Macquarie Media 'reported' profit and earnings fall in half year

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by Jessica Amir

The owner of talkback radio station 2GB, has maintained underlying earnings momentum since Macquarie Radio Network (ASX:MRN) and Fairfax Radio Network (ASX:FRN) merged to create Macquarie Media Limited in 2015. As for its ‘reported’ figures, those were mostly negative as they included the discontinued operations for Satellite Music Australia.

Its profit after tax fell about 40 per cent in the six months to December’s 2017 end to $4.8 million. Its revenue rose 2 per cent to $68 million, driven by an increase in radio revenue.

It underlying earnings grew for the fifth consecutive half-year, while its reporting earnings (EBIT) fell almost 40 per cent.

It declared an interim dividend of 3.0 cents per share, fully franked and payable on the 8 March 2018. It also paid an special dividend of 3.0 cents per share in October 2017.

It also promoted Adam Lang to the role of CEO.

Its shares last traded at $1.25 on 24 Jan 2018.

Jessica Amir

Finance News Network
Jessica joined FNN in January 2017 after having worked in financial advising for seven years and in TV journalism for seven years, specialising in finance, equities and analysis. She has interviewed former Prime Ministers of Australia, Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd and ex Treasurer Jo Hockey. Jessica has worked as a journalist with Sky News Business, ABC 1, ABC's The Business, ABC24 and has also been a regional Channel 7 and 9 TV reporter with Prime7 and Win News.