Media Beat: February 11, 2019

By David Farrell

Stingray revenues balloon following broadcast acquisition

Montreal media company Stingray Digital announced its financial results Friday for its Q3 ended December 31, 2018

Below are highlights from the earnings report.

  • •Revenues increased 101.6% to $70.8 million following the Newfoundland Capital Corporation Inc. (“NCC”) acquisition

  • •Recurring Broadcasting and Commercial Music revenues(1) of $33.4 million, an increase of 15.9%

  • •Radio accounted for 44.1% of total revenues at $31.2 million

  • •Subscription video on demand (“SVOD”) subscribers reached 356,000 subscribers in Q3, representing a 25% increase in monthly revenues over the last quarter

  • •Adjusted EBITDA(2) up 144.1% to $27.2 million

  • •Net loss of $18.1 million or $(0.26) per share (diluted) compared to a net income of $0.7 million or $0.01 per share (diluted) last year mainly attributable to the non-recurring expenses totaling $35.3 million related to the CRTC Tangible benefits expense and acquisition costs related to the NCC transaction


  • •Adjusted Net income(3) up 106.1% to $12.4 million or $0.18 per share (diluted) compared to last year

  • •Cash flow from operating activities increased to $9.2 million

  • •Adjusted free cash flow(4) of $16.0 million, an increase of 99.4%

  • •Dividend increased by 8.3% to $0.065 per share

Reminder: Noms open for CMW Music & Broadcast Awards

Industry trailblazers and outstanding professionals are celebrated annually at the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards. To be considered for the awards, companies are encouraged to submit their nominations online by no later than March 11.

Submit nominations online here

The Canadian Press cuts jobs resulting from falling revenues

The Canadian Press is cutting six editorial positions, in a move the company said is prompted by a decline in its subscription revenue. Most of the journalists affected work in the news agency's Atlantic bureau in Halifax.

In a statement to employees, Canadian Press president Malcolm Kirk cited "tremendous disruption to traditional business models," which has caused a decline in the advertising revenues of the news outlets that pay for Canadian Press services. – CBC News


German regulators just outlawed Facebook’s entire ad business

Privacy advocates have argued that the company isn’t transparent enough about what data it has and what it does with it. As a result, most people don’t understand the massive trade-off they are making with their information when they sign up for the “free” site.

On Thursday, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, the country’s antitrust regulator, ruled that Facebook was exploiting consumers by requiring them to agree to this kind of data collection in order to have an account, and has prohibited the practice going forward. – Emily Dreyfuss, Wired

Netflix posts highest profit ever and paid $0 in taxes

The popular video streaming service Netflix posted its largest-ever U.S. profit in 2018­­—$845 million—on which it didn’t pay a dime in federal or state income taxes. In fact, the company reported a $22 million federal tax rebate. – Institute of Taxation & Economic Policy

Barry McCall



Hozier Thanks OVO Arena For Clearing Up ‘Misunderstanding’ Over Fans’ ‘Free Palestine’ Scarf

The singer said his team has a "zero policy" about prohibiting sings at shows.

Hozier and the OVO Arena Wembley have apologized and responded to a fan’s complaint about an incident in December in which she was reportedly told to remove a “Free Palestine” scarf before attending one of the singer’s shows. “Thank you to OVO Arena Wembley for clearing up this misunderstanding,” Hozier wrote early Monday morning (Feb. 26) after the venue posted an apology last week to attendee Hiba Ahmad, who said in an earlier X post that she was “pulled aside and escorted to wardrobe” in December while attending a show at the venue while wearing the scarf.

“The team and I have zero policy of prohibiting signs of any kind and I’m sorry to Hiba and her friends that they experienced this at the London show,” Hozier added.

This article was first published by Billboard U.S.

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