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Vislink Revenue Declines 15% in 1H 2016; Forecasts Breach of Debt Covenants

Analysis, Broadcaster Financial Results, Quarterly Results | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Oct 05 2016

UK-based Vislink plc, which owns broadcast industry brands Advent, Link, MRC Gigawave, and Pebble Beach, announced results for the first half of 2016.  1H 2016 revenue was £22.6 million, a decline of 15% versus the first half of 2015.  vislink

Vislink was anticipating challenging results for the first half of 2016 having published a negative trading update on July 6, 2016.  The trading update warned sales in Vislink’s Communication System (“VCS”) business were below management expectations.  In addition, the July update indicated the further restructuring of VCS would necessitate a non-cash write-off of £6 – £9 million and additional annual cost reductions of £1 – £2 million.  This adds to last year’s restructuring of the division when headcount was decreased 26% and a £2.5 million charge was incurred.

The underperformance of VCS caused Vislink to consume its entire banking facility and will subsequently force Vislink to breach its debt covenants.  Once Vislink is officially out of compliance with its financing arrangements, the Company’s bankers may call for repayment of existing loans – which Vislink does not have the cash to repay.  While this represents a material uncertainty for the Company, Management did indicate it is engaged in constructive discussions with its bankers.

In order to improve cash generation, Vislink’s management is canceling the Company’s dividend until debt drop below EBITDA, canceling its equity incentive program for senior management, and will “continue to examine the appropriateness of the Board and Group structure.”

The announcement has resulted in a greater than 50% decline in Vislink’s stock price decline from close on September 29, 2016.  Measured against Vislink’s 52 week stock price, the decline is greater than 75%.

Net loss for the first half of 2016 was £32.2 million or 26.9p per share, compared to a net loss of £0.9 million or 0.4p per share in the year-earlier period.

1H 2016 operating loss was £32.0 million versus an operating loss of £0.8 million during 1H 2015.  Operating losses included non-cash write downs of £23.3 million for goodwill and acquired intangibles as well as a write-down of £6.3 million of inventory and capitalized development costs.

A majority of Vislink’s goodwill write-down was associated with the Broadcast division (excluding Pebble Beach).  The entire £20.6 million of goodwill for Vislink’s Broadcast division was written down.

Given the magnitude of the non-cash items it is informative to review operating cash flow for the period.  During the first six months of 2016 operating cash usage was £1.2 million, compared to generation of £0.8 million during the first half of 2016.

The results for the first half benefited from a positive £2.2 million foreign currency translation based on a weaker GBP.

Broadcast Performance:

Vislink’s broadcast revenue for the first half of 2016 was £20.6 million, a 7.6% decrease versus broadcast revenue in 1H 2015.  The decline was primarily related to an 18.5% year-over-year drop in the revenue of Vislink’s Communication Systems (“VCS”) business.

Management attributed the decline in VCS to a combination of a general pause in spending ahead of the adoption of next-generation technologies and a reduction in spend from broadcasters driven by a diversion of budgets from infrastructure to investing in content.

Pebble Beach revenue for 1H 2016 was £5.4 million, a slight decrease of 1.4% when compared to the first half of 2015.  In the commentary accompanying the earnings release, the Company highlighted a 53.3% growth in Pebble Beach’s order book to £5.4 million during the 1H 2016 (1H 2015: £3.5 million).

Revenue by Region:

  • Revenue from the UK & Europe region was £7.6 million during the first half of the year, an increase of 20.1% over the first half of 2015. The UK & Europe represented 33.6% of total revenue for the first six months of the year, versus 23.7% in the same period of 2015.
  • Revenues from the Americas were £7.9 million, a 27.4% decrease against 1H 2015. On a percentage basis, Americas was 35% of total revenue for the first half of 2016, down from 40.6% in 1H 2015.
  • First half 2016 revenue from the Middle East and Africa (MEA) was £3.2 million, down 3.2% versus 1H 2015. The MEA region represented 14.2% of revenue in 1H 2016, up from 12.4% during the first half of 2015.
  • APAC revenue in 1H 2016 was £1.9 million, up 4.1% versus the comparable 2015 period. APAC revenue was 8.4% of total revenue in 1H 2016, up from 7.1% in 1H 2015.

Operating Expenses by Function:

  • R&D expenses recognized in 1H 2016 were £3.6 million, a 29.5% increase over 1H 2015. As a percentage of revenue, R&D expense was 16.1%, a substantial increase from the 10.6% in 1H 2015.  During the first half, Vislink wrote down £0.8 million of capitalized R&D investment.  Management did not identify the associated products or technologies associated with the write down.
  • Sales and marketing (S&M) expenses were £4.6 million, a slight rise of 1.4% against 1H 2015 S&M expense level. On a percentage basis S&M was 20.2%, an increase over the 17.0% of revenue from 1H 2015.
  • Administrative expenses were £2.9 million, a decrease of 28% versus the first half of 2015.

Cash and Debt Levels:

Vislink had a cash balance of £3.1 on June 30, 2016, down from £3.2 at the end of 2015.  During the same time period, the Company’s debt balance increased to £12.0 million from £9.0 at the end of 2015.  These developments have increased Vislink’s net debt to £8.8 million.  This compares to net debt levels of £5.7 million at 2015 year end and £1.2 million at the end of the first half of 2015.

In the release Management indicted debt has increased further since the end of the June and Vislink is now using its entire Revolving Credit Facility of £15.0 million.

Business Outlook:

Vislink’s order book at June 30, 2016 was £11.4 million, an increase of 60.5% over the same date last year.

In their prepared remarks Management discussed the organic growth of Pebble Beach, its pipeline of software bolt-on acquisitions, and its continued focus growing Vislink’s software business.  The below slide is taken from the Vislink’s presentation on the first half results.

 

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“We continue to see significant underlying organic growth in our software business with a strong order intake which has carried through into H2.  The long term prospects for Pebble Beach Systems continue to improve as we augment our core enterprise software solutions with cloud enabled software applications. We also have a pipeline of partners and software bolt-on acquisitions which will further enhance the Group strategy of building a high margin, cash generative software business” said John Hawkins Executive Chairman of Vislink.

 

 

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Management Presentation on Vislink 1H 2016 Results

Trading Update on Vislink 1H 2016 Preliminary Results

 

 

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Strong Performance in Middle East Drives Vislink Broadcast Revenue 2.2 Percent Higher in 2013

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Mar 28 2014

UK-based Vislink plc, reported that its revenue for 2013 was $99.3m (£59.9m), up 4.7% versus 2012.

Broadcast industry revenue was $79.7m (£48.1m), up 2.2% versus 2012.

Vislink owns multiple broadcast brands including Advent, Link, MRC and Gigawave.  Earlier this month Vislink announced it had acquired playout automation provider Pebble Beach for $24.7m.

On a group basis (including both broadcast and government sectors):

  • 2013 operating profit of $7.1m (£4.3m), an increase of 40.3 per cent increase compared to 2012

 

  • Gross margins were 40.6% in 2013, up from 39.4% in 2012

 

  • Order intake for the year was $99.6m (£60.1m), and the company ended the year with an open order book of $9.3m (£5.6m), up 7.7% versus the end of 2012

 

Broadcast Performance

Vislink’s broadcast products include satellite terminals and wireless communication systems that are used live events such as news, sports, and entertainment.

2012 broadcast revenue was £48.1m, up 2.2% versus 2012. Broadcast revenue accounted for 80.3% of total group revenue, down from 82.3% of total group revenue in 2012.

Revenue from Pebble Beach is not included in these figures.

For the broadcast business, the company’s geographic performance was as follows:

 

Vislink - Broadcast Revenus 2013 vs 2012

 

On a percentage basis the company’s best performing region was the Middle East and Africa, where sales jumped 49% versus the previous year.

The UK market decline 19.3% in 2013 after a strong performance in 2012, driven in part by the London Olympics. The company had slight growth in the rest of Europe, and experienced a decline in APAC.

2013 broadcast revenue in the Americas was down 10.1% versus 2012.  Vislink attributed this decline to cyclicality, saying “the US broadcast marketplace typically sees a reduction in spend in a post presidential election year.”  At the same time however, the company specifically highlighted the importance of South America, saying that the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics have provided “an impetus for further investment in both broadcast and surveillance.”

 

Acquisition of Pebble Beach

The company used its earnings announcement to highlight its recent $24.7m acquisition of playout automation provider Pebble Beach, saying it will “contribute to the strategy of achieving higher recurring services revenues and achieving our financial objectives of £80m revenue and £8m adjusted operating profit by the end of FY 2014.”

Vislink said the key benefits of Pebble Beach are leading software technology, recently developed next generation products, a growing customer base, and strong cash generation and growth prospects.

The company said the acquisition of Pebble Beach “fits perfectly with Vislink’s desire for growth, recurring revenues, extending its reach and providing customers with synergies, from capturing video to interactive programming, including acquisition and revenue generation. Vislink plans to grow its software capability around the Pebble Beach Systems and management team.”

 

 

Move to AIM Market Eases Burden of Future M&A

Following on from the recent acquisition of Pebble Beach, Vislink telegraphed its intention to do more M&A deals in the future, saying the company will “continue to seek growth opportunities both organically and through acquisitions, with a clear underlying objective of continuing to grow shareholder value.”

“We remain on track for our plan to grow the business to £80m, and £8.0m adjusted operating profit by the end of FY 2014, and we intend to support this by way of a number of “bolt on” acquisitions,” said Vislink chairman John Hawkins.

Significantly, during 2013 Vislink switched its stock market listing to the UK’s AIM exchange, the London Stock Exchange’s international market for smaller growing companies.  Vislink says that the move to the AIM exchange will “simplify and reduce the financial burden of making acquisitions.”

 

Strategy and Outlook:

The company said its “markets continue to be tough but as long as we continue to balance our revenues and maintain our product leadership, the group will grow profitably.”

Vislink said it plans to expand its capability in delivering recurring revenues by exploiting its “newly acquired software capability in video playout” (Pebble Beach), and will grow our services offering by developing our network capabilities in cellular and hybrid application areas.

Vislink finished the year with $6.1m (£3.7m) in cash, down from $13.4m (£8.1m) at the end of 2012.  The company said it has more than 250 employees worldwide.

 

 

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Press Release: Vislink plc – Results for the year ended 31 December 2013

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Vislink Revenue Declines 7 Percent in Q3 2012, Reaffirms Plan to Double Revenue By End of 2014

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Vislink Completes Acquisition of Gigawave for £3.75 Million

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Broadcast Vendor M&A: Vislink Buys Pebble Beach for $24.7 Million

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Mar 19 2014

Vislink announced that it has acquired playout automation specialist Pebble Beach Systems for $24.7m (£14.9m). Pebble Beach will operate as a stand-alone unit within Vislink, and will continue to be run by its management, including founder Peter Hajittofi.

Under the terms of the deal, Vislink will pay £12.9m in cash, and £2m in newly issued Vislink shares.  Pebble Beach management must hold the new shares for at least two years. Vislink says the “transaction will be immediately earnings enhancing.”

For the fiscal year ended June 20, 2013, Pebble Beach had revenue of £5.64m, EBITDA of £1.3m, and profit before tax of £1.3m.  Thus the deal values the company at approximately 2.5x revenue, and 11.4x EBITDA. After backing out the £5.9m in cash Pebble Beach had in the bank, the net price paid by Vislink was £9m, valuing the deal at approximately 1.6x revenue and  7x EBITDA.

The fact that Vislink has made an acquisition is not surprising.

The company, which had revenue of £28m for the first half of 2013, has told the market for the past several years that it intends to grow its revenue to £80m, with 10% return on sales, by the end of 2014.  

Vislink, which recently moved its listing to the UK AIM market, has long-telegraphed telegraphed its intention to buy companies to achieve its stated goals for revenue growth and profitability.

In its most recent half-yearly results, company management said “we remain on track to grow the business to achieve turnover of £80m and £8m adjusted operating profit by the end of FY2014, and we intend to support this by a number of bolt on acquisitions in addition to achieving organic growth.”

However, it is interesting to note that Vislink decided to buy a  company in a different part of the broadcast value chain to help it achieve its stated intentions.

Vislink, which owns the Advent, Gigawave, Link, MRC, and PMR brands, is best known for its RF, microwave, and satellite communication products that are used by broadcasters in live production environments such as news and sports.

Pebble Beach products are used in broadcast playout applications, which does not have the same emphasis on live events.

Having said that, Vislink says that the Pebble Beach team will “assist Vislink in expanding its software capability as a Group,” so the acquisition could be the first of several deals that mark the beginning of a new business focus at Vislink.

Vislink explained the rationale for the deal saying Pebble Beach’s technology is complementary to its own, and that “the acquisition of Pebble Beach will move Vislink into the provision of software solutions for playout with advanced software technology,” and that “Vislink will now be able to offer broadcasters a complete ‘scene to screen’ solution.”  Vislink also highlighted the fact that Pebble Beach “will gain from access to significantly increased sales channels through the global network of over 900 broadcasters that Vislink works with as well as its international network of offices.”

“The acquisition fits perfectly into our long term strategy of acquiring software and services capability that we hope to drive recurring revenues for the group,” said Vislink chairman John Hawkins.

UK-based Pebble Beach has 60 employees, and regional offices in Dubai, Singapore, and the USA.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Vislink Acquires Pebble Beach

Broadcast Vendor M&A: Vislink Buys Amplifier Technology for up to $6.2 Million

Vislink Revenue Declines 7 Percent in Q3 2012, Reaffirms Plan to Double Revenue By End of 2014

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Broadcast Vendor M&A: Vislink Buys Amplifier Technology for up to $6.2 Million

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 02 2013

UK-based Vislink plc, which owns the Advent, Link, MRC and Gigawave brands, announced that it will acquire Amplifier Technology, a provider of RF amplifiers and jammers for the defense and surveillance market, for up to £4.0m ($6.2m) in cash.

Vislink says that Amplifier’s products will be incorporated into its MAG (military and government) business unit, which caters to homeland security and defense clients.

Under the terms of the deal, Vislink will pay £2m at the close of the acquisition, and an earn-out of up to an additional £2m if Amplifier achieves EBITDA of £3m for the year ending 30 June 2014. In order that any earn out is paid, Amplifier Technology must reach a minimum EBITDA of £1m.

According to Vislink, Amplifier “has been consistently profitable over the past three years and in the year ending 30 June 2012 revenues were £4.8m with adjusted EBITDA of £1.1m.”

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Press Release: Vislink Announces the Acquisition of Amplifier Technology

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Revenue and Profits Jumps at Vislink in 1H 2012

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 03 2012

UK-based Vislink plc, which owns the Advent, Link, MRC and Gigawave brands, announced that its revenue from continuing operations for the first six months of 2012 was £27.5, up 38% versus the same period a year ago. Excluding the contribution from Gigawave, which was acquired by Vislink in June 2011, the company’s revenue was £22.4m, up 17% versus the first half of 2011.

Broadcast revenue in 1H 2012 was £24.2m, up 46% versus the first half of 2011, and down 6% versus the second half of 2011.  The 1H broadcast revenue figure includes a contribution of £4.2m from Gigawave, which has added incremental revenues in markets outside of the Americas. Weakness in South America led to a 52% decline in the region to £1.5m, but this was offset by strong performances in Europe and North America.

The company posted a pre-tax profit of £1.4m, compared to a pre-tax loss of £1.9m last year.  On an operating basis, the company reported a profit of £700,000, versus an operating loss of £3.7m last year.

Bookings in 1H 2012 were £25.4m, up 2% versus last year, but underlying orders (excluding the contribution from Gigawave) were down 14% to £20.5m.  The order backlog at the end of the first six months of 2012 was £10.4m, down 16% versus the same period last year.

The company attributed its reduced order intake to lower demand for satellite terminals in the broadcast market.  However, it expects to see improvement in the second half of 2012 thanks to newly introduced products.

Gross margins for the first half of the year were 40.4%, up 1.4 percentage points versus last year.  The company said its margin expansion was due to lower manufacturing overhead costs thanks to a focus on cost control.  The materials margin was 52.4%, down slightly from last year.

The company ended 1H 2012 with £8.4m of cash, down from £10.1m six months ago.  The company says its cash flow will improve in the second half of the year as it reduces its working capital following an inventory build in the first half of 2011 for the London Olympics.

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Outlook

The company reiterated its objective of reaching £80m of sales and £8m of pre-tax profit within three years, saying this goal seems remains realistic and achievable.

Vislink executive chairman CEO John Hawkins said that the company will “continue to seek “bolt on” acquisitions to strengthen our software and services capabilities that exploit the growth of cloud based IP transport technologies.

“We believe that the Group is capable of exploiting the continuing growth of video content contribution both in our traditional broadcast market and also in other vertical markets that, with the development of unlicensed spectrums include opportunities within the pro-sumer markets. The second half has begun positively with orders received of £11.0m (2011: £8.4m) in the 8 weeks to 25 August as we have secured some significant prospects that experienced delays in the first half. The full year outcome is subject to this order intake level continuing throughout the third quarter.

“We are cautiously optimistic that the second half of 2012 will show further improvement in trading. We have a strong order book which underpins our third quarter revenue.”

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Press Release: Vislink plc – 2012 Interim Results Announcement

Vislink Says its Revenue is Up 61 Percent Through April 2012

Vislink Reports Full Year 2011 Results, Reaffirms Goal of Growing Revenue by 60% Within Three Years

Vislink Reports Small Loss in 1H 2011, Announces Strategic Review

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Vislink Completes Acquisition of Gigawave for £3.75 Million

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The 2012 Big Broadcast Survey

broadcast technology market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 03 2012

I am pleased to announce that the 2012 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), our annual study of the broadcast market, has been completed and that the reports from this project will be published soon.

We once again had record-breaking participation in this project.   Almost 10,000 broadcast professionals in 100+ countries participated in the 2012 BBS, making it the largest ever and most comprehensive market study of the broadcast industry.  We are humbled by and grateful for the unprecedented participation from so broadcast industry professionals who took the time to contribute to this year’s study.

The 2012 BBS offers unique insight into the broadcast industry by providing information about industry trends, budgets, capital projects, HD and file-based upgrade cycles, and more. It also provides detailed brand data on more than 100 broadcast technology vendors in 30+ product categories (see list in post tags below).

We created the BBS to help our clients, and readers of this website, better understand the issues and trends impacting the broadcast and digital media industries.  We received many positive comments about the BBS from both participants and our research clients, so we feel that we are on the right track and we will continue to publish data about the market on a regular basis.

We will begin to post summary data from the 2012 study on this website, so please check back regularly.

I will also be presenting a summary of the 2012 data on Sunday April 15th at the NAB Show, at a half-day conference session called Media Technology: Strategy and Valuation, which is being produced by Devoncroft, Silverwood Partners and the NAB Show.  It’s free for all registered NAB Show attendees, so please come along.

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Devoncroft – 2012 Broadcast Market Research Reports Now Available

Devoncroft – 2011 Broadcast Market Research Articles

NAB Media Technology: Strategy and Valuation Conference presented by Devoncroft, Silverwood and the NAB

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Vislink Reports Full Year 2011 Results, Reaffirms Goal of Growing Revenue by 60% Within Three Years

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Mar 27 2012

Vislink plc, which owns the Advent, Gigawave, Link and MRC brands, reported that its revenue for the full year 2011 was £50.3m and increase of 17% versus 2010.

On an organic basis (excluding the £4.5m contribution from Gigawave, which was acquired in June 2011) revenue was £44.7m, up 4% versus 2010.

Broadcast revenue was £42.3m (84% of total revenue), an increase of 16% versus the previous year. Excluding the contribution from Gigawave, 2011 broadcast sales were up 3% versus 2010.

On a geographic basis, broadcast revenue dropped 14% in both Western Europe and North America, the company’s two largest markets.  These declines were offset by strong growth in the Latin America and MEA regions, where sales in 2011 were up 63% and 61% respectively compared to the same period a year ago. APAC revenue was down 1%.

 

Guidance:

Vislink reaffirmed its strategic goal of achieving profitable growth to revenue of £80m within 3 years with an adjusted operating profit margin of 10%.  The company said it expects to meet this goal through a combination of organic growth at 10 -15% per year and “bolt on” acquisitions that strengthen its software and services capabilities, and exploit the growth of cloud based IP transport technologies and content tagging.

 

“2011 was a year of transition for the Group.” said company chairman John Hawkins.  “We achieved the objective of returning the business to profit in the second half of the year; we have growth in underlying revenue and orders received and we have increased our order book. We have improved our margins, substantially reduced the underlying cost base and simplified the management structure.  We have a good strategy based primarily on organic growth coupled with seeking out acquisitions in cellular and IP-driven technology. The successful execution of the strategy will provide long term growth and generate an increase in shareholder value. ”

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Related Content:

Press release: Vislink plc, Results for the year ended 31 December 2011

Previous Quarter: Vislink Reports Q3 2011 Results, Outlines Plans to Double Revenue Over Next Three Years

Vislink plc – Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2011

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Vislink Completes Acquisition of Gigawave for £3.75 Million

Vislink Interim Management Statement for 1H 2011

Vislink Says Orders Up in Q1, Expects to Post Smaller Loss for First Half of 2011

Previous Year: Vislink News & Entertainment Revenue Declined 28 Percent in 2010

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Vislink Reports Q3 2011 Results, Outlines Plans to Double Revenue Over Next Three Years

broadcast technology market research, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Nov 08 2011

UK-based Vislink plc, which owns the Advent, Link, MRC and Gigawave brands, issued a statement that provides an update on its Q3 2011 results, and outlines its strategy to double its revenue over the next three years.

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Trading Update

Vislink’s revenue for the quarter ended 30 September 2011 was £14.8m, an increase of 24% versus the same period a year ago, and in line with management’s expectations.  Excluding the contribution from Gigawave, which was acquired by Vislink in June of 2011, the company’s revenue was up 6% to £12.6m.

Order intake during the quarter was £14.4m, an increase of 11% versus the same period a year ago.

Year-to-date order intake is  £36.2, up 9% versus the same period a year ago.  Including the contribution from Gigawave, year-to-date order intake at the end of the quarter was £39.5m. At the end of the quarter the company’s order book stood at £15.0m. The company said it has seen increased demand for its broadcast products in the Middle East and South America.

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Company Strategy

Vislink says that following a full review of the business including an assessment of growth opportunities and technology drivers, it will:

  • continue to exploit the strengths of its established brands – Advent, Gigawave, Link, MRC and PMR

 

  • maintain investment through its core product development program particularly in IT based technologies such as IP transport over 3G/4G and WiFi infrastructures

 

  • exploit the continuing growth of video content contribution both in its traditional broadcast markets and also in other vertical markets

 

  • use partnerships to extend the use of its video technologies into semi-professional and prosumer markets

 

  • use partnerships to leverage its technologies into the surveillance markets beyond existing law enforcement and public safety customers

 

  • pursue applications for its products in defence, mining and utility verticals that provide incremental revenue opportunities beyond the core broadcast and surveillance business

 

  • create a software and services culture in order to build recurring revenues into the business model

 

  • seek “bolt on” acquisitions to strengthen its software and services capabilities exploiting the growth of cloud based IP transport technologies and content tagging

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Based on the above strategy, the company believes that it can double its revenue to £80m within three years, while delivering an adjusted operating margin of 10%.

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Company chairman John Hawkins said: “The improved order intake for the Group provided us with an order book of circa £15.0 million at the start of the fourth quarter. We remain optimistic that the final quarter of 2011 will show further improvement in trading; our key performance metrics are continuing to move us forward in a positive direction. The Group has strengthened the Board with the addition of two new non-executive directors, John Varney and Andrew Sleigh, both of whom provide an in depth knowledge of the broadcast and surveillance markets. They have already contributed to the formation of our strategy review and three year plan. The Group is returning to profit and has net cash. We have a realistic strategy which will provide long term growth and generate positive shareholder value.”

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Related Content:

Vislink Interim Management Statement and Strategy Update November 2011

Vislink plc – Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2011

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Vislink Completes Acquisition of Gigawave for £3.75 Million

Vislink Interim Management Statement for 1H 2011

Vislink Says Orders Up in Q1, Expects to Post Smaller Loss for First Half of 2011

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More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Vislink Completes Acquisition of Gigawave for £3.75 Million

Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jun 03 2011

UK-based Vislink plc, which owns the Advent, Link, and MRC brands, announced that it has closed the acquisition of Gigawave. The purchase price was £3.75m, and Vislink says the deal will be accretive to earnings.

Gigawave designs and manufacturers wireless camera, microwave and antenna products for the broadcast market. For the year ended April 30, 2011 Gigawave posted a pre-tax loss of £430,000 on revenue of £10m.  In the previous year, the company lost £1m on revenue of £12.5m.

Under the terms of the deal Vislink is paying £1.75m cash up front and repaying £400,000 of shareholder loans. Vislink will then pay an additional £1m cash on each of the first and second anniversary of the transaction.

Vislink says that Gigawave, which currently employs 87 people, will be integrated into its UK operations, and will strengthen its position in its broadcast market by broadening the its capabilities in terms of engineering, product portfolio and geographic reach.

Henry Barczynski, Gigawave’s founder and current managing director will remain with Vislink after the transaction. He will become Vislink’s chief marketing officer and report to CEO John Hawkins.

Vislink first telegraphed its intention to buy Gigawave in November of 2010 when it said it was restructuring its operations to focus more fully on the broadcast and public safety markets. At that time Vislink said it expected to pay £5.75m for Gigawave, and Vislink’s then CEO Duncan Lewis was quoted in a Financial Times article as saying the acquisition of Gigawave would “send a signal to the market of how serious we are about news and entertainment.”

Then in a March 2011 trading update, Vislink indicated that the deal might not happen, saying “Whilst we continue to believe in the industrial logic of bringing Gigawave and Vislink and their associated brands together we have, to date, been unable to reach an agreement with the vendors.”

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Related Content:

Press Release: Vislink Acquires Gigawave

Vislink Interim Management Statement for 1H 2011

Vislink News & Entertainment Revenue Declined 28 Percent in 2010

Vislink CEO to Step Down, Will be Replaced by New Chairman on Interim Basis

Vislink Lays off 25% of Workforce

Vislink Restructuring Operations. Announces M&A Program to Focus Business on IP Video for Broadcast and Public Safety Markets

Vislink Trading Update for 1H 2010

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Vislink Says Orders Up in Q1, Expects to Post Smaller Loss for First Half of 2011

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
May 18 2011

UK-based Vislink plc, which owns the Advent, Link, and MRC brands, said in an interim management statement that it expects to post a loss in the first half of 2011 that is less than the loss it posted for the first half of 2010.

The company said its trading in the first quarter of 2011 was “in line with expectations,” and that orders and margins increased versus the same period last year, led by higher demand for its broadcast products in Asia and South America.

The company also said that its previously announced cost reduction program has lowered its total operating expenditure by almost 20% versus the first quarter of 2010.

Vislink says that new interim CEO John Hawkins is undertaking a full review of the business, with a focus on returning the company to profitable growth by the end of 2011. This review will include an assessment of growth opportunities and technology drivers.

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Related Content:

Vislink Interim Management Statement

Vislink News & Entertainment Revenue Declined 28 Percent in 2010

Vislink CEO to Step Down, Will be Replaced by New Chairman on Interim Basis

Vislink Lays off 25% of Workforce

Vislink Restructuring Operations. Announces M&A Program to Focus Business on IP Video for Broadcast and Public Safety Markets

Vislink Trading Update for 1H 2010

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