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Dolby Q2 Results Offer Updates on Atmos, Vision Adoption

Analysis, Broadcast technology vendor financials | Posted by Josh Stinehour
May 02 2016

Dolby announced revenue for its second fiscal quarter (ending April 1, 2016) of $274.3 million, up 1% versus the year earlier period, and an increase of 14% versus the preceding quarter, Q1 2016.

GAAP net income for the quarter was $67.4 million or $0.66 earnings per share.  This represents a 16% increase over the net income for Q2 2015 of $57.9 million ($0.56 earnings per share).

GAAP Gross Margins were 91.1% for the quarter, an increase over the gross margins of 90.8% from the year earlier period and the 87.6% gross margins recorded during Q1 2016.  Operating margins were 30%, an increase over the 29% from Q2 2015 and the 16% operating margins during the preceding quarter.

Management’s guidance at the end of first quarter had been for revenue in the range of $255 million to $270 million for the second quarter with gross margins between 89% and 90%, and GAAP earnings per share of $0.42 and $0.48.  On each measure, Dolby outperformed guidance.  Dolby’s shares were trading approximately 13% higher after the earnings release.

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 Q2 2016 was $249.3 million, an increase of 2% versus Q2 2015 and an 18% increase versus Q1 2016.
  • Product revenue was $20.0 million, a decline of 12.6% compared to the year earlier period, and a decrease of 19% versus Q1 2016 results. The Q1 2016 results had been especially strong given cinema updates related to holiday movie releases, including Star Wars episode seven.  Year-over-year declines are consistent with the broader cinema equipment market, which has been impacted by the recent completion of the conversion from film to digital.
  • Services revenue were $4.9 million during the second quarter, a decrease of 12.5% against Q2 2015, and a slight increase of 2% versus the first quarter’s results.

Product gross margins for Q2 2016 were 30.3%, a substantial increase over the 20.7% gross margins from Q2 2015 and 23.3% gross margins in Q1 2016.

As part of the earning release, Dolby disclosed several data points on developments in its growth initiatives within its cinema business.

There are now nearly 1,800 screens worldwide where Dolby Atmos is installed or committed.  Over 450 Dolby Atmos titles have been announced or released.

There are also more than 20 Dolby Cinema locations open and another 200 Dolby Cinema locations are planned for roll out around the world.  Dolby Cinema is a partnership with cinema exhibitors (including AMC in the US) to create a branded premium cinema featuring Dolby Vision laser projection and Dolby Atmos audio technology.  Nearly 40 Dolby Vision theatrical titles have been announced or released since its launch in May 2015.

Licensing Revenue by Customer Vertical:

Licensing revenue in the Broadcast vertical (primarily televisions and set-top boxes) was 45% of total licensing revenue or $112.2 million.  On an aggregate basis, Broadcast licensing grew 9.8% versus Q2 2015 and 10.7% versus the preceding quarter, Q1 2016.  As a percentage of total licensing revenue, Broadcast contributed 42% in Q2 2015 and 48% during the first quarter of 2016.

The remainder of Dolby’s licensing revenue is attributable to PC, Mobile, Consumer Electronics, and Other (Video game consoles, automobile entertainment, and audio conferencing).

Management attributed the growth in Broadcast licensing to higher back payments and higher volume in set-top boxes. During its earnings call, management noted Dolby is well-positioned to benefit from further growth in the Broadcast market as emerging markets transition to digital broadcast.

Also on the earnings call, Management highlighted several developments with Dolby Vision and Dolby’s growing technology presence in online content delivery.

LG, the 2nd largest TV manufacturer in the world, is set to begin shipping OLED and UHD LED TV’s featuring Dolby Vision.  Dolby Vision is now included in three of the five television lines from Vizio, the 2nd largest TV manufacturer in the US.

Over 40 streaming services now deliver Dolby Audio including Google Play, Netflix, Microsoft, Amazon, and iTV.  Management is anticipating up to 100 Dolby Vision titles available for home entertainment delivery by the end of 2016.  Netflix and VUDU are now streaming content in Dolby Vision, and Amazon has announced a commitment to Dolby Vision.

Financial Guidance

Management guidance for the third fiscal quarter is revenue in the range of $260 million to $275 million, gross margins between 89% and 90%, and earnings per share between $0.47 and $0.53.

Commenting on the quarter’s results, Kevin Yeaman, President and CEO, Dolby Laboratories stated, “It was a solid quarter and we gained momentum in mobile with the inclusion of Dolby Audio in iOS.  We’ve also expanded the number of Dolby Vision TVs in market and the amount of Dolby Vision content, while continuing to roll out Dolby Cinema locations around the world.”


Related Content:

Press Release: Dolby Fiscal Q2 2016 Earnings Release



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AWS is now a $10 Billion Annual Revenue Business

Analysis, Broadcast technology vendor financials | Posted by Josh Stinehour
May 02 2016

Amazon reported results for the first quarter of 2016.  Since the first quarter of 2015, Amazon has been reporting the individual results of Amazon Web Services (AWS).  Based on Q1 2016 figures, AWS is now a $10 billion run-rate revenue business with a trailing twelve month operating income of nearly $2 billion.

The reported revenue for AWS consists of the more than 70 services now offered from the AWS platform including the sales of compute, storage, and database.  Amazon does not specifically address how much AWS revenue was attributable to the media industry.  However, the AWS figures are an informative data point for better understanding the broader adoption of cloud services.

For the three months ended March 31, 2016 AWS had revenue of $2.6 billion, a 64% increase over the first quarter of 2015.  AWS represented 8% of Amazon’s sales for the quarter, an increase from the 6% contribution for Q1 2015.

AWS operating income for Q1 2016 was $604 million, which was a 210% year-over-year increase versus the first quarter in 2015.  During the quarter AWS actually generated more operating income than all of Amazon’s other business lines – both on an individual and aggregate basis.

Operating margins for AWS in the quarter were 23.5%, a substantial increase over the 12.4% operating margins during Q1 2015. The reporting of operating income now includes a burden for stock-based compensation (this lowered operating margins versus historical reporting).

Management attributed the growth in AWS revenue and profitability to increased customer usage and cost structure productivity.  This was partially offset by continued pricing decreases and increased spending on technology infrastructure.

The below chart from Amazon’s Q1 2016 earnings presentation illustrates the growth of revenue and operating income for AWS over the past year.




Operating incomes doesn’t capture the cash flow impact of capital expenditures and payments attributable to the financing of equipment for AWS, which is not disclosed directly.  It is a capital intensive business.

Additional information from Amazon’s filings are illustrative of the significant level of investment in technology infrastructure attributed to AWS.  The Company’s total capital expenditures (cash) were $1.2 billion in Q1 2016, a 38% increase over Q1 2015. According to Amazon’s SEC filings, “This primarily reflects additional investments in support of continued business growth due to investments in technology infrastructure (the majority of which is to support AWS) and additional capacity to support our fulfillment operations.”

Cash capital expenditures do not account for property and equipment acquired under capital lease obligation (non-balance sheet items).  Property and equipment acquired under capital leases were $875 million in Q1 2016, an 8% decrease over Q1 2015. A majority of this spend is due to investments in technology infrastructure for AWS.

On Amazon’s call with earnings analyst, Brian Olsavsky, SVP and Chief Financial Officer, stated the combined total of capital expenditures and capital lease obligations was $9.5 billion in the trailing 12 month period.  AWS is the largest driver of this spend, but does not consume all of this number

AWS specifically and cloud vendors more broadly, are benefiting from a secular trend toward cloud usage among media and entertainment sector.  As cloud providers replace the capital expenditures of media customers, there are significant implications for technology vendors and service providers.  The $9.5 billion figure (noted above) is equivalent to almost half of all annual product sales in the media and broadcast technology sector based on the latest results of the IABM DC Global Market Valuation Report (

The adoption of cloud infrastructure in the media industry is not necessarily a negative development for the technology vendor community.  AWS views its services as unburdening organizations from the undifferentiated heavy lifting of technology deployments.  In this way, AWS is allowing media customers and media technology suppliers to focus on the aspects of their businesses differentiating their products and services to customers.

Moving to cloud infrastructure does necessarily require new technology architectures, revenue models, and operating structures.  These topics were discussed extensively during the recent Media Technology Business Summit at the 2016 NAB Show including a keynote from AWS titled, “’All In’: Cloud Transformation of the Media Industry.”  If you haven’t downloaded our slides from the event, a complimentary copy is available from the following link.

While Amazon does not disclose specific AWS numbers in the media vertical, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos did note a high-profile media customer in his annual letter to shareholders (excerpt below).

“MLB Advanced Media is an example of an AWS customer that is constantly reinventing the customer experience. MLB’s Statcast tracking technology is a new feature for baseball fans that measures the position of each player, the baserunners, and the ball as they move during every play on the field, giving viewers on any screen access to empirical data that answers age-old questions like ‘what could have happened if…’ while also bringing new questions to life. Turning baseball into rocket science, Statcast uses a missile radar system to measure every pitched ball’s movements more than 2,000 times per second, streams and collects data in real-time through Amazon Kinesis (our service for processing real-time streaming data), stores the data on Amazon S3, and then performs analytics in Amazon EC2. The suite of services will generate nearly 7 TB of raw statistical data per game and up to 17 PB per season, shedding quantitative light on age-old, but never verified, baseball pearls of wisdom like ‘never slide into first.’”


Related Content:

Presentation: Q1 2016 Amazon Earnings Presentation

Press Release: Q1 2016 Amazon Earnings Press Release

SEC Filing: Q1 2016 Amazon SEC Filing



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Don’t Miss The Media Technology Business Summit at the 2016 NAB Show

Analysis, broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Conference Sessions, technology trends | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 16 2016

Media Technology Business Summit

1:00pm – 5:00pm, Sunday, April 17, 2016

Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N249

Open to all 2016 NAB Show Registrants


2016 Devoncroft NAB Media Technology Busienss Summit


Conference Agenda

1:00pm – Strategic Industry Analysis: Valuations, M&A, and Equity Finance

  • Joshua Stinehour, Principal Analyst Devoncroft



1:25pm – Follow the Money: Trends Driving Media Investment

  • Joe Zaller, Founder & President Devoncroft



1:50pm – Change is the New Normal: Transforming for Business Success in the New Media Landscape

  • Ulf Ewaldsson, SVP, Group CTO, & Head of Group Function Ericsson



2:10pm – The Vendor C-Suite: Strategies for an Evolving Market

  • Louis Hernandez, Jr., President & CEO Avid
  • Charlie Vogt, CEO Imagine Communications
  • Larry Kaplan, Founder & CEO SDVI
  • Dan Castles, CEO Telestream



2:50pm – The Broadcaster C-Suite: Trends Driving Investment Decisions

  • John Honeycutt, CTO Discovery Communications
  • Renu Thomas, EVP Media Operations, Engineering & IT Disney/ABC Television Group
  • Richard Friedel, EVP and GM Fox Network Engineering and Operations
  • Håvard Myklebust, CTO TV2 Norway



3:30pm – Leveraging Hyperscale IT Infrastructure for Next-Generation Media Workflows

  • Michelle Munson, President, CEO, and Co-Founder Aspera, an IBM Company
  • Michael Koons, VP, Worldwide Systems Engineering Cisco Systems
  • Tom Burns, CTO, Media & Entertainment EMC/Isilon
  • Ulf Ewaldsson, SVP, Group CTO, & Head of Group Function Ericsson



4:00pm – Service Provider C-Suite: Perspectives on Industry Trends

  • Chris Walters, CEO Encompass Digital Media
  • Ramki Sankaranarayanan, Founder & CEO Prime Focus Technologies
  • Avi Cohen, CEO RR Media



4:30pm – AWS Keynote – “All In”: Cloud Transformation of the Media Industry

  • Alex Dunlap, General Manager AWS CloudFront
  • Sam Blackman, CEO and Co-Founder Elemental Technologies



We look forward to seeing you there. Additional information on the Summit is available from the Devoncroft Partners website and the NAB Show website.




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Vislink Reduces Headcount 26% in Communications Division. Reports 2015 Results.

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

UK-based Vislink plc, which owns broadcast industry brands Advent, Link, MRC Gigawave, and Pebble Beach, announced full year 2015 results.  2015 revenue was £57.8 million, a decline of 6.7% versus 2014 revenue. vislink

The revenue decline was attributable to Vislink’s surveillance business, which completed a large one-time order in the first half of 2015.

Net income for 2015 was (£0.9) or (0.7p) per share, compared to net income of £3.7 or 3.2p per share in 2014.

2015 operating income was (£0.8) versus operating income of £5.5 during 2014.  It is important to note management capitalizes a portion of R&D expense, which is therefore not reflected in the current period’s operating expenses and instead amortized over future periods.

R&D expenses recognized in 2015 were £5.8, a 3.6% increase over 2014.  As a percentage of revenue, R&D expense was 10%, a slight increase from the 9% in 2014.  The increase was attributable to the addition of a full 12 months of Pebble Beach (acquired in March of 2014).

Sales and marketing (S&M) expenses were £9.4, a rise of 6.8% against 2014 S&M.  On a percentage of revenue basis S&M was 16.3%, an increase over the 14.2% of revenue from 2014.

Administrative expenses were £6.1, a decrease of 10% versus 2014 levels.  The decrease in administrative expenses was the result of a restructuring of the Vislink Communications Systems division.

Headcount for the Communications System division decreased from 250 at the end of 2014 to 185 at the end of 2015 – a 26% decline for the year.  The Company incurred a charge of £2.5 related to the restructuring.

In contrast, the headcount of Vislink’s Pebble Beach increased from 63 at the start of the year to 75 at the end of the year.

Vislink ended 2015 with a cash balance of £3.3, down from £8.4 at the end of 2014.

Broadcast Performance:

Vislink’s broadcast revenue for the 2015 year was £50.2, a 9% increase versus broadcast revenue in 2014.  The gain was primarily related to the inclusion a full 12 months of Pebble Beach.

Pebble Beach revenue for 2015 was £10.9 million.  Vislink acquired Pebble Beach in March of the 2014, so year-over-year comparisons are not appropriate.  During the earning release, management highlighted a $2.0 million (USD) order received from Scripps Group in 2015.

Broadcast revenue for Vislink’s Communications Systems division was £39.3 million for 2015, an increase of 4% over the prior year.

Broadcast Regional Performance:

The table below from Vislink’s earning release shows a complete breakdown of the Company’s broadcast revenue by geographic region.


Business Outlook:

In a December 8, 2015 press release Vislink had alluded to an upcoming acquisition, stating “the Company is in advanced discussions with a small bolt-on acquisition, which would provide software to broadcasters and be highly complementary to Pebble Beach Systems’ existing broadcast solutions.”  There was no acquisition announcement as part of Vislink’s release.

Within the earnings release, management cited recent product releases positioning Vislink to benefit from technology transitions related to IP and virtualized software.

Executive Chairman of Vislink, John Hawkins said “We continue to transition to a software and services business represented by the evolving profit mix within the business. Pebble Beach Systems has had a strong financial performance in 2015 as it continues to expand its sales activities through its key partnerships and increasing geographic presence.  In its core broadcast markets Vislink Communication Systems found market conditions in 2015 challenging and they are expected to remain variable in 2016. However, the significant restructuring of Vislink Communication Systems, coupled with the investment and launch of new products and an increasing order pipeline, provides an encouraging platform for improved results from Vislink Communication Systems.”


Related Content:

Vislink 2015 Earnings Press Release

Vislink 2015 Earnings Presentation



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Avid 2015 Revenue and Profitability Decrease with Continued Transformation

Analysis, Annual Results, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Mar 21 2016

Avid Technology announced full year 2015 results.  Management also provided long-term guidance for financial performance through 2018. Avid Logo_ white background

Total revenue for 2015 was $505.6 million, a decrease of 4.6% versus 2014 revenue.  Product revenue for the year was $336.4 million, a decline of 11.1% against 2014.  Products represented 66.5% of overall revenue in 2015.  Services revenue was $169.2 million, an increase of 11.6% versus the year prior.  Services contributed 33.5% of total revenue for the year.

Net income was $2.4 million or $0.06 per share.  This compares to 2014 net income of $14.7 million, which was $0.38 per share.

Gross margins for 2015 were 60.9%, a slight decline versus the 61.4% from 2014.

Operating income for 2015 was $6.9 million, a decrease of 64.6% versus 2014 operating income.  2015 Operating income included a restructuring cost of $6 million.

R&D expense for the year was $95.8 million, a 6.1% increase over 2014 R&D levels.  As a percentage of total revenue, R&D expenses were 18.9%, compared to 17% of total revenue in 2014.

Sales and marketing costs for 2015 were $122.5 million, representing a 7.8% decline versus 2014 sales and marketing levels.  Sales and marketing expenses were 24.2% of 2015 revenue, a slight decline versus 25.1% of total revenue in 2014.

G&A expense was $74.1 million for 2015, a decline of 8.7% versus the prior year.  Expressed in terms of total revenue, G&A expense was 14.6% of sales in 2015 versus 15.3% in 2014.

When considering the 2015 figures included six months of Orad’s operations, the decline in S&M and G&A illustrates the impact of anticipated cost synergies from the acquisition and Avid’s restructuring initiatives.

There are many one-time expenses and non-cash items in Avid’s income statement results.  To provide a more normalized view of profitability Avid cites adjusted EBITDA, which is defined as operating income plus add-backs for costs attributed to amortization, restructuring, restatements, stock-based compensation, acquisitions, integration activities, and efficiency program costs.  Adjusted EBITDA was 2015 $41.5M, a decline of 26% versus the same figure in 2014.

Cash used in operations for 2015 was $34 million.  The net effect of financing events, capital expenditures, and the Orad acquisition left Avid with $17.9 million of cash at the end of 2015.  The balance sheet does not account for the recent financing initiative announced by Avid in February.

Several factors have combined to complicate Avid’s financial disclosures. Most notable, the restatement in late 2014 introduced a considerable amount of amortized revenue from prior financial periods.  Though this revenue is now recognized in Avid’s income statement, it does not represent any actual cash received from clients.  In other words, it is non-cash revenue with 100% gross margins.  In aggregate, changes in deferred revenue represented a negative cash adjustment (versus net income) of $65 million in 2015 and $51.9 million in 2014.  Adding to this complexity are the effects of recent restructuring initiatives, the impact of the Orad acquisition, and the ongoing transition to a subscription model.

CEO Louis Hernandez, Jr. commented on these challenges during Avid’s earnings call, noting “…I know that it would be nicer if the financial expression were more clear and didn’t have the noise of a couple of the variables, the non-marketed products, the amortization, that pre-2010 revenue or that even the shift to recurring.”

Management is aware of this difficulty and has attempted to introduce new metrics to allow analysts to better understand the transition of the business.

Update on Transformation:

Highlighting the progress was bookings growth of 26% in Q4 2015 driven by the largest transaction in Avid history with Sinclair Broadcast Group and the positive impact of the Orad acquisition.  Bookings related to recurring revenue were approximately 38% of total 2015 bookings, a substantial increase over the 26% from 2014.

Below is a chart from Avid’s investor presentation illustrating the recent positive trend in Avid’s bookings in the context of the Company’s continued transformation.


Management also disclosed several metrics on the adoption of Avid’s MediaCentral platform.  At the end of 2015 MediaCentral had over 32,000 users, a 54% increase above 2014 levels.  More than 25,000 of the users are paying subscribers.  This represents an increase of 400% in paying subscribers since the beginning of 2015.

Business Outlook:

Contained in Avid’s earning release was full year guidance for 2016 along with longer term guidance for 2017 and 2018.  These figures are provided in the below tables taken from Avid’s earnings release.

Commenting on both 2015 performance and the business outlook, Louis Herandez, Jr added, “Avid is in the final stretches of its dramatic transformation and the benefits of Avid’s Platform approach to solving the media industry’s more pressing needs is reflected in both a solid close to 2015 and dramatically improved financial expectations for 2016 and beyond.  We are on track to complete the transformation and position Avid for long term sustainable and profitable growth with an improved financial model.”



Related Content:

Press Release on Avid’s 2015 Financial Results

Presentation on Avid’s 2015 Financial Results



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NeuLion Grows 2015 Revenue by 69%

Analysis, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Mar 11 2016

NeuLion, a technology product and service provider for digital distribution, announced Q4 2015 and full year 2015 financial results.

2015 GAAP revenue was $94.0 million, a 69% increase versus 2014 revenue.  The January 2015 acquisition of DivX contributed approximately 73% of the year-over-year increase in GAAP revenue.

Commenting on NeuLion’s organic growth in Q4 2015, CEO Kanaan Jemili stated, “Revenue from our NeuLion Digital Platform grew 20% on new customer additions and expanded usage from existing customers.”

Net Income for the full year 2015 was $25.9 million versus $3.6 million for 2014.  The sharp increase in 2015 net income was primarily attributable to a $31.2 million income tax benefit recognized during Q4 2015.

Gross margins (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) were 81% for 2015, an increase over the 75% gross margins from 2014.  Kanaan Jemili attributed the margin improvement to further scale in NeuLion’s Digital Platform business and the addition of revenue streams from the acquisition of DivX.

Operating income for 2015 was negative $1.86 million, which compares to positive $3.5 million during 2014.

Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses were $45.6 million for the 2015, an increase of 68.6% versus 2014.  SG&A expense as a percentage of revenue was 48.5% for 2015, flat when compared to 2014 levels.

Research and development (“R&D”) expense was $24.9 million for the full year, an almost tripling (197%) of R&D expense versus $8.3 million in 2014.  R&D expense represented 26.5% of 2015 revenue, in comparison to 15.1% in 2014.  The increase in R&D expense was almost entirely attributable to additional headcount from the acquisition of DivX.

Cash and cash equivalents ended the year at $53.4 million.  This compares to a cash balance of $25.8 million at the end of 2014.  Positive changes in working capital accounts contributed $18.3 million to the increase in cash.

NeuLion had 638 total employees (504 full time) as of February 29, 2016.  This is down from the 767 total employees (567 full-time) as of March 1, 2015.

Q4 2015 Results:

NeuLion’s Q4 2015 GAAP Revenue was $27.8 million, a 68% increase compared to Q4 2014.

Net income for the fourth quarter was $32.8 million versus $1.6 million for Q4 2014.

Gross margins for Q4 2015 were 81%, an improvement versus the 75% gross margins in Q4 2014.  The 600 basis point increase was primarily the result of the addition of revenues from DivX and improved operating costs for NeuLion Digital Platform.

Q4 2015 operating income was $1.7 million, a slight decrease of 2.3% versus Q4 2014.  Operating margins for the quarter were 6.3%, compared to 10.9% in Q4 2014.

SG&A expense for Q4 2015 was $13.2 million, a 65% increase versus Q4 2014.  R&D expense was $5.5 million during the fourth quarter, an increase of 161% when compared to Q4 2014.

Revenue by Service and Product Offerings:

  • NeuLion Digital Platform revenue was $66.1 million for 2015, an increase of 19% over 2014 revenue. For Q4 2015 GAAP revenue was $19.8 million, representing a 20% increase in year-over-year performance.
  • DivX and MainConcept product lines contributed GAAP revenue of $28.0 million for 2015. The product lines contributed GAAP revenue of $8.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2015.  Comparable periods are not available since the DivX and MainConcept product lines were acquired in January 2015.


Management Discussion and Analysis:

NeuLion’s earnings release highlighted several notable customer projects and related milestones.

Management called attention to the launch of Univision NOW, a new direct-to-consumer over-the-top service by Univision.  Univision NOW uses the NeuLion Digital Platform.  Other customer case studies mentioned were the delivery of multiple live NBA games in 4K with BT Sports and a 4K live stream of the national soccer teams of Mexico and Senegal from Miami (carried by Univision).

More broadly, NeuLion’s management reviewed key performance indicators of its Digital Platform including a 26% year-over-year increase in the number of live events and a 35% year-over-year increase in video traffic.

Separate to the earnings release, NeuLion announced a $10 million stock buyback.  The stock repurchase will occur over the next 12 months.  $10 million represents a meaningful percentage of NeuLion’s market cap, which is currently $264 million.



Related Content: 

NeuLion Press Release for 2015 Financial Results



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International Sales and IP Adoption Drive Evertz Quarterly Growth

Analysis, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Mar 09 2016

Evertz announced revenue for the third quarter of its 2016 fiscal year was C$99.8 million, up 10% versus the same period a year ago, and down 1.0% versus the previous quarter.evertz-logo

Net earnings for the quarter were C$24.4 million (C$0.32 per share), up 15.1% versus the same quarter last year, and up 24% versus the previous quarter. The company generated C$49.6 million cash from operations in the quarter, up from C$27.5 million cash used last year, and C$23.6 million generated last quarter.

The revenue result (second highest in Evertz history) was slightly above the consensus estimates of equity analysts, who were looking for revenue of $C97.5m.  Consensus earnings expectations for the quarter were C$0.24 per share.

Evertz EVP Brian Campbell attributed the strong performance to ongoing industry technical transition to IP networking and file-based workflow.  Brian Campbell also highlighted the growing adoption of Evertz’s IP-based software-defined networking solutions, compression solutions, and DreamCatcher IP-based replay and production suite.

Revenue in the US/Canada region was C$53.5 million, flat versus the same period a year ago, and down 12.4% versus the previous quarter. US/Canada sales were 53.7% of total revenue during the quarter, down from 59% of revenue during the same period a year ago, and 60.8% of revenue last quarter.

International revenue was C$46.2 million, an increase of 24% versus the same period last year, and up 17.5% versus the previous quarter. International sales were 46.3% of total revenue, up from 41% last year, and 39.2% last quarter.

The top ten customers in the quarter accounted for 36% of revenue (C$35.9 million), and the no customer in the quarter accounted for more than 11% of revenue (C$10.9 million). Altogether Evertz had 78 orders in the quarter that were greater than C$200,000 (the same as last year, and down from 82 last quarter).

Gross margins in the quarter were 57.1%, up from 57.6% last year and up from 57.2% last quarter. Evertz CFO Anthony Gridley reiterated the gross margin performance in the quarter was within the company’s target range of 56% to 60%.

R&D expenses in the second quarter were C$17.2 million, an increase of 8.8% versus the same period last year, and up 6.8% versus the previous quarter.  R&D expenses were approximately 17.2% of revenue in the quarter, higher on a percentage basis than last year (16.1%) and last quarter (16%).

Selling and administrative expenses for the quarter were C$15.1 million, an increase of 2.0% versus last year, and a decrease of 7.9% versus the previous quarter. Selling and administrative expenses represented approximately 15.2% of revenue in the quarter versus 16.3% of revenue during the same period last year, and 16.3% of revenue last quarter.

The company said that its shipments in February 2015 were C$28m, and that its purchase order backlog at the end of the third quarter were in excess of C$60 million, down slightly from the C$66 million figure in the second quarter.  Combination of the shipments and backlog (C$88 million) represents a 5% increase versus the same period last year.

The company ended the quarter with $129.9 million of cash and short term investments up from C$97.5 million at the end of last quarter, a difference of C$32.4m.  Cash generation in the quarter benefited from a C$18.7 million positive impact from changes in non-cash working capital accounts.

Management’s exchange with equity analyst Robert Young from Canaccord Genuity on the earnings call was worth highlighting for its commentary on the current competitive dynamic in the market:

Robert Young (Canaccord): … they (a competitor) also called out the number of IP projects that they booked and the number that they shipped. I was wondering, would you be willing to share a similar metric?

Brian Campbell (Evertz): Thanks, Robert. So in terms of the metric, what is more important for us would be to showcase the on-air installs. We’re quite familiar with the ESPN DC-2 that really launched the industry’s move to IP-based solutions for live production and workflow. And if we just even look to the recent Super Bowl 50, there’s been several industry articles highlighting the fact that the CBS Super truck was there as part of the coverage, or actually, the centerpiece of the coverage. That’s an industry pioneering, one of several that incorporates Evertz Software Defined Video Networking. In fact, it’s an EXE hyperscale, 23-terabit switch in that truck. And in addition, the Levi’s Stadium is a state-of-the-art stadium. It includes Evertz solutions, and for Super Bowl 50, there was an overlay of our Software Defined Video Networking helping to provide the coverage that folks saw at the Super Bowl and also the 4K replay for the in-stadium venue experiences.



Related Content:

Evertz Q3 2016 MD&A

Evertz Q3 2016 Financial Statements



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SES Video Revenue Grows 7.5% in 2015

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

Satellite service provider SES reported full year 2015 results for its Video business of €1,354.9 million, a 7.5% increase versus 2014.  On a constant currency basis the year-over-year growth was reduced to 2.2%. SESLogo

For the 2015 year, the Video division contributed 67% of SES’s total revenue, a slight increase when compared to the 66% level of contribution in 2014.

In SES’s presentation to investors, Management highlighted several commercial developments within its Video business.  In particular, SES highlighted the securing of new contracts and the expansion of existing customer relationships with several high-profile media organizations including the BBC World News, Deutsche Welle, Viasat, Scripps Networks Interactive, StarTimes, Canal Holdings, and Televisa.

Also a part of the earnings release, SES announced the acquisition of RR Media, a provider of media services to the broadcast and media industries.  The Company intends to merge the operations of RR Media with its Platform Services group to create a larger global media solution provider.


Update on TV Channel Counts

The earnings release reviewed the TV channel growth over SES’s satellite network during 2015.

Total channels were 7,268 at the end of 2015, representing an 11.3% year-over-year growth versus the end of 2014.  Management disclosed that nearly 60% of all channels are now broadcast in the MPEG-4 compression standard.

HDTV channels distributed by SES grew 18.3% to 2,230.

The channel count for Ultra HD (UHD) is now eight in total.  Those channels are, Fashion One 4K, Airtel 4K, Dish UHD Promo, High 4K TV, INSIGHT, Nasa TV UHD and UHD-1.  In addition, a commercial agreement was signed in July 2015 to provide Sky Deutschland with additional capacity for Ultra HD broadcasts.

The European market accounted for 2,600 of the TV channels distributed by SES, which represents 40% of SES’s total channel count.  Channel growth in the European market was 9% in 2015.  HDTV channel growth in Europe was 26% year-over-year, reaching a total of 675.

In the North American region, SES ended 2015 with 1,744 channels, which is 24% of the total channel count.  HDTV channels increased by 3% in the region to over 1,200 channels.

International markets outside of European and North America (including the faster growing markets of Latin America, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa) made up 40% of TV channels over SES satellites.  The channel count in this region grew by 24% to a total of 2,900 channels at the end of 2015.  HDTV channels doubled to over 300 during the year.

The below slide from SES’s investor presentation illustrates the channel and geographic growth of the Video business.




Business Outlook

During the call with analysts, CEO Karim Michel Sabbagh added commentary on the position of SES’s Video Business and the rationale for the RR Media acquisition.  Sabbash stated, “And despite the fact that we have a leading position, unchallenged position, in the video segment across the value chain, our view is that we can grow much further, and this was the rationale for us to think through how do we expand our media services capability and led us to the conclusion that the acquisition of RR Media and the merger of RR Media with SES Platform Services is going to be a highly accretive business.”



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SES Presentation of 2015 Financial Results



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Autodesk FY 2016 Media & Entertainment Revenue Declines 4.2%

Analysis, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Mar 01 2016

Autodesk reported revenue for Q4 fiscal year 2016 from its Media and Entertainment (M&E) business segment of $40 million, a decrease autodesk_header_logo_140x23of 7% compared to the fourth quarter of the 2015 fiscal year, and a 2.5% increase against the previous quarter.  The year-over-year decline was primarily related to a decline in the M&E business’s Creative Finishing product lines, as Autodesk existed the Creative Finishing hardware business during Q4 FY 2016.

M&E gross margins for the fourth quarter were 80.0% ($32m), down from 79.1% during the same period a year ago, and up from 79.4% during the previous quarter.

Full Year 2016 M&E Revenue Declines 4.2%

Media & Entertainment revenue for the full FY 2016 was $160 million, down 4.2% versus the FY 2015.

M&E gross margins for the full year 2016 were 79.4%, up from 76% in FY 2015.

Decline in M&E Revenue Continues

As shown below, the latest year-on-year decline in M&E revenue continues the trend that began more than six years ago.



Between fiscal 2008 and fiscal 2016, the company’s M&E business has a CAGR of -5.8%.  During this same time, M&E sales as a percentage of total Autodesk revenue has declined from 12% to 6%.

The decline is consistent with the guidance from Autodesk management.  Revenue headwinds impacting the M&E business have included the shift from hardware to software, the collapsing of functionality into Suites, and the shift from software licenses to subscription.

Update on Business Model Transition

As part of the earnings release, Autodesk provided several updates on the Company’s ongoing transition to a Software-as-a-Service (“SaaS”) business model.  Notably, the total subscriptions (for all Autodesk products) increased by 345,000 to 2.58 million during fiscal year 2016.

The close of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 also marked a milestone for Autodesk’s transition to a SaaS business model.  It was the final quarter where Autodesk sold perpetual licenses for individual products.  Q1 FY 2017 is the first quarter where individual products are only available through subscription offerings.  Starting with Q3 FY 2017 Autodesk will cease selling perpetual licenses to its Suite products as well.  Meaning, as of the second half of 2017, Autodesk will have fully transitioned to selling subscription offerings.

During Autodesk’s conference call with analysts, CEO Carl Bass added further commentary on the business model transition.  “…we are dramatically increasing the lifetime value of our customers with our new business model. While this creates short-term downward pressure on our traditional financial metrics, we have repeatedly called out how it creates significant financial returns over the next 3 to 5 years” said Bass.

Part of the business model transition also requires realignment of costs structures to a new sales and marketing approach.  Autodesk had announced in early February 2016 a restructuring plan to accelerate its transition to a Cloud and Subscription Business.  The restructuring plan called for the reduction of 10% of Autodesk’s workforce.

Commenting on the changes to sales and marketing, Carl Bass offered the following, “we are simplifying our entire go-to-market strategy to align with the concept of being an all-subscription company. This involves a significant increase in our direct customer sales and marketing efforts, both at the enterprise level and through e-commerce. Not only will this change the cost structure, but it will increase — it will greatly increase how effectively we serve our customers.”



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Avid Restructures and Refinances as it Enters Final Phase of Corporate Transformation

Analysis, Broadcast technology vendor financials, SEC Filings | Posted by Joe Zaller
Feb 29 2016

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Avid Technologies said in regulatory filings that it has committed to a restructuring plan, which includes “reductions in workforce, facility consolidation, transferring resources to lower cost regions and reducing other third-party services costs.”

According to the company, these actions will enable Avid to “more efficiently operate in a leaner, and more directed cost structure.”

Avid says these actions represent “the final phase of talent alignment and facilities rationalization program – Avid is putting the right people in the right roles in the right locations with the right cost structure which will position Avid for the end of its transformation in 2017. In connection with this effort, redundant offices will also be closed or downsized.”

“Since we began Avid’s transformation, the Avid Everywhere vision – to build our portfolio of products as applications on a single platform, the Avid Media Central platform – has been central to our strategy to solve the industry’s most important issues with greater innovation, flexibility and efficiency. Avid is in the final stretches of its dramatic transformation and we’re pleased that the growing adoption, stability and maturation of the Media Central Platform will now allow us to fully realize its potential to drive a more efficient operating model by eliminating components and processes that are no longer required with a single global platform.” said Louis Hernandez, Jr, Chairman, President, and CEO of Avid.

Scheduled to be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2017, the restructuring plan is expected to deliver appropriately $68m of annualized costs savings.

Avid quantified these expectations, saying  “personnel related savings account for two-thirds of overall efficiency gains. Many of the personnel related actions have already been completed with savings expected to be realized on an accelerated basis with each successive quarter. The remainder of the efficiencies will be achieved through consolidating and darkening underutilized facilities and further rationalizing spend on external vendors.”

The company “expects to incur incremental cash expenditures of approximately $25 million relating to termination benefits, facility costs, employee overlap expenses and related actions.” Approximately $14 million of the expenditures will be recorded as restructuring expenses in the quarters ending December 31, 2015 through June 30, 2017.

In connection with the announced cost efficiency program, Avid entered into a new five-year, $105 million senior secured credit facility, which consists of a $100 million term loan and an undrawn $5 million revolver. The company borrowed the full amount of the Term Loan, or $100,000,000, as of the Closing Date (February 26, 2016), but did not borrow any amount under the Credit Facility as of the Closing Date.

Avid said the company “granted a security interest on substantially all of their assets to secure the obligations of all obligors under the Credit Facility and the Term Loan. Avid Worldwide provided a guarantee of all the Company’s obligations under the Financing Agreement. Future subsidiaries of the Company (other than certain foreign and immaterial subsidiaries) are also required to become a party to the applicable security agreements and guarantee the obligations under the Financing Agreement. The Financing Agreement includes covenants requiring the Company to maintain a Leverage Ratio (defined to mean the ratio of (a) consolidated total funded indebtedness to (b) consolidated EBITDA) of no greater than 4.35:1.00 for the four quarters ending June 30, 2016, 5.40:1.00 for the four quarters ending September 30, 2016, 4.20:1.00 for the four quarters ending December 31, 2016 and thereafter declining over time from 3.50:1.00 to 2.50:1.00.  The Financing Agreement also restricts the Company from making capital expenditures in excess of $20,000,000 in any fiscal year.”

Proceeds from the term loan will be used to replace the company’s existing $35 million revolving credit facility, finance the company’s efficiency program and other transformation initiatives, and provide operating flexibility throughout the remainder of the transformation in this period of heightened market volatility.

The company estimates that after paying for both debt issuance costs and the efficiency program, the new financing will provide approximately $70 million of available liquidity, about half of which replaces the existing revolving credit facility with the remainder providing incremental liquidity to strengthen the Company’s balance sheet.

“The new debt facility further strengthens our liquidity position and supports the execution of the last leg of our transformation, including the efficiency program,” said John Frederick, Chief Financial and Administrative Office of Avid. “We continue to expect positive adjusted free cash flow generation in 2016, although we do anticipate using cash in the first half of the year as we execute on the cost initiatives. We look forward to updating the investor community on our 2015 results and 2016 guidance, as well as sharing more details behind the 2016 growth and efficiency initiatives, in our fourth quarter and full-year 2015 earnings and business update call. We now have a capital structure that we believe allows us to make the investments necessary and finish executing on our plan.”

“Our clients and community are fully supportive of our vision, said Hernandez.  “Hundreds of large and sophisticated global media companies who have purchased over 32,000 Media Central licenses, punctuated by the record contract with Sinclair Broadcast Group signed in December 2015. Clients everywhere are enjoying the benefits of the platform as they look to capitalize on major industry shifts in the media landscape. For Avid, 2016 will be marked by a focus on additional platform-enabled growth and efficiency initiatives, which will demonstrate our ability to generate a meaningful financial return for our shareholders.”



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Press Release: Avid Technology Announces Next Milestone in Company Transformation

Avid SEC Filing: February 26, 2016



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