TV18 Q3-2015 consolidated operating results improve 40 per cent

BENGALURU: TV18 Broadcast Limited’s (TV18) Board of Directors has approved the appointment of Rohit Bansal as an additional non-executive director on the board of the company. This was decided at the meeting held on 14 January 2015.

Declaring the financial results, the company reported a 40 per cent improvement in operating profit (PBDIT – Profit before depreciation, interest and tax) in Q3-2015 at Rs 79.4 crore versus the Rs 56.7 crore in the immediate trailing quarter and 2.5 per cent more than the Rs 77.4 crore in the corresponding year ago quarter.

The company reported a healthy 9.7 per cent and 15.6 percent growth in Income from Operations in Q3-2015 at Rs 607.2 crore as compared to the Rs 553.7 crore and the Rs 525.5 crore in Q2-2015 and Q3-2014 respectively.

Year to date (9M-2015), the company’s Income from operations went up 20.2 per cent to Rs 1688.6 crore from Rs 1404.8 crore during 9M-2014. Operating PBDIT in 9M-2015 at Rs 183.8 crore was 30.8 per cent more than the Rs 140.6 crore in 9M-2014.

Let us look at the other figures reported by TV18:

Total Expense (TE) in Q3-2015 at Rs 542.3 crore was 6.8 per cent more than the Rs 508 crore in Q2-2015 and 17.9 per cent more than the Rs 460.1 crore in Q3-2014. TE in 9M-2015 at Rs 1559.8 crore was 20 per cent more than the Rs 1299.4 crore in 9M-2014.

Programming cost was up 19.3 per cent in Q3-2015 at Rs 203.8 crore from Rs 170.9 crore in Q2-2015 and 42.9 per cent more than the Rs 142.6 crore in Q3-2014. Programming cost for 9M-2015 jumped 53 per cent to Rs 540.4 crore from Rs 353.3 crore in 9M-2014.

TV18’s depreciation and amortisation (depreciation) at Rs 14.4 crore in Q3-2014 was 30.9 per cent more than the Rs 11.0 crore in Q2-2015 and was 19 per cent more than the Rs 12.1 crore in Q3-2014. The company’s depreciation expense in 9M-2015 at Rs 55 crore was 56.25 per cent more than the Rs 35.2 crore in 9M-2014.

According to the company, CNBC-TV18 maintained its leadership as the No.1 channel in its genre with a market share of 55 per cent in Q3-2015. CNBC Awaaz also maintained its position as the No.1 channel in the Hindi business news genre with a market share of 61 per cent in the quarter and CNBC Bajar showed consistent and accelerated growth in viewership with a 182 percent increase in Q3-2015 over Q2-2015. CNN-IBN stood at No.2 position in the English General News category in Q3-2015 with a market share of 25 percent. Its Hindi GEC Colors was number two with a market share of 19 percent in this quarter. The company added that its regional news and entertainment group of channels under the ETV umbrella also performed well.


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