Lionsgate ( LGF.A Quick Quote LGF.A - Free Report) reported second-quarter fiscal 2020 adjusted earnings of 22 cents per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 10% but unchanged on a year-over-year basis. Revenues increased 9.2% year over year to $983.5 million and beat the consensus mark by 13.5%. Segment Details Motion Pictures (41.3% of revenues) revenues increased 7.1% year over year to $406 million on solid contributions from theatrical releases, including Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Angel Has Fallen and Rambo: Last Blood. However, the Motion Pictures segment logged profit of $51 million compared with $12.9 million in the year-ago quarter. Television Production (27.9 of revenues) revenues surged 80.1% year over year at $274 million. Segment profit totaled $12.6 million, up 34% year over year. The Media Networks segment (38% of revenues), formed after the acquisition of Starz, reported revenues of $374 million, down 0.8% year over year. Segment profit declined 14.8% to $104.6 million due to the ongoing investments in STARZPLAY.
Starz Networks revenues decreased 2.9% year over year to $362 million. STARZPLAY International revenues in the quarter were $4 million. Streaming services revenues surged 100% year over year to $8 million.
At the end of the quarter, Starz had 27 million total global subscribers, up 1.8 million year over year. Total domestic subscribers were 24.7 million. Starz domestic OTT subscribers grew 1.2 million sequentially to 5.6 million. STARZPLAY International subscribers rose 200K sequentially in the reported quarter. Operating Details Adjusted OIBDA increased 12.6% year over year to $145 million in the reported quarter. Direct operating expenses, as a percentage of revenues, shrank 60 basis points (bps) on a year-over-year basis to 50.8%. Moreover, distribution and marketing expenses, as a percentage of revenues, expanded 140 bps on a year-over-year basis to 26.6%. However, general & administrative expenses, as a percentage of revenues, contracted 200 bps on a year-over-year basis to 10.8%. Operating income was $58 million in the reported quarter, up 48.7% year over year. Balance Sheet & Cash Flow As of Sep 30, 2019, cash and cash equivalents were $232.6 million compared with $196 million as of Jun 30, 2019. Moreover, as of Sep 30, total film obligations and production loans amounted to $480.2 million compared with $614.9 million as of Jun 30. Net cash flow from operating activities was $181.2 million at the end of the reported quarter, much higher than $37.3 million in the previous quarter. Adjusted free cash flow was $61.1 million compared with the free cash flow of $24 million in the previous quarter. Guidance For fiscal 2020, Lionsgate still expects (excluding the impact of an upcoming carriage renewal) adjusted OIBDA of $650-$700 million, prior to investments related to STARZPLAY International (approaching $150 million). Zacks Rank & Key Picks Currently, Lionsgate carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some better-ranked stocks in the broader consumer discretionary sector include Cumulus Media ( CMLS Quick Quote CMLS - Free Report) , Entercom Communications ( ETM Quick Quote ETM - Free Report) and Liberty Media Corp ( FWONK Quick Quote FWONK - 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. While both Cumulus and Liberty Media are set to report quarterly results on Nov 11, Entercom is scheduled to report on Nov 8. Today's Best Stocks from Zacks Would you like to see the updated picks from our best market-beating strategies? From 2017 through 2018, while the S&P 500 gained +15.8%, five of our screens returned +38.0%, +61.3%, +61.6%, +68.1%, and +98.3%. This outperformance has not just been a recent phenomenon. From 2000 – 2018, while the S&P averaged +4.8% per year, our top strategies averaged up to +56.2% per year. See their latest picks free >>