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Meridian Bioscience, Inc. Message Board

  • numberone_1 numberone_1 Oct 3, 2002 11:06 AM Flag

    The Jolts

    Good stock, highly recommended...no answer as to why it hasn't captured more attention...one of the "hometown" players. I also suspect that some accumulation is happening individually before year-end announcements.

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    • I agree with most of what you are saying. Don"t be too sure of not doubling your money in one year. With the guidance put out, I think this is more than a remote possibility.

    • I disagree that this company is a joke; although management could grow the company more aggressively if the wished.

      Given the company's policy of distributing 75-85% of earnings as dividends, and always paying them, the recent news of raising the dividend from 0.28 to 0.36/year is significant; this has a strong effect on setting a base level on the stock price. This will be reflected when the first dividend at the new rate is paid and all the online services' research/profiles reflect the new rate.


      Combine this with the usual price fluctuations and the fact that in some years the management also awards a one-time stock dividend (I recally 1% the last time they did this), and this is a rather boring, yet steady, performer.

      Sure, you won't double your money in 1 year, but the chart only tells part of the story -- reinvested dividends are the other part.

      While an argument can be made that this company 's management could grow more aggressively, aside from this issue I see little downside risk. Management is boringly predictable at meeting guidance, and the new dividend rate (at a current stock price of $7) reflects a dividence rate of 5.14%.


      From this perspective, it beats money market funds and CDs :)

    • You guys are a joke (like this company)The GREAT new$ hit$ and it can't close over $7...Wow what a stock...

    • I have this stock on my watch list.

      To all you long time holders and those very familar with this business.

      Where is the growth going to come from? Are the tests they produce in a growing segment?

      Or is the growth going to have to come from more acquistitions?

 
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