Quality Systems, Inc 's QSII fourth-quarter fiscal 2018 earnings are scheduled to release on May 24. Lucrative prospects in Revenue Cycle Management ("RCM") services, solid recurring revenue base and high demand for NextGen solutions are expected to drive the company's top line in the quarter to be reported.
Notably, Quality Systems pulled off a positive average earnings surprise of 13.6% in the trailing four quarters. In the last reported quarter, the company delivered adjusted earnings of 15 cents per share, in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. However, adjusted earnings declined 34.8% on a year-over-year basis. Revenues totaled $131.7 million in the quarter, which marginally beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $131 million. Revenues increased 3% year over year.
For the quarter to be reported, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenues is pegged at $131.9 million, reflecting year-over-year decline of 0.4%. The same for earnings is pegged at 13 cents, showing year-over-year fall of 38.1%.
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Let's delve deeper.
Factors at Play
Lucrative Prospects in the RCM Space
Quality Systems is a major player in the U.S. RCM market. The company's NextGen RCM platform continues to win contracts from healthcare providers. The company is also increasing headcount to boost RCM adoption. NextGen Healthcare scored the highest among all ambulatory vendors for its performance in the following key RCM areas - effectiveness of claims processing, patient-facing support performance, efficiency gained by customers, sustainability of pricing and trust as a business partner.
Based on the popularity of the RCM solution, the company plans to expand into dental and hospital markets, which will further boost thetopline in the quarter to be reported.
In fact, based on the exclusivity of Quality Systems' solutions, the company announced that several of its platforms received 'Certified' status by HITRUST in March. The HITRUST CSF Certification provides organizations with certain platforms that safeguard sensitive data through a comprehensive and flexible framework of security protocols.
These are likely to boost the company's fourth-quarter bottom line.
Solid Demand for NextGen Solutions
Apart from RCM, Quality Systems will continue to benefit from strong demand for its other NextGen solutions that include Hospitals, EHR and practice management in the fourth quarter. NextGen's Inpatient Clinicals, Lab and Patient Portal EHR solutions have also been gaining considerable traction. The latest deals in the platforms with EagleDream and Entrada look promising.
In fact, NextGen Healthcare unveiled a new corporate logo and brand identityin March. The new logo is the perfect representation of Quality Systems' recent acquisitions that provided the company with a competitive edge in the MedTech space.
Recurring Revenue Base
Strong recurring-revenue base has been a growth catalyst for Quality Systems, which offset the decline in perpetual licenses and related services. Solid expansion of the recurring base is likely to boost the company's upcoming quarterly results.
Meanwhile, a peek at the last reported quarter reveals that subscription-based recurring revenues accounted for 84% of total revenues. In fact, recurring revenues grew 5.5% year over year to $110 million.
What Does Our Model Predict?
Per the proven Zacks model, a company with a favorable Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) has good chances of beating estimates if it also has a positive Earnings ESP .
Quality Systems has a Zacks Rank #3 and an Earnings ESP of +5.00%. The combination suggests that the company is likely to beat earnings estimates in the yet-to-be-reported quarter. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they're reported with our Earnings ESP Filter .
Conversely, we caution against the Sell-rated stocks (#4 or 5) going into the earnings announcement, especially when the company is seeing negative estimate revisions.
Other Stocks Worth a Look
Here are a few other stocks worth considering as they also have the right combination of elements to post an earnings beat in the quarter to be reported.
Brady Corporation BRC has an Earnings ESP of +1.03% and a Zacks Rank #2. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here .
Medtronic MDT has an Earnings ESP of +0.09% and a Zacks Rank #3.
DXC Technology Company DXC has an Earnings ESP of +1.06% and a Zacks Rank of #2.
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