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Natixis forecasts €2.2bn cost for beIN Sports

January 22, 2015

From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

Natixis Bank forecasts the French version of Qatari pay-TV channel, beIN Sport, will accumulate €2.2 billion losses over the 2012-2020 period. Should the group decide to launch an IPO, its stock market capitalisation would be negative at -€2.65 billion.

The bank points out the fragility of beIN Sport’s business model on a long term basis. It also predicts the channel will post a €275 million revenue in 2017 and reach 3 million subscribers across France, compared with the 2 million reached last August.

Natixis underlines the costs of beIN Sport estimating it to €387 million in 2014 and €450 million in 2017 owing to TV rights acquisitions.

The bank’s analysts think breaking even is not realistic as it would require the channel to reach 6 million subscribers, and not 5 million as claimed in the press. And this break-even point would be postponed in the event of new TV rights acquisitions.

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