Blackbird revenues jump 49% with video-makers working from home

Developer of cloud video editing service, Blackbird PLC (AIM:BIRD), booked notable improvements in its financial fundamentals, as media outlets opted to use its software while working from home.

The company recorded ‘record’ revenues of £714,000 during the six month period ended 30 June 2020, up 49% year-on-year from £479,000 for the previous first half period. Similarly, the group noted a 54% jump in contracted but unrecognised revenues, up from £1.21 million to £1.86 million.

This progress was led by developments such as; A+E broadcasting doubling the volume of videos edited using the Blackbird platform; a three-year deal signed with esports specialists Venn; Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC using the platform for remote working solutions; and deal renewals with Deltatre, MSG Networks and Gfinity.

Further, the company also recorded reductions across its loss margins. Indeed, its EBITDA loss fell by 30% year-on-year, from £1.02 million, to £714,000. Similarly, net losses before tax fell from £1.19 million during H1 2019, to £942,000 for H1 2020.

Aside from improvements in demand, the company’s trajectory towards profit-making has been led by its ability to better-conserve cash. Indeed, it reduced its operating costs from £1.42 million to £1.36 million year-on-year. Also, it reduced its cash burn rate by 31% – excluding proceeds form share issues – which saw it fall to £846,000 for the six month period, down from £1.24 million.

Blackbird response

Commenting on the performance, company CEO Ian McDonough stated:

“I am pleased to deliver record revenues for the six-month period of £714k, up 49% year on year. This accelerated performance has come despite the Covid lockdown, proving the resilience of our operating model and whilst moving the Blackbird team fully to remote working. It has also enabled our customers to continue their operations remotely and, at the same time, ensure the safety of their staff.  I am genuinely excited about the future prospects for the Company and made a further significant investment in the Company in April 2020.  As we continue to execute the next stage of our strategy and Blackbird becomes more widely adopted, I look forward to delivering further good news and strong results to the market.”

Investor notes

Following the update, Blackbrid shares fell 5.33% or 1.15p, to 20.36p a share 07/09/20 12:50 BST. This is down from its year-to-date high of 21.50p on 4 September 2020, but far ahead of its year-to-date low of 7.25p 07/09/20 13:21 BST. The company’s p/e ratio is -29.23.

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