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NeuLion Grows 2015 Revenue by 69%

Analysis, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Mar 11 2016

NeuLion, a technology product and service provider for digital distribution, announced Q4 2015 and full year 2015 financial results.

2015 GAAP revenue was $94.0 million, a 69% increase versus 2014 revenue.  The January 2015 acquisition of DivX contributed approximately 73% of the year-over-year increase in GAAP revenue.

Commenting on NeuLion’s organic growth in Q4 2015, CEO Kanaan Jemili stated, “Revenue from our NeuLion Digital Platform grew 20% on new customer additions and expanded usage from existing customers.”

Net Income for the full year 2015 was $25.9 million versus $3.6 million for 2014.  The sharp increase in 2015 net income was primarily attributable to a $31.2 million income tax benefit recognized during Q4 2015.

Gross margins (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) were 81% for 2015, an increase over the 75% gross margins from 2014.  Kanaan Jemili attributed the margin improvement to further scale in NeuLion’s Digital Platform business and the addition of revenue streams from the acquisition of DivX.

Operating income for 2015 was negative $1.86 million, which compares to positive $3.5 million during 2014.

Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses were $45.6 million for the 2015, an increase of 68.6% versus 2014.  SG&A expense as a percentage of revenue was 48.5% for 2015, flat when compared to 2014 levels.

Research and development (“R&D”) expense was $24.9 million for the full year, an almost tripling (197%) of R&D expense versus $8.3 million in 2014.  R&D expense represented 26.5% of 2015 revenue, in comparison to 15.1% in 2014.  The increase in R&D expense was almost entirely attributable to additional headcount from the acquisition of DivX.

Cash and cash equivalents ended the year at $53.4 million.  This compares to a cash balance of $25.8 million at the end of 2014.  Positive changes in working capital accounts contributed $18.3 million to the increase in cash.

NeuLion had 638 total employees (504 full time) as of February 29, 2016.  This is down from the 767 total employees (567 full-time) as of March 1, 2015.

Q4 2015 Results:

NeuLion’s Q4 2015 GAAP Revenue was $27.8 million, a 68% increase compared to Q4 2014.

Net income for the fourth quarter was $32.8 million versus $1.6 million for Q4 2014.

Gross margins for Q4 2015 were 81%, an improvement versus the 75% gross margins in Q4 2014.  The 600 basis point increase was primarily the result of the addition of revenues from DivX and improved operating costs for NeuLion Digital Platform.

Q4 2015 operating income was $1.7 million, a slight decrease of 2.3% versus Q4 2014.  Operating margins for the quarter were 6.3%, compared to 10.9% in Q4 2014.

SG&A expense for Q4 2015 was $13.2 million, a 65% increase versus Q4 2014.  R&D expense was $5.5 million during the fourth quarter, an increase of 161% when compared to Q4 2014.

Revenue by Service and Product Offerings:

  • NeuLion Digital Platform revenue was $66.1 million for 2015, an increase of 19% over 2014 revenue. For Q4 2015 GAAP revenue was $19.8 million, representing a 20% increase in year-over-year performance.
  • DivX and MainConcept product lines contributed GAAP revenue of $28.0 million for 2015. The product lines contributed GAAP revenue of $8.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2015.  Comparable periods are not available since the DivX and MainConcept product lines were acquired in January 2015.

 

Management Discussion and Analysis:

NeuLion’s earnings release highlighted several notable customer projects and related milestones.

Management called attention to the launch of Univision NOW, a new direct-to-consumer over-the-top service by Univision.  Univision NOW uses the NeuLion Digital Platform.  Other customer case studies mentioned were the delivery of multiple live NBA games in 4K with BT Sports and a 4K live stream of the national soccer teams of Mexico and Senegal from Miami (carried by Univision).

More broadly, NeuLion’s management reviewed key performance indicators of its Digital Platform including a 26% year-over-year increase in the number of live events and a 35% year-over-year increase in video traffic.

Separate to the earnings release, NeuLion announced a $10 million stock buyback.  The stock repurchase will occur over the next 12 months.  $10 million represents a meaningful percentage of NeuLion’s market cap, which is currently $264 million.

 

 

Related Content: 

NeuLion Press Release for 2015 Financial Results

 

 

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SES Video Revenue Grows 7.5% in 2015

Analysis, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Mar 03 2016

Satellite service provider SES reported full year 2015 results for its Video business of €1,354.9 million, a 7.5% increase versus 2014.  On a constant currency basis the year-over-year growth was reduced to 2.2%. SESLogo

For the 2015 year, the Video division contributed 67% of SES’s total revenue, a slight increase when compared to the 66% level of contribution in 2014.

In SES’s presentation to investors, Management highlighted several commercial developments within its Video business.  In particular, SES highlighted the securing of new contracts and the expansion of existing customer relationships with several high-profile media organizations including the BBC World News, Deutsche Welle, Viasat, Scripps Networks Interactive, StarTimes, Canal Holdings, and Televisa.

Also a part of the earnings release, SES announced the acquisition of RR Media, a provider of media services to the broadcast and media industries.  The Company intends to merge the operations of RR Media with its Platform Services group to create a larger global media solution provider.

 

Update on TV Channel Counts

The earnings release reviewed the TV channel growth over SES’s satellite network during 2015.

Total channels were 7,268 at the end of 2015, representing an 11.3% year-over-year growth versus the end of 2014.  Management disclosed that nearly 60% of all channels are now broadcast in the MPEG-4 compression standard.

HDTV channels distributed by SES grew 18.3% to 2,230.

The channel count for Ultra HD (UHD) is now eight in total.  Those channels are pearl.tv, Fashion One 4K, Airtel 4K, Dish UHD Promo, High 4K TV, INSIGHT, Nasa TV UHD and UHD-1.  In addition, a commercial agreement was signed in July 2015 to provide Sky Deutschland with additional capacity for Ultra HD broadcasts.

The European market accounted for 2,600 of the TV channels distributed by SES, which represents 40% of SES’s total channel count.  Channel growth in the European market was 9% in 2015.  HDTV channel growth in Europe was 26% year-over-year, reaching a total of 675.

In the North American region, SES ended 2015 with 1,744 channels, which is 24% of the total channel count.  HDTV channels increased by 3% in the region to over 1,200 channels.

International markets outside of European and North America (including the faster growing markets of Latin America, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa) made up 40% of TV channels over SES satellites.  The channel count in this region grew by 24% to a total of 2,900 channels at the end of 2015.  HDTV channels doubled to over 300 during the year.

The below slide from SES’s investor presentation illustrates the channel and geographic growth of the Video business.

 

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Business Outlook

During the call with analysts, CEO Karim Michel Sabbagh added commentary on the position of SES’s Video Business and the rationale for the RR Media acquisition.  Sabbash stated, “And despite the fact that we have a leading position, unchallenged position, in the video segment across the value chain, our view is that we can grow much further, and this was the rationale for us to think through how do we expand our media services capability and led us to the conclusion that the acquisition of RR Media and the merger of RR Media with SES Platform Services is going to be a highly accretive business.”

 

 

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SES Presentation of 2015 Financial Results

 

 

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Autodesk FY 2016 Media & Entertainment Revenue Declines 4.2%

Analysis, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Mar 01 2016

Autodesk reported revenue for Q4 fiscal year 2016 from its Media and Entertainment (M&E) business segment of $40 million, a decrease autodesk_header_logo_140x23of 7% compared to the fourth quarter of the 2015 fiscal year, and a 2.5% increase against the previous quarter.  The year-over-year decline was primarily related to a decline in the M&E business’s Creative Finishing product lines, as Autodesk existed the Creative Finishing hardware business during Q4 FY 2016.

M&E gross margins for the fourth quarter were 80.0% ($32m), down from 79.1% during the same period a year ago, and up from 79.4% during the previous quarter.

Full Year 2016 M&E Revenue Declines 4.2%

Media & Entertainment revenue for the full FY 2016 was $160 million, down 4.2% versus the FY 2015.

M&E gross margins for the full year 2016 were 79.4%, up from 76% in FY 2015.

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 six years ago.

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Between fiscal 2008 and fiscal 2016, the company’s M&E business has a CAGR of -5.8%.  During this same time, M&E sales as a percentage of total Autodesk revenue has declined from 12% to 6%.

The decline is consistent with the guidance from Autodesk management.  Revenue headwinds impacting the M&E business have included the shift from hardware to software, the collapsing of functionality into Suites, and the shift from software licenses to subscription.

Update on Business Model Transition

As part of the earnings release, Autodesk provided several updates on the Company’s ongoing transition to a Software-as-a-Service (“SaaS”) business model.  Notably, the total subscriptions (for all Autodesk products) increased by 345,000 to 2.58 million during fiscal year 2016.

The close of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 also marked a milestone for Autodesk’s transition to a SaaS business model.  It was the final quarter where Autodesk sold perpetual licenses for individual products.  Q1 FY 2017 is the first quarter where individual products are only available through subscription offerings.  Starting with Q3 FY 2017 Autodesk will cease selling perpetual licenses to its Suite products as well.  Meaning, as of the second half of 2017, Autodesk will have fully transitioned to selling subscription offerings.

During Autodesk’s conference call with analysts, CEO Carl Bass added further commentary on the business model transition.  “…we are dramatically increasing the lifetime value of our customers with our new business model. While this creates short-term downward pressure on our traditional financial metrics, we have repeatedly called out how it creates significant financial returns over the next 3 to 5 years” said Bass.

Part of the business model transition also requires realignment of costs structures to a new sales and marketing approach.  Autodesk had announced in early February 2016 a restructuring plan to accelerate its transition to a Cloud and Subscription Business.  The restructuring plan called for the reduction of 10% of Autodesk’s workforce.

Commenting on the changes to sales and marketing, Carl Bass offered the following, “we are simplifying our entire go-to-market strategy to align with the concept of being an all-subscription company. This involves a significant increase in our direct customer sales and marketing efforts, both at the enterprise level and through e-commerce. Not only will this change the cost structure, but it will increase — it will greatly increase how effectively we serve our customers.”

 

 

Related Content

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Press Release: Autodesk Announces Restructuring Plan to Accelerate Transition to Cloud and Subscription Business

 

 

 

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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

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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.

 

Outlook:

“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.

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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.”

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NeuLion Revenue Increases 17 Percent in Q4 2014

Annual Results, Broadcaster Financial Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Mar 04 2015

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Online video platform provider NeuLion reported that its revenue for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $16.5m, an increase of 17% versus the same period a year ago, and up 32% versus the previous quarter.

Consolidated net income for the quarter was $1.6m, or $0.01 per basic and diluted share, an increase of up from $1.1m last year, and $0.2m last quarter.

Operating income for the quarter was $1.8m, up from $1.1m last year, and $0.2m last quarter

Company CEO Kanaan Jemili said the NeiLion’s improved performance for the quarter reflects the company’s “continued gains in volume and usage from new and existing customers and demonstrating the earnings power of our business model.”

 

On a segment basis:

  • Revenue from Pro Sports was $7.9m, an increase of 18% versus the same period a year ago, and an increase of 52% versus the previous quarter. The company attributed the year-over-year increase in pro sports revenue to growth in variable subscription fees.
  • College Sports revenue was $3.6m, down 8% versus the same period a year ago, up 16.1% versus the previous quarter. The company attributed the year-over-year decline college sports revenue to the loss of the company’s ability to sell subscriptions for certain colleges, as colleges move to consolidate into conferences and sports networks
  • Revenue from TV Everywhere was $5m, up 43% versus the same period a year ago, and up 47.1% versus the previous quarter.  The company said TV Everywhere revenue increased because of increases in monthly fixed fees and variable usage fees.

 

Expenses during the quarter were up across the board.  Selling, general and administrative expenses, including stock-based compensation, were $8m, an increase of 27%, versus the same period a year ago. Including in selling, general and administrative costs were approximately $0.8 million of acquisition-related expenses and $0.2 million in costs associated with compliance with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

Research and development expenses in the fourth quarter were $2.1m, an increase of 5%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2013.

 

Full year 2014 Results

NeuLion’s revenue for the full year 2014 was $55.5m, up 18% versus the previous year.

Consolidated net income for the full year 2014 was $3.6m, or $0.01 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $2.3m in 2013.

Full year 2014 operating income for the quarter was $3.5m, versus an operating loss of $1.6m in 2013.

 

NeuLion CEO Kanaan Jemili said the company’s improved performance for the quarter reflects the company’s “continued gains in volume and usage from new and existing customers and demonstrating the earnings power of our business model.”

“With the acquisition of DivX, we have entered 2015 excited about our expanded set of opportunities globally to continue scaling the business and to seize leadership from both a technology platform and consumer experience perspective in the fast-growing online video market,” added Dr. Jemili. “We are intently focused on enlarging our customer base of both sports and entertainment content owners and consumer electronics manufacturers while continuing to expand relationships with our established customers. As adoption of ultra HD/4K video and Over-the-Top services accelerates, our end-to-end solution offerings, which enable digital content management, distribution and monetization, perfectly position NeuLion to deliver high quality on-demand and live interactive digital content anywhere, on any device,” concluded Dr. Jemili.

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ChyronHego Makes Revealing Disclosures About “Going-Private” Transaction

Analysis, Annual Results, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Feb 27 2015

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In November 2014 broadcast graphics specialist ChyronHego entered into a definitive agreement to be taken private by Vector Capital in an all-cash deal that valued ChyronHego at an equity value of approximately $114m, or $2.82 per share.

Shortly thereafter, six lawsuits challenging the proposed acquisition of the company were filed in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, which were subsequently consolidated into a single case.

The consolidated case alleges that the company’s directors “breached their fiduciary obligations in connection with their approval of the Merger Agreement by entering into a transaction that is coercive and constitutes an unfair and inequitable subversion of shareholders’ rights, and that the entity defendants aided and abetted those breaches.”

ChyronHego and Vector Capital recently entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with respect to a proposed settlement of case, and agreed to provide more information relating to the proposed deal to take ChyronHego private.

According to a recent filing with securities regulators, ChyronHego has now disclosed additional information regarding the proposed deal, including the following:

  • Beginning in November 2013, ChyronHego’s board authorized ChyronHego’s President and Chief Executive Officer Johan Apel to explore ChyronHego’s strategic alternatives

 

  • ChyronHego and Vector Capital entered into a confidentiality agreement in February 2014

 

  • Discussions on the potential of ChryonHego’s management rolling over equity as part of the transaction did not occur with certain other interested parties.

 

  • During a Special Committee (consisting of Independent ChyronHego Directors) meeting in July 2014, the Company’s bankers were informed “Mr. Apel was not happy being the Chief Executive Officer of a publicly traded company.”

 

  • During the “go-shop period,” ChyronHego executives met with two interested parties, neither of which decided to make an offer

 

  • Additional information was provided on the valuation metrics used in the Company’s analysis of the purchase price offered by Vector.

 

 

Excerpts from ChyronHego Definitive Proxy Statement

The broader proxy statement is a lengthy read covering the historical events leading to the proposed transaction, ChyronHego’s rationale for entering the transaction, and additional information on the perspective of the board and management.

Several excerpts are worth highlighting:

  • Since November 2014, ChyronHego’s investment bankers contacted 85 potential buyers: 20 strategic buyers and 65 private equity buyers. Only nine potential buyers entered into confidentiality agreements to review more detailed materials.  None submitted bids for ChyronHego

 

  • In considering the merger, ChyronHego’s board noted the “significant increase in competition in competition in the broadcast graphics creation, playout and real-time data visualization industry over the past two years, which had led in some instances to pricing pressure and discounting on ChyronHego’s products and services, and consistent competition for clients and customers with other companies, such as Vizrt, that were increasingly well-capitalized.”

 

  • The board had concerns on ChyronHego’s access to capital as a small, public company. “Members of the Board believed, based on their experience with the capital markets, that issuers with small market capitalizations and insignificant levels of coverage by investment analysts generally have a more difficult time raising meaningful amounts capital on terms that are not punitively dilutive to their shareholders.”

 

  • ChyronHego provided the following financial projections to Vector Capital:

 

ChyronHego Projections to Vector

 

  • Financing for the transaction will include a rollover of existing management shares in an aggregate value of $23.3 million, an equity contribution by Vector Capital of $49.3 million, a $50 million senior secured loan, and an up to $7 million of senior secured revolving credit loan.

 

 

Thoughts on Transaction

Taken together the disclosures outline a lengthy and thorough process run by ChyronHego’s board and management to seek a buyer or other strategic alternative for the company.

On the question of valuation, the market has spoken.  As a reference, the transaction values ChyronHego at 19.2X LTM (last twelve months) EBITDA and 1.8x LTM revenue. A review of the public disclosures referenced above offers sensible statements by the board and management on concerns of access to greater resources, competitive positioning, and disadvantages of remaining public.

However, shareholder frustration is understandable given the proposed take-private price per share is lower than the 52-week high stock price.

Moreover, the company had previously communicated growth levels and market sizing estimates inconsistent with observable data points in the broadcast technology sector.

For example, the chart below is from ChyronHego’s March 2014 investor presentation, which was still on the company’s website at the time of writing, implies that company believes its addressable market is more than $1 billion.

 

ChyronHego TAM Estimate from 3-14 Investor Presentation

 

On ChyronHego’s Q2 2014 earnings call, CEO Johan Apel confirmed management’s view that the total addressable market was approximately $1 billion, comprised of $250m of broadcast graphics products, and $750m of services. This reiterated estimates made by previous management about the company’s addressable market on its Q2 2008, Q4 2011, and Q2 2012 earnings calls.

However, it is reasonable to conclude ChyronHego was in the process of communicating updated expectations of growth and market sizing.  To their credit, management had already reversed ground and communicated the need to seek other approaches to generate increased in shareholder value.  This led to a series of M&A transactions responsible for substantial all of ChyronHego’s recent growth.

Shareholders will vote on the proposed take-private deal at a special meeting of the company, which is scheduled to be held on March 6, 2015.

In the third quarter of 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

Assuming the transaction closes, it will be interesting to track developments of ChyronHego with its new owners Vector Capital.

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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.

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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

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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.”

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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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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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Related Content:

Press Release: ATEME Posts Significant Growth in 2014

Ateme raises €13.3 Million through Initial Public Offering

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

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