Wedbush Downgrades Meridian Biosciences (VIVO) to Underperform as Competitor Gains Momentum

November 28, 2012 7:16 AM EST
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Wedbush downgraded Meridian Biosciences (NASDAQ: VIVO) from Neutral to Underperform with a price target of $17.00 on poor risk/reward.

"We are hearing from industry sources that Great Basin, a private molecular diagnostics company with a recently launched C.diff test, is gathering momentum," the analyst comments. "Great Basin, who launched its "sample-in answer out" platform and FDA approved C.diff test in July 2012, is winning accounts (mostly sub 300 bed hospitals) based on its easy-to-use test, low price point (low $20s) and free system. As a result, we are more cautious on VIVO's c.difficile business (~22% of sales) for 2013, where we are modeling 50 system placements/q in 2013 and a slight decline in utilization per quarter, exiting the year near 1400 tests/system (annualized).

Based primarily on C.difficile deceleration in 2013 & 2014, Wedbush now forecast $186 MM and $197 MM with EPS of $0.86 and $0.92 versus consensus estimates of $190 MM and $209 MM with $0.88 and $1.00 EPS in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

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Shares of Meridian Biosciences closed at $20.56 yesterday.

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