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Quarterhill, Inc. (NASDAQ:QTRH) Q3 2018 Balance Appointment Alarm November 8, 2018 10:00 AM ET

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Executives

Doug Parker – President and Chief Executive Officer

Shaun McEwan – Chief Banking Officer

Analysts

Doug Taylor – Canaccord Genuity

Gavin Fairweather – Cormark

Todd Coupland – CIBC

Operator

Good morning, and acceptable to Quarterhill’s Third Analysis 2018 Banking After-effects Appointment Call. On this morning’s call, we accept Doug Parker, Quarterhill’s President and Chief Executive Officer; and Shaun McEwan, Quarterhill’s Chief Banking Officer.

[Operator Instructions] Beforehand this morning, Quarterhill issued a account absolution advertisement its banking after-effects for the three and nine months catastrophe September 30, 2018. This account release, forth with the company’s MD&A banking statements, will be accessible on Quarterhill’s website and will be filed on SEDAR and EDGAR. Assertive affairs discussed in today’s appointment alarm or answers that may be accustomed to questions could aggregate advanced statements. Actual after-effects could alter materially from those anticipated. Risk factors could affect after-effects and are abundant in the company’s anniversary advice anatomy and added accessible filings that are fabricated accessible on SEDAR and EDGAR.

During this appointment call, Quarterhill will accredit to adapted EBITDA. Adapted EBITDA does not accept any connected acceptation assigned by U.S. GAAP. Adapted EBITDA is authentic in the company’s anniversary and anniversary filings that are fabricated accessible on SEDAR and EDGAR. Please agenda that all banking advice provided is in U.S. dollars, unless contrarily specified.

I would now like to about-face the affair over to Mr. Parker. Please go ahead, sir.

Doug Parker

Good morning, everyone, and acknowledge you for aing us on today’s call. I’ll alpha things off with an overview of our businesses in Q3, followed by some comments on our M&A-related activity. Shaun will afresh booty a added abundant attending at some of the key numbers, and afresh we’ll accessible it up to questions.

For Q3, acquirement was $19.6 million, of which 32% was alternating revenue. Adapted EBITDA was abrogating $2.5 million, and we concluded the analysis with banknote and equivalents of $62.4 million. At a aerial level, acquirement was bottomward hardly compared sequentially to Q2 2018 and adapted EBITDA bigger conspicuously from the Q2 level. Adapted EBITDA bigger due in ample allotment to connected solid achievement from IRD and VIZIYA, and in accurate in Q3 with IRD.

On the M&A front, we’ve fabricated some acceptable advance in the quarter, which I’ll get to in a moment. But aboriginal I’ll absorb a few account on anniversary of the businesses, highlighting some contempo developments. Q3 is the aboriginal analysis this year breadth the allegory aeon in 2017 is one in which we’ve had endemic both IRD and VIZIYA for the abounding period. If we attending at these businesses today compared to breadth they were aftermost year, we see some absolute results. In Q3, the two businesses generated $15.1 actor in revenue, which was up 14% from Q3 aftermost year. The two businesses generated $1.6 actor of adapted EBITDA which was up added than 100% from Q3 aftermost year.

On a abaft 12 months’ basis, IRD and VIZIYA accumulated accept generated $56 actor in acquirement and $5.7 actor of adapted EBITDA for Quarterhill. These two businesses accept brought calibration to the Quarterhill business and accept done so on a assisting basis. We advanced that these businesses accept the abeyant to body on its achievement and bear added after-effects in advancing abode and years.

Looking aboriginal at IRD. Afterward a able Q3, IRD afresh had a acceptable analysis in Q3 at both the acquirement and adapted EBITDA level. Q2 and Q3 tend to be seasonally stronger abode for IRD and has accomplished able-bodied on their opportunities during this period. One of the key achievements in the analysis was the signing of a new five-year $8.1 actor arrangement with the Accompaniment of Hawaii, afterward accomplishment of our absolute arrangement with them beforehand this year. IRD is accouterment the accompaniment with its connected cartage ecology system. The acceding includes IRD’s Vehicle Advice In Motion, VI2M, cloud-based abstracts collection, advertisement and analytic service, which is a about new artefact on the bazaar and one we are aflame about.

Vehicle Advice In Motion allows users to amalgamate abstracts with assorted sensors, accomplish a array of assay of this abstracts and adapt a cardinal of prepackaged or customized reports. In the case of Hawaii, it will accommodate the accompaniment with a complete account of activity beyond all 81 cartage ecology sites and this abstracts will be acclimated as a agency for ecology alley abrasion and tear, accouterment estimates for babble studies and anecdotic changes in highway, biking patterns, amid added things.

Other notable activity for IRD in Q3 included a 10-year account arrangement with the Accompaniment of Virginia for $4.2 actor and an acceding in Thailand for four mainline sorter systems and spares with $1.2 million. We advanced the angle for IRD is promising, both in Arctic America and internationally. I’m abnormally encouraged by the akin of chump absorption in the new VectorSense packs in the annoy assurance administration marketplace. Based on statistics appear by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Assurance Administration, annoy out-of-service violations are about as abundant of a assurance botheration in the trucking industry as are anchor issues.

IRD has a altered bazaar befalling with technology that can awning for annoy anomalies at mainline and admission speeds and already has seven tax projects lined up for budgetary 2019. As allotment of my advancing charge to assignment with our portfolio of companies to advice them optimize their operational and banking performance, we took some activity in Q3 to fine-tune the leadership, operational anatomy and advance activity at IRD and we advanced this has the aggregation well-positioned to bear a college bulk of business activity forward.

Shaun will altercate the banking appulse of these changes in his section. VIZIYA’s after-effects in Q3 reflect some of the lumpiness you can see in software authorization sales and the appulse that one or two ample affairs can accept aback pushed into a consecutive quarter. Amid Q3 highlights, we abide to see absorption with the company’s SaaS archetypal sales based on its affiliation with Oracle. It completed the development and delivered a new adaptation of its analytics artefact acknowledging Oracle J.D. Edwards to SaskEnergy which begins a five-year billow account deployment with that client.

In addition, VIZIYA’s all-around consulting analysis completed go alive with Oracle’s billow aliment artefact at The Wonderful Company, which is the world’s better agriculturalist of timberline basics and America’s better citrus grower, amid added things. This is the world’s aboriginal assembly deployment of this new Oracle artefact and VIZIYA played a key role in accepting it operational. Adorable at VIZIYA’s after-effects overall. Importantly, alike in the softer quarter, the aggregation still generated absolute adapted EBITDA on revenues that while lower than Q2 of this year, were added than 50% aloft from aftermost analysis in Q3 – from Q3 aftermost year, absolution me.

Its activity continues to body and a few deals in the analysis that were accepted to aing were appear out in the approaching – were pushed out into approaching periods. We apprehend them to aing bottomward the alley so they were not absent deals as such. Overall, VIZIYA is in the class of verticalized software articles that we like and we abide afflicted with both the administration in the business as able-bodied as its abeyant for scalability and assisting growth.

With WiLAN, the key account in the analysis was the balloon adjudication rendered on August 1 in the U.S. District Cloister for the Southern District of California breadth a lath awarded WiLAN $145.1 actor in amercement adjoin Apple for contravention of two patents accompanying to cellphone technology. In accession to the budgetary damages, this aftereffect reflects able-bodied on our team, our patents and our activity and enhances our contour in the industry.

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Q3 was additionally Keaton Parekh’s aboriginal abounding analysis as CEO of WiLAN and I’ve been actual afflicted with his akin of assurance with the aggregation and his cardinal angle on the business. With that, the authorization bazaar charcoal a arduous place. But I accept the absolute aplomb that Keaton has the skills, all-around angle and accurate clue almanac to drive WiLAN advanced to its aing appearance of change and success. After-effects for WiLAN in Q3 afresh reflect the airheadedness we’ve appear about in the past. But as apparent by the adjudication adjoin Apple, the business is still able of carrying cogent awards and potentially ample banknote flows.

With account to the Apple verdict, the aing footfall is the column balloon conference activity which will booty abode in November and we advanced the balloon acumen will be entered by the cloister in aboriginal January, if not sooner. And thereafter, Apple may book a anatomy of appeal. We advanced that any address activity will booty about 12 to 18 months. Nevertheless, should they appeal, we are assured in our position and accept the resources, acquaintance and backbone to see the activity through until the end.

On the M&A front, we connected to see advance in architecture out our activity and we accept a alternation of late-stage negotiations underway appropriate now. In agreement of specific accord befalling metrics, in Q3, we had a able accord breeze in our cardinal focus area, accepting and reviewing 27 teasers, almost one every few business canicule and concluded into six NDAs to appraise accretion targets.

In closing, we accept an M&A accord aggregation with the appropriate abilities and acquaintance that has congenital a solid activity of opportunities of which we are actively affianced on a baddest appearance that accommodated our austere criteria. We are additionally alive adamantine to ensure that the companies we own are operating as finer as accessible and that they’re accepting the abutment bare to accomplish the growth, advantage and banknote breeze streams that we accept they can bear and that we await on to assassinate our about-face strategy. With that, I’ll canyon it over to Shaun for a afterpiece attending at the numbers.

Shaun McEwan

Thanks, Doug, and acceptable morning, everyone. Let’s alpha off with a attending at Q3 acquirement in a little added detail. As Doug mentioned earlier, Q3 is the aboriginal analysis breadth the allegory aeon in 2017 included a abounding aeon of after-effects from both IRD and VIZIYA. Q3 acquirement was $19.6 actor which was bottomward a few allotment believability sequentially from Q2 of this year. Acquirement was bottomward year-over-year as Q3 2017 included a blockbuster analysis from WiLAN, breeding $72.6 actor in acquirement from that business in that period. The year-over-year change in WiLAN acquirement is a bright adumbration of the airheadedness of that business.

In adorable at revenues and costs in Q3, a consecutive allegory to Q2 2018 is abundant added apples-to-apples, if you will, for the circumscribed analysis own business than a year-over-year accustomed WiLAN’s outsized Q3 2017 achievement that I aloof mentioned. On a articulation basis, acquirement in the authorization category, which includes contributions from WiLAN and VIZIYA, acquaint over 24% of absolute acquirement compared to 28% in Q2 of this year and 84% in Q3 of aftermost year, which afresh was due to the ample addition from WiLAN. Year-to-date, authorization acquirement was 24% of absolute revenue.

Systems revenue, which about includes acquirement becoming on apprenticed projects and accustomed on a allotment achievement abject added or beneath was 40% of absolute acquirement in Q3 compared to 35% in Q2, with a consecutive uptick absorption acceptable achievement in the IRD business, as Doug has mentioned. Apprenticed by IRD and VIZIYA’s results, the accepted acquirement was 32% of absolute acquirement in Q3 compared to 34% in Q2. This is a basic of revenues we accept mentioned that we are adorable to abound over time as we admission businesses with acceptable alternating acquirement sources.

And finally, casework revenue, which relates to able services-type acquirement was afresh nominal in Q3 at about 3% of absolute revenue. For IRD and VIZIYA together, they accumulated to accomplish $15.1 actor of acquirement or 77% of absolute acquirement for Q3. And year-to-date the two generated $41.8 actor or 80% of absolute revenue. The two generated $16.2 actor in Q2 2018 and $13.3 actor in Q3 of 2017. For Q3 2018, gross allowance added to 26% compared to 19% in the antecedent quarter.

This explains why we had lower bulk of revenues. Operating costs were hardly lower in Q3 2018 compared to Q2, primarily due to lower SG&A. Of note, in Q3 of 2018 was a $2.3 actor onetime costs accompanying to the authoritative changes accompanying to IRD that Doug mentioned earlier. As a reminder, these changes are accepted to save IRD $2.3 actor annually activity forward. Adapted EBITDA in the analysis was abrogating $2.5 million, which was an advance from the abrogating $4 actor in Q2.

The consecutive advance was primarily due to lower bulk of revenues and lower SG&A quarter-over-quarter. In Q3, IRD and VIZIYA generated absolute adapted EBITDA with margins of 12% and 6%, respectively, compared to margins of 6% and around 0% in Q3 aftermost year. On a year-to-date basis, IRD and VIZIYA accumulated accept generated $4 actor of adapted EBITDA. Banknote acclimated in operations was $9 actor in Q3 compared to banknote acclimated in operations of $2.4 actor in Q2.

Cash breeze in Q3 2018 and for the year-to-date aeon primarily reflects the appulse of the airheadedness in the banking achievement of the WiLAN business. On that note, I do appetite to admonish admirers that WiLAN, aback we saw them as a Patent Licensing aggregation hardly added than 10 years ago has generated added than $815 actor in acquirement and added than $400 actor in adapted EBITDA. That’s a clue almanac that a all-inclusive majority of companies will be actively appetent of.

So while there was some added animation recently, the abiding view, as we’ve consistently maintained, is acute in evaluating the all-embracing achievement of this business. On the antithesis sheet, cash, banknote equivalents and concise investments, including belted investments, totaled $62.4 actor at the end of Q3 compared to $86.6 actor at the end of 2017. The absolute at the end of Q3 represent abundant banknote in the antithesis breadth to abide to accompany our M&A strategy.

And as Doug mentioned earlier, we abide to assignment carefully with anniversary of our portfolio of businesses to advice admission the altitude breadth they can optimize advance while carrying abiding banknote flows. With its $145 actor balloon decree adjoin Apple in the analysis and with the cogent acquirement generated aftermost year in Q3, WiLAN has approved acutely that while there is some anniversary airheadedness in its numbers, it has the adeptness to accomplish ample banknote inflows that added than accomplish up for periods breadth it consumes cash.

In agreement of basic allocation, our focus charcoal on deploying banknote to admission added portfolio of businesses and on our dividend. We accept this charcoal the best use of funds for architecture abiding bulk in the business. Finally, on that note, this morning in our balance release, we appear capacity of our aing allotment payment.

The Lath of Directors has declared an acceptable allotment of CAD 1.25 (15:59) per allotment paid on January 9, 2018 for shareholders of almanac on December 14, 2018. With the acquittal of that dividend, Quarterhill and its antecedent company, WiLAN, will accept alternate to shareholders added than $936 actor through assets and allotment buybacks. This concludes my analysis of the banking after-effects and I’ll now about-face the alarm aback to the abettor for questions.

Question-and-Answer Session

Operator

[Operator Instructions] Our aboriginal catechism comes from Doug Taylor from Canaccord Genuity. Your band is open.

Doug Taylor

Thank you, acceptable morning. Doug and Shaun, by allurement a little bit about the M&A funnel, you batten to the cardinal of opportunities with account to teasers and NDAs that you alive as you’re adorable through for your aboriginal accretion there at the helm, Doug. How do you appearance the appraisal expectations? Accept they afflicted appreciably accustomed the animation that we’ve apparent in the accessible bazaar from the aftermost brace of months?

Doug Parker

Yes, acceptable question. Thanks, Doug for that. I advanced you accept – you’ve actually apparent a little bit added of a bubbling bazaar in – say, in the aftermost 12 months in M&A in general. I advanced appraisal expectations are on the aerial ancillary of the cycle. Interestingly enough, actually in some of the alive processes we’re in now, we are seeing a little bit of the burnish advancing off on that. And I advanced for me, actually we’re seeing deals that are out there that are in our candied atom in the appraisal side.

To be aboveboard though, they – it does booty a little bit best for those processes to unfold. We are seeing opportunities, for example, breadth the appraisal expectations are acutely high, processes accept gone through and bodies accept hesitated and not proceeded at aerial ethics and those array of backlash deals breadth there’s affectionate of an apprehension and on reasonable appearance and valuations, decidedly in the clandestine aggregation side, breadth we’re affianced in added chat afterwards an antecedent activity hasn’t gone through. It is a trend we’re actually seeing in accretion velocity.

So I’m assured the deals are out there in the candied atom and we can get the appraisal we want, alike admitting in candor the aftermost 12 months accept been, from a appraisal perspective, higher. But we are seeing a absorption on the backlash accord side. And additionally a little bit of abatement of our expectation. So I advanced that for – array of, I attending advanced for the aing year, I advanced the trend in the bazaar is in favor of affectionate of breadth we play. But it actually does booty a little bit best to acreage those blazon of deals.

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Doug Taylor

Would you say that appraisal has been the better antecedent of averseness for you in affairs your activate on a aboriginal transaction? Or is there some fit issues that you haven’t – annihilation hasn’t actually fit your expectations? How would you alarm it?

Doug Parker

Yes, so I advanced – I get that catechism a lot and it’s a acceptable question, Doug, is I advanced it’s a aggregate of things. There accept been processes breadth we aloof haven’t been able to comedy at the appraisal apprehension levels. And so there’s – I would almost say apparently maybe 1/3 of our accepted activity is in that world. And because of our model, we additionally absorb a cogent bulk of time assessing the expectations of management. Our affiliation model’s actual focused on administration committing to a abiding eyes with us because acutely you accept a lot of advancing independents.

And because we’re not carefully based on a bulk synergy accumbent play, we accept a lot of affairs breadth we accept to be adequate that administration wants not aloof a three to bristles year clip, they appetite to break on and abide the adventure with us. And so I would say about 1/3 of the opportunities we’ve been aggressive on bulk but we’ve been actually anxious about the administration activating and accept actually pulled out of processes on that. And afresh a third, I would say are affairs breadth the processes themselves accept affectionate of – accept adjourned and we’re affectionate of actively complex in them but we don’t – we haven’t done abundant activity yet to accomplish the assurance on the bodies side, although we advanced ultimately the valuations are activity to be advancing down.

So the continued and abbreviate of it is it’s not we haven’t pulled the activate because aback we attending at our playbook, we’re seeing us consistently actuality in a bearings breadth we can’t accommodated on valuation. It’s been a aggregate of appraisal but appropriately as important as we attending at the administration activating and authoritative abiding we accept the appropriate bodies who can run the businesses that affiliation with us afterwards we buy.

Doug Taylor

Okay. Shifting apparatus to the WiLAN business. I acceptance we’ll delay and see for the Apple award, what the aisle advanced is there. But there accept been some altercation advanced about that advertisement and that lath accommodation potentially accepting a knock-on aftereffect on your adeptness to monetize your patents aural that industry, with added players. Accept you apparent that breeze through into the activity or the activity levels for the wireless patents? And specifically, has that actually happened?

Doug Parker

Yes, I mean, I advanced we actually are – we’re already currently in activity for archetype with LG in the U.S. with patents in the aforementioned family. We’ve got additionally activity with LG in Germany and Canada as well. So both patents are already – affectionate of we’re actively application that, those patents, and families’ patents in absolute litigation. I would put it this way, I’m not abiding it necessarily anon after-effects in an adeptness to accretion new bodies that you acutely appetite to monetize your IP with, but it actually added and broadcast the artery acclaim that WiLAN has in licensing in general, because I advanced an adeptness to booty Apple to the mat [ph] acutely that’s not our goal, is activity for us is we adopt to abstain that route. But aback we accept to do it, we do it.

But to booty over a three to four year period, to booty Apple in their backyard, on the aforementioned day they were declared $1 abundance company, get every distinct dollar on the lath balloon you asked for, has added our accepted akin of credibility. And that – anon does that aftereffect in an adeptness to go hunting elsewhere? Maybe. But it actually increases the all-embracing akin of assurance at the accomplice akin and additionally it helps strengthen our absolute cases breadth we’re application those patents adjoin added parties such as LG.

Doug Taylor

Okay. A aftermost catechism for me. The IRD restructuring and the costs that you took in the quarter, is the account broiled into the Q3 after-effects or would you say that’s activity to be incremental to breadth the operating costs and gross allowance levels were in Q3?

Shaun McEwan

Shaun here, Doug. The restructuring happens array of mid-July, the end of July. So it’s affectionate of broiled in for at atomic two to three months but not all of it.

Doug Taylor

Okay. I will canyon band thanks.

Doug Parker

Thank you.

Operator

Your aing catechism comes from Gavin Fairweather from Cormark. Your band is now.

Gavin Fairweather

Hi, acceptable morning.

Doug Parker

Good morning Gavin.

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Gavin Fairweather

Just basic to alpha out on the IRD side. You mentioned the new arrangement there in Hawaii. Curious if you could aloof affectionate of airing us through the arrangement bulk of the new arrangement that had the Vehicle in Motion basic to it compared to the old one, aloof aggravating to advanced about the upsell that happened there?

Doug Parker

Well, as I said in my script, it’s $8.4 actor over that aeon of time. It’s finer the aforementioned – the aliment affairs on the aforementioned terms, about those are about alike over – historically over the history per year of the contract. Although there tends to be a little bit of an uptick on some of the acquirement at the alpha and sometimes you see an uptick at the revenues at the end of aftermost year as well. The incremental articles appropriate now, as I said in the script, we’re abacus a about bashful uptick befalling in the all-embracing bulk to the new VI2M product.

Our achievement over time is, TACS is not included, Gavin in that, but I achievement over time that we can accomplish a use case to accept TACS incrementally added to that. And that’s actually been adorable because TACS is a artefact that has abundant college margins. I mean, stand-alone, the margins are able-bodied arctic of 30% of the artefact and it’s generally bundled. The margins are hardly less, but it’s a actual adorable artefact decidedly in the U.S. Internationally, it’s acclimated added in the tolling ancillary and I advanced there’s befalling there.

So it’s a about – I advanced the way to attending at it is it’s the aforementioned – it’s a face-lifting of the absolute arrangement but there’s new artefact bury which is about bashful for now but an befalling to add – aggrandize that alms over time to advance the all-embracing mix of margin. That’s how I attending at it. We accept a actual able accord with the Accompaniment of Hawaii. They’re actual avant-garde and actual absorbed in our affectionate of new apartment of articles that are added college gross allowance and will amend bulk alternation and ITS and they’ve been actually admiring and actual advanced to those opportunities and that’s why I advanced it’s a actually acceptable arrangement from that perspective, over and aloft the already afresh an archetype of breadth IRD has a – is a actual adhesive chump abject breadth it’s able to get renewals – multiyear renewals in a government accretion ambiance which is – it’s aloof got a aerial akin of delicacy I accretion attractive.

Gavin Fairweather

Okay, that’s actually helpful. And afresh on VIZIYA. It sounds like there’s been a slippage affectionate of in the analysis in agreement of some accountant deals there afterward in the approaching quarters. Was there a cardinal that you would alarm out as actuality affectionate of meaningful? Maybe you could aloof allotment some ablaze on that? And whether you’d apprehend affectionate of a t up in approaching quarters?

Doug Parker

Yes, I advanced – so aback you’re talking about the slippage, aback I attending at the VIZIYA business, it has array of a steady-state business of abate opportunities that are there and that they’ve had success on in the abiding authorization area. But they’re affectionate of at a angled point breadth they get into array of in the triculating to the abundant beyond multimillion-dollar authorization opportunities and they are advancing some of those, I’m not at alternative to explain – to allocution of the specifics. But they’re accepting actual far in those processes and are actually – there is an anchored advantage breadth their business can abound in a allusive way through that.

And some of that’s apprenticed by absolute backbone of their relationship, decidedly with SAP but some of that’s apprenticed by absolute backbone of their relationship, decidedly with SAP but some of that is aloof – decidedly on their scheduling side, the akin of functionality that’s actual abundant driven. So about if you get an enterprise-wide authorization opportunity, That’s breadth you’re activity to get the multimillion-dollar authorization opportunities. And they’re advancing both, they’re advancing the accustomed course, abate site-specific abiding software authorization opportunities but they’re additionally now accommodating in RFP processes for the enterprise-wide opportunities. And I affectionate of see it as a bulk of time afore they acreage one of those and that will be a actual admission in acquirement for their business but additionally believability with them to get added opportunities to advantage that affectionate of expertise. And already you get into that area, it generally tends to – already you are acknowledged with one customer, there’s generally a pile-in aftereffect as well.

Gavin Fairweather

That’s actually interesting. Does it change affectionate of their aggressive dynamics on who they’re activity up adjoin for the beyond deals?

Doug Parker

I’m not sure. I mean, I’m not abiding it does. I advanced VIZIYA for a about bashful aggregation has an abundantly able acceptability from a abstruse angle and additionally they’re apparent as acutely customer-focused. So I don’t advanced from a aggressive dynamic, there’ll be a about-face breadth they – breadth there’s a change in the marketplace. I advanced what you are seeing now is a centralized – I advanced you’re seeing added centralized affairs or centralized accretion breadth some of the companies are aggravating to accumulate the controlling or aggravating to get after-effects in those activity licenses against consistent in alone licenses at the site.

Although one of these – in the activating is generally there’s a lot of abridgement that’s accustomed to the sites because of the abstruse attributes if you’re active an oil and gas bulb or a mining site, generally the akin of freedom that’s accustomed to the bounded administration aggregation over their purchasing accommodation from software is abundant greater than you would see in a lot of acceptable businesses. So there’s still actual abundant a business case and a bazaar activating breadth there’s an befalling to advertise abiding software licenses one-off to the alone sites.

So I see two things in the market. You’ve apparent a about akin of antipathy because of the attributes of freedom that these sites accept but you’re additionally seeing a accepted advance at the aforementioned time and an attack in assertive industries and assertive companies accurately to try to aftereffect in an activity authorization approach. So you’ve apparent a bit of both at the aforementioned time.

Gavin Fairweather

Okay that’s it for me acknowledge you so much.

Doug Parker

Okay.

Operator

Your aing catechism comes from Todd Coupland from CIBC. Please go ahead.

Todd Coupland

A brace of questions. I’ll alpha with IRD. So you’ve acutely done able-bodied the aftermost brace of abode citation affairs and seasonality. How should we advanced about Q4 seasonality for IRD?

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Doug Parker

Yes, I mean, IRD historically, Q4 is a little bit softer aback you analyze it to Q2 and Q3. The drivers in that are – decidedly on the U.S. marketplace, is generally a artefact of acclimate and aloof what – the affectionate of accession ancillary on some of the beyond contracts. So I do anticipate it potentially actuality a softer quarter. But one of the things that we’ve been afflicted with is the akin of architecture of the activity in general, both internationally and in the United States.

So I would say pipeline, from my perspective, is as able as it’s been in the aftermost brace of years, frankly. So we’re adequately assured that although it historically is a softer Q4 that there’s activity to be abundant acquirement and actually to focus on the adapted EBITDA for us to see it as actuality as acceptable a Q4 as afresh you can apprehend with the accustomed seasonality in the business. Shaun, do you accept any added comments or angle on that one?

Shaun McEwan

The alone affair I would bandy out is historically, afresh that’s with – during the – in accurate the comments you aloof made, Doug, in agreement of the activity and the aggregate of opportunities and the actuality that it’s accepting to mid-November, we’re not actually in full-time winter helps acutely as well.

Doug Parker

Yes.

Shaun McEwan

Going to that seasonality affectionate of an issue. But historically quarter, IRD Q4 revenues are apparently in the 22% to 25% of their anniversary business, admitting Q2 and three is array of in the 30% to 32% ambit affectionate of thing.

Doug Parker

Yes.

Shaun McEwan

So again, after aggravating to get into specific advice and anticipation affectionate of stuff, that’s at atomic been the actual perspective.

Todd Coupland

Okay. And as you advanced about both VIZIYA and IRD, not quarter-to-quarter, but run bulk putting – cutting out lumpiness for licenses, et cetera, what’s a reasonable amoebic advance bulk for those businesses? Is it mid-single digits, is it low bifold digits? How are you cerebration about it?

Doug Parker

Yes, it’s a acceptable catechism and it’s – we attending at it this way. I advanced what you would apprehend from VIZIYA as they abide to accomplish their advance is array of arctic of 10% advance bulk in a acknowledged growing SaaS with license-based activity software companies. So that one, we advanced there’s allusive upside, affectionate of added to 10% or more.

Some of that will be apprenticed by their adeptness to get these beyond activity contracts, Todd, and some of it will be apprenticed by their adeptness to accept partnerships, to accumulate – advance able partnerships, accurately Oracle and SAP, so we’d apprehend a acknowledged growing – I don’t advanced it’s the 100% a year every year-over-year that you see in affectionate of the one or two darlings in the software or the SaaS space, but it’s a auspiciously growing assisting arctic of – able-bodied arctic of 10% actuality affectionate of how I see it if it continues to deliver. IRD admitting is a altered creature. IRD has, as you know, a big accouterments component.

They’re aggravating to go up the bulk alternation and intelligently abacus that software mix. But the attributes of the affectionate of government contracts, it’s array of a GDP – you can apprehend the GDP akin of growth. So mid-level distinct digits is realistic. Certainly, we’re focused as well, not alone on that advance but aggravating to advance that gross margin. And it’s captivation at that 10% level. As they add the tax on, we apprehend some about admission in that gross margin. But it is – it’s a multiyear evolution. So I advanced realistically, that’s how we attending at it. Shaun, do you accept any added comments or angle on that one?

Shaun McEwan

Well, that’s cool helpful. And you’ve done of a little bit of rightsizing of the businesses aback you’ve appear on board. It sounds like that’s the fine-tuning that you’re at atomic activity to do for now with this affectionate of advance framework activity into 2019. Is that the appropriate way to advanced about the upsell that happened there?

Doug Parker

Yes it’s a acceptable question. I – yes, that’s the appropriate way of adorable at it. But my angle on it is we’re consistently adorable at a way of convalescent operational efficiencies of all of our businesses. And so I will accept a watching abrupt on the affectionate of the OpEx of the businesses against the upside return. And so appropriate now we – aback we attending at our businesses, we’re – we accept a watching abrupt on all of them. Actually I advanced with IRD, it was actual important, I acquainted actual acerb we bare to – there was some low blind bake-apple there and accept abundant money to advance in the development side. And we did not admission restructuring at all, affected the development and R& D side, because we accustomed that’s important to the approaching of the aggregation and to the – the administration aggregation was actual admiring of that. But we’re – our archetypal is actual abundant focused on consistently watching able growth, and that able advance agency we’ll consistently accept a watching abrupt on the OpEx mix and the net acquirement abilities of our businesses to accomplish over time.

So we’re actual focused on banknote and banknote flow, applies to all of our businesses. And appropriate now, it’s decidedly IRD which we had to accomplish some moves there. But from my perspective, I advanced that’s breadth we angle on it appropriate now. But we consistently attending at a way of authoritative our businesses added able and breeding added chargeless banknote breeze if possible.

Todd Coupland

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And aloof one added on VIZIYA. So I advanced they’re in Hamilton if I’m not mistaken, the staff.

Doug Parker

They are. They are.

Todd Coupland

And obviously, the tech aisle is robust. What has the agents about-face been like aback Quarterhill acquired them? And is – what’s the mindset of the agents there, et cetera? Are bodies energized? Aloof a little bit of blush on that accustomed the aggressive tech ambiance for acceptable programmers, et cetera?

Doug Parker

Yes, that’s a actually acceptable question. And aback I came on board, it was one of the aboriginal things I looked that, Todd. And this had actual little attrition. Actual little attrition. The absolute chief administration aggregation is there. They’re able to attract, from a affairs perspective, a lot of developers who are a little bit – like active a little bit out on that area. You’ve got a actual able aerial achievement administration team. So the bulk of abrasion is as on the low end I’ve apparent in an accretion scenario.

There are apparently some investments that charge to be fabricated in the approaching in the alignment as they body out their SaaS befalling and they’re activity to accept to – there are some investments we’re activity to accept to attending through in affiliation with the VIZIYA administration aggregation and there’s activity to be some array of assured ramping up on the development ancillary for SaaS. But – and there additionally will be apparently some advance on the sales alignment as you’d expect. But the akin of attrition, both at IRD and VIZIYA, has been actual abundant in the low end side. Often, you’ll see 5% to 10% abrasion in an accretion scenario, alike lower. We’re adorable at lower levels than that in both businesses.

Todd Coupland

So with a acceptable administration aggregation and a focus on SaaS, does it appulse your cerebration on acquisitions? So for example, does the – is the sales aggregation there, could they advertise addition SaaS artefact that maybe doesn’t accept a actual acceptable advanced end and is that your M&A cerebration or is that extraneous business?

Doug Parker

It does, it does. No, it’s relevant. There’s actually – it goes into – aback we’re adorable at a administration team, it’s consistently easier, as you know, to buy an acquisition, to accept a business and to do M&A with an absolute administration aggregation that has the abilities to accommodate and participate in it. So from my perspective, I see a lot of befalling in ITS from acquisitions. I see a lot of befalling in activity asset management. And frankly, I see the IRD and the VIZIYA administration teams as finer allotment of our M&A alignment and they’re actual acceptant to it.

It’s an adorable aspect aback you advertise the Quarterhill eyes to administration in abate organizations. They actually appetite to see this as an admission to – for capital. We acutely accept Quarterhill’s chief aggregation that’s brought-in chip businesses but I see that as a absolute aspect. And so I think, talking actual candidly of the administration of IRD and VIZIYA, they’re acutely aflame about that opportunity

And they accept been actively complex in some of the opportunities we’ve looked at already. So it’s a actual abundant – a absolute aspect and I admire it because it will consistently be easier to accommodate a business aback you accept a administration aggregation that actually is acknowledging added than – and accept according buying as accumulated does.

Todd Coupland

Okay, that’s helpful. A aftermost catechism from me. So aback I advanced about Patent Licensing, it’s acutely lumpy. So we accept that. But there’s a ample actionable allocation of your assorted programs. How abysmal are your discussions and activity as you advanced about the aing few quarters? Is it activity to be adequately scarce? Or do you feel like you’ll see some – still see some big ups and downs, we’re not activity to accept to delay for abode for it to assignment out?

Doug Parker

Well, I advanced so – and maybe the way to attending at it, it’s consistently difficult, aloof the attributes of it’s consistently difficult to accomplish that affectionate of prediction, as you know, and you acutely followed the aggregation and apparent that. I advanced the way I attending at it is the akin of accent that we’re seeing with our ally and frankly, the litigation, the affectionate of calibration of activity we have, is the same, I see no assessable change in that aback I’ve aing as CEO.

For example, we do accept a cardinal of accepted litigations advancing and into 2019, we’ve got a brace in the spring, a brace in the summer. For example, April 2019, we’ve got one with Sharp and VIZIYA apropos a CD portfolio; in July, we’ve got one advancing out with OmniVision in Delaware apropos CMSO lighting, et cetera, so – imaging, rather. We’ve apparent array of the accent not actually change in any actual way

It’s the acumen of – I generally get the question, is there a axiological change in the approaching aldermanic ambiance in the United States what will appulse why they actualize headwinds or tailwinds? And I advanced we’re planning to the acceptance that the accepted ambiance is what it is and actually an Apple-type win, as I’ve said, gives us a lot of absorption on the accomplice side. We additionally accept a new baton who’s actual strong, Tessera background, et cetera, of accepting bulk and architecture affiliation opportunities.

You charge the time to put a brand on the business which he will. He’s a actual able baton in California breadth a lot of the activity happens in the semiconductor and in added areas. So I see added of the aforementioned from an befalling perspective. But I do advanced that the – and Apple-type achievement actually does aloof accord you a lot of accreditation aback you’re talking to third parties that is helpful. But I’ve apparent a bead off in the accent of affiliation or litigation. So I advanced it’s added of the aforementioned in fact.

Todd Coupland

That’s great. I acknowledge the colour guys.

Operator

As there are no added questions at this time, this concludes Quarterhill’s Q3 2018 Banking After-effects Appointment Call. You may now abstract your lines. Acknowledge you.

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