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Here’s a quick wrap-up of other headlines making news today.
Charter Communications’ (CHTR) top line has been improving over the last few quarters. Charter’s total pro forma revenue rose ~4.8% YoY (year-over-year) to $10.9 billion in the second quarter, beating Wall Street’s expectation of $10.8 billion. This rise was primarily driven by ongoing growth in its residential and commercial units as it integrates its legacy Time Warner Cable and legacy Bright House Networks acquisitions.
There is life after net neutrality…for the biggest Internet Service Providers …which are also the biggest cable providers. The strategy of companies like AT&T (NYSE:T), Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) are now clear. Bundle “free” programming in with Internet service, and then raise the price of the Internet service to compensate.
Comcast (CMCSA) noted during its July 26 second-quarter earnings call that it’s increasing its marketing efforts to attract more Internet customers. Comcast has also been boosting Internet speeds for its customers.
T-Mobile (TMUS) has been making efforts to attract more subscribers to strengthen its customer base. In Q2 2018, its net customer base increased 1.6 million, which was higher than the preceding quarter’s 1.4 million customer additions and 1.3 million customer additions in Q2 2017. T-Mobile’s potential merger with Sprint (S) is expected to build a customer base of ~127 million to compete with the top two US wireless carriers, Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T), which have ~150 million and ~141 million subscribers, respectively.
Bank lending to high-quality US companies to fund acquisitions has slowed due to concern over government policies amid the summer doldrums, but is expected to pick up after the Labor Day holiday, bankers said. No bridge loans were recorded by Thomson Reuters LPC in July, for the first time in any month since March 2017, as a more cautious tone set in over the summer after several acquisitions fell apart and US trade wars escalated. Volume of about US$44bn in the third quarter so far has been vastly skewed toward refinancing rather than mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and is currently around 24% of the US$181bn seen in the full third quarter of 2017.
Citing confidential sources, Bloomberg reported that Walt Disney (DIS) is seeking to regain the TV rights to the Star Wars film series from Turner Broadcasting. Turner Broadcasting is part of AT&T (T) following the telecom company’s acquisition of its parent, Time Warner. Disney’s initial inquiry about regaining the TV rights to the Star Wars movies met resistance, the report said.
Sprint (S) has been cutting its costs and reviving its profits in the wireless space. In fiscal 2017, it realized nearly $1.1 billion in net cost reductions, including lowering the cost of services and selling, general, and administrative expenses. In the fiscal first quarter, Sprint reduced by $100 million YoY (year-over-year) its combined operating expenditures across cost of services and selling, general, and administrative expenses, mainly due to lower wireline network expenses and lower bad debt and marketing expenses.
T-Mobile’s (TMUS) closing price on August 13 was $65.70 per share. Based on that closing price, T-Mobile has a market capitalization of ~$55.7 billion, the third-largest among all the major US wireless service providers. T-Mobile’s highest price in the last 52 weeks stands at $66.52 per share. Its lowest price in the last 52 weeks was $54.60 per share.
A recent report by Research and Markets shows that the 5G market in Europe is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 141.0% to reach $47.6 billion in revenues by 2025. Vodafone (VOD) is one of the largest telecom providers in Europe. The company is well-positioned to take advantage of Europe’s rapidly expanding 5G market.
Walt Disney (DIS) is looking to acquire 21st Century Fox’s (FOXA) film and TV studios, cable networks such as FX Networks and Fox Sports Regional Networks, Fox Networks Group, stakes in National Geographic Partners, Indian satellite TV group Star India, Hulu, the UK-based satellite TV group Sky plc, and other vital assets.
Generally, Pandora views mixing partnerships with direct marketing efforts as a way to lower its customer acquisition costs. Pandora’s marketing expenses dropped to $125.4 million in the second quarter from $145.9 million a year ago. The company has recently struck multiple partnership deals, including with AT&T (T), Snap (SNAP), and T-Mobile (TMUS). The partnership with T-Mobile involves providing special Pandora service offers to the customers of the mobile operator.
US wireless service provider T-Mobile (TMUS) posted adjusted EBITDA of ~$3.23 billion in the second quarter of 2018. It increased 9.4% sequentially from ~$2.96 billion and grew 7.3% YoY (year-over-year) from ~$3.01 billion. Its EBITDA margin was 41% in the second quarter. Adjusted EBITDA included lease revenues of $177 million compared to $234 million in Q2 2017.