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Viasystems Announces Third Quarter 2012 Results

Viasystems Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAS), a leading provider of complex multi-layer printed circuit boards and electro-mechanical solutions, today announced results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012.

Highlights

  • Net sales were $327.4 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2012, a year-over-year increase of 17.4%, and a sequential increase over the immediately preceding quarter of 10.3%.
  • Giving pro forma effect to the May 2012 acquisition of DDi Corp., net sales declined 5.1% year-over-year and 4.0% sequentially.
  • Operating income in the quarter ended September 30, 2012 was $4.4 million, or 1.3% of net sales, and operating income includes special charges for i) approximately $5.9 million of restructuring costs reported in connection with recently committed reductions of workforce in the company’s printed circuit board factories in China, ii) approximately $4.0 million of costs related to manufacturing inefficiencies and the insurance deductible portion of inventories damaged in the previously-announced Guangzhou fire incident (“Guangzhou Fire”), iii) approximately $2.5 million of restructuring costs in connection with the previously announced closures of two factories in China, and iv) $0.8 million of costs incurred in connection with mergers, acquisitions and related integration activities. Excluding the effects of the special charges, operating income would have been $17.6 million, or 5.4% of net sales.
  • Adjusted EBITDA in the quarter ended September 30, 2012 was $41.2 million or 12.6% of net sales, compared with $40.3 million or 14.5% of net sales in the quarter ended September 30, 2011, and compared with $44.7 million or 15.0% of net sales in the immediately preceding quarter ended June 30, 2012. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 has not been adjusted to exclude expenses of approximately $3 million for inefficiencies related to the Guangzhou Fire.
  • U.S. GAAP loss per basic and diluted share was $(0.49) for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, on approximately 20 million average shares outstanding.
  • Adjusted EPS was $0.27 for the quarter, excluding certain non-cash and special income and expense items. Adjusted EPS for the quarters ended September 30, 2011 and June 30, 2012, was $0.50 and $0.75, respectively. Adjusted EPS for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 has not been adjusted to exclude expenses of approximately $3 million for inefficiencies related to the Guangzhou Fire.

“Our reported net sales of $327.4 million for the quarter were within our projected range of $325-335 million,” noted Viasystems’ CEO David M. Sindelar. “The previously-reported fire in our Guangzhou factory late in the quarter had only an estimated $5-7 million adverse impact on the quarter’s billings, thanks in large part to the facts that, first, we hold finished-product inventories for the benefit of many of our customers and, second, we were able to utilize our other factories to meet customers’ demand. While we are not yet back to full capacity as a result of lead times for certain replacement equipment, we have worked diligently with customers to re-source affected products from our other factories, or from customers’ other suppliers.”

“Our actions to integrate the operations of our most recent acquisition are running at, or ahead of, our planned pace,” continued Mr. Sindelar. “While an integration of this magnitude is always a continuing challenge, I am happy with the progress our team has so far made to streamline the combined cost environment and to achieve the anticipated economies of scale.”

“As I look forward,” commented Sindelar, “similar to reports by many of our customers, suppliers and competitors, we are seeing signs of soft demand as we enter the final quarter of 2012. Further, I believe the effects of reduced demand for our company are being exaggerated by the required closure of our Huizhou, China factory and the production interruption caused by the fire in our Guangzhou, China factory. I expect a more significant fire-related impact in our fourth quarter than we experienced in our third quarter. Taken together with seasonally lower fourth quarter expectations, our book-to-bill ratio was less than one-to-one for the third quarter.”

“While each of our end markets is feeling some effect of declining general market conditions,” added Sindelar, “the most significant impacts were experienced in our automotive business. In automotive, the overall slowing was exaggerated by the fire in Guangzhou, by certain customers’ reactions to our selling price increases last year, and by the re-introduction of a competitor’s capacity in Thailand after last year’s flood.”

Financial Results

The company reported net sales of $327.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012. Year-over-year and sequential increases of 17.4% and 10.3%, respectively, were primarily the result of the company’s acquisition of DDi on May 31, 2012. Giving pro forma effect to the May 2012 acquisition of DDi Corp., net sales declined 5.1% year-over-year and 4.0% sequentially. The pro forma decline was driven primarily by reduced demand for the company’s automotive products, which the company attributes to the effects of i) softening global economic conditions, ii) the company’s announced closure of its Huizhou, China printed circuit board factory that served primarily automotive customers, and iii) certain customers’ adverse reaction to the company’s selling price increases implemented in the second half of 2011.

Cost of goods sold (excluding items shown separately in the income statement) as a percent of net sales deteriorated to 80.0% for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, compared to 78.6% in the corresponding quarter a year ago, and compared to 79.3% in the immediately preceding quarter ended June 30, 2012. Included in cost of goods sold for the three months ended September 30, 2012 were i) approximately $3 million of costs for idle manufacturing resources incurred following the Guangzhou Fire, and ii) approximately $0.5 million restructuring charges related to process inventories made obsolete by the company’s closure of its Huizhou, China factory.

Operating income was $4.4 million or 1.3% of net sales in the three months ended September 30, 2012, compared with $21.4 million or 7.7% of net sales for the third quarter of 2011, and compared with $8.7 million or 2.9% of net sales for the three months ended June 30, 2012. Included in operating costs during the three months ended September 30, 2012 were i) approximately $10.0 million of restructuring costs related to a) the previously announced closures of two factories in China, b) the integration of the business acquired from DDi Corp., c) a reduction of workforce to streamline continuing operating costs in China, and d) the insurance deductible for inventories damaged in the Guangzhou Fire, ii) approximately $3 million of manufacturing inefficiencies related to the Guangzhou Fire, and iii) approximately $0.2 million travel and other expenses related to acquisitions. Excluding such costs, operating income for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 would have been approximately $17.6 million, or 5.4% of net sales.

Adjusted EBITDA, on a non-GAAP basis, was $41.2 million or 12.6% of net sales for the three months ended September 30, 2012, compared with $40.3 million or 14.5% of net sales for the third quarter of 2011, and compared with $44.7 million or 15.0% of net sales for the three months ended June 30, 2012. A reconciliation of operating income to Adjusted EBITDA is provided at the end of this news release.

For the three months ended September 30, 2012, net loss was $(9.5) million, of which $(9.8) million was attributable to common stockholders, and resulted in $(0.49) of loss per basic and diluted share. Adjusted EPS, on a non-GAAP basis, for the three months ended September 30, 2012 was $0.27. A reconciliation of GAAP diluted earnings per share to Adjusted EPS is provided at the end of this news release.

Segment Information

Net sales and operating income in the company’s Printed Circuit Boards segment for the third quarter of 2012 were $269.5 million and $3.0 million, respectively, compared with Printed Circuit Boards segment net sales and operating income of $224.4 million and $20.8 million, respectively, for the third quarter of 2011 and compared with Printed Circuit Boards segment net sales and operating income of $240.4 million and $15.1 million, respectively, for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. Included in the reported expenses of the Printed Circuit Boards segment in the quarter ended September 30, 2012 are i) approximately $6.1 million restructuring costs for employment terminations in China, ii) approximately $3 million costs of goods sold related to idle manufacturing resources incurred following the Guangzhou Fire, iii) approximately $2.4 million non-employment costs related to the closure of the company’s Huizhou, China factory, iv) approximately $0.9 million restructuring costs for the insurance deductible portion of inventories damaged in the Guangzhou Fire , and v) approximately $0.5 million restructuring costs for employment terminations and other activities related to the integration of acquired companies. Excluding such costs, operating income in the Printed Circuit Boards segment for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 would have been approximately $15.9 million.

Net sales and operating income in the company’s Assembly segment for the third quarter of 2012 were $57.9 million and $1.6 million, respectively, compared with Assembly segment net sales and operating income of $54.4 million and $0.7 million, respectively, for the third quarter of 2011 and compared with Assembly segment net sales and operating income of $56.5 million and $1.6 million, respectively, for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. Compared to the third quarter of 2011, Assembly segment net sales increased in the industrial & instrumentation, automotive and telecommunications end markets, but declined in the computer and datacommunications end market. Compared to the immediately preceding three months ended June 30, 2012, increased Assembly segment net sales to customers in the telecommunications end market were responsible for substantially all of the segment’s sequential growth.

Pro Forma Information

The company’s net sales of $327.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 declined by approximately 5.1% compared to approximately $345.0 million pro forma combined net sales of Viasystems and DDi for the three months ended September 30, 2011, which included approximately $66.2 million of net sales by DDi. Similarly, net sales in the third quarter of 2012 declined by approximately 4.0% sequentially compared to the $341.0 million pro forma combined net sales of Viasystems and DDi for the three months ended June 30, 2012, which included approximately $44.1 million net sales by DDi. Year-over-year, decreased pro forma net sales into automotive, telecommunications, and military and aerospace end markets were partly offset by increased pro forma net sales into to customers in the industrial & instrumentation, and the computer and datacommunications end markets. Sequentially, pro forma net sales decreased into the automotive, industrial & instrumentation and telecommunications end markets, which were partially offset by increased pro forma net sales to customers in the computer and datacommunications end market, while pro forma net sales in the military and aerospace end market remained flat.

Cash and Working Capital

Cash and cash equivalents at September 30, 2012 were $94.4 million, compared with $71.3 million at December 31, 2011. Cash provided by operating activities during the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $70.7 million, of which $38.5 million was provided during the third quarter. The company’s cash cycle metric of 33.7 days at September 30, 2012 was consistent with the pro forma result for that metric during the preceding quarter.

During the nine months ended September 30, 2012, the company used a net $344.7 million of cash for investing activities, of which $28.7 million was spent during the third quarter. In particular, capital expenditures during the nine months ended September 30, 2012 were $81.5 million, of which $29.0 million was spent during the third quarter, including approximately $4.1 million spent at locations acquired from DDi. During the quarter ended September 30, 2012, approximately $17.9 million of capital expenditures were incurred in connection with capacity expansion, relocation of facilities, replacement of fire-damaged equipment and other special projects.

During the first three quarters of 2012, financing activities provided a net $297.1 million cash proceeds for the company. Financing activities during the quarter ended September 30, 2012 used approximately $0.3 million cash to make scheduled mortgage payments and approximately $0.2 million cash to fund costs of the financing instruments entered in connection with the DDi acquisition in the preceding quarter.

Year-to-date through September, the company has used a net of approximately $24.1 million cash for interest payments, of which $0.4 million was paid during the third quarter, and has used a net of approximately $11.3 million cash for payment of income taxes, of which $2.7 million was paid during the three months ended September 30, 2012. After the end of the quarter, on the November 1, 2012 scheduled payment date, the company paid approximately $21.7 million for interest on the 2019 Notes.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to the condensed consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, management uses certain non-GAAP financial measures, including “Adjusted EBITDA” and “Adjusted EPS”.

Adjusted EBITDA is not a recognized financial measure under U.S. GAAP, and does not purport to be an alternative to operating income or an indicator of operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA is presented to enhance an understanding of operating results and is not intended to represent cash flows or results of operations. The Board of Directors, lenders and management use Adjusted EBITDA primarily as an additional measure of operating performance for matters including executive compensation and competitor comparisons. The use of this non-GAAP measure provides an indication of the company’s ability to service debt, and management considers it an appropriate measure to use because of the company’s leveraged position.

Adjusted EBITDA has certain material limitations, primarily due to the exclusion of certain amounts that are material to the company’s consolidated results of operations, such as interest expense, income tax expense, and depreciation and amortization. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA may differ from the Adjusted EBITDA calculations reported by other companies in the industry, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

The company uses Adjusted EBITDA to provide meaningful supplemental information regarding operating performance and profitability by excluding from EBITDA certain items that the company believes are not indicative of its ongoing operating results or will not impact future operating cash flows, which include restructuring and impairment charges, loss on early extinguishment of debt, stock compensation, costs associated with acquisitions and equity registrations, and other, net.

Adjusted EPS is not a recognized financial measure under U.S. GAAP, does not purport to be an indicator of the company’s financial performance, and might not be consistent with measures used by other companies. The company’s management believes this supplemental measure is useful in understanding underlying trends of the business and analyzing the effects of certain events that are infrequent or unusual for the company.

Adjusted EPS has certain material limitations, primarily due to the exclusion of certain amounts from earnings that are material to the company’s consolidated results of operations, such as costs associated with acquisitions and equity registrations, restructuring and impairment charges, certain interest and other expenses, and certain adjustments to net income to arrive at net income available to common stockholders. As a result, Adjusted EPS differs materially from the earnings per share calculations reported by other companies in the industry, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

Investor Conference Call

Viasystems will broadcast live via internet an investor conference call at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time today, November 7, 2012. The live listen-only audio of the conference call will be available at http://investor.viasystems.com. The live conference call will be available by telephone for professional investors and analysts by dialing 877-640-9867 (toll-free) or 914-495-8546.

A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available for one week at 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406. Replay listeners should enter the conference ID 52106503. The webcast replay will be available at http://investor.viasystems.com for an indefinite period.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements in this communication constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are made on the basis of the current beliefs, expectations and assumptions of the management of Viasystems regarding future events and are subject to significant risks and uncertainty. Statements regarding our expected performance in the future are forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Viasystems undertakes no obligation to update or revise these statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by law. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied. Such differences may result from a variety of factors, including but not limited to: legal or regulatory proceedings; the ability of Viasystems to successfully integrate DDi’s operations, product lines and technology and to realize additional opportunities for growth; any actions taken by the company, including but not limited to, restructuring or strategic initiatives (including capital investments or asset acquisitions or dispositions); or developments beyond the company’s control, including but not limited to, changes in domestic or global economic conditions, competitive conditions and consumer preferences, adverse weather conditions or natural disasters, health concerns, international, political or military developments and technological developments. Additional factors that may cause results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements are set forth under the heading “Item 1A. Risk Factors,” in the Annual Report on Form 10-K filed by Viasystems with the SEC on February 15, 2012, Item 1A. Risk Factors,” in the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed by Viasystems with the SEC on May 9, 2012 and in Viasystems’ other filings made from time to time with the SEC and available at the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov.

About Viasystems

Viasystems Group, Inc. is a technology leader and a worldwide provider of complex multi-layer printed circuit boards (PCBs) and electro-mechanical solutions (E-M Solutions). Its PCBs serve as the “electronic backbone” of almost all electronic equipment, and its E-M Solutions products and services include integration of PCBs and other components into finished or semi-finished electronic equipment, for which it also provides custom and standard metal enclosures, cabinets, racks and sub-racks, backplanes and busbars. Viasystems’ approximately 14,400 employees around the world serve over 1,000 customers in the automotive, telecommunications, industrial & instrumentation, computer and datacommunications, and military and aerospace end markets. For additional information about Viasystems, please visit the company’s website at www.viasystems.com.

 

VIASYSTEMS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 
    Three Months Ended

September 30,
2012

   

June 30,
2012

   

September 30,
2011

 
Net sales $ 327,352 $ 296,861 $ 278,818
Operating expenses:
Cost of goods sold, exclusive of items shown separately
261,953

235,556

219,233
Selling, general and administrative 27,635 31,228 21,216
Depreciation 22,246 18,579 16,508
Amortization 1,679 802 428
Restructuring and impairment   9,480     1,958    
Operating income 4,359 8,738 21,433
Other expense (income):
Interest expense, net 11,257 12,144 7,235
Amortization of deferred financing costs 730 766 503
Loss on early extinguishment of debt 24,234
Other, net   (272 )   (710 )   439
(Loss) income before income taxes (7,356 ) (27,696 ) 13,256
Income taxes   2,189     5,342     5,871
Net (loss) income $ (9,545 ) $ (33,038 ) $ 7,385
 
Less:
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest   243     271     524
Net (loss) income attributable to common stockholders $ (9,788 ) $ (33,309 ) $ 6,861
 
Basic (loss) earnings per share $ (0.49 ) $ (1.67 ) $ 0.34
Diluted (loss) earnings per share $ (0.49 ) $ (1.67 ) $ 0.34
Basic weighted average shares outstanding   19,994,820     19,990,628     19,980,792
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding   19,994,820     19,990,628     20,131,738
 

This information is intended to be reviewed in conjunction with the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 
 

VIASYSTEMS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(dollars in thousands)

 
   

September 30,
2012

   

December 31,
2011

ASSETS (unaudited)
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 94,387 $ 71,281
Restricted cash 6,830
Accounts receivable, net 214,430 196,065
Inventories 118,780 116,457
Prepaid expenses and other   35,724   34,280
Total current assets 470,151 418,083
Property, plant and equipment, net 421,909 307,290
Goodwill and other noncurrent assets   276,065   113,876
Total assets $ 1,168,125 $ 839,249
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Current maturities of long-term debt $ 12,225 $ 10,054
Accounts payable 192,154 195,908
Accrued and other liabilities   107,777   75,388
Total current liabilities 312,156 281,350
Long-term debt, less current maturities 563,906 216,716
Other non-current liabilities   50,107   48,111
Total liabilities   926,169   546,177
 
Total stockholders’ equity   241,956   293,072
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 1,168,125 $ 839,249
 

This information is intended to be reviewed in conjunctions with the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 
 

VIASYSTEMS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(dollars in thousands)

(unaudited)

 
    Nine Months
Ended
    Nine Months
Ended

September 30,
2012

September 30,
2011

 
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 70,687   $ 39,978  
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Acquisition of DDi, net of cash acquired (253,464 )
Capital expenditures (81,497 ) (75,134 )
Acquisition of remaining interest in joint venture (10,106 )
Proceeds from disposals of property   390     516  
Net cash used in investing activities   (344,677 )   (74,618 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from 7.875% Senior Secured Notes 550,000
Repayment of 12.0% Senior Secured Notes (236,295 )
Financing and other fees (16,213 )
Repayments of mortgages and credit facilities, net of borrowings
(396

)

Proceeds from exercise of stock options 18
Repayments of capital lease obligations (208 )
Distributions to noncontrolling interest       (229 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   297,096     (419 )
 
Net change in cash and cash equivalents 23,106 (35,059 )
 
Beginning cash   71,281     103,599  
Ending cash $ 94,387   $ 68,540  
 

This information is intended to be reviewed in conjunction with the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 
 

VIASYSTEMS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

NET SALES AND BALANCE SHEET STATISTICS

(dollars in millions)

(Unaudited)

 
    Three Months Ended
September 30, 2012     June 30, 2012 (a)     September 30, 2011(a)
Net sales by segment            
Printed Circuit Boards (a) $ 269.5 82 % $ 240.4 81 % $ 224.4 80 %
Assembly   57.9     18 %   56.5     19 %   54.4     20 %
$ 327.4     100 % $ 296.9     100 % $ 278.8     100 %
 

(a) Excludes $44.1 and $66.2 net sales by DDi Corp. during the three months ended June 30, 2012 and September 30, 2011, respectively.

 
 
    Percentage of Pro Forma(b) Net Sales     PF(b) Net Sales Increase
Three Months Ended Sequential:     Year/Year:
Sep. 30,     Jun. 30,     Sep. 30, 3Q12 vs 3Q12 vs
2012 2012 2011 2Q12 3Q11

Pro forma(b) net sales by end market

Automotive 28 % 30 % 33 % (10 %) (19 %)
Industrial & Instrumentation 29 % 29 % 25 % (4 %) 9 %
Computer and Datacommunications 18 % 17 % 16 % 3 % 7 %
Telecommunications 15 % 15 % 16 % (1 %) (10 %)
Military and Aerospace 10 % 9 % 10 % 0 % (6 %)
100 % 100 % 100 % (4 %) (5 %)
 

(b) Includes the effects of $44.1 and $66.2 net sales by DDi Corp. during the three months ended June 30, 2012 and September 30, 2011, respectively.

 
                   
3Q12 2Q12(c) 1Q12 4Q11 3Q11
Working capital metrics
Days’ sales outstanding 59.0 58.8 63.4 65.6 63.9
Inventory turns 8.8 8.0 7.5 7.1 7.9
Days’ payables outstanding 66.1 70.0 79.7 85.8 80.0
Cash cycle (days) 33.7 33.8 32.0 30.8 29.4
 

(c) Adjusted for the effects of working capital acquired from DDi Corp.

 
 

VIASYSTEMS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

RECONCILIATION OF OPERATING INCOME

TO ADJUSTED EBITDA

(dollars in millions)

(Unaudited)

 
    Three Months Ended

September 30,
2012

   

June 30,
2012

   

September 30,
2011

 
Operating income $ 4.4 $ 8.7 $ 21.4
Add-back:
Depreciation and amortization 23.9 19.4 16.9
Restructuring and impairment 10.0 2.0
Non-cash stock compensation expense 2.7 2.7 1.9
Costs relating to acquisitions and equity registrations   0.2   11.9   0.1
Adjusted EBITDA $ 41.2 $ 44.7 $ 40.3
 
 

VIASYSTEMS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

RECONCILIATION OF DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE

TO ADJUSTED EARNINGS PER SHARE

(dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 
    Three Months Ended
September 30,
2012
        June 30,
2012
   

September 30,
2011

 

Net (loss) income attributable to common stockholders (GAAP)

$

(9,788

)

$

(33,309

)

$

6,861

 
Adjustments:
Non-cash stock compensation expense 2,700 2,669 1,850
Amortization 2,409 1,568 931
Restructuring and impairment 9,970 1,958
Costs related to acquisitions and equity registrations 225 11,925 (a) 95
Loss on early extinguishment of debt 24,234
Transition period interest 4,169 (b)
Special income tax items 1,716 (11 )
Non-cash interest 266 399
Income tax effects of adjustments   43     (44 )    
 

Adjusted net income attributable to common stockholders

$

5,559

 

$

15,152

 

$

10,125

 
 
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding   20,233,612     20,252,446     20,131,738  
 
Diluted (loss) earnings per share (GAAP) $ (0.49 ) $ (1.67 ) $ 0.34  
Adjusted EPS $ 0.27   $ 0.75   $ 0.50  
 
(a)   Includes i) approximately $7,978 fees and expenses related to the acquisition of DDi, plus ii) $3,947 representing the fair value write-up of inventories purchased in connection with the DDi acquisition.
 
(b) Represents i) approximately $2,200 cash interest expense on the 12.0% 2015 Notes incurred during the “call period” between the April 30, 2012 issuance date of the 7.875% 2019 Notes and the May 30, 2012 final termination date of the 12.0% 2015 Notes, plus ii) approximately $1,969 cash interest expense on the 7.875% 2019 Notes between the April 30, 2012 issuance of the 2019 Notes and the May 31, 2012 acquisition date of DDi.

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SYS-CON Events announced today that Pythian, a global IT services company specializing in helping companies adopt disruptive technologies to optimize revenue-generating systems, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2015 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Founded in 1997, Pythian is a global IT services company that helps companies compete by adopting disruptive technologies such as cloud, Big Data, advanced analytics, and DevO...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Alert Logic, Inc., the leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions for the cloud, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Alert Logic, Inc., provides Security-as-a-Service for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid infrastructures, delivering deep security insight and continuous protection for customers at a lower cost than traditional security solutions. Ful...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Interoute, owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2015 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Interoute is the owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform which encompasses 12 data centers, 14 virtual data centers and 31 colocation centers, with connections to 195 ad...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Commvault, a global leader in enterprise data protection and information management, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Commvault is a leading provider of data protection and information management...
Eighty percent of a data scientist’s time is spent gathering and cleaning up data, and 80% of all data is unstructured and almost never analyzed. Cognitive computing, in combination with Big Data, is changing the equation by creating data reservoirs and using natural language processing to enable analysis of unstructured data sources. This is impacting every aspect of the analytics profession from how data is mined (and by whom) to how it is delivered. This is not some futuristic vision: it's ha...
With the Apple Watch making its way onto wrists all over the world, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a staple in the workplace. In fact, Forrester reported that 68 percent of technology and business decision-makers characterize wearables as a top priority for 2015. Recognizing their business value early on, FinancialForce.com was the first to bring ERP to wearables, helping streamline communication across front and back office functions. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Kevin Roberts...
One of the bewildering things about DevOps is integrating the massive toolchain including the dozens of new tools that seem to crop up every year. Part of DevOps is Continuous Delivery and having a complex toolchain can add additional integration and setup to your developer environment. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, Miko Matsumura, Chief Marketing Officer of Gradle Inc., will discuss which tools to use in a developer stack, how to provision the toolchain to minimize onboa...
Silver Spring Networks, Inc. (NYSE: SSNI) extended its Internet of Things technology platform with performance enhancements to Gen5 – its fifth generation critical infrastructure networking platform. Already delivering nearly 23 million devices on five continents as one of the leading networking providers in the market, Silver Spring announced it is doubling the maximum speed of its Gen5 network to up to 2.4 Mbps, increasing computational performance by 10x, supporting simultaneous mesh communic...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Fusion, a leading provider of cloud services, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Fusion, a leading provider of integrated cloud solutions to small, medium and large businesses, is the industry's single source for the cloud. Fusion's advanced, proprietary cloud service platform enables the integration of leading edge solutions in the cloud, including clou...
Most people haven’t heard the word, “gamification,” even though they probably, and perhaps unwittingly, participate in it every day. Gamification is “the process of adding games or game-like elements to something (as a task) so as to encourage participation.” Further, gamification is about bringing game mechanics – rules, constructs, processes, and methods – into the real world in an effort to engage people. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robert Endo, owner and engagement manager of Intrepid D...
WebRTC has had a real tough three or four years, and so have those working with it. Only a few short years ago, the development world were excited about WebRTC and proclaiming how awesome it was. You might have played with the technology a couple of years ago, only to find the extra infrastructure requirements were painful to implement and poorly documented. This probably left a bitter taste in your mouth, especially when things went wrong.
Learn how IoT, cloud, social networks and last but not least, humans, can be integrated into a seamless integration of cooperative organisms both cybernetic and biological. This has been enabled by recent advances in IoT device capabilities, messaging frameworks, presence and collaboration services, where devices can share information and make independent and human assisted decisions based upon social status from other entities. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Michael Heydt, founder of Seamless...