CONMED Corporation ( CNMD Quick Quote CNMD - Free Report) reported first-quarter 2020 adjusted earnings per share of 51 cents, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 44 cents by 15.9%. However, the bottom line declined 10.5% from the year-ago quarter. The New York-based medical products manufacturer reported revenues of $214 million, down 2% on a year-over-year basis and 0.7% at constant currency (cc). Nonetheless, the top line surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 2.6%. Segment Details Orthopedic Surgery Revenues in the segment totaled $99.3 million, down 12.4% from the year-ago quarter. On a domestic and on international basis Orthopedics revenues fell 18.2% and 8.7%, respectively, from the prior-year levels. General Surgery Revenues in the segment amounted to $114.7 million, up 9.2% year over year. Domestically, General Surgery sales improved 14% year over year but international sales declined 0.8%. Sales by Geography In the reported quarter, sales in the United States amounted to $118.8 million, up 1.5% year over year. International sales declined 6.1% to $95.2 million. Margins Gross profit in the quarter totaled $119.1 million, down 1.9% year over year. Per management, adjusted gross margin was 55.7%, contracting 10 bps. Operating income came in at $13.2 million, up 13.2% year over year. Operating margin was 6.2%, up 90 bps year over year. Financial Condition Cash flow from operations for the three months ended Mar 31, 2020, was 3.7 million compared with ($3.9) million at the year-end 2019. As of Mar 31, 2020, long-term debt at the end of the year was $772.6 million, up 2.3% sequentially. 2020 Guidance Due to the uncertainty surrounding the extent and magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic, management has decided to withdraw its previously announced 2020 guidance. It further added that it cannot furnish a reliable outlook at this moment. Wrapping Up CONMED exited the first quarter on a solid note, wherein earnings and revenues beat the respective estimates. The company’s core unit — General Surgery — continues to drive the top line. Expansion in margins is a positive. The company generated around $6.2 million of sales from the Buffalo Filter buyout between Jan 1 and Feb 11. Meanwhile, the company’s high long-term debt remains a concern. Further, its Orthopedic Surgery unit exhibited weak performance in the quarter under review. The company also witnessed a decline in international sales in the quarter. Additionally, CONMED operates in a highly competitive environment, especially with respect to the General Surgery business. Zacks Rank CONMED currently has a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell). Key Picks Some better-ranked stocks in the broader medical space are Exact Sciences Corporation ( EXAS Quick Quote EXAS - Free Report) , Aphria Inc. ( APHA Quick Quote APHA - Free Report) and Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. ( PACB Quick Quote PACB - Free Report) , each carrying a Zacks Rank of 2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Exact Sciences’s first-quarter 2020 revenues is pegged at $350.2 million, suggesting a whopping year-over-year improvement of 116.1%. The same for EPS stands at a loss of 60 cents, indicating an improvement of 9.1% from the prior-year quarter.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Aphria’s fourth-quarter fiscal 2020 revenues is $100.3 million, suggesting growth of 4.4% from the year-earlier reported figure. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Pacific Biosciences’ first-quarter 2020 revenues is pegged at $20.1 million, suggesting year-over-year improvement of 22.3%. The same for loss stands at 15 cents, indicating year-over-year improvement of 25%.
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