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Altice USA misses estimates, cuts full-year sales forecast; shares slide

Key Points
  • Altice USA missed expectations for third-quarter results, hurt by weakness at its pay-TV division.
  • The cable TV provider cut its full-year sales forecast, sending its shares down 10%.
  • The company now expects revenue growth of about 2.5% in 2019 compared to its prior forecast of 3.0% to 3.5%.
  • Cable TV providers have been struggling as consumers continue to cancel their cable and satellite television subscriptions, also called "cord-cutting."
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Altice USA missed expectations for third-quarter results on Tuesday due to weakness at its pay-TV division and the cable TV provider cut its full-year sales forecast, sending its shares down 10%.

Here's what the company reported compared with what Wall Street was expecting, based on a survey of analysts by Refinitiv:

  • Earnings per share: 12 cents, adjusted, vs. 15 cents expected
  • Revenue: $2.44 billion vs. $2.48 billion expected

Cable TV providers have been struggling as consumers continue to cancel their cable and satellite television subscriptions, also called "cord-cutting", and increasingly shift to online video streaming such as Netflix and Amazon.com's Prime Video.

The New York-based company now expects revenue growth of about 2.5% in 2019 compared to its prior forecast of 3.0% to 3.5%.

Altice USA reported a marginal rise in its quarterly revenue at $2.44 billion, but fell short of analysts' estimates of $2.48 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

Sales from Altice USA's video segment, which contributed about 41% to the total revenue, fell nearly 6% to $993.2 million in the third quarter ended Sept. 30.

Net income attributable to the company's stockholders rose to $77.2 million, or 12 cents per share, during the quarter, from $32.6 million, or 4 cents per share, a year earlier.

Analysts were expecting a profit of 15 cents per share.

The company's shares were down about 10% at $28.20 in extended trade.

Get the complete earnings release here.

CNBC contributed to this report.

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