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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 : 4/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.16
ALR's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
89% of the 206 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 1.88 vs. ALR: 0.16 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
ALR' s Cash to Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.09  Med: 0.16 Max: 1.88
Current: 0.16
0.09
1.88
Equity to Asset 0.35
ALR's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
79% of the 183 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 0.58 vs. ALR: 0.35 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
ALR' s Equity to Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.15  Med: 0.38 Max: 0.66
Current: 0.35
0.15
0.66
Interest Coverage 0.65
ALR's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
98% of the 121 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 96.50 vs. ALR: 0.65 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
ALR' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.24  Med: 0.64 Max: 1.37
Current: 0.65
0.24
1.37
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 0.82
M-Score: -2.42
WACC vs ROIC
2.80%
1.42%
WACC
ROIC
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 (%) 5.70
ALR's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
57% of the 195 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 1.48 vs. ALR: 5.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
ALR' s Operating margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -44.13  Med: 3.85 Max: 7.6
Current: 5.7
-44.13
7.6
Net-margin (%) -0.53
ALR's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
50% of the 195 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 0.52 vs. ALR: -0.53 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
ALR' s Net-margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -47.2  Med: -2.92 Max: 8.38
Current: -0.53
-47.2
8.38
ROE (%) -1.63
ALR's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
51% of the 185 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: -4.35 vs. ALR: -1.63 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
ALR' s ROE (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -34.13  Med: -3.78 Max: 9.33
Current: -1.63
-34.13
9.33
ROA (%) -0.21
ALR's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
56% of the 207 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: -6.00 vs. ALR: -0.21 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
ALR' s ROA (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -15.33  Med: -1.1 Max: 3.26
Current: -0.21
-15.33
3.26
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 12.63
ALR's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
60% of the 206 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: -11.24 vs. ALR: 12.63 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
ALR' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -169.25  Med: 10.95 Max: 22.61
Current: 12.63
-169.25
22.61
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -1.00
ALR's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
65% of the 137 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 5.20 vs. ALR: -1.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
ALR' s Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -8.6  Med: 8.2 Max: 36.1
Current: -1
-8.6
36.1
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) -8.90
ALR's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
70% of the 116 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 0.80 vs. ALR: -8.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
ALR' s EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -9.3  Med: 7 Max: 102.9
Current: -8.9
-9.3
102.9
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) -21.60
ALR's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
76% of the 111 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: -0.70 vs. ALR: -21.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
ALR' s EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -57.2  Med: -9.3 Max: 76.1
Current: -21.6
-57.2
76.1
» ALR's 10-Y Financials

Financials (Next Earnings Date: Est. 2016-11-04)


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Guru Trades

Q3 2015

ALR Guru Trades in Q3 2015

Mario Gabelli 233,430 sh (+6.88%)
Private Capital 941,823 sh (+1.59%)
Keeley Asset Management Corp 974,047 sh (-6.81%)
Diamond Hill Capital 2,058,095 sh (-8.26%)
Steven Cohen 557,400 sh (-19.28%)
Jim Simons 1,113,424 sh (-20.17%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 531,294 sh (-22.12%)
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Q4 2015

ALR Guru Trades in Q4 2015

Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 1,481,660 sh (+178.88%)
Diamond Hill Capital 2,306,319 sh (+12.06%)
Mario Gabelli 235,430 sh (+0.86%)
Keeley Asset Management Corp 964,189 sh (-1.01%)
Private Capital 930,548 sh (-1.20%)
Jim Simons 878,424 sh (-21.11%)
Steven Cohen 324,000 sh (-41.87%)
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Q1 2016

ALR Guru Trades in Q1 2016

George Soros 42,800 sh (New)
Jeremy Grantham 736,344 sh (New)
Mario Gabelli 494,105 sh (+109.87%)
Private Capital 933,725 sh (+0.34%)
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc Sold Out
Keeley Asset Management Corp 713,314 sh (-26.02%)
Jim Simons 506,724 sh (-42.31%)
Diamond Hill Capital 1,052,078 sh (-54.38%)
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Q2 2016

ALR Guru Trades in Q2 2016

Leucadia National 79,457 sh (New)
First Eagle Investment 766,566 sh (New)
Jeremy Grantham 1,520,100 sh (+106.44%)
Mario Gabelli 528,225 sh (+6.91%)
Diamond Hill Capital 1,074,665 sh (+2.15%)
George Soros Sold Out
Private Capital 849,998 sh (-8.97%)
Jim Simons 408,824 sh (-19.32%)
Keeley Asset Management Corp 520,100 sh (-27.09%)
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Preferred stocks of Alere Inc

SymbolPriceYieldDescription
ALRPRB329.993.62

Business Description

Industry: Medical Diagnostics & Research » Diagnostics & Research
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Alere Inc enables individuals to take charge of improving their health and quality of life at home. The Company operates in three segments; professional diagnostics, health information solutions and consumer diagnostics.

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

Guru Investment Theses on Alere Inc

Diamond Hill Capital Comments on Alere Inc - Mar 17, 2015

Diagnostic systems provider Alere, Inc. (ALR) declined after installing a new CEO during the quarter, while weathering an unsolicited attempt by the previous CEO to take the company private. Subsequently, the company announced that it would sell its Health Management business in a first sign of the implementation of a new agenda focused on asset sales and debt paydown.

From Diamond Hill Capital (Trades, Portfolio)’s Select Fund Q4 2014 Commentary.

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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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Ratios

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Forward P/E 16.95
ALR's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
80% of the 35 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 21.01 vs. ALR: 16.95 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) 14.26
ALR's Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) is ranked higher than
85% of the 59 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 27.37 vs. ALR: 14.26 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) only.
ALR' s Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 9.24  Med: 19.77 Max: 2417.22
Current: 14.26
9.24
2417.22
P/B 2.30
ALR's P/B is ranked higher than
71% of the 178 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 3.49 vs. ALR: 2.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
ALR' s P/B Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.42  Med: 1.67 Max: 3.21
Current: 2.3
0.42
3.21
P/S 1.37
ALR's P/S is ranked higher than
79% of the 177 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 3.25 vs. ALR: 1.37 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
ALR' s P/S Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.53  Med: 1.42 Max: 3.97
Current: 1.37
0.53
3.97
PFCF 29.19
ALR's PFCF is ranked lower than
58% of the 62 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 25.29 vs. ALR: 29.19 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
ALR' s PFCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 7.02  Med: 20.04 Max: 116.26
Current: 29.19
7.02
116.26
POCF 16.36
ALR's POCF is ranked higher than
56% of the 78 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 19.28 vs. ALR: 16.36 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
ALR' s POCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.63  Med: 11.9 Max: 124.49
Current: 16.36
4.63
124.49
EV-to-EBIT 47.76
ALR's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
86% of the 92 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 20.76 vs. ALR: 47.76 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
ALR' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -676  Med: 47.7 Max: 683.2
Current: 47.76
-676
683.2
EV-to-EBITDA 14.74
ALR's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked higher than
54% of the 104 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 15.60 vs. ALR: 14.74 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
ALR' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -173.6  Med: 13.9 Max: 87.3
Current: 14.74
-173.6
87.3
Current Ratio 2.01
ALR's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
59% of the 201 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 2.42 vs. ALR: 2.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
ALR' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.73  Med: 1.74 Max: 3.42
Current: 2.01
0.73
3.42
Quick Ratio 1.53
ALR's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
68% of the 201 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 2.15 vs. ALR: 1.53 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
ALR' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.56  Med: 1.3 Max: 2.89
Current: 1.53
0.56
2.89
Days Inventory 97.66
ALR's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
53% of the 162 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 90.15 vs. ALR: 97.66 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
ALR' s Days Inventory Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 80.21  Med: 92.61 Max: 104.46
Current: 97.66
80.21
104.46
Days Sales Outstanding 68.89
ALR's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
53% of the 155 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 66.20 vs. ALR: 68.89 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
ALR' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 60.28  Med: 67.28 Max: 79.93
Current: 68.89
60.28
79.93
Days Payable 44.94
ALR's Days Payable is ranked lower than
58% of the 145 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 56.91 vs. ALR: 44.94 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Payable only.
ALR' s Days Payable Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 44.94  Med: 52.02 Max: 59
Current: 44.94
44.94
59

Buy Back

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Yield on cost (5-Year) 0.50
ALR's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
81% of the 90 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 0.80 vs. ALR: 0.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
ALR' s Yield on cost (5-Year) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 0 Max: 0
Current: 0.5
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio -2.20
ALR's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
62% of the 126 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: -4.70 vs. ALR: -2.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio only.
ALR' s 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -60.8  Med: -3.4 Max: 19.3
Current: -2.2
-60.8
19.3

Valuation & Return

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industry
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Price/Projected FCF 1.11
ALR's Price/Projected FCF is ranked higher than
81% of the 68 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 2.14 vs. ALR: 1.11 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
ALR' s Price/Projected FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.45  Med: 1.07 Max: 2.51
Current: 1.11
0.45
2.51
Price/Median PS Value 0.96
ALR's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
54% of the 165 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 0.99 vs. ALR: 0.96 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
ALR' s Price/Median PS Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.43  Med: 0.94 Max: 2.84
Current: 0.96
0.43
2.84
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 2.11
ALR's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
60% of the 197 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: -1.20 vs. ALR: 2.11 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
ALR' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.1  Med: 1.7 Max: 3.1
Current: 2.11
0.1
3.1

More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $2,433
EPS (TTM) $ -0.41
Beta-0.29
Short Percentage of Float3.92%
52-Week Range $31.47 - 54.79
Shares Outstanding (Mil)86.74

Analyst Estimate

Dec16
Revenue (Mil $)
EPS ($) 2.34
EPS w/o NRI ($) 2.34
EPS Growth Rate
(3Y to 5Y Estimate)
8.27%
Dividends Per Share ($) 0.26
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