Red Cat Holdings Inc. (RCAT:NASDAQ) could break even in Q4 of fiscal year 2023 (FY23), ending next April, with an estimated revenue of $8 million ($8M)," purported ThinkEquity analyst Dr. Ashok Kumar in an August 8, 2022 research note. For the entire FY23, the investment bank projects Red Cat will generate $19.3M of revenue, up from $6.4M in FY22.
"The forecast revenue growth is an indication of how the company is gaining traction across all of its subsidiaries as drone technology becomes more pervasive," Kumar added.
Red Cat provides products, services and solutions to the drone industry through its four subsidiaries. Its newest subsidiary, acquired a year ago, is Teal Drones, which sells drone systems commercially and to governments. It is one of a handful of companies qualified to sell to the U.S. Department of Defense. Since the transaction closed, Kumar explained, Red Cat has expanded Teal Drones' staff and facilities in preparation for upcoming revenue generating opportunities.
Today, "the Teal Drone[s] production line is in full swing and producing high-quality drones," Kumar relayed. "The company expects to go into mass production in the fall with a new camera payload."
Teal Drones is now fulfilling an order from a NATO country for 15 Golden Eagle drones, the subsidiary's unmanned aerial vehicle approved by the U.S. Department of Defense for reconnaissance, public safety and inspection, according to Kumar.
The analyst pointed out the subsidiary also finished developing, in partnership with Autonodyne, a next generation drone system, which gives Teal Drones and, thus Red Cat, a competitive advantage.
The four-drone system will come in two configurations: 4-Ship and 4-Ship+. With both, one pilot can control up to four Golden Eagle drones for a full 360-degree view. The 4-Ship+ version will include two extra Golden Eagle units so the pilot can swap out two with drained batteries for two with fresh batteries. The 4-Ship+ configuration also will include an additional linked controller so the pilot can give another pilot control.
"We believe that 4-Ship is a disruptive technology that alters the approach to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance," Kumar noted.
Kumar also indicated Red Cat is set financially to keep pursuing its growth programs throughout the rest of FY23. The company had $49M in cash and marketable securities and less than $2M in debt at the end of FY22, or April 30, 2022.
Regarding the market opportunity for Red Cat moving forward, Kumar provided some statistics that suggest continued expansion is expected for the drone industry. The number of "Internet of Things enterprise drones" to be shipped is estimated to reach 4.7M by 2031, up from 1M in 2021. Of this total, most of the UAVs are to be used primarily for construction monitoring and retail sales, and at least 25% are forecasted to go to North America.
"Red Cat is well-positioned for the domestic opportunity," wrote Kumar.
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