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Strong Sales in Americas Drives Orad Revenue 27 Percent Higher in 2014

Annual Results, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Mar 10 2015

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Graphics and media asset management (MAM) provider Orad reported that its revenue for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $10.6m, an increase of 21.7% versus the same period a year ago, and up 1% versus the previous quarter.

Product revenue in Q4 2014 was $8.2m, or 78% of total revenue, an increase of 53.4% versus the 4th quarter of last year when product sales were $5.4m, or 61.9% of total revenue.

Service revenue in Q4 2014 was $2.3m, or 22% of total revenue, a decline of 29.7% versus the 4th quarter of last year when service revenues were $3.3m, or 38.1% of total revenue.

Net income for the quarter was $1.1m versus a net profit of $200,000 during the same period a year ago, and a net profit of $800,000 last quarter.

Gross margins for the quarter were 69.9%, versus 68.6% last year, and 71.1% 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.

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the end of  December 2014 were $10.4m, compared to $9.1m at the end of September 2014, and compared to $5.7m at the end of December 2013.

 

Full Year 2014 Results

For the full year 2014, Orad’s revenue was $40.5m, up 27.3% versus 2013.

Revenue from Europe was $19.2m, up 38.2% versus 2013.  Europe accounted for 47.3% of total 2014 revenue.  In 2013, revenue from Europe was $13.86m, or 43.6% of total revenue.

Revenue from Asia was $6.5m, a decline of 5.7% versus 2013.  Asia accounted for 16% of total 2014 revenue.  In 2013, revenue from Asia was $6.9m, or 21.6% of total revenue.

Revenue from the Americas was $14.3m, an increase of 44.5% versus 2013. The Americas accounted for 35.3% of total 2014 revenue.  In 2013, revenue from the Americas was $9.9m, or 31.1% of total revenue.

Product sales for year were $31.3m, an increase of 31.5% versus 2013.  Product sales accounted for 77.2% of total revenue in 2014, up from 74.8% in 2013.

Service revenue for 2014 was $9.2m, up 14.9% versus 2013. Service revenue accounted for 22.8% of total revenue in 2014, compared to 25,2% in 2013.

Operating income for 2014 was $4.36m, compared to a loss of $1.6m in 2013.

Net income for 2014 was $3.4m, compared to a net loss of $1.9m in 2013.

Gross Margins for 2014 were 69.7% up from 66.6% in 2013.

Operating expenses for the year were up across the board.

R&D expenses for 2014 were $6.1m, up 3.5% versus 2013. R&D expenses accounted for 15.1% of total revenue in 2014, compared to 18.6% of total revenue in 2013

Sales & marketing expenses for 2014 were $13.8m, up 4.5% versus 2013. Sales & marketing &D expenses accounted for 34.2% of total revenue in 2014, compared to 41.6% of total revenue in 2013

G&A expenses for 2014 were $3.9m, up 9.7% versus 2013. G&A &D expenses accounted for 9.7% of total revenue in 2014, compared to 11.4% of total revenue in 2013

“We are pleased to announce that 2014 has been our most successful year in many aspects,” said Orad CEO Avi Sharir. “Profits have continued to increase, reaching the highest level in the company’s history. Our operating income for 2014 was 10.8% from revenues, far better than our outlook of 8%-10%. We have succeeded in meeting these impressive results thanks to our strong increase in revenues resulting from our wide range of products and solutions, our extensive geographic presence and as a result of our increased efficiency. Our strategy to offer customers comprehensive solutions was very successful with several very significant sales. Orad’s solutions’ offering brings added value to the customer by simplifying his workflow, while offering a one stop shop for the entire solution. Our servers took the forefront this year, penetrating new markets. We are seeing increased interest from existing and new customers, and given the size of the potential market, we are aiming to increase our market share. Our strategy to strengthen our presence in the North American market in 2014 proved successful, doubling our bookings compared to 2013.

 

Outlook:

“I am confident that Orad will continue in 2015 in the same direction as we continue to invest in cutting edge new technologies and increase our presence in existing and new markets,” said Sharir.

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Press Release: Orad Reports Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and for the for the Full Year of 2014

Orad’s Revenue Jumps 40.7 Percent in Q2 2014

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Dalet 2014 Revenue up 15 Percent, Driven by Strong Sales in MAM and Radio Solutions

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Feb 10 2015

Dalet, a provider of broadcast newsroom computer systems, asset management, and radio automation solutions, reported that its revenue for 2013 was 2012 revenue was €42.1m, an increase of 15% versus 2013.

Fourth quarter revenue was €13.1m, up 6% versus the same period a year ago.

The above figures include approximately 9 months revenue from AmberFin, which was acquired by Dalet in April 2014.

Excluding AmberFin, the company’s revenue was up 7% versus the previous year.

Gross margin for the full year 2014 were 85%, down from 87% in 2013, and 86% in 2012

 

On a geographic basis:

  • Revenue in Europe was €21.1m in 2014, up by 19% versus the full year 2013.  Europe represented 50.1% of total revenue for the year, versus 48.5% in 2013.

 

  •  Revenues grew 7% in the Americas to €13.9m, or 33% of total revenue for the year, down from 35.4% in 2013

 

  • 2014 revenue from MEA was €2.8m, up 4% versus 2013. The MEA region represented 6.7% of revenue in 2014, down from 6.7% in 2013.

 

  • APAC revenue in 2014 was €4.2m, up 32% versus the previous year. APAC revenue was 10% of total revenue in 2014, up from 8.7% in 2013

 

 

On a product basis:

  • Asset management revenue was €18.5m, up 36.2% versus the previous year.  Asset management revenue represented 44% of total revenue in 2014, compared to 37.1% in 2013, and 44.9% in 2012

 

  • TV Newsroom systems was €12.2m, down 5.4% versus the previous year. TV newsroom systems represented 29% of total revenue in 2014, compared to 35.1% in 2013, and 25.2% in 2012

 

  • Sport solutions revenue was €2.9m, up 5.3% versus the previous year. Sports solutions revenue was 7% of total revenue in 2014, versus 10% in both 2013 and 2012

 

  • Radio solutions revenue was €7.6m, up 51.6% versus 2013. Radio solutions represented 18% of total revenue in 2014, versus 13.6% in 2013 and 14.6% in 2012

 

  • Integration revenue was €0.84m, down 39.9% versus the previous year.  Integration revenue represented 2% of total revenue in 2014, versus 3.8% in 2013 and 5.5% in 2012

 

 

Dalet CEO David Lasry said the company “experienced growth in 2014 despite the depressed economic conditions in Europe and the uncertainty in Eastern Europe. Even with negative market factors and the restructuring costs associated with the acquisition of AmberFin, the company’s operating profit for the year should remain positive. The Q4 order intake is strong, particularly in North and South America. Our ongoing investments in Asia Pacific are now gaining traction and we expect to see revenue growth in this region as well. These positive factors should further enhance our position in the Media Asset Management and broadcast space as we continue to expand our roster of premier media customers.”

The company said that its Dalet’s backlog of orders to be executed in 2015 stands currently at €30m, similar to its level at the same period last year.

Dalet finished the year with approximately €5.2m in cash (including 0.3 M€ of restricted cash), down from €7.7m on December 31, 2013. Short term and long term bank debt on December 31, 2014 totaled €5.4m, up from €2m on December 31, 2013, following the €3.4m loan taken to finance AmberFin’s acquisition.

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Press Release: Dalet Revenues 2014 – €42.1 million, +15%

Previous Year: Dalet Revenue Grows 7 Percent in 2013 on Strong Sales of Newsroom Solutions

2012 Results: Dalet Reports 10 Percent Revenue Growth in 2012 Thanks to Strong MAM Sales

Broadcast Vendor M&A: Dalet Acquires AmberFin

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

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

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

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

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

Dalet Q2 2014 Results with and without AmberFin

 

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

 

On a product basis:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

Results for the First Half of 2014:

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

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

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

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

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Related Content:

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

Broadcast Vendor M&A: Dalet Acquires AmberFin

Previous Quarter: Dalet Revenue Grows 3 Percent in Q1 2014

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

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Dalet Revenue up 1 Percent in Q3 2013

broadcast technology market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Oct 30 2013

MAM and newsroom specialist Dalet reported that its revenue in the third quarter of 2013 was revenues of €9.1m, up 1% versus the same period last year.

The company said that its order intake during the quarter jumped by 25% versus the same period a year ago thanks to “a combination of orders in key markets for the company such as the US and Russia as well as the realization of the company’s first orders in Korea.”

Gross margins in the quarter were 85%, up from 84% during the third quarter of 2012.

 

On a product basis:

  • Asset management revenue was €2.37m, or 26% of total revenue in the quarter

 

  • TV Newsroom systems was €4.28, or 47% of total revenue in the quarter

 

  • Sport solutions revenue was €546,000, or 6% of total revenue in the quarter

 

  • Radio solutions revenue was €1.46m, or 16% of total revenue in the quarter

 

  • Integration revenue was €364,000, or 4% of total revenue in the quarter

 

 

On a geographic basis:

  • Revenue in Europe was €4.91m, or 54% of total revenue in the quarter

 

  • Revenue from the Americas was €3.18m or 35% of total revenue in the quarter

 

  • Asia-Pacific revenue was €455,000 or 5% of total Q3 2013 revenue

 

  • Middle-East Africa revenue was €637,000, or 7% of total revenue in the quarter

 

 

Year-to-Date Results:

Revenue for the first nine months of 2013 was €24.4m, up 1% versus the first three quarters of 2012.

Gross margins for the first nine months of 2013 were 86% from 84% for the same period in 2012.

The company said that its cash balance at the end of the third quarter of 2013 was €5.2m, up €800,000, and that its debt remained stable.

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Press Release: Dalet Announces Revenues for the Third Quarter of 2013

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

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

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Aug 20 2013

Graphics and media asset management (MAM) provider Orad reported that its revenue for the second quarter of 2013 was $7.2m, down 29% versus the same period a year ago, and up 1% versus the previous quarter.

 “The lower level of activity which started in Q3 2012, mostly due to the economic situation in Europe, continued through the second quarter of 2013, as reflected in the disappointing results for the second quarter and also for the first half of the year,” said Orad CEO Avi Sharir.

Orad has been struggling since the third quarter of last year, particularly in Europe, which is the company’s largest market. In February 2013, the Orad issued a profit warning for the full year 2012, saying at that time that it expected its profit to fall by about 34 percent.

The company’s results in Q2 2013 show that the company continues to struggle in the European market. However, the company also reported a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing quarter, saying that its order intake increased during the quarter. “We are happy to announce that during Q2 2013 we booked the highest volume of orders ever in Orad’s history, setting a new record,” said Sharir.

Orad’s product revenue in the quarter was $5.6m (78% of total revenue), down 33% versus the same period last year, and up 7% versus the previous quarter.  Service revenue in the quarter was $1.6m, down 11% versus last year, and down 14% versus the previous quarter.

The net loss for the second quarter of 2013 was $1.3m, or -$0.11 per share, compared to a net profit of $732,000 or $0.06per share last year, and a net loss of $944,000, or $0.08 per share last quarter. 

Including additional charges in the quarter, the total comprehensive loss for the second quarter of 2013 was $1.375m, compared to total comprehensive income of $507,000 last year, and a total comprehensive loss of $1m last quarter.

Gross margins for the quarter were 63% versus 69% last year, and 65% last quarter.

The operating loss for the quarter was $1.46m, compared to an operating profit of $1m last year, and and operating loss of $657,000 last quarter.

Operating expenses for the quarter were $6m (83% of total revenue), down slightly from last year, and up 14% versus the previous quarter.

R&D costs for the second quarter of 2013 were $1.45m, up 5% versus the same period last year, and down 5% compared to last quarter.  R&D costs were 20% of total revenue in the quarter, compared to 14% of total revenue last year, and 21% of total revenue last quarter.

Sales and marketing expenses in the quarter were $3.7m, down 2% versus the same period last year, and up 29% compared to last quarter.  Sales and marketing costs accounted for 51% of total revenue in the quarter, compared to 37% of total revenue last year, and 40% of total revenue last quarter.

Following the company’s sharp rise in sales and marketing costs this quarter, Sharir says that Orad will continue to spend in this area.  “We also continue to invest in our sales and marketing infrastructure and in particular have put emphasis on strengthening our North America office with the addition of a few senior people,” he said.

General and administrative expenses in the quarter were $853,000, down 4% versus the same period last year, and down 4% compared to last quarter.  G&A costs accounted for 12% of total revenue in the quarter, compared to 9% of total revenue last year, and 12% of total revenue last quarter.

The company ended the quarter with $5.6m in cash equivalents and restricted cash, compared to $9.6m last year, and $7.2m last quarter.

 

Announcement of 10 Percent Workforce Reduction

Although the company says it had strong order intake during the second quarter of 2013, Sharir says it’s “too early to tell if we reached a turning point in the level of activity, but it is certainly a very encouraging sign.”

“As a measure of caution, we have decided to align our operating expenses with our current financial results, and have decided to reorganize some departments, reducing our overall headcount by 10% and trim other operational costs as well. The result of these measures will be seen in the lower cost of operating expenses expected as of the fourth quarter of 2013. The decrease in our operational expenses will not affect our continuous focus on strategic initiatives.”

 

First Half 2013 Results

For the first six months of 2013, Orad’s revenue was $14.4m, down 24.7% versus the first half of 2012.

The net loss for the first six months of 2013 was $2.2m, compared to net income of $1.7m for the first half of 2012.

Gross Margins for the first half of 2013 were 64%, down from 69% for the first six months of 2012.

The operating loss for the first six months of 2013 was $2.1m compared to operating income of $1.8m for the first six months of 2012.

Operating expenses in the first six months of 2013 were $11.3m, or 78% of total revenue, down 1% versus last year when total operating expenses accounted for 60% of overall revenue.

R&D expenses for the first half of 2013 was $3m, or 20% of total revenue, up 9% versus the same period a year ago when R&D accounted for 15% of revenue,

Sales & marketing expenses for the first six months of 2013 $6.6m, or 45% of total revenue, down 3% % versus the first half of 2012 when sales and marketing accounted for 45% of revenue.

General and administrative expenses for the first six months of 2013 were $1.7m, or 12% of total revenue, down 9% versus the first half of 2012 when G&A expenses were or 10% of total revenue.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Orad Results for the second quarter and for six months of 2013

Previous Year: Revenue Up, Profit Down at Orad in Q2 2012

Previous Quarter: Orad: Results for the First Quarter

Orad Warns of Lower Revenue, Net Loss in Q4 2012 of 2013

 

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

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Aug 01 2013

MAM and newsroom specialist Dalet reported that its consolidated revenue for the second quarter of 2013 was €7.9m, up 7% versus the same period a year ago, and up 7% versus the previous quarter.

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

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

Gross margins for the second quarter of 2013 were 88%, up from 86% last year, and up from 85% last quarter.

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

 

1H 2013 Results:

For the first six months of 2013, the company’s consolidated revenue was €15.3m, up 1% versus the first half of 2012.

Gross margins for the first half of 2013 were €13.3m, or 87%, up from €12.7m, or 83% for the first six months of 2012.

Unusually, the company did not provide any detail on its order backlog. At the end of the previous quarter (Q1 2013), the company said its order backlog expected to be invoiced in 2013 was €20 million.

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Press Release: Dalet Revenues for First Semester 2013: €15.3 Million

Dalet Issues Final 2012 Results, Revenue Up 10 Percent

Dalet Reports 10 Percent Revenue Growth in 2012 Thanks to Strong MAM Sales

Previous Year: Dalet Revenue Increases 4 Percent in Q2 2012

Press Release: Fox Chooses Dalet Sports Factory for New Sports Network

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Broadcast Technology Products Being Evaluated for Purchase in 2013 – 2014

broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast Vendor Brand Research, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jul 03 2013

This is the fourth 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, and where money is currently being spent in the broadcast industry.

This article expands on the findings of the 2013 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Project Index by drilling down into the specific product categories that are being evaluated for purchase this year by our global sample of nearly 10,000 broadcast technology end-users in 100+ countries.

We presented research participant with a list of relevant product categories and asked to indicate which ones they are currently evaluating for purchase.

The results are shown in the chart below.

 

2013 BBS -- Product Being Evaluated for Purchase

 

In 2013 it is likely that production technology – such as video editing systems, camera-related products, and audio technology – will be in demand as broadcast professionals continue to upgrade their facilities to HDTV operations.

The new studios, OB vans, and channels that broadcasters have planned and budgeted for will drive the evaluation and purchase of a wide variety of equipment including studio cameras, production switchers, multiviewers, automation, storage, and transmission encoders. As always, test & measurement products will be required for these new facilities.

Strong interest in multi-platform content delivery is driving interest in products and services such as ingest/ streaming/ transcoding and online video delivery platforms.

The ongoing transition to file-based/tapeless workflows will drive the evaluation and purchase of products such as near-line/off-line/archival storage, production servers, and playout automation.

All of the above will likely benefit software-oriented systems such as workflow / asset management, library/storage management, and broadcast business management systems. These products help broadcast technology increase their operational efficiency by facilitating content storage & search; linear and multi-platform playout & distribution; and of course monetization.

 

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

Devoncroft Partners: 2013 Broadcast Industry Market Research Findings

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

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research, market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jul 01 2013

This is the third 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. 

 

In a previous article, we published the 2013 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index, which shows how a global sample of nearly 10,000 broadcast professionals ranked a set of broadcast industry trends in terms of the commercial importance of each one to their business.

This was followed by a post called Tracking the Evolution of Broadcast Industry Trends 2012 – 2013, which examined how the relative commercial importance of broadcast industry trends have changed over time.

Rather than looking at industry trends, which are often an indicator of what might happen in the future, this article examines what technology products and services are actually being purchased today by broadcasters and media companies globally.

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The 2013 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index (which can be found here) showed that the top-ranked broadcast industry trend in 2013 is “multi-platform content delivery.”  Other important trends include “file-based workflows,” “IP networking and content delivery,” and the “transition to HDTV operations.”

The 2013 BBS Trend Index includes a mix of current and future commercial priorities, some of which have already been widely deployed, on a wide scale, some of which are currently being trialed, and others which have not yet been widely implemented. Industry trends evolve and change over time, so tracking this evolution is helpful to better understand what customers are discussing and thinking about implementing in the future.

However, a top ranking in an industry trend Index does not necessarily translate into where broadcast technology buyers are actually spending their budgets in 2013 and 2014. Therefore, it’s important to make a clear distinction between what broadcast customers are thinking and talking about doing in the future (trends), and where they are spending their technology budgets today (projects).

Technology spending in the broadcast industry is typically project-based. Real (budgeted) projects are where broadcast technology budgets are being spent today, not just what people are talking about doing in the future.

Capital projects come in many forms.  They might include international elections, sporting championships, new services designed to attract incremental revenue, and the long-term planned capital upgrades of broadcast infrastructure and facilities.

In order to better understand this dynamic, we presented 2013 BBS participants with a list of 18 projects (determined based on feedback of BBS stakeholders), and asked them to indicate which of these projects they are currently in the process of implementing or have budgeted to implement within the next year.

Unlike industry trend data, which highlights what respondents are thinking/talking about doing in the future, this information provides direct feedback about what major capital projects are being implemented by broadcast technology end-users around the world, and provides useful insight into the capital expenditure plans of the industry.

Taken together, information about trends and projects collected in the 2013 BBS can be used to understand the difference between “trend and spend,” and/or hype and reality.

 

The 2013 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Project Index, shown below, measures the number of projects that research participants are currently implementing or have budgeted to implement.

2013 BBS -- 2013 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Project Index

 

Comparing the above chart with the 2013 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index illustrates the difference between what end-users are thinking and talking about (trends), and where they are actually planning to spend their budgets today (projects).

While “multi-platform content delivery” was this year’s top-ranked trend, when it comes to where money is actually being spent in 2013, more broadcast technology buyers said that they have budgeted for “upgrading infrastructure for HD/ 3Gbps operations” than any other project.

This finding is consistent with our previous research. Upgrading infrastructure for HD / 3Gbps operations has consistently been the top driver of broadcast technology spending for the past several years, and this is once again the case in 2013.

This year’s top project correlates directly with “transition to HDTV operations,” which was ranked #4 in the 2013 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index.

The projects ranked #3, #4, #5, #7, #9, and #12 in the 2013 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Project Index – “upgrading cameras,” “upgrading transmission & distribution capabilities;” “building new studios / OB vans;” “launching new channels;” and “upgrading newsroom operations” – are also related to the transition to HDTV operations. These new cameras, transmission upgrades, new studios, new channels, and upgraded news environments will almost certainly be at least HD capable, if not fully HD.

In some cases, industry trends and budgeted projects line up nicely. In others however, there are significant differences.

A good example of the latter is “multi-platform content delivery,” which has been the top-ranked trend in the BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index since 2010, and dominated the Index this year.  However, the corresponding project measured in the chart above, “distribute and monetize content on multiple distribution platforms,” ranked #10 out of 18 in the 2013 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Project Index, significantly below items ranked much lower in the BBS Trend Index.

These findings are consistent with previous BBS studies, as well as our other research in the professional broadcast technology marketplace.

Despite strong interest in multi-platform content delivery, it appears that creating a sustainable (and profitable) business model for distributing and monetizing content on multiple digital distribution platforms has proven elusive to date for both end-users and technology vendors.

We have conducted numerous projects about multi-platform business models that involved interviewing senior executives from broadcasters and media companies. Although these executives immediately agree that getting to “multi-platform nirvana” is strategically important to their organizations, many readily admit that they have yet to find the right business model.

Many broadcasters and content owners believe that in order to achieve increased revenue and profitability in a multi-platform world, they must first dramatically increase their efficiency through the implementation of new workflows and technical systems, some of which do not yet exist.

This implies that there are likely to be significant opportunities in the future for broadcast technology vendors that are able to solve the technical, operational, and business challenges facing end-users who see multi-platform distribution and monetization as a critical part of their business strategy.

It also helps explain why “file-based/tapeless workflows” was ranked #2 in the 2013 BBS Trend Index, with many research participants saying it is the industry trend that is most important commercially to their businesses over the next few years.

Indeed, a number of capital projects are being implemented in 2013-14 are directly related to “file-based/tapeless workflows” trend. Examples of this are “cloud technology/cloud services,” “workflow / asset-management,” “archive-related projects,’ and “automating workflows.”

In particular, the #2 ranked project in 2013 — “install or enhance workflow / asset management system” – is an area where there has been a great deal of recent activity. Although it may seem that MAM has been set to become “the next big thing” for the past decade or so, it now appears that broadcasters are increasingly focusing on MAM deployments.

One reason for this could be that many end-users believe that in order to be profitable in a multi-platform world, they must significantly increase the efficiency of their operations, and broader use of MAM is seen as one part of solution.

Indeed, in a recent Devoncroft project, more than half of the senior executives from broadcasters and media companies we interviewed cited multi-platform content distribution as the factor that will drive the most change in their organizations over the next few years; and because of this, more than two-thirds predicted their spending on MAM and workflow tools will increase over the next two years.

The remainder of the 2013 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Project Index offers a mixed picture of project activity across the world, and includes everything from upgrading audio and newsrooms to migrating infrastructure from copper to fiber.

And as seen in the 2013 BBS Trend Index, some projects are being planned as the direct result of government or corporate mandates. “Prepare for analog switch-off” is the best example of this.  In the territories where governments have mandated a switch to digital broadcasting, tremendous planning and focus is being devoted to these projects, resulting in strong revenue for transmission and distribution-related products and services.

Interestingly, despite the fact that they may have the potential to deliver increased efficiencies and new revenue streams, some very large projects appear towards the bottom of this list. For example, “consolidate operations in regional hubs (centralcasting),” and “outsourced operations (playout),” are the bottom ranked projects in 2013. This is because although these are high value projects, they will be undertaken by a relatively small number of organizations — i.e. large broadcasters.  This highlights that the 2013 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Project Index is a graphic representation of the number of all planned projects across all respondents, regardless of organization type, size, or location.  It does not measure size, value, or relative commercial importance of planned projects.  Please keep this in mind when reading this information and interpreting these findings.

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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

Devoncroft Partners: 2013 Broadcast Industry Market Research Findings

Previous Year: The 2012 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Project Index

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Dalet Issues Final 2012 Results, Revenue Up 10 Percent

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 12 2013

MAM specialist Dalet announced that its board of directors have approved the company’s consolidated financial statements for the 2012 fiscal year.

Consolidated revenue for the year ended December 31, 2012 was €34.4m m, compared to €31.3 m (+10%) in 2011.

Gross margin for the year was €29.7m, compared to €25.2m in 2011. The gross margin rate for 2012 increased from 81% in 2011 to 86%, due to the strong shift away from the Italian subsidiary’s traditional hardware integration business in its domestic market.

The operating profit before non-recurring items for the year was €1.7m, compared to €1.3m in 2011 (+29%).
After taking into account a depreciation of the goodwill of the Italian subsidiary for €0.2 m, the operating profit was €1.5m.
Consolidated net profit for 2012 was €1.2m, compared to €1.3m in 2011.

The company ended the year with €6.5m in cash, up from €5.1m at the end of 2011, and long term debt increased from €1.1m to €1.6m.

Dalet CEO David Lasry said “In 2012 we continued a steady growth trend in revenue and profitability which has confirmed our strategy to provide MAM-driven solution to key market segments. The growth in North America has been significant, especially as related to the sports segment where we are achieving a recognized presence with several successful project deployments and new contracts.”

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Related Content:

Dalet Press Release: Financial Results for 2012

Dalet Reports 10 Percent Revenue Growth in 2012 Thanks to Strong MAM Sales

Previous Year: Dalet Revenue Jumps 22 Percent in 2011, Reports Strong Backlog for 2012

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