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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 6/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.12
ALR's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
51% of the 258 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 2.79 vs. ALR: 0.12 )
ALR' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.08   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.12

Equity to Asset 0.28
ALR's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
54% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 0.64 vs. ALR: 0.28 )
ALR' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -0.49   Max: 0.77
Current: 0.28

-0.49
0.77
Interest Coverage 0.50
ALR's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
56% of the 146 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 62.48 vs. ALR: 0.50 )
ALR' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.04   Max: 3.6
Current: 0.5

0.04
3.6
F-Score: 4
Z-Score: 0.63
M-Score: -2.87
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 6/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 3.18
ALR's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
75% of the 255 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 2.61 vs. ALR: 3.18 )
ALR' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -92.15   Max: 13.42
Current: 3.18

-92.15
13.42
Net-margin (%) -4.92
ALR's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
69% of the 255 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 0.20 vs. ALR: -4.92 )
ALR' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -149.74   Max: 6.61
Current: -4.92

-149.74
6.61
ROE (%) -7.15
ALR's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
67% of the 232 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 3.08 vs. ALR: -7.15 )
ALR' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -555.34   Max: 10.39
Current: -7.15

-555.34
10.39
ROA (%) -2.08
ALR's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
71% of the 260 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: -0.22 vs. ALR: -2.08 )
ALR' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -104.38   Max: 3.56
Current: -2.08

-104.38
3.56
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 9.24
ALR's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
76% of the 259 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 3.02 vs. ALR: 9.24 )
ALR' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -445.57   Max: 66.78
Current: 9.24

-445.57
66.78
Revenue Growth (%) 13.30
ALR's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
92% of the 193 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 5.40 vs. ALR: 13.30 )
ALR' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -8.6   Max: 73
Current: 13.3

-8.6
73
EPS Growth (%) -55.10
ALR's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
53% of the 172 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: -2.30 vs. ALR: -55.10 )
ALR' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -55.1   Max: 75.3
Current: -55.1

-55.1
75.3
» ALR's 10-Y Financials

Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q4 2013

ALR Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Diamond Hill Capital 869,632 sh (+8.55%)
Mario Gabelli 10,600 sh (+6%)
Jim Simons 792,324 sh (+4%)
Private Capital 928,024 sh (+0.02%)
Pioneer Investments Sold Out
Chuck Royce 554,200 sh (-1.34%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 4,824,612 sh (-6.15%)
Steven Cohen 22,748 sh (-14.12%)
Paul Tudor Jones 8,700 sh (-58.77%)
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Q1 2014

ALR Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Pioneer Investments 272,081 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 242,783 sh (+967.27%)
Mario Gabelli 79,145 sh (+646.65%)
Diamond Hill Capital 986,820 sh (+13.48%)
Chuck Royce 615,700 sh (+11.1%)
Private Capital 935,449 sh (+0.8%)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 4,809,827 sh (-0.31%)
Jim Simons 294,324 sh (-62.85%)
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Q2 2014

ALR Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 5,800 sh (New)
John Keeley 1,335,700 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 11,057 sh (New)
Mario Gabelli 242,845 sh (+206.84%)
Pioneer Investments 469,046 sh (+72.39%)
Chuck Royce 686,700 sh (+11.53%)
Diamond Hill Capital 1,066,212 sh (+8.05%)
Private Capital 920,989 sh (-1.55%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 4,431,073 sh (-7.87%)
Jim Simons 74,924 sh (-74.54%)
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Q3 2014

ALR Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Steven Cohen 1,994,100 sh (New)
Jim Simons 162,900 sh (+117.42%)
Diamond Hill Capital 2,239,478 sh (+110.04%)
Pioneer Investments 541,795 sh (+15.51%)
Mario Gabelli 263,770 sh (+8.62%)
John Keeley 1,342,615 sh (+0.52%)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Private Capital 908,453 sh (-1.36%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 3,300,883 sh (-25.51%)
Chuck Royce 268,200 sh (-60.94%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with ALR

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Joel Greenblatt 2014-09-30 Sold Out 0.01%$34.26 - $41.14 $ 36.33-3%0
John Keeley 2014-06-30 New Buy0.9%$32.86 - $37.68 $ 36.332%1335700
Mario Gabelli 2014-06-30 Add 206.84%0.03%$32.86 - $37.68 $ 36.332%242845
Joel Greenblatt 2014-06-30 New Buy0.01%$32.86 - $37.68 $ 36.332%11057
Mario Gabelli 2014-03-31 Add 646.65%0.01%$33.99 - $39.34 $ 36.33-1%79145
Private Capital 2013-09-30 Reduce -41.64%1.54%$24.38 - $34.49 $ 36.3319%927844
Private Capital 2012-06-30 Add 35.93%0.71%$17.98 - $25.97 $ 36.3374%1734463
Seth Klarman 2012-06-30 Sold Out 0.12%$17.98 - $25.97 $ 36.3374%0
Mario Gabelli 2012-06-30 Reduce -25.93%$17.98 - $25.97 $ 36.3374%10000
Seth Klarman 2012-03-31 Reduce -93.12%1.3%$22.21 - $26.64 $ 36.3359%137700
Seth Klarman 2011-12-31 Reduce -35.48%0.72%$18.51 - $26.43 $ 36.3357%2000000
David Dreman 2011-12-31 Sold Out 0.53%$18.51 - $26.43 $ 36.3357%0
Mario Gabelli 2011-12-31 Reduce -27.03%$18.51 - $26.43 $ 36.3357%13500
Private Capital 2011-09-30 Add 13.49%0.27%$20.62 - $38.43 $ 36.3332%1353656
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ALRPRB15.423.81

Guru Investment Theses on Alere Inc

Mario Gabelli Comments on Alere Inc - Nov 21, 2014

Alere Inc. (0.2% of net assets as of September 30, 2014) (ALR - $38.78 - NYSE) is the largest manufacturer of rapid, point-of-care diagnostics in the world. The company has underperformed for the past year, weighed down by manufacturing problems and a heavy debt load from questionable past acquisitions. An activist investor has been publicly pushing the company to improve operations and, after being slow to respond initially, Alere’s Board of Directors forced the company’s founder and CEO to resign on July 1. However, he has now partnered with private equity partners and is seeking to take the company private with an initial bid of $46 per share. Whatever the final outcome is, we believe positive change is in the air for Alere.

From Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio)’s Asset Fund Q3 2014 Commentary.

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Diamond Hill Capital Comments on Alere Inc - Oct 17, 2014

We initiated a new position in diagnostic systems provider Alere, Inc (ALR). We believe the company has the potential to grow intrinsic value by focusing on cost savings, asset disposals, and debt pay-down. All three of these initiatives would represent avenues to unmask the true long-term earnings power of the company and its core point-of-care diagnostics business. We forecast earnings well above the current consensus estimates.

From Diamond Hill Capital (Trades, Portfolio)'s Select Fund Third Quarter 2014 Commentary.

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Top Ranked Articles about Alere Inc

Mario Gabelli Comments on Alere Inc
Alere Inc. (0.2% of net assets as of September 30, 2014) (ALR - $38.78 - NYSE) is the largest manufacturer of rapid, point-of-care diagnostics in the world. The company has underperformed for the past year, weighed down by manufacturing problems and a heavy debt load from questionable past acquisitions. An activist investor has been publicly pushing the company to improve operations and, after being slow to respond initially, Alere’s Board of Directors forced the company’s founder and CEO to resign on July 1. However, he has now partnered with private equity partners and is seeking to take the company private with an initial bid of $46 per share. Whatever the final outcome is, we believe positive change is in the air for Alere. Read more...
Diamond Hill Capital Comments on Alere Inc
We initiated a new position in diagnostic systems provider Alere, Inc (ALR). We believe the company has the potential to grow intrinsic value by focusing on cost savings, asset disposals, and debt pay-down. All three of these initiatives would represent avenues to unmask the true long-term earnings power of the company and its core point-of-care diagnostics business. We forecast earnings well above the current consensus estimates. Read more...

Ratios

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industry
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history
P/B 2.40
ALR's P/B is ranked higher than
83% of the 281 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 4.37 vs. ALR: 2.40 )
ALR' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.42   Max: 2.75
Current: 2.4

0.42
2.75
P/S 1.00
ALR's P/S is ranked higher than
93% of the 281 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 4.06 vs. ALR: 1.00 )
ALR' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.52   Max: 4.12
Current: 1

0.52
4.12
PFCF 16.50
ALR's PFCF is ranked higher than
95% of the 281 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. ALR: 16.50 )
ALR' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 8.97   Max: 135.97
Current: 16.5

8.97
135.97
EV-to-EBIT 73.91
ALR's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
75% of the 281 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. ALR: 73.91 )
ALR' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -884.5   Max: 2833.4
Current: 73.91

-884.5
2833.4
Current Ratio 2.13
ALR's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
66% of the 256 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 2.56 vs. ALR: 2.13 )
ALR' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.7   Max: 3.42
Current: 2.13

0.7
3.42
Quick Ratio 1.63
ALR's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
63% of the 256 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 2.14 vs. ALR: 1.63 )
ALR' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.46   Max: 2.89
Current: 1.63

0.46
2.89

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/DCF (Projected) 0.90
ALR's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
98% of the 281 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. ALR: 0.90 )
ALR' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.43   Max: 6.47
Current: 0.9

0.43
6.47
Price/Median PS Value 0.77
ALR's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
92% of the 281 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 1.32 vs. ALR: 0.77 )
ALR' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.39   Max: 3.13
Current: 0.77

0.39
3.13
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 1.40
ALR's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
74% of the 253 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. ALR: 1.40 )
ALR' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 0.3   Max: 3
Current: 1.4

0.3
3

Business Description

Industry: Medical Diagnostics & Research » Diagnostics & Research
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Alere Inc formerly known as Inverness Medical Innovations, Inc. is a Delaware corporation incorporated on August 25,1992, which was formed to acquire the women's health, nutritional supplements and professional diagnostics businesses of its predecessor, Inverness Medical Technology, Inc., through a split-off and merger transaction, which occurred in November 2001. The Company enables individuals to take control of their health at home, under the supervision of their healthcare providers, by connecting innovative diagnostics in the hands of patients to their healthcare providers. The Company is a provider of point-of-care diagnostics and services; and has developed a strong commercial presence in infectious disease, toxicology, cardiology and diabetes. Its products and services help healthcare practitioners make earlier, more effective treatment decisions and improve outcomes for individuals living with chronic disease. Its portfolio also includes a broad array of health information solutions that increase access to critical health data, provide clinical decision support and facilitate more comprehensive performance reporting and analysis. The Company's operating segments are professional diagnostics, health information solutions and consumer diagnostics. Professional Diagnostics solutions allow patients and their healthcare providers to work together to better manage patients' chronic conditions over the continuum of care, from the hospital to home. It is generally designed to assist medical professionals in both preventative and interventional medicine, and include testing and monitoring performed in hospitals, laboratories and doctors' offices and, increasingly, patient self-testing, which defined as testing or monitoring performed at home under the supervision of a medical professional. Its products provide for qualitative or quantitative analysis of patient samples for evidence of a specific medical condition, disease state or toxicological state or to measure response to therapy. In professional diagnostics, Company focus on point-of-care, rapid diagnostic testing and the developing patient self-testing and patient self-management markets where it can directly and immediately improve patient health outcomes. Its products include point-of-care and laboratory tests within the following areas; Infectious Disease, Toxicology, Cardiology, Diabetes, Oncology, Women's Health and Connected Device Technologies. Its health information solutions are designed to provide physicians with actionable data that allows them to make more effective decisions in real time, deliver quality care, and put the individuals they treat on a pathway to better health. It offers a variety of software-based analytics, clinical decision-support tools, and accountable care programs that enable healthcare providers to initiate earlier interventions, personalize treatment plans, lower costs by reducing hospital readmissions, and measure improvements in outcome
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