Lionsgate Misses Quarterly Projections Despite Streaming Subscriber Boost

Studio touted continued efforts to build its film and TV content base and a subscriber count of 35.8 million worldwide

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Lionsgate reported an operating loss of $50 million in the final quarter of the fiscal year, missing revenue targets with a diluted loss per share of 46 cents.

Revenue for the quarter ending on March 31 came in at $930 million, below Wall Street projections of $961 million. Adjusted net income was reported at $13 million for earnings per share of 6 cents.

Despite continued operating losses, CEO Jon Feltheimer touted his studio’s ongoing efforts to build its film and TV content base over the past year, as well as subscriber growth for its Starz streaming service to 35.8 million worldwide, with 12.8 million coming from StarzPlay Arabia. This past quarter, Lionsgate added 4.8 million subscribers, beating analyst projections of 3 million.

“Despite a very competitive and disruptive environment, I’m pleased to report a strong fourth quarter to
close one of our best content building years as we continue to create significant long term value,” said

“Our content creation strengths were evident across our businesses as our Television Group achieved record new series launches and current series renewals, our Motion Picture Group continued to add to a strong pipeline of branded properties and our library turned in another standout performance,” he continued. “At Starz, our increased investment in content generated a robust slate that drove strong subscriber growth and a notable reduction in churn.”

Lionsgate’s stock has fallen 23% over the past month and dropped Thursday from its market close price of $10.57 in after-hours trading. As Lionsgate continues to build its in-house production slate for Starz, it has been in talks for either a minority stake sale or an outright acquisition of the streaming service, with Roku and Vivendi among the reported contenders.

Meanwhile, Lionsgate is ramping up its theatrical slate over the next two years, highlighted by the return of the “Hunger Games” series with the prequel “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” in November 2023. Other upcoming films include “John Wick: Chapter 4” next spring and an adaptation of the classic coming-of-age novel “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.”