Posts Tagged ‘Belden’

Grass Valley Grows Double Digits; Ships 20th IP System in Q2

Analysis, Quarterly Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Jul 19 2016

Belden announced second quarter 2016 results.  Belden’s largest division in terms of revenue is its Broadcast Solutions division (32% of overall revenue in the quarter).  The division includes the operations of Grass Valley along with Belden’s broadband connectivity businesses.  GrassValley_Logo

Broadcast Solutions revenue for Q2 2016 was $193.5 million, an increase of 10.6% versus the year earlier quarter, and an increase of 13.0% against the preceding quarter, Q1 2016.

Currency translation for Q2 resulted in an unfavorable impact of $1.1 million dollars.  Belden’s acquisition of m2fx in January 2016 contributed $2.1 million to the Broadcast Solutions division in the second quarter.  m2fx is a manufacturer of optical fiber protection tubes and was integrated into Belden’s broadband connectivity business, which is included in the reporting segmentation for Broadcast Solutions.

Grass Valley generated 12% year-over-year growth versus the second quarter of 2015.  On a regional basis, international growth at Grass Valley was 16%, while the United States region grew at 6% during quarter.

Management attributed the double digit performance to a stable US dollar, technology spend associated with the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, and a rise in US advertising expenditures.

Improved year-over-year performance for Grass Valley was anticipated by Belden’s management.  During the Q1 2016 earnings call, Belden’s CEO John Stroup reiterated the softness in Grass Valley’s revenue numbers began in Q2 2015, making the Q1 2016 announcement the last difficult year-over-year comparison for the division.

During this quarter’s earnings call with analysts, Mr. Stroup made several comments on the recent financial results at Grass Valley.  “…the Grass Valley results were very strong and I think that some of that has to do with the Olympics. But I think more of it has to do with the fact that a year ago, we had a number of customers outside of the US that were struggling with exchange rates moving around, our International business was up 16% in Grass Valley in the quarter. And then I’d say the other thing is that as customers are beginning to get more confident in the transition of technology into IP, I think we’re also seeing that improve as well” said Stroup.

EBITDA (Earnings before interest depreciation and amortization) for Broadcast Solutions in the quarter was $29.5 million, a 29% increase versus Q2 2015, and a 27% decrease against Q1 2016.

The EBITDA margin for Q2 2016 was 15.2%, which compares to a 13.1% EBITDA margin in Q2 2015, and a 13.6% EBITDA margin in Q1 2016.  The primary reason for the profitability improvement was revenue growth and improved productivity, though in part offset by a less favorable product mix.

For the second quarter, Belden recognized a $1.3 million charge in its Broadcast Solution division for severance, restructuring, and acquisition integration costs.  This compares to restructuring charges for the division of $3.2 million during Q2 2015 and $4.3 million during Q1 2016.

In the Company’s prepared remarks, management highlighted further momentum with IP based solutions.  Adding to the 11 IP system shipments by Belden in Q4 2015 and Q1 2016, Belden shipped a further nine IP systems during the second quarter of 2016.

Responding to an analyst question Mr. Stroup added further context on the positive developments with Grass Valley’s IP solution portfolio.

“…It’s still a relatively small percentage of our revenue, and for most of our customers this is going to be sort of their first installation, their proof of concept. So I feel like we’re building momentum. I think that the real breakthrough for us was that a year ago in the market there was a lot of confusion with our customers about which way to go, because there were vendors that were sort of battling standards. And I think that partially due to our leadership and collaboration with other vendors in the industry, I think we now have a very good solution that meets customers’ needs and an open standard that they can rely upon and interoperability.”

Later in the call with analysts. Mr. Stroup announced a significant integration of Belden’s recent acquisition of security solution provider Tripwire with Grass Valley’s broadcast solutions.

“… we did have a substantial development in the quarter where we have in fact integrated the Tripwire technology into our iTX Playout system, which is an important part of the Grass Valley product portfolio. This is a software based Playout system that is used by the world’s leading broadcasters and we now have integrated the Tripwire software in to that system.

We made that available this quarter. I think we announced it at NAB…I think it’s an important development and it’s just one of the many ways that our Grass Valley business is differentiating itself from others. We are the only one in the industry that has done anything like that. And I think it’s an important development.”

 

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Presentation: Q2 2016 Results:

Prepared management remarks: Q2 2016 earnings call with analyst

 

 

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Grass Valley Receives $20M Order; Slight Revenue Decline in Q1

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

Belden announced first quarter 2016 results.  Belden’s largest division in terms of revenue is its Broadcast Solutions division.  The division includes the operations of Grass Valley along with Belden’s broadband connectivity businesses.

Beginning with Q1 2016 Belden’s has moved its audio-video cable and connector business out of the Broadcast reporting unit and into the Enterprise Connectivity reporting segment.  The reporting change provides improved visibility into Belden’s broadcast revenues.  Prior periods were restated to similarly reflect the reporting modification.

Broadcast Solutions revenue for the first quarter 2016 was $171.3 million, a decrease of 2.9% over the year prior quarter, and a 15.1% decline against the preceding quarter, Q4 2015.

Broadcast Solutions revenue for the quarter was negatively impacted by currency translation, responsible for approximately 58% of the year-over-year decline ($3 million).  Managed attributed the sequential declines to typical seasonal patterns in the industry.

As part of the earnings release management highlighted the largest order in Grass Valley history.  The order was received in April and is in excess of $20 million.  It will ship over the next two to three years.  Managed also indicated a further seven IP systems shipped during Q1 2016.

EBITDA (Earnings before interest depreciation and amortization) for Broadcast Solutions in the quarter was $23.2 million, a 0.7% increase versus Q1 2015, and a 42.2% decrease against Q4 2015.

The EBITDA margin for Q1 2016 was 13.6%, which compares to a 13.1% EBITDA margin in Q1 2015, and a 19.9% EBITDA margin in Q4 2015.

For the quarter, Belden recognized a $4.3 million charge in its Broadcast Solution division for severance, restructuring, and acquisition integration costs.

On Belden’s earnings call with analyst, CEO John Stroup offered commentary on the recent financial results at Grass Valley.  “The Grass Valley business on a year-over-year basis, revenues were down. We expected that. That was sort of the last quarter of a difficult comparison. As you recall, last year, we began to see softness in order rates in Q2 and revenue in Q2.

On a year-over-year basis, I thought the team did a nice job on productivity improvement. On a year-over-year basis within the segment, productivity was about $7 million. So, obviously, with the high margins in that business, it’s difficult to overcome the revenue but I think the fact that they were able to expand margins, EBITDA margins on a year-over-year basis was a good outcome. In terms of order rates, the order rates in the quarter were pretty much as we expected. The book-to-bill at Broadcast was just about 1.0 for the quarter. But as we mentioned, we did make progress on the IP products although that is still a relatively small percentage of the business.” said Stroup.

Business Outlook:

In response to an analyst question, Stroup elaborated on the 2016 expectations for Grass Valley stating, “…I would say that our guidance right now on the full year implies modest growth in Grass Valley on a year-over-year basis. So, we are not incorporating a strong rebound in the Grass Valley business in 2016 to hit the numbers [management guidance for overall business] that we’ve given everybody today.”

 

Related Content:

Press Release: Q1 2016 Results

Presentation: Q1 2016 Earnings Presentation 

Transcript: Prepared management remarks

 

 

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Francisco Partners Acquires SintecMedia

Analysis, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Apr 27 2016

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Francisco Partners has acquired SintecMedia, a well-known provider of broadcast business management software.

Financial details of the transaction were not made public. However, according to Reuters, the deal was valued at approximately $400 million.

Francisco Partners is a technology-focused private equity firm.  Francisco has existing familiarity with the media technology sector having purchased Grass Valley from Technicolor in January 2011 .  Francisco operated Grass Valley for nearly four years before exiting the investment in 2014 with Grass Valley’s sale to Belden.

SintecMedia had been owned by private equity firm Riverwood Capital.  Riverwood acquired SintecMedia in 2010 from existing venture capital investors including Walden Israel and Sequoia Capital.  Riverwood then supported SintecMedia through a series of acquisitions including Argo Systems , StorerTV , and more recently Broadway Systems.  In early 2014 Riverwood provided almost half the financing to support Sintec’s acquisition of competitor Pilat Media in a transaction valued at $103.5 million.

In the press release announcing the transaction, CEO and co-Founder of SintecMedia Amotz Yarden, stated, “Nothing is changing in SintecMedia’s business operations. We will continue to play a pivotal role in the way advertising is bought, sold and managed in the diverse media industry and our customers will continue to receive future-proof technological continuity combined with our innovative aptitude and deep domain expertise. I look forward to many years of exciting growth.”

Matt Spetzler from Francisco Partners added, “We have followed SintecMedia for over six years and are thrilled to back the company and its management team as they continue to consolidate their leading position in helping media companies monetize their assets. The broadcast and media industries are entering a phase of innovation and change and SintecMedia is uniquely positioned to help customers capitalize on this opportunity with a strong market position and new products.”

 

Related Content:

Press Release: Francisco Partners Acquires SintecMedia

 

 

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After Difficult 2015, Grass Valley Expects Growth in 2016

Analysis, Annual Results, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Feb 22 2016

Belden announced fourth quarter and full year results for 2015.  Belden’s largest division in terms of revenue is its Broadcast Solutions division.  The division includes the operations of Grass Valley along with Belden’s broadcast cable and broadband connectivity businesses. GrassValley_Logo

Broadcast Solutions revenue for the full year 2015 was $900.6 million, a decrease of 1.7% versus 2014 full year results.

EBITDA (Earnings before interest depreciation and amortization) for the division in 2015 was $142.4 million, a 1.4% increase over the 2014 EBITDA of $140.4 million.  EBITDA margin in 2015 was 15.8%, a slight increase against the 15.1% EBITDA margin from 2014.

Q4 2015 Results:

Fourth quarter revenue in 2015 for Broadcast Solutions was $239.5 million, a decrease of 5.4% versus Q4 2014, and a sequential increase of 4.9% versus Q3 2015.  Management cited a stronger U.S. dollar and lower copper prices resulting in a negative impact of approximately $10.2 million on Q4 2015 revenues.  When adjusted for currency, revenues for Broadcast Solutions decreased 1.4% on a year-over-year basis.

On a regional basis, Belden stated Broadcast Solutions revenue in the United States was up 7.4% when compared to Q4 2014. EMEA revenues declined 17% versus Q4 2014.  Management attributed this decline in part to the strong U.S. dollar and lower oil prices.

Belden’s Broadcast Solutions division recorded EBITDA of $46.7 million in Q4 2015, a 5.2% increase versus Q4 2014, and a 33.8% increase against the preceding quarter.

EBITDA margins for the quarter were 19.5%, a 200 basis point increase versus Q4 2015. A weaker Canadian dollar was partly responsible for the increase in profitability.

Belden recognized a $10.5 million restructuring charge for its Broadcast Solution division in the fourth quarter.  For the full year restructuring charges in the Broadcast Solution division were $39.1 million.

 

Outlook:

On Belden’s earnings call with analyst, CEO John Stroup offered commentary on developments at Grass Valley:  “In addition to the Summer Olympics and U.S. presidential elections, we are excited by the progress made with our comprehensive IP solution. During the quarter, we booked 7 new IP projects and shipped 4 of them. Also we entered 2016 with almost $15 million more backlog than 1 year ago.”.  Later when fielding analyst questions Stroup elaborated on the 2016 prospects for Grass Valley stating, “… if you just take the backlog head start compared to the revenues in ’15, you’ve got almost 4% growth rate there. So it feels to me like we’re on track for growth in 2016 with Grass Valley compared to ’15.”

 

 

Related Content:

Press Release: Belden Reports Strong Results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015

Belden Q4 and FY 2015 Investor Presentation

 

 

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Industry Thought Leaders to Discuss “Shifting Media Economics: Impact on Strategy, Finance, and Technology” at 2015 NAB Show

Analysis, broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Conference Sessions, Online Video, OTT Video | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 09 2015

Whether you are a supplier, buyer, or investor in the media technology sector, you won’t want to miss the fourth annual NAB Show event co-produced by Devoncroft Partners and the organizers of the NAB Show.

 

NAB Devoncroft 2015 Shifting Media Economics Session Announcement

 

Now part of the NAB 2015 Media Finance and Investor Conference, “Shifting Media Economics: Impact on Strategy, Finance, and Technology,” will be held on Sunday April 12, 2015 in room N235 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Designed to be a thought-provoking kickoff to the 2015 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 includes panel discussions featuring C-level executives from leading broadcasters, service providers, technology vendors, and private equity investors. Each group will offer a candid assessment of how their respective business models, operational practices, and strategic decision making have been impacted by the dramatic shift in media industry economics.

The keynote, “The Future of TV. One Man’s Opinion.” will be delivered by Bob Bowman, President, Business & Media of Major League Baseball (MLB), who oversees MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) and MLB Network.

MLBAM has been involved with several recent high-profile streaming events including WrestleMania 31, the opening day of Major League Baseball, the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament, and the recent launch of HBO Now.  Bowman is scheduled to take the stage just one hour before the highly anticipated season 5 premiere of “Game of Thrones” becomes available via HBO Now.

The conference will also include presentations of the latest market research on industry trends and financial performance.  This includes preliminary excerpts from the Devoncroft Big Broadcast Survey, the industry’s definitive demand-side study of the broadcast and digital media industry; and the 2015 IABM DC Global Market Valuation Report, the industry’s definitive supply-side market sizing report.

In advance of the NAB Show, Devoncroft Partners has published an analysis of the trends and strategic drivers in the broadcast and media technology sector. This report is available to download here (registration required).

This conference is intended for senior executives from technology vendors, end-users, and investment firms in the media technology sector. It provides an excellent opportunity to network with industry executives and the financial community ahead of NAB show commitments.

Approximately 400 executives attended this standing-room only event in 2014. We hope to see you there on Sunday April 12, 2015.

Please note that because this event is part the 2015 NAB Show Media, Finance and Investor Conference, registration is required.

 

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

 

Shifting Media Economics: Impact on Strategy, Finance, and Technology

 

1:40pm – Welcome and Introductions

Presenter:

  • Peter White, CEO IABM

 

 

1:50pm – Review of Market Developments

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.

Presenter:

  • Joshua Stinehour, Principal Analyst Devoncroft Partners

 

 

2:15pm – The Broadcast & Media Technology Industry in 2015

Devoncroft founder Joe Zaller will present a data-driven overview of the forces bringing dynamic change to the media technology sector in 2015. This will include preliminary results of the 2015 Big Broadcast Survey, the industry’s most comprehensive demand-side study, and observations from the 2015 IABM DC Global Market Valuation Report, the industry’s definitive supply-side market sizing report.

Presenter:

  • Joe Zaller, President Devoncroft Partners

 

 

2:40pm – Business Strategy Perspectives from Industry Executives

CEOs from four of the media and broadcast industry’s largest 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.

Moderator:

  • Joe Zaller, President Devoncroft Partners

 

Panelists:

  • Patrick Harshman: President and Chief Executive Officer, Harmonic, Inc.
  • John Stroup: President, Chief Executive Officer, Belden, Inc.
  • Tim Thorsteinson: Chief Executive Officer, Quantel and Snell
  • Charlie Vogt: Chief Executive Officer, Imagine Communications

 

 

3:20pm – The Broadcast Buyer Perspective on Industry Trends

Senior technology executives from four 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.

Moderator:

  • Joe Zaller, President Devoncroft Partners

 

Panelists:

  • Ken Brady: SVP Media Technology and Operations, Turner Broadcasting Systems
  • Richard Friedel: EVP & General Manager, Fox NE&O
  • Fred Mattocks: GM Media Operations & Technology, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Bob Ross: SVP East Coast Operations, CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

 

 

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.

Moderator:

  • Joe Zaller, President Devoncroft Partners

 

Panelists:

  • Darcy Antonellis: Chief Executive Officer, Vubiquity
  • Anil Jain: SVP & GM Media Group, Brightcove, Inc.
  • Steve Plunkett: Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson Broadcast & Media Services

 

  

4:30pm – The Institutional Investor Perspective on Industry Trends

A panel of leading investment professionals in the media and entertainment sector will offer the audience the institutional investor’s perspective on the industry. The discussion will include the panelists’ intelligence-gathering plans for the NAB Show, views on the trends that are driving investment dollars in the sector, and a review of the characteristics influencing the evaluation of an investment opportunity in the media technology industry.

Moderator:

  • Joshua Stinehour, Principal Analyst Devoncroft Partners

 

Panelists:

  • Chris Kanaley: Vice President, Parallax Capital
  • Nick Lukens: Vice President, Vector Capital
  • Bryce Winkle: Vice President, The Gores Group

 

5:00pm – Keynote: The Future of TV. One Man’s Opinion.


Presenter:

  • Bob Bowman, CEO MLB Advanced Media

 

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Thorsteinson Replaces Cross as CEO of Quantel and Snell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Related Content:

Press Release: Tim Thorsteinson becomes Quantel CEO

Broadcast Vendor M&A: Quantel Acquires Snell

Press Release: Quantel acquires Snell to create new force in media technology

Quantel – Snell FAQ

Belden Makes it Official – Combination of Grass Valley and Miranda to be Called Grass Valley

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

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

Belden Closes Deal to Acquire Miranda

Thorsteinson Appointed to Miranda’s Board of Directors in Otherwise Uneventful AGM

Miranda Nominates Tim Thorsteinson as Director

Activist Shareholder Drama Continues at Miranda Technologies

Technicolor Receives a Binding Offer from Francisco Partners for Grass Valley Broadcast Business

Press Release: Tim Thorsteinson Named President of Harris Corporation’s Broadcast Communications Division

Press Release: Harris Corporation Completes Acquisition of Leitch Technology

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

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

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

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

Advent Venture and LDC close £72m broadcasting merger

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Belden Makes it Official – Combination of Grass Valley and Miranda to be Called Grass Valley

broadcast industry trends, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 02 2014

One day after Belden completed its $220m acquisition of Grass Valley, the company has officially revealed that the combined company will be called Grass Valley.

The company branding combines Grass Valley’s “GV” script and Miranda’s trademark, purple ellipse.

If you want to hear what’s next for the new Grass Valley, be sure to attend the annual IABM Annual NAB State of the Industry Breakfast at the 2014 NAB Show, where Grass Valley Marco Lopez will be featured on a panel of technology vendor CEOs that also includes Brian Cram from Dejero Labs, Charlie Vogt from Imagine Communications (formerly Harris Broadcast), and Carl Dempsey from Wohler Technologies.

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Related Content:

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

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

2014 NAB Show Session Details – IABM Annual NAB State of the Industry Breakfast

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

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 01 2014

Belden announced that it has completed the acquisition of the previously announced offer to purchase Grass Valley. When the deal was announced in February 2014, Benden CFO Henk Derksen told equity analysts that the $220m deal would be funded with existing cash.

Grass Valley had approximately $290 million in revenue according to Belden’ press release, so the deal values Grass Valley at 0.75 revenue.

It is believed that the enlarged company will be branded Grass Valley.

According to Belden, the value of the combination of the two companies is clear for both customers and shareholders is clear. The company says that by aligning both resources and strategies, the business will have a broader offering, while realizing the benefits of scale.

Belden also says the combined company “will be able to deliver the ability to simplify the purchasing and management of highly complex infrastructures.”

Belden says acquisition of Grass Valley will be immediately accretive to adjusted earnings per share with an estimated impact of approximately $0.20 in 2014 and $0.50 in 2015.

Much of the increased profitability of the new company is likely to come through synergy savings.

One of the hallmarks and core competencies of the Belden team is the efficient integration of acquired companies into the Belden family, and the associated inculcation with the “Belden Business System, including LEAN enterprise techniques and the Market Delivery System.”

There are many examples of Belden buying underperforming companies and subsequently using its internal processes to achieve strong financial performance and operating return.

Indeed, the company says “there is a significant opportunity in the application of the Belden Business System” in the case of Grass Valley

Derksen told analysts at the time of the announcement that Belden plans “to invest approximately $25 million during the first 12 months of integration largely through restructuring efforts to capture the value of the combined company. The strategic actions will include cost actualization, manufacturing footprint and leveraging a combined sales and marketing function and the implementation of lean principles.”

At same time Belden CEO John Stroup said “the result of the integration is unlikely to include meaningful reductions in R&D investment. However, I think there’s going to be an opportunity for Miranda to throttle back on some investments where Grass Valley’s stronger and for Grass Valley to throttle back on opportunities where Miranda’s stronger. Manufacturing is a clear opportunity. Today, Grass Valley outsources a lot of their manufacturing. We think there’s an opportunity for us to leverage our existing fixed cost structure, absorb that manufacturing. So that’s a clear opportunity to create value in the combined business and there’s clearly an opportunity to leverage our global sales force. Both of us at 200 and 300 million respectively, have created a global sales force calling on the same customers and we see a clear opportunity to improve our efficiency there. So the assumptions that we have in place include manufacturing cost synergies as well as the opportunity to leverage the combined sales organization, both in terms of cost and revenue.”

 

The following slides show the strategic rationale for the Miranda – Grass Valley merger, as explained by Belden in February 2014.

 

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Given that it is believed that the combined company will be branded as Grass Valley, the deal marks a new beginning rather than the end of the road for the formidable broadcast brand.

Prior to officially becoming part of Belden, what is now Grass Valley has been through a number of strategic changes in the last 10-15 years.

This started in December 2000 when Thomson purchased Philips Professional, which at that time had revenue of approximately 250m Euros, and employed 1,050 people. Philips products, which included cameras, film imaging, signal processing, media networking & control, and systems integration services, became part of Thomson Multimedia.

After the Philips acquisition, the combined company, which was renamed Thomson Multimedia, had combined revenue of approximately 366m Euros.

In 2001, Thomson bought Grass Valley in 2001 for $172m.  At that time, Grass Valley had revenues of about $200m.

Technicolor then went on a buying spree, acquiring multiple companies that were ultimately folded into the Grass Valley brand.

Thomson added to its Grass Valley holdings with the 2005 acquisition Canopus for more than $100m.

By the late 2000s Thomson – which had by this time changed its name to Technicolor – put Grass Valley on the block, initially with what has been described as a very high price tag.

After several rumored bids, and more than a year on the block Technicolor sold what is now Grass Valley to Francisco Partners, a San Francisco – based private equity firm.

Technicolor retained other parts of the business, including transmitters and head-end equipment, and later sold-off these assets in two separate transactions.

Technicolor sold the Grass Valley transmission business to PARTER Capital Group.

The Grass Valley head-end business was sold to FCDE in March 2011.

Grass Valley is one of the industry’s great companies and I am sure that the people there are happy to finally have resolved their fate.  Let’s hope they can now focus on making great products – and of course money for their new owners.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Belden Announces Successful Completion of Grass Valley Acquisition

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

Press Release: Technicolor to sell its Broadcast Services activity to Ericsson

Belden Q3 2012 Revenue Declines 6 Percent, Miranda “Off to a Slow Start”

Broadcast Vendor M&A: Miranda Buys Softel

Belden Closes Deal to Acquire Miranda

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

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Technicolor Closes Deal to Dispose of Grass Valley Transmission Business

Technicolor Receives Binding Offer for Video Head-End Business

Technicolor decides not to sell digital signage provider PRN

Technicolor completes sale of Grass Valley to Francisco Partners

 

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

broadcast technology market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Feb 06 2014

Belden has submitted a binding offer to purchase privately held Grass Valley, a leader within the broadcast market, for $220 million.

The binding offer is subject to consultation with Grass Valley’s foreign labor works council, after which we will enter into a definitive agreement. Grass Valley provides innovative technologies including production switchers, cameras, servers, and editing solutions within the mission critical applications of broadcast customers. When combined with Miranda, the resulting end-to-end solution will be the most complete and compelling in the industry.

Grass Valley had approximately $290 million in revenue according to Belden’ press release, so the deal values Grass Valley at 0.75 revenue.

Even so, it’s probably not a bad deal for Grass Valley’s owner, PE firm Francisco Partners, which  purchased Grass Valley from Technicolor in 2011 (closed in January 2011), for no money down, and an $80 million promissory not payable five years from the date of the deal.

Part of Francisco Partner’s deal to buy Grass Valley included an undisclosed additional pay-out if Francisco Partners sold Grass Valley for a partner in the future.  Since these numbers are unknown, it’s difficult to know if the payments were triggered.

“The great thing about this overlap is the limited overlap,” said Belden CEO John Stroup.

“We are extremely excited to have Grass Valley join the Belden family. By combining Grass Valley and Miranda, we will create the broadcast industry’s largest and most complete portfolio,” said Mr. Stroup.

 

Here’s info on the deal and the rationale for it:

 

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Broadcast Vendor M&A: Miranda Buys Softel

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More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Technicolor Closes Deal to Dispose of Grass Valley Transmission Business

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Technicolor completes sale of Grass Valley to Francisco Partners

 

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Belden Eyes Improvement in Broadcast Business in Second Half of 2013 After “Tepid” First Six Months

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Aug 12 2013

Belden said its broadcast revenue for the second quarter of 2013 was $169.7m,   up 7.1% versus last quarter.  The company said the sequential growth in broadcast was “driven largely by typical seasonal patterns.”

Broadcast operating profit margins were 14.2%, up from 4.7% last year (prior to the acquisitions of Miranda and PPC), and up 90 basis points sequentially, which the company said was in line with its overall results.

Belden management said that “broadcast markets in 2012 benefited from the Olympic Games and U.S. election cycle, with an unfavorable impact to the second quarter of approximately $2 million to $4 million on a year-over-year basis.”

On the company’s conference call with equity analysts, Belden CEO John Stroup described the broadcast market as cyclical, saying “2012 had a lot of demand as a result of the Olympic Games as well as the U.S. presidential election. And as a result, I think the first half (of 2013) was a little tepid (for broadcast), and I think we’ll see improvement in the second half (of 2013).

Although Belden did not break our revenue figures for Miranda, which it acquired last year, it did say that the Miranda business performed in-line with its expectations.

 

Outlook

“The global macroeconomic environment in 2013 is generally as we anticipated, and we remain confident in our ability to deliver consistent operating results in the second half of the year,” said Stroup.  “Therefore, we are increasing the midpoint of both our revenue and earnings outlook for the full year.”

Belden says expects third quarter 2013 adjusted revenues to be in the range of $525m – $535m and adjusted income from continuing operations per diluted share to be in the range of $0.90 – $0.95. For the full year ending December 31, 2013, the Company now expects adjusted revenues to be the range of $2.09 billion – $2.12 billion and adjusted income from continuing operations per diluted share to be in the range of $3.54 – $3.69.

Previously, the company said it expected full year adjusted revenues to be in the range of $2.07 billion – $2.12 billion and adjusted income from continuing operations per diluted share to be in the range of $3.49 – $3.69.

On a GAAP basis, Belden expects third quarter 2013 revenues to be in the range of $522m – $532m and income from continuing operations per diluted share to be in the range of $0.55 – $0.60. For the full year ending December 31, 2013, the company expects revenues to be in the range of $2.08 billion – $2.11 billion and income from continuing operations per diluted share to be in the range of $2.11 – $2.26.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Belden Reports Solid Results in Second Quarter 2013

Belden Q2 2013 Earnings Call Transcript

Belden Creates Broadcast Business Unit, Discloses Broadcast Revenue and Profitability

Belden Presentation (April 25, 2013) — Explanation of New Business Unit Reporting Structure

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