Recent news — quarterly earnings releases and a major investment — had big impacts on some music companies’ stocks Thursday (Feb. 9).
Warner Music Group shares fell 4.3% to $35.09 and dropped as much as 10.5% during the day following the company’s fiscal first quarter earnings release Thursday. Warner’s revenue fell 7.8% (2.7% at constant currency) to $1.48 billion and net income fell 34% to $124 million. A relatively light release schedule, a slowdown in ad-supported revenue and a shorter quarter — the prior year period had one additional week — contributed to the decline. New CEO Robert Kyncl called it a “tough quarter” and pointed to a slate of releases in the second half of the year by Ed Sheeran, Cardi B and David Guetta.
MSG Entertainment shares ended the day up 11.7% to $59.58 and reached as high as $61.33 during the day, up 15% from the prior day’s closing price. Revenue in the quarter rose 24% to $642.2 million. The proposed spinoff is expected to be completed by the end of March and the MSG Sphere in Las Vegas is slated to open in September. Investors had other reasons to cheer, however, as MSGE announced it implemented a cost reduction program that resulted in layoffs and other non-labor savings.
In Seoul, SM Entertainment shares rose nearly 19% to 117,000 won on Friday (Feb. 10) on news that HYBE acquired a 14.8% stake to become its largest shareholder, though shares dipped to 109,800 won, up 11.5%, by mid-morning. Likewise, HYBE shares climbed as much as 10.2% to 218,500 won ($172.76) before falling to 212,500 won ($168), up 7.2% from the previous closing price.
LiveOne shares gained 2.1% to $0.97 despite climbing as high as $1.09, up 14.7% from Monday’s closing price. The company raised its guidance for full-year adjusted EBITDA from $11 million to $12 million. LiveOne’s revenue for the quarter ended Dec. 31 declined 17% to $27.3 million due to its decision not to produce “capital-intensive tentpole or pay-per-view events” until next fiscal year. That decision, along with reduced annual expenses and overhead, helped LiveOne turn adjusted EBITDA from -$4.8 million to $3 million.
The U.S. markets broadly fell on Thursday. The New York Stock Exchange dropped 0.7% and the Nasdaq fell 1%. The S&P 500 fell 0.9%. Markets in Europe fared better, however. The DAX, an index of 40 blue-chip German stocks, rose 0.7%. The FTSE 100, a measure of 100 stocks on the London Stock Exchange, rose 0.3%.
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