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Here's Why Model N (MODN) is a Promising Portfolio Pick

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Shares of Model N, Inc. (MODN - Free Report) have surged 55% over the past six months, driven by improved market demand across its portfolio on the back of a flexible business model and solid cash flow. Earnings estimates for the current fiscal year have increased 66.1% over the past year while that for the next fiscal year is up 36.6% since February 2022, implying robust inherent growth potential. With healthy fundamentals, this Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stock appears to be a solid investment option at the moment. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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San Mateo, CA-based Model N provides revenue management solutions for life sciences and technology companies, including applications for configure, price, quote, rebates management and regulatory compliance. The company is accelerating its transition of revenue management to the cloud and is making steady progress in its transformation to a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) based business model.

Model N's spring 2022 product release for the Model N Revenue Cloud fueled channel efficiencies in the High-Tech vertical and further enhanced the automation and compliance for the Life Science vertical. In addition, Model N’s prospects in the Life Sciences and High Tech vertical are bright owing to the increasing ineffectiveness of legacy systems.

Companies using legacy systems like spreadsheets are increasingly finding it difficult to keep pace with the current industry trends that include shorter product lifecycles, strict compliance & regulatory controls, and growing volumes of transactional data. We believe that Model N’s cloud-based revenue management solutions are well suited to address the current unique needs of these industries. The company’s solutions provide higher Return on Investment (ROI) and plug gaps in the end-to-end revenue management process that legacy systems fail to do. This improves top-line growth of the companies, in turn boosting the adoption of Model N’s solutions.

Model N has significant growth opportunities in the underpenetrated revenue management market as it continues to replace legacy processes that are labor-intensive, error-prone, inflexible and costly. Its solutions are particularly suitable for manufacturing and financial services. Its Revenue Cloud transforms the revenue lifecycle into a strategic, end-to-end process aligned across the enterprise, while its industry-specific solution suites – Revenue Cloud for Life Sciences and Revenue Cloud for High Tech – offer a range of solutions from individual products to complete product suites.

The company reported strong fourth-quarter fiscal 2022 results, with both the bottom line and top line beating the respective Zacks Consensus Estimate driven by the successful transition to a SAAS platform as part of its transformation to a cloud company. With a healthy contribution from all of its growth levers, the company ended fiscal 2022 on a positive note and expects this momentum to continue in the impending quarters as well.

It delivered a positive earnings surprise of 61.5%, on average, in the trailing four quarters. The stock has a VGM Score of B.

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