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Kudelski Group Half-year Report

21/08/2019 6:00am

UK Regulatory (RNS & others)


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Half-year Report 
 
PRESS RELEASE 
 
                             2019 HALF YEAR RESULTS 
 
Highlights: 
 
 · USD 10.0 million improvement of OIBDA ex-restructuring costs 
 · Adapted Group's management team to better address future opportunities 
 · Continuing transformation in Digital TV 
 · Shifting Cybersecurity business mix to higher value-added products 
 · Launched secure Internet of Things platform 
 · Transformation program in Public Access 
 · Confirmed OIBDA guidance at USD 80 to 95 million ex restructuring costs 
 
KEY FIGURES HALF YEAR 2019 
 
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|(in million USD)                |     1H2019      |     1H2018      | 
+--------------------------------+-----------------+-----------------+ 
|Revenues & Other Operating      |      400.6      |      437.7      | 
|Income                          |                 |                 | 
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+--------------------------------+-----------------+-----------------+ 
|OIBDA* (ex-restructuring costs) |      29.2       |      19.2       | 
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+--------------------------------+-----------------+-----------------+ 
|Net Loss                        |      -20.4      |      -38.0      | 
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+--------------------------------+-----------------+-----------------+ 
*As used herein, OIBDA refers to operating income before depreciation and 
amortization 
 
Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland and Phoenix (AZ), USA ??" August 21st, 2019 ??" 
The Kudelski Group (SIX: KUD.S), a leading provider of media content protection 
and value-added service technology, announced today its 2019 half year results. 
 
For the first half 2019, the Group generated USD 400.6 million total revenues 
and other operating income, representing a 6.0% constant constancy decrease from 
the previous first half. The Group reduced its first half operating expenses by 
USD 54.8 million compared to the first half 2018. OIBDA ex-restructuring costs 
was USD 10 million higher at USD 29.2 million. Net loss for the period was USD 
20.4 million, which included USD 13.7 million of restructuring costs. 
 
Digital TV revenues reached USD 190.5 million, representing a constant currency 
decline of 12.0%. The legacy digital TV market continues to contract, as a 
number of established pay TV operators report lower subscriber numbers. In 
addition, the Group did not book any IP licensing revenues in the first half 
2019. Digital TV generated USD 53.6 million of OIBDA net of restructuring costs, 
representing a USD 1.6 million improvement from the previous first half. 
 
The Group's cybersecurity business generated USD 72.9 million of gross revenues 
in the first half 2019, a 3.3% decrease from the first half 2018, as the Group 
actively shifts its business mix from lower margin technology reselling to 
higher margin advisory services, managed security services and proprietary 
technology sales. Margin after cost of material relative to net revenues 
increased from 37.5% in the first half 2018 to 43.4% in this first half. The 
Cybersecurity segment generated a USD -10.7 million OIBDA, representing a USD 
1.5 million improvement from the previous year. 
 
In this first half, IoT generated revenues of USD 1.2 million, mainly from the 
IoT Center of Excellence, and an OIBDA of USD -11.5 million, reflecting the 
early development stage of this business. 
 
Public Access revenues on a constant currency basis increased by 2.9% in the 
first half 2019 compared to the prior year period. Revenue development was 
driven by a strong European business, which grew by 9.6% in local currency, and 
the American business, which generated 12.2% growth from the previous first 
half. Public Access OIBDA increased to USD 4.7 million, a USD 6.6 million 
improvement from last year's period. 
 
STRUCTURAL CHANGES IN DTV SEGMENT 
 
In line with the rapid evolution of the digital TV market, the Group continued 
the transformation of the Digital TV division with a number of structural 
changes. 
 
The Group merged its Conditional Access Solutions and User Experience product 
units into a consolidated DTV Product Unit to deliver a more consistent and 
complete offer to the market, with a focus on leveraging the power of the Cloud 
and IP connectivity, while realizing operational synergies. 
 
In June, the Group announced the appointment of Nancy Goldberg as Chief 
Marketing Officer (CMO), in charge of the sales and marketing of the Kudelski 
Group's Digital TV division. She is joining the Group as Executive Vice 
President, succeeding Pierre Roy, who will retire after 25 years within the 
company. 
 
While adapting to the challenges of the transforming video landscape, the Group 
continues to strengthen its partnership with market-leading operators. In Europe, 
 the Group is deploying its Security Solution Platform across Vodafone, 
supporting set-top boxes as well as open devices. Vodafone extended this 
collaboration to include the cloud-based NAGRA Device Authentication Service. In 
the United States, NAGRA continued to strengthen its relationship with Altice 
USA (NYSE: ATUS) to include NAGRA Protect, the leading broadcast content 
protection. 
 
KUDELSKI SECURITY MOVING TO HIGHER MARGIN PRODUCTS 
 
Kudelski Security continues to extend its customer footprint in the United 
States and to expand its European operations. In the first half 2019, Kudelski 
Security continued to shift its focus from lower margin technology reselling to 
the higher margin advisory, managed security services and proprietary technology 
business lines. The Group's managed security service portfolio continues to 
expand; in this first half, it added native integration of market leading cloud 
service providers, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform 
and Azure. The Group's offering has been recognized in Gartner's Market Guide 
for the third consecutive year and was named one of the top 10 key players in 
Europe for managed security services. 
 
In the context of this business evolution, the Group named Andrew Howard as the 
new CEO of Kudelski Security. Andrew was previously responsible for the 
definition and the development of the Group's cybersecurity product portfolio. 
He is the natural leader to leverage the existing commercial footprint and drive 
the development and commercialization of the Group's portfolio of proprietary 
cybersecurity products and solutions. Andrew Howard assumes the CEO role from 
Rich Fennessy. 
 
LAUNCHED SECURE IOT PLATFORM 
 
In the first half 2019, the Group further increased its investment in the 
development of a full IoT security platform, announcing a pre-integrated, 
end-to-end solution for a variety of devices and software-based clients. An 
initial launch was completed both on premise and on the AWS cloud platform. The 
Group has secured a portfolio of customers that is starting to generate early 
revenues and has built a funnel of prospects. On-boarding of these customers and 
the initial device ramp-up are expected to begin in the last quarter of this 
year. 
 
TRANSFORMATION PROGRAM IN PUBLIC ACCESS 
 
David Luken was appointed as the new CEO of SKIDATA, with the objective of 
improving both cash flow generation and profitability. David is launching a 
program to fundamentally transform SKIDATA's operations, drive operational 
excellence and enhance customer service and support. 
 
In the first half 2019, SKIDATA completed over 250 installations. In the Car 
Access segment, SKIDATA's agreement with the leading airport in the Netherlands 
was extended until 2023. SKIDATA also secured its first projects with parking 
operators and municipalities in the Nordic countries to be installed in 2019. In 
the Mountains segment, SKIDATA entered into agreements to deploy new solutions 
in Poland for the largest mountain resort management group in Eastern Europe. In 
France, SKIDATA will equip a mid-size ski resort that to date had no automated 
access management solution; both projects are expected to be installed in 2019. 
 
SKIDATA won the Product Innovation Award for its NFC e-ticket solution at the 
10th annual Stadium Business Summit with a solution already deployed at the 
Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, the home of FC Bayern Munich, alongside the 
SKIDATA turnstile gates. 
 
FULL YEAR 2019 GUIDANCE WITH OIBDA BETWEEN USD 80 AND 95 MILLION BEFORE 
RESTRUCTURING COSTS 
 
For the second half 2019, the Group expects revenues in the Digital TV segment 
to be higher compared to the first half. The Group will incur further 
restructuring costs, resulting in a reported OIBDA that is in the same range as 
the first half. 
 
In the Cybersecurity segment, the Group will continue to drive the development 
of higher margin product lines and expects margin after cost of material to grow 
compared to the first half. The Group is targeting an improvement of segment 
OIBDA compared to the first half. 
 
Investment levels in the IoT domain are expected to stabilize in the second half, 
 while revenues will continue to grow. For the full year, the Group expects IoT 
revenues to remain in the single digit million range. 
 
In the Public Access segment, SKIDATA is expected to deliver higher revenues in 
the second half, in line with the seasonality patterns of the past years. 
Similarly, the Group expects a materially stronger OIBDA, resulting in a 
significant year-on-year improvement of segment profitability. 
 
The Group expects a stronger second half in 2019 for all segments and confirms 
the initial guidance for 2019 OIBDA of between USD 80 and 95 million before 
restructuring costs. For the second half, we also expect stronger cash flow from 
operations, as compared to the first half. 
 
NOMINATION OF A NEW INDEPENDENT REPRESENTATIVE 
 
Me Jean-Marc Emery, who was elected by the Annual General Meeting on the 9th of 
April 2019 as an independent representative, decided to retire. Consequently, 
the Board of Directors has appointed Me Olivier Colomb to serve as a new 
independent representative until the end of the Annual General Meeting of April 
15, 2020 (Me Olivier Colomb, Notary, Place Dufour 3, 1110 Morges, 
etude@morgesnot.ch). 
 
Note to the editors: 
 
The 2019 first half Financial Statements and MD&A are available in PDF format 
under: www.nagra.com >> Investors >> Publications. 
 
About the Kudelski Group 
 
The Kudelski Group (SIX: KUD.S) is a world leader in digital security and a 
provider of end-to-end convergent media solutions to the digital entertainment 
industry, including services and applications requiring access control and 
rights management to secure the revenue in digital television, internet, mobile 
and interactive applications. The Group also offers cybersecurity solutions and 
services focused on helping companies assess risks and vulnerabilities and 
protect their data and systems. It also supplies integrated solutions to manage 
access control of people and vehicles to sites and events. The Kudelski Group is 
headquartered in Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland and Phoenix (AZ), USA. For 
more information, please visit www.nagra.com. 
 
Contacts 
 
Cédric Alber 
 
Kudelski Group 
Senior Manager Media Relations 
+41 21 732 01 81 
 
+1 (415) 962 5005 
 
cedric.alber@nagra.com 
 
Santino Rumasuglia 
Kudelski Group 
Vice President ??" Head of Investor Relations 
+1 (623) 235-2510 
 
santino.rumasuglia@nagra.com 
 
Interim financial report (PDF) 
Press Release English (PDF) 
Press Release French (PDF) 
 
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