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The American healthcare industry continues to be a world leader. Industry growth in the coming years is expected to be driven by growing health awareness, an aging population, and an increase in chronic diseases. The pharmaceutical industry should reach $1.50 trillion by 2023.

Growing adoption of advanced technologies such as AI and cloud, along with the growing market for personalized medicine, are driving the outlook for the industry. Additionally, virtual healthcare services like telehealth and telemedicine are expected to contribute significantly to the growth of the industry.

Revenue from pharmaceutical sales in the United States has accounted for almost half of the global total in recent years. In addition, overall drug spending in the United States has greatly exceeded half a trillion dollars.

Against this backdrop, AbbVie Inc.’s fundamentally strong healthcare stocks (ABBV) and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY) could be solid buys now.

AbbVie Inc. (ABBV)

ABBV is a healthcare company that discovers, develops, manufactures and sells pharmaceutical products worldwide with focus and capabilities to meet healthcare challenges.

On November 16, ABBV announced that Health Canada had approved UBRELVY® (ubrogepant tablet) for the acute treatment of migraine, with or without aura, in adults.

Tracey Ramsay, Vice President and General Manager, AbbVie Canada, said, “UBRELVY® as the first oral gepant approved in Canada for the acute treatment of migraine is an important milestone in our commitment to bringing innovative new medicines to Canadians with the goal of making a meaningful difference for patients.

On November 7, ABBV announced new results from its NOVA Phase 2 exploratory dose study evaluating the efficacy and safety of AGN-151607, a new investigational neurotoxin for the prevention of postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) in cardiac surgery patients.

The data from this study suggests which patient populations could benefit from this intervention, and the company looks forward to exploring further development opportunities in the cardiac field.

On September 9, ABBV declared a quarterly dividend of $1.41 per common share, payable to shareholders on November 15.

ABBV pays an annual dividend of $5.92 per share, which translates to a yield of 3.89% on the current price. Its dividend payouts have grown at a CAGR of 9.6% over the past three years and 17.3% over the past five years. The company has nine consecutive years of dividend growth.

ABBV’s net revenue increased 3.3% year-on-year to $14.81 billion in the third quarter ended September 30, 2022. The company’s operating profit increased 6.9% year-on-year to $4.60 billion. Its adjusted after-tax profit rose 29.1% year-on-year to $6.53 billion, while its adjusted EPS rose 29.3% year-on-year to $3.66.

The street’s EPS estimate of $3.66 for the fiscal fourth quarter ending December 2022 reflects a 10.7% year-over-year increase. Similarly, its revenue estimate of $15.33 billion for the same quarter indicates a 3% improvement over the prior year quarter. Additionally, ABBV has exceeded consensus EPS estimates in each of the past four quarters.

ABBV stock has gained 29.7% over the past year, closing its last trading session at $152.16. It has gained 5.4% over the past month.

ABBV POWR Rankings reflect this promising prospect. The company has an overall rating of A, which translates to Strong Buy in our proprietary rating system. POWR ratings rate stocks on 118 different factors, each with its own weighting.

ABBV has an A rating for quality and a B rating for growth and value. It is ranked No. 6 out of 161 stocks in the Medical – Pharmaceutical industry.

To see additional POWR ratings for ABBV for Momentum, Stability, and Sentiment, click here.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY)

BMY engages in the discovery, development, licensing, manufacturing and sale of biopharmaceuticals globally. The Company’s offerings include products for hematology, oncology, cardiovascular disease, immunology, fibrosis, neuroscience and COVID-19.

On November 10, BMY Canada announced Health Canada’s approval of CAMZYOS (mavacamten capsules) for the treatment of symptomatic New York Heart Association Class II-III obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in adult patients. CAMZYOS is the first allosteric and selective cardiac myosin inhibitor approved in Canada and represents BMY’s advancement in improving functional capacity and quality of life for many patients.

On November 3, it was announced that BMY had offered a $25 million capital investment to Kura Oncology, Inc. (KURA), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to realizing the promise of precision medicines for the treatment of cancer.

Troy Wilson, Ph.D., JD, President and CEO of Kura Oncology, said, “This capital investment strengthens the relationship between our organizations and enables Bristol Myers Squibb to make a valuable strategic contribution to our strategy. of global development. We are honored and delighted to have their support and look forward to their input as we work to deliver innovative science with the potential to benefit patients.

On November 1, BMY paid its quarterly dividend of $0.54 per share. The company pays an annual dividend of $2.16 per share, which yields 2.80%.

In terms of forward EV/EBIT, BMY is currently trading at 10.51x, 38.9% below the industry average of 17.21x. Its non-GAAP P/E multiple of 10.13 is 45.6% lower than the industry average of 10.13.

During the third fiscal quarter ended September 30, the profit before income tax rose 2.4% year over year to $2.21 billion. The company’s net income was $1.61 billion, up 3.6% year-over-year, while non-GAAP EPS improved 3.1 % over the prior year quarter at $1.99.

Analysts expect BMY’s EPS for the second fiscal quarter ending June 2023 to be $2.07, indicating year-over-year growth of 7.2%. The company’s revenue is expected to increase 1.2% year-over-year to $12.03 billion in the same quarter.

The company has an impressive track record of earnings surprises, as it beat consensus EPS estimates in each of the past four quarters.

Over the past year, BMY has gained 29.8% to close its last trading session at $77.16. The stock has gained 23.8% since the start of the year.

This promising outlook is reflected in BMY’s POWR ratings. The stock has an overall A rating, which equates to a Strong Buy in our proprietary rating system.

BMY has an A rating for value and a B for stability, sentiment and quality. It is ranked #2 in the same industry.

Beyond what we’ve stated above, we’ve also assigned BMY ratings for growth and momentum. Get all the BMY ratings here.

ABBV shares were trading at $154.63 per share on Friday afternoon, up $2.47 (+1.62%). Year-to-date, ABBV has gained 18.65%, compared to a -16.10% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 over the same period.

About the Author: Kritika Sarmah

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