Foxtel Group Second Quarter Fiscal 2022 Highlights

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News Corp today released its second quarter Fiscal 2022 results for the period ending December 31, 2021, including subscriber highlights for the Foxtel Group and financial results for the Subscription Video Services segment.

Commenting on the Foxtel Group in News Corp’s Q2 FY22 results announcement, News Corp Chief Executive Robert Thomson said: “Foxtel’s streaming products flourished, with a 66% increase in total customers, and Kayo and BINGE both exceeding one million.”

Key Foxtel Group Subscriber Metrics

  • Total Foxtel Group subscribers were 4.08 million (3.94 million paid) as at December 31, up 21% on the prior year.
  • Total streaming subscribers, including Kayo Sports, BINGE and Foxtel Now reached 2.29 million (2.16 million paid), up 66%.
    • Streaming subscribers represent 56% of the Foxtel Group’s total subscribers.
    • Kayo reached 1.03 million subscribers (1.01 million paid), up 59%.
    • BINGE reached 1.04 million subscribers (928,000 paid), up 122%.
    • Foxtel Now reached 219,000 subscribers (211,000 paid), down 17%.
    • Foxtel Residential and Commercial broadcast subscribers were 1.782 million.
    • Foxtel Residential Broadcast subscribers declined to 1.56 million.
    • ARPU was up 3% to A$82.00 through a continued focus on Foxtel’s premium brand positioning.
    • Foxtel Residential Broadcast churn continued to moderate in the first quarter, improving 100 basis points to 13.0% compared to the first quarter FY22, and the lowest since the first quarter of fiscal 2020.

Speaking at the Investor Briefing, Mr Thomson said: “Subscription Video Services benefited from increasing subscriptions and decreasing churn, thanks to the ongoing appeal of our streaming platforms, the high quality of our technology, our increasingly sophisticated understanding of audience data, and the depth and broad appeal of our unparalleled entertainment, sports and news offerings.

“Sports seasonality is always a factor in Australia, but our total streaming subscribers expanded by 66% year-over-year, with BINGE exceeding one million subscribers and Flash, our news aggregation service, in its infancy. In toto, as of December we had almost 2.3 million streaming subs, representing 56% of Foxtel’s total subscriber base, which was 4.1 million. It is worth noting that in addition to the increase in streaming subs, broadcast churn was at a three-year low.

“The team, led by Siobhan McKenna and Patrick Delany, is executing successfully on our strategy to scale streaming, having developed world-class technology and a compelling user interface. We are increasingly confident in Foxtel’s future and thus actively looking at ways to maximize its value and ensure that we can build on that success.”

News Corp CFO Susan Panuccio added: “Revenues for the quarter were US$498 million, down approximately 3% on both a reported and adjusted basis, and relatively stable from the prior quarter, as the declines in Foxtel residential broadcast revenue and continued COVID-impacts on Commercial venues were partially offset by strong growth in streaming revenues, which now account for 19% of circulation and subscription revenues.

“Total closing paid subscribers across the Foxtel Group reached over 3.9 million at quarter end, up 19% year-over-year, improving from the prior quarter rate by two percentage points. Total subscribers, including trialists, were approximately 4.1 million, the highest on record. The year-over-year increase was driven by higher BINGE and Kayo subscribers, partially offset by the expected decline in residential broadcast subscribers, albeit at a more moderated rate than the first quarter. In aggregate, total streaming subscribers rose 66% from the prior year to almost 2.3 million, of which approximately 2.2 million were paying subscribers. Streaming products in the aggregate reached 56% of Foxtel’s total subscriber base.

“BINGE had an outstanding quarter, increasing its total subscribers to over 1 million, similar to Kayo. Paying subscribers more than doubled from the prior year to 928,000. BINGE added 126,000 paid subscribers in the quarter, almost double the net adds of the first quarter. BINGE’s growth continued to be driven by the depth of its content library and the popularity of new shows, including a BINGE Original show, Love Me.

“Kayo subscribers followed seasonal patterns, with total subscribers slightly down from the first quarter, consistent with the prior two years. The Winter codes of AFL and NRL remain key acquisition drivers for Kayo, with Cricket and Motorsports providing essential viewing over the Spring and Summer months to satisfy the year-round sports fans. Australia’s winter sports codes will resume in the third quarter with the return of AFL, NRL, Netball, and Supercars.

“Broadcast churn declined to 13%, the lowest level since the first quarter of fiscal 2019, and down four and half percentage points versus last year. The Foxtel team continue to focus on product enhancements and higher ARPU subscribers resulting in broadcast ARPU increasing almost 3% from the prior year to A$82 and helping to mitigate subscriber volume declines. Foxtel ended the quarter with 1.6 million residential broadcast subscribers, with the sequential decline being the lowest since the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020. Commercial subscribers increased from the first quarter as parts of Australia opened up, and were flat versus the prior year at 218,000.

“Segment EBITDA in the quarter of US$86 million was down 31%, driven by one-off events such as the Ashes and the phasing of certain sports rights costs together with investments in marketing and technology. Costs were consistent with our outlook commentary and we expect full year total costs to be relatively flat, if not down slightly in local currency, helping to deliver strong cash generation at Foxtel.”

On outlook, Ms Panuccio said: “In Subscription Video Services, we remain pleased with the ongoing performance of the streaming products and the efforts to improve broadcast ARPU and churn. We continue to expect full year costs in local currency to be relatively flat versus the prior year. And we continue to monitor Commercial venue trends given the recent spike in Covid cases in the region.”

Data and quotes are sourced from News Corp’s Fiscal 2022 Second Quarter Earnings Announcement and Investor Briefing of February 3, 2022 (New York). Full details can be found at