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Apr 9, 2018
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Simulations Plus Reports Record Second Quarter FY2018 Revenue

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 second quarter of fiscal year 2018, the period ended February 28, 2018 (2QFY18).

2QFY18 highlights compared with 2QFY17:

  • Revenues were $7.4 million, up $1.7 million, or 28.9%, compared to $5.7 million in 2QFY17
    • 57% of the increase is from DILIsym Services, acquired on June 1, 2017
  • Gross profit was $5.2 million, up $1.1 million, or 26.2%, compared to $4.2 million in 2QFY17
    • 48% of the increase is from DILIsym Services, acquired on June 1, 2017
    • Gross margin was 71.2%, down slightly from 72.8% in 2Q17, because more of the new revenues from DILIsym are from consulting rather than software
  • SG&A expenses were $2.3 million, up $0.4 million, or 20.1%, compared to $1.9 million in 2QFY17
  • Income from operations was $2.4 million, up $0.6 million, or 34.7%, compared to $1.8 million in 2QFY17
    • 31% of this operating income increase is from DILIsym Services, acquired on June 1, 2017
  • The Company recorded a benefit for income taxes of $1.1 million in 2QFY18 compared to $589,000 of income tax expense in 2QFY17, due to the effects of a $1.5 million one-time adjustment to deferred taxes based on the new Federal tax law and the lower blended Federal tax rates for the 2nd quarter of this fiscal year
  • Inclusive of the $1.5 million adjustment, net income was $3.5 million, up $2.3 million, or 190.6%, compared to $1.2 million in 2QFY17; without the adjustment, income would have been $2.0 million for the quarter, up $0.8 million or 65%
  • Inclusive of the tax benefit, diluted earnings per share increased $0.13 to $0.19 from $0.07; the tax adjustment accounted for $0.08 of the increase in quarterly diluted earnings per share

6MoFY18 highlights compared with 6MoFY17:

  • Revenues were $14.4 million, up $3.3 million, or 29.7%, compared to $11.1 million for 6MoFY17
    • 62% of the increase is from DILIsym Services, acquired on June 1, 2017
  • Gross profit was $10.6 million, up $2.34 million, or 28.4%, compared to $8.2 million for 6MoFY17
    • 56% of the increase is from DILIsym Services, acquired on June 1, 2017
    • Gross margin was 73.3%, down slightly from 74.0% in 2Q17, because more of the new revenues from DILIsym are from consulting rather than software
  • SG&A expenses were $4.7 million, up $0.94 million, or 24.6%, compared to $3.8 million for 6MoFY17
  • Income from operations was $5 million, up $1.26 million, or 33.8%, compared to $3.7 million for 6MoFY17
    • 48% of this operating income increase is from DILIsym Services, acquired on June 1, 2017
  • The non-recurring benefit for income taxes for the six-month period was $289,000, compared to $1.2 million of income tax expense in 6MoFY17, due to the adjustment mentioned above and the lower blended Federal rates for the second quarter of this fiscal year.
  • Inclusive of the tax benefit, net income was $5.2 million, up $2.63 million, or 103.0%, compared to $2.6 million for 6MoFY17; without the adjustment, income would have been $3.7 million for the quarter, up $1.1 million or 44%
  • Inclusive of the tax benefit, diluted earnings per share increased $0.14 to $0.29 from $0.15, the tax adjustment accounted for $0.08 of the increase in diluted earnings per share

John Kneisel, chief financial officer of Simulations Plus, said, “We saw another strong quarterly revenue growth in our core divisions in Lancaster and Buffalo coupled with the new revenues and profits from DILIsym Services acquired in the last quarter of our prior fiscal year. Even with the addition of a higher percentage of non-software sales we have seen increases in operating income margins. The Company produced a 28.9% growth in revenues and a 34.7% growth in income from operations.”

Kneisel continued: “This quarter we completed our assessment of deferred taxes based on the new tax rates enacted under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 passed this last December. Based on the assessment, the Company has posted a tax benefit in the amount of approximately $1.5 million in the second fiscal quarter of 2018, the result of estimating future deferred liabilities at the lower tax rates under the newly enacted tax provisions. The Company will continue to benefit from the lower rate structure under the new Federal tax law allowing for future investment in staffing for development and future growth initiatives.”

“Inclusive of this $1.5 million non-recurring and non-taxable benefit, which had an $0.08 per diluted share effect, we recorded net income of $3.5 million for the second fiscal quarter and $5.2 million for the first six months of fiscal year 2018, resulting in diluted earnings per share of $0.19 and $0.29 for the second fiscal quarter and six months, respectively.”

Walt Woltosz, chairman and chief executive officer of Simulations Plus, added: “Simulations Plus is benefitting from a strategic transformation that began in 2011 when we divested a business which didn’t fit with the pharmaceutical software business, and sometimes represented a drag on earnings. Subsequently, we have acquired two complementary businesses that are accretive to both revenues and earnings, resulting in three consistently profitable divisions selling essentially to the same customers. Today, we are a diversified provider of sophisticated services to a growing pharmaceutical industry. We have the ability to leverage a modest, fixed cost structure as we grow, which has been seen to drive our bottom line faster than the top line. As a result, we have increased our dividend from $0.05 per share per quarter last summer to $0.06 per share per quarter today. We expect the positive impact of the new tax law to allow us to further benefit our customers and shareholders through continued expansion of our products and services.”

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