EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- DIRECTV (NASDAQ-DTV) today reported increases in fourth quarter 2011 revenues of nearly 13% to $7.46 billion, operating profit before depreciation and amortization1 (OPBDA) of 6% to $1.78 billion and operating profit of 14% to $1.21 billion compared to last year's fourth quarter. DIRECTV also reported that fourth quarter net income increased 16% to $718 million while diluted earnings per share grew 38% to $1.02 compared with the same period last year.
"Our fourth quarter results capped off another strong year of industry leading growth as we further extended our position as the world's largest provider of pay television services with nearly 32 million subscribers in the U.S. and Latin America," said Mike White, president and CEO of DIRECTV. "Strong consumer demand for DIRECTV and SKY's premium brands drove full year gross additions in both our U.S. and Latin American businesses to all-time highs fueling the largest annual net gain in DIRECTV's history of nearly 3.7 million subscribers including Sky Mexico. The tremendous subscriber performance along with solid ARPU growth fueled an acceleration of full year consolidated revenue growth to 13% exceeding the growth rates recorded over the past two years. In addition, earnings per share grew by over 50% in 2011 due to the higher operating profit at both DIRECTV U.S. and Latin America, as well as our share repurchase program."
White concluded, "We exit 2011 on track to achieve the operating and financial priorities we outlined a year ago as part of our diversified growth strategy designed to further extend DIRECTV's leadership position as the world's most popular pay television service while maintaining industry-leading revenue and earnings growth. We believe that successful execution of these strategies along with our share repurchase plan — highlighted by the approval of an additional $6 billion buyback authorization — will create significant shareholder value as we remain on track to achieve or exceed our $5 EPS target in 2013."
Q4 2011 - U.S.:
In the quarter, DIRECTV U.S. revenues increased 9% to $6.03 billion due to ARPU growth of 4.9% coupled with the larger subscriber base. Net additions of 125,000 were lower due to an 8% decline in gross additions to 1.03 million and an increase in the average monthly churn rate to 1.52%. The ARPU increase to $101.38 was mostly due to higher NFL Sunday Ticket revenues, price increases on programming packages and leased set-top boxes, as well as higher advanced service and premium channel fees, partially offset by increased promotional offers to new and existing customers. DIRECTV U.S. ended the quarter with 19.89 million subscribers, an increase of 3% over the 19.22 million subscribers reported for the year ended December 31, 2010.
Fourth quarter OPBDA was relatively flat at $1.33 billion and OPBDA margin fell to 22.0% primarily due to higher programming costs mostly related to the new NFL Sunday Ticket contract and program supplier rate increases. Also in the quarter, operating profit grew 12% to $965 million and operating profit margin increased to 16.0% as the decline in OPBDA margin was more than offset by lower depreciation and amortization expense related to an increase in the estimated depreciable life of HD set-top boxes from three years to four years in July 2011, lower depreciation expense associated with a reduction in set-top box capital expenditures over the last several years and the completion of amortization for a subscriber-related intangible asset.
Full Year 2011 - U.S.:
In 2011, DIRECTV U.S. revenues increased 8% to $21.87 billion due to ARPU growth of 4.0% on the larger subscriber base. Net additions were relatively unchanged compared with 2010 at 662,000 as a 5% increase in gross additions to an all-time record 4.32 million was offset by a modest increase in the average monthly churn rate to 1.56% on a larger subscriber base. The ARPU increase to $93.27 was mostly due to price increases on programming packages and leased set-top boxes, higher advanced services fees, higher premium channel buy rates and an increase in NFL Sunday Ticket revenues, partially offset by more promotional offers to new and existing customers.
OPBDA in 2011 increased 1% to $5.29 billion and OPBDA margin fell to 24.2% primarily due to higher costs mostly related to program supplier rate increases and the new NFL Sunday Ticket contract. Also in 2011, operating profit grew 13% to $3.70 billion and operating profit margin increased to 16.9% as the decline in OPBDA margin was more than offset by lower depreciation and amortization expense related to an increase in the estimated depreciable life of HD set-top boxes from three years to four years, lower depreciation expense associated with a reduction in set-top box capital expenditures over the last several years and the completion of amortization for a subscriber-related intangible asset.
A live webcast of DIRECTV's fourth quarter 2011 earnings and outlook call will be available on the company's website at www.directv.com/investor. The webcast will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET, today, February 16, 2012.
Edited by Sixto, 16 February 2012 - 06:58 AM.