Telecinco: Financial results January - September 2009

Today Telecinco our controlled company has disclosed the following press release

Financial results January-September 2009


  • Telecinco has generated excellent margins on revenues, with adjusted EBITDA of EUR 88.96 million (20.6% margin on net revenue) and EBIT of EUR 82.5 million (19.1% margin on net revenues)
  • The Content Investment Plan implemented two months ago for the launch of LaSiete and the re-design of Factoría de Ficción has put Telecinco's digital channels at figures close to those of its main competitor, which has been focusing on its strategic positioning on DTT for two years
  • Innovative module-based marketing, the launch of new Special Initiatives for DTT channels and the ability to adapt to market conditions have allowed Publiespaña to achieve gross television advertising revenues of EUR 414.49 million
  • Strict control of total operating costs (-14.8%) has not stopped Telecinco from being the leader in commercial television audiences in Spain so far this year (15%), with this figure increasing to 15.6% for the current season
  • Since September Telecinco has been the commercial television channel with the highest audience share for prime time (15.4%), morning (15.6%), afternoon (16.1%) and late night (21.4%), with a significant lead on its immediate competitor
  • It leads the commercial target in the current television season, with 16.2% share for day total and 15.8% for prime time

The management strategy undertaken by Telecinco to handle the difficult situation in the Spanish economy in general - and specifically in the audiovisual sector - has allowed the channel to close the first nine months of 2009 up, with net profits of EUR 62.16 million.

This figure rises to EUR 78.46 million if the impact of the depreciation of intangible assets in Endemol resulting from the Purchase Price Allocation, which stands at more than EUR 16 million, is not included (*).

(*) This EUR 16.3 million difference between net profit and the adjusted figure is basically due to the depreciation of intangible assets in Endemol, owing to the difference between the price paid and the group's net book value, known as the "Purchase Price Allocation" (PPA). This is an accounts-based result which has no impact on either the value or the cash-flow of Grupo Endemol, which remains solid in terms of operating results.

Between January and September Telecinco has trimmed operating costs by 7.8%, which rises to 14.8% when including the reversal of provisions. Thanks to this cost strategy and its commercial strategy, Telecinco has achieved excellent margins in the audiovisual sector, with adjusted EBITDA of EUR 88.96 million (20.6% margin on net revenues) and EBIT of EUR 82.5 million (19.1% margin on net revenues). Telecinco has managed to keep these ratios at around 20% and, with net revenues of EUR 432.25 million, to demonstrate how effective its business model is in clearly adverse market conditions.

Grupo Publiespaña makes EUR 414.49 million in gross television revenues
Up to September Publiespaña made EUR 414.49 million in total gross advertising revenues, of which EUR 406.52 million corresponds to television advertising revenue.

This figure includes revenues generated by digital channels LaSiete and Factoría de Ficción, for which Publiespaña launched an innovative multi-channel advertising strategy through module-based marketing in August, which aims to offer clients personalised campaign planning based on the slots that suit their target and at times appropriate to the profile of their potential audience. The positive reaction of the market has attracted the interest of various television channels in Publiespaña's marketing offer for third parties, with the channel Intereconomia recently signing up to Telecinco's advertising subsidiary's portfolio.

The multi-channel offer has been reinforced by the launch of new types of product within the Special Initiatives area, directed specifically at digital channels' advertising space, such as "Hoy es tu Día" ("Today is your day") where an advertiser can sponsor a whole day's listing on LaSiete or Factoría de Ficción. This proposal's success has captured the attention of major advertisers and has prompted the launch this week of an extension of the product, allowing for advertisers to sponsor a whole week's listing on both channels.

This ability to adapt to market conditions has allowed Publiespaña to increase its power ratio (margin which measures the relationship between Telecinco and its digital channels' market share and their audience share) to 1.6, which is by far the highest figure in the market.

Net advertising revenue stands at EUR 394.65 million while total net revenue - which includes television advertising turnover as well as other advertising revenues from media platforms marketed by Publimedia Gestión and from retail (merchandising, rights sales, SMS, etc.) - has risen to EUR 432.25 million.

Telecinco, audience leader of the commercial television channels by accumulated annual ratings as well as for the current season
Telecinco's management strategy for this difficult environment was again characterised by maintaining high-quality content offer, attractive programming and careful attention to costs in all areas where the company's internal resources could still be optimised. Telecinco has reinforced investment in content for its digital channels.

The result of this strategy is that Telecinco is the leading channel in audience share among commercial channels operating in Spain, which are no longer in competition on equal terms with TVE following the implementation of the Law on Financing of the Spanish Radio and Television Corporation. This law has limited advertising investment as of September and since the beginning of this season a drop in adverts on the public sector channel has been noticeable.

Throughout this period, Telecinco has been the leading commercial channel by total day with a 15.6% share, 1.8 percentage points ahead of Antena 3 (13.8%). Cuatro (7.7%) and La Sexta (7%) are a long way behind Telecinco, which also has the best audience share during prime time (15.4%), morning (15.6%), afternoon (16.1%) and  late night (21.4%) slots, with a significant lead on its main competitors.

Telecinco is also the undisputed leader by commercial target in the present television season in the main time slots, with a 16.2% share in total day (2.1 p.p. more than its main competitor) and a 15.8% share in prime time (1.8 p.p. more than Antena 3)

With regards to accumulated annual ratings, Telecinco is also the number one both in day total (15%) and in prime time (16.6%), ahead of Antena 3 (14.9% and 14%), Cuatro (8.4% and 8.9%) and La Sexta (6.9% and 7.5%).

LaSiete and Factoría de Ficción, the fastest-growing digital channels in the new television season
To consolidate its multi-channel strategy on DTT, Telecinco decided to invest a substantial amount into launching LaSiete and bolstering Factoría de Ficción content in the last four months of this year. Viewers' reactions to this decision, implemented in September, is reflected in the audience figures for both channels, which have doubled their shares since the beginning of the year. La Sexta has gone from a 0.27% share in January to a 0.96% share in October (+125%) and Factoría de Ficción has increased its 0.28% share in January to 0.66% in October (+47.5%).

In just two months then, Telecinco's digital channels have reached similar figures to their main competitor, which has been focusing on its strategic positioning on DTT for two years.

Among the new content, two elements particularly stand out: the launch in September of "LaSiete News", the first daily news programme specifically for an audiovisual operator's digital channels and the purchase of various foreign production series and programmes for Factoría de Ficción stemming from deals with major international producers.

Madrid, October 29, 2009



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