Administaff, Gevity and Ventiv Health
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 14, 2005
Zacks.com releases its latest Industry Outlook. This
report identifies the best stocks in the top-ranked industries.
Featured in the latest report is the business services industry, with
a focus on the following stocks: American Reprographics Company
(NYSE:ARP), Administaff, Inc. (NYSE:ASF), Gevity (NASDAQ:GVHR) and
Ventiv Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:VTIV). To read the complete Industry
Outlook report and to see all of the top-ranked industries, visit
Here are details on the stocks featured in the latest Industry
American Reprographics Company (NYSE:ARP) reported a strong third
quarter in late October as momentum continued in all business
segments. The company posted earnings per share of 23 cents that
topped the consensus by almost 10%. Furthermore, revenue advanced
15.7% to $127.5 million from $110.2 million year-over-year. Looking
forward, American Reprographics plans to open new locations and enter
Administaff, Inc. (NYSE:ASF) posted third quarter earnings per
share of 26 cents, marking a strong improvement from last year's 14
cents. The result also eclipsed the consensus by approximately 13%.
Revenues reached $285.2 million, or 20.9% over the same period in
2004. The company said that its unit growth rate has increased ahead
of schedule due to improved sales efficiency, strong client retention
and some contribution from new hires within the existing client base.
Gevity (NASDAQ:GVHR) (formerly known as Staff Leasing, Inc.) put
together a solid third quarter performance. Earnings per share
advanced 27.6% year-over-year to 37 cents from 29 cents. The result
also bettered the consensus by more than 15%. Revenues grew 3.3% to
$152.9 million from $148 million. For 2005, Gevity expects its full
year 2005 earnings per share guidance of between $1.30 and $1.35,
based on results for the first nine month of 2005 and on anticipated
performance for the remainder of the year.
Ventiv Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:VTIV) posted third quarter net income
per share from continuing operations of 30 cents, excluding items,
compared to 20 cents in the third quarter of 2004. The result topped
the consensus by 25%. Total revenues advanced 44% to $128.4 million
from $88.9 million year-over-year. The company said its quarter
underscored its strong market positioning and continued effective
execution across all of its businesses.
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