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Profits halve for Kerry Stokes’ Seven West Media

Net profits after tax have halved to $63 million for Kerry Stokes’ media conglomerate, while revenue has dropped five per cent.

Feb 13, 2024, updated Feb 13, 2024
Seven West did not hand out a dividend to investors, with the last dividend issued in 2017. Photo: AAP

Seven West did not hand out a dividend to investors, with the last dividend issued in 2017. Photo: AAP

Kerry Stokes’ Seven West Media has reported falls in revenue and profit for the first half of 2023/24, with underlying net profit after tax dropping by half to $63 million.

The result, which excludes significant items, was down 49 per cent on the previous corresponding period ending December 30.

Revenue was down by 5 per cent to $775 million amid weakening advertising markets.

Seven’s television market, which includes metropolitan, regional and broadcast video on demand saw a year-on-year decline of 9.1 per cent, the company said in its results announcement on Tuesday.

The group is still looking to cut spending, with $60 million in cost-cutting measures to be implemented in the 2024 and 2025 fiscal years.

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Once again, Seven West did not hand out a dividend to investors, with the last dividend issued in 2017.

The broadcast video-on-demand market provided one bright spot with Seven’s audience share growing 16 per cent amid broader market growth of 12 per cent, while Seven grew its share of the total television market to 41 per cent, an increase of 1.7 points.

Seven could potentially take a leading position in the BVOD market, said outgoing chief executive James Warburton, who predicted streaming numbers for the Paris 2024 Olympics would be huge.

The company’s West Australian newspapers saw an increase in revenue to $87.9 million, up 3.5 per cent, with audience growth of 18.5 per cent.

– AAP

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