From humble beginnings in 1984 with less then a dozen employees, IDEXX Corporation has grown into a multi-national company with more then 3,000 employees worldwide. Based in Westbrook, Maine this biotech company generated more $600 million in total revenue in 2005, a 16% increase over fiscal 2004. IDEXX produces equipment and software for use in veterinary offices including in-house diagnostic machinery and testing kits. Equipment, developed by IDEXX allows veterinarians to obtain immediate results from diagnostic tests that were once sent to off-site laboratories. "In addition to the veterinary market, IDEXX also has a leading position in diagnostic tests for poultry, cattle and swine producers and tests for quality and safety of water and milk"(Harkavy, par. 8). Currently, the company operates under three divisions; companion animal group (veterinary services), water and food diagnostics. Their forecast for sales in 2007 is planned to be about $700 - $710 million (IDEXX, 1).
IDEXX Laboratories is currently trading at 82.27. The 52 week high/ low is the highest and lowest price the stock has traded in the past twelve months. Investors see the highest and lowest indicator as a very important factor. A stock trading at a low might signal a bargain after retreating from its high. Investors, of course will conduct further analysis to view other indicators, but the high/low indicator can still serve as a signal that warrants deeper investigation. IDEXX laboratories have a 52 week high of 86.74 and a 52 week low of 52.94.
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IDEXX Laboratories currently intends to retain any earnings to finance the expansion and development of its business and does not pay dividends.
Financial Health and Outlook
In an attempt to make assessments regarding the financial health and outlook of IDEXX, we have looked to the financial data available to investors found on the IDEXX website at the following address:
This site provides financial statements and facts regarding the financial activities and achievements made by each segment of the organization and displays them separately as well as cumulatively. The various segments of the organization include The Companion Animal group (CAG), the...