Oct 30, 2013

Comcast Reports 3rd Quarter 2013 Results

Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK) today reported results for the quarter ended September 30, 2013.

Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Comcast Corporation, said, "Our businesses generated strong revenue and cash flow growth and record free cash flow for the third quarter. Cable’s results highlight the underlying strength of our residential and business services. We are driving innovation, expanding our service offerings, and bringing new and rich content to more platforms than ever before. NBCUniversal delivered solid performance in every one of its segments, with healthy growth in revenue and double-digit cash flow growth, adjusting for the results of the Olympics last year. Comcast NBCUniversal has real momentum and many opportunities ahead."

 

                       

Consolidated Financial Results

 

 

 

3rd Quarter

 

 

 

 

 

Year to Date

 

 

 

($ in millions)

 

 

2012

 

 

2013

 

 

Growth

 

 

2012

 

 

2013

 

 

Growth

Revenue

 

 

$16,544

 

 

$16,151

 

 

(2.4

%)

 

 

$46,633

 

 

$47,731

 

 

2.4

%

Excluding Super Bowl & Olympics

 

 

$15,356

 

 

$16,151

 

 

5.2

%

 

 

$45,186

 

 

$47,731

 

 

5.6

%

Operating Cash Flow (OCF)1

 

 

$5,008

 

 

$5,330

 

 

6.4

%

 

 

$14,700

 

 

$15,789

 

 

7.4

%

Excluding Olympics & Pension Costs

 

 

$4,888

 

 

$5,404

 

 

10.5

%

 

 

$14,580

 

 

$15,863

 

 

8.8

%

Operating Income

 

 

$3,048

 

 

$3,414

 

 

12.0

%

 

 

$8,885

 

 

$9,916

 

 

11.6

%

Earnings per Share2

 

 

$0.78

 

 

$0.65

 

 

(16.7

%)

 

 

$1.72

 

 

$1.84

 

 

7.0

%

Excluding Gains on Asset Sales

 

 

$0.46

 

 

$0.65

 

 

41.3

%

 

 

$1.40

 

 

$1.81

 

 

29.3

%

Free Cash Flow3

 

 

$1,514

 

 

$1,968

 

 

30.0

%

 

 

$6,107

 

 

$7,054

 

 

15.5

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For additional detail on segment revenue and expenses, customer metrics, capital expenditures, and free cash flow, please refer to the trending schedules on Comcast’s Investor Relations website at www.cmcsa.com or www.cmcsk.com.

Revenue for the third quarter of 2013 decreased 2.4% to $16.2 billion. Excluding $1.2 billion of revenue generated by the Olympics in the third quarter of 2012, revenue increased 5.2%. Operating Cash Flow increased 6.4% to $5.3 billion. Excluding $120 million of operating cash flow generated by the Olympics in the third quarter of 2012 and $74 million of costs in the third quarter of 2013 associated with the termination of a pension plan, operating cash flow increased 10.5% (see Table 5). Operating Income increased 12.0% to $3.4 billion.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, revenue increased 2.4% to $47.7 billion. Excluding $259 million of revenue generated by the NFL’s Super Bowl in the first quarter of 2012 and the impact of the Olympics in the third quarter of 2012, revenue increased 5.6%. Operating cash flow increased 7.4% to $15.8 billion. Excluding the Olympics in the third quarter of 2012 and pension termination costs in the third quarter of 2013, operating cash flow increased 8.8% (see Table 5). Operating income increased 11.6% to $9.9 billion.

Earnings per Share (EPS) for the third quarter of 2013 was $0.65, a 16.7% decrease from the $0.78 reported in the third quarter of 2012. Excluding gains of $0.32 per share related to our share of SpectrumCo’s sale of wireless spectrum licenses and NBCUniversal’s interest in A&E Television Networks in the third quarter of 2012, EPS increased 41.3% in the third quarter of 2013. Our third quarter 2013 EPS of $0.65 reflects a non-recurring $0.11 gain related to the sale of our investment in Clearwire, fully offset by other investment losses and pension termination costs (see Table 4).

EPS for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 was $1.84, a 7.0% increase from the $1.72 reported in the prior year. Excluding gains on asset sales, investment losses and pension termination costs, EPS increased 29.3% (see Table 4).

Capital Expenditures increased 9.1% to $1.7 billion in the third quarter of 2013 compared to the third quarter of 2012. Cable Communications’ capital expenditures increased $68 million, or 5.0%, to $1.4 billion in the third quarter of 2013, primarily reflecting increased investment on customer premises equipment, such as advanced digital boxes, including X1, and wireless gateways. Cable capital expenditures represented 13.6% of Cable revenue in the third quarter of 2013, consistent with last year’s third quarter. NBCUniversal’s capital expenditures increased $75 million to $284 million in the third quarter of 2013, primarily reflecting increased investments in Theme Parks.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, capital expenditures increased 13.6% to $4.6 billion compared to the prior year. Cable Communications capital expenditures increased $222 million, or 6.3%, to $3.8 billion and represented 12.1% of Cable revenue. NBCUniversal’s capital expenditures increased $331 million to $807 million for the first nine months of 2013.

Free Cash Flow (excluding any impact from the Economic Stimulus packages) increased 30.0% to $2.0 billion in the third quarter of 2013 compared to $1.5 billion in the third quarter of 2012, reflecting growth in consolidated operating cash flow and improvements in working capital, partially offset by higher capital expenditures and taxes. Free cash flow for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 increased 15.5% to $7.1 billion compared to $6.1 billion in 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Quarter

 

 

 

 

 

Year to Date

 

 

 

($ in millions)

 

 

2012

 

 

2013

 

 

Growth

 

 

2012

 

 

2013

 

 

Growth

Operating Cash Flow

 

 

$5,008

 

 

 

$5,330

 

 

 

6.4

%

 

 

$14,700

 

 

 

$15,789

 

 

 

7.4

%

Capital Expenditures

 

 

(1,582

)

 

 

(1,726

)

 

 

9.1

%

 

 

(4,043

)

 

 

(4,593

)

 

 

13.6

%

Cash Paid for Capitalized Software and Other Intangible Assets

 

 

(191

)

 

 

(250

)

 

 

30.9

%

 

 

(605

)

 

 

(694

)

 

 

14.7

%

Cash Interest Expense

 

 

(567

)

 

 

(636

)

 

 

12.2

%

 

 

(1,725

)

 

 

(1,768

)

 

 

2.5

%

Cash Taxes

 

 

(833

)

 

 

(958

)

 

 

15.0

%

 

 

(1,855

)

 

 

(3,180

)

 

 

71.4

%

Changes in Operating Assets and Liabilities

 

 

(295

)

 

 

165

 

 

 

NM

 

 

 

(254

)

 

 

583

 

 

 

NM

 

Other

 

 

63

 

 

 

31

 

 

 

NM

 

 

 

145

 

 

 

917

 

 

 

NM

 

Free Cash Flow (Incl. Economic Stimulus Packages)

 

 

$1,603

 

 

 

$1,956

 

 

 

22.0

%

 

 

$6,363

 

 

 

$7,054

 

 

 

10.9

%

Economic Stimulus Packages

 

 

(89

)

 

 

12

 

 

 

NM

 

 

 

(256

)

 

 

-

 

 

 

NM

 

Free Cash Flow

 

 

$1,514

 

 

 

$1,968

 

 

 

30.0

%

 

 

$6,107

 

 

 

$7,054

 

 

 

15.5

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: The definition of Free Cash Flow excludes any impact from Economic Stimulus packages. These amounts have been excluded from Free Cash Flow to provide an appropriate comparison. "Other" in 2013 is substantially comprised of adjustments for cash taxes paid related to certain nonoperating transactions, cash taxes paid in 2013 related to 2012 taxable income that were reflected as a reduction of 2012 Free Cash Flow and payments associated with the pension termination. NM=comparison not meaningful.

Dividends and Share Repurchases. During the third quarter of 2013, Comcast paid dividends totaling $512 million and repurchased 12.0 million of its common shares for $500 million. In the first nine months of 2013, Comcast has repurchased 37.9 million of its common shares for $1.5 billion. As of September 30, 2013, Comcast had approximately $2.0 billion available under its share repurchase authorization.

 

Cable Communications

 

 

 

3rd Quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year to Date

 

 

 

 

($ in millions)

 

 

2012

 

 

2013

 

 

Growth

 

 

2012

 

 

2013

 

 

Growth

Cable Communications Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video

 

 

$4,981

 

 

 

$5,127

 

 

 

2.9

%

 

 

$14,949

 

 

 

$15,415

 

 

 

3.1

%

High-Speed Internet

 

 

2,403

 

 

 

2,592

 

 

 

7.9

%

 

 

7,106

 

 

 

7,684

 

 

 

8.1

%

Voice

 

 

895

 

 

 

919

 

 

 

2.6

%

 

 

2,662

 

 

 

2,729

 

 

 

2.5

%

Business Services

 

 

662

 

 

 

836

 

 

 

26.4

%

 

 

1,866

 

 

 

2,365

 

 

 

26.8

%

Advertising

 

 

607

 

 

 

541

 

 

 

(10.8

%)

 

 

1,633

 

 

 

1,587

 

 

 

(2.8

%)

Other

 

 

428

 

 

 

476

 

 

 

11.6

%

 

 

1,256

 

 

 

1,395

 

 

 

11.2

%

Cable Communications Revenue

 

 

$9,976

 

 

 

$10,491

 

 

 

5.2

%

 

 

$29,472

 

 

 

$31,175

 

 

 

5.8

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cable Communications OCF

 

 

$3,998

 

 

 

$4,246

 

 

 

6.2

%

 

 

$12,054

 

 

 

$12,800

 

 

 

6.2

%

OCF Margin

 

 

40.1

%

 

 

40.5

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

40.9

%

 

 

41.1

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cable Communications Capital Expenditures

 

 

$1,364

 

 

 

$1,432

 

 

 

5.0

%

 

 

$3,544

 

 

 

$3,766

 

 

 

6.3

%

Percent of Cable Communications Revenue

 

 

13.7

%

 

 

13.6

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.0

%

 

 

12.1

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue for Cable Communications increased 5.2% to $10.5 billion in the third quarter of 2013 compared to $10.0 billion in the third quarter of 2012, reflecting increases of 7.9% in high-speed Internet, 26.4% in business services and 2.9% in video, partially offset by a 10.8% decline in advertising primarily due to lower political advertising revenue. The increase in Cable revenue reflects rate adjustments, customers receiving higher levels of services and customer growth (see below).

For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, Cable revenue increased 5.8% to $31.2 billion compared to $29.5 billion in 2012.

Combined Video, High-Speed Internet and Voice Customers increased by 337,000 in the third quarter of 2013, a 14.9% increase in net additions compared to third quarter 2012, driven by growth in high-speed Internet and voice customers, partially offset by video customer losses. As of September 30, 2013, video, high-speed Internet and voice customers totaled 52.4 million, an increase of 1.6 million or 3.2% over last year’s third quarter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customers

 

 

Net Adds

(in thousands)

 

 

3Q12

 

 

3Q13

 

 

3Q12

 

 

3Q13

Video Customers

 

 

22,002

 

 

21,647

 

 

(117

)

 

 

(129

)

High-Speed Internet Customers

 

 

19,025

 

 

20,283

 

 

287

 

 

 

297

 

Voice Customers

 

 

9,787

 

 

10,496

 

 

123

 

 

 

169

 

Combined Video, HSI and Voice Customers

 

 

50,814

 

 

52,427

 

 

294

 

 

 

337

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Cash Flow for Cable Communications increased 6.2% to $4.2 billion in the third quarter of 2013 compared to $4.0 billion in the third quarter of 2012, driven by higher revenue, partially offset by a 4.5% increase in operating expenses primarily related to higher programming costs. This quarter’s operating cash flow margin was 40.5%, compared to 40.1% in the prior year period.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, Cable operating cash flow increased 6.2% to $12.8 billion compared to $12.1 billion in 2012. Year-to-date operating cash flow margin was 41.1% compared to 40.9% in 2012.

 

NBCUniversal

 

 

 

3rd Quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year to Date

 

 

 

 

($ in millions)

 

 

2012

 

 

2013

 

 

Growth

 

 

2012

 

 

2013

 

 

Growth

NBCUniversal Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cable Networks

 

 

$2,152

 

 

 

$2,239

 

 

 

4.0

%

 

 

$6,520

 

 

 

$6,877

 

 

 

5.5

%

Broadcast Television

 

 

2,790

 

 

 

1,644

 

 

 

(41.1

%)

 

 

6,203

 

 

 

4,893

 

 

 

(21.1

%)

Filmed Entertainment

 

 

1,355

 

 

 

1,400

 

 

 

3.3

%

 

 

3,778

 

 

 

4,004

 

 

 

6.0

%

Theme Parks

 

 

614

 

 

 

661

 

 

 

7.9

%

 

 

1,565

 

 

 

1,669

 

 

 

6.7

%

Headquarters, Other and Eliminations

 

 

(89

)

 

 

(93

)

 

 

NM

 

 

 

(268

)

 

 

(257

)

 

 

NM

 

NBCUniversal Revenue

 

 

$6,822

 

 

 

$5,851

 

 

 

(14.2

%)

 

 

$17,798

 

 

 

$17,186

 

 

 

(3.4

%)

% growth excluding 2012 Olympics and Super Bowl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.9

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.1

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NBCUniversal OCF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cable Networks

 

 

$809

 

 

 

$853

 

 

 

5.4

%

 

 

$2,408

 

 

 

$2,572

 

 

 

6.8

%

Broadcast Television

 

 

88

 

 

 

34

 

 

 

(61.1

%)

 

 

268

 

 

 

205

 

 

 

(23.4

%)

Filmed Entertainment

 

 

72

 

 

 

189

 

 

 

164.1

%

 

 

(5

)

 

 

291

 

 

 

NM

 

Theme Parks

 

 

316

 

 

 

343

 

 

 

8.6

%

 

 

708

 

 

 

747

 

 

 

5.6

%

Headquarters, Other and Eliminations

 

 

(145

)

 

 

(169

)

 

 

NM

 

 

 

(444

)

 

 

(421

)

 

 

NM

 

NBCUniversal OCF

 

 

$1,140

 

 

 

$1,250

 

 

 

9.6

%

 

 

$2,935

 

 

 

$3,394

 

 

 

15.6

%

% growth excluding 2012 Olympics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22.4

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20.5

%

Revenue for NBCUniversal decreased 14.2% to $5.9 billion in the third quarter of 2013 compared to $6.8 billion in the third quarter of 2012. Excluding $1.2 billion of revenue generated by the Olympics in the third quarter of 2012, revenue increased 3.9%. Operating Cash Flow increased 9.6% to $1.3 billion compared to $1.1 billion in the third quarter of 2012. Excluding $120 million of operating cash flow generated by the Olympics in the third quarter of 2012, operating cash flow increased 22.4% reflecting improved operating performance in all segments (see Table 5).

For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, NBCUniversal revenue decreased 3.4% to $17.2 billion compared to $17.8 billion in 2012. Excluding $259 million of revenue generated by the broadcast of the NFL’s Super Bowl in the first quarter of 2012 and the impact of the Olympics in the third quarter of 2012, revenue increased 5.1%. Operating cash flow increased 15.6% to $3.4 billion compared to $2.9 billion in the first nine months of 2012. Excluding the impact of the Olympics in the third quarter of 2012, operating cash flow increased 20.5% (see Table 5).

Cable Networks

For the third quarter of 2013, revenue from the Cable Networks segment increased 4.0% to $2.2 billion compared to the third quarter of 2012, reflecting a 5.4% increase in distribution revenue and a 4.6% increase in advertising revenue, partially offset by a 6.5% decline in content licensing and other revenue. Operating cash flow increased 5.4% to $853 million compared to $809 million in the third quarter of 2012, reflecting higher revenue, partially offset by higher programming and production costs from our continued investment in original programming and higher sports programming rights costs.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, revenue from the Cable Networks segment increased 5.5% to $6.9 billion compared to $6.5 billion in 2012. Operating cash flow increased 6.8% to $2.6 billion compared to $2.4 billion in the first nine months of 2012.

Broadcast Television

For the third quarter of 2013, revenue from the Broadcast Television segment decreased 41.1% to $1.6 billion compared to $2.8 billion in the third quarter of 2012. Excluding $1.2 billion of revenue generated by the Olympics in the third quarter of 2012, revenue increased 2.6% driven by higher retransmission consent fees and a 2.6% increase in advertising revenue. Operating cash flow decreased 61.1% to $34 million compared to $88 million in the third quarter of 2012. Excluding $120 million of operating cash flow generated by the Olympics in the third quarter of 2012, operating cash flow increased $66 million reflecting higher revenue and relatively flat operating costs and expenses (See Table 5).

For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, revenue from the Broadcast Television segment decreased 21.1% to $4.9 billion compared to $6.2 billion in 2012. Excluding $259 million of revenue generated by the NFL’s Super Bowl in the first quarter of 2012 and the impact of the Olympics in the third quarter of 2012, revenue increased 2.9%. Operating cash flow decreased 23.4% to $205 million compared to $268 million in the first nine months of 2012. Excluding the impact of the Olympics in the third quarter of 2012, operating cash flow increased 38.9% (see Table 5).

Filmed Entertainment

For the third quarter of 2013, revenue from the Filmed Entertainment segment increased 3.3% to $1.4 billion compared to the third quarter of 2012, driven by higher theatrical revenue from the strong box office performance of Despicable Me 2, partially offset by a decrease in home entertainment revenue due to lower volume of new releases compared to last year. Operating cash flow increased $117 million to $189 million compared to $72 million in the third quarter of 2012, reflecting the strong performance of the film slate.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, revenue from the Filmed Entertainment segment increased 6.0% to $4.0 billion compared to $3.8 billion in 2012. Operating cash flow increased $296 million to $291 million compared to a loss of $5 million in the first nine months of 2012.

Theme Parks

For the third quarter of 2013, revenue from the Theme Parks segment increased 7.9% to $661 million compared to $614 million in the third quarter of 2012, driven by higher per capita spending at the Orlando and Hollywood theme parks and higher guest attendance at our Orlando park following the launch of the Transformers attraction. Third quarter operating cash flow increased 8.6% to $343 million compared to $316 million in the third quarter of 2012, primarily reflecting higher revenue, partially offset by increased operating costs to support new attractions.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, revenue from the Theme Parks segment increased 6.7% to $1.7 billion compared to $1.6 billion in 2012. Operating cash flow increased 5.6% to $747 million compared to $708 million in the first nine months of 2012.

Headquarters, Other and Eliminations

NBCUniversal Headquarters, Other and Eliminations include overhead and eliminations among the NBCUniversal businesses. For the quarter ended September 30, 2013, NBCUniversal Headquarters, Other and Eliminations operating cash flow loss was $169 million compared to a loss of $145 million in the third quarter of 2012, reflecting higher employee costs.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, NBCUniversal Headquarters, Other and Eliminations operating cash flow loss was $421 million compared to a loss of $444 million in 2012.

Corporate, Other and Eliminations

Corporate, Other and Eliminations include corporate operations, Comcast-Spectacor and eliminations among Comcast's businesses. For the quarter ended September 30, 2013, Corporate, Other and Eliminations revenue was ($191) million compared to ($254) million in 2012. The operating cash flow loss was $166 million, including $74 million of costs associated with the termination of a pension plan, and compared to a loss of $130 million in the third quarter of 2012.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, Corporate, Other and Eliminations revenue was ($630) million compared to ($637) million in 2012. The operating cash flow loss was $405 million, including $74 million of costs associated with the termination of a pension plan, compared to a loss of $289 million in the first nine months of 2012.

Notes:

1

 

We define Operating Cash Flow as operating income (loss) before depreciation and amortization, excluding impairment charges related to fixed and intangible assets and gains or losses on the sale of assets, if any.

 

 

 

2

 

Earnings per share amounts are presented on a diluted basis.

 

 

 

3

 

We define Free Cash Flow as Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities (as stated in our Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows) reduced by capital expenditures, cash paid for intangible assets and cash distributions to noncontrolling interests; and adjusted for any payments and receipts related to certain nonoperating items, net of estimated tax benefits.

 

 

 

 

 

All percentages are calculated on whole numbers. Minor differences may exist due to rounding.

 

 

 

Conference Call and Other Information

Comcast Corporation will host a conference call with the financial community today, October 30, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time (ET). The conference call and related materials will be broadcast live and posted on its Investor Relations website at www.cmcsa.com or www.cmcsk.com. Those parties interested in participating via telephone should dial (800) 263-8495 with the conference ID number 63826624. A replay of the call will be available starting at 12:30 p.m. ET on October 30, 2013, on the Investor Relations website or by telephone. To access the telephone replay, which will be available until Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at midnight ET, please dial (855) 859-2056 and enter the conference ID number 63826624.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or our actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements. Readers are directed to Comcast’s periodic and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a description of such risks and uncertainties. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In this discussion, we sometimes refer to financial measures that are not presented according to generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S. (GAAP). Certain of these measures are considered "non-GAAP financial measures" under the SEC regulations; those rules require the supplemental explanations and reconciliations that are in Comcast’s Form 8-K (Quarterly Earnings Release) furnished to the SEC.

About Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates 30 news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

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