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New NSR Report Finds Regional Satellite Operator Revenue Growth Far Outpaced the “Big Four” in 2012

Wilmington, DE and London, UK – October 21, 2013 – NSR’s Satellite Operator Financial Analysis (SOFA), 3rd Edition, releasing tomorrow, found total revenues among all satellite operators increased by 2.2% in U.S. dollar terms from 2011 to 2012, with the combined revenues of all reporting operators boosted to US$11.39 billion in 2012. While the Big Four (Intelsat, SES, Eutelsat, Telesat) still remain dominant, capturing 65.6% of revenues, regional players are slowly catching up, increasing their total market share from 33.2% of revenues in 2011 to 34.4% in 2012.

“Organically, regional satellite operators are growing at a much faster rate than the Big Four—in 2012 the figures were 6.8% growth for regional operators, and 0.3% growth for Big Four. Clashing head-on with this trend is the phenomenon of acquisition, which we saw with the announcement of Eutelsat acquiring Satmex in 2013. Moving forward, further acquisitions may be a key way for the Big Four to increase their market share compared to regional operators, as this trend of faster growth by smaller operators was by no means isolated to 2012,” states NSR.

Further, satellite operators collectively saw qualitative metrics improve, with metrics like Average Annual Revenues per Operational Satellite increasing by nearly US$1 million, to just over $44.5 million. Notably, for metrics like Revenues per Satellite and Revenues per Leased Transponder, the very top echelon of operators tended to be regional ones, able to capitalize on unique market tendencies or prime orbital slots in order to fight their way to the top of the rankings.

With regional operators also tending to focus more on raw capacity leasing, rather than the value-added services that compliment the offerings of the Big Four, these smaller players also found themselves at the top of metrics such as EBITDA margin, with AsiaSat, Hispasat, and APT Satellite taking the top 3 spots, respectively, in this metric.

Presenting data from FSS operators relating to revenues, EBITDA, debt ratios, CAPEX, and more, SOFA3 provides a comprehensive snapshot of the FSS sector in 2012. Supplemented by annual data from 2007 to H1 2013, the report also allows the reader to understand the way that today’s trends have evolved in recent years, and the direction these trends will lead the FSS sector into the future.


About the Report

NSR’s Satellite Operator Financial Analysis, 3rd Edition, provides industry-leading analysis and comprehensive research on all aspects relating to the financial side of the FSS sector. With financial data taken from 7 fully-reporting operators, 7 partially-reporting operators, and 11 other operators from which data was derived from industry-recognized sources, SOFA3 is unparalleled in its level of detail and scope of data, supplemented by unique NSR analysis and insights. With over 200 tables and charts, and data from 2007 to H1 2013, SOFA3 is the definitive tool for understanding the answers to strategic questions surrounding the financial side of the FSS sector. Satellite Operator Financial Analysis (SOFA), 3rd Edition, is a multi-client report now available from NSR.

For additional information on this report, including a full table of contents, list of exhibits, and executive summary, please visit www.nsr.com, or call NSR at 302-295-4981.


About NSR

NSR is a leading international market research and consulting firm with a core focus on the satellite sector and related industries. Founded in 2000 and with an experienced group of analysts located in all regions, NSR specializes in analysis of growth opportunities across four core sectors: Satellite Communications, Broadcasting & Digital Media, Hybrid & Emerging Applications and Commercial Space.