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Tue, Mar. 8, 4:22 PM
Dec. 9, 2015, 12:48 PM
Dec. 8, 2015, 5:44 PM
- AeroVironment (NASDAQ:AVAV) has jumped to $26.70 after hours after soundly beating FQ2 estimates. FY16 (ends April '16) guidance for revenue of $260M-$280M and a gross margin of 36%-37.5% has been reiterated; the revenue consensus is at $265.9M.
- Backlog/sales: Funded backlog totaled $97.2M at the end of FQ2, +9% Q/Q but -22% Y/Y. Drone (UAS) division revenue rose 32% Y/Y to $56.6M; EV charging system division revenue fell 15% to $8.1M.
- Financials: Boosting EPS: Gross margin rose to 49% from 34% in FQ1 and a year ago. SG&A spend rose by $1.1M to $14.7M; R&D spend rose by $1.4M to $9.9M. AeroVironment ended FQ2 with $206M in cash (compares with a current market cap of $627M), and no debt.
- FQ2 results, earnings release
Dec. 8, 2015, 5:37 PM
Sep. 1, 2015, 5:39 PM
Sep. 1, 2015, 5:23 PM
- AeroVironment (NASDAQ:AVAV) has fallen to $21.84 after hours following its FQ1 miss. Drone (UAS) division sales fell 2% Y/Y to $40.2M; EV charging system (EES) division sales fell 36% to $6.9M.
- In spite of the FQ1 miss, AeroVironment is maintaining FY16 (ends April '16) revenue of $260M-$280M (consensus is at $269.4M) and gross margin of 36%-37.5%. A likely reason: Funded backlog totaled $89M at the end of FQ1, up 37% Y/Y.
- Gross margin rose to 34% from 27% a year ago, and operating expenses rose 22% Y/Y to $25.1M. AeroVironment ended FQ1 with $261M in cash/investments, and no debt.
- FQ2 results, PR
Aug. 24, 2015, 12:00 PM
- Since May 1, AeroVironment (AVAV -2.6%) has received ten orders worth a combined $47.1M from the U.S. Army. The orders cover AeroVironment's RQ-11B Raven and RQ-20A Puma AE drones.
- AeroVironment notes the Raven, used for low-altitude surveillance/recon missions, is "the most widely-used UAS in the world." The Puma is a smaller drone used for land-based and maritime operations.
- AeroVironment's UAS division revenue rose 13% Y/Y in FQ4 (the April quarter) to $78.7M. FQ1 results arrive after the close on Sep. 1. Shares are lower (albeit off their early-morning lows) amid a broad market selloff.
Jul. 13, 2015, 11:03 AM
- AeroVironment (NASDAQ:AVAV) is up 3.6% following presentations on an analyst day that led to a positive update note from Canaccord Genuity's Bobby Burleson.
- Canaccord has a Hold rating on the shares with a $30 price target. Shares closed yesterday at $27.16 and are trading currently at $28.14.
- "We view long-term growth opportunities for both commercial drones and charging products as positive," Burleson notes, "however higher spending creates uncertainty around results looking into fiscal 2016 prompting us to maintain a HOLD rating."
- The analyst day featured presentations on the company's unmanned aircraft systems and EV charging systems segments as well as flight demos and a facility tour.
- Previously: AeroVironment names tech vet its new CFO (Jul. 07 2015)
Jul. 1, 2015, 5:36 PM
Jul. 1, 2015, 12:49 PM
Jul. 1, 2015, 10:06 AM
- AeroVironment (AVAV +7.1%) is up in early trade after heavily beating profit and revenue expectations.
- "We continue to deliver certainty and reliability to our customers and remain the leader in electric vehicle testing, charging systems and small unmanned aircraft systems," said CEO Tim Conver.
- For fiscal 2016, the company expects to generate revenue of between $260M-$280M and a gross profit margin of between 36%-37.5%. Planned increases in R&D and SG&A for Commercial UAS in fiscal 2016 may largely offset operating profit in the current fiscal year.
- FQ4 results
Mar. 4, 2015, 2:27 PM
- Up AH yesterday after missing FQ3 revenue estimates, beating EPS estimates, and reiterating FY15 guidance, AeroVironment (NASDAQ:AVAV) is now off sharply. Shares are less than $1 above a 52-week low of $24.73.
- On the CC (transcript), CEO Tim Conver stated AeroVironment doesn't expect a decision regarding a Phase III contract for DARPA's TERN program until FY16; AeroVironment won a $19M Phase II TERN contract for a maritime UAV system last October.
- A couple of analysts quizzed the company in the Q&A about R&D spending, which is currently behind plan. Conver: "We're trying to play catch up in Q4."
- SA author AtonRa Partners likes the FQ3 numbers, albeit while cautioning FY16 "could be another transition year with limited revenue momentum and still high R&D investments pressuring earnings," given major new projects aren't expected to contribute meaningfully in the near-term. "[W]e are confident AeroVironment will build a leading position over the years in commercial drones. But admittedly, the short term is likely to remain unexciting."
Nov. 26, 2014, 12:49 PM
Nov. 25, 2014, 5:42 PM
Nov. 25, 2014, 5:37 PM
- AeroVironment (NASDAQ:AVAV) still expects FY15 (ends April '15) revenue of $250M-$270M (in-line with a $258.6M consensus) and gross margin of 34.5%-37.5%.
- Funded backlog totaled $125.2M at the end of FQ2, up from $82M at the end of FQ1 but down from $133.8M a year earlier.
- UAV division revenue fell 23% Y/Y to $43M; EV charging division revenue rose 9% to $9.6M.
- Gross margin fell to 34% from 37%. GAAP SG&A spend rose 3% Y/Y to $13.5M; R&D spend rose 24% to $8.5M.
- FQ2 results, PR
Sep. 3, 2014, 5:35 PM
AeroVironment, Inc. is a technology solutions provider which designs, develops, produces and supports an advanced portfolio of unmanned aircraft systems and electric transportation solutions. It operates through two segments: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Efficient Energy Systems (ESS).... More
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