Sahara One reports y-o-y flat results, net profit down for Q1-2014

BENGALURU: Television and motion picture operator Sahara One Media and Entertainment Limited (Sahara One) has reported disappointing results for Q1-2014. Total income, including income from operations and other income in Q1-2014 was almost flat at Rs 30.32 crore as compared to the Rs 30.36 crore for Q1-2013. Total income for Q4-2013 was Rs 28.2 crore.

Sahara One’s net profit for Q1-2013 at Rs 1.21 crore for Q1-2014 was 32.02 per cent lower than the Rs 1.78 crore for Q1-2013. For Q4-2013, Sahara One reported a loss of Rs (-1.74) crore.

Let us look at the other figures reported by Sahara One for Q1-2014

Income from operations for Q1-2014 at Rs 27.42 crore was 6.73 per cent lower than the Rs 29.40 crore for Q1-2013, and marginally higher (by 3.35 per cent) than the Rs 26.53 crore for Q4-2013.

Other income at Rs 2.9 crore was significantly higher (almost three times) the Rs 0.96 crore for Q1-2013 and was 74 per cent more than the Rs 1.67 crore for Q4-2013.

Expenditure for Q1-2014 at Rs 28.54 crore was 2.92 per cent more than the Rs 27.73 crore for Q1-2013 and almost flat as compared to the expenditure of Rs 28.63 crore for Q4-2013.

A major portion of the expenditure for Sahara One is Purchase of Content. The company paid Rs 21.73 crore in Q1-2014 for Purchase of Content, 16.23 per cent lower than the Rs 25.94 crore for Q1-2013 and 18.1 per cent lower than the Rs 26.53 crore for Q4-2014.

Two segments bring in the revenue for Sahara One - Television and Movie Production.

Revenue from Television for Q1-2014 at Rs 28.26 crore was 5.7 per cent lower than the Rs 29.97 crore for Q1-2013, but 3.6 per cent higher than the Rs 27.27 crore for Q4-2013. The segment result for Television at Rs 2.49 crore was less than half (45.52 per cent) of the Rs 5.47 crore for Q1-2013, but more than two and a half times the Rs 0.96 crore for Q4-2013.

Motion pictures segment had revenue of just Rs 0.013 crore for Q1-2014 as compared to the Rs 1.53 crore for Q1-2013. The segment reported no revenue for Q4-2013. Motion pictures segment reported a loss of Rs (-0.16) crore which was more than six times less than the Rs (-1.01) crore for Q1-2013 and 58.74 per cent of the Rs (-0.27) crore for Q4-2013.

Capital employed in Q1-2014 by the Television segment at Rs 57.95 crore was 55.56 per cent more than the Rs 37.25 crore in Q1-2013 and 18.76 per cent more than the Rs 48.79 crore for Q1-2013.

Capital employed by the Motion pictures segment in Q1-2014 at Rs 86.17 crore was 6.12 per cent more than the Rs 81.20 crore for Q1-2013 and flat as compared to the Rs 86.09 crore for Q4-2013.

Unallocated capital employed at Rs 149.77 crore was substantially lower (11.91 per cent) than the Rs 170.71 crore for Q1-2013 and 6.84 per cent lower than the Rs 159.79 crore for Q4-2013.

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