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Ranking Broadcast Technology Vendors Part 3 — The 2013 BBS Global Brand Opinion Leaders League Table

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast Vendor Brand Research, market research, Top Broadcast Vendor Brands | Posted by Joe Zaller
Aug 12 2013

This is the seventh in a series of articles about some of the findings from Devoncroft’s 2013 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), a global study of broadcast industry trends, technology purchasing plans, and benchmarking of broadcast technology vendor brands. Nearly 10,000 broadcast professionals in 100+ countries took part in the 2013 BBS, making it the largest and most comprehensive market study ever conducted in the broadcast industry. 

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This is the third post in a series of articles about how broadcast technology vendors were ranked and benchmarked on a variety of metrics by the respondents to the 2013 BBS.

The first two posts in this series described the 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table, and the 2013 BBS Net Change in Overall Brand Opinion League Table.

These rankings show how the global sample of 2013 BBS respondents rated a variety of broadcast technology vendor brands in terms of their overall opinion of these vendors, and also how their opinions have changed over time.

A large number of brands were listed in the two previous ranking lists. Between these two sets of league tables, a total of 70 broadcast technology vendor brands were listed (out of a total of 151 brands included in the 2013 BBS (the complete list of brands included in the 2013 BBS can be found here).

There were 46 vendors in the in the 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table (versus 48 in 2012), and 53 vendors in the 2013 BBS Net Change in Overall Brand Opinion League Table (versus 58 in 2012).

However, the brands in the Overall Opinion and Net Change of Opinion rankings were not always the same.  In fact, out of the 70 broadcast technology vendor brands that were listed in the previous two rankings, just 29 brands were listed in both sets of rankings, either globally or regionally.

We’ve called this list of the 29 brands listed in both the 2013 BBS Overall Opinion and Net Change of Opinion rankings the 2013 BBS Brand Opinion Leaders League Table. 

These vendors, shown below, are held in high regard today by broadcast technology buyers, and are also perceived to be getting better over time.

Please note that both audio and video brands are included in these rankings, and that the table below shown brands in alphabetical order, NOT in the order in which they were ranked in the study. 

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2013 BBS -- Brand Opinion Leaders League Table

 

 

There are a wide variety of companies on this list, including large and small firms; single product and multi-product firms; global and regional players; and audio and video technology providers.

What they have in common is strong brand recognition, and a dynamism that 2013 BBS respondents feel is making them even stronger.

 

Year-over-year changes to these rankings:

Twenty-two in the 2013 BBS Brand Opinion Leaders League Table were listed in the 2012 version of these rankings:

Adobe, Aja Video, Autodesk, Avid, Blackmagic Design, Canon, Cisco, Dolby, Evertz, EVS, Lawo, Neumann, Panasonic, Riedel, Rohde & Schwarz, RTW, Sennheiser, Shure, Snell, Sony, Tektronix, Yamaha

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The following seven companies in the 2013 BBS Brand Opinion Leaders League Table were not included in this ranking in in 2012

Adam, Angenieux, Fujinon, Solid State Logic, Soundcraft, Studer,  Wheatstone

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The following eight companies that were listed in the 2012 BBS Brand Opinion Leaders League Table are not included in the 2013 ranking:

Apple, Clear-Com, Genelec, Harmonic, Harris, Omneon, Schoeps, Wohler

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Brand Opinion Leaders by Product Categories

As shown in the chart below, the companies in the 2013 BBS Brand Opinion Leaders League Table make products in 23 of the 30 categories that we covered in the 2013 BBS, down from 25 product categories in 2012.

The top products for brand leaders are Audio Mixing Cosoles, Microphones, Audio Processing  and Monitoring, Graphics & Branding, Production Switchers, Signal Processing / Interfacing / Modular, and Video Editing.

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2013 BBS -- Brand Opinion Leaders -- Frequency Analysis of Product Categories

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The chart above has a good mix of audio and video products, as well as a mix of hardware and software products.

However, it is interesting to note that many of the most frequently cited product categories are audio-related.  Some vendors on this list, such as Adobe, Avid, Riedel, and Sony, are listed in both audio and video product categories in the 2013 BBS.  Other vendors are listed in only audio categories.  These include Adam, Dolby, Lawo, Neumann, RTW, Sennheiser, Shure, Solid State Logic, Soundcraft, Studer, Wheatstone, and Yamaha.

It is also useful to look at the number of product categories provided by each vendor in the Global Brand Opinion Leader League Table.  After all, larger companies often make more products and are consequently used in more places than their smaller counterparts.

The table below shows the number of product categories that each brand in this ranking produces (as defined by the segmentation used in the 2013 BBS).

 

2013 BBS -- Brand Opinion Leaders -- Frequency Analysis

 

 

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While there are several brands on this list that appear in many product categories, the vast majority produce only one or two types of products.  Indeed out of the thirty brands in this table, sixteen brands  appear only once.

Keep in mind that companies who produce only one type of product are not necessarily small.  There are some very large companies on the list above who appear in just one 201 BBS category.

It turns out that to fully understand what drives brand opinion and brand leadership, one needs to look at the factors that drive and influence these perceptions.  This includes the company’s reputation for things like innovation, reliability, quality, value and great customer service.

These metrics will be covered in future posts.

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Related Content:

The 2013 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS) – overview of available reports, including covered brands and product categories

Largest Ever Study of Broadcast Market Reveals Most Important Industry Trends for 2013

Tracking the Evolution of Broadcast Industry Trends 2012 – 2013

Analyzing Where Money is Being Spent in the Broadcast Industry – The 2013 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Project Index

Broadcast Technology Products Being Evaluated for Purchase in 2013 – 2014

Devoncroft Partners: 2013 Broadcast Industry Market Research Findings

Ranking Broadcast Technology Vendors Part 1 – The 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table

Ranking Broadcast Technology Vendors Part 2 – The 2013 BBS Net Change of Overall Brand Opinion League Table

Previous Year: The 2012 BBS Global Brand Opinion Leaders League Table

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© Devoncroft Partners 2009 – 2013. All Rights Reserved.

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Ranking Broadcast Technology Vendors Part 2 – The 2013 BBS Net Change of Overall Brand Opinion League Table

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast Vendor Brand Research, market research, Top Broadcast Vendor Brands | Posted by Joe Zaller
Aug 05 2013

This is the sixth in a series of articles about some of the findings from Devoncroft’s 2013 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), a global study of broadcast industry trends, technology purchasing plans, and benchmarking of broadcast technology vendor brands. Nearly 10,000 broadcast professionals in 100+ countries took part in the 2013 BBS, making it the largest and most comprehensive market study ever conducted in the broadcast industry. 

 

Previous articles about the 2013 BBS discussed the most important broadcast industry trends, how the relative commercial importance of broadcast industry trends have changed over time, where money is currently being spent in the broadcast industry, broadcast technology products being evaluated for purchase in 2013 and 2014, and the 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table.

 

This is the second in a series of posts about how broadcast technology vendors were ranked and benchmarked on a variety of metrics by the respondents to the 2013 BBS.

The first post in this series described the 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table, which shows how 2013 BBS respondents ranked broadcast vendor brands.

This post looks at how the global sample of broadcast professionals who participated in the 2013 BBS ranked their Net Change of Overall Opinion of the 151 broadcast technology vendors we covered in the study.

 

Net Change of Overall Opinion

While it’s good news for any vendor to achieve a good “overall opinion” ranking, this metric is somewhat one-sided because it relies solely on the positive opinions of respondents.

In order to get a better understanding of how broadcast technology vendor brands are perceived, it is necessary to look at both the positive and negative opinions of brands. It is also necessary to take into account how these opinions have changed over time.

Once this information has been collected, we use it to create the Net Change of Overall Opinion Ranking, a metric that demonstrates which brands are perceived as getting better, and which are in decline, on an overall basis. Net Change in Overall Opinion provides a more balanced view each brand because it takes into account both the positive and negative perceptions of brands, along with how these opinions have changed over time.

An explanation of how these results were calculated can be found at the end of this article.

The complete list of vendor brands covered in the 2013 BBS is here.

 

The Net Change in Overall Opinion findings from the 2013 BBS are shown below in two ways:

  • An overall industry “league table” that shows the 30 highest ranked vendors for the metric “Net Change of Overall Opinion.”  The data in this chart is broken out globally and regionally.

 

  • An analysis of the “frequency” of appearance of each vendor in the Net Change of Overall Opinion league table

 

The top 30 ranked brands for Net Change of Overall Opinion are shown below for both the global sample of all respondents as well as for all respondents in each of the geographic regions.

When reading these results, please keep the following in mind.

 

Both audio and video brands are included in these rankings, and all response data shown herein is from the global sample of from all 2013 BBS participants, regardless of organization type, size, geographic location, or size of budget; and that actual results in the BBS Brand report may be different.

Please note that inclusion of any brand in any cut of the data shown the tables in this article is dependent on available sample size.  The minimum sample size for inclusion in these charts is 30 respondents per cut of the data. Therefore it is possible that a highly regarded brand was excluded from these findings based on sample size.

In all cases, these results are shown in alphabetical order, NOT in the order in which they were ranked by respondents to the study.


The 2013 BBS Net Change in Overall Opinion League Table:

2013 BBS -- 2013 BBS Net Change of Overall Opinion

 

 

A total of 53 broadcast technology vendor brands are included in this table (versus 59 in 2012 and 51 in 2011), illustrating the geographic variation of opinion. Analysis of these results shows that are some clear market leaders on a global basis, while others are strong on a regional basis.

It’s useful to understand how often each brand appears in the 2013 BBS Net Change in Overall Opinion League Table.

This is shown below, along with the equivalent data from both 2012 and 2011 for comparison.

 

Frequency of appearance of brands in the 2013 BBS Net Change in Overall Opinion League Table:

  • 10 brands appear four times (compared to 9 brands in 2012 and 13 brands in 2011), meaning they were ranked in the top 30 globally and in each geographic region

 

  • 13 brands appear three times (compared to 13 brands in 2012 and 10 brands in 2011)

 

  • 11 brands appear two times (compared to 11 brands in 2012 and 9 brands in 2011)

 

  • 19 brands appear one time (compared to 26 brands in 2102 and 19 brands in 2011).  This illustrates a fragmentation of opinion  about many brands based on geography

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Brands appearing four times in the 2013 BBS Net Change of Overall Opinion League Table:

 

  • 2013 BBS: Adobe, Aja Video, Autodesk, Blackmagic Design, Canon, Evertz, Panasonic, Riedel, Rohde & Schwarz, Sennheiser

 

  • 2012 BBS: Adobe, Avid, Blackmagic Design, Canon, Harmonic, Panasonic, Riedel, Sennheiser, Sony

 

  • 2011 BBS: Adobe, Aja Video, Apple, Blackmagic Design, Canon, Cisco, Genelec, Omneon, Panasonic, Riedel, Sennheiser, Sony, Tektronix

 

 

Brands appearing three times in the 2013 BBS Net Change of Overall Opinion League Table:

  • 2013 BBS: AmberFin, Angenieux, ateme, Cisco, Elemental Technologies, EVS, Harmonic, NewTek, Ross Video, Sony, Telestream, Vizrt, Wide Orbit

 

  • 2012 BBS: Aja Video, Apple, Autodesk, Digital Rapids, EVS, Front Porch Digital, NewTek, Omneon, Phabrix, Rhozet, Ross Video, Vizrt

 

  • 2011 BBS: Ateme,  Evertz, EVS, Harmonic, Net Insight, Rhozet, Rohde & Schwarz, Ross Video, Shure, Vizrt

 

 

Brands appearing two times in the 2013 BBS Net Change of Overall Opinion League Table:

 

  • 2013 BBS: Adam, Ensemble, Front Porch Digital, Lawo, Net Insight, Neumann, Nevion, Phabrix, Screen Service, Snell, Solid State Logic

 

  • 2012 BBS: AmberFin, ateme, brightcove, Cisco, Gigawave, Net Insight, Rohde & Schwarz, Screen Service, Tektronix, Telecast, Wohler

 

  • 2011 BBS: AKG, Digital Rapids, Dolby, Ensemble,  Front Porch Digital, Lawo, Telestream, TVIPS, Wohler

 

 

Brands appearing once in the 2013 BBS Net Change of Overall Opinion League Table:

  • 2013 BBS: arvato / S4M, Avid, Axon, Digital Rapids, Dolby, Fujinon, Linear Acoustic, On-Air (Oasys), Ooyala, RTW, Shure, Soundcraft, Studer, Tektronix, Telecast, TVIPS, Wheatstone, Xen Data, Yamaha

 

  • 2012 BBS: Aspera, Axon, Calrec, Clear-Com, Dolby, Elemental Technologies, Ensemble, Envivio, Evertz, Genelec, Harris, Isilon Systems / EMC, Kaltura, Kit Digital, Lawo, Neumann, PubliTronic / Grass Valley, RTW, Schoeps, Shure, Snell, Telestream, Wheatstone, Wide Orbit, Wowza, Yamaha

 

  • 2011 BBS: AmberFin, Audio-Technica, Avid, Fujinon, Grass Valley, Harris, Inlet Technologies, Linear, Linear Acoustic, Miranda, MSA Focus, Nevion, Playbox, PubliTronic, Schoeps, Screen Service, Solid State Logic, Telecast, Yamaha

 

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Frequency Analysis of the Brands in the in the 2013 BBS Net Change of Overall Opinion League Table:  

In order to provide a better understanding of which brands were most highly ranked in each geographic region, the data has been provided in the table below, which shows the global and regional performance for each brand in the top 30 ranking of overall opinion.

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2013 BBS -- 2013 BBS Net Change of Overall Opinion -- Frequency Analysis

 

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This frequency analysis chart shows that there are some interesting geographic variations in the data. Here’s a closer look at how brands appeared by geography:

 

Appearing only in the global ranking of the 2013 BBS Net Change of Overall Opinion League Table

Four brands achieved a top 30 ranking in the 2013 BBS Net Change of Overall Opinion league table, despite not being listed in the top 30 of any of the three geographic regions.  This may be a function of sample size.  As discussed above, there is a minimum sample size requirement for inclusion in each cut of the data presented in these chart, and the global ranking, by definition, has the largest overall sample.

  • Ensemble, On-Air Systems, Ooyala, Xen Data

 

Appearing only in one region of the 2013 BBS Net Change of Overall Opinion League Table

The following  brands appear in one regional category of the 2013 BBS Net Change of Overall Opinion League Table, but do not appear in the global ranking:

  • Arvato/S4m, Avid, Digital Rapids, Dolby, Fujinon, Linear Acoustic, RTW, Shure, Soundcraft, Studer, Tektronix, Telecast, T-VIPS, Yamaha

 

Appearing only in the EMEA region in the 2013 BBS Net Change of Overall Opinion League Table

  • Arvato/S4m, Axon, RTW

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Appearing only in the Asia-Pacific region in the 2013 BBS Net Change of Overall Opinion League Table

  • Avid, Digital Rapids, Dolby, Fujinon, Shure, Soundcraft, Studer, Tektronix, Yamaha

 

Appearing only in the Americas region in the 2013 BBS Net Change of Overall Opinion League Table

  • Telecast, T-VIPS, Wheatstone

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How These Results Were Calculated

No company is perfect, and the brands we measured in the 2013 BBS are no different.  All brands in the 2013 BBS had both positive (got better) and negative (got worse) connotations associated with them.  There were also are significant percentage of respondents who said their opinion of a brand had “stayed the same.”

2013 BBS participants were asked to rank their opinion of broadcast technology vendor brands on a scale of 1-10 — with 10 being best in the market, and 1 being worst in the market.

We then asked respondents whether their opinion of these brands has changed over the last few years – specifically whether they feel their opinion of each brand has “improved,” “declined” or “stayed the same.”

The Net Change in Overall Opinion for each brand was then calculated by subtracting the percentage of respondents who said a brand “got worse” from the percentage of respondents who said their opinion of a brand had “got better,” while ignoring the “stayed the same” responses.

This “change of opinion data” provides a more comprehensive view of how each brand is perceived by the market because it takes into account positive and negative perceptions.

 

 

Please note that inclusion of any brand in the tables in this article is dependent on available sample size.  The minimum sample size for inclusion in the tables shown herein is 30 respondents per cut of the data. Therefore it is possible that a highly regarded brand may have been excluded from any or all of the tables in this article due to insufficient sample size.

Also, please keep in mind when reviewing this information that all data these charts are presented in alphabetical order, NOT in the order brands were ranked by respondents to the 2013 BBS.

 

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The information in this article is based on select findings from the 2013 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), a global study of broadcast industry trends, technology purchasing plans, and benchmarking of broadcast technology vendor brands. Nearly 10,000 broadcast professionals in 100+ countries took part in the 2013 BBS, making it the largest and most comprehensive market study ever conducted in the broadcast industry. The BBS is published annually by Devoncroft Partners.

Unless otherwise specified, all data in this article measures the responses of all non-vendor participants in the 2013 BBS, regardless of factors such as organization type, organization size, job title, purchasing and geographic location.  Please be aware that responses of individual organization types or geographic locations may be very different. Granular analysis of these results is available as part of various paid-for reports based on the 2013 BBS data set. For more information about this report, please contact Devoncroft Partners.

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Related Content:

The 2013 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS) – overview of available reports, including covered brands and product categories

Largest Ever Study of Broadcast Market Reveals Most Important Industry Trends for 2013

Tracking the Evolution of Broadcast Industry Trends 2012 – 2013

Analyzing Where Money is Being Spent in the Broadcast Industry – The 2013 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Project Index

Broadcast Technology Products Being Evaluated for Purchase in 2013 – 2014

Devoncroft Partners: 2013 Broadcast Industry Market Research Findings

Ranking Broadcast Technology Vendors Part 1 – The 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table

Previous Year:  The 2012 BBS Net Change of Overall Brand Opinion League Table

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Harmonic Exceeds Expectations in Q3 2013 Thanks to Strength in Broadcast and Media Markets

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jul 29 2013

Harmonic announced that it revenue for the second quarter of 2013 was $117.1M, a decline of 4% versus the same period a year ago, and an increase of 15% versus the previous quarter. The company’s  largest customer for the second quarter of 2013 was Comcast, at 11% of revenue.

Q2 results were presented on a pro-forma basis, excluding revenue from the Harmonic’s cable Access HFC business, which was sold to Aurora Networks for $46m on March 5, 2013.

Harmonic CEO Patrick Harshman said that although the quarter started off slowly in January, momentum built throughout February and March, and the company “saw better linearity throughout the quarter than we’ve seen for some time.”  Harshman added that “the second quarter also saw the percentage of domestic business increase, with particular strength from the broadcast and media market, driving our product mix towards higher-margin video processing and production and playout products.”

Investors like the results, which exceeded the expectations of equity analysts as well as Harmonic’s previously issued guidance of Q2 or revenue in the range of $105m to $115m, and sent the company’s shares higher following the announcement.

The GAAP net loss for the quarter was $3.4m, or ($0.03) per share, compared with a GAAP net loss of $3.9m, or ($0.03) per share, during the same period last year, and a GAAP net loss of $9.5m, or ($0.08) per share, in the previous quarter.

On a non-GAAP basis, the company posted net income of $5.6m, or $0.05 per share, compared with non-GAAP net income of $6.5m, or $0.06 per share last year, and a non-GAAP net loss of $2.7m, or ($0.02) per share, for the first quarter of 2013,

Bookings in the second quarter of 2013 were $126.3 million, compared with $110.1 million for the first quarter of 2013 and $128.5 million for the second quarter of 2012.

Harshman noted that bookings “significantly exceeded revenues in the quarter,” and were driven by continuing improvement in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region and strong performance and Latin America. Harshman also said that the company’s broadcast and media market, and its Omneon business, “continue[s] to be strong and notably drove progress in our domestic business.” However, Harshman said that demand from US Pay-TV service providers continue to be soft.

 

On a geographic basis:

international markets accounted for 53% of total revenue in the quarter, down from 54% last year, and down from 58% last quarter.

Harmonic’s CFO Carolyn Aver said “while our international revenues grew in absolute dollars, the biggest growth in dollars came from the US; strongest in broadcast and media, but also in telco, satellite, and cable. Video processing represented 53% of revenue, up from 49% in the second quarter of 2012.”

 

On a product line basis:

  • Video processing represented 53% of revenue, up from 49% in the second quarter. Harshman said that strength from the broadcast and media market drove Harmonic’s product mix towards higher-margin video processing products, including positive progress around its new CCAP platform.

 

  • Production and playout (Omneon product sales minus associated service revenue) represented 19% of revenue this quarter compared to 17% for the same quarter last year, and 22% last quarter.

 

  • Cable edge business represented 11% of revenue, a decrease from 19% of revenue last year, and 17% of revenue last quarter. Aver said: “It is worth noting that in this quarter last year we had higher Edge revenue but lower gross margin, as we sold more of the hardware platform, or the razors. This quarter, we sold more software licenses into that equipment, or the razor blades, which resulted in lower revenue dollars but higher gross margin.”

 

  • Service and support revenue was 17% of revenue this quarter, up from 15% last year and down from 19% last quarter.

 

 

On a segment basis:

  • Broadcast & media represented 40% of revenue, up from 33% last year, and 38% last quarter. The company attributed the increase in broadcast sales to the continuing success of cross-selling video products from both Harmonic and Scopus into this customer base. Harshman said that Harmonic has made progress with broadcast and media companies globally, and that the company sees these organizations as a large and growing opportunity. He said the company’s Spectrum ChannelPort solution is “gaining real market traction,” and that the company had a “big competitive win with a new account, taking us to significant projects now in three of the top five US media companies so far this year.”

 

  • Cable represented 36% of revenue, down from 44% last year, and 39% last quarter.  Aver said that the company believes cable revenues will increase “back to the historical range” once its new NSG Pro product is deployed in the market. Harshman noted that “while the US Pay-TV operator market has, of late, represented a challenging space for us due to where they are in technology cycles, it’s important to remember that the levels of consumer penetration and high RPUs mean that they will always have tremendous buying power.”

 

  • Satellite and telco represented 24% of revenue versus 23% of revenue last year and last quarter.

 

Q2 2013 Revenue Details:

 

Harmonic Q2 2013 Revenue Mix

 

GAAP gross margin was 49% and GAAP operating margin was (4%) for the second quarter of 2013, compared with 45% and (15%), respectively, for the first quarter of 2013, and 45% and (3%), respectively, for the same period of 2012.

Non-GAAP gross margins were 54% in the quarter, better than previously issued guidance of 51.5% to 52.5%. The non-GAAP operating margin was 6%, compared with 51% and (3%), respectively, for the first quarter of 2013, and 50% and 7%, respectively, for the same period of 2012.

Aver attributed the margin expansion in the quarter to greater sales of higher margin video processing products, particularly in the cable edge category, than to sales of new software licenses on existing hardware platforms.

Aver went on to say that the company’s margins “started in the 40s and have moved up. We certainly expected, with the sale of the Access business, that low 50% would move to, call it, 52% or 53%, and for some time, we’ve targeted the mid-50s as the place we want to go. I don’t think this says we’re there yet. I think it shows that when we do well in video processing and P&P, those are definitely our highest gross margin products. And that has a big influence on how our margins come out. Also, as more and more of our products have more of the software component, and we get to quarters where we’re delivering a lot of licenses, that as well has a big impact on the margins.”

Non-GAAP operating expenses for this quarter were $56.1 million, up from $55.2 million in the first quarter of 2013, and up from $52.4 million in the second quarter of 2012.   Non-GAAP operating expenses were higher than the previous guidance of $54m to $55m. The company said the increase in operating expenses was due to costs related to bringing our new products to market, as well as increased costs related to litigation.

Harmonic generated approximately $24.8m of cash from operations in the second quarter, and used approximately $85.6m, excluding related costs, for its repurchase of approximately 12 million shares in the tender offer and approximately 1.8 million shares under its previously announced share repurchase program.

The Company also announced it will expand its existing share repurchase program by $85 million, providing for a total of approximately $100 million of share repurchases going forward. Since April 2012, Harmonic has authorized the repurchase of $220 million of its common stock, and has repurchased approximately $120 million of its common stock to date.

Harmonic ended the quarter with 1,078 employees, slightly down from 1096 at the end of the previous quarter. Cash at the end of the second quarter was $161.7m, down $66.6m from $228.3 at the end of the first quarter of 2013. quarter.  The decrease in cash was due primarily to repurchasing of the company’s stock.  Backlog and deferred revenue at the end of the second quarter was $132.5m, compared to $126.3m as of March 29, 2013.

 

Business Outlook

Aver said the company is “cautiously optimistic about our international business and our domestic broadcast and media business,” and noted that the company expects some project revenue that was previously booked to be recognized in the third quarter of 2013.

Therefore, Harmonic expects Q3 2013 revenue to be in a range of $115m to $125m in the third quarter of 2013.  Q3 GAAP gross margins are expected to be in the range of 45% to 46% . Q3 GAAP operating expenses are expected to be in the range of $60.5m to $61.5m.  Q3 Non-GAAP gross margins Are expected to be in the range of 50% to 51% . Q3 Non-GAAP operating expenses are expected to be in the range of $54.5m to $55.5m.

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Ranking Broadcast Technology Vendors Part 1 – The 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast Vendor Brand Research, Top Broadcast Vendor Brands | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jul 10 2013

This is the fifth in a series of articles about some of the findings from Devoncroft’s 2013 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), a global study of broadcast industry trends, technology purchasing plans, and benchmarking of broadcast technology vendor brands. Nearly 10,000 broadcast professionals in 100+ countries took part in the 2013 BBS, making it the largest and most comprehensive market study ever conducted in the broadcast industry. 

Previous articles about the 2013 BBS discussed the most important broadcast industry trends, how the relative commercial importance of broadcast industry trends have changed over time, where money is currently being spent in the broadcast industry, and broadcast technology products being evaluated for purchase in 2013 and 2014.

 

How 2013 BBS Participants Ranked Broadcast Technology Vendors

This is the first in a series of posts about how broadcast technology vendors were ranked and benchmarked on a variety of metrics by the respondents to the 2013 BBS.

Each year, as part of the Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), we ask a global sample of broadcast professionals to rank a variety of technology vendor brands on a wide range of metrics.

We use this information to create a series of reports, which through benchmarking and industry “league tables” provides a view as to how each vendor is positioned in the market relative to the industry as a whole, as well as against their direct competitors.

This post looks at how the global sample of broadcast professionals who participated in the 2013 BBS ranked their overall opinion of the 151 broadcast technology vendors we covered in the study.

An explanation of how these results were calculated can be found at the end of this article. The complete list of vendor brands covered in the 2013 BBS is here.

 

Research findings are displayed in two ways in this article:

  • An overall industry “league table” that shows the 30 highest ranked vendors for the metric “overall opinion.”  The data in this chart is broken out globally and regionally

 

  • An analysis of the “frequency” of appearance in the “overall opinion league table”

 

The top 30 ranked brands for overall opinion are shown below for both the global sample of all respondents as well as for all respondents in each of the geographic regions.

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Please note that in all cases, these results are shown in alphabetical order, NOT in the order in which they were ranked by 2103 BBS participants.      

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2013 BBS -- 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table (smaller)

 

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A total of 46 broadcast technology vendor brands are included in this table, (versus 48 in 2012 and 43 in 2011), illustrating the geographic variation of opinion, which will be discussed later.

In terms of frequency of appearance in the above ranking:

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  • 17 brands appear four times, meaning they were ranked in the top 30 globally and in each of the three geographic regions.  For comparison, in the 2012 BBS (when we covered 152 brands) there were 15 brands that appeared in the top 30 globally and in each of the 3 regions.

 

  •  9 brands appear three times, versus 10 brands that appeared three times last year.

 

  • 5 brands appear two times, versus 7 brands that appeared two times last year. 

 

  • 15 brands appear one time, which demonstrates that some brands are strongest in one geographic area. In the 2012 BBS, 16 brands appeared one time.

 

Analysis of the data shows that are some clear market leaders on a global basis, while others are strong on a regional basis.

A breakdown of how many times each company appears in the ranking shows how many times each brand appears in the chart above.

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Brands appearing four times in the 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table: 

The following brands are listed four times in the 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table, meaning that research participants ranked them in the top 30 for overall opinion globally, as well as in each of the three geographic regions:

  • Adobe, Aja Video, AKG, Blackmagic Design, Canon, Cisco, Dolby, Genelec, Neumann, Panasonic, Rohde & Schwarz, Sennheiser, Shure, Solid State Logic, Sony, Studer, and Tektronix

 

Although many of these brands also appeared four times in the BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table last year, there are also several changes to the composition of this list.

The following brands that appear in all four categories (global, EMEA, APAC, Americas) in the 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table were listed fewer than four times in the 2012 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table. The numbers shown in parentheses show the number of times each brand was listed in the BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table last year, and the year-over year change:

  • Aja Video (2x, +2), Blackmagic Design (1x, +3), Rohde & Schwarz (3x, +1), Solid State Logic (2x, +2), Studer (2x, +2)

 

The following brands were listed in all four categories in the 2012 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table, and appear fewer than four times in 2013:

  • Apple, Avid, Schoeps

 

 

Brands appearing three times in the 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table: 

The following brands are listed three times in the 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table.

The numbers shown in parentheses show the number of times each brand was listed in the BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table last year, and the year-over year change:

  • Angenieux (3x, no change), Avid (4x, -1), Clear-Com (3x, no change), EVS (1x, +2), Fujinon (3x, no change), JBL (3x, no change), Schoeps (4x, -1), Snell (2x, +1), Yamaha (3x, no change)

 

The following brands were listed in three categories in the 2012 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table, and appear fewer than three times in 2013:

  • Autodesk, beyerdynamic, Ikegami, Wohler

 

 

Brands appearing two times in the 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table:

The following brands are listed two times in the 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table.

The numbers shown in parentheses show the number of times each brand was listed in the BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table last year, and the year-over year change:

  • Apple (4x -2), Autodesk (3x, -1), beyerdynamic (3x, -1), Mackie (+2), Soundcraft (+2)

 

The following brands were listed in two categories in the 2012 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table, and appear fewer than two times in 2013:

  • Electro Voice, Grass Valley, RTW

 

 

Brands appearing one time in the 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table:

The following brands are listed one time in the 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table.

The numbers shown in parentheses show the number of times each brand was listed in the BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table last year, and the year-over year change:

  • Adam (no change), Audio-Technica (+1), Barco (+1), Evertz (no change), Grass Valley (2x, -1), HP (no change), Ikegami (3x, -2), Lawo (no change), Leader (+1), NEC (no change), Riedel (no change), RTS Intercom Systems (no change), RTW (2x, -1), Wheatstone (+1), Wohler (3x, -2)

 

The following brands were listed in one category in the 2012 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table, and are not listed in 2013:

  • DK Technologies, Harmonic, Harris, Omneon (not covered in 2013 BBS), Salzbrenner Stagetec, Telex, Thomson

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Frequency Analysis of the Brands in the in the 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table:  

The table below, which shows the global and regional performance for each brand in the top 30 ranking of overall opinion, provides a better understanding of where each brand was highly ranked for overall opinion.

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2013 BBS -- 2013 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table Frequency Analysis (smaller)

 

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The frequency chart shows some interesting geographic variations in the data, which is detailed below.

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Appearing in the top 30 “overall opinion” ranking globally + one region

Three brands achieved a top 30 ranking globally, despite being in the top 30 of only one out of the three geographic regions.

  • Apple, Autodesk, beyerdynamic

 

Appearing in the top 30 “overall opinion” ranking in one region

The following 15 brands did not make the top 30 in the global league table of overall opinion, but they did appear in the top 30 overall opinion ranking in one of the geographic regions:

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Appearing in the top 30 “overall opinion” ranking only in EMEA

  • Barco, Lawo, Riedel, RTW

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Appearing in the top 30 “overall opinion” ranking only in Asia-Pacific

  • Audio-Technica, Evertz, HP, Leader, NEC

 

Appearing in the top 30 “overall opinion” ranking only in the Americas

  • Adam, Grass Valley, Ikegami, RTS Intercom Systems, Wheatstone, Wohler

 

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How These Results Were Calculated

2013 BBS participants were asked to rank their opinion of broadcast technology vendor brands on a scale of 1-10 — with 10 being best in the market, and 1 being worst in the market.

This data was then aggregated and averaged in order to generate the global score for each brand based on these responses. In order to create the regional scores, this data was broken out geographically based on the location of the respondent.

The top 30 brands for each of the four ranking lists (global, EMEA, Asia-Pacific, Americas) was sorted by alphabetical order to create the tables shown in this article.

Please note that inclusion of any brand in the tables in this article is dependent on available sample size.  The minimum sample size for inclusion in the tables shown herein is 30 respondents per cut of the data. Therefore it is possible that a highly regarded brand may have been excluded from any or all of the tables in this article due to insufficient sample size.

Also, please keep in mind when reviewing this information that all data these charts are presented in alphabetical order, NOT in the order brands were ranked by respondents to the 2013 BBS.

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The information in this article is based on select findings from the 2013 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), a global study of broadcast industry trends, technology purchasing plans, and benchmarking of broadcast technology vendor brands. Nearly 10,000 broadcast professionals in 100+ countries took part in the 2013 BBS, making it the largest and most comprehensive market study ever conducted in the broadcast industry. The BBS is published annually by Devoncroft Partners.

Unless otherwise specified, all data in this article measures the responses of all non-vendor participants in the 2013 BBS, regardless of factors such as organization type, organization size, job title, purchasing and geographic location.  Please be aware that responses of individual organization types or geographic locations may be very different. Granular analysis of these results is available as part of various paid-for reports based on the 2013 BBS data set. For more information about this report, please contact Devoncroft Partners

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Related Content:

The 2013 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS) – overview of available reports, including covered brands and product categories

Largest Ever Study of Broadcast Market Reveals Most Important Industry Trends for 2013

Tracking the Evolution of Broadcast Industry Trends 2012 – 2013

Analyzing Where Money is Being Spent in the Broadcast Industry – The 2013 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Project Index

Broadcast Technology Products Being Evaluated for Purchase in 2013 – 2014

Devoncroft Partners: 2013 Broadcast Industry Market Research Findings

Previous Year: The 2012 BBS Overall Brand Opinion League Table

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Harmonic Revenue Declines 14 Percent in Q1 2013

broadcast technology market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 25 2013

Harmonic announced that it revenue for the first quarter of 2013 was $101.7m, down a decline of 14% versus the same period a year ago, and a decline of 13% versus the previous quarter.

The GAAP net loss for the quarter was $9.5m, or ($0.08) per share, compared with a GAAP net loss of $8.7m, or ($0.07) per share, during the same period last year, and GAAP of $0.9m, or $0.01 per share in the previous quarter.

On a non-GAAP basis, the net loss for the first quarter of 2013 was $2.7m, or ($0.02) per share, compared with non-GAAP net income of $2.2m, or $0.02 per share, during the same period last year, and non-GAAP net income of $8.3m, or $0.07 per share, during the previous quarter.

These figures exclude revenue from the company’s cable Access HFC business, which was sold to Aurora Networks for $46m on March 5, 2013. GAAP net income from discontinued operations, excluding the $15.0m gain on the sale of Cable Access HFC, was $1m, or $0.01 per share. Non-GAAP net income from discontinued operations, excluding the gain on the sale of the Cable Access HFC business, was also $1m, or $0.01 per share.

The results were at the low end of the company’s previously issued revenue guidance of net revenue in the first quarter of 2013 to be in the range of $100m to $110m, down from $115m to $125m prior to the sale of the cable access business. However, they were below the consensus estimates of equity analysts who were looking for revenue of $110.8m and a profit of $0.01 per share.

International markets accounted for 58% of total revenue in the quarter, up from 52% last year, and down from 62% last quarter. Harmonic CEO Patrick Harshman said that the company’s international growth was driven largely by improvement in the EMEA region, which had recorded its best quarterly intake since 2011. Harshman said that the “lion’s share” of EMEA demand was coming from northern Europe, eastern Europe and Russia.

However, Harshman cautioned that revenue from domestic service providers continued to be challenged, continuing the trend from the previous quarter.

On a product basis, production and playout (Omneon product sales minus associated service revenue) represented 22% of revenue this quarter compared to 18% for the same quarter last year. Cable edge business represented 17% of revenue, a decrease from 22% of revenue last year. Service and support business increased to 19% of revenue from 15% for the same quarter last year.

On a segment basis, broadcast & media represented 38% of revenue, cable represented 39%, and satellite and telco represented 23% of revenue.

GAAP gross margin for the quarter were 45%, up from 43% last year.  Non-GAAP gross margins were 51%, up from 49% last quarter, and down from 56% last quarter.  Harmonic CFO Carolyn Aver said that the company’s gross margins last quarter were unusually high and not expected to be repeated in the first quarter.  The company had previously said that it expected gross margins for the quarter to be in the range of 51.5% to 52.5%.

Harshman attributed the margin expansion to “both an increase from recent run rate margins due to the divestiture of the margin-diluted access business and a reduction from the high-margin software heavy mix that of the previous quarter.”

The GAAP operating margin for the quarter was -15% last year, compared -8% last year. The non-GAAP operating margin was – 3%, compared 2% last year.

On the company’s earnings call, Harshman described the three primary elements of the company’s strategy to enhance shareholder value:

  • the company’s previously announced strategic growth plan, which includes investments in new technologies (including CCAP, HEVC encoding, 4K, and multi-platform content delivery); and a significant expansion of the company’s global customer base

 

 

  • the continuing evolution of the company’s board of directors

 

Harmonic ended the quarter with 1,096 employees, up from 1,081 at the end of the previous quarter, and $228.3m in cash, up $27.1 million from the previous quarter.

The company’s current cash position and stated intention to repurchase up to $100m of its stock prompted Cortina Asset Management analyst Andrew Storm to ask Harshman if this means that Harmonic has “effectively put M&A off the table for the next couple of years.”

Harshman responded by saying “I think our position on M&A hasn’t changed. But we have not said that it’s definitively off the table, and I think that position hasn’t changed. That being said, we see ample opportunity the technology we have under the roof and the opportunity we have to bring that technology to market, our focus has been and continues to be very much on the organic development of our market — the organic pursuit of these opportunities.”

Storm followed up by asking if Harmonic would do a large M&A deal in the next year or two. Harshman responded saying “I don’t anticipate that we would, and we have had not anticipated that for some time.”

 

Guidance:

Aver said that Harmonic entered the quarter with the highest percentage of backlog in deferred revenue to revenue in the company’s history, and that the company is currently working on several large projects that won’t be recognized until the latter half of this year.

“Therefore, we expect to see our revenue build over the year and our Q2 revenue to be in the range of $105m to $115m in the second quarter of 2013. Non-GAAP gross margins for the second quarter are expected to be in the range of 51.5% to 52.5%, and we have targeted our non-GAAP operating expenses for the second quarter to be $54m to $55m.

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“Harmonic continues to execute on our organic growth strategy and shareholder value initiatives,” said  Harshman. “During the quarter, we saw year-over-year growth in orders from international customers and domestic broadcast and media customers – both verticals core to our strategic growth plan. Although demand from domestic pay TV service providers remained soft during the quarter, many domestic customers are beginning to look ahead to new video infrastructure investments in emerging CCAP, HEVC, and Ultra HD technologies. Harmonic is making good progress in our efforts to establish a market-leading position in these new technology areas, as evidenced by our recent product announcements and positive customer feedback. In addition, with a strong balance sheet and continuing prospects for positive cash flow, we announced yesterday a tender offer for up to $100 million of our common stock as part of our ongoing commitment to create shareholder value.”

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Related Content:

Press Release: Harmonic Announces First Quarter 2013 Results

Harmonic Q1 2013 Earnings Call Presentation

Broadcast Vendor M&A: Harmonic Divests Low Margin Cable Access Business to Aurora Networks for $46 Million

Previous Quarter: Harmonic Announces Q4 and Full Year 2012 Results

Previous Year: Harmonic Q1 2012: Weakness in Europe Results in 4% Revenue Decline

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Activist Investor Targets Harmonic

Broadcast technology vendor financials | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 25 2013

Harmonic disclosed that it received notice on Friday, April 19, 2013, from Voce Catalyst Partners LP that Voce intends to nominate three directors for election to Harmonic`s Board of Directors at the Company`s 2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

According to Harmonic, Voce and its affiliates report owning 106,000 Harmonic shares, representing less than 0.1% of the company`s shares outstanding.

Harmonic said in a statement that it will continue to evaluate the structure of its board of directors, and will “evaluate Voce`s nominees and make a recommendation in the best interests of all shareholders in due course.”

On the company’s Q1 2013 earnings call with analysts, Harmonic CEO Patrick Harshman said the company has not yet filed response letter to Voce, and added “we’re always interested in a dialogue with our shareholders, big, small, and frankly, prospective shareholders, and we continue to talk to anyone who’s got interesting ideas, and we’ll continue that stance.”

Harshman said his last conversation with Voce was “sometime within the last month” and that the company’s recently announced board transition and $100m share buyback program was not related to the approach from Voce.

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Harmonic Announces $100 Million Stock Buyback, New Chairman

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Harmonic Announces $100 Million Stock Buyback, New Chairman

broadcast technology market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 25 2013

Harmonic announced that it will buy back up to $100m of its shares a through a modified “Dutch Auction” tender at a price per share not less than $5.75 and not greater than $6.25. The tender offer is expected to commence on April 26, 2013, and to expire on May 24, 2013, unless extended. The number of shares proposed to be purchased in the tender offer represents approximately 14.1% of Harmonic’s currently outstanding common stock.

On the terms and subject to the conditions of the tender offer, Harmonic’s stockholders will have the opportunity to tender some or all of their shares at a price within the $5.75 to $6.25 per share range. Based on the number of shares tendered and the prices specified by the tendering stockholders, Harmonic will determine the lowest per-share price within the range that will enable it to purchase 16 million shares, or such lesser number of shares that are tendered and not withdrawn. All shares accepted in the tender offer will be purchased at the same price per share even if a stockholder tendered at a lower price. If stockholders tender more than 16 million shares at or below the purchase price per share, Harmonic will purchase the shares tendered at or below the determined purchase price by those stockholders, subject to proration and certain other factors.

“The tender offer is the result of the Board`s continued evaluation of our capital structure, the appropriate level of cash to run and grow the business, and our free cash flow and balance sheet,” said Patrick Harshman, Harmonic`s President and Chief Executive Officer. “With these resources, we have multiple opportunities to drive shareholder value, including investments in strategic growth initiatives and stock repurchases. As the Board continues to evaluate our capital structure and explore ways to effectively use our cash balances to drive shareholder value – and having solicited the input of several major shareholders – the Board concluded that a cash tender offer at this time would be an appropriate mechanism to return capital to shareholders that seek liquidity under current market conditions. At the same time, shareholders who do not participate in the tender offer will share in a higher portion of Harmonic`s future potential.”

Harmonic also announced that Patrick Gallagher was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors. Gallagher succeeds Lewis Solomon, who will retire from the Board prior to the Company`s 2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

“On behalf of the entire Board, I would like to thank Lew Solomon for his ten years of service to Harmonic and its shareholders, including the last five as Chairman,” said Gallagher. “He joined the Board at a time when Harmonic had just begun to expand beyond its roots in broadcast hardware and helped guide the Company in its evolution as a technology innovation leader. I look forward to working with our Board and management team as we continue to pursue the significant growth opportunities that we have before us today to create long-term value for our shareholders.”

The company said that the actions were designed to deliver value to its shareholders.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Harmonic Announces Intent to Repurchase Up to $100 Million of Its Common Stock Through A Modified “Dutch Auction” Tender Offer

Press Release: Harmonic Announces Capital Allocation and Board Changes

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Video Chip Maker Ambarella Grows Revenue 24.5 Percent in Fiscal 2013

Broadcaster Financial Results, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Mar 17 2013

Video chip maker Ambarella announced that its revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 was $31.5m, up 28.3% from $24.6 million in the same period in fiscal 2012. For the fiscal year ended January 31, 2013, the company’s revenue was $121.1m, up 24.5% from $97.3m for the year ending January 31, 2012.

GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 was $3.6m, or $0.13 per diluted ordinary share, compared with GAAP net income of $1.8m million, or $0.04 per diluted ordinary share, for the same period in fiscal 2012. GAAP net income for the year ended January 31, 2013 was $18.2m, or $0.60 per diluted ordinary share. This compares to GAAP net income of $9.8m, or $0.30 per diluted ordinary share, for the year ended January 31, 2012.

Q4 non-GAAP net income was $5m, or $0.18 per diluted ordinary share. This compares with non-GAAP net income of $2.7m, or $0.08 per diluted ordinary share for the same period in fiscal 2012. Non-GAAP net income for the year ended January 31, 2013 was $22.7m, or $0.79 per diluted ordinary share. This compares to non-GAAP net income of $13.1m, or $0.45 per diluted ordinary share, for the year ended January 31, 2012.

Q4 GAAP gross margins were 63.2%, down from 68.2% for the same period in fiscal 2012. For the year ended January 31, 2013, GAAP gross margin was 66.6%, flat with last year. Q4 non-GAAP gross margins were 63.3%, compared with 68.3% for the same period last year. Full year non-GAAP gross margin were 66.7%, down slightly from 66.7% versus last year.

“We are very pleased with our fourth quarter and fiscal year 2013 financial results,” said Fermi Wang, president and CEO. “We experienced significant year-over-year growth in our automotive and sports camera markets, and we were especially pleased with progress in our professional IP security camera market, which contributed strong gross margins as well as substantial year-over-year revenue growth. As this security market continues to grow rapidly, driven by the migration from analog standard definition cameras to digital, IP-based high definition cameras, we believe our products offer advanced technology and leading features that allow our customers to deliver winning solutions to the market.”

Ambarella’s A6 broadcast encoder/transcoder, which performs 1080p60 encoding and 1080i60 transcoding,is used by a variety of firms for H.264 and MPEG-2 head-end encoders and high-density transcoders.   It is believed that Ambarella’s broadcast industry clients include Harmonic, Ericsson, Motorola, Cisco, Harris, RGB Networks, and Evertz.

The company also sells video processors for digital video cameras, including the popular GoPro consumer cameras.

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Relate Content:

Press Release: Ambarella, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2013 Financial Results

Ambarella Q4 FY 2013 Conference Call Transcript

Video Processing Chip Vendor Ambarella Raises $36 Million Through Initial Public Offering

Ambarella — Ammended S1 (IPO) Filing

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Harmonic Moves Transcoding Technology to the Cloud, Launches AWS-Based Service

broadcast industry technology trends | Posted by Joe Zaller
Mar 05 2013

Harmonic announced a cloud-based transcoding service for professional applications that it says will enable “content creators, service providers, and media professionals to quickly and cost-effectively convert broadcast-quality video content to virtually any standard media format.”

Dubbed ProMedia Carbon MP, Harmonic’s transcoding services runs on Amazon Web Services (AWS), and allows users to buy processing in hourly blocks, or via a monthly subscription.  Users can also access it via XML APIs to deploy scalable, cloud-based transcoding workflows.

Features and functionality includes a wide variety of image processing operations including transcoding, SD/HD conversion, PAL/NTSC conversion, logo insertion, color space conversion, color correction, and multi-format closed-captioning.  The company also says ProMedia Carbon MP supports the industry`s broadest array of acquisition, nonlinear editing, broadcast, web, and mobile formats including MXF, XDCAM® HD, QuickTime®, CableLabs®, and MP4.

Harmonic is the latest company to jump into the cloud-based transcoding world.

Earlier this year, Amazon launched the “Amazon Elastic Transcoder,” and last year at IBC Brightcove launched a cloud-based transcoding service using technology acquired in its $30m acquisition of Zencoder.

Transcoding is clearly a hot space, and the cloud-based transcoding services space just got a bit more crowded with Harmonic’s announcement.

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: Harmonic Launches Cloud-Based Professional Video Transcoding Service

Harmonic Blog: Cloud Transcoding with Harmonic’s ProMedia Carbon MP – includes additional resources

Harmonic ProMedia Carbon MP Site on AWS Marketplace

Elemental Technologies Says Revenue Doubled in 2012 to $21 Million as Transcoding Technology Continues to Grow

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

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

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

Envivio Files for $85 Million Goldman Sachs Led IPO

Envivio Closes $16.5 Million Fundraising Round

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

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

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

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Broadcast Vendor M&A: Harmonic Divests Low Margin Cable Access Business to Aurora Networks for $46 Million

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Feb 19 2013

Harmonic announced today it has reached an agreement to sell its cable access business to Aurora Networks $46m in cash.  The deal is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2013.

The company said it expects to net approximately $35m from the transaction after tax.  All proceeds from the sale will be used to repurchase shares, in support of the company’s ongoing efforts to review its capital structure and to deliver value to all its stockholders,

Cable access products, which includes optical transmitters, amplifiers, receivers and nodes, generated $52.9m in sales for Harmonic in 2012, approximately 10 percent of the company’s overall revenue $530.5m in 2012.

However the gross margins for the cable access product portfolio was only 30% in 2012, compared to GAAP gross margins of 49% for the Harmonic’s business as a whole in 2012.

Harmonic admits that it is “not a leader in the cable access product area”, and that there is “limited strategic synergy between cable access and the company`s other higher growth product lines.” The company says that its decision to divest its cable access business “reflects its commitment to the video production and playout, video processing, and cable edge product areas, where it currently holds market share leadership.”

“The sale of the Cable Access business enables us to sharpen our focus on our largest growth opportunities,” said Harmonic CEO Patrick Harshman. “Cable Access was Harmonic`s lowest margin product line, and through this transaction and the increase in our authorized share repurchase program, we will continue to drive growth in our core markets, expand our gross margin, reduce our outstanding shares, and position our business for stronger long-term earnings.”

 

Revised Guidance:

The company has issued revised financial guidance as a result of the sale of its cable access product line.

Harmonic says it now expects net revenue in the first quarter of 2013 to be in the range of $100m to $110m, down from $115m to $125m.  Gross margins for the first quarter of 2013 are now expected to be in the range of 51.5% to 52.5%, up from the 49% to 50% guidance issued previously.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Harmonic to Sell Cable Access Business to Aurora Networks for $46 million

Harmonic Cable Access Divestiture Investor Presentation

Harmonic Announces Q4 and Full Year 2012 Results

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