- Drones have revolutionized various industries, from agriculture, filmmaking, to surveys and delivery services
- As the demand for drone technology continues to soar on the consumer and military fronts, investors are tracking the top players in the market
- Several innovative enterprises are leading the way in shaping the future of unmanned aerial vehicles
- Whether it is through partnerships, acquisitions or technological advancements, these TSX drone companies are driving the industry forward, establishing themselves as leaders in the ever-expanding drone market
Drones have revolutionized various industries, from agriculture, filmmaking, to surveys, and delivery services. As the demand for innovative drone technology continues to soar on the consumer and military fronts, investors are tracking the top players in the market.
Stories in the media covering drones have escalated after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Ukrainian forces have been using air and sea drones to attack and surveil the Russians with results that have surprised many.
In this article, we will shed light on some of the pioneering drone companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). These innovative enterprises are leading the way in shaping the future of unmanned aerial vehicles.
Draganfly (Market cap: C$59.0 million) is a Canadian company that manufactures commercial unmanned vehicle systems and software. It serves public safety, agriculture, industrial inspections, security, mapping and surveying markets. The company recently completed training and demonstrations in Ukraine to equip people with the expertise to leverage Draganfly’s de-mining solution. After the dam destruction in Ukraine, Draganfly performed evacuation, flood management, and de-mining missions in Kherson. Draganfly opened trading at C$1.33 per share. So far this year, DPRO stock has risen 35 per cent and is up 9.7 per cent since this time last year.
KWESST Micro Systems (Market cap: C$17.0 million) is another military-focused drone stock that develops and commercializes tactical systems that meet the requirements of security forces and personal defence for overmatch capability against adversaries. Earlier this summer, the Ottawa-based defence company filed a U.S. patent application for the core module of its battlefield laser detection system, which is branded BLaDE. KWESST opened trading at C$2.62 per share and has fallen 23.6 per cent year to date, but could it return near its highs of C$172.90 roughly two yeas ago?
Drone Delivery Canada (Market cap: C$75.0 million) is a frontrunner in the drone delivery industry, aiming to transform the way goods reach remote areas and urban centers. Their drones have the capability to transport packages of up to 50 pounds over long distances. By leveraging their proprietary software platform, DDC ensures efficient routing and tracking, enabling businesses to streamline their delivery operations. With ongoing collaborations with government agencies and corporations, Drone Delivery Canada is rapidly expanding its footprint across North America. The company opened trading at $0.34 per share. Year-to-date, FLT stock is up 19.6 per cent.
FLYHT Aerospace Solutions (Market cap: C$32.0 million) provides real-time aircraft intelligence and cockpit communications solutions to enhance airline safety and operational efficiency. While not exclusively a drone company, FLYHT Aerospace is actively involved in the development of autonomous aerial vehicles.
Leveraging their expertise in aircraft tracking and data analytics, FLYHT Aerospace is uniquely positioned to contribute to the safe integration of drones into the global airspace. Their solutions ensure secure and efficient drone operations, addressing crucial concerns related to safety and regulation. The company recently recieved a Supplemental Type Certificate revision from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to install its TSO approved AFIRS 228S satcom solution (pictured above) on Airbus A319, A320 and A321 aircraft.
FLY stock has been catching a bit of a draft on the market, having gained 0.3 per cent since this time last year and also opened trading at $0.82 per share.
RDARS (Market cap: C$2.0 million) is advancing the security industry’s approach to protecting properties by introducing autonomous drone systems that allow for real-time response, situation awareness, verification, intervention, evidence recording, data capture, analysis and immediate downstream transmissions to public safety agencies. RDARS can receive, analyze and downstream the data and inform public safety agencies who the perpetrators are before they even arrive at the property.
Eagle Watch software platform’s uniqueness is that it is completely developed in-house by RDARS, a tailored rarity not found in other packages available on the market today. From UAS to UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicles), Eagle Watch has a critical mission for a fault-tolerant platform ready for global deployment. RDARS leaders believe the future stems from the beyond line-of-sight of the UAS systems that require the necessary tools to integrate these systems safely into the national airspace. The company recently completed the initial development and testing phase of its Eagle Nest Off-Grid solution. This implementation provides solar power, communications, and shelter for the Eagle Eye drone and enables the system to be deployed anywhere within the SpaceX Starlink operational network. In the past five days, RDRS stock has gained 3.4 per cent. It opened trading on Wednesday at $0.15 per share.
Why this matters
The drone industry is rapidly evolving, and these TSX-listed companies are at the forefront of this transformation. From drone delivery to aerial surveys and beyond, their innovative solutions provide a glimpse into the future possibilities of unmanned aerial vehicles. As these companies continue to push boundaries, investors can find exciting opportunities to participate in this high-potential sector. Whether it is through partnerships, acquisitions, or technological advancements, these TSX drone companies are driving the industry forward, establishing themselves as leaders in the ever-expanding drone market.
Join the discussion: Find out what everybody’s saying about public companies in the tech space and all the hot topics regarding tech stocks at Stockhouse’s stock forums and message boards.
The material provided in this article is for information only and should not be treated as investment advice. For full disclaimer information, please click here.