After a blockbuster Q2 FY24, industry wide box office collections declined 22% QoQ to ~Rs 25.6 billion in Q3 FY24E. Box office collections were weaker on sequential basis due to-
- high base,
- paucity of content in first 45 days and
- cricket world cup.
Accordingly, we expect PVR-Inox Ltd. to report modest performance with footfalls of 36 million (~24.5% occupancy) and pre-Indian Accounting Standard Ebitda margin of 11.1%.
On broadcasting side, ZEE Entertainment Enterprises Ltd.’s performance is likely to be impacted by continued weakness in ad-environment exacerbated by cricket world cup (shift of ad-spends from GEC towards sports).
We expect domestic ad-revenues to decline 2.3% YoY to Rs 9.9 billion with an Ebitda margin of 10.1%.
Entertainment: Levy of GST on full bet value, persistent headwinds in Kiddopia and ad-tech business coupled with modest performance from Nodwin is likely to slow down the growth trajectory for Nazara Technologies Ltd.
However, we expect Ebitda margin to improve to 14.6% due to better cost control. Post recent fund raise, Nazara has cash balance of Rs 13.3 billion and we believe capital allocation decisions from hereon will be key to re-rating.
Despite the delay in merger, ZEE Entertainment remains our preferred pick in the media and entertainment space as we expect positive outcome from ongoing negotiations.
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