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American Software, Inc.

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Initiated Coverage on 06/07/2013 with a "Buy" Rating and Price Target of $9.75

Ratings Distribution as of August 21, 2017
Rating Number of Companies Percent of Total
Buy 145 74.4%
Neutral 49 25.1%
Sell 1 0.5%
Total 195 100%
% with Investment Banking Relationships
Rating Number of Companies Percent of Total
Buy 23 88.5%
Neutral 3 11.5%
Sell 0 0.0%
Total 26 100%

Explanation of B. Riley & Co. LLC's Rating System

  • Buy: We generally expect “Buy” rated stocks to have an above-average risk-adjusted total return over the next 12 months. We recommend that investors buy the securities at the current valuation.
  • Neutral: We generally believe “Neutral” rated stocks will have an average risk-adjusted total return over the next 12 months.
  • Sell: We generally expect “Sell” rated stocks to have a below-average risk-adjusted total return over the next 12 months. We recommend that investors reduce their positions until the valuation or fundamentals become more compelling.

Risks and Considerations

  • Acquisition/Integration - The Company actively evaluates potential acquisitions as part of its growth strategy. Acquisitions pursued by the Company could be dilutive to financial results and result in a difficult, dilutive or expensive integration.
  • Competition - The industry is highly competitive and many of the Company's competitors have greater resources.
  • Dividend - The Company could choose to eliminate its dividend.
  • Financial Results - The Company's business is affected by the general IT spending environment especially as customers delay purchases of IT equipment.
  • Industry Change - The industry is subject to rapid technological change.
  • Insider Ownership - Directors and executive officers collectively own a significant percentage of the Company. While this may align interest with other shareholders, investors might view a future sale by any director or officer negatively.
  • Intellectual Property - The Company's business is dependent upon the licensing of its intellectual property (IP) to customers. Should the Company fail to maintain its IP or should the Company infringe upon another vendor's IP, financial results could be negatively impacted.

Additional Risks and Considerations

    • Customer Concentration. Home Depot is the company’s largest customer, accounting for 14.5% of revenues in FY ’12. No other customer accounts for greater than 10% of sales.
    • Dual Class Shares. AMSWA has a dual-class share structure in which Class A and Class B shares have equal economic rights, but Class A shares have 1/10 of the voting power of Class B shares. 100% of the Class B shares are controlled by the co-founders of the company, effectively providing the founders with control of AMSWA.