SKY NETWORK TELEVISION LIMITED. (SKT)



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General Information
Company Name: Sky Network Television Limited
Stock Code: SKT
Website: www.skytv.co.nz
GICS Sub-Industry: Broadcasting
Market Cap ($M): 2,343
Equiv. Shares (M): 389

Current Price Data+
Current Price Open High Low Last Close Volume Price Movement
$ 6.020 $ 5.950 $ 6.080 $ 5.930 $ 6.020 398,776 0%

Company Overview

Business Description:
Sky Network Television Limited (SKT) is a provider of multi-channel, pay television and free-to-air television services in New Zealand. SKT distributes both local and international programme content to its subscriber base through a digital satellite network.

Strategy Analysis:
SKT continues to grow thanks to its monopoly status and a strong management team that continues to execute well. Subscription revenues are growing nicely bolstered by MYSKY in the recent past and the advertising business is outperforming its free-to-air rivals thanks to increased popularity of both Prime and SKY channels. The company intends to continue delivering strong results by offering subscribers more content, giving viewers the choice of watching content on different platforms (for example ISKY) and introducing new products like multi room or SKY Lite etc. The idea is to lift subscription and ARPU overtime. We expect the company to continually launch new products in an attempt to entice subscribers. The company is spending a decent sum of money on brand building and advertising to drive sub penetration from 51% to between 75-80% over the longer term. Sky Network TV reported NPAT up 9% to NZ$68.2m for the half-year ended 31 December 2012. Revenues from ordinary activities were NZ$443.64m, up 3.9% from last year. This improved financial position is primarily due to the continued success of the MY SKY HDi decoders and an increase in average revenue per subscriber (ARPU). The increase in ARPU is mainly the result of SKY customers upgrading to new services such as MY SKY HD or to premium channels such as SoHo. Basic and Diluted EPS were 17.53 NZ cents compared to 16.08 NZ cents last year. Net operating cash flow was NZ$150.83m compared to NZ$140.72m last year. The interim dividend declared was 12 NZ cents, compared with 11 NZ cents last year.


Financial Summary
Year to Jun NPAT EPS EPS chg (%) PER DPS Yield (%) Franking (%)
2015  F 153.8 39.5 9.9 15.2 27.7 4.6 100.0
2014  F 139.9 36.0 31.3 16.7 25.2 4.2 100.0
2013  A 105.8 27.4 8.5 15.2 44.8 10.8 100.0
Source: Morningstar analyst estimates.

Peer Comparison
EPS Growth (%) P/E (%) Dividend Yield (%)
Company Mkt Cap 2013 A 2014 F 2015 F 2013 A 2014 F 2015 F 2013 A 2014 F 2015 F
Sky Network TV (SKT) $2,296 M 0.1937 0.3582 0.0719 19.8653 14.6257 13.6448 0.0343 0.0479 0.0513
Southern Cross Media (SXL) $949 M 0.0112 -0.1019 0.1134 9.3859 10.4507 9.3859 0.0669 0.0668 0.0678
Ten Network (TEN) $684 M -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000

Market Comparison
Earnings P/E Ratio P/B Ratio P/E Growth P/S Ratio
SKT 0.58 15.7 2.37 0.76 3.21
Market 1.07 15.9 1.27 2.05 1.71
Sector 0.96 16.5 1.37 2.27 1.33

Directors
Name Position Start Date
Mr John Fellet Chief Executive Officer,Executive Director 25 April 2001
Mr Peter John Macourt Non-Executive Chairman 15 August 2002
Mr Robert William Bryden Non-Executive Deputy Chairman 24 March 1992
Mr John B Hart Non-Executive Director 10 October 1997
Mr Humphry John Davy Rolleston Non-Executive Director 09 September 2005
Mrs Geraldine McBride Non-Executive Director 13 September 2013
Mr John Anthony Waller Non-Executive Director 23 April 2009
Mr Derek Handley Non-Executive Director 13 September 2013

Management
Name Position
Jason Hollingworth Chief Finance Officer,Company Secretary
Cathryn Oliver Chief of Staff
Rawinia Newton Director of Advertising Sales
Greg Drummond Director of Broadcast Operations
Megan King Director of Content - Strategy, Planning & Delivery
Martin Enright Director of Content Acquisitions
Kirsty Way Director of Corporate Communication
Michael Watson Director of Marketing
Martin Wrigley Director of Operations
Travis Dunbar Director of Programming - Movies, Factual and G.E.
Richard Last Director of Sport
Charles Ingley Director of Technology

Substantial Shareholders
Holding Name
31,087,630 (7.99%) JCP Investment Partners Ltd
21,331,708 (5.48%) BNP Paribas Investment Partners (Australia) Limited
24,031,977 (6.18%) Hyperion Asset Management Limited

Calendar of Events
Date Event
23 February 2015 Report (Interim)
24 September 2014 Report (Annual)
22 August 2014 Report (Prelim)
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