News Corp Reports Third Quarter Results for Fiscal 2023

Commenting on the results, Chief Executive Robert Thomson said: “These results demonstrate the fundamental differences in the character of News Corp compared with other media companies. In a period in which advertising was clearly insipid in certain parts of the world, our core non-advertising revenue has been particularly robust, highlighted by a 38 percent increase in revenues at the Dow Jones professional information business.

Overall, our fiscal third quarter results demonstrated meaningful progress compared to the first half, with various macro and sectoral trends decidedly more positive. Revenues were over $2.4 billion, down only 2 percent from the prior year, but higher in constant currency, while our company-wide cost cutting program began to gain traction.

That cost reduction drive includes taking the difficult but necessary step of reducing headcount by an expected five percent, and we now anticipate that program will yield at least $160 million in annualized savings by the end of this calendar year.

We also want to highlight that today marks the 44th day in captivity for Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who has been wrongfully, wilfully detained in Russia. We trust that justice and common sense will prevail, and that Evan will soon be released.”

The Company reported fiscal 2023 third quarter total revenues of $2.45 billion, a 2% decrease compared to $2.49 billion in the prior year period. The decline was primarily due to a $98 million, or 4%, negative impact from foreign currency fluctuations and lower revenues at the Digital Real Estate Services segment due to continued challenging housing market conditions in the U.S. and Australia.

Net income for the quarter was $59 million, a 43% decline compared to $104 million in the prior year, primarily due to lower Total Segment EBITDA, as discussed below, higher depreciation and amortization expense and higher losses from equity affiliates, partially offset by lower impairment charges.
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