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Drone Co. Wins Pipeline Monitoring Agreement
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The company also acquires a business that uses manned and unmanned drones to obtain and provide data to clients, noted an Echelon Capital Markets report.

Volatus Aerospace Corp. (VOL:TSX; VLTTF:OTCQB) announced two new operational developments: a contract win and a strategic acquisition, reported Echelon Capital Markets analyst Rob Goff in a March 7 research note. Volatus provides integrated drone solutions throughout North America and is expanding into Latin America and beyond.

Compelling Gains for Investors

Echelon has a Speculative Buy rating and a CA$0.90 per share target price on Volatus, currently trading at about CA$0.40 per share. The price difference reflects a compelling potential return for investors of about 125%.

Agreement Valued at CA$5M

Through a competitive request for proposal process, Volatus, through its subsidiary, Canadian Air National Inc., landed a CA$5 million (CA$5M) master service agreement with a pipeline operator to provide "pipeline right-of-way surveillance and environmental monitoring" in Ontario, likely starting this month, Goff reported. Using unmanned aerial vehicles, Volatus will monitor, prevent and mitigate pipeline leaks or environmental hazards.

"The company indicated within its guidance that it has an opportunity pipeline of CA$110M in potential business," Goff added. Given the pipeline's value, "Volatus could outperform its guidance."

The agreement should generate CA$5M over three years and in 2023, potentially reach CA$750,000. Further, the margin on this agreement should be 35–40%, as estimated by Echelon.

"The contract has the potential for significant expansion while it serves as a reference win for additional contracts," wrote Goff. "We could see annualized recurring or drones as a service (DaaS) revenues exceeding CA$10M."

The opportunity exists for Volatus to grow this line of business given Canada is home to about 840,000 kilometers of pipeline through which liquids like natural gas are transported. The potential market is valued at CA$200M at least, Goff pointed out.

Purchase of Company

In other news, the analyst reported, Ontario, Canada-based Volatus just agreed to acquire Sky Scape Industries for a total price of CA$845,000 (an initial CA$422,500 payment and a subsequent CA$422,500 earnout payment).

Sky Scape obtains and provides data via manned and unmanned drones and using remote sensing techniques. For example, it conducts inspections of utilities and oil and gas facilities. Operating in 24 U.S. states, the New Jersey-based company has several multiyear contracts with clients the likes of First Energy.

"The acquisition of Sky Scape Industries is consistent with Volatus' strategy to build out its long line inspection and monitoring where currently the market is typically served through piloted aircraft," Goff wrote.

The analyst added that Volatus plans to integrate Sky Scape's internal pilot network into its existing ConnexiCore drone pilot network "to expand its sales efforts and drive growth."

What To Watch For

The commercial drone and drone technology company is expected to make additional strategic acquisitions, which could move its stock, wrote Goff. Other possible near-term catalysts are Volatus landing additional contracts and making further sales of fleet craft.

"The company indicated within its guidance that it has an opportunity pipeline of CA$110M in potential business," Goff added. Given the pipeline's value, "Volatus could outperform its guidance."

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