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Elemental Technologies Closes $14.5 Million Series D Funding Round, Adds Telstra and Sky as Investors

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Broadcaster Financial Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Dec 22 2014

Elemental Technologies announced that it has closed a $15m series D funding round, led by led by Australian telco giant, Telstra, who in August 2014 acquired online video platform provider Ooyala for $360m.

The company says it will use the funds to “accelerate worldwide growth and expand its suite of software-defined video (SDV) solutions to support the whole of the IP video delivery chain.”

Joining Telstra in the series D funding is leading European pay TV and broadband provider BSkyB, along with existing Elemental investors, General Catalyst Partners, Norwest Venture Partners and Voyager Capital; also participated in the funding round. Missing from this list is Disney-backed Steamboat ventures, which participated in Elemental’s previous investment rounds.

The deal brings the total amount of funding raised by Elemental to just under $45m. In May 2012 Elemental announced it closed a $13m fundraising round led by Norwest Venture Partners (NVP).   In 2010, the company closed a $7.5 funding round, led by General Catalyst, Voyager Capital and Steamboat Ventures.

Elemental did not provide details on the company’s valuation following the deal, what percentage of the company is now owned by Telstra and Sky, or whether the company’s existing investors have maintained their same percentage ownership after the latest deal.

However, a press release from Sky, indicates the pay TV platform has invested $4m into the company though its “ongoing program of investing in innovative startups” that to date include cross-platform network Whistle Sports; online video aggregator Pluto.TV, and US ad tech firm Sharethrough.

According to published reports, Elemental had 142 employees and revenue of $32.3m for the full year 2013, and had grown top-line revenue by 887% over the previous three years.  The company says its products have been adopted by more than 600 customers in more than 55 countries.

Although there are no financial metrics available for 2014, during an April 2014 panel of vendor CEOs that I moderated as part of Shifting Media Economics: Impact on Strategy, Finance, and Technology, which is co-produced by Devoncroft and the NAB Show, Elemental founder and CEO Sam Blackman told an audience of nearly 400 industry executives that he expected his company to achieve growth of more than 50% this year.

The fact that very large end-users are investing in Elemental is an interesting development.

According to a statement, Telstra has started to roll out 4G LTE services on new 700MHz spectrum to deliver ultra-fast mobile data speeds, and the telco plans to “leverage the entire Elemental product line, with a specific focus on Elemental Delta for its next-generation content delivery services.”

“With its software-defined video processing and delivery solutions, Elemental is at the forefront of video delivery and the evolution of content monetization. Our investment in Elemental will enable Telstra to create value for our global media customers,” said Mark Sherman, Global Enterprise and Services Managing Director, Ventures, for Telstra. “Elemental’s unique offer provides the flexibility and scalability to ensure a great customer experience despite high network traffic demands.”

Sky says that is investment in Elemental “will give the company valuable access to an entertainment company that is at the forefront of multi-platform, multi-device video – delivering OTT content at scale to millions of customers.”

Emma Lloyd, Sky’s Director of Corporate Business Development and Startup investments, said “Internet-delivered video is fundamental to Sky’s business and will continue to grow in importance as more and more customers access content across multiple screens and devices.  By investing in Elemental, we not only strengthen our existing commercial partnership, but we have the opportunity to share perspectives and insight into how the combination of new technologies and changing customer demands will shape the video landscape of the future.”

Elemental’s take on the deal was outlined by Blackman in a blog post published today, which says:

“As with any financing round, the timing and the deal need to be right. But fundamentally, it boils down to a shared belief that we can all evolve faster if we’re strategically aligned around a core goal of transforming the media landscape. In many ways, 2015 will mark an inflection point for the video industry as content creators and aggregators deliver ever-more innovative multiscreen services. Furthermore, as the number of video-capable IP devices heads to 15 billion according to Ericsson, next-generation software-defined video infrastructure is required to support gigascale video distribution

With an industry inflection point upon us, this alignment among market leaders will speed the transition to software-defined video architectures. For Telstra, Elemental’s video solutions are fundamental to its next-generation network strategy, which it is rapidly evolving to software, virtualization and cloud-based workflows. As our shared news today indicates, Telstra will use Elemental products across its large portfolio of media properties. For Sky, Elemental solutions support its current multiscreen OTT Sky Go properties, and as SDV architectures continue to mature, we believe there will be additional opportunities to collaborate in the future.

Together, Telstra, Sky and Elemental can further the progress towards a shared vision of software-defined video solutions that are highly scalable, flexible and upgradable and which lower the barriers to bringing content to any device.”

 

Today’s Elemental announcement is the latest in a series of deals related to online video and transcoding. As broadcasters and media companies scramble to deploy multi-screen services, transcoding is seen by many as a key technology.  As a result, transcoding has also attracted its fair share of financing and M&A activity.  Here’s a quick run-down of some of the recent transcoding deals and related-financial news:

 

 

  • In April 2014, Imagine Communications acquired Digital Rapids for an undisclosed amount

 

  • In April 2014, Dalet acquired Amberfin for an undisclosed amount

 

  • In January 2013, Amazon unveiled its “Amazon Elastic Transcoder.” Based on the company’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing platform, the Elastic Transcoder the service provides “a highly scalable, easy to use and a cost-effective way for developers and businesses to transcode video files from their source format into versions that will playback on devices like smartphones, tablets and PCs.”

 

  • In August 2012 Brightcove bought Zencoder, a 2-year old start-up with $2m in revenue for $30m, and subsequently launched a cloud based transcoding service at IBC 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • RGB Networks bought transcoding vendor Ripcode in 2010

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Related Content:

Press Release: Elemental Fuels Global Ambitions with $14.5M in Telstra-led Financing

Sky Press Release: Sky Invests in Multiscreen Video Leader Elemental

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

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

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

Elemental Technologies Says Revenue Increased by 50 Percent in 2013

Elemental Technologies Says Revenue Doubled in 2012 to $21 Million as Transcoding Technology Continues to Grow

Elemental Closes $13 Million Funding Round, Latest in Series of Transcoding Deals

Harmonic Moves Transcoding Technology to the Cloud, Launches AWS-Based Service

Amazon Launches Scalable Cloud-Based “Elastic Transcoder” Service – A Potential Disruptor in a “Hot” Technology Space

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Brightcove Buys Zencoder for $30 Million in Latest Video Transcoding Deal

More Broadcast vendor M&A: Wohler Buys RadiantGrid, Latest in Series of Transcoding Deals

Envivio Files for $85 Million Goldman Sachs Led IPO

Envivio Closes $16.5 Million Fundraising Round

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

More Broadcast Vendor M&A — Telestream Purchase of Anystream Now Official

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Cisco to Buy Inlet Technologies for $95m

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Broadcast Vendor M&A: Vitec Group Buys SmallHD for up to $30 Million in Cash

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Dec 11 2014

The Vitec Group, which owns more than a dozen brands in the broadcast industry, announced that it has acquired the business of SmallHD for up to $30m.

Based in North Carolina, SmallHD provides high-definition on-camera field monitors used by broadcasters and independent content creators, so its products are complementary with Vitec wide range of camera support and accessory brands, including Vinten, Vinten Radamec, Sachler, OConnor, Andon/Bauer, Autoscript, Camera Corps, Teradek, The Camera Store, Haigh-Farr, Litepanels, and Petrol Bags.

Typical of a Vitec M&A transaction, the deal includes an up-front cash payment and a large potential earn-out for SmallHD managers if the company meets certain performance targets after being acquired.

Specifically, Vitec will pay an initial cash consideration of $4.6m on a debt/cash free basis, and up to a further $25.4m, payable in cash, dependent on SmallHD’s performance over a two and a half year period to 30 June 2017.  To achieve the maximum payment, SmallHD must deliver an annualized EBITDA run-rate of $9m in 2017.

For the financial year-ended 31 December 2013, SmallHD had sales of $8.1m, and generated an unaudited adjusted profit before tax of $300,000. At the end of 2013 SmallHD had gross assets of $2.5 million.

Vitec says that SmallHD has grown during 2014 and is investing in new product platforms, and that the company anticipates “both healthy sales and profit growth going forward.”

According to Vitec, the SmallHD deal is in line with its “strategy of offering a growing range of high technology solutions to the Group’s established global customer base. It complements Vitec’s existing video activities, including Teradek, which serves a similar customer base. There are opportunities to sell SmallHD’s products through Vitec’s global sales and distributor network. SmallHD is being acquired from its current management, who will remain with the business, and it will operate as a business unit within the Videocom Division.”

The consideration will be financed out of Vitec’s existing banking facilities. The Board expects the acquisition to be earnings enhancing in the year ending 31 December 2015.

“I am delighted to welcome the SmallHD team to Vitec, said Vitec CEO Stephen Bird. “This high technology business complements our market-leading broadcast activities and is in line with our strategy of enabling our customers to capture and share exceptional images. There is an increasing demand for SmallHD’s products from the growing community of independent content creators who use this world leading technology. The business has great prospects and we anticipate that it will generate a good return on our investment.”

The purchase of SmallHD is similar to the 2013 transaction when Vitec acquired Teradek for up to $30m.  For the Teradek deal, Vitec paid $14.9m in cash and up to a further $15.5m dependent on Teradek achieving against annual EBIT targets over the three-year period to 31 December 2015.

The Teradek deal appears to have been a success for Vitec.  Since the time of the Teradek acquisition, subsequent Vitec financial filings indicate that the company has indeed been making earn-out payments to Teradek shareholders over the past year.  The addition of Teradek, which is active in the fast growing bonded cellular and wireless communication links segment, forced the company to re-think it’s overall portfolio, and ultimately to divest its IMT Wireless Communications and Microwave Business in mid-2014.

 

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Related Content:

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

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

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

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Broadcast Vendor M&A: ChyronHego to be Taken Private by Vector Capital in $114 Million Deal

Analysis, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Quarterly Results, SEC Filings | Posted by Joe Zaller
Nov 17 2014

Broadcast graphics specialist ChyronHego announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Vector Capital, under which an affiliate of Vector will acquire all of the outstanding shares of ChyronHego common stock for $2.82 per share in cash.

San Francisco-based Vector Capital is a private equity firm with experience in the digital media sector. Recent portfolio investments include Corel and Technicolor. To fund the ChyronHego deal, Vector has secured committed financing consisting of a combination of equity and debt.

This is the second recent take-private transaction of a broadcast graphics provider. Earlier this month. Vizrt announced that it will be taken private by Nordic Capital in a $374m all-cash deal.

The $2.82 per share purchase price represents a premium of approximately 18% over the company’s average closing share price for the six months ending on November 14, 2014, and a 4% premium over the company’s closing share price on November 14, 2014, the last day of trading before the announcement.

Based on the total number of shares outstanding in ChyronHego, the deal equates to an equity value of approximately $114m. After backing out the cash on the company’s most recently published financial statements, this represents an enterprise value of approximately $108m.  On a valuation multiple basis, this is approximately 1.8x trailing 12 month’s revenue.

According to a shareholder FAQ, ChyronHego’s management team will stay the same after the transaction closes. Johan Apel will continue as CEO, and Soren Kjellin will continue as CTO.

The contractual details of the ChyronHego – Vector Capital agreement are complex and worth a longer discussion. We are preparing an analysis of the deal, and we will post this later this week.

A very brief synopsis of certain deal points follow:

  • Technically, the deal is a merger rather than an acquisition. ChyronHego is being merged into an entity controlled by Vector Capital, in order to create a new corporate entity, which will also be owned and controlled by Vector Capital.

 

  • All major shareholders on the ChyronHego management team have agreed to re-invest approximately 50% of their holdings in ChyronHego into the new corporate entity, for which they will receive approximately 31% of the equity in the new entity

 

  • Interestingly the merger agreement includes a “go shop” provision whereby ChyronHego has seven weeks to find a buyer who will offer a higher price than Vector Capital’s offer of $2.82 per share. Given Vizrt’s valuation in the Nordic Capital deal, and the fact that shares of ChyronHego have traded above $3.00 several times during the past year, it is possible that ChyronHego will be able to find a better offer. However, the “go shop” provision includes termination fees that will triggered under specified circumstances such as the acceptance of a superior offer. The company says it does not intend to disclose developments with respect to the solicitation process unless and until a decision has been made in respect to any potential superior proposal. 

 

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and most notably the approval by holders of two-thirds of ChyronHego’s outstanding shares and the approval by holders of a majority of shares held by current ChyronHego’s stockholders who will not become stockholders in the going-forward entity.  The Company expects the transaction to close in the first quarter of fiscal 2015.

The company said that its  board of directors and a special committee of the board composed entirely of independent directors have unanimously approved the deal, and have recommend that ChyronHego’s stockholders approve the transaction

“We are very happy to announce this partnership with Vector Capital, an established global technology oriented private equity firm that is focused on building long-term value. Our management is convinced that this is the right opportunity at the right time for ChyronHego’s customers, employees and stockholders,” said Apel.

In the third quarter of 2014, ChyronHego posted a net loss of $2.6m on revenue of $14. During the first nine months of 2014, ChryronHego posted a net loss of $2.8m on revenue of $43.3m.

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Related Content:

ChyronHego Investor FAQ and Introduction to Vector Capital

Agreement and Plan of Merger: ChyronHego Corporation, Vector CH Holdings (Cayman), L.P., And CH Merger Sub, Inc.

ChyronHego SEC Filing: Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement with Vector Capital

ChyronHego One Year Stock Price Chart

Broadcast Vendor M&A: Vizrt to be Taken Private in $374 Million All-Cash Deal

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Broadcast Vendor M&A: Vizrt to be Taken Private in $374 Million All-Cash Deal

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Nov 10 2014

Broadcast graphics and MAM specialist Vizrt announced that it will be taken private in an all-cash deal that values the company at $374m.

The buyer is Nordic Capital, a leading Nordic PE firm with four active funds with over EUR 11 billion in total committed capital. Under the terms of the deal Vizrt will be merged with 24 October Holding AG, an entity indirectly controlled by Nordic Capital Fund VIII, and NOR Merger Sub Ltd.

The transaction values Vizrt at a 32% premium to the company’s closing share price November 7, 2014, the last trading day prior to the announcement of the deal, and a 35% premium to the company’s six months volume weighted average share price of the for the period ending on November 7, 2014.

“I and the management team are excited about the opportunities we all believe we have ahead of us,” said Vizrt CEO Martin Burkhalter. “Nordic Capital is very committed to support our growth strategy going forward. Being a privately owned company opens up for accelerated growth opportunities through, amongst others, future acquisitions that support our long-term strategy. The discussion management has held with Nordic Capital over the last few months gives us the necessary confidence that Nordic Capital will fully back-up our continuous efforts to stay ahead of the game by further strengthening our innovative capabilities.”

The deal is expected to close on or around January 31, 2015, provided all conditions for completion have been fulfilled.

Completion of the transaction is subject to the approval by a Shareholders Meeting of Vizrt by simple majority which is expected to be held on or about December 18 2014. Shareholders representing 51.5% of the total share capital of Vizrt have declared that they will vote in favor of the deal

“Our Board has undertaken a careful review of the terms and conditions of the Merger and is unanimous in its recommendation. We consider the cash based offer as fair and in the best interest of our shareholders. We believe that Nordic Capital, with its breadth of expertise and proven track record of developing companies, will be a strong owner of Vizrt.” stated Dag J. Opedal, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vizrt.

The Company and Nordic Capital shall cooperate for a delisting of the Company’s shares from the Oslo Stock Exchange as soon as possible after the Merger becomes effective.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Nordic Capital to pay NOK 37 in cash per VIZRT Ltd. Share

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Broadcast Vendor M&A: DTS Acquires Manzanita Systems

Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 22 2014

Audio technology specialist, DTS Inc. has acquired Manzanita Systems, a provider of MPEG software solutions for digital television, video on demand (VOD), and over-the-top (OTT) markets.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Manzanita is best known in the video technology sector for its transport stream analyzers and software multiplexer solutions.  Manzanita’s technology is integrated into the solutions of several technology vendors, especially those involved in the transcoding and distribution of video content.

This is DTS’s first acquisition since its purchase of SRS Labs in July 2012. The addition of Manzanita’s video technology portfolio is an interesting move for DTS and may suggest a greater expansion into the video sector as a complement to DTS’s position in the audio sector.

“We are committed to growing our business in the network-connected media ecosystem and believe that the acquisition of Manzanita Systems will help DTS further strengthen its position in the space,” said Geir Skaaden, SVP Digital Content and Media Solutions at DTS.

Consistent with the seller rationale for many M&A transactions, Manzanita will now have access to significantly more resources as part of DTS.  According to Manzanita’s founder and CEO Greg Vines “joining DTS allows us to take advantage of its much larger platform and scale to further develop our product portfolio and offer customers even greater value.”

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Related Content:

Press Release: DTS Acquires Manzanita Systems

DTS Reports Strong Q2 2014 Results; Revenue Growth of 33% Year-over-Year

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: DTS to Acquire SRS Labs for $148 Million

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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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