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The Computer Software & Services industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.2%. Laggards within the Computer Software & Services industry included

CounterPath

(

CPAH

), down 1.7%,

Vicon Industries

(

VII

), down 5.8%,

GSE Systems

(

GVP

), down 3.6%,

One Horizon Group

(

TheStreet Recommends

OHGI

), down 4.5% and

Intelligent Systems

(

INS

), down 4.9%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

Bottomline Technologies

(

EPAY

) is one of the companies that pushed the Computer Software & Services industry lower today. Bottomline Technologies was down $0.49 (1.7%) to $28.90 on average volume. Throughout the day, 254,163 shares of Bottomline Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 218,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $28.86-$29.53 after having opened the day at $29.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.39.

Bottomline Technologies (de), Inc. provides cloud-based payment, invoice, and banking solutions to corporations, insurance companies, financial institutions, and banks worldwide. Bottomline Technologies has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 18.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Bottomline Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Bottomline Technologies

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on EPAY go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 7.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 21.4%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 98.83% to $21.43 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, BOTTOMLINE TECHNOLOGIES INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 10.44%.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.38, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 2.74 is very high and demonstrates very strong liquidity.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Software industry. The net income has decreased by 21.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$3.56 million to -$4.31 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Software industry and the overall market, BOTTOMLINE TECHNOLOGIES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Bottomline Technologies Ratings Report

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At the close,

GSE Systems

(

GVP

) was down $0.06 (3.6%) to $1.60 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 23,500 shares of GSE Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.60-$1.68 after having opened the day at $1.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.66.

GSE Systems, Inc. provides simulation, educational, and engineering solutions and services to the nuclear and fossil electric utility industry, and the chemical and petrochemical industries worldwide. GSE Systems has a market cap of $30.2 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 3.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

GSE Systems

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on GVP go as follows:

  • GSE SYSTEMS INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, GSE SYSTEMS INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.58 versus $0.06 in the prior year.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Software industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 75.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.16 million to -$2.02 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Software industry and the overall market, GSE SYSTEMS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for GSE SYSTEMS INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 25.86%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -23.20% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 7.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 29.5%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

GSE Systems Ratings Report

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CounterPath

(

CPAH

) was another company that pushed the Computer Software & Services industry lower today. CounterPath was down $0.02 (1.7%) to $1.13 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 38,864 shares of CounterPath exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.02-$1.17 after having opened the day at $1.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.15.

CounterPath has a market cap of $48.5 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 7.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate CounterPath a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CPAH go as follows:

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

CounterPath Ratings Report

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