Disney (DIS) Q2 2021 earnings

On this handout photograph offered by Walt Disney World Resort, company cease to take a selfie at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort on July 11, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

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Disney reported second quarter outcomes Thursday, posting lower-than-expected income and subscriber counts for its streaming service.

The corporate’s inventory dipped greater than 4% in after-hours buying and selling.

  • Earnings per share: 79 cents vs 27 cents anticipated in a Refinitiv survey of analysts
  • Income: $15.61 billion vs $15.87 billion anticipated within the survey


The corporate missed on subscriber estimates for Disney+, coming in at 103.6 million paid subscribers. It was anticipated to put up 109 million. Common month-to-month income per person additionally dipped 29% 12 months over 12 months to $3.99, which the corporate attributed to the launch of Disney+ Hotstar. The service has decrease common month-to-month income per paid subscriber than conventional Disney+ in different markets, knocking down the general common for the quarter.

The streaming service had been bolstering the corporate’s success because it was dropping out on enterprise from Covid restrictions, however it appears the speedy progress is beginning to sluggish.

Common month-to-month income per paid subscriber additionally grew barely for Disney’s different direct-to-consumer platforms, ESPN+ and Hulu.

Income for Disney’s direct-to-consumer enterprise grew 59% to $4 billion.

The corporate mentioned it now has round 159 million complete subscribers throughout its streaming companies as of the tip of the second quarter.


Income at Disney’s parks, experiences and merchandise phase fell 44% to $3.2 billion, as a lot of its theme parks have been both closed or working at lowered capability and its cruise ships and guided excursions have been suspended.

The corporate mentioned the outbreak value this division round $1.2 billion in misplaced working earnings throughout the newest quarter.

Disney recorded a one-time $414 million cost throughout the quarter for impairments and severance for the deliberate closure of an animation studio and Disney-branded retail shops, and severance paid to staff at its parks and and resorts companies.

Disney reopened its two California-based parks on April 30, so any income garnered over the previous couple of weeks shouldn’t be mirrored within the fiscal second-quarter outcomes. Nonetheless, the parks’ reopening might enhance expectations for the fiscal third quarter. As of Thursday, Disney’s Paris-based theme park is the one location that has not reopened to the general public.

In February, Disney’s Chief Monetary Officer Christine McCarthy mentioned that for the parks which were open throughout the pandemic, the corporate was capable of make “a web incremental optimistic contribution” from the company who visited regardless of lowered capability ranges.

Content material gross sales and licensing revenues fell 36% for the quarter to $1.9 billion. “Nomadland” was Disney’s solely theatrical launch within the U.S. over the quarter (it debuted concurrently on Hulu). “Raya and the Final Dragon,” Disney’s newest animated function, additionally debuted in some theaters internationally. It was made obtainable on Disney+ Premier Entry for $30.

A number of Marvel titles are on the horizon, resembling “Black Widow,” “Eternals,” “Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings,” and “Spider-Man: No Manner Dwelling” in addition to “Cruella,” “Jungle Cruise,” “Free Man,” “Encanto” and “West Aspect Story.”

Section working outcomes elevated from a lack of $25 million to earnings of $312 million. 

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