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About QSound Labs Inc.
QSound Labs, Inc. focuses on the development, licensing and distribution of audio enhancement algorithms and software to semiconductor/component and OEM licensees in the mobile devices, consumer electronics and personal computer industries.
The company, in 2007, added six licensees for microQ, its audio software engine for portable applications, in the mobile and handheld devices market, and six consumer electronics and PC licensees for audio enhancement. Its subsidiary QCommerce, Inc. provides e-commerce enabling services to small business merchants.
The company was engaged in three business segments in 2007:
Audio Business segment: The company develops, markets, and distributes multimedia software solutions and licenses algorithms based on its patented, proprietary audio technology portfolio. It licenses to original equipment manufacturers and chip manufacturers in the mobile and handheld devices, consumer electronics, and computer multimedia markets and by selling downloadable software products for Internet streaming audio, primarily through third parties and also directly, to consumers over the Internet.
E-commerce Business segment: The companys wholly owned subsidiary, QCommerce, Inc. provides electronic commerce services that enable electronic commerce for small businesses. QCommerce provides its existing client base of Web merchants with all of the tools necessary to set up and operate an on-line store, and with marketing and advertising services to drive targeted traffic to the store.
Internet Telephony Business segment: The companys wholly owned subsidiary QTelNet, Inc. sells its telephony products.
Audio Business segment
The company engages in the development, marketing, and distribution of audio enhancement and audio synthesis technologies, and audio engines. The QSOUND portfolio of proprietary technologies includes a suite of virtual audio, reverberation, synthesis and enhancement algorithms, as well as all of the components required to create custom software audio engines, namely, a music synthesizer, a digital audio playback engine, a sample rate converter and a mixer.
QSOUND technologies are shipped in: mobile phones and PDAs, DVD players, home theatre systems, TVs and VCRs, stereo systems, amplified and USB speakers, PCs and PC peripherals including sound cards, speakers and monitors, and video games.
QSOUND Portfolio of Technologies
The company concentrates on the development and upgrading of a suite of proprietary technologies to cover all aspects of enhanced audio and audio synthesis requirements in the mobile devices, multimedia computer and consumer electronics industries. The QSOUND portfolio consists of:
microQ: microQ is a modular and scalable software digital audio engine providing functions such as polyphonic ringtones, game sound, music playback, digital effects and recording for portable and embedded applications in the growing hand-held and mobile devices markets. microQ offers a modular architecture, a small memory footprint and support for industry standard (linear and compressed) content formats. microQ's main components consist of a digital audio playback engine, a wavetable synthesis engine with a scalable sample set, a multi-channel stereo mixer, a sample rate converter, and a voice chat module that enables Internet communication using VoIP technology.
3D Audio Algorithms
Q3D: Q3D 2.0 is the companys interactive sound positioning technology, which places multiple individual sounds in specific locations outside of the bounds of stereo speakers and headphones, and positions sound with equal effectiveness via multiple speaker systems. Q3D 2.0 also includes QSound Environmental Modeling (QEM), a reverberation engine which is compatible with the EAX (Environmental Audio Extensions) API from Creative Labs, Inc.
QSURROUND: QSURROUND creates virtual surround sound for audio played back over two speaker and headphone entertainment systems. Using QSURROUND, decoded Dolby Digital, Dolby ProLogic and MPEG2 multi-channel audio streams can be played back over only two speakers, while maintaining the illusion of a multi-sp
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1. QSOUND LABS INC. COMPANY PROFILE
1.1. Key facts
1.2. Financial Performance
1.3. Key Executives
1.4. Ownership and Major Holders
1.5. Company History
2. QSOUND LABS INC. BUSINESS OVERVIEW
2.1. Business Description
2.2. Major Products and Services
2.3. Markets and Sales Activities
2.4. Locations, Subsidiaries, Operating Units
3. QSOUND LABS INC. SWOT ANALYSIS
4. QSOUND LABS INC. FINANCIAL ANALYSIS
4.1. Financial Statements
4.1.1. Income Statement
4.1.2. Balance Sheet
4.1.3. Cash Flow
4.2. Financial Ratios
4.2.2. Margin Analysis
4.2.3. Asset Turnover
4.2.4. Credit Ratios
4.2.5. Long-Term Solvency
4.2.6. Growth Over Prior Year
4.2.7. Financial Ratios Charts
4.3. Stock Market Snapshot
5. QSOUND LABS INC. COMPETITORS AND INDUSTRY ANALYSIS
5.1. QSound Labs Inc. Direct Competitors
5.2. Comparison of QSound Labs Inc. and Direct Competitors Financial Ratios
5.3. Comparison of QSound Labs Inc. and Direct Competitors Stock Charts
5.4. QSound Labs Inc. Industry Analysis
5.4.1. Computers and Electronic Equipment Industry Snapshot
5.4.2. QSound Labs Inc. Industry Position Analysis
6. QSOUND LABS INC. NEWS & EVENTS
6.1. News & PR Activity Analysis
6.2. IR Corporate News
6.3. Marketing News
6.4. Corporate Events
7. QSOUND LABS INC. EXPERTS REVIEW1
7.1. Experts Opinion
7.2. Experts Estimates
8. QSOUND LABS INC. ENHANCED SWOT ANALYSIS2
9. CANADA PESTEL ANALYSIS2
9.1. Political Factors
9.2. Economic Factors
9.3. Social Factors
9.4. Technological Factors
9.5. Environmental Factors
9.6. Legal Factors
10. QSOUND LABS INC. IFE, EFE, IE MATRICES2
10.1. Internal Factor Evaluation Matrix
10.2. External Factor Evaluation Matrix
10.3. Internal External Matrix
11. QSOUND LABS INC. PORTER FIVE FORCES ANALYSIS2
12. QSOUND LABS INC. VRIO ANALYSIS2
APPENDIX: RATIO DEFINITIONS
LIST OF TABLES
QSound Labs Inc. Key Facts
Income Statement Key Figures
Balance Sheet Key Figures
Cash Flow Statement Key Figures
Financial Performance Abbreviation Guide
QSound Labs Inc. Key Executives
Key Executives Biographies1
Key Executives Compensations1
QSound Labs Inc. Major Shareholders
QSound Labs Inc. History
QSound Labs Inc. Products
Revenues by Segment
Revenues by Region
QSound Labs Inc. Offices and Representations
QSound Labs Inc. SWOT Analysis
Yearly Income Statement Including Trends
Income Statement Latest 4 Quarters Including Trends
Yearly Balance Sheet Including Trends
Balance Sheet Latest 4 Quarters Including Trends
Yearly Cash Flow Including Trends
Cash Flow Latest 4 Quarters Including Trends
QSound Labs Inc. Profitability Ratios
Margin Analysis Ratios
Asset Turnover Ratios
Long-Term Solvency Ratios
Financial Ratios Growth Over Prior Year
QSound Labs Inc. Capital Market Snapshot
QSound Labs Inc. Direct Competitors Key Facts
Direct Competitors Profitability Ratios
Direct Competitors Margin Analysis Ratios
Direct Competitors Asset Turnover Ratios
Direct Competitors Credit Ratios
Direct Competitors Long-Term Solvency Ratios
Computers and Electronic Equipment Industry Statistics
QSound Labs Inc. Industry Position
Company vs. Industry Income Statement Analysis
Company vs. Industry Balance Sheet Analysis
Company vs. Industry Cash Flow Analysis
Company vs. Industry Ratios Comparison
QSound Labs Inc. Consensus Recommendations1
Analyst Recommendation Summary1
Price Target Summary1
Experts Recommendation Trends1
Revenue Estimates Analysis1
Earnings Estimates Analysis1
Revenue Estimates Trend1
Earnings Estimates Trend1
LIST OF FIGURES
QSound Labs Inc. Annual Revenues in Comparison with Cost of Goods Sold and Gross Profit
Profit Margin Chart
Operating Margin Chart
Return on Equity (ROE) Chart
Return on Assets (ROA) Chart
Debt to Equity Chart
Current Ratio Chart
QSound Labs Inc. 1-year Stock Charts
QSound Labs Inc. 5-year Stock Charts
QSound Labs Inc. vs. Main Indexes 1-year Stock Chart
QSound Labs Inc. vs. Direct Competitors 1-year Stock Charts
QSound Labs Inc. Article Density Chart
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SWOT, which stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats, is an analytical framework that identifies the internal and external factors that are favorable and unfavorable for a company.
Enhanced SWOT Analysis
Enhanced SWOT is a 3×3 grid that arranges strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats into one scheme:
- How to use the strengths to take advantage of the opportunities?
- How to use the strengths to reduce likelihood and impact of the threats?
- How to overcome the weaknesses that obstruct taking advantage of the opportunities?
- How to overcome the weaknesses that can make the threats a reality?
Upon answering these questions a company can develop a project plan to improve its business performance.
PESTEL (also termed as PESTLE) is an ideal tool to strategically analyze what influence different outside factors – political, economic, sociocultural, technological, environmental and legal – exert on a business to later chart its long term targets.
Being part of the external analysis when carrying out a strategic assessment or performing a market study, PESTEL gives an overview of diverse macro-environmental factors that any company should thoughtfully consider. By perceiving these outside environments, businesses can maximally benefit from the opportunities while minimizing the threats to the organization.
Key Factors Examined by PESTEL Analysis:
- Political – What opportunities and pressures are brought by political bodies and what is the degree of public regulations’ impact on the business?
- Economic – What economic policies, trends and structures are expected to affect the organization, what is this influence’s degree?
- Sociological – What cultural and societal aspects will work upon the demand for the business’s products and operations?
- Technological – What impact do the technological aspects, innovations, incentives and barriers have on the organization?
- Environmental – What environmental and ecological facets, both locally and farther afield, are likely to predetermine the business?
- Legal – What laws and legislation will exert influence on the style the business is carried out?
IFE, EFE, IE Matrices
The Internal Factor Evaluation matrix (IFE matrix) is a strategic management tool helping audit or evaluate major weaknesses and strengths in a business’s functional areas. In addition, IFE matrix serves as a basis for identifying and assessing relationships amongst those areas. The IFE matrix is utilised in strategy formulation.
The External Factor Evaluation matrix (EFE matrix) is a tool of strategic management that is typically utilised to assess current market conditions. It is an ideal instrument for visualising and prioritising the threats and opportunities a firm is facing.
The essential difference between the above mentioned matrices lies in the type of factors incorporated in the model; whilst the latter is engaged in internal factors, the former deals exceptionally with external factors – those exposed to social, political, economic, legal, etc. external forces.
Being a continuation of the EFE matrix and IFE matrix models, the Internal External matrix (IE matrix) rests upon an investigation of external and internal business factors integrated into one suggestive model.
Porter Five Forces Analysis
The Porter’s five forces analysis studies the industry of operation and helps the company find new sources of competitive advantage. The analysis surveys an industry through five major questions:
- What composes a threat of substitute products and services?
- Is there a threat of new competitors entering the market?
- What is the intensity of competitive rivalry?
- How big is the bargaining power of buyers?
- How significant is the bargaining power of suppliers?
VRIO stands for Value, Rarity, Imitability, Organization. This analysis helps to evaluate all company’s resources and capabilities and bring them together into one aggregate table that includes:
- Tangible resources
- Intangible resources
- Innovation and Creativity
- Organizational capabilities
The result of the analysis gives a clear picture of company’s competitive and economic implications, answering the questions if the resources mentioned above are:
- Costly to imitate?
- Organized properly?