Netflix Adds More Subscribers Than Expected in Q3, Shares Extend Gains
Shares of Netflix Inc. advanced in after-hours trading session on Monday after the streaming giant said it added more subscribers than expected in the third quarter and projected growth to be in line with Wall Street expectations.
Netflix shares added nearly 0.3 percent to trade at $205.30 per share after having closed 1.6 percent higher in regular trading. For the three-month period ended September, Netflix announced that net income soared to $129.6 million, or 29 cents per share, from income of $51.5 million, or 12 cents per share during the same quarter a year ago.
Meanwhile, revenue for the third quarter was reported to reach $2.98 billion, up from $2.29 billion a year ago and above forecasts calling for a rise to a reading of $2.97. Moreover, Netflix said it added 5.3 million subscribers around the world in three months to September, which was well above Wall Street’s forecast of 4.5 million and also up from with the 3.6 million the company added during the same quarter last year.
For the current quarter, Netflix forecast 6.3 million additions, which would send its customer base in all its markets to nearly 115.6 million. The reading is also higher than analysts’ average estimate of 6.25 million.
In its investor letter that accompanies its earnings, Netflix said that it would increase its spending on original content to $7 billion to $8 billion next year in an attempt to plan for life in a post-Disney future. Walt Disney Co. in August announced that it would create its own streaming network and end its current partnership with Netflix by the end of 2019.
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