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Cablevision Subscriber Loss Doubles

Tuesday, 05 Aug 2014 11:02 AM

Cablevision Systems Corp.'s subscriber losses doubled in the second quarter from the previous quarter as it cut down on promotions, sending its shares down as much as 6 percent.

The cable company has been focusing on boosting its profit by raising prices and cutting costs — moves that have come at a cost as subscribers switch to providers offering better deals.

Most cable TV companies have lost video subscribers to satellite and telecom rivals as well as Web-based entrants such as Netflix Inc. in the past few years.

Cablevision has the largest exposure to Verizon Communications Inc.'s pay TV service, which has been taking customers away from cable companies with aggressive pricing and promotions.

Cablevision said on Tuesday it lost about 28,000 video subscribers in the second quarter ended June 30. But sales rose 3.7 percent, beating the average analyst estimate.

"If you are not spending much on retention then your margin will be better — financial numbers at the expense of weaker subscribers," ISI Group analyst Vijay Jayant told Reuters.

Adjusted operating cash flow, Cablevision's most closely watched metric, rose 11 percent, while capital expenditure fell 7.5 percent.

The cable company, which is controlled by New York's Dolan Family, said average monthly cable revenue per customer increased 5.5 percent to $152.72 in the quarter.

Revenue rose to $1.63 billion from $1.57 billion a year earlier, beating the average analyst estimate of $1.60 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Net income attributable to the company's shareholders fell to $94.2 million, or 35 cents per share, from $135.4 million, or 51 cents per share, a year earlier.

Cablevision's shares were down 5.5 percent at $18.38 — their biggest intraday percentage decline since January 2013 - in late morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday.

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