Why TASER International, Inc.'s Shares Popped 18% Today

Better-than-expected fourth-quarter results have investors excited about body cameras and Tasers today.

Travis Hoium
Travis Hoium
Feb 29, 2016 at 11:55AM
Industrials

Image source: TASER International.

What: Shares of Taser and body camera company TASER International (NASDAQ:AAXN) jumped as much as 18% in morning trading Monday after the company reported earnings. By midday, shares had settled to about a 12% gain.

So what: Fourth-quarter revenue at TASER rose 19.7% to $56.0 million and net income was flat at $5.1, or $0.09 per share. Analysts were only expecting $50.5 million in revenue and $0.04 per share in earnings.

Strong results were driven by the adoption of the Axon 2 body camera and Evidence.com subscriptions. Axon segment revenue jumped 47% from a year ago to $9.4 million, and there is now $159.0 million in future contracted revenue in the segment as well. 

Now what: Adoption of body cameras and cloud-based evidence backup is taking hold, but it's not going to become standard overnight. We're just starting to see some of the country's largest law enforcement groups adopt these platforms, and there's still a lot of growth potential for TASER International ahead. Recently, the company has invested heavily in new product offerings and a sales teams to match. 

Given the recent traction and the improving line of products, I think this company has a bright future ahead as a law enforcement supplier.