Simulations Plus, Inc. (NASDAQ: SLP), the premier provider of simulation and modeling software and consulting services for all stages of pharmaceutical discovery and development from the earliest discovery through all phases of clinical trials, today reported financial results for its first quarter of fiscal year 2017, the period ended November 30, 2016 (1QFY17).
1QFY17 highlights compared with 1QFY16:
- Net revenues increased 12.0%, or $579,000, to a new first quarter record $5.42 million vs. $4.84 million
- Gross profit increased 8.7% to $4.08 million from $3.76 million
SG&A was $1.86 million, an increase of $187,000 or 11.2%, from $1.68
- SG&A as a percentage of revenues decreased slightly from 34.6% to 34.4%
- Income before taxes increased $250,000 or 14.6%, to $1.97 million from $1.72 million
- Net income increased $255,000 or 23.1%, to $1.36 million from $1.11 million
- Diluted earnings per share increased 22% or $0.014, to $0.078 from $0.064 per share
John Kneisel, chief financial officer of Simulations Plus, said: “Fiscal year 2017 is starting out with good first quarter profits, bolstered by strong consulting revenues. Our ability to effectively leverage our operations is enabling us to grow our bottom line at nearly twice the pace we are growing revenues, driving a 22% improvement in earnings per share.”
Ted Grasela, Company president, added: “It is rewarding to see the increase in business from both existing and new clients. This represents recognition and appreciation for the quality and value of our technology and consulting services. We are aggressively looking to expand our staff to meet the growing demand for modeling and simulation consulting support and are recruiting additional software engineers to continue development of our PBPK modeling and pharmacometrics communication platforms in order to streamline model-based drug development activities and increase license sales.
John DiBella, vice president for marketing and sales of Simulations Plus, said: “The positive trend of solid software sales and increasing requests for our consulting services continued in 1QFY17. Software license revenue increased 7.2%, driven by robust renewal rates and 28 new organizations, or new departments at existing organizations, now utilizing our technology. Revenue from consulting services increased 21.1%, as we applied our technology and expertise in a wide range of projects and engaged with 13 new clients. Education remains a key focus for us in 2017, as we have scheduled workshops for the U.S., Europe, and Asia to allow us to train more scientists on the applications of our tools. This, coupled with new releases of all major software products expected in FY17, gives us confidence in our ability to continue expanding our client base.”
Walt Woltosz, chairman and chief executive officer of Simulations Plus, concluded: “Fiscal year 2017 is off to a very good start with this record first quarter. Both divisions delivered strong performance in this first quarter, and our Buffalo division is now generating significant new revenues from our five-year, nearly $5 million consulting contract with a major research foundation in addition to our typical consulting work in that division. Software sales continue to grow as the pharmaceutical industry continues to adopt simulation and modeling technology to improve productivity and reduce wasted R&D efforts on compounds that would have failed. We expect this trend to continue in 2017, and Simulations Plus is increasingly well-positioned to benefit from this trend.”
Investor Conference Call
The Company has announced an investor conference call that will be webcast live at 1:15 p.m. PST/4:15 p.m. EST on Monday, January 9, 2017. All interested parties may join the call by registering here. On registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions for joining the call. Please dial in five to ten minutes prior to the scheduled start time. For listen-only mode, you may dial (415) 655-0052, and enter access code 187-204-517. A replay will be available on the Simulations Plus website following the call.
About Simulations Plus, Inc.
Simulations Plus, Inc., is a premier developer of drug discovery and development software licensed to and used in the conduct of drug research by major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and regulatory agencies worldwide. The Company is also a leading provider of both preclinical and clinical pharmacometric consulting services for regulatory submissions and a global leader focused on improving the ways scientists use knowledge and data to predict the properties and outcomes of pharmaceutical and biotechnology agents. Our innovations in integrating new and existing science in medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry, pharmaceutical science, biology, and physiology into our software have made us the leading software provider for physiologically based pharmacokinetic modeling and simulation. For more information, visit our website at www.simulations-plus.com.
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SIMULATIONS PLUS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
|November 30,||August 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||8,844,664||$||8,030,284|
|Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $0||3,417,479||3,009,517|
|Revenues in excess of billings||1,035,078||694,131|
|Prepaid income taxes||-||555,486|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||314,707||410,811|
|Total current assets||13,611,928||12,700,229|
Capitalized computer software development costs, net of accumulated amortization of $8,897,704 and $8,613,487
|Property and equipment, net||271,997||256,381|
|Intellectual property, net of accumulated amortization of $1,560,625 and $1,408,750||4,514,375||4,666,250|
|Other intangible assets net of accumulated amortization of $331,875 and $295,000||1,318,125||1,355,000|
|LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Accrued payroll and other expenses||563,377||481,610|
|Accrued bonuses to officers||15,250||121,000|
|Income taxes payable||100,942||-|
|Other current liabilities||3,309||8,274|
|Current portion - Contracts payable||1,000,000||1,000,000|
|Billings in excess of revenues||196,799||230,100|
|Total current liabilities||2,243,767||2,125,517|
|Deferred income taxes||2,905,061||2,956,206|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Preferred stock, $0.001 par value|
|10,000,000 shares authorized|
|no shares issued and outstanding||$||-||$||-|
|Common stock, $0.001 par value|
|50,000,000 shares authorized|
|17,230,478 and 17,225,478 shares issued and outstanding||7,231||7,227|
|Additional paid-in capital||11,497,832||11,376,007|
|Total shareholders' equity||$||23,354,666||$||22,732,594|
|Total liabilities and shareholders' equity||$||28,503,494||$||27,814,317|
SIMULATIONS PLUS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
For the three months ended November 30,
|Cost of revenues||1,335,983||1,083,347|
|Selling, general, and administrative||1,863,555||1,676,433|
|Research and development||290,300||351,307|
|Total operating expenses||2,153,855||2,027,740|
|Income from operations||1,928,096||1,727,533|
|Other income (expense)|
|Gain(loss) on currency exchange||34,928||(14,895||)|
Total other income (expense)
Income from operations before provision for income taxes
|Provision for income taxes||(605,915||)||(610,632||)|
|Earnings per share|
|Weighted-average common shares outstanding|