If TV Is So Dead, Why Is It Smashing YouTube And Facebook?
by Sean Hargrave, Staff Writer, March 10, 2017
"It's that time again when those who write off traditional channels such as television get a rude awakening. We have all been at those conferences where someone stands up and tells us what dinosaurs we are for not "getting" that everyone has moved on from the channels we grew up with and to get down with the kids, you have to be social, or on a messaging app.
So for anyone who needs to be able to fire back with some common sense backed up by a bunch of statistics, we have the latest figures from Thinkbox. They make for very interesting reading. Far from being on its last legs, in the UK, 94% of video ads are viewed on television. This breaks down as live tv (85.7%), playback tv (6.5%) or broadcaster video on demand (1.6%).
Pretty dominant, eh? And that position is underscored by YouTube accounting for less than 1%. Online video ads, by the way, including auto play, and account for just over 5%. If you're wondering about what timespan these are percentages for, the average person consumes twenty minutes of video advertising each day, while the average Millennial consumes 13.
If we turn our attention to video consumption, which I guess we could refer to as attention, television once again does very well with a 60% share. When you add a further 10% for playback tv and 4% for broadcaster video on demand, that's pretty much three-quarters of all video consumption happening on television. Take it another step and add in 4% for Netflix-style subscriber services and we're up to 80% (admittedly, some of that Netflix and broadcaster VOD may be on a device).
By way of contrast, YouTube gets just 6.4%, Facebook 1.7% and other online video sources 4%, so that's around 12% between them. This is actually smaller than the proportion of people who are watching catch-up tv and broadcaster video on demand. Again, if you're wondering about video viewing time, the average UK person watches just over four and a half hours of video per day and the average Millennial just under three and a half hours."|
Banner Year for Newly Named GlobalData
February 27 2017
Business information firm GlobalData Plc (previously PDM) has announced final results for the calendar year 2016, including group revenues passing £100m - including organic growth of 24% and the effect of major acquisitions. Adjusted EBITDA increased by 71% to £20.6m.
Originally an ISP, themutual.net (later TMN), the company was acquired in 2009 via a reverse takeover by Progressive Digital Media Ltd (PDM), whose name it took. It also moved away from the ISP model towards a focus on information services. The company, which is chaired by Datamonitor founder Mike Danson, bought GlobalData Holding Ltd a year ago and has since become GlobalData Plc.
The last year's results reflect the acquisitions of a number of consumer-oriented businesses from Datamonitor last summer (Datamonitor Financial, Datamonitor Consumer, MarketLine and Verdict) from Informa Plc for a combined £25m; and of healthcare specialist GlobalData Holding, completed in January 2016. The two acquisitions have given the group broad coverage across these three sectors, while the latter of them has added 'management and operational scale' in North America, the firm says.
Reported revenue increased 65% to £100.0m. Executive Chairman Bernard Cragg comments: 'The business has performed well over the past year, achieving record levels of both reported and deferred revenues. We have combined three businesses to create a leading global business information company. Our results for the year's trading are encouraging, more so given that for much of the year we focused on integrating the businesses and creating a strong global platform. We are now leveraging this platform to drive significant growth and profitability'.
Cragg says the group aims to continue strong organic growth, and make acquisitions that are strategic and earnings accretive, including 'small bolt-on acquisitions that either broaden our offering or extend our client reach in an existing market'.
GlobalData has also announced board changes, with Kelsey van Musschenbroek (retirement) and Mark Freebairn due to depart as NEDs, and replacements appointed in Annette Barnes - currently a Managing Director and CEO of Lloyds Private Banking Ltd (subject to regulatory approval), and Andrew Day, Chief Data Officer for J Sainsbury Plc.
Web site: www.globaldata.com.|
GlobalData starts new era with a bang
GlobalData's (DATA) bold mission to present consumer, healthcare and information communications technology customers with a single platform capable of "decoding" future market trends quicker than peers sounds almost too good to be true. Based on its performance in 2016, the group, formerly known as Progressive Digital Media, appears to be delivering on those promises.
The Aim-traded business information specialist began the year by changing its name to reflect the coming together of three businesses under its wing. The upshot of this new direction, created by a series of transformative acquisitions, was revenue hitting £100m and a 71 per cent rise in adjusted cash profit to £21m.
Encouragingly, nearly a quarter of sales were generated organically, while the weak pound only contributed £2.2m to the top line - most of GlobalData's 61 per cent foreign revenue was booked at pre-Brexit vote levels. Investors, who sent the shares up 3 per cent on results day, were also impressed by a 57 per cent rise in deferred sales to £46m and a 0.8 percentage point widening of the group's adjusted cash profit margin to 20.6 per cent. Management expects profit to continue growing as it creates further synergies from previous acquisitions.
House broker N+1 Singer forecasts 2017 adjusted pre-tax profit of £20.6m and EPS of 13.6p, up from £17.7m and 11.9p in 2016.
GlobalData's improved visibility, high potential and better-quality earnings don't come cheap. The shares, which have soared 140 per cent over the past 12 months, now trade at 44 times forecast earnings. Back to hold.
Last IC view: Buy, 249p, 4 Mar 2016
By Daniel Liberto,
28 February 2017|
GlobalData Plc (AIM:DATA): Does Low Debt-Load Make It A Financially Strong Company?
March 7, 2017
Companies with small market capitalization such as GlobalData Plc (AIM:DATA), while they can deliver high growth, financial strength is the deciding element in their long-term existence. A low debt-load—debt-to-equity ratio of 35.7% may have investors believing that the company is financially strong. However, financial strength also depends on how operating cash flows and earnings stack up against debt.
One of the major reasons that they are highly affected by a downturn in the country’s economy or an industry in the region is the lack of geographic diversification. So, investors often choose small-cap funds. While savvy investors aren’t wrong in looking for singular blockbuster opportunities and trying to achieve diversification on their own by allocating a small part of their portfolio capital to small-caps, that doesn’t make these investments less risky individually. However, to help you reduce that risk, I’m going to provide you with few basic aspects other than debt-to-equity ratio to gauge a ballpark estimate on how financially strong is the company.
Has GlobalData got enough cash to weather a storm?
Despite low debt, for GlobalData to continue operations during a downturn, it needs a sound liquidity position. When evaluating financial strength, I compare a company’s current assets (cash and liquid assets) to its total debt. DATA’s short-term assets (£50M) cover its total debt (£32M), so the company’s debt is not a major concern during adverse circumstances
Does DATA net enough to cover its debt-costs?
A different way of looking at financial health is to compare DATA’s earnings and interest-obligations. While both these numbers are taken from the income statement, they are important in understanding a company’s financial condition. Earnings at least 5x larger than it’s interest payments indicates sound financial strength as a company earns way more than its debt obligations, minimizing the risk of defaulting on its debt. In DATA’s case, the interest on debt is not strongly covered (ideally 5x) by earnings (earnings are 1.2x annual interest expense).
Along with a low-debt-load, GlobalData also generates healthy operating cash flows. But the company’s earnings compared to its interest costs are still not at a level ideally expected from a financially strong company. Now when you know whether you should keep the debt in mind as a risk factor when putting together your investment thesis, I recommend you check out our latest free analysis report on GlobalData to see what are DATA’s growth prospects and whether it could be considered an undervalued opportunity.|
|Amazon said it is adding safeguards to prevent server capacity from falling too quickly
Sounds like a good idea.
Amazon Finds the Cause of Its AWS Outage: A Typo
Thursday 2 March 2017
By Laura Stevens
Amazon.com Inc. on Thursday blamed human error for an outage at its cloud-services unit that caused widespread disruption to internet traffic across the U.S. earlier this week.
In a post on its website, Amazon said the outage started with a typo at Amazon's North Virginia data centers Tuesday.
An employee trying to speed up the company's S3 cloud-storage billing system tried to take a few servers offline. The employee mistyped the command, however, affecting more servers than intended, which led to a cascade of failures that ultimately knocked out S3 and other Amazon services. It also took longer than expected to restart certain services, Amazon said.
Amazon said it is adding safeguards to prevent server capacity from falling too quickly or below a minimum level.
Amazon Web Services, the largest global seller of cloud infrastructure, has more than a million users. The hourslong outage Tuesday disabled and slowed apps and websites from a wide section of U.S. companies, including Quora Inc., Slack Technologies Inc. and Medium.com Inc.
The AWS outage cost companies in the S&P 500 index $150 million, according to Cyence Inc., a startup that specializes in estimating cyberrisks. Apica Inc., a website-monitoring company, said 54 of the internet's top 100 retailers saw website performance slow by 20% or more.|
|GlobalData's share price has roughly tripled over the past year.|
|Remember the dot com bubble..lastminute.com|
Snapchat stock soars in Wall Street debut
by Seth Fiegerman
March 2, 2017: 11:25 AM ET
"Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, began trading at $24 a share on the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, a 40% increase over its IPO price.
At that price, Snap now has a market valuation of about $33 billion.
The company priced its initial public offering at $17 a share Wednesday, above its previously proposed range of $14 to $16 a share. Snap is the biggest U.S. tech IPO since Facebook in 2012. In fact, Snap is now worth about three times as much as Twitter's current market cap.
Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy, Snap's 20-something cofounders and newly minted billionaires, rang the opening bell. The floor of the exchange featured Snap's ghost logo and its quirky smiling yellow vending machines that dispense sunglasses.
"The demand for the Snap IPO has been very, very strong," says Jeff Zell, an analyst with IPO Boutique, a research firm. There was enough investor interest for Snap to raise its IPO price more, according to Zell, but it likely wanted to see the stock pop on the first day.
Investors are flocking to buy up Snap shares even with some significant red flags.
The young company saw user growth slow to a halt in the final months of last year, according to its original IPO filing last month. The slowdown coincided with Facebook's Instagram launching a Snapchat copycat feature.
In the filing, Snap repeatedly said its user numbers and engagement "can be lumpy and unpredictable" -- or the opposite of what Wall Street typically prefers.
Snap only began making money two years ago and is still struggling to turn a profit. The company suffered losses of $515 million in 2016, up from a loss of $373 million the year before."|
|the cloud is getting increasingly more reliable over time
Amazon failure disrupts hundreds of thousands of websites
SEC and key Apple services hit by outage of web services platform
Wednesday, 1 March, 2017
A widespread technical failure at Amazon Web Services hit hundreds of thousands of websites on Tuesday, including the US Securities and Exchange Commission and certain key Apple services, highlighting how the cloud company has become part of the backbone of the internet.
The failure, which began around 9:45am Pacific Time, lasted for more than four hours and centred around Amazon’s simple storage service, which is one of its most widely used features and a cornerstone for many web applications.
The outage temporarily blocked videos on Netflix and on Amazon’s own website, and caused sites such as Expedia, Slack and Snapchat to function poorly or not at all. Apple, which uses AWS, reported widespread technical problems at the same time, including with its App store, Apple Music and iCloud back-up.
“People are sort of realising how much of the internet relies on Amazon,” said Dave Bartoletti, an analyst at Forrester.
He added that AWS reliability was still considered to be high despite the outage. “This is not a trend in my view, the cloud is getting increasingly more reliable over time,” he said.
The fact that Amazon was able to identify the problem within two hours suggested that the problem was most likely a software glitch, said Mr Bartoletti. Amazon has not specified what caused the error.
Earlier in the day, the failure had even incapacitated AWS’s own services dashboard — making it impossible to display updates about which services had been affected — although this was subsequently fixed.
Amazon Web Services is the fastest-growing part of Amazon, with more than $12bn in revenues last year, and accounts for the majority of operating profits at the company. It is by far the largest public cloud provider in the US, with more than 10 times as much storage capacity as each of its nearest rivals, Microsoft and Google.
While AWS was an early leader in the cloud services market, it has had to contend with increasing competition from its US rivals, as well as competitors overseas such as AliCloud, which is owned by Alibaba.
AWS clients include the Central Intelligence Agency and dozens of Fortune 500 companies, including Deloitte, General Electric, Kellogg’s, Comcast and Condé Nast.
While the company often says that its reliability is greater than 99.99 per cent, the widespread problems on Tuesday underscore how an outage in one area can quickly ripple across the internet.|
|Wow fabulous results|
|Results on Monday. Need to be strong to support that chart.|
old father time
AWS cloud cash share: Bigger than Microsoft, IBM, Google COMBINED
Cloud democratising IT? Nah, it's shared by even fewer players
7 Feb 2017 at 12:25, Gavin Clarke
AWS sucked up over one third of all cloudy infrastructure sales globally in the closing quarter of 2016 - more than three of its next biggest rivals could muster together.
The total IaaS sector grew by a whopping 49 per cent year-on-year to $10.3bn in Q4, according to analyst house Canalys, as a raft of businesses continued to shun capital intensive refreshes of on-premise server estates.
In its tenth year of operation, the web services division of Amazon accounted for $3.48bn of sales, giving it a 33.8 per cent market share, while Microsoft, Google and IBM SoftLayer had to make do with $3.17bn between them.
“Continuing demand is driving the adoption of cloud infrastructure services, which accelerated the cloud data centre expansion among key service providers,” Canalys stated.
In the quarter, IBM rented some rack space from a local data centre provider, as did AWS and Microsoft. All of the American giants are trying to convince UK customers their data is safe in their hands but rather than building new facilities in the country, has chosen to buy extra capacity from someone else.
Enterprise IT provider Oracle lagged behind e-commerce giant Alibaba, on 1.7 per cent and 2.4 per cent respectively. The latter has been on a drive to attract enterprises and startups to its cloud with roadshow events in London.
AWS is the undisputed IaaS kingpin but revenues of $3.5bn in Q4 was below Wall Street’s expectations by about $100m and so the parent company’s share price took a few knocks.
Meanwhile, Synergy Research Group agreed that AWS is king, and said Microsoft, Google and IBM "are gaining ground but at the expense of smaller players in the market."
Amazon Web Services: the secret to the online retailer's future success
AWS was launched as little more than a way to buy space and time on Amazon’s computers. Now it powers Netflix, Airbnb and the Ministry of Justice
Last modified on Thursday 2 February 2017 22.00 GMT
"But there’s another chunk of Amazon that you’re less likely to know about. It’s responsible for a full tenth of the company’s revenues, yet its “operating income” – the amount of money it leaves in Amazon’s coffers once expenses are accounted for – dwarfs any other sector, pulling in $861m compared to the $255m Amazon makes in North American sales and the $541m it loses internationally.
The division is Amazon Web Services, or AWS, the section of the company that sells cloud computing services to both the outside world and to Amazon itself. You can buy storage space to hold a huge database, bandwidth to host a website, or processing power to run complex software remotely. It lets companies and individuals avoid the hassle of buying and running their own hardware, while also letting them pay for only what they actually use.
It began as almost a point of principle for Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, before evolving to become the single most profitable part of the entire company. Now, AWS is moving into the third stage of its life, providing the underpinning for Amazon’s own quest to dominate not just our shopping, but our homes themselves."|
|now in a state of de facto hostilities with Washington
Well, it's not so long ago that Mexico conspired with Germany to invade the US.
Mexico unites in anger over President Trump's plan for sanctions
29 January 2017 • 9:11pm
"President Donald Trump’s escalating threats against Mexico have led to calls for a guerrilla struggle of national resistance from across the political spectrum, uniting the Mexican people as almost never before in modern times.
A string of elder statesmen warn that the country faces grievous injury and is now in a state of de facto hostilities with Washington, forcing Mexicans to fight back on every front and whatever the cost.
“An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth,” said former president Vicente Fox. “Trade is important, jobs are important, but they are not as important as dignity. We must not be cowed or it will paralyse us,” he said."|
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: How Azure will fend off Amazon Web Services in the enterprise
by Dan Richman on January 27, 2017 at 3:20 pm
"Microsoft believes that its unique combination of cloud offerings will hold off market-leading public-cloud service Amazon Web Services in Microsoft’s traditional stronghold of the enterprise, CEO Satya Nadella said in phone call with press and analysts after the release of quarterly earnings Thursday. Microsoft is the number-two public-cloud company, competing energetically with AWS in an ongoing battle of pricing and features.
Cloud computing has always appealed to startups, freeing them from the financial burden of buying, housing and maintaining computing and networking hardware. Instant expandability (and contraction, if necessary) of both compute and storage, plus the availability of APIs into esoteric and otherwise-out of reach services such as machine learning and voice recognition, make the cloud an easy choice for new companies."|
Microsoft Azure Cloud Services Nearly Double in Size During Past Year
By Pedro Hernandez | Posted 2017-01-27
"Microsoft reported strong second quarter fiscal year 2017 (2QFY17) earnings on Jan. 26, laying to rest any doubts that the software giant could transition to a cloud computing company.
Azure revenues climbed a whopping 93 percent, or 95 percent using constant currency calculations that account for exchange rate fluctuations. "These results show continued strength in the cloud and especially Azure business," Dave Bartoletti, principal analyst at Forrester, told eWEEK.
"While Microsoft does not break out Azure from the broader Intelligent Cloud category (which also includes some server products, cloud services, and enterprise services), the Azure business nearly doubled year-over-year (as it did last quarter), and usage continues to double year-over-year," continued Bartoletti. "Basically, Azure is more than twice the size it was at this time last year, and the growth trajectory is consistent.""
|Worth more than £15m?
FBT is starting to talk about the possibility of profits in 2018.
01 December 2016
"The Company operates in the large and growing cloud video market. With its platform of cloud video applications and its relationships, including those with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, Forbidden is well positioned in this market. The Company's focus is on helping customers unlock the value of their content by reducing the time to market from camera to screen, and increasing the ease and efficiency of using content in multiple ways."
"It is against this growth momentum that the Company is raising additional funds to ensure that the Company has adequate capital to finance further sales, sales support, sales implementation and product development support where necessary. Management is committed to ensuring that the Company's growth continues, and is optimised, whilst also targeting profitability in 2018."|
Oracle crashes AWS and Azure UK cloud data centre party
London base in global expansion
17 Jan 2017 at 15:25, Alexander J Martin
Oracle will open a cloud region in the UK that's based in London and plans to have three data centres serving the region by mid-2017.
The region will accompany others in Virginia and Turkey in a plan Oracle stated will double "the regional presence of its cloud platform in the last 24 months, with 29 regions available globally".
Each region will consist of three high-bandwidth, low-latency sites, named Availability Domains, which will be based within several miles of each other and operate fault-independently. It's unclear whether Oracle will build or lease the facilites required to float the UK portion of its cloud.
In a statement, Oracle said the approach would provide "[t]he highest levels of failure protection and availability to Oracle customers' most demanding cloud applications. Availability Domains are deeply integrated into the Oracle Cloud Platform, easing use and eliminating complex architectural decision-making around availability."
Additional regions are planned to launch in APAC, North America and the Middle East next year.
Oracle claims to be a "global large scale cloud platform" but much of its cloud revenue has come from Software-as-a-Service rather than platform.
The database giant is late to the cloud platform business, lagging Amazon's AWS and Microsoft's Azure. Since 2016, AWS and Azure have offered the UK as a region using locally based data centres in different parts of the country.
Local hosting potentially addresses customers' need to comply with data protection needs and requirements for low-levels of latency.
|The bankers may have the money but the citizens have the votes.
US banking chiefs to talk with May over hard Brexit
US-based banks and asset managers are to hold talks with prime minister over their fears for thousands of City jobs.
by William Robins on Jan 18, 2017 at 09:51
"US-based banks and asset managers are to hold talks with Prime Minister Theresa May over her ‘hard’ Brexit plans the firms fear will see thousands of jobs cut from UK financial services.
The chief executives of Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley as well as the chief executive of Blackrock have been invited to meet May for private talks on Thursday, according to Sky News.
The meeting will reportedly take place in Davos, where the World Economic Forum is currently being held.
On Tuesday May confirmed the UK will leave the European single market in a speech to the nation intended to create clarity over the UK’s goals in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations with the EU.
Goldmans and JP Morgan were both major donors to a group campaigning to keep Britain in the EU, Britain Stronger in Europe, shelling out £500,000 each while, while Morgan Stanley donated 250,000 donation.
Sky News said its sources suggested Jes Staley, the American chief executive of Barclays, and Steve Schwarzman, chairman of private equity group Blackstone, may also have been invited to the meeting."|
|Worth more than £15m?
Forscene in Sports - every second counts
Published on 17 Jan 2017
Be the first to own, distribute and monetise sports video content, capturing the attention of more sports fans. Forscene enables you to rapidly deliver professionally edited video that combines real time sports action with your existing digital assets.|
|building deltatre into a market leading sports technology provider
16 January 2017
"Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT), announces that it has signed a three year revenue earning deal with deltatre, a leading supplier of digital and broadcast services in the Sports market, for the use of its Forscene cloud video platform.
The three-year deal is for the use of Forscene for one of deltatre's long term clients."|
|wiped out $11 trillion of American household wealth
Would Donald Trump now become president if the financial crisis hadn't happened?
Moody’s Reaches $864 Million Subprime Ratings Settlement
by Matt Scully
January 13, 2017, 6:58 PM EST
"Moody’s Corp. agreed to pay almost $864 million to resolve a multiyear U.S. investigation into credit ratings on subprime mortgage securities, helping to clear the way for the firm to move beyond its crisis-era litigation.
Moody’s reached the agreement with the U.S. Justice Department and 21 states, which accused the company of inflating ratings on mortgage securities that were at the center of the 2008 financial crisis, the Justice Department said Friday in a statement. That penalty is about a third of the $2.5 billion that Moody’s earned in the four years leading up to the crisis. Standard and Poor’s, after fighting the U.S. in court for two years, settled similar claims with the U.S. for $1.5 billion last year."
"Since the financial crisis, the bulk of government settlements have been shouldered by the biggest banks, which have paid more than $162 billion in fines and penalties. The Obama administration has been criticized for years for failing to hold individuals accountable for misconduct leading to the crisis.
Still, the settlement over ratings by Moody’s Investors Service helps the administration move closer to wrapping up investigations of Wall Street firms for their actions leading up to the 2008 mortgage meltdown, a catastrophe that the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission said wiped out $11 trillion of American household wealth. The credit ratings industry has been the target of these investigations into Wall Street for years."
"Both Moody’s Investors Service, a unit of Moody’s Corp., and S&P played key roles in Wall Street’s making of toxic, subprime mortgage bonds. While subprime home loans typically go to borrowers with the weakest credit, bonds backed by those mortgages received top-flight, AAA credit ratings. The bonds began coming apart in 2007 as the housing market collapsed, contributing to more than $1.9 trillion in losses at financial firms worldwide during a crisis that almost collapsed the global banking system."|