2017 is on track to be another year of growth and record results for the company.  All of the leading indicators for our concerts, sponsorship & advertising and ticketing segments are ahead of last year and we expect each of our businesses to deliver record revenue, operating income and AOI this year.

Ticketmaster Marketplace Growing

In the first quarter, Ticketmaster delivered its largest quarter in history for gross transaction value, or GTV, and ticket volume on a transacted basis.  Our growth in the quarter came from both our fee-bearing primary and secondary businesses, which grew GTV by 18% and 20%, respectively.

Our success starts with continuing to build our venue client base, and in the first quarter we added 245 new clients, providing them with the most effective software platform for their ticketing needs.

On the commerce side, we begin by attracting more fans to our sites, and in the quarter we increased online visits by 10% year-on-year, and grew our installed app base by 41% to over 33 million.  And then once the fans are at our sites or app, our investments to improve the fan experience and purchase flow have driven higher conversion rates, increasing our sales.

While growing ticket sales on our sites, we have also been deploying APIs to extend our distribution.  As a result, in the first quarter we sold almost 4 million tickets off-platform, up 32% year-on-year, helping our clients, sports teams and artists, to sell incremental tickets.

One of the major initiatives we launched in the past quarter to support artists is our "Verified Fan" product, which leverages proprietary data and analytics to screen and verify potential ticket buyers, increasing the opportunity for real fans to purchase tickets for a show.  After launching this product with Ed Sheeran, we have supported over 30 tours, including Depeche Mode, Twenty One Pilots and Harry Styles as they seek new ways to get tickets in the hands of fans.  This program has been highly successful in reducing, by over 90%, the number of tickets that are then sold on secondary markets.

With this strong start to the year, we expect another record year in ticketing, driven by our concerts flywheel and enhanced by the progress we have made in our ticketing products and fan experience.

Lue koko Q1/2017 raportti täältä: http://investors.livenationentertainment.com/news-center/news-center-details/2017/Live-Nation-Entertainment-Reports-First-Quarter-2017-Financial-Results/default.aspx .