Why Impax Labs Is Crashing 29% Today

By Todd Campbell Markets Fool.com

What happened

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After the company reported fourth-quarter results that failed to excite investors, shares ofImpax Laboratories (NASDAQ: IPXL)are losing 29% of their value at 12:00 p.m. EST Wednesday.

So what

Since 2015, Impax Labs' share price has retreated from $50 to currently around $10. Unfortunately, its most recent financial results did little to reverse that disappointing course.


In the third quarter, the company took a $251 million impairment charge because contract prices were lower than anticipated for its recently acquired generics business.In the fourth quarter, management took an additional $254 million impairment charge for the same reason.

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Overall,lower pricing on top sellers including generic diclofenac sodium gel 3%, metaxalone, fenofibrate, and mixed amphetamine salts ER caused revenue to tumble nearly 30% year over year to$198.4 million in the quarter. The company's been attempting to offset the competitive pricing and market share losses on diclofenac sodium gel 3% since the middle of last year.

Exiting the third quarter, management forecast full-year sales of between $840 million and $855 million, which was down from prior guidance for at least $900 million. It also cut adjusted earnings per share to between $1.10 to $1.20 from at least $1.57. Apparently, they didn't cut estimates by nearly enough.Total revenue decreased 4.2% to $824.4 million and adjusted EPS were $1.16 in 2016.

"During 2016, a number of our generic products faced aggressive competition and pricing pressure, which impacted our revenue and profitability. As we enter 2017, we expect these headwinds to persist and weigh on our results through the year," saidKevin Buchi, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Impax. "We continue to pursue opportunities to help offset these challenges by continuing the growth of our Specialty Pharma division, growing our share within key generic product markets, bringing new generic products to market and further reducing our cost base."

Now what

Impax Laboratories' acquisition of 15 generic drugs from Teva Pharmaceuticalisn't panning out as well as initially hoped, and with competitive pressure mounting, CEOFred Wilkinsonresigned in December.

New management may be able help this stock find a floor, but the company's still conducting its search, and as of now, there's no evidence in its financials to suggest to investors that better times are indeed ahead for this stock. Until Impax Labs can begin delivering results that reflect growth, it's probably best to concentrate on other investment ideas.

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