Technicolor ships 4.7 million Access Products in 1Q10

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
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PARIS, France — The Board of Directors of Technicolor (Euronext Paris 18453; NYSE: TCH) met yesterday to review the Group’s first quarter revenues.


The trend seen in the Connect business in the final quarter of 2009 continued in the first quarter of 2010. Revenues fell by 35.8% at current currency and 37.0% at constant currency compared with a first quarter of 2009 which benefited from particularly high Set-Top Boxes volumes. Beyond this unfavorable comparison base, the first quarter of 2010 year-on-year revenue decline reflected mainly lower demand from a North American client for satellite Set-Top Boxes. The revenue mix was also less favorable than in the first quarter of 2009 which benefited from exceptionally high orders for high-end satellite boxes.

Through the first quarter of 2010, Connect market positions were maintained, and market conditions stabilized, particularly with respect to prices. The Group is now focused on increasing its Connect customer base and making a shift to a more favorable product mix, primarily through project wins for the Digital Home portfolio of products. Connect managed severe component and supply chain capacity issues that have impacted the sector over the first quarter of 2010, even though this situation had no material impact on revenues. Progress has also been achieved on operational improvement initiatives, particularly in software development.

Volumes (in million units):

                             Q1 2009  Q1 2010
                             -------  -------
Cable                            1.3      1.1
Satellite                        2.3      1.6
Telecom                          2.9      2.1
  Total Access Products          6.5      4.7

The lower Digital Home Product volumes in the first quarter of 2010 compared with the same period in 2009 reflected:

  • In the Satellite market, volumes were again penalized in the first quarter of 2010 by lower orders for Set-Top Boxes in North America due to higher levels of returns and refurbishments of previously deployed products. The group had also benefited in the first quarter of 2009 from particularly strong market share with a North American client that was experiencing difficulties with its other suppliers. The Satellite Set-Top Box backlog firmed overall during the period.
  • In Telecoms, the initial positive effects of measures aimed at improving software development nevertheless enabled the Group to reinforce or win back market share with some European clients.
  • In the Cable market, continuing a trend seen in the final quarter of 2009, volumes suffered further from an adverse comparison base, the first quarter of 2009 having benefited from high orders for Digital-to-Analog adaptors from one North American client. This negative impact was partially offset by an increase in deliveries of cable modems, particularly in South America.

Software Service Platform revenues continued to benefit in the first quarter of 2010 from the improved trends noted in the final quarter of 2009, with a strong performance from the VoIP and IPTV platforms.

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