Viacom’s media networks witnessed modest growth in first-quarter 2014 results versus a year ago -- with its filmed/home entertainment division posting sharply lower revenues during the
Media networks had a 6% gain in revenue to $2.54 billion, due to higher affiliate and advertising fees. The division also posted an 8% hike in operating income to $1.1 billion.
Vasily Karasyov, media analyst at Sterne Agee, said Viacom’s 3% growth in advertising revenue was lower than his 5% growth estimate. Going forward, he expects Viacom’s advertising
picture to improve. Viacom’s 10% hike revenues from affiliate fees was in line with estimates.
Nickelodeon grew 3% in overall full-day viewership in 2013 over 2012 to a Nielsen
average of 1.77 million viewers; Nick at Nite grew 14% to 1.06 million.
Spike TV in prime time was 5% higher at 872,000; VH1 slightly grew to 652,000 from 646,000 in 2012.
in the other direction, MTV was down 12% for the year to 812,000 viewers in prime time and off 9% in total day viewers to 466,000. Nick Jr. lost 42% to 464,000 viewers in prime time and was down 39%
in total day viewers to 331,000.
Viacom’s Paramount film unit, which also contains the home entertainment business, sank 30% lower in revenues to $681 million, mostly due to a lower
number of theatrical titles in the period. Specifically, theatrical revenues decreased 52%, while home entertainment revenues declined 37%. Filmed entertainment operating losses were trimmed to $74
million from $139 million. Karasyov says the operating loss results at filmed entertainment were better than his projection.
Viacom’s overall revenues declined 4% to $3.2 billion. Net
income was up to $557 million versus $479 million in the first quarter of 2013.
The company's mid-day stock was trading up 3% to $83.47.