Simulations Plus (NASDAQ: SLP) and Veeva Systems (NYSE:VEEV) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, dividends and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Simulations Plus and Veeva Systems’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Simulations Plus $21.83 million 11.42 $9.15 million $0.32 45.16
Veeva Systems $582.20 million 15.08 $141.37 million $0.63 99.73

Veeva Systems has higher revenue and earnings than Simulations Plus. Simulations Plus is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Veeva Systems, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Simulations Plus and Veeva Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Simulations Plus 0 0 0 0 N/A
Veeva Systems 0 6 7 0 2.54

Veeva Systems has a consensus price target of $60.92, indicating a potential downside of 3.05%. Given Veeva Systems’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Veeva Systems is more favorable than Simulations Plus.

Dividends

Simulations Plus pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Veeva Systems does not pay a dividend. Simulations Plus pays out 62.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

28.5% of Simulations Plus shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.2% of Veeva Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 36.9% of Simulations Plus shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 17.5% of Veeva Systems shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Simulations Plus and Veeva Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Simulations Plus 24.86% 23.21% 19.23%
Veeva Systems 15.86% 12.28% 8.92%

Volatility and Risk

Simulations Plus has a beta of -0.71, meaning that its share price is 171% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Veeva Systems has a beta of 1.63, meaning that its share price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Veeva Systems beats Simulations Plus on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Simulations Plus Company Profile

Simulations Plus, Inc. (Simulations Plus) develops and produces software for use in pharmaceutical research and for education, and provides consulting and contract research services to the pharmaceutical industry. The Company offers five software products for pharmaceutical research. ADMET (Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism, Excretion and Toxicity) Predictor is a computer program that takes molecular structures as inputs and predicts over 140 different properties for them at the rate of about 200,000 compounds per hour. MedChem Designer includes a small set of ADMET Predictor property predictions, allowing the chemist to modify molecular structures. MedChem Studio is a tool for medicinal and computational chemists for both data mining and for designing new drug-like molecules. DDDPlus simulates in-vitro laboratory experiments used to measure the rate of dissolution of the drug. GastroPlus simulates the absorption, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of drugs.

Veeva Systems Company Profile

Veeva Systems Inc. (Veeva) is a provider of cloud-based software solutions for the global life sciences industry. The Company offers solutions for a range of requirements within life sciences companies, including multichannel customer relationship management, regulated content and information management, master data management and customer data. The Company offers solutions to areas, including the Veeva CRM family of applications for multichannel customer relationship management to enable coordinated and personalized customer engagement through multiple touch points; Veeva Vault for regulated content management and information management solutions to enable the management of content-centric processes; the Veeva Network master data management solutions for the management of customer master and product master data, and Veeva’s data and data services offerings, including Veeva OpenData for customer reference data and Veeva KOL Data for data.

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