Why TASER International (TASR) Stock Is Rising Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) --Shares of TASER International Inc. (TASR) are higher by 3.37% to $16.24 in early afternoon trading on Monday, as demand for police officers to wear body cameras increases in the wake of the unrest in Ferguson, MO.

TASER International develops, manufactures, and sells electronic control devices designed for use by law enforcement.

Shares of Digital Ally (DGLY) , another wearable camera maker for law enforcement, are also soaring 54.02% to $12.30 this afternoon.

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Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates TASER INTERNATIONAL INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate TASER INTERNATIONAL INC (TASR) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, premium valuation and weak operating cash flow."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 1.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 15.5%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • TASR's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.00 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.54, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, TASR's share price has jumped by 42.00%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Setting our sights on the months ahead, however, we feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The implication is that its reduced upside potential is not good enough to warrant further investment at this time.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and greatly underperformed compared to the Aerospace & Defense industry average. The net income has decreased by 12.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $4.46 million to $3.88 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $1.65 million or 78.55% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: TASR Ratings Report

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