HT Media posts Consolidated Total Revenue of Rs 580 crore in Q2

Chairperson and Editorial Director Shobhana Bhartia says due to lower commodity prices and control on costs there has been an improvement in operating profit

by exchange4media Staff
Published - Nov 5, 2019 7:28 AM Updated: Nov 5, 2019 9:49 AM

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HT Media has posted a Consolidated Total Revenue for Q2, 2020 at Rs 580 crore.

As per a statement released by the company, EBITDA for Q2’20 increased by 139%, and margins at 14% vis-à-vis 6% in previous year. This has been driven by softening of newsprint prices and continued focus on cost.

The Net Cash position at a consolidated level continues to be strong.

The Print ad revenue has declined due to sluggish volumes, even as yields have improved. National advertising continues to be soft, although local advertising witnessed growth.

Savings in raw material costs have driven improvement in EBITDA margins.

Chairperson and Editorial Director Shobhana Bhartia said, “Slowing economic growth has hit advertising spends in key categories, putting pressure on revenues across the media industry. As a result, our Print and Radio (on like to like basis) businesses saw revenues dip as compared to a year-ago. However, thanks to lower commodity prices and a tight control on costs, we saw an improvement in our operating profit. On the digital front, Shine, our online recruitment portal has shown good progress and continues to grow. Our outlook for the coming quarter remains cautious, given overall economic sentiment and macroeconomic trends. Cost-control and falling commodity prices should help protect our margins.”

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