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NeuLion Reorganizes Executive Team; Acquires Saffron Digital

Analysis, broadcast technology market research | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Jun 23 2016

NeuLion, a technology product and service provider for digital distribution, announced several executive management changes along with the acquisition of London-based Saffron Digital.NeuLion,_Inc_-729822400065

Dr. Kanaan Jemili resigned from the position of President and CEO, though will remain as a consultant with the Company.  Roy Reichback, NeuLion’s General Counsel and a member of the board of directors, has been promoted to the position of President and CEO.

NeuLion’s Chief Financial Officer Art McCarthy also resigned his position at NeuLion.  Trevor Renfield will replace Mr. McCarthy as the new Chief Financial Officer.  Mr. Renfield had previously served as the Chief Financial Officer at DivX, which was acquired by NeuLion in February 2015.

Nancy Li, a co-founder of NeuLion, was promoted to Executive Chair of the NeuLion board and will continue to focus on technology development and product strategy.  Charles Wang will step down from his position of Chairman of the Board, though will remain a member of the board of directors.

NeuLion’s SEC filings on the management reorganization states the “changes were not the result of any disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to the Company’s operations, policies or practices, or with the audit committee or the Company’s auditors.”

Separate to the management changes, NeuLion announced the acquisition of Saffron Digital, a video delivery platform company.  It was an all cash transaction.  Terms were not disclosed.

This is the third acquisition of Saffron Digital since its founding in 2006.

Smartphone manufacturer HTC acquired Saffron for $48.3 million in February 2011.  Based on 2010 revenue performance, the deal value equated to a revenue multiple of 5.5x.

HTC subsequently divested Saffron ahead of the 2013 IBC Show to Toronto-based DVD and CD manufacturer Cinram.  Cinram was backed by the Najafi Companies, a private investment firm.  The stated value of the 2013 transaction was $47 million.  As reported by Focus Taiwan, the acquisition consideration consisted of $7.5 million up front cash with an additional $39.5 million over the next five years.  HTC also maintained royalty free rights to Saffron’s intellectual property.

According to its UK filings, Saffron’s revenue performance declined from $19.8 million in 2012 to $14.7 million in 2014.  The resulting impact on after tax profits was considerable.  During the same period Saffron went from generating an after tax profit to losing more than $5 million in 2014.

In the press release announcing the transaction, the cited acquisition rationale was the opportunity to expand NeuLion’s entertainment customer concentration and enhance its technology offering to better support video on demand services.  Customers using Saffron Digital’s platform include Carrefour, BT, Deutsche Telecom, iTV, Tribeca Films, and Vidity.  All of Saffron’s employees (more than 50) are joining NeuLion.

Commenting on the transaction, Jason Keane, CEO for Saffron Digital stated, “We are excited to join NeuLion.  As part of NeuLion, we can now offer our customers a compelling OTT platform for all premium digital content with support for all types of business models.”

Roy Reichbach, President and Chief Executive Officer for NeuLion added,  “The integrated company can offer owners and rights holders of sports and entertainment a complete end to end solution for both live and on demand content that is a clear market leader.”

 

 

Related Content: 

NeuLion Press Release on Management Changes  

NeuLion Press Release on Saffron Digital Acquisition

 

 

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NeuLion Grows 2015 Revenue by 69%

Analysis, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Mar 11 2016

NeuLion, a technology product and service provider for digital distribution, announced Q4 2015 and full year 2015 financial results.

2015 GAAP revenue was $94.0 million, a 69% increase versus 2014 revenue.  The January 2015 acquisition of DivX contributed approximately 73% of the year-over-year increase in GAAP revenue.

Commenting on NeuLion’s organic growth in Q4 2015, CEO Kanaan Jemili stated, “Revenue from our NeuLion Digital Platform grew 20% on new customer additions and expanded usage from existing customers.”

Net Income for the full year 2015 was $25.9 million versus $3.6 million for 2014.  The sharp increase in 2015 net income was primarily attributable to a $31.2 million income tax benefit recognized during Q4 2015.

Gross margins (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) were 81% for 2015, an increase over the 75% gross margins from 2014.  Kanaan Jemili attributed the margin improvement to further scale in NeuLion’s Digital Platform business and the addition of revenue streams from the acquisition of DivX.

Operating income for 2015 was negative $1.86 million, which compares to positive $3.5 million during 2014.

Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses were $45.6 million for the 2015, an increase of 68.6% versus 2014.  SG&A expense as a percentage of revenue was 48.5% for 2015, flat when compared to 2014 levels.

Research and development (“R&D”) expense was $24.9 million for the full year, an almost tripling (197%) of R&D expense versus $8.3 million in 2014.  R&D expense represented 26.5% of 2015 revenue, in comparison to 15.1% in 2014.  The increase in R&D expense was almost entirely attributable to additional headcount from the acquisition of DivX.

Cash and cash equivalents ended the year at $53.4 million.  This compares to a cash balance of $25.8 million at the end of 2014.  Positive changes in working capital accounts contributed $18.3 million to the increase in cash.

NeuLion had 638 total employees (504 full time) as of February 29, 2016.  This is down from the 767 total employees (567 full-time) as of March 1, 2015.

Q4 2015 Results:

NeuLion’s Q4 2015 GAAP Revenue was $27.8 million, a 68% increase compared to Q4 2014.

Net income for the fourth quarter was $32.8 million versus $1.6 million for Q4 2014.

Gross margins for Q4 2015 were 81%, an improvement versus the 75% gross margins in Q4 2014.  The 600 basis point increase was primarily the result of the addition of revenues from DivX and improved operating costs for NeuLion Digital Platform.

Q4 2015 operating income was $1.7 million, a slight decrease of 2.3% versus Q4 2014.  Operating margins for the quarter were 6.3%, compared to 10.9% in Q4 2014.

SG&A expense for Q4 2015 was $13.2 million, a 65% increase versus Q4 2014.  R&D expense was $5.5 million during the fourth quarter, an increase of 161% when compared to Q4 2014.

Revenue by Service and Product Offerings:

  • NeuLion Digital Platform revenue was $66.1 million for 2015, an increase of 19% over 2014 revenue. For Q4 2015 GAAP revenue was $19.8 million, representing a 20% increase in year-over-year performance.
  • DivX and MainConcept product lines contributed GAAP revenue of $28.0 million for 2015. The product lines contributed GAAP revenue of $8.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2015.  Comparable periods are not available since the DivX and MainConcept product lines were acquired in January 2015.

 

Management Discussion and Analysis:

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

Management called attention to the launch of Univision NOW, a new direct-to-consumer over-the-top service by Univision.  Univision NOW uses the NeuLion Digital Platform.  Other customer case studies mentioned were the delivery of multiple live NBA games in 4K with BT Sports and a 4K live stream of the national soccer teams of Mexico and Senegal from Miami (carried by Univision).

More broadly, NeuLion’s management reviewed key performance indicators of its Digital Platform including a 26% year-over-year increase in the number of live events and a 35% year-over-year increase in video traffic.

Separate to the earnings release, NeuLion announced a $10 million stock buyback.  The stock repurchase will occur over the next 12 months.  $10 million represents a meaningful percentage of NeuLion’s market cap, which is currently $264 million.

 

 

Related Content: 

NeuLion Press Release for 2015 Financial Results

 

 

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NeuLion Revenue Increases 17 Percent in Q4 2014

Annual Results, Broadcaster Financial Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Mar 04 2015

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Online video platform provider NeuLion reported that its revenue for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $16.5m, an increase of 17% versus the same period a year ago, and up 32% versus the previous quarter.

Consolidated net income for the quarter was $1.6m, or $0.01 per basic and diluted share, an increase of up from $1.1m last year, and $0.2m last quarter.

Operating income for the quarter was $1.8m, up from $1.1m last year, and $0.2m last quarter

Company CEO Kanaan Jemili said the NeiLion’s improved performance for the quarter reflects the company’s “continued gains in volume and usage from new and existing customers and demonstrating the earnings power of our business model.”

 

On a segment basis:

  • Revenue from Pro Sports was $7.9m, an increase of 18% versus the same period a year ago, and an increase of 52% versus the previous quarter. The company attributed the year-over-year increase in pro sports revenue to growth in variable subscription fees.
  • College Sports revenue was $3.6m, down 8% versus the same period a year ago, up 16.1% versus the previous quarter. The company attributed the year-over-year decline college sports revenue to the loss of the company’s ability to sell subscriptions for certain colleges, as colleges move to consolidate into conferences and sports networks
  • Revenue from TV Everywhere was $5m, up 43% versus the same period a year ago, and up 47.1% versus the previous quarter.  The company said TV Everywhere revenue increased because of increases in monthly fixed fees and variable usage fees.

 

Expenses during the quarter were up across the board.  Selling, general and administrative expenses, including stock-based compensation, were $8m, an increase of 27%, versus the same period a year ago. Including in selling, general and administrative costs were approximately $0.8 million of acquisition-related expenses and $0.2 million in costs associated with compliance with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

Research and development expenses in the fourth quarter were $2.1m, an increase of 5%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2013.

 

Full year 2014 Results

NeuLion’s revenue for the full year 2014 was $55.5m, up 18% versus the previous year.

Consolidated net income for the full year 2014 was $3.6m, or $0.01 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $2.3m in 2013.

Full year 2014 operating income for the quarter was $3.5m, versus an operating loss of $1.6m in 2013.

 

NeuLion CEO Kanaan Jemili said the company’s improved performance for the quarter reflects the company’s “continued gains in volume and usage from new and existing customers and demonstrating the earnings power of our business model.”

“With the acquisition of DivX, we have entered 2015 excited about our expanded set of opportunities globally to continue scaling the business and to seize leadership from both a technology platform and consumer experience perspective in the fast-growing online video market,” added Dr. Jemili. “We are intently focused on enlarging our customer base of both sports and entertainment content owners and consumer electronics manufacturers while continuing to expand relationships with our established customers. As adoption of ultra HD/4K video and Over-the-Top services accelerates, our end-to-end solution offerings, which enable digital content management, distribution and monetization, perfectly position NeuLion to deliver high quality on-demand and live interactive digital content anywhere, on any device,” concluded Dr. Jemili.

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Related Content:

Press Release: NeuLion Reports 22% Year-Over-Year Increase in Third Quarter Revenue to $12.2 Million

NeuLion Completes Acquisition of DivX

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

Rovi – Parallax Capital: 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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NeuLion Completes Acquisition of DivX

Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Feb 02 2015

Online video platform NeuLion has completed the acquisition of DivX, a provider of video codecs and software for viewing and authoring.

The total transaction value was approximately $62.5m, comprised of 35.89 million newly issued shares of its common stock and a two-year convertible promissory note in the initial principal amount of $25 million subject to working capital credit of $2 million.

DivX CEO Kanaan Jemili will become CEO of the combined company, and NeuLion CEO Nancy Li will become Executive Vice Chairman of company’s board of directors

This is the fourth time in recent memory that DivX, a former publicly traded company has been acquired.

In 2010 DivX was acquired by Sonic Solutions $323m.  At that time Sonic Solutions said it planned to form a new professional technology division, which combined DivX subsidiary MainConcept with Sonic’s existing professional products group in order to offer a ‘one-stop-shop’ for companies that are looking to incorporate media management technologies into their products and services.

Less than a year later, Sonic Solutions was itself acquired by acquired by Rovi for $720m.

In 2014 Rovi sold DivX and MainConcept to Parallax Capital and StepStone Group for $52.5m in cash, plus a maximum earnout of $22.5m

 

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Related Content:

Press Release: NeuLion Completes Acquisition of DivX

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

Rovi – Parallax Capital: 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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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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Rovi Ends All Current Lawsuits Against LG, Licenses Patents for Use in All LG Products

Broadcast technology vendor financials, SEC Filings | Posted by Joe Zaller
Mar 04 2013

Electronic program guide technology provider Rovi disclosed through a regulatory filing that it has entered into a multi-year licensing agreement with LG Electronics for the use of its patent portfolio in “all LG products.”  Deal terms were not provided.

According to the filing, the new licensing agreement “includes the dismissal of all current lawsuits,” which presumably includes this complaint for patent infringement filed by Rovi against LG in May 2012 in the US District Court for Delaware.

The catalyst for the new arrangement between Rovi and LG may be the fact that LG recently won a patent infringement case filed by Rovi in German courts.

According to Korea Times article, Rovi filed for an injunction with the German court against LG Electronics in April 2012, to ban sales of its televisions, claiming LG has infringed on technology patents for its products.  The lawsuit came as LG Electronics rejected Rovi’s request to pay license fees for its patent. LG Electronics argued that the patent claimed by Rovi Corporation is irrelevant to its products, adding the U.S. firm’s stance on the scope of patent is “too broad.”

German Courts ruled in favor of LG in December 2012.

 

Re-Affirms Business Outlook

Rovi, which also owns Divx and codec provider MainConcept, used the filing to re-affirm its business outlook for 2013, saying that “while the settlement with LG was successfully achieved earlier in the company’s fiscal year 2013 than previously anticipated by the company, the company continues to expect the timing of adjusted pro forma revenue to be approximately 47% and 53% in the first and second halves of 2013, respectively.”

Rovi says it expects its adjusted pro-forma revenue for 2013 to be between $630m and $660m, and adjusted pro-forma income per common share to be between $1.90 and $2.20, excluding discontinued operations.  The company also said its revenue expectations for the fiscal first quarter, ending March 31, 2013, are unchanged from previously issued guidance.

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Related Content:

Rovi SEC Filing: Discloses LG Patent Licensing Agreement, and Dismissal of all Current Lawsuits

Korea Times Article: LG defeats patent infringement claims in German court

Rovi Complaint for Patent Infringement against LG Electronics, Delaware District Court May 2012

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

Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Oct 18 2010

Sonic Solutions announced today that it has formed a new professional technology division, which combines newly acquired MainConcept with Sonic’s existing professional products group.  MainConcept was previously a subsidiary of DivX, whose acquisition by Sonic was finalized earlier this month.   

Sonic, who also owns the Roxio brand, says that with the integration of MainConcept, it can now offer an expanded ‘one-stop-shop’ for companies that are looking to incorporate media management technologies into their products and services.

Because MainConcept’s codec technologies are widely deployed by a wide variety of broadcast technology vendors for ingest and transcoding applications the move brings Sonic into the professional broadcast market.  The company its new division will offer a broad range of products including authoring technologies, codec engines and a variety of SDKs.

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You can read the full Sonic press release about the integration of MainConcept here

You can read the full Sonic press release about the finalization of the DivX acquisition here

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Devoncroft Digest — Week Ending April 30, 2010 — Good new outnumbers bad news for the week

broadcast industry technology trends, Broadcast technology channel strategy, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast technology vendor financials | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 30 2010

Devoncroft Digest – Week Ending April 30, 2010

 

Is the market picking up?  Good new outnumbers bad news for the week.

TVB reported that broadcasters have resumed their HD newsroom upgrades.  The article lists multiple stations that have moved ahead with the transition to HD news.  This is welcome news for broadcast vendors, and further reinforces my post-NAB thoughts that the market is picking up.

TVB also reported that, according to BIA/Kelsey, US broadcast station income will increase by 7.5% this year versus 2009.

Further signs of the market is improving were see this week with the four big US broadcast networks seeing a healthy increase in upfront ad sales.  According to Media Post (via TVNewsCheck) Barclays Capital estimated a 20% jump in the upfront market, giving the Big Four broadcasters a combined $8.26 billion.

 

 Earnings Season Continues

 Earnings season is in full swing this week, with Arris, Belden, DivX, Dolby, Discovery and Harris reporting their results.

For the most part, the results were positive, indicating that the market has picked up:

  • Belden announced strong results for their first quarter of 2010.

 

 

 

  • Discovery Communications also posted strong earnings, beating analyst expectations.  Both revenue and profits increased, with an especially strong showing in the international market

 

However, not all results were positive:

  • Arris reported a revenue increase of 5% versus the same period a year ago, but its net income declined 11% versus the previous quarter.  The stock was downgraded by several banks.

 

  • The Broadcast Communications Division of Harris posted a $5m loss for the quarter and took a $1m restructuring charge.  The company lowered guidance for the broadcast division for the full year and announced that it would be taking a further $6m restructuring charge in the current quarter in order to achieve further cost reduction.

 

Other interesting things this week:

According to the Wall Street Journal, RED Cameras has paid almost $20m for a house in Beverly Hills, CA that will be used for guests of the company.  How do I get invited to that house warming party?

Google is reportedly working on Android-based software to enable set-top boxes, TVs and other devices to more content from the Internet.  According to the Wall Street Journal Google’s move has attracted interest from partners that include Sony Corp., Intel Corp. and Logitech International SA, which are expected to offer products that support the software, these people said. None have so far discussed the efforts publicly.

 

 

Market Research Note of the Week:

How are broadcast technology products typically purchased – Direct from vendor, SI or dealer?

As part of the 2010 Big Broadcast Survey I asked several thousand technology buyers (including broadcasters, playout centers, cable/satellite/IPTV operators, education, film studios etc) in 120+ countries how they typically buy broadcast technology products – direct from a vendor; through a systems integrator; through a dealer; or some other way.

It turns out that there is considerable variation in the way broadcast technology products are purchased, with each category of buyer exhibiting different purchasing preferences. 

These results help readers to better understand the channel structure in the broadcast market.  They are interesting because they highlight that there are some times when it makes more sense for vendors to use a channel than go direct.  They also show that there are some types of buyers who are more used to buying through the channel versus direct.

To see the results, including a chart that breaks responses down by company type, please click here.

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