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Blyth, Inc. Reports 4th Quarter and 2012 Sales and Earnings

ViSalus Growth Largely Offsets Declines at PartyLite and Miles Kimball

GREENWICH, Conn., March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blyth, Inc. (NYSE: BTH), a direct to consumer company and leading designer and marketer of health and wellness products, candles and accessories for the home sold through the direct selling and direct marketing channels, today reported earnings for the fourth quarter and full year. 

2012 Fourth Quarter Performance

Net Sales for the three months ended December 31, 2012 decreased approximately 4% to $331.0 million from $345.5 million for the comparable prior year period.  Sales growth of ViSalus, as compared to the prior year period, was more than offset by declines at PartyLite and Miles Kimball Company.  

Commenting on fourth quarter accomplishments, Robert B. Goergen, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer noted, "Blyth achieved two significant objectives at the end of last year that positions it for profitable growth as a direct-to-consumer marketing company.  First, the sale of Sterno completed our transformation from a multi-channel company to one focused on the direct selling and direct marketing channels of distribution.  Second, we arrived at a new, long-term understanding with the ViSalus Founders that preserves their ability to remain equity participants in the business as we work together to achieve global market penetration."

Turning to the fourth quarter financial results, Mr. Goergen noted that, "ViSalus's fourth quarter sales, at $127 million, represented 29% year-over-year sales growth. Moreover, its full year sales were $624 million versus $230 million in 2011.  That ViSalus achieved such significant market penetration highlights the opportunity in opening additional markets outside of North America, beginning in 2013, following the lead of many global health and wellness competitors."

Regarding the PartyLite and Miles Kimball Company businesses, Mr. Goergen added, "We continue to invest in our Candles & Home Decor and Catalog & Internet businesses in order to attain long-term sales and earnings growth."

Blyth's operating profit for the fourth quarter was $39.8 million this year versus $34.5 million last year and includes the following pretax items:

  • A ViSalus Equity Incentive Plan (EIP) charge of $2.2 million this year and $11.6 million last year related to the EIP that was terminated in January 2013, and
  • Restructuring charges of $1.0 million for PartyLite this year and $3.0 million last year.

Excluding the impact of these charges, Blyth's operating profit would have been $43.0 million this year versus $49.1 million last year. 

Net Earnings attributable to Blyth, Inc. for the fourth quarter were $27.8 million compared to $25.6 million for the prior year.  Diluted Earnings Per Share attributed to Blyth, Inc. for the fourth quarter were $1.63 this year compared to $1.54 last year.  This year's Diluted Earnings Per Share include:

  • Impairment of Midwest-CBK note receivable charge of $0.06 this year,
  • ViSalus EIP charge of $0.06 this year versus a $0.22 charge last year,
  • PartyLite restructuring charges of $0.04 this year versus $0.12 last year, and
  • A gain of $0.36 from discontinued operations versus $0.07 last year.

Excluding these unusual items and discontinued operations, Normalized Earnings Per Share for the fourth quarter were $1.42 this year versus $1.80 last year.

In December 2012, Blyth increased its ownership in ViSalus from approximately 73% to approximately 81% at a cost of $60 million.  As part of that transaction, Blyth essentially modified its obligation to purchase the remaining 19% interest in ViSalus that it did not already own through the issuance by ViSalus of redeemable convertible preferred stock.

This December 2012 transaction necessitated a revaluation of ViSalus which was made through an independent appraisal that took into account a number of factors, including recent declines in public direct selling company multiples.  The revaluation resulted in a fair market value of ViSalus which required a non-cash adjustment of $34 million, or $1.99 on a Diluted Earnings Per Share basis.  As a result, after giving effect to the exchange of redeemable preferred stock in excess of fair value, Net Earnings Attributable to Blyth, Inc. Common Stockholders in the fourth quarter of 2012 is a loss of $6.2 million, or a loss of $0.36 per share.

In connection with the issuance of the redeemable convertible preferred stock, the Company has recorded an obligation on its balance sheet, identified as "Redeemable Preferred Stock", for $147 million.  The establishment of this instrument resulted in a charge against equity during the fourth quarter of 2012 of $75 million, which consists of the difference between the September 30, 2012 Redeemable Non-Controlling Interest balance of $132 million, less December's payment to increase ownership from 73% to 81% of $60 million, and less December's establishment of Redeemable Preferred Stock of $147 million.

Mr. Goergen further noted, "We must not lose sight of the fact that Blyth has invested $145 million in its 81% stake in ViSalus, a company that achieved 2012 sales growth of 171% in North America, growing from $230 million in 2011 to $624 million.  Moreover, ViSalus contributed $97 million in operating profit to Blyth's 2012 results, a nearly three-fold increase over the $35 million earned in the prior year. We are delighted with this record of achievement and look forward to ViSalus's continued contribution to Blyth's sales and earnings as it enters its first market outside North America in 2013."

During the fourth quarter, the Company repurchased 411,336 shares, or approximately 2.4% of its 17 million shares outstanding.  The Company has 1.6 million shares remaining in its existing repurchase authorization.

Due to the change in the Company's fiscal year from January 31st to December 31st, which was effected in the prior year period, it should be noted that fourth quarter and full year results for 2011 are unaudited and presented for comparative purposes.  In addition, due to the divestiture of Sterno in October 2012, its financial results, including a gain on sale of $5.5 million, are classified in Discontinued Operations for all reported periods. 

The summary reconciliation of unaudited Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) earnings and earnings per share to Non-GAAP earnings and earnings per share presented in the attached table and the discussion of segment operating profit excluding certain items are included as additional references to assist investors in analyzing the Company's performance and should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.  In presenting comparable results, the Company discloses non-GAAP financial measures when it believes such measures will be useful to investors in evaluating the Company's underlying business performance.  Management internally reviews the results of the Company excluding the impact of certain items as it believes that these non-GAAP financial measures are useful for evaluating the Company's core operating results and facilitating comparison across reporting periods.

2012 Fourth Quarter Segment Performance

In October 2012, the Company completed the sale of its Sterno subsidiary for $23.5 million in cash, completing Blyth's strategic transformation from a multi-channel company to a direct-to-consumer company focused on the direct selling and direct marketing channels of distribution.  As such, Blyth has realigned its segments to reflect this transformation.  Segment results have been restated for all periods shown to reflect the new segment structure.  The new segments and related businesses are:

  • Health & Wellness - ViSalus
  • Candles & Home Decor - PartyLite
  • Catalog & Internet - Miles Kimball Company

In the Health & Wellness segment, fourth quarter net sales increased 29% to $126.6 million versus $98.5 million for the same period last year.  ViSalus had approximately 76,000 independent Promoters at the end of the fourth quarter versus 59,000 Promoters on board at the end of the prior year's fourth quarter.  Health & Wellness fourth quarter segment operating profit was $8.7 million this year versus $2.7 million last year.  Excluding the EIP charges of $2.2 million this year and $11.6 million last year, and allocated corporate expenses of $2.4 million this year and $1.8 million last year, fourth quarter operating profit for ViSalus was $13.3 million this year versus $16.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.  The decrease in 2012 in ViSalus's operating profit was due primarily to the increase in infrastructure, including staffing, an expanded call center, enhanced information technology systems, the investment in global expansion and expanded leased office space necessary to support the North American business.

Ryan Blair, Chief Executive Officer of ViSalus, commented, "2012 was a year of growth and building for ViSalus during which we fortified our infrastructure to support the continued growth opportunity in North America and as we prepare for expansion into Europe.  I am incredibly proud of what our team accomplished this year and very optimistic about the long-term prospects of our direct-to-consumer network marketing model, which we can now support very capably due to the investments we've made, including adding approximately 300 new staff members, new leased facilities to house our growth and new information systems and technology."

Candles & Home Decor sales were $160.1 million in the fourth quarter, versus $195.5 million for the same period last year, a decline of 18%.  This decline reflects increased competition from both retail establishments selling candles and other direct selling companies competing for consultants, as well as the soft consumer market worldwide.  PartyLite's European sales during the quarter declined 11% in local currency, or 14% in U.S. dollars.  PartyLite's European active independent sales Consultants totaled over 30,000 at year-end versus approximately 34,000 last year.  PartyLite's U.S. sales declined 34% versus the prior year period.  Active U.S. independent sales Consultants totaled approximately 15,000 at year-end versus approximately 19,000 last year.  At PartyLite Canada, sales declined 24% in local currency and 21% in U.S. dollars during the quarter, with active independent sales Consultants down 12% to approximately 4,700 at year-end 2012 from 5,300 at year-end 2011.

Fourth quarter operating profit for the Candles & Home Decor segment was $29.9 million versus $28.8 million in last year's fourth quarter.  Excluding restructuring charges of $1.0 million this year and $3.0 million last year, and allocated corporate expenses of $1.6 million this year versus $3.6 million last year, PartyLite's operating profit was $32.5 million this year versus $35.4 million last year, largely due to the favorable impact of restructuring and cost savings initiatives which nearly offset the sales decline.

Commenting on the performance of the Candles & Home Decor segment, Robert B. Goergen, Jr., Chief Operating Officer of Blyth and President, PartyLite Worldwide said, "Despite the year-over-year sales decline, PartyLite's operating profit benefited from cost savings related to the streamlining of its operations and other overhead reductions as we 'right-sized' the organization to position it for continued profitability in 2013 and beyond."

In the Catalog & Internet segment, fourth quarter net sales declined 14% to $44.3 million versus $51.5 million last year due to the continued trend of soft sales of general merchandise.  This was partially offset by the strong sales of health and wellness products which continue to achieve double-digit growth through the health and wellness catalog, Easy Comforts®.  Fourth quarter operating profit in this segment was $1.1 million this year versus $3.1 million last year.  Excluding allocated corporate expenses of $0.5 million this year and $1.2 million last year, Miles Kimball's operating profit was $1.6 million this year versus $4.3 million last year.  This decline was due to lower sales and the margin impact from holiday season free shipping promotions.

2012 Full Year Performance

Net Sales for the year ended December 31, 2012 increased 34% to $1.2 billion versus $0.9 billion for the prior year.  Operating profit for the year was $84.6 million this year versus $32.2 million last year and includes the following pretax items:

  • ViSalus EIP charge of $11.3 million this year and $27.1 million last year,
  • Fees of $4.7 million related to the ViSalus proposed public offering, which was withdrawn in September 2012,
  • Catalog & Internet segment charge for an intangible impairment of $0.8 million, and
  • Restructuring charge of $3.2 million for PartyLite this year versus $3.0 million last year.

Excluding the impact of these charges, operating profit was $104.6 million this year versus $62.3 million last year.  The increase in operating profit is due to strong growth at ViSalus.

Net Earnings attributable to Blyth, Inc. for the full year were $44.0 million compared to $13.8 million for the prior year.  Diluted Earnings Per Share attributable to Blyth, Inc. were $2.55 this year compared to $0.83 last year. Earnings per share include:

  • Impairment of Midwest-CBK note receivable charge of $0.06 this year,
  • ViSalus EIP charge of $0.32 this year versus a $0.45 charge last year,
  • Fees incurred by ViSalus related to their withdrawn public offering of $0.12 this year,
  • Catalog & Internet intangible impairment charge of $0.03 this year,
  • PartyLite restructuring charges of $0.12 both this year and last year, and
  • Income from discontinued operations of $0.45 this year and a loss of $0.37 last year.  

Normalized Earnings Per Share for the full year before the aforementioned charges and discontinued operations were $2.75 this year versus $1.76 last year, an increase of 56%.  After giving effect to the non-cash adjustment of $1.97, resulting from the exchange of redeemable preferred stock in excess of fair value, described above, the Diluted Earnings Per Share attributable to Blyth, Inc. Common Stockholders was $0.58.

The sum of the individual and segment amounts may not equal the reported totals for the quarter and full year for Blyth overall due to rounding.

2013 Earnings Guidance

The Company also announced that 2013 Diluted Earnings Per Share attributable to Blyth, Inc. are expected to be $1.70 - $1.85 compared to 2012 Diluted Earnings Per Share attributable to Blyth, Inc. of $2.55.  The year-over-year comparison reflects an anticipated overall single digit sales decline as well as projected investment spending in 2013 that is essential to achieve the Company's long-term growth objectives.  Moreover, the Company expects a slight operating loss in the first quarter of 2013 due to a larger decline in year-over-year sales in the first quarter than for the full year.  In addition, the Company will see the impact of investment spending begun last year to support Blyth's global growth as well as to sustain the overall health of the operations in each of its three segments.  Cash flow from operations for 2013 is expected to be approximately $85 million, an over 60% increase when compared to the approximately $52 million generated in 2012.  This increase is primarily due to improvements in working capital, the anticipated settlement of a legal proceeding and non-cash charges associated with management equity incentive plans.  Capital spending is anticipated to be relatively flat year-to-year at $19 million.

Blyth, Inc., headquartered in Greenwich, CT, USA, is a direct to consumer business focused on the direct selling and direct marketing channels.  It designs and markets health and wellness products, candles and accessories for the home through the direct selling channel, utilizing both the network marketing and home party plan methods. The Company also designs and markets household convenience items and personalized gifts through the catalog/Internet channel.  Its products are sold direct to the consumer under the ViSalus Sciences®, PartyLite® and Two Sisters Gourmet by PartyLite® brands and to consumers in the catalog/Internet channel under the Miles Kimball®, Walter Drake®, Easy Comforts®, As We Change® and Exposures® brands. 

Blyth, Inc. may be found on the Internet at www.blyth.com.

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate to statements of historical or current facts, and include statements concerning our plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance and underlying assumptions.  Forward-looking statements often include words such as "anticipates," "estimates," "expects," "projects," "intends," "plans," "believes" and words of similar substance in connection with discussions of future operating or financial performance.  We have prepared our outlook for 2013 based on our current estimate of the accounting charge from the anticipated adoption by ViSalus of its management incentive plan, but that charge will not be finalized until ViSalus implements the plan.  Accordingly, the amount of that charge may be materially more or less than we have currently estimated, which would impact our outlook for 2013, perhaps materially.  Examples of forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the Company's and our business units positioning for profitable growth, ViSalus's international expansion and our expected earnings and financial performance in 2013.

The Company's forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and assumptions regarding the Company's business and performance, the economy and other future conditions and future events, circumstances and results.  As with any projection or forecast, forward-looking statements are inherently susceptible to uncertainty and changes in circumstances, especially when made early in the fiscal year when it is inherently difficult to forecast financial results for the full year.  Our actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied in our forward-looking statements.  Important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include

(1) our ability to respond appropriately to changing customer preferences and demand for our current and new products or product enhancements; (2) a downturn in the economy; (3) our dependence on sales by independent Promoters and Consultants and our ability to recruit, retain and motivate them; (4) adverse publicity associated with our products, ingredients, Promoters, programs or network marketing business model, or those of similar companies; (5) our ability to influence or control our Promoters and Consultants; (6) our ability to retain our existing customers or attract new customers; (7) ViSalus's obligation, which we have guaranteed, to redeem its preferred stock in December 2017; (8) competition; (9) federal and state regulations applicable to our promotional and compensation programs; (10) certain taxes or assessments relating to the activities of our Promoters and Consultants for which we may be held responsible; (11) our dependence on key employees; (12) risks in our international operations; (13) the loss of a leading Promoter, together with his or her associated sales organization, or the loss of a significant number of Promoters for any reason; (14) laws and governmental regulations, including regulation by the FDA; (15) compliance with advertising and labeling laws; (16) our ability to identify suitable acquisition candidates, complete acquisitions on terms favorable to us and successfully integrate acquired operations; (17) our ability to protect our intellectual property; (18) our reliance on independent third parties for the manufacture and supply of many of our products; (19) product liability claims; (20) interruptions in our information-technology systems; (21) information security or data breaches; (22) our ability to successfully adapt and integrate mobile devices, which depends upon the effective operation of mobile operating systems, networks, and standards that we do not control; (23) credit card and debit card fraud; (24) our storage of user and employee data; (25) shortages or increases in the cost of raw materials; (26) changes in our effective tax rate; (27) turmoil in the financial markets; (28) any fluctuation in our periodic results of operations; (29) increased mailing and shipping costs; (30) the proposed elimination of Saturday catalog delivery; (31) Miles Kimball's credit program; (32) speculative trading, (33) if securities or industry analysts do not publish research or reports about our business, or publish negative reports about our business; (34) our compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, and (35) the anticipated accounting charge from the adoption by ViSalus of a management incentive plan, as well as other factors described in this press release and in the Company's most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

For the reasons set forth above, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.  The statements in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, even if subsequently made available by us on our website or otherwise.  We do not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the day on which they are made, except as provided by law.


BLYTH, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands except per share data)

(Unaudited)










Three Months


Three Months


Year


Year


Ended December 31,


Ended December 31,


Ended December 31,


Ended December 31,


2012


2011


2012


2011









Net sales

$                 331,021


$                 345,546


$                1,179,514


$                     879,091

Cost of goods sold

108,744


118,713


391,994


312,844

    Gross profit

222,277


226,833


787,520


566,247

Selling

136,118


143,333


516,419


383,609

Administrative and other

44,205


37,406


175,234


123,299

ViSalus equity incentive plan

2,183


11,559


11,301


27,102

    Total operating expense

182,506


192,298


702,954


534,010

    Operating profit

39,771


34,535


84,566


32,237









Other expense (income):








     Interest expense

1,585


1,485


6,057


6,473

     Interest income

(569)


(455)


(1,724)


(1,355)

     Foreign exchange and other

1,237


(286)


(909)


1,465

     Total other expense

2,253


744


3,424


6,583

    Earnings from continuing operations

     before income taxes

37,518


33,791


81,142


25,654

Income tax expense

13,911


10,511


31,635


6,519

    Earnings from continuing operations

23,607


23,280


49,507


19,135

Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations,

  net of income tax

575


700


2,197


(3,723)

Gain (loss) on sale of discontinued operations,

  net of income tax

5,540


502


5,540


(2,458)

    Net earnings

29,722


24,482


57,244


12,954

Less: Net earnings (loss) attributable to

  noncontrolling interests

1,971


(1,153)


13,242


(796)

     Net earnings attributable to Blyth, Inc.

27,751


25,635


44,002


13,750

Less: Exchange of redeemable preferred stock in

 excess of fair value

(33,956)


-


(33,956)


-

     Net earnings (loss) attributable to Blyth, Inc.

      common stockholders

$                  (6,205)


$                  25,635


$                   10,046


$                    13,750









Diluted earnings per share:








Net earnings from continuing operations

$                     1.27


$                      1.47


$                       2.10


$                        1.20

Net earnings (loss) from discontinued operations

0.36


0.07


0.45


(0.37)

Net earnings attributable per Blyth, Inc. 

1.63


1.54


2.55


0.83

Exchange of redeemable preferred stock in excess of fair value

(1.99)


-


(1.97)


-

Net earnings (loss) attributable to Blyth, Inc. common stockholders

$                    (0.36)


$                      1.54


$                       0.58


$                        0.83

Weighted average number of shares outstanding

17,038


16,636


17,247


16,656

























Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)














December 31, 2012


December 31, 2011

Assets








  Cash and Cash Equivalents





$                  129,056


$                  200,571

  Short Term Investments





32,073


34,742

  Accounts Receivable, Net





9,187


6,810

  Inventories





90,952


90,357

  Property, Plant & Equipment, Net





93,108


81,339

  Other Assets





80,547


82,427

  Discontinued operations





-


19,048

Total Assets





$                  434,923


$                  515,294









Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity








  Bank and Other Debt





$                     6,426


$                      6,996

  Bond Debt





71,764


92,887

  Other Liabilities





151,382


253,721

  Discontinued operations





-


7,724

  Redeemable Preferred Stock





146,547


-

Equity





58,804


153,966

Total Liabilities and Equity





$                  434,923


$                  515,294









Blyth, Inc.

Supplemental Non-GAAP Earnings (Loss)Per Share Measures

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)


















Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended



December 31, 2012


December 31, 2011



Dollars


Diluted EPS


Dollars


Diluted EPS 





























Non-GAAP normalized earnings

$      24,256


$          1.42


$      29,996


$          1.80











Non-GAAP Adjustments: 


















Impairment of note receivable

(956)


(0.06)


-


-











ViSalus Equity Incentive Plan

(987)


(0.06)


(3,616)


(0.22)











Restructuring charges (1)

(677)


(0.04)


(1,947)


(0.12)











Income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes (2)

6,115


0.36


1,202


0.07











GAAP Net earnings attributable to Blyth, Inc. 

27,751


1.63


25,635


1.54











Exchange of redeemable preferred stock in excess of fair value (3)

(33,956)


(1.99)


-


-











GAAP Net (loss) earnings attributable to Blyth, Inc. common stockholders

$       (6,205)


$         (0.36)


$      25,635


$          1.54











This table is included as an additional reference to assist investors in analyzing the Company's performance and should be considered in addition to, not a substitute for, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.











(1) Restructuring charges represent costs associated with the realignment of the PartyLite North American distribution center.











(2) Amounts in 2012 reflect a gain on sale of Sterno $5.5 million, net of taxes and net earnings from operations of $0.6 million. Amounts in 2011, include net earnings (losses) from operations of $1.1 million and ($0.4 million) for Sterno and MidWest CBK, respectively.  In 2011, the Company recorded a gain on sale of MidWest CBK, net of tax benefits of $0.5 million. 










(3) Represents a non-cash adjustment for the issuance of redeemable preferred stock in excess of fair value. 










The sum of the individual amounts may not necessarily equal to the totals due to rounding.





 

Blyth, Inc.


Supplemental Non-GAAP Earnings (Loss)Per Share Measures


(In thousands, except per share data)


(Unaudited)











Year Ended


Year Ended




December 31, 2012


December 31, 2011




Dollars


Diluted EPS


Dollars


Diluted EPS 























Non-GAAP normalized earnings

$      47,420


$          2.75


$      29,351


$          1.76













Non-GAAP Adjustments: 




















Impairment of note receivable

(956)


(0.06)


-


-













ViSalus Equity Incentive Plan

(5,515)


(0.32)


(7,473)


(0.45)













ViSalus IPO related costs incurred

(2,108)


(0.12)


-


-













Impairment of intangible assets (1)

(518)


(0.03)


-


-













Restructuring charges (2)

(2,057)


(0.12)


(1,947)


(0.12)













Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes (3)

7,737


0.45


(6,181)


(0.37)













GAAP Net earnings attributable to Blyth, Inc. 

44,002


2.55


13,750


0.83













Exchange of redeemable preferred stock in excess of fair value (4)

(33,956)


(1.97)


-


-













GAAP Net earnings attributable to Blyth, Inc. common stockholders

$      10,046


$          0.58


$      13,750


$          0.83













This table is included as an additional reference to assist investors in analyzing the Company's performance and should be considered in addition to, not a substitute for, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.  












(1) Impairment of intangible was due to lower forecasted sales in the Exposures brand within the Catalog & Internet segment.













(2) Restructuring charges represent costs associated with the realignment of the PartyLite North American distribution center.













(3) Amounts in 2012 reflect a gain on sale of Sterno $5.5 million, net of taxes and net earnings from operations of $2.2 million. Amounts in 2011, include net earnings (losses) from operations of $1.3 million, ($4.4 million) and ($0.6 million) for Sterno, MidWest CBK and Boca Java, respectively.  In 2011, the Company recorded a loss on sale of MidWest CBK, net of tax benefits of ($2.5) million. 












(4) Represents a non-cash adjustment for the issuance of redeemable preferred stock in excess of fair value. 












The sum of the individual amounts may not necessarily equal to the totals due to rounding.





SOURCE Blyth, Inc.

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WebRTC is an up-and-coming standard that enables real-time voice and video to be directly embedded into browsers making the browser a primary user interface for communications and collaboration. WebRTC runs in a number of browsers today and is currently supported in over a billion installed browsers globally, across a range of platform OS and devices. Today, organizations that choose to deploy WebRTC applications and use a host machine that supports audio through USB or Bluetooth can use Plantronics products to connect and transit or receive the audio associated with the WebRTC session.
There are lots of challenges in IoT around secure, scalable and business friendly infrastructure for enterprises. For large corporations, IoT implementations are one of the top priorities of the decade. All industries are seeing a competitive need to sustain by investing in IoT initiatives. The value addition comes from improved customer service, innovative product and additional revenue streams. The data from these IP-connected devices can be leveraged for a variety of business applications as well as responsive action controls. The various architectural building blocks of an IoT ...
As enterprises move to all-IP networks and cloud-based applications, communications service providers (CSPs) – facing increased competition from over-the-top providers delivering content via the Internet and independently of CSPs – must be able to offer seamless cloud-based communication and collaboration solutions that can scale for small, midsize, and large enterprises, as well as public sector organizations, in order to keep and grow market share. The latest version of Oracle Communications Unified Communications Suite gives CSPs the capability to do just that. In addition, its integration ...
Chuck Piluso will present a study of cloud adoption trends and the power and flexibility of IBM Power and Pureflex cloud solutions. Speaker Bio: Prior to Data Storage Corporation (DSC), Mr. Piluso founded North American Telecommunication Corporation, a facilities-based Competitive Local Exchange Carrier licensed by the Public Service Commission in 10 states, serving as the company's chairman and president from 1997 to 2000. Between 1990 and 1997, Mr. Piluso served as chairman & founder of International Telecommunications Corporation, a facilities-based international carrier licensed by t...
The IoT Bootcamp is coming to Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo on June 9-10 at the Javits Center in New York. Instructor. Registration is now available at http://iotbootcamp.sys-con.com/ Instructor Janakiram MSV previously taught the famously successful Multi-Cloud Bootcamp at Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo in November in Santa Clara. Now he is expanding the focus to Janakiram is the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. He is a Microsoft Regional Director for Hyderabad, India, and one of the f...
The 17th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. 17th International Cloud Expo, to be held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, APM, APIs, Microservices, Security, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit your speaking proposal today!
While not quite mainstream yet, WebRTC is starting to gain ground with Carriers, Enterprises and Independent Software Vendors (ISV’s) alike. WebRTC makes it easy for developers to add audio and video communications into their applications by using Web browsers as their platform. But like any market, every customer engagement has unique requirements, as well as constraints. And of course, one size does not fit all. In her session at WebRTC Summit, Dr. Natasha Tamaskar, Vice President, Head of Cloud and Mobile Strategy at GENBAND, will explore what is needed to take a real time communications ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that MangoApps will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY., and the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MangoApps provides private all-in-one social intranets allowing workers to securely collaborate from anywhere in the world and from any device. Social, mobile, and easy to use. MangoApps has been named a "Market Leader" by Ovum Research and a "Cool Vendor" by Gartner...
SYS-CON Media announced today that @ThingsExpo Blog launched with 7,788 original stories. @ThingsExpo Blog offers top articles, news stories, and blog posts from the world's well-known experts and guarantees better exposure for its authors than any other publication. @ThingsExpo Blog can be bookmarked. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
The world's leading Cloud event, Cloud Expo has launched Microservices Journal on the SYS-CON.com portal, featuring over 19,000 original articles, news stories, features, and blog entries. DevOps Journal is focused on this critical enterprise IT topic in the world of cloud computing. Microservices Journal offers top articles, news stories, and blog posts from the world's well-known experts and guarantees better exposure for its authors than any other publication. Follow new article posts on Twitter at @MicroservicesE
SYS-CON Events announced today that robomq.io will exhibit at SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. robomq.io is an interoperable and composable platform that connects any device to any application. It helps systems integrators and the solution providers build new and innovative products and service for industries requiring monitoring or intelligence from devices and sensors.
Containers and microservices have become topics of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities. Accordingly, attendees at the upcoming 16th Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York June 9-11 will find fresh new content in a new track called PaaS | Containers & Microservices Containers are not being considered for the first time by the cloud community, but a current era of re-consideration has pushed them to the top of the cloud agenda. With the launch of Docker's initial release in March of 2013, interest was revved up several notches. Then late last...
Wearable technology was dominant at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) , and MWC was no exception to this trend. New versions of favorites, such as the Samsung Gear (three new products were released: the Gear 2, the Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit), shared the limelight with new wearables like Pebble Time Steel (the new premium version of the company’s previously released smartwatch) and the LG Watch Urbane. The most dramatic difference at MWC was an emphasis on presenting wearables as fashion accessories and moving away from the original clunky technology associated with t...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Litmus Automation will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Litmus Automation’s vision is to provide a solution for companies that are in a rush to embrace the disruptive Internet of Things technology and leverage it for real business challenges. Litmus Automation simplifies the complexity of connected devices applications with Loop, a secure and scalable cloud platform.
In 2015, 4.9 billion connected "things" will be in use. By 2020, Gartner forecasts this amount to be 25 billion, a 410 percent increase in just five years. How will businesses handle this rapid growth of data? Hadoop will continue to improve its technology to meet business demands, by enabling businesses to access/analyze data in real time, when and where they need it. Cloudera's Chief Technologist, Eli Collins, will discuss how Big Data is keeping up with today's data demands and how in the future, data and analytics will be pervasive, embedded into every workflow, application and infra...
From telemedicine to smart cars, digital homes and industrial monitoring, the explosive growth of IoT has created exciting new business opportunities for real time calls and messaging. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ivelin Ivanov, CEO and Co-Founder of Telestax, shared some of the new revenue sources that IoT created for Restcomm – the open source telephony platform from Telestax. Ivelin Ivanov is a technology entrepreneur who founded Mobicents, an Open Source VoIP Platform, to help create, deploy, and manage applications integrating voice, video and data. He is the co-founder of TeleStax, a...
As Marc Andreessen says software is eating the world. Everything is rapidly moving toward being software-defined – from our phones and cars through our washing machines to the datacenter. However, there are larger challenges when implementing software defined on a larger scale - when building software defined infrastructure. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Boyan Ivanov, CEO of StorPool, will provide some practical insights on what, how and why when implementing "software-defined" in the datacenter.
How is unified communications transforming the way businesses operate? In his session at WebRTC Summit, Arvind Rangarajan, Director of Product Marketing at BroadSoft, will discuss how to extend unified communications experience outside the enterprise through WebRTC. He will also review use cases across different industry verticals. Arvind Rangarajan is Director, Product Marketing at BroadSoft. He has over 19 years of experience in the telecommunications industry in various roles such as Software Development, Product Management and Product Marketing, applied across Wireless, Unified Communic...
So I guess we’ve officially entered a new era of lean and mean. I say this with the announcement of Ubuntu Snappy Core, “designed for lightweight cloud container hosts running Docker and for smart devices,” according to Canonical. “Snappy Ubuntu Core is the smallest Ubuntu available, designed for security and efficiency in devices or on the cloud.” This first version of Snappy Ubuntu Core features secure app containment and Docker 1.6 (1.5 in main release), is available on public clouds, and for ARM and x86 devices on several IoT boards. It’s a Trend! This announcement comes just as...