Goldman Sachs Upgrades Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO) to Buy

February 20, 2014 7:16 AM EST
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Goldman Sachs upgraded Thermo Fisher Scientific (NYSE: TMO) from Neutral to Buy with a price target of $153.00 (from $114.00).

Analyst Isaac Ro said, "Although TMO shares have outperformed over the past 12 months (+4,500bps vs. S&P 500 and +3,100bps vs. XLV), we think consensus still underappreciates Thermo's long-term growth profile and potential for continued multiple expansion."

"Catalyst (1) Better than expected organic growth: Outsized scale and pricing power should help drive long-term organic growth of 5%, 100bps ahead of consensus. Also, key LIFE assets have languished and present an underappreciated source of upside in our view. (2) Better than expected EPS growth: Our bottom-up analysis leads us to model cost synergies that are 40% above guidance. Post-delevering, we see additional EPS power via share repurchase. We raise estimates accordingly. (3) End markets improving as TMO emerges better positioned: Government funding is improving as US austerity fades, EU has stabilized, and Japan Stimulus buttresses demand. In Biopharma, R&D is healthy, drug production is ramping, and TMO is gaining share. Finally, China funding for Tools remains stable and TMO has material scale advantages in the region. (4) Undemanding valuation: Tools are now less relevant comps given TMO's size. TMO is 1 of just 11 in large cap healthcare with a sub 1x PEG," he added.

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Shares of Thermo Fisher Scientific closed at $121.81 yesterday.

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