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Strong Performance in Middle East Drives Vislink Broadcast Revenue 2.2 Percent Higher in 2013

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Mar 28 2014

UK-based Vislink plc, reported that its revenue for 2013 was $99.3m (£59.9m), up 4.7% versus 2012.

Broadcast industry revenue was $79.7m (£48.1m), up 2.2% versus 2012.

Vislink owns multiple broadcast brands including Advent, Link, MRC and Gigawave.  Earlier this month Vislink announced it had acquired playout automation provider Pebble Beach for $24.7m.

On a group basis (including both broadcast and government sectors):

  • 2013 operating profit of $7.1m (£4.3m), an increase of 40.3 per cent increase compared to 2012

 

  • Gross margins were 40.6% in 2013, up from 39.4% in 2012

 

  • Order intake for the year was $99.6m (£60.1m), and the company ended the year with an open order book of $9.3m (£5.6m), up 7.7% versus the end of 2012

 

Broadcast Performance

Vislink’s broadcast products include satellite terminals and wireless communication systems that are used live events such as news, sports, and entertainment.

2012 broadcast revenue was £48.1m, up 2.2% versus 2012. Broadcast revenue accounted for 80.3% of total group revenue, down from 82.3% of total group revenue in 2012.

Revenue from Pebble Beach is not included in these figures.

For the broadcast business, the company’s geographic performance was as follows:

 

Vislink - Broadcast Revenus 2013 vs 2012

 

On a percentage basis the company’s best performing region was the Middle East and Africa, where sales jumped 49% versus the previous year.

The UK market decline 19.3% in 2013 after a strong performance in 2012, driven in part by the London Olympics. The company had slight growth in the rest of Europe, and experienced a decline in APAC.

2013 broadcast revenue in the Americas was down 10.1% versus 2012.  Vislink attributed this decline to cyclicality, saying “the US broadcast marketplace typically sees a reduction in spend in a post presidential election year.”  At the same time however, the company specifically highlighted the importance of South America, saying that the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics have provided “an impetus for further investment in both broadcast and surveillance.”

 

Acquisition of Pebble Beach

The company used its earnings announcement to highlight its recent $24.7m acquisition of playout automation provider Pebble Beach, saying it will “contribute to the strategy of achieving higher recurring services revenues and achieving our financial objectives of £80m revenue and £8m adjusted operating profit by the end of FY 2014.”

Vislink said the key benefits of Pebble Beach are leading software technology, recently developed next generation products, a growing customer base, and strong cash generation and growth prospects.

The company said the acquisition of Pebble Beach “fits perfectly with Vislink’s desire for growth, recurring revenues, extending its reach and providing customers with synergies, from capturing video to interactive programming, including acquisition and revenue generation. Vislink plans to grow its software capability around the Pebble Beach Systems and management team.”

 

 

Move to AIM Market Eases Burden of Future M&A

Following on from the recent acquisition of Pebble Beach, Vislink telegraphed its intention to do more M&A deals in the future, saying the company will “continue to seek growth opportunities both organically and through acquisitions, with a clear underlying objective of continuing to grow shareholder value.”

“We remain on track for our plan to grow the business to £80m, and £8.0m adjusted operating profit by the end of FY 2014, and we intend to support this by way of a number of “bolt on” acquisitions,” said Vislink chairman John Hawkins.

Significantly, during 2013 Vislink switched its stock market listing to the UK’s AIM exchange, the London Stock Exchange’s international market for smaller growing companies.  Vislink says that the move to the AIM exchange will “simplify and reduce the financial burden of making acquisitions.”

 

Strategy and Outlook:

The company said its “markets continue to be tough but as long as we continue to balance our revenues and maintain our product leadership, the group will grow profitably.”

Vislink said it plans to expand its capability in delivering recurring revenues by exploiting its “newly acquired software capability in video playout” (Pebble Beach), and will grow our services offering by developing our network capabilities in cellular and hybrid application areas.

Vislink finished the year with $6.1m (£3.7m) in cash, down from $13.4m (£8.1m) at the end of 2012.  The company said it has more than 250 employees worldwide.

 

 

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Press Release: Vislink plc – Results for the year ended 31 December 2013

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Vislink Revenue Declines 7 Percent in Q3 2012, Reaffirms Plan to Double Revenue By End of 2014

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Vislink Completes Acquisition of Gigawave for £3.75 Million

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Evertz Q3 FY 2014 Revenue Jumps 30 Percent on Big Deals in North America

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Mar 11 2014

Evertz announced that its revenue for the third quarter of its 2014 fiscal year was C$93.2m, up 30% versus the same period a year ago, and up 14.6% versus the previous quarter.

Net earnings for the quarter were C$21.3m (C$0.29 per share), up 61.3% versus the same quarter last year, and up 38% versus the previous quarter. The company generated C$24.4m cash from operations in the quarter, up from C$22m, last year, and C$9.7m last quarter.

The results (which were the second highest sales quarter in the history of the company), were well above the consensus estimates of equity analysts who were looking for revenue of $C80m and earnings of C$0.21 per share.

Evertz EVP Brian Campbell attributed the higher than expected results to improvements in the US/Canada market, the ongoing worldwide transition to HDTV, and strong customer demand for its new products.

Revenue in the US/Canada region was C$55m, up 63% versus the same period a year ago, and up 44.3% versus the previous quarter. US/Canada sales were 59% of total revenue during the quarter, up from 47% of revenue during the same period a year ago, and 47% of revenue last quarter.

International revenue was C$38.2m, essentially flat with last year, and down 11.4% versus the previous quarter. International sales were 41% of total revenue, down from 53% last year and last quarter.

The top ten customers in the quarter accounted for 38% of revenue (C$27.8m), and the largest customer in the quarter accounted for 12% of revenue (C$11.2m). Altogether Evertz had 78 orders in the quarter that were greater than C$200,000 (up from 57 last year, and 68 last quarter).

Unusually for Evertz, which is notoriously tight-lipped about corporate activity and customer wins, Cambell disclosed that the company had shipped a total of C$15m worth of product to two separate customers in the quarter, and specifically mentioned that these orders included the company’s new EXE routing switcher platform and Dreamcatcher video replay system.  Campbell declined to identify the customers by name, saying only that Dreamcatcher had been adopted by a “major sports league” and that the EXE platform had been adopted by “a major sports network.” However, an Evertz executive speaking on the “Professional Networked Media” panel at last month’s HPA Tech Retreat in Indian Wells, California, told the audience that the EXE-VSR router has been deployed by ESPN as part of its new D2 project.

Gross margins in the quarter were 57.6%, up from 56.1% last year and up from 57.4% last quarter. Evertz executives said that the gross margin performance in the quarter were within the company’s target range of 56% to 60%.  This prompted equity analysts on the earnings call to ask, for the second quarter in a row, why the company’s gross margins were not increasing more rapidly given the large percentage increases in quarterly sales.

Campbell attributed the gross margin performance to two factors. Because the company’s top-line growth in the quarter was driven by to big deals, “gross margins were lower than what you may anticipate from increased volumes, because of the large size of the orders, often-times those customers require a volume discount.”   Campbell also said gross margins in the quarter were affected by the order mix.

R&D expenses in the second quarter were C$15.05m, an increase of 15% versus the same period last year, and up 3% versus the previous quarter.  R&D expenses were approximately 16.1% of revenue in the quarter, lower on a percentage basis than last year (18.2%) and last quarter (18%) due to higher revenue.

Selling and administrative expenses for the quarter were C$14.9m, an increase of 9.2% versus last year, and an increase of 9.1% versus the previous quarter. Selling and administrative expenses represented approximately 16.1% of revenue in the quarter versus 18.2% of revenue during the same period last year, and 16.8% of revenue last quarter.

The company said that its shipments in February 2014 were C$25m, and that its purchase order backlog at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2014 was in excess of C$43m, unchanged from last quarter.

Campbell said that the backlog remained the same despite higher revenue in the quarter because of a large order, which the customer asked to be expedited. Thus it was received and turned into sales during in one quarter, rather than showing up in backlog.

The company ended the quarter with $118.8m of cash and short term investments down from C$208.2 at the end of last quarter, a difference of C$89.4m.  The primary reason for this was the payment of dividends of C$115.8, including a special dividend of $C104m.

Evertz said it expects its annual revenues will continue to outpace the industry growth, and that its gross margin percentages may vary depending on the mix of products sold, the company’s success in winning more complete projects, utilization of manufacturing capacity and the competitiveness of the pricing environment. R&D will continue to be a key focus as the Company invests in new product development.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Evertz Technologies Third Quarter Fiscal 2014 Revenue Up 30%

Previous Year: Evertz Q3 FY 2013 Revenue Flat With Last Year, Down 14 Percent Versus Last Quarter

Evertz Revenue Declines 33 Percent in Q1 Fiscal 2014

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Dalet Revenue Grows 7 Percent in 2013 on Strong Sales of Newsroom Solutions

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Feb 14 2014

Dalet, a provider of broadcast newsroom computer systems, asset management, and radio automation solutions, reported that its revenue for 2013 was 2012 revenue was €36.7m, an increase of 7% versus 2012.

Fourth quarter revenue was €12.3m, up 20% versus the same period a year ago.  The strong Q4 made the difference for Dalet, whose revenue had been flat for the first three quarters of 2013 when compared to the same period last year.

Goss margin for the full year 2013 were 87%, up from 86% in 2012, and up from 80% in 2011. The company attributed the margin expansion to a favorable sales mix during the year.

On a geographic basis:

  • Revenue in Europe was €17.6m in 2013, down 6% versus the full year 2012.  Nevertheless, Europe represented 48% of total revenue for the year.

 

  • Revenues grew 11% in the Americas to €12.8m, or 35% of total revenue for the year.

 

  • 2013 revenue from APAC and MEA grew 43% and 64%, respectively, and accounted for 9% and 7% of total revenue, respectively.

 

 

On a segment basis:

  • Asset management revenue was €13.6m, down 11.7% versus the previous year.  Asset management revenue represented 37.1% of total revenue in 2013, compared to 44.9% of total revenue in 2012

 

  • TV Newsroom systems was €12.9m, up 48.3% versus the previous year. TV newsroom systems represented 35.1% of total revenue, compared to 25.4% of total revenue in 2012

 

  • Sport solutions revenue was €3.8m, up 8.6% versus the previous year. Sports solutions revenue was 10% of total revenue in both 2013 and 2012

 

  • Radio solutions revenue was €5m, flat with 2012. Radio solutions represented 13.6% of total revenue, compared to 14.6% of total revenue in 2012

 

  • Integration revenue was €1.4m, down 26.3% versus the previous year.  Integration revenue represented 3.8% of total revenue, compared to 5.5% of total revenue in 2012

 

Dalet said its “financial position remains robust and the operating profit before non-recurring items for the year should be similar to the 2012 results,” but did not provide any further details.  The company had approximately €6m cash on hand at the end of 2012, but did not disclose its cash position at the end of 2013.  It also did not disclose its order backlog, which stood at €22m at the beginning of 2013.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Dalet Revenues 2013: €36.7 Million, +7%

Previous Year: Dalet Reports 10 Percent Revenue Growth in 2012 Thanks to Strong MAM Sales

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Elemental Technologies Says Revenue Increased by 50 Percent in 2013

Broadcast technology vendor financials | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jan 15 2014

Video transcoding and compression specialist Elemental Technologies had another year of significant growth in 2013 after more than doubling in 2012.

In previously published reports, privately held Elemental disclosed that its revenue in 2012 was $21m, up 100 percent versus 2011.   Now a newspaper in the company’s home town, is reporting that Elemental grew its revenue by more than 50% in 2013 versus 2012. This implies that the company’s 2013 revenue is somewhere in the region of $31.5m, or about three times what it was just two years ago.

Much of the company’s growth likely comes from international markets given that the company now has five offices in Asia alone.

Interestingly, much that has been written about Elemental recently focuses on compression rather than transcoding – particularly in regard to HEVC compression of 4K images.  According to the article, Elemental did a joint demo with Qualcomm at the recent CES exhibition where they demonstrated streaming 4K video to a tablet at 10Mbit/s using HEVC compression, although it’s not clear whether this was done in real-time (although I attended CES, I did not see the demo).

It’s interesting to see that Elemental is pushing both encoding and transcoding these days, because expands their market into new areas.

It also potentially puts them into competition with large number of companies from Ateme to Zencoder, and everyone in between including industry giants such as Cisco, Ericsson, and Harmonic. But when the market shifts to a new technology standard, as it will eventually do with HEVC compression (and maybe 4K delivery), there are opportunities for new players to break into the market and gain market share.

The fact that the company is working with Qualcomm indicates that Elemental’s HEVC technology is partially targeted, at least initially, at mobile devices rather than broadcast transmission.  This makes sense as our previous research has shown that HEVC will likely be adopted first in streaming and mobile applications where downloadable codecs are more readily available than in markets such as cable and satellite.

Elemental is privately held. In May 2012, the company closed a $13m fundraising round led by Norwest Venture Partners, which brought the total amount of funding raised by Elemental to just under $30m.  In 2010, the company closed a $7.5 funding round, led by General Catalyst, Voyager Capital and Steamboat Ventures, who also participated in the May 2012 fundraising round.

In addition to generating a lot of interest in the company, Elemental’s aggressive push  into 4K and HEVC has also likely created an opportunity for the company to enter new areas of the market during this time of technology transition.

For Elemental’s core business of transcoding, the fact that broadcasters and media companies are working to deploy multi-screen services, video transcoding has become a hot space, and Elemental’s impressive year-over-year growth is certainly a testament to this phenomenon.

 

As a result of the growth in this technology area, transcoding has also attracted its fair share of financing and M&A activity.  Here’s a quick run-down of some of the recent transcoding-related news and deals:

 

 

 

 

  • In January 2013, Amazon unveiled its “Amazon Elastic Transcoder.” Based on the company’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing platform, the Elastic Transcoder the service provides “a highly scalable, easy to use and a cost effective way for developers and businesses to transcode video files from their source format into versions that will playback on devices like smartphones, tablets and PCs.”

 

  • In August 2012 Brightcove bought Zencoder, a 2-year old start-up with $2m in revenue for $30m, and subsequently launched a cloud based transcoding service at IBC 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • RGB Networks bought transcoding vendor Ripcode in 2010

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Amazon Launches Scalable Cloud-Based “Elastic Transcoder” Service – A Potential Disruptor in a “Hot” Technology Space

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Brightcove Buys Zencoder for $30 Million in Latest Video Transcoding Deal

More Broadcast vendor M&A: Wohler Buys RadiantGrid, Latest in Series of Transcoding Deals

Envivio Files for $85 Million Goldman Sachs Led IPO

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More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Private Equity Firm Acquires Telestream

More Broadcast Vendor M&A — Telestream Purchase of Anystream Now Official

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Cisco to Buy Inlet Technologies for $95m

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Avid Unlikely to Regain Compliance with NASDAQ Listing Requirements by March 2014 Deadline

Broadcast technology vendor financials | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jan 08 2014

Avid Technology said it is unlikely that the company will be able to regain compliance with its SEC filing requirements for continued listing of its common stock on the NASDAQ Stock Market by the March 14, 2014 deadline set by the NASDAQ Listing Qualifications Panel.

Avid has been conducting an internal investigation into its current and historical accounting treatment related to software updates since February 2013.

Last year, the company said that, as a result of this review, it had determined that its financial statements from 2009 – 2011 are no longer reliable, and must be restated “because of errors in the application of US GAAP.”

Avid now says that, given the scope of the review, it will be unlikely to achieve these objectives prior to the March 14, 2014 deadline.

The company says it has made significant progress toward completion of the restatement, including evaluating transactions over an eight-and-a-half year period, encompassing a review of approximately 5 million transaction lines and 700 software releases.

“Since I assumed the Chief Financial Officer role in April 2013, the team, with the assistance of numerous outside resources, has made significant progress in our efforts to become current with our filings,” said John Frederick, Chief Financial Officer, Avid. “While the scope of the project is more involved than the Company first expected, I believe that we have comprehensively assessed the revenue restatement and have a clear view to complete that work. We look forward to working with our new audit team to deliver the audited financial statements to be included in our next annual report on Form 10-K, which will reflect the effects of the previously announced restatement, as expeditiously as possible. We do not, however, believe we will be able to achieve the March 14, 2014 deadline established by NASDAQ. In the near future, Louis Hernandez Jr., our Chief Executive Officer and I plan to update the investor community on our strategic direction and business and once we are current with our filings, we look forward to providing further details on this as well as our financial performance.”

As a result of this updated timing, the Company’s shares of common stock may be suspended from trading and delisted from the NASDAQ Stock Market.

Following a possible suspension of trading in Avid’s common stock on NASDAQ, the company expects that its shares would trade on the OTC Markets while it works to finalize the restatement.

Avid says it intends to complete the restatement and regain compliance with its SEC filing requirements as soon as practicable, and if its shares do become delisted, it will “apply for prompt relisting on the NASDAQ Stock Market so that it can trade on that market as early as possible after regaining compliance with the listing requirements.”

As a result of the ongoing restatement, Avid did not hold an annual meeting of shareholders during the year ended December 31, 2013 and, on January 3, 2014, the company received a letter from the Listing Qualifications Staff of NASDAQ indicating that the Avid’s failure to hold an annual meeting of shareholders and to solicit proxies by December 31, 2013 as required by NASDAQ Listing Rules 5620(a) and 5620(b), may serve as an additional basis for delisting the Company’s common stock from NASDAQ .

Avid has been provided with the opportunity to present its plan to evidence compliance with those requirements for the NASDAQ Listing Qualifications Panel’s review. The company says it intends to hold an annual meeting of shareholders promptly after it has completed the restatement and regained compliance with its SEC filing requirements.

Avid’s cash balance on December 31, 2013 was approximately $48 million and it had no debt or draw on the available line of credit with Wells Fargo. The company expects that cash expenditures in 2014 related to the ongoing accounting evaluation through completion of the evaluation will amount to approximately $25 million to $34 million.

Avid also said it has appointed Deloitte & Touche LLP as its new auditor firm to succeed Ernst & Young LLP. According to the company “the decision to change auditors was not the result of any disagreement between the Company and Ernst & Young LLP on any matter of accounting principle or practice, financial statement disclosures, or auditing scope or procedure.”

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Press Release: Avid Announces Appointment of Deloitte & Touche as New Audit Firm

Avid Receives Additional Notice of Potential NASDAQ Delisting

Avid Delays Filing of Q2 2013 Financial Results and Form 10-Q

New Avid Bonus Plan Contemplates “Reorganization Event”

Avid Says its 2009 – 2011 Financial Statements No Longer Reliable

Avid Delays Release of Q4 and Full Year 2012 Results, Shares Fall

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Evertz Revenue Declines 33 Percent in Q1 Fiscal 2014

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

Evertz announced that its revenue for the first quarter of its 2014 fiscal year was C$63.85m, down 33% versus the same period a year ago, and down 2% versus the previous quarter.

Net earnings for the quarter were C$11.8m (C$0.16 per share, or C$0.13 excluding For-x), down 52% versus the same quarter last year, and up C$3.7m or 12% versus the previous quarter.

The results were below the consensus expectations of equity analysts who were expecting revenue of C$67.9m and EPS of C$0.14. Analysts called the results “a hair light” but noted that the company’s backlog and shipments for August were very strong.

Revenue in the US/Canada region was C$35.9m, down 40% from C$59.4m last year, and up 8% from C$33.3m last quarter.

US/Canada sales were 56% of total revenue during the quarter, down from 62% % of revenue during the same period a year ago, and up from 41% of revenue last quarter.

The international region had revenues of C$27.9m or 44% of total revenue, down 24% from C$36.6m (38% of total), and up down 13% versus last quarter when international revenue was $31.1m or 49% of total revenue.

For the quarter ended July 31, 2013 gross margin was $36.7 million compared to $55.7 million in the same quarter last year. Gross margin percentage was approximately 57.5% compared to 58.0% in the same quarter last year.

Gross margins for the first quarter of FY 2014  were 57.5, down from 58% during the same period a year ago, and up from 56.7% last quarter.

R&D expenses in the quarter were C$13.5m, an increase of 14% versus the same period last year, and down 12% versus last quarter.   R&D expenses were approximately 21% of revenue in the quarter, versus 12% last year, and 23.5% last quarter.

Selling and administrative expenses for the quarter were C$11.6m, down 6% versus last year, and down 17% versus last quarter.   Selling and administrative expenses represented approximately 18% of revenue in the quarter versus 13% of revenue during the same period last year, and 21% of revenue last quarter.

Purchase order backlog at the end of August 2013 was in excess of $53 million and shipments during the month of August 2013 were $25 million.

The company’s purchase order backlog at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2014 was in excess of C$53m, up sharply from C$35m, last quarter, and shipments during the month of August 2013 were C$25 million.

 

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Related Content:

Press Release: Evertz Technologies Reports Results for the First Quarter Ended July 31, 2013.

Evertz Announces 5 Percent Share Buy Back Program

Evertz Announces $9 Million Order From Unnamed International Customer

Previous Quarter:  Evertz Misses Expectations as Revenue Dip 14 Percent in Q4 FY 2013, Still Delivers Record Full-Year Performance

Previous Year: Evertz Beats Expectations in Q1 Fiscal 2013 as Profits Jump 41 Percent

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Vitec Group 1H 2013 Results: Videocom Revenue Down 5.1 Percent, Bexel Flat

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 04 2013

The Vitec Group said that its total revenue for the first six months of 2013 was £157.6m, a decrease of 10.7% versus the first six months of 2012.

Vitec said that on an organic basis at constant currency, its revenue was down 9% versus the first half of 2012, and that after adjusting for the London Olympics and the disposal of the Staging business the underlying sales run rate was similar to the second half of 2012.

Despite the lower revenue, on an overall basis the company posted an increase in operating profit and profit before tax of 4.8% and 0.6% respectively.

 

Vitec Videocom Division

The company said broadcast-focused Videocomm division performed well in a challenging Broadcast & Video market.

Vitec’s broadcast-focused Videocomm division is made up of more than dozen brands that serve various parts of the broadcast industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Camera Corps, The Camera Store, Haigh-Farr, Litepanels, Microwave Service Company, Nucomm, OConnor, Petrol Bags, RF Central, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec.

For the first six months of 2013 revenue from the Videocom division was £70.2m, down 5.1% versus the first six months of 2012, and down 3% versus the previous six month period (July to December 2012).

Videocomm order intake was only modestly behind prior year with sales reflecting the timing of shipments.

Videocom operating profit for the first half of 2013 was £8.7m, an increase of 3.6% versus last year.  The operating margin for the period was 12.4%, up from 11.4% last year.

The company attributed the increased operating margin to cost control measures and the initial benefit of restructuring activities, which it said was progressing well. Restructuring within the Videocom division includes the relocation of certain manufacturing activities to Costa Rica and the streamlining of broadcast and MAG operations in the United States.

The company highlighted the performance of several its brands, saying:

  • Our camera supports brands (Vinten, Sachtler and O’Connor) continued to trade well. We have grown our sales of robotic products following increased project activity in EMEA and Asia and our Sachtler range of supports continues to show good growth.

 

  • Our Litepanels LED lighting products benefited from growth in the Asian market. We are in the process of broadening the product range to enable us to maintain our leading position in the market.

 

  • Our Anton/Bauer mobile power products experienced a challenging video market but continued to make progress in supplying batteries and chargers to power medical carts in hospitals.

 

  • Camera Corps, acquired in April 2012, is trading in line with expectations although the lack of significant sporting events this year means that we expect a lower level of sales activity. This is in comparison to 2012 where the business benefited from the UEFA Euro 2012 football championships in the first half and the London Olympics in the second half of the year.

 

  • Our MAG sales grew during the first half benefiting from a $5.8 million US Department of Justice award for transmitters and receivers. We continue to bid for significant opportunities, whilst recognizing that the timing of major awards from US Government agencies is difficult to predict.

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Vitec Services Division (Bexel)

For the first half of 2012, revenue from Vitec’s Services Division, which primarily comes from Bexel, was £13.8m, essentially flat with the first six months of 2012.  On an organic and constant currency basis, Bexel revenue declined 3.5% versus the first six months of 2012.

The company said that these results were in line with expectations and that Bexel had made good progress on its strategy of working closely with key customers and supporting projects where the business can add most value.  As the result of this focus, as well as a rationalization of the business structure, the operating profit at Bexel doubled to £200,000 for the first six months of 2012. Bexel’s operating and margins were up by 70 bps to 1.4%.

 

“Vitec CEO Stephen Bird said that the company’s Videocom Division had” performed well in a challenging market and the Division’s MAG results benefited from a $5.8 million contract with the U.S. Department of Justice. The Imaging Division made good progress despite the continuation of the more challenging market that started to impact us in the second half of last year. The Imaging Division continues to grow its market share and this will be supported by new product launches planned for later this year.”

Bird said that Vitec is on target to deliver the significant cost reductions outlined in its 2012 full year results announcement, and that the company will supplement these savings with specific rationalization actions within our Imaging and Services Divisions I order to deliver further attractive returns.

“Our longer-term growth prospects continue to be positive and we are well positioned to benefit from any upturn in our markets,” said Bird. “Our order visibility remains limited but our first half year performance was consistent with our normal phasing and we are on track to meet our full year expectations.”

 

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Press Release: The Vitec Group plc Half Year Results to 30 June 2013

Vitec Group 1H 2013 Earnings Presentation

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Vitec Group Says 2013 Trading In-line with Expectations, Videocom Markets Remain Challenging

Vitec Group 2012 Annual Report (published March 2013)

Previous Year: Vitec Group 1H 2012 Results: Videocom Revenue Up 12.3 Percent, Bexel Down 2.1 Percent

Vitec 2012 Results: Videocom Revenue Up 7.3 Percent, Bexel Doubles Operating Profit as Revenue Increases 4.4 Percent

Previous Interim Statement: Vitec Group Says Trading In-line with Expectations Despite Challenging Macroeconomic Environment

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ChyronHego CEO to Step Down at End of 2013

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 04 2013

Michael Wellesley-Wesley, who has served as CEO of Chyron (now ChyronHego) for the past 10 years, will retire at the end of 2013, when his current employment agreement expires.  He will remain on the company’s board of directors.

Wellesley-Wesley will be replaced as CEO by current ChyronHego president Johan Apel, who was the chairman and CEO of Hego AB prior to Chyron’s merger with Hego earlier this year.

“The recent completion of the combination of Chyron and Hego unites two pioneering companies to create a global leader in broadcast graphics creation, playout and real-time data visualization,” said Wellesley-Wesley. “This is a truly transformative leap forward, and it presents an appropriate opportunity to define an orderly succession whereby the leadership responsibilities for the combined company transfer to Johan Apel. Johan is superbly well qualified to develop and execute the vision, the strategies and operating concepts for ChyronHego in ways that will allow us to simultaneously address the evolving needs of customers and the expectations of our shareholders.”

According to his most recent employment contract, Wellesley-Wesley receives a base salary of $482,850 per year, as well as incentive bonus.

Wellesley-Wesley is also eligible for bonus payments under Chyron’s 2013 Management Incentive Compensation Plan, which is triggered if the company achieves certain GAAP revenue and budgeted non-GAAP cash flow targets. According to this plan Wellesley-Wesley is eligible to receive up to 70% of his base salary, or $337,995, if both targets are met at the 100% level.  If these targets are exceeded, by 25% or more the payout will increase by an additional 50 percent.

In August 2013, the company disclosed that during the first half of fiscal 2013, excluding the results of operations for Hego, which was acquired on May 22, 2013, Chyron achieved 106% of the target first half of 2013 GAAP-basis revenues objective and achieved 366% of the target first half of 2013 non-GAAP cash flow objective.  As a result, Wellesley-Wesley “earned an incentive compensation award of $221,231, of which the company remitted payroll withholding taxes on his behalf of $91,191 and paid him the balance of $130,040 in company common stock, based on the August 6, 2013 closing market price of $1.59 per share, resulting in the issuance of 81,786 shares.”

At that same time, Chyron terminated the 2013 Management Incentive Compensation Plan, and published a new management incentive compensation plan for the second half of 2013.  This was done to include new executive officers and management and align the interests of all members of management, including certain members of management that became executive officers of the Company upon the consummation of the business combination with Hego during the second quarter of 2013.

The targets for the new plan are also based on “budgeted GAAP-basis revenues for the second half of the fiscal year ending December 31, 2013, and budgeted Non-GAAP cash flows from operating activities for the second half of the fiscal year ending December 31, 2013.

If both targets are achieved, Wellesley-Wesley is eligible for 70% of his base salary, or $168,998 (at 100% achievement of both performance conditions).

Chyron reported a net loss of $2.1m in the second quarter of 2013 on revenue of $10.7m, up 39% versus the same period a year ago, and up 34% versus the previous quarter.

The company’s net loss and operating loss in the second quarter of 2013 were both impacted by transaction costs associated with Chyron’s merger with Hego AB. The company says that when one-time costs,  including Hego merger-related expenses, restructuring costs and a valuation adjustment for contingent consideration related to the Hego merger in second quarter results, it posted net income of $800,000, and an operating profit of $900,000.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Press Release: ChyronHego CEO Michael Wellesley-Wesley to Retire Effective December 31, 2013; Board Selects Johan Apel as Successor

Michael Wellesley-Wesley Employment Agreement with Chyron Corporation

Chyron Corporation: 2013 Management Incentive Compensation Plan

ChyronHego Corporation Second Half of 2013 Management Incentive Compensation Plan

ChyronHego Avoids NASDAQ Delisting as Shareholder Equity Rises After Merger

Hego Merger Drives 39 Percent Revenue Increase for Chyron in Q2 2013

Chyron – Hego Stock Purchase Agreement

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Chyron to Acquire Hego Group in All-Stock Deal

Michael Wellesley-Wesley Change in Control Agreement – May 23 2013

Michael Wellesley-Wesley Change in Control Agreement – November 19, 2012

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Autodesk Media & Entertainment Revenue Declines 11 Percent in Q2 FY 2014

Broadcast technology vendor financials | Posted by Joe Zaller
Aug 22 2013

Autodesk reported that its Q2 FY 2014 revenue from its Media and Entertainment (M&E) segment was $43m, a decline of 11% versus the same period a year ago, and down 9% compared to the previous quarter.

M&E gross margins for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 were $34m (79%), down from 80% for the same period a year ago, and flat compared to the previous quarter.

Autodesk’s M&E revenue has been in decline for the past several quarters — something the company has said for the past year that it expects to continue as it incorporates greater functionality into its design suites.

The company also plans to introduce new revenue models for M&E customers, including cloud-based rental.

 

Business Outlook

Autodesk says it now expects its revenue in the third quarter of fiscal 2014 to be in the range of $540m – $555m, and adjusted earnings in the range of $0.36 to $0.40 cents per share.

According to Reuters, analysts on average were expecting earnings of 50 cents per share on revenue of $580.9 million.  The disappointing results sent the company’s shares down as much as 5.6% in after-hours trading.

Autodesk is not providing full year fiscal 2014 guidance at this time.

“The challenging dynamics within some of the end-markets that we serve has led us to adjust our growth assumptions,” said Mark Hawkins, Autodesk executive vice president and CFO. “While the near-term revenue target is lower, we remain diligent about managing our spend while making essential investments to drive growth. With the recent introduction of more flexible license and service offerings that have ratable revenue streams, such as cloud-based and rental license offerings, Autodesk’s business model is evolving. We are currently refining our plans around the pace and time frame for this business model transition. As we evolve our business model, we remain committed to long-term operating margin expansion.”

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Related Content:

Press Release: Autodesk Reports Second Quarter FY 2014 Results

Reuters: Autodesk forecasts disappointing third-quarter, shares fall

Previous Quarter: Autodesk Media & Entertainment Revenue Drops 8% in Q1 FY 2014, Readies Cloud-Based Launch

Previous Year: Autodesk Says Media & Entertainment Revenue Fell 10 Percent in Q2 FY 2013, Will Restructure Overall Business Strategy

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Evertz Announces 5 Percent Share Buy Back Program

Broadcast technology vendor financials | Posted by Joe Zaller
Aug 21 2013

Evertz said its board of directors has authorized the implementation of a share buyback program under which it will buy back up to 3,700,397 of its common shares, or approximately 5% of its outstanding shares as of August 18, 2013.

The company says it will buy shares at their market price at the time of purchase, and that no director, senior officer or other insider of Evertz currently intends to sell any common shares under this bid.  All shares repurchased via this program will be cancelled.

The program will continue for one year after the first share purchase, or once Evertz has completed the announced share purchases.

In a statement, Evertz said that it believes that “its common shares currently trade in a price range that does not adequately reflect their underlying value based on Evertz business and strong financial position. As a result, depending upon future price movements and other factors, Evertz believes that its outstanding common shares represent an attractive investment and a desirable use of a portion of its corporate funds.”

The new share buyback program supersedes a previous scheme that expired on July 16, 2013.

Evertz posted net earnings of C$65.2m (C$0.88 per share), on revenue of C$316 for its full 2013 fiscal (which ended April 30, 2013).

During fiscal 2013 Evertz repurchased C$4.2m of its capital stock, and issued capital stock pursuant to an option program valued at C$8m.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Evertz Technologies Limited Announces Proposed New Normal Course Issuer Bid

Evertz Announces $9 Million Order From Unnamed International Customer

Evertz Misses Expectations as Revenue Dip 14 Percent in Q4 FY 2013, Still Delivers Record Full-Year Performance

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