🏃 Is Comcast Falling Behind In The Streaming Race?

Chipotle's earnings beat; Netflix plans video games foray!

Hey Global Investor! Here’s what you need to know before the US markets open.

Market Snapshot 📈

S&P 500 (Tuesday’s Close) 4,323.06 +64.57 (1.52%)

NASDAQ (Tuesday’s Close) 14,498.88 +223.89 (1.57%)

FTSE 100 (5:45 PM IST) 6,977.96 +96.83 (1.41%)

NIFTY 50 (Tuesday’s Close) 15,632.10 -120.30 (0.76%)

USDINR (Tuesday’s Close) 74.62 (1 Year -1.03%)

🔥 Top Movers

AMC +24.47%
TLIS +20.00%
PLXP +18.37%

SWI -39.72%
PLL -19.91%
NRXP -16.64%

📝​​ Winvesta Investor Pulse Report – Jun 2021

Winvesta Q2 report is here!

Get your hands on the ‘Who, Where, and How Much‘ of Global Investing from India.

Read it Now

​🤝​​ Comcast: Dial M For Merger?

Listen to this on Winvesta Podcast

The top brass of Comcast Corporation (CMCSA) and ViacomCBS (VIAC) are exploring collaboration as they try to play catch up in the streaming space. This deal is easier said than done, even as investment bankers are salivating at the prospects. (Tweet This)

Missed The Bus?

Protagonist #1: Comcast launched its OTT video streaming platform Peacock last July. But something was amiss. What? The timing. It had already been four months since the world went into lockdown mode. Incumbents – Netflix (NFLX), Amazon Prime (AMZN), and Disney+ (DIS) – had pretty much split the market between them and were eating the other players for lunch.

Thus far, Peacock has garnered 42+M signups in the US – less than half the subscribers that use the usual suspect streaming services. To add insult to injury, it turns out less than 10M are true subscribers paying real dollars. All others are in the ad-supported tier. NBC has not disclosed its ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) figure for Peacock yet.

Protagonist #2: ViacomCBS woke up to reality only this March and launched Paramount+, its streaming service offering original content as well as CBS All Access.

Not surprisingly, ViacomCBS has been shy to divulge specific details regarding Paramount+. The company only said it has 36M global subscribers for all of its offerings combined and hasn’t been forthcoming with the ARPU figures for Paramount+.

Both ViacomCBS and Comcast are angling for growth in the international markets. What they cannot pull off independently, they hope can accomplish it when working in concert.

Consider this: even after pooling the subscribers to these two platforms, the cumulative 80-90M subscribers is a far cry from, say, Netflix, which currently has 209M paying subscribers. And even that number from Netflix is the lowest it has been in the past five quarters!

To Merge Or Not To Merge

NBCUniversal (part of Comcast) and ViacomCBS represent the last vestiges of also-ran streaming platforms. Both are exploring options as to how they can work together but are yet to reach a suitable conclusion.

An outright merger of the two entities is feasible on paper but is fraught with regulatory risk. The FCC might require one of them to divest an asset which would be counterproductive. The other challenges involve actually hammering out the details of the merger itself.

Will it be a merger of equals? What would be the structure of the merged entity? Which branding would be retained and which would need to be unraveled? Which company’s management team will call the shots? These are all tough questions that will need to be ironed out.

As of now, both the companies are desperately trying to play catch up as the leaders race away to an insurmountable lead. The likes of Netflix are unforgiving in their relentless march forward. Just yesterday, Netflix announced revenue growth of 19.4% Y-o-Y, subscriber growth of 8.4% for Q2. And get this: they’re starting their foray into video games!

It’s amply clear that for our protagonists in today’s story, status quo is not an option. Otherwise, what is a gap today between the leaders and laggards in the pack will soon become an unbridgeable chasm.

Market Reaction
CMCSA ended at $57.08, up 0.79%, while VIAC ended at $40.39, up 1.30%.

Company Snapshot 📈

CMCSA $57.08 +0.45 (+0.79%)

Analyst Ratings (19 Analysts) BUY 84%  HOLD 10%  SELL 6%

Newsworthy 📰

Comeback: Chipotle earnings beat, sales surge as dine-in customers return to restaurants (CMG +4.39%)

Diversification: Netflix to add mobile video games as subscriber growth slows (NFLX +0.60%)

Cheer: Carnival stock rises after cruise operator announces 75% of fleet capacity will return this year (CCL +7.45%)

Later Today 🕒

  • Johnson & Johnson Earnings (JNJ)
  • Coca-Cola Co. Earnings (KO)
  • Verizon Inc. Earnings (VZ)
  • Novartis AG Earnings (NVS)
  • Texas Instruments Inc. Earnings (TXN)
  • Anthem Inc. Earnings (ANTM)
  • Daimler AG Earnings (DDAIF)
  • Nasdaq Inc. Earnings (NDAQ)
  • Baker Hughes Inc. Earnings (BKR)
  • Whirlpool Corp. Earnings (WHR)

Fun Fact of The Day 🌞

Oil tycoon, John D. Rockefeller, was the world’s first billionaire.

Disclaimer: The content of this article has been created and published by Winvesta India Technologies Pvt. Ltd., in order to ease the reader’s understanding of the subject matter. The information and/or content (collectively “Information”) provided herein is general information sourced through various news reports and does not constitute a research report or a research analysis. The Information is not intended to offer advice, target or solicit any particular customer or group of customers to buy or sell securities. 

Winvesta does not render any research or advisory services and provides a more detailed description of its services on its website and mobile application along with the terms and conditions published therein from time to time. While reasonable care has been exercised to ensure that the Information is adequate and reliable, no representation is made by Winvesta as to its accuracy or completeness and Winvesta, its affiliates, subsidiaries and employees accept no liability of whatsoever nature for any direct or consequential loss, including without limitation any loss of profits, arising from reliance on this Information. Neither Winvesta nor any of its affiliates are acting as an investment adviser, research analyst or in any other fiduciary capacity. Accordingly, reader’s are expected to undertake their own due diligence in consultation with their own advisors and are advised not to solely rely on the Information. Any such reliance shall be at the reader’s own risk. 

All investments involve risk and the past performance of a security, or financial product does not guarantee future results or returns. There is always the potential of losing money when you invest in securities, or other financial products. Investors should consider their investment objectives and risks carefully before investing.

Start Building Your Global Portfolio Today

Download Winvesta App now to Get Started