Posts Tagged ‘Broadcast Vendor M&A’

Vitec Group Announces Intention to Divest IMT Wireless Communications and Microwave Business

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Aug 19 2014

The Vitec Group, which owns more than a dozen brands in the broadcast industry said that it has decided to exit its Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT) business unit, which provides wireless microwave products.

The announcement was made in an investor presentation that accompanied Vitec’s earnings announcement for the first half of 2014.

However, company executives stressed that, until a transaction occurs, it will continue to manufacture, sell, support, and honor the warranty of all IMT products provided to its broadcast customers.

Vitec’s IMT business includes three brands: Nucomm, RF Central, and Microwave Services Company.

Vitec IMT Brands - Nucomm, RF Central, Microwave Svs Co

Vitec’s IMT business posted a loss of £1.1m during the first half of 2014, compared to a profit of £1.4m for the same period a year ago.  IMT’s 1H 2014 revenue was £5.8m, down 35% versus the same period last year.

For the full year 2013, IMT broke even on revenue of £14m, which included a large profitable contract from the US Department of Justice, worth approximately £3.4m.

The company says that the disposal for IMT will allow it to focus its Videocom business on its core broadcast activities.

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Vitec acquired Nucomm and RF Central in a transaction valued at up to $73m in June 2007.

At that time, Vitec said the deal would immediately enhance its earnings, and that “the acquisition is an excellent fit with Vitec’s Broadcast Systems division. The acquired companies sell to similar customers and Vitec’s infrastructure is expected to provide opportunities for further growth internationally.”

The purchase of Nucomm and RF Central coincided with the start of a huge wave of spending related to the 2.4 Ghz Broadcast Auxiliary Service (BAS) Relocation Project, whereby wireless operator Sprint, in response to a 2004 FCC decision, implemented a program to resolve ongoing interference between public safety and commercial operations in the 800MHz band.

By the time of the project’s official completion in 2010, Sprint had spent about $750 million and broadcasters had moved their ENG and other contribution applications to new compressed digital channels between 2025MHz and 2110MHz.  Sprint said more than 1,000 engineers were employed during the project and that as many as 100,000 pieces of microwave and ENG equipment were installed.

The strategy paid off almost immediately for Vitec, which said the following in its full year results for 2007:  “RF Systems is performing well, with sales and operating profit in the seven months of Vitec ownership of £23.5 million and £3.3 million respectively. Pro-forma 12-month sales and operating profit for 2007 were £32.2 million and £5.2 million. Both RF Central and Nucomm, have launched well-received ‘High Definition’ products that will maintain our competitive position. 2008 and 2009 results will be buoyed by revenue from the BAS relocation project, which is expected to fall away by 2010.”

Today however, Vitec says that its IMT business is now “relatively small part of our business, which provides wireless microwave products for the Military, Aerospace and Government (MAG) markets.”

Vitec explained the rationale for the decision to exit IMT saying: “We have attempted to grow IMT in an increasingly challenging market that has become overly price driven. This was recently demonstrated by the award of certain large government contracts to competitors at prices where we would not generate positive returns. There are limited synergies between IMT’s MAG business and other activities within the Group.

“As a result, we have decided to exit the IMT business and we are accessing our options of a sale or closure. Our preliminary assessment of the net exit costs based on closing the business is an exceptional one-off pre-tax charge in the region of c.£5.5 million, after foreign exchange recycling, of which c.£5.0 million is anticipated to be a cash outflow. We will provide an update on the exit from IMT in due course.”

In addition to anticipated fall-off in business following the completion of the BAS relocation project, another likely catalyst for Vitec’s decision to sell the IMT business is the strong performance by Teradek, which Vitec acquired in August 2013 for up to $15m.

The chart below, from Vitec’s 1H 2014 earnings call with equity analysts describes the declining sales at IMT and strong growth by Teradek, and announces the company’s intent to divest IMT in order to focus on its core broadcast activities.

 

Vitec 1H 2014 with IMT & Teradek outlined

 

According to Vitec’s most recent earnings announcement, “the Teradek business that we acquired in H2 2013 is performing well with strong growth post-acquisition. The business continues to develop innovative products, including the new Bolt wireless transmitter that was released in July 2014 and further product launches are planned for later in the year.”

Based on the success of Teradek during the period, Vitec made a $3.2m “earnout” payment to Teradek’s former shareholders in March 2014. This consisted of $2.4m in cash, and 72,933 new Vitec ordinary shares worth a further $800,000.

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Related Content:

Vitec Group 1H 2014 Results: Videocom Down 1%, Bexel up 39.9%

Broadcast Vendor M&A: Vitec Buys Teradek for $15 Million

Press Release (2007): The Vitec Group Plc Acquisitions of Nucomm and RF Central

Vitec Group 2007 Full Year Results: A Year of Strong Growth

Vitec Group Presentation (2007): “RF Systems ‘Consolidate and Grow” announcing purchase of Nucomm and RF Central

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Vitec Group 1H 2014 Results: Videocom Down 1%, Bexel up 39.9%

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Aug 14 2014

The Vitec Group, which owns more than a dozen brands in the broadcast industry as well as technical services company Bexel, said that its total revenue for the first six months of 2014 was £152.9m, a decrease of 3% versus the first six months of 2013.

Operating profit for the first half of 2014 was £19.2m, down 3% versus last year.

Despite the lower top-line results the company achieved an operating margin of 12.6%, equal to the first six months of 2013.

On organic basis at constant currency, its revenue was up 3.8% versus the first half of 2013, and that its operating profit increased by 6.3%

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Vitec Videocom Division

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, Teradek, 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 2014, Videocom revenue was £69.5m, down 1% versus the first six months of 2013.

Videocom operating profit for 1H 2014 was £8.5m, down 2.3% versus last year, resulting in an operating margin of 12.2%, flat with the year earlier period. Operating profit on a constant exchange rate basis was up by 1.2%.

Profitability was helped by the cost control measures and a restructuring program of the Videocom division, which Vitec says is now largely complete.  The company also said that it has also close to completing completed the relocation of certain UK manufactured products to Costa Rica completed to schedule in the first half of 2014.

The company also said that it results were helped by the Sochi Winter Olympics, and a strong performance from Teradek, which was acquired by the Vitec Group during the second half of 2013. Based on the success of Teradek during the period, Vitec made a $3.2m “earnout” payment to Teradek’s former shareholders in March 2014. This consisted of $2.4m in cash, and 72,933 new Vitec ordinary shares worth a further $800,000.

Offsetting the strength of Teradeck and the boost from the Olympics was a poor performance by the IMT business, a “relatively small part of the Videocom division” that provides microwave and which provides wireless microwave products to customers in the Military, Aerospace and Government (MAG) market.

 

Vitec Group 1H 2014 -- Videocom performance

 

The IMT business posted a loss of £1.1m during the first half of 2014, compared to a profit of £1.4m for the same period a year ago.  IMT’s 1H 2014 revenue was £5.8m, down 35% versus the same period last year. For the full year 2013, IMT broke even on revenue of £14m

As a result of the poor performance in MAG space, which Vitec says is an “increasingly challenging market that has become overly price driven,” the company has decided to exit its IMT business, and is currently assessing its options of a sale or closure.”

Vitec says that the divestiture of the IMT business will allow it to focus the Videocom division on its core broadcast activities.

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

Our camera supports brands experienced a lower level of project activity. However we have continued to grow sales of our premium robotics products across all regions

 

  • Prompters performed in line with last year

 

  • Litepanels LED lighting products and Anton/Bauer mobile power products performance has been lower than expected. We are in the process of broadening our LED lighting product range to maintain our leading position in the market, and are launching some new, innovative mobile power products.

 

  • The Teradek business that we acquired in H2 2013 is performing well with strong growth post-acquisition. The business continues to develop innovative products, including the new Bolt wireless transmitter that was released in July 2014 and further product launches are planned for later in the year.

 

 

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Vitec Services Division (Bexel) Revenue Jumps 39.9 Percent

For the first half of 2014, revenue from Vitec’s Services Division, which primarily comes from Bexel, was £19.8m, up 39.9% versus the first six months of 2013.

Vitec Group 1H 2014 -- Services (Bexel) performance

The company attributed Bexel’s growth to contracts associated with the Sochi Winter Olympics, the FIFA World Cup, and an increase in in its rental business.

Bexel’s operating profit for 1H 2014 was £2.1m compared to £200,000 last year.  This translates to an operating margin of 10.9% for the first half of 2014, versus an operating margin of 1.4% for the year ago period.

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M&A Activity: Two Businesses Acquired During 1H 2014

Vitec purchased to companies during the first six months of 2014.

In March 2014, the Videocom division acquired the assets of the Specialty Cameras division of SIS Outside Broadcasts Limited through a business combination for a cash consideration of £1.8m, and a potential earnout of up to £1.4m. The deal gives Vitec new specialty camera including the “Stump Cam” used in international cricket matches, and the “Plunge Cam” that tracks high divers from the dive to underwater.

In April 2014, Vitec reached an agreement to acquire UK teleprompter vendor Autocue, for a net consideration of £6m. This deal has yet to close, as it is subject to clearance by the UK Competition and Markets Authority.

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Related Content:

Press Release: The Vitec Group plc Half Year Results to 30 June 2014

Press Release: The Vitec Group plc 2013 Full Year Results

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

Broadcast Vendor M&A: Vitec Buys Teradeck for $15 Million

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Telstra Buys Online Video Platform Ooyala for $360 Million Equity Value

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Aug 13 2014

Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications provider, has paid $270m to purchase 75% of online video platform provider Ooyala. When the deal closes, Telstra will own 98% of Ooyala.

Telstra previously invested $61m over two funding rounds to acquire 23% of Ooyala. In June 2012, Telstra participated in a $35m fundraising round. In December 2013, Telstra invested an additional $43m in Ooyala. 

The deal values Ooyala at $360m, which slightly overstates the cash price incurred by Telstra since its actual cash outlay was $331 million ($270m + $61m).

$360m is a strong valuation for Ooyala, which has 330 employees and is forecasting revenue of $65m for calendar year 2014.  It’s also a strong valuation in the context of an analogous public comparable Brightcove, which trades on the NASDAQ.

Brightcove’s stock presently trades at an equity value of approximately $200 million, though Brightcove is meaningfully larger than Ooyala on a revenue basis. Assuming similar gross margins as Brightcove, these data points would suggest Ooyala has yet to reach profitability.  However, it would appear prioritizing growth over profitability was a beneficial strategy since the implied revenue multiple is 5.5x and the cash-on-cash return to investors was approximately 4.4x (as detailed below).

Ooyala was founded in 2007 and raised approximately $122 million before the acquisition by Telstra.  $61 million of this amount was from Telstra itself; the remaining $61 million included participation from Ropart Asset Management, Amazon Web Services, Sierra Ventures, Rembrandt Venture Partners, The CID Group, ITOCHU Technology Ventures, Motorola Mobility Ventures, and EDB Investments Pte. Ltd.

Ooyala is the first investment by Telstra’s Global Applications & Platforms group, whose mission is to create “long-term global growth in markets that are adjacent to Telstra’s core business, where software disrupts traditional business models.”

In announcing the transaction, Ooyala’s CEO Jay Fulcher posted an open letter to Ooyala employees, which enthusiastically outlines the rationale for the transaction and discussed the future market opportunity.  “Our opportunity is enormous” said Fulcher. “The market for the technologies and services we provide is will be [sic] worth tens of billions in the next few years. To win requires a heavy investment in people, infrastructure, R&D and technology.”

The transaction will require US regulatory approval, though is expected to close within 60 days.

Ooyala will operate as an independent subsidiary of Telstra, retaining both its brand and management team.

In 2013, Telstra generated more than $AUD 26 billion in revenue.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Telstra to acquire leading video platform company Ooyala

An open letter to Ooyala employees from CEO Jay Fulcher

Press Release: Ooyala Receives $43 Million Investment From Telstra To Accelerate Adoption of Its Market-leading Video Analytics

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Strong MAM Sales Drive 23 Percent Revenue Increase for Dalet in Q2 2014

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jul 30 2014

MAM and newsroom specialist Dalet reported that its consolidated revenue for the second quarter of 2014 was €10.7m, up 23% versus the same period a year ago, and up 42% versus the previous quarter.

Excluding a contribution of €1m from AmberFin, which Dalet acquired in April 2014, the company’s revenue in the second quarter of 2014 was €9.7m, up 23% versus the same period a year ago, and up 27.6% versus the previous quarter.

Dalet published the table below to show the difference impact of the AmberFin acquisition.

Dalet Q2 2014 Results with and without AmberFin

 

Gross margins for the second quarter of 2014 were 82%, down from 89% last year, and up from 79% last quarter.   This is the second consecutive drop in gross margins comparted to the previous year.  The company attributed the lower y/y margin performance to due to a less favorable sales mix in the quarter.

 

On a product basis:

  • Asset management revenue was €5.35m, or 50% of total revenue in the quarter

 

  • TV Newsroom systems revenue was €2.89m, or 27% of total revenue in the quarter

 

  • Sport solutions revenue was €535,000, or 5% of total revenue in the quarter

 

  • Radio solutions revenue was €1.6m, or 15% of total revenue in the quarter

 

  • Integration revenue was €321,000, or 3% of total revenue in the quarter

 

In terms of sales mix, license revenues decreased from 33% of sales in H1-2013 to 28% in H1-2014, associated professional services evolved from 30% to 23%, resale of hardware increased from 16% to 23%, recurring support revenues increased from 22% to 26% of revenues.

 

The company said that sales in the Americas increased by 21%, and the region now accounts for 40% of consolidated revenue. The increase in Americas revenue may be due in its win at Fox Sports 1, which is using Dalet’s “Sports Factory” as the end-to-end production and MAM system.  Fox Sports 1 launches on August 17, 2013.

Europe accounted for 48% of revenue, while MEA and Asia-Pacific accounted for 8% and 4% respectively.

The company did not disclose any other financial metrics, including profitability.

 

Results for the First Half of 2014:

For the first six months of 2014, the company’s consolidated revenue was €18.4m, up 20% versus the first half of 2013.  Excluding AmberFin, the company’s revenue for the first six months of 2014 is up 13% versus the same period in 2013.

Gross margins for the first half of 2014 were €14.9m, or 81%, down on a percentage basis from 87% for the first six months of 2013.

Dalet ended the second quarter of 2014 with €6.5 in cash, down from€7.7m on December 31, 2013.

Debt on June 30, 2014 stood at €5.6m, up from €2m on December 31, 2013, following the €3.4 million loan taken to finance AmberFin`s acquisition.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Dalet Revenues for First Six Months of 2014: €18.4 million

Broadcast Vendor M&A: Dalet Acquires AmberFin

Previous Quarter: Dalet Revenue Grows 3 Percent in Q1 2014

Previous Year: Dalet Up 7 Percent in Q2 2013 Thanks to Big Jump in Americas Revenue

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Broadcast Vendor M&A: EVS Disposes of dcinex Stake for €10.8 Million

broadcast industry trends, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jul 21 2014

EVS announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its 41.3% stake in dcinex, a digital cinema solutions provider, to Ymagis SA.

The company says that the deal, which values decinix at up to  €10.8m, will allow EVS to focus fully on its four core market strategy in the broadcast sector.

Originally called XDC, dcinex was founded  in 2004 by EVS co-founder Laurent Minguet, and changed its name to dcinex in 2012. It’s principal activities are digital cinema, distribution of alternative content (Ddcinema) and development of the Cinestore products.

Under the terms of the deal, EVS will receive at the closing:

  • EUR 2.1 million in cash
  • 288,851 new Ymagis shares
  • EUR 6.4 million in Ymagis bonds, which have a maximum maturity of 5 years. These bonds are associated with warrants.
  • In addition, dcinex will reimburse the currently existing shareholders` loans. Today, the loan granted by EVS (including interests) amounts to EUR 1.5 million.

In total, the approximate aggregate value of the different components (at last closing Ymagis share price of EUR 7.90) represents around EUR 10.8 million for EVS. On March 31, 2014 dcinex was valued at EUR 7.9 million on the EVS balance sheet.

Joop Janssen, CEO of EVS, said: “dcinex was created within EVS 15 years ago. In 2004, it was decided to spin it out. With the support of EVS, dcinex has developed itself to become a leading provider of digital cinema services in Europe. In the bigger entity that will result from this transaction, dcinex will be even stronger to continue its successful evolution in that market. EVS will now fully focus on its four core market strategy (Sport, Entertainment, News and Media) in the broadcast sector.”

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Dalet Revenue Grows 3 Percent in Q1 2014

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
May 06 2014

MAM and newsroom specialist Dalet reported that its consolidated revenue for the first quarter of 2014 was €7.6m, up 3% versus the same period a year ago, and down 25.5% versus the previous quarter.

On a geographic basis, Europe represented 55% of revenues in the quarter, the Americas represented 26%, Asia-Pacific was 14% and the Middle-East Africa region accounted for 5% of revenue.

Europe accounted for 48% of revenue, while MEA and Asia-Pacific accounted for 8% and 4% respectively.

Gross margins for the first quarter of 2014 were 79%, down from 85.1% last year. The company attributed the lower gross margins to a less favorable sales mix during the quarter.

The company did not disclose any other financial metrics, including profitability.

These results figures do not include any financials related to AmberFin, which Dalet acquired at the beginning of April 2014. Dalet says that it will begin consolidating AmberFin revenue into its accounts starting in Q2 2014.

AmberFin revenues for fiscal year ended 31/3/2013 were £4.6 million, with an operating loss of £1.1 million.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Dalet Announces Revenues for First Quarter 2014

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Broadcast Vendor M&A: Dalet Acquires AmberFin

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Quarterly Results, SEC Filings | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 06 2014

MAM and newsroom specialist Dalet Digital Media Systems has signed a definitive agreement to acquire ingest transcoding, and broadcast workflow specialist AmberFin.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

The seller was UK-based private equity firm Advent Venture Partners, which spun AmberFin out of Snell & Wilcox in 2009, and subsequently re-invested in the company in a 2010 funding round.

According to public records, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013 AmberFin posted a net loss before tax of £1.18m on revenue of £4.58m.

Once the deal closes, the combined company will have revenues in excess of $55m.

Datlet says the acquisition of AmberFin significantly broadens the company’s product offerings, and “affirms the company’s dominance in MAM and media workflow management by creating end-to-end solutions that include comprehensive MAM capabilities along with state-of-the art image processing, media transcoding and distribution.”

“This acquisition allows us to offer the industry the most advanced level of workflow options.” said Dalet CEO David Lasry. “AmberFin has been at the forefront in mastering media, including transcoding and video quality control. The company has spearheaded many widely adopted industry standards such as MXF and AS-02. Its talent and expertise directly complement Dalet’s strengths in enterprise MAM-driven solutions. By melding our resources and innovative technologies, we can enrich both the Dalet and AmberFin products to offer the most complete and forward-thinking solutions for content providers to optimize their human resources and media assets. From ingest through multiplatform delivery, operators in News, Sports and Programming will reap tremendous efficiencies and productivity by applying our combined technologies.”

“I am extremely proud of the AmberFin team and its accomplishments. Our award-winning, cutting-edge products are used by prominent broadcasters, content owners and post-production houses around the globe,” comments Jeremy Deaner, CEO of AmberFin. “It’s very gratifying to know that by joining with Dalet, we can together leverage our best-in-class technologies to deliver an outstanding array of solutions that will meet the challenges of the constantly changing digital media landscape.”

 

Transcoding Consolidation Continues

Dalet’s acquisition is the latest in a series of deals and product announcements in the transcoding space.  As broadcasters and media companies scramble to deploy multi-screen services, transcoding is seen by many as a key technology.  As a result, 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 deals and related-financial news:

 

 

  • 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

 

 

 

Related Content:

 

Press Release: Dalet Acquires AmberFin – Purchase Strengthens Dalet’s Leadership in MAM

AmberFin Closes Funding Round — Fourth Transcoding-Related Transaction in Past Few Months

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

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

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

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

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

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Combined GV-Miranda Logo

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Related Content:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Belden Buys Grass - 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Related Content:

Press Release: Belden Announces Successful Completion of Grass Valley Acquisition

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

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

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

Broadcast Vendor M&A: Miranda Buys Softel

Belden Closes Deal to Acquire Miranda

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

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

Technicolor Receives Binding Offer for Video Head-End Business

Technicolor decides not to sell digital signage provider PRN

Technicolor completes sale of Grass Valley to Francisco Partners

 

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Broadcast Vendor M&A: Rovi Sells DivX and MainConcept to Parallax Capital and StepStone Group for $75 Million

Broadcast Vendor M&A, SEC Filings | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 01 2014

Rovi has sold its DivX and MainConcept businesses to Parallax Capital Partners and StepStone Group in a cash and stock deal valued at up to $75m

Under the terms of the deal, Rovi will receive an initial payment of $52.5m, and may receive up to three earnout payments over the next three years that could add another $22.5m to the transaction price. Any earnout payments will be based on the achievement of upon certain milestones agreed by the parties in the transaction.

Rovi had previously its intention to sell the DivX and MainConcept before the end of the second quarter of 2014 as part of a strategic effort to focus on growth opportunities related to its core entertainment discovery technologies and services.

“The sale of DivX was the last of a number of significant steps we’ve taken over the past year to realign the organization for sustainable, long-term growth and I’m pleased we met our commitment to complete this transaction, and did so ahead of schedule,” said Thomas Carson, President and CEO, Rovi Corporation.

The sale price represents a significant drop in value for DivX, which was acquired by Sonic Solutions in June 2010 for $323m.  Less than six months later, Rovi acquired Sonic Solutions for $720m.  At that time, Rovi said the combination of Rovi and Sonic “will be able to power the next generation of digital entertainment offerings with content discovery, delivery, and enhanced interactivity capabilities that support advertising and drive consumer engagement.”

The transaction is expected to close by April 1, 2014.

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Related Content:

DivX Purchase Agreement

Press Release: Rovi Announces Sale of DivX and MainConcept Businesses

Press Release: Parallax Capital Partners and StepStone Group to Acquire DivX

Rovi to buy Sonic for $720 million

Sonic Solutions to buy DivX in $323M bid to become digital media leader

Sonic Solutions Integrates Newly Acquired MainConcept, Forms New Pro Technology Division

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