Los Angeles Business Journal

AeroVironment Profit Jumps 188 Percent

By Deborah Crowe Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Shares of AeroVironment Inc. rose nearly 5 percent in Tuesday after-hours trading after the Monrovia company reported strong improvement in its fiscal third-quarter profit and revenue on more orders for both its unmanned drone aircraft and electric car battery chargers.

After the markets closed Tuesday, the company reported third-quarter net income of $11.2 million (49 cents a share) for the quarter ended Jan. 25, compared with $3.9 million (17 cents) in the same period a year earlier. Revenue jumped 47 percent to $69.2 million.

Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters on average expected the company to earn 19 cents a share on revenue of $64.9 million.

Revenue from AeroVironment’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems division, which has been hurting due to delays in receiving U.S. government orders, rose 53 percent to $57.5 million. Revenue from the company’s Simi Valley-based Efficient Energy Systems, which includes electrical vehicle chargers, rose 24 percent to $11.7 million.

AeroVironment expects full-year earnings to come in between 35 cents to 50 cents a share, with revenue ranging between $230 million and $250 million. The Wall Street consensus is for full-year earnings of 27 cents a share on revenue of $246 million.

"We are confident that our strong customer relationships, diverse set of capabilities and well-established positions in high potential growth opportunities will advance our leadership in each of our target markets and enhance value for our shareholders,” Chief Executive Tim Conver said in a statement.

Shares earlier closed up $1.02, or 3 percent, to $31.74 on the Nasdaq, rose 4.8 percent in after-hours trading.