| 09 Jun 2023
Q3-2016: DB Corp print revenue up 22 percent, radio revenue up 35 percent; radio op profit almost double

BENGALURU: DB Corp Limited (DB Corp), home to flagship newspapers Dainik Bhaskar, Divya Bhaskar, Dainik Divya Marathi and Saurashtra Samachar reported 22.5 percent QoQ increase in Total Income from operations (TIO) for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 (Q3-2016, current quarter). The company reported TIO of Rs 585.89 crore in the current quarter as compared to Rs 478.33 crore in the immediate trailing quarter. YoY, TIO increased 5.7 percent as compared to Rs 554.57 crore in Q3-2015. Revenue growth was driven by a 21.9 percent QoQ growth in revenue from the company’s print segment at Rs 539.28 crore as compared to Rs 442.24 crore and a 34.9 percent QoQ  growth in the company’s radio segment revenue at Rs 32.32 crore (5.5 percent of TIO) as compared to Rs 23.96 crore (5 percent of TIO). YoY, revenue from print segment increased 3.9 percent as compared to Rs 518.9 crore, while radio segment revenue increased 25.8 percent as compared to Rs 25.69 crore (4.6 percent of TIO).

Note: 100,00,000 = 100 lakh = 10 million = 1 crore

Operating Results/PAT

The company reports revenue from five segments:  Printing and publishing of newspaper and periodicals (Printing segment); Radio segment (under the brand My FM); Events; Internet; and power. Two of the segments are major contributors to the revenue – printing and radio and their numbers have been considered in this report.

The company reported 80.7 percent QoQ growth in profit after tax (PAT) for the current quarter at Rs 108.63 crore (18.2 percent margin) as compared to Rs 59.12 crore (12.4 percent margin) and grew 1.6 percent YoY as compared to Rs 105.11 crore (19 percent margin).

The company’s print business reported 73.5 percent QoQ increase in operating profit at Rs 162.91 crore as compared to Rs 93.91 crore and increased 3.3 percent YoY as compared to Rs 157.76 crore.

Radio business reported almost double the operating profit (grew by 98.7 percent) QoQ at Rs 12 crore as compared to Rs 6.04 crore and increased 27.1 percent YoY as compared to Rs 9.44 crore.

Advertisement and subscription revenue

The company says that its advertising revenue declined 0.6 percent YoY to Rs 391.2 crore in the current quarter as compared to Rs 393.4 crore in the corresponding quarter of last year, but increased 27 percent QoQ as compared to Rs 307.9 crore. Circulation revenue increased 17.8 percent in YOY in Q3-2016 to Rs 114.1 crore as compared to the Rs 96.9 crore and grew 8 percent QoQ as compared to Rs 105.7 crore.

DB Corp managing director Sudhir Agarwal said, “The success of our yield strategy has begun delivering encouraging results as we make aggressive efforts to gain back volume growth across our legacy and emerging markets which have started responding well. We have taken every step to maintain our leadership position and we continue to be the largest circulated newspaper since last three years while we are the fourth largest circulated newspaper in the world – a great honour and responsibility for us. Our focus on stronger operating efficiencies and better expense management has ensured our financial health while softened newsprint costs have also protected our profitability.

Our non-print businesses are well on course as our digital business continues to gather momentum and our radio business strategy maintains commendable progress as we prepare to commence operations of the newly acquired stations over 4 to 6 months. The government is in the midst of introducing structural reforms with a long term vision and we believe that present green shoots will translate into a positive pick up for a better economic environment.”

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