Why Catamaran Is Poised to Keep Sailing

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, health care IT services specialist Catamaran has earned a respected four-star ranking.  

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Catamaran and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Catamaran facts

Headquarters (founded)

Lisle, Ill. (1993)

Market Cap

$10.7 billion

Industry

Health care services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$11.4 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Mark Thierer
CFO Jeffrey Park

11.3%

Cash / Debt

$311.4 million / $1.1 billion

Competitors

Cerner
Express Scripts


Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 384 members who have rated Catamaran believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, TMFInnovator, succinctly summed up the Catamaran bull case for our community:

Classic disruptor that has been successful. There is a lot to like in this business.

Strengths
-Transparent business model is disruptive to the traditional PBM market.
-CTRX's technology is superior to competitors.
-Now that they are established in difficult customer segments (public-sector institutions and state Medicaid claims), there are high switching costs for customers to leave.

Opportunities
-Healthcare reform is putting a lot of pressure on Managed Care Organizations to take costs out of the system (which would reduce costs to the final consumers).
-The flood of generics into pharmaceuticals offers opportunity for PBM's to take additional costs out.

Reducing costs is a huge opportunity for Catamaran. Their fixed-price, transparent business model is aligned with the direction the industry appears to be heading. If they can upsell to larger clients, they could go from disruptor to the industry standard.  

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The article Why Catamaran Is Poised to Keep Sailing originally appeared on Fool.com.

Fool contributor Brian Pacampara has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Catamaran and Express Scripts. The Motley Fool owns shares of Catamaran and Express Scripts. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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