Friday 22 October 2010
BSkyB has admitted that it has so far spent £2m in a less than four months on "advisory fees" relating to News Corporation's bid to take full ownership, as the company beat forecasts for the number of new subscribers.
The satellite TV group added a total of 96,000 net new customers in the three months to the end of September to take its total customer base to 9.956m, easily beating analyst consensus figures which averaged at 76,000. BSkyB added 178,000 broadband subscribers, taking total numbers to 2.8m, and 203,000 telephony customers to 2.5m in total. Uptake was the highest quarterly growth rate recorded in two years.
Revenues met expectations, rising 15% to £1.5bn, while adjusted operating profit rose 25% year on year to £255m.
The company, which bucked the downturn to announce it is creating 500 new jobs through the opening of a new call centre, added 215,000 new HD customers, taking the total number of Sky households with the service to 3.15m.
"Today's results show that our consistent strategy is delivering an excellent performance in a challenging environment," said the BSkyB chief executive, Jeremy Darroch. "Strong top-line growth is converting to accelerating profit and earnings."
The company said it hads seen its highest ever combined takeup of broadband, telephony and line rental, with 36% quarter-on-quarter growth. Some 2.3m customers now take a "triple play" package of TV, broadand and telephony.
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