Thomson sees strong growth in cable set-top box volumes

Monday, April 27th, 2009 
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PARIS — The Board of Directors of Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453, NYSE: TMS), met on Monday April 27, 2009 to review revenues for the quarter ending March 31, 2009 and the status of the ongoing balance sheet restructuring discussions.

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Following the January 2009 decision to dispose of the Grass Valley activities, the access products activities are regrouped within a new operating segment named Thomson Connect, which includes set-top boxes, modems, gateways and Software Service Platform activities.

The trends observed in 4Q 2008 continued in 1Q 2009. In comparison with a particularly weak 1Q 2008, the strong performance in access products in 1Q 2009 was mainly attributable to:

  • Strong growth in cable set-top box volumes, driven by higher shipments to a key North American customer and sustained demand from cable operators in Europe more than offsetting lower cable modem volumes;
  • Sustained demand from telecom operators for broadband access gateways, especially in Europe and Latin America;
  • Substantial mix improvement in the Satellite business, driven by strong demand for high-end products (HD-PVR) for a key customer in North America, and by market share gains; and
  • Stable prices overall in 1Q 2009 compared with 4Q 2008.

Revenues of the Software Service Platform business in 1Q 2009 were negatively impacted by a significant decline in investments due to the current economic environment.

KPIs                       1Q 2009  1Q 2008  Change (%)
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Cable (million units)          1.3      1.0       33.6%
Satellite (million units)      2.3      2.2        3.7%
Telecom (million units)        2.9      2.3       27.0%
                           -------  -------  ----------
  Total (million units)        6.4      5.4       18.9%

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