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Netflix co-CEO Reveals Company is Keeping an Eye on A Ad-Supported TV

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Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos has revealed that the company is keeping an eye on a free ad-supported TV (FAST), as it seeks to boost its ads business.

Ted disclosed that he is open to different models right now while considering FAST channels which are rapidly gaining popularity amongst streaming services.

In his words,

“We’re open to all these different models that are out there right now, but we’ve got a lot on our plate this year, both with the paid sharing and with our launch of advertising and continuing to this slate of content that we’re trying to drive to our members. So, we are keeping an eye on that segment for sure”.

Reports disclose that the FAST industry will reach 216 million monthly active users in 2023, driving $4.1 billion in ad revenue.

Investors King understands that subscription fatigue and surging inflation have driven many customers to free ad-supported streaming services often called FAST platforms. Platforms like Amazon, Freevee, Roku Channel, PlutoTV, and Tubi, have all become big players in the FAST market.

Currently, the online video streaming industry is in a state of transition as it adopts the new realities of how consumers want to consume content.

The rise of FAST which is rapidly gaining popularity is an indicator of changes in viewer demands. In order to keep up with the industry, broadcasters must adapt to these changes and adopt FAST content delivery.

Last year, Netflix admitted its revenue growth slowed considerably, and in response, to solving the problem, it disclosed plans to bring in a subscription tier packed with adverts.

In 2022, the company finished the year with 231 million paid memberships and generated $32 billion in revenue, $5.6 billion in operating income, $2 billion of net cash from operating activities, and $1.6 billion of free cash flow (FCF)

The company’s former co-CEO Reed Hastings who recently resigned, back in April last year disclosed that adverts were being worked on as the company seeks to get money from advertisers who want to tap into its millions of subscribers

Netflix which admitted that 2022 was a tough year, is counting on its ad business to be a big source of income. Overall, it estimates $8.17 billion in revenue for the first quarter (Q1) of 2023, while expecting an operating income of 3.9%.

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EnjoyCorp Limited Secures Strategic Acquisition of Champion Breweries Plc

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EnjoyCorp Limited, a conglomerate known for its ventures in food, beverage, and hospitality, has successfully secured a strategic acquisition deal with Heineken B.V.

The agreement entails EnjoyCorp acquiring 100% of Heineken’s shareholding in The Raysun Nigeria Company Limited, which holds an 86.5% stake in Champion Breweries Plc, a prominent regional brewer listed on the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX).

The transaction, subject to regulatory approvals, is anticipated to conclude in the second quarter of 2024.

Heineken will extend its support to Champion Breweries for a year post-acquisition, ensuring a seamless transition of ownership.

This acquisition marks EnjoyCorp’s strategic entry into the beverage sector, aligning with its vision of catering to the diverse tastes of the African consumer market.

By integrating Champion Breweries as an anchor subsidiary, EnjoyCorp aims to strengthen its foothold in the industry.

EnjoyCorp, known for its mission to enrich life’s moments through quality brands and sustainability, sees this acquisition as a pivotal step in its journey toward transformative growth.

With a focus on innovation and community engagement, EnjoyCorp endeavors to inspire consumers to cherish life’s moments responsibly.

The acquisition underscores EnjoyCorp’s commitment to shaping the future of the beverage industry in Africa.

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Apple’s Ambitious Electric Car Effort Comes to an End, Stock Rises

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Apple Inc. has announced the termination of its decade-long effort to develop an electric car, marking the end of one of the company’s most ambitious projects.

The decision was disclosed internally on Tuesday, surprising nearly 2,000 employees involved in the project, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams and Vice President Kevin Lynch, who spearheaded the effort, informed staff that the project would wind down.

Many employees from the car team, known as the Special Projects Group, will transition to Apple’s artificial intelligence division under executive John Giannandrea, focusing on generative AI projects.

The news brought a sense of relief to investors, with Apple’s stock climbing approximately 1% to $182.63 at the close of trading in New York.

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Inc., also celebrated the decision, signaling approval with a post on social media.

The end of the electric car project, named Project Titan, is a significant shift for Apple, which initially aimed to produce a fully autonomous electric vehicle with advanced features.

However, the endeavor faced challenges from its inception, including leadership changes and strategic shifts.

Despite investing substantial resources and talent, Apple found itself grappling with a cooling market for electric vehicles, sluggish sales growth, and manufacturing hurdles.

The company explored various designs and tested self-driving technology extensively but ultimately struggled to achieve breakthroughs in the competitive automotive industry.

Apple’s decision underscores its strategic shift towards prioritizing generative AI projects over automotive ventures.

While the end of the electric car project marks a notable chapter in Apple’s history, it signifies the company’s adaptability and focus on areas with long-term profitability potential.

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Olam Group’s Second-Half Earnings Rise 15.5%, Share Price Jumps 10%

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Olam Group Ltd., a prominent agricultural trader, reported an improvement in its second-half performance following a report of an ongoing investigation in Nigeria.

The company disclosed that its earnings soared by 15.5% to S$230.8 million ($172 million) in the six months ending in December as announced in a recent exchange filing.

Despite facing challenges throughout the year, including high borrowing costs and operational hurdles, Olam Group posted double-digit growth across various metrics in the latter half of the year.

The substantial improvement in earnings has buoyed investor confidence, reflecting optimism about the company’s resilience and capacity to navigate challenging market conditions.

The company’s share price rose by 10% during Singapore trading.

However, Olam Group’s full-year net income experienced a sharp decline, plummeting by 56% to S$278.7 million.

The company attributed this downturn primarily to high interest rates, which resulted in a significant increase in net finance costs amounting to S$401.9 million.

Olam Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Sunny Verghese, expressed optimism about the future, anticipating a decrease in interest rates in the latter part of 2024.

Also, the company announced plans to launch a share buyback program, signaling its belief that the group is currently undervalued in the market.

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