Viacom (VIAB - Free Report) reported third-quarter fiscal 2019 adjusted earnings of $1.20 per share that beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 17 cents. The figure increased 3% year over year on a constant-currency (cc) basis.
Revenues of $3.36 billion lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3.38 billion but increased 6% year over year at cc.
Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses increased 12.1% year over year to $828 million.
Adjusted operating income decreased 1.3% from the year-ago quarter to $757 million.
Media Networks Details
Media Networks revenues were $2.50 billion, up 3% year over year at cc. Affiliate revenues were flat year over year, while advertising revenues increased 7%. Consumer Products, Recreation and Live Events (previously the Ancillary segment) revenues declined 16% at cc.
Domestic revenues were down 1% on a year-over-year basis to $2.02 billion. International revenues increased 7% at cc to $483 million.
Domestic advertising revenues grew 6%, driven by 84% year-over-year jump in Advanced Marketing Solutions (AMS) revenues. Domestic affiliate revenues declined 1% on subscriber loss.
Viacom delivered strong Upfront results, with high single to double-digit price increases. Agency commitments across its digital, social and advanced advertising portfolio also improved.
Comedy Central achieved its ninth consecutive quarter of share growth, up 6% year over year. Paramount Network share grew 11% year over year.
Telefe maintained the #1 position in ratings for 19 straight months. Channel 5, Comedy Central and Paramount Network International also recorded share growth on a year-over-year basis in the reported quarter.
Viacom International Media Networks’ delivered strong growth at cc. International advertising revenues increased 9% on strong growth in Argentina and the U.K.
Affiliate revenues increased 8% owing to growth in linear as well as SVOD and other OTT deliveries.
Video views grew 17% year over year to 5.9 billion. Watch time increased 85% year over year, with 9.6 billion minutes viewed.
Filmed Entertainment Details
Filmed Entertainment revenues increased 14% year over year to $877 million.
Theatrical revenues of $152 million fell 27%. While Rocketman generated more than $185 million, revenues from Pet Sematary were more than $110 million at the global box office.
Paramount’s film slate for the remainder of fiscal 2019 includes Dora and the Lost City of Gold.
For fiscal 2020, Paramount’s film slate now has 16 films, including Gemini Man, Terminator: Dark Fate and the sequel to Top Gun, among others.
Paramount Television has 26 shows ordered to or in production, including the third season of 13 Reasons Why, which is premiering on Netflix in the second half of 2019.
New series ordered includes Shantaram for Apple, Made for Love and Station Eleven for HBO Max; When the Street Lights Go On for Quibi; and Sexy Beast for Paramount Network.
Paramount Television is also producing The Angel of Darkness, the sequel of limited series The Alienist for TNT and the second season of Boomerang for BET.
Home entertainment revenues increased 35% year over year to $161 million. Licensing revenues rose 29% year over year to $521 million. Ancillary revenues grew 5% to $43 million.
Pluto TV Details
Pluto TV’s monthly active users (MAUs) increased 50% to-date this calendar year. It is now integrated on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and set to launch on Cox Communications’ Contour video and broadband platforms.
During the quarter, Pluto TV launched 28 channels and continued to expand its international presence. In July, it launched Pluto TV Latino, a suite of 11 channels with more than 2,000 hours of programming in Spanish and Portuguese.
Pluto TV was also added to the U.K. on-demand platform, My5.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Viacom currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Some better-ranked stocks in the broader Consumer Discretionary sector include Comcast (CMCSA - Free Report) , Glu Mobile (GLUU - Free Report) and Shaw Communications (SJR - Free Report) . All three stocks carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Long-term earnings growth rate for Comcast, Glu Mobile and Shaw Communications is 11.9%, 15% and 5%, respectively.
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