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Avid Receives Investment from Beijing Jetsen Technology; Signs Exclusive Distributor Agreement

Analysis, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Jan 31 2017

Beijing Jetsen Technology (“Jetsen”) will invest $18.1 million (USD) in Avid Technology for a minority equity stake of between 5.0% and 9.9%.  Jetsen will also receive a board observer seat on Avid’s board of directors. Closing of the investment is subject to government approvals, which Avid expects to receive during the second quarter of 2017.  Avid_Technology_logo

The final ownership percentage is determined by dividing the investment amount of $18.1 million by the volume-weighted (i.e. denominator is cumulative volume) average market price of Avid’s shares for the 30 days preceding the closing date.  As a reference point, Avid shares closed at $5.03 on Monday, January 30, 2017.  Using this share jetsenlogoprice figure, the investment would equate to an equity stake of approximately 8.2% on a fully diluted basis.

Jetsen is headquartered in Beijing, China and listed on the Shenzhen stock exchange (2011 IPO).  Jetsen’s has operations in several segments of the media sector including an integration services business, a production company, along with investments in film and television programming.  At current exchange rates Jetsen had over $450 million (USD) in total revenue for the twelve month period ending September 2016.  Jetsen is active in several other verticals in addition to media.  Based on a review of its 2015 annual report, media operations accounted for approximately 30% of total revenue.

Avid provided the below summary slide on Jetsen as part of its presentation accompanying the announcement.

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Concurrent with the investment, Avid entered into a commercial partnership making Jetsen the exclusive (master) distributor of all Avid products and solutions for the Greater China region (encompassing China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan).  All existing Avid channel partners in Greater China will transfer to Jetsen.  The agreement will also include technical support, with any associated maintenance revenue benefiting Jetsen.

“Jetsen’s strong position in the region, combined with Avid’s market-leading products and comprehensive solutions, presents an exciting opportunity for Greater China’s fast-growing media industry,” said Shengli Han, CEO, Beijing Jetsen Technology.

Avid will receive annual minimum performance guarantees for Greater China amounting to an approximately 15% annual growth for the region.  The growth refers to both recognized revenue and cash received.  The contract has a duration of five years.  The total contract value for the first three years alone represents at least $75 million to Avid.

In addition, Jetsen will take over Avid’s operations in Greater China.  This represents a cost savings to Avid in the amount of $3 million annually.  The below slide from Avid’s presentation offers a summary of the key terms.

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During the conference call with analysts, Louis Hernandez, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avid added context on the rationale behind the equity investment by Jetsen.  “They [Jetsen] are really the ones that wanted to infuse equity. We had several ideas we were running to shore up our liquidity and cash not because of our concerns, we know it’s a significant concern to investors, so we wanted to take that out of the equation so they focus on what’s about to happen with the end of the transformation, and but that’s something they wanted to do. As long as we structured in a way that would minimize dilution, we are open minded to it and that’s where what how we ended up.” said Hernandez.

Throughout the conference call with analysts Louis Hernandez, Jr. referenced Avid’s ongoing transformation, which management has communicated will end with the second quarter of 2017.  Consistent with this message, Hernandez added the following commentary on the Jetsen agreement, “As we start to enter the next phase of Avid’s strategy, our agreement with Jetsen will give us much stronger go-to-market capabilities to expand our market position, drive consistent business growth and have the needed partner to accelerate our cloud-enabled Avid Everywhere strategy across Greater China.”

 

 

Related Content:

Avid Press Release on Beijing Jetsen Technology Agreement

Avid Presentation on Beijing Jetsen Technology Agreement

 

 

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Avid Q1 Growth of 20%, Offset by Bookings Shortfall

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

Avid Technology announced Q1 2016 GAAP revenue of $143.5 million, an increase of 20% versus Q1 2015 revenue of $119.6 million. Avid Logo_ white background

Approximately 75% of the year-over-year growth is attributable to a change in the accounting treatment of revenue recognized for the release of the latest Pro Tools version 12.5 during the first quarter.  The ability to more quickly recognize revenue reflects Avid’s progress over the past two years of eliminating the practice of implied support for products and transitioning to explicit support and recurring revenue models.

Absent the revenue acceleration, management indicated Avid for the quarter would have been within the original guidance of $120 million to $125 million on a non-GAAP basis.

Avid’s public filings did not disclose the amount of the growth attributable to revenue contribution from Orad, purchased in the third quarter of 2016.  Orad had $10.4 million of revenue during Q1 2015.

Product revenue for the quarter was $84.5 million, an increase of 5.6% against year-earlier quarter.  Products represented 58.9% of overall revenue in the quarter, a decrease versus the 67% contribution during the first quarter of 2015.  Services revenue was $59.0 million, an increase of 49.2% versus the year-over-year period.  Services contributed 41.1% of total revenue for Q1 2016, an increase versus the 33% contribution from Q1 2015.

Q1 2016 net income was $20.9 million or $0.53 per share.  This compares to Q1 2015 net income of ($0.2) million, which was $0.00 per share.

Gross margins for the quarter were 69.7%, a substantial improvement over the 60.3% from Q1 2015.  Backing on the accelerated Pro Tools revenue recognition would have resulted in a gross margin of approximately 67%.  The remaining increase in gross margin was primarily due to lower non-variable costs of sales resulting from Avid’s ongoing efficiency programs.

Operating income for Q1 2016 was $25.7 million, a more than 20-fold increase over the operating income of $1.1 million in Q1 2015.

R&D expense for the quarter were $21.4 million, a 7.3% decline against Q1 2015 R&D levels.  As a percentage of revenue R&D expenses were 15.0% for the quarter, compared to 19.3% of total revenue in Q1 2015.

Sales and marketing costs for Q1 2016 were $31.6 million, representing a 12.8% rise versus Q1 2015 sales and marketing levels.  Sales and marketing expenses were 22.0% of Q1 2016 revenue, a decline versus 23.4% of total revenue from the first quarter of 2015.

G&A expense was $17.7 million for Q1 2016, a decline of 8.6% versus the year earlier quarter.  Expressed in terms of total revenue G&A expense was 12.3% of sales in Q1 2016 versus 16.2% in Q1 2015.

When considering the comparable period Q1 2015 figures do not include Orad’s operations (purchased in Q3 2015), the decline in R&D and G&A further illustrates the impact of Avid’s recent restructuring initiatives.

During the first quarter of 2016, Avid announced a $68 million (annualized) efficiency initiative.  The full $68 million savings are expected beginning in 2017.  During the earnings presentation for the quarter, management indicated $33 million of the goal has been completed through the first quarter activities.  $5 million was reflected in first quarter results.

There are many one-time expenses and non-cash items in Avid’s income statement results.  To provide a more normalized view of profitability Avid cites adjusted EBITDA, which is defined as operating income plus expense add backs for costs attributed to amortization, restructuring, restatements, stock-based compensation, acquisitions, integration activities, and efficiency program costs.  Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $38.5M, a substantial increase of 227% over Q1 2015.

Given the complexity of Avid’s financial statements, it is useful to review the impact on the Company’s cash balance.  Cash used in operations for the quarter was $11.2 million.  This compares to cash generated in operations of $4.6 million during the first quarter of 2016.

Cash generation in the quarter was negatively impacted by a build out of inventory for the recently announced Nexis storage platform.

Avid ended the quarter with $87.8 million of cash.  Avid had started the quarter with $17.9 million of cash.  The increase in the cash balance is attributable to the Company’s $100 million debt offering during the first quarter. 

Several factors have combined to make Avid’s financial disclosures difficult to comprehend, most notably the restatement in late 2014, which introduced a considerable amount of amortized revenue from prior financial periods.  Though this revenue is now recognized in Avid’s income statement, it does not represent any actual cash received from clients.  In other words, it is non-cash revenue with 100% gross margins.  In aggregate, changes in deferred revenue represented a negative cash adjustment (versus net income) of $40 million in Q1 2016 and $2.1 million in Q1 2015.

The negative deferred revenue dynamic also creates a revenue headwind for the future since this component of deferred revenue will decline with time. Management has indicated the impact is between $25 million and $30 million a quarter.

Adding to this complexity are the effects of recent restructuring initiatives, the impact of the Orad acquisition, and the ongoing transition to a subscription model.

In an effort to better communicate the results of Avid’s ongoing transformation, management references several new metrics.

Update on Transformation:

Below is a chart from Avid’s investor presentation for Q1 2016 illustrating several areas of progress on the market adoption of Avid’s Everywhere Platform.

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Commenting on the transformation progress, Avid CEO Louis Hernandez, Jr. stated, “Our work so far in 2016 demonstrates the continued momentum of the Avid Everywhere strategy, the increased adoption of the Avid MediaCentral Platform by our global base of customers and strong progress as we move steadily towards completing the transformation.”

Business Outlook:

Bookings for the quarter were $98 million on a constant currency basis, a decline of 18% versus Q1 2015.  The original guidance for Q1 2016 bookings was for $108 million to $118 million.

Management attributed the shortfall to market volatility created by the ongoing industry transition and delayed buying decisions related to the anticipated release of the Nexis storage platform, which will ship during Q2 2016.

The declining in bookings resulted in a lower end of quarter accounts receivable balance (approximately $15 million).  Management expects the lower accounts receivable balance to negatively impact Q2 2016 free cash flow.  Because of this management is anticipating a material use of adjusted free cash flow in the upcoming quarter of $27.5 million to $32.5 million.  Adjust free cash flow includes the impact of capital expenditures and excludes the cash impact of restructuring activities.

For Q2 2016, management provided guidance of bookings between $99 million and $115 million on a report basis (as opposed to constant currency).  Bookings for the second quarter of 2015 were $118 million.  The full backlog (post impact of restatement) was $480 at the end of first quarter, a 4% increase over the backlog at the end of the first quarter of 2015.

Avid is expecting to begin generating adjusted free cash flow in the second half of 2016.  As part of the earnings release, Avid reaffirmed earlier full year guidance for 2016.

During the earnings call, Louis Hernandez, Jr. added, “We’re probably most excited about the attractive financial model post transformation. We’ve a clear path to completion, the non-marketed products that we’re rolling off and are completed as expected, the efficiency gains are on track and then the accounting adjustments will end towards the end of this year early next year, leaving us with an adjusted EBITDA and free cash  flow, which are expected to increase dramatically post transformation.”

 

Related Content:

Press Release: Avid’s Q1 2016 Earnings Release

Presentation: Avid Q1 2016 Earnings Presentation

 

 

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Don’t Miss The Media Technology Business Summit at the 2016 NAB Show

Analysis, broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Conference Sessions, technology trends | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 16 2016

Media Technology Business Summit

1:00pm – 5:00pm, Sunday, April 17, 2016

Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N249

Open to all 2016 NAB Show Registrants

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Conference Agenda

1:00pm – Strategic Industry Analysis: Valuations, M&A, and Equity Finance

  • Joshua Stinehour, Principal Analyst Devoncroft

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1:25pm – Follow the Money: Trends Driving Media Investment

  • Joe Zaller, Founder & President Devoncroft

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1:50pm – Change is the New Normal: Transforming for Business Success in the New Media Landscape

  • Ulf Ewaldsson, SVP, Group CTO, & Head of Group Function Ericsson

 

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2:10pm – The Vendor C-Suite: Strategies for an Evolving Market

  • Louis Hernandez, Jr., President & CEO Avid
  • Charlie Vogt, CEO Imagine Communications
  • Larry Kaplan, Founder & CEO SDVI
  • Dan Castles, CEO Telestream

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2:50pm – The Broadcaster C-Suite: Trends Driving Investment Decisions

  • John Honeycutt, CTO Discovery Communications
  • Renu Thomas, EVP Media Operations, Engineering & IT Disney/ABC Television Group
  • Richard Friedel, EVP and GM Fox Network Engineering and Operations
  • Håvard Myklebust, CTO TV2 Norway

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3:30pm – Leveraging Hyperscale IT Infrastructure for Next-Generation Media Workflows

  • Michelle Munson, President, CEO, and Co-Founder Aspera, an IBM Company
  • Michael Koons, VP, Worldwide Systems Engineering Cisco Systems
  • Tom Burns, CTO, Media & Entertainment EMC/Isilon
  • Ulf Ewaldsson, SVP, Group CTO, & Head of Group Function Ericsson

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4:00pm – Service Provider C-Suite: Perspectives on Industry Trends

  • Chris Walters, CEO Encompass Digital Media
  • Ramki Sankaranarayanan, Founder & CEO Prime Focus Technologies
  • Avi Cohen, CEO RR Media

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4:30pm – AWS Keynote – “All In”: Cloud Transformation of the Media Industry

  • Alex Dunlap, General Manager AWS CloudFront
  • Sam Blackman, CEO and Co-Founder Elemental Technologies

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We look forward to seeing you there. Additional information on the Summit is available from the Devoncroft Partners website and the NAB Show website.

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Speakers Announced for the 2016 NAB Show Media Technology Business Summit

Conference Sessions | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Apr 04 2016

We are pleased to announce the full agenda and speaker lineup for the fifth annual Media Technology Business Summit at the upcoming 2016 NAB Show.

As a reminder, the Summit starts at 1pm on Sunday April 17th and is located in room N249 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.  The event is co-produced by Devoncroft Partners and the organizers of the NAB Show.  Admission is available to all NAB Show exhibitors and registered attendees (remember to bring your NAB Show badge).

Designed to be a thought-provoking kickoff to the 2016 NAB Show, this half-day conference examines the “the business of the media business” from the perspective of all levels of the media value chain.  It is also an opportunity to network with the media technology executive community ahead of the start of the exhibition.

An overview of the conference is included below.  Full details are available on the NAB Show website.

 

2016 NAB Show Media Technology Business Summit

 

1:00pm – Welcome and Introductions

Presenter:

  • Joe Zaller, President Devoncroft Partners

 

1:05pm – Strategic Industry Analysis: Valuations, M&A, and Equity Finance

Josh Stinehour of Devoncroft will take the podium for his annual (enthusiastic) presentation on developments in the media technology sector.  If you have any final announcements you would like Josh to consider for his presentation, let him know.

Here is a link to the NAB Show website individual session listing.

Presenter:

  • Josh Stinehour, Principal Analyst Devoncroft Partners

 

1:25pm – Follow the Money: Trends Driving Media Investment

Devoncroft founder Joe Zaller will present a summary of key data derived from a variety of broadcast market intelligence projects including the 2016 Big Broadcast Survey, the industry’s definitive demand-side market study. This market data will highlight the technology investments made in 2015, expectations for technology spend in 2016, and key trends driving technology investments.

Here is a link to the NAB Show website individual session listing.

Presenter:

  • Joe Zaller, President Devoncroft Partners

 

1:50pm – Change is the new normal: Transforming for business success in the new Media landscape

As the Media industry undergoes massive transformation, only the strongest or most considered will survive. To win at a time when change is the constant requires technology shifts, operational re-organizations and completely new business models that address the challenges of the new Media landscape of consolidated customers, and ever more fickle consumers.

Ericsson’s SVP and Group CTO, Ulf Ewaldsson, will reflect on how Ericsson’s own transformation, and that of Telecoms and ICT, has parallels with the Media industry, and why Ericsson has invested to become one of the largest global TV & Media providers of products and services. The session will also highlight some of the latest technologies that underpin success, and just how different a business mindset is needed to excel.

Here is a link to the NAB Show website individual session listing.

Presenter:

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2:10pm – The Vendor C-Suite: Strategies for an Evolving Market

CEOs from four leading media technology suppliers will debate the most important commercial issues facing the industry, and discuss their strategies to position their companies for success in a rapidly evolving marketplace.  The panelists will also offer opinions on how changes in the business environment are impacting vendors and customers.

Here is a link to the NAB Show website individual session listing.

Moderator:

  • Joe Zaller, President Devoncroft Partners

Panelists:

NAB 2016 Devoncroft Vendor CEO Panel

 

2:50pm – The Broadcaster C-Suite: Trends Driving Investment Decisions

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

Here is a link to the NAB Show website individual session listing.

Moderator:

  • Joe Zaller, President Devoncroft Partners

Panelists:

NAB 2016 Devoncroft Broadcaster CTO Panel

 

3:30pm – Leveraging Hyperscale IT Infrastructure for Next-Generation Media Workflows

A panel of executives from well-known IT vendors operating in the media technology sector will offer the IT community perspective on developments in the media sector. Participants will also share opinions on the implications of broader technology advancements to the sector. In particular the discussion will focus on the role of the IT vendor in the ongoing transition of the media technology sector to take advantage of technologies such as IP and virtualization.

Here is a link to the NAB Show website individual session listing.

Moderator:

  • Al Kovalick, Media Systems Consulting

Panelists:

NAB 2016 Devoncroft IT Panel

 

4:00pm – The Service Provider Perspective on Industry Trends

A panel of executives from leading media service providers will discuss views on both technology developments and deployment considerations for media organizations.  Discussion topics will include solutions for multi-platform content delivery, the economics of outsourcing, how service providers can leverage their scale to deliver increased performance and agility, and how next-generation data center architecture may impact the media ecosystem.

Here is a link to the NAB Show website individual session listing.

Moderator:

  • Josh Stinehour, Principal Analyst Devoncroft Partners

Panelists:

NAB 2016 Devoncroft Service Provider Panel

 

4:30pm – AWS Keynote – “All In”: Cloud Transformation of the Media Industry 

Amazon Web Services and Elemental leaders discuss the unprecedented impact of the cloud on media and entertainment industry business models. Alex Dunlap, general manager of Amazon CloudFront, and Sam Blackman, CEO and co-founder of Elemental, will share insights about media leaders who are going “all in the cloud”. The session will discuss cutting edge end-to-end media workflows, the advantages of video processing and delivery from the cloud, and how Amazon’s 2015 acquisition of Elemental represents the future of the media industry.

Here is a link to the NAB Show website individual session listing.

Presenters:

NAB 2016 Devoncroft AWS Keynote

 

 

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Avid 2015 Revenue and Profitability Decrease with Continued Transformation

Analysis, Annual Results, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Mar 21 2016

Avid Technology announced full year 2015 results.  Management also provided long-term guidance for financial performance through 2018. Avid Logo_ white background

Total revenue for 2015 was $505.6 million, a decrease of 4.6% versus 2014 revenue.  Product revenue for the year was $336.4 million, a decline of 11.1% against 2014.  Products represented 66.5% of overall revenue in 2015.  Services revenue was $169.2 million, an increase of 11.6% versus the year prior.  Services contributed 33.5% of total revenue for the year.

Net income was $2.4 million or $0.06 per share.  This compares to 2014 net income of $14.7 million, which was $0.38 per share.

Gross margins for 2015 were 60.9%, a slight decline versus the 61.4% from 2014.

Operating income for 2015 was $6.9 million, a decrease of 64.6% versus 2014 operating income.  2015 Operating income included a restructuring cost of $6 million.

R&D expense for the year was $95.8 million, a 6.1% increase over 2014 R&D levels.  As a percentage of total revenue, R&D expenses were 18.9%, compared to 17% of total revenue in 2014.

Sales and marketing costs for 2015 were $122.5 million, representing a 7.8% decline versus 2014 sales and marketing levels.  Sales and marketing expenses were 24.2% of 2015 revenue, a slight decline versus 25.1% of total revenue in 2014.

G&A expense was $74.1 million for 2015, a decline of 8.7% versus the prior year.  Expressed in terms of total revenue, G&A expense was 14.6% of sales in 2015 versus 15.3% in 2014.

When considering the 2015 figures included six months of Orad’s operations, the decline in S&M and G&A illustrates the impact of anticipated cost synergies from the acquisition and Avid’s restructuring initiatives.

There are many one-time expenses and non-cash items in Avid’s income statement results.  To provide a more normalized view of profitability Avid cites adjusted EBITDA, which is defined as operating income plus add-backs for costs attributed to amortization, restructuring, restatements, stock-based compensation, acquisitions, integration activities, and efficiency program costs.  Adjusted EBITDA was 2015 $41.5M, a decline of 26% versus the same figure in 2014.

Cash used in operations for 2015 was $34 million.  The net effect of financing events, capital expenditures, and the Orad acquisition left Avid with $17.9 million of cash at the end of 2015.  The balance sheet does not account for the recent financing initiative announced by Avid in February.

Several factors have combined to complicate Avid’s financial disclosures. Most notable, the restatement in late 2014 introduced a considerable amount of amortized revenue from prior financial periods.  Though this revenue is now recognized in Avid’s income statement, it does not represent any actual cash received from clients.  In other words, it is non-cash revenue with 100% gross margins.  In aggregate, changes in deferred revenue represented a negative cash adjustment (versus net income) of $65 million in 2015 and $51.9 million in 2014.  Adding to this complexity are the effects of recent restructuring initiatives, the impact of the Orad acquisition, and the ongoing transition to a subscription model.

CEO Louis Hernandez, Jr. commented on these challenges during Avid’s earnings call, noting “…I know that it would be nicer if the financial expression were more clear and didn’t have the noise of a couple of the variables, the non-marketed products, the amortization, that pre-2010 revenue or that even the shift to recurring.”

Management is aware of this difficulty and has attempted to introduce new metrics to allow analysts to better understand the transition of the business.

Update on Transformation:

Highlighting the progress was bookings growth of 26% in Q4 2015 driven by the largest transaction in Avid history with Sinclair Broadcast Group and the positive impact of the Orad acquisition.  Bookings related to recurring revenue were approximately 38% of total 2015 bookings, a substantial increase over the 26% from 2014.

Below is a chart from Avid’s investor presentation illustrating the recent positive trend in Avid’s bookings in the context of the Company’s continued transformation.

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Management also disclosed several metrics on the adoption of Avid’s MediaCentral platform.  At the end of 2015 MediaCentral had over 32,000 users, a 54% increase above 2014 levels.  More than 25,000 of the users are paying subscribers.  This represents an increase of 400% in paying subscribers since the beginning of 2015.

Business Outlook:

Contained in Avid’s earning release was full year guidance for 2016 along with longer term guidance for 2017 and 2018.  These figures are provided in the below tables taken from Avid’s earnings release.

Commenting on both 2015 performance and the business outlook, Louis Herandez, Jr added, “Avid is in the final stretches of its dramatic transformation and the benefits of Avid’s Platform approach to solving the media industry’s more pressing needs is reflected in both a solid close to 2015 and dramatically improved financial expectations for 2016 and beyond.  We are on track to complete the transformation and position Avid for long term sustainable and profitable growth with an improved financial model.”

Avid-tables

 

Related Content:

Press Release on Avid’s 2015 Financial Results

Presentation on Avid’s 2015 Financial Results

 

 

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