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Sun TV reports improved numbers, declares third interim dividend

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BENGALURU: Sun TV Network Ltd (Sun TV) reported improved numbers across all important parameters for the quarter ended 31 December 2017 (Q3 2018, the quarter under review) as compared with the corresponding quarter of the previous year (yoy, Q3 2017). The company said in its earnings release that subscription revenue for the quarter increased by 16.5 per cent yoy to Rs 281.81 crore from Rs 241.94 crore while advertisement revenue grew by approximately 22 per cent yoy. The board of directors of Sun TV has declared a third interim dividend of the year of Rs 2.50 per equity share of face value of Rs 5 each (50 per cent).

Sun TV reported 13.4 per cent higher consolidated total income in the quarter under review at Rs 712.39 crore as against Rs 628.36 crore in Q3 2017. Operating revenue increased by 15.9 per cent yoy to Rs 683.28 crore in Q3 2018 from Rs 589.43 crore in Q3 2017.

Sun TV’s EBITDA during the quarter was Rs 492.04 crore (72 per cent of operating revenue), 11.9 per cent higher as compared against Rs 439.66 crore (74.6 per cent of operating revenue) in Q3 2017.

The company’s profit after tax or PAT in Q3 2018 improved by 11.2 per cent to Rs 267.03 crore (39.1 per cent of operating revenue) as compared with Rs 240.09 crore (40.7 per cent of operating revenue) in Q3 2017.

Total expenditure in Q3 2018 increased by 17.1 per cent to Rs 305.76 crore (44.7 per cent of operating revenue) as against Rs 261.09 crore (44.3 per cent of operating revenue) in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

Operating expense in Q3 2018 soared by 50.7 per cent yoy to Rs 81.05 crore (11.9 per cent of operating revenue) from Rs 53.78 crore (9.1 per cent of operating revenue) in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

Employee benefits expense in Q3 2018 increased by 20.6 per cent to Rs 72.70 crore (10.6 per cent of operating revenue) as compared with Rs 59.86 crore (10.2 per cent of operating revenue) in Q3 2017.

Other expenses in Q3 2018 grew by 5.1 per cent to Rs 37.99 crore (5.6 per cent of operating revenue) as compared with Rs 36.13 crore (6.1 per cent of operating revenue) in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

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