Myriad Group Announces Full Year 2012 Results

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Myriad Group AG (SIX Swiss Exchange: MYRN) today reported revenues of USD 56.3 million, and an EBITDA[1] loss of USD 6.1 million for the full year 2012. Following restructuring post the integration of Synchronica in April 2012, the company achieved second half break even EBITDA1 on related revenues of USD 31.2 million.

In the second half of 2012, the company appointed a new management team and undertook a major restructuring of the business. A number of legacy messaging platforms were closed, and one third of the operational costs of the combined company were eliminated. As a result, Myriad achieved breakeven EBITDA1 in the second half of the year.

Stephen Dunford, CEO of Myriad Group AG, commented: "Following the acquisition of Synchronica, 2012 has been a difficult year for Myriad. However, the company has made significant progress in focusing and rationalising its operations, improving product quality and driving innovation. We are already seeing the first results of these actions in customer wins and service performance within our existing tier 1 TV platform and mobile operator customers. I believe the company is now well placed to drive significant and profitable subscriber and revenue growth in 2013.

Revenue for the year amounted to USD 56.3 million (USD 61.0 million in FY 2011), with a post-acquisition contribution from the acquired Synchronica business of USD 15.9 million. The underlying reduction in revenue reflected the continued decline in the legacy 'Device Solutions Division' products as feature phone volumes declined and a lower than planned contribution from new social messaging services. The lower social messaging revenue resulted from slower deployments and increased complexity of product rationalisation post the Synchronica acquisition.

Device Solutions Division (DSD) reported revenues of USD 26.3 million (USD 49.7 million in FY 2011). Whilst legacy revenues declined, new customers and contracts were secured in the growing 'Connected Home' market, most notably with Comcast and Jolla which are expected to deliver more material revenues in 2013.

Mobile Services Division (MSD) reported revenues of USD 30.0 million (USD 11.3 million in FY 2011). The increased MSD revenue mix, as a proportion of total group revenues of 53.2% (18.6% in FY 2011), boosted by Synchronica acquired revenues, is consistent with the strategy to build a market leading social messaging business.

Gross Margin declined 20.1% to 50.2% due to the inclusion of hosting and data centre support costs associated with acquired Synchronica revenues together with the decline in higher margin legacy DSD revenues. Currently there is excess capacity in the hosting capability of the business, however as the rationalisation process continues and subscriber numbers and associated revenues scale, management expect hosting efficiencies to increase reflecting the low marginal cost of cloud based services.

EBITDA1 loss amounted to USD 6.1 million, reflecting an EBITDA margin of (10.8%), compared to USD 8.9 million profit and 14.6% margin in FY 2011.

Research & Development (R&D), gross expenses, amounted to USD 19.3 million or 34.4% of total revenues (USD 18.1 million and 29.7% of revenue in FY 2011). The increase in R&D primarily reflects incremental costs associated with the migration and consolidation of messaging platforms as part of the Synchronica integration.

Sales and Marketing expenses before restructuring and non-recurring costs declined by USD 1.5 million in 2012 to USD 9.5 million (USD 11.0 million in FY 2011) reflecting consolidation of sales roles across the Group. Sales and marketing expenses include exceptional costs of USD 7.0 million relating to the prudent write-down of capitalised exclusivity fees previously incurred by the Group.

General and administrative expenses (G&A) before restructuring costs, depreciation and bad debt expense reduced by USD 2.4 million or 18.8% to USD 10.4 million (USD 12.8 million in FY 2011), reflecting the continued focus to reduce the number of offices and rationalise support activities.

Managing the cost base. Restructuring expenses of USD 5.1 million (included within cost of revenue, sales and marketing and G&A expenses) related to expenditure to reduce the cost base of the Group following the acquisition of Synchronica. In addition, USD 1.5 million (included within other expenses) was accrued to conclude the French social plan costs. Management estimate the annualised savings arising from the restructuring to be approximately USD 27.0 million per annum, of which USD 9.6 million was realised in 2012.

Impairment charges (non-cash) amounting to USD 21.8 million were recorded on goodwill and intangibles, of which USD 20.2 million related to write down of legacy DSD browser messaging intangibles consistent with the decline in related business revenues.

EBIT before non-recurring items, impairment and restructuring charges amounted to a USD 26.0 million loss (USD 8.7 million loss in FY 2011). The non-recurring items during the fiscal year 2012 included: proceeds from the sale of non-core patents; provision for final French social plan costs; restructuring charges; impairment charges; and costs incurred in the acquisition of Synchronica.

Net loss as a result of the above impairments and one-time charges in 2012 amounted to USD 58.5 million (USD 15.9 million in FY 2011).

Liquidity and Capital Structure. As at 31 December, 2012, the balance of cash and cash equivalents was USD 5.9 million (USD 25.9 million in FY 2011). In early 2013 the company secured a financial guarantee of USD 8 million to provide sufficient funding to execute its growth plans. Shareholders' equity decreased to USD 34.0 million (USD 47.8 million in 2011) reflecting net losses during the 2012 financial year with an equity ratio of 31.9% (48.1% in FY 2011).

Outlook 2013. With the relative improvement in second half 2012 EBITDA1 of USD 0.2 million profit (versus a first half loss of USD 6.3 million), helped by the contribution of 6 months of Synchronica revenues and a reduction in operational costs, management expect a sustained improvement in profitability in 2013.

[1] EBITDA before restructuring and non-recurring items
[2] Excluding restructuring costs of TUSD 2,485 (TUSD 1,535 in FY 2011).
[3] Excluding restructuring costs of TUSD 671 (TUSD 675 in FY 2011) and non-recurring items of TUSD 7,015 (nil in FY 2011).
[4] Including depreciation costs of TUSD 2,400 (TUSD 1,297 in FY 2011) and excluding restructuring costs of TUSD 1,413 (TUSD 2,094 in FY 2011).
[5] Non-recurring items for FY 2012 include proceeds from the sale of non-core patents TUSD 4,425 (income) and Synchronica acquisition costs TUSD 3,140, French social plan costs TUSD 1,510 and write-down of exclusivity fees TUSD 7,015 (expenses). FY 2011 includes proceeds from legal settlement with Openwave Systems of TUSD 12,000 (income) and legal fees incurred with the Openwave settlement TUSD 2,739, French social plan costs TUSD 10,504 and loss on liquidation of subsidiaries TUSD 240 (expenses).
[6] Gross profit before amortisation, impairment and restructuring costs
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