Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:AZPN)

CAPS Rating: 2 out of 5

The Company is a supplier of integrated software and services to the process industries, which consist of oil and gas, petroleum, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and other industries that manufacture and produce products from a chemical process.

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Member Avatar treysutphin (< 20) Submitted: 7/11/2012 5:46:06 PM : Outperform Start Price: $22.15 AZPN Score: +20.76

They have changed there licensing procedure to allow companies to use more of their products. I think that this will allow engineers to become more reliant on Aspen software, which will cause them to renew and expand their contract agreements with Aspen.

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Member Avatar ptaussig (42.45) Submitted: 7/16/2011 3:12:15 PM : Outperform Start Price: $16.20 AZPN Score: +81.96

Accounting change regarding revenue recognition is now starting to show up as reaccelerating revenue and earnings growth over next 1-2 years.

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Member Avatar dennyr3 (60.98) Submitted: 7/11/2007 6:15:41 PM : Outperform Start Price: $15.33 AZPN Score: +111.66

Aspentech products include Aspen+, Hysys and Aspen Icarus among many others. The entire Aspen suite of programs is available with the AspenOne package and is the best in class. Hysys is the most efficient refinery / petrochemical simulation package for the debottlenecking and design of these processes. Aspen+ is a similar program with its strengths in the basic and specialty chemicals arena but, it also handles refining and petrochemicals. It is the best simulator to use for batch processes as are common in pharma, agricultural, specialty plastics, etc. I am a process engineering manager at an engineering firm and we have used all of the above programs to great benefit. The competitors pale in comparision because Aspen has made full use of the innovative and intuitive power of Windows and their competitors have not. If you factor in time constraints imposed by clients, we know that some of the work done with Hysys would have been literally impossible using another software. Icarus is the state of the art program for estimating the cost of projects. The various programs are integrated also to make transfer of data between them more efficient, thereby speeding the entire engineering process. (Data from simulations can be imported directly into drawings or estimating programs.) The great thing about Aspen is they are the leader, however they are still making continuous outstanding improvements and they respond to our needs. The depth of the chasm between the quality of Aspen products and their competitors is vast and I believe at this point the others will never be able to match the efficiency of the Aspen programs. I have noticed competitors ads in magazines have for some time bordered on desperation and name calling and are specifically targeting the market gainer, Aspen. I know there have been some accounting and management problems in the past but, I am confident Aspentech is straightening these things out. Aspen has a growing list of customers who use its products exclusively both in the operations and engineering areas. It will be the leader for a long time to come.

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Member Avatar ChoctawMike (< 20) Submitted: 7/6/2007 11:40:22 AM : Underperform Start Price: $13.21 AZPN Score: -152.40

Aspen in one word:

Crooked

This company only thinks ahead one quarter at a time. They have massive layoffs and then rehire most of the people they just let go because they realize, "Whoops, we need people to do the actual work." This company will not be around in 10 years, bank on it.

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Member Avatar gdsfgggg (75.19) Submitted: 7/5/2007 7:24:11 PM : Underperform Start Price: $13.21 AZPN Score: -152.40

head and shoulders

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Member Avatar MOTBAR (68.79) Submitted: 2/7/2007 12:41:06 PM : Outperform Start Price: $12.63 AZPN Score: +157.70

oil and medical make up a winning combination

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Member Avatar cabal2 (99.01) Submitted: 11/3/2006 1:18:45 PM : Outperform Start Price: $9.92 AZPN Score: +232.83

Revenue growth looks good, anr rising

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Member Avatar georgewilson (< 20) Submitted: 9/21/2006 5:13:06 PM : Underperform Start Price: $11.77 AZPN Score: -165.73

This company is in big trouble with the SEC because of options.

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