AMC Networks Sees Q4 Declines In Advertising And Subscriber Revenues

AMC Networks continued to see decreasing results, posting a 8% decline in advertising results at its TV networks. It also posted a decline in distribution revenues.

In advertising sales, its fiscal fourth-quarter period ended down $251 million from $272 million  -- in line with industry estimates. Lower TV ratings was the reason, according to the company, offset some by higher pricing.

At the same time, its core distribution/subscribing revenue also sank.

One positive area was rising content sales. The combined revenue from “distribution and other” was up 5.5% to $338 million. 

AMC did not break out specific national TV network distribution revenues for the quarter. However, full-year revenues witnessed a 0.3% decline in distribution revenues to $1.5 billion.



Total quarterly revenue grew 1.6% to $785 million. AMC posted a slight net loss from continuing operations of $8 million versus a fiscal fourth-quarter 2018 gain of $72 million.

AMC stock was down 5% in early Wednesday morning trading to $31.43.

But Todd Juenger, media analyst at Bernstein Research, said content revenue gains could be a concern going forward as the company moves more into premium digital video platforms.

“That growth function is now in question as the company re-considers its licensing windows vis-à-vis its own SVOD aspirations.”

He estimates that revenue from digital video platforms is running around $120 million a year from four subscription services -- Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now, and UMC (Urban Movie Channel) -- with two million subscribers, getting around $5 a month in average monthly revenue per user.

AMC says the fourth quarter saw an increase in subscription video-on-demand platform (SVOD) revenues.

Still, Juenger worries about the future: “To us, the operative question for the trajectory of the business is, can those SVOD [subscription video on demand] services grow enough to offset the profit pressure at core national networks? We think ‘no’.”

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