VASCO Data Security International (VDSI) & Simulations Plus (SLP) Head to Head Review

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

Volatility & Risk

VASCO Data Security International has a beta of 1.43, meaning that its stock price is 43% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Simulations Plus has a beta of -0.8, meaning that its stock price is 180% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for VASCO Data Security International and Simulations Plus, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
VASCO Data Security International 0 1 2 0 2.67
Simulations Plus 0 0 0 0 N/A

VASCO Data Security International presently has a consensus target price of $23.00, suggesting a potential upside of 5.50%. Given VASCO Data Security International’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe VASCO Data Security International is more favorable than Simulations Plus.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

56.9% of VASCO Data Security International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.7% of Simulations Plus shares are held by institutional investors. 22.5% of VASCO Data Security International shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 33.5% of Simulations Plus shares are held by company 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 VASCO Data Security International and Simulations Plus’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
VASCO Data Security International -10.76% 6.71% 5.06%
Simulations Plus 29.88% 25.65% 17.87%

Dividends

Simulations Plus pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. VASCO Data Security International does not pay a dividend. Simulations Plus pays out 70.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares VASCO Data Security International and Simulations Plus’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
VASCO Data Security International $193.29 million 4.55 -$22.39 million $0.43 50.70
Simulations Plus $24.14 million 14.33 $5.78 million $0.34 58.59

Simulations Plus has lower revenue, but higher earnings than VASCO Data Security International. VASCO Data Security International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Simulations Plus, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Simulations Plus beats VASCO Data Security International on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About VASCO Data Security International

VASCO Data Security International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, and markets digital solutions for identity, security, and business productivity worldwide. The company offers DIGIPASS software authenticators; DIGIPASS for Apps, a software development kit; DIGIPASS for Mobile, a mobile authenticator that operates as a discrete mobile application; IDENTIKEY Risk Manager, an anti-fraud solution; and application shielding with runtime application self-protection that neutralizes the threat of attacks on mobile apps. It also provides eSignLive eSignature solution; and eSignLive eVault Manager, a Web-based platform that provides mortgage lenders, auto financers, equipment lessors, and other financial services organizations the means to store, assign, and service electronic mortgage notes, and secured loans and leases. In addition, the company offers VACMAN solutions; DIGIPASS hardware authenticators to support authentication and digital signatures for applications running on desktop PCs, laptops, tablets, and smart phones; and IDENTIKEY Authentication Server, an authentication server that supports the deployment, use, and administration of DIGIPASS strong user authentication. It sells its products to financial institutions, businesses, and government organizations through direct sales force, distributors, resellers, systems integrators, and original equipment manufacturers. VASCO Data Security International, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

About Simulations Plus

Simulations Plus, Inc. develops drug discovery and development software for mechanistic modeling and simulation worldwide. The company offers GastroPlus, which simulates the absorption, pharmacokinetics (PK), and pharmacodynamics of drugs administered to humans and animals; DDDPlus that simulates in vitro laboratory experiments, which measure the rate of dissolution of the drug and additives in a dosage form; and MembranePlus, which simulates laboratory experiments. It also provides PKPlus, a standalone program that provides the functionality needed by pharmaceutical industry scientists to perform the analyses and generate the outputs needed to satisfy regulatory agency requirements for NCA and compartmental PK modelling; ADMET Predictor, a chemistry-based computer program, which takes molecular structures as inputs and predicts their properties; and MedChem Designer, a molecule drawing program or sketcher that integrates with MedChem Studio and ADMET Predictor. In addition, it offers MedChem Studio, a software tool for data mining and designing new molecules; KIWI, a cloud-based Web application, which organizes, processes, maintains, and communicates the volume of data and results generated by pharmacologists and scientists over the duration of a drug development program; DILIsym, a quantitative systems pharmacology software; and DILIsym, a software that is used to investigate the likelihood that a known drug molecule would cause injury to the liver. Further, the company provides consulting services ranging from early drug discovery through preclinical and clinical trial data analysis, and for submissions to regulatory agencies; and population modeling and simulation contract research services for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Additionally, it offers its pharmaceutical/chemistry software to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, agrochemical, and food companies. Simulations Plus, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Lancaster, California.

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