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Broadcast Vendor M&A: Oracle to Acquire Front Porch Digital

Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 14 2014

Oracle announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire library and archive management provider Front Porch Digital.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

According to Oracle, Front Porch Digital’s management team and employees are expected to join Oracle and continue in their current capacity

On the face of it, this is a deal that makes sense. Thanks to the widespread use of digital acquisition technology, the industry has seen huge growth in the amount of digital content being created, with shooting ratios expanding to up to 200:1 At the same time content owners are increasingly looking to find additional value in their media assets, and must find a way to efficiently manage and monetize them, either on-premise or in the cloud.

Oracle’s media and entertainment storage platforms come primarily through the its acquisition of Sun Microsystems in 2010.  Sun had previously acquired LTO library provider StorageTek.  After acquiring Sun, Oracle put renewed emphasis on its media storage products, just as digital content creation exploded, and archive management became an increasingly important requirement.

By combining Oracle’s disk-based and LTO storage platforms, with FPD’s storage management solutions, Oracle now has the capability to sell both the storage hardware and the crucial software management layer that supports it, and do so at scale.

 

Oracle buys FPD -- benefits of combination

 

Oracle says the acquisition of Front Porch Digital “will create a comprehensive, high-performance cloud or on-premise digital content storage management solution that empowers customers to modernize and simplify content management, increase efficiencies, optimize resources, and increase their bottom line.

Of course this combination also raises competitive issues, since Front Porch Digital’s partner ecosystem includes a wide variety of other storage vendors, who may in future shy away from working with a management platform owned by a competitor.

To counter this issue, Oracle says it “is committed to maintaining Front Porch Digital’s open integration platform with third-party systems and applications, and plans to further augment Front Porch Digital solutions with Oracle technologies to deliver enhanced features and functionalities.”

“Organizations need a modern, integrated content storage management solution to manage and monetize their valuable rich media assets,” said John Fowler, Executive Vice President of Oracle Systems. “We will continue to build on Front Porch Digital’s success and unique capabilities, which complement Oracle’s existing high performance and scalable engineered storage solutions.”

“Front Porch Digital has developed industry leading solutions that help companies manage large-scale digital content,” said Mike Knaisch, CEO, Front Porch Digital. “We are thrilled to be joining Oracle to continue our long-standing partnership. This combination will enable us to better serve and support our customers at a global scale.”

The proposed transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. Until the transaction closes, each company will continue to operate independently, and it is business as usual.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Oracle Buys Front Porch Digital

Oracle Acquires Front Porch Digital — General Presentation

Oracle Buys Front Porch Digital — FAQ

Customer and Partner Letter | Oracle and Front Porch Digital

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Broadcast Vendor M&A: TSL to Merge with IPE

Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 12 2014

Two UK-based broadcast systems integrators, TSL and IPE, announced that they intend to merge. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The proposed merger is being done at the holding companies level, and includes both the systems integration and product businesses of each firm.

When the deal closes, IPE’s Colin Judge will become Managing Director of the systems company.

Chris Exelby will become Managing Director of the products company, which will include IPE’s IDS line of Integrated Display Systems to the TSL Products’ portfolio of broadcast equipment.

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Download New Devoncroft Partners Report: IBC 2014 – Observations and Analysis of the Media Technology Industry

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 09 2014

In advance of the upcoming IBC trade show in Amsterdam, Devoncroft Partners has published an analysis of the trends and strategic drivers in the broadcast and media technology sector.

A link to download this report can be found at the bottom of this page.

 

Devoncroft Partners – IBC 2014 – Observations and Analysis of Media Technology Industry (image)

 

The report covers and provides commentary on a variety of significant market trends, drivers, and events, including:

 

  • Review of recent significant industry developments, and thoughts on future trends

 

  • Financial performance of selected industry vendors

 

  • Business and technical observations from vendors end-users

 

  • Ongoing consolidation of end-users and vendors

 

  • Recent private placements, investments, and IPOs

 

  • The disruption of the TV business…. Still waiting

 

  • Selected vendor announcements

 

  • Broadcast industry trends

 

  • Where money is being spent in the broadcast industry

 

  • The “trend-spend disconnect”

 

  • Transition to IP – analysis of strategic drivers

 

  • Review of technology opportunities

 

  • Thoughts on the next big thing

 

 

Included in the analysis are excerpts from the 2014 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), the largest and most comprehensive study of  technology trends, buyer behavior, and vendor brands in the broadcast and media technology sector.

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 are in the process of finalizing the IBC schedule for the Devoncroft team, and have very limited availability remaining.

We hope to see you in Amsterdam.

 

Please click here to download a PDF copy (5 MB) copy of Devoncroft’s IBC 2014 – Observations and Analysis of the Media Technology Industry (registration required).

 

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Related Content:

Devoncroft Partners: IBC 2014 – Observations and Analysis of Media Technology Industry (registration required)

2014 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS) Reports Now Available

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Evertz Reports Record Revenues for First Quarter of New Fiscal Year

broadcast industry technology trends, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 09 2014

Evertz announced record revenue for the first quarter of its 2015 fiscal year of C$98.0m, up 54% versus the same period a year ago (a poor quarter for the company), and up 12.5% versus the previous quarter.

Net earnings for the quarter were C$19.7m ($0.27 earnings per share), an increase of 61.3% versus the first fiscal quarter of 2014, and an increase of 33% versus the preceding quarter. The company generated C$15.3m cash from operations in the quarter.  This compares to cash from operations of C$2.7m during the same period last year and negative C$1.3m during the previous quarter.

The revenue result is the highest in Evertz’s corporate history. It came in well above the consensus estimates of equity analysts, which were expecting revenue of $C91.7m and earnings of C$0.24 per share.

Evertz EVP Brian Campbell attributed the strong performance “to the ongoing transition to HD, channel proliferation, the increasing global demand for high-quality video anywhere anytime, to worldwide demand for Evertz’s comprehensive product offering with our optimized workflow solutions providing compelling value to customers and to the growing adoption of Evertz’s state of the art sports replay and our software defined video networking solutions”

Revenue in the US/Canada region was C$55.5m, up 55% versus the same period a year ago, and up 28.8% versus the previous quarter. US/Canada sales were 57% of total revenue during the quarter, up from 56% of revenue during the same period a year ago, and 49.5% of revenue last quarter.

International revenue was C$42.5m, representing 52% growth versus the previous year’s result and a slight decrease of 3.7% when compared to the previous quarter. International sales were 43% of total revenue, down from 44% last year and 50.5% last quarter.

The top ten customers in the quarter accounted for 31% of revenue (C$17.2m), and the largest customer in the quarter accounted for 6% of revenue (C$3.3m).

During the first quarter of fiscal 2015, Evertz had 86 individual customers each representing over $200,000 of revenue.

Gross margins in the quarter were 57.0%, down slightly from 57.5% last year and up from 56.3% last quarter. Evertz executives said that the gross margin performance in the quarter were within the company’s target range of 56% to 60%.  Consistent with recent calls, equity analysts asked both why the company’s gross margins were not increasing more rapidly with revenue growth, and what is required for gross margins to move to the high-end of Management’s target range.

While Management cited gross margins drivers of product mix, geographic mix, and the discounting of volume orders, the principal factor was the competitive pricing environment.  “We’ve been in a quite a competitive pricing environment for the last year, so there hasn’t been any significant change to that.” noted Campbell.

R&D expenses in the second quarter were C$15.8m, an increase of 18% versus the same period last year, and down 2.8% versus the previous quarter.  R&D expenses were approximately 13.6% of revenue in the quarter, lower on a percentage basis than last year (16.6%) and last quarter (15.8%) due to higher revenue.

Selling and administrative expenses for the quarter were C$13.4m, an increase of 16% versus last year, and a decrease of 18.8% versus the previous quarter. Selling and administrative expenses represented approximately 15.5% of revenue in the quarter versus 20.5% of revenue during the same period last year, and 18.9% of revenue last quarter.

The company said that its shipments in August 2014 were C$25m, and that its purchase order backlog at the end of the quarter was in excess of C$46m.

The company ended the quarter with $103.4m of cash and short term investments up slightly from C$102.0 at the end of last quarter.

There was some additional commentary provided during management’s exchange with equity analysts:

Thanos Moschopoulos, BMO: “…With respect to the EXE and the overall IP product platform, is there any incremental color you can provide in terms of the types of customers you are seeing adopt that solution?”

Brian Campbell, Evertz: “…We are definitely seeing good interest and traction within our broadcast and new media customer set”

Rob Young, Canaccord Genuity: “…A lot of your competitors have been going through large M&A and are you seeing any beneficial environment for Evertz while some of these large competitors change their strategy?”

Brian Campbell, Evertz: “Yes we have picked up market share from our perspective.  We have very solid year-over-year growth and I don’t know that any of the competitors have had anything similar to that although some of them are no longer public entities where you can see the numbers. So I would say that yes we have definitely benefited and as a consequence perhaps of their activities but also directly resulting from the very significant, sustained investments we’ve made in new products and innovation.

Campbell concluded the call by emphasizing several points, “Our commitment to R&D continues to deliver innovative solutions enabling our customers to migrate to IP and IT based solutions to address the increasing complexities of our industry and to implement multiscreen TV everywhere anytime solutions.  Our customers have confidence in Evertz’s financial stability and our competitive position as one of the largest pure-players in the broadcast technology sector.”

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Related Content:

Press Release: Evertz Technologies Limited Revenue for the three months ended July 31, 2014

Evertz Revenue Declines 33 Percent in Q1 Fiscal 2014

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Telestream Says Transcoding and Workflow Revenue Increased by 40 Percent Last Year

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 08 2014

Telestream said in a statement that revenue from its “flagship Vantage transcoding and workflow automation systems increased by more than 40 percent last year.”

The company also said that it has posted “profitable growth for the last 14 years.”

Company CEO Dan Castles attributed the company’s impressive track-record of growth to both innovation and management stability.

Privately held Telestream, which was acquired in 2011 by private equity firm Thoma Bravo, did not provide any other financial metrics such as overall revenue, gross margins, or profitability. Neither did it give an indication on the performance of its transcoding and workflow products in the current year.

However, the company did make some provocative statements about the market, competitive vendors, and broadcast industry M&A.

According to Telestream “market forces have driven recent corporate acquisitions, and some of these companies were struggling to survive. As a result, there are new combined companies, new management, and typically, new strategies. One of the likely victims during these transitions are customers who may have purchased products from one of these companies only to learn that a change of direction has resulted in product decisions that impact the original cost of ownership that was part of the initial purchase decision.”

“Based on our own experience of acquiring companies, we know that they have to be implemented carefully and strategically,” said Castles. “Owning a new piece of intellectual property does not mean that you understand the market it serves nor that it will integrate harmoniously within your existing product portfolio. We believe we are the right size as a company – not large and unwieldy, but not so small that we have to chase deals to remain in business. Our customers know we listen to their input as they see new products consistently coming to market that reflect their requirements. Implied in that equation is a level of trust that we will be around for years to come and that investing in products from Telestream is a smart decision long term.”

“Telestream offers its customers a very clear proposition,” said Castles. “We were one of the first companies to develop file-based workflow solutions as long ago as 1998 and today, our products reflect many hundreds of man years of development in this area. We are financially very solid and this has allowed us to stick to our strategies and not be tempted to chase opportunities that may bring in short term results, but distract us in the long term from executing on what we have committed to customers. We are very relevant to our customer base, and we take that role extremely seriously.”

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Related Content:

Press Release: Telestream Announces Strong Growth in File-based Workflow Enterprise Operations

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Private Equity Firm Acquires Telestream

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Vislink Broadcast Revenue Declines 10 Percent in 1H 2014, Expects Improved Second Half

broadcast technology market research, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 08 2014

UK-based Vislink plc, which owns broadcast industry brands Advent, Link, MRC Gigawave, and Pebble Beach, announced that its total revenue from continuing operations for the first six months of 2014 was £27.1m, down 3.2% versus the same period a year ago.

Pre-tax profit for 1H 2014 was £2m, up from a net profit of £1.4m during the same period a year ago.

 

Broadcast Performance:

The company’s broadcast industry revenue for the first half of 2014 was £21.1m, down 10.2% versus the first six months of 2013. Vislink attributed the lower year-on-year broadcast revenue to market uncertainty and longer decision making cycles.

Broadcast orders during 1H 2014 were £21.5m, down 22.9% versus the first six months of 2013.

The table below shows a complete breakdown of Vislink’s broadcast revenue by geographic region.

 

Vislink - Broadcast Revenus 1H 2014

 

Vislink’s 1H 2014 broadcast revenue includes a contribution from Pebble Beach Systems, which was acquired by Vislink in March 2014 for $24.7m.

In the 3.5 months since it was acquired, Pebble Beach contributed £3.1m, and generated an adjusted operating profit of £1.1m.  The company said that Pebble Beach “is developing very quickly and continues to trade ahead of our expectations at the time of acquisition.”

Following on from the success of the Pebble Beach deal, Vislink telegraphed to the market its intent to make more acquisitions in the future, saying its move to the AIM stock market “has simplified and reduced the financial burden of making acquisitions, giving us continued benefits for bolt-on acquisitions.”

“Whilst the broadcast market has been challenging for our hardware business, overall, we are encouraged with these results,” said Vislink Chairman John Hawkins. “We have taken timely action to reduce costs in our Hardware Division and we have seen an improved trading trend, the order book strengthened in Q2 and the orders to sales ratio is better than 1.

“We are delivering on our software strategy with Pebble Beach Systems performing ahead of expectations. The Group’s revenue has benefitted from the change in revenue balance, with software providing longer term visibility. The partnership with Harmonic Inc, which is being announced later today, represents further excellent opportunities for the Group.”

The company ended 1H 2014 with £7.7m of cash. There was a net cash inflow from operating activities in the period of £5.5m, up significantly from £1.6m for the first half of 2013.

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Harmonic Acquires 3.6 Percent of Vislink, Signs £2 Million OEM Deal

Separately, Vislink announced that Harmonic has acquired 3.6% of the company, through the purchase of 4 million new ordinary shared valued at £0.50 each. Vislink says it will use the investment from Harmonic to further strengthen its balance sheet.

In parallel with the investment, Harmonic has also signed £2m OEM contract with Vislink, through which Harmonic sell playout solutions from Pebble Beach Systems to broadcast industry customers. Vislink acquired Pebble Beach in March 2014 for $24.7m.

Under the terms of the OEM deal, Harmonic will place an initial order for software licenses of £2.0m, receivable in 2014, to secure Pebble Beach Systems’ products for onward sale in its integrated package.

Vislink says the deal with Harmonic “should contribute to improved profitability and penetration of Pebble Beach Systems software globally in the second half [of 2014].”

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Outlook:

Vislink said it has “an improved outlook for the broadcast market,” and anticipates improved trading in the second half of 2014.

For the past several years, Vislink has told the market its goal is to increase its revenue to £80 million, with 10% return on sales.

However, in its latest earnings announcement, the company has changed this position slightly, saying “As the proportion of our business coming from higher margin software becomes more significant, the target revenue needed to generate our long stated operating profit target will change. The Company remains committed to its target operating profit of £8.0m through both organic growth and bolt-on acquisitions.”

“2014 represents a transitional and transformational year for the Group and with the increasing focus on our software division, we believe that this will enhance the Group’s overall quality of earnings in 2014 and beyond,” said Hawkins.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Vislink plc half year results for the six months ended 30 June 2014

Harmonic Invests in Vislink, Signs £2 Million OEM Order for Pebble Beach Software

Broadcast Vendor M&A: Vislink Buys Pebble Beach for $24.7 Million

 

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Harmonic Invests in Vislink, Signs £2 Million OEM Order for Pebble Beach Software

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 08 2014

Playout and compression specialist Harmonic has acquired 3.6% of UK-based Vislink plc, through the purchase of 4 million new ordinary shares valued at £0.50 each.

Vislink says it will use the investment from Harmonic to further strengthen its balance sheet.

In parallel with the investment, Harmonic has also signed £2m OEM contract with Vislink, through which Harmonic sell playout solutions from Pebble Beach Systems to broadcast industry customers. Vislink acquired Pebble Beach in March 2014 for $24.7m.

Under the terms of the OEM deal, Harmonic will place an initial order for software licenses of £2.0m, receivable in 2014, to secure Pebble Beach Systems’ products for onward sale in its integrated package.

Vislink says the deal with Harmonic “should contribute to improved profitability and penetration of Pebble Beach Systems software globally in the second half [of 2014].”

“This agreement is another key strategic partnership for Vislink and reinforces our strategy of moving into software and providing customer centric, solution-led and best-in-class products which enable Vislink to successfully capture new expanded markets,” said Vislink Executive Chairman John Hawkins. “This agreement will also provide significant new channels to market for our software solutions. We are delighted to welcome Harmonic as a partner and shareholder.”

“We are pleased to seal this strategic partnership with Vislink and become aligned with their interests as a shareholder,” said Harmonic SVP Peter Alexander. “We are both innovation leaders in video, and see significant synergy across our customer base and product lines. Together we can grow market share and broaden our addressable markets globally.”

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Related Content:

Press Release: Pebble Beach Systems To Partner With Harmonic Inc

Broadcast Vendor M&A: Vislink Buys Pebble Beach for $24.7 Million

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Vitec Group Announces Intention to Divest IMT Wireless Communications and Microwave Business

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Aug 19 2014

The Vitec Group, which owns more than a dozen brands in the broadcast industry said that it has decided to exit its Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT) business unit, which provides wireless microwave products.

The announcement was made in an investor presentation that accompanied Vitec’s earnings announcement for the first half of 2014.

However, company executives stressed that, until a transaction occurs, it will continue to manufacture, sell, support, and honor the warranty of all IMT products provided to its broadcast customers.

Vitec’s IMT business includes three brands: Nucomm, RF Central, and Microwave Services Company.

Vitec IMT Brands - Nucomm, RF Central, Microwave Svs Co

Vitec’s IMT business posted a loss of £1.1m during the first half of 2014, compared to a profit of £1.4m for the same period a year ago.  IMT’s 1H 2014 revenue was £5.8m, down 35% versus the same period last year.

For the full year 2013, IMT broke even on revenue of £14m, which included a large profitable contract from the US Department of Justice, worth approximately £3.4m.

The company says that the disposal for IMT will allow it to focus its Videocom business on its core broadcast activities.

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Vitec acquired Nucomm and RF Central in a transaction valued at up to $73m in June 2007.

At that time, Vitec said the deal would immediately enhance its earnings, and that “the acquisition is an excellent fit with Vitec’s Broadcast Systems division. The acquired companies sell to similar customers and Vitec’s infrastructure is expected to provide opportunities for further growth internationally.”

The purchase of Nucomm and RF Central coincided with the start of a huge wave of spending related to the 2.4 Ghz Broadcast Auxiliary Service (BAS) Relocation Project, whereby wireless operator Sprint, in response to a 2004 FCC decision, implemented a program to resolve ongoing interference between public safety and commercial operations in the 800MHz band.

By the time of the project’s official completion in 2010, Sprint had spent about $750 million and broadcasters had moved their ENG and other contribution applications to new compressed digital channels between 2025MHz and 2110MHz.  Sprint said more than 1,000 engineers were employed during the project and that as many as 100,000 pieces of microwave and ENG equipment were installed.

The strategy paid off almost immediately for Vitec, which said the following in its full year results for 2007:  “RF Systems is performing well, with sales and operating profit in the seven months of Vitec ownership of £23.5 million and £3.3 million respectively. Pro-forma 12-month sales and operating profit for 2007 were £32.2 million and £5.2 million. Both RF Central and Nucomm, have launched well-received ‘High Definition’ products that will maintain our competitive position. 2008 and 2009 results will be buoyed by revenue from the BAS relocation project, which is expected to fall away by 2010.”

Today however, Vitec says that its IMT business is now “relatively small part of our business, which provides wireless microwave products for the Military, Aerospace and Government (MAG) markets.”

Vitec explained the rationale for the decision to exit IMT saying: “We have attempted to grow IMT in an increasingly challenging market that has become overly price driven. This was recently demonstrated by the award of certain large government contracts to competitors at prices where we would not generate positive returns. There are limited synergies between IMT’s MAG business and other activities within the Group.

“As a result, we have decided to exit the IMT business and we are accessing our options of a sale or closure. Our preliminary assessment of the net exit costs based on closing the business is an exceptional one-off pre-tax charge in the region of c.£5.5 million, after foreign exchange recycling, of which c.£5.0 million is anticipated to be a cash outflow. We will provide an update on the exit from IMT in due course.”

In addition to anticipated fall-off in business following the completion of the BAS relocation project, another likely catalyst for Vitec’s decision to sell the IMT business is the strong performance by Teradek, which Vitec acquired in August 2013 for up to $15m.

The chart below, from Vitec’s 1H 2014 earnings call with equity analysts describes the declining sales at IMT and strong growth by Teradek, and announces the company’s intent to divest IMT in order to focus on its core broadcast activities.

 

Vitec 1H 2014 with IMT & Teradek outlined

 

According to Vitec’s most recent earnings announcement, “the Teradek business that we acquired in H2 2013 is performing well with strong growth post-acquisition. The business continues to develop innovative products, including the new Bolt wireless transmitter that was released in July 2014 and further product launches are planned for later in the year.”

Based on the success of Teradek during the period, Vitec made a $3.2m “earnout” payment to Teradek’s former shareholders in March 2014. This consisted of $2.4m in cash, and 72,933 new Vitec ordinary shares worth a further $800,000.

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Related Content:

Vitec Group 1H 2014 Results: Videocom Down 1%, Bexel up 39.9%

Broadcast Vendor M&A: Vitec Buys Teradek for $15 Million

Press Release (2007): The Vitec Group Plc Acquisitions of Nucomm and RF Central

Vitec Group 2007 Full Year Results: A Year of Strong Growth

Vitec Group Presentation (2007): “RF Systems ‘Consolidate and Grow” announcing purchase of Nucomm and RF Central

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Vitec Group 1H 2014 Results: Videocom Down 1%, Bexel up 39.9%

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Aug 14 2014

The Vitec Group, which owns more than a dozen brands in the broadcast industry as well as technical services company Bexel, said that its total revenue for the first six months of 2014 was £152.9m, a decrease of 3% versus the first six months of 2013.

Operating profit for the first half of 2014 was £19.2m, down 3% versus last year.

Despite the lower top-line results the company achieved an operating margin of 12.6%, equal to the first six months of 2013.

On organic basis at constant currency, its revenue was up 3.8% versus the first half of 2013, and that its operating profit increased by 6.3%

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Vitec Videocom Division

Vitec’s broadcast-focused Videocomm division is made up of more than dozen brands that serve various parts of the broadcast industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Camera Corps, Teradek, The Camera Store, Haigh-Farr, Litepanels, Microwave Service Company, Nucomm, OConnor, Petrol Bags, RF Central, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec.

For the first six months of 2014, Videocom revenue was £69.5m, down 1% versus the first six months of 2013.

Videocom operating profit for 1H 2014 was £8.5m, down 2.3% versus last year, resulting in an operating margin of 12.2%, flat with the year earlier period. Operating profit on a constant exchange rate basis was up by 1.2%.

Profitability was helped by the cost control measures and a restructuring program of the Videocom division, which Vitec says is now largely complete.  The company also said that it has also close to completing completed the relocation of certain UK manufactured products to Costa Rica completed to schedule in the first half of 2014.

The company also said that it results were helped by the Sochi Winter Olympics, and a strong performance from Teradek, which was acquired by the Vitec Group during the second half of 2013. Based on the success of Teradek during the period, Vitec made a $3.2m “earnout” payment to Teradek’s former shareholders in March 2014. This consisted of $2.4m in cash, and 72,933 new Vitec ordinary shares worth a further $800,000.

Offsetting the strength of Teradeck and the boost from the Olympics was a poor performance by the IMT business, a “relatively small part of the Videocom division” that provides microwave and which provides wireless microwave products to customers in the Military, Aerospace and Government (MAG) market.

 

Vitec Group 1H 2014 -- Videocom performance

 

The IMT business posted a loss of £1.1m during the first half of 2014, compared to a profit of £1.4m for the same period a year ago.  IMT’s 1H 2014 revenue was £5.8m, down 35% versus the same period last year. For the full year 2013, IMT broke even on revenue of £14m

As a result of the poor performance in MAG space, which Vitec says is an “increasingly challenging market that has become overly price driven,” the company has decided to exit its IMT business, and is currently assessing its options of a sale or closure.”

Vitec says that the divestiture of the IMT business will allow it to focus the Videocom division on its core broadcast activities.

The company highlighted the performance of several its brands, saying:

Our camera supports brands experienced a lower level of project activity. However we have continued to grow sales of our premium robotics products across all regions

 

  • Prompters performed in line with last year

 

  • Litepanels LED lighting products and Anton/Bauer mobile power products performance has been lower than expected. We are in the process of broadening our LED lighting product range to maintain our leading position in the market, and are launching some new, innovative mobile power products.

 

  • The Teradek business that we acquired in H2 2013 is performing well with strong growth post-acquisition. The business continues to develop innovative products, including the new Bolt wireless transmitter that was released in July 2014 and further product launches are planned for later in the year.

 

 

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Vitec Services Division (Bexel) Revenue Jumps 39.9 Percent

For the first half of 2014, revenue from Vitec’s Services Division, which primarily comes from Bexel, was £19.8m, up 39.9% versus the first six months of 2013.

Vitec Group 1H 2014 -- Services (Bexel) performance

The company attributed Bexel’s growth to contracts associated with the Sochi Winter Olympics, the FIFA World Cup, and an increase in in its rental business.

Bexel’s operating profit for 1H 2014 was £2.1m compared to £200,000 last year.  This translates to an operating margin of 10.9% for the first half of 2014, versus an operating margin of 1.4% for the year ago period.

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M&A Activity: Two Businesses Acquired During 1H 2014

Vitec purchased to companies during the first six months of 2014.

In March 2014, the Videocom division acquired the assets of the Specialty Cameras division of SIS Outside Broadcasts Limited through a business combination for a cash consideration of £1.8m, and a potential earnout of up to £1.4m. The deal gives Vitec new specialty camera including the “Stump Cam” used in international cricket matches, and the “Plunge Cam” that tracks high divers from the dive to underwater.

In April 2014, Vitec reached an agreement to acquire UK teleprompter vendor Autocue, for a net consideration of £6m. This deal has yet to close, as it is subject to clearance by the UK Competition and Markets Authority.

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Related Content:

Press Release: The Vitec Group plc Half Year Results to 30 June 2014

Press Release: The Vitec Group plc 2013 Full Year Results

Previous Year: Vitec Group 1H 2013 Results: Videocom Revenue Down 5.1 Percent, Bexel Flat

Broadcast Vendor M&A: Vitec Buys Teradeck for $15 Million

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Telstra Buys Online Video Platform Ooyala for $360 Million Equity Value

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Aug 13 2014

Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications provider, has paid $270m to purchase 75% of online video platform provider Ooyala. When the deal closes, Telstra will own 98% of Ooyala.

Telstra previously invested $61m over two funding rounds to acquire 23% of Ooyala. In June 2012, Telstra participated in a $35m fundraising round. In December 2013, Telstra invested an additional $43m in Ooyala. 

The deal values Ooyala at $360m, which slightly overstates the cash price incurred by Telstra since its actual cash outlay was $331 million ($270m + $61m).

$360m is a strong valuation for Ooyala, which has 330 employees and is forecasting revenue of $65m for calendar year 2014.  It’s also a strong valuation in the context of an analogous public comparable Brightcove, which trades on the NASDAQ.

Brightcove’s stock presently trades at an equity value of approximately $200 million, though Brightcove is meaningfully larger than Ooyala on a revenue basis. Assuming similar gross margins as Brightcove, these data points would suggest Ooyala has yet to reach profitability.  However, it would appear prioritizing growth over profitability was a beneficial strategy since the implied revenue multiple is 5.5x and the cash-on-cash return to investors was approximately 4.4x (as detailed below).

Ooyala was founded in 2007 and raised approximately $122 million before the acquisition by Telstra.  $61 million of this amount was from Telstra itself; the remaining $61 million included participation from Ropart Asset Management, Amazon Web Services, Sierra Ventures, Rembrandt Venture Partners, The CID Group, ITOCHU Technology Ventures, Motorola Mobility Ventures, and EDB Investments Pte. Ltd.

Ooyala is the first investment by Telstra’s Global Applications & Platforms group, whose mission is to create “long-term global growth in markets that are adjacent to Telstra’s core business, where software disrupts traditional business models.”

In announcing the transaction, Ooyala’s CEO Jay Fulcher posted an open letter to Ooyala employees, which enthusiastically outlines the rationale for the transaction and discussed the future market opportunity.  “Our opportunity is enormous” said Fulcher. “The market for the technologies and services we provide is will be [sic] worth tens of billions in the next few years. To win requires a heavy investment in people, infrastructure, R&D and technology.”

The transaction will require US regulatory approval, though is expected to close within 60 days.

Ooyala will operate as an independent subsidiary of Telstra, retaining both its brand and management team.

In 2013, Telstra generated more than $AUD 26 billion in revenue.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Telstra to acquire leading video platform company Ooyala

An open letter to Ooyala employees from CEO Jay Fulcher

Press Release: Ooyala Receives $43 Million Investment From Telstra To Accelerate Adoption of Its Market-leading Video Analytics

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