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Comcast ($CMCSA) Q4 2022 Earnings – Mixed Earnings but a Light Is At The End of the Tunnel

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On Thursday, 1/26/2023, Comcast ($CMCSA) reported fourth quarter earnings that beat most expectations despite a lack of strength in subscriber growth and losses from Peacock (their streaming service).


Earnings per share came in at $0.82 for the quarter, beating expectations of $0.77 by 6.4%. Revenues came in at $30.6B beating expectations of $30.4B and a previous quarter of $29.8B. Good news so far!

Unfortunately, Adjusted EBITDA fell by 15% to $8B from $9.5B from the prior quarter. This was mostly due to higher severance expenses as hinted at by CFO Mike Cavanagh in the third quarter call. He said, “As we enter the fourth quarter and look to our year ahead, we remain focused on driving long-term growth during an increasingly challenged economic environment… We expect we will be taking severance and other cost reduction-related charges in the fourth quarter in anticipation of expense reduction actions that will provide benefits in 2023 and beyond.”

Cable Communications

Comcast report 26,000 lost broadband customers for the quarter, attributing impact to Hurricane Ian which hit Florida and South Carolina in September. The hurricane caused severe damage and losses to the homes of subscribers. When looking at total customer relationships, the firm estimates the total number decreased by 36,000 and broadband increased by 4,000 when excluding the effects of the hurricane.

Though subscribers are growing, the pace has slowed compared to quarters prior to Covid. Competition from telecom and wireless providers are growing, and a housing slowdown in the US contributes to a lack of new customers as the shift to new homes. Total customer relationships of 34.3M increased slightly form 34.2M last year.

Comcast’s wireless segment, Xfinity, added 365,000 customers in the quarter, brining the total subscriber base to over 5.3M. Wireless customer growth has been consistent since jumping into the business in recent years. This was offset by a loss of 440,000 cable video subscribers as customers continue to cut traditional TV bundles in favor of streaming.


NBCUniversal is the business segment that contains the media (cable, streaming, and related advertising figures), studios (movie studios such as Universal Pictures, Dreamworks, and Focus Features) , and theme parks (5 Universal Parks and Resorts) businesses.

Revenues for Universal were up about 3% from the prior quarter to $9.8B. Revenues was boosted by the 2022 FIFA World Cup which aired on Peacock and their Spanish-language network Telemundo.

Though overall results are good, Peacock has continued to weigh on the business. Adjusted earnings fell by nearly 50% to $817M due to Peacock losses and severance expenses. $978M of that is attributed to Peacock losses compared to a loss of $614M last quarter.

This quarter, Peacock added 5M new paying Peacock customers to the subscriber base, brining the total number to 20 million. This increase could be attributed to the World Cup, football season, and English Premiere League. The company remains committed to earning a return on their Peacock investment, though next year doesn’t look like the year for it. Overall, Peacock’s losses for the year of $2.5B were in line with the company’s earlier outlook. Next year, Michael Cavanagh says they expect losses to be near $3B.

Theme parks remained a bright spot for the segment this quarter with $2.1B in revenue, right behind the studios revenue of $2.7B. Studios revenues were actually down compared to last quarter, however the segment ended the year strong with a #2 rank in the world wide box office for year thanks to movies like Jurassic World: Dominion and Puss In Boots: The Last Wish.


Lastly, Sky, the segment that holds one of Europe’s leading media and entertainment companies, reported 129,000 net customer additions. This was reflected in a revenue growth of $163M compared to last quarter. For the year, Sky revenues decreased 11.5% to $17.9B. When excluding the impact of currency, revenue only decreased $1.2%, highlighting the segment’s sensitivity to exchange rates.

Final Thoughts

These 4th quarter results won’t change any negative sentiment around the company, but it’s a step in the right direction. Broadband customer growth is still anemic. I believe the lack of growth in the broadband service is mostly an economic one. Comcast is well positioned to combat competition and maintain pricing power. Broadband business lost customers this quarter for the first time. Average revenue per customer, however, grew 3.5% year over year. The cable segments’s EBITDA margin was flat versus last year, but would have hit a record 45% if the higher severance costs hadn’t hit.

Peacock showed better growth this quarter with 5 million net adds, but still reported a loss, crushing the margins of the Universal segment. Universal faces more challenges, but a rebound in theme parks and the growth in Peacock is a good step in the right direction.

Free cash flows took a hit for the year, dropping to $12.6B from $17.1B. Expenditures were heavily tied to a rebound in content and higher cash taxes. Both items should show less of an impact for 2023. The company’s balance sheet is strong and has allowed the company to raise its dividend by 7.4% to $1.16 for 2023, their 15th consecutive increase. Approximately $17.7B was returned to shareholders this year through $4.7B in dividends and $13B in share buybacks.

Overall, $CMCSA still looks undervalued to me. It has the stability of a telecom stock with it’s focus on broadband, has potential growth aspects of similar streaming companies with Peacock, an impressive ability to bring in revenues at the box office, and a knack for stretching profits out of popular franchises with a growing theme park business. All of these items make them a diversified company that is hard to compete with and an attractive opportunity for long-term investors.

All information provided is available on Comcast’s Earnings page with access to the earnings releases, presentations, and transcripts. Both the Q3 and Q4 2022 earnings materials were used in this article.

Dividend Stocks Due Diligence

Cummins ($CMI) The Diesel Giant That Is Ready For The Green Revolution

This post comes from CommonStock and is my submission to their September Stock Idea Competition. I wrote another one of these in July for their last competition. Last time, I researched Activision ($ATVI) and won third place! I am hoping to move up the ladder board this time. Below is my report, if you like it please go over to CommonStock and upvote and comment on it to help me win! The competition ends Monday, so thank you for checking it out during your busy weekend! Now to Cummins!


Tesla ($TSLA) pioneered EVs, and now the industry is packed with competition. EVs are great for the average commuter, but will Tesla/others have solutions for powering the trains, boats, construction vehicles, etc that make the world go ’round? Unlikely.

​My stock pick might be the solution.

Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, distributes, and services diesel, natural gas, and now electric and hybrid powertrains. They sell to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), distributors, and dealers in 190 countries for various uses from Ram pickups, heavy machinery, trains, and more.


Since 2002, Cummins has outgrown competition and the segments they serve with 6.3% revenue CAGR. Cummins has also grown total revenues from $5.6B to $24B and net income from -$103M to $2.1B with 6.7% average net income margin and 22.2% average ROE.


Cummins has great capital allocation with $3B cash, $4.9B debt (1.3% is current), great credit access, strategic acquisitions (recently OEM Meritor) and $1.3B FCF which they use for dividends (2.29% yield) and $2B of share buybacks.


Attractive valuation and economic and political tailwinds are at Cummins’ back as potential catalysts for growth.

  1. New Power

Cummins commercialized diesel engines in 1919 and continues to make innovations and improvements to powertrains. They offer the most fuel and emission efficient engines in the market and invest heavily in R&D to anticipate, prepare for, and exceed the changing regulations in advance (EPA regulations have reduced emissions by 90% this decade).

Some states, China, Germany, and other countries have announced plans to ban the use of diesel or other internal combustion engines by 2030. Cummins knows that zero emissions is the goal in the coming decades and are investing now to ensure they remain the power leader for a changing world.

“New Power” is Cummins’ newest operating segment. It is focused on zero emission and zero carbon solutions. Cummins has a large customer base and strategic partnerships, all needing decarbonization answers.


Cummins believes the path to zero emissions creates a market opportunity of $100B for 2030. They will service that market by being an integrator and component supplier. Their components business will grow by providing efficient filtration, emissions collectors, and other components to aid emission reduction efforts. When regulations require net zero, Cummins will have already accelerated adoption of FCEV, BEV, and hydrogen systems among their customers before the regulations occur.


Cummins’ New Power financial targets are $6-13B revenue in 2030 (approx. 15%-28% total projected revenue) with ~$1.3B cash outflow of operations from 2022-2027 reaching breakeven in 2027. With continued worldwide engine population growth and a high-margin component segment, Cummins forecasts EBITDA to grow >20% by 2030. I believe these goals are not overly ambitious.

  1. Food Prices

Global food prices have jumped 54% since the Russia-Ukraine war began. They are two of the world’s most important agriculture commodity exporters. Russia has 18% global wheat market share, Ukraine has 10%. Collectively, Russia and Ukraine have 26% of the barley, 63% sunflower oil, and 17% fertilizer market share. Their war has closed Ukrainian ports and sanctions strangle Russian exports.

Cummins has over 1 million agricultural engines in operation worldwide. Their products provide greater fuel efficiency, horsepower, durability, and less ownership costs than competitors. During periods of rising food prices, farmers can widen margins if they manage COGS and I expect this benefit to extend to Cummins as farmers look to their products to unlock efficiencies and savings.

  1. Valuation

Using a 10-year timeframe and above assumptions, $CMI appears undervalued with potential long-term and short-term returns per the model and thesis.


  • Freight Demand: Cummins is sensitive to freight demand. With a looming recession, consumer spending could slow causing truck operators to delay new fleet purchases.
  • Regulation: Though regulation is my main bull case, strict regulation could push competition to invest in technologies and dull Cummins’ edge.
  • Inflation: Cummins’ COGS has increased via more expensive materials and shipping costs. They have raised prices to counter, improving margins for two quarters. However, continued price increases could pose a problem.

Author’s Statement

I have a position of 2.372312 shares with $209.56 average cost. Understanding the potential upside and risks, I plan to hold, buy more shares, and reinvest dividends long-term. Below is a screenshot of $CMI trending in Commonstock mentions (sub-category for competition prizes).


Thank you for reading, and again please go over to CommonStock and upvote and comment on it to help me win! I have been out of town all week, so not much investing activity aside from writing this. I will post a portfolio update this weekend, but it won’t show much activity. Anyways, Have a great weekend and thanks again!