Aspen Technology Inc

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AZPN : NASDAQ : Technology
$52.81 | %
Today's Range: 0.0 - 0.0
Avg. Daily Volume: 573300.0
12/07/16 - 4:00 PM ET

Financial Analysis

ASPEN TECHNOLOGY INC's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2017 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. Sales and net income have dropped, underperforming the average competitor within its industry. ASPEN TECHNOLOGY INC has weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.52 which 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 191.30% from the same quarter last year. Overall, the key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is in a position in which financial difficulties could develop in the future.

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Income Statement Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Net Sales ($mil)120.05120.3
EBITDA ($mil)56.8757.23
EBIT ($mil)55.0855.68
Net Income ($mil)35.036.77

Balance Sheet Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)191.55181.5
Total Assets ($mil)289.94266.78
Total Debt ($mil)140.00.0
Equity ($mil)-183.59-63.02

Profitability Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Gross Profit Margin91.9190.5
EBITDA Margin47.3747.57
Operating Margin45.8846.28
Sales Turnover1.631.7
Return on Assets47.6547.3
Return on Equity0.00.0
Debt Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Current Ratio0.550.83
Interest Expense0.870.0
Interest Coverage63.3855679.0

Share Data Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Shares outstanding (mil)77.4783.27
Div / share0.00.0
Book value / share-2.37-0.76
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume583835.0654558.0


SELL. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a significant discount compared to an average of 47.56 for the Software industry and a premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 25.22. 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 30.85 Peers 47.56   AZPN 25.62 Peers 21.81

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.


Premium. 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 premium to its peers.

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  Price to
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AZPN 27.30 Peers 27.06   AZPN 3.99 Peers 0.77

Average. An average price-to-projected earnings ratio can signify an industry neutral stock price and average future growth expectations.

AZPN is trading at a valuation on par with 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 7.51   AZPN 15.75 Peers 25.41

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.


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

However, AZPN is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.

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  Sales Growth
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AZPN 8.56 Peers 5.48   AZPN 4.08 Peers 4.74

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 trails its peers on the basis of sales growth



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