Comcast Reports 1st Quarter 2013 Results

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Comcast Reports 1st Quarter 2013 Results

Consolidated Revenue Increased 2.9%, Operating Cash Flow Increased 7.4% and Operating Income Increased 11.2%


Earnings per Share Increased 20.0% to $0.54; Excluding Gain on Asset Sale, EPS Increased 13.3% to $0.51

Free Cash Flow Increased 3.3% to $3.1 Billion

Quarterly Dividends and Share Repurchases Totaled $929 Million

PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK) today reported results for the quarter ended March 31, 2013.

Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Comcast Corporation, said, "We are off to a solid start in 2013, with strong revenue and cash flow growth and record quarterly free cash flow. Cable's results highlight revenue growth in every product, led by Video and High-Speed Internet, and overall customer growth, as we continue to effectively balance financial and customer performance. NBCUniversal's businesses also generated strong first quarter performance, led by Film and Cable Networks. We completed the acquisition of NBCUniversal during the quarter and look forward to continuing to drive innovation and operational excellence to deliver superior entertainment and communications choices for consumers."

 

Consolidated Financial Results

1st Quarter
($ in millions) 2012 2013 Growth
Revenue $14,878 $15,310 2.9%
Operating Cash Flow (OCF)1 $4,688 $5,034 7.4%
Operating Income $2,758 $3,067 11.2%
Earnings per Share2 $0.45 $0.54 20.0%
Free Cash Flow3$3,039 $3,138 3.3%
 

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 first quarter of 2013 increased 2.9% to $15.3 billion. Excluding $259 million of revenue generated by the NFL's Super Bowl in the first quarter of 2012, revenue increased 4.7% (see Table 5). Operating Cash Flow increased 7.4% to $5.0 billion and Operating Income increased 11.2% to $3.1 billion.

Earnings per Share (EPS) for the first quarter of 2013 was $0.54, a 20.0% increase from the $0.45 reported in the first quarter of 2012. Excluding a $0.03 per share gain in the first quarter of 2013 on the sale of wireless spectrum licenses, EPS increased 13.3% (see Table 4).

Capital Expenditures increased 15.9% to $1.4 billion in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the first quarter of 2012. Cable Communications' capital expenditures increased $38 million, or 3.6%, to $1.1 billion in the first quarter of 2013, primarily reflecting our ongoing investment in network infrastructure and the expansion of Business Services and Xfinity Home. Cable capital expenditures represented 10.7% of Cable revenue in the first quarter of 2013 compared to 11.0% in last year's first quarter. NBCUniversal's capital expenditures increased $152 million to $263 million in the first quarter of 2013, primarily reflecting increased investments in Theme Parks.

Free Cash Flow (excluding any impact from the Economic Stimulus packages) increased 3.3% to $3.1 billion in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the first quarter of 2012, reflecting growth in consolidated operating cash flow, partially offset by higher capital expenditures.

 
1st Quarter
($ in millions)  2012   2013  Growth
Operating Cash Flow $4,688  $5,034  7.4%
Capital Expenditures  (1,174)  (1,361) 15.9%
Cash Paid for Capitalized Software and Other Intangible Assets  (184)  (182) (1.1%)
Cash Interest Expense  (614)  (617) 0.5%
Cash Taxes  (118)  (461) NM 
Changes in Operating Assets and Liabilities  346   369  6.6%
Other  95   356  NM 
Free Cash Flow (Incl. Economic Stimulus Packages) $3,039  $3,138  3.3%
Economic Stimulus Packages  -   -  - 
Free Cash Flow$3,039 $3,138 3.3%

 

Note: The definition of Free Cash Flow excludes any impact from the 2008-2013 Economic Stimulus packages. These amounts have been excluded from Free Cash Flow to provide an appropriate comparison. "Other" in 2013 is substantially comprised of cash taxes paid in the first quarter of 2013 related to 2012 taxable income that were reflected as a reduction of 2012 Free Cash Flow.
 
NM=comparison not meaningful.
 

Dividends and Share Repurchases. During the first quarter of 2013, Comcast paid dividends totaling $429 million and repurchased 13.3 million of its common shares for $500 million. As of March 31, 2013, Comcast had approximately $3.0 billion available under its share repurchase authorization.

 

Cable Communications

 1st Quarter
($ in millions)  2012   2013  Growth
Cable Communications Revenue      
Video $4,929  $5,113  3.7%
High-Speed Internet  2,323   2,523  8.6%
Voice  878   900  2.6%
Business Services  581   741  27.5%
Advertising  475   488  2.7%
Other  413   452  9.6%
Cable Communications Revenue$9,599 $10,217 6.4%
       
Cable Communications OCF $3,955  $4,219  6.7%
OCF Margin41.2%41.3%
       
Cable Communications Capital Expenditures $1,056  $1,094  3.6%
Percent of Cable Communications Revenue  11.0%  10.7%  
 

Revenue for Cable Communications increased 6.4% to $10.2 billion in the first quarter of 2013 compared to $9.6 billion in the first quarter of 2012, reflecting increases of 8.6% in High-Speed Internet, 3.7% in Video and 27.5% in Business Services. Monthly average total revenue per Video customer increased 8.1% to $155.05, reflecting rate adjustments, an increasing number of residential customers taking multiple products and a higher contribution from Business Services.

Combined Video, High-Speed Internet and Voice Customers increased by 583,000 in the first quarter of 2013, a 3.2% increase in net additions compared to first quarter 2012, reflecting growth in High-Speed Internet and Voice customers. As of March 31, 2013, Video, High-Speed Internet and Voice customers totaled 51.9 million, an increase of 1.5 million or 3.0% over last year's first quarter.

     
CustomersNet Adds
(in thousands) 1Q12 1Q13    1Q12 1Q13
Video Customers 22,294 21,935    (37) (60)
High-Speed Internet Customers 18,582 19,799    439  433 
Voice Customers 9,506 10,166    164  211 
Combined Video, HSI and Voice Customers50,382 51,900565 583
 

Operating Cash Flow for Cable Communications increased 6.7% to $4.2 billion in the first quarter of 2013 compared to $4.0 billion in the first quarter of 2012, reflecting higher revenue, partially offset by increases in video programming costs. This quarter's operating cash flow margin was 41.3% compared to 41.2% in the first quarter of 2012.

 

NBCUniversal

 1st Quarter
($ in millions)  2012   2013  Growth
NBCUniversal Revenue      
Cable Networks $2,128  $2,225  4.6%
Broadcast Television  1,861   1,517  (18.5%)
Filmed Entertainment  1,192   1,216  2.0%
Theme Parks  412   462  12.2%
Headquarters, Other and Eliminations  (121)  (80) NM 
NBCUniversal Revenue$5,472 $5,340 (2.4%)
(% growth excluding Super Bowl)     2.4%
NBCUniversal OCF      
Cable Networks $809  $859  6.2%
Broadcast Television  (14)  (35) NM 
Filmed Entertainment  6   69  NM 
Theme Parks  157   173  10.3%
Headquarters, Other and Eliminations  (145)  (113) NM 
NBCUniversal OCF$813$95317.2%
 

Revenue for NBCUniversal decreased 2.4% to $5.3 billion in the first quarter of 2013 compared to $5.5 billion in the first quarter of 2012. Excluding $259 million of revenue generated by the broadcast of the NFL's Super Bowl in the first quarter of 2012, revenue increased 2.4% (see Table 5). Operating Cash Flow increased 17.2% to $953 million compared to $813 million in the first quarter of 2012, reflecting strong results at Cable Networks, Filmed Entertainment and Theme Parks.

Cable Networks

For the first quarter of 2013, revenue from the Cable Networks segment increased 4.6% to $2.2 billion compared to the first quarter of 2012, driven by an 8.6% increase in distribution revenue. Advertising revenue increased 2.5%, primarily reflecting price increases, offset by lower ratings, and content licensing and other revenue decreased 11.9%. Operating cash flow increased 6.2% to $859 million compared to $809 million in the first quarter of 2012, reflecting higher revenue and a 2.4% increase in programming and production costs, due to the continued investment in original programming, partially offset by lower sports programming costs compared to last year's first quarter.

Broadcast Television

For the first quarter of 2013, revenue from the Broadcast Television segment decreased 18.5% to $1.5 billion compared to $1.9 billion in the first quarter of 2012. Excluding $259 million of revenue generated by the NFL's Super Bowl in the first quarter of 2012, revenue decreased 5.3% (see Table 5), driven by lower primetime ratings at the NBC broadcast network and lower content licensing revenue. Primarily reflecting the decline in revenue, the Broadcast Television segment generated an operating cash flow loss of $35 million in the first quarter of 2013 compared to a loss of $14 million in the first quarter of 2012.

Filmed Entertainment

For the first quarter of 2013, revenue from the Filmed Entertainment segment increased 2.0% to $1.2 billion compared to the first quarter of 2012, driven by higher theatrical revenue from the strong box office performance of Les Miserables and the first quarter releases of Identity Thief and Mama, as well as higher content licensing revenue. Operating cash flow increased to $69 million compared to $6 million in the first quarter of 2012, reflecting higher revenue due to improved performance and lower marketing expense due to fewer theatrical releases in the first quarter compared to the same period last year.

Theme Parks

For the first quarter of 2013, revenue from the Theme Parks segment increased 12.2% to $462 million compared to $412 million in the first quarter of 2012, driven by higher attendance at the Orlando and Hollywood parks, which benefitted, in part, from the timing of holidays. First quarter operating cash flow increased 10.3% to $173 million compared to $157 million in the same period last year, reflecting higher revenue, partially offset by increased operating costs to support new attractions.

Headquarters, Other and Eliminations

NBCUniversal Headquarters, Other and Eliminations include overhead and eliminations among the NBCUniversal businesses. For the quarter ended March 31, 2013, NBCUniversal Headquarters, Other and Eliminations operating cash flow loss was $113 million compared to a loss of $145 million in the first quarter of 2012, reflecting lower employee benefit costs.

Corporate, Other and Eliminations

Corporate, Other and Eliminations include corporate operations, Comcast-Spectacor and eliminations among Comcast's businesses. For the quarter ended March 31, 2013, Corporate, Other and Eliminations revenue was ($247) million compared to ($193) million in 2012. The operating cash flow loss was $138 million compared to a loss of $80 million in the first quarter of 2012, reflecting higher eliminations due to increased content licensing between our businesses and fewer events at Comcast-Spectacor.

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.
 
2Earnings per share amounts are presented on a diluted basis.
 
3We 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, May 1, 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 27576169. A replay of the call will be available starting at 12:30 p.m. ET on May 1, 2013, on the Investor Relations website or by telephone. To access the telephone replay, which will be available until Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at midnight ET, please dial (855) 859-2056 and enter the conference ID number 27576169.

From time to time, we post information that may be of interest to investors on our website at www.cmcsa.com or www.cmcsk.com and on our corporate blog, www.corporate.comcast.com/comcast-voices. To automatically receive Comcast financial news by email, please visit www.cmcsa.com or www.cmcsk.com and subscribe to email alerts.

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

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.

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