+ Most membership additions in a quarter since 2Q20. NFLX added 8.8mn new members to its platform, the most in a quarter since 2Q20, and the most for a 3Q in 6 years. A bulk of this was attributed to the success of NFLX’s Paid Sharing program as it converts password borrowers into paying members. There is also an expectation for incremental membership additions from Paid Sharing to continue into the next few quarters, alleviating concerns on near-term growth. NFLX ended the quarter with 247mn paid memberships (11% YoY growth).
+ Guiding acceleration in revenue growth for 4Q23e; margins to also expand moving into FY24e. NFLX issued very encouraging guidance for 4Q23e, with revenue growth accelerating to 11% YoY on the back of growing paid memberships and increasing monetisation. Additionally, the company expects FY23e operating margin to be at the top end of their 18%-20% range, with further margin expansion into FY24e by another 200bps. FY23e Free Cash Flow (FCF) was also increased by US$1.5bn to US$6.5bn – supported by healthier cash flow generation and ~US$1bn in lower content spend due to writer/actor strikes.
+ Price hikes in developed markets continue to show pricing power. NFLX announced that it would be raising prices for some of its subscription plans in the US/UK/FR. In the US, its basic plan will see a price increase of US$2 to US$11.99, while its premium plan will be costlier by US$3 at US$22.99. With the price adjustments, churn rates are still expected to be relatively low – in-line with similar adjustments in the past, and should immediately benefit the company’s bottom-line. This is the first price hike for NFLX in >18 months.