Posts Tagged ‘Broadcast Graphics’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Product line results for the Quarter:

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

 

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

 

Geographic Performance for the Quarter:

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

 

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

 

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

 

Results for full year 2014:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

Update on Pending Acquisition by Nordic Capital

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

 

 

 

Business Outlook:

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

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

Analysis, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Quarterly Results, SEC Filings | Posted by Joe Zaller
Nov 17 2014

Broadcast graphics specialist ChyronHego announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Vector Capital, under which an affiliate of Vector will acquire all of the outstanding shares of ChyronHego common stock for $2.82 per share in cash.

San Francisco-based Vector Capital is a private equity firm with experience in the digital media sector. Recent portfolio investments include Corel and Technicolor. To fund the ChyronHego deal, Vector has secured committed financing consisting of a combination of equity and debt.

This is the second recent take-private transaction of a broadcast graphics provider. Earlier this month. Vizrt announced that it will be taken private by Nordic Capital in a $374m all-cash deal.

The $2.82 per share purchase price represents a premium of approximately 18% over the company’s average closing share price for the six months ending on November 14, 2014, and a 4% premium over the company’s closing share price on November 14, 2014, the last day of trading before the announcement.

Based on the total number of shares outstanding in ChyronHego, the deal equates to an equity value of approximately $114m. After backing out the cash on the company’s most recently published financial statements, this represents an enterprise value of approximately $108m.  On a valuation multiple basis, this is approximately 1.8x trailing 12 month’s revenue.

According to a shareholder FAQ, ChyronHego’s management team will stay the same after the transaction closes. Johan Apel will continue as CEO, and Soren Kjellin will continue as CTO.

The contractual details of the ChyronHego – Vector Capital agreement are complex and worth a longer discussion. We are preparing an analysis of the deal, and we will post this later this week.

A very brief synopsis of certain deal points follow:

  • Technically, the deal is a merger rather than an acquisition. ChyronHego is being merged into an entity controlled by Vector Capital, in order to create a new corporate entity, which will also be owned and controlled by Vector Capital.

 

  • All major shareholders on the ChyronHego management team have agreed to re-invest approximately 50% of their holdings in ChyronHego into the new corporate entity, for which they will receive approximately 31% of the equity in the new entity

 

  • Interestingly the merger agreement includes a “go shop” provision whereby ChyronHego has seven weeks to find a buyer who will offer a higher price than Vector Capital’s offer of $2.82 per share. Given Vizrt’s valuation in the Nordic Capital deal, and the fact that shares of ChyronHego have traded above $3.00 several times during the past year, it is possible that ChyronHego will be able to find a better offer. However, the “go shop” provision includes termination fees that will triggered under specified circumstances such as the acceptance of a superior offer. The company says it does not intend to disclose developments with respect to the solicitation process unless and until a decision has been made in respect to any potential superior proposal. 

 

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and most notably the approval by holders of two-thirds of ChyronHego’s outstanding shares and the approval by holders of a majority of shares held by current ChyronHego’s stockholders who will not become stockholders in the going-forward entity.  The Company expects the transaction to close in the first quarter of fiscal 2015.

The company said that its  board of directors and a special committee of the board composed entirely of independent directors have unanimously approved the deal, and have recommend that ChyronHego’s stockholders approve the transaction

“We are very happy to announce this partnership with Vector Capital, an established global technology oriented private equity firm that is focused on building long-term value. Our management is convinced that this is the right opportunity at the right time for ChyronHego’s customers, employees and stockholders,” said Apel.

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.

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

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Nov 10 2014

Broadcast graphics and MAM specialist Vizrt announced that it will be taken private in an all-cash deal that values the company at $374m.

The buyer is Nordic Capital, a leading Nordic PE firm with four active funds with over EUR 11 billion in total committed capital. Under the terms of the deal Vizrt will be merged with 24 October Holding AG, an entity indirectly controlled by Nordic Capital Fund VIII, and NOR Merger Sub Ltd.

The transaction values Vizrt at a 32% premium to the company’s closing share price November 7, 2014, the last trading day prior to the announcement of the deal, and a 35% premium to the company’s six months volume weighted average share price of the for the period ending on November 7, 2014.

“I and the management team are excited about the opportunities we all believe we have ahead of us,” said Vizrt CEO Martin Burkhalter. “Nordic Capital is very committed to support our growth strategy going forward. Being a privately owned company opens up for accelerated growth opportunities through, amongst others, future acquisitions that support our long-term strategy. The discussion management has held with Nordic Capital over the last few months gives us the necessary confidence that Nordic Capital will fully back-up our continuous efforts to stay ahead of the game by further strengthening our innovative capabilities.”

The deal is expected to close on or around January 31, 2015, provided all conditions for completion have been fulfilled.

Completion of the transaction is subject to the approval by a Shareholders Meeting of Vizrt by simple majority which is expected to be held on or about December 18 2014. Shareholders representing 51.5% of the total share capital of Vizrt have declared that they will vote in favor of the deal

“Our Board has undertaken a careful review of the terms and conditions of the Merger and is unanimous in its recommendation. We consider the cash based offer as fair and in the best interest of our shareholders. We believe that Nordic Capital, with its breadth of expertise and proven track record of developing companies, will be a strong owner of Vizrt.” stated Dag J. Opedal, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vizrt.

The Company and Nordic Capital shall cooperate for a delisting of the Company’s shares from the Oslo Stock Exchange as soon as possible after the Merger becomes effective.

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Orad’s Revenue Jumps 40.7 Percent in Q2 2014

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Aug 18 2014

Graphics and media asset management (MAM) provider Orad reported that its revenue for the second quarter of 2014 was $10.2m, an increase of 40.7% versus the same period a year ago, and up 9.7% versus the previous quarter.

Product sales in Q2 2014 were $7.5m, or 73.7% of total revenue, an increase of 33.4% versus the 2nd quarter of last year when product sales were $5.6m, or 77.7% of total revenue.

Service revenue in the quarter was $2.68m, or 26.3% of total revenue, an increase of 65.9% versus the 2nd quarter of last year when service revenue was $1.62m, or 22.3% of total revenue.

Net profit for the quarter was $800,000, versus a loss of $1.3m during the same period a year ago, and up 14.2% versus last quarter.

Gross margins for the quarter were 69.3% versus 62.5% last year, and 67.8% 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.

Operating expenses were up across the board.

R&D expense for the quarter was $1.54m, or 15.1% of total revenue, up 5.8% versus the same period a year ago.

Sales & marketing expenses were $3.7m, or 36.4% of total revenue in the quarter, up effectively flat versus the third quarter of 2013, when sales and marketing costs were 51% of total revenue.

G&A expenses in the quarter were $899,000, or 8.8%% of total revenue, up 5.4% from last year.

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the end of June 2014 amounted to $7.6m compared to $6.4m at the end of March 2014.

 

First Half 2014 Results

For the first six months of 2012, Orad’s revenue was $19.5m, up 35.2% versus the first half of 2013.

Product sales for the first six months of 2014 were $14.8m, or 76.1% of total revenue, an increase of 36.2% versus the same period a year ago, when product sales were $10.9m, or 75.6% of total revenue.

Service revenue for the first six months of 2014 was $4.65m, or 23.9% of total revenue, an increase of 36.2% versus the same period a year ago, when product sales were $10.9m, or 75.6% of total revenue.

Net Profit for the 1H 2012 was $1.5m, versus a loss of $2.2m for the first six months of 2013.  Gross Margins for the first half of 2012 were 68.6%, up from 63.5% for the first six months of 2013.

Operating income for 1H 2012 was $1.7m, compared to a loss of $2.2m for the first half of 2013.

R&D expenses for the first half of 2014 were $3m, or 15.5% of total revenue, up just under 1% versus the first six months of last year when R&D expenses represented 20.7% of total revenue.

Sales & marketing expenses for 1H 2014 were $6.7m, or 34.7% of total revenue, up 3.2%% versus the first half of 2013 when S&M expenses represented 45.5% of total revenue.

G&A expenses in the 1H 2014 were $1.9m, or 9.8% of total revenue, up 9.9% versus the first half of 2013 when G&A expenses represented 12.1% of total revenue.

 

 

Outlook

Orad says that it is expecting its revenue for the full year 2014 to be between $39m and $40m, in line with previous projections. If the company achieves the projected top-line results, it would represent an increase of 22% to 26% compared to 2013.

Full year operating profits for 2014 are expected to be approximately 6% to 8% of revenues, compared to the operating loss of 5% in 2013.

 

“We are pleased to announce the results of this quarter which show the highest level of quarterly revenues in the Company’s history,” said Orad CEO Avi Sharir. “Revenues for the first half of 2014 show an increase of 35% compared to the same period in 2013. This substantial increase in revenues is attributed to the return of our traditional markets and the higher penetration in new markets such as North America. We have recently announced several important sales in North and South America to major American and Brazilian broadcasters. Our efficient and cost effective solutions enable broadcasters to substantially increase their ROI by providing them efficient and cost effective solutions.

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Press Release: Orad Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter and the first six months of 2014

Previous Year: Orad Revenue Declines 29% in Q2 2013, Announces 10% Workforce Reduction

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Orad Revenue Declines 29% in Q2 2013, Announces 10% Workforce Reduction

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Aug 20 2013

Graphics and media asset management (MAM) provider Orad reported that its revenue for the second quarter of 2013 was $7.2m, down 29% versus the same period a year ago, and up 1% versus the previous quarter.

 “The lower level of activity which started in Q3 2012, mostly due to the economic situation in Europe, continued through the second quarter of 2013, as reflected in the disappointing results for the second quarter and also for the first half of the year,” said Orad CEO Avi Sharir.

Orad has been struggling since the third quarter of last year, particularly in Europe, which is the company’s largest market. In February 2013, the Orad issued a profit warning for the full year 2012, saying at that time that it expected its profit to fall by about 34 percent.

The company’s results in Q2 2013 show that the company continues to struggle in the European market. However, the company also reported a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing quarter, saying that its order intake increased during the quarter. “We are happy to announce that during Q2 2013 we booked the highest volume of orders ever in Orad’s history, setting a new record,” said Sharir.

Orad’s product revenue in the quarter was $5.6m (78% of total revenue), down 33% versus the same period last year, and up 7% versus the previous quarter.  Service revenue in the quarter was $1.6m, down 11% versus last year, and down 14% versus the previous quarter.

The net loss for the second quarter of 2013 was $1.3m, or -$0.11 per share, compared to a net profit of $732,000 or $0.06per share last year, and a net loss of $944,000, or $0.08 per share last quarter. 

Including additional charges in the quarter, the total comprehensive loss for the second quarter of 2013 was $1.375m, compared to total comprehensive income of $507,000 last year, and a total comprehensive loss of $1m last quarter.

Gross margins for the quarter were 63% versus 69% last year, and 65% last quarter.

The operating loss for the quarter was $1.46m, compared to an operating profit of $1m last year, and and operating loss of $657,000 last quarter.

Operating expenses for the quarter were $6m (83% of total revenue), down slightly from last year, and up 14% versus the previous quarter.

R&D costs for the second quarter of 2013 were $1.45m, up 5% versus the same period last year, and down 5% compared to last quarter.  R&D costs were 20% of total revenue in the quarter, compared to 14% of total revenue last year, and 21% of total revenue last quarter.

Sales and marketing expenses in the quarter were $3.7m, down 2% versus the same period last year, and up 29% compared to last quarter.  Sales and marketing costs accounted for 51% of total revenue in the quarter, compared to 37% of total revenue last year, and 40% of total revenue last quarter.

Following the company’s sharp rise in sales and marketing costs this quarter, Sharir says that Orad will continue to spend in this area.  “We also continue to invest in our sales and marketing infrastructure and in particular have put emphasis on strengthening our North America office with the addition of a few senior people,” he said.

General and administrative expenses in the quarter were $853,000, down 4% versus the same period last year, and down 4% compared to last quarter.  G&A costs accounted for 12% of total revenue in the quarter, compared to 9% of total revenue last year, and 12% of total revenue last quarter.

The company ended the quarter with $5.6m in cash equivalents and restricted cash, compared to $9.6m last year, and $7.2m last quarter.

 

Announcement of 10 Percent Workforce Reduction

Although the company says it had strong order intake during the second quarter of 2013, Sharir says it’s “too early to tell if we reached a turning point in the level of activity, but it is certainly a very encouraging sign.”

“As a measure of caution, we have decided to align our operating expenses with our current financial results, and have decided to reorganize some departments, reducing our overall headcount by 10% and trim other operational costs as well. The result of these measures will be seen in the lower cost of operating expenses expected as of the fourth quarter of 2013. The decrease in our operational expenses will not affect our continuous focus on strategic initiatives.”

 

First Half 2013 Results

For the first six months of 2013, Orad’s revenue was $14.4m, down 24.7% versus the first half of 2012.

The net loss for the first six months of 2013 was $2.2m, compared to net income of $1.7m for the first half of 2012.

Gross Margins for the first half of 2013 were 64%, down from 69% for the first six months of 2012.

The operating loss for the first six months of 2013 was $2.1m compared to operating income of $1.8m for the first six months of 2012.

Operating expenses in the first six months of 2013 were $11.3m, or 78% of total revenue, down 1% versus last year when total operating expenses accounted for 60% of overall revenue.

R&D expenses for the first half of 2013 was $3m, or 20% of total revenue, up 9% versus the same period a year ago when R&D accounted for 15% of revenue,

Sales & marketing expenses for the first six months of 2013 $6.6m, or 45% of total revenue, down 3% % versus the first half of 2012 when sales and marketing accounted for 45% of revenue.

General and administrative expenses for the first six months of 2013 were $1.7m, or 12% of total revenue, down 9% versus the first half of 2012 when G&A expenses were or 10% of total revenue.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Orad Results for the second quarter and for six months of 2013

Previous Year: Revenue Up, Profit Down at Orad in Q2 2012

Previous Quarter: Orad: Results for the First Quarter

Orad Warns of Lower Revenue, Net Loss in Q4 2012 of 2013

 

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Despite Continued Weakness in Europe, Vizrt Reports Growth and Improved Margins in Q2 2013

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Aug 13 2013

Vizrt reported that its revenue for the first quarter of 2013 was $31.7m, up 5% versus the same period a year ago, and up 17% versus the previous quarter.

Although the company says it continues to see softness in the European market, it had strong performances in both the Americas and APAC during the quarter.

“Considering the continued softness we experienced in our largest market, we are very pleased to have returned to growth,” said Vizrt CEO Martin Burkhalter. “Growth was driven by a strong performance for both the Americas and APAC. Growth was offset partially by continued weakness in Europe, which saw revenues decline by 9% compared to Q2 2012.

Gross margins for the second quarter of 2013 were 67%, up from 66% last year, and up from 65% last quarter.  In its earnings presentation, the company said it took a charge of $300,000 in the quarter for the amortization of intangible assets related to acquisitions.  Excluding these charges, gross margin for the quarter would have been 68%.

Vizrt management said it was able to improve its margins, despite challenging market conditions, because of the company’s “premium offering which helps customers realize their strategic objectives and add value by improving workflow efficiencies.”

Operating expenses for the quarter were $16.17m, up 1% versus last year, and up 4% versus the previous quarter. The company said it is continuing to focus on cost control, even as it increases its top

  • R&D expenses in the quarter were $4.8m (15% of revenue), up 3% versus the same period ago, and down 4% versus the previous quarter

 

  • Sales and marketing expenses in the quarter were $8.57m (27% of revenue), flat with the previous quarter and up 11% versus the previous quarter

 

  • General and administrative expenses in the quarter were $2.8m (9% of revenue), up 3% versus the same period a year ago, and up 1% versus the previous quarter.

 

EBITDA was $6.1m for the quarter, up 12 from $5.44m last year, and up 95% from $3.1m in the previous quarter.   The EBITDA margin for the quarter was 19% versus an EBITDA margin of 18% last year and 12% last quarter.

Net profit for the quarter was $3.6m, compared to a net loss of $3.75m last year, and up 204% versus last quarter’s net profit of $1.18m.

 

Product Line Results for the Quarter:

  • Broadcast Graphics (BG) accounted for $24.9m during the quarter (78% of total revenue versus 81% last quarter), an increase of 8% versus the same period ago, and an increase of 14% versus the previous quarter. The BG order backlog was $28.8m, up 9% versus last year, and up 7% versus the previous quarter.

 

  • Media Asset Management (MAM) revenue in the quarter was $5.66m (18% of total revenue versus 16% last quarter), up 5% versus the same period a year ago, and up 35% versus last quarter.   The MAM order backlog was $17.8m, down 1% versus last year, and down 1% versus last quarter

 

  • Online & Mobile (OLM) revenue in the quarter was $1.16m (3% of total revenue), down 32% versus last year, and up 33% versus last quarter.  The OLM order backlog was $3.7m, down 6% versus last year, and up 5% versus the previous quarter.

 

 

Geographic Performance for the Quarter:

Vizrt said it continued to experience weakness in the European market during the quarter, but that the Americas and APAC did well.

  • Revenue from EMEA was $13.6m (43% of total revenue versus 41% last quarter), down 9% versus the same period last year and up 22% versus last quarter

 

  • Americas revenue was $9.2m (29% of total revenue versus 35% last quarter), up 26% versus last year, and down 1% versus last quarter.

 

  • APAC revenue was $8.95 (28% of total revenue versus 24% last quarter), up 13% versus last year, and up 17% versus last quarter

 

The company ended the quarter with 590 employees, up from 582 last quarter, and $74.2m in cash, down 6% versus last quarter.

 

“We believe that the strategic nature of our product offering, in helping customers achieve financial and strategic objectives, puts our products in the “must have” premium category, which has allowed us to defend and grow margins,” said Burkhalter. “Both the 8% solid growth in BG and the 5% growth in MAM compared to Q2 2012 were driven by our global presence, and our ability to react to local economic trends, as witnessed in the Americas and APAC. The media landscape is very dynamic, and broadcasters need to invest in order to protect their competitive position.”

 

Results for first half of 2013

Vizrt’s revenue for the first six months of 2013 was $58.7m, down 5% versus the first half of 2012.

The net profit for the first half of the year was $4.8m, versus a loss of $2.2m for the first six months of 2012.

EBITDA for the first half of 2013 was $9.2m, down 16% versus the same period last year.  The EBITDA margin for the first half of 2013 was 16%, compared to 18% for the first half of 2012.

Gross margins for the first half of the year were 67%, down from 68% in H1 2012.

Operating expenses for the first six months of 2013 were $31.7m, down 4% versus the first six months of the previous year.

 

Business Outlook:

In its investor presnetaion, the company said “we believe that the European market will continue to be soft into H2 2013, but we anticipate this weakness to be more than offset by the relatively robust markets in APAC and the Americas, resulting in continued overall growth. We will continue to strengthen our technological and strategic leadership, while at the same time maintain our financial prudence and discipline.”

“For the coming months we foresee continuing weakness in the European market where broadcasters are investing on a strict “need to have” basis, said Burkhalter.” We anticipate this weakness to be more than offset by the relatively robust markets in APAC and the Americas. We believe that our global presence, and regionalized distribution and support capabilities will allow us to capitalize on these region specific opportunities, resulting in continued overall growth. We will continue to strengthen our technological and strategic leadership, while at the same time maintain our financial prudence and discipline.”

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Related Content:

Press Release: Vizrt Reports H1 and Q2 2013 Results

Vizrt Q2 2013 Investor Presentation

Previous Quarter: Vizrt Q1 2013 Revenue Declines 15 Percent Due to Weakness in Europe

Previous Year: Vizrt Revenue Declines 6 Percent in Q2 2012 Due to Weakness in EMEA

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Vizrt Q1 2013 Revenue Declines 15 Percent Due to Weakness in Europe

broadcast technology market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
May 09 2013

Vizrt reported that its revenue for the first quarter of 2013 was $27m, down 15% versus the same period a year ago, and down 11% versus the previous quarter.

The company said that market and economic conditions in Europe continue to be difficult, attributable mainly to falling domestic demand for goods and services and lower exports, and that this general weakness strongly affected the company’s sales in the EMEA region during the quarter.

Gross margins for the first quarter of 2013 were 65%, down from 67% last year and down from 70% last quarter.  In its earnings presentation, the company highlighted the fact that its gross have remained “relatively stable,” despite declining revenue.  Company management said this was due to a “shift in product mix towards higher margin broadcast graphics activities, and by a continued focus on cost control.”

Operating expenses for the quarter were $15.5m, down 9% versus last year due to cost control measures that the company has had in place for several quarters. The company said that OpEx was kept at a similar level to the 2012 average quarterly run rate, leading to continued profitability and cash generation from operating activities, though at lower levels. Specifically:

  • R&D expenses in the quarter were $5m (19% of revenue), down 2% versus the same period ago, and up 31% versus the previous quarter

 

  • Sales and marketing expenses in the quarter were $7.7m (29% of revenue), down 14% versus the same period a year ago, and down 1% versus the previous quarter

 

  • General and administrative expenses in the quarter were $2.8m (10% of revenue), down 8% versus the same period a year ago, and up 4% versus the previous quarter.

 

EBITDA was $3.1m for the quarter, down 44% from $5.6m last year, and down 65% versus the previous quarter.   The EBITDA margin for the quarter was 12% versus and EBITDA margin of 18% last year and 29% last quarter.

Net profit for the quarter was $1.18m, down 45% versus the same period a year ago, and up 28% versus the previous quarter.

 

Product Line Results for the Quarter:

  • Broadcast Graphics (BG) accounted for $21.9m during the quarter (81% of total revenue), a decline of 12% versus the same period ago, and a decline of 7% versus the previous quarter. The BG order backlog was $26.8m, up 7% versus last year, and up 6% versus the previous quarter. The company said that broadcast graphics performed in-line with its expectations.

 

  • Media Asset Management (MAM) revenue in the quarter was $4.2m (16% of total revenue), down 12% versus the same period a year ago, and down 7% versus last quarter. The company said that MAM was strongly affected by uncertainties in Europe. The MAM order backlog was $18,5m, down 12% versus the same period a year ago, and up 1% versus the previous quarter. Vizrt management said there has been a “further lengthening of investment decision-making cycles” for MAM deployments, especially for larger projects.  Vizrt said it has not lost MAM deals, instead projects have been postponed or are still under negotiation, and therefore still in the company’s MAM pipeline.

 

  • Online & Mobile (OLM) revenue in the quarter was $876,000 (3% of total revenue), down 44% versus last year and down 31% versus last quarter.  The OLM order backlog was $3.7m, down 6% versus last year, and up 5% versus the previous quarter. The company said that ONM performance “continues to be below expectations and, as announced on April 30, 2013, an additional impairment charge of MUSD 3.0 for 2012 was recorded, following which no goodwill or intangible assets remain on Vizrt’s balance sheet in relation to the Escenic acquisition.”

 

Geographic Performance for the Quarter:

Vizrt had a rough quarter in EMEA, traditionally its strongest market, but this weakness was offset partially by a strong performance from the Americas region.

  • Revenue from EMEA was $11.1m (41% of total revenue), down 38% versus the same period last year and down 20% versus last quarter

 

  • Americas revenue was $9.4m (35% of total revenue), up 32% versus last year, and up 18% versus last quarter.  The company said that “although certain macro-economic conditions in the U.S., such as reduced government spending, have had a somewhat dampening effect on GDP development, overall the region posted solid economic growth.”

 

  • APAC revenue was $6.5 (24% of total revenue), down 3% versus last year, and down 23% versus last quarter

 

The company ended the quarter with 582 employees, up from 575 last quarter, and $77.86m in cash, down 1% versus last quarter.

 

Outlook

The company said that despite economic uncertainties, it continues to see a number of positives in the market. Though management expects the economic uncertainties to continue affecting the business climate into 2013, it still believes that the second half of the year will start to show an improvement in the global economy in general, and bring a return to growth for Vizrt.  Focus for 2013 will remain on cost control, without compromising the company’s ability to innovate and support our strategic growth ambitions.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Vizrt Reports Q1 2013 Results

Vizrt: Q1 2013 Earnings Call Presentation

Broadcast Vendor M&A: Vizrt Buys Remaining Shares of LiberoVision

Previous Quarter: Vizrt Posts Lower Revenue, but Higher Margins and Profit in Q4 and Full Year 2012

Previous Year: Vizrt Revenue Increases 13% in Q1 2012 Driven by Strong Performance in Graphics and MAM

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