The Kudelski Group has revised downwards its 2007 profit guidance. The Group now anticipates a 2007 EBIT between CHF 85 (€51) and CHF 95 million (€57 million), while total revenues are expected to be at the lower end of the CHF 940 to 955 million previously announced guidance range.
The announcement follows the OpenTV third quarter results and full year outlook communicated yesterday; they lead to a CHF 18 million downward revision of the expected full year consolidated IFRS EBIT for the Group.
The customers’ rescheduling of two projects to the first half 2008 as well as the costs of the announced migration of 10 million active cards to the rental model affect the Digital TV division last quarter’s profits.
The Group further intensified its research and development efforts in the second half of this year with the intent of accelerating the release of its new core digital TV solutions. The Nagra Public Access division continues to develop in line with previously announced expectations.
In spite of a slower development of specific digital TV segments and geographical markets as well as a declining USD exchange rate, the Group still expects to exceed the CHF 1 billion revenue threshold in 2008. For next year, the Group plans a further strengthening of its research and development efforts in anticipation of the requirements of its core digital TV customers and prospects. The Group considers that such investments are key to sustain its envisaged growth. (Source: press release Kudelski Group)