Sun TV operating revenue falls, subscription revenue up

EBIDTA, Ad revenue declined 12.7 percent and 6.3 percent respectively

BENGALURU: Kalanathi Maran’s regional telecaster and FM radio broadcaster Sun Tv Network (Sun TV) reported 6.3 percent decrease in consolidated operating revenue for FY 2020 as compared to the previous year FY 2019. The company reported that subscription revenues were up 18.3 percent y-o-y at Rs 1,562.23 crore for the year ended 31 March 2020 (FY 2020, period or year under review) as compared to the previous yeara. Sun TV revealed that it had incurred a 6.3 percent decline in advertising revenue for the year under review at Rs 1,336.91 crore from Rs 1,426.67 crore in FY 2019.

Sun TV reported 3.3 percent decline in consolidated profit after taxes or PAT to Rs 1,385.49 crore for FY 2020 as compared to Rs 1,432.37 crore for FY 2019.  Sun TV is one of the largest networks in the country that has channels across the four major South Indian languages.

Consolidated operating revenue for the period was Rs 3,519.85 crore as compared to Rs 3,782.54 crore for FY 2019. Total income (revenue) for FY 2020 reduced 5.7 percent to Rs 3,780.50 crore as compared to Rs 4,009.65 crore in FY 2019.

Calculated simple consolidated EBITDA for FY 2020 at Rs 2,275.92 crore (60.2 percent of Operating Revenue) was 12.7 percent lower than the Rs 2,606.68 crore (68.9 percent of Operating Revenue) in the previous year

Let us look at the other consolidated numbers reported by the company for FY 2020

Consolidated Total expenditure in FY 2020 increased 6,3 percent to Rs 1,956.88 crore as compared to Rs 1,840.32 crore in the previous year.

Consolidated Operating expense in FY 2020 increased 17.5 percent to Rs 526.71 crore from Rs 448.32 crore in the previous year. Consolidated Employee benefits expense in FY 2020 declined 2 percent y-o-y to Rs 323.22 crore as compared to Rs 329.86 crore in FY 2019. Consolidated Other expenses (OE) in the FY 2020 increased 11.2 percent to Rs 347.69 crore as compared to Rs 312.69 crore in FY 2019.

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