|Its funny how the US holding company is near its twelve month low but the main Indian subsidiary is at a multi month high on the Indian market.|
|It is telling how all the cash just seems to disappear.........|
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|Yeah doesn't inspire confidence really. Been out a long time myself.|
|"Cash crunch" and big film release postponed at EROS following the complete failure of the recent bond issue. If I wasn't out long ago I certainly would be now:
|I finally sold out here today after many years invested. The latest results stank. They seem to report a profit every year but the debt keeps pilling up.......money seems to disappear. They've been promising jam tomorrow for years. Is it seriously so difficult to roll out their product?? Maybe they should apply for Dragon's den and have the job completed in a few months. Doesn't nearly everyone have a smart phone in India?? Maybe there is some truth to all those financial irregularity allegations?? I'll watch from the sidelines passively.......but I just can't buy their story any longer. All IMHO, DYOR.|
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|50% growth in paying subscribers (680k) reads well.
No real indication of revenue, margin and profitability of said subscribers though.
Does seem like critical mass is building however.|
|Eros Now has over 58 million registered users worldwide across WAP, App and Web.
Eros Now crossed 2 million paying subscribers2 in December 2016, three months ahead of its full year target.
Eros Now has integration deals around the world with over 20 different telecom operators and nine different OEMs and connected devices.
Apple has featured the Eros Now app in its “App Store Best of 2016”.
Over the past four months Eros Now has digitally premiered more than 15 films from the Eros International new release slate.
Eros Now has entered into a strategic partnership in India with several leading electronic payment platforms including Paytm, Mobikwik, SBI Buddy and Freecharge which enable Eros Now subscribers to make easy and hassle free payments using the e-wallet service.
On an aggregate basis these platforms reach over 260 million e-wallets in India.|
|Very quiet on here!
Nice rise today though. Perhaps the start of a long-awaited turn around?|
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|For the jam tomorrow investor - the key bits are below. It would help if they broke down those subscribers according to how much they contribute to EROS' top-line.
Eros Now has 55 million registered users worldwide across WAP, App and Web.
Eros Now has 1.32 million paying subscribers2, which represents 20% growth over last quarter.
The Company believes that it remains on track to cross two million paying subscribers by the end of FY 2017.
2 Paying subscribers means any subscriber who has made a valid payment to subscribe to a service that includes the Eros Now service either as part of a bundle or on a standalone basis, either directly or indirectly through a telecom operator or OEM in any given month be it through a daily, weekly or monthly billing pack, as long as the validity of the pack is for at least one month.|
|Hmmm...looks like I made the right decision in selling!
The Q2 group results were extremely poor, with a net loss overall, leading to a 15% share price fall yesterday:
EROS will remain on my watchlist. With a few successful films, and if EROSNOW starts to provide good revenues, there's still lots of upside, but in the meantime the share price may continue to drift/fall for a period whilst uncertainty prevails.|
|I sold on the bell at the open in the USA today, as:
- the share price was at recent highs
- the £/$ was at an exceptionally favourable rate, which may (or may not) continue
- EROS' Indian subsidiary has just announced their Q2 results. These are not very good relative to last year, and in particular net debt has doubled since the year end.
The main companies' Q2 result may well be different/better, but I don't want to take the chance, especially as the market wouldn't take kindly to a poor cash flow performance imo.
Good luck all - I'll be back in if it drops significantly and the latest film releases perform extremely well with cash flow improving.|
|Another box office winner for EROS last month:
|That's very impressive news - the large Indian diaspora in the Middle East must be crying out for Indian content whilst they're away from home.|
|October 18, 2016 08:51 AM Eastern Daylight Time
ISLE OF MAN, United Kingdom--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Eros International Plc (NYSE: EROS) (“Eros”), a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry, today announced that Eros Now, its cutting edge digital over-the-top (OTT) platform, now has mobile billing integration capabilities with major telecom operators in UAE and Qatar.
Mobile billing integration is at the heart of Eros Now’s penetration strategy to enable consumers to experience the best of Indian entertainment, which includes Bollywood and regional content across major networks and devices, and will further enhance the platforms ability to monetize its user base. The tie-ups in the Middle East are with the leading local telecom operators including Ooredoo in Kuwait and Qatar, and Du in the UAE. Additional telecom partnerships throughout the region are currently being negotiated.
Consumption of Bollywood content, including Hindi movies, music and TV series in the Middle East has been on the rise along with it also becoming one of the leading regions in the world in terms of smart device adoption. With an increasing number of handheld device users, the trend of online content consumption has markedly increased in the region. The South Asian diaspora in both of these markets is estimated to be over 50% of the population, which represents over five million people. In addition to the South Asian diaspora, Bollywood content continues to be popular with the local Middle Eastern population in dubbed and subtitled formats – both of which are offered on Eros Now.
Rishika Lulla-Singh, CEO Eros Digital commented, “As market leaders in the film business, Eros has always strived to bring users the best of Indian entertainment, offering each the same unified experience across screens and networks. Eros Now’s philosophy is to be platform agnostic and embrace the very best in technology as we continuously enhance our content offering. Recognizing the growing demand among Middle Eastern viewers for online video content, especially Bollywood entertainment, these mobile partnerships will give consumers entertainment and easy pay access, whenever and wherever they want it.”
About Eros Now
Eros Now is Eros International Plc’s leading on-demand Bollywood entertainment network accessible anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Eros Now offers its 49.6 million plus registered users, across 135 countries, the promise of endless entertainment hosting the largest library of films (Eros Now has rights to over 5,000 films), as well as premium television shows, music videos and audio tracks, unmatched in quantity and quality. Eros Now will soon launch compelling original drama series for its viewers. Compelling product features such as offline viewing where premium subscribers can download the content and view it when not connected to the Internet make Eros Now a unique offering with focus on user experience.
Eros Now is available on Apple and Android platforms and has integration deals with Airtel, Idea and now Reliance Jio and several other operators internationally. For further information, please visit: www.erosnow.com.
About Eros International Plc
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|Fascinating! As an ERO1 holder, I've no idea where a spin-out would leave the bonds.|
|Intriguing to see an EROS director heading up a new $100 billion (yes, billion) tech investment fund for Softbank based in London:
"The fund will have $25 billion from Softbank and $45 billion from the Saudi wealth fund, to begin with, and will make its $100 (billion) investment over a five year period."
Gets you wondering whether an EROSNOW spin-off or other value crystallisation event might be a possibility with such backing?|
|Increased institutional interest:
"13F Action: Eros Intl Plc (EROS) Shareholder Paradice Investment Management LLC Has Boosted Its Holding
October 10, 2016
Paradice Investment Management Llc increased its stake in Eros Intl Plc (EROS) by 20.26% based on its latest 2016Q2 regulatory filing with the SEC. Paradice Investment Management Llc bought 402,886 shares as the company’s stock rose 42.59% with the market. The institutional investor held 2.39 million shares of the movies and entertainment company at the end of 2016Q2, valued at $27.52M, up from 1.99M at the end of the previous reported quarter. Paradice Investment Management Llc who had been investing in Eros Intl Plc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $908.53 million market cap company. The stock closed at $15.85 during the last session. It is down 70.80% since March 7, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 63.21% the S&P500.
Paradice Investment Management Llc is a Colorado-based institutional investor with more than $705.02 million AUM in September, 2014....."|
|Interesting; ErosNow is going to kill the shorts if it ever takes off. We must be due another anonymous bear note soon!|
|Eros International Plc Raises $30 Million From Two Existing Top 10 Shareholders - HTTP://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=201012&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2205362
Eros International Plc (NYSE:EROS) (“Eros”), a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry, today announced that two existing top ten institutional shareholders of the Company have increased their holdings in Eros. The Company raised approximately $30 million through a private placement, the proceeds of which will be primarily used to fund further expansion of Eros Now, the Company’s OTT platform.
Jyoti Deshpande, Group CEO & MD Eros International commented, “Our vision to transform Eros from a leading film studio to a leading digital company with a global footprint is well underway with Eros Now, our OTT platform crossing one million paid subscribers as of June 30, 2016. Our ownership of content and our strong balance sheet should provide tailwinds to grow the Eros Now subscriber base from one million to ten million and eventually hundred million within the next decade.”|
|Good interview with the CEO - one of the principal reasons I loiek EROS is that they simply do not make losses on films any more, or at least not material ones, due to their pre-sales and budgeting model.
And of course there's EROSNOW to come....
|$150m - $200m annually - with little in the way of incremental cost.
Would be very profitable - how much of that would flow to Eros?
Little wonder that shady US-based outfits are seeking to bring them down now..
Eros Now has a 5-year target of at least 15-20 million subscribers worldwide with a blended annual ARPU of $5 from India and $30 internationally with 80 percent of the target subscribers from India and the remaining 20% internationally.|
|Nice bounce yesterday.
The Q1 conference call transcript is well worth a read:
"We have some clear targets for Eros Now, which I would now like to share. We would like to achieve 2 million paying subscribers by the end of fiscal ’17 and 5 million paying subscribers by the end of fiscal ’18. Eros Now has a five-year target of at least 15 to 20 million subscribers worldwide with a blended annual ARPU of conservatively $5 from India and $30 internationally, with 80% of the target subscribers from India and the remaining 20% from international markets."|
|@tightfist re ERO1 - the bonds tanked way more than the shares throughout the "bear attacks", totally illogical when you think about it - the bonds rank ahead of the shares.
Personally I wonder if a "slight miss" set of results gives them a more "real" feel!
Either way, if EROS isn't a house of cards/pack of lies, then the return on the bonds out to 2021 redemption is almost unrivalled - find me another GRY that good. And if you think the bears may be correct about some dodgy elements to the accounts, then "long bonds, short shares" is surely the trade.|