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Spotting Winners: Cable One (NYSE:CABO) And Cable and Satellite Stocks In Q1


Max Juang /
2024/07/01 5:13 am EDT

Wrapping up Q1 earnings, we look at the numbers and key takeaways for the cable and satellite stocks, including Cable One (NYSE:CABO) and its peers.

The massive physical footprints of fiber in the ground or satellites in space make it challenging for companies in this industry to adjust to shifting consumer habits. Over the last decade-plus, consumers have ‘cut the cord’ to their traditional cable subscriptions in favor of streaming options. While that is a headwind, this affinity to streaming means more households need high-speed internet, and companies that successfully serve customers can enjoy high retention rates and pricing power since the options for internet connectivity in any geography is usually limited.

The 6 cable and satellite stocks we track reported a weaker Q1; on average, revenues were in line with analyst consensus estimates. while next quarter's revenue guidance was 1.9% below consensus. Inflation progressed towards the Fed's 2% goal at the end of 2023, leading to strong stock market performance. The start of 2024 has been a bumpier ride, as the market switches between optimism and pessimism around rate cuts due to mixed inflation data, and while some of the cable and satellite stocks have fared somewhat better than others, they collectively declined, with share prices falling 0.3% on average since the previous earnings results.

Weakest Q1: Cable One (NYSE:CABO)

Founded in 1986, Cable One (NYSE:CABO) provides high-speed internet, cable television, and telephone services, primarily in smaller markets across the United States.

Cable One reported revenues of $404.3 million, down 4.2% year on year, falling short of analysts' expectations by 1%. It was a weak quarter for the company, with a miss of analysts' revenue, earnings and operating margin estimates.

“The first quarter of 2024 was our second straight quarter of sequential residential data customer growth,” said Julie Laulis, Cable One President and CEO.

Cable One Total Revenue

Cable One delivered the weakest performance against analyst estimates of the whole group. The stock is down 12% since the results and currently trades at $348.65.

Read our full report on Cable One here, it's free.

Best Q1: Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA)

Formerly known as American Cable Systems, Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) is a multinational telecommunications company offering a wide range of services.

Comcast reported revenues of $30.06 billion, up 1.2% year on year, in line with analysts' expectations. It was a mixed quarter for the company: revenue came in slightly ahead and adjusted EBITDA slightly below. The all-important volume metric of domestic broadband subscribers was in line with expectations.

Comcast Total Revenue

Comcast delivered the fastest revenue growth among its peers. The stock is down 4.5% since the results and currently trades at $38.35.

Is now the time to buy Comcast? Access our full analysis of the earnings results here, it's free.

WideOpenWest (NYSE:WOW)

Initially started in Denver as a cable television provider, WideOpenWest (NYSE:WOW) provides high-speed internet, cable, and telephone services to the Midwest and Southeast regions of the U.S.

WideOpenWest reported revenues of $161.5 million, down 6.2% year on year, in line with analysts' expectations. It was a weak quarter for the company, with a miss of analysts' operating margin and earnings estimates.

WideOpenWest had the slowest revenue growth in the group. The stock is up 11.5% since the results and currently trades at $5.41.

Read our full analysis of WideOpenWest's results here.

Sirius XM (NASDAQ:SIRI)

Known for its commercial-free music channels, Sirius XM (NASDAQ:SIRI) is a broadcasting company that provides satellite radio and online radio services across North America.

Sirius XM reported revenues of $2.16 billion, flat year on year, surpassing analysts' expectations by 1.4%. It was a slower quarter for the company, with a miss of analysts' core subscribers estimates and a miss of analysts' earnings estimates.

Sirius XM scored the biggest analyst estimates beat among its peers. The stock is down 14.8% since the results and currently trades at $2.71.

Read our full, actionable report on Sirius XM here, it's free.

Charter (NASDAQ:CHTR)

Operating as Spectrum, Charter (NASDAQ:CHTR) is a leading telecommunications company offering cable television, high-speed internet, and voice services across the United States.

Charter reported revenues of $13.68 billion, flat year on year, falling short of analysts' expectations by 0.5%. It was a slower quarter for the company, with a miss of analysts' earnings estimates.

The stock is up 13.8% since the results and currently trades at $295.35.

Read our full, actionable report on Charter here, it's free.

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