Tencent Music prices for extra content material as paying customers drive revenue beat

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Tencent Music Leisure Group stated it had began charging for extra of its content material within the first quarter as the recognition of its pay-for-streaming providers helped drive up revenue to above expectations.

FILE PHOTO: Tencent Music Leisure celebrates the corporate's IPO on the ground of the New York Inventory Alternate (NYSE) in New York, U.S., December 12, 2018. REUTERS/Bryan R Smith/File Picture

The corporate, managed by Chinese language tech large Tencent Holdings Ltd, reported outcomes for the second time because it went public in December and stated paid customers of its on-line music service jumped 27.4% to 28.Four million within the three months ended March 31.

Shares of the corporate, nonetheless, fell 3.6 p.c in after-hours buying and selling, in tandem with a sell-off within the broader market triggered by an escalation in the usChina commerce dispute.

“As our customers more and more eat music content material by way of streaming providers, we’re using on this pattern to progressively transition right into a pay-for-streaming mannequin over the approaching years,” CEO Cussion Pang stated in a press release on Monday.

In contrast to Western friends akin to Spotify Expertise SA, Tencent Music generates solely a fraction of income from music subscription packages, and as an alternative depends closely on providers widespread in China akin to on-line karaoke and dwell streaming. The Swedish streaming service is a stakeholder in Tencent Music.

Tencent Music expects its determination to shift extra music behind a paywall, together with music from widespread Taiwanese singer Jay Chou, to herald extra income generated.

Whereas pay-for-streaming accounts for a really small share of Tencent Music’s complete providing, the corporate is progressively including to the checklist, Chief Technique Officer Tony Yip stated on a post-earnings convention name.

“It would take a while to advertise a broader consumer adoption. We’re seeing encouraging outcomes thus far, which supplies us confidence that is the correct technique,” Yip stated.

Within the first quarter, the corporate earned 0.72 yuan per American depositary share, excluding gadgets, beating analysts’ common estimate of 0.69 yuan, IBES knowledge from Refinitiv exhibits.

Income progress of 39% to five.74 billion yuan ($835 million), nonetheless, fell in need of analysts’ estimate of 5.797 billion yuan.

“As Chinese language customers are getting an increasing number of used to the paying mannequin, and TME is the largest firm within the enterprise, long-term prospect seems to be nonetheless very optimistic,” stated Li Chengdong, a Beijing-based tech analyst.

The corporate additionally stated its co-president and director, Guomin Xie, had resigned attributable to private causes and named Zhenyu Xie as its chief expertise officer.

($1 = 6.8765 Chinese language yuan)

Reporting by Akanksha Rana in Bengaluru and Pei Li in Beijing; Enhancing by Sayantani Ghosh and Himani Sarkar

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