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Sun Tv subscription revenue up; declares 150% interim dividend

Consolidated and standalone profit after tax up 7% and 6% respectively

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BENGALURU: Kalanathi Maran’s regional telecaster and FM radio broadcaster Sun Tv Network (Sun TV) reported that subscription revenues was up 18  percent y-o-y at Rs 411.85 crore for the quarter ended 31 December 2019 (Q3 2020, period or quarter under review) as compared to the corresponding year ago quarter (Q3 2019). The company reported consolidated profit after taxes or PAT growth at 7.2 percent to Rs 384.69 crore for Q3 2020 as compared to Rs 359.01 crore for Q3 2019. Standalone PAT increased 6.3 percent y-o-y to Rs 373.45 crore from Rs 351.33 crore.

The board of directors of the company has announced the third interim dividend in the year of Rs 7.50 per share (150 percent) on a face value of Rs 5 per share.

Sun TV is one of the largest networks in the country that has channels across the four major South Indian languages.

Sun Tv reported 9.7 percent y-o-y decrease in consolidated operating revenue for Q3 2020 as compared to the corresponding year ago quarter Q3 2019. Consolidated operating revenue for the period was Rs 8547.81 crore as compared to Rs 939.31 crore for Q3 2019. Total income (revenue) for Q3 2020 reduced 67.9 percent y-o-y to Rs 914.71 crore as compared to Rs 992.58 crore in Q3 2019.

Standalone operating revenue declined 9.9 percent to Rs 814.97 crore in Q3 2020 to Rs 904.45 crore in Q3 2019. Standalone Total income (revenue) for the period declined 8.1 percent y-o-y to Rs 878.56 crore from Rs 956.04 crore.

Calculated simple consolidated EBITDA for Q3 2020 at Rs 595.27 crore was 12.3 percent lower y-o-y than the Rs  678.80 crore. Simple standalone EBITDA for the period declined 13 percent y-o-y to Rs 580.36 crore from Rs 667.20 crore in Q3 2019.

Let us look at the other numbers reported by the company for Q3 2020

Consolidated Total expenditure in Q3 2020 declined 8.5 y-o-y percent to Rs 404.35 crore as compared to Rs 441.86 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

Consolidated Operating expense in Q3 2020 declined 10.6 percent y-o-y to Rs 117.02 crore from Rs 130.87 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Consolidated Employee benefits expense in Q3 2020 declined 1 percent y-o-y to Rs 79.40 crore as compared to Rs 80.23 crore in Q3 2019. Consolidated Other expenses (OE) in the Q3 2020 increased 13.6 percent y-o-y to Rs 56.12 crore as compared to Rs 49.41 crore  in Q3 2020.

Standalone Total expenditure in Q3 2020 declined 8.2 y-o-y percent to Rs 380.1 crore as compared to Rs 414.04 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

Standalone Operating expense in Q3 2020 declined 9.9 percent y-o-y to Rs 110.06 crore from Rs 122.77 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Standalone  Employee benefits expense in Q3 2020 decline 1.1 percent y-o-y to Rs 70.95 crore as compared to Rs 71.71 crore in Q3 2019. Standalone Other expenses in the Q3 2020 increased 24.1 percent y-o-y to Rs 53.06 crore as compared to Rs 42.77 crore  in Q3 2020.

SunRisers Hyderabad numbers

Sun Tv says for the nine months ended 31 December 2019 (9M 2020) income from the company's IPL franchise SunRisers Hyderabad for season 2019 (partial) was Rs 244 44 crore as compared to Rs 386.29 crore for IPL 2018., hence a decline of 36.7 percent. Corresponding costs in 9M 2019 declined 26.8 percent y-o-y to Rs 138 46 crore from Rs 189 15 crore for 9M 2019. Hence the net operating profit for Sun Tv’s IPL franchise declined 46.2 percent y-o-y in 9M 2020 to Rs 105.98 crore from Rs 197.14 crore.

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