Aspen Technology Inc.

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AZPN : NASDAQ : Technology Services
$80.91 up 0.34 | 0.42%
Today's Range: 80.09 - 81.54
Avg. Daily Volume: 392700.0
03/20/18 - 4:00 PM ET

Financial Analysis

ASPEN TECHNOLOGY INC's gross profit margin for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2018 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. The company has grown its sales and net income during the past quarter when compared with the same quarter a year ago, and although its growth in net income has outpaced the industry average, its revenue growth has not. ASPEN TECHNOLOGY INC has very weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.17 which clearly shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has decreased from the same period last year.

At the same time, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has significantly decreased by 42.32% from the same quarter last year. The key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is in a position in which financial difficulties could develop in the near future.

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Income Statement Q2 FY18 Q2 FY17
Net Sales ($mil)124.9119.93
EBITDA ($mil)57.8257.67
EBIT ($mil)56.2156.17
Net Income ($mil)38.0837.01

Balance Sheet Q2 FY18 Q2 FY17
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)48.7139.97
Total Assets ($mil)195.8267.36
Total Debt ($mil)151.0140.0
Equity ($mil)-274.51-192.88

Profitability Q2 FY18 Q2 FY17
Gross Profit Margin91.1991.56
EBITDA Margin46.2848.08
Operating Margin45.046.83
Sales Turnover2.511.77
Return on Assets83.2551.8
Return on Equity0.00.0
Debt Q2 FY18 Q2 FY17
Current Ratio0.210.43
Interest Expense1.260.89
Interest Coverage44.5862.89

Share Data Q2 FY18 Q2 FY17
Shares outstanding (mil)72.0376.25
Div / share0.00.0
Book value / share-3.81-2.53
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume405107.0402327.0


SELL. The current P/E ratio indicates a significant discount compared to an average of 126.76 for the Software industry and a significant premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 25.66. Normally, for additional comaprison, we would look at the price-to-book ratio; however, this company's price-to-book ratio is negative making the value useless for comparisons. The price-to-sales ratio is well above both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a premium. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, ASPEN TECHNOLOGY INC proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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AZPN 36.96 Peers 126.76   AZPN 31.82 Peers 562.14

Discount. A lower P/E ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower growth expectations.

AZPN is trading at a significant discount to its peers.


Discount. The P/CF ratio, a stock’s price divided by the company's cash flow from operations, is useful for comparing companies with different capital requirements or financing structures.

AZPN is trading at a significant discount to its peers.

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  Price to
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AZPN 30.09 Peers 52.16   AZPN 8.68 Peers 1.45

Discount. A lower price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower future growth expectations.

AZPN is trading at a significant discount to its peers.


Premium. The PEG ratio is the stock’s P/E divided by the consensus estimate of long-term earnings growth. Faster growth can justify higher price multiples.

AZPN trades at a significant premium to its peers.

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  Earnings Growth
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AZPN NM Peers 10.08   AZPN 26.58 Peers -5.59

Neutral. A lower price-to-book ratio makes a stock more attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.

AZPN's P/B is negative making this valuation measure meaningless.


Higher. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.

AZPN is expected to have an earnings growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.

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  Sales Growth
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AZPN 11.88 Peers 7.91   AZPN 3.75 Peers 14.44

Premium. In the absence of P/E and P/B multiples, the price-to-sales ratio can display the value investors are placing on each dollar of sales.

AZPN is trading at a significant premium to its industry.


Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.

AZPN significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth



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