Subscribe to Entrepreneur for $5
Subscribe

NY Times' (NYT) The Athletic Buyout to Boost Subscriber Base

The latest acquisition would enable The New York Times Company (NYT) to become a formidable player in sports journalism and expand its target audience.

By
This story originally appeared on Zacks

In a bid to scale up subscriber base and attain the target of 10 million subscriptions by 2025, The New York Times Company NYT has struck a deal to acquire a digital subscription-based sports media business, The Athletic. The transaction, which is valued at $550 million, is expected to conclude in first-quarter 2022.

The Athletic, which provides national and local coverage of more than 200 clubs and teams in the United States and worldwide, had 1.2 million subscribers as of December 2021. Undoubtedly, the acquisition would enable The New York Times Company to become a formidable player in sports journalism and expand its target audience.

The Athletic will be a subsidiary of The Times Company and continue to operate as a separate unit. Founders of The Athletic — Alex Mather and Adam Hansmann — will stay on, post the acquisition.

Management pointed that the addition of this San Francisco-based company to The New York Times Company’s media portfolio is expected to be immediately accretive to its revenue growth rate but dilutive to operating profit for approximately three years.

Meredith Kopit Levien, the president and chief executive officer of The New York Times Company, said, “Strategically, we believe this acquisition will accelerate our ability to scale and deepen subscriber relationships. We are now in pursuit of a goal meaningfully larger than 10 million subscriptions.”

Shares of The New York Times Company were up 4.7% during the trading session on Jan 6. This Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock has advanced 12.4% in the past six months compared with the industry’s rally of 13%.

- Zacks

Zacks Investment ResearchImage Source: Zacks Investment Research

Few Facts Check

The New York Times Company has been making strides to grow the digital subscription business amid declines in advertising revenues and print readership. Evidently, acquiring The Athletic would help it expand the addressable market of potential subscribers and diversify offerings. The company has been adding revenue streams and utilizing technological advancements to reach the target audience more effectively. Its business model, with greater emphasis on subscription revenues, bodes well.

We note that the number of paid digital-only subscribers reached roughly 7,588,000 at the end of third-quarter 2021, rising 455,000 sequentially and 1,525,000 year over year. Of the 455,000 total net additions, 320,000 came from the digital news product and the remaining from Games, Cooking, and Wirecutter.

At third quarter-end, the company had approximately 8,383,000 subscriptions across its print and digital products.

3 Key Stocks

Some better-ranked stocks include AMC Networks AMCX, Nexstar Media Group NXST and News Corporation NWSA.

AMC Networks, a global entertainment company known for popular and critically-acclaimed content, currently carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). AMCX has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 185.9%, on average. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for AMC Networks’ revenues and EPS for the current financial year suggests growth of 8.5% and 20.1%, respectively, from the year-ago period.

Nexstar Media Group, a television broadcasting and digital media company, has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) at present. NXST has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 19.7%, on average.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Nexstar Media Group’s revenues and EPS for the current financial year suggests growth of 2.9% and 1.2%, respectively, from the year-ago period.

News Corp., a diversified media and information services company, presently carries a Zacks Rank #2. NWSA has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 300%, on average.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for News Corp.’s revenues for the current financial year suggests growth of 6.5% from the year-ago period.



Zacks Names "Single Best Pick to Double"

From thousands of stocks, 5 Zacks experts each have chosen their favorite to skyrocket +100% or more in months to come. From those 5, Director of Research Sheraz Mian hand-picks one to have the most explosive upside of all.

As one investor put it, “curing and preventing hundreds of diseases…what should that market be worth?” This company could rival or surpass other recent Zacks’ Stocks Set to Double like Boston Beer Company which shot up +143.0% in little more than 9 months and NVIDIA which boomed +175.9% in one year.

Free: See Our Top Stock and 4 Runners Up >>

Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report

 

The New York Times Company (NYT): Free Stock Analysis Report

 

News Corporation (NWSA): Free Stock Analysis Report

 

AMC Networks Inc. (AMCX): Free Stock Analysis Report

 

Nexstar Media Group, Inc (NXST): Free Stock Analysis Report

 

To read this article on Zacks.com click here.

 

Zacks Investment Research