August 28, 2013 07.59 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul
TiVo ended the second quarter with a total of 3.6 million subscriptions, up 33% year-on-year, with MSO deployments continuing to drive growth.
In its latest set of results, the company says that it has finally reached sustained net income profitability and recorded the highest net income in its history – $268.9 million (€201.1 million) – in the quarter, compared to a net loss of $27.7 million a year earlier.
Its adjusted EBITDA was meanwhile $115.4 million, compared to a los of $15.8 million in Q2 2012. TiVo was boosted by the Cisco/Motorola settlement, which contributed to net income.
Commenting on the results, Tom Rogers, President and CEO of TiVo, said, “TiVo has now reached a very important milestone. After making significant progress over the last several years, amid scrutiny for not being net income profitable, we believe TiVo has now achieved the milestone of sustained net income profitability. As a result of the latest litigation settlements, which will produce significantly increased licensing revenue well into the future and which have substantially increased our cash resources, along with our continued focus on innovation as demonstrated by the highly acclaimed Roamio launch, and the expected continued growth of our MSO subscription base, TiVo has reached a brand new chapter in its financial performance that puts the Company on an entirely new trajectory.”
In discussing TiVo’s operator business, he added: “Our operator business continues to grow nicely as both domestic and international cable operators that are facing increased competition and heightened demand for advanced television services continue turning to TiVo to help drive improved performance through higher customer satisfaction, lower churn, and improved customer acquisitions. We’ve added almost one million new TiVo subscriptions from our operator relationships during the last year, and we expect to continue our strong subscription growth as Atlantic Broadband, Cable One, Com Hem, GCI, Midcontinent, and Mediacom have all recently gone live or are close to launching a TiVo solution. Com Hem, the largest operator in Scandinavia, recently soft launched, and will be followed by a much more aggressive marketing push toward the end of the year. Beyond the subscription growth potential, this launch is a meaningful strategic milestone for TiVo as it represents our first integration with an IPTV provider.”
“On the intellectual property front, we settled our ongoing litigation with Cisco and Motorola for $490 million, bringing the total from awards and settlements related to the unauthorized use of our Time Warp and certain other patents to approximately $1.6 billion in damages and future consideration. This outcome is significant and it materially strengthens TiVo’s balance sheet. To that end, at the end of second quarter, TiVo had more than $1 billion of cash and short-term investments. This included the impact of $60 million or 5.4 million shares’ worth of stock repurchases in the second quarter, representing approximately 15% of beginning second quarter net cash. Going forward, we will continue to focus on optimizing our use of capital to drive incremental shareholder value.”