Simulations Plus, Inc. (NASDAQ:SLP), a leading provider of simulation and modeling software for pharmaceutical discovery and development, today reported financial results for its first quarter of fiscal year 2014 ended November 30, 2013 (1QFY14).
1QFY14 highlights compared with 1QFY13:
- Net sales increased 15.3% to first-quarter record $2.641 million from $2.291 million
- Gross profit increased 15.2% to $2.193 million from $1.903 million
- SG&A increased 15.0% to $1.071 million from $0.931 million
- R&D expenditures decreased 10.1% to $162,000 from $180,000
- Income before taxes increased 10.8% to $0.992 million from $0.896 million
- Net income increased 16.7% to $685,000 from $587,000
- Diluted earnings per share increased 16.7% to $0.042 from $0.036
Mr. John Kneisel, chief financial officer of Simulations Plus, said: “Increased Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expenses for 1QFY14 were due to increased commissions on sales to dealers in Asia, increases in salaries and wages, and increases in costs related to trade shows and travel, all of which outweighed decreases in M&A consultant fees and advertising costs. R&D expenses decreased due to increased scientific staff time spent on capitalized software development activities. A lower income tax rate for 1QFY14 resulted in a provision for income taxes of $307,000, nearly the same dollar amount as for 1QFY13 ($309,000). Cash increased to $10.55 million on November 30, 2013, compared to $10.18 million on August 31, 2013, after distributing $643,000 in dividends during 1QFY14. Shareholders’ equity was $14.35 million at the end of 1QFY14, compared to $14.24 million on August 31, 2013.”
Walt Woltosz, chairman and chief executive officer of Simulations Plus, added: “Fiscal year 2014 is off to a very good start with this record first quarter. Revenues and earnings are both up nicely in spite of the fact that we completed all of our recent funded collaborations prior to the quarter. Our software development activities on the next releases of ADMET Predictor™, GastroPlus™, and MedChem Studio™ are proceeding well, and we hope to release our new MembranePlus™ software product in the second calendar quarter of this year. We continue to interview candidates to expand the technical team and we continue to look for opportunities to grow the business via acquisition. Our new NCE (new chemical entity) project is proceeding well with the synthesis of a number of molecules just completed and we hope to select the contractor for testing these molecules to determine their activities against their COX-2 (cyclooxygenase-2) and COX-1 enzyme targets in the next few days.”
The Company has announced an investor conference call that will be webcast live at 1:15 PST/4:15 PM EST today, Thursday, January 9, 2014, which may be accessed by first registering at the following website: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/132664954. Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a unique link and 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 646-307-1721, and enter access code 176-825-537.
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