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ThinkEquity analyst Dr. Ashok Kumar recently initiated coverage on Unusual Machines Inc. (UMAC:NYSE). Read on to see his target price and why he believes the company is a Buy.

Think Equity Research analyst Dr. Ashok Kumar initiated coverage on Unusual Machines Inc. (UMAC:NYSE) with a Buy rating and a price target of US$4.00, according to a research report published on June 17, 2024. The analyst believes that the company is well-positioned to leverage market shifts and capitalize on the growing demand for domestically manufactured drone components and fully-built drones.

"Unusual Machines manufactures and sells drone components and fully built drones, primarily serving the consumer market through its e-commerce platform, Rotor Riot. The company is experiencing significant growth, with a 20-30% year-over-year increase in revenue," Kumar noted. "Unusual Machines is strategically expanding into the defense sector, leveraging its US-based manufacturing capabilities and the increasing demand for domestically sourced drone components."

The analyst highlighted Unusual Machines' focus on four primary market segments: drone racing, freestyle flying, cinematic filming, and emerging defense applications. The company's growth strategy revolves around expanding its e-commerce platform, aggressively pursuing opportunities in the defense sector, and exploring potential applications in the enterprise sector.

"Unusual Machines is committed to production at scale, with a focus on developing high-quality, domestically manufactured drone components. The company is set to launch its first fully U.S.-made flight controller in early July, which is expected to be a game-changer in the market," Kumar stated. "This flight controller is anticipated to meet the stringent requirements of the defense sector and cater to the growing demand for domestically sourced components."

The analyst discussed Unusual Machines' financial performance, noting that the company reported Q1 2024 revenue of US$620,000 within 45 days of operations following the acquisition of Rotor Riot and Fat Shark. "This performance aligns with the company's projected annual revenue of US$5 million and exceeds its initial target of a 30% gross profit margin," Kumar added.

Unusual Machines ended the quarter with US$3.2 million in cash, providing a runway of approximately six to seven quarters based on an estimated burn rate of US$400,000 per quarter. The company anticipates continued top-line consumer segment growth at 20-30% year-over-year while focusing on maintaining or improving gross margins as it expands into defense.

"Unusual Machines is currently generating revenue primarily from its consumer-focused e-commerce platform, with a healthy 30% margin. The company expects significant growth in the coming years, driven by its expansion into the defense sector and the anticipated demand for its US-made flight controller," Kumar stated. "While the defense sector presents a substantial growth opportunity, it also comes with inherent uncertainties related to government procurement cycles and regulatory changes."

Think Equity's valuation of Unusual Machines is based on a combination of factors, including the company's growth potential, market positioning, and financial projections. The analyst's price target of US$4.00 represents a significant upside potential from the price at the time of the report of US$1.48.

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Analyst Certification The analyst, Ashok Kumar, responsible for the preparation of this research report attests to the following: (1) that the views and opinions rendered in this research report reflect his or her personal views about the subject companies or issuers; and (2) that no part of the research analyst’s compensation was, is, or will be directly related to the specific recommendations or views in this research report.

Financial Interests The analyst, Ashok Kumar, has no financial interest in the debt or equity securities of the subject company of this report. Further, no member of his household has any financial interest in the securities of the subject company. Neither the analyst, nor any member of his household, is an officer, director, or advisory board member of the issuer(s) or has another significant affiliation with the issuer(s) that is the subject of this research report. The analyst has not received compensation from the subject company. The CEO of ThinkEquity, LLC., owns shares in the company. At the time of this research report, the analyst does not know, or have reason to know, of any other material conflict of interest. Company Specific Disclosures ThinkEquity, LLC is a member of FINRA and SIPC. ThinkEquity, LLC or an affiliate has a client relationship with and has received compensation from this subject company Unusual Machines, Inc. in the last 12 months.

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