Sun. Nov 27th, 2022

Nov 15 (Reuters) – Tencent Music Leisure Corp beat analyst estimates for third-quarter income and revenue on Tuesday, as extra paying customers signed up on the Chinese language music streaming firm’s platform.

A restoration in promoting gross sales helped the corporate, which has been ramping up its authentic content material slate to assist put extra customers behind a paywall.

Nonetheless, the Chinese language economic system has slowed this yr because of Beijing’s “zero-COVID” coverage that has locked down massive swaths of the inhabitants underneath a few of strictest restrictions globally.

Whole income fell 5.6% to $7.37 billion yuan ($7.37 billion) within the quarter ended Sept. 30, however beat analysts’ common estimate of $7.07 billion, in keeping with Refinitiv information.

Paying customers at its on-line music streaming service rose to 85.3 million within the quarter from 82.7 million within the second quarter.

Web revenue attributable to fairness holders was 1.06 billion yuan, up from 740 million yuan in the identical interval final yr.

Excluding objects, the corporate earned 86 yuan per American depository share (ADS), above expectations for a revenue of 71 yuan per ADS.

Cheuk Tung Yip, Tencent Music’s chief technique officer, mentioned in a name that bettering profitability and value optimisation remained the main target for the corporate regardless of an general decline in income this yr.

“Regardless that for the total yr, we noticed income decline on a yr over yr foundation, we’re trying ahead … to reaching constructive income progress subsequent yr, and consequently, constructive progress for profitability as effectively.”

Yip added that the third quarter marked the second straight quarter of promoting income progress on a quarter-to-quarter foundation.

“Offered that the macroeconomic situations proceed to enhance,” he mentioned, “We’re optimistic concerning the outlook on the promoting enterprise” in China.

Yip mentioned that Tencent Music expects its long-form audio content material to interrupt even on a gross margin foundation by the top of subsequent yr.

The corporate was paying shut consideration to competitors from quick video platforms reminiscent of ByteDance’ Douyin, TikTok’s sister app in China, Yip mentioned.

However he mentioned Tencent Music nonetheless supplied content material that was totally different from these platforms.

“There continues to be a large hole between the content material choices by their service in comparison with our service,” he mentioned, “So clearly, we watching the aggressive dynamics extraordinarily rigorously … and we stand able to react.”

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Reporting by Eva Mathews in Bengaluru; Modifying by Shinjini Ganguli and Bernadette Baum

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