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Sun TV FY 2018, Q4 numbers grow

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BENGALURU: Sun TV Network Ltd (Sun TV) reported improved numbers across all important parameters for the year ended 31 March 2018 (FY 2018, year or the year under review) as compared with the previous year (FY 2017). The company reported 10.9 per cent higher consolidated total income of Rs 3,105.29 crore as against Rs 2,799.52 crore in FY 2017. Consolidated operating revenue increased by 12 per cent to Rs 2,963.02 crore from Rs 2,645.72 crore.

The company has stated in its earnings release that standalone subscription revenue at Rs 1,141.21 crore was up 18.7 per cent as against Rs 961.41 crore in the previous year. Advertisement revenue in the year under review was up by around 12 per cent year on year (yoy) at Rs 1,309.33 crore.

Consolidated FY 2018 numbers

The company’s consolidated profit after tax (PAT) in FY 2018 improved by 10.2 per cent to Rs 1,135.31 crore as against Rs 1,030.66 crore in FY 2017.

Sun TV’s consolidated EBITDA for the year under review was Rs 2,003.76 crore (67.6 per cent of operating revenue), 13.2 per cent higher as against Rs 1,769.84 crore (66.9 per cent of operating revenue) in FY 2017.

Consolidated total expenditure (TE) in FY 2018 increased by 10.4 per cent to Rs 1,410.33 crore as compared with Rs 1,276.36 crore in the previous year. Operating expense in FY 2018 rose by 29.6 per cent to Rs 302.86 crore from Rs 233.77 crore in the previous year. Employee benefits expense in FY 2018 increased by 15 per cent to Rs 314.54 crore as against Rs 273,51 crore in FY 2017. Other expenses (OE) in FY 2018 were 9.4 per cent lower at Rs 256.38 crore as compared with Rs 283.12 crore in the previous year.

Sun TV has paid franchisee fees for its IPL team Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH) of Rs 85.48 crore in Q1 2018 and Q1 2017.

Standalone Q4 2018 numbers

Sun TV reported improved numbers across all important parameters for the quarter ended 31 March 2018 (Q4 2018, the quarter under review) as compared with the corresponding quarter of the previous year (yoy, Q4 2017). The company says in its earnings release that subscription revenue for the quarter increased by 27.7 per cent yoy to Rs 308.84 crore from Rs 241.94 crore.                   

Sun TV reported 21.6 per cent higher standalone total income in the quarter under review at Rs 753.79 crore as compared to Rs 619.85 crore in Q4 2017. Operating revenue increased 23.1 per cent yoy to Rs 716.95 crore in Q4 2018 from Rs 582.50 crore in Q4 2017.

The company’s profit after tax or PAT in Q4 2018 improved 22.8 per cent to Rs 289.76 crore as compared to Rs 235.91 crore in Q4 2017.

Sun TV EBITDA in Q4 2018 was Rs 522.40 crore (72.9 per cent of operating revenue), 32.7 per cent higher as compared to Rs 393.64 crore (67.6 per cent of operating revenue) in Q2 2017.

Total expenditure (TE) in Q4 2018 increased 18.3 per cent to Rs 314.47 crore as compared to Rs 265.72 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

Operating expense in Q4 2018 increased 17.8 per cent yoy to Rs 72.73 crore from Rs 61.74 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Employee benefits expense in Q4 2018 increased 18.4 per cent to Rs 76.09 crore as compared to Rs 64.28 crore in Q4 2017. Other expenses (OE) in the Q4 2018 reduced 27.2 per cent to Rs 45.73 crore as compared to Rs 62.84 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

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