Health & Medicine

Veterinary technology company stumbles in first full quarter

A Maine-based animal health technology and services company has fallen short of financial expectations in its first full quarter of operations.

The Portland Press Herald reports Covetrus Inc. lost nearly 40% of its value amid an investor sell-off during pre-market trading Tuesday.

Covetrus, which is the state's largest publicly traded company in terms of annual sales, reported quarterly revenue of $1.01 billion, about $50 million less than analysts' expectations.

The loss follows the veterinary services company's release of a discouraging second-quarter earnings report after it become available for trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market on Feb. 8.

Company executives blame the poor performance on unexpected costs and a slowdown in North American and U.K. sales.

Covetrus provides software and technology services that helps veterinary practices and pharmacies administer their operations.

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