Heartening News at Possis Medical

By Gene G. Marcial

Back on Mar. 13, 2002, shares of medical-device maker Possis Medical (POSS) hit a high of 22. Then they tumbled to 8 by July 26, in the wake of the overall market collapse. Recently, they have been on a tear, reaching 18 on Jan. 15. Some pros are saying that the stock will easily top its old high in 2003.

Here's why: Possis makes a line of devices to extract life-threatening blood clots. Possis' patented AngioJet system is the only minimally invasive technology approved by the Food & Drug Administration for removing clots from coronary blood vessels, bypass grafts, and leg arteries. Analyst Jacqueline Waterman of Jesup & Lamont Securities says Possis is aiming for AngioJet to be an effective adjunct to angioplasty, stenting, and distal protective procedures. In a few years, she says, it will be a major treatment for heart attacks and ischemic strokes.

Waterman figures Possis, which earned 34 cents a share in fiscal 2002 ended July 31, on sales of $42 million, will make 36 cents on $56 million in 2003 and 49 cents on $70 million in 2004. Analyst Douglas Eaymers of Dougherty & Co. rates Possis a strong buy based on its rapid revenue growth and widening market share.

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