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

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

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

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

 

Changes to Financial Reporting Structure Reflects Focus on Core Businesses

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

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

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

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

 

Vitec Broadcast Division

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


Vitec Broadcast Division Revenue FY 2014

 

 

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

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

 

 

Broadcast Equipment

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

Vitec Broadcast Wquipment and Broadcast Services Revenue FY 2014

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Broadcast Services

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

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

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

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

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

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Related Content:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Related Content:

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

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

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

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

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

The Vitec Group, which owns more than a dozen brands in the broadcast industry said that it has decided to exit its Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT) business unit, which provides wireless microwave products.

The announcement was made in an investor presentation that accompanied Vitec’s earnings announcement for the first half of 2014.

However, company executives stressed that, until a transaction occurs, it will continue to manufacture, sell, support, and honor the warranty of all IMT products provided to its broadcast customers.

Vitec’s IMT business includes three brands: Nucomm, RF Central, and Microwave Services Company.

Vitec IMT Brands - Nucomm, RF Central, Microwave Svs Co

Vitec’s IMT business posted a loss of £1.1m during the first half of 2014, compared to a profit of £1.4m for the same period a year ago.  IMT’s 1H 2014 revenue was £5.8m, down 35% versus the same period last year.

For the full year 2013, IMT broke even on revenue of £14m, which included a large profitable contract from the US Department of Justice, worth approximately £3.4m.

The company says that the disposal for IMT will allow it to focus its Videocom business on its core broadcast activities.

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Vitec acquired Nucomm and RF Central in a transaction valued at up to $73m in June 2007.

At that time, Vitec said the deal would immediately enhance its earnings, and that “the acquisition is an excellent fit with Vitec’s Broadcast Systems division. The acquired companies sell to similar customers and Vitec’s infrastructure is expected to provide opportunities for further growth internationally.”

The purchase of Nucomm and RF Central coincided with the start of a huge wave of spending related to the 2.4 Ghz Broadcast Auxiliary Service (BAS) Relocation Project, whereby wireless operator Sprint, in response to a 2004 FCC decision, implemented a program to resolve ongoing interference between public safety and commercial operations in the 800MHz band.

By the time of the project’s official completion in 2010, Sprint had spent about $750 million and broadcasters had moved their ENG and other contribution applications to new compressed digital channels between 2025MHz and 2110MHz.  Sprint said more than 1,000 engineers were employed during the project and that as many as 100,000 pieces of microwave and ENG equipment were installed.

The strategy paid off almost immediately for Vitec, which said the following in its full year results for 2007:  “RF Systems is performing well, with sales and operating profit in the seven months of Vitec ownership of £23.5 million and £3.3 million respectively. Pro-forma 12-month sales and operating profit for 2007 were £32.2 million and £5.2 million. Both RF Central and Nucomm, have launched well-received ‘High Definition’ products that will maintain our competitive position. 2008 and 2009 results will be buoyed by revenue from the BAS relocation project, which is expected to fall away by 2010.”

Today however, Vitec says that its IMT business is now “relatively small part of our business, which provides wireless microwave products for the Military, Aerospace and Government (MAG) markets.”

Vitec explained the rationale for the decision to exit IMT saying: “We have attempted to grow IMT in an increasingly challenging market that has become overly price driven. This was recently demonstrated by the award of certain large government contracts to competitors at prices where we would not generate positive returns. There are limited synergies between IMT’s MAG business and other activities within the Group.

“As a result, we have decided to exit the IMT business and we are accessing our options of a sale or closure. Our preliminary assessment of the net exit costs based on closing the business is an exceptional one-off pre-tax charge in the region of c.£5.5 million, after foreign exchange recycling, of which c.£5.0 million is anticipated to be a cash outflow. We will provide an update on the exit from IMT in due course.”

In addition to anticipated fall-off in business following the completion of the BAS relocation project, another likely catalyst for Vitec’s decision to sell the IMT business is the strong performance by Teradek, which Vitec acquired in August 2013 for up to $15m.

The chart below, from Vitec’s 1H 2014 earnings call with equity analysts describes the declining sales at IMT and strong growth by Teradek, and announces the company’s intent to divest IMT in order to focus on its core broadcast activities.

 

Vitec 1H 2014 with IMT & Teradek outlined

 

According to Vitec’s most recent earnings announcement, “the Teradek business that we acquired in H2 2013 is performing well with strong growth post-acquisition. The business continues to develop innovative products, including the new Bolt wireless transmitter that was released in July 2014 and further product launches are planned for later in the year.”

Based on the success of Teradek during the period, Vitec made a $3.2m “earnout” payment to Teradek’s former shareholders in March 2014. This consisted of $2.4m in cash, and 72,933 new Vitec ordinary shares worth a further $800,000.

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Related Content:

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

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

Press Release (2007): The Vitec Group Plc Acquisitions of Nucomm and RF Central

Vitec Group 2007 Full Year Results: A Year of Strong Growth

Vitec Group Presentation (2007): “RF Systems ‘Consolidate and Grow” announcing purchase of Nucomm and RF Central

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