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Netflix Inc. (NFLX) Has Surged To A New High On Q4 Results

23 January 2018

The company's shares were up 8 percent in after-hours trading, pushing Netflix's market cap to over $100 billion for the first time. Netflix Inc. now has 117.6 million customers worldwide, wrapping up its biggest year ever for new subscribers.

According to 28 analysts, the Average Revenue Estimate for the current Fiscal quarter is $3.49 Billion and the Low Revenue estimate is $3.26 Billion, while the High Revenue estimate is $3.61 Billion. The report covered results from the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017, where Netflix added 8.3 million new subscribers while raising membership fees. The company now intends to spend between $7.5 billion and $8 billion this year on original programming.

"We don't see it as a threat to us, anymore than Hulu has been", said Hastings on the call.

Internationally, net subscribers came out to 6.36 million, versus the 5.10 million expected by a StreetAccount estimate. Eventually, Hastings says, the company's margins will increase while its content spend starts to slow, and the company will turn free cash flow positive.

The company spoke of a "beautiful" quarter and attributed the striking growth to investments in original content.

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Netflix executives were similarly nonchalant about the upcoming competitive service from Disney, which is scheduled to launch in 2019.

Netflix's full earnings report can be viewed here. The most-popular plan costs $11.

Netflix spent $90-million on Will Smith action movie "Bright" past year, its largest investment in an original film to date, and is already planning a sequel and additional investment in original films. Those arrangements are created to make it easy for consumers to sign up for Netflix through their current pay-TV provider, Netflix Chief Product Officer Greg Peters said on the webcast.

At the same time, the prospect of more competition looms on the horizon. This will inevitably result in some losses, as shows from the Star Wars and Marvel universes - both having many fans, will leave the company's platform.

"The real driver is to make the big titles bigger", Hastings said. "And to have all those cable networks together in one bundle gives them enormous pricing power".

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"Facebook and YouTube are expanding and competing in free ad-supported video content". "We have got a path ahead". As part of this initiative, in Q4 we signed overall deals with Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy and Orange is the New Black and GLOW creator Jenji Kohan.

Netflix said that it's growing faster than it had expected, allowing it to invest more in original content than it had planned. The Domestic streaming segment includes services that streams content to its members in the United States. The company has said it is aiming for steady improvements in profitability overseas this year.

In announcing its Q4 numbers, Netflix also reported that it had added Rodolphe Belmer to its board of directors, bringing the total number of directors to ten and expanding the breadth of its global and entertainment experience.

Morgan Stanley reiterated their overweight rating on shares of Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) in a research report sent to investors on Thursday, Marketbeat reports.

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Netflix Inc. (NFLX) Has Surged To A New High On Q4 Results