Comcast reports earnings, high speed internet revenue up 10%

Comcast reported earnings for its first quarter of 2019 before the markets opened on Thursday. The stock dipped slightly on the news then was flat during premarket trading.

Here are the numbers Comcast reported:

  • Earnings per share: 76 cents, adjusted vs. 68 cents expected, per Refinitiv survey of analysts
  • Revenue: $26.859 billion vs. $27.203 billion expected, per Refinitiv survey
  • High-speed internet customers: 375,000 vs. 353,000 net adds expected, per FactSet consensus estimate

Comcast said its revenue miss was due in part to the difficulty in comparing this quarter with the first quarter of 2018 based on the Winter Olympics and Super Bowl, which occurred in that period last year. Comcast had beaten estimates on the top and bottom lines for the last two straight quarters and seen its stock rise 25% over the past 12 months.


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As analysts continue to anticipate a decline in Comcast’s video segment, the company has laid out plans to branch out further into streaming. This quarter Comcast lost 121,000 video customers compared to 96,000 during the same period last year.

Comcast-owned NBCUniversal, the parent company of CNBC, announced earlier this year that it will debut its free, ad-supported streaming service in the first quarter of 2020. The service will be available to any traditional pay-TV subscriber by logging in through a cable or satellite provider. Everyone else can sign up for about $12 per month, a person familiar with the company’s plans told CNBC shortly after the announcement. NBCUniversal’s service will be up against established streaming services like Netflix and Amazon’s Prime Video, as well as newer players coming later this year from Disney, Apple and AT&T’s WarnerMedia.

Comcast reported revenue of $8.3 billion for NBCUniversal, a 12.5% decrease compared to the previous year, which had included $1.6 billion in incremental revenue based on the Olympics and Super Bowl.

Comcast’s report included performance for British broadcaster Sky for the second time following its acquisition last year. Comcast reported pro forma Q1 revenue for Sky of $4.8 billion, driven mainly by higher content revenue. Sky added 112,000 customer relationships for the quarter, which Comcast said reflected growth in all of its markets.

Here’s how Comcast’s other divisions did for the first quarter:

  • Cable communications accounted for $14.3 billion in total revenue.
  • Cable networks, excluding the Olympics, accounted for $2.9 billion in total revenue.
  • Broadcast television, excluding the Olympics and Super Bowl, accounted for $2.5 billion in total revenue.
  • Filmed entertainment brought in $1.8 billion in total revenue.
  • Theme Parks brought in $1.3 billion in revenue.

Comcast said this quarter reflects its best quarterly EBITDA cable growth in over 10 years with a 9.8% increase to $5.7 billion. The increase reflects higher revenue despite a 0.8% increase in operating expenses.

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