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Dolby Laboratories Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

November 15, 2012 | About:

Dolby Laboratories Inc. (NYSE:DLB) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2012-09-28.

Dolby Laboratories, Inc. has a market cap of $3.43 billion; its shares were traded at around $31.55 with a P/E ratio of 13.8 and P/S ratio of 3.7. Dolby Laboratories, Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 10.8% over the past 5 years.

Highlight of Business Operations:

We license our technologies to software vendors and to OEMs of CE products such as digital televisions, set-top boxes, DVD players and recorders, Blu-ray Disc players, video game consoles, audio/video receivers, mobile devices, in-car entertainment systems, home-theater-in-a-box systems, PCs, camcorders, and portable media devices. Our licensing arrangements typically entitle us to receive a specified royalty for every product shipped by our licensees that incorporates our technologies. We also collect fees for administering joint patent licensing programs (informally known as “patent pools”) on behalf of third parties. In fiscal 2012, 2011, and 2010, our licensing revenue represented 86%, 83%, and 77% of our total revenue, respectively. We have three primary licensing models: a two-tier model, an integrated licensing model, and a patent pool model.

We provide other services such as print quality control, professional film mastering services to prepare movies for digital release, and theater system calibration for important screenings, such as premieres, film festivals, and press screenings. Our engineers also provide training, system design consultation, and on-site technical expertise to cinema operators throughout the world to help them configure their screening rooms and equipment, in order to ensure that movies are replayed with consistently high quality. In fiscal 2012, 2011, and 2010 our services revenue represented 3%, 3%, and 3% of our total revenue, respectively.

We are dependent on international sales for a substantial amount of our total revenue. For fiscal 2012, 2011, and 2010, revenue from outside the U.S. was 68%, 68%, and 66% of our total revenue, respectively. We expect that international and export sales will continue to represent a substantial portion of our revenue for the foreseeable future. This future revenue will depend to a large extent on the continued use and expansion of our technologies in entertainment industries worldwide.

We license our technologies to OEMs and software vendors in 44 countries and our licensees distribute products incorporating our technologies throughout the world. We sell our products and services in over 80 countries. In fiscal 2012, 2011, and 2010 revenue from outside of the U.S. was 68%, 68%, and 66% of our total revenue, respectively. Our licensing business is our most significant revenue stream, representing 86%, 83%, and 77% of our total revenue in fiscal 2012, 2011, and

Our effective tax rate for fiscal 2011 was 30%, as compared to 35% in fiscal 2010. In the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2010, we initiated a policy to indefinitely reinvest a portion of our undistributed earnings in certain foreign subsidiaries, which are subject to tax rates lower than those in the U.S. As a result, our fiscal 2011 tax rate decreased. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, we reduced our current deferred tax assets to reflect a change to our expected California tax rate for fiscal 2012 and subsequent years, increasing our effective tax rate for fiscal 2011 by 1.4%. Additionally, in the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2010, a change in the tax law retroactively reinstated the federal research and development tax credits. As a result, we recognized an increase in federal research and development tax credits for fiscal 2011, as compared to fiscal 2010, thereby further lowering our effective tax rate for fiscal 2011 by 0.5%.

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