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DISH Network (DISH) Lags Q3 Earnings & Revenue Estimates

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DISH Network Corp. DISH reported third-quarter 2017 results, wherein the bottom and top line lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate.

DISH Network’s net income was $297.37 million, down from $318.45 million in the year-ago quarter. Third-quarter 2017 adjusted earnings per share of 57 cents lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 60 cents.

DISH Network Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise


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Revenues

Total revenues were approximately $3,583.45 million, down 4.9% year over year and below the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3,597 million.

Segment-wise, subscriber-related revenues grossed $3,551.05 million, down 4.8% year over year. Equipment sales & other revenues totaled $32.4 million, down 9.9% year over year.

Operating Metrics

In the reported quarter, operating expenses were more than $3,134.40 million compared with $3,244.81 in the year-ago quarter. Operating income was $449.05 million compared with $522.66 million in the prior-year quarter. EBITDA in the quarter under review was $680.75 million compared with $736.52 million in the prior-year quarter.

Cash Flow

In the first nine months of 2017, DISH Network generated $2,227.08 million of net cash from operations compared with $2,191.46 million in the prior-year period. Free cash flow in the reported period was $1,133.93 million compared with $1,158.09 million in the year-ago period.

Liquidity

At the end of the third quarter, DISH Network had $1,582.85 million of cash and marketable securities and $16,360.61 million of outstanding debt on its balance sheet compared with $5,324.50 million and $16,483.64 million, respectively, at the end of 2016.

Subscriber Statistics

As of Sep 30, 2017, DISH Network had approximately 13.203 million Pay-TV subscribers compared with 13.643 million at the end of third quarter 2016. The company gained net 16,000 pay-TV subscribers compared with a loss of 116,000 in the year-ago quarter. In the reported quarter, the company also removed approximately 145,000 subscribers from the regions of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, due to the impact of Hurricane Maria.

In third-quarter 2017, DISH Network activated approximately 638,000 gross new pay-TV subscribers, compared with approximately 736,000 subscribers in the prior-year quarter.

Moreover, DISH Network lost 50,000 broadband subscribers in the reported quarter compared with a loss of 20,000 in the year-ago quarter. As of Sep 30, 2017, DISH Network had 459,000 broadband subscribers, down 22.6% year over year.

Pay-TV subscriber churn rate was 1.57% versus 2.11% in third quarter 2016. Pay-TV ARPU (average revenue per user) totaled $87.23, compared with $89.44 in the year-ago quarter. Pay-TV average subscriber acquisition cost was $554, down from $620 in the year-ago quarter.

DISH Network faces intense competition in the pay-TV market from rival players like AT&T Inc. T, Comcast Corp. CMCSA and Charter Communications Inc. CHTR. The company currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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