Spicy Entertainment & Media Ltd Management Discussions.

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Indian Macroeconomic Outlook

India continued to be the fastest growing major economy despite the challenges faced during the year. In FY19, the GDP of the country grew by 6.6% on GVA basis, a marginal deceleration from the previous year. While the growth in the first half of the fiscal was strong, it moderated during the second half due to liquidity concerns and stress in the agriculture sector. This impacted consumption and discretionary spending, especially in the rural markets, during the latter half of the year. However, after a strong mandate, the expectation is that the new government will address these concerns on priority and inject stimulus to revive economic activity. Three consecutive interest rate cuts by the Reserve Bank of India and their accommodative stance will help revive consumption and growth in the near term. Forecast of a normal monsoon in 2019 also bodes well for the agriculture sector and is expected to drive rural consumption. From a medium-term perspective, the governments focus on infrastructure development, job creation and banking reforms will support growth. One of the biggest structural reforms, Goods and Services Tax (GST), despite transient issues, is already helping formalize the economy and will go a long way in improving the business environment in the country. While the Indian economy has expanded at an average annualized growth rate of around 7% over the past several years, there have been patches of slower growth in-between.

Indian Media and Entertainment Industry

The Indian media and entertainment (M&E) industry witnessed another year of all-round growth. The pace of growth accelerated marginally in CY18 despite the challenges faced by the economy towards the end of the year. According to the FICCI-EY Report 2019, (the Report), the M&E industry grew by 13.4% YoY in CY18, to 1,674 billion. India is witnessing a significant increase in content consumption due to increase in availability and improvement in affordability. Be it the growing number of mobile and television sets, improving multiplex penetration or smaller cities getting their own radio stations, availability of content is improving across platforms and is expected to get better going ahead. However, Indias per capita entertainment consumption is still lower than most of its peers, representing a significant room for sustained growth which would be driven by rising disposable incomes and increasing access to content. According to the Report, the Indian M&E industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.0% to 2,349 billion over the next three years, with growth in all the segments. During the year, television increased its reach and engagement with the audience, retaining its position as the default entertainment medium for Indian consumers. Growth in online video consumption accelerated, helped by

the increased availability of affordable data and content on digital platforms. Print media continued to grow, albeit at a much slower pace. The movie industry surpassed all the previous box-office records on the back of strong performances in both domestic and international markets. Radio, in addition to entering new cities, is diversifying into new business offerings like concerts and activations. Growth in live events was led by premium properties, sports events and digital integration.

Digital Media

The demand for large OTT platforms in India such as You Tube, Netflix, Amazon, Eros Now, Jio Cinema, etc has significantly increased the demand for films digital rights. The sudden surge in demand for exclusive rights has resulted in significant increase in the value of digital rights, which as per industry estimates have increased multi-fold (depending on the length of the deal and the type of rights acquired) over the last two to three years.

Digital media has grown significantly over the past few years, and continues to lead the growth charts on advertising. Subscription revenues are emerging and are expected to make their presence felt by 2020.

Digital infrastructure

The rapid up-take of connected devices, especially smartphones and tablets, is instrumental in media consumption shifting beyond traditional media formats such as broadcast and cable TV toward digital mediums. Increased digital consumption in India is expected to help media conglomerates drive consumer aggregation.

Online Video viewership grew

Approximately 250 million people viewed videos online in 2017, a growth of 64% over 2016. This number is expected to double to 500 million by 2020. Consumers have shown increased preference toward short- form content, with the average length of a video viewed in India being around 20 minutes. In addition, 62%o of the content consumed on YouTube is short-form content. Also videos as a percentage of total mobile data traffic is expected to grow from around 40% in 2015 to 79%o in 2020.

With the growing online Video viewership, the Company has launched its own page on You Tube named "STUDIO SPICY". The Company has uploaded various Videos, Bhajans, Songs, etc on its exclusive page and the viewership has seen the upward trend on the page since the day of its launch.


The Media & Entertainment industry has seen influx of new broadcasters and advent of digital media platforms post internet boom which has led to a large addressable base consuming entertainment content. We believe that we are one of the largest beneficiaries of this new digital phase of the industry. Our focus will always be to innovate our product offerings and continue to partner with newer players.

Human Resources

Talent management and nurturing of our employees is critical to our strategy to ensure the smooth functioning of our organisation. Since we consider our people as our biggest resource, there is an enthusiastic spirit and efficiency in the company.

Thanks to our comprehensive and dependable talent management framework, scouting and encouraging employees for long-term success is one of the most well-executed responsibilities at SEML.

We motivate the development of employees so they can take up more important roles in the company. The focus is to build a pool of talent, which will be ready to take on any challenge in the coming future. Hence, they will ensure the bright future of the organization and maintain productivity and sustainable growth, which is synonymous with SEML.

The company sees to it that both moral and financial support is given to the employees, so as to assure them of a bright future in the industry.

Company performance overview

The Company has reported profits during the year under review. The operational performance of the Company is on the growth path. The Financial & operational details are mentioned in the Financial Statements.