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ZOO Zoo Digital Group Plc

-0.30 (-0.5%)
Last Updated: 08:00:00
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Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Zoo Digital Group Plc LSE:ZOO London Ordinary Share GB00B1FQDL10 ORD 1P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  -0.30 -0.5% 59.50 34,131 08:00:00
Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price
59.00 60.00 59.50 59.50 59.50
Industry Sector Turnover Profit EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap
Computers & Software-whsl USD 90.26M USD 8.23M USD 0.0841 7.07 58.22M
Last Trade Time Trade Type Trade Size Trade Price Currency
15:49:26 O 1,558 59.68 GBX

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Posted at 05/12/2023 08:20 by Zoo Digital Daily Update
Zoo Digital Group Plc is listed in the Computers & Software-whsl sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker ZOO. The last closing price for Zoo Digital was 59.80p.
Zoo Digital currently has 97,843,933 shares in issue. The market capitalisation of Zoo Digital is £58,217,140.
Zoo Digital has a price to earnings ratio (PE ratio) of 7.07.
This morning ZOO shares opened at 59.50p
Posted at 24/10/2023 08:05 by sandeep67
Markets do not look at finanacials as these are factored in already on previous news, albeit, a factored amount is usually marks down the price. Certainty that that strike issue is over and the company can see progress with some figures is what will drive the share price
Posted at 20/10/2023 19:40 by mortal1ty
Loads of new glassdoor reviews. Most of them negative. I expect due to the mass redundancies being talked about. I have pasted one of the most honest and detailed ones below (just the cons). If you find the review itself they are clearly trying to be balanced and fair

Notice in particular the comment about the tech being very poor and below industry competitors. They mention the tech is actually a hinderence as it takes longer to do production than their peers.


So here goes... Limited Career Opportunities: One of the most glaring issues at ZOO is the lack of career growth prospects. There is an overwhelming sense of stagnation among employees, with minimal chances for upward progression. Career development and opportunities for growth are almost non-existent. I'd say that is just a consequence of the current situation at ZOO, but it's always been like that. Minimal Training: While the job might seem exciting from the outside, be prepared for the reality that there is minimal training and support at the start. You are often left to your own devices, which can be overwhelming, especially for newcomers. This lack of training severely hampers professional development at the start. Later down the line when you're comfortable enough to do your job, there's little to no supportive training for your future career prospects. There was some effort that went into boosting training last year but it quickly dried up. Poor Morale: Morale at the company was fluctuant during my tenure. Many employees felt underappreciated, undervalued and underpaid. That was before 2023. It's easy to see why so many people are looking to leave now and it seems the company are happy to let them do so. I think there's a bit of arrogance they can just recruit new staff down the line that will have the same level of expertise of those leaving. If not that, offshore job roles to the offices abroad... more on that later. Mass Redundancies: The company has a history of mass redundancies, and job security was virtually non-existent when I left. These mass layoffs have created an atmosphere of insecurity and instability among the workforce. I was told this tends to happen after a couple of years again and again. This is obviously down to poor board management with poor planning for the future. Any employees still at ZOO know why this has happened this time. Really Low Pay: Compensation here is shockingly low, given the demands of the job and the industry standards. It's challenging to make ends meet, and this is a significant issue that most employees grapple with. The board claims to provide standard wages for the Sheffield area, but this assertion is totally false. In reality, the compensation falls well below industry standards, with other localisation companies in the North of England offering salaries ranging from 35k to 55k, which makes it challenging to meet the cost of living and can leave employees feeling undervalued/exploited. There's a very toxic stigma around those who are disgruntled with salaries. The response is just that the company cannot compete with those types of salaries and if people want to leave, they should. This doesn't just apply to newer employees, but those who have spent 4-5+ years at the company get the same response. It's a very valid issue across the company that salaries are too low and the response has never changed. I think this will really come back and bite them as experienced members have left due to the salaries and before I left it was already causing large problems. You can't replace the experience of those that have grown with the company and have shown loyalty by staying for so long. These people are not call center workers in entry level jobs. Inexperienced Managers: Another concerning aspect was the prevalence of inexperienced production managers. Many of the individuals in these key roles lack the necessary expertise and experience to effectively manage teams and projects. This inexperience often leads to inefficiencies, miscommunications, emotional turbulence and a lack of effective leadership, which can hinder the overall work environment and job satisfaction. It's not their fault either, the little training combined with urgency to fill management roles means inexperienced employees have to make that step up for fear of losing any career progression. Outdated Internal Software: ZOO's reliance on its own internal software for localisation falls behind industry competitors. The outdated tools and software can make the localisation process more cumbersome and less efficient. This can result in longer work hours and greater frustration for employees who are trying to keep up with more modern and streamlined solutions offered by other companies in the industry. You only need to look on competitor websites to see how good their software is. Offshoring Operations: Everyone can see a developing practice of reassigning roles and responsibilities to the offices abroad. While this may not be direct exploitation, it does contribute to the challenging work environment in the UK due to job insecurity and shifting responsibilities. It created uncertainty for employees who may see their roles changing or diminishing. Those who question if this is true should see the job openings being published in offices abroad after making so many redundant in the UK and US.
Posted at 11/8/2023 15:17 by km18
ZOO Digital posted impressive FY23 results yesterday. Revenue grew by 28% to $90.3 million, adjusted EBITDA grew to $15.5 million, EBITDA margin increased to 17.1% while reported profit before tax jumped to $7.9 million from a $0.2m loss a year earlier. The balance sheet strengthened with net cash up to $11.8 million. Valuation is also starting to look a little more reasonable following a two thirds correction in the share price over the past 5 months. The forward PE ratio is down to 18.9x, now top half for the Software & IT Services sector, with PS ratio even better at 0.84x and top quartile for the sector. However, the results had little impact on the share price which remains in a multi-month correction, this is a share still to monitor for the time being...

...from WealthOracle
Posted at 16/7/2023 12:26 by hedgehog 100
08/11/2022 07:00 UK Regulatory (RNS & others) Zoo Digital Group PLC Interim results LSE:ZOO Zoo Digital Group Plc

" ... Stuart Green, CEO of ZOO Digital, commented:

"In H1 FY23, ZOO has continued its rapid progress following a strong year in FY22. A near doubling of revenue, record profits and good cash conversion in H1 FY23 have combined to deliver a very successful period and the Board has continued to invest in capacity which should support future profitable growth.

"The fundamental drivers behind our growth remain as strong as ever as streaming continues to globalise and multi language content is required for both new productions, which are now back in full swing, and the migration of back catalogues.

"We have developed our offer to capture demand by investing in the expanding markets of India, South Korea, Turkey, UAE and Denmark, with others still to come.

"We see continuing evolution of the marketplace with demand across each of our service lines remaining buoyant. We are well positioned for long-term sustainable growth and as a result are confident of continued progress for the remainder of FY23 and beyond." ..."

The migration of back catalogues work will probably be relatively temporary: once the migration has largely been completed, this area of work should fall off substantially.
Posted at 15/7/2023 08:20 by amt
Fair comment if you think this is a mature company however you are missing the point that it's the potential of the technology that's given this valuation. If you think the technology isn't disruptive then fair point about the valuation. If not then there is still enormous potential.
However I wouldn't be surprised to see 40p share price since new technologies are not given much value on AIM.
We have been here before and it might not live up to expectations but there are some indications that over time Zoo might become a big player with a billion dollar valuation, only time will tell.
It's just like 2019 again. They came back strongly from that.
We are not very good at taking a ten year view like they are in the US and accepting ups and downs and that's why we continually miss great opportunities in this Country.
Posted at 15/7/2023 05:23 by terminator101
It’s amazing how few on these boards look at actual solid financial information, although I have to say that there are some really sensible commentators on here recently.

The current market cap (after yesterdays fall) is nearly £60 million. (Only a few months ago the market cap was over £170 million!). Lost saying the drop was overdone or that zoo is now cheap, but let’s look at the actual financials to test that.

2022 earnings were $2.6m (£2m). (Although that was before the audit adjustments that will take that down to just $1.2m (£0.9m). That was their maiden to a profit, however, that’s a P/E ratio of over 30 (or over 60 on the adjusted figures). That’s massively over valued even now.

But let’s be generous and use the growth from the interims which shows a Half year maiden profit of $3.3 million (£2.5m). That’s still a P/E of 12. Which means that even now zoo is just fairly valued at best.

Then you have to take account of the massive profit warning. Two major issues of the streamers not giving out as much work and the writers strike. With such thin profit margins, imo zoo will make a loss this year, making any financial guidance based on profit totally meaningless. Bottom line this is no longer a high growth company and shouldn’t command such a high valuation multiple. At best it’s worth a market cap of £30 million, and even then that’s generous.

Their USP is that “We see what’s coming”. Lol, they didn’t exactly see that strike and profit warning

And finally let’s look at what the Directors are creaming out of this

Dr Green $615,000
G Dorian $726,000
P Blundell $ 456,000

All significantly more than the previous year (60% increases in some cases) And that excludes the millions of share options they have (large majority at just 15p). Makes you wonder why they didn’t put their hands in their pockets and back themselves in the last placing huh. That comment that “a quarter that the Board already expected to be weaker than the previous year.” Is very telling, wonder why they didn’t signal that in advance eh.

Target price sub 30p and that’s being generous IMO.
Posted at 11/5/2023 10:05 by mortal1ty
amt. Once upon a time, I put my entire portfolio in Zoo Digital (when I was young and reckless). 35p to 130p I owned it. I think I owned 1% of the company at one point. I met the CEO as part of my job. I sold up and invested in US stocks for the past 4 years since (mixed success). I came back to UK stocks more recently.

So I personally have a history with this stock. When I came back to look at it, it was interesting to compare the promise from 2018 to what they achieved over the 5 years.

Back then it was all about cloud dubbing and winning new studios. I would say on the studio front they have lost business with Netflix, and basically become highly geared into Disney. For example, Zoo used to be on this page hxxps:// . Netflix business seems to have gone to next to nothing. Meanwhile cloud dubbing seems to have gone a bit quiet? The business is using is high share price to raise capital to buy physical recording studios.

I think Zoo is basically doing huge amounts for Disney related to their launch of Disney+. Converting their back catalogue. This is obviously unsustainable.

$70m sales from one customer. I mean to put this into context, if Zoo charged $100k to dub a movie into a single language (I actually think it is a fraction of this), and they do 12 languages a movie, that is c. 60 movies a year. Disney doesn't need that sort of demand on an on-going basis.
Posted at 06/5/2023 07:30 by mortal1ty
AI - Don't under estimate the speed of improvement of AI. Have a look at chatGPT, it can do astounding thing that the market thought was never possible. Take a look at the realism of the deep fakes ( Cost is costs to companies. For the same reason many jobs are replaced by AI. Its cheaper, easier, more efficient. As I said above, it doesn't matter how big the headwind is, if it becomes a headwind, the market will de-value accordingly. Look at Keywords.. probably less affected than AI vs. Zoo, and dropped 20% pretty quickly on the 'risk'. The fact we are even debating it is a bad sign.

Legal issues - I agree, Zoo couldn't just steal a famous actors and use their voice for dubbing. Most dubbing though uses relatively unknown actors. You pay them for the rights to use their voice. I mean how many struggling voice actors would probably do this for next to nothing.

Targets - 2018 customer concentration was 34% and 24% which implies $9.7m and $6.9m respectively. 2022 customer concentration was 78% and 6% which implies $55m and $4.2m. This is pretty worrying in my opinion. If their targets had been hit from a broad spread of wins I would agree with you. As things stand, they appear to have lost business everywhere except for one customer that has suddenly given then a huge amount of work? Is that sustainable? What if that customer is Disney converting their back catalogue from Disney+? If it is Disney why did Netflix go down? If their largest customer is Netflix, why has Disney gone down or not take up Zoo services with Disney+?

Its not uncommon for smaller UK companies to hit a temporary pocket of demand, share price roofs it. Then tanks when that demand either stabilizes or drops. Audioboom? BestofTheBest? etc.

It is also not uncommon for companies to start believing their own hype. They hit one target. Start making wild projections. Inevitablly the later targets are the harder ones to hit. Frontier Developments? Purplebricks? etc.
Posted at 05/5/2023 20:23 by amt
The good news is that Zoo are at the forefront of technology and already utilising AI to improve their offering.
That very example from Somuwin may have been produced by Zoo for all we know

Research is another focus for the future. We’re working on studies with leading universities to understand new technologies that we can develop in our own software platforms. We’re always looking to get into more areas of research, across areas like machine learning, artificial intelligence – and better understanding how this research can support the creative aspects of the work we do.

As you would expect, it’s all about bringing in new technology. That’s always been a core of what we do in R&D here, we’ve always looked at making advances for the industry using technology.

Looking back, nobody was doing anything like ZOOsubs [ZOO’s cloud-based subtitling platform] back when it launched. No-one thought what we were doing with ZOOdubs [ZOO’s cloud-based dubbing platform] was even possible and look where we are now.
Posted at 05/4/2023 17:56 by uknighted
ZOO Digital Group plc (AIM: ZOO), a leading provider of end-to-end cloud-based localisation and media services to the global entertainment industry, today announces the acquisition of the remaining 49 per cent. of ZOO Korea.

Since the Company acquired 51 per cent. of the equity in March 2022, ZOO Korea has successfully expanded to deliver an in-territory servicing hub for the most prestigious names in entertainment. The venture has helped to address the growing global demand for Korean content and distribution of non-Korean titles in the country with premium and secure provision of dubbing, subtitling, quality control and media services.

In recent months, two global streaming services have worked with ZOO Korea and further significant new opportunities are in the pipeline. Due to the increased volumes of work, additional investment in people and infrastructure is required to support demand and capture the growing in-territory market for ZOO Korea’s services. In FY22, ZOO Korea generated $1.2 million revenue and $0.1 million profit and the Board believes that it is commercially advantageous for ZOO Korea to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Group. The Board estimates that $4.5 million of incremental revenues were recognised across the Group in FY23 as a result of ZOO Korea and that it will generate significant incremental revenue for the Group in future years through its own operations in Korea as well as services provided assisting ZOO in the US and UK.

Under the terms of the transaction, the Company will issue 550,000 ordinary shares in ZOO Digital Group plc to the exiting shareholders of ZOO Korea and make a one-off payment of $200,000 in consideration for their 49 per cent stake.
Zoo Digital share price data is direct from the London Stock Exchange

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