Note to Investors
This website contains documents with 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 or strategies regarding the future; that we expect elevated SG&A and R&D spending in 2016; and that we intend to drive top-line growth internationally and in our Axon & Evidence.com business by increasing sales activities. We intend that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe-harbor provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking information is based upon current information and expectations regarding TASER International, Inc. 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. We disclaim any duty, except to the extent required by law, to update these estimates and statements. We caution that these statements are qualified by important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected by the forward-looking statements herein.
TASER International assumes no obligation to update the information contained in this press release. These statements are qualified by important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those reflected by the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: our strategy to grow the Axon segment; our belief that customers will honor multi-year contracts despite the existence of appropriations (or similar) clauses; the sufficiency and availability of our liquid assets and capital resources; our litigation strategy, including the outcome of legal proceedings in which we are currently involved; our intentions about future development efforts and activities, including our intentions to invest in research and development; that selling, general and administrative expense will increase in the remainder of 2015; that fixed costs in the Axon segment will stabilize and result in lower cost of services as a percentage of revenue; that we may experience a decrease in overall margins; trends in stock-based compensation for the remainder of 2015; our plans for our Netherlands international headquarters facility; that we may have more sales and expenses denominated in foreign currencies in 2015; that we may engage in currency hedging activities; and the impact of recently adopted and future accounting standards. We caution that these statements are qualified by important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected by the forward looking statements herein. Such factors include, but are not limited to: market acceptance of our products; our ability to design, introduce and sell new products; delays in development schedules; rapid technological change and competition; our ability to manage our growth and increase manufacturing production to meet demand; establishment and expansion of our direct and indirect distribution channels; our ability to pursue sales directly with customers; our dependence on sales of our TASER X26P and X2 CEWs; the acceptance of our Evidence.com software model; the long-term revenue recognition cycle for our SaaS Evidence.com product; the length of our sales cycle and our ability to realize benefits from our marketing and selling efforts; breach of our security measures resulting in unauthorized access to customer data; outages and disruptions relating to our Evidence.com service; our dependence on third party suppliers for key components of our products; component shortages; rising costs of raw materials and transportation relating to petroleum prices; that we may experience declines in gross margins due to a shift in product sales from CEW to Axon devices; product defects; our anticipation that certain orders will be completed; risks relating to acquisitions and joint ventures; catastrophic events; fluctuations in quarterly operating results; increases in non-U.S. denominated expenses; employee retention risks; budgetary and political constraints of prospects and customers; our exposure to cancellations of government contracts due to appropriation clauses; our compliance with regulations governing the environment, including but not limited to, regulations within the European Union; new regulations relating to conflict minerals; risks of governmental regulations, including regulations of our products by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, regulation of our products as a "crime control" product by the Federal government, state and local government regulation and foreign regulation and the adverse effects that could result from our products being classified as firearms by the United States Bureau of Alcohol and Firearms; Federal, state or local agency investigations could adversely impact the Company's ability to secure sales contracts; regulatory and political challenges presented by international markets; fluctuations in our effective tax rate; foreign currency fluctuations; counter-party risks relating to cash balances held in excess of FDIC insurance limits; litigation risks resulting from alleged product-related injuries and media publicity concerning allegations of deaths occurring after use of the TASER device and the negative impact this publicity could have on sales; the outcome of pending or future litigation; our ability to protect our intellectual property; intellectual property infringement claims and relating litigation costs; competition in foreign countries relating to foreign patents; our successful identification of existing intellectual property rights that might infringe on our developments and other factors identified in documents filed by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those set forth in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014.
To supplement the Company’s financial results presented in accordance with GAAP, we are presenting the non-GAAP financial measures of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow. Our management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in evaluating the Company’s performance in comparison to prior periods, and as a measure of liquidity. We believe that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing our performance, and when planning and forecasting our future periods. A reconciliation of GAAP to the non-GAAP financial measures is presented at the end of the release.
EBITDA is defined as consolidated net income before interest expense, income taxes and depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA, as presented herein, is defined as EBITDA before certain other items, including: stock-based compensation; (gain) loss on write-down/disposal of property, equipment and intangibles, net; provision for obsolete and excess inventory; litigation judgment expense; loss on impairment; employee severance charges; inventory reserves; and interest income and other (income) expense.
Free Cash Flow is defined as operating cash flow minus purchases of property, plant & equipment and purchases of intangible assets.