Netflix tops 200 million subscribers with year-end flourish, stock jumps 10% – MarketWatch

Netflix Inc. topped 200 million streaming customers for the very first time at the end of 2020, as sign-ups rose yet again despite higher rates in the U.S. and Canada. On Tuesday afternoon, Netflix
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reported 8.5 million net brand-new subscribers in its fourth quarter, a remarkable uptick from the 2.2 million reported in the previous quarter and well ahead of Netflix and expert estimates. Netflix drew 25.9 million brand-new customers in the first half of the year, as shelter-in-place orders associated with the COVID-19 pandemic spread globally, for a yearly net gain of 36.6 million subscribers to 203.7 million total.

That efficiency led to Netflix profits increasing to $25 billion for the first time, and earnings increasing 48% for the full year. After big gains amid the early-2020 surge, Netflix shares had soothed down in the second half of the year, and were down more than 5% in the past three months. After Netflix reported modest gains in the 3rd quarter, there were worries that demand for Netflix was cooling amid magnifying competitors, and content, from the likes of Walt Disney Co.s.
Netflix started increasing the price of popular streaming tiers in the U.S. and Canada near the end of last year as a method to combat any slowing subscriber development. Executives forecast that Netflix would charm a net 6 million new subscribers in the first quarter of the year, which would be a massive decrease from more than 15 million who signed up as COVID-19 spread out around the globe in the first quarter of 2020.

That efficiency led to Netflix revenue rising to $25 billion for the very first time, and earnings increasing 48% for the complete year. Executives provided financiers a special treat after the huge gains, informing them that they expect the money generated by the business needs to dependably finance day-to-day operations moving forward, after years of using enormous financial obligation to fund its growing library of video content. The news sent out Netflix shares up more than 10% in after-hours trading Tuesday, in spite of profits being lower than anticipated. After huge gains amidst the early-2020 surge, Netflix shares had cooled down in the second half of the year, and were down more than 5% in the previous 3 months. The No. 1 streaming service reported fourth-quarter earnings of $542 million, or $1.19 a share, compared with net income of $1.30 a share in the year-ago quarter. Income improved to $6.64 billion from $5.47 billion a year back. Experts surveyed by FactSet had actually expected adjusted profits of $1.36 a share on sales of $6.6 billion. After Netflix reported modest gains in the third quarter, there were worries that need for Netflix was cooling in the middle of intensifying competition, and material, from the likes of Walt Disney Co.s.
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Prime Video, and Comcast Corp.s.
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Netflix started increasing the cost of popular streaming tiers in the U.S. and Canada near the end of last year as a method to combat any slowing customer growth. Executives forecast that Netflix would charm a net 6 million brand-new customers in the very first quarter of the year, which would be an enormous decline from more than 15 million who signed up as COVID-19 spread out around the world in the very first quarter of 2020. Netflix shares are up 48% over the previous 12 months, while the S&P 500 index.
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has actually risen 14%.

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