Friday, February 23, 2007

VCA Antech Gets an Optimistic Diagnosis

What better way to celebrate a twentieth anniversary than by watching the share price hit an all-time high? VCA Antech, Inc. (Nasdaq:WOOF) did just that, beating 2006 estimates and providing upbeat 2007 guidance, citing increases in just about everything from margins to revenues to average order size.

The company bought it's first animal hospital in 1986, and now owns 379 veterinary hospitals in 37 states, operates 33 laboratories that serve all 50 states, has about 10,000 employees and over a billion dollars in annual revenue.

Actively consolidating the veterinary channel, VCA Antech noted in its 4Q and Full Year 2006 conference call very strong growth in digital radiography (high-resolution digital x-ray images) equipment. Recent market penetration has established the company as a leader in this growing area.

Management attributes the company's 2006 growth to "the great market that we're in" and to the core execution of business processes and strategic plans

Source: VCA Antech
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