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Quantum Announces 20th Consecutive Quarter of Scale-out Storage Growth; Cites Large Virtual Reality Deal

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Jul 28 2016

Quantum announced results for its first fiscal quarter of 2017, representing the three month period ending June 30, 2016.  QuantumTotal revenue for the quarter was $116.3 million, an increase of 4.9%
versus the year earlier period (FY Q1 2016), and a 3.1% decrease versus the preceding quarter (FY Q4 2016).  The first fiscal quarter of the year is generally Quantum’s weakest.

The quarter’s revenue of $116.3 million exceeded the high end of management’s guidance of $115 million (issued during the previous quarter).  The Company’s gross margins were in-line with guidance for the quarter, and its earnings result were slightly above earlier guidance.

Gross margins (GAAP) were 43.3% for the quarter, a slight improvement over the 42.4% gross margins from the year earlier period, and a slight decline compared to the 45.6% gross margins in the preceding quarter.

Net loss (GAAP) for the quarter was $3.8 million, equating to $0.01 loss per diluted share.  Quantum recorded a net loss of $10.7 million (or a loss of $0.04 per diluted share) during the year-earlier period and a net loss of $52.4 million in the preceding quarter.  The preceding quarter, fiscal fourth quarter of 2016, included a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $55.6 million.

As of June 30, 2016 cash and cash equivalents were $34.5 million, a slight increase over the $33.8 million balance as of March 31, 2016.

Most relevant to Quantum’s activities in the media and entertainment segment, the Company’s scale-out storage business, which includes Quantum’s StorNext storage offerings, registered its 20th consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth.  Scale-out storage revenue was $30.8 million in the quarter, an 11% increase versus last year’s first quarter.

Management disclosed a win rate for scale-out storage in the quarter in the 70% range.  Over 120 new scale-out storage customers were added during the quarter, which compares favorably to the more than 90 new customers added in the first quarter of fiscal 2016.  During the call with equity analysts, management also highlighted several recent scale-out storage projects in the media and entertainment sector including a $200,000 plus deal “with one of the emerging leaders in virtual reality.”

The earnings release noted Quantum’s NAB Show announcement of integration between Avid’s Interplay MAM system and Quantum’s StorNext.  The integration enables media customers to control StorNext archive and restore functions through Interplay.  Commenting on the Avid Integration at the NAB Show, Geoff Stedman, SVP of Marketing at Quantum, said, “Through initiatives ranging from solution development to closer alignment of sales and support activities, Quantum is working closely with Avid to help Avid customers better manage their content over the long term. Together our technologies empower users to optimize their media storage and access to content on a broad range of archive platforms, providing significant time and cost savings that make it easier to achieve their creative and business goals.”

 

Update on Convertible Notes due November 2017

Quantum’s CFO Fuad Ahmad provided an update on Quantum’s efforts to address its convertible note balance, in the amount of $69.3 million, due in November 2017.  On the earnings call with analysts, Mr. Ahman said, “we want to be proactive, but sensible about our financing options. To that end, we’re in discussions with a number of financial institutions regarding expanding our credit lines to provide sufficient near and long-term liquidity and to create a clear and executable roadmap to address the convertible notes, which I may add will mature in another 15 months.”

Quantum had repurchased approximately $83 million dollars of prior convertible notes during November 2015.

 

Guidance for Fiscal Second Quarter, Full Year 2017

Quantum’s management issued guidance for the second fiscal quarter of revenue between $188 million to $122 million with GAAP gross margins of between 41% and 42% and a GAAP loss per share of $0.01 to $0.00.

Management also reaffirmed the full year guidance of at least $500 million in total revenue, equating to year-over-year growth of at least 5%.  Driving this growth is an expectation of a continued increase in scale-out storage revenue across Quantum’s vertical focus areas – Media and entertainment, surveillance and intelligence, and unstructured data archives for technical workflows.

Scale-out storage is expected to account for 35% to 40% of Quantum’s total revenue, which would represent a year-over-year growth of 40% to 60%, if achieved.

Quantum’s CEO Jon Gacek offered the following commentary on the outlook for scale-out storage, “Looking more closely at scale-out storage, Q1 was our 20thth consecutive year-over-year growth quarter, and given our increasing market traction and opportunity, we feel very good about our ability to achieve our scale-out growth objectives for the year.”

 

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Press Release: Fiscal first quarter 2017 earnings release

 

 

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The 2012 Big Broadcast Survey

broadcast technology market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 03 2012

I am pleased to announce that the 2012 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), our annual study of the broadcast market, has been completed and that the reports from this project will be published soon.

We once again had record-breaking participation in this project.   Almost 10,000 broadcast professionals in 100+ countries participated in the 2012 BBS, making it the largest ever and most comprehensive market study of the broadcast industry.  We are humbled by and grateful for the unprecedented participation from so broadcast industry professionals who took the time to contribute to this year’s study.

The 2012 BBS offers unique insight into the broadcast industry by providing information about industry trends, budgets, capital projects, HD and file-based upgrade cycles, and more. It also provides detailed brand data on more than 100 broadcast technology vendors in 30+ product categories (see list in post tags below).

We created the BBS to help our clients, and readers of this website, better understand the issues and trends impacting the broadcast and digital media industries.  We received many positive comments about the BBS from both participants and our research clients, so we feel that we are on the right track and we will continue to publish data about the market on a regular basis.

We will begin to post summary data from the 2012 study on this website, so please check back regularly.

I will also be presenting a summary of the 2012 data on Sunday April 15th at the NAB Show, at a half-day conference session called Media Technology: Strategy and Valuation, which is being produced by Devoncroft, Silverwood Partners and the NAB Show.  It’s free for all registered NAB Show attendees, so please come along.

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Related Content:

Devoncroft – 2012 Broadcast Market Research Reports Now Available

Devoncroft – 2011 Broadcast Market Research Articles

NAB Media Technology: Strategy and Valuation Conference presented by Devoncroft, Silverwood and the NAB

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Bloomberg: Isilon Systems Said to Seek Buyers for Possible Company Sale

Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Oct 04 2010

Bloomberg reported that storage vendor Isilon is seeking bidders for a possible sale.

According to the Bloomberg report Isilon, whose media and entertainment customers include 3ality Digital, NBC Sports, Canadian Television and the Moving Picture Company, is seeking to emulate the bidding war that surrounded storage vendor 3Par.

Although Isilon operates in a wide variety of vertical markets such as energy, finance, government and education, there is good awareness of the company in the broadcast industry.  For example, in a ranking of “near-line / off-line / archival storage” systems published as part of the 2010 Big Broadcast Survey, 29% of respondents said that the company’s are either “best” or “better than most” competitors.

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You can read the full article from Bloomberg here.

What Broadcast Buyers Are Evaluating for Purchase in 2010

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast technology market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 08 2010

This is the third in a series of articles about the findings from the 2010 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), a global study of industry trends, technology purchasing behavior and the opinion of vendor brands.  With more than 5,600 people in 120+ countries participating, the 2010 version of the BBS is the largest and most comprehensive market study ever done in the broadcast industry.

NAB 2010 is less than a week away, and as the industry prepares to gather in Las Vegas for its biggest event of the year, the question on the minds of many is what technologies are in demand by customers around the world.

In previous posts I have discussed the most important technology trends in the broadcast industry and examined where money is being spent in the broadcast industry in terms of major projects planned for the year.

These industry trends and major projects drive technology purchasing in the broadcast industry, and that’s the focus of this article — the products that are being evaluated for purchase this year by broadcast professionals.

As part of our 2010 global market study we wanted to help our readers understand what broadcast professionals around the world are shopping for this year.  We presented technology buyers with a list of relevant product categories, and asked them to indicate which product type they are currently evaluating for purchase. 

The results, which are shown in the table below, demonstrate a broad range of industry demand.

 What broadcast technology products / services are you currently evaluating for purchase? 

These responses show that production technology such as editing, ENG cameras, along with test & measurement and key audio products will be in demand around the world as broadcast professionals upgrade their facilities to HDTV operations, which was ranked #1 in terms of planned projects for the year (link to article).

The transition to file-based / tapeless workflows will be facilitated by purchases of production servers along with transcoding products, which facilitate multi-format interoperability in the file-based domain.

The new studios, OB vans and channels that are being planned will drive evaluation of a wide variety of equipment including multiviewers, servers, signal processing, routing switchers and storage.

A significant number of respondents indicated that they are currently evaluating products that increase operational efficiency and streamline working practices.  These include library / storage management, automation and workflow / asset management.

Video transport and transmission gear should also see strong demand as customers around the world seek to use improve compression efficiency, connect operations by IP links, and increase the number of channels delivered to consumers.

Keep in mind when reading this information that this table presents the responses of all global participants in the 2010 BBS, regardless of organization type, size or location; and shows the number of respondents that are evaluating products without regard to size of project or value of purchase.  Granular analysis of these results, including breakdown of data by geographic region, customer type and customer size, is available as part of the full 2010 BBS Global Market Report from Devoncroft Partners.

Published by Devoncroft Partners, the annual Big Broadcast Survey (BBS) is the largest and most comprehensive studies of broadcast industry trends and technology vendor brands.  The BBS provides insight into market trends, technology budgets, plant, equipment upgrade plans, and the perceptions of leading broadcast industry vendor brands by a wide variety of broadcast professionals across the world.  It also delivers vendor brand ranking “league tables” in a variety of product categories; all of which can be segmented by geography and customer type.  More than 5,600 people in 120+ countries participated in the 2010 BBS project. Information about the 2010 BBS can be found at www.devoncroft.com

 

Where is Money Being Spent in the Broadcast Industry? — A Review of Major Projects Being Planned

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast technology market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Mar 25 2010

This is the second in a series of articles about the findings from the 2010 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), a global study of industry trends, technology purchasing behavior and the opinion of vendor brands.  With more than 5,600 people in 120+ countries participating, the 2010 version of the BBS is the largest and most comprehensive market study ever done in the broadcast industry.

In the current environment, everyone in the broadcast business wants to know what parts of the industry are doing well, where money is being spent, and what is driving this spending.  While there is no absolute answer to these questions, the findings from the 2010 BBS go a long way towards answering them.

Much of the technology purchasing in the broadcast industry is driven by major projects ranging from international events such as elections and sporting championships, to the long-term, planned capital upgrades of broadcast infrastructure and facilities.  Thus an understanding of which major projects are being implemented by broadcaster professionals around the world provides insight the capital expenditure plans of the industry.

Major Projects Planned for this Year

As part of our 2010 broadcast industry market study, more than 3,000 broadcast processionals – including radio and TV broadcasters, cable/satellite/IPTV operators, playout centers, post production facilities, and cable programmers — were asked to provide information about the projects they are currently implementing or are planning to implement in the next 12 months.  

Respondents were presented with a list of major projects and asked to indicate up to five choices that they are currently implementing or have planned / budgeted to implement in the next year.  The chart below shows the percentage of respondents who indicated they are planning to implement each project.  Respondents were also asked to provide budget details for each project.  This budget information along with a granular breakdown of planned projects is available in the 2010 BBS Global Market Report from Devoncroft Partners.

Which technology projects are you currently implementing or planning to implement in the next 12 months?

 

 

By a wide margin, more respondents selected “upgrading infrastructure for HD/ 3Gbps operations” than any other type of project.  It’s interesting to note that last year, in our 2009 broadcast industry market study, that the transition to HDTV operations was ranked by respondents as the technology trend most important technology to their business – and by a similarly wide margin.  In the time since the 2009 BBS was published, broadcast professionals have apparently translated top-ranked trend this into action through real-world projects that are either currently being implemented or planned for the current year. (For reference, you can read about the 2009 industry trends here).

In addition to upgrading infrastructure for HD/3Gbps operations, respondents also indicated that they plan to upgrade their transmission and distribution capabilities – presumably to support their transition to HDTV and to prepare for analog switch-off.

As shown in a previous post about the broadcast industry’s most important technology trends for 2010, the transition to HDTV operations was one of the top-ranked technology trends this year as well.  Indeed there is a strong correlation between how respondents ranked which trends are most important to their business, and the major projects they are planning or implementing. 

The major projects ranking 3rd and 4th in terms of how many respondents plan to implement them were “installing or enhancing a workflow / asset management system”,  and “archive-related projects.”  The high percentage of broadcast professionals planning to implement these projects highlights the fact that the industry is striving for ways to become more efficient and to monetize content in more ways.  It’s also good news for asset management, storage and library management vendors.   

The top four-ranked projects are closely aligned with 2010’s most important trends in the broadcast industry (link), which show that the priorities for the industry are to continue the transition to HDTV operations, while at the same time find ways of being more efficient (through automated and file-based / tapeless workflows), and generating new revenue streams (through multi-platform content distribution).

These results also show that the industry will continue to push ahead with new content creation and delivery projects.  Ranking 5th and 6th on the list of planned projects are “build new studios / OB vans,” and “launch new channels.”  Undoubtedly the vast majority of new studios and OB vans will be HD capable; as will many of the new channels.  It’s also clear from these findings that many of the new channels will undoubtedly have a strong automation component (the #7 project on this list), regardless of whether they are HD or SD.

The rest of project list which was selected by at least 10% of respondents includes offers an interesting picture of project activity across the world, with everything from upgrading audio and newsrooms, to multi-platform content distribution.

It’s worth pointing out here that in the 2010 ranking of the broadcast industry’s most important trends, that multi-platform content distribution was ranked #1 in terms of being “most important” to respondents businesses in the future.  Time will tell whether this will translate into the #1 planned project as was the case with the transition to HDTV operations after it was rank as the most important trend last year.

Finally, let’s examine the four planned projects that appear at the bottom of this list: “install or revamp business management system,” “consolidate operations in regional hubs,” “work with management consultants on business /technology transformation,” and “outsource operations e.g. playout.”

These are all very large projects that will most likely be done by only the largest broadcast professionals.  Keep in mind that the planned project chart in this article shows the responses of all global participants in the 2010 BBS broadcast industry study, regardless of organization type, size or location. Thus it measures the number of planned projects, but does not measure their size, value or relative commercial importance.  The 2010 BBS Global Market Report from Devoncroft Partners provides granular analysis of planned projects, broken down by organization type, size and location.

 

 

 

Published by Devoncroft Partners, the annual Big Broadcast Survey (BBS) is the largest and most comprehensive studies of broadcast industry trends, technology budgets and projects, and technology vendor brands.  The BBS provides insight into market trends and the perceptions of leading broadcast industry vendor brands by a wide variety of broadcast professionals across the world.  It also delivers vendor brand ranking “league tables” in a variety of product categories; all of which can be segmented by geography and customer type.  More than 5,600 people in 120+ countries participated in the 2010 BBS project. Information about the 2010 BBS can be found at www.devoncroft.com

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