Comcast Revenue Tops Estimates as Super Bowl, Olympics Lift Media Business | Investing News

By Helen Coster and Eva Mathews

(Reuters) -Comcast Corp’s 1st-quarter income beat Wall Road expectations on Thursday, as the media huge benefited from its broadcasts of the Super Bowl and Beijing Olympics, as nicely as a rebound in concept park attendance.

Full income rose 14% to $31.01 billion in the quarter, beating analysts’ common estimate of $30.53 billion, according to Refinitiv details.

Comcast, the biggest U.S. cable operator, gained 262,000 broadband shoppers in the quarter, when compared with Factset estimates of 229,000.

Broadband subscriber expansion slumped 43.1% from a yr back, the third consecutive quarter of subscriber declines just after history advancement throughout the pandemic. The corporation has attributed the slowdown, in component, to less individuals shifting households.

Revenue at Comcast’s NBCUniversal media device rose 36.3% to $6.87 billion, together with $1.48 billion in earnings from broadcasting the Tremendous Bowl and Beijing Olympics.

NBCU marketing gross sales jumped 59.2%, benefiting from the sporting occasions as well as the progress of the Peacock streaming service.

Peacock extra 4 million paid subscribers in the quarter, bringing complete paid subscribers to 13 million. In a get in touch with with investors Thursday, Main Govt Officer Brian Roberts stated the corporation does not foresee looking at that sort of advancement every quarter.

NBCUniversal’s media division success integrated $472 million of income and an modified earnings prior to interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) decline of $456 million connected to Peacock, “like quantities attributable to the 2022 Beijing Olympics and the NFL’s Tremendous Bowl,” as opposed to $91 million of earnings and an adjusted EBITDA decline of $277 million a year previously.

NBC’s Tremendous Bowl broadcast captivated an average tv viewers of about 101 million viewers, roughly 10% earlier mentioned the 2021 championship, according to Nielsen details, with advert costs up 18% about advert prices for the 2021 game.

Still the Winter season Olympics in Beijing attracted the smallest key-time viewers considering that NBCUniversal started broadcasting the video games, amid a period of transforming Television set-viewing behavior.

Internet money attributable to Comcast rose to $3.55 billion, or 78 cents per share, from $3.33 billion, or 71 cents per share, a calendar year earlier.

Comcast shares ended up investing down 3.37% at $42.95.

(Reporting by Helen Coster in New York and Eva Mathews in Bengaluru Enhancing by Arun Koyyur, Bernadette Baum and David Evans)

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