Does Slow and Steady Win the Race for Neogen Stock?

Neogen reports earnings on March 23 before the open

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Earlier this month, food and animal safety company Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ:NEOG) announced the retirement of G. Bruce Papesh after 27 years as a member of its Board of Directors. Papesh joined the company in 1993 and helped guide it from an $8 million in annual revenues to $418 million in revenues in its most recent fiscal year.

The news comes ahead of the international company's corporate report, scheduled for Tuesday, March 23 before the market opens. Neogen has had a rocky recent history with earnings, beating expectations 50% of the time over the past year. However, the last four post-earnings reactions have been positive, including a 5.3% pop back in September.  

On the charts, NEOG is up 7% in 2021, but has pulled back since an annual high of $89.23 from Feb. 16. However, the shares have multiple layers of moving averages stepping up as support, including their 200-day trendline. However, sitting at $84.89 at last check, the equity has a ways to go to reach its September 2018 all-time high of $96.73.

NEOG Stock Chart

From a fundamental perspective, Neogen trades at an extremely high valuation. NEOG price-earnings ratio currently sits at 74.46, with a forward price-earnings ratio of 59.17. Nonetheless, Neogen has maintained steady revenue growth over the span of several years. In addition, Neogen has increased its revenues by $15 million since fiscal 2020, bringing its total sales up to $433 million. However, the company hasn’t been able to replicate that same growth on the bottom line. Neogen’s net income has been stagnant since fiscal 2019 and currently sits at roughly $60 million. Overall, the company’s slow growth coupled with its high valuation makes NEOG a less than ideal investment at the moment.

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