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Axon Enterprise Jumps 4.5% on Earnings and Record Taser Orders

By Rich Duprey - Feb 26, 2021 at 3:24PM

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The stun gun maker put in another strong quarter of growth.

What happened

Shares of Axon Enterprise (AXON 1.43%) were up 4.5% in afternoon trading Friday after the stun gun maker reported fourth-quarter earnings that handily beat analyst expectations.

So what

Axon has new competition in the connected law enforcement space after Motorola Systems (MSI 1.86%) introduced a suite of products it's billing as video as a service. The products include cameras, records and digital evidence management, and cloud-based support, and Motorola brings with it financial heft that could make it an even more potent rival.

Police officer with a Taser

Image source: Axon Enterprise.

Yet because Axon's Taser conducted electrical weapon (CEW) is a critical piece of law enforcement gear, adopted as the primary less-than-lethal device by virtually every major U.S. police department, the company still has a significant competitive edge.

Sales of the Taser 7, Axon's latest cloud-connected CEW, surged 61% in the quarter, driven in good part by a $20 million order placed by an international customer. That was the largest ever contract win in Axon's history.

Total revenue of $226 million trounced Wall Street forecasts of $181 million, as did adjusted profits, which came in at $1 per share versus the consensus estimate of $0.36 per share.

Now what

Analysts think Axon Enterprise has good tailwinds behind it and a strong competitive position. Baird analyst William Power raised his price target of the Taser maker to $200 per share, 25% above where the stock closed yesterday.

With its new computer-assisted dispatch system, a new drone program, and the depth of its legacy products, Axon seems well positioned to grow further.

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