Feb 15, 2013, 04.03 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Dr Reddys Labs drops 2.5% on Merrill Lynch downgrade report

Dr Reddy's Laboratories fell for the second consecutive session on Friday as the research firm Bank of America Merrill Lynch downgraded the stock to neutral with a target price of Rs 1,975 after dismal performance in the third quarter.

Dr Reddy's Laboratories fell for the second consecutive session on Friday as the research firm Bank of America Merrill Lynch downgraded the stock to neutral with a target price of Rs 1,975 after dismal performance in the third quarter.

"A sharp deceleration to 13 percent in the US market sales is likely in FY14," Bank of America Merrill Lynch reasoned.

The company missed street expectations on Thursday as its consolidated net profit declined a higher-than-expected 29 percent year-on-year to Rs 363 crore in the third quarter. Analysts on average had expected the pharma major to report a net profit of Rs 428 crore on revenue of Rs 2,913 crore.

Operating profit margin plunged quite significantly to 15.8 percent from 27.2 percent and analysts expectation of 21 percent.

At 10:18 hours IST, shares slipped 2.4 percent to Rs 1,833 on Bombay Stock Exchange.

Dr Reddys Labs stock price

On April 21, 2014, Dr Reddys Laboratories closed at Rs 2552.85, down Rs 3.15, or 0.12 percent. The 52-week high of the share was Rs 2939.80 and the 52-week low was Rs 1860.00.


The company's trailing 12-month (TTM) EPS was at Rs 108.14 per share as per the quarter ended December 2013. The stock's price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio was 23.61. The latest book value of the company is Rs 457.56 per share. At current value, the price-to-book value of the company is 5.58.

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