Miranda Technologies Inc.

Miranda Technologies Inc.

June 01, 2011 06:00 ET

Miranda Reports First Quarter 2011 Results

Significant Increase in Revenue and Profitability

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 1, 2011) -Miranda Technologies Inc. (TSX:MT), a worldwide provider of infrastructure, playout and monitoring systems for the television broadcast, cable, satellite and IPTV industry, today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011.

(Effective January 1, 2011, International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) replaced Canadian GAAP for publicly accountable enterprises. As a result, Miranda is reporting its results under IFRS for interim and annual periods beginning January 1, 2011, with comparative information for 2010 restated under IFRS. Details of the more significant accounting differences can be found in Miranda's first quarter Management's Discussion and Analysis and Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements.)

Financial Highlights: Q1 2011 versus Q1 2010

  • Sales up 37% to $39.8 million, growth seen across all geographic locations
  • EBITDA1 up 674% to $5.5 million or 14% of sales
  • Net profit of $2.3 million or 11 cents per fully diluted share, compared to a net loss of $1.6 million last year
  • Gross margin as a percent of sales at 60%, up from 58% last year
1EBITDA is a non-IFRS measure related to cash earnings and is defined as net profit (loss) before interest expense less interest income, taxes, depreciation and amortization. See comment on non-IFRS financial measures which follows.

Miranda had a strong first quarter, registering significant year over year increases in revenues and profitability. Gross margins also remained high, coming in at 60% of sales. Quarterly revenues were higher in all geographies, increasing 37% to $39.8 million, versus $29.0 million last year. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange, sales improved 44% over 2010. EBITDA was $5.5 million, up from $0.7 million the prior year. Net profit came in at $2.3 million, or 11 cents per fully diluted share, up from a net loss of $1.6 million last year. Cash flows remained strong, with net operating activities generating $4.9 million of cash during the quarter.

"The recovery in broadcast markets, that began last year, continued and strengthened in the quarter, resulting in strong quarterly results," commented Strath Goodship, Miranda's President and Chief Executive Officer. "We saw solid traction in both emerging and developed markets and across our product portfolio." Some of the notable recent sales wins include ZDF (Germany), Red Bee (UK), Arqiva (UK), Oman TV (Oman), Al Jazeera Children (UAE), Sinclair Broadcasting (USA), Technicolor Creative Services (USA), CBC (Canada), Indovision (Indonesia) and Nexstar Broadcasting (USA).

Other Highlights

"In April, Miranda attended the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) event in Las Vegas, where we had our biggest exhibit ever, both in terms of scale and breadth of products," commented Mr. Goodship. "It marked the first time we had mature solutions spanning the entire television creation and delivery process, all the way from production through to set-top box monitoring. Our offerings now address linear and on-demand television, and both traditional and IT-based playout models.

Some of the new products showcased at NAB included our industry leading iTX IT-based playout offerings, the Kaleido-IP video multiviewer with advanced probing, the Axino multi- program IP transport stream loudness control processor, the iControl Headend video signal path and quality of experience (QoE) monitoring solution and the EdgeVision set-top box encoder for QoE monitoring. Customer response to our solutions was very positive, with customer traffic increasing 40% over 2010 levels."

Year-over-year quarterly operating review: Q1 2011 versus Q1 2010


Revenues totalled $39.8 million, up 37% over 2010 or 44% on a constant currency basis. The increase is largely due to the acquisition of OmniBus and stronger revenues in all geographies, with Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Other Countries, increasing 31%, 38%, 212% and 23%, respectively over the prior year. Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Other Countries generated 10%, 32%, 10% and 48% of quarterly sales respectively.

Gross Profit

Gross profit as a percentage of sales was 60%, up two points over last year, largely due to favourable changes in product and customer mix, supported by the higher margin solutions offered by OmniBus.

Operating Expenses

Selling, General & Administrative expenses (SG&A) were $15.1 million, up from $11.1 million in 2010. The increase is largely due to the acquisition of OmniBus and higher selling expenses. SG&A as a percentage of sales was unchanged from last year, coming in at 38%.

Research and Development (R&D) investments were $7.6 million or 19% of sales for the quarter, compared to $6.3 million and 22% of sales in 2010. R&D investments net of tax credits were $6.2 million, up from $5.1 million last year. The higher level of expenses, before and after tax credits, was largely due to the addition of OmniBus.

Net finance expense was $46 thousand, down from $1.8 million in 2010. The decrease was largely due to currency fluctuations, which resulted in a foreign exchange gain of $0.4 million during the quarter versus a loss of $1.9M for the same period last year.

EBITDA, Income Taxes and Net Profit

EBITDA was $5.5 million for the quarter, up 674% over 2010. EBITDA as a percentage of sales was 14%, versus 2% in the prior year.

Quarterly income taxes were positively impacted by the resolution of matters pertaining to prior years that resulted in a lower quarterly tax rate.

Net profit was $2.3 million or 11 cents per fully diluted share, compared to a net loss of $1.6 million in 2010.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Net operating activities generated $4.9 million of cash flows during the quarter, compared to $5.1 million last year. Cash, cash equivalents and temporary investments were $33.8 million at quarter end. During the quarter $5.8 million of loans and borrowings was repaid.

In November 2010, the Company filed a new NCIB to redeem up to 1,694,937 common shares for cancellation between November 26, 2010 and November 25, 2011. To date, no shares have been purchased in connection with the NCIB.


"We had a strong first quarter and see solid long-term opportunity and growth potential ahead," commented Mr. Goodship. "Business activity is expected to remain robust, particularly in International markets. Our financial strength, combined with an expanded line-up of industry leading high growth solutions, puts us in a good position to capitalize on future opportunities, grow faster than our addressable market and drive profitable growth."

Annual General Meeting

Miranda's Annual General Meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. (local time) on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 Rene Levesque Blvd. West, Montreal, Quebec.

Conference call

Miranda Technologies Inc. (TSX:MT) will hold a conference call with financial analysts to present its first quarter 2011 results on Wednesday June 1, 2011 at 2:00 PM (ET). Media and other interested parties are invited to join the conference call in listen-only mode.

DATE:Wednesday, June 1, 2011
TIME:2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
CALL:(416) 981-9000 (for all Toronto and overseas participants)
(800) 926-5171 (for all other North American callers)
(Please dial in 15 minutes before the conference begins)
WEBCAST: On line at www.miranda.com or www.marketwire.com.

The webcast of the conference call will be available for a period of 90 days at www.miranda.com and www.marketwire.com. A recording of the conference call will also be available from 4:00 PM on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 to 11:59 PM on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 and can be accessed by dialling 1-800-558-5253 and entering the pass code 21522347# on your telephone keyboard.

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

We use EBITDA to compare our operating results from one period to another. EBITDA is a non-IFRS measure related to cash earnings and is defined as net profit (loss) before interest expense less interest income, taxes, depreciation and amortization. Our method for calculating EBITDA may differ from that used by other companies under the same designation. EBITDA should not be substituted for net profit (loss) as an indicator of operating results in line with IFRS, neither for cash flows from operating and investing activities as a measure of liquidity and cash flows. Please refer to the reconciliation of net profit (loss) to EBITDA in the following table.

Reconciliation of Net Profit (Loss) to EBITDA

Quarters ended March 31,
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)20112010
Net profit (loss)2,322(1,601)
Interest expense (income)154(12)
Income taxes expense317366
Depreciation of property, plant & equipment944860
Amortization of intangible assets1,8021,103

Forward-looking Statements

This media release contains forward-looking statements reflecting Miranda's objectives, estimates and expectations. Such statements may be marked by the use of verbs such as "believe", "anticipate", "estimate", "looking ahead" and "expect", as well as the use of the conditional or future tense. By their very nature, such statements involve risks and uncertainties. Consequently, results could differ materially from the Company's expectations. Risks that could cause results to differ materially from Miranda's expectations are discussed under the heading Risks and Uncertainties in the Company's Annual Management's Discussion and Analysis, which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release represent Miranda's current expectations and, accordingly, are subject to change. However, the Company disclaims any intention and assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information or events or otherwise, unless required to do so by the applicable securities legislation.

About Miranda

Miranda Technologies Inc (TSX:MT) is a worldwide provider of infrastructure, playout and monitoring systems for the television broadcast, cable, satellite and IPTV industry. Its solutions enable and enhance the transition to a multi-channel digital and HD broadcast environment. With this equipment, customers can generate additional revenue while reducing their costs through more efficient distribution and management of their content. In September 2010, Miranda acquired OmniBus Systems Limited, the Loughborough UK-based pioneer of IT-based media management and delivery solutions for television and Internet broadcasters. Miranda employs approximately 680 people at its Montreal headquarters and in its facilities located in Wallingford and Loughborough (UK), Denver (Colorado, USA), Grass Valley (California, USA), Paris (France), Tokyo (Japan), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Singapore, Beijing (China) and Hong Kong. Miranda is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.miranda.com.

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Financial Position
As at March 31, 2011, December 31, 2010 and January 1, 2010
(In thousands of Canadian dollars)
March 31,December 31,January 1,
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents$33,836$30,486$29,264
Temporary investments4,99919,904
Trade and other receivables25,11829,54625,601
Income taxes and tax credits receivable4,0195,3075,808
Prepaid expenses and other2,5392,0661,650
Tax credits receivable10,3379,3501,870
Property, plant and equipment30,57130,92329,109
Intangible assets37,77839,42920,960
Deferred tax assets535579485
Total assets$210,803$217,309$169,725
Liabilities and equity
Current liabilities
Trade and other payables$19,781$21,139$13,505
Deferred revenue5,6075,9342,327
Income taxes payable1,7942,3291,239
Loans and borrowings3,1173,1199
Other payables178942555
Deferred revenue3,5543,5903,601
Loans and borrowings16,48022,251136
Deferred tax liabilities13,86613,7728,124
Total liabilities66,79775,84832,500
Share capital98,10398,103103,165
Contributed surplus4,7234,6554,413
Retained earnings42,64640,32429,647
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(1,466)(1,621)
Total equity144,006141,461137,225
Total liabilities and equity$210,803$217,309$169,725
Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)
Three-month periods ended March 31, 2011 and 2010
(In thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)
March 31,March 31,
Cost of sales15,84012,242
Gross profit23,95716,731
Selling, general and administration expenses15,08411,055
Research and development expenses, net of tax credits of $1,414 (2010 - $1,228)6,1885,105
Results from operating activities2,685571
Finance income(475)(160)
Finance costs5211,966
Net finance expense461,806
Profit (loss) before income taxes2,639(1,235)
Income taxes expense317366
Net profit (loss) for the period2,322(1,601)
Other comprehensive income:
Foreign currency translation differences for foreign operations, net of taxes(155)
Other comprehensive income for the period, net of income taxes(155)
Total comprehensive income (loss) for the period$2,477$(1,601)
Earnings (loss) per share:
Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Cash Flows
Three-month periods ended March 31, 2011 and 2010
(In thousands of Canadian dollars)
March 31,March 31,
Operating activities:
Net profit (loss) for the period$2,322$(1,601)
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment944860
Amortization of intangible assets1,8021,103
Stock-based compensation68106
Net interest expense (income)154(12)
Income taxes expense317366
Effect of exchange rates on long-term monetary assets and liabilities131151
Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents(90)978
Changes in non-cash operating working capital items:
Trade and other receivables4,4357,313
Income taxes and tax credits receivable(24)(919)
Prepaid expenses and others(472)(92)
Trade and other payables(2,117)595
Deferred revenue(364)(505)
Cash generated from operating activities5,4605,126
Income taxes paid(567)(25)
Net cash from operating activities4,8935,101
Investing activities:
Proceeds from sale of temporary investments4,999
Additions to property, plant and equipment(581)(947)
Interest received3112
Net cash from (used in) investing activities4,449(935)
Financing activities:
Repayment of loans and borrowings(5,776)(2)
Interest paid(185)
Net cash used in financing activities(5,961)(2)
Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents90(978)
Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents related to translation of foreign operations(121)
Change in cash and cash equivalents3,3503,186
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period30,48629,264
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$33,836$32,450

Contact Information

  • Investors and Media:
    Miranda Technologies Inc.
    Mario Settino
    Chief Financial Officer
    (514) 333-1772