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Argon ST (STST)

Argon ST designs and produces systems and sensors for U.S. military and intelligence clients. And it's doing well at it: In fiscal 2005, which ended last Sept. 30, the Fairfax (Va.) company reported that sales and profits both doubled from a year earlier, to $271.8 million and $21.8 million, respectively. But it's hard to toot your own horn when you're selling to the intelligence community. That difficulty leads to news reports like the one in March, in which Argon ST announced it had secured a contract worth up to $30 million to develop and provide airborne sensor systems for the government -- but didn't specify which part of the government. Argon ST CEO and President Terry Collins said blandly at the time, "We are very pleased that the government has shown confidence in our ability to provide these highly flexible, modern, and low-cost airborne systems." Say no more.

Company Info

2005 Rank


Market Value*
($ Millions)


($ Millions)


Sales Growth
(3-yr. avg. annual)

107.1 %

($ Millions)


Profit Growth
(3-yr. avg. annual)

118.0 %

Return on Inv. Capital (3-yr.)

9.5 %

Share Price
12-Mo. Hi/Lo


Share Price
As of 4/28/06


Return on Equity

8.7 %

P/E Ratio


No. of Employees


Industry Aerospace & Defense


Location Fairfax, Va.
Phone 703 322-0881
*Trailing 12 months
Stock price data as of 4/28/06
DATA: Standard & Poor's Compustat

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Company Snapshot

Argon ST provides command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems to defense and intelligence customers. Its systems enable to perform various functions, including signals intelligence, electronic warfare, acoustic operations, threat simulation, imaging, and information operations. Argon's systems are used on military and strategic platforms, including surface ships, submarines, unmanned underwater vehicles, aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, land mobile vehicles, fixed site installations, and relocatable land sites. The company sells its systems to the United States government, certain U.S. government-approved foreign governments, agencies, and defense contractors. Argon ST was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Fairfax, Va.

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Terry L. Collins

Terry L. Collins, 60

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President

Total Compensation*

$ 344,525

Total Options Value*

$ 0

* Fiscal Year 2005

Executive Bio

Terry Collins has been chairman, president, and CEO of Argon (formerly Daedalus Enterprises) since September, 2004. Collins is the co-founder and president of Argon Engineering Associates, founded in 1997. Collins served as chairman of the board and CEO of Argon Engineering from its inception until the merger with Sensytech in September, 2004. Collins served as chairman, CEO, and president of Sensytech until the merger in September, 2004. Collins was also the vice-president and general manager of the Falls Church Operation of Raytheon E-Systems from 1989 to 1997. From 1989 to 1995, Collins was president of Engineering Research Associates, a wholly owned subsidiary of E-Systems. Collins served as the senior member of the engineering management team at Engineering Research Associates from 1979 until its acquisition by E-Systems in 1989. He has been a director of Argon ST since September, 2004. He has been a director of Monroe James Bancorp since 1999, and James Monroe Bank since 1997. He served as a director of Sensytech since September, 2004.

Management Team

Key Executives

Terry L. Collins; Victor F. Sellier; Thomas E. Murdock; Robert S. Tamaru; Kerry M. Rowe; S. Kent Rockwell; W. Joseph Carlin

Board Directors

Terry L. Collins; Victor F. Sellier; Thomas E. Murdock; Lloyd A. Semple; S. Kent Rockwell; Robert McCashin; John Irvin; Peter A. Marino; David C. Karlgaard

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