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Espial Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Results

OTTAWA, March 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Espial® Group Inc. ("Espial" or the "Company"), (TSX: ESP), a leader in the delivery of on-demand TV software and services, today announced its fourth quarter and fiscal year financial results for the three and twelve month periods ended December 31, 2012.

Espial Highlights

  • Acquisition of ANT plc, extending Espial's leadership in HTML5 and TV Everywhere.
  • Signed partnership agreement with WiLAN to assist Espial in licensing certain of Espial's patents related to video-over-IP technology.
  • Secured 2 new service provider wins for Espial MediaBase in Western Europe and Baltics.
  • In 2012, shipped the Espial TV browser - based on WebKit and HTML5 - across numerous TV brands including Toshiba, Sharp, Hitachi and Hisense.
  • In 2012, started shipping Espial products with KBRO, Taiwan's largest cable operator, and major Japanese operators NTT and KDDI.
  • The Espial TV Browser won recognition with Broadband Technology Report's 2012 Diamond Technology Reviews and the "Best Internet Smart TV Solution" in Communications Technology magazine.
  • Expanded Espial's HTML5 application ecosystem for Espial TV Browser with major OTT providers such as You Tube, Vimeo and BBC iPlayer.

Financial Summary

For the three-month period ended December 31, 2012, the Company reported revenues of $2.7 million compared to revenues of $4.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2011. For the year ended December 31, 2012, the Company reported revenues of $13.3 million compared to revenues of $14.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2011.   Last quarter, we experienced a slower pace of roll-outs from our existing pay-TV customers, especially in Europe. We believe this is related to the prevailing economic challenges in Europe and may continue for the next two or three quarters.

Earnings before interest, foreign exchange, taxes, stock compensation, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 was a loss of $0.9 million, compared to income of $0.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011. For the year ended December 31, 2012, EBITDA was a loss of $0.7 million compared to an EBITDA loss of $0.2 million in 2011. Net loss, which includes non-cash items like depreciation, stock compensation and amortization of intangibles, for the quarter was $1.3 million or $0.09 per share, compared to a net loss of $0.6 million last year, or $0.04 per share. Net loss for fiscal 2012 was $2.7 million compared to a net loss of $2.5 million in 2011.

"There is an increasing urgency from Pay TV operators to invest in next generation IP video services across TVs, tablets and smart phones.  In Q4, we saw North American cable operators become more active around planning investments for their transition to IP--based set-top box and multi-screen services.  Towards this, we have made progress on our product capabilities, roadmap, worked with Comcast as an RDK licensee and further extended our HTML5 leadership in rich user experiences."  said Jaison Dolvane, President and CEO. "Globally, this remains a common theme with many traditional cable, satellite, and terrestrial Pay TV operators, who are poised to invest in IP video delivery and services.  On the Smart TV front, we have seen increased activity with consumer electronics manufacturers continuing to adopt HTML5 as their platform for next generation apps, browser and UX development. Today, Smart TVs which are capable of a full web experience are generally only available on the higher end of the TV Market. We expect this will become a core feature of mass volume flat screen TV models over the next 12-18 months. We continue to innovate rapidly in this market together with our Smart TV customers as well as Internet app and video content providers."

Commenting on the acquisition of ANT plc, Dolvane added, "We announced the acquisition of Ant in Q4, which was completed in Q1, 2013.   We are excited to have the Ant team be part of Espial, which provides us with further HTML5 and application engineering capabilities, and a number of new Pay TV and Smart TV customers to leverage into increasing our leadership, market share and relevance in the industry"

Q4 Financial Results

  • Fourth quarter revenues were $2,716,779 compared with revenues of $4,072,848 in the same period a year ago. Fourth quarter software license and royalty revenues were $1,517,179 compared to $2,834,500 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.  Professional services for the fourth quarters of 2012 and 2011 were $221,607 and $445,458 respectively.  Maintenance and support revenues for the fourth quarter were $977,992 compared to $792,890 last year.
  • Gross margins for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 was 71% compared with 81% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.
  • Operating expenses in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 were $3,211,461 compared to $3,526,058 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.
  • Earnings before interest, foreign exchange, taxes, stock compensation, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 was a loss of $910,636 compared to income of $197,052 in fiscal 2011.
  • Net loss, which includes non-cash items like depreciation, goodwill and intangibles, in the fourth quarter was $1,273,082 compared to a loss of $566,689 last year.

Fiscal 2012 Financial Results

  • Total revenues for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012 were $13,280,518 compared with revenues of $14,674,826, in the same period a year ago. Software license and royalty revenues for the 2012 fiscal year were $7,536,633 compared to $9,172,316 in fiscal 2011.  Professional services for the fiscal years of 2012 and 2011 were $2,201,640 and $2,440,408 respectively.  Maintenance and support revenues for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012 were $3,542,244 compared to $3,062,102 last year.
  • Gross margins for the 2012 fiscal year was 78% compared with 78% in fiscal 2011.
  • Operating expenses for the 2012 fiscal year were $12,539,180 compared to $13,387,767 in fiscal 2011.
  • Earnings before interest, foreign exchange, taxes, stock compensation, , depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012 was a loss of $747,962 compared to a loss of $193,123 in fiscal 2011.
  • Net loss in the 2012 fiscal year was $2,707,139 compared to a loss of $2,502,410 in 2011.

Cash, restricted cash and cash equivalents on December 31, 2012, was $11,220,195.

A complete set of financial statements and management's discussion and analysis for the period ended December 31, 2012, will be available at http://www.sedar.com.

Conference Call

The Company will be hosting a conference call to discuss the Q4 and fiscal year 2012 financial results on March 7, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). The phone number to join the results discussion is:

  • Toll free line  (Canada/US) -  +1 888-390-0546
  • Toll line (international/local) - +1 416-764-8688

The playback for the call will be available until 11:59pm EDT on April 4, 2013, at the following numbers and passcode:

  • Toll line: +1 416-764-8677, Passcode:  834472
  • Toll-free line: +1-888-390-0541, Passcode: 834472

About Espial (www.espial.com)

Espial is a leading supplier of digital TV and IPTV software and solutions to cable MSOs and telecommunications operators as well as consumer electronics manufacturers. Espial's middleware, video-on-demand, and browser products power a diverse range of pay-TV and Internet TV business models. Over 10 million licenses of its patented software are in use across the world. Espial is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada and has offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Visit www.espial.com or contact us via phone at +1 613 230 4770.

Forward Looking Statement

This press release contains information that is forward looking information with respect to Espial within the meaning of Section 138.4(9) of the Ontario Securities Act (forward looking statements) and other applicable securities laws. In some cases, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of terms such as "may", "will", "should", "expect", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "intend", "estimate", "predict", "potential", "continue" or the negative of these terms or other similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. In particular, statements or assumptions about, the anticipated synergies of the ANT Plc acquisition and the integration of ANT into the company's operations, economic conditions, benefits of new customer and partner relationships, future opportunities for the company and products and any other statements regarding Espial's objectives (and strategies to achieve such objectives), future expectations, beliefs, goals or prospects are or involve forward-looking information.

Forward-looking information is based on certain factors and assumptions. While the company considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to it, they may prove to be incorrect. Forward-looking information, by its nature necessarily involves known and unknown risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements or could cause our current objectives and strategies to change, including but not limited to Espial's ability to successful integrate ANT's operations into its existing operations, changing conditions and other risks associated with the on-demand TV software industry and the market segments in which Espial operates, competition, Espial's ability to effectively develop its distribution channels and generate increased demand for its products, economic conditions, technological change,  unanticipated changes in our costs, regulatory changes, litigation, the emergence of new opportunities, many of which are beyond our control and current expectation or knowledge.

Additional risks and uncertainties affecting Espial can be found in Management's Discussion and Analysis of Results of Operations and Financial Condition for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012 filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. If any of these risks or uncertainties were to materialize, or if the factors and assumptions underlying the forward-looking information were to prove incorrect, actual results could vary materially from those that are expressed or implied by the forward-looking information contained herein and our current objectives or strategies may change. Espial assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date hereof.

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

Earnings before interest, foreign exchange, taxes, stock compensation, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) is a non-IFRS financial measure that does not have any prescribed meaning by IFRS and is therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.  Management believes that this non-IFRS financial measure, when taken together with the corresponding consolidated IFRS measures, increases the transparency of the Company's current results and enables investors to more fully understand trends in its current and future performance. A reconciliation of net loss to earnings before interest, foreign exchange, taxes, stock compensation, dividends on redeemable preferred shares, depreciation and amortization is as follows:

  December 31,
2012
December 31,
2011
December 31,
2012
December 31,
2011
  (3 months) (3 months) (12 months) (12 months)
  (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited)
         
Net loss and Comprehensive loss ($1,273,082) ($566,689) ($2,707,139) ($2,502,410)
Add        
Stock compensation 37,732 76,092 141,488 423,079
Depreciation of property and equipment 60,743 51,530 207,919 198,450
Amortization of intangibles 288,196 286,174 1,146,573 1,144,698
  (886,411) (152,893) (1,211,159) (736,183)
Less (add)        
Net interest income (expense) (125,068) (116,639) (469,481) (474,866)
Foreign exchange gain (loss) 149,293 (233,306) 6,284 (68,194)
Earnings before interest, foreign exchange, taxes, stock compensation,  depreciation and amortization ($910,636) $197,052 ($747,962) ($193,123)


  

 

SOURCE ESPIAL GROUP



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