NSE Symbol: ZEEL | BSE Code: 505537
The Essel Group owns ZEEL. The media company makes game shows, TV shows, Hindi as well as regional films, et cetera. It also produces and exports entertainment software for transmission on its ZEE TV channel. The company has over 37 national channels, 39 international channels, over 4200 movie titles, and much more. Some of the favorite channels include Zee TV, Zindagi, Zee Cinema, Zee Studio, Zee Action, Zee Classic, Zee Cafe, and so on. It operates in 173 countries. In 2017, it became the only media brand to be listed in "Interbrand's Best Indian Brands 2017". ZEE has completed 25 years as a mass media company. It entered into global production by launching Zee Studios international in Canada.
ZEEL was incorporated in 1982 under the name of Empire Holdings Ltd. In 1992 the name was changed to Zee Telefilms Limited as it entered into the entertainment software business. After the amalgamation of the news and cable business in 2007, the company changed its name to ZEEL. In 2016, ZEE introduced OZEE an AVOD (Ad-based video on demand) service while in 2015 it began ZEE theatre and became the first media company to enter theatre production. Zee Music Company was established in 2014 following which it was included in the Nifty. In 2012, the company launched Ditto TV that was claimed to be India's first and only OTT (Over-The-Top TV) Distribution Platform. The company forayed into a 50:50 joint venture with Star Den Media Services Pvt. Ltd. to form MediaPro Enterprise India Pvt. Ltd in 2011.
Dr. Subhash Chandra - Non-Executive Chairman
Currently, he is the Chairman of the Essel Group of Companies, and in 1992 he was responsible for launching the iconic television channel Zee TV. From October 2002 to December 2005. He served as MD at Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. Mr. Chandra led the Board of Directors and helps in creating strategies at Zee along with business heads and managing directors of various departments.
Mr. Punit Goenka - MD and CEO
Punit is the MD since January 1, 2010, and also its CEO since July 2008. He had work experience of over eleven years and associated with various media and entertainment companies in this tenure. He was honored with Business Today 'Best CEO Award' in the Media and Entertainment category for 2016. He was involved in Dish TV (India) Limited and served as its Vice President of Operations for three years.
The stock of Zee Entertainment is available for trading on the two major stock exchanges of India - The National Stock Exchange Limited (NSE) and The Stock Exchange, Mumbai.
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ZEEL completed 25 years of its operations in 2017 and received a brand makeover along with a new logo. With an all-India viewership of 18%, ZEEL became the top non-sports entertainment television network during the year.
The consolidated revenue of the company for Q4 fiscal 2018 was Rs. 17,253 million. Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation, and Amortization (EBITDA) was Rs. 5,062 million while profit after tax (PAT) for the quarter was Rs. 2,310 million.
The company recorded an advertising revenue of Rs.10,496 million which was up by 23.9%. Meanwhile, the domestic advertising revenue grew by 21.5% and the international advertising revenue for the quarter was Rs.662 million.
For FY18, ZEEL reported consolidated revenue of Rs.66,857 million while the (EBITDA) was Rs. 20,761 million. PAT for the year was Rs.14,791 million. The company's advertising revenue for FY18 recorded a growth of 14.5% at Rs.42,048 million while the domestic advertising revenue grew by 15.9% to Rs.38,488 million.
In 2017, the ZEEL also launched ZEE5, a comprehensive digital platform with 100,000+ hours of content across 11 languages.
The stock price of Zee Entertainment on January 1, 2018, the was around Rs.581 on NSE. Throughout the month, the rate increased gradually, and by the end of the month, it had reached Rs.593.
At the beginning of February, the price of Zee Entertainment stock was around Rs.570, and it remained flat throughout the month. In March, the stock price did not change much and closed at Rs.575 by the end of the month. The company called off the acquisition of 9x Media.
Zee Entertainment stock price in April reached Rs.585. The chief financial officer (CFO) of the company Bharat Kedia announced his resignation.
At the beginning of May, the stock price of Zee Entertainment crossed the Rs.600 mark. However, it kept falling, and the closing price of the stock was Rs.556 by the end of the month. The company's strong performance in the quarter was attributed to good performance in the regional markets like Marathi and Kannada.
Zee is a household brand in India as well as overseas. The company has been a pioneer in the media and entertainment business for past 25 years. The company's stock prices have been quite stable and have not seen drastic fluctuation in the past couple of years.
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