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Vislink News & Entertainment Revenue Declined 28 Percent in 2010

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Mar 24 2011

UK-based Vislink plc, which owns the Advent, Link, and MRC brands, announced that its revenue in 2010 from its news and entertainment business unit was £31.6m, a decline of 28% versus 2009.

The company attributed its poor performance to weak market conditions, and to the completion of the 2GHz relocation project in the USA, which accounted for £9.75m in revenue in 2009.  Excluding 2GHz revenue, the company’s “core revenue” declined 7% in 2010 versus 2009.

Vislink said that core revenue was adversely impacted by a continuing slowdown in broadcasters’ expenditure. This trend was most pronounced in Europe, but also impacted revenues in the Americas and Middle East regions. On a brighter note, the company said its revenue in the Asia Pacific region grew by 45 per cent during 2010.

The company also reported that its operating margins for the year were 13%, down from 20% in 2009.  Vislink said the reduction in the operating margins was due to a combination of a 2.2 point reduction in gross margin due to increasingly competitive pricing; and higher overheads as a proportion of total sales despite the fact that sales and marketing costs were reduced by 15 per cent over the course of the year.

These results come as the company is in the middle of major corporate transformation program.  Last year Vislink announced its intention to restructure its operations by selling its marine energy (ME) business and focusing on the broadcast and public safety markets. After selling the ME business, the company then shed 25% of its workforce through a layoff round, which saw 60 people lose their jobs.  At the beginning of 2011, the company announced that its CEO will step down at its AGM in April.


M&A Update:

As part of its previous M&A announcement, Vislink said that it intends to buy Gigawave, a competitor in the wireless camera, microwave and antenna markets; and to dispose of Western Technical Services (WTS), a small US-based services business.

Vislink is continuing to shop WTS and says it will continue to operate independently until the business is sold. Until such time it will be reported as a discontinued activity.

However, it now looks like the Gigawave deal may not happen.  As part of the earnings announcement, the company said “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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Vislink Restructuring Operations. Announces M&A Program to Focus Business on IP Video for Broadcast and Public Safety Markets.

broadcast industry trends, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Nov 23 2010

Vislink a provider of technology and solutions for microwave radio, satellite transmission, wireless camera and marine CCTV, announced that it plans to restructure its operations.  The company owns several brands in the broadcast industry including Advent, Link, MRC, Pacific Microwave, and Western Technical Services.

After conducting a strategic review of its operations, Vislink said it is re-shaping itself to focus on IP based systems for the news & entertainment and law enforcement & public safety markets where “it believes it is already regarded as a market leader.”

As a result of this decision, the Vislink announced an M&A program though which it will divest certain assets and buy others in order to focus more fully on the broadcast and public safety markets.

Specifically, the company will

  • sell its marine and energy (M&E) business to Hernis Scan Systems for £32.5m
  • sell Western Technical Services (WTS) for between £2.5m – £4.5m
  • acquire Gigawave, one of its competitors in the broadcast market, for an expected £5.75m


The company said it will use the proceeds from the sales of WTS and its M&E business to pay down debt, invest further in IP development, and make earnings enhancing acquisitions such as Gigawave.

According to a Financial Times article, Vislink CEO Duncan Lewis, said the acquisition of Gigawave will “send a signal to the market of how serious we are about news and entertainment.”


Vislink Trading Update

The company said that its revenue increased in the third quarter by 15% versus the previous quarter of this year, but that year to date sales are down 24% versus the first nine months of 2009.

News and entertainment market orders for the first nine months of the year were 6% higher than in the same period in 2009.


Management Changes

The company also said that chairman Tim Trotter will be stepping down as in 2011, and that it intends to appoint John Hawkins as his replacement.  Hawkins has led a number of companies through successful turnarounds and is currently nonexecutive Chairman of Psion plc.


You can read the full Vislink announcement here.

A Financial Times article about the announcement is here.


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