Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Axon Enterprise, Inc., formerly TASER International, Inc., incorporated on January 5, 2001, is engaged in development, manufacture and sale of conducted electrical weapons (CEWs) 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. The Company operates through two segments: the sale of CEWs, accessories, and other related products and services (the TASER Weapons segment), and the Axon business, focused on devices, wearables, applications, cloud and mobile products (the Axon segment).
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Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?
|Defensive Investor; must pass 6 out of the following 7 tests.|
|1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise||Market Cap > $2Bil||$3,776,783,573||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||4.03||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||-563.16%||Fail|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||204.51||Fail|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||8.23||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||4.03||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
|MG Growth Estimate||4.20%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$4.59|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$2.69|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||98.00%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||1209.40%|
Axon Enterprise Inc is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years, and 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 $0.25 in 2014 to an estimated $0.32 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 98% 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 Axon Enterprise Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $5.72. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 204.51, which was above the industry average of 59.09. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $5.14.
Axon Enterprise 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)||$5.14|
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||0|
|ModernGraham tagged articles||Morningstar|
|Google Finance||MSN Money|
|Yahoo Finance||Seeking Alpha|
Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures
|Balance Sheet Information||6/1/2018|
|Total Current Assets||$486,966,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$120,898,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||57,054,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$0.46|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$0.32|
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