The Walt Disney Co., a diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise founded in 1923, shall release its Q3 2023 earnings result on 9th August (Wednesday), after market close. The company operates via two main segments: Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution (DMED) and Disney Parks, Experiences and Products (DPEP). The former covers the company’s global film, television content production and distribution activities, while the latter encompasses parks and experiences and consumer products.
Walt Disney generated $21.8B revenue in Q2 2023, down -7.19% from the previous quarter, but up 13.35% from the same period last year. According to the official report, $7.8B revenue was generated from the Disney Parks segment, up nearly 17% from the same period last year. This also brings about its segment operating income being up 23% (y/y) to $2.2B. Domestically, the Disney Cruise Line and Disneyland Resort reported growth in the number of passengers and guest spending, slightly offset by increased operational cost.
On the contrary, the company’s Media and Entertainment Distribution generated 3% (y/y) in revenue for the quarter to $14.04B. By segment, Direct-to-Consumer and Content Sales/Licensing and Other reported gains of +12% (y/y) and 18% (y/y) respectively, to $5.51B and $2.20B; Linear Networks reported losses of -7% (y/y) to $6.63B. Total operating income was down -42% (y/y) to $1.12B, mainly driven by continuing losses (-35% (y/y) in Linear Networks.
The company reported losses in Disney+ paid subscribers for two consecutive quarters, to 157.8 million. For its other DTC products, ESPN+ subscribers increased 2% (q/q) to 25.3 million, whereas Hulu subscribers were up 0.2 million from the previous quarter to 48.2 million. Nonetheless, it is worth noting that the management may potentially sell off its traditional TV and cable businesses (ESPN, Freeform, ABC) as the company is in the middle of a transition to streaming. The company may place utmost importance in improving its streaming segment (which incurred operational losses of -1.7B in H1 2023) in the coming quarters, and expected profitability by the end of FY 2024.
In terms of average monthly revenue per paid subscriber, Disney+ reported gains for both Domestic and International (excluding Disney+ Hotstar), at 20% and 6% respectively to $7.14 and $5.93. Domestic gains were contributed to by an increase in average retail pricing, whereas International gains were boosted by an increase in wholesale pricing, a lower mix of wholesale subscribers and a favourable foreign exchange impact. Disney+ Hotstar suffered losses due to a reduction in advertising revenue per subscriber.
In FY 2022, gross profit margin of Walt Disney was 34.24%. After taking out operating expenses and overhead, the company earned 7.90% in operating profit margin. The result is better than FY 2021 (4.46%) and FY 2020 (-2.97%), albeit still far below pre-pandemic levels.
Consensus estimates for sales in the coming announcement hit $22.5B, up 3.2% from the previous quarter, and 4.7% from the same period last year. EPS is expected to improve from $0.93 in the previous quarter to $1.02, still 7 cents below Q3 2022.
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