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Vislink Revenue Declines 15% in 1H 2016; Forecasts Breach of Debt Covenants

Analysis, Broadcaster Financial Results, Quarterly Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Oct 05 2016

UK-based Vislink plc, which owns broadcast industry brands Advent, Link, MRC Gigawave, and Pebble Beach, announced results for the first half of 2016.  1H 2016 revenue was £22.6 million, a decline of 15% versus the first half of 2015.  vislink

Vislink was anticipating challenging results for the first half of 2016 having published a negative trading update on July 6, 2016.  The trading update warned sales in Vislink’s Communication System (“VCS”) business were below management expectations.  In addition, the July update indicated the further restructuring of VCS would necessitate a non-cash write-off of £6 – £9 million and additional annual cost reductions of £1 – £2 million.  This adds to last year’s restructuring of the division when headcount was decreased 26% and a £2.5 million charge was incurred.

The underperformance of VCS caused Vislink to consume its entire banking facility and will subsequently force Vislink to breach its debt covenants.  Once Vislink is officially out of compliance with its financing arrangements, the Company’s bankers may call for repayment of existing loans – which Vislink does not have the cash to repay.  While this represents a material uncertainty for the Company, Management did indicate it is engaged in constructive discussions with its bankers.

In order to improve cash generation, Vislink’s management is canceling the Company’s dividend until debt drop below EBITDA, canceling its equity incentive program for senior management, and will “continue to examine the appropriateness of the Board and Group structure.”

The announcement has resulted in a greater than 50% decline in Vislink’s stock price decline from close on September 29, 2016.  Measured against Vislink’s 52 week stock price, the decline is greater than 75%.

Net loss for the first half of 2016 was £32.2 million or 26.9p per share, compared to a net loss of £0.9 million or 0.4p per share in the year-earlier period.

1H 2016 operating loss was £32.0 million versus an operating loss of £0.8 million during 1H 2015.  Operating losses included non-cash write downs of £23.3 million for goodwill and acquired intangibles as well as a write-down of £6.3 million of inventory and capitalized development costs.

A majority of Vislink’s goodwill write-down was associated with the Broadcast division (excluding Pebble Beach).  The entire £20.6 million of goodwill for Vislink’s Broadcast division was written down.

Given the magnitude of the non-cash items it is informative to review operating cash flow for the period.  During the first six months of 2016 operating cash usage was £1.2 million, compared to generation of £0.8 million during the first half of 2016.

The results for the first half benefited from a positive £2.2 million foreign currency translation based on a weaker GBP.

Broadcast Performance:

Vislink’s broadcast revenue for the first half of 2016 was £20.6 million, a 7.6% decrease versus broadcast revenue in 1H 2015.  The decline was primarily related to an 18.5% year-over-year drop in the revenue of Vislink’s Communication Systems (“VCS”) business.

Management attributed the decline in VCS to a combination of a general pause in spending ahead of the adoption of next-generation technologies and a reduction in spend from broadcasters driven by a diversion of budgets from infrastructure to investing in content.

Pebble Beach revenue for 1H 2016 was £5.4 million, a slight decrease of 1.4% when compared to the first half of 2015.  In the commentary accompanying the earnings release, the Company highlighted a 53.3% growth in Pebble Beach’s order book to £5.4 million during the 1H 2016 (1H 2015: £3.5 million).

Revenue by Region:

  • Revenue from the UK & Europe region was £7.6 million during the first half of the year, an increase of 20.1% over the first half of 2015. The UK & Europe represented 33.6% of total revenue for the first six months of the year, versus 23.7% in the same period of 2015.
  • Revenues from the Americas were £7.9 million, a 27.4% decrease against 1H 2015. On a percentage basis, Americas was 35% of total revenue for the first half of 2016, down from 40.6% in 1H 2015.
  • First half 2016 revenue from the Middle East and Africa (MEA) was £3.2 million, down 3.2% versus 1H 2015. The MEA region represented 14.2% of revenue in 1H 2016, up from 12.4% during the first half of 2015.
  • APAC revenue in 1H 2016 was £1.9 million, up 4.1% versus the comparable 2015 period. APAC revenue was 8.4% of total revenue in 1H 2016, up from 7.1% in 1H 2015.

Operating Expenses by Function:

  • R&D expenses recognized in 1H 2016 were £3.6 million, a 29.5% increase over 1H 2015. As a percentage of revenue, R&D expense was 16.1%, a substantial increase from the 10.6% in 1H 2015.  During the first half, Vislink wrote down £0.8 million of capitalized R&D investment.  Management did not identify the associated products or technologies associated with the write down.
  • Sales and marketing (S&M) expenses were £4.6 million, a slight rise of 1.4% against 1H 2015 S&M expense level. On a percentage basis S&M was 20.2%, an increase over the 17.0% of revenue from 1H 2015.
  • Administrative expenses were £2.9 million, a decrease of 28% versus the first half of 2015.

Cash and Debt Levels:

Vislink had a cash balance of £3.1 on June 30, 2016, down from £3.2 at the end of 2015.  During the same time period, the Company’s debt balance increased to £12.0 million from £9.0 at the end of 2015.  These developments have increased Vislink’s net debt to £8.8 million.  This compares to net debt levels of £5.7 million at 2015 year end and £1.2 million at the end of the first half of 2015.

In the release Management indicted debt has increased further since the end of the June and Vislink is now using its entire Revolving Credit Facility of £15.0 million.

Business Outlook:

Vislink’s order book at June 30, 2016 was £11.4 million, an increase of 60.5% over the same date last year.

In their prepared remarks Management discussed the organic growth of Pebble Beach, its pipeline of software bolt-on acquisitions, and its continued focus growing Vislink’s software business.  The below slide is taken from the Vislink’s presentation on the first half results.

 

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“We continue to see significant underlying organic growth in our software business with a strong order intake which has carried through into H2.  The long term prospects for Pebble Beach Systems continue to improve as we augment our core enterprise software solutions with cloud enabled software applications. We also have a pipeline of partners and software bolt-on acquisitions which will further enhance the Group strategy of building a high margin, cash generative software business” said John Hawkins Executive Chairman of Vislink.

 

 

Related Content:

Press Release on Vislink 1H 2016 Results

Management Presentation on Vislink 1H 2016 Results

Trading Update on Vislink 1H 2016 Preliminary Results

 

 

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Evertz Announces Record Backlog and Shipments along with C$13.5 million IP Order

Analysis, Broadcaster Financial Results, Quarterly Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Sep 19 2016

Evertz announced revenue for the first quarter of its 2017 fiscal year, which ended on July 31, 2016.  Revenue for the quarter was C$87.0 million, up 2.5% versus the same period a year ago, and down 9.7% versus the previous quarter. evertz-logo

The strengthening US dollar contributed a foreign exchange gain of C$6.6 million during the quarter.

Net earnings for the quarter were C$18.6 million (C$0.25 earnings per share), flat versus the first fiscal quarter of 2016, and an increase of 129.6% versus the preceding quarter. The company generated C$19.9 million cash from operations in the quarter.  This compares to cash used by operations of C$7.8 million during the same period last year and cash from operations of C$10.1 million during the previous quarter.

Revenue results for the quarter were below the consensus estimates of equity analysts of C$95.1 million, while earnings results were above the consensus estimates of analysts of C$0.24 per share.

During management’s exchange with analysts, EVP Brian Campbell attributed the lower level of revenue in the quarter to the typical lumpiness of orders along with the stretching of certain orders into future quarters.

The Company said its shipments during August 2016 were C$31 million, and that its purchase order backlog at the end of the quarter was in excess of C$70 million.   The combined shipments and backlog of C$101 million is a record level for Evertz.

The top ten customers in the quarter accounted for 30% of revenue and no customer accounted for an excess of 6% of revenue. Evertz had 104 individual customers each representing over $200,000 of revenue.

Gross margins in the quarter were 57.3%, down slightly from 56.4% last year and also down from 57.1% last quarter.  For the quarter operating margins were 28.5%, compared to 29.9% during the same period last year and 23.9% in the FQ4 2016.

Evertz ended the quarter with C$125.4 million of cash and cash equivalents up slightly from C$123.1 million at the end of last quarter.

Revenue by Geography:

  • Revenue in the US/Canada region was C$52.1 million, an increase of 4.2% versus the same period a year ago, and flat versus the previous quarter. US/Canada sales were 59.9% of total revenue during the quarter, up from 58.9% of revenue during the same period a year ago, and a substantial increase versus the 53% contribution during the preceding quarter.
  • International revenue was C$34.9 million, flat versus the previous year’s result and a decrease of 22.6% when compared to the previous quarter. International sales were 40.1% of total revenue, down from 41.1% last year and 47.0% last quarter.

Operating Expenditures by Function:

  • R&D expenses (before tax credits) in the second quarter were C$17.5 million, an increase of 7.4% versus the same period last year, and an increase of 1.2% versus the previous quarter. R&D expenses were 20.1% of revenue in the quarter, higher on a percentage basis than the 19.2% last year and the 17.9% last quarter.
  • Selling and administrative expenses for the quarter were C$14.9 million, a slight increase of 0.7% versus last year, and a decrease of 8.0% versus the preceding quarter. Selling and administrative expenses represented approximately 17.1% of revenue in the quarter versus 19.2% of revenue during the same period last year, and 17.9% of revenue in the previous quarter.

Management Commentary on Results:

Consistent with earlier quarters, Evertz EVP Brian Campbell attributed the overall performance and combined shipment and order backlog “to the ongoing transition to HD, channel proliferation, the increasing global demand for high-quality video anywhere anytime”.  Also consistent with previous quarters, Mr. Campbell added emphasis on “the growing adoption of Evertz’s IP-based software-defined networking solutions.”

While Evertz declined to provide an update on the number of SDVN deployments (over 50 SDVN installments as of the 2016 NAB Show), the Company did issue a press release on the receipt of a C$13.5 million purchase order for a “state-of-the-art” IP facility for a US customer.  The purchase order includes multiple EXE hyperscale and IPX modular switch cores, IP media gateways, and compression and control solutions.

In responding to a question by Thanos Moschopoulos of BMO Capital Markets on the interest level of cloud for Evertz customers, Mr. Campbell provided commentary on cloud adoption in the media sector.  “It’s very much early days, but it is meaningful” stated Mr. Campbell.  “And Evertz is well down the path in virtualizing the important components for customers to meet to their needs, whether that’s in a public cloud or in a private cloud or hybrid” continued Mr. Campbell.

 

 

Related Content:

Press release on Evertz FY Q1 2017 Results

MD&A on Evertz FY Q1 2017 Results

Financial Statements for Evertz FY Q1 2017

Press Release on “State-of-the-Art” IP Facility Order

 

 

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Autodesk M&E Declines 16% in Q2, Driven by Subscription Model Transition

Analysis, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results, SEC Filings | Posted by Joe Zaller
Aug 26 2016

Autodesk reported revenue for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017, which aligns with the three month period ending July 31, 2016.  Autodesk breaks out the revenue performance of its Media and Entertainment (M&E) business segment, which comprises visual effects and post-production solutions including Maya, Flame, and Shotgun.  Autodesk_Logo

Autodesk M&E revenue for the quarter was $34 million, a decrease of 16% compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2015, and a 2.9% decrease versus the preceding quarter, FQ1 2017.  M&E contributed 6.2% of Autodesk’s total sales in the quarter.  This compares to 6.7% during the year-earlier quarter and 6.8% during the preceding quarter.

There was no commentary provided by Autodesk’s management on the reason for the year-over-year decline, though Autodesk’s overall revenue decline was attributable to the Company’s transition from perpetual licenses to a subscription revenue model.

The close of the second quarter marked another milestone for Autodesk’s transition to a subscription business model, as the Company no longer sells perpetual licenses for its Suite products.  Autodesk discontinued selling perpetual licenses for individual products with the close of the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016.  Beginning with the start of the current quarter (FQ3 2017) Autodesk only sells subscription or flexible license offerings.

Update on Business Model Transition

Autodesk’s M&E division has been a public data point on the impact of pricing compression in the post-production technology segment of the media technology sector.  Revenue for the M&E division has been on a declining revenue trajectory for almost a decade given the impacts of the transition from hardware to software, the collapsing of functionality into Suites, and now the shift from perpetual licenses to subscription.

The below chart illustrates the revenue performance of the M&E division since the second half of fiscal 2008.

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At the same time, the gross margin of the M&E division has benefited from these market trends.  Gross margins increased from 74.4% in the first quarter of fiscal 2008 to 80.0% during the first fiscal quarter of 2017.

The short-term implications of the business model transition is captured in the first paragraph of Autodesk’s prepared remarks for the quarter, “Autodesk is undergoing a business model transition in which it has discontinued most new perpetual license sales in favor of subscriptions and flexible license arrangements. During the transition, revenue, margins, EPS, deferred revenue, billings and cash flow from operations will be impacted as more revenue is recognized ratably rather than up front and as new product offerings generally have a lower initial purchase price.”

Related Content:

Press Release: Autodesk FY Q2 2017 Financial Results

Prepared Remarks: Autodesk management FY Q2 2017 Financial Results

Conference Call Transcript:  Autodesk FY Q2 2017

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EVS Revenue Increases Over 70% in Q2, Driven by Upgrades for Rio 2016

Analysis, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Aug 25 2016

Production and playout video server specialist EVS reported Q2 2016 financial results.  Revenues for the second quarter of 2016 were €39.8 million, an increase of 70.8% over Q2 2015 results, and an incrEVS_Logo (2013)ease of 48.0% versus the preceding quarter, Q1 2016.  Excluding the effect of exchange rate movements and big event rentals, the EVS’s Q2 2016 revenue increased 67.6% versus the year earlier period.

Driving revenue in the quarter were upgrades by outside broadcast (“OB”) companies upgrading equipment in preparation for the large events of 2016, in particular the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.  Year-over-year revenue growth also benefited in part from a softer comparable period of Q2 2015.

Net profit for Q2 2016 amounted to €12.6 million (€0.93 per share), compared to €0.70 million (€0.05 per share) in the year earlier period and €4.9 million (€0.36 per share) in the preceding quarter.

Gross margins for the quarter were 77.3%, an increase of over 1000 basis points compared to Q2 2015, and an increase of 680 basis points when measured against Q1 2016.  Gross margins were boosted in part by higher margins associated with Rental revenue.  Management attributed the margin increase in Rental revenue to the completion of C-Cast development work, which negatively impacted the gross margin of Rental revenue in earlier periods.

Operating profit for the second quarter of 2016 was €17.40 million, up 815.8% compared to the second quarter of 2015 and up 128.9% versus the first quarter of 2016.  Operating margin for the quarter was 44.0%, a sharp rise over the 8.0% operating margins from the same period last year and the 22.7% operating margin achieved during the first quarter of 2016.

Research and development (“R&D”) expenses for the second quarter of 2016 were €5.45 million, or 14.0% of total revenue, a decline of 11.5% versus the R&D expense in Q2 2015, and a decline of 6.0% against Q1 2016.  As a percentage of sales, R&D expense was 26.0% of total revenue in Q2 2015 and 22.0% during Q1 2016.  Year-over-year comparisons were impacted by costs associated with the closing of EVS’s development office in Chengdu during Q2 2015.

Selling and administrative expenses for the second quarter of 2016 were €7.44 million, or 19.0% of total revenue, representing an increase 4.3% over the second quarter of 2015, and an increase of 16.3% versus the preceding quarter.  As a percentage of sales, selling and administrative expense was 30.6% of total revenue in Q2 2015 and 24.0% during Q1 2016.

EVS ended the quarter with 482 employees, down slightly from 483 at the end of the first quarter of 2016, and down from the 471 employees at the end of Q2 2015.

The order book stood at €41.8 million as of August 24, 2016, with 80% to 85% of the current order book set to invoice during the third quarter of 2016.  The current order book represents an increase of 13.6% over the order book on August 25, 2015 and a decline of 22.3% compared to the order book on May 10, 2016.

Revenue by Destination:

  • Revenues from Outside broadcast vans during the second quarter of 2016 were €22.2 million, a 75.3% increase versus the second quarter of 2015, and a 47.2% increase compared to first quarter of 2016. For the second quarter of 2016, this segment contributed 56.0% of the total revenue, which compares to 54.0% in Q2 2015 and 56.0% in Q1 2016. Revenue in this category was driven by customer upgrades to support the large event taking place in 2016.
  • Revenues from Studio & others during the quarter were €13.7 million, up 53.2% compared to the year earlier period, and up 16.0% versus the preceding quarter. For the second quarter of 2015, this segment contributed 34.0% of total revenue, a decline versus the contribution of 38.0% in Q2 2015 and 44.0% in Q1 2016.
  • Revenues from Big sporting event rentals during the quarter were €3.9 million, an increase of 127.3% versus the year-earlier period. There were no rental sales in the first quarter of 2016.  For the second quarter of 2016, this segment contributed 10.0% of total revenue, a decrease versus 7.0% contribution in Q2 2015.

The below slide from EVS’s Q2 2016 earnings presentation illustrates the revenue breakout by destination for historical periods.

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Revenue by Nature:

  • Systems revenue in the quarter was €36.80 million, up 68.8% versus Q2 2015, and an increase of 49.3% against Q1 2016. During the second quarter of 2016, Systems revenue represented 92.0% of total revenue, comparable to the 94.0% in Q2 2015 and 92.0% in Q1 2016.
  • Services revenue was €2.98 million for Q2 2016, up 97.4% versus the year ago period, and a rise of 34.2% compared to Q1 2016. Contribution to the second quarter of 2016 revenue was 7.0% of the total, which is in-line with the contribution of 6.0% in Q2 2015 and 8.0% in Q1 2016.

Revenue by Geography:

  • Revenue from EMEA (excluding events) in the second quarter was €13.5 million, up 52.5% against last year’s comparable quarter, and a rise of 57.7% compared to Q1 2016. Sales in EMEA (excluding events) accounted for 38.0% of EVS’s revenue during the quarter.  This compares to 41.0% of total revenue during the second quarter of 2015 and 32.0% during first quarter of 2016.
  • Americas’ revenue for the second quarter of 2016 was €14.6 million, an increase of 107.8% versus the year-over-year period, and an increase of 38.5% compared to the preceding quarter. Americas accounted for 41.0% of total revenue during the quarter, up from 33.0% of total revenue during Q2 2015 and 39.0% in Q1 2016.
  • Q2 2016 revenue from the APAC region was €7.71 million, up 36.0% versus last year’s quarter, and a slight decline of 0.3% versus the preceding quarter. APAC accounted for 22.0% of total revenue in the Q2 2016, versus a contribution of 26.0% during Q2 2015 and 29.0% in Q1 2016.

 

Business Outlook:

As part of the earnings release, Management increased and narrowed revenue guidance for the full year.  Revenues for 2016 are now expected between €128 million and €138 million.

During EVS’s conference call, Managing Director & CEO Muriel De Lathouwer, offered commentary on the market environment.  “We see that the adoption of 4K and IP progressed across all geographies with more concrete discussions that we have now on those subjects with our customers. We are very happy with the order book and the evolution, but we still don’t want to have too much excitement as we know that part of the uptake of these new technologies will be included in the traditional lifecycle of upgrades.”

 

Related Content:

Press Release: EVS Q2 2016 Results

Presentation: EVS Q2 2016 Results

 

 

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Software Growth Drives Substantial Increase in Dalet 1H 2016 Margins

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

Dalet, a provider of software solutions for the creation, management and distribution of multimedia content, announced revenues for the first half of 2016 of €21.9 million, a decrease of 4% versus 1H 2015 revenues of €20.9m.  Dalet_Logo_New

The year-over-year decline is attributable to a 43% decrease in revenue from hardware resale compared to the first half of 2015.  Revenues in 1H 2015 included a one-off large contract where Dalet was responsible for the entire infrastructure, including the hardware procurement.

Gross margin for the first half of 2016 was 87.1%, up from 79.0% in the comparable period during 2015.  The over 800 basis point rise in gross margin is again related to the sharp decrease in low-margin hardware resale during 1H 2016.

Revenue breakdown:

  • Software license revenue was €5.9 million for 1H 2016, up 9% versus 1H 2015. License revenue represented 28.2% of total revenue in 1H 2016, compared to 24.6% in 1H 2015. Growth in software licenses was driven by the North America and Asia-Pacific regions.
  • Maintenance support was €7.6 million, up 10% versus the 2015 first half. Maintenance revenue represented 36.3% of total revenue in 1H 2016, compared to 31.5% in 1H 2015. Growth in maintenance mirrors the expansion in software licenses and was similarly driven by installed base gains in the North America and Asia-Pacific regions.
  • Services revenue was €4.2 million in 1H 2016, up 7% versus the year-earlier period. Services revenue was 20.1% of total revenue during the first half of the year and 17.8% during the first half of 2015.
  • Hardware revenue was €3.3 million, down 43% versus 1H 2015. Hardware revenue represented 15.8% of total revenue in 1H 2016, versus 26.0% in 1H 2015.

On a geographic basis:

  • Revenue in Europe remained the largest geographic component at €9.2 million during the first half of the year, a decrease of 14.3% when measured against the first half of 2015. Europe represented 44% of total revenue for the first six months of the year, versus 49% in the same period of 2015.  Year-over-year comparisons in Europe were affected by the aforementioned large contract from the first half of 2015 involving a significant hardware resale component.
  • Revenues from the Americas were €8.0 million, or 38% of total revenue for 1H 2016, up from 36% in 1H 2015. This represented year-over-year growth of 1.5% in the Americas region.
  • First half 2016 revenue from the Middle East and Africa (MEA) was €0.6 million, down 27.6% versus 1H 2015. The MEA region represented 3.0% of revenue in 1H 2016, down from 3.9% during the first half of 2015.
  • APAC revenue in 1H 2016 was €2.9 million, up 20% versus the comparable 2015 period. APAC revenue was 14% of total revenue in 1H 2016, up from 11.1% in 1H 2015.

The revenue and gross margin results were announced in a press release.  The full operating results will publish in late September.

Business Outlook:

In the press release announcing the first half results, Management indicated revenue performance was as expected for the first six months of 2016.  Dalet is anticipating continued growth in the second half 2016, especially in terms of gross margin.  Management also stated an objective of improving operating margins to a goal of 4% to 5% by the 2017 fiscal year.

The Company entered the second half of 2016 with an order book of €23 million, which is expected to invoice during the period.

 

Related Content:

Press Release: Dalet First Half 2016 Results

 

 

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Vizrt Grows Revenue 6.5% in Q2; Expects Further Growth in Second Half of 2016

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

Vizrt announced results for the second quarter of 2016.  For the quarter Vizrt had revenue of $34.2 million, an increase of 6.5% versus the second quarter of 2015, and an increase of 21.2% versus the preceding quarter, Q1 2016. Vizrt Logo

Gross margins for Q2 2016 were 72.6%, which compares to 71.8% gross margins recorded during Q2 2015 and 70.4% gross margins from the preceding quarter.

Operating income for the quarter was $9.0 million, an increase of 56.6% compared to the second quarter of 2015, and an increase of 126.5% over the preceding quarter.  Operating margin for Q2 2016 was 26.4% versus 17.9% in Q2 2015 and 14.1% in Q1 2016.

Operating margins benefited from the decision to capitalize $1.7 million of research and development expenses in the quarter – and thereby exclude from operating expenses.  Vizrt had one-time expenses of $1.8 million in the quarter related to compensation to the Company’s former CEO, recruitment of the current CEO, and certain legal costs.

Net income for Q2 2016 was $11.0 million.  In the year-earlier period, Q2 2015, Vizrt recorded a net loss of $0.1 million, and in the preceding quarter net loss was $6.8 million.

Cash and cash equivalents ended the quarter at a balance of $37.2 million, up slightly from $36.6 million at the end of Q1 2016.

Revenue by Geography:

  • Revenues from EMEA for the quarter were $16.3 million, an increase of 3.8% in comparison to Q2 2015 and an increase of 27.3% against the preceding quarter. For Q2 2016 EMEA accounted for 48.0% of overall revenue, versus 49.0% in Q2 2015 and 45.0% in Q1 2016.
  • Revenues from the Americas region were $9.4 million during the second quarter of 2016, a year-over-year decrease of 3.7% and a sequential increase of 3.1%. Americas represented 27.0% of total revenue in the quarter, compared to 30.0% in Q2 2015 and 32.0% in Q1 2016.
  • Revenues from the Asia-Pacific geography during the second quarter of 2016 were $8.5 million, a 27.5% increase over Q2 2015, and an increase of 34.4% against Q1 2016. Asia-Pacific accounted for 25.0% of total sales in Q2 2016.  During the year-earlier period Asia-Pacific contributed 21.0% of sales and in Q1 2016 Asia-Pacific contributed 23.0% of total revenue.

Operating Expenses by Category:

  • Research and development (“R&D”) expenses in the quarter were $3.9 million, a 24.9% decrease versus the same period a year ago, and a decrease of 28.5% versus the previous quarter. In terms of total sales, R&D expenses represented 11.4% of revenue in the Q2 2016, compared to 17.0% in Q2 2015 and 19.3% in 19.3%. The decline in R&D expense is attributed to the accounting decision in the quarter to capitalize $1.7 million of R&D expenditure.  When including this capitalized portion of R&D, total R&D expenses were 16.4% of total sales.
  • Sales and marketing (“S&M”) expenses in the quarter were $7.39 million, a decrease of 6.8% against the year earlier period and an increase of 2.7% versus Q1 2016. S&M expenses were 21.6% of total sales in the quarter.  This compares to 24.7% in Q2 2015 and 25.5% in Q1 2016.
  • General and administrative (“G&A”) expenses in the quarter were $2.676 million, a decrease of 6.1% versus the same period a year ago, and a decrease of 7.5% versus the preceding quarter. As a percentage of sales, G&A expenses represented 7.8% of revenue in the quarter, versus 9.3% in Q2 2015 and 10.3% in Q1 2016.

 

Appointment of New CEO:

Announced on June 15, 2016, Vizrt appointed a new Chief Executive Officer, Michael Hallén.   Mr. Hallén replaces former CEO Martin Burkhalter, who retired after leading Vizrt for six years.

“I’m looking forward to working together with Vizrt’s world-class team to serve long term customers while capturing the new market opportunities that are being created in this fast changing industry,” said Mr. Hallén in the press release announcing his appointment.

Mr. Hallén assumed the responsibilities of CEO effective August 1, 2016.  Dr. Francois Laborie had served as action CEO through August 1, 2016 and will return to his role as COO of Vizrt.

 

Business Outlook:

Vizrt ended Q2 2016 with a total backlog of $56 million, a 4% year-over-year decline, and a sequential decrease of 1.1%.

Vizrt’s management provided the following commentary on the market environment, “In general, the market remains cautious with large infrastructure investments prioritized to meet future IP and 4K demands. However, we remain confident that the second half of 2016 will deliver growth for Vizrt as our backlog remains healthy and our customers understand the need to implement efficiency gains while reaching all their viewers regardless of the platform or of the method of consumption.”

 

Related Content: 

Press Release: Vizrt Q2 2016 Financial Results

 

 

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DTS Grows 41% in Q2; Offers Commentary on Competitive Environment

Analysis, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Aug 18 2016

DTS reported revenue of $48.7 million for the second quarter of 2016, a 41% year-over-year increase over Q2 2015, and a 7.7% increase over the preceding quarter. logo

Revenue growth was driven by DTS’s acquisition of iBiquity in the fourth quarter of 2015.  iBiquity was a developer and licensor of HD Radio technology.

GAAP gross margins were 87.2% during the quarter down from the 92% gross margins recorded during Q2 2015 and also a decline against the 86.5% gross margins in Q1 2016.

GAAP operating margins were 19% during the quarter.  This compares favorable versus the same period last year when GAAP operating margins were 11% and the preceding quarter when GAAP operating margins of 4.0% were recorded.

On a GAAP basis net income for Q2 2016 was $4.7 million or $0.26 per share compared to net income during the year earlier period of $2.3 million or $0.12 per share.  Net income for Q1 2016 was $0.5 million or $0.03 per share.

Cash and cash equivalents ended the quarter at $43.8 million, up from $37.2 million at the end of the first quarter of 2016.

Revenue by Market Segment:

  • DTS’s Home division had revenue of $23 million during the quarter, down 5% against the second quarter of 2015. Management attributed the decline to softness in standalone Blue-ray players and a strong Q2 2015 in DTS’s TV segment.  The Home division accounted for 49% of total revenue in the quarter.
  • The Company’s Automotive division had revenue of $17.5 million in the second quarter, a substantial increase over the comparable year-earlier period (pre-acquisition of iBiquity). As a percentage of total sales, Automotive contributed 37% of overall revenue.
  • Revenues from DTS’s Mobile category were $6.4 million, an increase of 37% over Q2 2015. Mobile accounted for 14% of DTS’s overall revenue in the quarter.

Operating Expenses by Category:

  • Sales, General and Administrative (“SG&A”) expenses were $20.8 million in Q2 2016, an increase of 4.9% versus the year prior. SG&A represented 42.6% of sales during the quarter, which compares to 52.8% during Q2 2015.
  • Research and development (“R&D”) expenses were $12.6 million during the second quarter, an increase of over 30% compared to the second quarter of 2015. The increase is primarily due to an increase in headcount associated with iBiquity.  For the quarter, R&D expense was 25.8% of sales.  In the year-earlier period R&D represented 27.9% of sales.

Update on Market Adoption of Next-Generation Technologies:

As part of the Q2 Earnings release, management highlighted the market adoption of DTS-enabled content in both the cinema and the home.

The Company’s immersive audio technology, DTS:X, was incorporated in several feature films in the quarter such as Warcraft, Now You See Me 2 and The Secret Life of Pets.  In total, 31 feature films have been released with DTS:X audio technology.  DTS’s technology is now used in over 130 screens globally, which represents a more than 60% increase over the preceding quarter.

During the quarter DTS announced an agreement with Paramount Home Media Distribution to release a collection of full-length movies using DTS:X beginning with Daddy’s Home, The Big Short, Zoolander 2, and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

The below slide is taken from DTS’s investor presentation for the quarter.

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During DTS’s conference call with analysts, Chairman and CEO Jon Kircher responded to a question about competition in the theater market and offered context on the competitive environment.

“I think, the marketplace wants choice. DTS:X in the cinema as well as from an immersive audio format perspective is designed to offer a range of performance and flexibility advantages. So, today, we are in 130 screens and growing that doesn’t include all those that potentially or under contract. There is ongoing discussions with other parties around expanding that number. Year-over-year with the product essentially being slightly more than 15 months ago, we are actually tracking I think pretty well to into an accelerating future for DTS:X in cinemas. So, the bottom-line is that, not unlike our prior experience over the past 20 years in the professional space, or in the consumer space is that DTS is going to have an important role to play as it relates to the high quality consumption and enjoyment of immersive entertainment. And this is just part of a broader strategy to support our business downstream (source: SeekingAlpha transcript)” said Mr. Kircher.

 

Business Outlook:

Based on the strong quarterly results, management increased its guidance for the full year 2016.  DTS now anticipates full year revenue in the range of $185 million to $190 million, with growth driven by the mobile and automotive markets.  Operating margins for the full year are expected between 10% and 15%.

 

Related Content:

Press Release: DTS Q2 2016 Earnings Release

Presentation:  DTS Q2 2016 Investor Presentation

Transcript: DTS Q2 2016 Earnings Call (Seeking Alpha)

 

 

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Cisco Service Provider Video Segment Grows 12% in Fiscal 2016

Analysis, broadcast industry trends, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Aug 17 2016

Cisco announced its 2016 fiscal year results for the twelve months ending July 30, 2016.  In its financial reporting Cisco breaks out the results of its Service Provider Video (“SPV”) product segment. Cisco_logo

With Cisco’s divestiture of its CPE business to Technicolor, the SPV segment reporting offers greater visibility into Cisco’s products targeted to media customers.  Those product categories span Cable Access Products, Cloud-based video solutions, Content Security, Content Management and Distribution Products, Digital Headend, and Virtualized Video Processing Systems.

Many of these product categories were acquired in a series of M&A transactions in the media technology sector including 1 Mainstream (2015), NDS (2012), BNI Video (2011), Inlet (2011), Extend Media (2010), and Scientific Atlanta (2005).

When excluding revenues from the divested CPE business, the SPV segment had revenues of $1,920 million for the 2016 fiscal year, an increase of 12% over the 2015 fiscal year.  As a percentage of Cisco’s total product sales (not including services revenue), SPV represented 5.2% in FY2016 and 4.7% in FY2015.

The 2016 fiscal year results benefited from an especially strong second quarter driven by sales of video solutions and cable access products in China.

Fiscal Fourth Quarter 2016 Results:

For the fiscal fourth quarter, Cisco’s SPV segment had revenue of $444 million, a decline of 12% versus the fourth quarter of 2015.  SPV accounted for 4.6% of Cisco’s product revenue in the fourth quarter, a decline versus the contribution of 5.3% in the fourth quarter 2015.

Again, the above figures only include revenues for the continuing operations of the SPV segment.

 

Update on Cisco’s Broader Activities in Media Technology Sector

Not captured in the SPV segment are the sales of Cisco’s general-purpose technologies such as switchers and blade servers in the media sector.  Cisco has been an active contributor to the virtualization and IP transition efforts in the media technology industry.

Cisco’s CTO of Engineering and Chief Architect Dave Ward gave a presentation as part of the ImagineLIVE Power Sessions at the 2016 NAB Show.  During the presentation, Mr. Ward reviewed Cisco’s perspectives on the future of technology architecture in the media sector and Cisco’s role in that architecture.

 

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When referring to the above slide, Mr. Ward offered background on the high-level focus of Cisco in the media sector. “The target that we have for the industry and the target that we work on with Imagine is actually all at the top layer.  At the top layer creating a Media Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) where a media workflow engineer – or any independent part of those workflows – those engineers can focus on doing their jobs and the stack and the network can take care of themselves” said Mr. Ward.

Later in the presentation Mr. Ward provided a more detailed review of the technology architecture supporting the Media PaaS target along with an overview of where Cisco’s technology would fit into that architecture.

 

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The blue line in the above slide represents the divide between where Cisco will focus and where Cisco will partner with other vendors – in this instance with Imagine.  As stated by Mr. Ward, “Imagine’s job is everything above that layer [blue bar] and what I’m trying to build is everything below that. A self- managing orchestrated reactive system that can allocate resources, can engineer admission control into an IP datacenter and across the WAN, and make it all as easy as possible.”

 

 

Related Content:

Press Release: Cisco Fiscal Year 2016 Results

 

 

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ATEME Grows 21.5% in 1H 2016; Cites UHD Adoption

Analysis, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Aug 17 2016

Video compression specialist ATEME announced first half 2016 revenue of €14.98 million, an increase of 21.5% versus the first half of 2015. ATEME_Black-960x218

On a quarterly basis, Q1 2016 had revenue €7.4 million, a 12.2% increase over Q1 2015.  Revenues for the second quarter of 2016 were €7.5 million, a 32.3% year-over-year improvement.

Management cited the renewed confidence of media clients as a market driver along with an accelerating adoption of 4K / UHD.  Several examples of 4K / UHD were given including TF1 and M6 broadcasting eight soccer matches from the 2016 European Football Championship and the broadcasting of the semifinals rounds of the French Open Tennis tournament.

ATEME highlighted its first major orders for the Company’s next-generation compression solution, TITAN (launched in early 2016).   Those major orders were with DirecTV and an unnamed Tier1 cable operator in the US, along with Arcana (Malaysian satellite operator) and FPT Telecom (Vietnam).

Revenue by Geography:

  • Revenues for the EMEA region during the first half of 2016 were €8.1 million, a 19.8% increase over 1H 2015. As a percentage of total sales, EMEA was 54% of revenue during 1H 2016, which compares to 55% during 1H 2015.
  • The USA / Canada region contributed revenue of €4.1 million, a 47.4% rise over the year-earlier period. USA / Canada was 27.3% percent of total sales in the period versus 22.8% during 1H 2015.
  • Latin America was responsible for €1.47 million of revenue during the first half, a slight decline of -0.7% versus 1H 2015. For 1H 2016, Latin America accounted for 9.8% of total sales, compared to 12.0% during 1H 2015.
  • Asia Pacific accounted for €1.23 million of revenue, a decline of -1.1% versus the first half of 2015. The Asia Pacific region contributed 8.2% of total sales during 1H 2016, versus 10.0% during 1H 2015.

The strong growth in the EMEA and USA / Canada regions was attributed to investments made in prior periods including the opening of a new office in Denver.

The revenue results were announced in a press release.  The full operating results will publish in late September.  In the press release ATEME expressed an expectation of reducing operating loss during 1H 2016 from the €2.5 million loss recorded in the first half of 2015.

 

Business Outlook:

Commenting on the first half results, ATEME President Michel Artieres stated, “”The first half of 2016 marked an important stage in our commercial development in the United States where activity increased by almost 50%. The contracts secured during this period confirm the potential of our new TITAN software with major operators in both the US and Europe; sales of TITAN will further underpin growth over the second half in a market driven by the rise in video consumption around the world and the increasing penetration of Ultra High Definition (UHD). As such, we are confident in our ability to continue to improve our operating performance.”

 

 

Related Content:

Press Release: Ateme 1H 2016 Results

 

 

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NeuLion Announces Aggressive Sales Expansion with Q2 Earnings Release

Analysis, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Aug 16 2016

NeuLion, technology product and service provider for digital distribution, announced second quarter of 2016 financial results.  NeuLion,_Inc_-729822400065GAAP revenue for Q2 2016 was $24.1 million, an increase of 6.2% versus Q2 2015, and a decrease of 8.4% compared to Q1 2016.

NeuLion’s acquisition of Saffron Digital was completed on June 3, 2016, so less than a month of Saffron’s sales were included in the quarter’s results.  Saffron was a $14.7 million (USD) annual revenue business in 2014.

Gross margins (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) were 83.0% for Q2 2016, an increase of 200 basis points versus the year-earlier period, and an increase of 100 basis points against the preceding quarter.  The margin improvement was attributed to lower costs with technology licenses in NeuLion’s consumer electronics products.

Operating loss for Q2 2016 was $0.3 million, which compares to an operating loss of $2.5 million during Q2 2015, and operating income of $3.4 in Q1 2016.

Net loss for the second quarter of 2016 was $0.8 million, which compares to a loss of $3.2 million in Q2 2015, and net income of $2.1 million during Q1 2016.

Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses were $12.9 million for the quarter, an increase of 13.2% versus Q2 2015, and an increase of 8.4% when measured against the preceding quarter.  SG&A expense as a percentage of revenue were 54.0% for Q2 2016.  In the comparable periods, SG&A was 50.0% of sales in Q2 2015 and 45.0% in Q1 2016.

In NeuLion’s prepared remarks for the quarter, President and Chief Executive Officer Roy Reichbach highlighted the Company’s plans to invest in sales and marketing.  “Our technology is best in class and now is the time to match our sales and marketing prowess with our technology development skills” said Mr. Reichback.  The investment in sales resources calls for the hiring of 22 or more new sales personnel.  This will add to the headcount of 22 at the end of the second quarter.

Research and development (“R&D”) expense was $5.3 million for Q2 2016, a 29.3% decrease on a year-over-year basis, and an increase of 20.5% against the preceding quarter.  The year-over-year decline stems from synergies achieved in the integration of DivX.  R&D expense represented 22.0% of the quarter’s revenue, in comparison to 33.0% in Q2 2015 and 17.0% in Q1 2016.

Cash and cash equivalents ended the quarter at $46.1 million.  This compares to a cash balance of $61.5 million at the end of the prior quarter.  A major contributor to the decline was the $7.5 million of upfront cash consideration used in the Saffron acquisition.

NeuLion had 524 full time employees at the end of Q2 2016.  This is up from 498 total employees as of the end of the preceding quarter.

Revenue by Service and Product Offerings:

  • NeuLion Digital Platform revenue was $15.9 million for Q2 2016, an increase of 2.6% over Q2 2015 revenue, and a decrease of 13.1% compared to Q1 2016. Excluding revenues related to the NHL and Rogers – which have declined based on the MLBAM and NHL partnership – NeuLion grew its Digital Platform revenues 12% year-over-year.
  • DivX and MainConcept product lines contributed GAAP revenue of $8.2 million for Q2 2016, a 13.9% increase over Q2 2015, and an increase of 2.5% versus Q1 2016.

Revenue by Geography:

  • Revenues from North America were $14.9 million for the quarter, an increase of 0.9% on a year-over-year basis and a decrease of 18.7% on a sequential basis. North America accounted for 62.0% of total sales in the quarter, compared to 65.0% in Q2 2015 and 70.0% in Q1 2016.
  • Europe contributed revenue of $2.3 million in second quarter of 2016, representing a 13.0% increase versus Q2 2015 and a 19.2% increase against Q1 2016. For the quarter, Europe was 10.0% of sales.  During Q2 2015 Europe accounted for 9.0% of sales and in the preceding quarter Europe represented 7.0% of total sales.
  • Revenues in Asia were $6.9 million for the quarter, an increase of 17.6% versus Q2 2015, and an increase of 14.7% against Q1 2016. As a percentage of sales, Asia contributed 29.0% of revenue in the quarter.  This compares to a contribution of 26.0% in Q2 2015 and 23.0% in Q1 2016.

Management Discussion and Analysis:

NeuLion’s earnings release highlighted several notable customer projects and related milestones.

EFL Digital, responsible for the digital business of the English Football League, selected NeuLion as its digital platform.  Sky Sports selected NeuLion as the technology provider for its live OTT event services.  Also in the quarter, NeuLion worked with the UFC to deliver a live OTT 4K pay-per-view event.

Responding to an analyst’s question, EVP Marketplace Strategy Chris Wagner added commentary on NeuLion’s work with the UFC, stating,

“…the momentum for 4K delivery, we’re seeing that. I mean UFC delivered over the top, a pay-per-view that earned in round numbers about $60, which gave the fan the ability to get HD or 4K.

So what we see from content rights holders and content owners is a move to start to organize their events, create some 4K content, definitely it’s going to be delivered over the top…The MVPDs like it because it’s broadband and it’s their most profitable product. Fans love it. The feedback that we got from people who bought the digital tickets for 4K and watched on their Sony was pretty significant. We know we had – the average engagement time was essentially the entire fight.

So the rights holders know that the quality matters to consumers. I think you’ll see a positioning around 4K content. If you really want that quality, you know perhaps it’s charged differently and more expensive than lower forms of quality. UFC has done that with HD for a while now with different price points. But we’re seeing all of our content rights holders and owners of sort of think through how they’re going to focus and deliver on 4K.”

 

Related Content: 

Press Release: NeuLion Q2 2016 Results

Transcript: NeuLion Q2 2016 Earnings Call (Seeking Alpha)

 

 

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