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Digitalglobe Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 29, 2012 | About:

Digitalglobe Inc. (NYSE:DGI) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2011-12-31.

Digitalglobe has a market cap of $729.2 million; its shares were traded at around $15.38 with a P/E ratio of 788 and P/S ratio of 2.3.

Highlight of Business Operations:

We recognize revenue for the $2.8 billion in services to be provided under the EnhancedView SLA using a proportional performance method based upon the estimated capacity of our constellation made available to NGA compared to the total capacity to be provided over the life of the contract. The contract requires us to increase capacity of the constellation through the installation of additional remote ground terminals, which communicate directly with our satellites, as well as the addition of an entirely new satellite, WorldView-3. Our WorldView-3 satellite is expected to be ready for launch in mid 2014. As capacity is added to our constellation, we recognize revenue in direct proportion to the amount of incremental capacity that is made available to NGA. Commencing in September 2010, we recognized approximately $12.5 million of revenue monthly through August 31, 2011, under the EnhancedView SLA. As of September 1, 2011, we increased the capacity of the constellation made available to NGA and are now recognizing approximately $14.1 million per month under the EnhancedView SLA. For the year ended December 31, 2011, we recognized approximately $157.0 million of revenue and recorded $94.6 million of deferred revenue related to the EnhancedView SLA contract. As of December 31, 2011, there was $119.4 million in total deferred revenue from the inception of the EnhancedView SLA. Given the significant amount of constellation capacity expected to be generated by WorldView-3 satellite and the increasing percentage of capacity that NGA will acquire from us once WorldView-3 satellite becomes operational, we anticipate a material increase in revenue once WorldView-3 satellite reaches FOC.

Under the EnhancedView SLA, and assuming all option years under the agreement are exercised and funded, we will receive a consistent, monthly non-refundable cash payment of approximately $20.8 million from NGA during the first four years of the EnhancedView contract, with an increase to $25.0 million per month in years five through ten. Each month is subject to a holdback, up to 10% of the monthly payment scheduled, depending upon our performance against pre-defined criteria. If we have been certified as having performed all requirements in the agreement each month, no holdback will be applied to that month. If funds are held back, we retain the cash, however, those funds can be applied to future products and services or will fund a pro-rated extension beyond the current contract period. Accordingly, all amounts held back will cause us to defer recognition of a corresponding revenue amount until such additional products or services have been provided. From September 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010, we satisfied all performance criteria under the agreement, and therefore had no holdback applied for the period. During the year ended December 31, 2011, there was $0.2 million of holdback, which occurred during the first quarter of 2011, all of which has been applied to other products and recognized as revenue as of December 31, 2011.

The following tables summarize our historical results of operations for the year ended December 31, 2011 compared to the year ended December 31, 2010, and our expenses as a percentage of revenue for the periods indicated:

Total revenue increased $40.6 million, or 14.4%, to $322.5 million in 2010 as compared to $281.9 million in 2009. The $21.4 million, or 9.3%, increase in defense and intelligence revenue was due primarily to DAP customers, who received access time to WorldView-1 and/or WorldView-2 through direct access facilities in the second half of 2010 that were not operational in 2009. The $19.2 million, or 37.7%, increase in commercial revenue was driven by growth from consumer customers in Europe and the Americas and reseller business worldwide.

We believe that the combination of funds currently available to us and funds expected to be generated from operations will be adequate to finance our operations and development activities for the next twelve months. Our NextView agreement with NGA was replaced by the EnhancedView agreement which was signed during August 2010. We cannot assure you that the U.S. government will continue to purchase earth imagery or other services from us at similar levels or similar terms. All of our contracts with the U.S. government agencies are subject to risks of termination or reduction in scope due to changes in U.S. government policies and priorities, or reduced Congressional funding level commitments. Pursuant to the contract terms, U.S. government agencies can terminate, modify or suspend our contracts at any time with or without cause. The U.S. government accounted for approximately 60.1% of our consolidated revenue for the year ended December 31, 2011. If the U.S. government were not to renew or extend our contract at similar levels or similar terms, we believe we would be able to maintain operations at a reduced level with existing cash and cash equivalents for the next twelve months.

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