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Quick Take | Zee reports strong Q3 nos, all eyes on impending promoter stake sale

Revenue increased 18% YoY driven by healthy growth in advertising revenue (21.7% YoY) and spike in subscription revenue (23.3% YoY)

January 15, 2019 / 08:39 PM IST
 
 
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Zee Entertainment Enterprises (Zee) reported a robust Q3 FY19 earnings, with net profit increasing 51 percent year-on year (YoY) to Rs 563 crore. Its revenue, EBITDA and profit surpassed street expectations.

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Revenue increased 18 percent YoY driven by healthy growth in advertising revenue (21.7 percent YoY) and spike in subscription revenue (23.3 percent YoY). Domestic subscription revenue increased 28 percent on the back of low base and monetisation of phase III subscribers. International subscription revenue remained flat . EBITDA increased 27 percent YoY as EBITDA margin improved to 34.8 percent in Q3 as compared to 32.34 percent in the same period last year.

While reported earnings look good, all eyes will be on any announcement relating to impending promoter stake sale. In an interesting development in November, Zee Entertainment's promoter (Essel Group) announced their intention to sell up to 50 percent of their around 42 percent stake to a strategic partner by March-April, most likely a global player.

Multiple reasons are speculated for stake sale, including the high share (around 59 percent) of pledged promoter shares and increasing competition from global over-the-top (OTT) platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Read: Is promoter stake sale in Zee for survival or growth?

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The uncertainty about the stake sale which may or may not trigger an open offer for minority shareholders  will continue to weigh on stock  performance.

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Neha Dave

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