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Convatec shares start moving up after it hits half a billion of sales in first quarter
ConvaTec (CTEC) 223.8p
Gain to date: 9.3%
Original entry point: Buy at 204.6p, 23 December 2020
Shares in medical products firm Convatec (CTEC) are finally picking up, having been a laggard earlier this year thanks to a mix of sentiment shifting in favour of value stocks and concerns around pandemic-related disruption to the business.
Its latest update (29 Apr) seems to have won back the market’s attention. The company reported an 8.7% rise in revenue in the first quarter to $500 million, led by growth in its advanced wound care and infusion care business.
Advanced wound care revenue was up 8.8% on a reported basis, while ostomy care, its second largest business was up by 6.7%. Infusion care revenue increased by 13.9%, and continence and critical care revenue was up by 7.4%.
The company has maintained its full year outlook, citing ongoing macro uncertainties. For 2021, organic revenue growth is expected to be between 3% and 4.5%.
Numis analyst Paul Cudden says the numbers ‘provide further evidence that the turnaround has stuck’, adding that guidance looks ‘very conservative’.
SHARES SAYS: Convatec should benefit through the remainder of 2021 as elective surgeries delayed by Covid proceed. As a result, there’s a good chance of earnings upgrades. Buy.