What is Pulling in New Profits for Astral? Broadcast Radio, Of Course!


O’ Canada

Canadian Media Company Astral Media has gotten a profit boost by acquiring Standard Radio. Not too shabby for “old fashioned” media! CBC News gives us the numbers:

In October, Astral concluded its $1.08-billion acquisition of Standard’s 52 radio stations, a move that made it the largest radio broadcaster in Canada.

The acquisition helped the company’s radio revenue increase by 58 per cent by adding in the one-month results for Standard.

October 29, the date of the acquisition, was certainly a banner day for Astral. The revenue increases noted above work out to a 20 percent leap in net profits for the company according to The Star:

In its financial report, Astral said Monday it earned $37.5 million or 69 cents a share for the three months ended Nov. 30, the first quarter of Astral’s 2008 fiscal year.

That compared with earnings of $32.6 million or 62 cents for the same period the previous year.

The earnings surpassed consensus analyst expectations of about 68 cents a share as estimated by the Thomson Financial data company. Consolidated revenues rose 20 per cent to $198.7 million from $165.1 million.

The Star also note that Standard held many of the most popular radio stations in Canada including the famous CFRB in Toronto.

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