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Q3-2014: Sun TV ad, subs revenue up; declares 3rd interim dividend

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BENGALURU: Sun TV Network Limited (Sun TV) has declared sunny results once again for Q3-2014. The company says that its q-o-q Ad revenue grew by 17 per cent in Q3-2014. Sun TV says that during the quarter, Subscription revenue from cable and DTH digitisation momentum with a sustained growth of approximately 27 per cent y-o-y at Rs 167.12 crore as compared to the Rs 131.27 crore. It says further that its international subscription revenue grew by 29 per cent as compared to the same period of last year.

The company’s board of directors has declared an interim dividend of Rs 2.50 per share (50 per cent). This is in addition to the interim dividend of Rs 2.25 per share (45 per cent) and Rs 2.50 per share (50 per cent) declared at the Board meetings held on 02 August, 2013 and 8 November, 2013 respectively.

PAT for Q3-2014 grew 9.83 per cent to Rs 185.79 crore from Rs 169.16 crore in the immediate trailing quarter, but was 2.15 per cent lower y-o-y than the Rs 189.88 crore in Q3-2013. It’s YTD PAT grew 2.68 per cent to Rs 519.39 crore from Rs 505.84 crore in the corresponding period of last fiscal. During FY-2014, the company reported a PAT of Rs 683.34 crore.

Let us look at the other Q3-2014 results reported by Sun TV

Sun TV reported 8.99 per cent higher q-o-q operating revenue for Q3-2014 at Rs 503.84 crore and hence crossed the Rs 500 crore per quarter revenue mark for the first time. Its Q2-2014 operating revenue was Rs 466.41 crore and Q3-2013 operating revenue was Rs 48.86 crore – comparatively the current quarter’s operating revenue was higher by 4.63 per cent. For the nine month period ended 31 December, 2013, Sun TV reported 17.22 per cent growth to Rs 1576.60 crore from Rs 1344.95 crore in the corresponding period of last year.

Sun TV’s Total Income at Rs 523.19 crore was 3.58 per cent more than the Rs 505.11 crore in Q2-2014 and 5.39 per cent more than the Rs 494.61 crore in Q3-2013. Its current year’s nine month total revenue was up 19.18 per cent to Rs 1642.64 crore as compared to the Rs 1378.34 crore reported in the corresponding nine month period of last fiscal.

Sun TV’s total expense at Rs 242.38 crore in Q3-2014 was 1.59 per cent lower than the Rs 246.29 crore in Q2-2014 and 13.31 per cent more than the Rs 213.90 crore in Q3-2013. YTD, its total expense including Rs 85.05 crore towards IPL Franchise Fees at Rs 854.26 crore was 36 per cent more than the Rs 628.12 crore of the corresponding period of last year. Excluding IPL Franchise Fees (which is not a quarterly recurring expense, but an annual one), Sun TV’s total YTD expense at Rs 769.21 crore was 22.46 per cent more than the total expense for the corresponding nine month period of last year.

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