* Q3 EBITDA, ex-items 167.3 mln vs 166 mln in Reuters poll
* Still sees 2012 EBITDA ex-items of more than 850 mln
FRANKFURT Nov 8 German commercial broadcaster
ProSiebenSat.1 confirmed its full-year outlook after
its digital and on-demand offerings fuelled better-than-expected
The media group reported a 2.3 percent increase in earnings
before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA),
excluding special items to 167.3 million euros ($213.4 million)
for the quarter through end-September.
That was slightly ahead of average analysts' expectations of
166 million euros in a Reuters poll.
"With a revenue increase of nearly 50 percent, our Digital &
Adjacent activities were the strongest growth driver in the
third quarter of 2012," said Thomas Ebeling, chief executive of
Total third-quarter revenue of 636.9 million euros beat the
most optimistic estimate in the poll.
ProSieben said it still expects a mid-single-digit
percentage growth in sales this year, while recurring EBITDA
should exceed 850 million euros.
In the German-speaking countries, which account for more
than half of the group's revenues, ProSieben faced competition
from the Olympic Games on public broadcasters.
Its Scandinavian stations, which have attracted the interest
of potential bidders, continued to gain market share.
($1 = 0.7840 euros)
(Reporting by Harro ten Wolde; Editing by Victoria Bryan)