Sky Mexico adds 140k subscribers in 4Q09Thursday, February 25th, 2010
MEXICO CITY, D.F. — Grupo Televisa, S.A.B. (NYSE:TV; BMV: TLEVISA CPO; “Televisa” or “the Company”), today announced results for fourth quarter and full year 2009. The results have been prepared in accordance with Mexican Financial Reporting Standards (Mexican FRS).
Fourth-quarter sales increased 9.3% compared with the same period of 2008. During the quarter, Sky added a total of 143 thousand subscribers of which 140 thousand were in Mexico, the highest growth on record for a single quarter, and three thousand were in Central America and the Dominican Republic. The growth in Mexico is explained mainly by the success of SkyÂ´s new low-cost offerings.
Full-year sales increased 9.2% to Ps.10,005.2 million compared with Ps.9,162.2 million in 2008. The annual increase was driven by i) an increase in the subscriber base in Mexico; ii) growth of Sky operations in Central America and the Dominican Republic; and iii) higher advertising revenues. As of December 31, 2009, the number of gross active subscribers increased to 1,959,722 (including 144,326 commercial subscribers), compared with 1,759,801 (including 128,937 commercial subscribers) as of December 31, 2008. Sky closed the quarter with more than 137 thousand subscribers in Central America and the Dominican Republic.
Cable and Telecom
Fourth-quarter sales increased 21.7% compared with the same period of 2008. This increase includes the consolidation effect of Cablevision Monterrey (“TVI”) starting October 1, 2009. TVI reached 425 thousand revenue generating units (RGUs) by the end of 2009 and represented incremental sales of Ps.391 million.
Full-year sales increased 39.5% to Ps.9,241.8 million compared with Ps.6,623.4 million in 2008. This increase was attributable to i) the addition of more than 350 thousand RGUs in Cablevisión and Cablemás during the year driven mainly by the success of our competitive triple-play bundles; and ii) to the consolidation of Cablemás since June 1, 2008 and of TVI. During the year, Cablevisión, Cablemás, and Bestel net sales reached Ps.3,378.8 million, Ps.3,649 million, and Ps.1,823 million, respectively.
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