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Comcast Profits Rise 22 Percent; Ad Decline Slows In Q3

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A combination of cost savings and an increase in the number of subscribers and monthly bill rates pushed Comcast (NSDQ: CMCSA) past analysts expectations. Profits rose 22 percent to $944 million as revenue was up 3 percent to $8.8 billion, the latter just missing analysts’ estimates. Comcast didn’t have much to say on speculation about an imminent purchase of a majority stake in NBC Universal (NYSE: GE), but that’s likely to come up during the earnings call. It wasn’t all good news for Comcast, as ad revenue fell 16 percent, though that’s an improvement over the 20 percent drop in marketers’ dollars in Q2, the the WSJ noted.

Earnings release | Webcast (8:30 AM EDT)

3Q 2009 3Q 2008 Estimate
EPS $0.33 $0.26 $0.25
Net Income $944M $771M
Revenue $8.80B $8.54B $8.85B

Following through on an aggressive set of promotions, Comcast subs accepted higher while buying new services. The Philadelphia cable operator’s average total revenue per video customer was up 5.6 percent to $116.91 in Q3. At the same time, however, it only added 1.067 million revenue generating units in the period, compared to last year’s 1.131 million.