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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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Broadcast Vendor M&A: ARRIS Buys Pace for $2.1 Billion

Analysis, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Quarterly Results, SEC Filings | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 22 2015

In the latest round of media technology consolidation ARRIS announced  it will acquire Pace for $2.1 billion in stock and cash.

ARRIS is financing the deal with just $55 million in cash.  The remaining $2.05 billion comes from a new incremental $800m credit facility underwritten by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and $1.455 billion worth of newly issued ARRIS shares.

The transaction will result in the formation of “New ARRIS,” which is expected to be listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the ticker ARRIS.

Full details of the transaction are available in the Agreement and Plan of Merger file with the SEC.

In a presentation to investors, ARRIS provided the following graphical description of the post-closing structure of New ARRIS:

ARRIS Acquires Pace -- New Arris Post-Closing Structure


The deal comes just over two years since ARRIS paid $2.2 billion to acquire the Motorola Home business from Google and catapulted itself to global leader status in the process.

According to the company, the deal “significantly enhances ARRIS international presence, provides large scale entry into satellite segment, [and a] broader product portfolio in equipment, software and services.”

In a letter to employees, ARRIS chairman & CEO said the acquisition of Pace “opens the door for ARRIS’s next phase of growth – through a broader geographic and customer footprint, newly combined complementary product offerings, and enhanced scale. It will provide us with a large-scale entry into the satellite segment. By adding Pace’s innovation and talent, we can further broaden our product portfolio in equipment, software, and services. We will also benefit from Pace’s strong presence in Latin America – one of our industry’s highest growth regions – opening up new global opportunities.”

ARRIS described the Pace product portfolio in the chart below:

ARRIS Acquires Pace -- Pace Product Portfolio


The acquisition of Pace gives ARRIS a stronger position in the set-top box business, at the same time as Cisco is being urged by investors to exit from its set-top box unit.  For the first six months if its 2015 fiscal year, revenue in Cisco’s “Service Provider Video” business, which includes STBs decreased by more than 15% versus the same period last year.

“This transaction is another example of ARRIS’s ongoing strategy of investing in the right opportunities to position our company for growth. Adding Pace’s talent, products and diverse customer base will provide ARRIS with a large scale entry into the satellite segment, broaden our portfolio and expand our global presence. We expect this merger will enable ARRIS to increase its speed of innovation. We believe this is a tremendous opportunity for ARRIS and our customers, employees, shareholders and partners around the world as we collaborate to invent the future,” said  Stanzione.

“Pace plc is a great company with a strong track record of pioneering innovation and excellent customer service. Through a combination of organic development and acquisitions, Pace has grown to be a leading technology solutions provider to the PayTV and Broadband industries serving cable, satellite and telco customers across the globe. Over the last three years, Mike Pulli and the wider Pace team have successfully executed against our strategic plan to develop Pace into a more distinctive, profitable and cash generative company, creating significant value for shareholders.

“The Pace Directors believe that ARRIS’s offer recognises this value and also gives our shareholders the opportunity to share in the future success of the combined group. While we believe that Pace is strongly positioned to continue to execute its strategy in the medium and long term, we believe that the combination of the complementary ARRIS and Pace businesses will create a platform for future growth above and beyond our standalone potential. We believe this is a great fit for both companies, our employees, customers and trading partners,” said Allan Leighton, Chairman of Pace.



Related Content:

Press Release: ARRIS to Acquire Pace plc for $2.1 Billion in Stock and Cash


Investor Presentation — ARRIS TO ACQUIRE PACE PLC

ARRIS Employee Letter

Arris-Pace Merger Credit Agreement

Reuters: Arris to buy British set-top box maker Pace in $2.1 billion deal

Reuters — Analysis: Some Cisco investors urge an exit from set-top box unit

Press Release: ARRIS Acquires Motorola Home: Creates Premier Video Delivery and Broadband Technology Company



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Strong Sales in Americas Drives Orad Revenue 27 Percent Higher in 2014

Annual Results, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Mar 10 2015


Graphics and media asset management (MAM) provider Orad reported that its revenue for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $10.6m, an increase of 21.7% versus the same period a year ago, and up 1% versus the previous quarter.

Product revenue in Q4 2014 was $8.2m, or 78% of total revenue, an increase of 53.4% versus the 4th quarter of last year when product sales were $5.4m, or 61.9% of total revenue.

Service revenue in Q4 2014 was $2.3m, or 22% of total revenue, a decline of 29.7% versus the 4th quarter of last year when service revenues were $3.3m, or 38.1% of total revenue.

Net income for the quarter was $1.1m versus a net profit of $200,000 during the same period a year ago, and a net profit of $800,000 last quarter.

Gross margins for the quarter were 69.9%, versus 68.6% last year, and 71.1% last quarter.

Operating income for the quarter was $900,000, versus an operating loss of $1.5m during the second quarter of 2013, and operating income of $800,000 last quarter.

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the end of  December 2014 were $10.4m, compared to $9.1m at the end of September 2014, and compared to $5.7m at the end of December 2013.


Full Year 2014 Results

For the full year 2014, Orad’s revenue was $40.5m, up 27.3% versus 2013.

Revenue from Europe was $19.2m, up 38.2% versus 2013.  Europe accounted for 47.3% of total 2014 revenue.  In 2013, revenue from Europe was $13.86m, or 43.6% of total revenue.

Revenue from Asia was $6.5m, a decline of 5.7% versus 2013.  Asia accounted for 16% of total 2014 revenue.  In 2013, revenue from Asia was $6.9m, or 21.6% of total revenue.

Revenue from the Americas was $14.3m, an increase of 44.5% versus 2013. The Americas accounted for 35.3% of total 2014 revenue.  In 2013, revenue from the Americas was $9.9m, or 31.1% of total revenue.

Product sales for year were $31.3m, an increase of 31.5% versus 2013.  Product sales accounted for 77.2% of total revenue in 2014, up from 74.8% in 2013.

Service revenue for 2014 was $9.2m, up 14.9% versus 2013. Service revenue accounted for 22.8% of total revenue in 2014, compared to 25,2% in 2013.

Operating income for 2014 was $4.36m, compared to a loss of $1.6m in 2013.

Net income for 2014 was $3.4m, compared to a net loss of $1.9m in 2013.

Gross Margins for 2014 were 69.7% up from 66.6% in 2013.

Operating expenses for the year were up across the board.

R&D expenses for 2014 were $6.1m, up 3.5% versus 2013. R&D expenses accounted for 15.1% of total revenue in 2014, compared to 18.6% of total revenue in 2013

Sales & marketing expenses for 2014 were $13.8m, up 4.5% versus 2013. Sales & marketing &D expenses accounted for 34.2% of total revenue in 2014, compared to 41.6% of total revenue in 2013

G&A expenses for 2014 were $3.9m, up 9.7% versus 2013. G&A &D expenses accounted for 9.7% of total revenue in 2014, compared to 11.4% of total revenue in 2013

“We are pleased to announce that 2014 has been our most successful year in many aspects,” said Orad CEO Avi Sharir. “Profits have continued to increase, reaching the highest level in the company’s history. Our operating income for 2014 was 10.8% from revenues, far better than our outlook of 8%-10%. We have succeeded in meeting these impressive results thanks to our strong increase in revenues resulting from our wide range of products and solutions, our extensive geographic presence and as a result of our increased efficiency. Our strategy to offer customers comprehensive solutions was very successful with several very significant sales. Orad’s solutions’ offering brings added value to the customer by simplifying his workflow, while offering a one stop shop for the entire solution. Our servers took the forefront this year, penetrating new markets. We are seeing increased interest from existing and new customers, and given the size of the potential market, we are aiming to increase our market share. Our strategy to strengthen our presence in the North American market in 2014 proved successful, doubling our bookings compared to 2013.



“I am confident that Orad will continue in 2015 in the same direction as we continue to invest in cutting edge new technologies and increase our presence in existing and new markets,” said Sharir.



Related Links:

Press Release: Orad Reports Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and for the for the Full Year of 2014

Orad’s Revenue Jumps 40.7 Percent in Q2 2014



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ChyronHego Taken Private by PE Firm, Delisted from NASDAQ

Annual Results, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Quarterly Results, SEC Filings | Posted by Joe Zaller
Mar 09 2015

ChyronHego LogoVector Capital has completed the previously announced $120m deal to acquire ChyronHego and take it private.

Under the terms of the deal, ChyronHego stockholders will receive $2.82 per share in cash, and ChyronHego common stock has ceased trading on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange.

According the definitive proxy statement, the purchase of ChyronHego will be funded by a combination of equity and debt financing.

Equity financing will be provided by Vector Capital and its affiliates, who have committed to pay approximately $49.3m towards the acquisition, and related expenses.

Debt financing is being provided by Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and Apollo Investment Corporation (Apollo) in the form of a $50m senior secured five-year term loan, which is expected have interest of “either (i) the Eurodollar Base Rate plus 5.625% (subject to a 1.0% floor with respect to the Eurodollar Base Rate), or (ii) at the Adjusted Base Rate (defined as the highest of (w) 2.75% of (x) the Wall Street Journal Prime Rate and (y) the Federal Funds Rate plus 0.50%) plus 3.875%.”

Separately, SVB and Apollo have also providing a $7m senior secured revolving credit facility that has the same terms as the senior five-year term loan. ChyronHego will use the revolving credit facility for working capital and capital expenditures and other general corporate purposes.

In its last quarter as a public company (Q3 2014), ChyronHego posted a net loss of $2.6m on revenue of $14m.

During the first nine months of 2014, ChryronHego posted a net loss of $2.8m on revenue of $43.3m.

For the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended September 30, 2014, ChyronHego had revenue of $58m, comprised of $27.2m of product revenue and $30.8m of service revenue.

In a securities filing, ChyronHego said it ended 2014 with approximately $5.4m in cash and equivalents; and projected that its revenue for the full year 2014 would be $59m.

“We are delighted to be working with Vector Capital,” said Johan Apel, President and Chief Executive at ChyronHego. “As a private company, ChyronHego will be ideally positioned to reinforce the company’s leadership in news, sports and live production solutions. The Vector team has a strong track record of success in acquiring and operating innovative technology companies, and our partnership with them will enable us to reach new levels of scale, technological capabilities and customer service.”

David Fishman, Managing Director at Vector Capital, who will join ChyronHego’s Board of Directors, said: “We believe that as a private company with Vector’s financial support ChyronHego will be well positioned to capitalize on the significant opportunities in broadcast graphics creation, play-out and real time data visualization. Over time, we are confident the company will be well positioned to capitalize on the exciting trends in the sports, news and live television markets.”

“We welcome ChyronHego to the Vector family,” said Nick Lukens, Vice President at Vector. “We are very excited to roll up our sleeves and get to work with the talented team at ChyronHego. Through our partnership with management, we are committed to strengthening and expanding ChyronHego’s market leading product and service capabilities.”



Related Content:

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Certificate of Merger

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

ChyronHego 8-K: Additional Disclosures Regarding Vector Transactions

ChyronHego: Definitive Proxy Statement on Vector Take-Private Transaction

ChyronHego Investor Presentation March 2014

ChyronHego Investor FAQ and Introduction to Vector Capital

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

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

ChyronHego One Year Stock Price Chart

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



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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.



Related Content:

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

Previous Year: Evertz Q3 FY 2014 Revenue Jumps 30 Percent on Big Deals in North America

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



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Autodesk FY 2015 Media & Entertainment Revenue Declines 13.9 Percent

Analysis, Annual Results, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results, SEC Filings | Posted by Joe Zaller
Feb 27 2015


Autodesk reported that its Q4 FY 2015 revenue from its Media and Entertainment (M&E) business segment was $43m, an increase of 5% compared to the same period last year, and flat with the previous quarter.

M&E gross margins for the fourth quarter were 79.1% ($34m), down from 81% during the same period a year ago, and up from 74.4% last quarter


Full Year M&E Revenue Declines 13.9 Percent

Media & Entertainment revenue for the full FY 2015 was $167m, down 13.9% versus the full FY 2013.

M&E gross margins for the full year 2015 were 76%, down from 81% in both 2013 and 2012.


Decline in M&E Revenue Continues

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

Autodesk M&E Revenue 2008-15


Between fiscal 2008 and fiscal 2015, the company’s M&E business has a CAGR of -6%.  During this same time, M&E sales as a percentage of total Autodesk revenue has declined from 12% to 6%.

This is perhaps not surprising, given that company has been talking for some time about the anticipated decline in M&E revenue.  Last year, Autodesk CEO Carl Bass said the company expects its M&E revenue to decline over time as Autodesk incorporates greater functionality into its design suites.


Autodesk M&E: A Tale of Two Product Lines

Another reason for the ongoing decline is likely the changing mix of products sold by Autodesk into the M&E sector, including the sale of hardware versus software.

Autodesk breaks out products sold media and entertainment customers into two separate categories:

  • Animation (including design visualization): includes products, such as Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max, and the Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suites. These products provide tools for digital sculpting, modeling, animation, effects, rendering and compositing, for design visualization, visual effects and games production.


  • Creative Finishing: include Autodesk Flame, Autodesk Smoke, Autodesk Lustre, and Autodesk Flare. These products provide editing, finishing and visual effects design and color grading.


In a filing with securities regulators last year, the company said that for the year ended January 31, 2014, revenue from Creative Finishing products declined by 17% due to “a general decrease in M&E industry end-market demand.”  In the same filing, the company said that Animation products had declined 7% during the fiscal year ended January 31, 2014.

On last night’s Q4 and full year fiscal 2015 earnings call, the company did not discuss its M&E product in either the prepared remarks or the Q&A session with equity analysts.

Indeed, the company has not discussed M&E on an earnings call since August 2014, when an analyst from JP Morgan asked Autodesk CEO Carl Bass: “How should we think about where the media and entertainment revenue line goes from here, is it something that actually could start to fade away?”

Bass replied: “No. I think, as we always try to distinguish, media and entertainment they are two different parts of the business. There is the creative finishing. Creative finishing has been diminishing, some of it is just nature of the market and some of it has to do with the hardware component in there which we no longer sell. And then there’s the other part which is the software part of the business. The software part of the business is good and healthy and we like all the dynamics in that part of the business. What we see in the other part less happy with it. That’s been going on for the last half dozen years in the creative finishing part.”



Related Content:

Press Release: Autodesk Reports Strong Fourth Quarter Results

Previous Year: Autodesk Media & Entertainment Revenue Down 16% in Q4 FY 2013, Down 10% for Full Fiscal Year

2012: Autodesk Media & Entertainment Revenue Rises Nine Percent in Fiscal 2012



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Vitec Group Broadcast Revenue Up 6.3 Percent in 2014; Changes Reporting Structure to Focus on Core Businesses

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Feb 26 2015

The Vitec Group, which owns more than a dozen brands in the broadcast industry as well as technical services company Bexel, announced that its total for the full year 2014 was £309.6m, a decline of 1.8% versus 2013.

Operating profit was £38.8m, a decline of 1.8% versus last year.  On a constant currency basis, however revenue increased 3.3% and operating profit increased 7.4%.


Changes to Financial Reporting Structure Reflects Focus on Core Businesses

Vitec has about a dozen brands that serve various parts of the broadcast industry, including Anton/Bauer, Autocue, Autoscript, Bexel, Camera Corps, The Camera Store, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol Bags, Sachtler, Teradek, SmallHD, Vinten and Vinten Radamec.

During 2014, Vitec divested its IMT wireless communications and microwave business, which included the IMT, Nucomm, and RF Central brands.

Historically, Vitec reported its broadcast-centric activities through its Videocom and Services divisions, but following the sale of IMT, the company has changed its financial reporting structure, starting with the release of its full year 2014 results. Vitec now reports its broadcast revenue through its newly named “Broadcast Division,” which it further breaks out as “Broadcast Equipment” and “Broadcast Services.”

According to the company this new reporting structure more appropriately describes its core operating businesses. “Following our exit from the loss-making IMT business we are focused on our core Broadcast and Photographic markets supplemented with selective value-adding acquisitions,” said Vitec CEO Stephen Bird.


Vitec Broadcast Division

As shown in the chart below, Vitec’s Broadcast Division had revenue of £171.1m in 2014, an increase of 6.3% versus 2013 (up 11.9% on constant currency basis).

Vitec Broadcast Division Revenue FY 2014



2014 Broadcast Division Operating profit for 2014 was £21.1m, an increase of 9.3% versus 2013’s results (16.6% on constant currency basis).  Operating profit for 2014 would have been negatively impacted by £1.8m had IMT’s results been included.

“Our Broadcast Division performed well in a variable market including a strong performance from Teradek, acquired in the second half of 2013,” said Bird. “We also benefited in 2014 from contracts to support the Sochi Winter Olympics and the FIFA World Cup. Our premium product and service offering was further strengthened through the acquisitions of Autocue, the specialty camera assets of SIS, and more recently SmallHD.”



Broadcast Equipment

The Broadcast Equipment business (excluding IMT) had 2014 revenues of £131.9m, an increase of 1.6% (7.0% on constant currency) versus 2013.

Vitec Broadcast Wquipment and Broadcast Services Revenue FY 2014


Vitec made three acquisitions during 2014, which are now reported in the Broadcast Equipment business:

  • The specialty camera assets of SIS Outside Broadcasts Limited (integrated into Vitec’s Camera Corps business)


  • Autocue, a well-known provider of teleprompters (now combined with Vitec’s Autoscript business)


  • SmallHD, a provider of high definition on-camera field monitors


The combination of currency fluctuations, and the inorganic contributions from these acquisitions accounted for all the growth in the Broadcast Equipment business.  On an organic constant currency basis, Broadcast Equipment revenue in 2014 was declined by 2.2% versus the previous year.

Broadcast Equipment operating profit was £18.8m in 2014, an increase of 5.0% (12.3% on a constant currency basis) over 2013.

Operating margin for Broadcast Equipment was 14.3% a slight improvement from the 2013 margin of 13.8%.

The company said that a lower level of investment by studios in larger camera supports had impacted its business, but that this was offset by smaller camera support products performing in line with expectations.

The Anton-Bauer battery business had lower revenue, but is expected to benefit from new ranges of products launched in 2014.

Although Vitec did not specifically break out the performance of Teradek, it did disclose that “contingent consideration of £4.2 million ($7.0 million) was accrued during the year to be paid to the previous owners of Teradek in 2015 in relation to the business’s performance in 2014 and is subject to final agreement. The business has delivered strong growth in the year and has performed ahead of our pre-acquisition expectations.”

Vitec offered Broadcast Division results excluding the performance of the IMT business.  IMT had recorded an operating loss of £1.3m in 2014 on revenue of £7.9 million.  IMT had breakeven results in 2013 on revenue of £14.0m.


Broadcast Services

The Broadcast Services generated revenue of £39.2m in 2014, an increase of 26.0% (32.9% on a constant currency basis) versus 2013.  2014 operating profit for Broadcast Services was £2.4m, equating to an operating margin of 6.1%.  This compares favorably to the operating profit of £1.5m in 2013 (4.8% operating margin).

Management attributed the strong performance of the Broadcast Services segment to major events in 2014 including the Sochi Winter Olympics and the FIFA World Cup, along with a rise in the underlying rentals business for other major events. The company also cited participation in a number of improvements in the infrastructure of NFL stadiums including player positioning systems.

It is interesting to review the capital expenditure requirements of the Broadcast Services business.

Broadcast Services spent £12.7m on rental assets in 2014.  This constitutes the majority Vitec’s capital expenditures as a company, which totaled £17.5 million excluding capitalization of software development costs.  Broadcast Services capital expenditures are partially financed by proceeds from the sale of certain rental assets.  These sales amounted to £5m in 2014.  Thus, total net capital expenditures were £6.7m for Broadcast Services.  This £6.7m cash outflow is in the context of a £3.8m operating cash inflow generated by the segment.

There is additional strategic rationale in Broadcast Services, which was noted in the Company’s release. Management stated the Broadcast Services business “enables Vitec to closely monitor changes in technology and to showcase our products.”




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Vizrt Posts 16% Revenue Growth in 2014, Provides Update on Pending $374 Million “Going Private” Deal

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Feb 26 2015

Broadcast graphics MAM specialist Vizrt reported strong results for the fourth quarter and full year 2014.

The company also provided an update on the pending $374 million all-cash deal with Nordic Capital to take the company private.

For the fourth quarter of 2014 revenue was $36.2 million, an increase of 9% versus the fourth quarter in 2013, and an increase of 2.8% versus the preceding quarter, Q3 2014.

Gross margins for Q4 2014 were 71%, which compares favorably to the 69% margins recorded during Q4 2013 and is consistent with the 71% gross margins from the preceding quarter.

Operating expenses for the quarter were $17.9 million.  This represents a 9% increase when compared to the fourth quarter of 2013 and is flat versus the preceding quarter.

  • R&D expenses in the quarter were $5.5m (15.1% of revenue), down 1% versus the same period ago, and down 4% versus the previous quarter


  • Sales and marketing expenses in the quarter were $8.5m (23.6% of revenue), up 7% against the year earlier period and down 5% versus the Q3 2014


  • General and administrative expenses in the quarter were $3.8m (10.7% of revenue), up 31% versus the same period a year ago, and up 18% versus the preceding quarter


EBITDA was $7.8 million for the quarter, up 357% from $1.7 million during the fourth quarter of 2013, and up 9% from $7.2 million in the previous quarter.  The EBITDA margin for the quarter was 22% versus an EBITDA margin of 5% during the comparable quarter last year and 21% during the third quarter of 2014.

Net profit for the quarter was $4.5 million, compared to a net loss of $3.4 million last year, and down slightly versus last quarter’s net profit of $5.2 million.


Product line results for the Quarter:

  • Broadcast Graphics (BG) accounted for $30.8 million during the quarter (85% of total revenue versus 86.7% last quarter), an increase of 6% versus the same period ago, and an increase of 1% versus the previous quarter. The BG order backlog was $35.6 million, comparable to the size observed at the same time last year, and down 3.6% versus the previous quarter.


  • Media Asset Management (MAM) revenue in the quarter was $5.66 million (18% of total revenue versus 16% last quarter), up 5% versus the same period a year ago, and up 35% versus last quarter.   The MAM order backlog was $14.6 million, up 37% versus last year, and up 5% versus last quarter


Geographic Performance for the Quarter:

  • Revenue from EMEA was $17.1 million (47.2% of total revenue versus 47.5% last quarter), up 25% versus the same period last year and up 2% versus last quarter


  • Americas revenue was $8.9 million (24.8% of total revenue versus 27.6% last quarter), down 14% versus last year, and down 13% versus last quarter.


  • APAC revenue was $10.1 million (27.9% of total revenue versus 23.2% last quarter), up 9% versus last year, and up 3% versus last quarter


Results for full year 2014:

The full year results were headlined by growth of 31% in EBITDA and 80% in cash flow from operations.

Vizrt’s 2014 revenue was $141.5 million, an increase of 16% versus the $122.4 million recorded during 2013.

Net profit for the 2014 was $15.5 million ($0.23 per share), which is considerably higher than the $3.6 million ($0.06 per share) net profit from 2013.  The attributed its improved profitability to a change in product mix, consistent financial prudence, and the acquisition of Mosart MediaLabs

Gross margins for 2014 were 70%, which was a slight improvement from the 68% margins from 2013.    EBITDA was $27.7m (20% operating margin) for the full year 2014, a significant year-over-year increase from the $15.5 million (13% operating margin) recorded during 2013.

Operating expenses for 2014 were $71.1 million, a 14% increase over the operating expense level of 2013.

  • R&D expenses for the full year were $22.5 million (31.6% of revenue), an increase of 18% versus 2013


  • Sales and marketing expenses for 2014 were $35.2 million (49.6% of revenue), up 9% against the sales and marketing expense from 2013


  • General and administrative expenses were $13.3 million (18.8% of revenue), up 23% versus the 2013 calendar year


The geographic breakdown of 2014 sales consisted of 26% from Americas, 48% from EMEA, and 26% from APAC.

Vizrt ended 2014 with 584 employees compared to 542 at the end of Q4 2013. 24 employees were added following the Mosart acquisition in Q1 2014.



Update on Pending Acquisition by Nordic Capital

Company management provided an update on its previously announced acquisition by Nordic Capital.  Final closing of the transaction remains subject to certain conditions including the decision of Israeli tax authorities regarding a tax withholding ruling. Vizrt believes the process will come to a positive conclusion in the next several weeks.  The acquisition was first announced on November 10, 2014 and approved by a majority of shareholders on December 18, 2014.




Business Outlook:

Martin Burkhalter, Vizrt’s CEO, stated: “Our strong performance continued in Q4, despite the fact that we did not see the discretional spending towards the year-end that we normally have witnessed in previous years. Our strong performance is also reflected in our solid backlog going forward. I am particular pleased with the improvement of MAM results and the MAM backlog which increased by 37% compared to the same time last year.”



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EVS Revenue Up 1.8 Percent in 2014, Appoints New CEO

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Feb 25 2015

Production and playout video server specialist EVS reported Q4 2014 and full year 2014 results.
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Revenues for the full year 2014 were €131.4 million, an increase of 1.8% over 2013 results.

Net profit for full year 2014 was €35.5 million (€2.63 per share), an increase 4.4% versus 2013.

Gross margins for the full year were 74.5%, which is a slight reduction versus the 75.5% achieved in 2013.  Management attributed the impact to gross margins to product and project mix, along with reclassification of certain expenses.

EBIT margin for the full year was 35.1%, which compares to 37.5% during the full year 2013.

R&D expenses for the full year 2014 were €25.2 million, or 19.1% of total revenue, an increase of 11% versus the R&D expense recorded in 2013.

Selling and administrative expenses for the full year 2014 were €25.1 million, or 19.1% of total revenue, representing a 2.9% increase over the full year 2013.

The company ended 2014 with 512 employees, down from 514 at the end of the third quarter of 2014, and up 5.3% from the 486 employees at the end of 2013.  Average headcount in 2014 represented a 6.8% increase over 2013.

The order book stood at €29.8 million as of February 15, 2015.  This represents a 38.3% decrease versus the order book on February 15, 2014 and an increase of 53.0% versus October 31, 2014.


Q4 2014 Results:

EVS had Q4 2014 revenue of €30.5 million, a decrease of 20.8% versus the same period last year, and a decrease of 15.3% versus the previous quarter.

Excluding the effect of exchange rate movements and event rentals, the Company’s Q4 2014 revenue decreased 22.4% versus the year earlier period.

Net profit for Q4 2014 amounted to €8.3 million (€0.61 per share), compared to €10.7 million (€0.80 per share) in the year earlier period and €11.3 million (€0.84 per share) in the preceding quarter.

Gross margins for the fourth quarter were 73%, equivalent to the gross margins recorded in Q4 2013, and a slight decrease from the 74.9% gross margins recorded in Q3 2014.

EBIT (Earnings before Interest and Tax) for the fourth quarter 2014 was €8.9 million, down 44.1% compared to the fourth quarter of 2013 and down 21.2% versus Q3 2014.

Operating margin for the quarter was 29.1%, substantially lower than 41.3% from the same period last year and the 39.8% operating margin achieved during the third quarter of 2014.

The drop in profitability for the quarter was attributable to a rise in operating expenses related to increases in headcount, one-time costs associated the departure of former CEO Joop Janssen, and various IS/IT investments.

Operating expense for the quarter grew by 11.7% versus the same period a year ago.

R&D expenses in the quarter were €6.6 million, or 21.6% of revenue, up 10% from the same period last year, and up 8.1% versus last quarter.

Selling and administrative expenses in the fourth quarter were €6.6 million, or 21.6% of revenue, up 13.8% versus the same period a year ago, and up 4.7% versus the previous quarter.


Revenue by Vertical Segment:

  • Revenues from sports-related applications during the fourth quarter of 2014 were €19.8 million, or 65.1% of total revenue, a decrease of 8.5% versus the fourth quarter of 2013. For the full year 2014, this segment contributed 65.1% of the total revenue, a decrease of 6.6% versus 2013.


  • Revenues from Entertainment, News & Media (ENM)during the quarter were €10.6 million, or 34.9% of total group sales, down 36.8% compared to year earlier period.  For the full year, this segment contributed 34.7% of total revenue, a decrease of 14% versus 2013.



Product and Service Revenue:

  • Systems revenue in the quarter was €28.2 million, or 92.4% of total revenue, down 22.3% versus Q4 2013. During the full year 2014, Systems revenue was €122.4m representing 92.5% of total revenue and was up slightly (0.9%) versus 2013.


  • Services revenue was €2.3 million for Q4 2014, or 7.6% of total revenue, up 5.4% versus the year ago period. Contribution to full year 2014 results was €8.9 million for this segment, representing 7.5% of total revenue, which was an increase of 15.3% when compared to 2013.



Geographic Revenue:

  • Revenue from EMEA (excluding events) in the fourth quarter of 2014 was €16.9 million, up 3.8% against last year’s quarter. Sales in EMEA accounted for 55.4% of group revenue during the fourth quarter.  This compares to 42.2% of total revenue during the fourth quarter of 2013.  For the entire year of 2014, EMEA revenue (excluding events) was €62.8 million or 47.7% of total revenue and was flat when compared to 2013.


  • Americas’ revenue for the fourth quarter of 2014 was €7.6 million, down 30.5% versus last year. Americas accounted for 25.0% of total revenue during the quarter, down from 28.5% of total revenue during the fourth quarter of 2013. For the entire year of 2014, Americas’ revenue was €32.9 million or 25.0% of total revenue and was up 12.3% when compared to Americas’ revenue during 2013.


  • Q4 2014 revenue from the APAC region was €5.9m, down 47.1% versus last year’s quarter. APAC accounted for 19.4% of total revenue in the fourth quarter, down from a contribution of 29.1% during Q4 2013. For the full year 2014, APAC’s revenue was €21.3 million or 16.2% of total revenue and was down 41.5% when compared to APAC’s revenue in 2013.



New CEO Appointed:

The Company also announced the appointment of Muriel De Lathouwer as the Managing Director & CEO of the Company.  Ms. De Lathouwer had been serving as interim president of the Executive Committee since the departure of Joop Janssen in October 2014.  She has been a member of the board of EVS since November 2013.




The Company’s full year 2014 results were in line with management’s guidance of low single digit growth over the performance in 2013.  Management cited a continued challenging market situation in the broadcast industry and specifically the live production server market segment.  This gives EVS limited visibility on expectations for 2015, though EVS did expanded on the discussion of the market by noting macro-economic headwinds and longer investment cycles.  In fact, the headline of the press release noted “2015 will be a transition year.”

The company provided additional commentary on the market environment in its Q4 2014 earnings presentation.  Management cited market data confirming its strong market share in outside broadcast vans and the opportunity for future upgrades of this existing installed base.  EVS also referenced a slide from Devoncroft’s pre-IBC 2014 analysis illustrating the ongoing “Trend Spend Disconnect” in the broadcast technology sector (included below as a reference).  The slide was supportive of management’s view that product investments by EVS are aligned with long-term trends in the sector.


.Devoncroft BBS Trend-Spend Disconnect

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ATEME Posts 24 Percent Revenue Gain in 2014, Provides Upbeat Outlook for 2015

Annual Results, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Feb 16 2015

Video compression specialist ATEME announced that its revenue for 2014 was €25.4m, an increase of 24% versus the same period a year ago.

The company, which raised €13.3m through Initial Public Offering last year, said 2014 was its third consecutive year of revenue growth.

The company’s full performance appears to indicate that its growth accelerated during the second half of 2014, following on from revenue of €12m during the first six months of the year.

ATEME attributed its continued growth to both new business from existing customers such as the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the acquisition of new customers including the BBC, leading Hollywood studios, tier-1 service providers and post-production studios; and the use of its technology at major events including the FIFA World Cup.

“We have a well-established, worldwide footprint and 2014 allowed us to solidify our base for growth,” said ATEME CEO Michel Artieres. “We are now the trusted technology partner in video compression for 200 customers from around the world. We will continue with investment strategies to provide full, flexible software solutions and to become a more agile solutions provider.”

The company said it believes it is “positioned to profit from soaring worldwide video consumption,” pointing to “the launch of new ultra high-definition/4K channels in Japan, Russia and the United Kingdom in 2015” as evidence of its future potential growth prospects.



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