TiVo 10-Q 2015
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
For the quarterly period ended October 31, 2015
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The number of shares outstanding of the registrant's common stock, $0.001 par value, was 97,843,698 as of November 30, 2015.
For the Fiscal Quarter Ended October 31, 2015
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Except as the context otherwise requires, the terms “TiVo,” “Registrant,” “Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our” as used herein are references to TiVo Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries.
CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This quarterly report on Form 10-Q contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements relate to, among other things:
Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “believe,” “expect,” “may,” “will,” “intend,” “estimate,” “continue,” “ongoing,” “predict,” “potential,” and “anticipate” or similar expressions or the negative of those terms or expressions. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, the information contained under the caption Part I, Item 1A. “Risk Factors” in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and our subsequent current reports on Form 8-K. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management's analysis only as of the date of this quarterly report and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements in this quarterly report. The reader is strongly urged to read the information set forth under the caption Part I, Item 2 “Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” and Part II, Item 1A, “Risk Factors” for a more detailed description of these significant risks and uncertainties.
PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except per share and share amounts)
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(In thousands, except per share and share amounts)
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
1. NATURE OF OPERATIONS
TiVo Inc. (together with its subsidiaries the "Company" or "TiVo") was incorporated in August 1997 as a Delaware corporation and is located in San Jose, California. The unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and its wholly owned subsidiaries. All inter-company accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation. The Company conducts its operations through one reportable segment.
The Company is subject to a number of risks, including delays in product and service developments; competitive product and service offerings; lack of market acceptance; the dependence on third-parties for manufacturing, marketing, and sales support, as well as third-party roll-out schedules, software development issues for third-party products which contain its technology; intellectual property claims by and against the Company; access to television programming including digital cable signals in connection with CableCARD and switched digital Internet Protocol, downloadable conditional access, and other new signal delivery and encryption technologies; dependence on over-the-top (OTT) sources of content; dependence on its relationships with third-party service providers for subscription growth; and the Company’s ability to sustain and grow both its TiVo-Owned and MSO subscription bases. The Company anticipates that its retail business will continue to be seasonal and expects to generate a significant portion of its new subscriptions during and immediately after the holiday shopping season.
2. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
Basis of Presentation
The accompanying unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) for interim financial information, the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, the unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements do not contain all of the information and footnotes required by generally accepted accounting principles for complete audited annual financial statements. In the opinion of management, the accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements include all adjustments, consisting of normal recurring adjustments, necessary for the fair presentation of the Company’s financial position as of October 31, 2015 and January 31, 2015 and the results of operations and the statement of other comprehensive income for the three and nine months ended October 31, 2015 and 2014 and condensed consolidated statements of cash flows for the nine months ended October 31, 2015 and 2014. These unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Company’s audited consolidated financial statements, including the notes thereto, included in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2015. Operating results for the three and nine months ended October 31, 2015 are not necessarily indicative of results that may be expected for this fiscal year ending January 31, 2016 or any other periods.
Foreign Currency Translation
The Company determines the functional currency for its foreign subsidiaries by reviewing the currencies in which their respective operating activities occur. For the Company’s foreign subsidiaries where the local country’s currency is the functional currency, the Company translates the assets and liabilities of its non-U.S. dollar functional currency subsidiaries into U.S. dollars using exchange rates in effect at the end of each period. Revenue and expenses for these subsidiaries are translated using the average exchange rates during the period. Gains and losses from these translations are credited or charged to foreign currency translation adjustments, included in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) in stockholders’ equity.
Recent Accounting Pronouncements
In May, 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, which requires an entity to recognize the amount of revenue to which it expects to be entitled for the transfer of promised goods or services to customers. The ASU will replace most existing revenue recognition guidance in U.S. GAAP when it becomes effective. In July 2015, the FASB approved a one year deferral to the effective date of ASU 2014-09 for all entities so that the new standard will be effective for the Company on February 1, 2018. The standard permits the use of either the retrospective or
cumulative effect transition method. The Company is evaluating the effect that ASU 2014-09 will have on its consolidated financial statements and related disclosures. The Company has not yet selected a transition method nor has it determined the effect of the standard on its ongoing financial reporting.
In April 2015, the FASB issued ASU No. 2015‑03, Interest-Imputation of Interest, to simplify the presentation of debt issuance costs by requiring that debt issuance costs be presented in the balance sheet as a direct deduction from the carrying amount of debt liability, consistent with debt discounts. The new standard is effective for the Company on February 1, 2016. While permitted, the Company has elected not to early adopt this ASU. Upon adoption, the new standard will result in a total decrease of prepaid expenses and other, current and long-term assets and a decrease in the carrying amount of the Company's current and long-term convertible senior notes of approximately $4.4 million as of October 31, 2015 and $6.1 million as of January 31, 2015.
In July 2015, the FASB issued ASU 2015-11, Inventory-Simplifying the Measurement of Inventory, which, for entities that do not measure inventory using the last-in, first-out (LIFO) or retail inventory method, changes the measurement principle for inventory from the lower of cost or market to lower of cost and net realizable value. The ASU also eliminates the requirement for these entities to consider replacement cost or net realizable value less an approximately normal profit margin when measuring inventory. This ASU is effective for the Company on February 1, 2017. This ASU will be applied prospectively. The Company has not yet determined the effect of the standard on its ongoing financial reporting.
In November 2015, the FASB issued ASU 2015-17, Income Taxes: Balance Sheet Classification of Deferred Taxes, which eliminates the current requirement for companies to present deferred tax liabilities and assets as current and non-current in a classified balance sheet. Instead, companies will be required to classify all deferred tax assets and liabilities as non-current. This ASU is effective for the Company on February 1, 2017. Earlier application is permitted.
3. CASH AND INVESTMENTS
Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments, consisted of the following:
None of these investments were in a loss position for greater than twelve months as of October 31, 2015 and January 31, 2015.
The Company’s investment securities portfolio consists of various debt instruments, including certificates of deposit, commercial paper, corporate bonds, asset and mortgage-backed securities, foreign government securities, variable-rate demand notes, and municipal bonds, all of which are classified as available-for-sale.
Other investment securities
TiVo has investments in private companies where the Company’s ownership is less than 20% and TiVo does not have significant influence. The investments are accounted for under the cost method and are periodically assessed for other-than-temporary impairment. The Company's cost basis in such investments was $2.7 million and $250,000 as of October 31, 2015 and January 31, 2015. Refer to Note 4 "Fair Value" for additional information on the impairment assessment of the investments.
Contractual Maturity Date
The following table summarizes the estimated fair value of the Company’s debt investments, designated as available-for-sale, classified by the contractual maturity date of the security:
4. FAIR VALUE
Inputs to valuation techniques are observable or unobservable. Observable inputs reflect market data obtained from independent sources, while unobservable inputs reflect TiVo's market assumptions. These two types of inputs have created the following fair-value hierarchy:
Level 1 - Quoted prices for identical instruments in active markets;
Level 2 - Quoted prices for similar instruments in active markets, quoted prices for identical or similar instruments in markets that are not active, and model-derived valuations in which all significant inputs and significant value drivers are observable in active markets; and
Level 3 - Valuations derived from valuation techniques in which one or more significant inputs or significant value drivers are unobservable.
This hierarchy requires TiVo to minimize the use of unobservable inputs and to use observable market data, if available, when determining fair value. TiVo recognizes transfers between levels of the hierarchy based on the fair values of the respective financial instruments at the end of the reporting period in which the transfer occurred.
Cash equivalents and available-for-sale marketable securities (including asset- and mortgage-backed securities) are reported at their fair value. Additionally, carrying amounts of certain of the Company’s financial instruments including accounts receivable, accounts payable, and accrued expenses approximate their fair value because of their short maturities. The Company has financial liabilities for which it is obligated to repay the carrying value, unless the holder agrees to a lesser amount. These financial liabilities include TiVo's convertible senior notes which mature in March 2016 (the "4.0% Notes due 2016") and October 2021 (the "2.0% Notes due 2021"). The fair values of TiVo's convertible senior notes are influenced by interest rates, TiVo's stock price and stock price volatility and are determined by Level 2 inputs. The carrying value of the 4.0% Notes due 2016 at October 31, 2015 and January 31, 2015 was $132.5 million and $172.5 million and the fair value was $134.8 million and $193.7 million, based on the note's quoted market price as of October 31, 2015 and January 31, 2015, respectively. The carrying value of the 2.0% Notes due 2021 at October 31, 2015 and January 31, 2015 was $184.7 million and $180.1 million and the fair value was $202.2 million and $211.1 million, based on the note's quoted market price as of October 31, 2015 and January 31, 2015, respectively.
On a quarterly basis, TiVo measures, at fair value, certain financial assets and liabilities. The fair value of those financial assets and liabilities was determined using the following levels of inputs as of October 31, 2015 and January 31, 2015:
Level 1 Measurements
TiVo's cash equivalents held in money market funds are measured at fair value using Level 1 inputs.
Level 2 Measurements
The Company uses inputs such as broker/dealer quotes, and other similar data, which are obtained from quoted market prices, independent pricing vendors, or other sources, to determine the ultimate fair value of these assets and liabilities. The Company uses such pricing data as the primary input to make its assessments and
determinations as to the ultimate valuation of its investment portfolio and has not made, during the periods presented, any material adjustments to such inputs.
Level 3 Measurements
The fair value of contingent purchase consideration arising from the acquisition of Cubiware (See Note 10) is determined based on a probability-based approach that includes significant unobservable inputs which include projected revenues and EBITDA, percentage probability of occurrence, and a discount rate to calculate the present value of future cash earn-out payments. A significant change in these inputs could result in a significantly higher or lower fair value measurement. The fair value of contingent purchase consideration is calculated on a quarterly basis. Any change in the fair value is recorded to interest expense and other expense, net of that period. The change in the fair value of the Company’s contingent purchase consideration liability is as follows:
The Company did not have any transfers between Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 fair value measurements during the periods presented as there were no changes in the composition of Level 1, 2, or 3 securities.
TiVo also has two direct investments in privately-held companies accounted for under the cost method, which is periodically assessed for other-than-temporary impairment. If the Company determines that an other-than-temporary impairment has occurred, TiVo will write-down the investment to its fair value. The fair value of a cost method investment is not evaluated if there are no identified events or changes in circumstances that may have a significant adverse effect on the fair value of the investment. However, if such a significant adverse events were identified, the Company would estimate the fair value of its cost method investments considering available information at the time of the event, such as pricing in recent rounds of financing, current cash position, earnings and cash flow forecasts, recent operational performance, and any other readily available data. The carrying amount of the Company's cost method investments was $2.7 million as of October 31, 2015 and $250,000 as of January 31, 2015. No events or circumstances indicating a potential impairment were identified as of as of October 31, 2015.
Inventory was as follows:
6. COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
The Company’s standard manufacturer's warranty period to consumers for TiVo-enabled DVRs is 90 days for parts and labor from the date of consumer purchase, and from 91-365 days for parts only. Within the limited warranty period, consumers are offered a no-charge exchange for TiVo-enabled DVRs returned due to product defect, within 90 days from the date of consumer purchase. Thereafter, consumers may exchange a TiVo-enabled DVR with a product defect for a variable charge. The one year warranty for parts is extended beyond one year for
customers on monthly service plans who also use our latest Roamio and BOLT DVRs for as long as such customers remain active. As of October 31, 2015 and January 31, 2015, the accrued warranty reserve was $480,000 and $471,000, respectively. The Company’s accrued warranty reserve is included in accrued liabilities in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheets.
The Company also includes a warranty through its Continual Care program to TiVo-Owned customers as long as they are subscribed to our service. The Company recognizes the cost associated with the Continual Care warranties at the time of the DVR sale. The Company also offers its TiVo-Owned customers who purchase a lifetime subscription a separately priced optional 2-year and 3-year extended warranties. The Company defers and amortizes cost and revenue associated with the sales of these extended warranties over the warranty period or until a warranty is redeemed. Additionally, the Company offers its MSO customers separately priced optional 3-year extended warranties. The Company recognizes the revenues associated with the sale of these MSO extended warranties over the second and third year of the warranty period. The extended warranty for MSOs applies through the end of the period of warranty. As of October 31, 2015, the extended warranty deferred revenue and cost was $2.0 million and $206,000, respectively. As of January 31, 2015, the extended warranty deferred revenue and cost was $2.1 million and $263,000, respectively.
The Company undertakes indemnification obligations in its ordinary course of business. For instance, the Company has undertaken to indemnify its underwriters and certain investors in connection with the issuance and sale of its securities and the Company provides indemnification for its directors and officers in accordance with Delaware law. The Company has also undertaken to indemnify certain customers and business partners for, among other things, the licensing of its products, the sale of its DVRs, and the provision of engineering and consulting services. Pursuant to these agreements, the Company may indemnify the other party for certain losses suffered or incurred by the indemnified party in connection with various types of claims, which may include, without limitation, intellectual property infringement, advertising and consumer disclosure laws, certain tax liabilities, negligence and intentional acts in the performance of services and violations of laws, including certain violations of securities laws with respect to underwriters and investors. The term of these indemnification obligations is generally perpetual. The Company’s obligation to provide indemnification under its agreements with customer and business partners would arise in the event that a third party filed a claim against one of the parties that was covered by the Company’s indemnification obligation. As an example, if a third party sued a customer for intellectual property infringement and the Company agreed to indemnify that customer against such claims, its obligation would be triggered.
The Company is unable to estimate with any reasonable accuracy the liability that may be incurred pursuant to its indemnification obligations, if any. Variables affecting any such assessment include but are not limited to: the nature of the claim asserted; the relative merits of the claim; the financial ability of the party suing the indemnified party to engage in protracted litigation; the number of parties seeking indemnification; the nature and amount of damages claimed by the party suing the indemnified party; and the willingness of such party to engage in settlement negotiations. Due to the nature of the Company’s potential indemnity liability, its indemnification obligations could range from immaterial to having a material adverse impact on its financial position and its ability to continue operation in the ordinary course of business.
Under certain circumstances, the Company may have recourse through its insurance policies that would enable it to recover from its insurance company some or all amounts paid pursuant to its indemnification obligations. The Company does not have any assets held either as collateral or by third parties that, upon the occurrence of an event requiring it to indemnify a customer, the Company could obtain and liquidate to recover all or a portion of the amounts paid pursuant to its indemnification obligations.
From time to time, the Company is involved in numerous lawsuits as well as subject to various legal proceedings, claims, threats of litigation, and investigations in the ordinary course of business, including claims of alleged infringement of third-party patents and other intellectual property rights, commercial, employment and other matters. The Company assesses potential liabilities in connection with each lawsuit and threatened lawsuits and accrues an estimated loss for these loss contingencies if both of the following conditions are met: information available prior to issuance of the financial statements indicates that it is probable that a liability has been incurred at the date of the financial statements and the amount of loss can be reasonably estimated. While certain matters to which the Company is a party specify the damages claimed, such claims may not represent reasonably possible
losses. Given the inherent uncertainties of the litigation, the ultimate outcome of these matters cannot be predicted at this time, nor can the amount of possible loss or range of loss, if any, be reasonably estimated.
On June 15, 2011, TNS Media Research, LLC (d/b/a Kantar Media Audiences, or Kantar) brought a claim for declaratory judgment against TRA Global Inc. (which was acquired by TiVo in July 2012) in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York alleging non-infringement of United States Patent No. 7,729,940 entitled “Analyzing Return on Investment of Advertising Campaigns by Matching Multiple Data Sources” (the “940 Patent”) and its affiliate Cavendish Square Holding B.V. brought a claim for breach of contract of a Voting Agreement. On June 6, 2012 TiVo Research filed an amended answer and counterclaims alleging affirmative defenses and counterclaims alleging infringement by Kantar of the 940 Patent as well as United States Patent No. 8,000,993 entitled “Using Consumer Purchase Behavior For Television Targeting” (the “993 Patent”) and United States Patent No. 8,112,301 with the same title at the 993 Patent. TiVo Research also asserted counterclaims for aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets, and breach of contract. On October 3, 2013, the court granted summary judgment to Kantar on all patent and trade secret issues but denied summary judgment on TiVo Research’s claims for breach of contract and aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duties. On November 4, 2014, the District Court granted Kantar’s motion for attorneys' fees and expenses directly related to certain arguments advanced by TiVo Research that the Court identified in its order, which approximated $1.5 million. On September 16, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit granted in part and denied in part TRA’s appeal of the final judgment by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on patent and trade secret issues and remanded the case back to the District Court concluding that TiVo Research has a right to a jury trial on at least a subset of its claims. Further, in a separate ruling, the Federal Circuit vacated the District Court’s award of attorneys’ fees against TiVo Research in favor of Kantar. Consequently, the Company reversed the $1.5 million accrual for Kantar's legal fees as it no longer believes a loss is probable.
On September 8, 2015, the Company filed a complaint against Samsung Electronics Co., LTD, Samsung Electronics America, Inc., and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC. (“Samsung”) in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The complaint asserts U.S. Patent No. 6,233,389 (“the ’389 patent”), entitled “Multimedia Time Warping System,” U.S. Patent No. 6,792,195 (“the ’195 patent”), entitled “Method And Apparatus Implementing Random Access And Time-Based Functions On A Continuous Stream Of Formatted Digital Data,” U.S. Patent No. 7,558,472 (“the ’472 patent”), entitled “Multimedia Signal Processing System,” and U.S. Patent No. 8,457,476 (“the ’476 patent”), entitled “Multimedia Signal Processing System,” and claims that Samsung infringes the Company’s patents by making and selling Samsung DVRs and mobile devices falling within the scope of one or more claims of the Company’s patents. The complaint claims that Samsung’s infringement is willful, seeks damages in an unspecified amount as well as an injunction. On November 17, 2015, Samsung filed its answer denying the Company’s allegations. The Company expects to incur material expenses in connection with this matter.
On November 24, 2015, Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation & Dolby International AB (“Dolby”) formally notified TiVo that TiVo was in material breach of certain provisions in license agreements with Dolby and that TiVo had 30 days to cure the breaches or Dolby would terminate those license agreements. Dolby alleges that TiVo owes Dolby approximately $1.7 million in connection with TiVo’s alleged failure to properly report and pay royalties for sales of certain TiVo hardware and software products, including accrued interest. Dolby further alleges that TiVo owes Dolby approximately $8.7 million in connection with certain third-party hardware products that run TiVo software. TiVo has notified Dolby that it does not agree with the results of its audit nor with its assertions that TiVo’s activities in connection with third-party hardware products in any way breach any of TiVo’s license agreements with Dolby. The Company intends to defend against these assertions vigorously; however, the Company may incur material expenses if this contractual dispute results in litigation and in the event there is an adverse outcome, the Company’s business could be harmed. No loss is considered probable at this time and the Company estimates that the range of possible loss could be between $0.3 and $10.4 million (plus accrued interest) at this time.
7. CONVERTIBLE SENIOR NOTES
The following table reflects the carrying value of the Company's convertible senior notes:
4.0% Convertible Notes Due 2016: In March 2011, the Company issued $172.5 million aggregate principal amount of 4.0% Convertible Senior Notes due March 15, 2016 at par. The 4.0% Notes due 2016 may be converted under certain circumstances described below, based on an initial conversion rate of 89.6359 shares of common stock per $1,000 principal amount of notes (which represents an initial conversion price of approximately $11.16 per share). The net proceeds to the Company from the sale of the 4.0% Notes due 2016 were approximately $166.1 million. The notes do not have cash settlement provisions.
The following table presents the amount of interest cost recognized relating to the contractual interest coupon and amortization of issuance costs of the 4.0% Notes due 2016 (in thousands):
Holders of the 4.0% Notes due 2016 may convert the notes at their option on any day through maturity. The notes may not be redeemed by the Company prior to their maturity date. The conversion rate will be adjusted for certain dilutive events and will be increased in the case of corporate events that constitute a “Make-Whole Fundamental Change” (as defined in the indenture governing the notes). The holders of the notes will have the ability to require the Company to repurchase the notes in whole or in part upon the occurrence of an event that constitutes a “Fundamental Change” (as defined in the indenture governing the notes including such events as a "change in control" or "termination of trading"). In such case, the repurchase price would be 100% of the principal amount of the notes plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to, but excluding, the fundamental change repurchase date.
In September 2015, the Company repurchased 4.0% Notes due 2016 with a face value of $40.0 million on the open market at the market value of the notes on the date of the repurchase. The Company paid a total of $41.0 million in cash comprised of $40.0 million in principal and $1.0 million in premium and commissions. The Company recognized a loss on the repurchase of $1.1 million in Interest expense and other expense, net. The loss consisted of $1.0 million in premiums and commissions and $101,000 in unamortized issuance costs relating to the $40.0 million repurchased.
The Company pays cash interest at an annual rate of 4.00%, payable semi-annually on March 15 and September 15 of each year through maturity. Debt issuance costs were approximately $6.4 million and are amortized to interest expense over the term of the 4.0% Notes due 2016. As of October 31, 2015, unamortized deferred issuance cost was $274,000.
The 4.0% Notes due 2016 are unsecured senior obligations of the Company.
2.0% Convertible Notes Due 2021. In September 2014, the Company issued $230.0 million in aggregate principal amount of 2.0% Convertible Senior Notes due October 1, 2021 at par. The 2.0% Notes due 2021 may be converted under certain circumstances described below, based on an initial conversion rate of 56.1073 shares of common stock per $1,000 principal amount of notes (which represents an initial conversion price of approximately $17.82 per share). The net proceeds to the Company from the sale of the 2.0% Notes due 2021 were
approximately $223.6 million. The Company can settle the notes in cash, shares of common stock, or any combination thereof.
The Company separately accounts for the liability and equity components of the 2.0% Notes due 2021. The principal amount of the liability component of $177.9 million as of the date of issuance was recognized at fair value based on the present value of its cash flows using a discount rate of 6.0%; the Company’s borrowing rate at the date of the issuance for a similar debt instrument without the conversion feature. The residual $52.1 million was allocated to the equity component and accounted for as a discount on the notes. As of October 31, 2015, the carrying value of the equity component was unchanged from the date of issuance. The Company initially reduced stockholders' equity by $19.3 million due to the deferred tax liability related to the equity component of the notes.
The following table presents the amount of interest cost recognized relating to the contractual interest coupon, amortization of issuance costs and amortization of the discount on the liability component of the 2.0% Notes due 2021 (in thousands):
The effective interest rate on the liability component of the 2.0% Notes due 2021 was 6.0%. The remaining unamortized debt discount of $45.3 million as of October 31, 2015 will be amortized over the remaining life of the 2.0% Notes due 2021, which is approximately 5.9 years.
Holders of the 2.0% Notes due 2021 may convert the notes at their option on any day prior to the close of business on the business day immediately preceding July 1, 2021 only under the following circumstances: (1) during the five business day period after any 10 consecutive trading day period (the “Measurement Period”) in which the trading price per Note for each day of that Measurement Period was less than 98% of the product of the closing sale price of our common stock and the conversion rate on each such day; (2) during any calendar quarter after the calendar quarter ending December 31, 2014, if the last reported sale price of our common stock for 20 or more trading days in a period of 30 consecutive trading days ending on the last trading day of the immediately preceding calendar quarter exceeds 130% of the applicable conversion price in effect on each such trading day; or (3) upon the occurrence of specified corporate events. The Notes will be convertible, regardless of the foregoing circumstances, at any time from, and including, July 1, 2021 until the close of business on the second scheduled trading day immediately preceding the applicable maturity date. The notes may not be redeemed by the Company prior to their maturity date.
Upon conversion the Company will pay cash and, if applicable, deliver shares of its common stock, based on a “Daily Conversion Value” calculated on a proportionate basis for each “VWAP Trading Day” (each as defined in the Indenture) of the relevant 20 VWAP Trading Day observation period. The Company intends to settle the principal amount owed with respect to any 2% Notes due 2021 in cash and to settle the remaining amount in shares of the Company’s common stock. The initial conversion rate for the Notes is 56.1073 shares of common stock per $1,000 in principal amount of Notes, equivalent to a conversion price of approximately $17.82 per share of common stock. The conversion rate is subject to customary anti-dilution adjustments. Upon the occurrence of a “make-whole fundamental change” (as defined in the Indenture), the Company will in certain circumstances increase the conversion rate for a holder who elects to convert its 2.0% Notes due 2021 in connection with such a make-whole fundamental change.
The Company will pay cash interest on the 2.0% Notes due 2021 at an annual rate of 2.00%, payable semi-annually in arrears on April 1 and October 1 of each year beginning April 2015. Debt issuance costs were approximately $6.4 million, of which $1.4 million was allocated to additional paid-in capital and $5.0 million was allocated to deferred issuance costs and is amortized to interest expense over the term of the 2% Notes due 2021. As of October 31, 2015, unamortized deferred issuance cost was $4.2 million.
The 4.0% Notes due 2016 and the 2.0% Notes due 2021 are equal in rank.
Concurrently with the issuance of the 2.0% Notes due 2021, the Company purchased convertible note hedges and sold warrants. The convertible note hedge and warrant transactions are structured to reduce the potential
future economic dilution associated with the conversion of the 2.0% Notes due 2021. The strike price on the warrant transactions related to the 2% Notes is initially $24.00 per share, which is 75% above the closing price of TiVo's common stock on September 16, 2014.
Convertible Note Hedge Transactions. Counterparties entered into convertible note hedge transactions with the Company covering approximately 12.9 million shares of the Company’s common stock, which is the number of shares initially underlying the 2.0% Notes due 2021. The convertible note hedge transactions, which have an initial strike price of $17.82 (corresponding to the initial conversion price of the 2.0% Notes due 2021) may be settled through net share settlement (in which case the Company will receive shares of common stock based on the amount by which the market price of the Company’s common stock, as measured under the convertible note hedge transactions, exceeds the strike price of the convertible note hedge transactions), cash settlement (in which case the Company will receive cash in lieu of the shares deliverable upon net share settlement), or a combination thereof, which settlement method will generally correspond to the settlement method elected with respect to the 2.0% Notes due 2021. The convertible note hedge transactions are only exercisable upon conversions of the 2.0% Notes due 2021 and will expire upon the earlier of the maturity date of the 2.0% Notes due 2021 or the date on which the 2.0% Notes due 2021 cease to be outstanding. Settlement of the convertible note hedge transactions through net share settlement is expected to result in the Company receiving a number of shares equal to the number of shares issuable by the Company upon net share settlement of the 2.0% Notes due 2021. The convertible note hedge transactions cost of $54.0 million has been accounted for as an equity transaction. The Company initially recorded approximately $20.0 million in stockholders’ equity from the deferred tax asset related to the convertible note hedges at inception of the transactions. As of October 31, 2015 the Company had not received any shares under these convertible note hedge transactions.
Warrants. Concurrently with the purchase of the convertible note hedge transactions, the Company received $30.2 million from the sale to the counterparties to the convertible note hedge transactions of warrants to purchase up to approximately 12.9 million shares of the Company’s common stock at an initial strike price of $24.00 per share. The warrants expire on various dates between January 1, 2022 and March 29, 2022 and are exercisable on their expiration dates. The warrants may be settled through net share settlement (in which case the Company will be required to deliver to the counterparties a number of shares based on the amount by which the market price of the Company’s common stock, as measured under the warrants, exceeds the strike price of the warrants) or, at the Company’s option, subject to certain conditions, through cash settlement (in which case the Company will owe the counterparties cash in lieu of the shares deliverable upon net share settlement). As of October 31, 2015, the warrants had not been exercised and remained outstanding. The value of the warrants was initially recorded in equity and continues to be classified as equity.
8. NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE
Basic net income per common share is computed by dividing net income by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding, excluding unvested restricted stock.
Diluted net income per common share is computed based on the weighted average number of shares of common stock plus the effect of dilutive potential common shares outstanding during the period. Dilutive potential common shares include outstanding stock options, stock awards, and performance stock awards and are calculated using the treasury stock method. Also included in the weighted average effect of dilutive securities for the nine months ended October 31, 2014 is the diluted effect of the 4.0% Notes due 2016 which is calculated using the if-converted method. The 4.0% Notes due 2016 have an anti-dilutive effect on the three and nine months ended October 31, 2015 and the three months ended October 31, 2014 and have been excluded from our calculation of net income per common share for the three and nine months ended October 31, 2015 and the three months ended October 31, 2014.
The following table sets forth the computation of basic and diluted earnings per common share:
The weighted average number of shares outstanding used in the computation of diluted net income per share in the three and nine months ended October 31, 2015 and 2014 do not include the effect of the following potentially outstanding common stock because the effect would have been anti-dilutive:
Effect of conversion on net income per share. The 2.0% Notes due 2021 have no impact on diluted net income per share until the average quarterly price of our common stock exceeds the conversion price of $17.82 per share. Prior to conversion, we will include the effect of the additional shares that may be issued if our common stock price exceeds $17.82 per share using the treasury stock method. If the average price of our common stock exceeds $24.00 per share for a quarterly period, we will also include the effect of the additional potential shares that may be issued related to the Warrants using the treasury stock method. Prior to conversion, the convertible note hedges are not considered for purposes of the calculation of net income (loss) per share, as their effect would be anti-dilutive. Upon conversion, the convertible note hedges are expected to offset the dilutive effect of the 2.0% Notes due 2021 when the stock price is above $17.82 per share.
9. STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION
Total stock-based compensation for the three and nine months ended October 31, 2015 and 2014 is as follows:
On May 22, 2015, the Company acquired all outstanding shares of Cubiware Sp. Z.o.o., a privately-held company based in Warsaw, Poland that is a provider of middleware, UI software, and back-office software solutions for set-top boxes to enable interactive television applications, pursuant to a Share Purchase Agreement dated May 22, 2015. This acquisition expands TiVo’s international presence, provides TiVo with a more cost effective product offering for these new developing and emerging markets, and helps TiVo expand into new product categories. The purchase consideration issued includes an initial cash payment of $16.0 million subject to customary working capital adjustments, guaranteed payments of $11.5 million to be paid over three years contingent on continued employment of certain key individuals, and additional cash earn-outs (not to exceed $20.5 million in aggregate) payable over three years contingent upon achieving certain revenue and EBITDA targets for each of the twelve month periods following the date of the Company’s acquisition. Cubiware’s results of operations and the estimated fair value of assets acquired and liabilities assumed were included in the Company's unaudited consolidated financial statements beginning May 22, 2015. Acquisition costs, which were expensed as incurred, were approximately $1.1 million. These acquisition costs were primarily comprised of fees for legal and accounting services, travel expenses, and local transfer taxes incurred in connection with the acquisition of Cubiware.
For the purpose of purchase accounting, preliminary purchase consideration is comprised of the $19.8 million of cash paid upon acquisition, which includes the initial cash payment of $16.0 million and $3.8 million of working capital adjustments, and the $9.4 million fair value of estimated cash earn-outs contingent upon achieving certain revenue and EBITDA targets for each of the three twelve-month periods following the date of the Company’s acquisition. The fair value of estimated cash earn-outs was determined as the present value of the future cash earn-outs based on probabilities of reaching future revenue and EBITDA targets and by using a present value factor of 15%. Any changes in the fair value of estimated cash earn-outs from events after the acquisition date will be recognized in earnings of each reporting period (See Note 4 for additional information on the changes in the fair value of purchase consideration). The $11.5 million of payments which are contingent upon continued employment of certain key individuals will be expensed as a compensation expense and included in operating expenses as incurred.
The purchase consideration was preliminarily allocated to the tangible and intangible assets acquired and liabilities assumed on the basis of their respective estimated fair values on the acquisition date. During the three months ended October 31, 2015, we finalized the working capital portion of the purchase consideration, which resulted in a $187,000 decrease in goodwill as compared to the amount previously disclosed in our Form 10-Q for the three and six months ended July 31, 2015. The Company does not believe that the measurement period adjustments to date have had a significant impact on the condensed consolidated statement of operations, balance sheet or cash flows in any period previously reported and, therefore, no retrospective adjustments were made to the Company's financial statements. The final purchase price allocation is pending the valuations for income tax liabilities in Poland which may ultimately impact the overall level of goodwill associated with the acquisition. The Company will consider any additional information which existed as of the acquisition date but was unknown to the Company at that time, that may become known to the Company during the remainder of the measurement period, a period not to exceed twelve months from the acquisition date, and may result in a change in the purchase price allocation. While management believes that its preliminary estimates and assumptions underlying the valuations are reasonable, different estimates and assumptions could result in different valuations assigned to the individual
assets acquired and liabilities assumed, and the resulting amount of goodwill. The Company's preliminary allocation of the total purchase consideration is as follows:
The following table presents details of the intangible assets acquired through this business combination (in thousands, except years):
The Company does not believe there is any significant residual value associated with these intangible assets. The Company amortizes the intangible assets on a straight-line basis over their estimated useful lives. The value of Software technology is amortized to Costs of service and software revenues. The value of Customer relationships and Trade name is amortized to Sales and marketing within Total operating expenses. The Company's management determined the fair values of the intangible assets with the assistance of a valuation firm. The estimation of the fair value of the intangible assets required the use of valuation techniques and entailed consideration of all the relevant factors that might affect the fair value, such as present value factors, estimates of future revenues and costs. The estimated fair values of the intangibles acquired were determined based on the royalty approach for software technology, a multi-period excess earnings approach for customer relationships, and a relief-from-royalty method for trade name with key assumptions including: 1) forecasted revenue and operating results; 2) royalty rates; 3) discount rates ranging from 21.5% to 26.5%; 4) customer attrition rates; and 5) software lives.
The goodwill amount of $10.4 million represents the excess of the purchase consideration over the fair value of the identified net tangible and intangible assets. The goodwill recognized in this acquisition was derived from expected benefits from future technology, cost synergies and knowledgeable, and experienced workforce who joined the Company after the acquisition. Goodwill will not be amortized, but will be tested instead for impairment annually or more frequently if certain indicators of impairment are present. Goodwill is not expected to be tax deductible for income tax purposes.
The results of operations related to these acquisitions have been included in our consolidated statements of operations from the acquisition date. Pro forma results of operations have not been presented because the acquisitions were not material to our results of operations.
The Company has determined that the functional currency of Cubiware is the Polish Zloty. Gains and losses from the translation of Cubiware assets, liabilities, revenues, and expenses into U.S. dollars are credited or charged to foreign currency translation adjustments, included in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) in stockholders’ equity.
11. INCOME TAX
The Company recorded income tax expense of $5.8 million and $19.8 million, respectively for the three and nine months ended October 31, 2015 as compared to income tax expense of $7.1 million and $20.9 million, respectively for the same prior year periods. The effective tax rate for the three and nine months ended October 31, 2015 was 52% and 48%, respectively. The effective tax rate for the three and nine months ended October 31, 2014 was 53% and 47%, respectively.
The provision for income taxes for the three and nine months ended October 31, 2015 and 2014 differs from the U.S. statutory tax rate of 35% primarily due to the tax impact of non-deductible compensation, stock based compensation, and state taxes.
As of October 31, 2015, the Company believes that its deferred tax assets are more likely than not to be realized, with the exception of California deferred tax assets. The Company continues to maintain a valuation allowance on its California deferred tax assets as it is not more likely than not that these deferred tax assets will be realized.
12. SUBSEQUENT EVENTS
On November 17, 2015, TiVo Inc. announced that Thomas S. Rogers, its current chief executive officer and president, will be stepping down from those roles effective the earlier of January 31, 2016 or upon the appointment of his successor. Effective February 1, 2016, the Board of Directors has appointed Mr. Rogers as non-executive chairman of the Board, and he will serve out his current term as a director. In connection with the transition of Mr. Rogers, the Board of Directors has terminated Mr. Roger’s employment agreement pursuant to Section 5 (c)-(i). TiVo and Mr. Rogers entered into a transition agreement, effective as of November 13, 2015, pursuant to which Mr. Rogers will receive the following compensation and benefits under his employment agreement: a sum equal to $4.6 million, an additional bonus upon attainment of applicable performance criteria, accelerated vesting of all equity-related awards (including cash settled restricted stock units) held by Mr. Rogers and continued health and welfare coverage for up to 24 months. Based on stock price on November 17, 2015, TiVo expects to record a one-time charge in the fourth quarter of the fiscal year ended January 31, 2016 of approximately $11.0 million - 12.0 million before tax, related to Mr. Rogers’ transition.
You should read the following discussion and analysis in conjunction with the condensed consolidated financial statements and the accompanying notes included in this report and our most recent annual report on Form 10-K filed on March 19, 2015, the sections entitled “Risk Factors” in Item 1A of our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and Part II, Item 1A of this quarterly report, as well as other cautionary statements and risks described elsewhere in this report and our most recent annual report on Form 10-K filed on March 19, 2015 before deciding to purchase, sell or hold our common stock.
We are a global leader in next-generation television software services and innovative cloud-based software-as-a-service solutions that enable viewers to consume content across all screens in and out of the home. The TiVo experience provides an all-in-one approach for navigating the ‘content chaos’ by seamlessly combining live,
recorded, video on demand or VOD, and over-the-top (e.g. Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus, Vudu, and YouTube, among others) television into one intuitive user interface with simple universal search, discovery, viewing and recording, creating the ultimate viewing experience. We distribute our software, technology, and services through an increasing variety of consumer electronic applications and devices, such as television set-top boxes with and without DVR functionality, smartphones, and tablets. We offer a full whole-home solution that includes 4-Tuner and 6-Tuner DVRs/gateways, non-DVR IP set-top boxes (STBs), and software to enable streaming to applications on third-party devices such as iOS and Android mobile phones and tablets through features such as What to Watch Now, OnePass, integrated search (including content from both traditional linear television, cable VOD, and broadband sources in one user interface), access to broadband video content, TiVo Online/Mobile Scheduling.
As of October 31, 2015, there were approximately 6.5 million subscriptions to the TiVo service through our TiVo-Owned and MSO businesses, and we have relationships with over 70 operators through our MSO, Digitalsmiths, and Cubiware businesses. In our TiVo-Owned business, we distribute TiVo devices through third-party retailers and through our on-line store at TiVo.com. Additionally, in our MSO business we generate service and, in some cases, hardware revenues by providing the TiVo service through agreements with leading satellite and cable television service providers and broadcasters on MSO provisioned STBs (both through TiVo supplied and third-party supplied STBs) and other devices. We also generate technology revenues through engineering professional services in connection with the development and deployment of the TiVo service to our MSO customers. Further, our Digitalsmiths' products enable television service providers to offer cloud-based search and discovery capabilities independent of the TiVo brand and particular software on the set-top box or mobile device, while our Cubiware products allow us to provide cost-effective software solutions for developed and emerging market Pay TV operators.
During the three past fiscal years ending January 31, 2015, we purchased a total of 37,588,207 shares of our common stock for an aggregate purchase price of $460 million. On September 5, 2014, our board of directors authorized the current discretionary share repurchase program that allows for total new repurchases of $550 million. This plan will expire on January 31, 2017. Under the current discretionary share repurchase program and as of October 31, 2015, we had purchased 21,538,339 shares of common stock at a weighted average price of $12.36 per share for an aggregate purchase price of $266.1 million. Shares repurchased are included in issued common shares, but are excluded from outstanding common shares. Additionally, in September 2015, the Company repurchased 4.0% Notes due 2016 with a face value of $40.0 million on the open market. This transaction was made using funds approved under the current discretionary share repurchase program. Any future repurchase or repayment of 4.0% Notes due 2016 will be made using the funds approved under the current discretionary share repurchase program. The remaining authorized amount for stock repurchases under this program was $243.9 million.
We have engaged in significant intellectual property litigation with certain television service and technology providers in the United States to protect our technology from infringement. To date, we have received cash and future technology revenue payment commitments of approximately $1.6 billion from intellectual property litigation.
Fiscal year 2016
In the fiscal year ending January 31, 2016, we plan to continue to be focused on our efforts to build leading advanced television products, enter into new distribution agreements, engage in development work for existing distribution customers, and continue deployment activities for our existing distribution customers. Additionally, we have been and plan to continue to actively protect our intellectual property. We will continue to focus on the following priorities:
•We expect to continue our efforts to increase our subscription base by adding new subscriptions through our mass distribution relationships both in the U.S. and internationally.
•We also expect to continue our efforts to drive growth in our TiVo-Owned Subscriptions. These efforts include initiatives to offer products into growing segments such as OTA and product enhancements focused on streaming, content, mobile, and personalization to improve the viewing experience, including the recent launch of our TiVo BOLT™ product during the third quarter. To the extent these efforts are successful at growing our subscription base, we may invest incremental capital in subscription acquisition activities and/or further product enhancements.
•We believe giving operators a choice of hardware platforms is critical to attracting new MSO customers, and driving increased penetration in current MSO customers to increase our MSO service revenues in the long term. As a result, we expect MSO hardware revenues and margins to likely decline in
the future as U.S. MSO customers transition to third-party hardware such as Arris, Evolution, and other products which can support our TiVo service. Although we lose hardware margin in the short term from decreased hardware sales, we believe we gain additional subscribers through MSOs that would not otherwise be willing to sell the TiVo service.
•We expect to see revenue growth from our Digitalsmiths products and services. Digitalsmiths currently has business relationships with seven of the top ten U.S. Pay TV operators as well as various consumer electronics manufacturers and content providers. Additionally, we are focused on signing additional distribution customers for Digitalsmiths both in the U.S. and internationally as well as launching new Digitalsmiths' products and services.
•We plan on supporting Cubiware's growth potential as an innovative provider of cost-effective software solutions for developed and emerging market Pay TV operators. With more than 40 Pay TV operators in 25 countries, Cubiware has expanded TiVo's international presence, positioning TiVo to offer a broader array of compelling, cost effective solutions for Pay TV operators across the world.
•We believe that our investment in research and development is critical to remaining competitive and being a leader in advanced television solutions. We expect to continue to invest to launch and pursue new product developments including enhanced cloud-based services such as network DVR, a more personalized user experience, expanded mobile applications, out-of-home streaming capabilities, data analytics, and a variety of back-office enhancements which increase our operational capacity to handle more operator deployments.
•We will continue our efforts to protect our technological innovations and intellectual property. As such, our litigation expenses may be higher for the remainder of the fiscal year ending January 31, 2016 and beyond as we have recently filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung Electronics America, Inc., and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC.
•We expect to continue our development efforts under our existing MSO deployment arrangements. As part of these arrangements, we typically receive some payments upfront and a portion over time that is a recoupment of costs to develop or implement. As such, to the extent that our development costs exceed upfront development or implementation fees from such arrangements, but the recovery of such development costs through future service fees from these MSOs is reasonably assured, we will defer such development costs and start expensing them in our Statement of Operations later upon deployment with the MSO. As of October 31, 2015 we had deferred costs of approximately $16.8 million related to development work, largely related to Com Hem, Charter Communications Operating, LLC (Charter) and Cogeco. However, despite the deferral of these development costs, we do incur cash outflows associated with these development efforts resulting in potentially higher cash usage in the near term. Also for international MSOs outside of North America, when related revenues from service fees are received, they are first recognized as technology revenues until the previously deferred costs of development of such arrangements are expensed. Based on the contractual commitments or recent MSO activities, full recovery of the deferred costs is reasonably assured. However, we face the risk of unexpected losses if we are forced to recognize these deferred costs early if we don't successfully complete the developments and deployments with the MSO partners or these partners default on future guaranteed service fees or are otherwise able to terminate their contracts with us.
Key Business Metrics
Management periodically reviews certain key business metrics in order to evaluate our operations, allocate resources, and drive financial performance in our business. Management monitors these metrics together and not individually as it does not make business decisions based upon any single metric.
Subscriptions and Households. Management reviews the number of subscriptions and households, and believes they may be useful to investors, in order to evaluate our relative position in the marketplace and to forecast future potential service revenues. Below is a table that details the change in our subscription base during the last eight quarters. The TiVo-Owned Subscription lines refer to subscriptions sold directly or indirectly by TiVo to consumers who have TiVo-enabled devices (such as a DVR or TiVo Mini) and for which TiVo incurs acquisition costs. The MSO Subscription lines refer to subscriptions sold to consumers by MSOs such as Cogeco, Com Hem, Mediacom, Vodafone Spain (ONO), RCN, Suddenlink, and Virgin, among others, and for which TiVo expects to incur little or no acquisition costs. Additionally, we provide a breakdown of the average subscriptions for the quarter, the total MSO households and the MSO average households for the quarter, the number of fully amortized active product lifetime subscriptions, and percent of TiVo-Owned Subscriptions for which consumers pay recurring fees as opposed to a one-time prepaid product lifetime fee.
We define a “subscription” as a contract referencing a TiVo-enabled device such as a DVR or a non-DVR device such as a TiVo Mini for which (i) a consumer has paid or committed to pay for the TiVo service and (ii) service is not canceled. Each TiVo-Owned Subscription represents a single TiVo-enabled device (as defined above) and therefore one or more TiVo-Owned Subscriptions may be present in a single household. TiVo-Owned Subscriptions currently pay for the TiVo service on a recurring payment plan (such as a monthly or annual payment plan) or on a one-time basis for the life of TiVo-enabled device (referred to as product lifetime subscriptions here and sold commercially as All-in subscriptions). Beginning in October 2014, each TiVo Mini sale has included a product lifetime subscription for that TiVo Mini device, which have much lower average revenues than DVRs. Sales of the TiVo Mini device began in March 2013. TiVo Mini represented 13% and 6% of cumulative TiVo-Owned Subscriptions as of October 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively. Increasing sales of TiVo Minis have helped slow, and in some quarters, led to increases in our cumulative TiVo-Owned Subscriptions as well as increased the number of subscriptions (devices) per TiVo-Owned household. This trend has resulted in a slower rate of decline in the total number of TiVo-Owned households. The 44% increase in gross additions of TiVo-Owned Subscriptions in the quarter compared to the year ago quarter led to a net addition of TiVo-Owned Subscriptions, which was driven primarily on changes in our whole-home pricing, including the bundling of product lifetime subscriptions with each TiVo Mini device, sales of our TiVo OTA (over-the-air) product, and the launch of our latest innovation the TiVo BOLT™ product. Subscriptions do not include soft-clients (i.e. iPad application or web portal) or digital tuning adapter users. We count product lifetime subscriptions in our subscription base until both of the following conditions are met: (i) the period we use to recognize product lifetime subscription revenues ends; and (ii) the related TiVo-enabled device has not made contact with the TiVo service within the prior six month period. Product lifetime subscriptions past this period which have not called into the TiVo service for six months are not counted in this total.
We define a "household" as one or more devices associated with the same contract or customer number. We currently do not report TiVo-Owned households as we currently receive incremental revenue for each new TiVo-Owned Subscription in the TiVo-Owned business whereas, in some cases, our MSO customers pay us on a per household basis. MSO Subscriptions are a count of the number of devices that connect to the TiVo service and one or more devices may be present in a single MSO Household.
We calculate average subscriptions for the period by adding the average subscriptions for each month and dividing by the number of months in the period. We calculate the average subscriptions for each month by adding the beginning and ending subscriptions for the month and dividing by two. We calculate Average MSO Households for the period by adding the average households for each month and dividing by the number of months in the
period. We calculate the average households for each month by adding the beginning and ending households for the month and dividing by two. We are not aware of any uniform standards for defining subscriptions or households and caution that our presentation may not be consistent with that of other companies. Additionally, the fees that our MSOs pay us are typically based upon a specific contractual definition of a subscriber, subscription, household or a TiVo-enabled device which may not be consistent with how we define a subscription or household for our reporting purposes nor be representative of how such fees are calculated and paid to us by our MSOs. Our MSOs Subscription and MSO Household data is dependent in part on reporting from our third-party MSO partners.
TiVo-Owned Subscriptions increased by 11,000 during the three months ended October 31, 2015, as compared to a decrease of 9,000 in the same prior year period. The TiVo-Owned installed subscription base increased to 952,000 subscriptions as of October 31, 2015 as compared to 928,000 as of October 31, 2014. We believe the year over year increase in total TiVo-Owned Subscriptions and improvement in net TiVo-Owned Subscription losses was primarily due to increased sales of TiVo Minis and TiVo OTA as well as the launch of the TiVo BOLT.
Our MSO installed subscription base increased by 418,000 subscriptions during the three months ended October 31, 2015, to 5.5 million subscriptions as of October 31, 2015. The increase in cumulative MSO Subscriptions of approximately 1.3 million subscriptions from October 31, 2014 is due to subscription growth from a variety of partners including Cogeco, Com Hem, Mediacom, ONO, RCN, Suddenlink, Virgin, and others. This subscription growth is largely related to international MSO subscriptions though domestic MSO subscription growth has increased as a contributor. We expect continued growth in our MSO installed subscription base through continued growth from existing distribution and as additional MSO distribution deals launch.
TiVo-Owned Churn Rate per Month. Management reviews this metric, and believes it may be useful to investors, in order to evaluate our ability to retain existing TiVo-Owned Subscriptions (including both monthly and product lifetime subscriptions) by providing services that are competitive in the market. Management believes factors such as service enhancements, service commitments, higher customer satisfaction, and improved customer support may improve this metric. Conversely, management believes factors such as increased competition, lack of competitive service features such as high definition television recording capabilities in our older model DVRs or access to certain digital television channels or MSO Video On Demand services, as well as increased price sensitivity, CableCARDTM installation issues, and CableCARDTM technology limitations, may cause our TiVo-Owned Churn Rate per month to increase.
We define the TiVo-Owned Churn Rate per month as the total TiVo-Owned Subscription cancellations in the period divided by the Average TiVo-Owned Subscriptions for the period (including both monthly and product lifetime subscriptions), which then is divided by the number of months in the period. We calculate Average TiVo-Owned Subscriptions for the period by adding the average TiVo-Owned Subscriptions for each month and dividing by the number of months in the period. We calculate the average TiVo-Owned Subscriptions for each month by adding the beginning and ending subscriptions for the month and dividing by two. We are not aware of any uniform standards for calculating churn and caution that our presentation may not be consistent with that of other companies.
The following table presents our TiVo-Owned Churn Rate per month information:
TiVo-Owned Churn Rate per month was (1.4)% and (1.6)% for the quarters ended October 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively. The decrease in churn for the quarter ended October 31, 2015 was largely due to the increase in the base of TiVo-Owned subscriptions. Included in our TiVo-Owned Churn Rate per month are those product lifetime subscriptions that have both reached the end of the revenue recognition period and whose DVRs have not contacted the TiVo service within the prior six months. Conversely, we do not count as churn product lifetime subscriptions that have not reached the end of the revenue recognition period, regardless of whether such subscriptions continue to contact the TiVo service.
Subscription Acquisition Cost or SAC. Management reviews this metric, and believes it may be useful to investors, in order to evaluate trends in the efficiency of our marketing programs and subscription acquisition strategies. We define SAC as our total TiVo-Owned acquisition costs for a given period divided by TiVo-Owned Subscription gross additions for the same period. We define total acquisition costs as sales and marketing, subscription acquisition costs less net TiVo-Owned related hardware revenues (defined as TiVo-Owned related gross hardware revenues less rebates, revenue share and market development funds paid to retailers) plus TiVo-Owned related cost of hardware revenues. The sales and marketing, subscription acquisition costs line item includes advertising expenses and promotion-related expenses directly related to subscription acquisition activities, but does not include expenses related to advertising sales. We do not include third-parties’ subscription gross additions, such as MSOs' gross additions with TiVo subscriptions, in our calculation of SAC because we typically incur limited or no acquisition costs for these new subscriptions, and so we also do not include MSOs’ sales and marketing, subscription acquisition costs, hardware revenues, or cost of hardware revenues in our calculation of TiVo-Owned SAC. We are not aware of any uniform standards for calculating total acquisition costs or SAC and caution that our presentation may not be consistent with that of other companies.