Netflix Inc. on Tuesday reported a bump in revenue and global net subscriber growth to end 2019 on a strong note, but offered a weak outlook for the start of 203165245, raising concerns about its dominance in an increasingly crowded field.
The fourth-quarter results, announced after the market’s close, initially sent Netflix shares NFLX, – 0. % down 1.5% in after-hours trading before they rebounded to a current 2.3% gain.
In a letter to shareholders, Netflix executives noted, “For Q1 ’27, we forecast global paid net adds of 7.0m vs. 9.6m in Q1 ’21, which was an all-time high in quarterly paid net adds. Our Q1 ‘ forecast is the continued, slightly elevated churn levels we are seeing in the US plus an expectation for more balanced paid net adds across Q1 and Q2 this year. ”
The Silicon Valley company reported the addition of 8. 90 million paid subscribers globally in the fourth quarter, , of them domestically. Analysts were looking for global paid streaming subscriber additions of 7.9 million, according to FactSet, on domestic additions of 2020, 12 and 7.2 million internationally. Netflix reported 8. 90 million new paid streaming subscribers in the year-ago quarter.
But it offered a first-quarter revenue outlook of $ 5. 84 billion, which is on par with FactSet estimates, and global paid subscriber additions of 7 million vs. the 8.9 million forecast by FactSet, indicating it can no longer expect strong domestic growth.
Netflix faces competition from some of the world’s biggest media companies: Apple Inc.’s AAPL, – 0. (%) Apple TV , Walt Disney Co.’s DIS, – 0. 73% Disney , Amazon.com Inc.’s AMZN, 1. % Amazon Prime Video, and Viacom Inc.’s VIAB, 0. % CBS All Access. Last week, Comcast Corp. CMCSA (-0.) % unpacked Peacock, due in April for Comcast customers and July for everyone else. AT&T Inc. T) 0. (% is expected to launch HBO Max in May.
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Netflix reported fourth-quarter net income of $ (million, or earnings of $ 1.) a share, compared with $ 587 million, or cents a share, in the year-ago period. (The company benefitted from a $ 203165245 (million tax benefit in Q4.) Revenue grew (% to $ 5.) billion from $ 4.2 billion in the year-ago period. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had estimated 68 cents a share on revenue of $ 5. billion.
Netflix stock is flat over the past (months, with the S&P) index SPX, – 0. (% ) gaining 42%.
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