Belden Creates Broadcast Business Unit, Discloses Broadcast Revenue and Profitability

Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 25 2013

Belden announced that it will now report its earnings according to the following four business segments: Industrial Connectivity Solutions, Industrial Information Technology (IT) Solutions, Enterprise Connectivity Solutions, and Broadcast Solutions.

The company said that these reporting changes have no impact to Belden’s consolidated financial results and no adjustment to previously provided financial guidance or strategic goals is intended or implied by this announcement.

Belden will be reporting results under these new business segments on the beginning with its Q1 2013 earnings announcement.

As per the chart below, the company had previously reported its financials according to geography.

Belden Segmentation

 

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Belden CFO Henk Derksen said that the reporting changes are a more intuitive and insightful way to present Belden’s results going forward changes, and that the solutions-based orientation enables Belden to be more focused and agile as an organization, and provide investors with further transparency into the company’s business operations.

The broadcast business will continue to be managed by Strath Goodship (Miranda CEO), Dave Jackson, and Jimmy Rayford (Belden VP, Business Development).

Denis Suggs, EVP, Americas Operations & Global Cable Products, who had previously overseen the broadcast business, has decided to pursue opportunities outside of Belden. Denis will continue at Belden through July to allow for an orderly transition. “We thank Denis for his solid performance over the past six years, and appreciate the strong team he has assembled. We wish Denis the best in his future endeavors.” said John Stroup, president and CEO of Belden.

As shown below, the company’s broadcast solutions segment consists of Belden’s existing broadcast sales as well as those of Miranda (acquired in July 2012 for $362m) and PPC (acquired in December 2012 for $515.7m).

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Belden Broadcast Segment Financial Metrics

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Belden’s broadcast business had 2012 revenue of $362.6m in 2012.  However these results include only 5 months of revenue from Miranda, and minimal contribution from PPC.

According to Derksen, if full year 2012 revenue from both Miranda and PPC were included in the broadcast business figures, total broadcast revenue in 2012 was $684m with an operating margin of 13-15%. For reference, according to previously published reports Miranda’s last full year of reported revenue was approximately $180m, and PPC’s revenue in 2012 was approximately $238m.

As part of the changes to reporting, Belden will no longer report geographic results on a regular basis, but may occasionally report geographic results for illustrative purposes.  However, in order to help analyst transition their financial models, Derksen disclosed that 87.2% of 2012 broadcast revenue came from the Americas, 7.9% was from EMEA, and 4.9% was from APAC.

Similarly the company will not make product results available as the company mores from product sales to solution selling.

The company also said it will not be breaking out its operating expenses (R&D, G&A, and sales and marketing) on a segment basis.

Derksen said these changes were made because “the old way of looking at Belden is no longer insightful” due to the many changes at the company and in its markets over the past several years.

“This announcement marks another key milestone in the transformation of our business. We believe this action highlights our strategic focus on continuing to build leading global businesses with strong financial attributes. Through this, Belden can deliver even more value to our enterprise, industrial and broadcast customers around the world and quickly capitalize on new market opportunities,” said Stroup.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Belden Announces Formation of Global Business Segments

Revenues at Miranda Technologies Down 10 Percent in Q4 2012

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