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23 August 2009

NETWORK 18 MEDIA : ANNUAL REPORT ANALYSIS (PART I)

In my previous post I had discussed a lesson (read here) that I had learnt from incorrect application of the wisdom shared by an investment guru - Peter Lynch. The stock in question was Network 18. 

Network 18 (NW 18) is a media conglomerate listed as a non-banking financial services company. It is essentially a holding company of the TV 18 group.

Business
Its holdings can be divided into five lines of businesses :-
  1. Television
  2. Internet
  3. Publication
  4. News Content
  5. Films
In addition, it also runs some other related businesses which we'll see subsequently. Lets familiarise ourselves with the businesses first.

Television. This is the mainstay of the group. It is divided into two segments the business news and the general news and entertainment (GNE). CNBC TV18 and CNBC Awaaz are the business news channels while the GNE segment covers news with CNN-IBN, IBN 7 and the general entertainment with the Viacom 18 channels like Colors, MTV, Nickelodeon and VH1.

Internet. Primarily run under the Web 18 umbrella ( a subsidiary of TV 18), it has a whole host of free content sites like Moneycontrol.Com and In.Com etc. In addition it also runs two transaction sites - Yatra.Com and BookMyShow.com and two subscription based sites - PowerYourTrade.Com and JobStreet.Com.

Publication.  Infomedia 18, a listed subsidiary of TV 18 handles this end of the business. It publishes business magazines like the Forbes, Yellow Pages as also third party printing and publishing work and some special interest magazines.

Newscontent.  This is delivered by Newswire 18, a subsidiary of TV 18, in the form of real time data and news terminals, akin to Bloomberg.

Miscellaneous Businesses.  In addition, NW 18 directly runs an event management division (E18), a sports management division (Sports 18), media consultancy and a home shopping network (Homeshop 18). It also runs a subsidiary called Setpro 18 about which the management does not find it prudent enough to inform the shareholders. This is an indicator of an issue which I shall discuss subsequently.

Film.  The group's business interest in films is served by its affiliate The Indian Film Company.

Summary
 Got your head spinning didn't it? So let's try and clarify here. Two listed subsidiaries IBN18 ( for GNE) & TV18 (Business news , Internet business, publications and news content), films through affiliate the Indian film company and other businesses directly as divisions /subsidiaries. 

That's the lot. Go figure! 

Just kidding.  I think enough for one post.  In the next we will continue with the fundamentals and valuations.   

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