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Expect improving profitability from Halogen Software, says Industrial Alliance

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Halogen Software CEO Les Rechan.

Ahead of its fourth quarter results, Industrial Alliance Securities analyst Blair Abernethy thinks Halogen Software (Halogen Software Stock Quote, Chart, News: TSX:HGN) has some upside.

On Thursday, Halogen will report its Q4 and fiscal 2016 results. Abernethy expects the company will post EBITDA of $2.3-million on revenue of $18.3-million. The street consensus is for EBITDA of $1.8-million on a topline of $18.3-million.

Abernethy says he expects management to provide commentary around the company’s strategic review process, but says even without the end result of a sale he sees a lot of positives for Halogen as a new fiscal year begins.

“We expect to see improving profitability into 2017 and continue to see longer term potential in this product segment and value in the recurring revenue base,” says the analyst. “We continue to believe that Halogen has a significant upsell opportunity within its current 2,000+ company installed base, as well as the opportunity to undertake tuck-in M&A opportunities in order to further broaden its technology and product portfolio. We will be watching for signs of module cross-selling success and increased market penetration in Q4.”

In a research update to clients today, Abernethy maintained his “Buy” rating and one-year price target of $12.00 on Halogen Software, implying a return of 16.5 per cent at the time of publication.

Abernethy thinks Halogen will post Adjusted EBITDA of $7.4-million on revenue of $71.9-million in fiscal 2016. He expects these numbers will improve to EBITDA of $9.6-million on a topline of $77.7-million the following year.

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Cantech Letter founder and editor Nick Waddell has lived in five Canadian provinces and is proud of his country's often overlooked contributions to the world of science and technology. Waddell takes a regular shift on the Canadian media circuit, making appearances on CTV, CBC and BNN, and contributing to publications such as Canadian Business and Business Insider.

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