Disney Surpasses Fiscal Q2 Earnings Expectations

James Hyerczyk
Updated: May 7, 2024, 11:22 GMT+00:00

Key Points:

  • Disney EPS of $1.21 beats estimates, revenue at $22.08B.
  • Streaming loss narrows significantly, down to $18M.
  • U.S. parks revenue up 7%, international sales jump 29%.
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Disney Earnings Top Estimates

Disney has surpassed analyst expectations in its fiscal second-quarter earnings, significantly narrowing its streaming losses while maintaining steady overall revenue. This financial update underscores a notable improvement in Disney’s streaming operations and continued strength in its experiences segment.

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Earnings Overview

Disney’s earnings per share for the quarter stood at $1.21, adjusted, which exceeded the Wall Street expectations of $1.10. While total revenue reached $22.08 billion, aligning closely with projections of $22.11 billion, the highlight was the improved performance in streaming. Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ collectively reduced their losses dramatically to $18 million, compared from a substantial $659 million loss the previous year. This was largely due to Disney+ and Hulu turning a profit for the first time.

Streaming and Subscribers

The entertainment streaming segment, excluding ESPN+, saw a 13% revenue increase to $5.64 billion, with an operating income shift from a $587 million loss last year to a $47 million gain this quarter. This was attributed to a rise in Disney+ subscribers and a higher average revenue per user. Disney+ Core’s subscriber count rose to 117.6 million, while Hulu’s subscribers increased slightly to 50.2 million. However, ESPN+ experienced a decline in subscribers by 2%.

Parks and Experiences Growth

The U.S. parks and experiences sector witnessed a 7% revenue rise to $5.96 billion, while international sales surged 29% to $1.52 billion. This growth was driven by increased attendance and higher pricing at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, emphasizing Disney’s recovery in physical experience spaces post-pandemic.

Challenges in Traditional Media

Contrasting with the streaming success, Disney’s traditional TV business faced challenges, particularly with ESPN. Despite a revenue rise by 3% to $4.21 billion, operating income for ESPN dropped by 9% due to lower advertising revenue, declining cable subscribers, and increased costs linked to broadcasting the College Football Playoff.

Market Forecast

Looking forward, Disney’s strategic focus on streamlining its streaming operations and enhancing its experiences sector might provide a bullish outlook for the company’s stock in the short term. However, the ongoing struggles in its traditional TV business could temper this optimism unless significant adjustments are made.

About the Author

James is a Florida-based technical analyst, market researcher, educator and trader with 35+ years of experience. He is an expert in the area of patterns, price and time analysis as it applies to futures, Forex, and stocks.

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