Studio SILVER LINK. reported 38.17% less net sales year-on-year (y-o-y) to 703 million yen (≈5.12 million USD) against the 1,137 million yen (≈8.29 million USD) it earned throughout the first half of FY2022 which the group noted as being a result in a decrease in contract production of animated content (financial report page 2). From April 1 to September 30, 2022, the studio was involved in a number of projects that were airing within the period including Shijou Saikyou no Daimaou, Murabito A ni Tensei suru, Soredemo Ayumu wa Yosetekuru and Saikin Yatotta Maid ga Ayashii. Because the studio incurs sales from the production of Anime-related content, the receipts from future shows such as the planned Maou Gakuin no Futekigousha: Shijou Saikyou no Maou no Shiso, Tensei shite Shison-tachi no Gakkou e Kayou II, Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu. 2 and Masamune-kun no Revenge R that are slated to air in 2023 may also be included in its total net sales.
Despite the very gloom look for SILVER LINK. throughout the half-year of FY2023, other subsidiaries that are heavily involved in Anime-related content such as ABC Frontier and ABC Animation were on a safer side with the latter seeing its highest sales since the first-half performance of FY2020. Yet, the two aforementioned entities’ operating income were less than impressive. When it comes to net sales for ABC Frontier, it saw a minor drop of 7.05% to 752 million yen (≈5.50 million USD) y-o-y, but its operating income noted a strong drag to just 11 million yen (≈80.39 thousand USD) from the 111 million yen (≈811.18 thousand USD) it made the same period the year before. As for ABC Animation, sales improved by 16.42% to 943 million yen (≈6.98 million USD), however, its operating income remained flat y-o-y from 59 million yen (≈431.26 thousand USD) down to 58 million yen (≈423.95 thousand USD).
The lacklustre performance by ABC Frontier is understood as it only had two titles in its portfolio at the time, being a producer for titles such as Kaijin Kaihatsu-bu no Kuroitsu-san (broadcasted from January 9 to April 3, 2022) and Saikin Yatotta Maid ga Ayashii (broadcasted from July 24 to October 9, 2022). ABC Animation on the other hand, has a more vibrant list being involved in big names, for instance Lycoris Recoil (broadcasted from July to September 24, 2022) which may have contributed greatly to sales. Apart from that, it was a producer for recent shows like Engage Kiss and Saikin Yatotta Maid ga Ayashii (alongside ABC Frontier). Its performance is pretty much guaranteed at this point to be on a stronger footing with investments in currently airing shows: Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai! Double and 4-nin wa Sorezore Uso wo Tsuku that are slated to end in December (as of the time of writing) and more projects in its pipeline underway, set for broadcast in 2023 such as Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu. 2 which its production will be handled by its compatriot, SILVER LINK.
Titles such as Lycoris Recoil (left) may have greatly contributed to sales for ABC Animation while currently airing shows such as Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai! Double (middle) and 4-nin wa Sorezore Uso wo Tsuku (right) may ensure a steady return the next quarter
All in all, Asahi Broadcasting Group Holdings Corporation’s Broadcasting and Content Business segments ended the half-year on a strong note — sales-wise, but its operating income was on the low side at only 407 million yen (≈2.97 million USD) from the 962 million yen (≈7.03 million USD) it made the same period the prior year.
Asahi Broadcasting Group Holdings Corporation is incorporated in Japan with its head office in Fukushima-ku, Osaka. It is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol: 9405
All currency conversion was done at the time of writing.
Quarter 1 FY2023
Summary of Consolidated Financial Report for the First Quarter of Fiscal 2022
Summary of Consolidated Financial Report for the First Quarter of Fiscal 2022 (JPN)
Earnings Reference for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2022
ABC FRONTIER Sales and Operating Income in Million Yen (Q2 FY2023)
ABC Animation Sales and Operating Income in Million Yen (Q2 FY2023)
SILVER LINK. Sales and Operating Income in Million Yen (Q2 FY2023)
ABC Group Holdings Corp. Broadcasting and Content Sales and Operating Income in Million Yen (Q2 FY2023)
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