HT Media on Tuesday reported a 24.79 per cent increase in consolidated net profit at Rs 106.36 crore for the third quarter ended December 31, helped by higher other income and lower tax expenses. The company had posted a consolidated net profit of Rs 85.23 crore for the October-December quarter of previous financial year.
Total income from operations during the quarter stood at Rs 649.89 crore, down 4.55 per cent, as against Rs 680.87 crore in the same period a year ago, HT Media said in a BSE filing.
HT Media Chairperson and Editorial Director Shobhana Bhartia said: "While the quarter started on a good note with the festival season, the subsequent short-term economic dip affected sentiment and media spends, which impacted advertising revenue for our English and Hindi print businesses."
She further said: "We continue to hone our digital strategy and are aligning the organisation to leverage our considerable strengths in traditional media, and our brands in the digital world."
During the quarter, HT Media's advertising revenue declined by 5.7 per cent to Rs 511.4 crore while its circulation revenue grew by 2.1 per cent to Rs 78.6 crore.
During the quarter, HT Media reported other income of Rs 54.86 crore as against Rs 28.58 crore in the corresponding period a year ago.