Simulations Plus Reports First Quarter FY2013 Financial Results

Net sales increase 1.9% to first-quarter record $2.290 million; Earnings per share $0.04

LANCASTER, Calif.--()--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 2013 ended November 30, 2012 (1QFY13). Results below for the first quarter of FY2012 (1QFY12) are reported for continuing operations (without the discontinued operations of the Company’s former Words+ subsidiary, which was sold on November 30, 2011), except as noted.

1QFY13 highlights compared with 1QFY12:

  • Net sales increased 1.9% to first-quarter record $2.290 million from $2.248 million
  • Gross profit increased 0.4% to $1.903 million from $1.896 million
  • SG&A increased 8.3% to $0.931 million from $0.860 million
    • This apparent increase was due to reclassification of M&A consultant fees for 1QFY12 from SG&A to Selling Expense with the sale of the former Words+ subsidiary, reducing SG&A for 1QFY12
  • R&D expense increased 95.2% to $180,000 from $92,000
  • Income before taxes decreased 15.8% to $0.896 million from $1.064 million
  • Net income decreased 22.3% to $587,000 from $755,000
  • Diluted earnings per share decreased 33% to $0.04 from $0.06

Ms. Momoko Beran, chief financial officer of Simulations Plus, said: “Increased Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expenses for 1QFY13 were in part due to increased commissions on sales, but mostly due to a reclassification of M&A consultant fees from SG&A to Selling Expense with the sale of our former Words+ subsidiary last year. Those fees had accrued as SG&A last year until the sale was completed, but with the sale, they became Selling Expense, resulting in a large reduction in the reclassified SG&A for 1QFY12. R&D expenses increased due to increased scientific staff time spent to support marketing and sales and due to expenses for our malaria new chemical entity (NCE) project. Increased income tax rates for FY2013 resulted in a provision for income taxes of $309,000, nearly the same dollar amount as for 1QFY12, but caused by an increase in tax rate to 34% for 1QFY13 compared to 29% in 1QFY12. In spite of distributing a total of just under $3.2 million in dividends during calendar 2012, cash remained at $11.4 million on November 30, 2012, compared to $12.7 million on November 30, 2011. Shareholders’ equity was $15.0 million at the end of 1QFY13 compared to $15.1 million at the end of 1QFY12. The subsequent accelerated dividend of $0.14 per share distributed on December 28, 2012, reduced cash to about $9.5 million on December 29.”

Walt Woltosz, chairman and chief executive officer of Simulations Plus, added: “A ‘perfect storm’ of site closures for four large customers and major reorganizations within three other customers resulted in nearly $450,000 in lost revenues over 1QFY12; however, exclusive of these closures and reorganizations, our renewal rate remained over 90% for our remaining customers, and we added a number of software licenses at new customer sites as well as increased services revenues. In fact, we were successful in generating enough new sales to offset these reductions and still show a slight increase in revenues over 1QFY12. At this point, we do not foresee a recurrence of such a large drop in renewal revenues, although there can be no assurance that such a drop will not occur at some time in the future.”

Woltosz continued: “The resounding success we’ve had in our malaria NCE (new chemical entity) project has created increased interest in our software products that we used to design these new molecules. And we are pursuing additional funding to take this project to the next level. We’re also selecting a new disease target for another NCE project this year, and we hope to announce our selection soon.”

Investor Conference Call

The Company has announced an investor conference call that will be webcast live at 1:15 PM PST/4:15 PM EST today, Tuesday, January 15, 2013, which may be accessed by first registering here. Upon registering, a confirmation e-mail will be sent 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 909-259-0023 and enter access code 400-233-725.

About Simulations Plus, Inc.

Simulations Plus, Inc., is a premier developer of groundbreaking drug discovery and development simulation and modeling software, which is licensed to and used in the conduct of drug research by major pharmaceutical, biotechnology, agrochemical, and food industry companies worldwide. The Company also provides a productivity tool called Abbreviate! for PCs as well as an educational software series for science students in middle and high schools known as FutureLab. Simulations Plus, Inc., is headquartered in Southern California and trades on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol “SLP.” For more information, visit www.simulations-plus.com.

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Simulations Plus, Inc. Condensed Balance Sheets

At November 30, 2012 (Unaudited) and August 31, 2012 (Audited)

 
ASSETS
          November 30,                 August 31,
2012 2012
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 11,379,378 $ 12,701,075
Income tax refund receivable 153,896 153,896
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $0 1,720,669 1,451,864
Contracts receivable 140,522 18,893
Prepaid income taxes 96,022 -
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 115,764 150,856
Deferred income taxes   177,921   193,712
Total current assets 13,784,172 14,670,296
Long-term assets
Capitalized computer software development costs,
net of accumulated amortization of $5,266,775 and $5,084,691 2,559,466 2,479,468
Property and equipment, net 98,358 107,410
Intellectual property, net of accumulated amortization of $5,625 and $3,750 69,375 71,250
Other assets   18,445   18,445
Total assets $ 16,529,816 $ 17,346,869
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $ 194,107 $ 177,509
Accrued payroll and other expenses 322,805 312,912
Accrued bonuses to officer 15,000 60,000
Accrued income taxes - 733,233
Deferred revenue   207,228   131,782
Total current liabilities 739,140 1,415,436
 
Long-term liabilities
Deferred income taxes   819,405   788,857
Total liabilities 1,558,545 2,204,293
 
Commitments and contingencies
 
Shareholders' equity
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
15,927,806 and 15,923,019 shares issued and outstanding 4,399 4,399
Additional paid-in capital 4,666,465 4,628,366
Retained earnings   10,300,407   10,509,811
 
Total shareholders' equity   14,971,271   15,142,576
 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 16,529,816 $ 17,346,869
 
 
                         

Simulations Plus, Inc.

Condensed Statements of Operations

For the three months ended November 30,

(Unaudited)

 
2012 2011
Net sales $ 2,290,094 $ 2,247,956
Cost of sales   386,870     352,370  
Gross profit   1,903,224     1,895,586  
Operating expenses
Selling, general, and administrative 931,060 859,681
Research and development   180,335     92,367  
Total operating expenses   1,111,395     952,048  
Income from operations   791,829     943,538  
Other income (expense)
Interest income 13,728 21,873
Interest expense - (3 )
Miscellaneous Income 15,404 -
Gain on currency exchange   74,654     98,386  
Total other income (expense)   103,786     120,256  

Income from continuing operations before provision for income taxes

895,615 1,063,794
Provision for income taxes   (308,629 )   (308,695 )
Income from continuing operations   586,986     755,099  
Discontinued operations:
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax - (249,898 )
Gain on sale of Words+, net of tax   -     465,820  
Results of discontinued operations   -     215,922  
Net Income $ 586,986   $ 971,021  
 
Basic earnings per share:
Continuing operations $ 0.04 $ 0.05
Discontinued operations   -     0.01  
Net basic earning per share $ 0.04   $ 0.06  
Diluted earnings per share
Continuing operations $ 0.04 $ 0.05
Discontinued operations   -     0.01  
Net basic earning per share $ 0.04   $ 0.06  
Weighted-average common shares outstanding
Basic 15,927,806 15,572,943
Diluted 16,365,552 16,129,535

Contacts

Simulations Plus Investor Relations
Ms. Renée Bouché, 661-723-7723
renee@simulations-plus.com
or
Hayden IR
Mr. Cameron Donahue, 651-653-1854
cameron@haydenir.com

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Contacts

Simulations Plus Investor Relations
Ms. Renée Bouché, 661-723-7723
renee@simulations-plus.com
or
Hayden IR
Mr. Cameron Donahue, 651-653-1854
cameron@haydenir.com