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Simulations Plus Shines With Strong Q2 Earnings and Revenue Surpassing Expectations

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Simulations Plus Shines With Strong Q2 Earnings and Revenue Surpassing Expectations

Exceeding Estimates with Vigor

Simulations Plus (SLP) posted second-quarter fiscal 2024 earnings of 20 cents per share, matching the previous year’s performance. Surpassing predictions by 11.1%, the company’s revenue surged by 16% year over year to $18.3 million. The rise was primarily fueled by increased software revenues in the Clinical Pharmacology & Pharmacometrics (CPP) and Cheminformatics segments, surpassing expectations by 7.2%.

Driving Growth and Innovation

Software revenues, constituting 63% of total quarterly revenues, climbed by 11% year over year to $11.6 million. Noteworthy increases were observed in sales of MonolixSuite (38% surge) and GastroPlus as well as ADMET Predictor offerings (2% and 14% growth, respectively). Furthermore, the share of commercial customers renewals stood at 94% based on fees and 85% based on accounts, showing promising retention rates.

On the services front (comprising 37% of total revenues), an impressive 27% revenue growth to $6.7 million was recorded. This uptick stemmed from enhanced revenues in the Quantitative Systems Pharmacology (QSP) and Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetics (PBPK) units. Sales of the PBPK unit surged by 39%, while QSP and CPP sales experienced a 78% and 10% increase year over year, respectively.

Operational Performance

In terms of operational details, the gross margin for the quarter registered at 72%, a slight decline from 83% in the corresponding period of the previous year. The gross margin for the Software segment landed at 88%, down from 92% in the prior-year quarter, while the Services segment observed a margin of 44% compared to 66% previously.

Total operating expenses stood at 48% of revenue as opposed to 58% a year ago. Operating income margin settled at 24%, slightly lower than the 26% reported a year back. The adjusted EBITDA margin was steady at 39% compared to the previous year.

Outlook and Beyond

Simulations Plus reiterated its fiscal 2024 outlook, forecasting revenues to range between $66 million and $69 million. This projection indicates a 10-15% surge from the prior fiscal year. The envisioned revenue split between Software and Services is pegged at 55-60% and 40-45% respectively, with expected earnings per share growth between 35-39%, targeting 66 to 68 cents.

Currently holding a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), Simulations Plus has positioned itself as a strong contender in the industry.

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