Loss-Making Hong Kong Television Network Limited (HKG:1137) Expected To Breakeven

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Hong Kong Television Network Limited's (HKG:1137): Hong Kong Television Network Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the multimedia business in Hong Kong. The HK$4.3b market-cap company announced a latest loss of -HK$289.9m on 31 December 2019 for its most recent financial year result. The most pressing concern for investors is 1137’s path to profitability – when will it breakeven? In this article, I will touch on the expectations for 1137’s growth and when analysts expect the company to become profitable.

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According to the industry analysts covering 1137, breakeven is near. They anticipate the company to incur a final loss in 2020, before generating positive profits of HK$33m in 2021. Therefore, 1137 is expected to breakeven roughly a couple of months from now! In order to meet this breakeven date, I calculated the rate at which 1137 must grow year-on-year. It turns out an average annual growth rate of 105% is expected, which signals high confidence from analysts. If this rate turns out to be too aggressive, 1137 may become profitable much later than analysts predict.

SEHK:1137 Past and Future Earnings March 27th 2020

I’m not going to go through company-specific developments for 1137 given that this is a high-level summary, however, keep in mind that typically a high forecast growth rate is not unusual for a company that is currently undergoing an investment period.

Before I wrap up, there’s one aspect worth mentioning. 1137 has managed its capital judiciously, with debt making up 22% of equity. This means that 1137 has predominantly funded its operations from equity capital,and its low debt obligation reduces the risk around investing in the loss-making company.

Next Steps:

This article is not intended to be a comprehensive analysis on 1137, so if you are interested in understanding the company at a deeper level, take a look at 1137’s company page on Simply Wall St. I’ve also compiled a list of relevant factors you should look at:

  1. Historical Track Record: What has 1137's performance been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Hong Kong Television Network’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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