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Investment Overview for CBS (NYSE:CBS)
CBS makes money primarily through advertising on CBS Television Network, licensing of TV shows, fees charged to cable and satellite operators for carrying premium channels such as Showtime, and advertising revenues earned by its owned TV stations, radio business and billboards.
Cable Networks are most valuable for CBS primarily due to their consistent revenue growth rate and high margins.
Cable Networks revenues stood at around $2.07 billion in 2013 and the growth rate has averaged at around 10% for the past few years. Even though revenue figure is quite low compared to that for its other businesses such as CBS Network, Local Broadcasting etc., the expected growth is attractive. Given the demand for premium content, stability of subscription business and annual fee increases, we expect these revenues to grow to $3.6 billion by the end of our forecast period.
Furthermore, this business has high EBITDA margins of around 45% compared to 35% for local broadcasting and just 23% for CBS Television Network.
Increasing pay-TV competition
Increasing competition among pay-TV providers such as Comcast, Time Warner, DirecTV, AT&T and Verizon is favorable for media companies. In such a scenario, CBS can gain negotiating power in discussions regarding the pricing of subscription fees for its programming content.
Increasing disputes with pay-TV service providers
Even though competition among pay-TV companies is increasing, they cannot continue bidding up subscription prices for channels. In order to protect consumers, pay-TV providers are increasingly taking a stand against media companies, leading to frequent channel blackouts.
With growth of online streaming companies such as Netflix that monetize primarily older content, licensing opportunities have expanded for media companies. This is helping them recoup some of the lost revenues from declining DVD sales.
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