Will CVS Caremark (CVS) Stock Be Helped By Navarro Acquisition?

Tickers in this article: CVS

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- CVS Caremark announced late yesterday its intention to acquire Miami-based Hispanic-owned Navarro Discount Pharmacy for an undisclosed amount.

Navarro is the largest Hispanic-owned drug store in the country with annual sales over $340 million.

CVS shares are up slightly, 0.2% to $77.43, in early market trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates CVS CAREMARK CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate CVS CAREMARK CORP (CVS) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 4.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 27.93% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, CVS should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • CVS CAREMARK CORP has improved earnings per share by 23.4% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, CVS CAREMARK CORP increased its bottom line by earning $3.76 versus $3.03 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.45 versus $3.76).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Food & Staples Retailing industry average. The net income increased by 18.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $954.00 million to $1,129.00 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $2,172.00 million or 32.43% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 12.61%.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: CVS Ratings Report
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