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TV Today FY-2014 PAT quintuples, OYE! FM operating loss down 15 per cent

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BENGALURU: TV Today Network Limited (TVTN), a part of the India Today group reported 5.02 times growth in standalone PAT in FY-2014 to Rs 61.32 crore (15.75 per cent of Income from Operations or Op Inc) as compared to the Rs 12.21 crore (3.9 per cent of Op Inc) in FY-2013.  In Q4-2014, the company reported PAT of Rs 15.85 crore (16.28 per cent of Op Inc), which was (-23.21) per cent lower than the Rs 20.65 crore (18.53 per cent of Op Inc) in the immediate trailing quarter Q3-2014 and almost two and a half times (2.49 times) the PAT of Rs 6.36 crore (7.54 per cent of Op Inc) in Q4-2013.

Note: (1) Rs 100 lakh = Rs100,00,000 = Rs 1 crore = Rs 10 million.

TVTN’s Radio Broadcasting segment (Oye! FM) under the brand Oye! FM reported a (-15.41) per cent reduction in operating loss to Rs (-11.24) crore in FY-2014 as compared to the Rs (-13.24) crore in FY-2013. However, Oye! FM’s Q4-2014 loss at Rs(-4) crore was 35.86 per cent more than the Rs (-2.90) crore in Q3-2014 and 45.98 per cent more than the Rs (-2.74) crore in Q4-2013.

Let us look at some of the other numbers reported by TV Today for FY-2014 and Q4-2014

TVTN reported 24.56 per cent higher Op Inc at Rs 389.44 crore in FY-2014 as compared to the Rs 312.67 crore in FY-2013. Op Inc for Q4-2014 at Rs 97.41 crore was (-12.57) per cent lower than the Rs111.42 crore in Q3-2014 and 15.59 per cent more than the Rs 84.27 crore in Q4-2013.

Total Expense in FY-2014 at Rs 304.35 crore (78.15 per cent of Op Inc) was 2.29 per cent more than the Rs 297.55 crore (95.16 per cent of Op Inc) in FY-2013. In Q4-2014, Total Expense at Rs 77.31 crore (79.36 per cent of Op Ic) was (-5.99) per cent less than the Rs 82.23 crore (73.9 per cent of Op Inc) in Q3-2014 and (-0.74) per cent lower than the Rs 77.89 (92.43 per cent of Op Inc) crore in Q4-2013.

Major expense heads include Employee Benefits Expense (EBE), which at Rs 92.97 crore (23.87 per cent of Op Inc) in FY-2014 was (-0.12) per cent lower than the Rs 93.09 crore (29.77 per cent of Op Inc) in FY-2013. Q4-2014 EBE at Rs 21.67 crore (22.25 per cent of Op Inc) was (-12.85) per cent lower than the Rs 24.87 crore (22.32 per cent of Op Inc) in Q3-2014 and (-6.05) per cent lower than the Rs 23.07 crore (27.38 per cent of Op Inc) in Q4-2013.

Production Costs at Rs 40.85 crore (10.49 per cent of Op Inc) was 9.16 per cent more than the Rs 37.42 crore (11.97 per cent of Op Inc) in FY-2013. In Q4-2013, Production Cost at Rs 12.91 crore (13.25 per cent of Op Inc) was 18.93 per cent more than the Rs10.85 crore (9.74 per cent of Op Inc) and 24.57 per cent more than the Rs10.36 crore (12.29 per cent of Op Inc) in Q4-2013.

Other Expense in FY-2014 at Rs 60.61 crore (15.56 per cent of Op Inc) was 7.04 per cent more than the Rs 56.62 crore in FY-2013. During Q4-2014, other expense at Rs19.27 crore (17.30 per cent of Op Inc) was 24.52 per cent higher than the Rs15.48 crore (13.89 per cent of Op Inc) in Q3-2014 and 29.38 per cent more the Rs14.90 crore (17.68 per cent of Op Inc).

Segment Revenue

Two segments – TV Broadcasting (TV) and FM Radio Broadcasting (Radio) contribute to TVTN’s revenues.

TV segment reported 23.58 per cent growth in operating revenue to Rs 374.06 crore in FY-2014 as compared to the Rs 302.69 crore in FY-2013. TV’s Operating revenue in Q4-2014 at Rs 93.50 crore was (-12.66) per cent lower than the Rs 107.06 crore in Q3-2014 and 14.54 per cent more than the Rs 81.63 crore in Q4-2013.

TV segment reported Operating profit of Rs 103.75 crore in FY-2014, more than triple (3.16 times) the Rs 32.79 crore in FY-2013. TV segment’s Operating profit in Q4-2014 at Rs 27.55 crore was (-18.36) per cent lower than the Rs 33.75 crore in Q3-2014 and more than double (2.36 times) the Rs11.69 crore in Q4-2013.

Radio segment reported Operating revenue of Rs15.38 crore which was 54.17 per cent more than the Rs 9.98 crore in FY-2013. Operating revenue for the segment in Q4-2014 at Rs 3.91 crore was (-10.36) per cent lower than the Rs 4.37 crore in Q3-2014 and 48.11 per cent more than the Rs 2.64 crore in Q4-2013. Radio results have been mentioned above.

Presently, TVTN runs four 24 hours news and current affairs television channels, namely Aaj Tak, Dilli Aaj Tak and Tez in Hindi and Headlines Today in English and six FM radio stations in Delhi, Kolkata, Amritsar, Patiala, Jodhpur and Mumbai under the name Oye! 104.8 FM.

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