Deutsche Bank Downgrades Laboratory Corporation of America (LH) to Hold; Finding it Harder to Stay Positive on Shares

July 19, 2012 11:13 AM EDT
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Deutsche Bank downgraded Laboratory Corporation of America (NYSE: LH) from Buy to Hold with a price target of $94.00 (from $98.00).

Deutsche analyst said, "Our stance (and Buy rating) on LH has, for quite some time, been underpinned by a more favorable view of LH's rev growth profile. However, we believe LH's decelerating top-line trends are shaping up to be more persistent, and EPS growth will become even more reliant on M&A and share buyback, which will deserve a lower multiple. Q2'2012 results highlight LH's rev growth challenges, w/growth of +1.4% falling 100-150 bps short of expectations due to flat volumes and flat/down organic growth (excl. M&A). As LH's revenue guidance devolves into a GDP-like outlook, we find it hard to stay positive on the shares."

FY12 EPS estimate from $7.15 to $7.00 and FY13 from $7.50 to $7.20.

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Shares of Laboratory Corporation of America closed at $93.64 yesterday.

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