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Monday, July 25, 2016

Videocon d2h Achieves Positive Free Cash Flows[1] and Profit After Tax

Videocon d2h Achieves Positive Free Cash Flows[1] and Profit After Tax

MUMBAI, India, July 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Adjusted EBITDA[2] grew 32.4% year on year to INR 2.52 billion  

Net subscriber[3] base stood at 12.29 million 

Videocon d2h Limited (NASDAQ: VDTH) ("Videocon d2h" or the "Company") announced its
financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2016.

Key Highlights: 

- Revenue from operations grew 23.5% year on year to INR 8.19 billion;
- Subscription and activation revenue grew 23.9% to INR 7.52 billion;
- Adjusted EBITDA grew 32.4% to INR 2.52 billion;
- Adjusted EBITDA margin increased by 210 basis points year on year to 30.8%;
- ARPU[4] came in at INR 219;
- Gross subscribers[5]  and net subscribers increased by 0.60 million and 0.43 million
subscribers, respectively, during the quarter;
- Net subscribers base at 12.29 million;
- Churn[6] came in at 0.49% per month; and
- Free cash flow came in at INR 138 million

Key metrics Q1FY17
Gross subscriber additions (million) 0.60
Net subscriber additions (million) 0.43
Adjusted EBITDA (INR million) 2,519
Profit after tax (INR million) 27

Commenting on the results and company outlook, Executive Chairman of Videocon d2h, Mr.
Saurabh Dhoot, said "I'm delighted to share that the first quarter of fiscal 2017 has been
a landmark quarter for our Company in its enduring journey. In this quarter, we have had a
positive profit after tax and achieved free cash flow breakeven. This is a great

"In line with our focus on paying down term loans, the Company recently pre-paid
further term loans, strengthening our balance sheet further. We have significantly
de-levered our balance sheet and become a stronger company going from strength to strength,
reducing term loans by around USD 200 million since our IPO, with over USD 55 million
repaid in the current fiscal year."

Speaking on the results, Mr. Anil Khera, CEO of Videocon, d2h said "We are happy to
report that Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 grew 32.4% year on
year, which is primarily a result of strong subscriber growth, higher revenue realizations
and better operating margins. During the quarter, we expanded our retail network in areas
that come under India's Phase III and Phase IV Digitalization program. We are happy to
announce our strategic tie-up with Vodafone to enable recharge using their well
established m-pesa digital wallet and at Vodafone outlets, as it will give our customers
an easy and efficient way to recharge their d2h account at their convenience."

Financial Summary: 

                                          (In INR million, unless otherwise indicated)

% growth
Key financial metrics Q1FY16 Q4FY16 Q1FY17 year on year
Revenue from operations 6,628 7,715 8,185 23.5%
Subscription and activation revenue 6,073 7,056 7,523 23.9%
Adjusted EBITDA 1,903 2,191 2,519 32.4%
Adjusted EBITDA margin (%) 28.7% 28.4% 30.8%
Profit after tax (loss) (244) (212) 27
Content cost (% of revenue) 37.0% 37.5% 36.1%
Adjusted EBITDA less capex 373 455 887 137.8%
% growth
Key operating metrics Q1FY16 Q4FY16 Q1FY17 year on year
Net subscribers (million) 10.64 11.86 12.29 15.5%
ARPU (INR) 205 214 219 6.8%
Churn per month (%) 0.46% 0.58% 0.49%

During the quarter ended June 30, 2016, subscription and activation revenue grew 23.9%
year on year to INR 7.52 billion. Revenue from operations grew 23.5% year on year to INR
8.19 billion.

Videocon d2h generated Adjusted EBITDA of INR 2.52 billion, reporting a growth of
32.4% year on year. Adjusted EBITDA margin expanded 210 basis points year on year to 30.8%
during the quarter. Content cost came in at 36.1% of revenue as compared to 37.0% of
revenue a year ago.

The Company reported profit after tax for the first time since its inception of INR 27
million during the first quarter of fiscal 2017. This compares to a net loss of INR 244
million during the first quarter of fiscal 2016.

The Company added 0.60 million gross subscribers and 0.43 million net subscribers
during the first quarter of fiscal 2017. Net subscribers totaled 12.29 million as of June
30, 2016. Churn came in at 0.49% per month for the quarter as compared to 0.46% during the
same quarter last year. ARPU grew by 6.8% year on year to INR 219.

Subscriber acquisition costs in the form of hardware subsidies were INR 1,872 per

The Company had term loans of INR 21.87 billion and total cash and short term
investments of INR 6.12 billion as of June 30, 2016. The Company repaid term loans
amounting to INR 3.87 billion in the current fiscal year. With this, the Company has
reduced total term loans by over INR 13 billion since its IPO.

Conference Call: Dial-in Details 

The results conference call time and details are provided below.

Call #1 Call #2
Date July 26, 2016 July 26, 2016
Time 11:00 am India time 6:30 pm India time
1:30pm HK time 9:00pm HK time
6:30am UK time 2:00pm UK time
1:30am NYC time 9:00am NYC time
Dial in details
India +91 22 6746 8376 / +91 22 3960 0752 +91 22 6746 8376 / +91 22 3960 0752
Hong Kong 800 964 448 / +852 3018 6877 800 964 448 / +852 3018 6877
Singapore 800 101 2045 / +65 3157 5746 800 101 2045 / +65 3157 5746
USA 1866 746 2133 / +1 323 386 8721 1866 746 2133 / +1 323 386 8721
UK 0808 101 1573 / +44 20347 85524 0808 101 1573 / +44 20347 85524
Pin code Not required Not required
Playback details
India +91 22 3065 2322 / +91 22 6181 3322 +91 22 3065 2322 / +91 22 6181 3322
USA 1855 4360 715 / 1863 9490 105 1855 4360 715 / 1863 9490 105
Playback ID 76076 03597

Forward looking statements 

This earnings release may contain forward-looking statements, as defined in the safe
harbor provisions of the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In addition
to statements which are forward-looking by reason of context, the words "may", "will",
"should", "expects", "plans", "intends", "anticipates", "believes", "estimates",
"predicts", "potential", or "continue" and similar expressions identify forward-looking
statements. We caution you that reliance on any forward-looking statement involves risks
and uncertainties that might cause actual results to differ materially from those
expressed or implied by such statements. These and other factors are more fully discussed
in the Videocon d2h's registration statement on Form F-4 filed with the SEC and available
at All information provided in this earnings release is as of the date
hereof, unless the context otherwise requires. Other than as required by law, Videocon d2h
does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements or other information in this
earnings release.

Q1 FY17 financial results are available on the SEC web site and company web site [

1. We calculate free cash flow as Adjusted EBITDA less capital expenditure and net
interest expense, as increased by other income. Free cash flow is not an IFRS measure and
should not be construed as an alternative to any IFRS measure such as cash flow from
operating activities. Free cash flow should not be considered in isolation and is not a
measure of our financial performance or liquidity under IFRS and should not be considered
as an alternative to cash flow from operating, investing or financing activities or any
other measure of our liquidity derived in accordance with IFRS. Free cash flow does not
necessarily indicate whether cash flow will be sufficient or available for cash
requirements and may not be indicative of our results of operations. Free cash flow as
defined herein may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures used by other

2. We calculate EBITDA by calculating profit or loss after tax as increased by income
tax expense, net finance costs, depreciation, amortization and impairment and reduced by
other income. Adjusted EBITDA is EBITDA adjusted for the recognition of fair value of the
Employee Stock Option Plan 2014 recognized as an expense over the vesting period which
amounted to INR 117.77 million for the fiscal year 2016, INR 29.45 million for the fourth
quarter of fiscal year 2016 and INR 21.01 million for the first quarter of fiscal year
2017. Adjusted EBITDA presented in this earnings release, is a supplemental measure of
performance and liquidity that is not required by or represented in accordance with the
IFRS. Furthermore, Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance or liquidity
under IFRS and should not be considered as an alternative to profit after tax, operating
income or other income or any other performance measures derived in accordance with the
IFRS or as an alternative to cash flow from operating activities or as a measure of
liquidity. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA is not a standardized term, hence direct
comparison between companies using the same term may not be possible. Other companies may
calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently from our Company, limiting their usefulness as
comparative measures. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA helps identify underlying trends in
our business that could otherwise be distorted by the effect of the expenses that are
excluded when calculating Adjusted EBITDA. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA enhances the
overall understanding of our past performance and future prospects and allows for greater
visibility with respect to key metrics used by our management in our financial and
operational decision-making.

3. Net subscriber means subscribers authorized to receive DTH broadcasting services on
account of payment of subscription charges or any entry offer at the time of initial
connection, as well as subscribers who are temporarily disconnected due to non-payment of
subscription charges for a period not exceeding 120 days

4. Average Revenue Per User ("ARPU") is calculated by dividing our subscription and
activation revenue by the average of our net subscribers for the period. Subscription and
activation charges are considered on a gross basis without netting off the recharge
margins or discounts provided to the distributors.

5. Gross subscribers means total registered subscribers.

6. Churn has been calculated as the number of subscribers who have not made payment
for at least 120 days and is the difference between the number of gross subscribers and
the number of net subscribers.

Videocon d2h

CONTACT: Nupur Agarwal,, +91-22-4255-5000; Dana Diver,, +1-212-889-4350

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Maryhill Winery's Concerts Draw Top Performers for Summer 2016

Maryhill Winery's Concerts Draw Top Performers for Summer 2016

Winery's awe-inspiring outdoor amphitheater attracts chart topping musicians to the Columbia River Gorge: Jeff Beck & Buddy Guy, Chris Isaak, Tears for Fears, and The United States Navy Band Country Current

GOLDENDALE, Wash., July 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Nationally renowned and celebrated artists Jeff Beck & Buddy Guy, Chris Isaak and Tears for Fears are gearing up to perform this summer at the popular Maryhill Winery & Amphitheater in the Columbia River Gorge. Tickets are currently available to the public at or Ticketfly (1-877-435-9849) with prices ranging from $45 to $105.

Additionally, on August 28th, The United States Navy Band Country Current--the Navy's premier country bluegrass ensemble--will perform at Maryhill's amphitheater. The 6:00 p.m. performance isfree and open to all ages, however tickets are required. Visit for tickets.

Located in Goldendale, Washington, just 90 miles east of Portland, and a three-hour drive from Seattle, Maryhill Winery has hosted award-winning musicians at its outdoor amphitheater for over a decade. The 4,000-seat amphitheater is integrated into the natural slope of an expansive outdoor lawn, offering panoramic views of Mount Hood and the Columbia River Gorge as well as the surrounding vineyards.

2016 Maryhill Winery & Amphitheater Summer Concert Series Schedule*

Aug. 20, 2016 --Jeff Beck & Buddy Guy: Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Concert begins at 7:00 p.m.

Aug. 28, 2016--United States Navy Band Country Current: Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Concert begins at 6:00 p.m.

Sept. 3, 2016 -- Chris Isaak: Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Concert begins at 7:00 p.m.

Sept. 17, 2016-- Tears for Fears: Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Concert begins at 7:00 p.m.

*Tasting Room closes 90 minutes prior to gate times.

Jeff Beck & Buddy Guy will bring their legendary guitar playing to Maryhill Winery on Aug. 20, 2016. Jeff Beck is a groundbreaking artist whose inimitable combination of primal shredding and cool perfectionism has left an indelible mark on everything from hard rock and jazz fusion to rockabilly and techno. Beck has earned wide critical praise and twice been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In conjunction with his U.S. summer tour with Buddy Guy, Beck on July 15(th) released a new studio album, Loud Hailer, marking his first studio album since the Grammy winning Emotion & Commotion in 2010. Buddy Guy, a seven-time Grammy award winner, has been a major influence on rock 'n' roll and is known as the greatest living blues musician to come out of Chicago. On July 31, 2015, one day after his 79(th) birthday, Guy released Born to Play Guitar, which debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top Blues Albums chart.

United States Navy Band Country Current is nationally renowned for its versatility and "eye-popping" musicianship. Country Current will perform a blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass on August 28, 2016. This seven-member ensemble employs musicians from diverse backgrounds with extensive high-profile recording and touring experience in the music scenes of Nashville, New York City, New Orleans and more. In the tradition of country music, each member is a skilled performer on multiple instruments. The band utilizes banjo, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, fiddle, electric bass, upright bass, dobro, pedal steel guitar and drum set.

Chris Isaak will bring his 50s-style rockabilly and country music to Maryhill Winery on Sept. 3, 2016. The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter was propelled into stardom in the early 90s when his hit single "Wicked Game" became a Top Ten hit. In 2015, he released First Comes the Night, his first album of new material in six years.

Tears for Fears, which won the pop music spotlight via their 1983 debut album The Hurting, a sophisticated collection of inward-looking, electro-tinged pop songs including "Mad World," will perform at Maryhill Winery on September 17, 2016 (rescheduled to September 17(th) from its original June 18(th) date due to a family illness). The band's most recent studio album, 2004's critically acclaimed Everybody Loves a Happy Ending, signaled a welcome return for one of the biggest and best-loved bands of the post-MTV age, as well as one of the most eagerly anticipated reunions in pop music history.

For more information about Maryhill Winery, its Summer Concert Series, and its award-winning wines, or to sign up for the winery's e-newsletter, visit Become a fan of Maryhill on Facebook at, and follow the winery @maryhillwinery on Twitter,YouTube, and Instagram. To reach the winery by phone, call (877) 627-9445.

About Maryhill Winery

Opened in 2001 by Craig and Vicki Leuthold, family-owned Maryhill Winery is one of Washington's largest wineries, producing 80,000 cases annually. Perched on a bluff overlooking the stunning Columbia River in Goldendale, Washington, it is a popular destination for travelers and wine enthusiasts alike. Visitors can enjoy wine tastings, live music on the vine-covered terrace every summer weekend, Memorial Day through September, tours and special events, tournament-quality bocce courts, and a world-class summer concert series in its adjacent 4,000-seat outdoor amphitheater. Maryhill's 3,000 sq. ft. tasting room and 1,200 sq. ft. Reserve Room draw more than 75,000 wine enthusiasts from around the globe each year, ranking among the top-five most visited wineries in the state. Maryhill sources more than 30 unique varietals of grapes from some of the most highly regarded vineyards in Washington, and produces more than 50 wines. Maryhill Winery has been honored with more than 3,000 awards since its first vintage in 2001, including being named 2015 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year by Wine Press Northwest and the 2014 Winery of the Year at the San Francisco International Wine Competition.

SOURCE Maryhill Winery

Maryhill Winery

CONTACT: Emily Petterson, Weinstein PR,, 503-550-8161, or Cassie Courtney, Marketing Director, Maryhill Winery,, (509) 773-1976 ext. 306

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