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ViacomCBS (VIAC) Q3 Earnings Meet Estimates, Revenues Rise Y/Y

ViacomCBS' (VIAC) Q3 results reflect strong advertising revenue growth and a spike in viewership for its streaming services, boosted by strong adoption of Paramount+.

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ViacomCBS' VIAC third-quarter 2021 adjusted earnings of 76 cents per share were in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate but the same decreased 8% year over year.

Revenues of $6.61 billion beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 0.4% and increased 13% year over year.

Adjusted OIBDA decreased 3% from the year-ago quarter’s level to $1.02 billion.

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased 15.3% year over year to $1.53 billion.

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Revenues by Type

Advertising revenues of $1.86 billion inched up 1% year over year, driven by an improved advertising market.

Affiliate revenues of $2.1 billion climbed 2% year over year, reflecting expanded distribution and higher reverse compensation.

Global streaming & digital video revenues surged 62% year over year to $1.08 billion, driven by 79% growth in streaming subscription revenues and 48% streaming advertising revenue growth.

Global streaming subscribers touched 47 million, adding 4.3 million subscribers in the reported quarter.

Theatrical revenues logged $67 million in the reported quarter compared with the year-ago quarter’s $6 million. Content-licensing revenues of $1.51 billion increased 18% year over year.

Segment Details

ViacomCBS’ TV Entertainment revenues increased 24% year over year to $2.92 billion, driven by higher licensing, streaming and affiliate revenues.

TV Entertainment’s adjusted OIBDA decreased 21% from the year-ago quarter’s figure to $271 million due to increased investment in Paramount+ streaming services.

Cable Networks revenues increased 13% year over year to $3.46 billion, driven by higher streaming, advertising, affiliate and licensing revenues.

Cable Networks’ adjusted OIBDA increased 5% from the year-ago quarter’s reading to $906 million, driven by robust top-line growth.

Filmed Entertainment revenues dipped 2% year over year to $580 million, primarily due to lower licensing revenues.

Licensing and other revenues decreased 12% year over year due to lower volume of programming produced for third parties.

Adjusted OIBDA was $38 million, down 30% year over year.

Balance Sheet

As of Sep 30, 2021, ViacomCBS had cash and cash equivalents of $4.8 billion compared with $5.37 billion as of Jun 30, 2021.

ViacomCBS committed $3.5 billion revolving credit facility remains undrawn.

Total debt as of Sep 30, 2021 was $17.71 billion compared with $17 billion as of Jun 30, 2021.

Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

ViacomCBS currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). AMC Entertainment AMC, Clarus CLAR and Callaway Golf ELY are some better-ranked stocks in the broader Consumer & Discretionary sector, all three currently carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Both AMC and Clarus are set to report quarterly results on Nov 8 while Callaway Golf is scheduled to release the same on Nov 9.

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