The company publishes well-known Hindustan Times -English daily; Hindustan-a Hindi daily; Mint-a business newspaper daily, except Sunday; Nandan-a monthly children’s magazine; and Kadambini-a monthly women’s magazine. It also engages in FM radio broadcast and various other related activities through its radio channels operating under the brand name of Fever104 in the cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru. In addition, the company also operates few websites namely Shine.com- a job portal; Desimartini.com- a movie review website; HTCampus.com- an education portal; Hindustantimes.com- a news website; and livemint.com- a business news website. Further, it provides HT Education- a weekly educational supplement; My First Newspaper- a newspaper for school children and teachers; HTCampus- which provides the information on various courses, vari0us colleges & universities; and Studymate- a supplementary education programme that focuses on the CBSE curriculum and prepares students for examination. Additionally, the company offers HT Brunch- a sunday magazine supplement; HT City- a Delhi-based supplement; HT Estates- a realty supplement; HT Mini- a tabloid newspaper for the commuters; HT Café- a Mumbai-based supplement related to bollywood and entertainment; and HT Business- for business news and information. It also provides events and marketing solutions; digital content distribution and digital marketing on the mobile medium; and commercial printing solutions.
HT MEDIA Ltd is locally compared with Jagran Prakashan Ltd, DB Corp Ltd, The Sandesh Ltd, Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd, Infomedia Press Ltd, and Hindustan Media Ventures Ltd, and Globally compared with News Corporation of USA, New York Times Company of USA, Gannett Company of USA, Tribune Company of USA, Daily News LP of USA, Berkshire Hathaway of USA, Lee Enterprise of USA, A.H.Belo Corporation of USA, BELL Media of Canada, Bloomsbury Publishing of London, D.C. Thomson & Co. Ltd of Scotland, Daily Mail and general Trust of UK, Dong-A IIbo of South Korea, Hankyoreh Shinmun of South Korea, Hurriyet of Turkey, Independent News & Media of Dublin, Ireland, EM News Distribution of Ireland, Fairfax Media of Australia, Guardian Media Group of UK, Central European Media Enterprise Ltd of Hamilton, Bermuda, Hong Kong Economic Times Hld of Hong Kong, Modern Times Group AB of Sweden.
Recently, TV18's business news channel CNBC-TV18 has entered into an strategic content alliance with MINT, as a part of the tie-up these two parties will share content with each other on daily basis & will work together on various editorial intiatives throughout the year, Starting from first of april, every issue of Mint will carry exclusive content from CNBC-TV18 while Mint's news & analysis will be available on CNBC-TV18 regularly also with content exchange between two digital assets- livemint.com & moneycontrol.com, this alliance will benefite both. Hindustan Times was started in 1924 and has a more than 85 year history as one of the country’s leading newspapers. The company also has four FM radio stations namely - “Fever 104” in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata. The company has also made a foray into the internet space through its subsidiary Firefly e-Ventures Ltd, which operates the job portal www.Shine.com. This is in addition to the existing websites livemint.com and hindustantimes.com. According to report by a global media investment management, a number of developing markets across the globe will see significant growth in newspaper revenues. Although revenues overall have declined over the past few years the appetite for newspapers is growing, globally. It is being forecasted that by the end of the 2017, 59.4 Cr newspapers would be distributed daily in Asia Pacific markets only. A global media group says that the Print advertising will grow at 8.5 % in 2014 which would be up from 4.6 % last year, largely on the back of advertising by governments and political parties ahead of the general election falling May 2014. The report says that the growth in print is expected to come exclusively from newpapers, with the magazine advertising market estimated to shrink by 5 % this year after remaining stagnant for three years. The report states that in 2014, print will account for 38 % of its total advertising, last year print accounted to 39 % share in the advertising sector. Growth in regional-language print publication is also expected to increase.
For HT Media, its Advertisement growth was better than the market estimates, with English ad posting a healthy 5.90 % YoY growth after few subdued quarters and Hindi ad posting a handsome YoY growth of 16.3 %. Even HT Media’s radio fared well this quarter reporting a growth of 22.5 % to reach Rs. 26.7 crore. Going ahead, it is believed that the company will benefit from the upcoming general elections and increased Ad spending by FMCG companies in a bid to expand their rural footprint. However, the advertisement scenario would remain subdued post the election fillip till the economy starts witnessing a turnaround. It is expected that the company can post an English Ad revenue growth of 5.9 % and 8.1 % and Hindi Ad revenue growth of 13.5 % and 13.3 % in FY14 and FY15, respectively. Newsprint prices have increased 14 % YoY but due to consistent efforts on the side of grammage and pagination, HT Media could mitigate the impact to a considerable extent. English print reported 5.9 % YoY growth after several subdued quarters and Hindi print also recorded 16.3 % YoY ad revenue growth. This growth can be attributed both to the low base effect and improving Ad scenario due to general elections in 2014. As the company already has inventory till August in place it is expect that its raw material costs will remain stable for the next few quarters. Company has a gross debt of Rs. 700 crore and a gross cash balance of Rs. 1500 crore, it has neither repaid its debt, nor has distributed cash in terms of dividend or buyback. There has, however, not been any clear roadmap on the cash usage by the company, which would continue to be an overhang on valuations.
HT Media reported its Q3FY14 numbers, which were better on both the top-line and the bottom-line front. The company reported revenues of Rs. 581.3 crore due to better-than-expected Ad-growth of 8.8 % in the print segment. In addition, the impressive 17.7 % growth in circulation revenues on the back of increased realisation per copy further aided the company’s revenues. HT Media demonstrated EBITDA margin expansion by 0.31 % YoY to 16.3 % owing to high operating leverage in the quarter. The PAT was at Rs. 67.0 crore and was aided by higher other income of about Rs. 35.7 crore. Also, HT Media may remain under pressure on account of lower Ad growth in the English segment on account of a challenging economic environment. Circulation revenues grew 17.7 % YoY to Rs. 66.5 crore. The management indicated the growth in circulation revenue was largely brought about by improvement in realisation per copy. The management guided that the company would be taking further rate hikes in the upcoming quarters improving its EBITDA margins. PAT margins expanded 1.73 % YoY buoyed by higher other income of Rs. 35.7 crore this quarter. In this quarter company’s HT Mumbai achieves breakeven, Mint is expected to breakeven in 4QFY2014: During 3QFY2014, HT Mumbai market achieved operational breakeven aided by 25 % yoy growth in revenues to Rs. 47 cr. However, Mint reported a loss of Rs. 2.5 Cr during the quarter. The digital business continues to make losses. According to Management commentary, the digital business is expected to make a loss of Rs. 38 Cr in FY2014. The company have recently, on 20 February 2014 have completed its buyback of 22,72,727 equity shares of face value of Rs.2 each via open market transactions and had set Rs. 110 as it maximum buying price, however , the company was successful in buying all of 22,72,727 equity shares of Rs.2 each at an average price of Rs. 82.76 per share totalling to Rs. 18.80 Crs of cash outflow making an positive impact of 0.96 % on comapny's EPS. The At the current market price of Rs. 91.10, the stock is trading at a PE of 10.71 x FY14E and 9.90 x FY15E respectively. The company can post Earnings per share (EPS) of Rs. 8.50 in FY14E and Rs. 9.20 in FY15E. One can buy HT MEDIA LIMITED with a target price of Rs. 110.00 for Medium to Long term investment and for the SHORT TERM PLAYERS it should be Rs. 100.00.
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