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Live Nation Jumps as Profit Beats Estimates on Concerts

Aug. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Live Nation Entertainment Inc., the largest concert promoter and ticket seller, jumped in extended trading after reporting second-quarter profit that beat analysts’ estimates on increased concert sales.

The shares rose 6.2 percent to $17.33 at 4:55 p.m. New York time, after slipping 1.9 percent to $16.32 at the close.

Adjusted operating income rose 9.5 percent to $159.9 million, from a year earlier, the Beverly Hills, California-based company said in a statement today. Analysts on average had estimated $146.8 million, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

The company has sought to boost revenue and extract more profit from its ticketing division as well as minimizing loss-making concerts. Revenue from concerts rose 11 percent while ticketing sales rose 2.7 percent.

Net income for the quarter ended in June rose to $58.1 million, or 30 cents a share, from $7.69 million, or 4 cents, a year earlier. Revenue rose to $1.68 billion from $1.55 billion, ahead of the $1.63 billion average estimate of analysts.

To contact the reporter on this story: Cliff Edwards in San Francisco at cedwards28@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Palazzo at apalazzo@bloomberg.net

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