Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. ( LYV Quick Quote LYV - Free Report) reported first-quarter 2023 results, wherein earnings and revenues beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Revenues surpassed the consensus estimate for the fourth straight quarter. Following the results, LYV stock increased 6.6% in the after-hour trading session on May 4. Live Nation Entertainment has been benefiting from pent-up demand for live events and robust ticket sales. It continues to benefit from robust performance of Ticketmaster and an increase in fan spending. In first-quarter 2023, 19 million fans attended shows across 45 countries and more than 145 million tickets were sold. Earnings & Revenues
In first-quarter 2023, the company reported adjusted loss per share of 25 cents, narrower-than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 45 cents. In the prior-year quarter, LYV incurred adjusted loss per share of 39 cents.
Revenues amounted to $3,127.4 million, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2,241 million. The top line increased 73% year over year. Segmental Discussion Concerts: The segment’s revenues totaled $2,281.2 million, up 89% year over year. Adjusted operating earnings were $0.8 million against a loss of $49.2 million in the year-ago quarter. Total estimated events increased to 19,509 in first-quarter 2023, up from the prior-year’s 10,898 events. Ticketing: The segment’s revenues amounted to $677.7 million, up 41% from the prior-year quarter. Adjusted operating income increased to $271.1 million from $206.2 million reported in the prior-year quarter. In first-quarter 2023, total estimated tickets sold rose to 145,779,000. Sponsorship & Advertising: The segment’s revenues were $170.1 million, up 47% from the year-ago quarter. Adjusted operating income rose to $95.4 million, up 37% year over year. Other Financial Information
Cash and cash equivalents as of Mar 31, totaled $6,992 million compared with $5,606.5 million as of Dec 31, 2022. Goodwill in the first quarter was $2,577.3 million compared with $2,529.4 million at 2022 end. Total long-term debt increased to $6,547.9 million compared with $5,253.5 million as of Dec 31, 2022.
In first-quarter 2023, net cash provided by operating activities was $1,155.8 million compared with $1,198.3 million reported in the prior-year quarter. Zacks Rank & Key Picks
Live Nation Entertainment currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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