Simulations Plus (NASDAQ: SLP) and Complete Genomics (NASDAQ:GNOM) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Simulations Plus and Complete Genomics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Simulations Plus 23.78% 24.56% 18.27%
Complete Genomics N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Simulations Plus and Complete Genomics, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Simulations Plus 0 0 0 0 N/A
Complete Genomics 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dividends

Simulations Plus pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Complete Genomics does not pay a dividend. Simulations Plus pays out 68.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Simulations Plus and Complete Genomics’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Simulations Plus $24.14 million 11.39 $5.78 million $0.35 45.43
Complete Genomics N/A N/A N/A ($2.35) -1.34

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

33.6% of Simulations Plus shares are owned by institutional investors. 33.5% of Simulations Plus shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Simulations Plus beats Complete Genomics on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Simulations Plus

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.

About Complete Genomics

Complete Genomics, Inc. is a life sciences company that has developed and commercialized a deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sequencing platform. Its complete genomics analysis platform (CGA) Platform, combines its human genome sequencing technology with its advanced informatics and data management software and its end-to-end, outsourced service model to provide its customers with data that is ready to be used for genome-based research. Its genome sequencing center combines a high-throughput sample preparation facility, a collection of its high-throughput sequencing instruments and a large- scale data center. Its customers include some of the global academic and government research centers and biopharmaceutical companies. Effective March 18, 2013, BGI-Shenzhen announced that through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Beta Acquisition Corporation, it has completed the acquisition of the Company.

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