Is It Time to Invest in This Catalyst?

Catalyst Health Solutions (NAS: CHSI) recently saw its second-quarter profits drop by 37%, mainly because its bottom line was hurt by the recent acquisition of Walgreen's (NYS: WAG) pharmacy benefits management business. So even though this is probably just a temporary blip, let's take a closer look to see whether Catalyst is a safe bet from an investor's point of view.

Numbers matter
Catalyst has been helped recently by the acquisitions of FutureScripts and Walgreen's Health Initiative (WHI). The WHI tie-in will add more than 18 million subscribers and contribute 165 million prescriptions annually, going a long way toward adding to Catalyst's revenues going forward. However, the pharmacy benefits management space has become more competitive since Express Scripts (NAS: ESRX) and Medco Health Solutions (NYS: MHS) decided to join forces.

Helped by these acquisitions, and also by higher prescription volumes and a rise in branded-drug prices, Catalyst has seen it revenues soar. In the past 12 months, revenues have risen to $4.4 billion from $3.2 billion, up 38%. At the same time, net income has risen by only 6% to $76.7 million.

How's it priced?
Let's look at how the company is valued when compared with its industry peers.


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Source: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's.

As we can see, Catalyst has the highest P/E and TEV/FCF ratios and on those measures is the most expensive amongst its peers.

Even though I expect Catalyst to perform better in the long run given its recent acquisitions, its current price makes it look like an expensive bet. Maybe a price dip could be a good time to enter this stock. What say you, Fools?

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