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Universal Music reiterates AI concerns as quarterly profit slumps
Core profit, or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA), slumped 43.4% in constant currency to 261 million euros ($288.04 million), due to non-cash, share-based compensation expenses, part of an equity compensation plan announced last year. Excluding these expenses, adjusted EBITDA was 522 million euros, up 13.0% on the same basis, and beating a consensus cited by Credit Suisse which had expected 513 million euros. UMG’s CEO, Lucian Grainge, has come under shareholder pressure over an “excessive” $100 million pay deal, The Financial Times reported on Wednesday.