‘Jurassic World,’ ‘Minions’ Power Comcast’s Q3 Revenue Growth

Record theme park attendance and another winning summer out of NBC also boosts bottom line

Last Updated: October 27, 2015 @ 6:43 AM

Comcast topped sales expectations in the third quarter of 2015 thanks to the strong box office deliveries of “Jurassic World” and “Minions.” Unfortunately, net income did not follow suit, though the earnings per share (EPS) result was exactly where analysts predicted it would be.

As a result of the revenue growth, the company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.25 a share on the company’s common stock. It will be payable on Jan. 27, 2016 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on Jan. 6, 2016.

Wall Street had forecast EPS of $0.80 on revenue of $18.02 billion for Comcast, per Yahoo Finance; Zack’s concurred with that 80 cents per share.

The giant media company hit that earnings distribution figure directly on the head and bested the revenue prediction, reporting $18.67 billion in overall sales. Net income had slid to around $2 billion.

“I’m pleased to report that our businesses generated outstanding revenue and operating cash flow growth for the third quarter of 2015,” Chairman and CEO Brian L. Roberts said in a statement. “At Cable Communications, overall customer relationships increased 156,000, a 90 percent improvement compared to last year, video subscriber results were the best for a third quarter in nine years, high-speed Internet subscriber results were the best for a third quarter in six years, and churn across all product categories continues to improve.”

While cable communications is the larger segment, growth at NBCUniversal — particularly its Filmed Entertainment group — was the true star of the quarter. The sub-company was up 20.8 percent in sales, its box office segment jumped 64 percent year over year.

“NBCUniversal also delivered terrific results, including another record-breaking box office quarter driven by ‘Minions’ and ‘Jurassic World,’ the highest summer attendance ever at our theme parks, and maintaining the No. 1 broadcast network ranking for the fifth summer in a row,” Roberts continued. “These outstanding results from our unique portfolio of complementary businesses underscore our confidence that we are well positioned to compete, continue our strong performance and drive shareholder value.”

The introduction of NASCAR coverage helped goose the cable side. Orlando’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley and Hollywood’s Fast and Furious: Supercharged were the main money makers for the theme park unit.

CMCSA closed Monday at $62.18 per share, up $0.20, or 0.32 percent.

Comcast execs will host an investor call for media analysts at 8:30 a.m. ET today.


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