Q1-17: TV Today topline, bottomline up

BENGALURU: TV Today Network Limited (TVTN) reported 7.7 percent increase in standalone revenue (TIO) for the quarter ended 30 June 2016 (Q1-17, current quarter) as compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year (Q1-16). Standalone profit after tax (PAT) increased 23.9 percent in the current quarter as compared to Q1-16. TVYN reported TIO and PAT of Rs 136.94 crore and Rs 22.38 crore (16.3 percent margin) in Q1-17 as compared to Rs 127.12 crore and Rs 18.06 crore (14.2 percent margin), respectively.

EBIDTA for the current quarter increased 22.9 percent to Rs 36.80 crore (26.9 percent margin) as compared to the Rs 29.95 crore (23.6 percent 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 9.1 percent year-over-year (y-o-y) growth in operating revenue to Rs 136 crore in Q1-17 as compared to Rs 124.66 crore in Q1-16. The segment reported an operating profit of Rs 33.79 crore in the current quarter as compared to Rs 28.11 crore in the corresponding year ago quarter.

Radio segment reported 45.3 percent decline in operating revenue at Rs 1.35 crore in Q1-17 as compared to Rs 2.62 crore in the corresponding year ago quarter. The segment reported a higher operating loss of Rs 3.52 crore in the current quarter as compared to an operating loss of Rs 2.82 crore in Q1-16.

Let us look at the other numbers reported for Q1-17

Total expenditure in the current quarter increased 2.3 percent to Rs 107.61 crore (78.6 percent of TIO) as compared to Rs 105.16 crore (82.7 percent of TIO) in Q1-16.

Production cost increased 11.2 percent y-o-y in Q1-17 to Rs 13.48 crore (9.8 percent of TIO) as compared to Rs 12.11 crore (9.5 percent of TIO). Employee Benefit Expense in the current quarter increased 18.6 percent y-o-y to Rs 38.73 crore (28.3 percent of TIO) as compared to Rs 32.66 crore (25.7 percent of TIO).

Advertisement expense in Q1-17 declined 18.6 percent to Rs 31.13 crore (22.7 percent of TIO) from Rs 38.24 crore (23.6 percent of TIO) in Q1-16.

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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