Drone Co. Targets Defense, Military for Growth
Source: Dr. Ashok Kumar
February 9, 2023 (Investorideas.com Newswire) The provider of drones and related services and solutions is set up to expand business in these specific sectors, noted a ThinkEquity report.
Growth-oriented Red Cat Holdings Inc. (RCAT:NASDAQ) is well-positioned for domestic defense, military, and infrastructure opportunities and to move beyond just delivering unmanned aerial vehicles into delivering drone services and solutions, purported ThinkEquity analyst Dr. Ashok Kumar in a Jan. 31 research note.
"The company is focused on building out the Teal organization and preparing it for the multitude of emerging revenue opportunities," Kumar wrote. These primarily lie in the defense and military industries, he noted, given that future wars will require abundant combat and tactical drones.
Teal Drones, one of Red Cat's subsidiaries, sells commercial and government drone technology. Another of its subsidiaries, Skypersonic, provides technology that enables drones to carry out inspections in areas lacking GPS, to record data and to transmit it remotely.
Potential Return for Investors
ThinkEquity has a price target of US$5 per share on Red Cat, currently trading at about US$1.26 per share. The difference between these prices implies a significant potential return for investors. The investment bank's target price on Red Cat is based on projected sales of US$37 million ($37M) in the fiscal year 2024, up from US$11.5M in the fiscal year 2023. Red Cat is a Buy.
Many Key Advantages
Having sold its consumer segment in November 2022 for US$18 million, Red Cat is now solely concentrating on building its enterprise segment and will use this capital to do so, Kumar wrote. The analyst presented the factors working in Red Cat's favor.
1) A new, larger domestic manufacturing facility. Red Cat's new facilities in Salt Lake City, Utah, doubled its manufacturing capacity such that the company now can produce tens of thousands of drones annually. With its current chip inventory, it can manufacture 3,000 drones.
With this expanded infrastructure in place, ThinkEquity expects Red Cat will land additional contracts for Skypersonic's Skycopter or inspection drone. The timeline for this to start is later this year, given the Skycopter is currently being upgraded and made more reliable in a second iteration.
"While this strategy has resulted in higher operating costs, controlling the manufacturing process internally best positions the company to take advantage of sales opportunities rather than relying on third-party manufacturers," wrote Kumar.
2) Existing and prospective partnerships. Red Cat has partnerships with Reveal Technology and Tomahawk Robotics and is expected to cement more. Reveal provides mapping capabilities beneficial for military operations, and Teal's drones now ship with Tomahawk's Kinesis software.
"[Teal's] open platform has allowed partnerships to provide a complete out-of-the-box system," wrote Kumar.
3) Another market for the Skycopter inspection drone. Red Cat is pursuing opportunities with the armed forces. Recent demonstrations at Fort Bragg generated positive feedback.
4) Government contracts. One of Red Cat's government contracts is with the U.S Border Patrol. The company is currently working to fulfill the initial US$1 million order and expects to expand this US$90M contract this year.
"The initial government contracts are a positive indication regarding the future scope and size of additional contracts," Kumar wrote.
5) U.S. Army program and contract. The Short Range Reconnaissance Tranche 2 program, which extends beyond 2030, is "going according to plan," Kumar noted, with the first flyoff having taken place earlier this month. Teal has a $1.5M prototype contract to develop a drone that meets the Army's technical system requirements of SRR T2.
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