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  • OCTOBER 13, 2001

TV 18: Losses surmount

TV 18 has reported a 4.3% growth in revenues for 2QFY02 on a sequential basis over 1QFY02. Operating margins have improved marginally by 30 basis points. Though the company reported a marginal PBT of Rs 2 m, thanks to one time extra-ordinary expense of Rs 17 m, it recorded a loss of Rs 15 m.

(Rs m)1QFY022QFY02%
 (Consolidated)change
Sales62654.3%
Other Income514158.5%
Expenditure61643.9%
Operating Profit (EBDIT) 1 1 32.5%
Operating Profit Margin (%)1.3%1.6%
Interest 661.3%
Depreciation77-6.8%
Profit before Tax (7) 2 NA
Other Adjustments0-17NA
Tax0.80NA
Profit after Tax/(Loss) (8) (15)84.8%
Net profit margin (%)-13.2%-23.4% 
No. of Shares (eoy) (m)1111 
Diluted Earnings per share NA NA  

TV 18 derives revenues from three distinct sources viz, news based content creation for CNBC India, entertainment based content creation and finally revenues from its web initiatives (Moneycontrol.com, which it operates through its subsidiary E 18). While the news based content revenues have remained more or less stagnant, other sources of revenues have shown improvement. Nevertheless, it is small in comparision to the total revenue pie.

TV-18 Revenue Mix
 1QFY022QFY02% Change
News based content57.256.0-2.1%
Entertainment based content3.05.274.2%
Web Initiatives2.03.782.1%
 62.264.94.2%

The entertainment business of the company has signed up several new production contracts including 'Kya Masti Kya Dhum' launched on Star Plus couple of months back. It seems that this programme would have contributed to increase in entertainment based revenues.

Revenues from news based content creation and web initiatives are expected to remain flat for the full year. Entertainment business may however, witness growth in revenues and this could boost margins marginally. However, the company is likely to post marginal EPS for the full year and the stock looks expensive on that count.

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