Q2-17: TV Today Network topline up

BENGALURU: TV Today Network Limited (TVTN) reported 5.1 per cent increase in standalone revenue (TIO) for the quarter ended 30 September 2016 (Q2-17, current quarter) as compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year (Q2-16). Standalone profit after tax (PAT) however declined 4.1 per cent in the current quarter as compared to Q2-16. TVYN reported TIO and PAT of Rs 132.27 crore and Rs 22.57 crore (17.1 per cent margin) in Q2-17 as compared to Rs 125.81 crore and Rs 23.52 crore (18.7 per cent margin) respectively.

EBIDTA for the current quarter declined 2.4 per cent to Rs 36.92 crore (27.9 per cent margin) as compared to the Rs 37.83 crore (30.1 per cent margin) in the corresponding year ago quarter.

Segment results

The company has two main segments ? Television broadcasting (TV) and Radio broadcasting (Radio) ? it currently three runs radio stations under the brand Oye FM 104.8 at New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. The company has been partially successful in selling off a few of its radio stations to Entertainment Network India Limited (ENIL, Radio Mirchi) and has also recently signed on ENIL on to hawk ads for its three remaining stations. Probably, the results of this association will start showing over the next few quarters.

TVTN?s TV segment reported 6.3 per cent year-over-year (y-o-y) growth in operating revenue to Rs 130.93 crore in Q2-17 as compared to Rs 123.20 crore in Q2-16. The segment reported 7.8 per cent lower operating profit of Rs 33.76 crore in the current quarter as compared to Rs 36.64 crore in the corresponding year ago quarter.

TVTN?s Radio segment reported 48.8 per cent decline in operating revenue at Rs 1.34 crore in Q2-17 as compared to Rs 2.61 crore in the corresponding year ago quarter. The segment reported a lower operating loss of Rs 3.15 crore in the current quarter as compared to an operating loss of Rs 5.51 crore in Q2-16.

Let us look at the other numbers reported for Q2-17

Total expenditure in the current quarter increased 7.3 per cent to Rs 102.65 crore (77.6 per cent of TIO) as compared to Rs 95.68 crore (76.1 per cent of TIO) in Q2-16.

Production cost reduced 3.3 per cent y-o-y in Q2-17 to Rs 13.31 crore (10.1 per cent of TIO) as compared to Rs 13.62 crore (10.8 per cent of TIO) in Q2-16. Employee Benefit Expense in the current quarter increased 3.9 per cent y-o-y to Rs 34.46 crore (26 per cent of TIO) as compared to Rs 33/18 crore (26.4 per cent of TIO).

Advertisement expense in Q2-17 increased 3.16 per cent to Rs 30.97 crore (23.4 per cent of TIO) from Rs 23.53 crore (18.7 per cent of TIO) in Q2-16.

Note: The unit of currency in this report is the Indian rupee - Rs (also conventionally represented by INR). The Indian numbering system or the Vedic numbering system has been used to denote money values. The basic conversion to the international norm would be:

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

(b) 10,000 lakh = 100 crore = 1 arab = 1 billion.

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