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[00:00:40] AS: Whats up and welcome to episode 25 of Shares Neat. Alex Shevelev, Portfolio Supervisor of the Forager Australian Shares Fund. And I’m feeling for our CIO, Steve Johnson, who’s away in the intervening time. 


Now regardless of this being Shares Neat, we should not have any whiskies to strive for you right now however we do have as an alternative a really particular visitor. Will Lopes is the CEO and Managing Director of Catapult. The ASX ticker is CAT. One of many investments in our Forager Australian Shares Fund. 


Now, Will has been with the enterprise for 4 years and got here from Amazon’s subsidiary, Audible. He’s based mostly in Boston. Very kindly joined us right now. Hello, Will. Welcome.


[00:01:23] WL: Hey, Alex. Thanks for having me. Excited to be right here.


[00:01:27] AS: Now, slightly little bit of background earlier than we get began. Catapult is a couple of 330 mil Aussie greenback market cap. And it’s listed on the ASX. However it experiences its numbers in US {dollars}. That’s what Will and I might be discussing right now. Now, additionally, throughout our dialog, Will might point out ACV. That’s annualized contract worth. Present annual worth of all of the energetic subscription merchandise that the enterprise has. With that little background out of the best way, let’s get began. 


Will, are you able to give us a little bit of background right here about how the enterprise truly first took place? 


[00:02:01] WL: Yeah. The enterprise truly began as a collaboration a few years in the past with the Australian Institute of Sports activities. Forward of the Sydney Olympics truly. And what the collaboration was making an attempt to do on the time was truly to objectively perceive and assist enhance athletic efficiency. It was every kind of various sports activities. 


However out of that basically got here a wearables gadget that athletes would put on. And we began to seize each single metric we may to grasp what was truly occurring. What we referred to as participant load. The load administration of understanding exertion and utilization of power {that a} participant might take. 


And so, since then, the corporate has turn out to be – previously, I feel I based as an organization in ’06. We at the moment are the world’s main sports activities analytics firm. Now we have a variety of software program options. However our two core options are actually a efficiency and well being class, which is our wearable answer. 


If folks know Catapult in Australia, that is sometimes what they know us from. It’s utilized by hundreds {of professional} sports activities groups throughout the globe. After which we now have a video evaluation suite of merchandise that permits our groups to additionally perceive, discover insights throughout video, collaborate after which use that system to teach their athletes as effectively. 


[00:03:20] AS: Now perhaps we are able to discuss in regards to the wearables enterprise as a result of that’s what Catapult has been finest identified for over time. Are you able to perhaps describe simply how dominant on a world scale the enterprise truly is within the wearable house? 


[00:03:32] WL: Yeah. We pioneered the business actually. I feel it’s a terrific precise Cinderella story from Australia, proper? Right here’s a product that will get utilized by hundreds of groups. We’re in all probability 5 occasions bigger than our nearest competitor. I feel the metric I at all times share it with of us is we now have about 16% of 20,000 skilled groups throughout the globe. For those who add the entire opponents throughout the globe that promote wearables, you wouldn’t be capable of get to five% of that market. 


Two excellent news. A, we’re very dominant and we’re the leaders in that house. After which two, there’s nonetheless about 80% of the market that has but to be penetrated. Whereas we’re the leaders, we proceed to seek out actually, actually wholesome progress inside that house right now.


[00:04:17] AS: That was one of many fascinating questions I feel traders have kind of wrestled with for a variety of years with Catapult. The enterprise is so dominant within the wearable house. And but, you’ve proven this over the past couple of years and proceed to point out it. It’s stored rising within the wearable house. You place out some good information a few years in the past making an attempt to measure the addressable and serviceable market of the enterprise. I’m questioning for those who may contact slightly bit on that. And simply how a lot there may be to go and the place? Is it smaller groups? Is it the junior groups? Is it completely different sports activities? How are you fascinated by that particularly with wearables? 


[00:04:52] WL: Yeah. It’s a terrific query, Alex. I feel when folks take into consideration skilled sports activities, they have a tendency to consider 4 or 5 leagues and so they see our penetration in these leagues and so they suppose, “All proper. You should be executed. And there’s no extra progress from right here and out.” 


And I feel what folks are likely to neglect is, truly, there are a few buckets after we say skilled sports activities which are actually significant when it comes to locations that we had been going to handle and promote wearable units from. Clearly, you’ve these massive leagues that everyone is aware of. NFL, NBA, MLB, AFL down in Australia. However then I feel they neglect that there are feeder divisions behind these massive leagues. Whether or not these feeder divisions be secondary divisions. Form of just like the championship leagues within the UK. Or minor league feeder divisions comparable to baseball. 


Beneath that, you even have academies. We get a giant soccer workforce in Europe. Sometimes, you’ll have many academies of underneath 19, underneath 17, underneath 13 that they’re utilizing to mainly develop their expertise alongside the best way. There’s fairly a little bit of groups round that as effectively. 


The opposite side that I feel we are likely to neglect is that ladies’s sport has turn out to be phenomenal and changing into professionalized over the previous 5 years can be beginning to turn out to be very significant. After which, lastly, there’s the collegiate house. I feel collegiate house within the US is gigantic. I feel significantly after I’m speaking to Australian traders, I’m at all times keen on reminding them that for those who take the College of Alabama’s soccer workforce for instance, their single funds is larger than the entire AFL mixed. And so, it’s actually massive enterprise. After which on prime of that, you’ve nationwide groups and Olympic groups throughout a large number of sports activities. 


The way in which we expect – after we put all of that collectively, there’s about 20,000 groups throughout the globe that we expect is addressable with our know-how. Each our wearables and our video know-how. 


In wearables, we’re sitting right now round 2,600, 2,700 groups which are utilizing our gadget. And we expect that, ideally, we ought to be doubling that within the midterm. About three to 5 years.


[00:06:59] AS: Extra usually, I imply, while you discuss to those groups, that want for extra information, that want for extra details about their gamers’ load about how they’re transferring, the place they’re transferring, how they’re exerting themselves, one would think about that that’s simply getting an increasing number of demanding of the know-how that’s concerned in these companies – in these organizations, I ought to say. 


[00:07:20] WL: Undoubtedly. It’s getting extra specialised. One of many issues that has been actually profitable for us is definitely specializing underneath the info that’s coming in round not simply the athlete however across the sport, the place. Typically even the time of the yr that they’re truly it. 


As a great instance, perhaps 5 years in the past we might say right here’s what an athlete’s load administration seems like in a given week. Load administration is our inside phrases to say, mainly, exertion degree. How laborious are they working to do a sure exercise? 


However right now, most groups begins to have a look at and say, “Nicely, I wish to truly calculate that barely completely different from my striker, and my midfielder, my defenseman.” We launched a really particular algorithm final yr for baseball. And we went from two groups in Main League Baseball right here within the US so almost half of the sector now’s utilizing our merchandise. And so, that specialization I feel is basically what we’re beginning to see are available in an increasing number of when it comes to what they need from the info. 


[00:08:24] AS: It’s fascinating truly talking to one in every of your bigger soccer purchasers. They talked about one thing related. They stated it was actually good to have that specialised evaluation of the info in addition to clearly the gadget itself for his or her particular sport. But in addition, taking within the classes from different sports activities and bringing it to bear on what they wanted to do with the know-how. That was actually nice to see as effectively. 


Yeah, we’ve been speaking about wearable thus far. You acquire a enterprise, SBG. This was mid-2021. That moved you extra closely into video. There was an fascinating and stays an fascinating nexus between the video and the wearables half. You’ve showcased this product earlier than. Are you able to perhaps describe how the product operates and in addition the way it’s being obtained by purchasers? 


[00:09:12] WL: Yeah. If we take into consideration video evaluation in sports activities might be the factor that most individuals from exterior of the skilled sports activities may perceive, the way it’s used. And sometimes, there are three issues {that a} workforce is making an attempt to do with video. The primary is that they’re looking for key perception moments. Whether or not that’d be an perception second of how their opponent performs at completely different conditions. Whether or not that’d be how their workforce is taking part in at completely different eventualities. 


Two, they’re making an attempt to make use of these key insights to then enhance their tactical plans, proper? They sometimes wish to modify their recreation plan. And so they additionally wish to guarantee that they’re utilizing these moments to educate the athlete and displaying them truly what’s the proper habits or the flawed behaviors that they need to exhibit? Whether or not it’s in coaching periods or in-game periods. 


Our video suite will sometimes take these three components and mix all of it with our wearable information. Now why is the wearable information overlay on prime of this essential? Is that, sometimes, and traditionally I ought to say, teaching selections are made with out truly understanding what’s occurring contained in the athlete. What’s the precise – that second in time, the place was the athlete’s exertion degree for instance? And there’s every kind of choices that will get improved by you understanding what’s occurring with the athlete’s kind of bodily metrics. 


Substitution in a soccer match is a good instance. Some days, pulling any person out at 70 minutes would be the proper factor. Another days, pulling any person out at 90 minutes is the fitting factor. It’s going to range based mostly on what’s occurring with the athlete in that second. 


We had a buyer right now, just lately truly, and we had been displaying them kind of they’d these exhaustion spikes that had been coming in with one in every of their shooters in basketball. And so, as soon as we mix that exhaustion spike with video, what you began to see was truly the exhaustion spike was coming in. As a result of each time he jumped, he was leaping from one foot relatively than each toes. And that was driving this kind of spike on exhaustion instantly after jumps. It turns into a really sturdy coaching software considerably. 


We had a really profitable video enterprise that Catapult had acquired in all probability about I suppose eight 9 years in the past referred to as XOS within the US. That video answer was very dominant in American soccer and ice hockey over right here. However it wasn’t versatile sufficient for us to do that integration with wearables. 


And so, as you talked about, we purchased an organization referred to as SBG just a few years in the past. We’ve now built-in this wearables information set with video and actually kind of enhanced the power to seek out these key insights, overview and alter your recreation after which kind of broadcast and coach your athletes in a variety of options. And it’s executed extremely effectively. 


This previous 12 months, after we acquired the enterprise, they had been doing about 5 million {dollars} or so of ACV. So, annualized contract. On the finish of our reporting interval just lately reported that it grew to about $8 million. We had been up 41% on that. And we additionally noticed the quantity of purchasers now utilizing our video suite. The online quantity grew about 72%. 


We’re actually, actually happy. I feel the mixing has gone effectively. The know-how is showcasing each wearables and video in a special gentle and I feel the place the outcomes are beginning to pay itself off.




[00:12:28] ANNOUNCER: Keep tuned. We’ll be again in only a sec. 


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[00:13:11] AS: Now discuss outcomes. You’re truly a March year-end. Final month, you gave us a end result for the primary half of 2024. There’s a great response within the share value. We noticed that rise about 40%. And there are a few avenues a few of which we’ve already touched on that I feel kind of happy traders out of that end result and us included. Possibly we are able to kind of take them in flip. 


I feel, firstly and possibly foremost an investor’s eyes has been this transfer to a free money stream constructive place. It’s a giant turnaround from this identical half within the prior yr. Are you able to perhaps describe to us the way you moved from greater than 13 mil money out to successfully barely constructive on free money? 


[00:13:53] WL: Yeah. I feel it was a major milestone for Catapult. I feel two issues had been actually occurring with the enterprise I feel even beginning a yr in the past that I began to kind of inform the market that. And clearly, some of us listened and bought within the story fairly early and I feel it’s paid off. 


A pair issues basically. The primary is that the price to scale the enterprise had reached some extent the place it wanted to succeed in. And so, it was going to begin to subside from there on. The way in which we take into consideration our enterprise is, basically, there’s variable value and stuck value. Variable prices are cash that we’re going to spend to drive future income progress. And so, gross sales, advertising and marketing, a few of the supply components that we do. After which we now have what we name mounted prices. Or these are prices contained in the enterprise that in some unspecified time in the future you could make investments to type of get the enterprise to the fitting degree. Whether or not that’d be kind of normal and administrative prices. R&D as an expense. And some different issues. And we knew we had been going to take a position to do issues that I simply talked about with firms with the acquisition of SBG and the mixing. 


However coming off final yr we stated, “Hey, I feel the mounted value now has reached a degree of scale.” And what you’re going to begin to see is that the variable value has been very regular right here. Our mounted value has now reached some extent the place quantity, it’s not going to develop far more than 5% to 7%. And we had additionally pulled again from what was our prosumer enterprise that we had been making an attempt to grasp if it was price driving that extremely with the advertising and marketing {dollars} going ahead. 


And what that meant is that after we pulled again within the prosumer enterprise and we needed to attain a degree of scale within the pro-business that we needed to, mainly, each greenback we had been going so as to add thereafter was going to return in with roughly 30% of revenue margin. 


Principally, we’re coming off of final yr kind of the break-even mark. After which each greenback we began so as to add thereafter was beginning to are available in extremely worthwhile. And so, you’re beginning to see that play itself out in free money stream. However we additionally noticed that this previous first half, our incremental revenue margin on the incremental income that we made, as I discussed, was about 19%. Anticipate that can finish the yr by 30%. As a result of we pay commissions on the entrance finish of the yr. However it’s a implausible turnaround. And it’s an actual showcase that we’ve hit this inflection level that I feel we’ve been speaking about for a while.


[00:16:05] AS: That’s nice to see. Yeah. And I feel one of many drivers there – I imply, video was good. And we’ll discuss it in a second. However the wearables enterprise continued to develop, on this case, 27% the half you reported on the identical half final yr that’s adjusting for the overseas foreign money actions that may have occurred throughout that interval. 


I imply, you spoke in regards to the white house nonetheless accessible so that you can develop into there. Did you discover that the majority of that incremental ACV, it got here from current groups? It got here from new groups? It got here from pricing larger? The place did it come from? As a result of 27, very wholesome quantity for a division that’s kind of has been the core driver and is the extra mature within the group.


[00:16:45] WL: Yeah. I say it’s the tree that retains on giving, proper? However I feel a part of it’s we nonetheless have a number of inexperienced discipline, proper? I feel as I discussed, we nonetheless have 80% of the market that aren’t utilizing any gadget. It’s nonetheless fairly a little bit of inexperienced discipline. 


The majority of that 27% progress got here from new logos. That was primarily what drove it. And we did a few issues this previous yr that basically fueled that progress. First, we introduced in a brand new gadget to marketplace for indoor sports activities that we launched rather less than a yr in the past. That gadget was actually designed to see progress via basketball. However secondarily, we additionally began to see some actually sturdy progress in volleyball and significantly round nationwide groups in numerous areas. 


The second is that, additionally, we’ve launched a variety of algorithms that basically begin to enhance the usage of our present kind of out of doors gadget as effectively. And as I discussed, baseball, for instance, we had been capable of see large quantity of progress when it comes to logos there. And we contined to seek out regional progress in areas the place, as we’ve scaled and added gross sales groups within the areas, we’re additionally seeing implausible progress in Northern Europe, Jap Europe. We noticed some actually sturdy progress in LatAm. Collegiate house for us continues to be a terrific place. The majority of it was logo-driven. Or new logo-driven progress. 


[00:18:00] AS: It kind of leads us into fairly effectively into this information video options a part of a enterprise. You talked about earlier than, it grew 41% in ACV, fixed foreign money phrases. The power of your current wearables base in addition to the enterprise improvement effort that’s already ongoing for that wearables base, how essential is that for these new video options and rising these? 


[00:18:26] WL: Nicely, it’s extremely vital, proper? As a result of it does just a few issues which are actually essential for us. First, the truth that we may mix our wearables into our video creates a differentiator out there that nobody may do and catch as much as. It’s going to be very, very laborious for any person to truly catch as much as that. 


I feel, two, it permits us to proceed to enhance and showcase that we even have this underlying platform that you possibly can depend in Catapult not only for as a wearable enterprise however right here’s all the opposite issues you possibly can do. And we may turn out to be kind of this one-stop place the place all your information wants are going to be delivered from. 


After which, three, it’s actually the place we begin with the connection, proper? And so, for us, the best way we take into consideration our kind of go-to-market technique is we land with wearables. We showcase that we now have high-quality assist. Now we have high-quality information. Now we have high quality service. After which we develop initially with video and actually begin to come right into a enterprise and say, “Nicely, now that you’ve got our wearables, let me present you what else you are able to do with that information significantly while you overlay with video.” We’re going that will help you discover kind of these key moments and these key insights. And so, it’s been actually, actually profitable from a cross-selling functionality to develop our annual contracts with the present groups. 


[00:19:39] AS: And the video product, you might be truly cross-selling a product that’s dearer into your current groups than the wearables enterprise that they’ve, proper? It’s driving – 


[00:19:49] WL: From a monetary panorama, for us it’s a very nice win. Our wearables enterprise tends to be a median round 20,000 ACV. And sometimes, our gross margins, and that’s someplace in kind of the low 80s percentile, the place the video suite tends to sometimes be constructed two occasions the quantity of that on the contract degree. Sometimes, round 40,000. And the gross margin on that’s sometimes within the 90s, proper? it’s simply software program. It’s not hardware-connected. And so, you’re sometimes someplace within the 90%, 95%. 


For us, from a technique perspective, we’re establishing this nice relationship with a really sturdy enterprise that the wearables enterprise is already. However then we’re increasing it with one thing that it’s even stronger and extra inventive when it comes to the highest line and basically the underside line as effectively.


[00:20:35] AS: Now you’ve additionally offered in that final outcomes presentation a little bit of a view to the longer term. You talked about that 30% administration EBITDA quantity that accounts for the CapEx that you could do on the software program and the platform. That 30% quantity is from the present degree of zero. You talked about that as effectively. 


The working leverage that you’ve got within the enterprise, it’s fairly fascinating for folks to ponder, I feel. Are you able to describe how – perhaps on the subject of a set and variable value you spoke about earlier than, the way you’re truly going to drive that working leverage and people larger margins sooner or later right here? 


[00:21:11] WL: Yeah. There are some things that I feel are entering into our favor to mainly create that kind of 30% revenue margin kind of focus. The primary, as I began to elucidate earlier than, we now have a variable kind of value buckets and stuck value buckets. Our mounted value buckets from right here and out I feel have reached a degree of scale. And we anticipate that they may develop on absolute greenback phrases. However it’s solely going to develop 5% to 7% yearly. 


And so, as a proportion of income, that signifies that it’s going to develop very nonlinearly to our income kind of topline progress. After which after we take a look at our variable prices, these are value of gross sales, and advertising and marketing, and supply and cogs is the opposite parts of that as effectively which are truly supposed to enhance as we go ahead. 


And so, right now, for each greenback we generate of income, it’s costing us about 55 cents. After which we preserve 45. After which to your level, we’re in all probability spending about 45 cents on our mounted value on the present degree of scale. however as you begin to see this progress, we anticipate that, at 55 cents of variable value, it’s in all probability going to go right down to 45 cents. 


And what’s going to drive that’s improved cogs, proper? Our gross margin in promoting video is considerably higher than it’s on wearables. Two, gross sales efficiencies, proper? We’re utilizing the identical Salesforce now to promote a couple of product. And so, we should always anticipate that that value of gross sales and advertising and marketing to go down. And we’re additionally enhancing our know-how over time. 


And so, our value to keep up, and ship and onboard our prospects also needs to come down. Our anticipation is that inside kind of a 3 to five-year mark, we should always see that variable value be round 45. And that our mounted value is simply going to begin to decay as our income grows as a proportion of income. 


Once we take a look at our plan about three to 5 years in kind of midterm, we anticipate that we may double the enterprise from the place we’re right now and be producing about 30% of revenue margin. 


[00:23:08] AS: Will, anything you’d like to go away folks with from this podcast?


[00:23:13] WL: The one factor that I might say, the Catapult story as a inventory I feel has been a implausible one. However generally one which I feel folks jumped onto that story perhaps 5 years in the past, six years in the past and so they simply understood the enterprise as a wearables enterprise, proper? And it was a wearables enterprise promoting a perpetual license to a {hardware} part. 


And I feel the message I like to at all times type of ship is that that enterprise has dramatically modified since I’ve been right here. And within the 4 years, we now have turned this into a real SaaS enterprise mannequin. Now we have two sturdy rising software program merchandise with actually sturdy margins. And we’ve now reached a degree of scale that I feel we’re not solely displaying the fitting degree of progress, however we’re displaying the fitting degree of progress whereas we’re producing money. 


And within the tech house, significantly within the tech house in 2023, that could be a distinctive story to grasp. And I feel we’re in a singular set of firm at this level. However apart from that, I respect you taking the time. And as at all times, love sharing the story with you and any traders. 

[00:24:18] AS: Thanks to your time right now, Will. We’re actually appreciative of it. And for everybody, thanks for tuning in. We at all times welcome your feedback, questions or ideas on future matters. Thanks very a lot.

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