Comcast said its quarterly profit and revenue topped estimates as the nation’s largest cable operator reported higher sales from its NBCUniversal cable channels and broadcast networks.
Net income rose 16.5% to $2.3 billion, or 95 cents a share, during the company’s fourth quarter ended Dec. 31.
Excluding items, earnings per share were 89 cents. Revenue rose 9.2% to $21.03 billion.
Analysts had expected 87 cents per share and revenue of $20.68 billion, according to Thomson Reuters (tri).
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Investors are also keeping a close watch on whether the company could face new competition if AT&T’s (t) proposed $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner (twx) is approved by regulators. AT&T said on Wednesday that it expects approval for the deal later this year.
Revenue at NBCUniversal, which Comcast acquired in 2011, rose 13%, helped by the popularity of Thursday Night Football and primetime shows such as This Is Us.
In the cable segment, revenue rose 7% as the company added video subscribers. In November, Comcast made Netflix available through the cable operator’s X1 set-top box.