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Thermo Fisher (TMO) Rides on End Markets as Pandemic Rages On

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On Apr 12, we issued an updated research report on Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. TMO. The company is rapidly boosting its inorganic growth profile. The most recent takeover was that of Brammer Bio. Its strong focus on the emerging markets is also encouraging. The stock has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Thermo Fisher has outperformed its industry in the past six months. The stock has gained 8.6% compared with the industry’s 5% rise.

In fourth-quarter 2020, the company delivered an outstanding quarterly performance with organic growth of 51%, leveraging on its capacity to extend support amid the pandemic. COVID-19 response revenues increased to $3.2 billion in the fourth quarter, bringing the full-year contribution to $6.6 billion driven by testing-related products and instruments.

The base business too grew 5% organically, registering another quarter of sequential improvement. Further, for 2020, the company generated $500 million of revenues from COVID-19-related vaccines and therapies support.

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In terms of end market, pharma and biotech registered 25% growth in the fourth quarter on robust performance in bioproduction, pharma services, biosciences, and research and safety market channel businesses. In diagnostics and healthcare, the company experienced exceptionally high demand for COVID-19 testing and was able to deliver 200% growth.

Academic and government grew in high single digits as customers across the globe ramped up activity. The company saw particularly good growth across its chromatography and mass spectrometry businesses. In industrial and applied end market, following a series of dull quarters, the company returned to growth in the fourth quarter and grew in low single digits.

On the flip side, the COVID-19 headwinds impacted each of its end markets in varying degrees. Overall, the company saw significantly reduced customer activity due to work disruptions.

Thermo Fisher’s industrial and applied end market registered low single-digit growth in the fourth quarter. Customers in this end market were significantly affected by business disruptions due to the pandemic.

Foreign currency fluctuations and competitive landscape are the other major downsides.

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Owens & Minor has a projected long-term earnings growth rate of 15%.

BioRad Laboratories has a projected long-term earnings growth rate of 7%.

LeMaitre Vascular has an estimated long-term earnings growth rate of 10%.

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