4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Alkermes

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, biotechnology company Alkermes (NAS: ALKS) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Alkermes facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Dublin, Ireland (1987)

Market Cap

$1.43 billion




$206.2 million


Chairman/CEO Richard Pops

CFO James Frates

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$247.7 million / $0

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 236 members who have rated Alkermes believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star zzlangerhans, who is ranked in the top 0.5% of our community, and NHWeston.

Just last month, zzlangerhans tapped Alkermes as a possible bargain:

The share price is well off recent highs despite growing revenues for Risperdal Consta and Vivitrol, European approval of Bydureon, and resubmission of Bydureon to the FDA. Jitters over the [Elan Drug Technologies] buyout, perhaps? I think it's too early to call this one, but if they can grow EDT revenues from last year's 104M then the 962M price tag is justified.

Over the past year, in fact, Alkermes grew its top line at a brisk rate of 19%. That's faster than much larger pharma plays like Abbott (NYS: ABT) (13%), Eli Lilly (NYS: LLY) (5%), and Pfizer (NYS: PFE) (9%).

CAPS member NHWeston expands on the outperform argument:

Alkermes is not a one trick pony. They are engaged in work in anti-addiction drugs and other medicines, making them more long lasting and thereby liberating patients from daily injections. They can go higher and might get bought out by Lilly, Pfizer, Merck or some other megaPharma that needs an innoculation of innovation to stave off losses from patent expirations.

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