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3rd Annual “Shifting Media Economics: Impact on Strategy, Finance, and Technology” Draws Huge Crowd at NAB 2014

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

This was the scene as we kicked off the third annual “Shifting Media Economics: Impact on Strategy, Finance, and Technology”  event at the NAB 2014 Show.

This half-day session was co-produced by Devoncroft Partners, Silverwood Partners, and the organizers of the 2014 NAB Show (to whom both Devoncroft and Silverwood are very grateful).

We had a standing-room only crowd from the moment the doors opened, and attendees were not disappointed by the outstanding information presented on the day.  The power of this unique event is that it brings together three ordinarily disparate groups — technology vendors, broadcasters, and financial firms — to discuss and debate important business issues facing the industry at a time of incredibly dynamic change.

 

SRO Crowd at NAB

 

We would especially like to thank our speakers and panelists for not only taking times out of their busy lives to prepare for and attend this event, but also (especially) for their thoughtful and often candid assessment of the state of the broadcast industry today, and what the future may bring.

In particular we would like to thank Vince Roberts,EVP Global Operations and Chief Technical Officer of Disney/ABC Television for his outstanding keynote address, which which provided a truly thought-provoking insight into the future of the media industry (and he’s funny too).

 

In case you missed this event, the full agenda  included:

 

Strategic Industry Analysis: Valuations, M&A, and Equity Financing

Presenters:

  • Jonathan Hodson-Walker: Managing Partner, Silverwood Partners
  • Joshua Stinehour: Managing Director, Silverwood Partners

 

 

The Broadcast & Media Technology Industry in 2014

Presenter:

  • Joe Zaller: President, Devoncroft Partners

 

 

Business Strategy Perspective From Industry Executives

Moderator:

  • Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

Panelists:

  • Sam Blackman: CEO and Co-founder, Elemental Technologies
  • Louis Hernandez. Jr.: President and Chief Executive Officer, Avid
  • Joop Janssen: CEO, EVS
  • Michelle Munson: President, CEO and co-founder, Aspera, an IBM company

 

 

Keynote: Vince Roberts: CTO and EVP Global Operations, Disney/ABC Television Group

 

 

IABM Research Overview

Presenter:

  • Peter White: Chief Executive Officer, IABM

 

 

The Broadcast Buyer Perspective on Business Models, Trends, and Technology Advancement

 

Moderator:

Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

Panelists:

  • Phil Braden: SVP Technology and Applications, PCCW Global
  • Del Parks: SVP Operations & Engineering, Sinclair Broadcast Group
  • Todd Daly: EVP Operations & Systems Engineering, Fox Broadcasting
  • Andy Tennant: Technology Director, Studios, ITV

 

 

Keynote: Vince Roberts: CTO and EVP Global Operations, Disney/ABC Television Group

 

Investor Perspectives on Industry

Moderator:

Jonathan Hodson-Walker: Managing Partner, Silverwood Partners

 

Panelists

  • Jeff Parks, Founding Partner, Riverwood Partners
  • Rohan Rai: Director, Wasserstein & Company
  • Sunit Mukherjee: Principal, Symphony Technology Group

 

 For those of many of you who asked for copies of presentations, please email info [at] devoncroft [dot] com and we will try to respond as soon as possible after the 2014 NAB Show.

 

Finally, thanks to all those who attended the event and sat in such a crowded room.

 

Based on the feedback we’ve received so far, there are two key takeaways from this event:

  • The content and substance of the event was terrific
  • You might want to consider a larger room next time

 

 

Were you there?  What did you think?  Please let us know.

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Want to Understand the Top Issues at NAB 2014? Don’t Miss “Shifting Media Economics: Impact on Strategy, Finance, and Technology”

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
Apr 05 2014

NAB 2014 Strategy-Session-Logos

 

If you are interested how the dramatic changes impacting the broadcast industry may shape its future, you won’t want to miss the third annual NAB Show event co-produced by Devoncroft, Silverwood Partners and the organizers of the NAB Show.

Now part of the NAB 2014 Broadcast Management Conference, this half-day session is called “Shifting Media Economics: Impact on Strategy, Finance, and Technology.”

It will be held in room N235 of the Las Vegas Convention Center on Sunday April 6th from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Download the full agenda and speaker biographies here.

As always, this event features an intensive, information-packed series of presentations and panels that discuss the strategic trends and industry-specific factors influencing the value of media technology companies.

We’ve worked hard to put together an outstanding line-up of speakers and presenters, including top technology buyers, leading technology vendor CEOs, and private equity investors who will speak to the opportunities and challenges involved with financing the next phase of technology change in the industry.

The agenda offers attendees the informed opinions of technology purchasers, industry executives, market research organizations, and financial professionals. The event will serve as a thought-provoking kick-off to the 2014 NAB Show.

Highlights will include panel discussions featuring leading vendor CEOs, senior executives from leading broadcasters, and private equity investors who will speak to the opportunities and challenges involved with financing the next phase of technology change in the industry.

In addition, the audience will benefit from preliminary excerpts from the Devoncroft Big Broadcast Survey, the industry’s definitive demand-side market report, and the IABM DC Global Market Valuation Report, the industry’s definitive supply-side market report.

This session is intended for senior executives from technology vendors, end-users, and investment firms in the media technology sector.

Please click here for more information and/or to register.

 

 

Here’s the current agenda:

Shifting Media Economics: Impact on Strategy, Finance, and Technology

Sunday April 6, 2014

1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Room N235 Las Vegas Convention Center

Part of the 2014 NAB Broadcast Management Conference

 

 

1:45 pm – 1:50 pm

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

 

1:50 pm – 2:15 pm

Strategic Industry Analysis: Valuations, M&A, and Equity Financing

Jonathan Hodson-Walker and Joshua Stinehour of Silverwood Partners will present an analysis of strategic industry trends and the specific factors that affect company valuations, including an updated perspective on transaction activity and valuations, vendor strategic considerations, and the current M&A environment along with near-term expectations.

 

Presenters:

  • Jonathan Hodson-Walker: Managing Partner, Silverwood Partners
  • Joshua Stinehour: Managing Director, Silverwood Partners

 

 

2:15 pm – 2:40 pm

The Broadcast & Media Technology Industry in 2014

Top broadcast analyst Joe Zaller will present a summary of key data derived from a variety of broadcast market intelligence projects including the newly published 2014 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), the industry’s definitive demand-side market report. Discussion topics will include strategic drivers of broadcast technology spending, key customer investment areas, new technology deployment trends, and the most significant industry trends impacting end-user purchasing decisions.

 

Presenter:

  • Joe Zaller: President, Devoncroft Partners

 

 

2:40 pm – 3:15 pm

Business Strategy Perspective From Industry Executives

This panel of recognized executives at leading vendors will offer views on the critical drivers of company valuation in the industry, the best practices the panelist’s have learned on how to evaluate M&A opportunities, and the preferred approach for integrating M&A into overall growth strategies. The panelists will also consider the question of how broader technology trends are impacting the vendor community in the industry.

Moderator:

  • Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

Panelists:

  • Sam Blackman: CEO and Co-founder, Elemental Technologies
  • Louis Hernandez. Jr.: President and Chief Executive Officer, Avid
  • Joop Janssen: CEO, EVS
  • Michelle Munson: President, CEO and co-founder, Aspera, an IBM company

 

 

3:35 pm – 3:50 pm

IABM Research Overview

Peter White, Chief Executive of the IABM (the trade group that represents suppliers of broadcast technology worldwide), will present an overview of the latest end-user research from the IABM along with selected excerpts from the recently completed IABM DC Global Market Valuation Report, the industry’s definitive supply-side market report.

Presenter:

  • Peter White: Chief Executive Officer, IABM

 

 

3:50 pm – 4:20 pm

The Broadcast Buyer Perspective on Business Models, Trends, and Technology Advancement

A panel of technology decision makers at leading broadcasters will offer informed perspectives on the most significant industry trends affecting technology budgets and the technology purchase decision. The audience will benefit from an emphasis on the business implications of technology decisions to broadcasters.

 

Moderator:

Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

Panelists:

  • Phil Braden: SVP Technology and Applications, PCCW Global
  • Del Parks: SVP Operations & Engineering, Sinclair Broadcast Group
  • Todd Daly: EVP Operations & Systems Engineering, Fox Broadcasting
  • Andy Tennant: Technology Director, Studios, ITV

 

 

4:20 pm – 4:45 pm

Keynote: Vince Roberts: CTO and EVP Global Operations, Disney/ABC Television Group

ABC/Disney EVP and CTO Vince Roberts will highlight the major business model challenges facing the industry and the implications to technology development. Mr. Roberts will focus on the actual commercial factors driving technology deployments today, and what can reasonably be expected in the near future. Referencing initiatives at Disney relating to topics such as IP-based infrastructure and the Cloud, the audience will gain an improved understanding of how changes in media consumption and fundamental technology transitions, ultimately affect technology vendors.

 

 

4:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Investor Perspectives on Industry

This panel of leading investment professionals in the media and entertainment sector will offer the audience the institutional investor’s perspective on the industry. The discussion will include the panelist’s intelligence-gathering plans for the NAB Show, views on the trends that are driving investment dollars in the sector, and a review of the characteristics influencing the evaluation of an investment opportunity.

Moderator:

Jonathan Hodson-Walker: Managing Partner, Silverwood Partners

 

Panelists

  • Jeff Parks, Founding Partner, Riverwood Partners
  • Rohan Rai: Director, Wasserstein & Company
  • Sunit Mukherjee: Principal, Symphony Technology Group

 

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Related Content:

2014 NAB Show Session Details – Shifting Media Economics: Impact on Strategy, Finance, and Technology

Download the full agenda and speaker biographies here

Save the Date: Third Annual Media Technology Strategy Conference at the NAB 2014 Show

 

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Speakers Announced for Third Annual NAB Show Event — Shifting Media Economics: Impact on Strategy, Finance, and Technology

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
Mar 26 2014

If you are interested how the dramatic changes impacting the broadcast industry may shape its future, you won’t want to miss the third annual NAB Show event co-produced by Devoncroft, Silverwood Partners and the organizers of the NAB Show.

Now part of the NAB 2014 Broadcast Management Conference, this half-day session is called “Shifting Media Economics: Impact on Strategy, Finance, and Technology.” It will be held in room N235 of the Las Vegas Convention Center on Sunday April 6th from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

It will be held in room N235 of the Las Vegas Convention Center on Sunday April 6th from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

As always, this event features an intensive, information-packed series of presentations and panels that discuss the strategic trends and industry-specific factors influencing the value of media technology companies.

We’ve worked hard to put together an outstanding line-up of speakers and presenters, including top technology buyers, leading technology vendor CEOs, and private equity investors who will speak to the opportunities and challenges involved with financing the next phase of technology change in the industry.

The agenda offers attendees the informed opinions of technology purchasers, industry executives, market research organizations, and financial professionals. The event will serve as a thought-provoking kick-off to the 2014 NAB Show.

Highlights will include panel discussions featuring leading vendor CEOs, senior executives from leading broadcasters, and private equity investors who will speak to the opportunities and challenges involved with financing the next phase of technology change in the industry.

In addition, the audience will benefit from preliminary excerpts from the Devoncroft Big Broadcast Survey, the industry’s definitive demand-side market report, and the IABM DC Global Market Valuation Report, the industry’s definitive supply-side market report.

This session is intended for senior executives from technology vendors, end-users, and investment firms in the media technology sector.

Please click here for more information and/or to register.

 

Here’s the current agenda:

 

Shifting Media Economics: Impact on Strategy, Finance, and Technology

Sunday April 6, 2014

1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Room N235 Las Vegas Convention Center

Part of the 2014 NAB Broadcast Management Conference

 

 

1:45 pm – 1:50 pm

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

 

1:50 pm – 2:15 pm

Strategic Industry Analysis: Valuations, M&A, and Equity Financing

Jonathan Hodson-Walker and Joshua Stinehour of Silverwood Partners will present an analysis of strategic industry trends and the specific factors that affect company valuations, including an updated perspective on transaction activity and valuations, vendor strategic considerations, and the current M&A environment along with near-term expectations.

 

Presenters:

  • Jonathan Hodson-Walker: Managing Partner, Silverwood Partners
  • Joshua Stinehour: Managing Director, Silverwood Partners

 

 

2:15 pm – 2:40 pm

The Broadcast & Media Technology Industry in 2014

Top broadcast analyst Joe Zaller will present a summary of key data derived from a variety of broadcast market intelligence projects including the newly published 2014 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), the industry’s definitive demand-side market report. Discussion topics will include strategic drivers of broadcast technology spending, key customer investment areas, new technology deployment trends, and the most significant industry trends impacting end-user purchasing decisions.

 

Presenters:

  • Joe Zaller: President, Devoncroft Partners

 

 

2:40 pm – 3:15 pm

Business Strategy Perspective From Industry Executives

This panel of recognized executives at leading vendors will offer views on the critical drivers of company valuation in the industry, the best practices the panelist’s have learned on how to evaluate M&A opportunities, and the preferred approach for integrating M&A into overall growth strategies. The panelists will also consider the question of how broader technology trends are impacting the vendor community in the industry.

Moderator:

  • Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

Panelists

  • Sam Blackman: CEO and Co-founder, Elemental Technologies
  • Louis Hernandez. Jr.: President and Chief Executive Officer, Avid
  • Joop Janssen: CEO, EVS
  • Michelle Munson: President, CEO and co-founder, Aspera, an IBM company

 

 

3:35 pm – 3:50 pm

IABM Research Overview

Peter White, Chief Executive of the IABM (the trade group that represents suppliers of broadcast technology worldwide), will present an overview of the latest end-user research from the IABM along with selected excerpts from the recently completed IABM DC Global Market Valuation Report, the industry’s definitive supply-side market report.

Presenter

  • Peter White: Chief Executive Officer, IABM

 

 

3:50 pm – 4:20 pm

The Broadcast Buyer Perspective on Business Models, Trends, and Technology Advancement

A panel of technology decision makers at leading broadcasters will offer informed perspectives on the most significant industry trends affecting technology budgets and the technology purchase decision. The audience will benefit from an emphasis on the business implications of technology decisions to broadcasters.

 

Moderator:

Joe Zaller – President, Devoncroft Partners

 

Panelists

  • Phil Braden: SVP Technology and Applications, PCCW Global
  • Del Parks: SVP Operations & Engineering, Sinclair Broadcast Group
  • Todd Daly: EVP Operations & Systems Engineering, Fox Broadcasting
  • Andy Tennant: Technology Director, Studios, ITV

 

 

4:20 pm – 4:45 pm

Keynote: Business Model Changes Technology Changes

ABC/Disney EVP and CTO Vince Roberts will highlight the major business model challenges facing the industry and the implications to technology development. Mr. Roberts will focus on the actual commercial factors driving technology deployments today, and what can reasonably be expected in the near future. Referencing initiatives at Disney relating to topics such as IP-based infrastructure and the Cloud, the audience will gain an improved understanding of how changes in media consumption and fundamental technology transitions, ultimately affect technology vendors.

Presenter:

Vince Roberts: CTO and EVP Global Operations, Disney/ABC Television Group

 

 

4:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Investor Perspectives on Industry

This panel of leading investment professionals in the media and entertainment sector will offer the audience the institutional investor’s perspective on the industry. The discussion will include the panelist’s intelligence-gathering plans for the NAB Show, views on the trends that are driving investment dollars in the sector, and a review of the characteristics influencing the evaluation of an investment opportunity.

Moderator:

Jonathan Hodson-Walker: Managing Partner, Silverwood Partners

 

Panelists

  • Marshall Haines: Managing Director, Symphony Technology Group
  • Jeff Parks, Founding Partner, Riverwood Partners
  • Rohan Rai: Director, Wasserstein & Company

 

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Related Content:

2014 NAB Show Session Details – Shifting Media Economics: Impact on Strategy, Finance, and Technology

Save the Date: Third Annual Media Technology Strategy Conference at the NAB 2014 Show

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Save the Date: Third Annual Media Technology Strategy Conference at the NAB 2014 Show

broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jan 20 2014

SAVE THE DATE

SHIFTING MEDIA ECONOMICS:

IMPACT ON STRATEGY, FINANCE
and TECHNOLOGY

 Sunday, April 6, 2014     1:30pm

Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N235

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NAB 2014 Strategy-Session-Logos

 

In conjunction with the NAB Show, Silverwood Partners and Devoncroft Partners are presenting the third annual strategy event focused on the most relevant industry trends and industry-specific factors affecting business decisions in the media technology industry.

This intensive, information-packed series of presentations and panels will offer attendees the informed opinions of technology purchasers, industry executives, market research organizations, and financial professionals. The event will serve as a thought-provoking kick-off to the 2014 NAB show.

Highlights will include panel discussions featuring: leading vendor CEOs; senior executives from leading broadcasters; and private equity investors who will speak to the opportunities and challenges involved with financing the next phase of technology change in the industry.

In addition, the audience will benefit from preliminary excerpts from the Devoncroft Big Broadcast Survey, the industry’s definitive demand-side market report, and the IABM DC Global Market Valuation Report, the industry’s definitive supply-side market report.

More than 400 executives attended this event in 2013. We hope to see you there in April 2014.

This year’s event is included in the Broadcast Management Conference (BMC) track. Registration for the BMC track is required for attendance.

For more information and registration details, please visit the event homepage, which will be updated with speakers as they are confirmed.

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Viewcast Evaluating Strategic Alternatives

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Aug 01 2013

ViewCast said it has retained Silverwood Partners to help it evaluate strategic alternatives for growth.

Silverwood, a boutique investment bank specializing in digital media, has been involved in a number of broadcast industry M&A deals and has strong industry ties.

This is the first publicly announced strategic move by new CEO David Brandenburg, who replaced John Hammock in June 2013. Brandenburg, has been a Viewcast investor and board member since 2008, and was named chairman in April 2013.

Viewcast, which provides media streaming solutions, has struggled to achieve profitability over the past several years.

For the full year 2012, Viewcast posted a net loss of $1.5m, compared to a net loss of $3m in 2011.  The company’s 2012 revenue was $12.1m, down 14% from $14.1m in 2011.

In the first quarter of 2013, Viewcast posted a net loss of $458,000 in the first quarter of 2013 on revenue of $2.4m

“ViewCast is a market leader in the development of industry-leading solutions for the capture and streaming of video over enterprise, broadband and mobile networks,” said Brandenburg.  “In order to take full advantage of the market opportunity and maximize our business potential, we plan to review the full range of strategic alternatives that better position the company for growth.”

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Related Content:

Press Release: ViewCast Retains Investment Banking Firm Silverwood Partners, LLC

Press Release: Technology and Communications Industry Veteran David Brandenburg Named CEO at ViewCast

Press Release: ViewCast Reports 2013 First Quarter Results

Press Release: ViewCast Reports 2012 Fourth Quarter, Year-End Results

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Guest Post: Investment Banker Perspective on Sale of Harris Broadcast

broadcast technology market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
May 08 2012

In a recent post called Analyzing the Sale of the Harris Broadcast Division I said I would defer to others on the valuation of and the structure of a transaction for Harris Broadcast. 

In response to this, Josh Stinehour from boutique investment bank Silverwood Partners contacted me and said he has an opinion to offer on the subject. 

So in the first-ever guest post on this site, Stinehour weighs in with his thoughts on the Harris Broadcast deal, including valuation, transaction type, and potential buyers.

Like many observers of the broadcast technology sector, and loyal readers of the Devoncroft blog, I have followed the recent announcements at Harris Corporation with great interest.  The merits of Harris Corporation’s decision to divest its Broadcast Division are well established.  This post is a perspective on the anticipated transaction – timing, type, and price.

Harris in its public messaging has established a few key data points:

  • There is no interest in pursuing a sale of the individual product lines or pieces of the Broadcast Division (Harris Morris’s interview with TVNewsCheck). It is difficult to understate how many vendors were disappointed with this announcement.
  • The expectations is for a price “substantially higher” than $200 million and Harris expects to “divest the business in a sale with cash returning to the company” (Q3 Earnings Conference Call).
  • There has been consistent inbound interest in the division (Harris Morris’s interview with TVNewsCheck, Chris Parson’s interview with Quincy Herald-Whig) – no surprise here.
  • The Company is assuming the transaction closes at the end of 2012 (Q3 Earnings Conference Call).
  • Based on historical SEC filings, the recently provided pro forma analysis (Harris Corp 8K filing), and selected assumptions, the income statement has a revenue and operating income (before corporation overhead) profile approximately as follows:

 

 

 

As the chart above suggests, the sale process will not have the benefit of meaningful revenue growth or a meaningful level of profitability in the Broadcast Division.  That is not to suggest the Broadcast Division is not a valuable asset.  The sale process will have the benefit of an end-to-end suite of products (several are category-leading), a great brand (as confirmed by Devoncroft’s Big Broadcast Survey), a well-regarded management team, and substantial size, presence, and revenue level in the media technology industry.  The caveat to those qualitative points is a portfolio that is much more hardware than software, and Harris Corporation’s self-admission that there is still operational work to do in streamlining the division’s operations (Q2 Earnings Call).

 

 

 

Harris will also have the benefit of a highly accommodating M&A environment, as illustrated in the below slide from our 2012 NAB Industry Analysis.

 

 

Possible Transaction Types:

 

Public Spinout to Harris Shareholders

One possible alternative for Harris is to spin out the Broadcast Division to its shareholders in the form of a stock dividend.  There is precedent for Harris taking this action with a subsidiary.  In January 2007, Harris Microwave Communications Division and Stratex Networks Inc. combined to create a new company having annual revenues of approximately $650 million.  On December 8, 2008 Harris announced it was evaluating strategic alternatives related to this majority-owned subsidiary, Harris Stratex Networks (now Aviat Networks). On March 31, 2009, the Board of Directors of Harris Corporation approved the spin-off to its shareholders of all the shares of Harris Stratex Networks owned by Harris Corporation.   Harris Corporation shareholders received approximately .24 of a share of Harris Stratex Networks for every share of Harris Corporation common stock owned.

This approach allowed the Harris Microwave Communication Division to gain scale, and find a public market with shareholders that were focused on small cap commercial communications growth investments rather than large cap, military communications investments.  A similar logical underpinning would apply in the case of the Broadcast Division. However, the business would need more scale and much more growth for such a strategy to be successful and attract public investors.  This approach would also be time consuming and there may be substantial uncertainty over the upside potential if the business continues to post modest or negative levels of growth and effectively break-even operating results. In sharp contrast, a straightforward sale of the Broadcast Division business for cash allows Harris Corporation to eliminate the distraction and redeploy capital into its core business.

 

Trade Sale to an Industry Participant

You can count on a single hand the number of industry participants capable of financing a greater than $200M cash purchase price.  In each case, it would represent a transformative deal and would require immediate rationalization of the combined organization and cost structure – product overlap would be almost unavoidable.  If such a transaction were successfully executed, the resulting business would have a dominant market position.

 

Trade Sale to a Broader Technology Vendor

Harris is certainly large enough to attract the attention of the comparably much larger IT vendors adjacent to the media technology sector.  For some time, IT vendors have lauded the growth opportunities in video as talking points to Wall Street, and in many instances these same vendors have occupied large booths at NAB and IBC.  However, head of digital media at these vendors is a difficult job to hold through an entire business cycle. 

In this circumstance, the biggest question is whether a broader technology vendor views the Broadcast Division’s portfolio as too hardware-centric and too specialized to the broadcast industry. Conceivably any IT vendor interested in moving into the broadcast sector had the opportunity to make such a decision in connection with the sale process at Grass Valley in 2010, the ongoing sale process at Miranda, or in connection with the evolving situation at other large vendors in the sector.

 

Purchase by a Private Equity Firm

A CapitalIQ screen of private equity firms with a focus in North America, technology, corporate divestitures, and investment criteria in the suggested range yields approximately 2,000 firms – that is not a typo.

There is a tremendous amount of private equity interest in the media technology sector.  The single biggest obstacle these firms have in finding investment opportunities in the sector is a dearth of businesses large enough to support the amount of money these groups are looking to invest. 

Unambiguously there is a private equity buyer for the Broadcast Division.  The challenge is price.  Without the benefit of existing, meaningful historical cash flow or near-term expected cash flows, there is little ability to borrow money to support the purchase price.  Therefore, private equity firms will value the division based on the expectation of near-term efficiencies that can be brought and the expected value of the ultimate exit (generally in a 3-5 year time horizon).  Recall that on a net cash basis, Technicolor provided cash to Francisco Partners at closing in connection with the purchase of Grass Valley. 

 

 

Price

Since 2004, Harris has spent just under $1 billion dollars on acquisitions for the Broadcast Division.  But the market has no memory.

Triangulating between the recent write-downs and the last publicly available balance sheet for the division, it is estimated there is approximately $600 million of assets associated with the division, and more important, the annual revenue is estimated at approximately $530 million.  In the context of those numbers, the level of profitability is insignificant, but critically it is not negative. 

The public comparable companies suggest a revenue multiple of 0.5x to 1.0x.  Recent M&A transactions might suggest a revenue multiple of 1.0 to 1.5.  In the case of the Broadcast Division, the multiples ignore the specifics of the situation; all but a select few industry participants can finance a transaction of the size expected. Private equity firms may have an interest, but they are inescapably bound to pay a price supported by the immediate prospects of cash flow, which price would imply the low end of the suggested multiples. 

In the context of an IT vendor’s balance sheet, a valuation “substantially higher” than $200 million is not a significant amount of money. For that group of buyers, it is a binary question of interest, more than of price. In the past 16 months, by my count, vendors accounting for almost one third of the industry’s revenue have been sold or have actively sought a sale.  With only a few exceptions, the broader technology vendor universe has not participated in those transactions.  The Harris Broadcast Division will make for a great litmus test of the interest in the broadcast technology sector by broader technology vendors: it is big enough to matter to them, spans just about the entire workflow, and comes with a quality and level of video expertise in both the management and engineering ranks that broader IT vendors can not replicate internally.

It will take several months to work through the sale process.  The end result will be a signature event in the industry and will reframe exit expectations for vendors in the sector.

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Related Content:

Analyzing the Sale of the Harris Broadcast Division

Harris Corporation To Divest Broadcast Business

Press Release: Harris Corporation Reports Fiscal 2012 Third Quarter Results

Harris Q3 FY 2012 10-Q Filing

Harris 8-K Filing – Restates Fiscal 2011-12 Revenue on Pro Forma Basis (Without Broadcast and Cyber Integrated Solutions)

Press Release: Harris Corporation Reports Fiscal 2012 Third Quarter Results

Harris Fiscal Q3 2012 Analyst Presentation

Harris Fiscal Q3 2012 Conference Call Transcript

TVNewsCheck Article: Tech’s Big Question: What’s Next For Harris?

Quincy Herald-Whig ArticleProspective buyers seek information on Harris broadcast; business as usual in Quincy

Harris Broadcast Revenue and Income Rise in Q2 2012, Says It’s Laser Focused on Maximizing Shareholder Value.

 

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Reminder — Media Technology: Strategy & Valuation Conference at NAB 2012

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, Broadcast technology channel strategy, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor Brand Research, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Broadcaster Financial Results, Devoncroft Digest, Top Broadcast Vendor Brands | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 13 2012

If you are attending the 2012 NAB show you might want to consider setting aside some time to attend a new half-day conference called “Media Technology: Strategy and Valuation.

We are excited to be co-producing this event along with the NAB Show and Silverwood Partners.

This session is being held in room N237 of the Las Vegas Convention Center on Sunday April 15th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and it’s free for all registered attendees of the 2012 NAB show.

This conference will address industry-specific factors driving the valuations of companies including changing market dynamics, new technology, and evolving customer requirements. It is intended for industry technology executives, private equity investors, and venture capital investors in the media technology sector.

You’ll hear from experts from the financial community, broadcast industry technology buyers, leading service providers, and media technology market research analysts.

Download full agenda and speaker bios here

 

MEDIA TECHNOLOGY: STRATEGY & VALUATION

Presented by:

  

 

April 15, 2012

Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N237

 

1:30-2:00pm       Registration

 

2:00-2:25pm       Strategic Implications of Transitioning to Cloud and SaaS Platforms for the Media Industry

Presented by David Peto, CEO, Aframe

What is the reality of becoming a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business?

  • Opportunities and challenges with the business model from the SaaS provider perspective
  • Lessons learned from providing SaaS services to large media companies
  • Key customer variables for deciding to use SaaS services

 

2:25-2:55pm       The Broadcast & Media Technology Industry in 2012

Presented by Joe Zaller, President, Devoncroft Partners

  • Summary of key data derived from the newly published 2012 Big Broadcast Survey, the largest and most comprehensive study of the broadcast industry. Overview of the latest research from the IABM will also be provided.
  • Does brand perception impact valuation? Using data from the annual Big Broadcast Survey, color commentary and market research data will be provided to show how brand perception impacts both customer loyalty and Company valuation, and what vendors can do to change their brand perception for the positive.

      

2:55-3:25pm       Strategic Industry Analysis: Valuations, M & A, and Equity Financing

Presented by Jonathan Hodson-Walker, Managing Partner and Joshua Stinehour, Senior Vice President, Silverwood Partners

Analysis of strategic industry trends and the specific factors that affect company valuations:

  • Review of transaction activity and valuations
  • Technology shifting from a supporting role to a strategic role
  • Business opportunities and models evolving rapidly
  • What businesses are buyers targeting and why?
  • Analysis of Software, SaaS vs. hardware valuation and reasons for differentials

 

3:25-3:50pm       Online Video: Threat, Opportunity, or Both?

Presented by Andrew Taylor, VP Business Development, Grab Media

  • Expert insight on the business models of new media and multiplatform distribution.
  • Commentary on developments in online video, advertising technology, and new distribution and syndication models.

 

 

3:50-4:00             Break

 

 4:00-4:20pm       Technology Transition: Software, File-based, Cloud

Presented by Bernt Kåre Johannessen, Chief Development Officer, Vizrt

  • The business implications of file-based workflows, cloud computing, and multi-platform content delivery for both broadcasters and technology vendors. 
  • Efficiencies for the customer, business model implications, business and technology implementation challenges, revenue models, and required technologies.

 

 4:20-4:40pm       Executing the Strategic Plan: Suggestions and Recommendations for Executives

Presented by Graham Sharp, Director of Media Asset Capital

  • Understanding value and differentiation of business offering to customers
  • Unlocking strategic value of business
  • Tactical implementation of the strategic plan to fully realize value

 

 4:40-5:00pm       The Broadcast Buyer Perspective

Presented by Pat Sullivan, President and CEO, Game Creek Video

  • Game Creek is one of largest Outside Broadcast Truck providers in the US with a client list that reads like the who’s who of Broadcast: ABC, CBS, ESPN, FOX, HBO, NBC, MLB, NBA, and the NFL to name a few!
  • With an annual multi-million US$ budget being spent with Broadcast Equipment vendors, what do GCV want from their suppliers and what could they do better?

 

5:00-6:00pm       Cocktail and Networking Reception

 

Announcing the “Media Technology: Strategy and Valuation Conference.” A Thought Provoking Kick-Off to the 2012 NAB Show.

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, Broadcast technology channel strategy, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor Brand Research, Broadcast Vendor M&A, content delivery, market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 04 2012

If you are attending the 2012 NAB show you might want to consider setting aside some time to attend a new half-day conference called “Media Technology: Strategy and Valuation,” which is being produced by Devoncroft, Silverwood Partners and the NAB Show

This event is being held in room N237 of the Las Vegas Convention Center on Sunday April 15th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and it’s free for all registered attendees of the 2012 NAB show.

This conference will address industry-specific factors driving the valuations of companies including changing market dynamics, new technology, and evolving customer requirements. It is intended for industry technology executives, private equity investors, and venture capital investors in the media technology sector.

You’ll hear from experts from the financial community, broadcast industry technology buyers, leading service providers, and media technology market research analysts.

Here’s the current lineup of presenters:

David Peto CEO of A-Frame (who just raised $7m for a cloud-based broadcast production system) will discuss how SaaS business models will impact the broadcast production environment.

Joe Zaller from Devoncroft Partners will present a summary of the 2012 Big Broadcast Survey including a review of the most important industry trends, where money is being spent in the broadcast industry, the evolution of HD infrastructure and file-based workflows, and how a vendors brand can impact its valuation.

Jonathan Hodson-Walker and Josh Stinehour from specialist investment bankers, Silverwood Partners will present an in-depth analysis of strategic industry trends and the specific factors that affect company valuations such as technology, business models, and strategic positioning.

Andrew Taylor, VP of Business Development at Grab Media will provide an overview of multi-platform content delivery business models, including advertising technology, content delivery and content syndication.  This presentation will discuss the impact that multi-screen deployments may have on traditional media companies, and whether they present a threat or an opportunity for new business… or both.

Bernt Kåre Johannessen, Chief Development Officer at Vizrt will explain the business implications of file-based workflows, cloud computing, and multi-platform content delivery for both broadcasters and technology vendors.  This presentation will discuss efficiencies for the customer, business model implications, business and technology implementations challenges, revenue models, and what technologies are still needed.

Graham Sharp of Media Asset Capital will discuss how to effectively implement and execute a strategic change process.  This presentation will discuss unlocking strategic value of businesses, recommendations for execution, and understanding value and differentiation of business offering to customers.

Pat Sullivan, president of Game Creek Video, a leading sports production company, will provide the customer perspective on the dynamic evolution of the broadcast industry.  Sullivan will talk about what customers on the leading edge of technology are buying, how this has changed over time, how it might evolve in the future, and what they are looking for from broadcast technology providers.

 

 

To guarantee your place, please RSVP to nabstrategy@silverwoodpartners.com.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Related Content:

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

TechCrunch Article: Aframe Goes After Avid With A Fresh $7m And A Very Big Cloud

Devoncroft – The 2012 Big Broadcast Survey

Silverwood Partners: NAB 2012 – Media Technology – Strategic Industry Analysis

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NAB 2011 And The Investment Banker’s View of the Broadcast Technology Industry

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, Broadcast technology channel strategy, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Mar 29 2011

The 2011 NAB show is less than two weeks away and there appears to be a feeling of optimism in the industry, something that has been lacking for the past year or two.  The economy is seemingly healthier, the financial performance of both broadcasters and technology vendors has improved, and digital media is a hot topic across many industries as companies roll out plans to bring video and audio content to a growing number of platforms and devices. 

The pre-NAB period is typically when expectations are set for the year, as both customers and vendors reveal their respective buying and selling plans. So far there have been year there have been some interesting articles written about what customers are shopping for at the show, what new technologies are on display and of course the most important trends in the broadcast industry in 2011.  

But there’s another group of industry observers who also have an interesting view on the outlook for the broadcast industry – investment bankers and private equity firms – and this year there appears to be more interest than usual from these players.

So what do investment bankers think about the broadcast industry, and what are their objectives for the NAB show?  In a word: deals. 

At this year’s NAB show, bankers and PE players should have plenty to keep them busy.

Video and audio technologies have become strategic to many companies outside of the traditional broadcast business, so bankers will use the NAB show as a way to find companies that might add value to a larger enterprise or a portfolio of companies.

Within the traditional broadcast industry, the improving economy has increased speculation about broadcast vendor M&A and consolidation.

Indeed, as shown below, our most recent research of senior executives at broadcast technology vendors reveals that while about a third of companies intend to retain their private status, many others expect to be involved in some sort of strategic transaction within the next 2-3 years. 

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Recently Covington Associates and Silverwood Partners, two investment banks that focus on the broadcast and digital media industries, published pre-NAB “teaser” documents for their clients and prospects.

Covington’s pre-NAB market analysis provides a concise overview of macro drivers in the industry and highlights recent digital media M&A activity.  This is (as far as I know) the first time that Covington has published a pre-NAB industry analysis, presumably driven their recently enlarged digital media team, which marries former industry executives and investment banking expertise.

Silverwood has been consistency active in the broadcast industry for the past decade, and typically publishes a report before and after major industry trade shows. You can read their pre-NAB 2010 document here, their pre-IBC2010 document here, and their IBC 2010 Post-Show Perspectives here. 

Silverwood’s 39-page pre-NAB 2011 document takes an in-depth approach.  It covers trends in the digital media industry, recent financial performance by vendors, macro industry drivers, the accelerated pace of change in the broadcast technology space, the “3D hype cycle,” and the way customers are changing their commercial focus and broadcast technology procurement plans as their revenue models shift towards “new media.”

Silverwood ends their deck with an interesting section on broadcast industry IPO, PE and M&A transactions, and why company valuations may differ, based on a number of factors. In doing they are seeking to balance creating excitement about M&A, and setting realistic expectations about valuations.

Overall both are worth reading, regardless of whether you are a vendor, broadcaster, or independent industry observer.  They provide a perspective that is sometimes missing when people discuss the broadcast business. 

At the end of the day the broadcast industry is a business; so when you head off to the NAB show, make sure you understand what both technology and financial people are thinking.

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Related Content:

Covington Associates: 2011 NAB Show Overview

Silverwood Partners: 2011 NAB Show Strategic Industry Analysis

Broadcasting & Cable Article: Gearing up for NAB 2011

Broadcast Industry’s Most Comprehensive Market Study Reveals Top Trends of 2011

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Broadcast Technology Vendors Predict Strong Increase in Software Revenue

broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, Broadcast technology channel strategy, broadcast technology market research | Posted by Joe Zaller
Nov 01 2010

When I recently saw the headline “Solving the TV Station Hardware Dilemma” on the Broadcast Engineering website, I stopped to read.

Although the article turned out to be about integrated playout (a.k.a. channel-in-a-box) automation servers rather than a debate about hardware versus software in a broadcast facility, it got me thinking about the shift in broadcasting towards IT-oriented technologies, and what vendors are doing about this market transition.

Our research has found that the move to IT-based operations is one of the broadcast industry’s most important technology trends. This will obviously have a major impact on the broadcast technology vendor community. 

Some commentators like boutique investment bank Silverwood Partners say that there is a diminishing hardware opportunity and that value is migrating to software-based products.  So what are broadcast technology vendors doing to change their product ranges and business models?

To better understand these issues we asked the nearly 800 broadcast technology vendors who responded to the 2010 Big Broadcast Survey, about the make-up of their current and future product portfolio.  Vendors were asked to break down the sources of their revenue by product hardware, software, maintenance, and service. 

Here’s what we found:

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Current Sources of Vendor Revenue – Product Mix

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Hardware products represent the largest percentage of vendor revenue, with more than 80% of respondents indicating that hardware sales represents greater than 20% of revenue, and 31% reporting that hardware products represent more than 80% of revenue.

While more than half of vendors reported that software represents a significant portion of their revenues, only 6% identified software as representing more than 80% of their sales.

Maintenance and service revenues represent a small part of the overall vendor revenue stream today.

But what are vendors projecting for the make-up of their future revenue?

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Future Sources of Vendor Revenue – Product Mix

Vendors were also asked to predict how their revenue by product mix would change over the next several years.

More than half of vendors report that they expect sales of hardware products to stay the same or increase over the next several years, while 20% expect hardware product sales to decline over the same period.

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Vendors expect to see large growth in software sales, with 76% of vendors predicting sales of software products will increase over the next 2-3 years.  Included in this number are an impressive 51% of vendors who expect software product sales to increase by more than 10%.

Vendors are also clearly looking towards maintenance and service revenues to expend their businesses.  Whereas the previous chart shows that today’s revenue from these sources is not huge, vendors are almost all anticipating that maintenance and service income will stay the same or increase over the next several years. 47% of vendors predict that maintenance revenue will increase, and 48% of vendors predict that customer service revenues will increase during this period.   

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Projected Future Vendor Hardware / Software Revenue – by Company Type

To better understand these responses, it’s helpful to profile the research participants according to the type of company they represent.

In the charts below, I have broken out the responses to the projected product mix question based on whether the respondent works for a company that provides primarily hardware products, primarily software products, or has a mixture of both.  In this case “primarily” is defined as more than 70% of a company’s revenue.  Responses for the average of all vendor responses are also shown for the sake of comparison with charts above.

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Hardware Sales

Firstly, let’s look at what vendors predict will happen to their hardware sales.  The chart below shows that 20% of respondents expect hardware product sales to decline over the next few years, while more than half expect hardware product revenue to stay the same or increase over the same period.

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However, there is a clear difference between those vendors who currently produce primarily hardware products versus those who currently produce primarily software products.

73% of respondents from companies who primarily sell hardware products think that their hardware revenue will grow over the next few years.  Conversely, just 39% of respondents from software-oriented companies think their hardware revenue will increase.

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What about revenue from software products? The chart below shows how vendors project their software sales will change over the next 2-3 years.

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Virtually all vendor respondents predict that their revenue from software will increase over the next few years.  Just 5% of respondents believe that software revenue will decline during this timeframe.

67% of vendors respondents whose company sells primarily hardware products predict that their sales from software products will increase over the next few years, while 86% of respondents from software-oriented vendors believe their software revenue will grow.

These results show that while hardware product sales are not going away any time soon, technology suppliers are responding to market demand for software-oriented products.  Although this analysis does not attempt to put a value on or quantify the percentage of future software sales, it appears that vendors are gearing up to provide more software solutions in the belief that this will help drive revenue growth.

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This article is based on the findings from the 2010 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), a global study of industry trends, technology purchasing behavior and the opinion of vendor brands.  With more than 5,600 people in 120+ countries participating, the 2010 version of the BBS is the largest and most comprehensive market study ever done in the broadcast industry.

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