DALET : 2015 YEARLY RESULTS IN LINE WITH FORECASTS

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In € million 2014
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2014
pro forma (*)
2015 Change
pro forma
Revenues 42.1 43.1 47.4 +10%
Gross margin 35.6 36.4 39.0 +7%
Current operating income 0.3 (0.4) 0.3 NS
Operating income 0.3 (0.4) (0.1) NS
Net income, Group share 0.2 (0.6) (0.8) NS

(*) Pro forma figures include 12 months for AmberFin (vs. 9 months in 2014 published)

Dalet, a leading provider of software solutions for the creation, management and distribution of multimedia content for broadcasters, operators and content producers, has published its yearly audited results for financial year 2015 as approved by its Board of Directors on 21 April 2016[1].

2015 was another year of robust growth for Dalet, with the completion of the reorganization of AmberFin (in deficit at the time of its purchase in 2014) and ongoing investment in growth (R&D, sales teams) setting the company on track to realize its full potential in the coming years.


2015 financial results:

Dalet posted revenues of €47.4 million for financial year 2015, up 13% on the year before (10% pro forma). The breakdown in revenues was as follows:

  • Software: €28.3 million (+14%). Dalet's Software revenues were bolstered by the company's maintenance-support contracts which, at €14.9 million, accounted for 31% of global revenues in 2015. License sales were stable at €13.4 million.
  • Services: €9.2 million (-11%). The change in Services revenues in 2015 is directly linked to the sale of system-type projects which include integration and training professional services for the client.
  • Hardware (storage, servers, etc.): €10.0 million (+27%). Hardware resale, a non strategic business for Dalet, grew significantly in 2015 due to a one-off exceptionally large contract signed with an operator which entrusted its entire infrastructure to Dalet.

This unusual weighting in hardware sales reduced the company's gross margin (defined as sales minus cost of goods and third-party services resold) which amounted to 82% for the year as against 84% in 2014. In value terms, Dalet's gross margin increased 7% to €39.0 million (pro forma).

Other operating expenses increased 5.2% (pro forma). The Group continued to strengthen its headcount, focusing notably on the strategic ramp-up of its sales teams for the Asia-Pacific region and its ongoing investment in R&D. The reorganization of AmberFin was also completed. The capitalisation of €2.9 million in R&D on the company's balance sheet had no significant impact on income as it was offset by the amortisation of R&D expenses in a similar amount.

All told, Dalet posted a current operating income of €0.3 million which is consistent with the Group's guidance published in February.

It also booked an exceptional (non cash) expense of €0.4 million linked to the impairment of goodwill on AmberFin, primarily linked to the fluctuation in the pound sterling. After €0.3 million in financial expenses and €0.3 million in tax, net income amounted to a loss of €0.8 million.


Healthy financial structure Net debt close to zero

Dalet shareholder's equity stood at €15.2 million on 31 December 2015. Cash flows linked to operations improved significantly, coming in at €3.4 million compared to €1.0 million in 2014, notably thanks to the Group's careful management of its working capital.

These cash flows linked to operations covered almost all investments for the period (€3.6 million), most of which were linked to the capitalisation of R&D. Net debt remained virtually stable at €0.6 million.

With cash assets of €4.3 million, Dalet has the sound financial structure it needs to pursue its development in the years ahead.


Outlook: Growth and improvement in margins

Backed by a high order backlog on 1 January 2016 (€36 million), and given the sustained demand for its software solutions and the cumulative increase in support contracts, Dalet confidently expects to continue growing its business in 2016.

The company should see a higher level of growth in its gross margin than in revenues as a result of the base effect linked to a single low-margin hardware sales contract signed in 2015.

One of the main priorities for 2016 is the gradual improvement of Dalet's current operating profit. As it actively seeks out to grow its market share, the Group has set as a first target a current operating margin of 4 to 5% by 2017.

2016 will see the company focus on the implementation of an improved project management process (CMMI) in an effort to improve profitability. It will also benefit from the growing share of maintenance-support in its revenues as well as increased sales of its "plug and play" packaged solutions (Brio, AmberFin).

Dalet intends to uphold its ranking amongst the 3 leaders in its market which is undergoing concentration.


Next publication

Q1 revenues on 12 May 2016 after the close of trading


About Dalet Digital Media Systems
Dalet solutions enable broadcasters and media professionals to create, manage and distribute content to both traditional and new media channels, including interactive TV, the Web and mobile networks. Dalet combines into a single system a robust and proven Asset Management platform with advanced metadata capabilities; a configurable workflow engine, and a comprehensive set of purpose-built creative and production tools. This integrated and open environment enables end-to-end management of the entire News and Sport and Program content chain, and allows users to significantly improve efficiency, and to maximize the use and value of their assets. Dalet's solutions are delivered through a dedicated Professional and Integration Services Department to ensure the highest possible standards.

Dalet systems are used around the world by many thousands of individual users at hundreds of TV and Radio content producers, including public broadcasters (ABS-CBN, BBC, CBC, DR, France TV, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA, WDR), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, eTV, Mediaset, NBC Universal, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros., Sirius XM Radio) and government organizations (UK Parliament, NATO, United Nations, Veterans Affairs, NASA).

Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com
 

Contacts

Actus Finance & Communication 

  • Investors

Guillaume Le Floch 01 53 67 36 70
Morgane Le Mellay 01 53 67 36 75

  • Press-Media

Vivien Ferran 01 53 67 36 34

 

APPENDIX: DETAILED FINANCIAL INFORMATION 2015

INCOME STATEMENT 31-dec.-15 31-dec.-14 31-dec.-14
(in € thousand) 12 months 12 months
published
12 months
pro forma (*)
       
Revenues 47,463 42,112 43,055
Purchases and other external expenses (20,917) (19,048) (19,724)
Employee expenses (22,211) (19,757) (20,737)
Taxes and duties (200) (470) (470)
Depreciation and amortisation (3,620) (2,680) (2,673)
Provisions net of reversals (62) 66 66
Other income and expenses from operations (168) 61 61
Current operating income 285 284 (422)
Impairment losses – Long term assets (411)    
Operating income (125) 284 (422)
Income from cash and cash equivalents 19 4 4
Cost of gross financial debt (173) (147) (147)
Cost of net financial debt (153) (143) (143)
Other financial income and expense (182) 144 130
Pre-tax income (461) 285 (435)
Income tax (339) (125) (125)
Net consolidated income (800) 160 (560)
Attributable to the Group (800) 160 (560)
Attributable to non-controlling interests 0    

(*) Pro forma figures include 12 months for AmberFin (vs. 9 months in 2014 published)
 

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION 31-dec.-15 31-dec.-14
(in € thousand) 12 months 12 months
     
Goodwill 6,213 6,349
Intangible assets 5,959 6,104
Property, plant and equipment 1,367 1,216
Long-term financial assets 358 373
Long-term restricted cash 325 308
Other non-current assets 1,008 299
Deferred tax assets 415 399
NON-CURRENT ASSETS 15,644 15,048
Inventories 247 530
Trade receivables 14,483 14,239
Sundry debtors 1,427 1,449
Cash and cash equivalents 4,335 4,940
Current tax assets 166 911
CURRENT ASSETS 20,658 22,069
TOTAL ASSETS 36,302 37,117
     
Capital 7,187 7,187
Premiums 9,614 9,620
Consolidated reserves (3,334) (3,995)
Consolidated income (800) 160
Translation reserves 2,528 1,444
Shareholder's equity (attributable to the Group) 15,194 14,416
Non-controlling interests 8 7
SHAREHOLDER'S EQUITY 15,202 14,423
Long-term financial debt 3,724 4,056
Long-term provisions 554 878
Deferred tax liabilities 880 828
Other non-current liabilities 744 565
NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES 5,901 6,327
Short-term provisions   185
Short-term financial debt 1,292 1,324
Current tax liabilities 81 14
Suppliers 3,349 3,528
Tax and social security liabilities 4,063 3,600
Other creditors 6,413 7,716
CURRENT LIABILITIES 15,198 16,367
TOTAL LIABILITIES 36,302 37,117
 
STATEMENT OF NET CASH FLOWS 31-dec-15 31-dec-14
(in € thousand) 12 months 12 months
Consolidated net income (including non-controlling interests) (800) 160
+/- Depreciation, amortisation and provisions (except on current assets) 3,416 2,829
+/- Impairment losses – Long term assets 411  
+/- Income and expense linked to stock options and similar 93 103
-/+ Other income and expense   2
-/+ Gains and losses on disposals (1) (17)
Cash flow after cost of net financial debt and tax 3,118 3,077
+ Cost of net financial debt 153 143
+/- Tax expense (including deferred taxes) 339 125
Cash flow before cost of net financial debt and tax (A) 3,611 3,345
- Tax paid (B) (182) (141)
+/- Change in working capital requirement from operating activities (including liabilities for employee benefits) © (20) (2,221)
= NET CASH FLOW FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES (D) = (A + B + C) 3,408 983
     
- Cash outflow for acquisitions of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets (3,565) (2,746)
+ Cash from disposals of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets 178 126
+/- Impact of changes of scope (257) (4,059)
+/- Change in loans and advances made (3) (105)
= NET CASH FLOW FROM INVESTMENT ACTIVITIES (E) (3,647) (6,784)
     
-/+ Repurchase and resale of treasury shares (56) (224)
+ Cash from new borrowings 883 3 540
- Loan repayments (including finance leases) (1,052) (628)
- Net financial interest paid (including finance leases) (147) (147)
+/- Other cash flows from financing activities 156 25
= NET CASH FLOW FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES (F) (216) 2,566
     
+/- Impact of changes in exchanges rates (G) 242 343
     
= CHANGE IN NET CASH POSITION (D + E + F + G) (212) (2,892)
     
Cash at end of period    
Cash and cash equivalents – Bank overdrafts 4,317 4,529
     
     
Cash at opening    
Cash and cash equivalents – Bank overdrafts 4,529 7,421
     
Change (212) (2,892)

[1] The consolidated financial statements have been audited in full. The auditors' report will be published once the due diligence procedures required for the publication of the yearly financial report are complete.


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