TASER's Surprising Margins: Fool by Numbers

On Thursday, Rule Breakers selection TASER International (Nasdaq: TASR  ) released earnings for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31.

  • Gross margin fell slightly, but stabilizing administrative expenses -- probably due to lower legal expenses -- gave a double-digit boost to both operating and net margins.
  • Meanwhile, cash from operations improved by 600%, suggesting that higher-margin products such as the TASER Cam are starting to take hold.
  • TASER is a two-star stock in Motley Fool CAPS.

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Fool contributor Tim Beyers is ranked 1,569 out of more than 23,000 in our Motley Fool CAPS database. Tim didn't own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this story at the time of publication. His holdings can be found at his profile. His thoughts on Foolishness and investing in general may be found in his blog. The Motley Fool's disclosure policy always adds up.

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