The streaming industry is getting a lot of exposure lately with all the news from Disney+ and HBO max. Looking for a pure play in the streaming service I came across CuriosityStream. Basically the platform offers documentaries about science, history, politics, etc… and they have over 3000+ titles in the platform. The founder is John Hendricks, founder and former chairman of Discovery.
After digging a little bit I was surprised to see that despite having 13M subscribers total revenue for Q3 was only $8.9M, giving an ARPU of only $0.15 which seems ridiculous for the amount of value you are getting. It seems like a good amount of the subscriber base comes from bundled packages at a heavy discount. They are looking for exposure while growing at all costs. Here are some key point:
- The company has no debt and $180M cash in the balance sheet.
- The company went from 2M bundled subscriptions in Q1 2019 to 13M in Q3 2020
- Over 60% gross margin
- They project 10x growth by 2025 with $400M in revenues
Giving the uncertainty of the current market environment it seems pretty safe to buy something that sells $1 a month subscriptions and is disrupting an industry, targeting a more sophisticated customers instead of the average becky who likes stranger things. The last time John Hendricks created something (Discovery) he turned a $5M investment into a $32B company before stepping down and creating CuriosityStream.
I would like to hear your thoughts on the comment section and discuss if in fact CuriosityStream is already fairly valued, undervalued or maybe overvalued.
Side note: John Hendricks has been buying shares this month increasing his position by 21%.
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