News Corp (ASX: NWS) has largely avoided the recent tech rout, just 7% away from all-time highs.
The company’s half-year FY22 results validated its resilient share price, posting a 15% increase in revenue to $5.2bn and 30% rise in earnings to $765m.
News Corp declared a semi-annual cash dividend 10 cents per share with an ex-dividend date of Wednesday, 16 March.
Chief Executive Robert Thomson said the “businesses are thriving, particularly at the Digital Real Estate Services, Dow Jones and Book Publishing segments, and there was a pronounced surge in profitability at our News Media segment.”
“Meanwhile, Foxtel’s streaming products flourished, with a 66 percent increase in total customers, and Kayo and BINGE both exceeding one million.”
Thomson also pointed out the company’s landmark agreements with Google, Facebook and Apple, deemed an “important source of subscriptions and of advertising revenue for our news sites.”
The key earning segments for News Corp (% of overall earnings) include:
Digital Real Estate Services $316m (31%)
Dow Jones $239m (24%)
Subscription Video Services $200m (20%)
Book Publishing $192m (19.3%)
News Media $145m (14.6%)
REA Group (ASX: REA), which is majority-owned by News Corp, posted a 27% rise in earnings to $368m this morning, or an approximate $220m contribution to News Corp earnings.
Commenting on the Australian real estate scene, REA CEO Owen Wilson said “As anticipated, the removal of COVID restrictions saw a wave of new listings on realestate.com.au, with sellers making up for the time lost in lockdown and taking advantage of the significant buyer demand.”
Earnings for subscription video services declined -1%, driven by higher investment into technology and streaming products.
This might come as no surprise after Netflix posted its lowest year of subscriber growth since 2015.
Dow Jones and book publishing segments posted mid-teens growth reflecting higher advertising revenues and strong consumption trends.
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