TASER International Inc Valuation – Initial Coverage $TASR

Benjamin Graham taught that Intelligent Investors must do a thorough fundamental analysis of investment opportunities to determine their intrinsic value and inherent risk.  This is best done by utilizing a systematic approach to analysis that will provide investors with a sense of how a specific company compares to another company or by reviewing the 10 Stocks for Using A Benjamin Graham Value Investing Strategy – March 2017.  By using the ModernGraham method one can review a company’s historical accomplishments and determine an intrinsic value that can be compared across industries.  What follows is a stock analysis showing a specific look at how TASER International Inc (TASR) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): TASER International, Inc. is engaged in development, manufacture and sale of conducted electrical weapons (CEWs) designed for use by law enforcement, military, corrections and private security personnel, and by private individuals for personal defense. The Company is also engaged in development of connected wearable on-officer cameras, which utilize its cloud-based digital evidence management solution (Axon solution). The Company operates through two segments: the sale of CEWs, accessories, and other products and services (the TASER Weapons segment), and the Axon business, focused on wearables, cloud and mobile products, including Axon video products, TASER Cam and Evidence.com (the Axon segment). The Company’s TASER Weapons product line includes TASER X26P, TASER X2, TASER C2, TASER Pulse and Replacement Cartridges. Its Axon hardware products include Axon Body, Axon Body 2, Axon Flex, TASER Cam HD, Axon Fleet, Axon Interview, Axon Signal and Axon Dock.

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ModernGraham Valuation of TASR – March 2017

Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?

What kind of Intelligent Investor are you?

Defensive Investor; must pass 6 out of the following 7 tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $1,186,970,715 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 2.27 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
4. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Fail
5. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end -10000.00% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 67.64 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 7.98 Fail
Enterprising Investor; must pass 4 out of the following 5 tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 1.5 2.27 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.00 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Fail
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $0.33
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $12.81
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade C-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $4.82
MG Value based on 0% Growth $2.83
Market Implied Growth Rate 29.57%
Current Price $22.50
% of Intrinsic Value 175.68%

TASER International, Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the small size, insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years, the poor dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the lack of dividends. As a result, all Enterprising Investors following the ModernGraham approach should feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.15 in 2013 to an estimated $0.33 for 2017. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 29.57% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on the Benjamin Graham value investing formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value below the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into TASER International, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $4.48. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 67.64, which was above the industry average of 22.93. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $0.93.

TASER International, Inc. receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) $0.93
Graham Number $4.48
PEmg 67.64
Current Ratio 2.27
PB Ratio 7.98
Current Dividend $0.00
Dividend Yield 0.00%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2016
Total Current Assets $177,231,000
Total Current Liabilities $78,039,000
Long-Term Debt $0
Total Assets $278,163,000
Intangible Assets $25,660,000
Total Liabilities $127,275,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 53,536,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.31
Dec2016 $0.32
Dec2015 $0.36
Dec2014 $0.37
Dec2013 $0.34
Dec2012 $0.27
Dec2011 -$0.12
Dec2010 -$0.07
Dec2009 $0.00
Dec2008 $0.06
Dec2007 $0.23
Dec2006 -$0.07
Dec2005 $0.02
Dec2004 $0.30
Dec2003 $0.10
Dec2002 $0.01
Dec2001 $0.01
Dec2000 -$0.02

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.33
Dec2016 $0.34
Dec2015 $0.31
Dec2014 $0.25
Dec2013 $0.15
Dec2012 $0.05
Dec2011 -$0.04
Dec2010 $0.01
Dec2009 $0.05
Dec2008 $0.09
Dec2007 $0.11
Dec2006 $0.06
Dec2005 $0.11
Dec2004 $0.13
Dec2003 $0.03

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