Sony Music Brought in over $2 Billion in Streaming Revenue in 2018

Streaming music continues to spice up Sony Music’s backside line.

Sony has launched its financials for its full-year third fiscal quarter (FY Q3) of 2018.  The three months ended December 31st, 2018.

Last 12 months, Sony Music (together with its labels) introduced in over $2 billion in streaming music income alone. That determine rose 22.three% over the earlier 12 months, when the most important label introduced in $1.7 billion from streaming.  Operating revenue reached $1.four billion, up from $361 million year-over-year.

Physical gross sales solely introduced in $240.four million, plummeting 60.9% over 2017’s $386.four million.  Digital downloads decreased 29.9% to $86.9 million.  Streaming income rose 12.eight% to $555.1 million over Q3 2017’s $491.7 million.

Other income – together with license income (public efficiency, broadcast, and sync), merchandising, reside performances, and many others. – rose eight.1% to $157 million.  Total recorded music for its Q3 2018 declined 9.three% to $1.04 billion year-over-year.  Sony Music attributed the decline to a brand new accounting normal.

These numbers have been partially offset by the constructive affect of the consolidation of EMI, leading to a $1 billion remeasurement achieve.

Including recorded music income ($1.04 billion), music publishing ($269 million), and visible media and platform ($509.9 million), Sony Music’s whole Q3 2018 income fell four.four% to $1.82 billion.

For the primary 9 months of 2018, streaming made up 53% of all recorded music income, up from 44% within the prior fiscal 12 months.

In the second half of 2018, Sony’s streaming income grew 10.2% to $1.1 billion.  Overall income throughout this era fell 6.three% to $2 billion over final 12 months.

Financial analysts anticipated an earnings per share (EPS) quantity of $1.90.  The Japanese conglomerate surpassed that quantity, reporting an EPS of $2.93 because of robust income from its different divisions.

Sony Music saved its forecast for FY This autumn 2018 the identical.  The main label expects working revenue to achieve $2.1 billion, with income totaling $7.5 billion.

Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD had the best-selling venture for Q3 2018.  Bob Dylan’s More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 and George Ezra’s Staying at Tamara’s got here in second and third, respectively.


Featured picture by Sony Music.