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Telestream to Acquire IneoQuest

Analysis, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Mar 09 2017

Telestream announced that it has agreed to acquire IneoQuest, a provider of quality control and analytics solutions for broadcast and network providers.  The closing of the transaction remains subject to customary conditions and is expected to occur toward the end of the month.  Telestream-IneoQuest

This is the second test and quality control (QC) firm Telestream has acquired in the past six months.  In September 2016, Telestream purchased UK-based Vidcheck.  It also makes the second acquisition by Telestream
since being acquired by private equity owner GenStar in January 2015.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.  IneoQuest last publicly disclosed revenue in 2011 (as part of the Inc. 5000), when annual revenue was just below $40 million.  An interview of IneoQuest’s CEO Calvin Harrison, by CEOCFO magazine in April 2013, quoted Calvin as projecting “double digit growth again this year.”  There has been no subsequent guidance on revenue performance by IneoQuest.

Commenting on the transaction, Calvin stated, “We are happy to be joining the Telestream family and are looking forward to seeing our technology contribute to Telestream’s next phase of growth.”

As part of the press release announcing the acquisition, Telestream management focused on how IneoQuest expands Telestream’s existing capabilities in quality control and monitoring.  “When it comes to media processing and delivery, the Telestream brand has become synonymous with quality. With the addition of IneoQuest technology to our existing QC capabilities, our customers will have the ability to monitor quality at any point in the delivery pipeline, making diagnosing and correcting a problem easier than ever before” explained Dan Castles Telestream’s CEO.


Related Content:

Telestream Press Release



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Avid Receives Investment from Beijing Jetsen Technology; Signs Exclusive Distributor Agreement

Analysis, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Jan 31 2017

Beijing Jetsen Technology (“Jetsen”) will invest $18.1 million (USD) in Avid Technology for a minority equity stake of between 5.0% and 9.9%.  Jetsen will also receive a board observer seat on Avid’s board of directors. Closing of the investment is subject to government approvals, which Avid expects to receive during the second quarter of 2017.  Avid_Technology_logo

The final ownership percentage is determined by dividing the investment amount of $18.1 million by the volume-weighted (i.e. denominator is cumulative volume) average market price of Avid’s shares for the 30 days preceding the closing date.  As a reference point, Avid shares closed at $5.03 on Monday, January 30, 2017.  Using this share jetsenlogoprice figure, the investment would equate to an equity stake of approximately 8.2% on a fully diluted basis.

Jetsen is headquartered in Beijing, China and listed on the Shenzhen stock exchange (2011 IPO).  Jetsen’s has operations in several segments of the media sector including an integration services business, a production company, along with investments in film and television programming.  At current exchange rates Jetsen had over $450 million (USD) in total revenue for the twelve month period ending September 2016.  Jetsen is active in several other verticals in addition to media.  Based on a review of its 2015 annual report, media operations accounted for approximately 30% of total revenue.

Avid provided the below summary slide on Jetsen as part of its presentation accompanying the announcement.


Concurrent with the investment, Avid entered into a commercial partnership making Jetsen the exclusive (master) distributor of all Avid products and solutions for the Greater China region (encompassing China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan).  All existing Avid channel partners in Greater China will transfer to Jetsen.  The agreement will also include technical support, with any associated maintenance revenue benefiting Jetsen.

“Jetsen’s strong position in the region, combined with Avid’s market-leading products and comprehensive solutions, presents an exciting opportunity for Greater China’s fast-growing media industry,” said Shengli Han, CEO, Beijing Jetsen Technology.

Avid will receive annual minimum performance guarantees for Greater China amounting to an approximately 15% annual growth for the region.  The growth refers to both recognized revenue and cash received.  The contract has a duration of five years.  The total contract value for the first three years alone represents at least $75 million to Avid.

In addition, Jetsen will take over Avid’s operations in Greater China.  This represents a cost savings to Avid in the amount of $3 million annually.  The below slide from Avid’s presentation offers a summary of the key terms.


During the conference call with analysts, Louis Hernandez, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avid added context on the rationale behind the equity investment by Jetsen.  “They [Jetsen] are really the ones that wanted to infuse equity. We had several ideas we were running to shore up our liquidity and cash not because of our concerns, we know it’s a significant concern to investors, so we wanted to take that out of the equation so they focus on what’s about to happen with the end of the transformation, and but that’s something they wanted to do. As long as we structured in a way that would minimize dilution, we are open minded to it and that’s where what how we ended up.” said Hernandez.

Throughout the conference call with analysts Louis Hernandez, Jr. referenced Avid’s ongoing transformation, which management has communicated will end with the second quarter of 2017.  Consistent with this message, Hernandez added the following commentary on the Jetsen agreement, “As we start to enter the next phase of Avid’s strategy, our agreement with Jetsen will give us much stronger go-to-market capabilities to expand our market position, drive consistent business growth and have the needed partner to accelerate our cloud-enabled Avid Everywhere strategy across Greater China.”



Related Content:

Avid Press Release on Beijing Jetsen Technology Agreement

Avid Presentation on Beijing Jetsen Technology Agreement



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Dolby Announces 2016 Results; Continued Dolby Vision Progress

Analysis, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Nov 03 2016

Dolby announced fiscal fourth quarter and full year revenue for the twelve months ending September 30, 2016.  2016 fiscal year revenue was $1,025.7 million, a 5.68% increase versus the 2015 fiscal year.  Dolby_logo.svg

Full year revenue was within the guidance provided at the end of fiscal 2015 for total revenue between $1 billion and $1.03 billion.

2016 FY GAAP net income was $185.9 million or $1.81 earnings per share (diluted).  This represents a 2.5% increase over the net income for the 2015 fiscal year of $181.4 million ($1.75 earnings per share).

GAAP gross margins were 89.4% for the year, a slight decrease versus the gross margins of 90.2% from the year earlier period.  Operating margins were 23%, an increase of 100 basis points over the operating margins from fiscal 2015.

2016 Fiscal Year Revenue by Type:

Dolby reports revenue across licensing, product, and service activities.  Product revenues consists primarily of sales of Digital Cinema Servers and Dolby Cinema Audio Products.

  • Licensing revenue for fiscal year 2016 was $917.0 million, an increase of 5.6% versus fiscal year 2015.
  • Product revenue was $90.5 million for the year, an increase of 7.9% compared to the 2015 fiscal year.
  • Services revenue were $18.2 million during fiscal year 2016, a decrease of 2.5% against 2015.

Product gross margins for 2016 were 28%, a substantial increase over the 16% gross margins from 2015.

2016 Fiscal Year Licensing Revenue by Customer Vertical:

Licensing revenue in the Broadcast vertical for televisions and set-top box sales was 46% of total licensing revenue or $421.8 million during fiscal 2016.  On an aggregate basis, broadcast licensing grew 10.4% versus the 2015 fiscal year.

As part of management’s prepared comments on the Dolby’s earnings call, President and CEO Kevin Yeaman drew attention to the strong performance in the broadcast sector.  “We had another strong year in broadcast. Dolby Audio is an established format in developed markets like North America and Western Europe, and we are well positioned in areas like Africa, India and China, when the transition to digital broadcast is underway. Future growth in broadcast will come from the continued migration of emerging markets to digital televisions and the rollout of high-definition and 4K set-top boxes with Dolby Audio in both developed and emerging markets” said Mr. Yeaman (Sourced from Seeking Alpha transcript).

Fiscal Q4 2016 Results:

Fiscal fourth quarter revenue was $233 million, flat against the year earlier period, and a decrease of 16.1% versus the preceding quarter, FQ3 2016. Management attributed the sequential drop in revenue to the higher timing of licensing payments in Q3 compared to Q4.

For the quarter, Dolby’s GAAP net income was $23.9 million or $0.23 earnings per share, a 48.6% decline when measured against the fiscal fourth quarter of 2015, and a 62.4% decline against the preceding quarter.

GAAP Gross Margins were 87% during the fourth quarter, a 210 basis point decline from the year earlier period and a 410 basis point decline versus FQ3 2016.  Operating margins were 16%, an increase over the 12% from FQ4 2015 and a decrease versus the 29% operating margins during the preceding quarter.

Management guidance at the end of third fiscal quarter was for revenue in the range of $220 million to $230 million for the fourth quarter with gross margins between 88% and 89%, and GAAP earnings per share of $0.16 and $0.22.  Dolby exceeded its guidance on both revenue and earnings per share, though underperformed on gross margins.

Update on Dolby Atmos, Doly Cinema, and Dolby Vision:

Among the revenue drivers cited by management were the growing adoption of Dolby Atmos (next-generation immersive audio technology), Dolby Vision (next-generation imaging technology), and Dolby Cinema (premium cinema experience combining multiple Dolby technologies).

  • Dolby Atmos is now installed or committed in over 2,400 cinematic screens worldwide. 550 feature films using Dolby Atmos have been announced or released.
  • The first televisions incorporating Dolby Vision become available in the past year. LG is including Dolby Vision in their OLED and Super UHD LCD TVs; VIZIO is including Dolby Vision in their R, P, and M Series; and TCL and Skyworth are also shipping TVs with Dolby Vision.  Content incorporating Dolby Vision is now available from Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, MGM, Universal, Lionsgate, Netflix and Amazon Studios.
  • Over 30 Dolby Cinema locations were added during 2016, bringing the total to over 40.

“We are well on our way to establishing that Dolby Vision is the best way to experience HDR content” stated Mr. Yeaman on Dolby’s earning call with analysts.  “Our job this year is to accelerate the deployment of Dolby Vision” continued Mr. Yeaman.

Financial Guidance

Dolby’s guidance for the fiscal year 2017 is for revenue between $1.06 billion and $1.09 billion.  Broadcast licensing revenue is expected to remain relatively flat in 2017.

Guidance for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 is revenue in the range of $250 million to $260 million, gross margins between 88% and 89%, and earnings per share between $0.34 and $0.40.



Related Content:

Press Release: Dolby Fiscal Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Earnings Release

Earnings Transcript: Dolby Fiscal Fourth Quarter Results (SeekingAlpha)



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Vislink Revenue Declines 15% in 1H 2016; Forecasts Breach of Debt Covenants

Analysis, Broadcaster Financial Results, Quarterly Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Oct 05 2016

UK-based Vislink plc, which owns broadcast industry brands Advent, Link, MRC Gigawave, and Pebble Beach, announced results for the first half of 2016.  1H 2016 revenue was £22.6 million, a decline of 15% versus the first half of 2015.  vislink

Vislink was anticipating challenging results for the first half of 2016 having published a negative trading update on July 6, 2016.  The trading update warned sales in Vislink’s Communication System (“VCS”) business were below management expectations.  In addition, the July update indicated the further restructuring of VCS would necessitate a non-cash write-off of £6 – £9 million and additional annual cost reductions of £1 – £2 million.  This adds to last year’s restructuring of the division when headcount was decreased 26% and a £2.5 million charge was incurred.

The underperformance of VCS caused Vislink to consume its entire banking facility and will subsequently force Vislink to breach its debt covenants.  Once Vislink is officially out of compliance with its financing arrangements, the Company’s bankers may call for repayment of existing loans – which Vislink does not have the cash to repay.  While this represents a material uncertainty for the Company, Management did indicate it is engaged in constructive discussions with its bankers.

In order to improve cash generation, Vislink’s management is canceling the Company’s dividend until debt drop below EBITDA, canceling its equity incentive program for senior management, and will “continue to examine the appropriateness of the Board and Group structure.”

The announcement has resulted in a greater than 50% decline in Vislink’s stock price decline from close on September 29, 2016.  Measured against Vislink’s 52 week stock price, the decline is greater than 75%.

Net loss for the first half of 2016 was £32.2 million or 26.9p per share, compared to a net loss of £0.9 million or 0.4p per share in the year-earlier period.

1H 2016 operating loss was £32.0 million versus an operating loss of £0.8 million during 1H 2015.  Operating losses included non-cash write downs of £23.3 million for goodwill and acquired intangibles as well as a write-down of £6.3 million of inventory and capitalized development costs.

A majority of Vislink’s goodwill write-down was associated with the Broadcast division (excluding Pebble Beach).  The entire £20.6 million of goodwill for Vislink’s Broadcast division was written down.

Given the magnitude of the non-cash items it is informative to review operating cash flow for the period.  During the first six months of 2016 operating cash usage was £1.2 million, compared to generation of £0.8 million during the first half of 2016.

The results for the first half benefited from a positive £2.2 million foreign currency translation based on a weaker GBP.

Broadcast Performance:

Vislink’s broadcast revenue for the first half of 2016 was £20.6 million, a 7.6% decrease versus broadcast revenue in 1H 2015.  The decline was primarily related to an 18.5% year-over-year drop in the revenue of Vislink’s Communication Systems (“VCS”) business.

Management attributed the decline in VCS to a combination of a general pause in spending ahead of the adoption of next-generation technologies and a reduction in spend from broadcasters driven by a diversion of budgets from infrastructure to investing in content.

Pebble Beach revenue for 1H 2016 was £5.4 million, a slight decrease of 1.4% when compared to the first half of 2015.  In the commentary accompanying the earnings release, the Company highlighted a 53.3% growth in Pebble Beach’s order book to £5.4 million during the 1H 2016 (1H 2015: £3.5 million).

Revenue by Region:

  • Revenue from the UK & Europe region was £7.6 million during the first half of the year, an increase of 20.1% over the first half of 2015. The UK & Europe represented 33.6% of total revenue for the first six months of the year, versus 23.7% in the same period of 2015.
  • Revenues from the Americas were £7.9 million, a 27.4% decrease against 1H 2015. On a percentage basis, Americas was 35% of total revenue for the first half of 2016, down from 40.6% in 1H 2015.
  • First half 2016 revenue from the Middle East and Africa (MEA) was £3.2 million, down 3.2% versus 1H 2015. The MEA region represented 14.2% of revenue in 1H 2016, up from 12.4% during the first half of 2015.
  • APAC revenue in 1H 2016 was £1.9 million, up 4.1% versus the comparable 2015 period. APAC revenue was 8.4% of total revenue in 1H 2016, up from 7.1% in 1H 2015.

Operating Expenses by Function:

  • R&D expenses recognized in 1H 2016 were £3.6 million, a 29.5% increase over 1H 2015. As a percentage of revenue, R&D expense was 16.1%, a substantial increase from the 10.6% in 1H 2015.  During the first half, Vislink wrote down £0.8 million of capitalized R&D investment.  Management did not identify the associated products or technologies associated with the write down.
  • Sales and marketing (S&M) expenses were £4.6 million, a slight rise of 1.4% against 1H 2015 S&M expense level. On a percentage basis S&M was 20.2%, an increase over the 17.0% of revenue from 1H 2015.
  • Administrative expenses were £2.9 million, a decrease of 28% versus the first half of 2015.

Cash and Debt Levels:

Vislink had a cash balance of £3.1 on June 30, 2016, down from £3.2 at the end of 2015.  During the same time period, the Company’s debt balance increased to £12.0 million from £9.0 at the end of 2015.  These developments have increased Vislink’s net debt to £8.8 million.  This compares to net debt levels of £5.7 million at 2015 year end and £1.2 million at the end of the first half of 2015.

In the release Management indicted debt has increased further since the end of the June and Vislink is now using its entire Revolving Credit Facility of £15.0 million.

Business Outlook:

Vislink’s order book at June 30, 2016 was £11.4 million, an increase of 60.5% over the same date last year.

In their prepared remarks Management discussed the organic growth of Pebble Beach, its pipeline of software bolt-on acquisitions, and its continued focus growing Vislink’s software business.  The below slide is taken from the Vislink’s presentation on the first half results.




“We continue to see significant underlying organic growth in our software business with a strong order intake which has carried through into H2.  The long term prospects for Pebble Beach Systems continue to improve as we augment our core enterprise software solutions with cloud enabled software applications. We also have a pipeline of partners and software bolt-on acquisitions which will further enhance the Group strategy of building a high margin, cash generative software business” said John Hawkins Executive Chairman of Vislink.



Related Content:

Press Release on Vislink 1H 2016 Results

Management Presentation on Vislink 1H 2016 Results

Trading Update on Vislink 1H 2016 Preliminary Results



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Vitec Group acquires Wooden Camera for Consideration Up to $35 million

Analysis, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Sep 20 2016

The Vitec Group has acquired Wooden Camera, a provider of camera accessories including baseplates, cages, hand grips, matte boxes, monitor mounts, shoulder rigs, and zip boxes.  deal-logo

Wooden Camera is based in Dallas, Texas and privately owned by its management team, Ryan and Elizabeth Schorman.  Both will remain with business post-acquisition.  Wooden Camera will become part of Vitec’s Broadcast Division.

The press release announcing the acquisitions cites the opportunity to grow Wooden Camera through expanded distribution as part of Vitec’s global sales network.  Also noted in the announcement is the opportunity for Wooden Camera to benefit from Vitec’s manufacturing and product sourcing capabilities.

As part of the acquisition announcement The Vitec Group disclosed portions of Wooden Camera’s recent financial results along with the high-level deal terms.

Wooden Camera generated an unaudited adjusted EBITDA of £1.9 million ($2.5 million) for the 2015 calendar year.   Management indicated Wooden Camera has grown in the year-to-date period of 2016.

The upfront cash consideration is £15.3 million ($20.0 million), which is subject to post-closing adjustments.  The deal also includes a potential earn out representing an additional £11.5 million ($15.0 million) of consideration.  The earn out payments are based on Wooden Camera achieving “demanding” EBITDA targets for the financial periods thru the close of the 2018 calendar year.  The 2018 EBITDA target is $7.3 million (this represents an almost tripling of 2015 EBITDA).   Vitec will finance the transaction using its existing banking facility.

Using the 2015 EBITDA disclosure, the upfront consideration values Wooden Camera at 8.0x 2015 EBITDA (not including the earn-out).  The total consideration has the potential to value Wooden Camera at 17.5x 2015 EBITDA.  Since more than 40 percent of the total potential deal value is in the form of an aggressive earn-out, it is more appropriate to focus on the implied valuation of the upfront consideration.  The multiple of 2016 EBITDA – though unavailable – is likely less since Wooden Camera has continued to grow.

To put these figures in context, The Vitec Group currently trades in the public markets at a valuation of 7.8x trailing twelve month EBITDA and 1.0x trailing twelve months of revenue (on an enterprise value basis).

The press release states “The Board expects the acquisition to be immediately earnings enhancing.”  This statement is then clarified in the notes to the press release as follows, “This statement should not be taken to mean that earnings per share of The Vitec Group plc will necessarily exceed or be lower than historic earnings per share of The Vitec Group plc and no forecast is intended or implied. This refers to earnings before charges associated with acquisition of businesses.”

It is interesting to reflect on the impact of a weaker GBP currency on the transaction pricing.  The “Brexit” referendum of June 23, 2016 precipitated a decline of the GBP versus the US dollar.  A weaker GBP should – on balance – benefit Vitec’s revenue results.  However, it will make expenditures in other currencies more expensive, including the acquisition of a US-based business as is the case with Wooden Camera.  On June 1, 2016 the exchange rate was 1.44 USD / GBP.  The figures in The Vitec Group press release were based on an exchange rate of 1.31 USD / GBP or 9% lower.  Meaning, the acquisition in GBP terms was 9% more expensive because of the recent disruption in the GBP currency.

The Vitec Group often structures its acquisitions with a substantial portion of contingent consideration.  This was also the case in the recent acquisitions of Offhollywood, SmallHD, and Teradek.

Commenting on the acquisition Vitec’s Group Chief Executive Stephen Bird stated, “I am delighted to welcome the Wooden Camera team to Vitec. Wooden Camera’s products are the glue that binds all the building blocks together on a professional camera system.  This leading business complements Vitec’s strategy of providing premium branded broadcast products and services to our customers to capture and share exceptional images. The business has great prospects and we anticipate that it will generate a good return on our investment.”



Related Content:

Vitec Group Press Release on Wooden Camera Acquisition



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Evertz Announces Record Backlog and Shipments along with C$13.5 million IP Order

Analysis, Broadcaster Financial Results, Quarterly Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Sep 19 2016

Evertz announced revenue for the first quarter of its 2017 fiscal year, which ended on July 31, 2016.  Revenue for the quarter was C$87.0 million, up 2.5% versus the same period a year ago, and down 9.7% versus the previous quarter. evertz-logo

The strengthening US dollar contributed a foreign exchange gain of C$6.6 million during the quarter.

Net earnings for the quarter were C$18.6 million (C$0.25 earnings per share), flat versus the first fiscal quarter of 2016, and an increase of 129.6% versus the preceding quarter. The company generated C$19.9 million cash from operations in the quarter.  This compares to cash used by operations of C$7.8 million during the same period last year and cash from operations of C$10.1 million during the previous quarter.

Revenue results for the quarter were below the consensus estimates of equity analysts of C$95.1 million, while earnings results were above the consensus estimates of analysts of C$0.24 per share.

During management’s exchange with analysts, EVP Brian Campbell attributed the lower level of revenue in the quarter to the typical lumpiness of orders along with the stretching of certain orders into future quarters.

The Company said its shipments during August 2016 were C$31 million, and that its purchase order backlog at the end of the quarter was in excess of C$70 million.   The combined shipments and backlog of C$101 million is a record level for Evertz.

The top ten customers in the quarter accounted for 30% of revenue and no customer accounted for an excess of 6% of revenue. Evertz had 104 individual customers each representing over $200,000 of revenue.

Gross margins in the quarter were 57.3%, down slightly from 56.4% last year and also down from 57.1% last quarter.  For the quarter operating margins were 28.5%, compared to 29.9% during the same period last year and 23.9% in the FQ4 2016.

Evertz ended the quarter with C$125.4 million of cash and cash equivalents up slightly from C$123.1 million at the end of last quarter.

Revenue by Geography:

  • Revenue in the US/Canada region was C$52.1 million, an increase of 4.2% versus the same period a year ago, and flat versus the previous quarter. US/Canada sales were 59.9% of total revenue during the quarter, up from 58.9% of revenue during the same period a year ago, and a substantial increase versus the 53% contribution during the preceding quarter.
  • International revenue was C$34.9 million, flat versus the previous year’s result and a decrease of 22.6% when compared to the previous quarter. International sales were 40.1% of total revenue, down from 41.1% last year and 47.0% last quarter.

Operating Expenditures by Function:

  • R&D expenses (before tax credits) in the second quarter were C$17.5 million, an increase of 7.4% versus the same period last year, and an increase of 1.2% versus the previous quarter. R&D expenses were 20.1% of revenue in the quarter, higher on a percentage basis than the 19.2% last year and the 17.9% last quarter.
  • Selling and administrative expenses for the quarter were C$14.9 million, a slight increase of 0.7% versus last year, and a decrease of 8.0% versus the preceding quarter. Selling and administrative expenses represented approximately 17.1% of revenue in the quarter versus 19.2% of revenue during the same period last year, and 17.9% of revenue in the previous quarter.

Management Commentary on Results:

Consistent with earlier quarters, Evertz EVP Brian Campbell attributed the overall performance and combined shipment and order backlog “to the ongoing transition to HD, channel proliferation, the increasing global demand for high-quality video anywhere anytime”.  Also consistent with previous quarters, Mr. Campbell added emphasis on “the growing adoption of Evertz’s IP-based software-defined networking solutions.”

While Evertz declined to provide an update on the number of SDVN deployments (over 50 SDVN installments as of the 2016 NAB Show), the Company did issue a press release on the receipt of a C$13.5 million purchase order for a “state-of-the-art” IP facility for a US customer.  The purchase order includes multiple EXE hyperscale and IPX modular switch cores, IP media gateways, and compression and control solutions.

In responding to a question by Thanos Moschopoulos of BMO Capital Markets on the interest level of cloud for Evertz customers, Mr. Campbell provided commentary on cloud adoption in the media sector.  “It’s very much early days, but it is meaningful” stated Mr. Campbell.  “And Evertz is well down the path in virtualizing the important components for customers to meet to their needs, whether that’s in a public cloud or in a private cloud or hybrid” continued Mr. Campbell.



Related Content:

Press release on Evertz FY Q1 2017 Results

MD&A on Evertz FY Q1 2017 Results

Financial Statements for Evertz FY Q1 2017

Press Release on “State-of-the-Art” IP Facility Order



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Download New Report: IBC 2016 Media Technology Industry Analysis

Analysis, broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast technology vendor financials, technology trends | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Sep 09 2016

As the 2016 IBC Show kicks off in Amsterdam, Devoncroft Partners has published a 100+ page overview of recent developments in the broadcast and media technology sector.

A link to the download the report is available at the bottom of this page.


The analysis reflects recent discussions we’ve had with executives at media companies, service providers, and technology vendors.  In particular, the presentation includes perspectives on the following,

  • Media Revenue Models Transitioning
  • Investment in OTT Technologies, Services
  • Invesotr Concerns on Media Industry Transition
  • Continued Media Restructuring
  • Media Technology Industry Market Performance 2009 – 2015
  • Technology Vendor Results in 2016
  • Market Catalysts in 2016
  • Sector Expectations for 2017
  • Review of Technology Trends, Project Deployments
  • Considerations for Future Media Technology Architectures
  • Implications of Market Developments on Technology Vendors


We welcome feedback, comments, and questions on this report.

If you would like to schedule a meeting at the IBC show, please let us know as soon as possible.  We have limited availability remaining.

We hope to see you in Amsterdam.


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Autodesk M&E Declines 16% in Q2, Driven by Subscription Model Transition

Analysis, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results, SEC Filings | Posted by Joe Zaller
Aug 26 2016

Autodesk reported revenue for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017, which aligns with the three month period ending July 31, 2016.  Autodesk breaks out the revenue performance of its Media and Entertainment (M&E) business segment, which comprises visual effects and post-production solutions including Maya, Flame, and Shotgun.  Autodesk_Logo

Autodesk M&E revenue for the quarter was $34 million, a decrease of 16% compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2015, and a 2.9% decrease versus the preceding quarter, FQ1 2017.  M&E contributed 6.2% of Autodesk’s total sales in the quarter.  This compares to 6.7% during the year-earlier quarter and 6.8% during the preceding quarter.

There was no commentary provided by Autodesk’s management on the reason for the year-over-year decline, though Autodesk’s overall revenue decline was attributable to the Company’s transition from perpetual licenses to a subscription revenue model.

The close of the second quarter marked another milestone for Autodesk’s transition to a subscription business model, as the Company no longer sells perpetual licenses for its Suite products.  Autodesk discontinued selling perpetual licenses for individual products with the close of the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016.  Beginning with the start of the current quarter (FQ3 2017) Autodesk only sells subscription or flexible license offerings.

Update on Business Model Transition

Autodesk’s M&E division has been a public data point on the impact of pricing compression in the post-production technology segment of the media technology sector.  Revenue for the M&E division has been on a declining revenue trajectory for almost a decade given the impacts of the transition from hardware to software, the collapsing of functionality into Suites, and now the shift from perpetual licenses to subscription.

The below chart illustrates the revenue performance of the M&E division since the second half of fiscal 2008.


At the same time, the gross margin of the M&E division has benefited from these market trends.  Gross margins increased from 74.4% in the first quarter of fiscal 2008 to 80.0% during the first fiscal quarter of 2017.

The short-term implications of the business model transition is captured in the first paragraph of Autodesk’s prepared remarks for the quarter, “Autodesk is undergoing a business model transition in which it has discontinued most new perpetual license sales in favor of subscriptions and flexible license arrangements. During the transition, revenue, margins, EPS, deferred revenue, billings and cash flow from operations will be impacted as more revenue is recognized ratably rather than up front and as new product offerings generally have a lower initial purchase price.”

Related Content:

Press Release: Autodesk FY Q2 2017 Financial Results

Prepared Remarks: Autodesk management FY Q2 2017 Financial Results

Conference Call Transcript:  Autodesk FY Q2 2017



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EVS Revenue Increases Over 70% in Q2, Driven by Upgrades for Rio 2016

Analysis, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Aug 25 2016

Production and playout video server specialist EVS reported Q2 2016 financial results.  Revenues for the second quarter of 2016 were €39.8 million, an increase of 70.8% over Q2 2015 results, and an incrEVS_Logo (2013)ease of 48.0% versus the preceding quarter, Q1 2016.  Excluding the effect of exchange rate movements and big event rentals, the EVS’s Q2 2016 revenue increased 67.6% versus the year earlier period.

Driving revenue in the quarter were upgrades by outside broadcast (“OB”) companies upgrading equipment in preparation for the large events of 2016, in particular the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.  Year-over-year revenue growth also benefited in part from a softer comparable period of Q2 2015.

Net profit for Q2 2016 amounted to €12.6 million (€0.93 per share), compared to €0.70 million (€0.05 per share) in the year earlier period and €4.9 million (€0.36 per share) in the preceding quarter.

Gross margins for the quarter were 77.3%, an increase of over 1000 basis points compared to Q2 2015, and an increase of 680 basis points when measured against Q1 2016.  Gross margins were boosted in part by higher margins associated with Rental revenue.  Management attributed the margin increase in Rental revenue to the completion of C-Cast development work, which negatively impacted the gross margin of Rental revenue in earlier periods.

Operating profit for the second quarter of 2016 was €17.40 million, up 815.8% compared to the second quarter of 2015 and up 128.9% versus the first quarter of 2016.  Operating margin for the quarter was 44.0%, a sharp rise over the 8.0% operating margins from the same period last year and the 22.7% operating margin achieved during the first quarter of 2016.

Research and development (“R&D”) expenses for the second quarter of 2016 were €5.45 million, or 14.0% of total revenue, a decline of 11.5% versus the R&D expense in Q2 2015, and a decline of 6.0% against Q1 2016.  As a percentage of sales, R&D expense was 26.0% of total revenue in Q2 2015 and 22.0% during Q1 2016.  Year-over-year comparisons were impacted by costs associated with the closing of EVS’s development office in Chengdu during Q2 2015.

Selling and administrative expenses for the second quarter of 2016 were €7.44 million, or 19.0% of total revenue, representing an increase 4.3% over the second quarter of 2015, and an increase of 16.3% versus the preceding quarter.  As a percentage of sales, selling and administrative expense was 30.6% of total revenue in Q2 2015 and 24.0% during Q1 2016.

EVS ended the quarter with 482 employees, down slightly from 483 at the end of the first quarter of 2016, and down from the 471 employees at the end of Q2 2015.

The order book stood at €41.8 million as of August 24, 2016, with 80% to 85% of the current order book set to invoice during the third quarter of 2016.  The current order book represents an increase of 13.6% over the order book on August 25, 2015 and a decline of 22.3% compared to the order book on May 10, 2016.

Revenue by Destination:

  • Revenues from Outside broadcast vans during the second quarter of 2016 were €22.2 million, a 75.3% increase versus the second quarter of 2015, and a 47.2% increase compared to first quarter of 2016. For the second quarter of 2016, this segment contributed 56.0% of the total revenue, which compares to 54.0% in Q2 2015 and 56.0% in Q1 2016. Revenue in this category was driven by customer upgrades to support the large event taking place in 2016.
  • Revenues from Studio & others during the quarter were €13.7 million, up 53.2% compared to the year earlier period, and up 16.0% versus the preceding quarter. For the second quarter of 2015, this segment contributed 34.0% of total revenue, a decline versus the contribution of 38.0% in Q2 2015 and 44.0% in Q1 2016.
  • Revenues from Big sporting event rentals during the quarter were €3.9 million, an increase of 127.3% versus the year-earlier period. There were no rental sales in the first quarter of 2016.  For the second quarter of 2016, this segment contributed 10.0% of total revenue, a decrease versus 7.0% contribution in Q2 2015.

The below slide from EVS’s Q2 2016 earnings presentation illustrates the revenue breakout by destination for historical periods.


Revenue by Nature:

  • Systems revenue in the quarter was €36.80 million, up 68.8% versus Q2 2015, and an increase of 49.3% against Q1 2016. During the second quarter of 2016, Systems revenue represented 92.0% of total revenue, comparable to the 94.0% in Q2 2015 and 92.0% in Q1 2016.
  • Services revenue was €2.98 million for Q2 2016, up 97.4% versus the year ago period, and a rise of 34.2% compared to Q1 2016. Contribution to the second quarter of 2016 revenue was 7.0% of the total, which is in-line with the contribution of 6.0% in Q2 2015 and 8.0% in Q1 2016.

Revenue by Geography:

  • Revenue from EMEA (excluding events) in the second quarter was €13.5 million, up 52.5% against last year’s comparable quarter, and a rise of 57.7% compared to Q1 2016. Sales in EMEA (excluding events) accounted for 38.0% of EVS’s revenue during the quarter.  This compares to 41.0% of total revenue during the second quarter of 2015 and 32.0% during first quarter of 2016.
  • Americas’ revenue for the second quarter of 2016 was €14.6 million, an increase of 107.8% versus the year-over-year period, and an increase of 38.5% compared to the preceding quarter. Americas accounted for 41.0% of total revenue during the quarter, up from 33.0% of total revenue during Q2 2015 and 39.0% in Q1 2016.
  • Q2 2016 revenue from the APAC region was €7.71 million, up 36.0% versus last year’s quarter, and a slight decline of 0.3% versus the preceding quarter. APAC accounted for 22.0% of total revenue in the Q2 2016, versus a contribution of 26.0% during Q2 2015 and 29.0% in Q1 2016.


Business Outlook:

As part of the earnings release, Management increased and narrowed revenue guidance for the full year.  Revenues for 2016 are now expected between €128 million and €138 million.

During EVS’s conference call, Managing Director & CEO Muriel De Lathouwer, offered commentary on the market environment.  “We see that the adoption of 4K and IP progressed across all geographies with more concrete discussions that we have now on those subjects with our customers. We are very happy with the order book and the evolution, but we still don’t want to have too much excitement as we know that part of the uptake of these new technologies will be included in the traditional lifecycle of upgrades.”


Related Content:

Press Release: EVS Q2 2016 Results

Presentation: EVS Q2 2016 Results



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Software Growth Drives Substantial Increase in Dalet 1H 2016 Margins

Analysis, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Aug 22 2016

Dalet, a provider of software solutions for the creation, management and distribution of multimedia content, announced revenues for the first half of 2016 of €21.9 million, a decrease of 4% versus 1H 2015 revenues of €20.9m.  Dalet_Logo_New

The year-over-year decline is attributable to a 43% decrease in revenue from hardware resale compared to the first half of 2015.  Revenues in 1H 2015 included a one-off large contract where Dalet was responsible for the entire infrastructure, including the hardware procurement.

Gross margin for the first half of 2016 was 87.1%, up from 79.0% in the comparable period during 2015.  The over 800 basis point rise in gross margin is again related to the sharp decrease in low-margin hardware resale during 1H 2016.

Revenue breakdown:

  • Software license revenue was €5.9 million for 1H 2016, up 9% versus 1H 2015. License revenue represented 28.2% of total revenue in 1H 2016, compared to 24.6% in 1H 2015. Growth in software licenses was driven by the North America and Asia-Pacific regions.
  • Maintenance support was €7.6 million, up 10% versus the 2015 first half. Maintenance revenue represented 36.3% of total revenue in 1H 2016, compared to 31.5% in 1H 2015. Growth in maintenance mirrors the expansion in software licenses and was similarly driven by installed base gains in the North America and Asia-Pacific regions.
  • Services revenue was €4.2 million in 1H 2016, up 7% versus the year-earlier period. Services revenue was 20.1% of total revenue during the first half of the year and 17.8% during the first half of 2015.
  • Hardware revenue was €3.3 million, down 43% versus 1H 2015. Hardware revenue represented 15.8% of total revenue in 1H 2016, versus 26.0% in 1H 2015.

On a geographic basis:

  • Revenue in Europe remained the largest geographic component at €9.2 million during the first half of the year, a decrease of 14.3% when measured against the first half of 2015. Europe represented 44% of total revenue for the first six months of the year, versus 49% in the same period of 2015.  Year-over-year comparisons in Europe were affected by the aforementioned large contract from the first half of 2015 involving a significant hardware resale component.
  • Revenues from the Americas were €8.0 million, or 38% of total revenue for 1H 2016, up from 36% in 1H 2015. This represented year-over-year growth of 1.5% in the Americas region.
  • First half 2016 revenue from the Middle East and Africa (MEA) was €0.6 million, down 27.6% versus 1H 2015. The MEA region represented 3.0% of revenue in 1H 2016, down from 3.9% during the first half of 2015.
  • APAC revenue in 1H 2016 was €2.9 million, up 20% versus the comparable 2015 period. APAC revenue was 14% of total revenue in 1H 2016, up from 11.1% in 1H 2015.

The revenue and gross margin results were announced in a press release.  The full operating results will publish in late September.

Business Outlook:

In the press release announcing the first half results, Management indicated revenue performance was as expected for the first six months of 2016.  Dalet is anticipating continued growth in the second half 2016, especially in terms of gross margin.  Management also stated an objective of improving operating margins to a goal of 4% to 5% by the 2017 fiscal year.

The Company entered the second half of 2016 with an order book of €23 million, which is expected to invoice during the period.


Related Content:

Press Release: Dalet First Half 2016 Results



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