* Q2 EBITDA rises 8.5 pct to 45.3 mln euros
* Says added 82,000 new subscribers in Q2
* Expects 400,000-450,000 subscribers by June 2015
* Shares down 0.1 pct
(Adds details on short fiscal year, analyst, shares)
FRANKFURT, Aug 6 German pay-TV provider Sky
Deutschland said on Wednesday its second-quarter core
profit rose 8.5 percent as subscriber cancellations dropped to a
The company, controlled by Rupert Murdoch's entertainment
group 21st Century Fox, reported second-quarter
earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation
(EBITDA) of 45.3 million euros ($60.54 million).
BSkyB in late July offered holders of Sky
Deutschland 6.75 euros per share as part of Murdoch's plan to
combine it with BSkyB and Sky Italia to create a media
powerhouse with 20 million customers.
Sky Deutschland's net subscriber numbers increased by 82,000
during the second quarter.
"All in all a solid set of key figures," DZ Bank analyst
Harald Heider wrote, keeping a "buy" rating on the stock, partly
due to the takeover offer from Britain's BskyB.
At 0706 GMT, shares in Sky Deutschland were down 0.1 percent
at 6.743 euros each.
In anticipation of the planned combination, Sky Deutschland
had a short fiscal year, which ended on June 30. This is to
align its reporting with that of BSkyB, whose fiscal year runs
from July to June.
For the new 2014/15 fiscal year, Sky Deutschland expects
EBITDA of between 80 million and 110 million euros and expects
to add 400,000-450,000 new subscribers by June 2015.
Sky Deutschland had previously said it expected to realise
that number by December of this year.
(1 US dollar = 0.7483 euro)
(Reporting by Harro ten Wolde and Christoph Steitz; Editing by
Maria Sheahan and Jane Merriman)