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Kit digital Says its Revenue Doubled in 2011, Forms Strategic Transaction Committee

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Feb 28 2012

IP video specialist KIT digital announced that it expects to report Q4 2011 revenue of $70m, 4% higher than the company’s previous guidance, 82% higher than the same period a year ago, and 12% higher than the previous quarter.    Non-GAAP operating income for the fourth quarter is expected to be approximately $16.4m versus previously issued guidance of $17.5m, representing an increase of 15% sequentially and 145% over the fourth quarter of 2010.

The company said it expects to report full year 2011 revenue of $215m, up 102% from 2010, and full year non-GAAP operating income of approximately $47.3m, up 158% from 2010.

“The organic growth in our business is reflected in these preliminary record results,” said KIT digital’s chairman and CEO, Kaleil Isaza Tuzman. “The quarter’s non-GAAP operating income is expected to come in marginally lower than originally targeted, due to increased internal staffing and third-party resources for additional tier 1 deployments in the quarter. However, we were pleased with the bottom-line results, and the investments we are making now add to our conviction that we have set the stage for a strong 2012 and beyond.”

 

Outlook for Q1 and Full Year
The company said that it expects to report revenues of at least $72 million for the first quarter of 2012, and full year 2012 revenue in the range of $320m to $330m, versus previously issued full year 2012 guidance of $320m.

For 2012, management expects the company’s non-GAAP operating income margin to be within a range of 23.5% to 25.5%. This full year margin is inclusive of the following expected investments and charges during the course of 2012: (a) approximately $5m of additional investment in sales and marketing, including solution design and channel sales programs; (b) approximately $3m of additional investment in R&D; (c) approximately $4.5m for performance management initiatives, including the replacement of poor performers, as well as the recruitment of additional direct sales, partnerships, and engineering personnel in the company’s AsiaPac and LatAm regional operations, areas of strong growth opportunities in 2012 and 2013; and (d) approximately $3.5m for office consolidation and relocation of certain client service centers to lower cost jurisdictions.

“The sales and R&D investments are aimed at seizing the opportunity presented by the launch schedule of premium content OTT offerings by service providers globally, as well as rapid growth in emerging markets such as Latin America, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia,” said KIT digital’s president, Gavin Campion. “We expect increased investments in sales and marketing, R&D, and client services capabilities to lead to enhanced growth rates in 2013 and beyond, and the rationalization of certain offices and client service centers to lead to savings of up to $10 million in 2013.” The majority of these investments and expenditures are expected to occur during the first half of 2012. As such, KIT digital expects to finish the year with a run-rate non-GAAP operating income margin in the range of 27% to 29%.

 

Strategic Transaction Committee Formed:

Commenting on speculation that the company may be an acquisition target, Tuzman said “As we have previously disclosed, we have from time to time received expressions of interest concerning significant investment in, and possible purchase of, our company. Due to recent inquiries and conversations, in January our board established a strategic transaction committee of independent directors to allow for responsible and efficient review of such opportunities as they arise. The company has not made a decision to pursue a strategic transaction nor has it entered into any agreement with a prospective purchaser with regard to any such transaction, and the establishment of the board committee should not be considered indicative of any pending or future transaction.”

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Related Content:

Press Release: KIT digital Announces Record Preliminary Q4 and Full Year 2011 Results, Updates Guidance for 2012

Previous Quarter: KIT digital Reports Record Q3 2011 Results, Issues Strong Guidance

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Kit Digital Buys ioko for $79.4m, Completes Buying Spree

Previous Year: KIT digital Reports Q4 and Fiscal 2010 Results, Raises Guidance, Says Big M&A Deal Still on Track

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: KIT digital Acquires Polymedia for $34.4m

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Kit Digital Buys Three Companies for $77m, Says larger Acquisition is Coming

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The broadcaster’s view of technology trends

market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jun 23 2009

I’ve recently been looking at how broadcast technology trends vary by geographic region, based on the research data from the 2009 Big Broadcast Survey. The examples I have shown previously look at the differences in technology trends based solely on geography. 

Now it’s time to get a bit more granular and look at how just broadcasters view these technology trends, and whether there are regional variations in their opinions.   Approximately 1,400 broadcasters participated in the study.  Each was presented with a list of 15 industry trends and asked to choose the three trends from the list (ranking them 1-3) that they feel will have the most significant impact on the way they do business over the next 2-3 years.  The chart below shows their responses, which are weighted based on how they were ranked by the respondents.  If a trend was ranked most important, its weight=3; if a trend was ranked #2, its weight=2; and if a trend was ranked #3, it is weight=1.  

 

The broadcaster's view of industry trends by region

The broadcaster's view of industry trends by region

 

In general it appears that broadcasters around the world are roughly aligned in terms of overall opinion of technology trends, but there are a few regional variations. 

Just as with the overall market, the transition to HDTV and tapeless workflows are the top trends for broadcasters, followed by multiplatform delivery and file-based workflows.  Interestingly, broadcasters in EMEA rank the move to file-based workflows higher than their counterparts in the Americas and Asia, while ranking multi-platform content delivery lower.

Otherwise, it is broadcasters in Asia  who vary from their counterparts in the Americas and EMEA. 

For example, broadcasters in Asia rank the following trends differently than their counterparts in the Americas and EMEA (although some of these are still at the low end of the range):

* IP content delivery (lower)

* automated worflows higher (higher)

* 3DTV (higher)

* Set-top box PVR (higher)

* Network PVR (higher)

 

Once again, some of the trends that we often read about in the trade press — e.g. the transition to 3Gbps and 3DTV — are relatively far down the list of business priorities for broadcasters (#9 and #11 respectively), which implies that broadcasters are continuing to move to HDTV operations while striving for efficiency in their operations rather than pursuing new technology. 

 

Here’s the full list of technology trends from the study, in the order that they were ranked by the broadcasters:

  Broadcasters — Asia Broadcasters — Americas Broadcasters — EMEA
1 Transition to HDTV Transition to HDTV Transition to HDTV
2 Tapeless workflows Tapeless workflows Tapeless workflows
3 Automated workflows Multi-platform delivery File-based workflows
4 Multi-platform delivery File-based workflows Multi-platform delivery
5 File-based workflows IP content delivery IP content delivery
6 IP content delivery Automated workflows Automated workflows
7 Advanced encoding techniques (e.g. h.264) Advanced encoding techniques (e.g. h.264) Advanced encoding techniques (e.g. h.264)
8 Video on Demand Video on Demand Video on Demand
9 Transition to 3Gbps (1080p) Transition to 3Gbps (1080p) Transition to 3Gbps (1080p)
10 3D TV On-line advertising On-line advertising
11 Set-top box PVR/DVR 3D TV 3D TV
12 On-line advertising 4K production 2K production
13 Network DVR Set-top box PVR/DVR 4K production
14 4K production 2K production Set-top box PVR/DVR
15 2K production Network DVR Network DVR

Regional Variation in Broadcast technology Trends — HDTV Still Top Trend

market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jun 22 2009

In a previous post about broadcast  industry trends, I looked at at a ranking of top trends in the broadcast industry and made the comment that there  is considerable variation in response when you segment data by geography and customer type.  One of the really interesting things about the data in the 2009 BBS is that is can be sliced and diced in many ways, thereby providing insight through granular analysis. 

Here’s an example of how trends can vary by geographic region:

2009 BBS trends -- regional variations

 This chart shows responses to the same question as the previous post — i.e.  “please choose from this list the top three trends that will most affect the way your company does business over the next 2-3 years” — from the point of view of people in different geographies.  Once again, a simple weighting formula was used to generate these rankings — if  a technology was ranked 1st (weight=3), 2nd (weight=2) or 3rd(weight=1).  This was done to illustrate the relative importance of  each technology trend to the respondent.  The trends in this chart are then expressed as a percentage of the total weighted votes.  As you can see, there are some interesting differences between the views of respondents in the Americas, EMEA and Asia.

While the transition to HDTV is still the top trend for all three geographies, there are differences in how important this trend is to the businesses of the respondents.  In the Americas, the transition to HDTV scores 23.79%; in EMEA is scores 21.92% and in Asia is scores 17.36%.  There are similar difference in the scores of the “file-based workflows” question.  This trend appears significantly more important to Europeans than it is to Americas and especially to respondents in Asia.

 A couple more observations:

  • Transition to HD and tapeless workflows are the top two trends in all three regions — despite the variations in importance of these trends relative to one another
  • Some of the trends that are in the news these days — e.g. transition to 3Gbps and 3DTV did not score particularly high.  Perhaps the reason we read about these trends in trade publications is that this vendors want to push the next new thing, while their customers want to complete the transition (to HD or tapeless for example) that they are in the middle of now, rather than worrying about the next new thing.
  • A few of the more “advanced” trends (multi-platform content delivery, 3D TV) scored higher in Asia than they did in the Americas or EMEA

Here’s the full list of the 15 trends from the study, ranked in order for each region.

       EMEA Americas Asia
1      Transition to HDTV Transition to HDTV Transition to HDTV
2      Tapeless Workflows Tapeless workflows Tapeless Workflows
3      File-based workflows IP content delivery Multi-platform content delivery
4      IP content delivery File-based workflows IP content delivery
5      Multi-platform content delivery Multi-platform content delivery Automated workflows
6      Automated workflows Video on Demand Advanced encoding techniques
7      Advanced encoding techniques Automated workflows Video on Demand
8      Video on Demand Advanced encoding techniques 3D TV
9      Transition to 3Gbps Transition to 3Gbps File-based workflows
10     On-line advertising On-line advertising Transition to 3Gbps
11     2K production 3D TV Set-top box PVR/DVR
12     4K production 2K production 2K production
13     Set-top box PVR/DVR 4K production On-line advertising
14     3D TV Set-top box PVR/DVR Network DVR
15     Network DVR Network DVR 4K production 
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