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MWI Veterinary Supply

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MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc. (MWIV) is showing very consistent earnings growth as analysts and the company itself grow more and more bullish. Valuations are solid and now is a great time to get in ahead of the company's early November earnings report.

MWIV is a Zacks #2 Rank (Buy) with great potential for both short and long-term investors.

Company Description

MWI Veterinary Supply distributes animal health products in the U.S. and U.K. Items range from pharmaceuticals and vaccines to diagnostic tools. The company serves both the production and companion animal markets.

Estimates Still Rising

Typically there is a lot of movement in earnings estimates just after a quarterly report. But and even better sign is rising estimates before a new report.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for MWI Veterinary is still inching higher since its feature on Aug 5. The full-year forecasts are averaging $2.60 for this year, which is 29% higher than last year. Next year's projections are averaging $2.92, good enough for a 12% growth rate.

Last quarter MWI Veterinary increased its forecast for the full year and judging by the estimate revisions, analysts think the company will once again exceed those expectations.

MWI Veterinary is expected to report in early November, so this could be a good chance to get in before an earnings surprise.


With a forward P/E of nearly 20 times, many investors may shy away from this stock. However, when compared with its peers the valuations are about average. Except for one, price to sales which is much better than most. MWI Veterinary has a P/S of just 0.63, coming in at less than half the 1.35 for similar companies.

The Chart

Shares of MWIV have been on a very steady upward trend since the bottom of the down turn, in early 2009. The chart below shows exactly why.

Each line represents a full-year Zacks Consensus Estimate. As you can see, the projections have been consistently rising each year and continue to trend higher. That is exactly what you want to see for a solid long-term investment.

Read the August 5th Feature Here

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