Wednesday, August 1, 2007

AeroVironment Inc.

AeroVironment Inc. is a NASDAQ listed security that has been trading in a range between $19.76 and $26.22 over the past year. With 18,875,960 shares outstanding, a recent price of $20.65 gives a total market capitalization of $395,451,376. While there are certainly larger companies, AeroVironment Inc. has definitely earned its place in the pack. Last year, AeroVironment Inc. created $0.89 in earnings for every share outstanding.

AeroVironment Inc. is currently priced by the market at 23.60 times last year’s earnings. Many trading multiples around the world are quite attractive these days, but don’t be fooled. A Price to Earnings ratio of 0 simply means that the security didn’t make any money last year.

With a share price under $50 a share and earnings per share below $1 a share, AeroVironment Inc. could be an interesting value proposition. Consistent earnings are the key to high valuations and this security is well on its way.