|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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Mobile messaging has been a popular communication channel for more than 20 years. Finnish engineer Matti Makkonen invented the idea for SMS (Short Message Service) in 1984, making his vision a reality on December 3, 1992 by sending the first message ("Happy Christmas") from a PC to a cell phone. Since then, the technology has evolved immensely, from both a technology standpoint, and in our everyday uses for it. Originally used for person-to-person (P2P) communication, i.e., Sally sends a text message to Betty – mobile messaging now offers tremendous value to businesses for customer and empl...
Oct. 8, 2015 05:30 PM EDT Reads: 229
Can call centers hang up the phones for good? Intuitive Solutions did. WebRTC enabled this contact center provider to eliminate antiquated telephony and desktop phone infrastructure with a pure web-based solution, allowing them to expand beyond brick-and-mortar confines to a home-based agent model. It also ensured scalability and better service for customers, including MUY! Companies, one of the country's largest franchise restaurant companies with 232 Pizza Hut locations. This is one example of WebRTC adoption today, but the potential is limitless when powered by IoT.
Oct. 8, 2015 04:30 PM EDT Reads: 7,468
You have your devices and your data, but what about the rest of your Internet of Things story? Two popular classes of technologies that nicely handle the Big Data analytics for Internet of Things are Apache Hadoop and NoSQL. Hadoop is designed for parallelizing analytical work across many servers and is ideal for the massive data volumes you create with IoT devices. NoSQL databases such as Apache HBase are ideal for storing and retrieving IoT data as “time series data.”
Oct. 8, 2015 02:45 PM EDT Reads: 494
Clearly the way forward is to move to cloud be it bare metal, VMs or containers. One aspect of the current public clouds that is slowing this cloud migration is cloud lock-in. Every cloud vendor is trying to make it very difficult to move out once a customer has chosen their cloud. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Naveen Nimmu, CEO of Clouber, Inc., will advocate that making the inter-cloud migration as simple as changing airlines would help the entire industry to quickly adopt the cloud without worrying about any lock-in fears. In fact by having standard APIs for IaaS would help PaaS expl...
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NHK, Japan Broadcasting, will feature the upcoming @ThingsExpo Silicon Valley in a special 'Internet of Things' and smart technology documentary that will be filmed on the expo floor between November 3 to 5, 2015, in Santa Clara. NHK is the sole public TV network in Japan equivalent to the BBC in the UK and the largest in Asia with many award-winning science and technology programs. Japanese TV is producing a documentary about IoT and Smart technology and will be covering @ThingsExpo Silicon Valley. The program, to be aired during the peak viewership season of the year, will have a major impac...
Oct. 8, 2015 01:00 PM EDT Reads: 255
SYS-CON Events announced today that ProfitBricks, the provider of painless cloud infrastructure, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. ProfitBricks is the IaaS provider that offers a painless cloud experience for all IT users, with no learning curve. ProfitBricks boasts flexible cloud servers and networking, an integrated Data Center Designer tool for visual control over the cloud and the best price/performance value available. ProfitBricks was named one of the coolest Clo...
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Organizations already struggle with the simple collection of data resulting from the proliferation of IoT, lacking the right infrastructure to manage it. They can't only rely on the cloud to collect and utilize this data because many applications still require dedicated infrastructure for security, redundancy, performance, etc. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Emil Sayegh, CEO of Codero Hosting, will discuss how in order to resolve the inherent issues, companies need to combine dedicated and cloud solutions through hybrid hosting – a sustainable solution for the data required to manage I...
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Apps and devices shouldn't stop working when there's limited or no network connectivity. Learn how to bring data stored in a cloud database to the edge of the network (and back again) whenever an Internet connection is available. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Bradley Holt, Developer Advocate at IBM Cloud Data Services, will demonstrate techniques for replicating cloud databases with devices in order to build offline-first mobile or Internet of Things (IoT) apps that can provide a better, faster user experience, both offline and online. The focus of this talk will be on IBM Cloudant, Apa...
Oct. 8, 2015 12:45 PM EDT Reads: 505
WebRTC is about the data channel as much as about video and audio conferencing. However, basically all commercial WebRTC applications have been built with a focus on audio and video. The handling of “data” has been limited to text chat and file download – all other data sharing seems to end with screensharing. What is holding back a more intensive use of peer-to-peer data? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Dr Silvia Pfeiffer, WebRTC Applications Team Lead at National ICT Australia, will look at different existing uses of peer-to-peer data sharing and how it can become useful in a live session to...
Oct. 8, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 602
As a company adopts a DevOps approach to software development, what are key things that both the Dev and Ops side of the business must keep in mind to ensure effective continuous delivery? In his session at DevOps Summit, Mark Hydar, Head of DevOps, Ericsson TV Platforms, will share best practices and provide helpful tips for Ops teams to adopt an open line of communication with the development side of the house to ensure success between the two sides.
Oct. 8, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 575
SYS-CON Events announced today that IBM Cloud Data Services has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 17th Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. IBM Cloud Data Services offers a portfolio of integrated, best-of-breed cloud data services for developers focused on mobile computing and analytics use cases.
Oct. 8, 2015 11:00 AM EDT Reads: 725
"Matrix is an ambitious open standard and implementation that's set up to break down the fragmentation problems that exist in IP messaging and VoIP communication," explained John Woolf, Technical Evangelist at Matrix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Oct. 8, 2015 07:00 AM EDT Reads: 5,866
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.
Oct. 8, 2015 06:00 AM EDT Reads: 756
Nowadays, a large number of sensors and devices are connected to the network. Leading-edge IoT technologies integrate various types of sensor data to create a new value for several business decision scenarios. The transparent cloud is a model of a new IoT emergence service platform. Many service providers store and access various types of sensor data in order to create and find out new business values by integrating such data.
Oct. 8, 2015 04:00 AM EDT Reads: 542