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Disney’s Streaming Drives Earnings Beat – $DIS $DIA

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

The Walt Disney Company’s (DIS) quarterly earnings release revived faith in the entertainment giant’s streaming services, along with recovery at its theme parks boosting shares. The company reported addition of 11.8 million Disney+ subscribers in the first quarter, and forecast higher subscriber growth in the second half of its year.

Disney’s revenue increased 34% to $21.82 billion in the quarter ended Jan. 1, exceeding analysts’ estimate of $20.91 billion. The company’s two-year-old streaming service, Disney+, which is not yet profitable, kept revenue flowing when the pandemic disrupted its legacy theme parks, cruise operations, and resorts. Its subscribers have grown 37% in the past year.

“This marks the final year of the Walt Disney Company’s first century, and performance like this coupled with our unmatched collection of assets and platforms, creative capabilities, and unique place in the culture give me great confidence we will continue to define entertainment for the next 100 years,” stated Chief Executive Bob Chapek.

Disney earned $1.06 per share, way above Wall Street’s estimate of 63 cents. Revenue in the parks, experiences, and products segment more than doubled to $7.23 billion in the first quarter. Operating income in the segment stood at $2.45 billion, versus an operating loss of $119 million a year ago. Disney+ subscribers stood at 129.8 million at the end of the first quarter, compared with estimates of 129.2 million. Disney announced in November that it would offer a bundle of its three streaming services, Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+, for $13.99 per month.

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(Read Original Story: Disney+ streaming growth, park revenue boost shares in Reuters)


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