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Comcast Reports 1St Quarter 2016 Results

The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.

Consolidated 1st Quarter 2016 Highlights:

Consolidated Revenue Increased 5.3%, Operating Cash Flow Increased 6.9%, Operating Income Increased 5.1%

Free Cash Flow was $2.8 Billion

Earnings per Share Increased 7.4% to $0.87; On an Adjusted Basis, EPS increased 6.3% to $0.84

Dividends per Share Increased 10% and Share Repurchases were $1.2 billion

Cable Communications 1st Quarter 2016 Highlights:

Cable Communications Revenue Increased 6.7% and Operating Cash Flow Increased 5.0%

Customer Relationships Increased by 269,000, a 35.5% Increase from the First Quarter of 2015

Total Revenue per Customer Relationship Increased 4.0%

Video Customers Increased by 53,000, the Best First Quarter Result in 9 Years; Nearly 35% of All Video Customers Now Have X1

High-Speed Internet Customers Increased by 438,000, the Best First Quarter Result in 4 Years

Business Services Revenue Increased 17.5%, Driven by Small Business

NBCUniversal 1st Quarter 2016 Highlights:

NBCUniversal Revenue Increased 3.9%; Operating Cash Flow Increased 10.0%

Theme Parks Revenue Increased 57.5%, Primarily Impacted by the Inclusion of Universal Studios Japan

Strong Broadcast and Cable Networks Operating Cash Flow Growth, Driven by Increases in Retransmission and Affiliate Revenues

PHILADELPHIA April 27, 2016 Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) today reported results for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.

Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Comcast Corporation, said, Im incredibly pleased with our first quarter results and the strength and momentum we are seeing across our businesses. Our performance at Comcast Cable was outstanding. We delivered our best first quarter Internet results in four years and our best first quarter video results in nine years adding 53,000 video customers. NBCUniversal also had a terrific quarter, reporting double-digit operating cash flow growth, fueled by strength in Broadcast, continued success at our Theme Parks, including Universal Studios Japan, and improved performance from our Cable Networks. Our teams are executing extremely well and I am excited about the opportunities ahead for Comcast NBCUniversal.

Consolidated Financial Results

($ in millions)

$17,853

$18,790

Excluding Super Bowl

$17,477

$5,956

$6,367

Excluding Transaction-Related Costs

$6,055

$3,890

$4,089

Excluding Adjustments

$3,183

$2,805

(11.9%)

For additional detail on segment revenue and expenses, customer metrics, capital expenditures, and free cash flow, please refer to the trending schedules on Comcasts Investor Relations website at www.cmcsa.com.

for the first quarter of 2016 increased 5.3% to $18.8 billion. Excluding $376 million of revenue generated by the broadcast of the NFLs Super Bowl in the first quarter of 2015, consolidated revenue increased 7.5% (see Table 6).

Consolidated Operating Cash Flow

increased 6.9% to $6.4 billion. Excluding $99 million of Time Warner Cable and Charter transaction-related costs in the first quarter of 2015, consolidated operating cash flow increased 5.1% (see Table 6).

Consolidated Operating Income

increased 5.1% to $4.1 billion.

Earnings per Share (EPS)

for the first quarter of 2016 was $0.87, a 7.4% increase compared to the first quarter of 2015. Excluding a gain on the sale of an investment in the first quarter of 2016, as well as a gain on the sale of a business and transaction-related costs in the first quarter of 2015, EPS increased 6.3% to $0.84 (see Table 4).

Capital Expenditures

increased 9.2% to $1.9 billion in the first quarter of 2016. Cable Communications capital expenditures increased 9.0% to $1.6 billion in the first quarter of 2016, reflecting a higher level of investment in scalable infrastructure to increase network capacity and increased investment in line extensions, as well as our continued spending on customer premise equipment related to the deployment of the X1 platform and wireless gateways. Cable capital expenditures represented 12.9% of Cable revenue in the first quarter of 2016 compared to 12.6% in last years first quarter. NBCUniversals capital expenditures increased 10.0% to $295 million in the first quarter of 2016, primarily reflecting increased spending at our Theme Parks which now includes Universal Studios Japan.

decreased 11.9% to $2.8 billion in the first quarter of 2016, reflecting growth in consolidated operating cash flow, offset by increased working capital, as well as higher capital expenditures and cash paid for capitalized software and other intangible assets.

(1,726)

(1,885)

Cash Paid for Capitalized Software and Other Intangible Assets

Cash Interest Expense

Cash Taxes on Operating Items (Including Economic Stimulus Packages)

(3.0%)

Changes in Operating Assets and Liabilities

Noncash Share-Based Compensation

Distributions to Noncontrolling Interests and Dividends for

Redeemable Subsidiary Preferred Stock

Free Cash Flow (Including Economic Stimulus Packages)

NM=comparison not meaningful.

Dividends and Share Repurchases.

During the first quarter of 2016, Comcast paid dividends totaling $611 million and repurchased 22 million of its common shares for $1.2 billion. As of March 31, 2016, Comcast had $8.8 billion available under its share repurchase authorization.

1st Quarter

$5,331

$5,538

(1.1%)

Advertising

$11,441

$12,204

Cable Communications Operating Cash Flow

$4,658

$4,889

Operating Cash Flow Margin

Cable Communications Capital Expenditures

$1,446

$1,576

Percent of Cable Communications Revenue

for Cable Communications increased 6.7% to $12.2 billion in the first quarter of 2016, driven primarily by increases in high-speed Internet, video and business services revenue. High-speed Internet revenue increased 7.6%, reflecting an increase in the number of residential high-speed Internet customers, an increase in the number of customers receiving higher levels of service and rate adjustments. Video revenue increased 3.9%, primarily reflecting rate adjustments, as well as an increase in the number of customers subscribing to additional services. Business services revenue increased 17.5% primarily due to an increase in the number of small business customers, as well as continued growth in our medium-sized business services. Other revenue increased 14.8%, reflecting higher franchise and regulatory fees, as well as an increase in Xfinity Home revenue. Advertising revenue increased 12.1%, reflecting an increase in political advertising revenue, higher rates and the timing of programmers spending on advertising.

increased by 269,000 to 28.0 million in the first quarter of 2016, a 36% improvement compared to the increase in the first quarter of 2015, primarily reflecting increases in double and triple product relationships. At the end of the first quarter, penetration of our double and triple product customers increased to 70% compared to 69% in the first quarter of 2015. Video customer net additions of 53,000 were the best result for a first quarter in nine years, high-speed Internet customer net additions of 438,000 were the best result for a first quarter in four years, and Voice customer net additions improved to 102,000.

Net Additions

(in thousands)

Video Customers

22,375

22,400

High-Speed Internet Customers

22,369

23,767

Voice Customers

11,270

11,577

Single Product Customers

Double Product Customers

Triple Product Customers

10,214

27,234

27,970

for Cable Communications increased 5.0% to $4.9 billion in the first quarter of 2016, reflecting higher revenue, partially offset by a 7.8% increase in operating expenses. The higher expenses were primarily due to a 9.4% increase in video programming costs, reflecting the timing of contract renewals, as well as higher retransmission consent fees and sports programming costs. In addition, technical and product support expenses increased 6.3% and customer service expenses increased 8.0%, driven by investments to improve the customer experience and expenses related to the development, delivery and support of our X1 platform and wireless gateways. Advertising, marketing and promotion costs increased 6.1%. This quarters operating cash flow margin was 40.1% compared to 40.7% in the first quarter of 2015.

Reported

Growth

Pro Forma

Cable Networks

$2,359

$2,453

Broadcast Television

(7.3%)

Filmed Entertainment

(4.3%)

Theme Parks

Headquarters, Other and Eliminations

$6,604

$6,861

(0.4%)

$6,228

NBCUniversal Operating Cash Flow

(43.1%)

$1,475

$1,622

for NBCUniversal increased 3.9% to $6.9 billion in the first quarter of 2016 and

increased 10.0% to $1.6 billion, primarily due to the acquisition of Universal Studios Japan in November 2015.

Pro Forma

Revenue

for NBCUniversal decreased 0.4%. Excluding $376 million of revenue generated by the broadcast of the NFLs Super Bowl in the first quarter of 2015, pro forma revenue increased 5.4% (see Table 6).

Operating Cash Flow

increased 1.8%, driven by results at Broadcast Television and Cable Networks, partially offset by Filmed Entertainment.

Cable Networks revenue increased 4.0% to $2.5 billion in the first quarter of 2016, reflecting higher distribution revenue, as well as consistent advertising revenue. Distribution revenue increased 5.9%, driven by contractual rate increases and contract renewals, partially offset by a decline in subscribers at our cable networks. Advertising revenue was flat compared to the first quarter of 2015, due to higher rates, offset by audience ratings declines and the impact of a benefit from a reduction in deferred advertising revenue in the prior year. Operating cash flow increased 6.4% to $956 million in the first quarter of 2016, reflecting higher revenue and a modest increase in programming and production costs.

Broadcast Television revenue declined 7.3% in the first quarter of 2016. Excluding $376 million of revenue generated by the NFLs Super Bowl in the first quarter of 2015, revenue increased 11.4%, reflecting higher advertising and distribution and other revenue (see Table 6). Excluding the revenue from the Super Bowl last year, advertising revenue increased 9.6% reflecting higher rates and one additional NFL game compared to last years first quarter, partially offset by lower ratings. Distribution and other revenue increased 43.1%, primarily due to higher retransmission consent fees. Operating cash flow increased 56.5% to $284 million, reflecting lower programming and production costs compared to last years first quarter which included the Super Bowl.

Filmed Entertainment revenue declined 4.3% in the first quarter of 2016, reflecting lower theatrical and home entertainment revenue, partially offset by higher content licensing and other revenue. Theatrical revenue declined 36.4% compared to last years first quarter which included the strong performance of

Fifty Shades of Grey

. Home entertainment revenue declined 24.4%, primarily due to the strong performance of several releases in the prior year period, including

The 21.2% increase in content licensing revenue was primarily due to the timing of availability of content in the Pay TV window and a new licensing agreement. Other revenue increased 27.1% due to higher Fandango and consumer products revenue, primarily driven by

Minions

Jurassic World

merchandise. Operating cash flow decreased 43.1% to $167 million, reflecting lower revenue and higher advertising, marketing and promotion costs.

arks revenue increased 57.5% to $1.0 billion and operating cash flow increased 53.6% to $375 million in the first quarter of 2016. Pro forma

revenue increased 9.6%, reflecting stable guest attendance and higher per capita spending at the parks, which benefitted, in part, from the timing of spring holidays. Pro forma

operating cash flow increased 3.3%, reflecting higher revenue, partially offset by an increase in operating expenses, including pre-opening costs to support new attractions opening in Hollywood and Japan this spring.

Headquarters, Other and Eliminations

NBCUniversal Headquarters, Other and Eliminations include overhead and eliminations

the NBCUniversal businesses. For the quarter ended

, 2016, NBCUniversal Headquarters, Other and Eliminations operating cash flow loss was $

million compared to a loss of $

Corporate, Other and Eliminations

Corporate, Other and Eliminations

include corporate operations, Comcast Spectacor and eliminations

Comcasts businesses. For the quarter ended

, 2016, Corporate, Other and Eliminations revenue was ($

) million compared to ($

) million in 2015. The operating cash flow loss was $

, including $99 million of transaction-related costs.

Notes:

We define Operating Cash Flow as operating income (loss) before depreciation and amortization, excluding impairment charges related to fixed and intangible assets and gains or losses on the sale of assets, if any.

Earnings per share amounts are presented on a diluted basis.

We define Free Cash Flow as Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities (as stated in our Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows) reduced by capital expenditures, cash paid for intangible assets

, principal payments on capital leases

and cash distributions to noncontrolling interests; and adjusted for any payments and receipts related to certain nonoperating items, net of estimated tax benefits.

The definition of Free Cash Flow excludes any impact from Economic Stimulus packages. These amounts have been excluded from Free Cash Flow to provide an appropriate comparison.

Beginning in the first quarter of 2016, certain operations and businesses including several strategic business initiatives that were previously presented in Corporate, Other and Eliminations are now presented in our Cable Communications segment to reflect a change in our management reporting presentation. For segment reporting purposes, we have adjusted all periods presented to reflect this change.

Pro forma information is presented

the acquisition of the 51% interest of Universal Studios Japan

. See Table 5 for more detailed information.

All percentages are calculated on whole numbers.

Minor d

ifferences may exist due to rounding.

Conference Call and Other Information

Comcast Corporation will host a conference call with the financial community today, April 27, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time (ET). The conference call and related materials will be broadcast live and posted on its Investor Relations website at

. Those parties interested in participating via telephone should dial (800) 263-8495 with the conference ID number 68923741. A replay of the call will be available starting at 11:30 a.m. ET on April 27, 2016, on the Investor Relations website or by telephone. To access the telephone replay, which will be available until Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at midnight ET, please dial (855) 859-2056 and enter the conference ID number 68923741.

From time to time, we post information that may be of interest to investors on our website at

and on our corporate blog,

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Investor Contacts:

Press Contacts:

Jason Armstrong

(215) 286-7972

DArcy Rudnay

(215) 286-8582

Jane Kearns

(215) 286-4794

John Demming

(215) 286-8011

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or our actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements. Readers are directed to Comcasts periodic and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a description of such risks and uncertainties. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In this discussion, we sometimes refer to financial measures that are not presented according to generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S. (GAAP). Certain of these measures are considered non-GAAP financial measures under the SEC regulations; those rules require the supplemental explanations and reconciliations that are in Comcasts Form 8-K (Quarterly Earnings Release) furnished to the SEC.

About Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nations largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit

www.comcastcorporation.com

for more information.

TABLE 1

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income (Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

(in millions, except per share data)

Programming and production

Other operating and administrative

11,897

12,423

Operating cash flow

Depreciation expense

Amortization expense

Operating income

Other income (expense)

Interest expense

Investment income (loss), net

Equity in net income (losses) of investees, net

Other income (expense), net

Income before income taxes

Income tax expense

(1,261

(1,311

Net income

Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests and redeemable subsidiary preferred stock

Net income attributable to Comcast Corporation

$2,059

$2,134

Diluted earnings per common share attributable to Comcast Corporation shareholders

Dividends declared per common share attributable to Comcast Corporation shareholders

$0.275

Diluted weighted-average number of common shares

TABLE 2

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet (Unaudited)

(in millions)

December 31,

ASSETS

Current Assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$2,295

$5,628

Receivables, net

Programming rights

Other current assets

Total current assets

12,303

15,180

Film and television costs

Investments

Property and equipment, net

33,665

34,122

Franchise rights

59,364

Goodwill

32,945

33,458

Other intangible assets, net

16,946

16,832

Other noncurrent assets, net

$166,574

$170,599

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Current Liabilities

Accounts payable and accrued expenses related to trade creditors

$6,215

$6,333

Accrued participations and residuals

Deferred revenue

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

Current portion of long-term debt

Total current liabilities

18,178

19,084

Long-term debt, less current portion

48,994

51,515

Deferred income taxes

33,566

33,821

Other noncurrent liabilities

10,637

10,431

Redeemable noncontrolling interests and redeemable subsidiary preferred stock

Comcast Corporation shareholders equity

52,269

52,642

Noncontrolling interests

Total equity

53,978

54,512

TABLE 3

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

$2,141

$2,224

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

Share-based compensation

Noncash interest expense (income), net

Equity in net (income) losses of investees, net

Cash received from investees

Net (gain) loss on investment activity and other

Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions and divestitures:

Current and noncurrent receivables, net

Film and television costs, net

Accounts payable and accrued expenses related to trade creditors

Other operating assets and liabilities

Net cash provided by operating activities

INVESTING ACTIVITIES

Capital expenditures

Cash paid for intangible assets

Acquisitions and construction of real estate properties

Acquisitions, net of cash acquired

Proceeds from sales of businesses and investments

Purchases of investments

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

(1,694

(2,709

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

Proceeds from (repayments of) short-term borrowings, net

Proceeds from borrowings

Repurchases and repayments of debt

Repurchases and retirements of common stock

(2,000

(1,249

Dividends paid

Issuances of common stock

Distributions to noncontrolling interests and dividends for redeemable subsidiary preferred stock

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

(3,524

Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$3,937

TABLE 4

Supplemental Information

Alternate Presentation of Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities and Free Cash Flow (Unaudited)

(in millions)

Operating income

Operating income before depreciation and amortization

Noncash share-based compensation expense

Cash basis operating income

Payments of interest

Payments of income taxes

Excess tax benefits under share-based compensation

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

$5,245

$5,110

Cash paid for capitalized software and other intangible assets

Principal payments on capital leases

Nonoperating items

Total Free Cash Flow

Reconciliation of EPS Excluding Gains on Sales and Acquisition-Related Items (Unaudited)

Net income attributable to Comcast Corporation

Growth %

Gains on sales of businesses and investments

(0.03)

Costs related to Time Warner Cable and Charter transactions

(excluding gains on sales and acquisition-related items)

$2,025

$2,067

Nonoperating items include adjustments for cash taxes paid related to certain investing and financing transactions, to reflect cash taxes paid in the year of the related taxable income and to exclude the impacts of Economic Stimulus packages.

Based on diluted weighted-average number of common shares for the respective periods as presented in Table 1.

1st quarter 2016 net income attributable to Comcast Corporation includes $108 million of other income, $67 million net of tax, resulting from a gain on the sale of our investment in The Weather Channels product and technology business. 1st quarter 2015 net income attributable to Comcast Corporation includes $164 million of other income, $95 million net of tax and noncontrolling interests, resulting from the sale of CTI Towers.

1st quarter 2015 net income attributable to Comcast Corporation includes $99 million of operating costs and expenses, $61 million net of tax, related to the Time Warner Cable and Charter transactions.

Minor differences may exist due to rounding.

TABLE 5

Reconciliation of As Reported to Pro Forma

Financial Information (Unaudited)

Three Months Ended March 31, 2015

$6,888

Operating costs and expenses

$1,594

Three Months Ended March 31, 2016

$1,026

Growth Rates

(1) Pro Forma information is presented as if the acquisition of the 51% interest of Universal Studios Japan occurred January 1, 2014. Pro forma data does not include adjustments for costs related to integration activities, cost savings or synergies that have been or may be achieved by the combined businesses. Pro forma amounts are not necessarily indicative of what our results would have been had we operated Universal Studios Japan since January 1, 2014, nor of our future results. The pro forma amounts are based on historical results of operations and are subject to change. We will adjust these pro forma amounts as valuations are completed and we obtain information necessary to complete the analyses.

(2) As reported results for Theme Parks and total NBCUniversal for 2015 have been adjusted for the change in NBCUniversals method of accounting for a contractual obligation that involves an interest held by a third party in the revenue of certain theme parks. As a result of the change, the amounts that are payable based on current period revenue are now presented in operating costs and expenses, rather than other income (expense), net in our consolidated statement of income. The change was effective beginning in the 4th quarter of 2015 and for segment reporting purposes we also adjusted prior periods to reflect management reporting presentation of such amounts on a consistent basis.

TABLE 6

Reconciliation of Consolidated Revenue Excluding 2015 Super Bowl and Operating Cash Flow Excluding Costs Related to Time Warner Cable and Charter Transactions (Unaudited)

2015 Super Bowl

Revenue excluding 2015 Super Bowl

Costs related to Time Warner Cable and Charter transactions

Operating Cash Flow excluding costs related to Time Warner Cable and Charter transactions

Reconciliation of Consolidated NBCUniversal Revenue Excluding 2015 Super Bowl (Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Reconciliation of Consolidated NBCUniversal Pro Forma Revenue Excluding 2015 Super Bowl (Unaudited)

Pro Forma Revenue

Pro Forma Revenue excluding 2015 Super Bowl

$6,512

Reconciliation of Broadcast Television Revenue Excluding 2015 Super Bowl (Unaudited)

$2,248

$2,084

Revenue excluding 2015 Super Bowl

$1,872

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