News Article | May 10, 2017
3D Storm, distributeur agréé des produits NewTek et de LiveXpert, est un distributeur à forte valeur ajoutée d'outils pour les productions vidéo et sportives en direct. L'équipe de 3D Storm, qui offre des solutions spécialisées grâce à un réseau de revendeurs et d'intégrateurs autorisés et de spécialistes, fournit aux clients un accès exclusif aux solutions les plus récentes et les plus innovantes du marché pour les vidéos sur IP, la diffusion en continu, la production 4K et la technologie de production vidéo assistée par logiciel. Les outils pour les productions vidéo et sportives en direct de LiveXpert répondent aux besoins des producteurs pour la création graphique, l'intégration des réseaux sociaux, la gestion des scores et des statistiques sportifs à afficher sur les grands écrans dans les stades, les arènes et les deuxièmes écrans. LiveXpert™, qui est un membre du NewTek Developer Network (réseau de développeurs), est une gamme d'outils pour les productions vidéo et sportives en direct. Les solutions de LiveXpert, qui offrent des fonctionnalités telles que la gestion de l'habillage graphique, les scores et les statistiques sportifs, et l'intégration des réseaux sociaux, complètent l'équipement de la salle de contrôle dans les installations de studios de télévision et de conférence, les salles de contrôle mobiles pour les événements de divertissement et sportifs ainsi que les émissions extérieures. LiveMedia Server est un lecteur/enregistreur multi formats et multicanaux. Le système prend en charge la plus grande gamme de codecs audio et vidéo du marché, en définition standard comme en haute définition, et il est doté d'une conversion up/down et d'un réglage du format de l'image par clip intégrés. La fonction « lecture pendant l'enregistrement » de LiveMedia Server est simple à gérer. Les utilisateurs peuvent ajouter un fichier à n'importe quel canal de lecture alors que ce fichier est encore en cours d'enregistrement. La dernière version supporte les outils NewTek Advanced Edition, le nouveau TriCaster TC1 et la NewTek IP Series et permet de contrôler le mélangeur audio à partir d'une console externe MIDI. Le produit est également disponible avec une version spécifique pour 1 canal et une autre pour 4 canaux : LMS-NDI-1CH et LMS-NDI-4CH. Il s'installe sur n'importe quel PC sous Windows connecté au réseau Ethernet et peut offrir jusqu'à 4 canaux de lecture ou d'enregistrement de médias, par poste. L'application LMS-NDI vous permet de créer et diffuser des playlists de clips multi codecs depuis un simple PC sur le réseau local, sans périphérique dédié. L'éditeur de playlist intégré supporte la majorité des formats de fichiers et codecs du marché : MPEG PS/TS, MP4, QUICKTIME, Apple ProRes®, DNxHD®, DVCPRO HD, XDCAM, MXF, GXF, DV, FLV et bien d'autres dans la même liste de diffusion. LMS-NDI lit la playlist en temps réel, sans transcodage préalable, en un flux NDI disponible sur l'ensemble du réseau, sans latence. La dernière version du logiciel comporte de nouvelles fonctionnalités de programmation. La fonction d'enregistrement programmé permet de planifier le démarrage et l'arrêt de l'enregistrement par date et heure. De nombreuses programmations peuvent être préparées à l'avance. La programmation récursive est également supportée. Le programmateur de playlist permet de programmer l'affichage de n'importe quelle playlist enregistrée par date et heure. La chaîne de lecture téléchargera et lira, ensuite, automatiquement les playlists programmées. Prix : à partir de 999 EUR (prix de vente conseillé). LiveCG Broadcast, LiveCG Broadcast est le générateur de caractères multicouches le plus compact pour la gestion automatique du titrage et d'objets graphiques. C'est un système clé en main 1U qui offre aux réalisateurs de vidéo un large éventail d'outils pour créer et insérer, en quelques clics et à partir une interface conviviale, toutes sortes d'objets graphiques dans leurs productions vidéo en direct. LiveCG Broadcast, qui a été conçu pour tous les types de productions, de résultats électoraux, de scores sportifs et d'émissions de jeux télévisés, dispose d'un moteur de diffusion exclusif pour les médias sociaux. Il est parfait pour les chaînes musicales, sportives, d'informations et commerciales. LiveCG Broadcast peut gérer simultanément plusieurs sources dynamiques et il peut diviser l'écran pour afficher les titres des morceaux, des informations sur des artistes, des célébrités, les résultats de jeux, les cours boursiers ou des dépêches mis à jour automatiquement à partir de flux RSS, de fichiers texte ou de feuilles de calcul Excel. LiveCG Broadcast est livré avec le module Social Hub pour la gestion et la modération des médias sociaux en temps réel. Le module Social Hub permet de collecter en temps réel les messages, les images, les vidéos, les commentaires provenant des réseaux sociaux Facebook®, Twitter®, Flickr®, WhatsApp®, Skype®, Instagram®, Line®, les flux RSS et les comptes de messagerie électronique. Social Hub est livré avec un modem GSM permettant de réceptionner des SMS. Prix : à partir de 4499 EUR (prix de vente conseillé). LiveCG Football, qui est une application professionnelle de gestion des scores et des objets graphiques pour NewTek TriCaster, est l'outil le plus complet et le plus abordable qui a été conçu pour TriCaster et 3Play. Il est conçu pour la diffusion en direct et pour l'habillage graphique (chiffres et objets graphiques) en temps réel sur les grands écrans des stades de football. Le puissant moteur de base de données de LiveCG Football permet de stocker des informations sur tous les jeux : équipes, pays, ligues et championnats. Toutes les données importantes, telles que les noms des joueurs, les entraîneurs, les arbitres, les images des joueurs et les logos d'équipe, sont stockées une seule fois pour être facilement réutilisées à chaque fois qu'un nouveau match est diffusé. LiveCG Football dispose d'un éditeur afin de créer et personnaliser toutes les images fixes et tous les objets graphiques animés selon une marque déterminée. LiveCG Football est livré avec des modèles couvrant tous les besoins : grand score en plein écran, petit score en coin, présentations des compositions d'équipes, tableaux de statistiques, prolongations, fautes, penalties. Des messages défilants et des publicités peuvent être affichés en direct à partir de LiveCG Football pour augmenter l'exposition des sponsors et des annonceurs. LiveCG Football est utilisé par les grands clubs de football en Europe, dont les Girondins de Bordeaux, l'AS Monaco, le FC Nice, le FC Brest, le Stade Rennais, l'Olympique Lyonnais, le FC Valence (Espagne), le Levante, le Real Club Celta de Vigo, le Charlton Athletic, l'AS Saint Étienne et l'AJ Auxerre. Prix : à partir de 3499 EUR (prix de vente conseillé).
News Article | May 14, 2017
As part of our continued response to the business needs of our customers, DigitalChalk has announced the following enhancements to our Learning Management System (LMS): DigitalChalk will use ATD 2017 as a venue to introduce current and future clients to the platform’s new functionality. Bi-directional Salesforce Integration allows clients using both platforms to push contact, course registration, completion and performance data between both systems. A multi-layered Gamification feature allows course developers and training administrators to build incentive and reward functionality into the framework of their courses and learning paths. DigitalChalk also now provides a Survey tool that can gather feedback from learners that can be aggregated in meaningful reports. To better support learning analytics, DigitalChalk tracks every user action between log in and log out. This data can be pushed to a Learning Record Store through detailed xAPI statements. The new Organization Dashboard provides administrators with a one-screen view into current system usage and trends while the DigitalChalk course library, purchased on-demand, provides access to hundreds of course titles that help businesses mitigate risk, increase productivity and grow and retain top talent. In addition to sharing new system features at ATD 2017, DigitalChalk will also be sharing their expertise. Free technology consulting is available at the show this year for learning and development professionals with an interest in better understanding the details of xAPI, Single Sign-On, or working with APIs to integrate an LMS with other business software platforms. DigitalChalk engineers will be available for impromptu meetings or you can schedule time to meet with CEO, Russ Stinehour and co-founder, Troy Tolle. Visit us at the ATD 2017 International Conference & Exposition (Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta GA) May 22 - 24. We’ll be at booth 1623, so stop by for more information on our new features and let us show you how DigitalChalk can provide the total online training solution you’re looking for. We look forward to serving you in Atlanta!
News Article | May 11, 2017
To quickly recap my last column: I'm considering what to recommend for a client that's interested in electronically publishing and selling its technical textbooks with some method such as digital rights management (DRM) to protect copyright and prevent illegal distribution. I've also installed a Learning Management System (LMS) to deliver 10-year-old e-learning modules that we've converted to HTML, and we'd like to dynamically link to the textbooks. While the modules could do with a few graphic updates and less chrome, they all have synchronised voice-over and dynamic display of text and graphics, and the content is still relevant. So far in my search for an electronic publishing solution, I've concluded that at best, DRM is not particularly effective, and, at worst, is a barrier to easy use of the textbooks. Now for some other considerations. Cost is a real factor. Assuming the textbooks may sell for around $100 each, you will need to sell a lot of books to recoup the cost of some publishing solutions, especially if you choose an expensive content server and the time taken to set everything up. There's also the problem that the DRM only has to fail or be cracked once on any device, and the books can be available as torrent files to anyone on the planet. The content and its potential audience should also be considered. If the content was illegally copied and distributed, would my client lose a significant amount of sales? Respectable businesses would still be purchasing the textbooks, and I assume enrolled students would have the textbooks' cost incorporated. If someone tried to resell that material or incorporate it into other online documents, they would be visible and subject to prosecution for breaching copyright, as most nations are signatories to copyright conventions. However, this can be a time-consuming, expensive, and litigious process. There's also the question of whether to allow the downloading of textbooks to a device for local access, or present them only as web pages. The download option means using some kind of DRM to prevent the file being easily copied, while the online option means the thief would have to copy all the web pages one at a time, and would leave an audit trail. HTML web pages also allows the inclusion of audio and video links if the textbooks are enhanced in the future. The online option is essentially a subscription solution, and also has the benefits of allowing the textbooks to be updated periodically, so all subscribers have access to the latest versions. The same approach is used by online newspapers and journals to limit access to their content. At the moment, I'm leaning towards suggesting publishing in HTML format and making the textbooks accessible online through the LMS, which would require enrolment and subscription payment. Most people these days are used to accessing reference texts online or through a paid subscription, and I believe the currency of the content is more important than having a static version on your device. I'd think it unlikely that anyone would consider the task of copying all the web pages, compiling them, and illegally distributing them, and if the textbooks are continually updated, then it won't be the current version. An end-user licence agreement detailing the use of the online textbooks would of course also need to be accepted before access is granted. The other consideration is displaying the content on PCs, laptops, tablets, and even smartphones. HTML is the one format readable on any of these devices without the need for proprietary reader software from Adobe, Apple, etc. What I've suggested doesn't preclude other solutions in the future, and it avoids the need to select and pay for a publishing vendor or make the full textbooks available as a downloadable file at present. It would also make linking my client's existing e-learning modules to the textbooks considerably easier. At the moment, there appears to be no foolproof method of securely distributing copyrighted content. If you need to publish reference material and are concerned about illegal distribution and copyright violation, I'd recommend you hold onto your content and distribute it a few web pages at a time behind a subscription paywall.
News Article | May 8, 2017
Mettl Online Assessment is offering a variety of online tools for skills assessment that include online exam software supported by secure online proctoring technology Mettl supports the hiring managers of companies in better talent measurement and in making precise and powerful people decisions. The company offers an online platform with a variety of recruitment tests, skill assessment exams, and certifications. The platform also provides vocational assessments to recruiters, which are authentic and auditable skill assessments. Additionally, hiring managers can access several campus hiring tools that pre-assess the fresher talent pool. The tools offered by Mettl are scientific validated assessments for various roles and experiences required in different industries and firms. In an industry conference, one of the executives at Mettl recently asserted, “We have valuable assessment tools for hiring managers that can help improve the quality per hire by up to 40%. Our tools also reduce the cost and time per hire by one-third. From coding and programming tests to psychometric and aptitude tests, we have all commonly required assessments for all types of companies. Our online platform has a test library that has a variety of pre-built tests for clients to choose relevant ones for their assessment purposes.” Mettl offers user-friendly solutions according to the specific needs of clients. While the platform has skill measurement and tracking solutions for lateral and new hires, it also has assessment solutions for current employees. Recruiters can create standardized tests and custom assessments easily with Mettl. Whether hiring managers need to recruit business analysts or programmers, they can search for the right online tool based on the industry, test type, job role, or function. The online platform allows easy search and test selection. The executive further added, “In our test library, clients can find IT skill tests like Java programming and performance testing. They can also get disciplinary tests like the fire safety test. We have a wide range of simulation-based tests and behavioral tests. Our online platform even allows the viewing of sample reports and requesting demos as well as provides simplified analytics for the benefit of hiring managers. There are useful features like auto-grading to speed up the hiring process and scalability to conduct online and offline assessments simultaneously.” Mettl has its offices in the US and India. The platform has more than 1,030 clients globally. Clients may not only use the Mettl platform to create online exam software, but also get secure online proctor service for high-stake exams. The platform integrates smoothly with the existing LMS of clients to offer a seamless experience to instructors and students. There are useful features, such as automatic alerts on suspicious user behavior and the live monitoring of test takers via a remote proctoring system. This secure platform even allows clients to coordinate with local proctors. Mettl provides an online skill assessment platform that helps hiring managers with high-quality and cost-saving recruitment of candidates for various roles. The platform has secure online assessments with options like verification and authentication of test takers. Mettl offers a variety of tools, including the IT skills assessment test software. The trained team at Mettl considers various parameters like test scores, assessment content, and a defined numerical basis for the certification criteria to focus on data-driven results.
News Article | May 9, 2017
WASHINGTON, May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard Inc., a leading education technology company for teaching, learning and student engagement, today announced new updates to Blackboard Learn, its flagship Learning Management System (LMS). These updates bring new features and usability...
News Article | May 12, 2017
LMS for Employee Skills Management: UpsideLMS Tells "How" in Its Latest eBook UpsideLMS' new eBook released today is a comprehensive guide to managing Continuing Professional Development and Compliance Training of employees with an LMS. Pune, India, May 12, 2017 --( The eBook released today draws upon the knowledge and expertise of UpsideLMS in serving hundreds of companies worldwide, and has been authored by Amit Gautam, Director and Co-founder, Upside Learning. It also leverages Amit's 16+ years of experience and expertise in the eLearning domain in implementing LMS across organizations worldwide. Key topics: How Does CPD Benefit the Organisation and the Employees? How Do Organizations Benefit from Compliance Training? Rethinking Compliance Training Tips to Effective Compliance Training with an LMS Using CPD and Compliance effectively with an LMS Highlighting the need for an eBook focusing on employee skills management, Amit said, "It's a well know fact that people who continuously work towards acquiring new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives are far more successful at doing their current tasks and being ready for the new ones in the future. To this extent, Continuing Professional Development and Compliance Training assist both the organisation and the employees to be at the top of their game. An LMS with an ability to manage these skills, is a crucial tool in the arsenal." The eBook is available for a free download at - https://www.upsidelms.com/in/free-ebook-lms-for-employee-skills-management.asp?src=pr Pune, India, May 12, 2017 --( PR.com )-- "Skills" are an essential aspect of an organisation's learning and development, and a skill-centric training design is a step towards establishing a more effective learning programme. UpsideLMS' eBook, titled "LMS for Employee Skills Management: Using CPD and Compliance Effectively," sheds light on two important aspects of organisational L&D - CPD and Compliance Training, both which are needed to ensure a knowledgeable and efficient workforce, and the way to manage them effectively with the help of a Learning Management System.The eBook released today draws upon the knowledge and expertise of UpsideLMS in serving hundreds of companies worldwide, and has been authored by Amit Gautam, Director and Co-founder, Upside Learning. It also leverages Amit's 16+ years of experience and expertise in the eLearning domain in implementing LMS across organizations worldwide.Key topics:How Does CPD Benefit the Organisation and the Employees?How Do Organizations Benefit from Compliance Training?Rethinking Compliance TrainingTips to Effective Compliance Training with an LMSUsing CPD and Compliance effectively with an LMSHighlighting the need for an eBook focusing on employee skills management, Amit said, "It's a well know fact that people who continuously work towards acquiring new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives are far more successful at doing their current tasks and being ready for the new ones in the future. To this extent, Continuing Professional Development and Compliance Training assist both the organisation and the employees to be at the top of their game. An LMS with an ability to manage these skills, is a crucial tool in the arsenal."The eBook is available for a free download at -https://www.upsidelms.com/in/free-ebook-lms-for-employee-skills-management.asp?src=pr Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Upside Learning
News Article | May 10, 2017
3D Storm, authorized distributor of NewTek products and LiveXpert, is a high value added distributor of tools for live video and sports production. 3D Storm team delivers professional solutions through a network of Specialist, Authorized Dealers and Integrators providing customers with an exclusive access to the newest and most innovative solutions on the market for video over IP, streaming, 4K production and software driven video production technology. LiveXpert, tools for live video and sports production, answers producers' needs for graphics creation, social media integration, sports scoring and statistics to display on big screens in stadiums, arenas and on second screens. Easily transition to video over IP with LiveXpert products by 3D Storm. LiveXpert product line offers the largest catalog of solutions supporting NewTek's innovative Network Device Interface – NDI. 3D Storm showcased the latest products from LiveXpert at NAB show in Las Vegas from 24 to 27 April 2017 on NewTek NDI Central (SL5421). LiveXpert™ member of the NewTek Developer Network, is a range of tools for live video and sports productions. Sports scoring and statistics, graphics management and social media integration, LiveXpert solutions round out control room equipment in TV studios and conference facilities, mobile control rooms for entertainment and sports events as well as outside broadcast. LiveMedia Server is a multichannel and multiformat player and recorder. The system supports the largest range of audio and video codecs in the market, both in Standard and High Definition with built-in up/down conversion and aspect ratio adjustment per clip. The function "Play While Rec" of LiveMedia Server is easy to manage. Users can add a file to any playout channel while this file is still being recorded. The latest version supports NewTek Advanced Edition, the new TriCaster TC1 and NewTek IP Series and allows to control audio mixer from a MIDI external console. Now also exists as a 1- and 4-channel software only version, LMS-NDI-1CH & LMS-NDI-4CH. It can be installed on any PC with Windows connected to the Ethernet network and can provide up to 4 media playing or recording channels per PC. The LMS-NDI application enables you to create and broadcast multi-codec clip playlists from a PC on the local network, without a dedicated peripheral. The integrated playlist editor supports most of the market's files and codecs: MPEG PS/TS, MP4, QUICKTIME, Apple ProRes®, DNxHD®, DVCPRO HD, XDCAM, MXF, GXF, DV, FLV and many others in the same broadcast list. LMS-NDI reads the playlist in real time, without prior transcoding, in an NDI stream available on the entire network, without latency. The latest version of the software has new scheduling features. The schedule recording feature allows to schedule start and stop recording by date and time. Multiple scheduling can be prepared in advance. Recursive scheduling is also supported. Playlist scheduler allows to schedule the display of any saved playlist by date and time. The playout channel will then load and play automatically the scheduled playlists. Price: starting from 999€ RRP. LiveCG Broadcast, LiveCG Broadcast is the most compact multilayer character generator for automatic management of title and graphics. It is a 1U turnkey system providing video makers with a wide range of tools to create and insert all kinds of graphics in their live video productions, from a user friendly interface and within a few clicks. Made for all kinds of productions, election results, sports scores, and television game shows, LiveCG Broadcast features an exclusive social media broadcasting engine. It's perfect for music, sport, news and shopping channels. LiveCG Broadcast can handle multiple dynamic sources simultaneously: split the screen to display music titles, artists, people information, games ranking, stock exchange rates or breaking news, updated automatically from RSS feeds, text files or Excel spreadsheets. LiveCG Broadcast is delivered with Social Hub software for real time social media management and moderation. The Social Hub collects posts, messages, images and videos in real time on a dedicated interface, coming from Facebook®, Twitter®, Flickr®, WhatsApp®, Skype®, Instagram®, Line®, RSS feeds, email accounts. Social Hub is delivered with a GSM modem to receive SMS. Price: starting from 4.499€ RRP. LiveCG Football is a professional scoring and graphics management application for NewTek TriCaster, the most complete and affordable tool designed for TriCaster and 3Play, for live broadcasting and for displaying figures and graphics in real-time on large screens in football stadiums. The powerful database engine of LiveCG Football gives the ability to store information about all the games: teams, countries, leagues and championships. All important data, such as players' names, coaches, referees, players' pictures and team logos, are stored once to be easily used again, each time a new game is being broadcasted. LiveCG Football features an editor to create and customize all stills and animated graphics according to a defined branding. LiveCG Football provides a full set of templates covering all needs: full screen big score, top corner small score, teams' presentations, statistics boards, timer, extended time, faults and penalty. Tickers and advertising can be displayed live from LiveCG Football and increase sponsors' and advertisers' exposure. LiveCG Football is used by major football clubs in Europe,including Girondins de Bordeaux, AS Monaco, FC Nice, FC Brest, Stade Rennais, Olympique Lyonnais, FC Valence (Spain), Levante, Real Club Celta de Vigo, Charlton Athletic, AS Saint Etienne, AJ Auxerre. Price: starting from 3.499€ RRP. For more information about 3D Storm go to: www.3dstorm.com For more information about NewTek go to: www.newtek.com Follow us on Facebook (@3dstormofficialpage), Twitter (@3D_Storm) and YouTube.
News Article | May 8, 2017
D2L's Brightspace Chosen by Top Schools to Reach Every Learner WATERLOO, ON--(Marketwired - May 08, 2017) - Internet2 members continue to choose D2L as their learning management system provider. Three high-profile institutions, Loyola Marymount University (LMU), St. Catherine University and DePaul University, are using the learning technology leader's Brightspace platform to reach every learner. Brightspace will provide personalized learning, enhanced learning experiences, and better learning outcomes for over 40,000 students and faculty across the three universities. "D2L has worked with Internet2 to expand its reach across North America," said John Baker, CEO of D2L. "Together we're delivering an engaging and modern learning experience that's fostering growth at these tremendous institutions, with more to come." Each university is using the technology through Internet2's membership community organization: "This continued momentum highlights the far-reaching collaboration between D2L and Internet2 member institutions, which offers broad functional and financial value to higher education," said Shel Waggener, Senior Vice President, Internet2. "The widespread adoption of new learning technology helps institutions serve students, faculty and administrators to achieve improved results." Last October, D2L announced it had expanded its participation with Internet2 to deliver a portfolio of cost-effective and easy-to-access technology and services tailored to the unique needs of the research and education community. Institutions can purchase D2L's cloud-based technology through Internet2. D2L's Brightspace is a digital learning platform that helps schools and institutions deliver personalized learning experiences in a classroom or online to people anywhere in the world. Created for the digital learner, Brightspace is cloud-based, runs on mobile devices, and offers rich multimedia to increase engagement, productivity and knowledge retention. The platform makes it easy to design courses, create content, and grade assignments, giving instructors more time to focus on what's most important – greater teaching and learning. At the same time, analytics reports track and deliver insights into the performance levels of departments, courses, or individuals. Brightspace was recently named the #1 LMS in Higher Ed by Ovum Research and #1 in Adaptive Learning by eLearning Magazine. In addition, Aragon Research included Brightspace in its highly-coveted Hot Vendors In Learning list. Internet2 is a non-profit, member-driven advanced technology community founded by the nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 serves 317 U.S. universities, 70 government agencies, 43 regional and state education networks and through them supports more than 94,000 community anchor institutions, over 900 InCommon participants, and 78 leading corporations working with our community, and 61 national research and education network partners that represent more than 100 countries. Internet2 delivers a diverse portfolio of technology solutions that leverages, integrates, and amplifies the strengths of its members and helps support their educational, research and community service missions. Internet2's core infrastructure components include the nation's largest and fastest research and education network that was built to deliver advanced, customized services that are accessed and secured by the community-developed trust and identity framework. Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Denver, Colo.; Emeryville, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; and West Hartford, Conn. For more information, visit www.internet2.edu or follow @Internet2 on Twitter. D2L is the software leader that makes the learning experience better. The company's cloud-based platform is easier to use, more flexible, and smart. With Brightspace, companies can personalize the experience for every learner to deliver real results. The company is a world leader in learning analytics: its platform predicts learner performance so that companies can take action in real-time to keep employees on track. Brightspace is used by learners in higher education, K-12, and the enterprise sector, including the Fortune 1000. D2L has operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil, and Singapore.www.D2L.com The D2L family of companies includes D2L Corporation, D2L Ltd, D2L Australia Pty Ltd, D2L Europe Ltd, D2L Asia Pte Ltd, and D2L Brasil Soluções de Tecnologia para Educação Ltda. All D2L marks are trademarks of D2L Corporation. Please visit D2L.com/trademarks for a list of D2L marks.
News Article | May 8, 2017
NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION IN THE UNITED STATES. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS RESTRICTION MAY CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF UNITED STATES SECURITIES LAW. Alaris Royalty Corp. ("Alaris" or the "Corporation") (TSX:AD) is pleased to announce its results for the three months ended March 31, 2017. The results are prepared under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board ("IASB"). 1 Using the weighted average shares outstanding for the period. The three months ended March 31, 2017 was the first quarter in a number of years where there were decreases in both revenue and EBITDA on a per share basis. This was due to a number of redemptions in 2016 that resulted in significant gains and successful conclusions to three of the Corporation's partnerships as well as not recording distributions for Kimco, SCR and Group SM in the current quarter. The redemptions meant lost revenue in the quarter from Solowave of $1.72 million, Mid-Atlantic of $0.68 million and LifeMark of $0.73 million for a total of $3.13 million. Revenue from Kimco and SCR was $3.16 million combined in Q1 of 2016 and nil in the current quarter. Revenue from Group SM was $1.6 million in Q1 of 2016 and nil in the current quarter as the Corporation has taken the position to only record Group SM revenue as received in 2017 though it expects to collect all that is contractually owed in 2017 (which is $1.6 million in Q1 2017). These losses in revenue were partially offset by new revenues of $3.38 million from Sandbox, Providence, Matisia and ccComm as well as new revenue from follow on contributions to LMS and Federal Resources and positive annual distribution resets for DNT, Planet Fitness, Federal Resources and Labstat. The net result was a $3.6 million decrease (15%) in revenue in the current quarter to $20.9 million compared to the prior year period total of $24.6 million (which included $1.6 million in revenue accrued for SM and $1.7 million in revenue accrued for Kimco). The Corporation recorded earnings of $11.8 million, EBITDA of $16.5 million and Normalized EBITDA of $18.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017 compared to earnings of $20.8 million, EBITDA of $27.8 million and Normalized EBITDA of $21.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017. During the past twelve months, the Corporation added four new Partners: Sandbox (March 2016), Providence (April 2016), Matisia (September 2016) and ccComm (January 2017); completed follow on investments to two partners; and experienced positive resets in four of our largest Partners. These were offset by the redemptions for LifeMark (March 2016), Solowave (September 2016) and MAHC (December 2016) and no distributions from Kimco, Group SM and SCR in 2017. The primary driver of the decrease in earnings in the current quarter was due to Alaris realizing a significant and extraordinary gain in the prior year period on the LifeMark redemption ($18.6 million in the first quarter of 2016) which increased earnings and EBITDA significantly in the prior year period. "We are pleased to be reporting a quarter with another new partner and top of the collar resets effective January 1, 2017 on several of our largest Partners in DNT, Federal Resources, Planet Fitness and Labstat as well as continued positive results from the majority of our other Partners. Additionally, we are pleased with the measurable progress made with Group SM, KMH, SCR and Agility and increasingly positive monthly results out of Kimco", said Darren Driscoll, Chief Financial Officer. Based on Alaris' current agreements with its partners, it expects revenues of approximately $85.8 million for 2017 (no revenue accrued for Kimco, $100,000 per month for SCR starting July 2017, and $200,000 per month for Group SM starting June 2017). Under those same assumptions, for the second quarter of 2017 those same agreements provide for revenues of approximately $21.2 million for the Corporation. Annual general and administrative expenses are currently estimated at $8.3 million annually and include all public company costs. While Alaris continues to be disciplined in its capital deployment in an overheated marketplace, the company does expect to deploy capital in the current quarter based on transactions that are in progress. The Corporation's Annualized Payout Ratio is approximately 97% including partial distributions from Group SM and no distributions from Kimco and SCR. The table below sets out our estimated current run rate of net cash from operating activities alongside the after-tax impact of the various resolutions management is working toward: 1 Sequel is ex pected to pay a cash distribution of US$30 million to the Corporation w ith Alaris retaining US$62 million inv ested in return for annual distributions of US$6.2 million. For more information, refer to the "Our Current Partners" section of Alaris' Annual Information Form, dated March 31, 2017. The Consolidated Statement of Financial Position, Statement of Comprehensive Income, and Statement of Cash Flows are attached to this news release. Alaris' financial statements and MD&A are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on our website at www.alarisroyalty.com. Conference Call Details and Reminder of AGM to be held on May 9, 2017 Alaris management will host a conference call at 9am MST (11am EST), Tuesday, May 9, 2017 to discuss the financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and the outlook for the Corporation. Participants can access the conference call by dialing toll free 1-800-273-9672 (or 1-416-340-2216). Alternatively, to listen to this event online, please enter http://www.gowebcasting.com/8456 in to your web browser and follow the prompts given. Please connect to the call or log into the webcast at least 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the event. For those unable to participate in the conference call at the scheduled time, it will be archived for replay until 11:59am EST May 16, 2017. You can access the replay by dialing toll free 1-800-408-3053 (or 1-905-694-9451) and entering the passcode 7821379. The webcast will be archived for 90 days and is available for replay by using the same link as above or by clicking on the link we'll have stored under the "Investor" section. "Presentation and Events", on our website. Alaris will be holding its Annual General and Special Meeting of Shareholders on May 9, 2017 at 2:30pm MST in Calgary at the Hotel Le Germain, 899 Centre Street SW. Materials for the meeting have been mailed to shareholders of record on April 4, 2017 and copies are available under the Corporation's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com or on the Corporation's website under the "Investors" section at www.alarisroyalty.com. An updated corporate presentation will be available on the Corporation's website within the next 24 hours. Alaris provides alternative financing to private companies ("Partners") in exchange for royalties or distributions with the principal objective of generating stable and predictable cash flows for dividend payments to its shareholders. Distributions from the Partners are adjusted annually based on the percentage change of a "top-line" financial performance measure such as gross margin or same store sales and rank in priority to the owner's common equity position. The terms EBITDA, Normalized EBITDA and Annualized Payout Ratio are financial measures used in this news release that are not standard measures under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). The Corporation's method of calculating EBITDA, Normalized EBITDA and Annualized Payout ratio may differ from the methods used by other issuers. Therefore, the Corporation's EBITDA, Normalized EBITDA and Annualized Payout Ratio may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. Annualized Payout Ratio: Annualized payout ratio refers to Alaris' total annualized dividend per share expected to be paid over the next twelve months divided by the estimated net cash from operating activities per share Alaris expects to generate over the same twelve-month period (after giving effect to the impact of all information disclosed as of the date of this report). EBITDA refers to net earnings (loss) determined in accordance with IFRS, before depreciation and amortization, net of gain or loss on disposal of capital assets, interest expense and income tax expense. EBITDA is used by management and many investors to determine the ability of an issuer to generate cash from operations. Management believes EBITDA is a useful supplemental measure from which to determine the Corporation's ability to generate cash available for debt service, working capital, capital expenditures, income taxes and dividends. The Corporation has provided a reconciliation of net income to EBITDA in this news release. Normalized EBITDA refers to EBITDA excluding items that are non-recurring in nature and is calculated by adjusting for non-recurring expenses and gains to EBITDA. Management deems non-recurring items to be unusual and/or infrequent items that the Corporation incurs outside of its common day-to-day operations. For the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, the gain on the redemption of the LifeMark units, and the unrealized foreign exchange gains and losses are considered by management to be non-recurring charges. Adjusting for these non-recurring items allows management to assess EBITDA from ongoing operations. The terms EBITDA and Normalized EBITDA should only be used in conjunction with the Corporation's annual audited and quarterly reviewed financial statements, excerpts of which are available below, while complete versions are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. This news release contains forward-looking statements under applicable securities laws. Statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this news release are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, management's expectations, intentions and beliefs concerning the growth, results of operations, performance of the Corporation and the Private Company Partners, the future financial position or results of the Corporation, business strategy, and plans and objectives of or involving the Corporation or the Partners. Many of these statements can be identified by looking for words such as "believe", "expects", "will", "intends", "projects", "anticipates", "estimates", "continues" or similar words or the negative thereof. In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements regarding the anticipated financial and operating performance of the Partners in 2017, the revenues/contractual distributions to be received by Alaris in 2017 (annually and quarterly), the Annualized Payout Ratio, its general and administrative expenses in 2017, the cash requirements of the Corporation in 2017, expected capital deployment in Q2 2017, timing for collection of deferred or unpaid distributions, and restarting of distributions from certain Partners. To the extent any forward-looking statements herein constitute a financial outlook, they were approved by management as of the date hereof and have been included to provide an understanding with respect to Alaris' financial performance and are subject to the same risks and assumptions disclosed herein. There can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which these forward looking statements are based will occur. By their nature, forward-looking statements require Alaris to make assumptions and are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. Assumptions about the performance of the Canadian and U.S. economies in 2017 and how that will affect Alaris' business and that of its Partners are material factors considered by Alaris management when setting the outlook for Alaris. Key assumptions include, but are not limited to, assumptions that the Canadian and U.S. economies will grow moderately in 2017, that interest rates will not rise in a material way over the next 12 to 24 months, that the Partners will continue to make distributions to Alaris as and when required, that the businesses of the Partners will continue to grow, that the Corporation will experience net positive resets to its annual royalties and distributions from its Partners in 2017, more private companies will require access to alternative sources of capital, and that Alaris will have the ability to raise required equity and/or debt financing on acceptable terms. Management of Alaris has also assumed that capital markets will remain stable and that the Canadian and U.S. dollar trading pair will remain in a range of approximately plus or minus 10% over the next 6 months. In determining expectations for economic growth, management of Alaris primarily considers historical economic data provided by the Canadian and U.S. governments and their agencies. There can be no assurance that the assumptions, plans, intentions or expectations upon which these forward-looking statements are based will occur. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions and should not be read as guarantees or assurances of future performance. The actual results of the Corporation and the Partners could materially differ from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements contained herein as a result of certain risk factors, including, but not limited to, the following: the dependence of Alaris on the Partners; reliance on key personnel; general economic conditions; failure to complete or realize the anticipated benefit of Alaris' financing arrangements with the Partners; a failure to obtain required regulatory approvals on a timely basis or at all; changes in legislation and regulations and the interpretations thereof; risks relating to the Partners and their businesses, including, without limitation, a material change in the operations of a Partner or the industries they operate in; inability to close additional Partner contributions in a timely fashion, or at all; a change in the ability of the Partners to continue to pay Alaris' preferred distributions; a change in the unaudited information provided to the Corporation; and a failure to realize the benefits of any concessions or relief measures provided by Alaris to any Partner. Additional risks that may cause actual results to vary from those indicated are discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" and "Forward Looking Statements" in the Corporation's Management Discussion and Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2016, which is filed under the Corporation's profile at www.sedar.com and on its website at www.alarisroyalty.com. Accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking information contained in this news release. Statements containing forward-looking information reflect management's current beliefs and assumptions based on information in its possession on the date of this news release. Although management believes that the expectations represented in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct.
News Article | May 10, 2017
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