CAMBRIDGE, England and SAN FRANCISCO, May 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
- blinkx's year end conference call will be webcast live at http://www.blinkx.com on 18 May, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. BST/4:30 a.m. EDT/1:30 a.m. PDT
blinkx PLC (BLNX.L), the world's largest video search engine, today reported financial results for the year ended 31 March 2012.
Year ended 31 Year ended 31 March March 2012 2011 (unaudited) (unaudited) $'000 $'000 Revenues 114,397 66,102 Gross profit 60,493 43,156 Profit from operations - adjusted* 10,446 8,181 Profit from operations 1,640 6,050 Profit before tax - adjusted* 10,732 8,271 Profit before tax 1,926 6,140 Profit for the year - adjusted* 12,694 9,763 Profit for the year 3,888 7,632 Earnings per share Cents Cents Basic - adjusted* 3.60 3.05 Basic 1.10 2.39 Diluted - adjusted* 3.52 2.99 Diluted 1.08 2.33
*adjusted for Burst and PVMG acquisition and related exceptional costs of $4.7m and amortization of purchased intangibles of $4.1m (2011: $1.2m acquisition and exceptional costs and $0.9m amortization of purchased intangibles). Exceptional costs are defined as non recurring costs incurred outside of the Group's normal operations. Acquisition costs are as defined in IFRS 3.
- Revenues increased by 73% to $114.4m, from $66.1 in FY2011
- Adjusted* profit from operations increased by 28% to $10.5m compared with $8.2m for FY2011
- Adjusted* profit for the year of $12.7m, compared with $9.8m for FY2011
- Profit for the year of $3.9m, compared with $7.6m for FY2012
- Cash balance was $38.4m compared to $52.8m at 31 March 2011, following acquisitions
- Announced premium content partnerships during the half with PERFORM, Future Publishing, the Bleacher Report, Cinesport, Rooftop Comedy and FashionTV
- Established new distribution agreements with Sony, Roku, Orb Networks and Aurasma increase blinkx's footprint in both the Mobile and Connected TV spaces
- Closed a video search syndication agreement with AOL to extend blinkx's audience reach, and enhance the blinkx index with AOL's premium video assets
- Added new brand advertising clients including Disney, IBM, JP Morgan and Lucozade
- Increased the blinkx audience reach substantially through acquisitions of Burst Media and Prime Visibility Media Group
- Launched five Burst-branded publisher channels, MomIQ, Ella, Stadium, Giant Realm and Ignition, to expand distribution for blinkx video
- Integrated blinkx's Internet Video Engine with PVMG's audience acquisition platform to further increase blinkx's reach
- Expanded the blinkx executive management team with appointments of S. Brian Mukherjee as Chief Operating Officer, and Frank Pao as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business Affairs
Commenting on the fiscal year 2012 results Suranga Chandratillake, founder and CEO of blinkx, said: "This year, we have continued to see strong momentum in the online video market, and, in this young and constantly evolving Internet industry, we have also experienced unexpected growth in new and related arenas, such as the soaring popularity of smartphones and tablet devices, including the iPad. The proliferation of powerful connected devices and high-speed broadband networks has catalyzed consumer appetite for Web video. comScore reported that in March of this year, 181 million people in the US watched nearly 37 billion videos online. We expect that advertisers will continue to follow these audiences by allocating more of their spend to digital channels over the coming years.
The blinkx group has claimed an aggressive share of this thriving market, with revenue surpassing the $100 million mark, an increase of more than 73% over the prior year. In this fast-moving industry, blinkx outperformed the online video advertising market by over 80%, which grew at a healthy rate of over 40% annually.
This year, we continued to augment our global audience through a growing number of distribution points, signing agreements with leaders like AOL, and also through the expansion of our cross-platform distribution initiatives, partnering with industry leaders like Sony, Samsung, Roku and Aurasma. Moving forward, we see an attractive opportunity to increase our reach to new frontiers on the Web, enhancing long-tail, text-based content with video. The acquisitions of Burst Media and PVMG have brought us access to vast networks of text-oriented sites - and the potential to deliver video content and advertising to over 2,000 new publishers."
Mr. Chandratillake continued: "Through organic growth and selective acquisitions, and our unique technological capabilities, we have created a huge and growing video-enabled ecosystem of audience, content providers, advertising networks and advertisers. Our forward strategy and growth is based on further monetizing this opportunity.
The vast majority of our revenues are driven by advertising - sold both directly and through third parties - which exploits less than 10% of the total ad interactions that we now have the option to fill as a result of the recent Burst and PVMG acquisitions. Therefore, over 90% of the traffic available remains an under-leveraged economic opportunity. We see the exploitation of this as a very tangible and exciting opportunity against a backdrop where we expect to see continued growth in online advertising over the medium term."
Mr. Chandratillake concluded: "The quality and scale of blinkx's audience, combined with the unrivalled capabilities of our technology and advertising platform, AdHoc, and the calibre of our ever growing number of content partners, has enabled us to win new and repeat advertising customers such as Kellogg's, Shell and Microsoft, even in a somewhat tentative economic climate. In addition, we have enhanced the leadership team through the appointment of S. Brian Mukherjee as Chief Operating Officer, and Frank Pao as General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, talented executives who have deep sector experience and successful track records. We remain confident in our position in the market and the progress we have made this year, and are excited about the opportunities that lie before us."
Customers and Business Development
Over the last 12 months, blinkx's targeted advertising products continued to attract global brand advertisers. As a greater share of brand marketing dollars flow to digital channels, leaders from across a breadth of industries, such as Disney, IBM, JP Morgan and Procter & Gamble, capitalised on blinkx's unique video advertising platform, booking campaigns through top agencies, including Carat, Maxus and PHD.
blinkx also made significant advances in its cross-platform distribution strategy during the period, striking new deals in the mobile and Connected TV markets. The company recently announced a deal with Sony to deliver premium video from its index to Sony connected devices through an app. The app can be found in Sony's Entertainment Library, and will give Sony customers immediate access to blinkx video through 18 unique and engaging channels. In addition, Roku, Orb Networks and BlueStreak Technologies have incorporated access to blinkx's video index in their next-generation TV solutions. On the mobile front, blinkx has signed an agreement to power video for Aurasma.
Over the year, blinkx has continued to steadily expand its roster of premier media partners, including the addition of programming from diverse industry leaders, such as PERFORM, Future Publishing, the Bleacher Report, Rooftop Comedy and FashionTV.
The Burst and PVMG acquisitions and blinkx, the Internet Video Engine
Video has become an integral part of the Web experience. Consumers have come to expect video to be part of their information, entertainment, and social experience online, but only a small proportion of the almost 700 million websites that exist actually offer video. This presents a huge, new opportunity for blinkx to enhance text-only sites with rich media.
blinkx's technology positions it uniquely to be able to capitalize on this opportunity: its Concept Recognition Engine was built to match relevant video to text, at massive scale. Moreover, the "Long Tail" of the Web is incredibly diverse, but blinkx can leverage its broad, deep index, with content from over 800 publishers to ensure that an appropriate video appears to enhance the text.
blinkx has actively pursued non-video partners since 2010, and now, the acquisitions of Burst and PVMG have brought blinkx further access to extensive networks of audiences, providing it with the opportunity to extend the video experience to new frontiers on the Web.
The acquisitions bring blinkx's headcount to 275 people and establish a corporate presence in all major US markets, including San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Boston, Seattle and Los Angeles.
For the year ended 31 March 2012 (FY2012), revenues totaled $114.4 million, an increase of 73% over the $66.1 million in revenues reported for the year ended 31 March 2011 (FY2011). Gross profit for FY2012 was $60.5 million representing a gross margin of 53%. Gross profit for FY2011 was $43.2 million, representing a gross margin of 65%. Gross margin has reduced as a result of the acquisitions of Burst and PVMG which have lower margins than the legacy blinkx business. Adjusted net profit before acquisition and integration costs and amortisation on purchased intangibles for FY2012 was $12.7 million (FY2011: $9.8 million). Tax credit for FY2012 was $2.0 million (FY2011: $1.5 million). Net profit for FY2012 was $3.9 million (FY2011: $7.6 million). Earnings per share for FY2012 was 3.60 cents (adjusted basic), 1.10 cents (basic), 3.52 cents (adjusted fully diluted) and 1.08 cents (fully diluted). Earnings per share for FY2011 was 3.05 cents (adjusted basic), 2.39 cents (basic), 2.99 cents (adjusted fully diluted) and 2.33 (fully diluted). blinkx's cash balance at 31 March 2012 was $38.4 million (31 March 2011: $52.8 million).
About blinkx PLC
blinkx (London AIM: BLNX) is the world's most comprehensive video search engine. Today, blinkx has indexed more than 35 million hours of audio, video, viral and TV content, and made it fully searchable and available on demand. blinkx's founders set out to solve a significant challenge - as TV and user-generated content on the Web explode, keyword-based search technologies only scratch the surface. blinkx's patented search technologies listen to - and even see - the Web, helping users enjoy a breadth and accuracy of search results not available elsewhere. In addition, blinkx powers the video search for many of the world's most frequented sites. blinkx is based in San Francisco and London. More information is available at http://www.blinkx.com
BLINKX PLC CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT (UNAUDITED) Results for the year to 31 March 2012 Year ended Year ended 31 March 2012 31 March 2011 $'000 $'000 Revenue: continuing operations 114,397 66,102 Cost of revenue (53,904) (22,946) Gross profit 60,493 43,156 Operating expenses Research and development (10,526) (7,638) Sales and marketing (32,474) (24,163) Administrative expenses (7,047) (3,174) Profit from operations before acquisition and exceptional costs and amortization of acquired intangibles* 10,446 8,181 Amortisation of purchased intangibles (4,061) (956) Acquisition and exceptional costs (4,745) (1,175) Profit from operations 1,640 6,050 Net investment revenue 286 90 Profit before taxation 1,926 6,140 Tax 1,962 1,492 Profit for the year attributable to equity holders of the parent before acquisition and exceptional costs* 12,694 9,763 Profit for the year attributable to equity holders of the parent 3,888 7,632 Earnings per share (cents) Cents Cents Adjusted basic* 3.60 3.05 Basic 1.10 2.39 Adjusted diluted* 3.52 2.99 Diluted 1.08 2.33
*adjusted for acquisition and exceptional costs of $4.7m. This relates to the acquisition of Burst Media Corporation ("Burst") and Prime Visibility Media Group ("PVMG") completed on 9 May 2011 and 9 November 2011 respectively, and the amortization of purchased intangibles of $4.1m. (2010: $1.2m acquisition and exceptional costs; $0.9m amortization of purchased intangibles). Exceptional costs are defined as non recurring costs incurred outside of the Group's normal operations. Acquisition costs are as defined in IFRS 3.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (UNAUDITED) For the year to 31 March 2012 Year ended Year ended 31 March 2012 31 March 2011 $'000 $'000 Profit for the year 3,888 7,632 Exchange difference on translation of foreign operations (295) 871 Total comprehensive income for the year, net of related tax effect 3,593 8,503
BLINKX PLC CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET (UNAUDITED) As at 31 March 2012 As at As at 31 March 2012 31 March 2011 (unaudited) (unaudited) $'000 $'000 ASSETS Non-current assets Goodwill 48,878 2,417 Intangible assets 29,651 3,829 Property, plant and equipment 2,275 731 Other receivables 250 250 Deferred tax asset 7,076 1,680 88,130 8,907 Current assets Trade receivables 21,950 8,896 Other receivables 3,803 2,326 Cash and cash equivalents 38,406 52,809 64,159 64,031 Total assets 152,289 72,938 LIABILITIES Current liabilities Trade and other payables (25,465) (7,327) Non-current liabilities Deferred tax liability (1,732) - Other payables (474) (197) Total liabilities (27,671) (7,524) Net assets 124,618 65,414 Shareholders' equity Share capital 6,837 6,398 Share premium account 101,552 86,443 Shares to be issued 754 - Stock compensation reserve 11,938 9,968 Currency translation reserve (7,837) (7,542) Merger reserve 33,089 (4,323) Retained loss (21,715) (25,530) Total equity 124,618 65,414
BLINKX PLC CONDENDSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENT (UNAUDITED) For the year to 31 March 2012 Year Year ended ended 31 March 31 March 2012 2011 $'000 $'000 CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES Profit from operations 1,640 6,050 Adjustments for: Depreciation and amortisation 6,379 2,011 Share based payments 1,524 688 Foreign exchange (gains) /losses (453) 42 Operating cash flows before movements in working capital 9,090 8,791 Changes in operating assets and liabilities: Increase in trade and other receivables (642) (2,718) Increase in trade and other payables 356 1,919 Cash generated by operations 8,804 7,992 Income taxes received - 443 Net cash generated by operating activities 8,804 8,435 CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES Net investment revenue received 286 90 Purchase of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets (5,950) (1,591) Acquisitions, net of cash acquired (33,406) - Net cash used in investing activities (39,070) (1,501) CASHFLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES Net payments on finance lease, net (148) (24) Proceeds from issuance of shares, net of costs 15,264 30,532 Net cash generated by financing activities 15,116 30,508 Net (decrease) / increase in cash and cash equivalents (15,150) 37,442 Beginning cash and cash equivalents 52,809 14,579 Effect of foreign exchange on cash and cash equivalents 747 788 Ending cash and cash equivalents 38,406 52,809
BLINKX PLC CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY (UNAUDITED) For the year to 31 March 2012 Ordinary Share Shares to Stock share premium be issued compensation capital account account reserve Sub-total $'000 $'000 $'000 $'000 $'000 Balance as at 1 April 2010 5,964 56,345 - 9,280 71,589 Net profit for the year - - - - - Other comprehensive income - - - - - Total comprehensive income for the year - - - - - Issue of shares, net of costs 434 30,098 - - 30,532 Share based payments - - - 688 688 Tax movements on shares options - - - - - Balance as at 31 March 2011 6,398 86,443 - 9,968 102,809 Net profit for the year - - - - - Other comprehensive income - - - - - Total comprehensive income for the year - - - - - Issue of shares, net of costs 439 15,109 - - 15,548 Shares to be issued - - 754 - 754 Share based payments - - - 1,970 1,970 Tax movement on share options - - - - - Balance as at 31 March 2012 6,837 101,552 754 11,938 121,081 Sub-total translation Merger Retained forwarded reserve reserve Loss Total $'000 $'000 $'000 $'000 $'000 Balance as at 1 April 2010 71,589 (8,413) (4,323) (33,350) 25,503 Net profit for the year - - - 7,632 7,632 Other comprehensive income - 871 - - 871 Total comprehensive income for the year - 871 - 7,632 8,503 Issue of shares, net of costs 30,532 - - - 30,532 Share based payments 688 - - - 688 Tax movement on share options - - - 188 188 Balance as at 31 March 2011 102,809 (7,542) (4,323) (25,530) 65,414 Net profit for the year - - - 3,888 3,888 Other comprehensive income - (295) - - (295) Total comprehensive income for the year - (295) - 3,888 3,593 Issue of shares, net of costs 15,548 - 37,412 - 52,960 Shares to be issued 754 - - - 754 Share based payments 1,970 - - - 1,970 Tax movement on share options - - - (73) (73) Balance as at 31 March 2012 121,081 (7,837) 33,089 (21,715) 124,618
NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
For the year to 31 March 2012
1. Basis of preparation
While the financial information included in this preliminary announcement has been prepared in accordance with the recognition and measurement criteria of International Accounting Reporting Standards (IFRSs), this announcement does not itself contain sufficient information to comply with IFRSs. The Company will publish full financial statements that comply with IFRSs.
The financial information set out in this unaudited announcement does not constitute the Company's statutory accounts for the year ended 31 March 2012 or 31 March 2011, within the meaning of Section 435 of the Companies Act 2006. The audit of the statutory accounts for the year ended 31 March 2012 is not yet complete. These accounts will be finalised on the basis of the financial information presented by the directors in this unaudited announcement and will be delivered to the Registrar of Companies following the Company's annual general meeting.
The financial information for the year ended 31 March 2011 is derived from the statutory accounts for that year which have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The Group's auditor issued a report on those financial statements that was unqualified and did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis and did not contain a statement under section 489 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.
The directors have considered the financial resources of the Group and the risks associated with doing business in the current economic climate environment and believe the Group is well placed to manage these risks successfully. In doing this the board has prepared a business plan and cash flow forecast setting out key business assumptions, including the rate of revenue growth, margins and cost control. The directors have considered these assumptions to be reasonable and that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future being a period of no less than 12 months from the date of this announcement. Accordingly, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing these financial statements.
2. Share-based payments
Included within operating expenses are the following amounts in respect of share based payments:
Year to Year to 31 March 31 March 2012 2011 (unaudited) (unaudited) $'000 $'000 Sales and marketing 975 334 Research and development 315 249 Administrative expenses 234 105 1,524 688
The tax credit in the period relates primarily to the net tax position associated with the purchased intangibles, brought forward tax losses and research and development tax credits.
4. Earnings per share
The calculation of the basic and diluted earnings per share is based on the following information.
Year to Year to 31 March 31 March 2012 2011 (unaudited) (unaudited) $'000 $'000 Earnings Adjusted profit (used in calculation of basic and diluted profit per share) 12,694 9,763 Profit (used in calculation of basic and diluted profit per share) 3,888 7,632 Number of shares Number Number Weighted average number of shares for the basic earnings per share 352,653,116 319,619,035 Weighted average number of shares for the diluted earnings per share 360,300,309 327,069,369
Adjusted profit is the profit for the period, adjusted for acquisition and exceptional costs of $4.7m and amortization of purchased intangibles of $4.1m (2010: $1.2m acquisition and exceptional costs and $0.9m amortization of purchased intangibles)
5. Share capital
27,196,619 shares were issued in the year. Of this 17,440,167 related to the acquisition of Burst Media Corporation, 7,000,000 the placing in November 2011 and 2,756,452 the exercise of employee share options.
6. Shares to be issued
The shares to be issued reserve relates to shares which are expected to be issued to Burst shareholders, as part of the consideration, who have not yet submitted the paperwork to effect the exchange of Burst shares for blinkx shares.
7. Acquisition of Burst Media Corporation and Prime Visibility Media Group
On 9 May 2011 the Group acquired 100% of the issued share capital of Burst Media Corporation, an online media and technology company based in Burlington, USA. This will allow the group to expand the reach of its video search and advertising offering across Burst Media Corporation's extensive network of independent publishers.
The provisional fair values of net assets acquired amounted to a total of $15.4 million. This comprises $13.9 million for intangibles, $9.1 million for other assets, $2.0 million cash, $7.2 million trade and other payables and $2.4 million of deferred tax liability. The book value was the same value for all the acquired items except in relation to the purchase of intangibles and the associated deferred tax liability. Goodwill of $25.0 million was recognised on the acquisition. None of the goodwill recognized is expected to be deductible for tax purposes.
This represents an increase in goodwill of $0.6 million from the amount disclosed in the interim report. This has principally arisen due to a revision in the value of the intangibles acquired, as a result of circumstances which existed at the date of acquisition.
The purchase consideration comprised equity of $29.3 million, $0.5 million cash and $1.4 million of costs associated with the acquisition and amounts owing to Burst Media Corporation shareholders. As a result of movement in the share price between announcing the agreement and completion, there was an up lift to the equity consideration of $9.2 million bringing the overall equity to $38.5 million and total consideration to $40.4 million.
On 9 November 2011 the group acquired 100% of the issued share capital of Prime Visibility Media Group Inc, an online advertising network and digital advertising agency headquartered in New York, USA. The integration of the blinkx video search engine with PVMG's text search platform will enable the group to tap into a new audience of intent-driven consumers and deliver TV-style brand advertising to them.
The provisional fair value at time of purchase of net assets acquired amounted to a total of $13.4 million. This comprises $12.6 million for intangibles, $5.7 million for other assets, $1.7 million for deferred tax asset, $0.7 million cash, $7.3 million trade and other payables. The book value was the same value for all the acquired items except in relation to the purchase of intangibles and the associated deferred tax liability. The company recognized goodwill of $21.4 million. None of the goodwill recognized is expected to be deductible for tax purposes.
The $36 million price paid comprises of: cash consideration of $31 million; deferred consideration provisionally determined of $3.8 million; and prepaid post acquisition remuneration of $1.2 million.
The $3.8 million of deferred consideration provisionally determined relates to amounts paid into escrow in relation to the final working capital position. To the extent that any of these monies are not ultimately paid over to the vendor they will revert to blinkx. In accordance with IFRS3, blinkx will finalise the position on the amount of deferred consideration payable and update the proceeds on or before the conclusion of the measurement period.
The prepaid post acquisition remuneration relates to payments of incentives to employees of PVMG which are due on the one year anniversary of the acquisition. In accordance with the requirements of IFRS3, the charge will be reflected in next year's income statement. This does not therefore form part of the consideration.
The businesses of Burst and PVMG benefit from selling and billing a combination of blinkx sourced products as well as their own. The directors will be providing details of the contribution of post acquisition revenues from the acquired entities to the group revenues in the year end accounts once an exercise has been completed to accurately separate these product revenues. The Group's core products have been integrated and support activities have been merged to such an extent that the level of costs recognized in the accounts of the acquired entities do not accurately represent the underlying activities attributable to those operations. Consequently, it is impracticable to separately identify the profit derived from the acquired businesses as required under IFRS 3.70 as the information is not available.
8. Related party and directors' remuneration
For the purposes of IAS 24 Related Party Disclosures, the directors are considered to be the Group's key management personnel. The remuneration of the directors is detailed below. There were no other related party transactions in either the current year or prior year.
Remuneration of the Directors was as follows:
Year to Year to 31 March 31 March 2012 2011 (unaudited) (unaudited) $'000 $'000 Anthony Bettencourt 55 54 Suranga Chandratillake 407 440 Michael Lynch 55 54 Mark Opzoomer 55 54 572 602
The non-executive directors fees are £35,000 per annum (2011: £35,000). The increase shown in the above table of the dollar equivalent is a result of exchange rate movement.
Details of share options granted to the Directors are set out below. No Directors' share options were cancelled or lapsed, or changed, during the year. Vesting and exercise of options is subject to continued employment.
At 31 March At 31 March 2011 Granted Exercised 2012 Number Number Number Number Suranga Chandratillake 4,859,314 - 383,257 4,476,057 Michael Lynch 35,248 - - 35,248
The total gain on exercise of share options by Directors was $851,045 (2011: $373,000). None of the Directors have pension, retirement or similar entitlement. No payment or awards were made to former Directors during the year.
It is not anticipated that there will be any significant changes to the Directors' remuneration in the current year.
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