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FLLYR: VGL: VGL - FY2018 Results Announcement  
 
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26 February 2019, Vista Group International Limited, Auckland, New Zealand.  
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Vista Group Produces Another Highlights Package  
Annual result reflects 23% revenue growth - the 5th consecutive year above  
20% - increases EBITDA and improves operating cash position  
[Auckland, NZ, 26 February 2019]: Vista Group International (NZX & ASX: VGL),  
announces its 2018 result today,  
reporting impressive growth and profitability stats across its businesses.  
Matching the performance record the global business and investor market has  
come to expect from this leading New Zealand tech sector company. Continuing  
with its integration strategy across the film industry, Vista Group has shown  
significant success in its drive toward achieving majority world market share  
across its movie industry sectors.  
 
Vista Entertainment Solutions ('Vista Cinema'), Vista's founding and largest  
business, continued the journey with 1,013 new cinema sites (including 199 in  
China) installed in 2018. The cumulative total of Vista Cinema sites is now  
7,202 (958 in China). This achievement took Vista Cinema's share of the  
world's large circuit market to 40% and equates to revenue growth of 22%;  
excluding China Vista Cinema's global market share has increased to 48%.  
Improved operating leverage has also seen an increase in EBITDA of 2%  
percentage points to 31%. Strategically the signing of integrated Group  
agreements with Cineworld Group and Odeon Cinemas Group provide a platform  
for continued growth and deployment of other Group company products.  
 
Movio, Vista Group's business that delivers data-driven marketing and  
analytics solutions to the film industry, delivered terrific growth with  
revenue up 47% and EBITDA up 74%. The Movio result included 122% growth for  
Movio Media - the 2nd year of 100%+ growth - due to the growth in research  
revenue and the signing of Disney to the Movio Media platform during 2018.  
 
Additional businesses in the Group also contributed with the speed of their  
growth; Powster (providing creative services to the film industry to engage  
users with entertainment content), created more than 1,750 online 'movie  
destinations' representing growth of 31% on 2017 and resulting in a 52% lift  
in revenue and strong EBITDA.  
 
Vista Group's strategy has been to create technology-driven efficiencies in  
the film industry to benefit industry participants. In 2018 Vista saw this  
strategy beginning to play out through movieXchange: MX Film is a new online  
platform developed by Vista that delivers, from the cloud, movie promotional  
media directly from film distributor to cinema exhibitors; MX Tickets enables  
online listing globally of movie showtimes information and via third party  
partners, the sale of movie tickets.  
 
On the product front, the transition to a fully cloud-based Vista Cinema  
moved significantly forward with the first customer cinema sites deployed and  
running live.  
 
"Vista Group Chief Executive, Kimbal Riley remarked that he, the Board and  
all at Vista are delighted with the 2018 result. "Our consistent growth,  
including our less mature businesses, and increased income and profitability  
can be credited to our 700+ globally-located staff. Their hard work,  
engagement with our customers and determination to deliver unprecedented  
technology solutions and services is our biggest strength. As a business we  
have a shared vision to be the leader in software and data solutions across  
the film industry; our 2018 result is evidence that we have a highly  
committed and connected team delivering on and progressing toward that  
vision."  
 
Vista Group will deliver a final dividend to its shareholders of 2.1  
cents/share resulting in a total pay-out at the top end of the policy range  
of 3.7 cents/share for 2018 and an increase of 27% on the previous year.  
 
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS  
o 23% Revenue growth over FY2017 of $130.7m - the 5th consecutive year of  
20%+ revenue growth  
o 17% EBITDA(1) growth to $29.2m  
o 150% Increase in operating cashflow to $27.4m  
o 47% Revenue growth in Movio to $22.8m. 122% Revenue growth in Movio Media  
was exceptional  
o 27% increase in FY2018 dividend with a final dividend of 2.1 cents per  
share representing a total pay-out at the top end of the policy range at 50%  
of NPAT  
o 26% increase in Earnings per share over the prior year  
o 25% increase in Profit Before Tax (NPBT) over the prior year  
 
OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS  
o Vista Group global leadership position in the cinema industry sustained  
with 40% market share of 20+ screens segment - 48.1% excluding China  
o 1013 new Vista Cinema sites (including 199 sites in China) - another very  
strong year of site growth to a cumulative 7,202 sites  
o 24% growth in Vista Group annuity/recurring revenue to $79.9m -  
representing 61% of total revenue.  
o 258 new Veezi sites to a cumulative 901 sites  
o Very strong result from Movio - Movio Media starring with significant  
growth on the back of deals with Disney and Fox  
o Key large client agreements signed with super circuits - Aeon, Cineworld,  
Marcus, Odeon and Pathe  
o Percentage of total revenue from SaaS(2) business across Vista Group  
increased from 25% in FY2017 to 32% in 2018  
o Outstanding improvement in collection of cash drives record operating cash  
flow  
 
Rodney Hyde - Chief Financial Officer  
Vista Group International Limited  
Contact: +64 9 984 4570  
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