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Why You Should Add Veeva Systems (VEEV) to Your Portfolio

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Veeva Systems Inc. (VEEV - Free Report) has been gaining from its robust product adoption. A solid performance in the first quarter of fiscal 2022 and a slew of partnerships also buoy optimism on the stock. However, foreign-exchange fluctuations and a tough competitive landscape are major downsides.

Over the past year, this currently Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stock has gained 36.5% compared with 33.4% growth of the industry and 34% rise of the S&P 500.

The renowned provider of cloud-based software applications and data solutions for the life sciences industry has a market capitalization of $44.57 billion. The company projects 15.8% growth for the next five years and expects to witness continued improvements in its business. Veeva Systems surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimates in all the trailing four quarters, the average surprise being 14.65%.

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Strong Q1 Results: Veeva Systems’ better-than-expected results in first-quarter fiscal 2022 instill confidence in the stock. Both segments performed impressively during the quarter. The company continues to benefit from its flagship Vault platform, which is encouraging. Strength in core CRM and the expanding market share along with customer wins look impressive. A slew of product launches over the past few months also looks impressive. Expansion of both margins bodes well too. A raised guidance for the fiscal year is a major positive as well.

Robust Product Adoption: Veeva Systems has been registering a solid uptake for its products over the past few months. In May, the company announced that with the growing need for greater efficiency in clinical studies, more than 100 organizations are simplifying trial management and monitoring via the sturdy adoption of Veeva Vault CTMS. In the same month, management announced that the company’s Veeva Development Cloud applications are witnessing massive demand among a growing number of life sciences companies to streamline drug development.

Strategic Partnerships: Veeva Systems has forged a slew of partnerships over the past few months, raising our optimism. The company, in May, announced a strategic partnership with Oncopeptides to support the launch of the latter’s first commercial product.

In April, Veeva Systems entered into a strategic collaboration with Parexel to accelerate clinical trials through technology and process innovation. In February, the company inked a deal with Impel NeuroPharma to expedite the pre-launch preparation for Impel’s migraine treatment INP104, which has been accepted for review by the FDA and will be marketed under the trade name TRUDHESA once approved.

However, Veeva Systems’ exposure to currency movement as it rakes in a significant portion of its sales from international markets remains a headwind. With expanding operations in countries outside the United States, a chunk of its revenues and expenditures in the future may be denominated in foreign currencies. Fluctuations in the value of U.S. dollar versus foreign currencies may impact its operating results when translated into U.S. dollars.

Veeva Systems operates in a highly competitive market. In new sales cycles within the company’s largest product categories, it competes with other cloud-based solutions from providers that develop applications for the life sciences industry. The company’s Commercial Cloud and Veeva Vault application suites also vie to replace client server-based legacy solutions offered by its rivals.

Estimate Trend

Veeva Systems has been witnessing an upward estimate revision trend for 2022. Over the past 90 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its earnings per share has moved 9% north to $3.50.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for second-quarter fiscal 2022 revenues is pegged at $451.2 million, suggesting a 27.6% rise from the year-ago reported number.

Other Key Picks

A few other top-ranked stocks from the broader medical space are Amedisys, Inc. (AMED - Free Report) , AMN Healthcare Services Inc (AMN - Free Report) and National Vision Holdings, Inc. (EYE - Free Report) .

Amedisys’ long-term earnings growth rate is estimated at 12%. The company presently carries a Zacks Rank #2. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

AMN Healthcare’s long-term earnings growth rate is estimated at 6.5%. It currently flaunts a Zacks Rank #1.

National Vision’s long-term earnings growth rate is estimated at 23%. It currently sports a Zacks Rank #1.

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