Comcast beats expectations for revenue, earnings and internet customers in third quarter

Brian Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast

David A. Grogan | CNBC

Comcast reported third-quarter earnings results before the bell Thursday that beat analyst expectations on the top and bottom line. The company saw slight growth in new broadband internet customers amid prior warnings from company executives.

Shares are up more than 2% premarket

Here’s what Comcast reported compared to analyst expectations:

Earnings: $0.87 per share, adjusted, vs. $0.75 per share as expected by analysts according to RefinitivRevenue: $30.30 billion, vs. $29.87 billion as analysts expected according to RefinitivHigh-speed internet customers: 300,000 net additions, vs. 296,000 as analysts expected according to StreetAccount

Comcast added 300,000 new high-speed internet subscribers during the third quarter, compared to the 296,000 expected by analysts.

Comcast CFO Michael Cavanagh warned in September that the company expects lower broadband additions, a move that briefly sent the company’s stock down. Analysts have adjusted their forecasts.

Comcast did not report sign-ups for Peacock. The streaming service, which offers both paid and free options to customers, had 54 million sign-ups as of July.

Third-quarter metrics indicated 19% year-over-year growth. Analysts expected 17% year-over-year revenue growth, according to Refinitiv.

NBCUniversal saw roughly 58% revenue growth in the third quarter, which included more than $1.8 billion in revenue from the Tokyo Olympics. Studio revenue increased 27%, which the company attributed to releases like “F9” and “The Boss Baby: Family Business.”

In the year-ago quarter, revenue for that segment fell by 25% as Covid-19 impacted productions.

Theme park revenue reached $1.4 billion in the third quarter as lockdowns eased up nationwide. Those businesses were largely closed or under strict reopening guidelines during the year-ago quarter.

Revenue from the company’s Europe-based Sky division was up 4.1%, but customer relationships dropped by 233,000 to 23 million. The company attributed that decrease to reduced broadcasting rights to Serie A, a league competition for the top football clubs in Italy.

Executives will discuss the results and issue guidance on a conference call starting at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Disclosure: Comcast is the owner of NBCUniversal, the parent company of CNBC.

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