Mon, Aug. 24, 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.
Mon, Jul. 13, 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)
Wed, Jul. 1, 5:36 PM
Wed, Jul. 1, 12:49 PM
Wed, Jul. 1, 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
Wed, Mar. 4, 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
Sep. 3, 2014, 5:20 PM
- AeroVironment (NASDAQ:AVAV) is reiterating guidance for FY15 (ends April '15) revenue of $250M-$270M; consensus is at $258.3M. Gross margin guidance of 34.5%-37.5% is also affirmed.
- In spite of 18% Y/Y revenue growth, gross margin fell 110 bps in FQ1 to 27.2%, pressuring EPS. AeroVironment says a contract termination cost settlement and higher service contract costs took a toll.
- Funded backlog totaled $82M at the end of FQ1, up from $65.9M at the end of FQ4 and $76.9M a year ago.
- FQ1 UAV division sales +17% Y/Y to $41.2M; EV charging system division sales +20% to $10.7M. GAAP SG&A spend +7% Y/Y to $13.4M; R&D spend -1% to $7.1M.
- FQ1 results, PR
Jul. 9, 2014, 12:47 PM
Jul. 8, 2014, 5:36 PM
Jul. 8, 2014, 4:50 PM
- AeroVironment (AVAV) expects FY15 (ends April '15) revenue of $250M-$270M; the midpoint is favorable to a $256.2M consensus.
- Gross margin is forecast to be in a range of 34.5%-37.5% vs. 37.2% in FY14, and the company says planned R&D and business development spending hikes in support of various programs "may largely offset operating profit."
- Funded backlog totaled $65.9M at the end of FQ4, down from $95.5M at the end of FQ3 (seasonality played a role) but up from $59.4M a year earlier.
- UAV division sales +41% Y/Y to $60M vs. 53% growth in FQ3. EV charging system division sales +15% to $13.5M vs. +24% in FQ3. Product sales +47% to $33.2M, contract services -27% to $10.1M.
- SG&A spend rose 19% to $17M, while R&D spend fell 34% to $6.2M.
- The company thinks it now has "greater visibility into the timing of meaningful adoption" for its Tactical Missile System, commercial UAV, and Global Observer programs.
- FQ4 results, PR
Jul. 8, 2014, 4:32 PM
May 9, 2014, 5:57 PM
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AeroVironment Inc is engaged in the design, develop, produce, support and operate a technological portfolio of products and services. It supplies unmanned aircraft systems, UAS, tactical missile systems and related services within the US DoD.
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