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Sahara One PAT in FY-2014 down to one third of FY-2013 PAT

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BENGALURU: Sahara One Media & Entertainment Limited (Sahara One) reported a little more than one third the PAT at Rs 1.78 crore (2 per cent of net revenue from operations or Op Rev) in FY-2014 as compared to the Rs 5.29 crore (4.3 per cent of Op Rev) in FY-2013.  During the last two quarters of FY-2014, the company has incurred loss, and the profit that it has reported is residual from the PAT of the first two quarters of the year. Further, Sahara One’s operating revenue net of service tax (in FY-2013) at Rs 91.39 crore in FY-2014 dropped 25.3 per cent from Rs 122.28 crore in FY-2013.

Sahara One reports revenue from two segments – television and motion pictures. The revenue numbers from its motion pictures segment have been negligible in FY-2013 and FY-2014. However a significant portion of the loss has been attributed to motion pictures segment.

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

Sahara One results for the quarters in FY-2014 were: Q1-2014-PAT of Rs 1.21 crore: Q2-2014, Rs 4.10 crore, Q3-2014 loss Rs 3.37 crore: Q4-2014 loss Rs 0.15 crore. For Q4-2013, Sahara One had reported a loss of Rs 1.74 crore.

The company’s EBIDTA (including other income) was a positive at Rs 2.95 crore in FY-2014 as compared to a negative EBIDTA (including other income, excluding service tax) of Rs 1.69 crore in FY-2013.

Let us look at the other numbers reported by Sahara One in FY-2014 and Q4-2014

The company reported Op Rev of Rs 20.95 crore in Q4-2014, which was 2.6 per cent more than the Rs 20.41 crore in Q3-3014, but 21 per cent less than the Rs 26.52 crore in Q4-2013.

Other income figures: FY-2014 Rs 10.04 crore (1.06 per cent of Op Rev); FY-2013 Rs 10.30 crore (8.34 per cent of Op Rev); Q4-2014 Rs 2.24 crore (10.7 per cent of Op Rev); Q3-2014 Rs 2.36 crore (11.5 per cent of Op Rev) and Q4-2013 Rs 1.66 crore (6.3 per cent of Op Rev).

Sahara One’s Total Expense (Tot Exp) in FY-2014 at Rs 98.68 crore (108 per cent of Op Rev) in FY-2014 was 26.6 per cent less than the Rs 134.48 crore (110 per cent of Op Rev) in FY-2014. Tot Exp in Q4-2014 at Rs 23.54 crore (112.4 per cent of Op Rev) was 3.8 per cent more than the Rs 22.67 crore (111.1 per cent of Op Rev) in Q3-2014 and 17.8 per cent less than the Rs 28.63 crore (108 per cent of Op Rev) in Q4-2013.

Content cost is a major expense head for Sahara One. The company paid Rs 84.49 crore (93.5 per cent of Op Rev) towards purchase of content (content cost) in FY-2014, which was 28.9 per cent less than the Rs 102.27 crore (98.4 per cent of Op Rev) in FY-2014. Sahara One paid Rs 17.2 crore (112.4 per cent of Op Rev) towards content cost in Q4-2014, which was 40.8 per cent lower than the Rs 29.06 crore (142.4 per cent of Op Rev) in Q3-2014 and 35.2 per cent less than the Rs 26.53 crore (100 per cent of Op Rev) in Q4-2013.

The company’s trade payables, trade receivables and inventory numbers have all gone up in FY-2014 as compared to FY-2013. Here are the figures: Trade Payables - FY-2014 at Rs 41.02 crore (44.9 per cent of Op Rev) which was 17.9 per cent more than the Rs 34.78 crore (28.4 per cent of Op Rev) in FY-2013; Trade receivables – FY-2014 at Rs 78.89 crore (81.9 per cent of Op Rev) which was 2.06 times (more than double) the Rs 36.31 crore (29.7 per cent of Op Rev) in FY-2013. Inventories – FY-2014 at Rs 50.26 crore (55 per cent of Op Rev) which was 18.5 per cent more than the Rs 43.41 crore (34.7 per cent of Op Rev) in FY-2013.

Here are the segment numbers: Television segment: FY-2014 revenue Rs 95.83 crore, segment result operating profit Rs 12.62 crore : FY-2013 revenue Rs 135.04 crore, segment result operating profit of Rs 8.01 crore.

Motion Pictures: FY-2014 revenue Rs 0.01 crore, segment result loss of Rs 0.73 crore: FY-2013 revenue Rs 0.15 crore, segment result loss of Rs 1.88 crore.

Unallocated: FY-2014 unallocated revenue Rs 6.58 crore, result -unallocated loss Rs 4.53 crore; FY-2014 unallocated revenue Rs 7.38 crore, result- unallocated loss of Rs 2.64 crore.

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