Music Publishing revenue was flat, and grew 0.8% on a constant-currency basis. The Digital revenue grew 50.0%, driven by increases in both subscription and streaming revenue and download revenue, and performance revenue grew 4.3%, due to recent investments in film and TV assets. This growth was offset by the expected decline in mechanical revenue of 15.6%, reflecting the continued transition from physical to digital sales, and a 15.6% decline in synchronization revenue, reflecting lower demand in commercials and video games.
Music Publishing operating margin expanded 1.5 percentage points to 29.1% from 27.6% in the prior-year quarter. Music Publishing OIBDA margin was flat at 41.7%.
Financial details for the quarter can be found in the company's current Form 10-Q, for the period ended March 31, 2013, filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
This morning, management will be hosting a conference call to discuss the results at 8:30 A.M. EDT. The call will be webcast on www.wmg.com.
About Warner Music Group
With its broad roster of new stars and legendary artists, Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Asylum, Atlantic, East West, Elektra, Fueled By Ramen, Nonesuch, Reprise, Rhino, Roadrunner, Rykodisc, Sire, Warner Bros. and Word, as well as Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world's leading music publishers, with a catalog of more than one million copyrights worldwide.
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