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Comcast Reports 1st Quarter 2014 Results

Stocks in this article: CMCSA CMCSK

Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK) today reported results for the quarter ended March 31, 2014.

Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Comcast Corporation, said, “Our operating momentum is continuing as we enter 2014 and is highlighted by our second consecutive quarter of video customer growth, as well as strength in high-speed Internet and business services. Our focus on the customer experience continues to drive our success as we deliver the most innovative products in the industry and make measurable progress in customer service. At NBCUniversal, we had another superb quarter with double-digit revenue and operating cash flow growth driven by the tremendously successful Sochi Olympics and the best season-to-date broadcast ratings in a decade. Overall, the company is performing well and the more planning we do for our proposed merger with Time Warner Cable, the more excited we are by the opportunities for the combined company. Comcast has tremendous momentum right now, and we believe the TWC transaction will strengthen a truly world-class organization that will be well positioned to compete and yield meaningful benefits to our customers, employees, and shareholders.”

 

Consolidated Financial Results

      1st Quarter
($ in millions)         2013   2014   Growth
Revenue   $15,310   $17,408   13.7%
Excluding Olympics         $15,310   $16,305   6.5%
Operating Cash Flow 1 $5,034 $5,538 10.0%
Excluding TWC Transaction Costs         $5,034   $5,555   10.4%
Operating Income         $3,067   $3,568   16.3%
Earnings per Share 2 $0.54 $0.71 31.5%
Excluding Adjustments (see Table 4)         $0.51   $0.68   33.3%
Free Cash Flow 3 $3,138 $2,824 (10.0%)
 

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.

Consolidated Revenue for the first quarter of 2014 increased 13.7% to $17.4 billion. Excluding $1.1 billion of revenue generated by the 2014 Sochi Olympics, consolidated revenue increased 6.5%. Consolidated Operating Cash Flow increased 10.0% to $5.5 billion. Excluding $17 million of costs related to the Time Warner Cable transaction in the first quarter of 2014, consolidated operating cash flow increased 10.4% (See Table 5). Consolidated Operating Income increased 16.3% to $3.6 billion.

Earnings per Share (EPS) for the first quarter of 2014 was $0.71, a 31.5% increase from the $0.54 reported in the first quarter of 2013. Excluding gains on the sale of an investment and a favorable resolution of a prior acquisition contingency in the first quarter of 2014, as well as a gain on the sale of wireless spectrum licenses in the first quarter of 2013, EPS increased 33.3% to $0.68 (see Table 4).

Capital Expenditures increased 6.4% to $1.4 billion in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the first quarter of 2013. Cable Communications’ capital expenditures increased $51 million, or 4.6%, to $1.1 billion in the first quarter of 2014, primarily reflecting increased spending on customer premise equipment related to the deployment of the X1 platform and wireless gateways. Cable capital expenditures represented 10.6% of Cable revenue in the first quarter of 2014 compared to 10.7% in last year’s first quarter. NBCUniversal’s capital expenditures increased $28 million to $291 million in the first quarter of 2014, primarily reflecting increased investments in Theme Parks and facilities.

Free Cash Flow decreased 10.0% to $2.8 billion in the first quarter of 2014 compared to $3.1 billion in the first quarter of 2013, reflecting increased working capital, mainly driven by the Olympics and higher film and TV production spend, capital expenditures and cash taxes on operating items, partially offset by growth in consolidated operating cash flow.

 
1st Quarter
($ in millions)   2013   2014   Growth
Operating Cash Flow   $5,034   $5,538   10.0%
Capital Expenditures   (1,361)   (1,448)   6.4%
Cash Paid for Capitalized Software and Other Intangible Assets   (182)   (217)   19.2%
Cash Interest Expense   (617)   (623)   1.0%
Cash Taxes on Operating Items   (194)   (268)   38.1%
Changes in Operating Assets and Liabilities   369   (267)   NM
Noncash Share-Based Compensation   102   119   16.7%

Distributions to Noncontrolling Interests and Dividends for Redeemable Subsidiary Preferred Stock

 

(49)

 

(66)

 

34.7%

Other   36   56   55.6%

Free Cash Flow 3

$3,138   $2,824   (10.0%)
NM=comparison not meaningful.
 

Dividends and Share Repurchases. During the first quarter of 2014, Comcast paid dividends totaling $508 million and repurchased 15.0 million of its common shares for $750 million. As of March 31, 2014, Comcast had approximately $6.75 billion available under its share repurchase authorization.

 

Cable Communications

  1st Quarter
($ in millions)   2013   2014   Growth
Cable Communications Revenue            
Video   $5,113   $5,178   1.3%
High-Speed Internet   2,523   2,750   9.0%
Voice   900   920   2.1%
Business Services   741   917   23.9%
Advertising   488   519   6.2%
Other   452   473   4.8%
Cable Communications Revenue $10,217   $10,757   5.3%
             
Cable Communications Operating Cash Flow   $4,219   $4,400   4.3%
Operating Cash Flow Margin 41.3% 40.9%
             
Cable Communications Capital Expenditures   $1,094   $1,145   4.6%
Percent of Cable Communications Revenue   10.7%   10.6%    
 

Revenue for Cable Communications increased 5.3% to $10.8 billion in the first quarter of 2014 compared to $10.2 billion in the first quarter of 2013, driven by increases of 9.0% in high-speed Internet and 23.9% in business services. The increase in Cable revenue reflects rate adjustments, customers receiving higher levels of services and customer growth (see below).

Customer relationships increased by 124,000 to 26.8 million in the first quarter of 2014. At the end of the first quarter, penetration of our triple product customers increased to 36% compared to 33% in the first quarter of 2013. In addition, video, high-speed Internet and voice customers increased.

   
Customers Net Adds

Billable Customers Method 4 (in thousands)

  1Q13   1Q14   1Q13   1Q14
Video Customers   22,819   22,601   (25)   24
High-Speed Internet Customers   19,799   21,068   433   383
Voice Customers   10,166   10,865   211   142
                 
Single Product Customers   9,206   8,605       (147)
Double Product Customers   8,568   8,656       116
Triple Product Customers   8,821   9,539       155
Customer Relationships 26,596   26,800   124
 

Operating Cash Flow for Cable Communications increased 4.3% to $4.4 billion in the first quarter of 2014 compared to $4.2 billion in the first quarter of 2013, reflecting higher revenue, partially offset by a 6.0% increase in operating expenses primarily related to higher video programming costs. This quarter’s operating cash flow margin was 40.9%, compared to 41.3% in the prior year period.

 

NBCUniversal

  1st Quarter
     

Excluding

($ in millions)

  2013   2014   Growth  

Olympics

NBCUniversal Revenue                
Cable Networks   $2,225   $2,505   12.6%   1.0%
Broadcast Television   1,517   2,621   72.8%   17.0%
Filmed Entertainment   1,216   1,351   11.1%    
Theme Parks   462   487   5.4%    
Headquarters, Other and Eliminations   (80)   (88)   NM    
NBCUniversal Revenue $5,340 $6,876 28.8% 8.1%
                 
NBCUniversal Operating Cash Flow                
Cable Networks   $859   $895   4.2%    
Broadcast Television   (35)   122   NM    
Filmed Entertainment   69   288   NM    
Theme Parks   173   170   (1.5%)    
Headquarters, Other and Eliminations   (113)   (164)   NM    
NBCUniversal Operating Cash Flow $953 $1,311 37.6%
 

Revenue for NBCUniversal increased 28.8% to $6.9 billion in the first quarter of 2014 compared to $5.3 billion in the first quarter of 2013, primarily driven by 2014 Sochi Olympics revenue of $1.1 billion included in the Broadcast Television and Cable Networks segments. Excluding the Olympics, NBCUniversal revenue increased 8.1% (see Table 5). Operating Cash Flow increased 37.6% to $1.3 billion compared to $953 million in the first quarter of 2013, driven by a profitable Olympics and strong results at Filmed Entertainment and Broadcast Television.

Cable Networks

For the first quarter of 2014, revenue from the Cable Networks segment increased 12.6% to $2.5 billion compared to $2.2 billion in the first quarter of 2013 and included $257 million of revenue generated by the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Excluding the Olympics, revenue increased 1.0% reflecting a 4.4% increase in distribution revenue, partially offset by a 1.4% decrease in advertising revenue (See Table 5). Operating cash flow increased 4.2% to $895 million compared to $859 million in the first quarter of 2013, reflecting higher revenue, partially offset by higher sports programming costs, including the impact of the Olympics, and our continued investment in original programming.

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