New York Times Reports a Gain of 180,000 Digital Subscribers

The New York Times Company added about 180,000 internet digital-only subscribers within the second quarter of the yr however generated much less digital promoting income, it mentioned on Wednesday.

The Times now has 9.17 million paid subscribers. It has a objective of 15 million by the top of 2027.

The firm reported $76 million in adjusted working revenue, 18 % lower than the identical quarter final yr. It generated complete income of $555.7 million, an 11.5 % improve from a yr earlier. Digital subscriptions accounted for $238.7 million of that income, a 25.5 % improve.

The hit to working revenue was principally from losses at The Athletic, the sports activities information web site that The Times purchased in February for $550 million. Adjusted working losses at The Athletic have been $12.6 million for this quarter, from April to June, down from about $19.4 million within the first quarter.

“We are properly on our method to reaching our subsequent mile marker of 15 million subscribers by 2027,” Meredith Kopit Levien, the president and chief government of the Times Company, mentioned in a assertion.

The Times reported 9.107 million subscribers on the finish of the primary quarter of 2022. That quantity was revised on this quarter’s outcomes right down to 9.01 million.

A key half of The Times’ technique is making a distinction between subscribers and subscriptions. One subscriber could have a subscription to multiple of the corporate’s merchandise, which embrace The Athletic, Cooking and Wirecutter. The Times is betting on bundling digital choices with its information report to succeed in new audiences with a selection of pursuits.

In the second quarter, the corporate had its highest-ever quantity of new subscribers to the All Digital Access tier, which incorporates The Times’s information report, Games, Cooking, Wirecutter and The Athletic, Ms. Levien mentioned.

The internet acquire of 180,000 digital-only subscribers was a 70 % improve from the second quarter of 2021. The firm added much more within the first quarter of the yr, 387,000, however that was largely a one-time enhance from The Athletic. The sports activities website added a internet improve of 50,000 stand-alone subscribers in the latest quarter.

The overwhelming majority of The Times’ subscribers pay for digital-only entry. The quantity of print subscribers continued to shrink within the second quarter, down almost 7 % from a yr earlier, to about 761,000.

Digital promoting income for the Times Company within the quarter decreased 2.4 % from a yr earlier, to $69.3 million, as entrepreneurs lowered their spending within the face of financial uncertainty. Print promoting rebounded 15.1 %, to $48.1 million, from the identical quarter final yr, because the leisure and luxurious classes started to recuperate from the pandemic.

Total working prices elevated 19.6 % to $504 million. The firm additionally famous a $34.2 million acquire from the sale of land at The Times’ printing facility in College Point, Queens.

The firm mentioned it anticipated digital subscription income within the third quarter to develop 21 to 25 % from a yr in the past. It mentioned it anticipated a flat or small lower in complete promoting income and a rise of 9 to 13 % in adjusted working prices in that interval.

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