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Belden/Grass Valley Acquires Snell Advanced Media

Analysis, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Broadcaster Financial Results, Conference Sessions | Posted by Joe Zaller
Feb 08 2018

Belden announced it has closed the acquisition of Snell Advanced Media (S-A-M).

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The deal makes Grass Valley one of the largest media technology suppliers.

Clearly the company believes there is growth to be had in broadcast.  At the company’s December 2017 investor day, Belden CEO John Stroup said “I think that we have a lot more conviction around what’s happening in the broadcast industry than we did two years ago. And as you recall – or you may recall, our concentration within production, in particular around live, gives us a lot more confidence that we’re going to see growth in that end market than we did, say, in the last two to three years.”

Although at first glance there is substantial product overlap between Grass Valley and S-A-M, there are less similarities between each company’s geographic sales footprint, which will help Grass Valley expand into new customers. A Grass Valley spokesperson said that the deal would help the company extend its reach and provide in-region support to its global customer base.

Additionally, a number of each company’s respective product lines are complementary (in news for example), making the overall Grass Valley proposition more robust.

According to Belden management, S-A-M will be integrated into Grass Valley, and moving forward the S-A-M brand name will be retired, and “Grass Valley, a Belden Brand” will be used as the company name.

Tim Shoulders will be the president of the combined company, which will be headquartered in Montreal.

Belden executives cited multiple strategic reasons for the deal, including gaining market share, and an expanded geographic footprint.

“With this investment Belden again demonstrates our commitment to the broadcast industry. Adding SAM’s employees and products to the Grass Valley family extends Grass Valley’s global reach, makes us more agile and provides even more domain expertise to enhance Grass Valley’s industry-leading solutions in networking, news and live production and content delivery for broadcasters,” said Shoulders. Our customers face competition and uncertainty like never before. This transaction will help them navigate the technology options available to them with fewer concerns around interoperability and deployment complexity while providing them greater access to the innovators developing the solutions of tomorrow.”

Prior to doing this deal, Belden did substantial work to refinance its debt, which provided additional financial leverage for M&A.  Indeed, the company’s CFO often refers to the amount of “dry powder” that the company has available for M&A. At the company’s investor day, Stroup said “We [are] extremely pleased with the execution of our debt refinancing and repayment during the quarter. By issuing €450 million of senior subordinated notes at 3.375% and €300 million at 2.875%, the lowest long-term borrowing rates in the history of the company, we have further lowered our cost of capital and extended our maturities. In total, we expect these actions to be accretive to EPS by $0.47 on a full-year basis.


Reminiscent of Previous Industry Roll-ups

The S-A-M deal is Belden’s fifth acquisition in the media and broadcast technology sector.


In addition to these transactions, Belden acquired KVM switch vendor Thinklogical in May 2017 for $171.3 million in cash, and added it to the company’s Broadcast Solutions segment for reporting purposes.

Including Thinklogical, Belden has invested $779.4 million in the broadcast industry since 2009.  When the company discloses the price paid for S-A-M, the thoal amouint will be known.

This level of investment is reminiscent of previous industry “roll-ups.”

Between 2000 and 2009, Harris Corporation spent approximately $1 billion on the acquisitions of vendors including Louth, Encoda, and Leitch. In 2012, Harris Corporation divested its broadcast division in a deal valued at up to $225 million.

A decade earlier, Technicolor (then Thomson) spent even more to acquire a slew of media technology supplier including 5 businesses of the Philips Professional Broadcast group (Cameras, Film Imaging, Signal Processing, Media Networking and Control & Systems), Canopus, PRN, ParkerVision, Nexstream, Thales Broadcast & Multimedia, and (coincidentally) Grass Valley.

Starting in 2010, Technicolor divested these businesses in separate transactions:


So why does Belden think it will be different for them?

Speaking at the 2017 Devoncroft Media Technology Business Summit, Belden CEO John Stroup said “Of all the industries we’re in, [media and broadcast] is the industry where the economic capabilities of the vendors are the least developed, and that creates a lot of stress for us.

Belden CEO John Stroup at 2017 Devoncroft Media Technology Executive Summit

Belden CEO John Stroup at 2017 Devoncroft Media Technology Executive Summit

“We would obviously prefer that all vendors were making good economic investments, because [today] we’re all investing in everything, and that doesn’t lead to particularly good economic returns. I think we’re all searching for a level of scale, because I think this is a business that requires a lot of scale from a commercial point-of-view. To operate globally, you need to generate the amount of revenue that gives you the scale from an R&D point of view. So, what we’ve been trying to do with our team is teach them different ways to evaluate how much to be spending, where to be spending, and trying to put some rigor and framework around it so we’re not doing anything that’s reckless. Some vendors have gotten themselves into problems…. We’re trying to really careful of where we place our bets.”

With the S-A-M deal, Belden achieves greater scale.

Additionally, the company has previously telegraphed its plan to build a factory in India, in order to lower its cost of production (it is unknown at this time whether the production of Grass Valley or S-A-M products will move to this factory once it opens).


Greater Control of the IP Transition?

Belden executives often speak about how industry-wide transition to IP-based infrastructure provides potential growth opportunities for Grass Valley. During Belden’s Q4 2017 earnings call, Stroup said Q4 2017 was Grass Valley’s strongest-ever quarter for sales of IP-based systems, and predicted that IP shipments would accelerate in the future, thanks to the adoption of new standards and increasing custom confidence in IP-based solutions. “We think [the finalization of the SMPTE 2110 standard is] an important development and certainly going to be helpful moving into 2018. We had our strongest quarter ever in IT-based product revenues in the fourth quarter. It was over $5 million. And it was to 36 different customers. So, it’s clear that our customers are getting more confident, more comfortable with the technology. I think they view us as really one of the only solutions that meets the open standard. As we’ve talked about, we have some competitors that have done very well, but their systems and their solutions are far more closed than what we’re offering and what the standard dictates. So, I think that the Grass Valley business, from a product point of view, is very well positioned moving into 2018.”

Indeed, as one of the three founders of AIMS, Grass Valley is a key player in the industry-wide transition to IP-based operations. The acquisition of S-A-M puts Grass Valley in control of more potential IP-related infrastructure refresh projects.

Because the broadcast industry is dwarfed by the broader IT market, the IT “titans” (such as Arista, Cisco, Huawei, and Juniper) tend to use established broadcast suppliers as a route to market.  By acquiring S-A-M, Belden now owns two of the top “traditional broadcast vendors,” making it more likely that they will successfully capture market share as the industry transitions to IP-based operations.



The Belden M&A Strategy

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Belden made this acquisition, over the past decade, the company has grown substantially through strategic M&A.

As recently as December 2017, Indeed, Belden routinely touts it well-established approach of acquiring underperforming assets, and generating synergies and cost savings through what it calls “The Belden Business System.”

During its December 2017 analyst day, Stroup told analysts “we continue to actively pursue a number of attractive inorganic opportunities. We currently have $475 million available for inorganic opportunities. We estimate that approximately $1.7 billion will be available through 2020. This will come from organic activities and it would be at or below net leverage of 3 times.


“Over the last three years, approximately 75% of capital deployment has been allocated towards M&A. Going forward, we expect to allocate approximately 55% towards M&A.

“Our acquisition approach always begins with our strategic plan. Nothing enters our funnel of opportunities, nothing begins cultivation until we identify an opportunity as either allowing us to take advantage of an opportunity or to address a threat.


“The companies that we pursue are typically company leaders within their specific area, often niches. They have products that are complementary to ours and typically there are opportunities for significant costs or commercial synergies.

“Typical bolt-on for Belden would be a company with revenue growth that is similar to Belden’s end markets. Gross profit margins are typically greater than Belden. However, EBITDA margins are typically lower than the Belden average.


And by applying our Lean enterprise system, we have the opportunity to achieve EBITDA margins at or above Belden average, achieve ROIC of 13% to 15% by year three and purchase the company for a post-synergy multiple of approximately seven times EBITDA.”


Related Content:

Grass Valley Q4 2017 Revenue Impacted by Revenue Recognition, Predicts Growth for 2018

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

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Belden Buys Miranda for $350 Million in All-Cash Deal



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Reminder: 2017 NAB Show Media Technology Business Summit is Sunday April 23rd

Analysis, broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, Broadcast technology channel strategy, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Broadcaster Financial Results, Conference Sessions, market research, Media Services M&A, Online Video, OTT Video | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 21 2017

If you are attending the 2017 NAB Show, and you want to understand the commercial and technical issues that are driving the industry forward, you don’t want to miss the sixth annual Media Technology Summit.

11:00am – 3:00pm, Sunday, April 23, 2017

Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N249

We’ve worked hard to bring together an outstanding line-up of technology and business thought leaders from all parts of the media technology ecosystem, and we are very grateful that this incredible group has agreed to take part in this year’s event and share their experiences with our audience.

The full conference agenda is at the bottom of this post.

This summit is the one place at the NAB Show where C-Level executives from each part of the media ecosystem discuss the commercial issues facing their organizations, and how this has and will impact their technology investment and deployment strategies. Whether you are a media company, technology supplier, finance professional, or industry strategist, if you want to understand the executive perspective on business developments in the media technology sector, we’re sure you will find the conference to be a thought-provoking kickoff to the NAB Show. It’s also a great networking opportunity.

In addition to executive panel discussions, we will also provide an overview of the most up-to-date industry market research and analysis.  This includes preliminary findings from the 2017 Devoncroft Partners Big Broadcast Survey, the industry’s definitive demand-side market study, and the 2017 Global Market Valuation Report (GMVR), which is published by IABM DC, a 50-50 joint-venture between Devoncroft Partners and industry trade association IABM.

If you have not yet participated in the 2017 Big Broadcast Survey, you can register here and join thousands of your colleagues worldwide in the definitive study of media industry trends.

If you’d like to attend the Summit, all you need is an NAB Show badge.  So please bring any colleagues interested in the changing landscape of media technology.

You can also register using code ATT2.

This event has been standing-room-only for the past several years, and we are expecting a large turn-out, so please come early.


2017 NAB Show Media Technology Business Summit

Conference Agenda

11:05am – Strategic Industry Analysis: Valuations, M&A, and Equity Finance

Joshua Stinehour, Principal Analyst, Devoncroft


11:25am – The Broadcast & Media Technology Industry in 2017

Joe Zaller, President, Devoncroft


11:50am – The Vendor C-Suite: Strategies for an Evolving Market

David Ross, CEO, Ross Video

Johan Apel, President & CEO, ChyronHego

John Stroup, President, CEO, Belden, Inc.

Ramki Sankaranarayanan, CEO, Prime Focus Technologies


12:30pm – Leveraging Hyperscale IT Infrastructure for Next-Generation Media Workflows

Dave Ward, Senior Vice President, Engineering Chief Technology Officer and Chief Architect, Cisco Systems

Keith McAuliffe, Vice President and Chief Technologist, HPE Servers Global Business Unit Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Peter Guglielmino, Media & Entertainment CTO, IBM

Tom Burns, Media & Entertainment CTO, DELL EMC

Moderator: Al Kovalick, Founder, Media Systems Consulting


1:15pm – Service Provider C-Suite: Perspectives on the Future of Media Technology

Barry Tishgart, Vice President, Comcast Technology Solutions

Bill Wheaton, Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, Akamai

Darcy Antonellis, Chief Executive Officer, Vubiquity

Usman Shakeel, Worldwide Technology Leader Media & Entertainment, Amazon Web Services

Moderator: Janet Gardner, President, Perspective Media Group


1:50pm – The Broadcaster C-Suite: Trends Driving Investment Decisions

John Honeycutt, CTO Discovery Communications

Renu Thomas, EVP Media Operations, Engineering & IT Disney/ABC Television Group

Richard Friedel, EVP and GM, Fox Network Engineering and Operations


2:30pm – The Broadcaster C-Suite: The Opinion of Financial Decision-Makers

Christine Dorfler, Chief Financial Officer, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations

Joe Dorrego, EVP/CFO, FOX Television Stations

Lucy Rutishauser, Senior Vice President Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer, Sinclair

Michael Tuvell, Senior Vice President Chief Financial Officer, Tribune Media


Related Content:

2017 Media Technology Business Summit Agenda on NAB Show website


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Broadcast Performance:

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

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

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

Revenue by Region:

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

Operating Expenses by Function:

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

Cash and Debt Levels:

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

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

Business Outlook:

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

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




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



Related Content:

Press Release on Vislink 1H 2016 Results

Management Presentation on Vislink 1H 2016 Results

Trading Update on Vislink 1H 2016 Preliminary Results



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Revenue by Geography:

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

Operating Expenditures by Function:

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

Management Commentary on Results:

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

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

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



Related Content:

Press release on Evertz FY Q1 2017 Results

MD&A on Evertz FY Q1 2017 Results

Financial Statements for Evertz FY Q1 2017

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



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Vitec Group has Positive Start to 2016; Set to Benefit from Weaker GBP

Analysis, broadcast technology market research, Broadcaster Financial Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Jul 01 2016

The Vitec Group, which owns more than a dozen brands in the broadcast industry as well as technical services company Bexel, released a trading statement on its first half 2016 performance.  Vitec Group Logo

Vitec’s year-to-date performance in 2016 has been in line with the Board’s expectations (Vitec does not provide specific forecast guidance).  The Company’s expectations for 2016 remain unchanged.  First half 2016 results are scheduled for release on August 4, 2016.

The trading update reiterated management’s expectations to benefit from the Rio 2016 Olympics and ongoing restructuring activities.  During the 2015 calendar year, one-off costs associated with the continued restructuring were approximately £10 million.  The restructuring costs were predominantly attributable to streamlining activities in the Broadcast Division.

In addition, the press release referenced the opportunity to benefit from a weaker GBP versus the US Dollar and Euro.

The press release states that full year expectations remain unchanged based on exchange rates as of June 23, 2016.  This was the date of the “Brexit” referendum in the UK.  Since the results of the referendum the GBP has declined more than 10% versus the US Dollar and approximately 9% versus the Euro.

In terms of revenue profile, Vitec generated only 10% of 2015 revenue from the UK.  47% of 2015 revenue was from North America and 20% from Continental Europe.  Because of this revenue profile, Vitec’s revenue results for 2016 should benefit from a weaker GBP currency.


Related Content:

Vitec press release on trading update

Vitec 2015 Financial Results



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Media Technology Revenues Decline 4.3% in 2015 as Industry-Wide Structural Shift Continues

Analysis, broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast technology market research, Broadcaster Financial Results, market research, technology trends | Posted by Joe Zaller
Feb 24 2016

IABM DC releases 2016 Global Market Valuation and Strategy Report

The total market for media technology products and services declined 4.3% to $49.3bn in 2015, according to the newly released 2016 Global Market Valuation and Strategy Report (GMVR), published by IABM DC, a joint venture between IABM and Devoncroft Partners.

IABM DC Logo and GMVR Cover Image

A number of factors contributed to the year-on-year decline in media technology spending. These include significant currency fluctuations, ongoing consolidation among media organizations, the strategic move from CAPEX to OPEX as end-users evolve their business models, and for the first time in six years, negative growth in services as well as products.

Revenues in 2015 from Products¹ declined 4.4% to $22.01bn – 44.6% of total industry revenue.

2015 Services² revenues declined 4.2% to $27.31bn – 55.4% of total industry revenue.

While Product revenues have been in decline since 2012, this is the first year when Services revenues have also decreased since the inception of the GMVR.

For the four year period from 2012-2015, the compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) for the total industry was -1.0%. During the same period, the CAGR for media technology products and services was -2.4% and +0.1%, respectively.

Foreign exchange rate fluctuations had a significant impact in 2015. In Brazil and Russia, steep currency declines effectively doubled the prices for some media technology products thus deterring investment. Other currencies including the Canadian Dollar, Euro and Japanese Yen also declined versus the US Dollar, changing the competitive dynamic for many players. While many media technology suppliers have both revenues and costs in multiple currencies and are able to mitigate swings in foreign exchange to some extent, the same is not true for managed service providers that operate in a single territory. Much of the decline in Europe reported for the services segment results directly from the weakening of the Euro against the US Dollar in the period.

Other notable drivers for the decline in overall revenues range from the end of government-backed analog switch-off programs in many countries, to the ongoing consolidation of major media companies, to a pronounced shift in technology procurement strategies among end-users, including broadcasters, pay TV operators and media service providers.

These factors, and their impact on the market, are explored in more detail throughout the 2016 GMVR. Now in its seventh edition, the Global Market Valuation and Strategy report is an essential tool for all broadcast industry strategists. The 2016 edition provides market sizing data for approximately 150 product categories across nine market segments. Data tables provide regional splits for product and service revenues, as well as forecasts to 2019 at segment and sub-segment levels. The data tables are accompanied by extensive written commentary (available in Q1 2016), that discusses the drivers affecting the market and an analysis of how changing markets and technologies may shape the future composition of the broadcast and media technology industry.

Joe Zaller, founder and president of Devoncroft Partners, said, “The commercial models of many broadcasters and media companies have changed dramatically over the past few years. The combination of new digital and on-line delivery platforms, the shift to file-based workflows, the increasing drive for digital monetization, and the promise of COTS IT hardware managed by software defined networks have all been catalysts for an industry-wide rethinking of both what technology is required to support future business goals, and whether it will be purchased or outsourced. We believe these factors will continue to alter the structure of the industry through the end of our forecast period – 2019.”

Peter White, IABM CEO, said, “Although aggregate industry growth declined overall in 2015, the broadcast and media technology market is still undoubtedly a dynamic and exciting place to be. There was a significant impact on revenues overall from extensive weakening of most currencies against the US Dollar in the year, which particularly impacted services revenues in EMEA where there is a concentration of services suppliers. In addition, although revenues in the majority of product categories experienced a degree of decline, some segments of the market are growing strongly. The Global Market Valuation and Strategy Report illuminates this, and will make compelling reading for those companies that are looking to maximize business opportunities.

“The changing media landscape of the demand side of the industry is clearly affecting the supply side, and many organizations throughout the broadcast and media ecosystem have had to reinvent themselves. Despite a continuing downward trend so far in 2016, confidence still remains in the sector and spend on research and development is continuing at impressively high levels. We are experiencing a wave of innovation and change both from existing suppliers and from new entrants in the market which is fueling cautious optimism for 2016 and beyond; our industry clearly believes that it can win through and is backing itself to do so.”

¹Products include hardware, software and associated maintenance and support revenues.

²Services include systems integration, consultancy, post-production, services to live production, managed services, playout, CDN, Infrastructure as a Service, OTT/OVP platforms, and terrestrial and satellite transmission infrastructure.


About the Global Market Valuation and Strategy Report (GMVR)

Considered by many to be the definitive source for broadcast and media technology market sizing and trend analysis, the GMVR draws on actual and future projected revenue and product shipment data supplied by media technology vendors and service providers under a framework of strict confidentiality. In aggregate, the 2016 GMVR data model includes approximately 3,000 technology vendors and service providers.

The 2016 Global Market Valuation and Strategy Report is available to purchase from IABM or Devoncroft Partners.



IABM DC provides sought-after market intelligence on broadcast and digital media technology market-sizing data to suppliers and purchasers of media technology worldwide. IABM DC is a joint venture between broadcast and digital media vendor trade association IABM and Devoncroft Partners, an organization the specializes in broadcast and digital media market research, strategic consulting and analysis.



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Broadcast Vendor M&A: Ericsson to Acquire Envivio in $125 Million All-Cash Deal

Analysis, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Broadcaster Financial Results, OTT Video | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 10 2015

Ericsson announced it has agreed to acquire Envivio for $4.10 per share, or approximately $125m.

The deal values Envivio, which had revenue and $41.5m for the year ended January 31, 2015, at more than more than double its closing price of $1.90 in yesterday’s trading.

The board of directors of Envivio has unanimously agreed to recommend that Envivio’s stockholders Envivio_Logotender their shares to Ericsson in the tender offer, and a group that collectively owns approximately 34 percent of Envivio’s outstanding common stock, have also expressed support for the deal.

Envivio provides software-based video encoding/transcoding, processing, packaging and ad insertion for broadcasters and pay TV operators.

Ericsson says the deal will “greatly enhance Ericsson’s software video encoding capabilities and its virtualized encoding concept, which enables abstraction of video processing functions from architectural and functional boundaries, enabling the flexibility to use both hardware and software based video compression, as well as any deployment architecture.”  Ericsson also said the deal extend its “leadership position in TV and media as a global end-to-end solution provider, strengthen [its] video compression position with combination of software and hardware encoding, [and] bring deep competence in software-defined and cloud-enabled architectures for video processing, enhancing Ericsson’s virtualized encoding approach.”

Ericsson’s acquisition of Envivio comes just a week after Amazon Web Services announced that it will be acquiring multi-screen technology provider Elemental Technologies.

Last year (at NAB 2014), Ericsson and Elemental jointly announced that Elemental’s video processing software had been “fully integrated into the Ericsson Virtualized Encoding solution.”  At that time, Dr. Giles Wilson, Head of TV Compression for Ericsson, said: “By expanding Ericsson Virtualized Encoding to also support Elemental software encoding, we are enabling TV service providers to efficiently address the growing complexity of multi-screen TV service delivery within a single solution. As providers strive to address consumer demand for TV Anywhere, we are focused on helping them make the right choices with their multi-screen video processing deployments.”

The combination of Elemental and Ericsson technologies were marketed by Ericsson as the SVP 4000 product family, which according to Ericsson’s website is “a server-based encoder [that] uses standard off-the-shelf GPUs to complement its powerful CPUs and hence provide the best encoding performance on a server-based platform.  In this regard it sits alongside the AVP 4000 system encoder, which offers the best encoding performance on a hardware-based platform.”

With Elemental now part of Amazon AWS, Ericsson moved quickly to find a new partner for multi-screen and virtualized encoding, and found a good one in Envivio.

Indeed, the Ericsson’s announcement of the Envivio acquisition specifically mentions that Envivio’s “pure software video processing is available on Intel-based appliances or IT blade servers.”

Interestingly, while the acquisition of Envivio gives Ericsson a good partner for multi-screen delivery, some of Envivio’s technology may overlap with Fabrix Systems, which Ericsson acquired in September 2014 for $95m. At the time of the Fabrix acquisition, Ericsson said Fabrix provides “cloud based scale out storage and computing platform focused on providing a simple, tightly integrated solution optimized for media storage, processing and delivery applications such as cloud DVR and video-on-demand (VOD) expansion.”

Time will tell whether Ericsson believes the technologies acquired from Envivio and Fabrix are complementary or overlapping.

Per Borgklint, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Support Solutions at Ericsson, says: “Our consumer research clearly shows that viewers are demanding TV on their terms on any device, and expecting experiences that continually evolve. We are committed to offering our customers a clear path towards fully agile cloud agnostic platforms that delight TV consumers. I look forward to welcoming the market leader in pure software-defined video encoding, processing, and packaging into Ericsson. The combination will strengthen our encoding position with both custom silicon and pure software encoding, delivering performance and flexibility.”


Ericsson’s acquisition of Envivio 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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Press Release: Ericsson announces agreement to acquire Envivio

Amazon Web Services to Acquire Elemental Technologies for a Reported $500 Million 

Press Release: Elemental Announces Full Integration with Virtualized Encoding Solution

Ericsson Virtualized Encoding (EVE)

Ericsson SVP 4000 Product Family

Press Release: Cloud video transformation accelerated through Ericsson acquisition of Fabrix Systems



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New Devoncroft Report Available for Download: IBC 2015 – Observations & Analysis of the Media Technology Industry

Analysis, broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor Brand Research, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Broadcaster Financial Results, market research, Quarterly Results, technology trends, Top Broadcast Vendor Brands | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 04 2015

In preparation for the 2015 IBC Show, Devoncroft Partners has published an analysis of the trends and strategic drivers in the broadcast and media technology sector.

This 90-page report is free. Registration is required.

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


Included in the analysis are excerpts from:


  • The 2015 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


Devoncroft IBC 2015 Media Technology Analysis


The report covers and provides commentary on a the following media technology trends and drivers:


Yes, media delivery and consumption has changed… BUT:

  • Importance of industry-specific context when reviewing data points
  • Digital delivery is a cause, not the effect
  • For media technology industry, impact extends far beyond the obvious



Media business models in transition:

  • So far, media companies have benefited from OTT
  • But if cord cutting accelerates, does OTT enhance or erode profit?
  • Investor concerns have led to value erosion at both commercial and public broadcasters



Evolution of media business models driving transition of spending priorities:

  • Value to media companies of linear versus digital consumers
    • – New technologies required to monetize digital content
  • Reflected in changing investment patterns
  • Reflected in in-house technology development at media companies
  • Reflected in M&A – Ad Tech / Software
  • Reflected in new service offerings from media companies



Structural shift in technology spend:

  • Comparison of media technology CAGR 2009-2014
  • Value shift in favor of service revenue
  • Research shows that media technology spending shifts once HD transition is complete



Impact on technology vendor performance:

  • Spending pause in studio and infrastructure
  • Has spending resumed in delivery and OTT?



Review of NAB 2015 Strategy Conference:

  • Drivers of technology strategy
  • Insights from broadcaster CTOs, vendor CEOs, service providers



Review of 2015 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS):

  • Ranking and review of top media technology projects
  • Ranking and review of top media technology trends
  • Review of growth expectations for product categories and geographic regions



Thoughts on future industry evolution:

  • Where do technology suppliers add value in the future?
  • Timing of next technology transition
  • Impact of Software Defined Networking (SDN)
  • The move away from specialized products and applications
  • Implications for suppliers of media technology and services
  • The next format war – where is future value, and who is battling for dominance



Research background



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Evertz Revenue Declines 3 Percent in Q3 FY 2015, Cites New Wins in Tough Market

Broadcaster Financial Results, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Mar 05 2015


Evertz announced that revenue for the third quarter of its 2015 fiscal year was C$90.7m, down 3% versus the same period a year ago, and up 9.5% versus the previous quarter.

Net earnings for the third quarter were C$21.2m (C$0.28 per share), down approximately 1% versus the same quarter last year, and up 47.9% versus the previous quarter.

The company generated C$27.5m cash from operations in the quarter, up from C$24.4m, last year, and C$17.5m last quarter.

The results (which were the fourth highest sales quarter in the history of the company), were in line with the consensus estimates of equity analysts.

Evertz EVP Brian Campbell said that the company’s revenue in the quarter was well-diversified, with the top 10 customers accounting for approximately 38% of sales.  The company had 72 orders of more than C$200,000 during the quarter (versus 78 last year, and 71 last quarter), and no single customer represented more than 7% (C$6.35m) of revenue.

According to Campbell, the company’s product mix profile during the quarter was “very consistent with the last few quarters,” specifically citing success with its EXE and IPX IP routing products, the DreamCatcher replay system, video compression products, and IRDs.  Campbell said that these new product families pull through traditional processing and infrastructure equipment with them.”

As evidence of this pull-through effect, Campbell highlighted how the “recent adoption of Evertz new Integrated Receiver/Decoder technology by a leading US national broadcast network customer, resulted in the purchase order of over C$10m” for Evertz IRDs, compression products, infrastructure products, and monitoring & control solutions.

Looking specifically at IP routers, Campbell said that although Evertz has not announced many wins for its EXE IP-based router (which it also calls SDVN), the company continues to have very good success with the EXE at its 46 terabit size, and has recently started to gain traction in the mobile production community with a newly introduced half-rack version of the EXE, which has a throughput capacity of 23 terabit per seconds.  Campbell added that the company currently has “in excess of 30 customers” for the EXE and IPX IP-based router products, and customer demand for these products remains “very good,” particularly with sports trucks, where the company is winning new business.

Revenue in the US/Canada region was C$53.6m, down 2.5% versus the same period a year ago, and up 18.1% versus the previous quarter. US/Canada sales were 59.1% of total revenue during the quarter, flat with the same period a year ago, and up from 54.7% of revenue last quarter. Evertz does not provide details of currency adjusted trading, but one analyst estimated that revenue in the US/Canada region was likely down 10% on a constant currency basis.

International revenue was C$37.2m, down 2.5% versus the same period a year ago, and down 1% versus the previous quarter. International sales were 41% of total revenue, flat with last year and down from C$45.2m last quarter.

Commenting on the US versus international results, Campbell said Evertz was “seeing good strength in the Canada/US region,” but internationally “there is a fair bit of geopolitical and economic instability,  so whether that’s Russian, Ukraine, parts of the Middle East or elsewhere, we are in a fairly challenging global economic market.”

Gross margins in the quarter were 56.2%, down from 57.6% last year and flat with the previous quarter. Evertz executives said that the gross margin performance in the quarter were within the company’s target range of 56% to 60%.

On the earnings call, RBC Capital analyst Steve Arthur asked why the company’s gross margins are “stubbornly at the lower end of your traditional range,” and what it will take to move gross margins “up towards the middle part of the 56 to 60 kind of range.” Evertz CFO Anthony Gridley said that gross margins in the quarter were driven by product mix, and that gross margins vary between geographies.  Gridley also said that “some of the larger scale projects can sometimes have lower margins, and this this quarter, we had some positives from currency, but they were offset by some few lower margin deals,” resulting in the 56% level.

R&D expenses in the third quarter were C$15.8m, an increase of 4.8% versus the same period last year, and up 4.3% versus the previous quarter.  R&D expenses were approximately 17.4% of revenue in the quarter, up from 16.1% last year, down from 18.2% last quarter when revenue was slightly lower.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the quarter were C$16.4m, down 5.3% versus the same quarter last year, and essentially flat with the previous quarter. SG&A expenses represented approximately 18.1% of revenue in the quarter versus 18.6% of revenue during the same period last year, and 19.8% of revenue last quarter.

The company said that its shipments in February 2015 were C$19m, and that its purchase order backlog at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2014 was in excess of C$65m. The combined C$84m total backlog in shipments represents a 24% year-over-year increase.

Evertz ended the quarter with C$103.3m of cash and short term investments, up from C$90.4 at the end of last quarter.



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Press Release: Evertz Technologies Reports Results for the Third Quarter Ended January 31, 2015

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Previous Quarter: Evertz Revenue Increases 2 Percent in Q2 FY 2015, Misses Analyst Estimates



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Thorsteinson Replaces Cross as CEO of Quantel and Snell

Analysis, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Broadcaster Financial Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Mar 04 2015

Quantel and Snell announced that Tim Thorsteinson has replaced Ray Cross as CEO, effective immediately.news_Tim_Thorsteinson

According to the company, Thorsteinson “is the ideal individual to lead the next stage in the development of the combined Quantel and Snell.”

Cross, who had been CEO of both Quantel and Snell since March 2014, when it was announced that Quantel had acquired fellow UK-based broadcast technology vendor Snell, a deal that had been long-rumored in the industry, since the two companies already had a common parent, Lloyds Development Capital (LDC), the investment arm of Lloyds Bank.

Previously, Cross had been CEO of Quantel since December 2005.

At the time of the Quantel-Snell deal, the company said in a statement that the combined entity had revenue of more than $170 million and office in 16 locations around the globe, making it one of the larger vendors in the broadcast industry.  The company has not provided an update on its performance since that time.

It will be interesting to see what moves Thorsteinson, a longstanding broadcast industry executive, will make as CEO of Snell and Quantel, companies he has competed against in previous roles.

Thorsteinson is a well-known figure in the broadcast industry having headed-up several of the industry’s largest technology vendors over the past 15 years.

In January 2013, Thorsteinson was named CEO of Grass Valley, replacing Alain Andreoli, who had been appointed by private equity firm Francisco Partners following their 2010 acquisition of Grass Valley from Technicolor.

Just over a year later, Thorsteinson oversaw the $220m sale of Grass Valley to Belden Corporation, who combined it with Miranda, keeping the Grass Valley moniker for the enlarged entity.

Interestingly, Thorsteinson was also involved in the sale of Miranda to Belden.  In April 2012, he appointed a director of Miranda Technologies during the time that activist investor JEC Capital was agitating for a sale of that business.  Three months after Thorsteinson became a director of the company, Belden Corporation acquired Miranda for an enterprise value of $356m.

Thorsteinson was the President of Harris Corporation’s Broadcast Communications Division from 2006-2010.  He was appointed to this role following the $460m purchase by Harris of Leitch Technology Corporation, where Thorsteinson had been CEO since November 2003.

Prior to Leitch, Thorsteinson was CEO of Grass Valley Group, and oversaw the December 2001 sale of Grass Valley Group to Thomson Multimedia for $172m.

“We are delighted to have Tim Thorsteinson join Quantel to continue the company’s transformation. Tim has a proven track record of value creation, and his knowledge and experience are a great fit to grow the combined Quantel and Snell business into a major force in the rapidly changing broadcast industry,” said Chris Hurley, Managing Director Lloyds Development Capital and Quantel Board Director. “I would also like to thank Ray for all his hard work and achievements at Quantel over the past 10 years.”

“I’m very excited to be joining Quantel,” said Thorsteinson. “It is one of the larger independent businesses in our industry, with world class products and a rich history of innovation. I want to build on that tradition to create an organization 100% focused on helping our customers prosper in the media technology world.”




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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

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Press Release: Harris Corporation Completes Acquisition of Leitch Technology

WSJ Article: Thomson Multimedia to Buy Grass Valley for $172 Million

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

Belden’s Acquisition of Miranda to Close on or Before July 27, 2012

TVNewsCheck Article (9-29-2011): Tech One-on-One With Simon Derry — Snell Aims To Master the U.S. Market

Advent Venture and LDC close £72m broadcasting merger

Advent Venture Partners and LDC Complete Their Portfolios Merger – March 9, 2009

Video: Pro-Bel and Snell & Wilcox CEOs Discuss Merger (2009)

Press Release (11-6-2003): Chyron Sells Pro-Bel to LDC

Broadcast Magazine (2002): Snell Secures £22m from Advent

Press Release (2002) Advent Venture Partners invests GBP13m in Snell & Wilcox

Variety Article (7-14-2000): Carlton sells tech arm Quantel to LDC for £51 million 




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