The satellite company says that it was hit by several factors including the effects of a price increase, rising programming costs, and the continued downturn at Blockbuster. Dish ended up with Q1 net income of $210.7M, -41.5% vs the period last year, on revenues of $3.56B, -7.4%. Analysts thought revenues would come closer to $3.61B. And earnings at 47 cents a share were 6 cents short of the consensus forecast. The company ended the quarter with 14.1M subscribers, +36,000 vs an increase in last year’s Q1 of 104,000. Dish says it was hurt by a rate hike which it did not have last year. The deconsolidation of Blockbuster UK and closing of U.S. storefronts resulted in a 46% drop in the operation’s revenues to $180M, while operating income fell to $1M from $14M. It had about 650 domestic stores at the end of March, down 150 in the quarter, and says it will close another 150 this quarter. In the satellite business, the February price increase contributed to a 3% rise in the average revenue per subscriber to $78.54 a month. But total subscriber-related expenses — including programming costs — were up 8.5% to $1.91B. Dish reports, though, that it has 249,000 broadband customers, an increase of 66,000 in the quarter vs an increase of 6,000 in the period last year. “We have been pleased with the market’s response to our Hopper and Sling rollout, despite headwinds from our first price increase in two years,” CEO Joseph Clayton says.
Dish Network Missed Q1 Earnings Targets As Sub Growth Slowed
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