AngioDynamics Inc. (ANGO - Free Report) reported impressive first-quarter fiscal 2017 results. Adjusted earnings of 17 cents per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 4 cents and surged 54.5% from the year-ago quarter. Earnings were primarily driven by growth in the Peripheral Vascular franchise as a result of opportunities created by the Cook Medical recall.
AngioDynamics reported sales of $88.1 million, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $86 million and increased 5.2% on a year-over-year basis.
On a constant currency (cc) basis, U.S. sales increased 5% to almost $71.8 million. International sales totaled $15.7 million, up 7% year over year at cc.
Peripheral Vascular (PV) business sales recorded an increase of 9% year over year to $51.4 million.
The Vascular Access business unit reported sales of $25.0 million, almost flat with growth of only 1% from the year-ago quarter.
Sales at the Oncology/Surgery business fell 2% year over year to $11.1 million.
At the end of the quarter under review, AngioDynamics had cash and cash equivalents of $37.4 million versus $32.2 million at the end of the year-ago period. Long-term debt was $100.7 million as of Aug 31, 2016, compared with $104.3 million as of May 31, 2016. Cash flow from operations was $7.4 million in the reported quarter versus $4.7 million a year ago.
For fiscal 2017, AngioDynamics expects adjusted earnings in the range 62 cents to 65 cents per share, which reflects almost 9.5% growth from fiscal 2016.
For the same period, sales are expected in the range of $355 million to $360 million. At mid-point, this range reflects year-over-year growth of 1%.
AngioDynamics anticipates an excess of $30 million in free cash flow for fiscal 2017.
AngioDynamics is a leading provider of minimally invasive medical devices used for vascular access, surgery, peripheral vascular disease and oncology. The company’s product lines include ablation systems, fluid management systems, vascular access products, angiographic products and accessories, angioplasty products, drainage products, thrombolytic products and venous products.
We believe that an expanding portfolio, including the likes of Asclera, Bioflo and NanoKnife, significantly enhances AngioDynamics’ market opportunities. The company continues to enjoy healthy demand for its coveted NanoKnife system for treating tumors across China and Japan.
The launch of SOLERO in the microwave sector should also to bode well for the company. However, the discontinuity of Celerity and a dip in Vascular access sales might dent the operational efficiency of the company over the long haul.
Zacks Rank and Key Picks
Currently, AngioDynamics carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Other favorably ranked stocks in the broader medical sector are GW Pharmaceuticals Plc. (GWPH - Free Report) , ABIOMED (ABMD - Free Report) and Quidel Corp. (QDEL - Free Report) . All the three stocks sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
GW Pharmaceuticals has a solid year-to-date return of 92.2%, way better than the S&P 500’s 9.0% over the same time frame. Notably, the company posted a positive earnings surprise in the last four quarters, the average being 41.6%.
ABIOMED posted an impressive one-year return of 41.1%. The company recorded a positive earnings surprise in the last four quarters, the average being 34.9%
Quidel Corp. has a positive year-to-date return of 2.8%. The stock has a healthy expected earnings growth rate of 20%.
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