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TiVo (TIVO) Incurs Loss in Q4, Misses Revenue Estimates

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TiVo Corporation (TIVO - Free Report) reported fourth-quarter 2018 loss of $2.33 per share against year-ago quarter’s earnings of 15 cents.

The company’s non-GAAP earnings per share came in at 21 cents compared with 48 cents a year ago.

TiVo’s revenues decreased 21% year over year to $168.5 million. The top line also missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $174 million.

The company’s core revenues (excludes revenues from Legacy TiVo Solutions IP Licenses, Hardware and Other Products) were $160.98 million, a decline of 11% from the year-ago quarter.

Moreover, the company could not provide any update on its ongoing strategic review process.

Quarter in Detail

Hardware division’s revenues declined to $3.8 million from $7.7 million recorded in the year-ago quarter. Sales of Other Products, primarily legacy analog ACP product, were $3.7 million. The company realized no revenues from the Legacy TiVo Time Warp deals as agreements with Time Warp expired last July.

In terms of business segments, Product revenues were down 4% to $96.5 million. Revenues from Platform Solutions decreased 8% to $74.5 million. Software and Services declined 5% to $18.3 million. However, Other category grew from $689K to $3.7 million.

Core Product revenues (excludes revenues from Hardware and Other Products) declined 3% to $89 million owing to the company’s shift to ASC 606 revenue standard, which per management, resulted in a $1.3 million decline in the top line. Increase in revenues from TiVo MSO customers was a positive.

IP Licensing revenues declined approximately 37% year over year to $71.99 million as it included no Time Warp revenues. In comparison, the company recognized $25.8 million of Time Warp revenues in the year-ago quarter. Further, fall in revenues from an out-of-license Consumer Electronics Manufacturers was an overhang.

Under the IP Licensing segment, on a year-over-year basis, revenues from the U.S. Pay TV Providers declined 49% to $42.3 million. New Media, International Pay TV Providers and Other grew 21% to $20.7 million. Consumer Electronics Manufacturers decreased 31% to $8.9 million due to expiration of license with a customer.

Core IP Licensing revenues (excludes revenues from Legacy TiVo Solutions IP Licenses) declined 18% year over year, primarily due to a $12.3 million decrease in revenues from catch-up payments.

TiVo’s unique voice users grew 54% sequentially to 3.7 million unique users at the end of fourth quarter. Additionally, quarterly queries grew 93% on a sequential basis to 238 million.

The company’s total cost and expenses decreased 9.6% year over year to $126.3 million on the back of reduced hardware sales and the company’s ongoing cost-reduction efforts.

Adjusted EBITDA declined 43.5% from year-ago quarter to $42.1 million due to lower revenues.

Non-GAAP pre-tax income was $30.2 million compared with $60.3 million a year ago.

TiVo exited the reported quarter with cash, cash equivalents and short-term marketable securities of $320.9 million compared with $311.8 million at the end of the previous quarter.

Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

TiVo currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). A few better-ranked stocks in the broader technology sector are CommVault Systems, Inc. (CVLT - Free Report) , MeetMe, Inc. (MEET - Free Report) and Fortinet Inc. (FTNT - Free Report) , each sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Long-term earnings growth rate for CommVault, MeetME and Fortinet is projected at 15.8%, 20% and 16.8%, respectively.

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