|By PR Newswire||
|November 8, 2012 06:02 PM EST||
Coalition Programs Drive Strong Free Cash Flow Performance
- EMEA posts fifth consecutive quarter of double digit gross billings growth
- Canadian region delivers solid financial performance despite a slowdown in consumer spending
- i2c joint venture formed with Sainsbury's
- Acquisition of Excellence in Motivation (EIM) enhances full suite product portfolio and geographic presence in the US market
- Agreement reached for acquisition of additional 20 per cent in Club Premier
- Minority investment in China Rewards provides strategic entrance into key growth market
- 2012 guidance confirmed; now expecting consolidated Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow at or above the top end of the target ranges
|THIRD QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS||
Three Months Ended
|Year Over Year 3|
|(in millions of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)||2012||2011||per cent Change|
|Earnings per Common Share||0.15||0.13||15.4||na|
|Free Cash Flow before Dividends Paid 2||129.9||124.8||4.1||na|
|1||Constant currency excludes the translation effect of foreign operations on consolidated results. For more information on constant currency, please refer to the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information section of this news release.|
|2||A non-GAAP financial measurement. Please refer to the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information section of this news release.|
|3||Discrepancies in variances may arise due to rounding.|
MONTREAL, Nov. 8, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - (TSX: AIM) Aimia today reported its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012. All financial information is in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.
"We have been very successful in our pursuit of global growth," said Rupert Duchesne, Group Chief Executive. "We recently announced several important initiatives that will support and strengthen our strategic vision as the recognized world leader in loyalty management, including an agreement with Grupo Aeromexico to increase our ownership in Club Premier by an additional 20 per cent and the acquisition of Excellence in Motivation. Critical to all of this is the continued strength of our existing businesses."
Third Quarter Highlights (Period ended September 30, 2012 versus period ended September 30, 2011)
Consolidated - A Solid Quarter - Record Nine Month Performance - On Track For Guidance
- Third quarter Gross Billings of $537.0 million, a decrease of 0.9 per cent or 0.7 per cent on a constant currency basis
- Nine month Gross Billings of $1.6 billion, an increase of 1.0 per cent or 0.8 per cent on a constant currency basis
- For the quarter, the decrease in Gross Billings was due to lower Gross Billings from proprietary loyalty services, offset in part by the strong performance from coalition loyalty programs in the EMEA region
- Adjusted EBITDA of $93.6 million in the quarter, a decrease of 10.2 per cent
- Nine month record Adjusted EBITDA of $284.1 million, an increase of 12.5 per cent versus the comparable period in 2011
- Adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter 2011 was favourably affected by the impact of a $4.9 million revision of an estimate associated with online store activities. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA in 2012 includes $1.8 million of EIM acquisition-related costs
Canada - Operating Leverage Continues To Drive Performance
- Third quarter Gross Billings of $311.1 million compared with $321.3 million in the same period of 2011, a decrease of 3.2 per cent
- Gross Billings decrease in the third quarter due to reduced volumes in the proprietary loyalty financial vertical, a decrease in airline partner activity including a reduction in accumulation at Air Canada and offset in part by an increase in financial partner activity reflecting an increase in the number of active credit cards despite a decrease in spend per credit card due to weakening economic conditions
- Adjusted EBITDA of $91.7 million in the third quarter, a decrease of 7.9 per cent compared to the prior year period
- Adjusted EBITDA was negatively impacted by a higher redemption cost per Aeroplan Mile due to reinvestment in the value proposition related to promotional activities in the quarter
- Aeroplan Miles issued decreased by 0.6 per cent in the quarter, while total Aeroplan Miles redeemed increased 2.4 per cent in the quarter compared to the same period in 2011
Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) - Fifth Consecutive Quarter of Double Digit Gross Billings Growth - Strong Momentum Continues
- Third quarter Gross Billings of $160.8 million, an increase of 14.9 per cent or 16.3 per cent on a constant currency basis
- Adjusted EBITDA of $17.2 million in the quarter, an increase of 0.3 per cent or 2.7 per cent on a constant currency basis
- Nectar UK points issued in the third quarter increased by 10.5 per cent compared to the same period in 2011, driven by strong underlying growth at Sainsbury's and British Gas, as well as growth from new sponsors
- During the quarter Nectar UK announced a major new partnership with eBay, the UK's largest online marketplace with 17 million unique monthly visitors. Nectar card holders will be able to collect points automatically when they shop on eBay.
- Redemption activity for the Nectar Program increased by 10.0 per cent in the quarter mainly driven by an increase in the number of Nectar Points in circulation
- In the third quarter, Nectar Italia points issued increased by 7.3 per cent, while Nectar Italia points redeemed increased significantly consistent with members having increased availability of points in their accounts and the program's growth
- Gross Billings for Intelligent Shopper Solutions (ISS) increased by 22.4 per cent resulting from growth in existing international contracts as well as services provided in the UK
- During the quarter Aimia announced the creation of a new joint venture with Sainsbury's. The new venture, to be known as i2c, will offer suppliers more comprehensive multi-channel marketing solutions in and around Sainsbury's stores and online.
US & Asia Pacific - US Stabilized But Still Challenging - Strategic Initiatives To Drive Growth
- Third quarter Gross Billings of $66.4 million, a decrease of 18.8 per cent or 19.7 per cent on a constant currency basis compared to the same period of 2011. Excluding the impact of the Qantas exit, Gross Billings were down 4.9 per cent or 5.9 per cent on a constant currency basis
- Third quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $(0.7) million. Excluding EIM acquisition-related costs of $1.8 million, Adjusted EBITDA would have been $1.1 million in the quarter
- The US continues to be an extremely challenging environment, however, the region is making good strides in terms of stabilizing, repositioning and focusing on higher value-add strategic loyalty services
- Strategic initiatives undertaken:
- EIM acquisition expands the full suite product portfolio and geographic presence in the US market
- agreement to increase Aimia's ownership in Interact from 40 per cent to 100 per cent with a $2 million investment. Interact is the leader in Indonesia's rapidly emerging loyalty sector with a solid portfolio of blue chip clients, including Nestle and Mazda
- agreement to co-invest up to $5 million each with Points International Ltd. in China Rewards. China Rewards is a new loyalty program partnered with China Union Pay, one of the world's largest network operators and the only domestic payment card in China.
Club Premier - Strong Performance Continues - Agreement Reached For
Club Premier continues to perform exceptionally well. It generated Gross Billings of more than US$34 million this quarter, an increase of 17 per cent over the same period last year. Year-over-year, the number of members and commercial partners has increased by 10 per cent and 28 per cent, respectively.
On October 29, 2012, Aimia and Grupo Aeromexico announced an agreement in principle for the acquisition by Aimia of an additional 20 per cent equity participation in Premier Loyalty & Marketing, S.A.P.I. de C.V. (PLM). PLM's fair value has been established at US$518 million and Aimia will pay US$88 million which includes a discount agreed to at the time of Aimia's initial investment in PLM in September 2010. The transaction is expected to close before the end of 2012. After closing, Aimia's and Grupo Aeromexico's equity participations in PLM will approximate 49 per cent and 51 per cent respectively.
Cash Flow and Financial Position
At September 30, 2012, Aimia had $337.3 million of cash and cash equivalents, $25.3 million of restricted cash, $43.8 million of short-term investments and $312.9 million of long-term investments in bonds, for a total of $719.3 million.
Aimia's Free Cash Flow (before dividends paid) was $129.9 million for the third quarter of 2012 compared to $124.8 million for the third quarter of 2011. Free Cash Flow in the quarter increased year over year primarily due to an increase in cash from operating activities including lower cash taxes and lower capital expenditures.
The Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.16 per common share, payable on December 31, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 17, 2012.
The Board also declared a quarterly dividend in the amount of $0.40625 per Cumulative Rate Reset Preferred Share, Series 1, payable on December 31, 2012 to the holders of record at the close of business on December 17, 2012.
Dividends paid by Aimia to Canadian residents on both its common and preferred shares are "eligible dividends" for Canadian income tax purposes.
We are reconfirming the 2012 guidance provided in our February 22, 2012 earnings press release, as updated on September 20, 2012. In fact, we now expect to report consolidated Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow at or above the top end of the target ranges. However, in order to meet our outlook for Gross Billings in Canada and on a consolidated basis, we will need to finish the year on a strong note, with robust credit card spend during the holiday season. For the year ending December 31, 2012, Aimia expects to report the following:
|Key Financial Metric||
(February 22, 2012)
(updated September 20,
(updated November 8,
|Gross Billings Growth 1||Between 3% and 5%||Lower end of range||No change|
|Adjusted EBITDA2||Between $370 and $380 million||Upper end of range||At or above the top end of the range|
|Free Cash Flow 2,3||Between $220 million and $240 million||No change||At or above the top end of the range|
|Capital Expenditures||To approximate $55 million||No change||No change|
|Income Taxes||Current income tax rate is anticipated to approximate 27% in Canada and 17% in Italy. The Corporation expects no significant cash income taxes will be incurred in the rest of its foreign operations.||No change||No change|
|Business Segment Gross Billings Growth Outlook|
|Canada||Between 2% and 4%||Between 1% and 2%||No change|
|EMEA||Between 8% and 11%||Between 11% and 13%||No change|
|US & APAC1||Between -2% and 2%||Between -9% and -7%||No change|
|Nectar Italia||Greater than €60 million in Gross Billings||No change||No change|
- The Gross Billings growth guidance excludes the effect of a client loss (Qantas) in APAC at the end of the first quarter of 2012. The target growth ranges are based on 2011 reported Gross Billings, excluding $40 million related to Qantas. The client loss will have a negligible impact on Adjusted EBITDA.
- The Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow outlook range includes an assumption of planned incremental operating expenses in business development activities, principally in the U.S., India and Brazil, technology platform related expenditures that are operating in nature and additional brand related expenses associated with our new branding, which in total will approximate $20 million in 2012.
- Free Cash Flow before dividends.
The above guidance excludes the effects of fluctuations in currency exchange rates. In addition, Aimia made a number of economic and market assumptions in preparing its 2012 forecasts, including assumptions regarding the performance of the economies in which the Corporation operates and market competition and tax laws applicable to the Corporation's operations. The Corporation cautions that the assumptions used to prepare the above forecasts for 2012, although reasonable at the time they were made, may prove to be incorrect or inaccurate. Accordingly, our actual results could differ materially from our expectations as set forth in this news release. The outlook provided constitutes forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws and should be read in conjunction with the "Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements" section.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
In order to provide a better understanding of the results, the following indicators are used:
Adjusted Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization
EBITDA adjusted for certain factors particular to the business, such as changes in deferred revenue and Future Redemption Costs ("Adjusted EBITDA"), is used by management to evaluate performance, and to measure compliance with debt covenants. Management believes Adjusted EBITDA assists investors in comparing the Corporation's performance on a consistent basis without regard to depreciation and amortization, which are non-cash in nature and can vary significantly depending on accounting methods and non-operating factors such as historical cost.
Adjusted EBITDA is not a measurement based on GAAP, is not considered an alternative to operating income or net income in measuring performance, and is not comparable to similar measures used by other issuers. For a reconciliation to GAAP, please refer to the Summary of Consolidated Operating Results and Reconciliation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Earnings and Free Cash Flow included in the attached schedule. Adjusted EBITDA should not be used as an exclusive measure of cash flow because it does not account for the impact of working capital growth, capital expenditures, debt repayments and other sources and uses of cash, which are disclosed in the statements of cash flows.
Adjusted Net Earnings
Adjusted Net Earnings provides a measurement of profitability calculated on a basis consistent with Adjusted EBITDA. Net earnings attributable to equity holders of the Corporation are adjusted to exclude Amortization of Accumulation Partners' contracts, customer relationships and technology, share of net earnings (loss) of equity-accounted investments and impairment charges. Adjusted Net Earnings includes the Change in deferred revenue and Change in Future Redemption Costs, net of the income tax effect and non-controlling interest effect (where applicable) on these items at an entity level basis.
Adjusted Net Earnings is not a measurement based on GAAP, is not considered an alternative to net earnings in measuring profitability, and is not comparable to similar measures used by other issuers. For a reconciliation to GAAP, please refer to the Summary of Consolidated Operating Results and Reconciliation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Earnings and Free Cash Flow included in the attached schedule.
Standardized Free Cash Flow ("Free Cash Flow")
Free Cash Flow is a non-GAAP measure recommended by the CICA in order to provide a consistent and comparable measurement of free cash flow across entities of cash generated from operations and is used as an indicator of financial strength and performance.
Free Cash Flow is defined as cash flows from operating activities, as reported in accordance with GAAP, less adjustments for:
(a) total capital expenditures as reported in accordance with GAAP; and
(b) dividends, when stipulated, unless deducted in arriving at cash flows from operating activities.
For a reconciliation to cash flows from operations please refer to the Summary of Consolidated Operating Results and Reconciliation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Earnings and Free Cash Flow included in the attached schedule.
EBITDA and Free Cash Flow are non-GAAP measurements recommended by the CICA in accordance with the recommendations provided in their October 2008 publication, Improved Communications with Non-GAAP Financial Measures - General Principles and Guidance for Reporting EBITDA and Free Cash Flow.
Because exchange rates are an important factor in understanding period to period comparisons, the presentation of various financial metrics on a constant currency basis or after giving effect to foreign exchange translation, in addition to the reported metrics, helps improve the ability to understand operating results and evaluate performance in comparison to prior periods. Constant currency information compares results between periods as if exchange rates had remained constant over the periods. Constant currency is derived by calculating current-year results using prior-year foreign currency exchange rates. Results calculated on a constant currency basis should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, results reported in accordance with GAAP and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.
Q3 2012 Conference Call / Audio Webcast
Aimia will host a conference call to discuss its third quarter 2012 financial results at 8:00 a.m. ET on Friday, November 9, 2012. The call can be accessed by dialing 1-888-231-8191 or 647-427-7450 for the Toronto area. The call will be simultaneously audio webcast at: http://www.newswire.ca/en/webcast/detail/891083/950093
A slide presentation intended for simultaneous viewing with the conference call will be available the evening of November 8, 2012 at: http://www.aimia.com/English/Investors/Financial-Reports/Quarterly-Reports/default.aspx and an archived audio webcast will be available at: http://www.aimia.com/English/Investors/Presentations-and-Events/Events/default.aspx for ninety days following the original broadcast.
The consolidated financial statements, the MD&A and a financial highlights presentation will be accessible on the investor relations website at: http://www.aimia.com/English/Investors/Financial-Reports/Quarterly-Reports/default.aspx.
Aimia Inc. ("Aimia") is a global leader in loyalty management. Aimia's unique capabilities include proven expertise in delivering proprietary loyalty services, launching and managing coalition loyalty programs, creating value through loyalty analytics and driving innovation in the emerging digital and mobile spaces. Aimia owns and operates Aeroplan, Canada's premier coalition loyalty program and Nectar, the United Kingdom's largest coalition loyalty program. In addition, Aimia has majority equity positions in Air Miles Middle East and Nectar Italia as well as a minority position in Club Premier, Mexico's leading coalition loyalty program and Cardlytics, a US-based private company operating in transaction-driven marketing for electronic banking. Aimia is a Canadian public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: AIM) and has over 3,400 employees in more than 20 countries around the world. For more information about Aimia, please visit www.aimia.com.
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Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Forward-looking statements are included in this news release. These forward-looking statements are identified by the use of terms and phrases such as "anticipate", "believe", "could", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "may", "plan", "predict", "project", "will", "would", and similar terms and phrases, including references to assumptions. Such statements may involve but are not limited to comments with respect to strategies, expectations, planned operations or future actions.
Forward-looking statements, by their nature, are based on assumptions and are subject to important risks and uncertainties. Any forecasts, predictions or forward-looking statements cannot be relied upon due to, among other things, changing external events and general uncertainties of the business and its corporate structure. Results indicated in forward-looking statements may differ materially from actual results for a number of reasons, including without limitation, dependency on top accumulation partners and clients, conflicts of interest, greater than expected redemptions for rewards, regulatory matters, retail market/economic conditions, industry competition, Air Canada liquidity issues, Air Canada or travel industry disruptions, airline industry changes and increased airline costs, supply and capacity costs, unfunded future redemption costs, failure to safeguard databases and consumer privacy, changes to coalition loyalty programs, seasonal nature of the business, other factors and prior performance, foreign operations, legal proceedings, reliance on key personnel, labour relations, pension liability, technological disruptions and inability to use third party software, failure to protect intellectual property rights, interest rate and currency fluctuations, leverage and restrictive covenants in current and future indebtedness, uncertainty of dividend payments, managing growth, credit ratings, as well as the other factors identified in this news release and throughout Aimia's public disclosure record on file with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities.
The forward-looking statements contained herein represent Aimia's expectations as of November 8, 2012, and are subject to change after such date. However, Aimia disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities regulations.
SUMMARY OF CONSOLIDATED OPERATING RESULTS AND RECONCILIATION OF EBITDA, ADJUSTED EBITDA, ADJUSTED NET EARNINGS AND FREE CASH FLOW
Three Months Ended
Nine Months Ended
|(in thousands of Canadian Dollars, except share and per share information)||2012||2011(f)||2012||2011(f)||Q3||YTD|
|Gross Billings from the sale of Loyalty Units||398,885||384,651||1,198,895||1,135,593||3.7||5.6|
|Revenue from Loyalty Units||361,616||345,150||1,146,476||1,069,389||4.8||7.2|
|Revenue from proprietary loyalty services||104,021||128,549||334,249||404,994||(19.1)||(17.5)|
|Cost of rewards and direct costs||(285,978)||(283,733)||(888,274)||(909,086)||0.8||(2.3)|
|Gross margin before depreciation and amortization (a)||212,803||217,679||682,465||646,136||(2.2)||5.6|
|Depreciation and amortization||(9,407)||(8,419)||(26,412)||(24,335)||11.7||8.5|
|Amortization of Accumulation Partners' contracts, customer relationships and technology||(20,788)||(23,109)||(62,403)||(69,331)||(10.0)||(10.0)|
|Amortization of Accumulation Partners' contracts, customer relationships and technology||20,788||23,109||62,403||69,331||(10.0)||(10.0)|
|Operating income before amortization of Accumulation Partners' contracts, customer relationships and technology||72,095||78,393||242,757||213,469||(8.0)||13.7|
|Depreciation and amortization||9,407||8,419||26,412||24,335||11.7||8.5|
|Change in deferred revenue|
|Change in Future Redemption Costs(b)||(26,147)||(23,000)||(42,282)||(42,042)|
|(Change in Net Loyalty Units outstanding x Average Cost of Rewards per Loyalty Unit for the period)|
|Subtotal of Adjustments||12,102||17,407||14,947||14,853|
|Net earnings attributable to equity holders of the Corporation||28,210||26,066||108,355||66,589|
|Weighted average number of shares||172,034,083||177,253,111||172,683,579||180,956,779|
|Earnings per common share(d)||0.15||0.13||0.58||0.32|
|Net earnings attributable to equity holders of the Corporation||28,210||26,066||108,355||66,589|
|Amortization of Accumulation Partners' contracts, customer relationships and technology||20,788||23,109||62,403||69,331|
|Share of net (earnings) loss of equity-accounted investments||(576)||669||(3,291)||(5,859)|
|Adjusted EBITDA Adjustments (from above)||12,102||17,407||14,947||14,853|
|Tax on adjustments(e)||619||888||5,373||4,658|
|Non-controlling interests share on adjustments above||23||(553)||(1,354)||(1,314)|
|Adjusted Net Earnings(c)||61,166||67,586||186,433||148,258||(9.5)||25.7|
|Adjusted Net Earnings per common share(c)(d)||0.34||0.37||1.03||0.77|
|Cash flow from operations||140,436||138,604||256,873||214,918|
|Free Cash Flow(c)||99,556||95,769||132,806||100,603||4.0||32.0|
|Total long-term liabilities||1,577,327||1,335,740||1,577,327||1,335,740|
|Total dividends per preferred share||0.406||0.406||1.219||1.219|
|Total dividends per common share||0.160||0.150||0.470||0.425|
|(a)||Excludes depreciation and amortization as well as amortization of Accumulation Partners' contracts, customer relationships and technology.|
|(b)||The per unit cost derived from this calculation is retroactively applied to all prior periods with the effect of revaluing the Future Redemption Cost liability on the basis of the latest available average unit cost.|
|(c)||A non-GAAP measurement.|
|(d)||After deducting dividends declared on preferred shares.|
|(e)||The effective tax rates, calculated as income tax expense / earnings before taxes for the period on an entity level basis, are applied to the related entity level adjustments noted above.|
|(f)||These figures do not include any effect attributable to the change in Breakage estimates made during the fourth quarter of 2011 in the Nectar and Air Miles Middle East programs.|
At September 30, 2012, the Corporation had three reportable and operating segments: Canada, EMEA and US & APAC. The table below summarizes the relevant financial information by operating segment:
|Three months ended September 30,|
|(in thousands of Canadian dollars)||2012||2011(f)||2012||2011(f)(g)||2012||2011(f)||2012||2011||2012||2011(f)||2012||2011(f)(g)|
|Operating Segments||Canada||EMEA||US & APAC||Corporate(b)||Eliminations||Consolidated|
|Gross Billings from the sale of Loyalty Units||262,063||265,798||136,822||118,853||-||-||-||-||-||-||398,885||384,651|
|Revenue from Loyalty Units||259,694||253,315||101,922||91,835||-||-||-||-||-||-||361,616||345,150|
|Revenue from proprietary loyalty services||35,504||42,488||3,637||5,739||64,880||80,322||-||-||-||-||104,021||128,549|
|Cost of rewards and direct costs||167,348||162,754||84,832||72,670||33,847||49,361||-||-||(49)||(1,052)||285,978||283,733|
|Gross margin before depreciation and amortization||140,794||145,856||40,976||40,422||32,228||31,544||-||-||(1,195)||(143)||212,803||217,679|
|Depreciation and amortization (a)||23,381||25,297||4,389||3,423||2,425||2,808||-||-||-||-||30,195||31,528|
|Operating expenses before share-based compensation||51,753||54,152||32,963||31,956||33,264||33,771||11,275||9,477||(1,195)||(143)||128,060||129,213|
|Total operating expenses||51,753||54,152||32,963||31,956||33,264||33,771||14,516||11,131||(1,195)||(143)||131,301||130,867|
|Operating income (loss)||65,660||66,407||3,624||5,043||(3,461)||(5,035)||(14,516)||(11,131)||-||-||51,307||55,284|
|Adjusted EBITDA (h)||91,655||99,562||17,188||17,140||(723)||(1,352)||(14,516)||(11,131)||-||-||93,604||104,219|
|Additions to non-current assets (d)||5,878||7,301||3,271||4,818||1,367||1,660||-||-||N/A||N/A||10,516||13,779|
|Non-current assets (d)||3,205,993||3,272,133||457,567||(e)||469,715||(e)||76,976||(e)||106,229||(e)||2,246||-||N/A||N/A||3,742,782||(e)||3,848,077||(e)|
|(a)||Includes depreciation and amortization as well as amortization of Accumulation Partners' contracts, customer relationships and technology.|
|(b)||Includes expenses that are not directly attributable to any specific operating segment. Corporate also includes the financial position and operating results of our operations in India, the investments in PLM, Prismah and Cardlytics.|
|(c)||Includes third party Gross Billings of $130.6 million in the UK and $39.0 million in the US for the three months ended September 30, 2012, compared to third party Gross Billings of $116.1 million in the UK and $43.9 million in the US for the three months ended September 30, 2011. Third party Gross Billings are attributed to a country on the basis of the country where the contractual and management responsibility for the customer resides.|
|(d)||Non-current assets includes amounts relating to goodwill, intangible assets and property and equipment.|
|(e)||Includes non-current assets of $407.6 million in the UK and $70.4 million in the US as of September 30, 2012, compared to non-current assets of $417.0 million in the UK and $100.0 million in the US as of September 30, 2011.|
|(f)||Intercompany revenue and expenses related to the comparative period have been reclassified to conform with the presentation adopted in the current period.|
|(g)||These figures do not include any effect attributable to the change in Breakage estimates made during the fourth quarter of 2011 in the Nectar and Air Miles Middle East programs.|
|(h)||A non-GAAP measurement.|
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Grow your business with enterprise wearable apps using SAP Platforms and Google Glass. SAP and Google just launched the SAP and Google Glass Challenge, an opportunity for you to innovate and develop the best Enterprise Wearable App using SAP Platforms and Google Glass and gain valuable market exposure. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Brian McPhail, Senior Director of Business Development, ISVs & Digital Commerce at SAP, outlined the timeline of the SAP Google Glass Challenge and the opportunity for developers, start-ups, and companies of all sizes to engage with SAP today.
May. 22, 2015 03:00 AM EDT Reads: 4,863
DevOps tends to focus on the relationship between Dev and Ops, putting an emphasis on the ops and application infrastructure. But that’s changing with microservices architectures. In her session at DevOps Summit, Lori MacVittie, Evangelist for F5 Networks, will focus on how microservices are changing the underlying architectures needed to scale, secure and deliver applications based on highly distributed (micro) services and why that means an expansion into “the network” for DevOps.
May. 22, 2015 03:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,811
The 3rd International @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo – to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY – is now accepting Hackathon proposals. Hackathon sponsorship benefits include general brand exposure and increasing engagement with the developer ecosystem. At Cloud Expo 2014 Silicon Valley, IBM held the Bluemix Developer Playground on November 5 and ElasticBox held the DevOps Hackathon on November 6. Both events took place on the expo floor. The Bluemix Developer Playground, for developers of all levels, highlighted the ease of use of...
May. 22, 2015 02:30 AM EDT Reads: 4,213
We’re no longer looking to the future for the IoT wave. It’s no longer a distant dream but a reality that has arrived. It’s now time to make sure the industry is in alignment to meet the IoT growing pains – cooperate and collaborate as well as innovate. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist at Greenwave Systems, will examine the key ingredients to IoT success and identify solutions to challenges the industry is facing. The deep industry expertise behind this presentation will provide attendees with a leading edge view of rapidly emerging IoT oppor...
May. 22, 2015 02:30 AM EDT Reads: 4,800
For years, we’ve relied too heavily on individual network functions or simplistic cloud controllers. However, they are no longer enough for today’s modern cloud data center. Businesses need a comprehensive platform architecture in order to deliver a complete networking suite for IoT environment based on OpenStack. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Dhiraj Sehgal from PLUMgrid will discuss what a holistic networking solution should really entail, and how to build a complete platform that is scalable, secure, agile and automated.
May. 22, 2015 02:00 AM EDT Reads: 4,175
SYS-CON Events announced today that Gridstore™, the leader in hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built to optimize Microsoft workloads, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Gridstore™ is the leader in hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built for Microsoft workloads and designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Gridstore’s hyper-converged infrastructure is the industry’s first all flash version of HyperConverged Appliances that include both compute and storag...
May. 22, 2015 01:15 AM EDT Reads: 6,122
The industrial software market has treated data with the mentality of “collect everything now, worry about how to use it later.” We now find ourselves buried in data, with the pervasive connectivity of the (Industrial) Internet of Things only piling on more numbers. There’s too much data and not enough information. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Bob Gates, Global Marketing Director, GE’s Intelligent Platforms business, to discuss how realizing the power of IoT, software developers are now focused on understanding how industrial data can create intelligence for industrial operations. Imagine ...
May. 22, 2015 01:00 AM EDT Reads: 5,072
Hadoop as a Service (as offered by handful of niche vendors now) is a cloud computing solution that makes medium and large-scale data processing accessible, easy, fast and inexpensive. In his session at Big Data Expo, Kumar Ramamurthy, Vice President and Chief Technologist, EIM & Big Data, at Virtusa, will discuss how this is achieved by eliminating the operational challenges of running Hadoop, so one can focus on business growth. The fragmented Hadoop distribution world and various PaaS solutions that provide a Hadoop flavor either make choices for customers very flexible in the name of opti...
May. 22, 2015 12:30 AM EDT Reads: 3,626
In the consumer IoT, everything is new, and the IT world of bits and bytes holds sway. But industrial and commercial realms encompass operational technology (OT) that has been around for 25 or 50 years. This grittier, pre-IP, more hands-on world has much to gain from Industrial IoT (IIoT) applications and principles. But adding sensors and wireless connectivity won’t work in environments that demand unwavering reliability and performance. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ron Sege, CEO of Echelon, will discuss how as enterprise IT embraces other IoT-related technology trends, enterprises with i...
May. 22, 2015 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 4,138
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo in Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 17th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal an...
May. 21, 2015 11:30 PM EDT Reads: 2,466
Cultural, regulatory, environmental, political and economic (CREPE) conditions over the past decade are creating cross-industry solution spaces that require processes and technologies from both the Internet of Things (IoT), and Data Management and Analytics (DMA). These solution spaces are evolving into Sensor Analytics Ecosystems (SAE) that represent significant new opportunities for organizations of all types. Public Utilities throughout the world, providing electricity, natural gas and water, are pursuing SmartGrid initiatives that represent one of the more mature examples of SAE. We have s...
May. 21, 2015 11:00 PM EDT Reads: 5,920
All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors - connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades. With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo, June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be
May. 21, 2015 10:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,766
The Internet of Things will put IT to its ultimate test by creating infinite new opportunities to digitize products and services, generate and analyze new data to improve customer satisfaction, and discover new ways to gain a competitive advantage across nearly every industry. In order to help corporate business units to capitalize on the rapidly evolving IoT opportunities, IT must stand up to a new set of challenges. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jeff Kaplan, Managing Director of THINKstrategies, will examine why IT must finally fulfill its role in support of its SBUs or face a new round of...
May. 21, 2015 10:00 PM EDT Reads: 5,275
One of the biggest challenges when developing connected devices is identifying user value and delivering it through successful user experiences. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Mike Kuniavsky, Principal Scientist, Innovation Services at PARC, described an IoT-specific approach to user experience design that combines approaches from interaction design, industrial design and service design to create experiences that go beyond simple connected gadgets to create lasting, multi-device experiences grounded in people's real needs and desires.
May. 21, 2015 09:00 PM EDT Reads: 5,935