October 19, 2016 / 12:43 PM / a year ago

Corus Entertainment reports sharp drop in profit

(Reuters) - Canadian media company Corus Entertainment Inc (CJRb.TO) reported a sharp drop in quarterly profit as it digested Shaw Communications Inc’s (SJRb.TO) media business, which it acquired in a C$2.65 billion ($2.03 billion) deal in January.

Corus’s net income attributable to shareholders fell to C$25,000 in the fourth quarter ended Aug. 31 from C$17.8 million a year earlier.

Corus broke even on a per-share basis, compared with a profit of 21 Canadian cents per share a year earlier.

Excluding items, the company earned 7 Canadian cents per share, less than half of analysts’ average estimate of 15 Canadian cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Revenue nearly doubled to C$384.5 million, reflecting the acquisition, but still missed the average estimate of C$389.4 million.

($1 = 1.3082 Canadian dollars)

Reporting by John Benny in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva

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