Zoo Digital Group Plc

-7.50 (-5.7%)
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
  -7.50 -5.7% 124.00 275,483 16:35:01
Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price
125.00 126.00 131.50 125.50 131.50
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Computer Software Development 70.40 2.63 3.00 44.67 111.41
Last Trade Time Trade Type Trade Size Trade Price Currency
16:35:01 UT 2,000 124.00 GBX

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Posted at 11/5/2023 11:05 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://np3.netflixstudios.com/s/dubbing . 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 10/5/2023 11:04 by 74tom
Why am I posting here? I was very tempted to buy in post the new studio announcement in Feb, however held off until the materiality of the contract was clarified. Given this announcement was made at the same time as the customer reorg was taking place, the significant 'resistance' encountered around £2 now looks extremely spivvy.

I've long suspected that a dark arts tactic on AIM shares that want to raise funding is for positive news to be released in the months before a placing to push up the share price & allow connected parties to take profit. They then use some of the proceeds of these share sales to partake in the placing.

Let's say ZOO had announced the customer reorg in early Feb & a decrease in their 2023 forecasts, how would this have impacted shares? They would have been hammered! By not announcing it they've let hundreds of PI's buy shares in the £1.80- 2.20 range, all of which are miles underwater now.

So yeah, if you want to believe their $400m long term forecast then good luck to you given they couldn't forecast FY23 correctly halfway through the year...

Posted at 09/5/2023 23:13 by rambutan2
I assume the big client is Disney, who has been the main client since Zoo started, and year's ago made up over 90% of rev. The Zoo software etc is embedded and v unlikely to be replaced. Change of leadership at Disney and subsequent delays took place in the first quarter.

I'm fairly certain that the new major client is Warner HBO, which has just relaunched...


Re AI. Zoo have tracked progress for many years, and have people working on it. But it is far off being able to do the nuance etc needed for high quality subs, which is really more an art. And as Zoo has learnt over the years, the industry itself is very conservative when it comes to any sort of change, or even acceptance of a new face.

Posted at 09/5/2023 09:06 by maddox
Hi mortal1ty,

Thanks for your critique - very useful and thought provoking. Easy to get group-think on a bb so a well constructed contra argument is very valuable.

IMHO AI is certainly a threat but not good enough at the moment to damage ZOO's business. However, your point that the share price will fall if Mr Market takes fright is well made.

ZOO are effectively the current market disruptors at the high quality end of the market - and have found it difficult to break-in. The studios don't appear to be fast adopters of new tech - and I suspect AI would be a very big leap. Where might we find AI being adopted first - perhaps cheaper, lower quality productions - that might be a bridgehead into the market?

Posted at 06/5/2023 10:21 by amt
OK fair enough but if Zoo adopt AI their own costs would be significantly lower so could help their own margins and reduce costs for their own clients.
Zoo use subcontractors around the globe and their scalable and disruptive technology won't need a higher headcount to roll it out. Its cloud based. I think that's what makes Zoo unique and so far ahead of the opposition.
I suspect we are in the hype phase for AI then it will go quite while people work out how to apply it and all the unforseen issues associated with it.
We had the hype associated with self drive vehicles which were going to be adopted everywhere within a few years, now that's gone quiet with no sign of when and if that will be adopted.
I have heard some people saying that AI is great in some respects but makes loads of mistakes and needs a lot more work to get remotely usable in complex situations.
I think it will be adopted slowly and Zoo will use it as they already have invested in it to help them make their offering even more attractive.
In summary AI has great potential but still needs to be implemented in the right way and by people who have huge experience in their field. It's not just a matter of buying some AI software and pressing a button and all is done.

Posted at 06/5/2023 08:30 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 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxXpB9pSETo). 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 21:23 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 05/5/2023 10:00 by amt
The market seems to have forgotten that Zoo recently signed up a major Hollywood studio. Plus rapid global expansion.
I should think Zoo will embrace AI since it is leading from the front with its revolutionary and disruptive technology.
Perhaps in their next RNS should mention AI to help with the share price. I am a bit cynical about how these stories seem to lead to a bit of hype on the stock market.

Posted at 28/4/2023 08:58 by johnwise
Bought into this at £1.12P... then Good update on 25/4/22 up 10.5p on that day
I will hold

Zoo Digital Group PLC Confirmation of successful Placing of GBP12.5m


Posted at 05/4/2023 18:56 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.

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