Is Motorola Solutions Destined for Greatness

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Investors love stocks that consistently beat the Street without getting ahead of their fundamentals and risking a meltdown. The best stocks offer sustainable market-beating gains, with robust and improving financial metrics that support strong price growth. DoesMotorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI ) fit the bill? Let’s take a look at what its recent results tell us about its potential for future gains.
What we’re looking for The graphs you’re about to see tell Motorola’s story, and we’ll be grading the quality of that story in several ways:

• Growth: Are profits, margins, and free cash flow all increasing?
• Valuation: Is share price growing in line with earnings per share?
• Opportunities: Is return on equity increasing while debt to equity declines?
• Dividends: Are dividends consistently growing in a sustainable way?

How we got here and where we’re going

We first looked at Motorola last year, and it’s earned six out of nine possible passing grades in its second assessment, the same number it earned earlier. Free cash flow has fallen since last year, but the company’s dividend payouts have increased at a greater rate. These trends might indicate the loss of a passing grade or two next year if the company remains committed to dividend payouts despite declining free cash flow. Can Motorola improve its flagging revenue and turn around a weakened free cash flow position? Let’s dig a little deeper to see what Motorola might be up to for the coming year.

Over the past few quarters, Motorola has been struggling to push its revenue higher due to weakness in its government business, thanks in no small part to the U.S. sequester — the American government now accounts for about two-thirds of its overall revenues. My Foolish colleague Rich Smith points out that Motorola recently secured some smaller government contracts, despite unpleasant fiscal conditions in the U.S. The Department of Defense awarded the company a $16.9 million contract to offer land mobile Walkie Talkie support services in Kuwait.

However, this is not enough to move the needle — Motorola needs some billion-dollar contracts, or at least something in the nine figures. The problem is worse for Motorola than for fellow tech contractor Harris (NYSE: HRS ) , which seems to be picking up more government money to supply radios than its peer, in addition to its other telecommunications work. Motorola is almost entirely dependent on its radio sales today, and if Harris is outperforming it, there may not be much reason to expect growth ahead.

Fool contributor John Divine notes that Motorola’s enterprise solutions segment has also been quite slow to launch new products, which led to a substantial reduction in its full-year revenue forecast. According to Reuters, the release of Motorola’s Windows 8-based enterprise handhelds has been delayed until next year, which has weighed on the company’s enterprise segment. The launch of these new products should enable Motorola to win some of the deals that were deferred due to macroeconomic uncertainties this year, and that might finally improve its weak revenue position. Motorola’s RhoElements application framework is also expected to drive growth in enterprise-based applications, and its acquisition of Psionwill help it to expand globally and strengthen its mobile computing portfolio.

Motorola could also benefit from the increasing adoption of LTE mobile networks for public safety in the domestic and overseas markets. Last year, the government approved a payroll tax bill that allows the Federal Communications Commission to auction off TV spectrum for wireless services. The FCC later reallocated the D block spectrum for public safety purposes, which is right up Motorola’s radio-focused alley, provided it isn’t undermined by Harris or other contractors.

Putting the pieces together

Today, Motorola has some of the qualities that make up a great stock, but no stock is truly perfect. Digging deeper can help you uncover the answers you need to make a great buy — or to stay away from a stock that’s going nowhere.
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Wethersfield Settles Lawsuit Against Emergency Services Radio Provider

Again a new short article i thought was fascinating around the subject matter of 2 way Radio’s, what would you need to do if i didn’t post this ehh? you’d have to look at the initial content, the chances that you found it could be slim, so deem yourself lucky that i have shared this wonderful piece with you.
The town is settling a nearly decade-old lawsuit that alleged Motorola sold it a defective emergency services 2 way Radio system.
Under the agreement, the town will receive a $42,500 credit toward maintenance costs.
The settlement comes after the town hired Harris Corporation to provide a new system, replacing the one Motorola installed in 2003. The new network, which will provide police, fire and ambulance motorola SL4000 walkie talkie communication, is expected to be operational by fall or early winter.
“It’s certainly been a long ride with Motorola,” Mayor Paul Montinieri said. “I’m glad it’s behind us.”
Motorola spokesman Steve Gorecki said Monday that “the matter has been resolved to the mutual satisfaction of the town of Wethersfield and Motorola.” He declined further comment.
The town sued Motorola in 2006, alleging that the system the company installed three years earlier had failed to perform as promised. Problems plagued the network from the start, including static and an unexplained 23-minute breakdown in late 2004, officials said.
Police Chief James Cetran told the town council last year that the network never worked properly.
The lawsuit was suspended in 2007 because the Federal Communications Commission sold off the frequency used by Newington police, said Morris Borea of Rome McGuigan, the town’s lawyer in the case. That required a major overhaul, which had the potential to solve network’s problems, he said.
The switch to the new frequency took four years, but problems persisted, Borea said.
“It was a very complicated process,” he said of the transition. “It was an unbelievable project.”
Motorola did not acknowledge in the settlement that its system was deficient.
Montinieri said Monday he is satisfied with the agreement. It made sense to settle now that the town is getting a new system, he said.
“I think it is good to move on, good for Motorola, good for us,” Montinieri said. “We really don’t want to spend any more money.”
Neither Montinieri nor Town Manager Jeff Bridges, who was hired after the suit was filed, knew how much the town has paid in legal fees for the case.
The town council has voted unanimously to approve the settlement.