OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 16, 2014) - International Datacasting Corporation (TSX:IDC) ("IDC" or the "Company") today released an update on the Company's expected performance for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2014, as well as the progress achieved against the action plan resulting from the Company's strategic review conducted in the second half of Fiscal 2014.
For the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2014, IDC continues to expect operating results to be improved relative to the third quarter. Revenues remain soft relative to historical levels, and the Company expects to incur an operating loss for the quarter and for the full Fiscal year. Inventory levels are stabilizing as IDC has adjusted production levels according to demand, and good progress is being made in collecting outstanding receivables.
Regarding the action plan detailed in the Management Discussion and Analysis released in early December 2013, the following progress has been achieved.
- Sales: New processes introduced in Q4 are increasing forecast accuracy and tracking progress of deals towards closure. The first shipments of STAR Gen-2 were achieved during Fiscal Q4. As previously announced, updated LASER software is planned to be available for sale starting in the first quarter of Fiscal 2015.
- Products: Hardware design has been completed for the first deliverables of IDC's new product architecture, and key elements of the software are being prototyped in order to validate their design. Updated products are expected to be available for demonstration by the second quarter of Fiscal 2015, with the potential for volume shipments before the end of Fiscal 2015.
- Leadership: Steven Archambault and Steeve Huin, IDC's new Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President of Product Management, respectively, started in their roles in December 2013, completing the leadership team restructuring announced last month.
- Quality: Focussed attention to field issues has resulted in full customer acceptance of a major network upgrade delivered to a European customer in Fiscal 2013, and in collection of the outstanding receivable associated with that delivery.
- Cost reduction: IDC has initiated a number of actions to control costs and conserve working capital. These actions focus on reducing product costs, discretionary expenses, and overheads, as opposed to cutting needed investments in R&D and Sales.
During the first half of Fiscal 2015, IDC plans to offer employees the opportunity to exchange a percentage of regular base salary for IDC Shares. This will reduce cash compensation requirements in this period, as well as increasing alignment of employee and shareholder interests. We are pleased to report that all members of the IDC executive team have expressed their intent to participate in the program, which the Company plans to offer to all full-time employees worldwide.
Commenting on the progress achieved on the Company's action plan, IDC's President and CEO Doug Lowther stated, "The actions we're taking are intended to not only improve IDC's short-term results, but also to put in place solid foundations for more robust and predictable performance in the future. We believe that IDC has the technology, the people, and the customers to achieve progressive improvement in results over Fiscal 2015."
The disclosure in this news release has been reviewed and approved by IDC's Board of Directors and is based on information available to the Company as of the date of this release.
Upcoming Shareholder Communications
IDC plans to announce Q4 and full-year Fiscal 2014 results, and to provide a further update on the Company's performance and business outlook, during the first week of April 2014 (three weeks earlier than last year's results announcement). A public conference call will be held at that time to permit investors and analysts to ask questions of IDC's management.
About International Datacasting Corporation:
International Datacasting Corporation (TSX:IDC) is a global leader in digital content distribution for the world's premiere broadcasters in radio, television, data and digital cinema. The Company's products and solutions are in demand for radio and television networks, targeted ad insertion, digital cinema, 3D live events, satellite newsgathering, sports contribution, VOD, and IPTV. IDC is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with regional offices in Arnhem, the Netherlands and in San Diego, California. The Company has installations in over 100 countries and service offices in Thailand and Singapore, and an international network of value-added partners and resellers. For more information visit: www.datacast.com.
This press release contains certain information that constitutes "forward-looking information" and/or "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws, including statements regarding the Company's expectations with respect to operating results for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2014 and incurring an operating loss for the fourth quarter and for the full Fiscal year, management's beliefs with respect to results in the next Fiscal year and the Company's plans with respect to further shareholder communications. All forward-looking information and forward-looking statements are necessarily based on a number of estimates and assumptions that are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. The material assumptions used to develop the forward looking-statements made in this release include management's perceptions of current conditions and expected future developments, management's knowledge of the current credit, interest rate and liquidity conditions affecting the Company as well as other considerations that are believed to be appropriate in the circumstances.
All statements other than statements which are reporting results as well as statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements that may involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors; many of which are beyond the ability of IDC to control or predict.
Forward-looking statements are generally identifiable by use of the words "may", "will", "should", "continue", "expect", "anticipate", "estimate", "believe", "intend", "plan or "project" or the negative of these words or other variations on these words or comparable terminology. The Company considers the assumptions upon which the forward-looking statements contained in this release are based to be reasonable, based on information currently available to it, but there can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Risk factors that might cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to: competitive developments; expectations regarding new product initiatives and timing, including the STAR Pro Audio™ Solution, LASER™ Targeted Ad Insertion Platform and Digital Tattoo™ DTH Over IP Gateway; IDC's dependence on the development and growth of the satellite services market; a lengthy and variable sales cycle for IDC's products and services; IDC's reliance on a small number of customers for a large percentage of its revenue; and expectations with respect to the sufficiency of its financial resources and liquidity. Further, any incorrect identification of, or failure or delay in identifying, areas that require attention in IDC's business as part of the Company's strategic review, or inability to successfully address areas requiring increased focus in accordance with IDC's action plan, could materially adversely affect the Company's business, financial conditions, and results of operations as well as other key indicators.
More detailed information about potential factors that could affect IDC's financial and business results and the material assumptions upon which the forward-looking statements are based is included in the public documents IDC files from time to time with Canadian securities regulatory authorities (including, without limitation, IDC's Fiscal 2013 MD&A dated April 29, 2013 and Q3 Fiscal 2014 MD&A dated December 10, 2013) and which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Except as expressly required by applicable law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Forward-looking statements are provided to assist external stakeholders in understanding IDC's expectations as at the date of this release and may not be appropriate for other purposes. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements.