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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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Strong MAM Sales Drive 23 Percent Revenue Increase for Dalet in Q2 2014

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jul 30 2014

MAM and newsroom specialist Dalet reported that its consolidated revenue for the second quarter of 2014 was €10.7m, up 23% versus the same period a year ago, and up 42% versus the previous quarter.

Excluding a contribution of €1m from AmberFin, which Dalet acquired in April 2014, the company’s revenue in the second quarter of 2014 was €9.7m, up 23% versus the same period a year ago, and up 27.6% versus the previous quarter.

Dalet published the table below to show the difference impact of the AmberFin acquisition.

Dalet Q2 2014 Results with and without AmberFin

 

Gross margins for the second quarter of 2014 were 82%, down from 89% last year, and up from 79% last quarter.   This is the second consecutive drop in gross margins comparted to the previous year.  The company attributed the lower y/y margin performance to due to a less favorable sales mix in the quarter.

 

On a product basis:

  • Asset management revenue was €5.35m, or 50% of total revenue in the quarter

 

  • TV Newsroom systems revenue was €2.89m, or 27% of total revenue in the quarter

 

  • Sport solutions revenue was €535,000, or 5% of total revenue in the quarter

 

  • Radio solutions revenue was €1.6m, or 15% of total revenue in the quarter

 

  • Integration revenue was €321,000, or 3% of total revenue in the quarter

 

In terms of sales mix, license revenues decreased from 33% of sales in H1-2013 to 28% in H1-2014, associated professional services evolved from 30% to 23%, resale of hardware increased from 16% to 23%, recurring support revenues increased from 22% to 26% of revenues.

 

The company said that sales in the Americas increased by 21%, and the region now accounts for 40% of consolidated revenue. The increase in Americas revenue may be due in its win at Fox Sports 1, which is using Dalet’s “Sports Factory” as the end-to-end production and MAM system.  Fox Sports 1 launches on August 17, 2013.

Europe accounted for 48% of revenue, while MEA and Asia-Pacific accounted for 8% and 4% respectively.

The company did not disclose any other financial metrics, including profitability.

 

Results for the First Half of 2014:

For the first six months of 2014, the company’s consolidated revenue was €18.4m, up 20% versus the first half of 2013.  Excluding AmberFin, the company’s revenue for the first six months of 2014 is up 13% versus the same period in 2013.

Gross margins for the first half of 2014 were €14.9m, or 81%, down on a percentage basis from 87% for the first six months of 2013.

Dalet ended the second quarter of 2014 with €6.5 in cash, down from€7.7m on December 31, 2013.

Debt on June 30, 2014 stood at €5.6m, up from €2m on December 31, 2013, following the €3.4 million loan taken to finance AmberFin`s acquisition.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Dalet Revenues for First Six Months of 2014: €18.4 million

Broadcast Vendor M&A: Dalet Acquires AmberFin

Previous Quarter: Dalet Revenue Grows 3 Percent in Q1 2014

Previous Year: Dalet Up 7 Percent in Q2 2013 Thanks to Big Jump in Americas Revenue

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Broadcast Vendor M&A: EVS Disposes of dcinex Stake for €10.8 Million

broadcast industry trends, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jul 21 2014

EVS announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its 41.3% stake in dcinex, a digital cinema solutions provider, to Ymagis SA.

The company says that the deal, which values decinix at up to  €10.8m, will allow EVS to focus fully on its four core market strategy in the broadcast sector.

Originally called XDC, dcinex was founded  in 2004 by EVS co-founder Laurent Minguet, and changed its name to dcinex in 2012. It’s principal activities are digital cinema, distribution of alternative content (Ddcinema) and development of the Cinestore products.

Under the terms of the deal, EVS will receive at the closing:

  • EUR 2.1 million in cash
  • 288,851 new Ymagis shares
  • EUR 6.4 million in Ymagis bonds, which have a maximum maturity of 5 years. These bonds are associated with warrants.
  • In addition, dcinex will reimburse the currently existing shareholders` loans. Today, the loan granted by EVS (including interests) amounts to EUR 1.5 million.

In total, the approximate aggregate value of the different components (at last closing Ymagis share price of EUR 7.90) represents around EUR 10.8 million for EVS. On March 31, 2014 dcinex was valued at EUR 7.9 million on the EVS balance sheet.

Joop Janssen, CEO of EVS, said: “dcinex was created within EVS 15 years ago. In 2004, it was decided to spin it out. With the support of EVS, dcinex has developed itself to become a leading provider of digital cinema services in Europe. In the bigger entity that will result from this transaction, dcinex will be even stronger to continue its successful evolution in that market. EVS will now fully focus on its four core market strategy (Sport, Entertainment, News and Media) in the broadcast sector.”

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Dalet Revenue Grows 3 Percent in Q1 2014

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
May 06 2014

MAM and newsroom specialist Dalet reported that its consolidated revenue for the first quarter of 2014 was €7.6m, up 3% versus the same period a year ago, and down 25.5% versus the previous quarter.

On a geographic basis, Europe represented 55% of revenues in the quarter, the Americas represented 26%, Asia-Pacific was 14% and the Middle-East Africa region accounted for 5% of revenue.

Europe accounted for 48% of revenue, while MEA and Asia-Pacific accounted for 8% and 4% respectively.

Gross margins for the first quarter of 2014 were 79%, down from 85.1% last year. The company attributed the lower gross margins to a less favorable sales mix during the quarter.

The company did not disclose any other financial metrics, including profitability.

These results figures do not include any financials related to AmberFin, which Dalet acquired at the beginning of April 2014. Dalet says that it will begin consolidating AmberFin revenue into its accounts starting in Q2 2014.

AmberFin revenues for fiscal year ended 31/3/2013 were £4.6 million, with an operating loss of £1.1 million.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Dalet Announces Revenues for First Quarter 2014

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3rd Annual “Shifting Media Economics: Impact on Strategy, Finance, and Technology” Draws Huge Crowd at NAB 2014

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

This was the scene as we kicked off the third annual “Shifting Media Economics: Impact on Strategy, Finance, and Technology”  event at the NAB 2014 Show.

This half-day session was co-produced by Devoncroft Partners, Silverwood Partners, and the organizers of the 2014 NAB Show (to whom both Devoncroft and Silverwood are very grateful).

We had a standing-room only crowd from the moment the doors opened, and attendees were not disappointed by the outstanding information presented on the day.  The power of this unique event is that it brings together three ordinarily disparate groups — technology vendors, broadcasters, and financial firms — to discuss and debate important business issues facing the industry at a time of incredibly dynamic change.

 

SRO Crowd at NAB

 

We would especially like to thank our speakers and panelists for not only taking times out of their busy lives to prepare for and attend this event, but also (especially) for their thoughtful and often candid assessment of the state of the broadcast industry today, and what the future may bring.

In particular we would like to thank Vince Roberts,EVP Global Operations and Chief Technical Officer of Disney/ABC Television for his outstanding keynote address, which which provided a truly thought-provoking insight into the future of the media industry (and he’s funny too).

 

In case you missed this event, the full agenda  included:

 

Strategic Industry Analysis: Valuations, M&A, and Equity Financing

Presenters:

  • Jonathan Hodson-Walker: Managing Partner, Silverwood Partners
  • Joshua Stinehour: Managing Director, Silverwood Partners

 

 

The Broadcast & Media Technology Industry in 2014

Presenter:

  • Joe Zaller: President, Devoncroft Partners

 

 

Business Strategy Perspective From Industry Executives

Moderator:

  • Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

Panelists:

  • Sam Blackman: CEO and Co-founder, Elemental Technologies
  • Louis Hernandez. Jr.: President and Chief Executive Officer, Avid
  • Joop Janssen: CEO, EVS
  • Michelle Munson: President, CEO and co-founder, Aspera, an IBM company

 

 

Keynote: Vince Roberts: CTO and EVP Global Operations, Disney/ABC Television Group

 

 

IABM Research Overview

Presenter:

  • Peter White: Chief Executive Officer, IABM

 

 

The Broadcast Buyer Perspective on Business Models, Trends, and Technology Advancement

 

Moderator:

Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

Panelists:

  • Phil Braden: SVP Technology and Applications, PCCW Global
  • Del Parks: SVP Operations & Engineering, Sinclair Broadcast Group
  • Todd Daly: EVP Operations & Systems Engineering, Fox Broadcasting
  • Andy Tennant: Technology Director, Studios, ITV

 

 

Keynote: Vince Roberts: CTO and EVP Global Operations, Disney/ABC Television Group

 

Investor Perspectives on Industry

Moderator:

Jonathan Hodson-Walker: Managing Partner, Silverwood Partners

 

Panelists

  • Jeff Parks, Founding Partner, Riverwood Partners
  • Rohan Rai: Director, Wasserstein & Company
  • Sunit Mukherjee: Principal, Symphony Technology Group

 

 For those of many of you who asked for copies of presentations, please email info [at] devoncroft [dot] com and we will try to respond as soon as possible after the 2014 NAB Show.

 

Finally, thanks to all those who attended the event and sat in such a crowded room.

 

Based on the feedback we’ve received so far, there are two key takeaways from this event:

  • The content and substance of the event was terrific
  • You might want to consider a larger room next time

 

 

Were you there?  What did you think?  Please let us know.

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Broadcast Vendor M&A: Dalet Acquires AmberFin

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Quarterly Results, SEC Filings | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 06 2014

MAM and newsroom specialist Dalet Digital Media Systems has signed a definitive agreement to acquire ingest transcoding, and broadcast workflow specialist AmberFin.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

The seller was UK-based private equity firm Advent Venture Partners, which spun AmberFin out of Snell & Wilcox in 2009, and subsequently re-invested in the company in a 2010 funding round.

According to public records, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013 AmberFin posted a net loss before tax of £1.18m on revenue of £4.58m.

Once the deal closes, the combined company will have revenues in excess of $55m.

Datlet says the acquisition of AmberFin significantly broadens the company’s product offerings, and “affirms the company’s dominance in MAM and media workflow management by creating end-to-end solutions that include comprehensive MAM capabilities along with state-of-the art image processing, media transcoding and distribution.”

“This acquisition allows us to offer the industry the most advanced level of workflow options.” said Dalet CEO David Lasry. “AmberFin has been at the forefront in mastering media, including transcoding and video quality control. The company has spearheaded many widely adopted industry standards such as MXF and AS-02. Its talent and expertise directly complement Dalet’s strengths in enterprise MAM-driven solutions. By melding our resources and innovative technologies, we can enrich both the Dalet and AmberFin products to offer the most complete and forward-thinking solutions for content providers to optimize their human resources and media assets. From ingest through multiplatform delivery, operators in News, Sports and Programming will reap tremendous efficiencies and productivity by applying our combined technologies.”

“I am extremely proud of the AmberFin team and its accomplishments. Our award-winning, cutting-edge products are used by prominent broadcasters, content owners and post-production houses around the globe,” comments Jeremy Deaner, CEO of AmberFin. “It’s very gratifying to know that by joining with Dalet, we can together leverage our best-in-class technologies to deliver an outstanding array of solutions that will meet the challenges of the constantly changing digital media landscape.”

 

Transcoding Consolidation Continues

Dalet’s acquisition is the latest in a series of deals and product announcements in the transcoding space.  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 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

 

 

 

Related Content:

 

Press Release: Dalet Acquires AmberFin – Purchase Strengthens Dalet’s Leadership in MAM

AmberFin Closes Funding Round — Fourth Transcoding-Related Transaction in Past Few Months

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Want to Understand the Top Issues at NAB 2014? Don’t Miss “Shifting Media Economics: Impact on Strategy, Finance, and Technology”

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
Apr 05 2014

NAB 2014 Strategy-Session-Logos

 

If you are interested how the dramatic changes impacting the broadcast industry may shape its future, you won’t want to miss the third annual NAB Show event co-produced by Devoncroft, Silverwood Partners and the organizers of the NAB Show.

Now part of the NAB 2014 Broadcast Management Conference, this half-day session is called “Shifting Media Economics: Impact on Strategy, Finance, and Technology.”

It will be held in room N235 of the Las Vegas Convention Center on Sunday April 6th from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Download the full agenda and speaker biographies here.

As always, this event features an intensive, information-packed series of presentations and panels that discuss the strategic trends and industry-specific factors influencing the value of media technology companies.

We’ve worked hard to put together an outstanding line-up of speakers and presenters, including top technology buyers, leading technology vendor CEOs, and private equity investors who will speak to the opportunities and challenges involved with financing the next phase of technology change in the industry.

The agenda offers attendees the informed opinions of technology purchasers, industry executives, market research organizations, and financial professionals. The event will serve as a thought-provoking kick-off to the 2014 NAB Show.

Highlights will include panel discussions featuring leading vendor CEOs, senior executives from leading broadcasters, and private equity investors who will speak to the opportunities and challenges involved with financing the next phase of technology change in the industry.

In addition, the audience will benefit from preliminary excerpts from the Devoncroft Big Broadcast Survey, the industry’s definitive demand-side market report, and the IABM DC Global Market Valuation Report, the industry’s definitive supply-side market report.

This session is intended for senior executives from technology vendors, end-users, and investment firms in the media technology sector.

Please click here for more information and/or to register.

 

 

Here’s the current agenda:

Shifting Media Economics: Impact on Strategy, Finance, and Technology

Sunday April 6, 2014

1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Room N235 Las Vegas Convention Center

Part of the 2014 NAB Broadcast Management Conference

 

 

1:45 pm – 1:50 pm

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

 

1:50 pm – 2:15 pm

Strategic Industry Analysis: Valuations, M&A, and Equity Financing

Jonathan Hodson-Walker and Joshua Stinehour of Silverwood Partners will present an analysis of strategic industry trends and the specific factors that affect company valuations, including an updated perspective on transaction activity and valuations, vendor strategic considerations, and the current M&A environment along with near-term expectations.

 

Presenters:

  • Jonathan Hodson-Walker: Managing Partner, Silverwood Partners
  • Joshua Stinehour: Managing Director, Silverwood Partners

 

 

2:15 pm – 2:40 pm

The Broadcast & Media Technology Industry in 2014

Top broadcast analyst Joe Zaller will present a summary of key data derived from a variety of broadcast market intelligence projects including the newly published 2014 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), the industry’s definitive demand-side market report. Discussion topics will include strategic drivers of broadcast technology spending, key customer investment areas, new technology deployment trends, and the most significant industry trends impacting end-user purchasing decisions.

 

Presenter:

  • Joe Zaller: President, Devoncroft Partners

 

 

2:40 pm – 3:15 pm

Business Strategy Perspective From Industry Executives

This panel of recognized executives at leading vendors will offer views on the critical drivers of company valuation in the industry, the best practices the panelist’s have learned on how to evaluate M&A opportunities, and the preferred approach for integrating M&A into overall growth strategies. The panelists will also consider the question of how broader technology trends are impacting the vendor community in the industry.

Moderator:

  • Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

Panelists:

  • Sam Blackman: CEO and Co-founder, Elemental Technologies
  • Louis Hernandez. Jr.: President and Chief Executive Officer, Avid
  • Joop Janssen: CEO, EVS
  • Michelle Munson: President, CEO and co-founder, Aspera, an IBM company

 

 

3:35 pm – 3:50 pm

IABM Research Overview

Peter White, Chief Executive of the IABM (the trade group that represents suppliers of broadcast technology worldwide), will present an overview of the latest end-user research from the IABM along with selected excerpts from the recently completed IABM DC Global Market Valuation Report, the industry’s definitive supply-side market report.

Presenter:

  • Peter White: Chief Executive Officer, IABM

 

 

3:50 pm – 4:20 pm

The Broadcast Buyer Perspective on Business Models, Trends, and Technology Advancement

A panel of technology decision makers at leading broadcasters will offer informed perspectives on the most significant industry trends affecting technology budgets and the technology purchase decision. The audience will benefit from an emphasis on the business implications of technology decisions to broadcasters.

 

Moderator:

Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

Panelists:

  • Phil Braden: SVP Technology and Applications, PCCW Global
  • Del Parks: SVP Operations & Engineering, Sinclair Broadcast Group
  • Todd Daly: EVP Operations & Systems Engineering, Fox Broadcasting
  • Andy Tennant: Technology Director, Studios, ITV

 

 

4:20 pm – 4:45 pm

Keynote: Vince Roberts: CTO and EVP Global Operations, Disney/ABC Television Group

ABC/Disney EVP and CTO Vince Roberts will highlight the major business model challenges facing the industry and the implications to technology development. Mr. Roberts will focus on the actual commercial factors driving technology deployments today, and what can reasonably be expected in the near future. Referencing initiatives at Disney relating to topics such as IP-based infrastructure and the Cloud, the audience will gain an improved understanding of how changes in media consumption and fundamental technology transitions, ultimately affect technology vendors.

 

 

4:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Investor Perspectives on Industry

This panel of leading investment professionals in the media and entertainment sector will offer the audience the institutional investor’s perspective on the industry. The discussion will include the panelist’s intelligence-gathering plans for the NAB Show, views on the trends that are driving investment dollars in the sector, and a review of the characteristics influencing the evaluation of an investment opportunity.

Moderator:

Jonathan Hodson-Walker: Managing Partner, Silverwood Partners

 

Panelists

  • Jeff Parks, Founding Partner, Riverwood Partners
  • Rohan Rai: Director, Wasserstein & Company
  • Sunit Mukherjee: Principal, Symphony Technology Group

 

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Related Content:

2014 NAB Show Session Details – Shifting Media Economics: Impact on Strategy, Finance, and Technology

Download the full agenda and speaker biographies here

Save the Date: Third Annual Media Technology Strategy Conference at the NAB 2014 Show

 

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Belden Makes it Official – Combination of Grass Valley and Miranda to be Called Grass Valley

broadcast industry trends, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 02 2014

One day after Belden completed its $220m acquisition of Grass Valley, the company has officially revealed that the combined company will be called Grass Valley.

The company branding combines Grass Valley’s “GV” script and Miranda’s trademark, purple ellipse.

If you want to hear what’s next for the new Grass Valley, be sure to attend the annual IABM Annual NAB State of the Industry Breakfast at the 2014 NAB Show, where Grass Valley Marco Lopez will be featured on a panel of technology vendor CEOs that also includes Brian Cram from Dejero Labs, Charlie Vogt from Imagine Communications (formerly Harris Broadcast), and Carl Dempsey from Wohler Technologies.

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Combined GV-Miranda Logo

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Related Content:

Broadcast Vendor M&A: Belden Completes Acquisition of Grass Valley, Will Invest $25 Million in Integration of Combined Business

Broadcast Vendor M&A: Belden Buys Grass Valley for $220 Million

2014 NAB Show Session Details – IABM Annual NAB State of the Industry Breakfast

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