Wednesday, June 10, 2009

CryoLife Inc. (CRY) - A Value Stock... But Not One For The Faint-Hearted

CryoLife, Inc. (CRY) is engaged in preserving and distributing human tissues for cardiac and vascular transplant applications and develops and commercializes medical devices. The human tissue distributed by the Company includes the CryoValve SG pulmonary human heart valve (CryoValve SG), processed using CryoLife's SynerGraft technology. The Company's medical devices include BioGlue Surgical Adhesive (BioGlue) and Hemostase, which the Company distributes for Medafor, Inc., as well as other medical devices. CryoLife distributes BioGlue, which is used in place of stitches, throughout the United States and in more than 70 other countries.

CryoLife is an interesting company that has been on my radar for a while now. The company has carved itself a nice niche in an almost recession proof sector and has been aggressively marketing its products. The market for BioGlue and tissue preservation services is only going to continue to grow as the population gets larger and older, and eventually the true value of the company will be recognized. My main concern is the wild rollercoaster ride that the stock price has been on over the years. That said, I do believe that the lawsuits are now behind them and that the company will continue to grow.

The company has been profitable since early 2007 and has been steadily increasing earnings and sales since then. CryoLife trades at a P/E of 5.0 and a price/book of 1.55 with a current ratio of 4.28. The company boasts a return on equity of 38.1% and a gross margin of 64.5% which is pretty impressive in the current economic climate.
There was significant insider selling last fall when the company was trading at over $12 a share, although CEO Steven Anderson still holds almost 7% of the company, which I take to be a positive sign.

CryoLife currently trades at $5.82 and I would be looking for a 12-month price target of $11-12.

At the time of writing the author did not hold shares in CryoLife Inc., (CRY).

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