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Q2-2016: Den Network’s QoQ revenue up 2.1%

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BENGALURU: Den Networks Ltd (Den Networks) reported 2.1 per cent growth in consolidated Total Income from operations (TIO) in the quarter ended 30 September, 2015 (Q2-2016, current quarter) at Rs 271.29 crore as compared to the Rs 265.60 crore in Q1-2016. TIO in the current quarter however was per cent per cent lower than the Rs 291.72 crore in the corresponding year ago quarter.

Note: 100,00,000 = 100 lakh = 10 million = 1 crore

The company’s consolidated net loss in Q2-2016 increased to Rs 75.23 crore as compared to the loss of Rs 51.89 crore in Q1-2016 and a loss of Rs 20.45 crore in Q2-2015.

Cable Distribution Network revenue in Q2-2016 increased 1.4 per cent to Rs 263.06 crore as compared to Rs 259.46 crore in Q1-2016, but declined 9.4 per cent from Rs 290.28 crore in Q2-2015. This segment reported lower operating loss in Q2-2016 at Rs 32.11 crore as compared to the Rs 34.92 crore in Q1-2016 and an operating profit of Rs 8.64 crore in Q2-2015.

Den’s Cable Subscription Revenue net of activation and LCO share in Q2-2016 declined three per cent QoQ to Rs 115 crore from Rs 119 crore and was flat YoY at Rs 115 crore. Placement Income in the current quarter declined six per cent QoQ and YoY to Rs 111 crore from Rs 118 crore. Activation revenues increased 80 per cent QoQ to Rs 27 crore from Rs 15 crore and increased 64 per cent from Rs 17 crore.

Den’s Broadband revenue increased 58 per cent in the current quarter to Rs 8.23 crore as compared to the Rs 5.21 crore in Q1-2016 and Rs 1.44 crore in the corresponding year ago quarter. Operating loss from broadband however increased to Rs 23.07 crore in Q2-2016 as compared to the operating loss of Rs 19.67 crore in the immediate trailing quarter and an operating loss of Rs 10.7 crore in Q2-2015.

Subscription Status and TV Shop

The company says that it has seeded 3.5 lakh set top boxes (STB) in the current quarter as compared to 1.85 lakh in the previous quarter. Den has already seeded 26 lakh STBs in Digital Addressable Systems (DAS) Phase III areas. Its digital customer base at the end of the current quarter was 76 lakh as compared to 72 lakh in the previous quarter and 66 lakh in Q2-2015.

In the case of broadband, the company added 21,000 subscribers in the current quarter as compared to 12,000 in Q1-2016. Its total broadband subscriber base in Q2-2016 was 57,000 as compared to 35,000 in Q1-2016 and 16,000 in Q2-2015.

For its TV Shop, it has a reach of 380 lakh and added Videocon DTH to the distribution reach. Monthly GMV (Gross Merchandise Value) rate was Rs 17 crore as compared to the Rs 12 crore in the previous quarter.

Let us look at the other numbers reported by Den:

The company’s Total Expenses in Q2-2016 at Rs 335.04 crore (123.5 per cent of TIO) increased 4.6 per cent QoQ as compared to Rs 320.33 crore (120.6 per cent of TIO) and increased 12.5 per cent YoY from Rs 297.82 crore (102.1 per cent of TIO).

Content cost in Q2-2016 at Rs 136.77 crore (50.4 per cent of TIO) was almost flat (increased 0.5 per cent) QoQ as compared to Rs 136.06 crore (51.2 per cent of TIO) was 25.6 per cent more than the Rs 108.91 crore (37.3 per cent of TIO) in Q2-2015.

The company’s interest and finance costs in Q2-2016 increased 16.3 per cent QoQ to 21.25 crore (7.8 per cent of TIO) as compared to Rs 18.27 crore (6.9 per cent of TIO) but declined 6.4 per cent as compared to the Rs 22.90 crore (7.8 per cent of TIO) in Q2-2015.

Employee Benefit Expense at Rs 34.15 crore (12.9 per cent of TIO) in Q1-2016 was 20 per cent more than the Rs 28.46 crore (9.5 per cent of TIO) in Q1-2015 and was 13.4 per cent more than the Rs 30.12 crore (11.1 per cent of TIO) in Q4-2015.

Employee Benefit Expense in the current quarter increased 3.5 per cent QoQ to Rs 35.35 crore (13 per cent of TIO) from Rs 34.15 crore (12.9 per cent of TIO) and increased 36.9 per cent YoY from Rs 25.83 crore (8.9 per cent of TIO).

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