Warner Bros. Discovery’s Stock Sinks On Quarterly Loss

The stock of Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) is down 5% after the entertainment company reported a loss for the fourth quarter of 2023.

Warner Bros. Discovery announced a loss of $0.16 U.S. per share compared to a loss of $0.07 U.S. that was expected among analysts.

Revenue in the quarter totaled $10.28 billion U.S., which was below forecasts of $10.35 billion U.S. Studio revenue dropped 17% to $3.17 billion U.S. in the quarter.

There was also a 14% decline in linear television advertising revenue and a 4% drop in actual distribution revenue.

On a positive note, Warner Bros. Discovery said that it generated $3.31 billion U.S. in free cash flow in the fourth quarter and ended 2023 with $6.16 billion of cash on hand, up 86% from a year earlier.

The company said that it paid down $5.4 billion of debt in 2023, though it still has $44.20 billion of debt remaining.

Also, Warner Bros. Discovery’s flagship subscription streaming service, Max, ended 2023 profitable for the first time with full-year earnings of $103 million U.S.

The company reported 97.7 million global subscribers at the end of Q4 2023, a 2% increase from the previous quarter.

Before today (Feb. 23), the stock of Warner Bros. Discovery has declined 40% over the past 12 months to trade at $9.56 U.S. per share.

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