Comcast loses more video subs, but offsets with broadband growth


Comcast (CMCSA +1.6%) lost 144K video subs in Q2, lowering its total base to 22.5M. Broadband subs grew by 203K to 21.3M, and voice subs by 137K to 11M.

Total "customer relationships" were flat Q/Q at 26.8M. Triple product customers make up 36% of the base vs. 34% a year ago.

Cable division data: Video revenue +1.2% Y/Y to $5.2B, broadband +9.7% to $2.8B, voice +1.3% to $922M, business services +22.4% to $965M, ads +7.5% to $599M, "other" +3.9% to $485M. Op. cash flow margin was steady at 41.4%.

NBCUniversal revenue +0.3% to $6B, but op. cash flow rose 20.4% to $1.4B. Segment data: Cable networks +2.6% to $2.5B, broadcast TV +4.9% to $1.8B, filmed entertainment -15.3% to $1.2B, theme parks +12.8% to $615M.

Comcast spent $750M on buybacks. Its total free cash flow fell 40.7% Y/Y to $1.16B, due largely to higher working capital needs (film/TV production spend) and a 19.4% increase in capex to $1.8B.

Q2 results, PR

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