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Why AeroVironment Is Ready to Fly

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, unmanned aerial vehicle specialist AeroVironment (NASDAQ: AVAV  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at AeroVironment and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

AeroVironment facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Monrovia, Calif. (1971)

Market Cap

$503.4 million


Aerospace and defense

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$321.6 million


Chairman/CEO Timothy Conver
CFO Jikun Kim

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$135.5 million / $0


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Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 97% of the 612 members who have rated AeroVironment believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, Lambo303, succinctly summed up the AeroVironment bull case for our community: "This is an unexplored, relatively undeveloped area. Unmanned aircrafts have a huge potential, and as long as [AeroVironment] sticks to the basics and continue doing what they do, they have the potential for huge gains."

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  • Report this Comment On February 13, 2013, at 12:51 PM, woo131 wrote:

    Your article proves that the CAPS rating is not trustworthy.

    You state that the return on equity is 11.2% over three years. This is fallacious since the stock has gone nowhere over 3 years and does not pay a dividend. If you were able to pick the day to sell and short and traded daily, maybe you could figure out (using hindsight) how to make a profit.

    AVAV is stuck in the questionable electric charging business since without decent batteries the electric car is a dodo, and in the tiny drone business which is also questionable unless drones are made into nonmilitary items. Their glorious history is just that.

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