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Comcast Reports 2nd Quarter 2018 Results

PHILADELPHIA–()–Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) today reported results for the quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Comcast Corporation, said, “We delivered fantastic results in the second quarter, including robust free cash flow of $4.3 billion. At Cable Communications, we added 182,000 customer relationships, largely driven by our addition of 260,000 broadband customers, which was the highest second quarter result in 10 years. These strong customer metrics were balanced with robust EBITDA growth, fueled by high-speed Internet and business services. NBCUniversal’s performance was highlighted by continued momentum in affiliate revenue at our cable networks business, and Telemundo presented its first ever FIFA World CupTM which set multiple records for the network. Additionally, we are excited about the new attractions that we opened at each of our theme parks during the quarter, and pleased with the theatrical performance of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Overall, our successful results in the first half of 2018 underscore the strength we see across Comcast NBCUniversal.”

For additional detail on segment revenue and expenses, customer metrics, capital expenditures, and free cash flow, please refer to the trending schedules on Comcast’s Investor Relations website at www.cmcsa.com.

Consolidated Revenue for the second quarter of 2018 increased 2.1% to $21.7 billion. Consolidated Net Income Attributable to Comcast increased 27.6% to $3.2 billion. Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA increased 4.8% to $7.4 billion.

For the six months ended June 30, 2018, consolidated revenue increased 6.3% to $44.5 billion compared to 2017. Consolidated net income attributable to Comcast increased 24.3% to $6.3 billion. Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA increased 4.1% to $14.7 billion.

Earnings per Share (EPS) for the second quarter of 2018 was $0.69, an increase of 32.7% compared to the second quarter of 2017. On an adjusted basis, EPS increased 25.0% to $0.65 (see Table 4).

For the six months ended June 30, 2018, EPS was $1.36, a 28.3% increase compared to the prior year. On an adjusted basis, EPS increased 20.0% to $1.26 (see Table 4).

Capital Expenditures decreased 3.3% to $2.3 billion in the second quarter of 2018. Cable Communications’ capital expenditures decreased 9.7% to $1.8 billion in the second quarter of 2018, reflecting lower spending on customer premise equipment and support capital, partially offset by increased investments in scalable infrastructure and line extensions. Cable capital expenditures represented 12.9% of Cable revenue in the second quarter of 2018 compared to 14.8% in last year’s second quarter. NBCUniversal’s capital expenditures of $461 million increased 36.3%, reflecting continued investment at Theme Parks.

For the six months ended June 30, 2018, capital expenditures decreased 4.1% to $4.2 billion compared to 2017. Cable Communications’ capital expenditures decreased 7.6% to $3.5 billion and represented 12.7% of Cable revenue compared to 14.2% in 2017. NBCUniversal’s capital expenditures increased 17.1% to $730 million in 2018.

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities was $7.1 billion in the second quarter of 2018. Free Cash Flow4 was $4.3 billion (see Table 5).

For the six months ended June 30, 2018, net cash provided by operating activities was $12.5 billion. Free cash flow was $7.4 billion (see Table 5).

Dividends and Share Repurchases. During the second quarter of 2018, Comcast paid dividends totaling $878 million and repurchased 38.3 million of its common shares for $1.3 billion. In the first six months of 2018, Comcast repurchased 76.9 million of its common shares for $2.8 billion. As of June 30, 2018, Comcast had $4.25 billion available under its share repurchase authorization. Comcast expects to repurchase at least $5.0 billion of its Class A common stock during 2018, subject to market conditions.

Revenue for Cable Communications increased 3.4% to $13.7 billion in the second quarter of 2018, driven primarily by increases in high-speed Internet, business services and advertising revenue. High-speed Internet revenue increased 9.3%, driven by an increase in the number of residential high-speed Internet customers and rate adjustments. Business services revenue increased 11.1%, primarily driven by increases in the number of customers receiving our small and medium-sized business services offerings. Advertising revenue increased 6.4%, primarily reflecting an increase in political advertising revenue. Excluding political advertising revenue, advertising revenue increased 1.3%. Other revenue increased 6.9%, driven by an increase in revenue from Xfinity Home and our X1 licensing agreements. Video revenue decreased 1.9%, primarily reflecting a decrease in the number of residential video customers. Voice revenue decreased 3.9%, primarily due to a decrease in the number of residential voice customers.

For the six months ended June 30, 2018, Cable revenue increased 3.5% to $27.2 billion compared to 2017, driven by growth in high-speed Internet and business services revenue.

Total Customer Relationships increased by 182,000 to 29.8 million in the second quarter of 2018. Residential customer relationships increased by 147,000 and business customer relationships increased by 36,000. At the end of the second quarter, 68.7% of our residential customers received at least two Xfinity products. Total high-speed Internet customer net additions were 260,000, total video customer net losses were 140,000, total voice customer net losses were 16,000 and total security and automation customer net additions were 60,000.

Adjusted EBITDA for Cable Communications increased 6.5% to $5.6 billion in the second quarter of 2018, reflecting higher revenue, partially offset by a 1.4% increase in operating expenses. The higher expenses were due to a 3.3% increase in video programming costs, primarily reflecting higher retransmission consent fees and sports programming costs. Non-programming expenses were consistent with the prior year’s quarter, reflecting higher technical and product support expenses, offset by decreases in other operating costs, franchise and regulatory fees, customer service expenses, and advertising, marketing and promotional expenses. This quarter’s Adjusted EBITDA per customer relationship increased 3.7%, and Adjusted EBITDA margin was 41.1% compared to 39.9% in the second quarter of 2017.

For the six months ended June 30, 2018, Cable Adjusted EBITDA increased 5.6% to $11.1 billion compared to 2017, driven by higher revenue, partially offset by a 2.1% increase in operating expenses. The higher expenses were due to a 3.2% increase in video programming costs. Non-programming expenses increased 1.4%. For the six months ended June 30, 2018, Adjusted EBITDA margin was 40.6% compared to 39.8% in 2017.

Revenue for NBCUniversal remained flat at $8.3 billion in the second quarter of 2018. Adjusted EBITDA increased 4.2% to $2.2 billion, reflecting increases at Cable Networks and Theme Parks, partially offset by a decline at Filmed Entertainment.

For the six months ended June 30, 2018, NBCUniversal revenue increased 10.3% to $17.8 billion compared to 2017. Adjusted EBITDA increased 8.6% to $4.4 billion, reflecting increases at Cable Networks, Broadcast Television and Theme Parks, partially offset by a decline at Filmed Entertainment.

Cable Networks

Cable Networks revenue increased 8.2% to $2.9 billion in the second quarter of 2018, reflecting higher distribution, content licensing and other, and advertising revenue. Distribution revenue increased 8.7%, primarily due to contractual rate increases and the timing of contract renewals, partially offset by a moderating decline in subscribers at our cable networks. Content licensing and other revenue increased 22.5%, due to the timing of content provided under licensing agreements. Advertising revenue increased 3.6%, reflecting higher rates, partially offset by audience ratings declines. Adjusted EBITDA increased 12.5% to $1.2 billion in the second quarter of 2018, reflecting higher revenue, partially offset by higher operating costs.

For the six months ended June 30, 2018, revenue from the Cable Networks segment increased 14.5% to $6.1 billion compared to 2017, reflecting higher distribution, advertising, and content licensing and other revenue. Excluding $378 million of revenue generated by the broadcast of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics in the first quarter of 2018, Cable Networks revenue increased 7.4% (see Table 6). Adjusted EBITDA increased 13.1% to $2.5 billion compared to 2017, reflecting higher revenue, partially offset by higher programming and production costs due to the broadcast of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.

Broadcast Television

Broadcast Television revenue increased 6.7% to $2.4 billion in the second quarter of 2018, reflecting increased advertising and distribution and other revenue, partially offset by lower content licensing revenue. Advertising revenue increased 9.2%, primarily driven by higher rates and revenue associated with Telemundo’s broadcast of the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM, partially offset by audience ratings declines. Distribution and other revenue increased 16.8%, due to higher retransmission consent fees. Content licensing revenue decreased 8.1%, reflecting the timing of content provided under licensing agreements. Adjusted EBITDA was flat at $417 million in the second quarter of 2018, reflecting higher revenue, offset by increased programming and production costs associated with Telemundo’s broadcast of the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM.

For the six months ended June 30, 2018, revenue from the Broadcast Television segment increased 32.3% to $5.9 billion compared to 2017, reflecting an increase in advertising and distribution and other revenue, partially offset by lower content licensing revenue. Excluding $770 million of revenue generated by the broadcast of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics in the first quarter of 2018 and $423 million of revenue generated by the broadcast of Super Bowl LII in the first quarter of 2018, Broadcast Television revenue increased 5.5% (see Table 6). Adjusted EBITDA increased 25.2% to $924 million compared to 2017, reflecting an increase in revenue, partially offset by an increase in programming and production costs, primarily due to increased sports programming costs associated with the broadcasts of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics and Super Bowl LII.

Filmed Entertainment

Filmed Entertainment revenue decreased 20.2% to $1.7 billion in the second quarter of 2018, reflecting lower theatrical, home entertainment, and content licensing revenue. Theatrical revenue decreased 35.5%, primarily due to the strength of releases in last year’s second quarter, including Fate of the Furious, and timing of this quarter’s releases, including Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Home Entertainment revenue decreased 32.8%, reflecting the success of several releases in the prior year period, including Fifty Shades Darker, Sing, Split and Get Out, partially offset by Fifty Shades Freed in this year’s second quarter. Content licensing revenue decreased 5.3%, driven by the timing of when content was made available under licensing agreements. Adjusted EBITDA decreased by 52.1% to $138 million in the second quarter of 2018, reflecting lower revenue, partially offset by lower programming and production costs.

For the six months ended June 30, 2018, revenue from the Filmed Entertainment segment decreased 18.3% to $3.4 billion compared to 2017, reflecting lower theatrical, home entertainment, content licensing and other revenue. Adjusted EBITDA decreased 48.2% to $341 million compared to 2017, reflecting lower revenue, partially offset by decreased programming and production costs.

Theme Parks

Theme Parks revenue increased 3.6% to $1.4 billion in the second quarter of 2018 reflecting higher per capita spending driven by the successful openings of several new attractions including Fast & Furious – SuperchargedTM in Orlando, partially offset by the timing of spring holidays as compared to 2017. Adjusted EBITDA increased 3.4% to $569 million in the second quarter of 2018, reflecting higher revenue, partially offset by an increase in operating expenses, including costs to support new attractions.

For the six months ended June 30, 2018, revenue from the Theme Parks segment increased 8.6% to $2.6 billion compared to 2017, reflecting higher per capita spending. Adjusted EBITDA increased 12.3% to $1.1 billion compared to 2017, due to higher revenue, partially offset by an increase in operating expenses, including costs to support new attractions.

Headquarters, Other and Eliminations

NBCUniversal Headquarters, Other and Eliminations include overhead and eliminations among the NBCUniversal businesses. For the quarter ended June 30, 2018, NBCUniversal Headquarters, Other and Eliminations Adjusted EBITDA loss was $150 million, compared to a loss of $235 million in the second quarter of 2017.

For the six months ended June 30, 2018, NBCUniversal Headquarters, Other and Eliminations Adjusted EBITDA loss was $338 million compared to a loss of $421 million in 2017.

Conference Call and Other Information

Comcast Corporation will host a conference call with the financial community today, July 26, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time (ET). The conference call and related materials will be broadcast live and posted on its Investor Relations website at www.cmcsa.com. Those parties interested in participating via telephone should dial (800) 263-8495 with the conference ID number 7673099. A replay of the call will be available starting at 12:00 p.m. ET on July 26, 2018, on the Investor Relations website or by telephone. To access the telephone replay, which will be available until Thursday, August 2, 2018 at midnight ET, please dial (855) 859-2056 and enter the conference ID number 7673099.

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Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or our actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements. Readers are directed to Comcast’s periodic and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a description of such risks and uncertainties. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In this discussion, we sometimes refer to financial measures that are not presented according to generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S. (GAAP). Certain of these measures are considered “non-GAAP financial measures” under the SEC regulations; those rules require the supplemental explanations and reconciliations that are in Comcast’s Form 8-K (Quarterly Earnings Release) furnished to the SEC.

About Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the XFINITY brand. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

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