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What: CTC Media
So what: Non-GAAP revenue increased 19% from the year-ago quarter, while non-GAAP operating expenses increased 26% -- causing non-GAAP net income to fall 10%. Despite the deteriorating earnings, management announced a dividend hike of 40%.
Now what: Management blamed high expenses on accelerated amortization of certain programming, higher programming costs to improve low audience share, and investments to develop second-tier Russian networks. The company reiterated its full-year outlook, noting that changes to its ad sales structure at the beginning of 2011 boosted gross margin and ratings improved in April. Time will tell if the big dividend increase was justifiable or if management of this media company is giving too much credibility to the spin it's putting on its own story.
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