Today's Must Read
Allergan's (AGN) Key Drugs & Cost Cuts to Abate Generic Woes
Barclays (BCS) Streamlining Efforts Support Profitability
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
The Zacks Research Daily presents the best research output of our analyst team. Today's Research Daily features new research reports on 16 major stocks, including Lockheed Martin (LMT), Allergan (AGN) and Barclays (BCS). These research reports have been hand-picked from the roughly 70 reports published by our analyst team today.
Lockheed Martin’s shares have gained +24.3% over the last year, underperforming the Zacks Aerospace Defense sector, which has gained +47.3% over the same period. However, Lockheed Martin, being the largest defense contractor in the world, experiences strong demand for high-end military equipment in both domestic as well as overseas markets.
The Sikorsky takeover has proved to be beneficial for the company, in terms of substantial contract wins for production of newly designed choppers as well as maintenance of the existing one. In fact, strong order growth has been a primary growth driver for this company. Lockheed Martin continues to be a strong cash generator, helping it to take important cash deployment decisions.
However, the F-35 program, despite being a prime defense project for the U.S. government, has been facing criticism for being overly expensive for past few years. The company also faces intense competition for its broad portfolio of products and services in both domestic and international markets.
Shares of Allergan have lost -3.2% year to date, marginally underperforming the Zacks Generic Drugs industry, which has declined -3.0% over the same period. Allergan boasts dominant growth franchises across several therapeutic areas.
Key products like Botox and Linzess and new products such as Viberzi, Namzaric and Vraylar support sales. Allergan also boasts a strong branded pipeline with meaningful data readouts expected in 2018. Biosimilars also represent significant opportunity.
However, while the Zacks analyst remains optimistic about the company’s growth prospects, Allergan faces potential loss of exclusivity for many products in 2018 including Namenda XR and Restasis. Also, competition for key growth drivers, Restasis and Linzess, is an investor concern. Nonetheless, in late 2017, Allergan announced cost-cutting initiatives to protect it from potential revenue declines.
Barclays’s shares have outperformed the Zacks Foreign Banks industry over the last six months, with BCS shares up +17.7% vs. +5.1% gain for the industry. The company has surpassed expectations for earnings in only one of the trailing four quarters. The bank’s fourth quarter 2017 results reflected a slight improvement in revenues and lower expenses.
However, the Zacks analyst thinks restructuring and business simplifying efforts have ended successfully and will likely continue to result in decrease in expenses. Also, driven by these efforts, the company intends to enhance capital deployment activities as profitability improves going forward.
The bank has been facing pressure on revenues owing to weak capital market performance, low interest rates and uncertainty related to Brexit. Further, litigation matters remain a near-term concern.
Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Constellation Brands (STZ), Sun Life Financial (SLF) and Southwest Airlines (LUV).
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