Teal Drones, a subsidiary of Red Cat Holdings has secured a contract from an unnamed NATO country to supply Ukraine with 15 military-grade drones. The 100% American-made Golden Eagle units deploy stealthily to provide seamless monitoring.
I have been following the progress of Puerto Rico-based and Nasdaq-listed Red Cat Holdings Inc. (RCAT:NASDAQ) in recent news for a while now; in part, as a key colleague of mine — with whom I regularly share ideas — has kept me in the loop and encouraged me to take this BIG story more seriously.
So part of my Sunday was spent on a very lengthy Zoom call with him and RCAT's Chairman and CEO Jeff Thompson. As Thompson explained the company's recent news and its competitive position/advantages, it was impossible not to become as excited over this story as I have been told for weeks I should be.
Red Cat has been seeking to establish itself as a new leader in U.S.-manufactured and sanctioned drones and related services. Through its four different subsidiaries, it serves a variety of markets and niches: the two most important being their drones and related services for civil engineering, infrastructure and the like (chiefly, Skypersonic) and for military/homeland security (Teal).
This is an industry which — as we discussed yesterday — had a big, speculative pop several years back. But a combination of some shadiness among some of the players here and — for a while — Chinese entities completely overwhelming and taking over this area has had most real and imagined drone companies in North American markets in the dumps in the more recent past.
But it’s a changing world. Chinese-made drones and related software, etc. services associated with them are BANNED for purchase or use by the recent infrastructure bill. Beginning in July, those in present use in some applications must by law start being phased out. In just one of numerous main points I could give you on this, the Border Patrol alone presently has over 2,000 systems in use now made and serviced by Dajiang Innovations, or DJI, China’s leading drone maker. They must now begin being replaced; together with others.
Further, no new Chinese-made drones (and their related software capable of gathering all manner of information) can be bought with federal money; and one by one, individual states are rapidly following suit for their purposes.
This suggests Teal especially could be in for a LOT of business in the months and years ahead, as the company is one of but five small drone system makers with a “seat at the table” and special designation by the Department of Defense.
Back a few days before Christmas, the company announced a five year, $90 million award from the Border Patrol. Just a couple weeks ago, Teal was invited to take the next step to qualify for a potential DoD contract to make small surveillance drones for small army platoons in the field (see that news here.)
This follows the company having been previously been awarded $1.5 million by the Pentagon to further its prototype design work.
Switching quickly for a minute back to domestic industrial, infrastructure and related uses, RCAT’s Skypersonic has cutting-edge, patented technology allowing its drones to be in isolated areas and still have complete GPS location ability.
This augurs well for future business here, as gobs of money appropriated for infrastructure repairs, for instance, will be spent on such things that can most efficiently and inexpensively examine sewers (three million miles of them in the U.S., Thompson reminded us) undersides and nooks and crannies of bridges, and the like.
The value proposition here is mind-blowing when you look at Red Cat's potential business in the months, to mention years, ahead, I.M.O.; which is why I am starting it as a BUY and adding it to my list of growth-oriented companies.
As with its drone peers specifically and small-cap stocks generally, the last year has — until lately — been a steady slide downward for RCAT's share price. But — though most of the share price gain was surrendered since — that March 14 announcement clearly got some attention. That has helped further in the cause of flattening the downward trajectory of the stock's 50-day moving average as you see above and now turning it upward.
And fresh news out mere moments ago looks likely to cause a sharp gap higher for RCAT shares at today's open.
As you can read right here, the company just announced "...an order for 15 Golden Eagle drone units, plus spares and training, from a NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) member country that has committed them to deployment in Ukraine."
As I am sending this out, it appears that shares would open in the $2.40-$2.50 area; still a screaming buy, I.M.O.
Whether a pop such as this is quick and dissipates yet again, who knows...but such near-term potential volatility is relatively meaningless in considering the longer-term potential here.
Finally, consider that of RCAT's roughly $105 million market cap as of Friday's close, HALF OF THAT IS CASH!
Indeed, though there are of course no guarantees, Thompson sees the possibility that more revenues will be coming in sufficiently sooner rather than later so that the company may not have to go to market again for the foreseeable future (RCAT in 2 chunks, in part as it listed on Nasdaq, raised $16 million and then $60 million in the recent past.)
I'll add here that those two financings were done at $4.00 and $4.50, respectively, as I recall; so theoretically, there should be little inclination for profit-taking until we get past those numbers, all else being equal.
I encourage you to spend some time on the company's website, which is chock full of way more details, including a number of videos describing different aspects of the company's businesses.
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