TASER's 4Q earnings drop 98 percent on lower sales, higher expenses
The Associated Press
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.- Stun-gun maker Taser International Inc. reported Wednesday its fourth-quarter profit dropped 98 percent on lower sales and higher expenses, as the company fought lawsuits during the period.
Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial expected earnings of 1 cent per share on sales of $12.5 million.
For the full year, the Scottsdale-based company posted net income of $1 million, or 2 cents per share, down from $18.9 million, or 30 cents per share, in the previous year. Sales fell 30 percent to $47.7 million from $67.6 million.
The company has been fighting lawsuits that charge its weapons played a role in accidental deaths. Taser has denied the allegations.
In mid-December, the Securities and Exchange Commission ended a formal investigation into the company's claims about the safety of its stun guns, and recommended no enforcement action.
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