Q3 2016 Highlights
- Record Q3 sales of SEK 4,126m (3,819) with 7% organic growth
- Operating income before items affecting comparability of SEK 162m (240) reflecting investments in content, expansion of MTGx, adverse FX effects and disposal of profitable businesses
- Operating income of SEK 162m (-412) including IAC amounting to SEK 0m (-652)
- Reiteration of full year 2016 outlook for accelerated sales growth and higher profits
- Total net income of SEK 93m (-384) and total basic earnings per share of SEK 1.30 (-5.71), including net income from discontinued operations of SEK 0m (-18)
- Cash flow from continuing operations of SEK 172m (278)
- Net debt of SEK 2,100m (2,134) equivalent to 1.4x trailing 12 month EBITDA before IAC
|(SEKm)||Q3 2016||Q3 2015||Nine months 2016||Nine months 2015||Full year 2015|
|Change in reported net sales||8.0%||4.1%||5.2%||2.6%||3.0%|
|Changes in FX rates||0.1%||-0.9%||-1.1%||0.6%||0.4%|
|Operating income before items affecting comparability||162||240||793||835||1,268|
|Margin before items affecting comparability||3.9%||6.3%||6.5%||7.2%||7.8%|
|Items affecting comparability (IAC)||–||-652||–||-575||-512|
|Basic earnings per share (SEK)||1.30||-5.44||7.22||2.15||7.45|
|Cash flow from operations||172||278||556||762||1,051|
|Net income (1)||–||-18||-1,072||-282||-282|
|Basic earnings per share (SEK)||1.30||-5.71||-8.86||-2.08||3.22|
(1) Comprises MTG’s interest in CTC Media, Inc, which has been divested and gave rise to a non-cash charge due to the reclassification of accumulated currency translation differences.
Alternative performance measures used in this report are explained and reconciled on pages 23-26.
President & CEO’s comments
Record Q3 sales and 7% organic growth, the highest since Q2 2011, indicate the benefits and potential of the investments that we have made in our products over the past year. They are more relevant, more available, more popular and more valued than ever before.
Our strongest ever content offering boosted viewing levels, advertising market shares, subscriber pricing and intake, and accelerated revenues. We are also premiering a number of new original dramas on Viaplay and have a pipeline of exciting new projects to come, a number of which are being produced by our own in-house studios.
Nordic Entertainment revenues were up 11%, which is the highest growth rate since Q4 2010. The investments in content, including the Olympics in Sweden, as well as the adverse currency effects, did impact profitability in the quarter as expected, but are also the foundation for profitable growth moving forward.
The international entertainment business continued to perform well on an underlying basis. Organic sales were up 8%, with a margin of 6%. Both the Czech Republic and Bulgaria delivered double digit growth and higher profits.
Our MTG Studios profits were up 68% with an 8% margin, and we have continued to invest in the expansion of MTGx and our esports businesses in particular.
As a result, we are maintaining our guidance for accelerated sales growth and higher profits for the full year, which implies a strong fourth quarter performance.
Our announcement last week of the acquisition of 35% of InnoGames, a well-established online gaming company, completes the circle for us by creating a third digital vertical, which fits perfectly with our other gaming related digital businesses and communities. This is yet another important step in our strategic transformation from a traditional broadcaster into a leading digital entertainment company. We are leading the way by embracing changing consumer trends and taking the initiative. Linear viewing has continued to fall, but on demand streaming services like Viaplay and Viafree, as well as esports and MPNs, are attracting more and more viewers and customers.
Businesses like InnoGames, ESL, Splay, Nice and Zoomin are also all about us generating IP – about owning content that we can monetise on our own platforms and through 3rd party distributors around the world.
Video consumption is shifting online, on mobile and on demand, and we have a clear and focused strategy to capitalise on this global change. We therefore continue to actively review our portfolio of operations to ensure that we concentrate our resources on those products and businesses that offer the greatest potential for the future. Financially, we are in good shape with considerable operating leverage as a result of the cost transformation that we have made.
Jørgen Madsen Lindemann
President & Chief Executive Officer
“We are on track with our strategic transformation and leading the way in capitalising on changes in consumer behaviour. We are investing in the products and businesses that will drive future growth and profits.”
MTG’s financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2016 will be published on 2 February 2017.
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