Zeel's Q1-2014 PAT up by 42.6 per cent (y-o-y)

BENGALURU: Content and broadcast player Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (Zeel) unaudited results for Q1-2014 reported a growth of 42.6 per cent ( y-o-y) PAT, with a PAT margin of 23 per cent at Rs 223.9 crore as compared to the Rs 157 crore during the corresponding quarter of FY-2013. Consolidated operating revenues were up 15.5 per cent (y-o-y) at Rs 973.3 crore during Q1-2014 from the Rs 843 crore reported for Q1-2013.

Let's take a look at Zeel's Q1-2014 performance

Advertising revenues for Q1-2014 were higher at Rs 530.1 crore, recording an 18.5 per cent growth over Q1-2013's Rs 447.2 crore.

Zeel's subscription revenues for Q1-2014 were also up by 16.5 per cent at Rs 421.1 crore as compared to the Rs 361.1 crore during corresponding period last year. Zeel's domestic subscription revenues stood at Rs 316.8 crore (up 26.5 per cent as compared to Q1-2013); while its international subscription revenues were Rs 107.3 crore for Q1-2014 (down 5.6 per cent y-o-y as against Q1-2013.

Other sales and services revenues were down 39.7 per cent for Q1-2014 at Rs 19.1 crore as compared to Rs 31.7 crore during Q1-2013.

Zeel's operating costs increased 9.6 per cent to Rs 410.8 crore for Q1-2014 from Rs 375.7 crore in Q1-2013. Its employee costs increased 7.7 per cent to Rs 95.6 crore from Rs 88.6 crore during Q1-2013. Selling and other expenses saw a 20.7 per cent jump to Rs 175.4 crore during Q1-2014 from Rs 145.3 crore reported in Q1-2013.

Zeel offered and allotted 55,48,400 equity shares at a price of Rs 119.90 per share upon exercise of ESOP by its employees during Q1-2014. During the AGM held in July 2013, Zeel shareholders passed a special resolution approving enhancement of FII limits in the company beyond the current limit of 49 per cent to the maximum sectorial limit allowed under FDI applicable regulations.

Zeel chairman Subhash Chandra said, "The economy during the quarter has continued to face challenges due sharp depreciation in rupee against major currencies leading to elevated current account deficit, balance of payment, inflation and adverse fiscal deficit. In spite of this lackluster growth television media industry has posted a comparatively robust growth on back of sustained advertisement spends by the consumer goods sector."

"Our performance during the quarter reflects the investments that Zee is making to grow its business and market share. This has been accompanied by a strong improvement in operating performance of the company during the quarter. In a highly competitive space, Zee continues to build its media assets and in the process continues to create value for the shareholders. We have a strong balance sheet and I am confident that we would take advantage of the growth opportunities ahead of us," added Chandra.

Zeel managing director and CEO Punit Goenka said, "The subscription revenue during the quarter has shown robust increase and with digitization rollout, will improve medium term. Sports performance for the quarter has been good, but due to heavy sports calendar and rupee depreciation, the business is expected to be in losses for some time."

"The phased implementation of Trai regulation with respect to advertising inventory based on clock-hour has started and in expected to be fully in place by the end of second quarter, DAS in phase I and II also moved a step further with MSOs' making substantial progress in capturing consumer data and taking first steps towards implementing packaging", added Goenka.

"While competitive intensity remains high in the Indian television industry, we continue to make efforts towards further enhancing our market share. Our content focused approach combined with better monetization of subscription revenues, will contribute to company delivering steady return in the years ahead", added Goenka further.

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