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Media agency Network18 Media and Investments Ltd on Tuesday reported a 58.1 p.c year-on-year (YoY) soar in consolidated web revenue at Rs 61.8 crore for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2022.

Within the corresponding quarter final yr, the corporate posted a web revenue of Rs 39.1 crore. Whole revenues for the quarter rose 14.6 p.c YoY to Rs 1,621.1 crore from Rs 1,414.7 crore within the year-ago quarter.

The corporate reported a 15 p.c progress in working income pushed by film enterprise and commercial income progress. TV information income grew 10 p.c YoY and the margin was at 21.4 p.c. The leisure enterprise income grew 11 p.c YoY and the margin was at 16 p.c. The digital information income grew 32 p.c YoY and the margin was at 8 p.c.

The corporate reported the highest-ever working revenue of Rs 1,080 crore (+36 p.c YoY), pushed by the sturdy monetary efficiency of all three verticals – TV information, leisure, and digital information.

The TV information margins expanded by 500bps to 21 p.c with sturdy income progress and continued price controls offering working leverage. The leisure enterprise maintained margins at a robust 18+ p.c, regardless of a considerable 26 p.c YoY enhance in working prices. Digital information noticed a pointy turnaround in profitability pushed by progress in commercial revenues.

Adil Zainulbhai, Chairman of Network18, mentioned: “FY22 was a exceptional yr, not solely from the attitude of numbers however by way of constructing a robust basis on which the enterprise can proceed to develop for the foreseeable future. The monetary efficiency has vindicated our resolution of investing in new companies a couple of years in the past which have began exhibiting encouraging constructive outcomes.”

The TV information enterprise’s EBITDA and margins have elevated repeatedly for the final 4 years, with EBITDA rising >7x and margins turning into 5x. The leisure enterprise delivered 18+ p.c margins regardless of the prices going up considerably as investments in content material throughout markets have been scaled up. Additionally, the digital information turned worthwhile in FY22 and delivered margins near group margins, a pointy turnaround from being barely break-even a yr in the past.

He mentioned, “In an analogous vein, we’ve got set ourselves an formidable goal to develop into a number one participant within the digital house whereas strengthening our core TV providing. We are going to proceed to solidify our ‘Digital First, TV All the time’ proposition, leveraging our current strengths to develop in segments the place we’re current and breaking floor in new markets with new and revolutionary choices.”

Zainulbhai mentioned the strategic partnership Network18 has struck for Viacom18 is an enormous step on this route which is able to assist set the corporate on a long-term progress trajectory and create considered one of India’s main content material corporations.

Disclaimer:Network18 and TV18 – the businesses that function – are managed by Unbiased Media Belief, of which Reliance Industries is the only beneficiary.

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