WWE recently released their third quarter financial results and the results fell short of Wall Street expectations, causing the stock to plummet to $74.94 after the investment call before rebounding to $75.68 at the end of the business day. Here are some additional revenue highlights:
– WWE announced The Network subscriber count at 1.615 million – up 9% year-over-year – broken down to 1.186 million in North America and 429,000 everywhere else.
– WWE Network revenues meanwhile were only up 2% year-over-year, meaning people were paying less likely due to discounts and free trials.
– Overall revenue was $188.4 million (short of analysts’ predictions of $202 million) and profits were $33.6 million compared to $186 million and $21.8 million last year.
– Operating income was down from $33.9 million to $18.1 million due to increased spending and expenses.
– Live event revenue declined to $26.7 million and North American attendance averaged 4,500 – the lowest in many years (McMahon said that he considers house show attendance as the ‘barometer’ of WWE’s performance and that he knows what’s “wrong” and how to fix it.