Comcast Revenue Tops Estimates as Super Bowl, Olympics Lift Media Business | Investing News

Comcast Revenue Tops Estimates as Super Bowl, Olympics Lift Media Business | Investing News

By Helen Coster and Eva Mathews

(Reuters) -Comcast Corp’s initially-quarter income beat Wall Street anticipations on Thursday, as the media big benefited from its broadcasts of the Super Bowl and Beijing Olympics, as effectively as a rebound in topic park attendance.

Overall revenue rose 14% to $31.01 billion in the quarter, beating analysts’ ordinary estimate of $30.53 billion, in accordance to Refinitiv details.

Comcast, the major U.S. cable operator, attained 262,000 broadband customers in the quarter, as opposed with Factset estimates of 229,000.

Broadband subscriber progress slumped 43.1% from a 12 months back, the 3rd consecutive quarter of subscriber declines just after history progress all through the pandemic. The corporation has attributed the slowdown, in element, to much less people today transforming properties.

Profits at Comcast’s NBCUniversal media unit rose 36.3% to $6.87 billion, such as $1.48 billion in income from broadcasting the Tremendous Bowl and Beijing Olympics.

NBCU advertising and marketing sales jumped 59.2%, benefiting from the sporting activities as very well as the growth of the Peacock streaming services.

Peacock included 4 million compensated subscribers in the quarter, bringing full paid subscribers to 13 million. In a phone with buyers Thursday, Main Government Officer Brian Roberts said the corporation does not foresee viewing that type of development every quarter.

NBCUniversal’s media division benefits involved $472 million of revenue and an modified earnings right before desire, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) loss of $456 million connected to Peacock, “such as amounts attributable to the 2022 Beijing Olympics and the NFL’s Super Bowl,” in contrast to $91 million of revenue and an altered EBITDA reduction of $277 million a 12 months previously.

NBC’s Super Bowl broadcast captivated an ordinary tv viewers of about 101 million viewers, approximately 10% above the 2021 championship, according to Nielsen facts, with advertisement charges up 18% over ad costs for the 2021 game.

However the Winter season Olympics in Beijing captivated the smallest prime-time viewers considering that NBCUniversal started broadcasting the games, amid a time period of altering Television-viewing habits.

Net income attributable to Comcast rose to $3.55 billion, or 78 cents per share, from $3.33 billion, or 71 cents for every share, a year before.

Comcast shares were investing down 3.37% at $42.95.

(Reporting by Helen Coster in New York and Eva Mathews in Bengaluru Enhancing by Arun Koyyur, Bernadette Baum and David Evans)

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