Warner Music Group Reports Higher Profits on Lower Sales for

Even though there has been a big decline in CD sales, which is expect to continue, Warner Music Group managed to actually meet analysts’ expectations and remain strong.

  • Wmg 2008 fiscal year revenue grew 3% to $3,491M, and declined 2% on a constant-currency basis. 34 revenue totaled $854M a decrease of 1% from the prior-year quarter or 5% on a constant-currency basis.
  • 2008 digital revenue rose 39% to $639M or 18% of total. Q4 digital revenue was $167M or 20% of total revenue up from $166M in the third quarter of fiscal ’08 and up 28% from the prior-year quarter. Full-year 2008 digital revenue rose 39% to $639M or 18% of total revenue.
  • Operating income from continuing operations declined 20% to $66 million.. in the quarter compared to $83 million in the prior-year quarter. Prior quarters had benefited from a $17M legal settlement and been dragged down by whopping $9M in expenses during the failed aquisition of EMI.
  • Operating income before depreciation and amortization from continuing operations fell 8%. (more)

WMG’s saw revenue fall 3.7% with weakness in the U.S. offset by sales in Japan, France and Italy. Major sellers included Metallica, Kid Rock and Mariya Takeuchi.

Sources: Billboard, MusicAlly, Hypebot

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