Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Smith and Wesson

Investment Opportunity...?

Last week I saw James Debney, the CEO of Smith and Wesson (ticker: SWHC, http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CustomContentDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=750001&catalogId=750051&content=11001), present at the Roth Capital conference in Dana Point, California.

Mr Debney made a fascinating presentation.  Smith and Wesson, a company that is over 160 years old, has now become a growth company.  In their latest quarter they announced sales that were up 38% year over year http://ir.smith-wesson.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=90977&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1792505&highlight=.  They are an American company based in Springfield, MA.  They are highly profitable and will steadily reduce debt this year.  They also raised guidance for the full year of 2013.

Smith is Wesson is a legendary iconic American brand.  They have products that were designed in the 1890's that are still selling today.  How many companies could say the same?

Gun retailers in the USA have been compelled to reduce hours of operation and cut back on opening hours.  They simply do not want to disappoint customers for whom they are not able to keep inventory in stock.  Ammunition makers such as Olin are under similar pressures.  There are many first-time gun owners.  More women are buying guns than ever before.

Regardless of where you stand on the gun spectrum -- from gun nut to gun control nut or something in between (me) -- these are inescapable facts.

President Obama: Gun Salesman Extraordinaire 
Now it is time to give credit where credit is due.  Instead of leading on issues that affect our kids safety, (see earlier post Strategic Thoughts on Sandy Hook, 1/22/13) our President had issued a variety of Executive orders increasing the scope of gun control.  Who would have thought that President Obama would turn out to be the greatest gun salesman of all time?  No word yet on whether Smith and Wesson will be commissioning a life size bronze statue of Barrack Obama for the square in downtown Springfield...?

Seattle's own Macklemore Entertained at the Roth conference


P Scott Cummins said...

Exactly! It is almost impossible to find ammunition right now - an extreme shortage over the last four-five months but it has been noticeable for the past four years as demand has skyrocketed and prices have doubled.

Tailors in Bangkok said...

Yeah, I do agree with P Scott Cummins shared experience about skyrocketed.

Unknown said...

As a 3 Decade American cop, and a combat soldier before that, I am well aware of what S&W once was, and what unfortunately it has become. The quality is nowhere where it once was. That is why those of us whose lives depend on a dependable firearm, say thanks but no thanks on any of their products. BTW and in my humble opinion, my life and others are protected by Hechler & Koch in .45