TECHNICOLOR: Q3 2017 TRADING COMMENTARY
Technicolor: Q3 2017 trading commentary
Paris (France), 25 October 2017 - Technicolor (Euronext Paris: TCH; OTCQX: TCLRY) today reports its trading commentary for the third quarter of 2017.
Production Services recorded another quarter of revenue growth driven by the continued demand for premium content across the different market segments. Animation and Games activities grew at record levels, while Visual Effects ("VFX") for film performed well on the back of a strong order book. Advertising activities started improving at the end of the third quarter, while Postproduction Services recorded a solid performance during the quarter.
In DVD Services, overall disc volumes replications were down 9% year-on-year in the third quarter in line with the disappointing performance of the summer theatrical box office and lower Games volumes, but with Blu-ray volumes returning to growth in the third quarter. Games volumes improved over the first half, but are impacted by the underperformance of selected key Games titles and the delay to the fourth quarter and 2018 of three AAA Games.
In the Connected Home segment, revenue trends improved as expected compared to the first half, while remaining slightly negative. The business environment in the last quarter was impacted by subscriber losses in the video space for several customers in the Americas, the natural disasters that affected North American and Mexican customers, as well as the continued pricing pressures for certain memories. Specifically compared to last year:
- Revenues in North America showed strong growth with Cable customers and in Canada, which included the first material Docsis 3.1 gateways being delivered, but were offset by weakness in the satellite segment;
- Revenues in Europe, Middle-East and Africa did not rebound due mainly to reduced demand from customers;
- Strong growth in Asia-Pacific driven by Japan and Korea;
- Latin America saw continued overall decline driven by Mexico, notwithstanding Brazil returning to growth for the first time in two years.
During the third quarter mitigation actions continued to specifically address the memory cost increase. These actions not only include negotiations with Connected Home customers, but also the review of the customer portfolio, cost-cutting initiatives and the rationalization of the geographical footprint. The objective is to adapt the segment to an environment that is expected to remain challenging.
The Technology segment signed during the third quarter a licensing agreement with a Japanese TV manufacturer, which represents a milestone for the joint-program with Sony for Digital TV. This is expected to support ongoing licensing discussions with other manufacturers.
Based on third quarter performance, Technicolor maintains its Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow objectives.
Reminder of 2017 objectives
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