Media Company Profiles

DB Corp: Steaming ahead or floundering?

BY The Hoot’s ANALYST*| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |01/04/2018 


DB Corp has had some misses but has been chugging along comfortably overall. However latest figures suggest improving profitability will get harder. 



 

Its now Money Today

BY The Hoot’s ANALYST-AT-LARGE| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |28/01/2018


In the past five years TV Today has seen a sharp acceleration in revenue growth and profit margins. 



 

Sun TV: In search of the next big idea?

BY The Hoot’s ANALYST*| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |28/11/2017 


Profitability has never been an issue for this Southern giant, but the growth rate of net profits has been coming down. 



 

The rise and rise of Jagran Prakashan

BY The Hoot’s ANALYST*| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |16/09/2017 


The company that publishes Dainik Jagran goes from strength to strength ten years after its 2006 IPO. 



 

The BCCL empire—towering over the competition

BY The Hoot’s ANALYST-AT-LARGE| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |21/08/2017 


BCCL has achieved this scale mainly through diversification into a variety of non-print media and ploughing its surplus cash into many venture-fund like investment bets.

 

HT Media: A business in flux

BY The Hoot’s ANALYST-AT-LARGE| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |02/06/2017 


Modest growth, stagnant core business profitability, and poor shareholder returns combined could be the reasons for cost-cutting and streamlining its workforce. 



Network 18 Part 1--Beginning with a bang...

BY AN ANALYST| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |13/05/2017 


The saga of a media group that has had, in the last decade and a half, more ups and downs than a roller coaster in an amusement park. 



 

Network 18 Part II---The restructuring game

BY AN ANALYST| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |13/05/2017


Why the promoters acquired control over an obscure non-banking company, pumped cash into it and set it up as the parent company holding investments in the media operations of the Group. 



 

 

Network 18 Part III---Going under

BY AN ANALYST| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |13/05/2017 


No amount of ‘restructuring’ could turn operations around. Soon a change in management and ownership control became the only feasible course of action. 



 

Network 18 Part IV--- New owner, new broom

BY AN ANALYST| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |13/05/2017 


The new owner has deep pockets, sees synergy with his mobile empire, and begins the salvage with a Rs 1000 crore write-off. 



 

 

ABP Group: a tale of contrasts

BY ANALYST AT LARGE| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |10/04/2017 


Print is profitable despite narrower margins than TV, the television business has a stockpile of past losses to wipe out. 



 

Express Group: on solid turf after a turnaround

BY ANALYST AT LARGE| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |23/02/2017


After a bumpy four years, the group’s finances have hit a smooth stretch since 2015. Profits expand without help from one-offs. 



 

Zee Group: thriving despite print media losses

BY AN ANALYST| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |29/01/2017 


General entertainment brings in the profits, News TV and distribution remain viable, DNA shows a modest cut in losses.

 

HT Media grows in non-print areas

BY ANALYST-AT-LARGE, Research: VAISHNAVI BALA| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |08/06/2016

While the company’s profits came largely from print advertising, revenue growth has come from language, radio and digital.

 

 

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