holdings CorporationIART - developer and manufacturer of cost-effective surgical implants and medical instruments. Integra has been witnessing weak revenues across its U.S. Spine and Others segment owing to continued pricing pressure and challenging market conditions.

However, we are hopeful about Integra's recently completed spin-off of its loss-making Spine and orthobiologics business, which has created a new publicly traded company called SeaSpine Holdings Corporation. We believe the spin-off decision stands in good stead for Integra as it will help the company invest more in top-line growth initiatives, allowing for a healthier balance sheet.

On the international front, the company witnessed strong sales during the second quarter, particularly in the regions of Western Europe, Japan, China and Brazil. The successful integration of the MicroFrance acquisition also fueled growth internationally.

Integra has adopted several near-term objectives to align with its three-pillar strategy. In this regard, the recent acquisitions of MetaSurg, MicroFrance and TEI and their successful integration will likely be a vital contributor to Integra's growth in 2015.

However, foreign currency fluctuations continued to adversely affect Integra's international business in the quarter. To add to the woes, government and private sector initiatives, undertaken to check growing healthcare cost reimbursement issues and the Affordable Care Act (to extend insurance coverage to maximum patients) continue to weigh on Integra's financials. The competitive landscape also remains as an overhang.

Currently, Integra carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Key Picks in the Sector

Some better-ranked stocks in the med-biomed/generic space are Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. REGN , Acceleron Pharma, Inc. XLRN and Anika Therapeutics Inc. ANIK . All the three stocks sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

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