ANSYS Inc (ANSS - Free Report) is set to release fourth-quarter 2017 earnings on Feb 21.
Notably, the company has a positive record of earnings beats in the trailing four quarters, with an average surprise of 6.27%. Last quarter, the company delivered a positive earnings surprise of 8.25%.
Non-GAAP earnings of $1.05 per share increased 10.5% year over year. Moreover, revenues increased 12.6% (12% in constant currency) from the year-ago quarter to $276.8 million, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $264 million.
For fourth-quarter 2017, ANSYS expects non-GAAP earnings in the range of 99 cents to $1.05 per share. Net revenues are anticipated in the range of $284-$293 million. The company expects gross margin of 90% and operating margin between 44% and 45%.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings shows an increase of 6.1% year over year to $1.04 per share for the soon-to-be reported quarter. The consensus estimate for revenues is currently pegged at $290.5 million, up 7.3% year over year.
Notably, the stock has returned 8.5% in the last three months, better than the 6.5% rally of the industry.
Let’s see how things are shaping up for this announcement.
Portfolio Strength to Drive Growth
ANSYS is a dominant player in the high-end design simulation software market. Robust adoption of the company’s products, portfolio strength, and expanding partner base are key catalysts.
ANSYS’ strong simulation portfolio is helping it to rapidly grow total addressable market (“TAM”). The solutions are in demand owing to the rising complexity in product design and wide scale adoption by major manufacturing companies.
Moreover, collaborations with major CAD vendors — Autodesk, PTC and Siemens as well as companies like NVIDIA, Ferrari, Taiwan Semiconductor, Synopsys and Grundfos are expanding product portfolio. These have helped the company offer varied range of products ranging from automotive reliability solutions, live simulation software, and high performance steering wheels.
Moreover, these partnerships have strengthened the company’s competitive position in the simulations market.
Declining Perpetual License to Hurt
ANSYS expects the transition from perpetual license contracts to longer term, time-based licenses at some of the company’s largest customers (in mature markets like the United States and Japan) to affect software license and maintenance revenues growth in the near term.
Further, ANSYS expects to incur additional charges of $2 million ($1.3 million, net of tax), primarily in the quarter, related to additional realignment charges. This is likely to drag profitability.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for total perpetual revenues is currently pegged at $73 million, which is expected to decline 6.4% on a year-over-year basis.
What Our Model Says
According to the Zacks model, a company with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) has a good chance of beating estimates if it also has a positive Earnings ESP. The Sell-rated stocks (Zacks Rank #4 or 5) are best avoided. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.
ANSYS has a Zacks Rank #3 and Earnings ESP of 0.00%. Consequently, the company is unlikely to deliver a positive surprise this quarter.
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Castlight Health (CSLT - Free Report) has an Earnings ESP of +7.69% and a Zacks Rank #3.
Analog Devices (ADI - Free Report) has an Earnings ESP of +0.96% and a Zacks Rank #3.
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