MANAGEMENT DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS DISCLAIMER
In this management’s discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations (MD&A), we, us, our and the Corporation mean CBC/Radio-Canada. Refer to CBC/Radio-Canada’s audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended March 31, 2018 when reading this MD&A.
All amounts in this MD&A are in thousands of Canadian dollars, except where noted.
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The majority of our self-generated revenue comes from advertising, which follows seasonal patterns based on the programming schedule. It also varies according to market and general economic conditions, as well as schedule performance. Subscriber-based revenue is relatively more stable on a quarter-by-quarter basis. Operating expenses tend to follow a seasonal pattern because they are also influenced by the programming schedule. Government appropriations are recognized in income based on the annual budget, which reflects seasonal impacts on expenditures and self-generated revenue.
This report contains forward-looking statements about strategy, objectives, and expected financial and operational results. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as “may”, “should”, “could”, “would” and “will”, as well as expressions such as “believe”, “expect”, “forecast”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “plan”, “estimate” and other similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are based on the following broad assumptions: CBC/Radio-Canada’s government funding remains consistent with amounts announced in the federal budget, and the broadcasting regulatory environment will not change significantly. Key risks and uncertainties are described in the Risk Management and Governance section of this report. However, some risks and uncertainties are by definition difficult to predict and are beyond our control. They include, but are not limited to, economic, financial, advertising market, technical and regulatory conditions. These and other factors may cause actual results to differ substantially from the expectations stated or implied in forward-looking statements.
We rely on data from both internal tools and third parties to measure our performance metrics. While these data are based on what we believe to be reasonable calculations for the applicable periods of measurement, there are inherent challenges in collecting this information, particularly as the media industry undergoes a digital transformation. For example, Canadians now consume media content on multiple devices from an ever-growing array of content providers. As media consumption habits change, audience measurement suppliers and the Corporation are refining methodologies and introducing new measurement technologies to ensure the accuracy and completeness of data gathered. As a result, changes in the way data are collected could result in certain information provided in future periods not being comparable with information disclosed in prior periods. Since some of these data are used to measure our strategic and operational indicators, we may be required to make adjustments to targets and historical results to enhance comparability of the data and follow industry best practices.
This report includes the measure Results on a Current Operating Basis, which does not have any standardized meaning according to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). It is therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Refer to the Financial Sustainability section for further details.