October 2, 2023

Roku, the streaming platform firm, is ready to put off 10% of its workforce – greater than 300 workers – as a part of its ongoing efforts to chop down prices. The corporate additionally plans to take away a few of its licensed and owned content material from the platform because it conducts a overview of its content material portfolio. Moreover, the corporate plans to consolidate workplace area and minimize outdoors service prices to cut back its bills.

This would be the third spherical of job cuts at Roku in lower than a yr. The corporate had minimize 200 jobs in November 2022, adopted by one other 200 in March 2023. Along with the layoffs, the corporate has additionally determined to cut back its new hires. As of the top of 2022, Roku had roughly 3,600 full-time workers.

As a consequence of layoffs, Roku is anticipated to incur bills of $45 million to $65 million in severance and advantages prices through the present quarter. Moreover, the corporate anticipates an impairment cost of $55 million to $65 million because of modifications made to its content material portfolio. Moreover, consolidating workplace areas would lead to one other impairment cost of $160 million to $200 million, says the corporate in a submitting with the SEC.

Roku expects to see a rise in Q3 internet income to $835 to $875 million following a spherical of restructuring and related impairment expenses. The corporate’s adjusted earnings earlier than curiosity, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) are prone to be within the detrimental $20 million vary, up from detrimental $40 million.

Nonetheless, the corporate notes that these figures are unsure as a result of ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, which have created an unsure macro surroundings. In a Q2 letter addressed to shareholders, Roku acknowledged that the strikes have contributed to the uncertainty happening at the moment.

Roku manufactures streaming containers and even licences {hardware} to third-party corporations. The corporate additionally has a streaming platform, The Roku Channel, which provides ad-supported content material, Roku originals, and reside TV channels. Customers can even subscribe to third-party streaming providers.


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