Vizrt Revenue Up 18 Percent in Q1 2011, CEO Says Company Has Entered Phase of Strong and Stable Growth

Posted by Joe Zaller
May 19 2011

Vizrt  reported that its revenue for the first quarter of 2011 was $28m, an increase of 18% versus the same period a year ago, and a decline of 12% versus the previous quarter.

Gross margins in the quarter were 62%, up from 58% last year.  EBITDA was $3.97m for the quarter, an increase of 125% versus the first quarter of 2010. Net profit for the quarter was $2.1m versus a loss of $448,000 last year. Net cash provided by operating activities in Q1 2011 was $2.4m, the same as in Q1 2010.

Operating expenses in the quarter were $15.1m an increase of 10% versus last year.  The company attributed the increase in OPEX to an increase in headcount following its acquisition of Adactus, the implementation of its regionalization program, and a general salary increase implemented throughout the company in 2011.  The largest increase in expenses came from R&D, which were up 19% versus last year.

Broadcast graphics (BG) contributed $20m or 71% of total revenue in the quarter.  BG revenue was up 13% versus the first quarter of 2010, but down 14% versus the previous quarter.

Media Asset Management (MAM) accounted for 18% of revenue or $5m, an increase of 13% versus last year.

Online and Mobile (OLM) revenue was $3m in the quarter, an increase of 82% the first quarter of 2010, and an increase of 6% versus the previous quarter. Overall, OLM accounted for 11% of total revenue in the quarter. The company said the strong increase in OLM revenue was driven by a transaction with a large existing broadcast customer in Northern Europe, and the contribution from Adactus which was acquired last year.

On a geographic basis, sales in EMEA were $14.9m, or 53% of total revenue. EMEA revenue was up 13% versus the same period a year ago, and down 10% versus the fourth quarter of 2010. Sales in the Americas were $6.5m, or 23% of total revenue.  Sales in the Americas were up 26% versus the first quarter of 2010 and down 10% versus the previous quarter. Sales in Asia were $6.6m for the first quarter, up 24% versus the same period a year ago, and
basically flat sequentially.

Vizrt CEO Martin Burkhalter issued an optimistic statement about the company’s prospects.  “Over the past few quarters, the company has entered a phase of strong and stable growth.  This growth is on the one hand caused by the continued recovery of the general economic climate but on the other hand very much the result of our strategy execution. Although it is too early to make a prediction for the remainder of this year, for the immediate future we anticipate further stable growth.”

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