SeaChange International Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2009 Results

-- Total revenues 17% higher year-over-year

-- Profitable quarter includes $2 million of shares repurchased

-- Realignment of operating segments highlights strength of software


SeaChange International, Inc. (NASDAQ: SEAC), a leading provider of software and hardware solutions for video-on-demand (VOD) television, announced financial results for its fiscal 2009 first quarter ended April 30, 2008. Total revenues for the quarter were $45.3 million which was $6.5 million or 17% higher than total revenues of $38.8 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2008. Net income for the first quarter was $0.3 million, or $0.01 per share, compared with a net loss of $4.6 million or, $0.16 per share, for the same period last year.

The Company ended the first quarter of fiscal 2009 with cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $79.0 million and no debt compared with $87.9 million and no debt at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. Net income and non-cash expenses for depreciation, amortization and stock compensation totaling $3.5 million was more than offset by higher accounts receivable relating to the timing of product shipments during the quarter. In addition, the Company repurchased 283,000 shares of its common stock during the quarter at a cost of $2.0 million under its previously disclosed stock buyback program.

Beginning with this year's first quarter, the Company has realigned the financial reporting for its business segments to reflect the increasing importance and size of its portfolio of software products along with the growth of business and operations of the Company's U.K. subsidiary, On Demand Group Ltd. (ODG). The Company's new reporting segments are Software, which includes the Company's Advertising, VOD, Middleware and Broadcast software; Servers & Storage, which includes the Company's VOD and Broadcast server product lines; and Media Services, which includes ODG. Financial results for this year's first quarter along with comparably prepared financial results for last year's first quarter are included with this release.

On a segment basis, total revenues in the first quarter from the Company's Software segment was $30.1 million, which is $4.2 million or 16% higher than related revenues in the first quarter of last year. Year-over-year revenue growth in the Software segment was driven by increased SeaChange Axiom-related revenue for North American service providers and higher VOD software revenue for hospitality customers. The Servers and Storage segment generated $11.3 million in revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2009, which is $2.7 million or 31% higher than revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2008. This year-over-year increase in revenue was primarily the result of increased VOD server shipments to North American service providers, as well as higher Broadcast server revenue from Europe and Asia. Media Services revenue for this year's first quarter of $4.0 million was $0.4 million or 8% lower than the first quarter of last year due primarily to lower ODG professional services revenue from certain Latin American customers.

"We are delighted that we have begun fiscal 2009 with a profitable first quarter which marks the third consecutive quarter of profitability for SeaChange," commented Bill Styslinger, President & CEO, SeaChange International. "We are particularly encouraged by our solid top-line performance this quarter as historically the first quarter has generally been challenging. North American service provider spending for our VOD server and software products continues to be strong, driving gross margins to 50% for the quarter, the first time this level has been achieved in nearly two years."

Styslinger continued, "We have also revised our financial reporting for our business segments this quarter into three separate business units focusing ostensibly on our hardware, software and media services product offerings. We made this change primarily to allow investors to better appreciate the magnitude of our Software business and its contribution to the overall financial performance of SeaChange. With over 60% of the Company's revenue coming from our software products and services this quarter, SeaChange has clearly transformed itself into a leading software supplier to the growing digital television industry."

Commenting on guidance for the remainder of fiscal 2009, Styslinger noted, "We expect that fiscal 2009 revenue will be approximately 10% higher than fiscal 2008 and that we will be profitable for the second quarter and full year for fiscal 2009. Our confidence stems from expected continued strong spending throughout fiscal 2009 by North America-based cable television companies, as well as cost containment relative to selling, general and administrative expenses."

The Company will discuss its financial results and business outlook in more detail today during its webcast conference call at 5:00 p.m. EDT, which will be available live and archived at

About SeaChange International

SeaChange International, Inc. is a world leader in digital video systems, spanning broadcast and broadband. Its powerful server and software systems enable television operators to provide new On Demand services and to gain greater efficiencies in advertising and content delivery. With its Emmy-winning MediaCluster(R) technology, thousands of SeaChange systems are helping broadband, broadcast and satellite television companies to streamline operations, expand services and increase revenues. SeaChange is headquartered in Acton, Massachusetts and has product development, support and sales offices throughout the world. Visit

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Any statements contained in this press release that do not describe historical facts, including without limitation statements concerning expected future performance, product introductions and general market conditions, may constitute forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any such forward-looking statements contained herein are based on current expectations, but are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. The factors that could cause actual future results to differ materially from current expectations include the following: the continued growth, development and acceptance of the video-on-demand market; the loss of one of the Company's large customers; the cancellation or deferral of purchases of the Company's products; a decline in demand or average selling price for the Company's broadband products; the Company's ability to manage its growth; the Company's ability to protect its intellectual property rights and the expenses that may be incurred by the Company to protect its intellectual property rights; an unfavorable result in any future litigation; content providers limiting the scope of content licensed for use in the video-on-demand market; the Company's ability to introduce new products or enhancements to existing products; the Company's dependence on certain sole source suppliers and third-party manufacturers; the Company's ability to compete in its marketplace; the Company's ability to respond to changing technologies; the risks associated with international sales; the performance of companies in which the Company has made equity investments, including Casa Systems; the ability of the Company to integrate businesses acquired by the Company; changes in the regulatory environment; the Company's ability to hire and retain highly skilled employees; any additional tax liabilities that the company may be subject to; and system errors, failures or disruptions.

Further information on factors that could cause actual results to differ from those anticipated is detailed in various publicly available documents made by the Company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to, those appearing at Item 1A under the caption "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Commission on April 14, 2008. Any forward-looking statements should be considered in light of those factors. The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak as of the date they are made. The Company disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any such statements to reflect any change in Company expectations or events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements may be based, or that may affect the likelihood that actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.

*SeaChange and MediaCluster are registered trademarks of SeaChange International, Inc. SeaChange Axiom is a trademark of SeaChange International, Inc.

                    SeaChange International, Inc.
      Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations - Unaudited
                (in thousands, except per share data)

                                                  Three months ended
                                                 April 30,  April 30,
                                                     2008      2007

Revenues                                          $ 45,384  $  38,844
Cost of revenues                                    22,622     21,027
                                                 ---------- ----------
Gross profit                                        22,762     17,817
                                                 ---------- ----------

Operating expenses:
   Research and development                         10,476     10,337
   Selling and marketing                             6,423      5,785
   General and administrative                        5,111      4,903
   Amortization of intangibles                         396        797
                                                 ---------- ----------
                                                    22,406     21,822
                                                 ---------- ----------
Income (loss) from operations                          356     (4,005)
Interest income and gains on sales of marketable
 securities, net                                       695        467
                                                 ---------- ----------
   Income (loss) before income taxes and equity
    income in earnings of affiliates                 1,051     (3,538)
Income tax provision                                  (425)    (1,263)
Equity (loss) income in earnings of affiliates        (283)       218
                                                 ---------- ----------
Net income (loss)                                 $    343  $  (4,583)
                                                 ========== ==========
   Basic income (loss) per share                  $   0.01  $   (0.16)
                                                 ========== ==========
   Diluted income (loss) per share                $   0.01  $   (0.16)
                                                 ========== ==========
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
   Basic                                            30,477     29,389
   Diluted                                          30,817     29,389
                    SeaChange International, Inc.
                Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
                (in thousands, except per share data)

                                               April 30,   January 31,
                                                  2008         2008
                                              ------------ -----------
Assets                                        (Unaudited)
Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                     $  52,147    $ 63,359
  Marketable securities                            20,065      19,266
  Accounts receivable, net                         48,579      35,743
  Inventories, net                                 16,626      14,315
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets         3,265       2,656
                                              ------------ -----------
     Total current assets                         140,682     135,339
Property and equipment, net                        27,491      28,066
Marketable securities                               6,749       5,272
Investments in affiliates                          13,227      12,668
Intangible assets, net                              6,317       6,809
Goodwill                                           29,398      29,471
Other assets                                          322         271
                                              ------------ -----------
  Total assets                                  $ 224,186    $217,896
                                              ============ ===========

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
  Accounts payable                              $  12,172    $  9,636
  Income taxes payable                                585       1,625
  Other accrued expenses                            8,915      17,387
  Customer deposits                                 1,152       1,259
  Deferred revenues                                24,685      19,103
  Deferred tax liabilities                             92          93
                                              ------------ -----------
     Total current liabilities                     47,601      49,103
Distribution and losses in excess of
 investment                                         1,746       1,458
Deferred tax liabilities and income taxes
 payable                                            2,060       1,933
                                              ------------ -----------
  Total liabilities                                51,407      52,494
                                              ------------ -----------

Stockholders' equity:
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 30,867,640 and
 29,904,311 shares issued and outstanding at
 April 30, 2008 and January 31, 2008,
 respectively                                         312         299
Additional paid-in capital                        200,920     191,627
Accumulated deficit                               (28,404)    (28,747)
Accumulated other comprehensive gain                1,933       2,223
Treasury stock, at cost; shares 322,459 and
 39,784 at April 30, 2008 and January 31,
 2008, respectively                                (1,982)          -
                                              ------------ -----------
     Total stockholders' equity                   172,779     165,402
                                              ------------ -----------
     Total liabilities and stockholders'
      equity                                    $ 224,186    $217,896
                                              ============ ===========
                    SeaChange International, Inc.
        Condensed Consolidated Operating Segments - Unaudited
                           (in thousands)

                                                Three months ended
                                             April 30,    April 30,
                                                 2008        2007
                                             ----------- ------------
   Products                                      $19,153      $15,337
   Services                                       10,910       10,491
                                             ----------- ------------
Total revenue                                     30,063       25,828
   Gross profit                                   16,496       14,087
Operating expenses:
   Research and development                        8,187        7,042
   Selling and marketing                           3,720        3,208
   Amortization of intangibles                       364          537
                                             ----------- ------------
                                                  12,271       10,787
                                             ----------- ------------
Income from operations                            $4,225       $3,300
                                             =========== ============

Servers and Storage
   Products                                       $7,841       $5,591
   Services                                        3,466        3,042
                                             ----------- ------------
Total revenue                                     11,307        8,633
   Gross profit                                    5,599        3,096
Operating expenses:
   Research and development                        2,289        3,295
   Selling and marketing                           2,673        2,516
                                             ----------- ------------
                                                   4,962        5,811
                                             ----------- ------------
Income (loss) from operations                       $637     $(2,715)
                                             =========== ============

Media Services
Service revenue                                   $4,014       $4,383
   Gross profit                                      667          634
Operating expenses:
   Selling and marketing                              30           61
   General and administrative                        815          585
   Amortization of intangibles                        32          260
                                             ----------- ------------
                                                     877          906
                                             ----------- ------------
Loss from operations                              $(210)       $(272)
                                             =========== ============

Unallocated Corporate
Operating expenses:
   General and administrative                     $4,296       $4,318
                                             ----------- ------------
Total unallocated corporate expenses              $4,296       $4,318
                                             =========== ============

                                             ----------- ------------
Consolidated income (loss) from operations          $356     $(4,005)
                                             =========== ============

Source: SeaChange International, Inc.