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Zoo Digital Group LSE:ZOO London Ordinary Share GB00B1FQDL10 ORD 1P
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  +0.00p +0.00% 28.25p 28.00p 28.50p 28.25p 28.25p 28.25p 411,147 07:32:20
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Software & Computer Services 13.1 0.4 1.9 15.8 20.76

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ZOO Digital Daily Update: Zoo Digital Group is listed in the Software & Computer Services sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker ZOO. The last closing price for ZOO Digital was 28.25p.
Zoo Digital Group has a 4 week average price of 17.75p and a 12 week average price of 11.88p.
The 1 year high share price is 28.75p while the 1 year low share price is currently 8p.
There are currently 73,493,994 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 442,541 shares. The market capitalisation of Zoo Digital Group is £20,762,053.31.
mcfly79: I posted this on the JTCod blog:There have been a number of posts recently on the disruptive technology of EVs and Solar. These technologies could have a profound global impact. I'm also keen on trying to find disruptive technologies in more niche markets that could transform the fortunes of a single company.A few months ago I bought shares in Zoo Digital (Zoo). Current share price 27p and current market cap £20m.The company has a software development background and some years back developed software that streamlines the process for localising films and TV context (the main work stream being subtitling into local languages). Their system is cloud based and allows a central co-ordinator to work with a large pool of freelance translators across the world to subtitle the work into many languages.BackgroundWhen they were trying to sell this technology to TV/Film content providers they were met with resistance since it would have meant abandoning their own infrastructure. Zoo therefore entered the localisation market themselves. The company has gone sideways for a number of years, with a large chunk of their work historically being on DVDs/Blu-rays. Last year (year ended 31 March 2017) their fortunes began to change due to the change in the landscape for localisation work.With the move from physical distribution channels (DVD/Blu-ray) to digital distribution channels (Netflix, iTunes etc) it is now very easy to make content available throughout the world on already established digital channels. Whereas previously content providers would want their DVDs translated into a handful of languages, there is now the demand to translate content into 50 or more languages (including large back catalogues). Zoo is well placed to benefit from this demand. Apple selected Zoo in February 2016 as an iTunes aggregation service provider for TV series and, in May 2016, Zoo was awarded approved vendor status by Netflix.The company recently had a placing to raise funds to allow it to meet the increased demand (at the expense of large dilution for holders).I've set out below turnover for the last few years to highlight the increase in 2017 (which was mainly attributable to an increase in H2 2017):2012: 11.2m2013: 10.4m2014: 9.6m2015: 11.5m2016: 11.6m2017: 16.5m(results are in USD)The use of cloud based software means Zoo's offering is very scalable. The largest additional cost from increased subtitling work is translators' time. Zoo uses a pool of thousands of freelance translators. These translators are not employed and represent a pure variable cost.Due to operational leverage the $4.9m increase in turnover in 2017 (41% increase) led to a more marked percentage increase in profits with EBITDA increasing from $156k to $1,769k and profit after tax increasing from a loss of $787k to a profit of $791k which gave eps of 2.42c.Current tradingThe current year to 31 March 2018 has started strongly. The final results for last year released on 27 June contained the following statement:'The improvement experienced through the second half of the year has carried on into the new financial year and the current pipeline of work is considerably stronger than at the corresponding prior period.'The company also has a ticker on its website that counts the cumulative number of subtitles created and stored for customers:hxxps:// down)In the last year to 31 March 2017 Zoo added 55-60m subtitles. The increase in the ticker figure has accelerated markedly in recent months and will have increased by over 60m in the first half of the current year. Quite how this translates into extra revenue and profit is unknown at this stage but I'm hopeful that profit after tax will increase substantially from last year.DubbingThere are other companies that offer similar subtitling services but I don't believe there is anything similar for dubbing. Zoo has been working on a cloud based dubbing system and will launch it at the IBC 2017 conference later this month. It is this technology (which the company calls Zoodubs) that could disrupt the dubbing industry if successful. Some more details:hxxps:// to research in June 2017 from the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA) Europe, the total Europe, the Middle East and Africa market in 2016 for entertainment localisation (subtitling, captioning and dubbing) was estimated at around $2 billion, with 70% of that attributable to dubbing services. The market value is forecast to grow by 8–10% per annum.The dubbing market is very fragmented and I've been told the top 4 providers only account for 20% of the work.Zoo is a very small company (£20m market cap) and Zoodubs is very ambitious for a company of this size. I've been told Zoodubs has been well received by Zoo's clients and will be progressed slowly so that Zoo can ensure quality control (but some revenue is expected this financial year to 31 March 2018). Zoo has spent some time building up a network of voice talent and dubbing directors (again all freelance). This is a work in progress initially focusing on core languages and will be built up over time.Zoodubs won best in show at NAB 2017 and ZOO was also named as one of the top ten innovators of 2016 in a report that surveyed international entertainment industry professionals. (Not being an industry expert I don't know how prestigious these awards are):hxxps:// share price has had a great run over the last few months and the company is now valued at £20m. I think Zoo is in the right place at the right time for localisation work and has a potential company maker in Zoodubs. That said, I am far from being an industry expert for localisation work and know that a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. I'd appreciate any comments or criticism people have on the company and thoughts on the current valuation.The company has its AGM on 25th Sep and there is normally a trading update. This year 'following the formal business of the AGM the management team plans to give a detailed review of the business and the environment in which it operates, including demonstrations of its cloud computing platforms. The meeting is open to shareholders and non-shareholders alike.' Unfortunately the AGM is in Sheffield but I am still attending and look forward to seeing the technology in action.I'd also be keen to hear of any other company that have a disruptive technology that will transform their fortunes.A few other points:*Existing shareholders saw large dilution in the fundraising (number of shares more than doubled) and some shareholders sold. I bought after the fundraising.*Whilst Zoo's software seems well liked by local translators there are some reviews online (glassdoor etc) by local translators that complain of slow or non payment.*The recent award of share options to directors was excessive imo.
martina pescatore: I would fully expect a continual rise in the share price over coming weeks and months, along with some shaking of the tree for nervous and short term holders. However, the general direction of travel for the share price should be upwards as long as the company continues to (rapidly) grow. The uplift in the share price could be very substantial, imo, as per my previous comments on my share price target and others' targets too. All we need to do is hope that the company continues on its growth path. However, the share price won't go up in a straight line, it never does. NIA and DYOR.
martina pescatore: A new item of news on the zoo website today, but dated Tuesday 18 July 2017 for some reason, stating that Zoo will be showcasing Zoodubs and Zooscreen at the forthcoming IBC 2017 show. Now I don't suppose that they would be showcasing it again at another event/show, if the industry wasn't likely to be receptive to them. In the news item Zoo also indicate that they will be showcasing a new cloud-powered scripting service. Could this be named Zooscript by any chance. Anyway, it appears to be another demonstration of innovation in the industry and another potential revenue stream for Zoo. Zoo should be able to benefit from cross selling these various innovations to existing clients, whilst such innovations will also likely attract new clients. No guarantee of course, but gives a better view of potential for growth this year, next year and in years to come!!! All of this growth would be organic from its own R&D and sales teams of course, without expensive and dilutive acquisitions. As regards any potential takeover price levels, as per discussions above, I do hope that there is no such attempt in the near future at sub 45p. I am of the opinion that the growth trajectory that Zoo appear to be on, along with some added positive comments on sales/adoption of new products (i.e. Zooscreen, Zoodubs, etc.) at the interims due in November 2017, or in a TU before hand, or at the AGM statement in late September 2017 (?) then a share price in excess of 90p less than one year out is not unrealistic based on multiples of peer companies in a similar sector. Then we have the hope of further growth from then on... NIA and DYOR
martina pescatore: I also reckon that the BOD at Zoo were caught on the hop by the YMagis purchase. Ignoring this acquisition of circa 9% of Zoo, the share price was stubbornly stuck at around 10p per share for many months and moved from 9p to 11p or thereabouts. Raising money at 9p, getting cash in the bank and valuable working capital for selling new products and further developing new products, and reducing borrowings and therefore interest payments. Okay, the number of shares in issue will double and some, but I reckon that the chances of survival, success and good share price growth have also doubled and some. I have held Zoo shares for years and I accept that my large holding for me will be diluted. However, I am far happier with where the company are now and where they appear to be going compared to where we were three, four, six and twelve months ago. Even with circa 75M shares in issue, and a mkt cap of £7.5M at 10p per share, there is clearly good share price growth for investors and as I have indicated above, although the multi bagging possibilities may be reduced, the chances of multi bagging have IMO increased. In addition to all of this talk about the placing and shareholder dilution, and the business growth possibilities and share price growth possibilities, we also have the YMagis purchase to remember. One should not discount this acquisition to lightly IMO. Have YMagis seen things that the market had otherwise not seen, but many commentators on this website were talking about quite readily over the last few months. I don't think that the BOD have "screwed" shareholders at all. I accept that if I had just bought shares in Zoo speculatively in the days prior at between 11p and 20p then I would be kicking myself but I don't think it is fair to blame the BOD for this. Talk about the BOD "screwing shareholders" is nonsensical IMO, as shareholders can still buy the shares at virtually the same price as the placing and any difference in price now could seem very "non material" in time to come if the company grow as we were talking about just a few weeks ago. Personally, I am more than happy to hold and add at close to 10p. NIA and DYOR
martina pescatore: Bakunin Reflecting and looking back at the timings of the announcements of last week, it is in my opinion highly likely that: 1. Zoo BOD were advised to get a statement out by their advisers due to the material movement in the share price, although the company did not specifically mention the share price movement of the day in the TU, suggesting to me that they may have planned to release the TU anyway. Also, remember, the TU was due in April anyway, so they could get away with the TU and not mention the share price movement, in my view. 2. Zoo BOD were keen to get the fact that they are sorting the working capital issue into the market and were caught on the hop a little by the 9.185% acquisition from YMagis. 3. the TU really contains no new information that we didn't already know from the January TU, apart from the final revenues figure at $16M and APART from the statement "The Company is in discussions with potential new investors and existing shareholders with respect to a placing of new shares to raise between £1 million to £2 million at a discount to the current share price. The proceeds from the placing of new shares would be used to strengthen the Company's balance sheet, allow the Company to capitalise on the progress made in the past year and to take advantage of new market opportunities, including its dubbing service.". However, if one looks back at the January 2017 TU and if one is honest, the usefulness of extra funds to the company was clear then and for a publicly listed company, placing is a good way to go for it. I don't particularly want any more debt on the company. looking back, the placing isn't too much of a surprise really, IMO, but I would naturally like the price to be as high as possible. I personally don't expect YMagis to in on the placing, just iis, like Katie Potts' HIT. they could take a fair share and not hold too large a share of the enlarged shares in issue. I guess we will find out soon enough, but I don't think that the Zoo BOD are in bed with YMagis on this, at all, whoever it was that suggested that "they might have done a deal".... If YMagis want zoo, as they very might, then if zoo are in a stronger cash position, this is much better from a Zoo shareholder perspective, as the company can fend off unwanted undervalued bids. NIA and DYOR
martina pescatore: I am still wondering what YMagis' intentions are. Personally, i think that it could be YMagis interest in Zoo that is being ovlooked here. Do YMagis see some value and synergies in Zoo products and if so, which ones in particular? Zoo have recently launched Zoo Screen, whilst YMagis are heavily invested in the servicing of hundreds of cinema complexes in Europe. Could Zoo Screen fit well with YMagis offering, perhaps going another step to reduce cinema costs and to improve against piracy, which the movie industry could insist upon if viable? As I shareholder I want Zoo to concentrate on running the business and to maximise shareholder value in this way. Day to day price fluctuations in the share price might be of interest to some but should not be to the BOD I feel. The direction of the business and the direction of the share price and the profitability and growth of the business and ensuring long term shareholder value, should all be though. Any placing will provide working capital for growth and should enhance shareholder value long term. This is a good thing usually. A better working capital position would also provide a degree a robustness against any bid for the company which might otherwise undervalue the company. I fully expect that any purchasers at the 20p high on Friday won't regret it in the medium term, if the company and work it all out as above. Even with 45m shares in issue and £1.5m in the bank, less £5m in debt, would on a net profit of £1.5m equate to eps of 3p. On a p/e of 20 (could be far too low if growth is 30%-40%) would indicate a share price of 60p (mkt cap of £27m), plus cash and less debt. Many other scenarios also. NIA and DYOR
martina pescatore: Zoo Digital have just exhibited at MIPTV (3-6 April) in Cannes, France. I fully expect that YMagis were there also. I wonder if Zoo's secretive new product (keep your ears peeled, they said) which was available as a sneak peak in Cannes, was of interest to YMagis. This acquisition by YMagis of 9% of Zoo shares on the 4 April and announced on 6 April could have been any number of things, including: 1. A precursor to a full acquisition for bolt on growth for YMagis (they have done much of this previously/recently)? 2. A defensive move to take out a competitor (or take on its products) who is going to cannibalise your own sales? 3. A long term strategic acquisition to build partnering relations for sharing technologies and skills? 4. A stake building/holding to prevent another from taking it? Any other ideas? Personally, I would expect any full bid to be way north of 48p per share which with 32.661M shares in issue = £15.68M mkt cap, plus buyer would take on debt of say £5M I think), therefore total price = £21M say. Zoo have T/O of circa $14M (£11.6M) I reckon for the full year to end 31 March 2017 so bolting Zoo to YMagis could make sense for YMagis at this price and they get the new products with ??? growth potential for nothing? but Zoo seem to be about to become profitable, therefore 48p could prove to be a very low price (IMO) in an years time. I don't expect Katie Potts (HIT) or Stuart Green (CEO) to undervalue the growth potential of the company though. Therefore, to truly value Zoo we need to know the growth potential and then recalculate. As an aside, I remember about three or four years ago an American company tried to bid for AMS (Advanced Medical Solutions) which I held and still hold. From memory, AMS share price was circa 70-80p at the time and the bid came at about 100-110p per share, so I was very pleased with this uplift. However, AMS Directors fought it and they and shareholders won. The bidder backed off and went away and the share price dropped back to 80p levels I think. However, year on year and half year on half year, AMS has continued to innovate, develop product and bring product to market, sales and profits have continued to grow STEADILY (circa 20% YOY), and the share price is now 250p. boy am I glad we didn't take the money from the bidder as it wouldn't have reflected the value in the potential growth of the business. NIA and DYOR.
mudbath: Good to see the positive reaction to this morning's trading update. If only the improved trading, EBITA etc managed to throw off significant cash then the ZOO share price might well take off. As it stands though,it does not. We will have to see how those discussions go with the Loan Note holders. They will surely want to see growing ZOO success and a rebasing of the LN terms allied to a some additional funding might prove to be a catalyst for more rapid future expansion,in all areas. imo.
martina pescatore: Indications from the company over the last few months have been good, which has unfortunately not always been the case for Zoo over recent years. In fact, Zoo have been telling a more positive story from my perspective for over a year now and the growth in t/o and a move into profit would indicate a new trend I hope, especially with the positive growth comments by the CEO and chairman. I believe that the current share price is very reflective of the past disappointments with the company, but if their turnaround continues, it would only be fair for the market, in my opinion, to reassess the company and a rerating should be on the cards. Meantime, I suppose it is an investors opportunity/risk to take. With the new products and services from the last year which are taking market share and growing, as per company statements, from a starting point of nil before the products/services came about, this points to further growth in t/o in my opinion. Also, as a software company, Zoo do have the potential to be very profitable, once costs and R+D are covered. The most recent interims indicated basic eps of 2.07 cents (1.65p per share at current US$1.22 = £1 exchange rate) and diluted eps of 1.59 cents (1.3p per share) for the six months to end September 2016. If Zoo can simply breakeven for the second half of the year to end 31 March 2017, by my calculations, the current share price of 10p equates to a P/E of less than 8 based on diluted eps of 1.3p per share, or a P/E of circa 6.1 on basic eps of 1.65p per share. Judging by what other companies P/E's are, this looks to be too low for a growing company. If Zoo can, however, produce a little profit for the second half as well, then perhaps full year basic eps of 3 cents (2.5p per share) might be achievable. This would put Zoo on a current P/E of 4 times basic eps of 2.5p per share (all projected of course). One can quite easily see potential share price growth from current levels if Zoo can continue their recent growth trend and continue adding clients and partners and continue bringing new products and services to market. Also, I have been watching the Zoo subs ticker quite a bit recently to see us pass the 150,000,000 mark, which we did yesterday. Over the last few weeks and months the Zoo subs ticker has been notching up at a rate of circa 1,000,000 per week. Yesterday morning the ticker read 149,918,688 at 07.30am and this morning it read 150,455,686 at 07.39am. A jump of over 500,000 in around one day. A very nice jump admittedly, but it would be nice for it to continue at these levels. NIA and DYOR
martina pescatore: I have been doing some crude "what if" calculations. If Zoo make a £1M profit this year (not impossible as they were EBITDA $0.9M at the half year and business appears to have been increasing), this £1M profit could be after tax as they have tax losses to use up I understand. If we adopt a p/e of 20 (not particularly high for a growth stock it would appear), this gives a mkt cap of £20M. Less dilution from options and debt, say £5M worth, give a diluted mkt cap of £15M. Crude, I know. With circa 33M shares in issue now, this gives a potential share price of 45p. This suggests to me that there is substantial potential upside from the current share price of 10.6p. Zoo has over the last few years or so failed to meet market expectations and the share price has been hammered, hammered so hard that at 6p (I think it reached) the mkt cap was circa £2M. The current share price of 10.6p in my opinion still reflects the previous disappointments that the company has offered the market, until it started recovering about a year or so ago, but it does not reflect much, if any, of the potential going forward. There in lies the potential for share price growth, particularly as the market they are operating in is growing, with clear growth trends and because Zoo seem to have a good product which is taking market share. If zoo can turn a profit and meet market expectations, then the rating the company is on should change. The market rating Zoo has been on suggests to me that the market has almost been not expecting anything, or anything other than disappointment, from Zoo. Therefore, if Zoo better this, and things are starting to look positive again, then market perceptions could quite easily change for the better, and logically market ratings should follow. Moving forward, if growth continues and Zoo were put on a forward P/E of 20, and were projected to make £2M next year, then the current share price looks particularly attractive. (£2m x 20 = £40M, less £5M for dilution and debt = £35M mkt cap (or 106p share price.) I daren't do the calculations going further forward, because the numbers and multiples of the current share price get silly. There would be ups and downs in the share price naturally if the above hypothesis materialises, but as long as the company can grow t/o and profits, and importantly meet or exceed market expectations, then the upward trajectory in the share price would normally follow. New buyers at higher prices than recent lows are often longer term holders/investors as they are seeing the story emerge and the potential achieved, when a company grows and grows. Ultimately, the aim would be for Zoo to start paying its shareholders for holding its shares and not expect shareholders to pay for holding them. All IMHO and NIA, etc.
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