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Dasa Falls Most in a Week in Sao Paulo After Earnings Miss

Aug. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Diagnosticos da America SA, the Brazilian medical diagnostics provider that’s down by half from a record high in 2011, fell the most in a week after reporting a second-quarter profit that trailed analyst estimates.

Dasa, as the company is also known, lost 2.9 percent to 11.75 reais at the close of trading in Sao Paulo, the most since August 6. The BM&FBovespa Small Cap index slipped 0.2 percent.

Second-quarter adjusted net income was 35.2 million reais ($15.3 million), compared with an average estimate of 47.2 million reais, according to data compiled by Bloomberg after Dasa released results yesterday. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, known as Ebitda, were 110.8 million reais while the Ebitda margin fell to 17.6 percent from 18 percent a year earlier.

“Although Dasa is still in the middle of a turnaround process, the failure to improve margins from the weak base in the second quarter of 2012 is worrisome, demonstrating that a more significant recovery should still take a long time,” Rafael Frade, an analyst at Banco Bradesco SA’s brokerage unit, wrote in a note to clients today. “We remain cautious about the name and expect a negative reaction in the short term.”

Dasa has lost 11 percent this year while the Ibovespa declined 17 percent.

To contact the reporter on this story: Julia Leite in New York at jleite3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: David Papadopoulos at papadopoulos@bloomberg.net

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