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EVS Q2 2014 Revenue Increases by 19.4 Percent, In Line with Expectations

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 08 2014

Production and playout video server specialist EVS reported revenue of €35.6 million, an increase of 19.4% versus the same period last year, and an increase of 21.5% versus the previous quarter.  Excluding the effect of exchange rate movements and event rentals, the Company’s Q2 2014 revenue increased 9.0% versus the year earlier period.

Q2 2014 results were in-line with the Company’s expectations for the quarter.  Management cited strong performance in the Americas in Q2 2014 (compared to weak Q2 2013) and the company’s involvement in delivering the recent World Cup.  This more than offset a significant drop in revenue from the Asia Pacific region.

Net profit for the second quarter was €8.9m.  This represents a 28.0% growth versus the same period a year ago and an increase of 25.4% compared to the preceding quarter.

EBIT (Earnings before Interest and Tax) for the quarter was €12.9m, up 33.5% compared to the year earlier period and up 29.0% versus the first quarter of 2014.

 

Geographic Revenue:

  • Revenue from EMEA in the second quarter of 2014 was €17.7m, up 1.8% last year. Sales in EMEA accounted for 50% of group revenue.

 

  • Americas’ revenue for the second quarter of 2014 was €8.6m, up 170.8% versus last year. Americas accounted for 24.4% of group revenue, up significantly from 10.8% last year.

 

  • Q2 2014 revenue from the APAC region was €5.1m, down 41.4% versus last year. APAC accounted for 14.2% of total revenue in the quarter, down significantly from the contribution of 29.0% last year.

 

 

Segment Revenue:

  • Revenue from sports-related applications during the second quarter of 2014 was €23.2m, or 65.2% of total group sales, an increase of 20.8% versus last year.

 

  • Revenue from Entertainment, News & Media (ENM) during the quarter was €8.3m, or 23.2% of total group sales, down -17.8% compared to last year.

 

 

System & Service Revenue:

  • Systems revenue in the quarter was €33.4m, or 93.7% of total revenue, up 19.6% versus the same period last year

 

  • Services revenue was €2.2m, or 6.2% of total revenue, up 15.8% versus the year ago period.  Services revenue includes advices, installations, project management, training, maintenance, and distant support

 

 

Operating margin for the quarter was 36.2%, an improvement over both the 32.4% from last year and the 34.1% operating margin during the first quarter of the year.

Gross margins for the quarter were 75.0%, a slight decrease from the 76.3% gross margins during the Q2 2013 and flat versus the 74.9% gross margin level from last quarter.

Operating expenses grew by 6.8% versus the same period a year ago.  Management attributed the increase to additional hiring and incremental costs including investments in DYVI Live/SVS.

R&D expenses in the quarter were €6.2m, or 17.6% of revenue, up 11% from the same period last year, and down 0.5% versus last quarter.

Selling and administrative expenses in the quarter were €6.8m, or 19% of revenue, up 3.1% versus the same period a year ago, and up 25.6% versus the previous quarter.

The company ended the quarter with 503 employees, up from 497 at the end of last quarter, and up 5.4% from the 477 employees at the end of Q2 2013.

 

 

Order Book:
The order book stood at €40.9m as of August 27, 2014.  This compares to €35.4m on the same date one year ago.  All of the €40.9m order book will invoice during 2014.  This includes €7.7m for big event rentals for the 2014 World Cup and other smaller sporting events.  In addition, the Company has already secured €13m worth of orders for invoicing during 2015.

 

 

Outlook:

Based on signs of a moderate slowdown in the live production server market, EVS is now expecting low single digit revenue growth in 2014 versus 2013.  Management also indicated an expected 10-13% operating expense growth related to investments in new technologies.

“In the current challenging environment, we have been able to protect our market shares in our 4 target markets and deliver solid results in the second quarter.” said EVS CEO Joop Janssen. “At the upcoming IBC tradeshow in Amsterdam, we will launch new features and solutions, which will help us to consolidate our leading position in Sports and ENM. We are confident that our strategy is right and that our continued efforts will start paying off when the market situation improves.”

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Related Content:

Press Release: EVS Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results

EVS Q2 2014 Earnings Call Presentation

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HD World Cup Drives 22 Percent Growth for ATEME During First Six Months of 2014

Broadcast technology vendor financials | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jul 30 2014

Video compression specialist ATEME announced that its revenue for the first six months of 2014 was €12m, an increase of 22% versus the same period a year ago.

These are the first results published by ATEME as a public company, following its €13.3m initial public offering earlier this month.

The company attributed its revenue growth during the first half of 2014 to deals with customers in EMEA and Latin America, which facilitated HD broadcasts of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The company also said it acquired several new clients during the period, including leading Mexican broadcaster Televisa.

ATEME also disclosed that, following the 2014 World Cup, it has expanded its team in Brazil to support new customers in the run up to the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

ATEME President Michel Artières said the company continues to gain market share and that it plans to capitalize on the eventual shift to HEVC compression drive future growth.

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Related Content: 

Press Release: ATEME Sustained growth in the first half of 2014: Turnover: 22%

Ateme raises €13.3m through Initial Public Offering

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Business Model Questions Linger As Broadcasters Shutter 3D Offerings in Favor of Multi-Screen Services

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research, market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jul 05 2013

Earlier this week the BBC announced that it will broadcast select matches from the Wimbledon Championships in 3D this year.  At that time, Kim Shillinglaw, Head of BBC 3D, said: “We’re delighted to provide live 3D coverage from the biggest matches of this year’s Wimbledon. Major UK sporting events are a big part of our trials with 3D content and this allows us to build on our work from previous Wimbledon Championships and the London 2012 Olympics.”

Now, Broadband TV News reports that the BBC is taking “a three-year holiday from the development of 3D programming with the corporation’s head of 3D admitting the UK public had not taken to the format.”

Broadband TV News quotes the BBC’s Shillinglaw saying “Watching 3D is quite a hassly experience in the home. You have got to find your glasses before switching on the TV. I think when people watch TV they concentrate in a different way. When people go to the cinema they go and are used to doing one thing – I think that’s one of the reasons that take up of 3DTV has been disappointing.”

Shillinglaw’s sentiments echo the statement made by ESPN last month and first reported by the Sports Video Group (SVG) that the leading US sports network was discontinuing its ESPN 3D service “due to limited viewer adoption of 3D services to the home.” ESPN went on to say that it plans on committing the resources currently assigned to 3D production to “other products and services that will better serve fans and affiliates,” specifically citing 4K (UHDTV) as an example.

At the time of the ESPN announcement, SVG said that the discontinuation of ESPN 3D raises serious questions regarding the future of 3D sports programming in the U.S. While Europe — especially the UK — has seen continued interest in live 3D sports, American consumers failed to adopt the format at a high rate.” The BBC’s announcement implies that UK consumer appetite for 3D is as lukewarm as it has been in North America, making it impractical for even a publicly funded broadcaster to continue with the format.

A remaining piece of the 3D puzzle is the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which will probably be the most watch global event of the year.  According to SVG, HBS (Host Broadcast Services), which will produce the world feed for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, has yet to confirm whether the tournament will be produced in 3D.

 

Research Shows Commercial Importance of 3D Down, Multi-Screen Up

These announcements from BBC and ESPN are consistent with the findings of the Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), our annual study of the global broadcast industry.  In particular, the 2013 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index, reveals that multi-platform content delivery is once again the top industry trend for broadcast technology end-users worldwide, while 3D lags far behind in terms of its commercial importance to broadcast professionals.

Not only have research participants consistently told us that 3D lags other industry trends in terms of its commercial importance to their businesses, we’ve also found that 3D has become increasingly less important each year for the past several years.

For example, the chart bellows shows the chart below shows a comparison of the BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index from 2012 and 2013.  It measures changes in how end-users ranked the commercial importance of industry trends on a year-over-year basis.

 

2013 BBS -- 2013 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index -- Red Box Around 3D (small)

 

Note that in this chart, 3D had the largest reported year-over-year percentage decline in commercial in both between 2012 and 2013.  This was also the case last year.

However, the above chart also demonstrates that while interest in 3D has waned, multi-platform content delivery is and continues to be the dominant trend in the broadcast industry, with more research participants citing it than any other trend as being most important commercially to their business.

The BBS’s plans for Wimbledon are further evidence of this.  The broadcaster said that it will make coverage of the tournament available on an increasing number of platforms, including ten live streams that will be available to PCs, mobiles, tablets and connected TVs.  The BBC will also offer three streams for “Red Button” for viewers on cable and satellite and Digital Terrestrial TV.

 

What about the business model?

Our research, as well as studies from many other firms, leaves no doubt that the popularity of multi-screen services in increasing.

However, it’s another matter to create a commercially successful business model in an environment where audiences are fragmenting, additional content preparation costs are required, and bandwidth providers charge steep fees for unicast delivery of video stream to consumers.

Delivering multi-screen services to consumers is a relatively straightforward process from a technical perspective. Monetizing content on multiple platforms, devices, and use cases is a different matter.

For example, in March 2013 Broadcasting and Cable magazine reported that one panelist at Next TV Conference said that multi-platform content monetization is still a ‘train wreck,’ although other did express “great optimism about the leaps technology will take in coming years.”

In our conversations with broadcasters, Devoncroft analysts have found that many broadcasters and media companies are indeed finding it a challenge to create a sustainable multi-screen business model with a margin profile similar to their traditional business.

The issue is that the shift to multi-platform has dramatically altered the economic model of the TV business. There are a number of reasons and examples why this is the case, but the end-result is that many broadcasters and media companies feel that in order to thrive in this new environment, they must radically change their cost structure.

The resulting decision these organizations will take will have significant implications for content owners, broadcasters, and technology vendors.

We’ll be addressing some of these in future posts on this website.
Some of the information in this article is based on select findings from the 2013 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), a global study of broadcast industry trends, technology purchasing plans, and benchmarking of broadcast technology vendor brands. Nearly 10,000 broadcast professionals in 100+ countries took part in the 2013 BBS, making it the largest and most comprehensive market study ever conducted in the broadcast industry. The BBS is published annually by Devoncroft Partners.

Unless otherwise specified, all data in this article measures the responses of all non-vendor participants in the 2013 BBS, regardless of factors such as organization type, organization size, job title, purchasing and geographic location. Please be aware that responses of individual organization types or geographic locations may be very different. Granular analysis of these results is available as part of various paid-for reports based on the 2013 BBS data set. For more information about this report, please contact Devoncroft Partners

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Related Content:

Broadband TV News: BBC puts 3D development on hold

BBC Press Release: BBC confirms 3D coverage plans for Wimbledon

Sports Video Group: ESPN To Discontinue ESPN 3D by Year’s End  

Broadcasting & Cable: Monetization Still a ‘Train Wreck,’ But Shows Signs of Clearing

The 2013 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS) – overview of available reports, including covered brands and product categories

Largest Ever Study of Broadcast Market Reveals Most Important Industry Trends for 2013

Tracking the Evolution of Broadcast Industry Trends 2012 – 2013

Analyzing Where Money is Being Spent in the Broadcast Industry – The 2013 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Project Index

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