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Vitec Group Broadcast Revenue Up 6.3 Percent in 2014; Changes Reporting Structure to Focus on Core Businesses

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Feb 26 2015

The Vitec Group, which owns more than a dozen brands in the broadcast industry as well as technical services company Bexel, announced that its total for the full year 2014 was £309.6m, a decline of 1.8% versus 2013.

Operating profit was £38.8m, a decline of 1.8% versus last year.  On a constant currency basis, however revenue increased 3.3% and operating profit increased 7.4%.

 

Changes to Financial Reporting Structure Reflects Focus on Core Businesses

Vitec has about a dozen brands that serve various parts of the broadcast industry, including Anton/Bauer, Autocue, Autoscript, Bexel, Camera Corps, The Camera Store, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol Bags, Sachtler, Teradek, SmallHD, Vinten and Vinten Radamec.

During 2014, Vitec divested its IMT wireless communications and microwave business, which included the IMT, Nucomm, and RF Central brands.

Historically, Vitec reported its broadcast-centric activities through its Videocom and Services divisions, but following the sale of IMT, the company has changed its financial reporting structure, starting with the release of its full year 2014 results. Vitec now reports its broadcast revenue through its newly named “Broadcast Division,” which it further breaks out as “Broadcast Equipment” and “Broadcast Services.”

According to the company this new reporting structure more appropriately describes its core operating businesses. “Following our exit from the loss-making IMT business we are focused on our core Broadcast and Photographic markets supplemented with selective value-adding acquisitions,” said Vitec CEO Stephen Bird.

 

Vitec Broadcast Division

As shown in the chart below, Vitec’s Broadcast Division had revenue of £171.1m in 2014, an increase of 6.3% versus 2013 (up 11.9% on constant currency basis).


Vitec Broadcast Division Revenue FY 2014

 

 

2014 Broadcast Division Operating profit for 2014 was £21.1m, an increase of 9.3% versus 2013’s results (16.6% on constant currency basis).  Operating profit for 2014 would have been negatively impacted by £1.8m had IMT’s results been included.

“Our Broadcast Division performed well in a variable market including a strong performance from Teradek, acquired in the second half of 2013,” said Bird. “We also benefited in 2014 from contracts to support the Sochi Winter Olympics and the FIFA World Cup. Our premium product and service offering was further strengthened through the acquisitions of Autocue, the specialty camera assets of SIS, and more recently SmallHD.”

 

 

Broadcast Equipment

The Broadcast Equipment business (excluding IMT) had 2014 revenues of £131.9m, an increase of 1.6% (7.0% on constant currency) versus 2013.

Vitec Broadcast Wquipment and Broadcast Services Revenue FY 2014

 

Vitec made three acquisitions during 2014, which are now reported in the Broadcast Equipment business:

  • The specialty camera assets of SIS Outside Broadcasts Limited (integrated into Vitec’s Camera Corps business)

 

  • Autocue, a well-known provider of teleprompters (now combined with Vitec’s Autoscript business)

 

  • SmallHD, a provider of high definition on-camera field monitors

 

The combination of currency fluctuations, and the inorganic contributions from these acquisitions accounted for all the growth in the Broadcast Equipment business.  On an organic constant currency basis, Broadcast Equipment revenue in 2014 was declined by 2.2% versus the previous year.

Broadcast Equipment operating profit was £18.8m in 2014, an increase of 5.0% (12.3% on a constant currency basis) over 2013.

Operating margin for Broadcast Equipment was 14.3% a slight improvement from the 2013 margin of 13.8%.

The company said that a lower level of investment by studios in larger camera supports had impacted its business, but that this was offset by smaller camera support products performing in line with expectations.

The Anton-Bauer battery business had lower revenue, but is expected to benefit from new ranges of products launched in 2014.

Although Vitec did not specifically break out the performance of Teradek, it did disclose that “contingent consideration of £4.2 million ($7.0 million) was accrued during the year to be paid to the previous owners of Teradek in 2015 in relation to the business’s performance in 2014 and is subject to final agreement. The business has delivered strong growth in the year and has performed ahead of our pre-acquisition expectations.”

Vitec offered Broadcast Division results excluding the performance of the IMT business.  IMT had recorded an operating loss of £1.3m in 2014 on revenue of £7.9 million.  IMT had breakeven results in 2013 on revenue of £14.0m.

 

Broadcast Services

The Broadcast Services generated revenue of £39.2m in 2014, an increase of 26.0% (32.9% on a constant currency basis) versus 2013.  2014 operating profit for Broadcast Services was £2.4m, equating to an operating margin of 6.1%.  This compares favorably to the operating profit of £1.5m in 2013 (4.8% operating margin).

Management attributed the strong performance of the Broadcast Services segment to major events in 2014 including the Sochi Winter Olympics and the FIFA World Cup, along with a rise in the underlying rentals business for other major events. The company also cited participation in a number of improvements in the infrastructure of NFL stadiums including player positioning systems.

It is interesting to review the capital expenditure requirements of the Broadcast Services business.

Broadcast Services spent £12.7m on rental assets in 2014.  This constitutes the majority Vitec’s capital expenditures as a company, which totaled £17.5 million excluding capitalization of software development costs.  Broadcast Services capital expenditures are partially financed by proceeds from the sale of certain rental assets.  These sales amounted to £5m in 2014.  Thus, total net capital expenditures were £6.7m for Broadcast Services.  This £6.7m cash outflow is in the context of a £3.8m operating cash inflow generated by the segment.

There is additional strategic rationale in Broadcast Services, which was noted in the Company’s release. Management stated the Broadcast Services business “enables Vitec to closely monitor changes in technology and to showcase our products.”

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Related Content:

Press Release: The Vitec Group plc, 2014 Full Year Results

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

Broadcast Vendor M&A: Vitec Group Buys SmallHD for up to $30 Million in Cash

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

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

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Broadcast Vendor M&A: Vitec Group Buys SmallHD for up to $30 Million in Cash

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Broadcaster Financial Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Dec 11 2014

The Vitec Group, which owns more than a dozen brands in the broadcast industry, announced that it has acquired the business of SmallHD for up to $30m.

Based in North Carolina, SmallHD provides high-definition on-camera field monitors used by broadcasters and independent content creators, so its products are complementary with Vitec wide range of camera support and accessory brands, including Vinten, Vinten Radamec, Sachler, OConnor, Andon/Bauer, Autoscript, Camera Corps, Teradek, The Camera Store, Haigh-Farr, Litepanels, and Petrol Bags.

Typical of a Vitec M&A transaction, the deal includes an up-front cash payment and a large potential earn-out for SmallHD managers if the company meets certain performance targets after being acquired.

Specifically, Vitec will pay an initial cash consideration of $4.6m on a debt/cash free basis, and up to a further $25.4m, payable in cash, dependent on SmallHD’s performance over a two and a half year period to 30 June 2017.  To achieve the maximum payment, SmallHD must deliver an annualized EBITDA run-rate of $9m in 2017.

For the financial year-ended 31 December 2013, SmallHD had sales of $8.1m, and generated an unaudited adjusted profit before tax of $300,000. At the end of 2013 SmallHD had gross assets of $2.5 million.

Vitec says that SmallHD has grown during 2014 and is investing in new product platforms, and that the company anticipates “both healthy sales and profit growth going forward.”

According to Vitec, the SmallHD deal is in line with its “strategy of offering a growing range of high technology solutions to the Group’s established global customer base. It complements Vitec’s existing video activities, including Teradek, which serves a similar customer base. There are opportunities to sell SmallHD’s products through Vitec’s global sales and distributor network. SmallHD is being acquired from its current management, who will remain with the business, and it will operate as a business unit within the Videocom Division.”

The consideration will be financed out of Vitec’s existing banking facilities. The Board expects the acquisition to be earnings enhancing in the year ending 31 December 2015.

“I am delighted to welcome the SmallHD team to Vitec, said Vitec CEO Stephen Bird. “This high technology business complements our market-leading broadcast activities and is in line with our strategy of enabling our customers to capture and share exceptional images. There is an increasing demand for SmallHD’s products from the growing community of independent content creators who use this world leading technology. The business has great prospects and we anticipate that it will generate a good return on our investment.”

The purchase of SmallHD is similar to the 2013 transaction when Vitec acquired Teradek for up to $30m.  For the Teradek deal, Vitec paid $14.9m in cash and up to a further $15.5m dependent on Teradek achieving against annual EBIT targets over the three-year period to 31 December 2015.

The Teradek deal appears to have been a success for Vitec.  Since the time of the Teradek acquisition, subsequent Vitec financial filings indicate that the company has indeed been making earn-out payments to Teradek shareholders over the past year.  The addition of Teradek, which is active in the fast growing bonded cellular and wireless communication links segment, forced the company to re-think it’s overall portfolio, and ultimately to divest its IMT Wireless Communications and Microwave Business in mid-2014.

 

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Related Content:

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

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

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

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There’s a Lot of Talk About Cloud Technology in Media & Entertainment, But What’s Actually Being Deployed?

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research, market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 30 2014

This is the second in a series of articles about some of the findings from Devoncroft’s 2014 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 2014 BBS, making it the largest and most comprehensive market study ever conducted in the broadcast industry.

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There’s no question that cloud technology is a hot topic in the media and entertainment industry.

Indeed, it seems that these days you can’t read anything about industry technology trends (in broadcast or any other industry for that matter), NAB or IBC Show wrap-up piece, and/or manufacturer white paper, without coming across some mention of “the cloud.”

We see this in our own research too.

In the 2014 Devoncroft BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index, “Cloud Services / Cloud Technology” was ranked the #5 in terms of the industry trends that are most important commercially to broadcast technology end-users world-wide.

This indicates that while there continues to be skepticism (not to mention security concerns) about cloud technology, the acceptance of (or at least the willingness to consider) cloud technology and services increased rapidly in 2014.

For example, data from the Devoncroft 2014 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS) Global Market Report shows that Cloud Services / Cloud Technology had one of the largest year-over-year percentage increases in terms of broadcast technology end-user project spending, when compared to wide variety of other capital projects.

So while there is still a great deal of hype about cloud in media and broadcast, there also appears to be genuine interest on the part of buyers to actually deploy technology in the cloud.

But what are buyers of broadcast technology actually planning to deploy in the cloud, and do they actually trust cloud technology?

To find out we asked participants in our 2014 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS) what they have already deployed, or plan to deploy in the cloud over the next 2-3 years.

Since we typically get about 10,000 people in 100+ countries participate in the BBS (thanks to all who participated, we really appreciate the time you spent sharing your feedback and opinions), we’ve gathered a lot of data on this and many other topics.

As simple example is shown in the “word cloud” below, which provides a graphical representation of how the many thousands of broadcast technology end-users who participated in the 2014 BBS responded to this simple question:  “what have already deployed in the cloud, or plan to deploy in the cloud over the next 2-3 years?”

Please note that the chart shown below is derived from “free-text” answers received in 10 separate languages from the many thousands of 2014 BBS respondents, so there is a lot going on in this diagram.

The free-text responses from 2014 BBS participants were used to create the “word cloud” shown below, whereby the font size of each term was made larger based on how often it was mentioned by 2014 BBS respondents (the colors do not mean anything, but they are pretty).

 

 

2014 BBS -- Likely Cloud Deployments in Broadcast Over Next 2-3 Years (small)

 

 

Although the data in this chart just scratches the surface in terms of the overall scope of opinions captured in the 2014 BBS, it’s a useful illustration of what broadcast technology buyers are thinking about actually deploying in the cloud.

It’s probably not surprising to most readers that “storage” was the use-case mentioned most often by 2014 BBS participants. The combination of low-cost digital acquisition technology, ever-increasing shooting ratios, and the desire to monetize content assets over multiple distribution platforms is driving the need for more storage (both on and off-premise). As one vendor told me recently, “the one thing I can tell you about content archives is that they are not getting smaller every day.”

More interesting, is that when you compare the above diagram with how last year’s BBS respondents answered this same question, is appears that there is more consensus beginning to emerge about media use-cases for cloud technology beyond the obvious.

In previous years, BBS respondents also reported that storage was one of the most important things they planned to deploy in the cloud.  However, after storage, the next most important response was typically “I Don’t Know.”

While there are still some BBS respondents who remain unsure about their cloud deployment plans, there are now many fewer, and it appears that in 2014 broadcast technology end-users are more serious than ever about deploying cloud technology.

In 2014, commonly cited use-cases for media and entertainment cloud deployments include streaming, archiving, editing, transcoding, and content distribution.

It’s also interesting to see specific vendors (including Adobe, Amazon AWS, Apple, and Dropbox) being frequently mentioned as being “the thing” that will be deployed in the cloud. This may indicate that technology buyers are looking to these vendors to provide them anything from specific cloud-based tools, to a complete end-to-end cloud solution.

Leaving aside specific technologies and vendors, sometimes it’s more useful to “zoom out to a 10,000 foot view” of the potential deployments of cloud technology in the professional media and entertainment industry.

Considered from this perspective, we believe that more significant than the technologies and vendors mentioned in the above chart, is the fact that cloud technology is being seen as increasingly important by major broadcasters and media companies.

There is plenty of evidence to support this premise, including several recently announced end-user initiatives and many discussions about creating a “virtualized broadcast infrastructure” in order to drive greater efficiencies. If this is the case, there are significant implications for all involved in the media supply chain, including both vendors and end-users.

Much more information about the attitudes of broadcast technology buyers towards cloud technology, and what broadcast technology buyers are likely to actually deploy in the cloud is available from Devoncroft Partners as part of our 2014 BBS Global Market Report. This report also includes information about what technologies end-users are planning to deploy in the cloud, when they are planning to deploy them, and what efficiencies they hope to achieve by doing so.

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Related Content:

2014 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS) Reports Now Available

2014 Broadcast Industry Market Research from Devoncroft Partners

Devoncroft Research: IBC 2014: Observations and Analysis of Broadcast and Media Technology Industry (free 52 page report, registration required)

2014 BBS: Ranking the Most Important Trends in the Broadcast Industry, Based on Commercial Importance to End-Users

2013 BBS: With All the Hype About Cloud, What Are Media Organizations Actually Going to Deploy?

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Broadcast Vendor M&A: Oracle to Acquire Front Porch Digital

Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 14 2014

Oracle announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire library and archive management provider Front Porch Digital.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

According to Oracle, Front Porch Digital’s management team and employees are expected to join Oracle and continue in their current capacity

On the face of it, this is a deal that makes sense. Thanks to the widespread use of digital acquisition technology, the industry has seen huge growth in the amount of digital content being created, with shooting ratios expanding to up to 200:1 At the same time content owners are increasingly looking to find additional value in their media assets, and must find a way to efficiently manage and monetize them, either on-premise or in the cloud.

Oracle’s media and entertainment storage platforms come primarily through the its acquisition of Sun Microsystems in 2010.  Sun had previously acquired LTO library provider StorageTek.  After acquiring Sun, Oracle put renewed emphasis on its media storage products, just as digital content creation exploded, and archive management became an increasingly important requirement.

By combining Oracle’s disk-based and LTO storage platforms, with FPD’s storage management solutions, Oracle now has the capability to sell both the storage hardware and the crucial software management layer that supports it, and do so at scale.

 

Oracle buys FPD -- benefits of combination

 

Oracle says the acquisition of Front Porch Digital “will create a comprehensive, high-performance cloud or on-premise digital content storage management solution that empowers customers to modernize and simplify content management, increase efficiencies, optimize resources, and increase their bottom line.

Of course this combination also raises competitive issues, since Front Porch Digital’s partner ecosystem includes a wide variety of other storage vendors, who may in future shy away from working with a management platform owned by a competitor.

To counter this issue, Oracle says it “is committed to maintaining Front Porch Digital’s open integration platform with third-party systems and applications, and plans to further augment Front Porch Digital solutions with Oracle technologies to deliver enhanced features and functionalities.”

“Organizations need a modern, integrated content storage management solution to manage and monetize their valuable rich media assets,” said John Fowler, Executive Vice President of Oracle Systems. “We will continue to build on Front Porch Digital’s success and unique capabilities, which complement Oracle’s existing high performance and scalable engineered storage solutions.”

“Front Porch Digital has developed industry leading solutions that help companies manage large-scale digital content,” said Mike Knaisch, CEO, Front Porch Digital. “We are thrilled to be joining Oracle to continue our long-standing partnership. This combination will enable us to better serve and support our customers at a global scale.”

The proposed transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. Until the transaction closes, each company will continue to operate independently, and it is business as usual.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Oracle Buys Front Porch Digital

Oracle Acquires Front Porch Digital — General Presentation

Oracle Buys Front Porch Digital — FAQ

Customer and Partner Letter | Oracle and Front Porch Digital

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Avid Releases First Financial Results in Nearly Two Years, Revenue Down 11.4 Percent in 2013

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results, SEC Filings | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 12 2014

Avid released financial results for the first time in nearly two years, following a protracted audit of it historic accounting treatment of software upgrades, dating back to 2009, which were made available to certain of its customers at no-charge.

The company has now completed the audit, and released financial results for both 2012 and 2013.  Avid has also released re-stated results for 2009-2011, which reflect the results of the audit.

For the full year 2013, Avid’s revenue was $563.4m, down 11.4% versus the previous year.

GAAP net income for the full year 2013 was $21.2m, down sharply from $92.9m in 2012. Non-GAAP income from continuing operations was $57.2 million or $1.46 per share. The company attributed the decline in revenue and net income to the larger portion of revenue from periods prior to 2011 being amortized in 2012 as compared to 2013 due changes in accounting rules.

The results for 2012 and 2013 are shown below, along with re-stated results from 2009-2011.

 

Avid restated earnings

 

“As a result of our restatement and in accordance with GAAP, revenue that had originally been recognized in earlier periods is now being recognized ratably over an extended timeframe,” said Avid EVP and CFO John Frederick. “The amount of revenue earned or to be earned over the entire period of recognition essentially remains unchanged from the amount we historically recognized. There was no change to the cash characteristics of the transactions being restated nor to the Company’s liquidity directly relating to these transactions. As a result of the restatement, the balance sheet reflects a significant increase in deferred revenue, which will be recognized in revenue over a number of years and will provide significant visibility into our future revenues. The revenue recognized from deferred revenue originating in periods prior to 2011 will continue in declining amounts through 2016, creating downward pressure on revenue growth until 2017.”

“We have worked diligently for well over a year on the restatement and are delighted to have completed the process,” said Louis Hernandez, Jr., president and CEO of Avid. “Throughout this period, we have put a premium on maintaining our focus on continued innovation for our customers and reasserting our commitment to being a strategic leader for the media industry with our Avid Everywhere vision. I’m encouraged by the progress we’ve made in executing against our three phase transformational strategy, and specifically with the growth in bookings over the past few quarters. Now that we have completed the restatement process, we are excited to continue our work on the transformation and feel the momentum building.”

Following the filing of Avid’s first quarter 2014 financial report, Avid plans to apply for relisting on the NASDAQ stock exchange, and hopes to be relisted on the NASDAQ stock exchange sometime after becoming current with its SEC reporting obligations. In the interim, Avid stock will continue to trade on OTC Markets — OTC Pink Tier under the trading symbol AVID.

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Avid 2013 10-K Filing

Avid Nears Completion of Accounting Audit, Says Normal Financial Reporting Cycle to Resume in Q3 2014

Avid to be Delisted from NASDAQ on February 25, 2014

Avid Receives Anticipated NASDAQ Delist Letter

New Avid Rights Agreement Will Cause “Substantial Dilution” to Potential Acquirers

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

Avid Technology and Computershare Trust Company as Rights Agent, Rights Agreement Dated as of January 6, 2014

Avid Receives Additional Notice of Potential NASDAQ Delisting

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

New Avid Bonus Plan Contemplates “Reorganization Event”

Avid Says its 2009 – 2011 Financial Statements No Longer Reliable

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

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Broadcast Vendor M&A: TSL to Merge with IPE

Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 12 2014

Two UK-based broadcast systems integrators, TSL and IPE, announced that they intend to merge. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The proposed merger is being done at the holding companies level, and includes both the systems integration and product businesses of each firm.

When the deal closes, IPE’s Colin Judge will become Managing Director of the systems company.

Chris Exelby will become Managing Director of the products company, which will include IPE’s IDS line of Integrated Display Systems to the TSL Products’ portfolio of broadcast equipment.

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Download New Devoncroft Partners Report: IBC 2014 – Observations and Analysis of the Media Technology Industry

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 09 2014

In advance of the upcoming IBC trade show in Amsterdam, Devoncroft Partners has published an analysis of the trends and strategic drivers in the broadcast and media technology sector.

A link to download this report can be found at the bottom of this page.

 

Devoncroft Partners – IBC 2014 – Observations and Analysis of Media Technology Industry (image)

 

The report covers and provides commentary on a variety of significant market trends, drivers, and events, including:

 

  • Review of recent significant industry developments, and thoughts on future trends

 

  • Financial performance of selected industry vendors

 

  • Business and technical observations from vendors end-users

 

  • Ongoing consolidation of end-users and vendors

 

  • Recent private placements, investments, and IPOs

 

  • The disruption of the TV business…. Still waiting

 

  • Selected vendor announcements

 

  • Broadcast industry trends

 

  • Where money is being spent in the broadcast industry

 

  • The “trend-spend disconnect”

 

  • Transition to IP – analysis of strategic drivers

 

  • Review of technology opportunities

 

  • Thoughts on the next big thing

 

 

Included in the analysis are excerpts from the 2014 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), the largest and most comprehensive study of  technology trends, buyer behavior, and vendor brands in the broadcast and media technology sector.

We welcome feedback, comments, and questions on this report

If you would like to schedule a meeting at the IBC show, please let us know as soon as possible.  We are in the process of finalizing the IBC schedule for the Devoncroft team, and have very limited availability remaining.

We hope to see you in Amsterdam.

 

Please click here to download a PDF copy (5 MB) copy of Devoncroft’s IBC 2014 – Observations and Analysis of the Media Technology Industry (registration required).

 

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Related Content:

Devoncroft Partners: IBC 2014 – Observations and Analysis of Media Technology Industry (registration required)

2014 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS) Reports Now Available

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Evertz Reports Record Revenues for First Quarter of New Fiscal Year

broadcast industry technology trends, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 09 2014

Evertz announced record revenue for the first quarter of its 2015 fiscal year of C$98.0m, up 54% versus the same period a year ago (a poor quarter for the company), and up 12.5% versus the previous quarter.

Net earnings for the quarter were C$19.7m ($0.27 earnings per share), an increase of 61.3% versus the first fiscal quarter of 2014, and an increase of 33% versus the preceding quarter. The company generated C$15.3m cash from operations in the quarter.  This compares to cash from operations of C$2.7m during the same period last year and negative C$1.3m during the previous quarter.

The revenue result is the highest in Evertz’s corporate history. It came in well above the consensus estimates of equity analysts, which were expecting revenue of $C91.7m and earnings of C$0.24 per share.

Evertz EVP Brian Campbell attributed the strong performance “to the ongoing transition to HD, channel proliferation, the increasing global demand for high-quality video anywhere anytime, to worldwide demand for Evertz’s comprehensive product offering with our optimized workflow solutions providing compelling value to customers and to the growing adoption of Evertz’s state of the art sports replay and our software defined video networking solutions”

Revenue in the US/Canada region was C$55.5m, up 55% versus the same period a year ago, and up 28.8% versus the previous quarter. US/Canada sales were 57% of total revenue during the quarter, up from 56% of revenue during the same period a year ago, and 49.5% of revenue last quarter.

International revenue was C$42.5m, representing 52% growth versus the previous year’s result and a slight decrease of 3.7% when compared to the previous quarter. International sales were 43% of total revenue, down from 44% last year and 50.5% last quarter.

The top ten customers in the quarter accounted for 31% of revenue (C$17.2m), and the largest customer in the quarter accounted for 6% of revenue (C$3.3m).

During the first quarter of fiscal 2015, Evertz had 86 individual customers each representing over $200,000 of revenue.

Gross margins in the quarter were 57.0%, down slightly from 57.5% last year and up from 56.3% last quarter. Evertz executives said that the gross margin performance in the quarter were within the company’s target range of 56% to 60%.  Consistent with recent calls, equity analysts asked both why the company’s gross margins were not increasing more rapidly with revenue growth, and what is required for gross margins to move to the high-end of Management’s target range.

While Management cited gross margins drivers of product mix, geographic mix, and the discounting of volume orders, the principal factor was the competitive pricing environment.  “We’ve been in a quite a competitive pricing environment for the last year, so there hasn’t been any significant change to that.” noted Campbell.

R&D expenses in the second quarter were C$15.8m, an increase of 18% versus the same period last year, and down 2.8% versus the previous quarter.  R&D expenses were approximately 13.6% of revenue in the quarter, lower on a percentage basis than last year (16.6%) and last quarter (15.8%) due to higher revenue.

Selling and administrative expenses for the quarter were C$13.4m, an increase of 16% versus last year, and a decrease of 18.8% versus the previous quarter. Selling and administrative expenses represented approximately 15.5% of revenue in the quarter versus 20.5% of revenue during the same period last year, and 18.9% of revenue last quarter.

The company said that its shipments in August 2014 were C$25m, and that its purchase order backlog at the end of the quarter was in excess of C$46m.

The company ended the quarter with $103.4m of cash and short term investments up slightly from C$102.0 at the end of last quarter.

There was some additional commentary provided during management’s exchange with equity analysts:

Thanos Moschopoulos, BMO: “…With respect to the EXE and the overall IP product platform, is there any incremental color you can provide in terms of the types of customers you are seeing adopt that solution?”

Brian Campbell, Evertz: “…We are definitely seeing good interest and traction within our broadcast and new media customer set”

Rob Young, Canaccord Genuity: “…A lot of your competitors have been going through large M&A and are you seeing any beneficial environment for Evertz while some of these large competitors change their strategy?”

Brian Campbell, Evertz: “Yes we have picked up market share from our perspective.  We have very solid year-over-year growth and I don’t know that any of the competitors have had anything similar to that although some of them are no longer public entities where you can see the numbers. So I would say that yes we have definitely benefited and as a consequence perhaps of their activities but also directly resulting from the very significant, sustained investments we’ve made in new products and innovation.

Campbell concluded the call by emphasizing several points, “Our commitment to R&D continues to deliver innovative solutions enabling our customers to migrate to IP and IT based solutions to address the increasing complexities of our industry and to implement multiscreen TV everywhere anytime solutions.  Our customers have confidence in Evertz’s financial stability and our competitive position as one of the largest pure-players in the broadcast technology sector.”

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Related Content:

Press Release: Evertz Technologies Limited Revenue for the three months ended July 31, 2014

Evertz Revenue Declines 33 Percent in Q1 Fiscal 2014

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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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Orad’s Revenue Jumps 40.7 Percent in Q2 2014

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Aug 18 2014

Graphics and media asset management (MAM) provider Orad reported that its revenue for the second quarter of 2014 was $10.2m, an increase of 40.7% versus the same period a year ago, and up 9.7% versus the previous quarter.

Product sales in Q2 2014 were $7.5m, or 73.7% of total revenue, an increase of 33.4% versus the 2nd quarter of last year when product sales were $5.6m, or 77.7% of total revenue.

Service revenue in the quarter was $2.68m, or 26.3% of total revenue, an increase of 65.9% versus the 2nd quarter of last year when service revenue was $1.62m, or 22.3% of total revenue.

Net profit for the quarter was $800,000, versus a loss of $1.3m during the same period a year ago, and up 14.2% versus last quarter.

Gross margins for the quarter were 69.3% versus 62.5% last year, and 67.8% last quarter.

Operating income for the quarter was $900,000, versus an operating loss of $1.5m during the second quarter of 2013, and operating income of $800,000 last quarter.

Operating expenses were up across the board.

R&D expense for the quarter was $1.54m, or 15.1% of total revenue, up 5.8% versus the same period a year ago.

Sales & marketing expenses were $3.7m, or 36.4% of total revenue in the quarter, up effectively flat versus the third quarter of 2013, when sales and marketing costs were 51% of total revenue.

G&A expenses in the quarter were $899,000, or 8.8%% of total revenue, up 5.4% from last year.

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the end of June 2014 amounted to $7.6m compared to $6.4m at the end of March 2014.

 

First Half 2014 Results

For the first six months of 2012, Orad’s revenue was $19.5m, up 35.2% versus the first half of 2013.

Product sales for the first six months of 2014 were $14.8m, or 76.1% of total revenue, an increase of 36.2% versus the same period a year ago, when product sales were $10.9m, or 75.6% of total revenue.

Service revenue for the first six months of 2014 was $4.65m, or 23.9% of total revenue, an increase of 36.2% versus the same period a year ago, when product sales were $10.9m, or 75.6% of total revenue.

Net Profit for the 1H 2012 was $1.5m, versus a loss of $2.2m for the first six months of 2013.  Gross Margins for the first half of 2012 were 68.6%, up from 63.5% for the first six months of 2013.

Operating income for 1H 2012 was $1.7m, compared to a loss of $2.2m for the first half of 2013.

R&D expenses for the first half of 2014 were $3m, or 15.5% of total revenue, up just under 1% versus the first six months of last year when R&D expenses represented 20.7% of total revenue.

Sales & marketing expenses for 1H 2014 were $6.7m, or 34.7% of total revenue, up 3.2%% versus the first half of 2013 when S&M expenses represented 45.5% of total revenue.

G&A expenses in the 1H 2014 were $1.9m, or 9.8% of total revenue, up 9.9% versus the first half of 2013 when G&A expenses represented 12.1% of total revenue.

 

 

Outlook

Orad says that it is expecting its revenue for the full year 2014 to be between $39m and $40m, in line with previous projections. If the company achieves the projected top-line results, it would represent an increase of 22% to 26% compared to 2013.

Full year operating profits for 2014 are expected to be approximately 6% to 8% of revenues, compared to the operating loss of 5% in 2013.

 

“We are pleased to announce the results of this quarter which show the highest level of quarterly revenues in the Company’s history,” said Orad CEO Avi Sharir. “Revenues for the first half of 2014 show an increase of 35% compared to the same period in 2013. This substantial increase in revenues is attributed to the return of our traditional markets and the higher penetration in new markets such as North America. We have recently announced several important sales in North and South America to major American and Brazilian broadcasters. Our efficient and cost effective solutions enable broadcasters to substantially increase their ROI by providing them efficient and cost effective solutions.

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Related Links:

Press Release: Orad Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter and the first six months of 2014

Previous Year: Orad Revenue Declines 29% in Q2 2013, Announces 10% Workforce Reduction

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