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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
Form 8-K
 
CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

August 7, 2018
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)
 
Axon Enterprise, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Delaware
 (State or other jurisdiction of
 incorporation)
 
001-16391
 (Commission File Number)
 
86-0741227
 (IRS Employer
 Identification No.)

17800 N. 85th St.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(480) 991-0797
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
SIGNATURE


Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition

On August 7, 2018 Axon Enterprise, Inc. (the "Company" or "Axon"), issued a shareholder letter regarding the Company’s financial results for its second quarter of 2018. The full text of the letter, together with the unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations, segment reporting, balance sheets, selected cash flow information, statistical measures and reconciliations of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures are attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.

The information pursuant to Item 2.02 in this report on Form 8-K is being furnished and shall not be deemed filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits

(d)        Exhibits
Exhibit
Number
 
Exhibit Description
99.1
 





 






SIGNATURE

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
 
 
 
 
Dated: August 7, 2018
Axon Enterprise, Inc.
 
 
By:  
 /s/ JAWAD A. AHSAN
 
 
 
Jawad A. Ahsan
 
 
 
Chief Financial Officer 
 













Exhibit


FOR RELEASE ON: August 7, 2018 at 4:01 pm ET

CONTACT:
Investor Relations
Axon Enterprise, Inc.
IR@axon.com

Axon Reports Second Quarter Results; Software Annual Recurring Revenue of $93 Million

Scottsdale, Ariz., August 7, 2018— Axon (Nasdaq: AAXN), the global leader in public safety technology, today released the following quarterly update letter to shareholders. Results included:
Total quarterly revenue of $99 million, up 25% year-over-year
Axon Cloud revenue of $23 million, up 76% year-over-year
Software & Sensors annual recurring revenue of $92.7 million, up 70% year-over-year
Completed a successful $246 million public offering of common stock
Began field testing of Axon Records with a partner agency
Maintaining full year revenue guidance; reiterating full year operating margin outlook and introducing full year adjusted EBITDA margin guidance of 14% to 16%

Dear shareholders,

We made significant progress this past quarter in building out the Axon network. We added key capabilities through new partnerships with DJI and Milestone Systems, bringing drone and CCTV compatibility to our network. We also announced Axon Fleet 2, our second generation in-car video system, which builds upon the momentum of Axon Fleet. By Q4 of last year, Axon Fleet became the number one in-car video system in the U.S. by order volume according to our win-loss analysis, and we continue to vie for the top spot each quarter. Axon Fleet demonstrates the power of the Axon network to drive success in new segments where the network effects of seamless integration create highly valuable and unique differentiation. We hope to see similar results with Axon Records, our next major initiative, which has begun field testing with a partner agency. We have also staffed a team and begun development of Axon Dispatch, the next major cloud software system that will follow Records. Finally, we expanded our user base with the acquisition of VIEVU, and ended the quarter with over 300,000 booked seats.

Our product pipeline is key to delivering upon our long-term growth objectives. We continue to scale our research and development organization, with significant progress building out our engineering team year-to-date. We discuss more product development milestones, and what our teams are working on, below.

The market appears to be validating our approach. In July, Honolulu became the 45th major city to join the Axon network with the order of 1,200 body cameras and unlimited storage on Evidence.com. And our international customer momentum continues. In July, Alberta's Calgary Police Service became the first major city in Canada to join the Axon network, and in June, the Cumbria Constabulary became the first UK law enforcement agency to roll out Axon Citizen, our public evidence submission tool.

In June, we hosted our annual Axon Accelerate user conference in Scottsdale. In three years, we’ve built the largest technology conference in policing, which immerses chiefs, public information officers, prosecutors, officers and media in the Axon network for 48 hours. More than 1,100 law enforcement personnel attended the conference, representing significant growth compared with 400 attendees last year. We also attracted several large sponsors, including Microsoft. More importantly, so far we’ve seen Axon Accelerate customer leads become nearly as large as those that we generate at The International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference. As we continue to build Axon Accelerate, we expect it to become the preeminent tech conference in public safety.





Planning also continues for our next generation manufacturing facility in Scottsdale, which would consolidate four office locations into one building and bring more automation to future generations of product hardware. Production of our current hardware product suite is highly manual — less than 50% of part manufacturing is automated. We have plans to automate more than 75% of future hardware production.

Finally, in the second quarter we completed a successful follow-on offering of common shares, raising gross proceeds of $246 million. The offering strengthened Axon's financial position, providing us with enhanced flexibility as we transition more of our product sales to subscription pricing models, while also enabling us to continue investing for growth.

For those shareholders new to Axon, we are investing in four strategic growth areas, which we believe represent the future of critical public safety technology:
1.
TASER less-lethal weapons,
2.
Sensors hardware including on-officer body cameras and Axon Fleet in-car video systems,
3.
The Evidence.com connected SAAS network, and
4.
Axon Records and Computer Aided Dispatch software.

These value streams exist within an estimated $7.7 billion total addressable market, comprising TASER weapons ($1.5 billion), hardware sensors ($0.7 billion), and cloud-based public safety software ($5.5 billion.)

We are focused on building highly defensible subscription revenue models that are expected to provide stable and consistent recurring revenue, and developing software that generates network effects that will add to the stability of our recurring revenue streams.

Summary of Q2 2018 Results (1) 
Revenue of $99 million grew 25% year-over-year.
International revenue grew 52% year-over-year to $20 million, driven by strength in Australia, Canada, France, and the UK.
Gross margin of 63.6% reflects a strong product mix in weapons and continued Axon Cloud growth, partially offset by low gross margin VIEVU contracts.
Operating expenses of $57.8 million were up 14% sequentially. Excluding one-time acquisition and integration costs of $1.4 million associated with the purchase of VIEVU, operating expenses were $56.4 million, up 11% sequentially, driven by continued hiring in R&D (up 22% sequentially) and investments in SG&A (up 6% sequentially excluding one-time acquisition and integration costs) as we scale.
GAAP EPS of $0.15 was favorably impacted by $0.06 of discrete tax benefits related to CEO stock option exercises in the quarter. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.18, which excludes $0.06 of discrete tax benefits, grew 100% year-over-year.
Adjusted EBITDA of $13.7 million, up 69% year-over-year, and Adjusted EBITDA margin of 13.8%.

(1) Amounts for Q2 2017 have not been adjusted under the modified retrospective method of adoption of Topic 606, and are presented consistent with the prior period amounts reported under ASC 605. Revenue for Q2 2018 would have been $98.6 million under ASC 605.






Financial Commentary by Segment

TASER Weapons
 
Three Months Ended
 
Change
 
June 30,
2018
 
March 31,
2018
 
June 30,
2017 (1)
 
QoQ
 
YoY
TASER Weapons
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net sales
$
60,624

 
$
63,524

 
$
53,016

 
(4.6
)%
 
14.4
%
Gross margin
70.8
%
 
67.7
%
 
69.7
%
 
310bp

 
110bp

(1) Amounts for the three months ended June 30, 2017 have not been adjusted under the modified retrospective method of adoption of Topic 606, and are presented consistent with the prior period amounts reported under ASC 605.
TASER Weapons sales in Q2 reflect typical weapons seasonality.
Strong gross margins were driven by product mix.
In the quarter, 30% of TASER orders were on a service plan, compared with 40% in Q1 2018. The sequential decrease reflects seasonality and a mix that included large orders from distributors and international customers.
The following chart illustrates the expected revenue recognition and cash flow per officer on a regularly priced standard Officer Safety Plan, which is our $109 per month plan that includes a TASER weapon, cartridges, an Axon body camera, camera hardware refreshes, and an Evidence.com seat license with data storage.

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Software & Sensors
 
Three Months Ended
 
Change
 
June 30,
2018
 
March 31,
2018
 
June 30,
2017 (1)
 
QoQ
 
YoY
Software and Sensors
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Axon Cloud net sales
$
22,505

 
$
20,241

 
$
12,768

 
11.2
 %
 
76.3
%
Axon Cloud gross margin
77.8
%
 
78.7
%
 
70.0
 %
 
-90bp

 
780bp

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sensors and Other net sales
$
16,097

 
$
17,450

 
$
13,859

 
(7.8
)%
 
16.1
%
Sensors and Other gross margin
16.7
%
 
31.9
%
 
(1.7
)%
 
-1,520bp

 
1,840bp

(1) Amounts for the three months ended June 30, 2017 have not been adjusted under the modified retrospective method of adoption of Topic 606, and are presented consistent with the prior period amounts reported under ASC 605.
Continued adoption of Axon Cloud, which includes software-as-a-service subscriptions to Evidence.com, drove 76% revenue growth year-over-year.
Sensors and Other sales, which have historically fluctuated, were driven by record Axon Fleet unit shipments in the second quarter. As expected, Sensors and Other gross margins were unfavorably affected by the integration of VIEVU's contracts as well as hardware mix, including the first generation of Axon Fleet.
Software & Sensors bookings were $89 million in the quarter.
Software & Sensors annual recurring revenue (software & warranty) grew to $92.7 million, representing a 70% gain year-over-year and a 11% gain sequentially.
As of June 30, 2018, Software & Sensors backlog was approximately $650 million, which is a subset of Axon's total remaining performance obligations of approximately $750 million.
As of June 30, 2018, we had 305,200 booked seats on the Axon network, representing an increase of 78,300 seats from March 31, 2018. We had a mix of organic user growth as well as seats added from the VIEVU acquisition. We also reclassified some camera seats that were originally booked on-premise but were migrated into the cloud.
We've identified a glide path to winding down operating expenses associated with VIEVU driven by our transitioning of customers onto the Axon network. In the meantime, we continue to incur integration costs largely associated with user migration. We have established competency with large scale and complex data projects, having moved the entire instance of Evidence.com off of the Amazon Web Services cloud and onto the Microsoft Azure cloud in late 2017. The VIEVU user migration is substantially smaller, but has unique components because the data was not captured by our hardware or stored in software that we designed. We expect to continue to incur integration costs throughout the remainder of the year.

Updates on our Product Pipeline:

Axon Fleet - This summer, we launched Axon Fleet 2, which offers substantial hardware improvements over Axon Fleet, including high-definition video with a wide field of view, zoom capability, infrared for the back seat camera, and wireless microphone integration so that no important sounds are lost. We expect the first Axon Fleet 2 units to begin shipping soon.

Evidence.com - We are driving higher average revenue per user for new Evidence.com sign-ups as our cloud-based software continues to add capability. What was once simply a tool for storing and managing body camera video has now expanded to store multiple types of evidence data, including body camera footage, CCTV footage, drone footage, and citizen-submitted photo and video evidence. In Q2, we strategically partnered with Milestone Systems, a world-leading open platform IP video management software provider. The partnership with Milestone brings data from more than 6,000 models of cameras from 150 manufacturers, including CCTV footage, into Evidence.com. Data that is stored in Evidence.com is secure, trackable, easily shareable, and redactable.





Axon is also making it easier than ever for law enforcement agencies to ingest CCTV camera footage. The old method included burning video to a DVD and physically handing the disc to detectives. With our technology, footage can get pushed to Evidence.com via our new integration with Milestone, or collected from just about anywhere via the Axon Citizen mobile upload tool.

Average revenue per user dipped slightly in Q2 on a sequential basis due to the integration of VIEVU's customers and contracts. That said, in Q2 2018, we saw new customer sign ups at higher ARPUs than Q2 2017 and we feel confident in our ability to grow ARPU over the long-term as Evidence.com's value proposition expands with added features.

Axon Records - Axon Records remains in its pre-revenue investment phase, although it is now transitioning into field testing. We are working toward refining a best-in-class officer interface, and ensuring that our reporting function is scalable and customizable. Beyond incident reporting capability, we are also building out crime analysis, records review capability, and investigations and case tracking.

As noted earlier, we are field testing the first iteration of Axon Records with a partner law enforcement agency. The Axon Records pilot ties into the agency's existing records management system, providing a seamless experience for this first partner agency and allowing us to build capability incrementally, and iterate and test quickly. The pilot's capability suite is a subset of the more robust system we are building, which in the future will include body camera transcription and automated report writing assisted by artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Initial feedback from officers using our product has been positive — we are already helping save time writing incident reports. We hope to go live with two more development partners by the end of 2018. These development partners would serve as our initial reference accounts once the product goes to market.

We are aiming for a generally available product in mid-2019 that would fulfill the needs of most US law enforcement agencies, and offer a far superior user experience. We have identified a pipeline of agencies that are interested in becoming customers. Hiring engineering talent remains a key area of focus and execution. Given the amount of customer research and feedback we have undertaken, we feel confident about the specific feature sets we are choosing to develop.

To recap, Axon Records is our technology solution that will reduce the time officers spend writing reports so they can spend more time policing. Modern police record-keeping is fundamentally about gathering the evidence associated with an event and transferring it to a prosecutor to use in the court system. Axon's market-leading body camera data management solution, Evidence.com, is highly valuable because digital video evidence is often critically important to the larger incident record. Axon Records will build out our existing software ecosystem by integrating body camera video with other incident data, streamlining and using the body camera to assist in reporting, and allow records to be securely stored in our cloud, shared and redacted.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning (ML) - Deploying AI and ML tools to the public safety sector requires areas of investment that are often not required in the civilian or consumer sectors, which is why we are seeing the benefits of specializing on the public safety vertical. In Q2, Axon opened the industry's first center for AI training on public safety data, which we designed in compliance with the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Security Policy. Customer agencies must opt-in to share data with our center, which has a heightened level of security. Our AI solutions include developing software to automate redaction, to enable vehicle, speech and critical event recognition, speech transcription, automatic license plate recognition, and automated data analysis. For critical event recognition, we are developing an AI solution to detect officers' actions, such as foot chases, which could help notify other officers that a critical event is unfolding. Axon formed its AI research team in February 2017 after acquiring two AI research and engineering teams, Dextro and Misfit (previously part of Fossil Group, Inc.).

Axon Air - We launched Axon Air in June at our annual user conference, Axon Accelerate. Under an exclusive partnership, within the digital evidence management industry, with DJI, the world's leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, we can sell DJI drones directly to public safety and law enforcement agencies worldwide. More than 900 public safety agencies use drones to support tactical actions, reconstruct traffic collisions, observe large events, and perform search and rescue. Through Axon Air, law enforcement agencies can purchase DJI drone technology directly from Axon, which has strong customer relationships in law enforcement and expertise in agency contracting. Camera





footage from the drones can be safely stored and managed in Axon's cloud, Evidence.com. Axon's software and sales teams are also supporting law enforcement agencies in managing their drone programs. We are developing a long-term software roadmap to add drone specific advanced features that will create unique capabilities for our customers.

Outlook:

We are providing the following updated guidance for the full year ending December 31, 2018:
Maintaining revenue growth guidance of 18%-20%;
Adjusted EBITDA margins of 14% to 16%, which compares with Adjusted EBITDA margin of 11.6% in 2017;
This guidance aligns with our previously communicated outlook to achieve 300 to 400 basis points of operating margin expansion in 2018, excluding integration costs related to the VIEVU acquisition and the non-cash stock-based compensation expense associated with CEO Rick Smith's 10-year compensation plan. Going forward, we will be moving from operating margin to Adjusted EBITDA margin guidance, which provides a simpler and more relevant period-over-period comparison;
A normalized tax rate of 20% to 25%, which can fluctuate depending on geography of income and the effects of discrete items, including changes in our stock price; and
Capital expenditures in the range of $12 million to $16 million.

We believe we have the right vision for the future of law enforcement, and we are committed to superior execution against our plans.


Signed,

Rick Smith, CEO
Luke Larson, President
Jawad Ahsan, CFO







QUARTERLY CONFERENCE CALL & WEBCAST:

We will host our Q2 2018 earnings conference call on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET.

To join the live audio call, please dial 877-303-9126 (domestic) or +1-253-237-1156 (international) and use conference ID number 9995809.

The call will be available via live audio webcast and archived replay on Axon's investor relations website at http://investor.axon.com.

Statistical Definitions

Software & Sensors bookings are an indication of the activity the Company is seeing relative to Software & Sensors hardware, software and Evidence.com. We consider bookings to be a statistical measure defined as the sales price of orders (not invoiced sales), including contractual optional periods we expect to be exercised, net of cancellations, placed in the relevant fiscal period, regardless of when the products or services ultimately will be provided. Most bookings will be invoiced in subsequent periods.

Due to municipal government funding rules, in some cases certain of the future period amounts included in bookings are subject to budget appropriation or other contract cancellation clauses. Although Axon has entered into contracts for the delivery of products and services in the future and anticipates the contracts will be fulfilled, if agencies do not exercise contractual options, do not appropriate money in future year budgets or do enact a cancellation clause, revenue associated with these bookings may not ultimately be recognized, resulting in a future reduction to bookings.

For more information relative to our revenue recognition policies, please reference our SEC filings.

Non-GAAP Measures

To supplement the Company's financial results presented in accordance with GAAP, we present the non-GAAP financial measures of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Non-GAAP Net Income and Non-GAAP Diluted Earnings Per Share. The Company's management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in evaluating the Company's performance in comparison to prior periods. We believe that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing its performance, and when planning and forecasting our future periods. A reconciliation of GAAP to the non-GAAP financial measures is presented herein.

EBITDA (Most comparable GAAP Measure: Net income) - Earnings before interest expense, investment interest income, taxes, depreciation and amortization.
Adjusted EBITDA (Most comparable GAAP Measure: Net income) - Earnings before interest expense, investment interest income, taxes, depreciation, amortization, non-cash stock-based compensation expense and pre-tax certain other items (described below).
Non-GAAP Net Income (Most comparable GAAP Measure: Net income) - Net income excluding the costs of non-cash stock-based compensation and excluding pre-tax certain other items, including, but not limited to, net gain/loss/write-down/disposal/abandonment of property, equipment and intangible assets; and loss on impairment. The Company tax-effects non-GAAP adjustments using the blended statutory federal and state tax rates for each period presented.
Free Cash Flow (Most comparable GAAP Measure: Cash flow from operating activities) - cash flows provided by operating activities minus purchases of property, plant and equipment, intangible assets and cash flows related to business acquisitions.
Non-GAAP Diluted Earnings Per Share (Most Comparable GAAP Measure: Earnings Per share) - Measure of Company's Non-GAAP Net Income divided by the weighted average number of diluted common shares outstanding during the period presented.






Caution on Use of Non-GAAP Measures

Although these non-GAAP financial measures are not consistent with GAAP, management believes investors will benefit by referring to these non-GAAP financial measures when assessing the Company's operating results, as well as when forecasting and analyzing future periods. However, management recognizes that:

these non-GAAP financial measures are limited in their usefulness and should be considered only as a supplement to the Company's GAAP financial measures;
these non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, the Company's GAAP financial measures;
these non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered to be superior to the Company's GAAP financial measures; and
these non-GAAP financial measures were not prepared in accordance with GAAP and investors should not assume that the non-GAAP financial measures presented in this earnings release were prepared under a comprehensive set of rules or principles.

Further, these non-GAAP financial measures may be unique to the Company, as they may be different from similarly titled non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. As such, this presentation of non-GAAP financial measures may not enhance the comparability of the Company's results to the results of other companies.

About Axon

Axon is a network of devices, apps, and people that helps law enforcement become smarter and safer. Our mission is to Protect Life. Our technologies give law enforcement and public safety personnel the confidence, focus and time they need to keep their communities safe. Our products impact every aspect of an officer's day-to-day experience:

In the field- Our Smart Weapons offer a less-lethal intermediate use of force response and our body-worn and in-car cameras collect video evidence to capture the truth of an incident; and our mobile applications enable simple evidence collection.

At the station- Our secure, cloud-based digital evidence management solution allows officers and command staff to manage, review, share, and process digital evidence using forensic, redaction, transcription, and other tools.

In the courtroom- Our solutions for prosecutors make collaborating across jurisdictions and agencies easy so that cases can be resolved quickly.

We work hard for those who put themselves in harm's way for all of us. To date, there are more than 305,200 software seats booked on the Axon network around the world and more than 200,000 lives and countless dollars have been saved with the Axon network of devices, apps and people. Learn more at www.axon.com or by calling (800) 978-2737.

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Axon, Axon Fleet, Axon Network, Axon Records, Evidence.com, the “Axon Delta” logo, “Protect Life,” Smart Weapons, TASER, X2, and X26P are trademarks of Axon Enterprise, Inc., some of which are registered in the US and other countries. For more information, visit www.axon.com/legal. All rights reserved.


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Forward-looking statements

Certain statements contained in this press release that are not historical are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), including statements regarding our expectations, beliefs, intentions and strategies regarding the future. We intend that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe-harbor provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These estimates and statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, are not guarantees of future performance, and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Axon Enterprise, Inc. assumes no obligation to update the information contained in this press release, except as required by law. We caution that these statements are qualified by important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected by the forward looking statements herein. These factors can be found in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, under the heading, “Risk Factors.”

Such forward-looking statements relate to, among other things: our intentions and beliefs about future development efforts and activities, including our intentions to invest in R&D as well as the development of new product and service lines and enhanced features for our existing product and service lines; intentions to shift an increasing amount of business to a subscription model; our need that customers upgrade and replace existing conducted electrical weapons (“CEW”) units and the willingness of customers to do so; that we may have more sales denominated in foreign currencies in 2018; our intention to increase our investment in the development of sales in the international, military and law enforcement market; our plans to expand our sales force; that cloud and mobile technologies are fundamentally changing the police environment; our plan to invest in web activities and law enforcement trade shows in 2018; our intention to not pay dividends; that increases in marketing and sales activities will lead to an increase in sales; our belief that the video evidence capture and management market will grow significantly in the near future and the reasons for that belief; our intention to continue to pursue the personal security market; our intention to grow direct sales; the sufficiency of our facilities and our strategy to expand manufacturing capacity if needed; that we may lease facilities from parties that specialize in handling and manufacturing of firearm materials; that we expect to continue to depend on sales of our X2 and X26P CEW devices; our intention to apply for and prosecute our patents; that selling, general and administrative expense will increase in 2018; that research and development expenses will increase in 2018; the timing of the resolution of uncertain tax positions; our intention to hold investments to maturity; the effect of interest rate changes on our annual interest income; that we may engage in currency hedging activities; our intentions concerning, and the effectiveness of, our ongoing marketing efforts through web activities, trial programs, tech summits and law enforcement trade shows; our belief that customers will honor multi-year contracts despite the existence of appropriations, termination for convenience. or similar clauses; our belief that customers will renew their Evidence.com service subscriptions at the end of the contractual term; estimates regarding the size of our target markets and our competitive position in existing markets; the availability of alternative materials and components suppliers; the benefits of the continued automation of our production process; the sufficiency and availability of our liquid assets and capital resources; our financing and growth strategies, including: potential joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, stock repurchases and hedging activities; the safety of our products; our litigation strategy, including the outcome of legal proceedings in which we are currently involved; expectations regarding increased operating leverage; the impact of a loss of customer data, a breach of security or an extended outage; the effect of current and future tax strategies; the fluctuations in our effective tax rate; the impact of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Act”); the impact of recently adopted and future accounting standards; the impact of Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (“ASU 2014-09”) and ASC Subtopic 340-40, Other Assets and Deferred Costs - Contracts with Customers ("ASC 340-40") (collectively, “Topic 606”); and the ultimate resolution of financial statement items requiring critical accounting estimates, including those set forth in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017.






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AXON ENTERPRISE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
(in thousands, except per share data)

 
Three Months Ended
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
June 30,
2018
 
March 31,
2018
 
June 30,
2017 (1)
 
2018
 
2017 (1)
Net sales from products
$
76,721

 
$
80,974

 
$
66,875

 
$
157,695

 
$
134,366

Net sales from services
22,505

 
20,241

 
12,768

 
42,746

 
24,519

Net sales
99,226

 
101,215

 
79,643

 
200,441

 
158,885

Cost of product sales
31,087

 
32,434

 
30,172

 
63,521

 
57,244

Cost of service sales
4,996

 
4,320

 
3,834

 
9,316

 
7,334

Cost of sales
36,083

 
36,754

 
34,006

 
72,837

 
64,578

Gross margin
63,143

 
64,461

 
45,637

 
127,604

 
94,307

Operating expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sales, general and administrative
39,343

 
35,759

 
31,824

 
75,102

 
62,681

Research and development
18,501

 
15,119

 
12,989

 
33,620

 
25,452

Total operating expenses
57,844

 
50,878

 
44,813

 
108,722

 
88,133

Income from operations
5,299

 
13,583

 
824

 
18,882

 
6,174

Interest and other income (expense), net
(295
)
 
1,263

 
1,684

 
968

 
1,890

Income before provision for income taxes
5,004

 
14,846

 
2,508

 
19,850

 
8,064

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes
(3,481
)
 
1,920

 
232

 
(1,561
)
 
1,208

Net income
$
8,485

 
$
12,926

 
$
2,276

 
$
21,411

 
$
6,856

Net income per common and common equivalent shares:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
$
0.15

 
$
0.24

 
$
0.04

 
$
0.39

 
$
0.13

Diluted
$
0.15

 
$
0.24

 
$
0.04

 
$
0.38

 
$
0.13

Weighted average number of common and common equivalent shares outstanding:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
55,527

 
53,119

 
52,736

 
54,330

 
52,578

Diluted
57,054

 
54,532

 
53,770

 
55,892

 
53,723

(1) Amounts for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 have not been adjusted under the modified retrospective method of adoption of Topic 606, and are presented consistent with the prior period amounts reported under ASC 605.






AXON ENTERPRISE, INC.
SEGMENT REPORTING
(Unaudited)
(dollars in thousands)

 
Three Months Ended June 30, 2018
 
Three Months Ended March 31, 2018
 
Three Months Ended June 30, 2017 (1)
 
TASER
Weapons
 
Software and Sensors
 
Total
 
TASER
Weapons
 
Software and Sensors
 
Total
 
TASER
Weapons
 
Software and Sensors
 
Total
Net sales from products (2)
$
60,624

 
$
16,097

 
$
76,721

 
$
63,524

 
$
17,450

 
$
80,974

 
$
53,016

 
$
13,859

 
$
66,875

Net sales from services (3)

 
22,505

 
22,505

 

 
20,241

 
20,241

 

 
12,768

 
12,768

Net sales
60,624

 
38,602

 
99,226

 
63,524

 
37,691

 
101,215

 
53,016

 
26,627

 
79,643

Cost of product sales
17,681

 
13,406

 
31,087

 
20,543

 
11,891

 
32,434

 
16,078

 
14,094

 
30,172

Cost of service sales

 
4,996

 
4,996

 

 
4,320

 
4,320

 

 
3,834

 
3,834

Cost of sales
17,681

 
18,402

 
36,083

 
20,543

 
16,211

 
36,754

 
16,078

 
17,928

 
34,006

Gross margin
42,943

 
20,200

 
63,143

 
42,981

 
21,480

 
64,461

 
36,938

 
8,699

 
45,637

Sales, general and administrative
21,920

 
17,423

 
39,343

 
21,265

 
14,494

 
35,759

 
17,492

 
14,332

 
31,824

Research and development
4,019

 
14,482

 
18,501

 
2,960

 
12,159

 
15,119

 
1,863

 
11,126

 
12,989

Income (loss) from operations
$
17,004

 
$
(11,705
)
 
$
5,299

 
$
18,756

 
$
(5,173
)
 
$
13,583

 
$
17,583

 
$
(16,759
)
 
$
824

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gross margin %
70.8
%
 
52.3
 %
 
63.6
%
 
67.7
%
 
57.0
 %
 
63.7
%
 
69.7
%
 
32.7
 %
 
57.3
%
Operating margin %
28.0
%
 
(30.3
)%
 
5.3
%
 
29.5
%
 
(13.7
)%
 
13.4
%
 
33.2
%
 
(62.9
)%
 
1.0
%


 
Six Months Ended June 30, 2018
 
Six Months Ended June 30, 2017 (1)
 
TASER
Weapons
 
Software and Sensors
 
Total
 
TASER
Weapons
 
Software and Sensors
 
Total
Net sales from products (2)
$
124,148

 
$
33,547

 
$
157,695

 
$
110,687

 
$
23,679

 
$
134,366

Net sales from services (3)

 
42,746

 
42,746

 

 
24,519

 
24,519

Net sales
124,148

 
76,293

 
200,441

 
110,687

 
48,198

 
158,885

Cost of product sales
38,224

 
25,297

 
63,521

 
34,104

 
23,140

 
57,244

Cost of service sales

 
9,316

 
9,316

 

 
7,334

 
7,334

Cost of sales
38,224

 
34,613

 
72,837

 
34,104

 
30,474

 
64,578

Gross margin
85,924

 
41,680

 
127,604

 
76,583

 
17,724

 
94,307

Sales, general and administrative
43,185

 
31,917

 
75,102

 
34,708

 
27,973

 
62,681

Research and development
6,979

 
26,641

 
33,620

 
4,075

 
21,377

 
25,452

Income (loss) from operations
$
35,760

 
$
(16,878
)
 
$
18,882

 
$
37,800

 
$
(31,626
)
 
$
6,174

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gross margin %
69.2
%
 
54.6
 %
 
63.7
%
 
69.2
%
 
36.8
 %
 
59.4
%
Operating margin %
28.8
%
 
(22.1
)%
 
9.4
%
 
34.2
%
 
(65.6
)%
 
3.9
%

(1) Amounts for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 have not been adjusted under the modified retrospective method of adoption of Topic 606, and are presented consistent with the prior period amounts reported under ASC 605.

(2) Software and Sensors “products” revenue consists of sensors, including on-officer body cameras, Axon Fleet cameras, other hardware sensors, warranties on sensors, and other products, and is sometimes referred to as Sensors and Other revenue.

(3) Software and Sensors “services” revenue comprises sales related to the Axon Cloud, which includes Evidence.com, cloud-based evidence management software revenue, other recurring cloud-hosted software revenue and related professional services, and is sometimes referred to as Axon Cloud revenue.






AXON ENTERPRISE, INC.
Software and Sensors Key Metrics by Quarter
(Unaudited)
(dollars in thousands)

 
June 30,
2018
 
March 31,
2018
 
December 31,
2017
 
September 30,
2017
 
June 30,
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bookings
$
88,860

 
$
97,528

 
$
71,154

 
$
77,976

 
$
81,942

Software and Sensors Annual Recurring Revenue (1)
$
92,711

 
$
83,310

 
$
69,960

 
$
63,694

 
$
54,683

Cumulative Axon Cloud seats booked
305,200

 
226,900

 
201,500

 
187,400

 
169,000

(1) Monthly recurring license, integration, warranty, and storage revenue annualized.









AXON ENTERPRISE, INC.
UNIT SALES STATISTICS
(Unaudited)
Units in whole numbers

 
Three Months Ended June 30,
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
2018
 
2017
 
Unit Change
 
Percent Change
 
2018
 
2017
 
Unit Change
 
Percent Change
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TASER X26P
18,664

 
18,198

 
466

 
2.6
 %
 
34,384

 
33,559

 
825

 
2.5
 %
TASER X2
15,537

 
15,390

 
147

 
1.0

 
36,038

 
32,527

 
3,511

 
10.8

TASER Pulse and Bolt
3,158

 
2,347

 
811

 
34.6

 
7,158

 
5,919

 
1,239

 
20.9

Cartridges
611,136

 
579,282

 
31,854

 
5.5

 
1,144,088

 
1,175,268

 
(31,180
)
 
(2.7
)
Axon Body
20,407

 
26,882

 
(6,475
)
 
(24.1
)
 
42,176

 
47,195

 
(5,019
)
 
(10.6
)
Axon Flex
3,281

 
9,373

 
(6,092
)
 
(65.0
)
 
6,974

 
12,474

 
(5,500
)
 
(44.1
)
Axon Fleet
2,079

 

 
2,079

 
*

 
3,936

 

 
3,936

 
*

Axon Dock
4,534

 
8,269

 
(3,735
)
 
(45.2
)
 
10,378

 
13,144

 
(2,766
)
 
(21.0
)
TASER Cam
1,491

 
1,336

 
155

 
11.6

 
5,019

 
2,675

 
2,344

 
87.6


* Not meaningful








AXON ENTERPRISE, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(Unaudited)
Dollars in thousands

 
Three Months Ended
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
June 30, 2018
 
March 31, 2018
 
June 30,
2017
(1)
 
2018
 
2017 (1)
EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income
$
8,485

 
$
12,926

 
$
2,276

 
$
21,411

 
$
6,856

   Depreciation and amortization
2,750

 
2,411

 
1,796

 
5,161

 
3,400

   Interest expense
17

 
20

 
45

 
37

 
83

   Investment interest income
(595
)
 
(75
)
 
(221
)
 
(670
)
 
(488
)
   Provision for (benefit from) income taxes
(3,481
)
 
1,920

 
232

 
(1,561
)
 
1,208

EBITDA
$
7,176

 
$
17,202

 
$
4,128

 
$
24,378

 
$
11,059

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adjustments:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stock-based compensation expense
$
4,954

 
$
4,093

 
$
3,976

 
$
9,047

 
$
7,423

Non-recurring transaction costs and adjustments related to business acquisition
1,382

 

 

 
1,382

 

Loss on disposal and abandonment of intangible assets
54

 

 

 
54

 

Loss on disposal and impairment of property and equipment, net
119

 
34

 

 
153

 

Adjusted EBITDA
$
13,685

 
$
21,329

 
$
8,104

 
$
35,014

 
$
18,482

Net income as a percentage of net sales
8.6
%
 
12.8
%
 
2.9
%
 
10.7
%
 
4.3
%
Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of net sales
13.8
%
 
21.1
%
 
10.2
%
 
17.5
%
 
11.6
%
(1) Amounts for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 have not been adjusted under the modified retrospective method of adoption of Topic 606, and are presented consistent with the prior period amounts reported under ASC 605.







AXON ENTERPRISE, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES - continued
(Unaudited)
Dollars in thousands

 
Three Months Ended
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
June 30, 2018
 
March 31, 2018
 
June 30,
2017
(1)
 
2018
 
2017 (1)
Non-GAAP net income:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GAAP net income
$
8,485

 
$
12,926

 
$
2,276

 
$
21,411

 
$
6,856

Non-GAAP adjustments:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stock-based compensation expense
4,954

 
4,093

 
3,976

 
9,047

 
7,423

Loss on disposal and abandonment of intangible assets
54

 

 

 
54

 

Loss on disposal and impairment of property and equipment, net
119

 
34

 

 
153

 

Non-recurring transaction costs and adjustments related to business acquisition
1,382

 

 

 
1,382

 

Income tax effects
(1,580
)
 
(1,002
)
 
(1,492
)
 
(2,581
)
 
(2,785
)
Income tax benefit of CEO stock option exercise
(3,362
)
 

 

 
(3,362
)
 

Non-GAAP net income
$
10,052

 
$
16,051

 
$
4,760

 
$
26,104

 
$
11,494



 
Three Months Ended
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
June 30, 2018
 
March 31, 2018
 
June 30,
2017
(1)
 
2018
 
2017 (1)
Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GAAP diluted earnings per share
$
0.15

 
$
0.24

 
$
0.04

 
$
0.38

 
$
0.13

Non-GAAP adjustments:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stock-based compensation expense
0.09

 
0.08

 
0.07

 
0.16

 
0.14

Loss on disposal and abandonment of intangible assets
0.00

 

 

 
0.00

 

Loss on disposal and impairment of property and equipment, net
0.00

 
0.00

 

 
0.00

 

Non-recurring transaction costs and adjustments related to business acquisition
0.02

 

 

 
0.02

 

Income tax effects
(0.03
)
 
(0.02
)
 
(0.03
)
 
(0.05
)
 
(0.05
)
Income tax benefit of CEO stock option exercise
(0.06
)
 

 

 
(0.06
)
 

Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share (2)
$
0.18

 
$
0.29

 
$
0.09

 
$
0.47

 
$
0.21

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted average number of diluted common and common equivalent shares outstanding (in thousands)
57,054

 
54,532

 
53,770

 
55,892

 
53,723

(1) Amounts for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 have not been adjusted under the modified retrospective method of adoption of Topic 606, and are presented consistent with the prior period amounts reported under ASC 605.
(2) The per share calculations for GAAP net income, Non-GAAP adjustments and Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share are each computed independently. Per share amounts may not sum due to rounding.





AXON ENTERPRISE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)
 
June 30, 2018
 
December 31, 2017
 
(Unaudited)
 
 
ASSETS
Current Assets:
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
307,507

 
$
75,105

Short-term investments
4,124

 
6,862

Accounts and notes receivable, net
94,296

 
56,064

Contract assets, net
10,468

 

Inventory
43,967

 
45,465

Prepaid expenses and other current assets
26,604

 
21,696

Total current assets
486,966

 
205,192

 
 
 
 
Property and equipment, net
34,503

 
31,172

Deferred income tax assets, net
15,813

 
15,755

Intangible assets, net
20,442

 
18,823

Goodwill
24,684

 
14,927

Long-term notes receivable, net of current portion
37,158

 
36,877

Other assets
22,831

 
15,366

Total assets
$
642,397

 
$
338,112

 
 
 
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current Liabilities:
 
 
 
Accounts payable
$
9,213

 
$
8,592

Accrued liabilities
29,995

 
23,502

Current portion of deferred revenue
76,583

 
70,401

Customer deposits
2,970

 
3,673

Current portion of business acquisition contingent consideration
1,946

 
1,693

Other current liabilities
191

 
89

Total current liabilities
120,898

 
107,950

 
 
 
 
Deferred revenue, net of current portion
61,456

 
54,881

Liability for unrecognized tax benefits
1,918

 
1,706

Long-term deferred compensation
3,560

 
3,859

Business acquisition contingent consideration, net of current portion
203

 
1,048

Other long-term liabilities
5,520

 
1,224

Total liabilities
193,555

 
170,668

 
 
 
 
Stockholders’ Equity:
 
 
 
Preferred stock

 

Common stock
1

 
1

Additional paid-in capital
442,717

 
201,672

Treasury stock
(155,947
)
 
(155,947
)
Retained earnings
163,590

 
123,185

Accumulated other comprehensive income
(1,519
)
 
(1,467
)
Total stockholders’ equity
448,842

 
167,444

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
$
642,397

 
$
338,112







AXON ENTERPRISE, INC.
SELECTED CASH FLOW INFORMATION
(Unaudited)
(in thousands)

 
Three Months Ended
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
June 30, 2018
 
March 31, 2018
 
June 30,
2017
(1)
 
2018
 
2017 (1)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income
$
8,485

 
$
12,926

 
$
2,276

 
$
21,411

 
$
6,856

Depreciation and amortization
2,750

 
2,411

 
1,796

 
5,161

 
3,400

Stock-based compensation
4,954

 
4,093

 
3,976

 
9,047

 
7,423

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities
(1,947
)
 
18,053

 
(5,849
)
 
16,106

 
(12,458
)
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities
(8,494
)
 
1,268

 
(7,847
)
 
(7,226
)
 
2,037

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities
226,627

 
(3,430
)
 
546

 
223,197

 
(1,331
)
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period
309,977

 
94,798

 
31,360

 
309,977

 
31,360


 
Three Months Ended
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
June 30, 2018
 
March 31, 2018
 
June 30,
2017
(1)
 
2018
 
2017 (1)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities
$
(1,947
)
 
$
18,053

 
$
(5,849
)
 
$
16,106

 
$
(12,458
)
Purchases of property and equipment
(3,602
)
 
(1,063
)
 
(3,398
)
 
(4,665
)
 
(5,741
)
Purchases of intangible assets
(220
)
 
(34
)
 
(75
)
 
(254
)
 
(170
)
Cash flows related to business acquisitions
(5,014
)
 

 

 
(5,014
)
 
(6,479
)
Free cash flow (deficit), a non-GAAP measure
$
(10,783
)
 
$
16,956

 
$
(9,322
)
 
$
6,173

 
$
(24,848
)
(1) Amounts for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 have not been adjusted under the modified retrospective method of adoption of Topic 606, and are presented consistent with the prior period amounts reported under ASC 605.


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