Thu, May 7, 4:22 PM
- CBS is up 0.9% after-hours following a Q1 report where it beat expectations with record EPS though revenues declined slightly on lower local ad sales.
- Content licensing and distribution revenues decreased 4%, while affiliate and subscription fees increased 11%, driven by growth in rates.
- Revenues by segment: Entertainment, $2.26B (down 1.8%); Cable Networks, $539M (up 0.3%); Publishing, $145M (down 5%); Local Broadcasting, $596M (down 4.8%).
- Free cash flow was $400M, down from the prior year's $520M.
- CEO Les Moonves pointed to content wins, with "four of the top five new scripted series, all of which we have ownership in and can monetize in a growing number of ways. We will also win the season as the most-watched network in America, with a solid performance across all demographics at a time when others are facing ratings erosion."
- Chairman Sumner Redstone issued a statement to deny reports that his daughter Shari would take his place at CBS and Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) when he dies: "Decisions about who will succeed me as chairman of CBS and Viacom will be made by the boards of the respective companies, and not by any individual," he wrote. "Despite press reports to the contrary, such decisions have not yet been made."
- Conference call at 4:30 p.m. ET
- Press Release
Thu, Apr. 30, 11:34 PM
- Following a quarter where Viacom (VIA, VIAB) began a painful restructuring, CEO Philippe Dauman mentioned on its earnings call that the moves are "largely complete" and focus is turning to new investments.
- "It’s a big evolution going forward," Dauman said. "This is not just about saving cost -- although we are saving cost -- it’s about growing revenue. And I think we will see the results of that in fairly short order."
- The company's made some progress in its plan to shift half its ad business away from traditional TV ratings, of which Dauman has been a loud critic: "We are moving away as rapidly as possible from traditional methods of measurement and towards a more meaningful and powerful dynamic intelligence platform that enables our marketing partners to tap into the unique cultural connections our content has with the consumers they want to reach."
- Partway through a spate of layoffs, facing "changing media consumption habits," the company took a big $785M writedown/amortization on programming. "We're becoming less reliant on old, not-so-relevant programming we acquired years ago," Dauman said. "We said goodbye to that, and we're saying hello to a lot of new, more engaging, more live."
- Today: VIA -4.4%; VIAB -3.9%.
- Previously: Viacom beats by $0.07, misses on revenue (Apr. 30 2015)
Thu, Apr. 30, 6:59 AM
Thu, Jan. 29, 10:14 AM
- Viacom (VIA,VIAB) beat bottom-line expectations in fiscal Q1 though missing slightly on revenues. Segment breakdowns: Media Networks revenue of $2.65B up 4.4% Y/Y (higher affiliate fees and ad revenues); Filmed Entertainment revenue of $720M up 5.7% Y/Y.
- Adjusted operating income of $1.1B in Media Networks was off 1% due to higher programming costs; Filmed Entertainment had an adjusted operating loss of $60M (19% better than last year) as revenues helped to offset higher film/distribution expense.
- Previous release Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continued strong contributions to current-quarter film releases. Theatrical revenues up 6% and home entertainment revenues (two releases compared to none the prior year) up 16%.
- After repurchasing about $750M in shares in fiscal Q1, Viacom had $5.62B remaining in a $20B buyback program.
- Shares: (VIA -1.1%), (VIAB -1%)
- Previously: Viacom beats by $0.01, misses on revenue (Jan. 29 2015)
- Press release
Thu, Jan. 29, 6:53 AM
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May 1, 2014, 7:15 AM
- Viacom (VIA, VIAB) reports a 6% gain in revenue during FQ2 for its Media Networks segment to $2.375B, led by higher affiliate fees.
- The Filmed Entertainment segment saw a 12% drop to $831M during the quarter. The company's slate of international movie releases was light.
- Viacom says it returned $2B to investors through buybacks and dividends in the first half of FY14.
Jan. 30, 2014, 7:02 AM
- Viacom (VIA, VIAB) saw its quarterly profit increase in FQ1 on a steady revenue gain.
- The company saw revenue in its Media Networks segment rise 6% to $2.54B, led by higher affiliate fees and advertising revenues.
- Filmed Entertainment revenue fell 30% to $681M with fewer movie releases during the period.
- PR (.pdf)
Apr. 22, 2013, 5:37 PMNetflix (NFLX) is rolling out an $11.99/month family plan for subs who want access to 4 streams at once (up from a current limit of 2). Also, Netflix says it will let a deal with Viacom (VIA) that covers Nickelodeon, BET, and MTV content expire in May, but is in talks to license "particular shows." Domestic streaming's contribution margin rose to 20.6% from Q4's 19.6% and Q1 2012's 14.3%, while domestic DVD's profit fell $15M Q/Q to $113M. International streaming had a $77M loss, down from Q4's $105M. Q2 sub add forecasts: 200K-850K for domestic streaming (down from Q1's 2.02M), 150-750K for international (down from Q1's 1.02M). (more) (shareholder letter) | Comment!
Nov. 10, 2011, 9:56 AMMore on Viacom (VIA.B) FQ4: Net income triples to $576M. Revs at the TV ops +7.7% to $2.29B, but ad growth slows from FQ3. Sales at Paramount +46% to $1.79B, boosted by the latest "Transformers" film. Raises stock buyback by $6B to $10B and declares a dividend of $0.25/share. Shares +0.6%. (PR) | Comment!
Aug. 5, 2011, 7:32 AMMore on Viacom's (VIA) Q2 report: Worldwide advertising revenue $1.28B (+14% Y/Y). Theatrical revenue $588M (-9% Y/Y). Worldwide affiliate revenue $971M (+19% Y/Y). $2.18B untapped in firm's $4B stock repurchase plan. Execs point to global growth by "expanding our reach through new international and digital distribution." (PR) | Comment!
Aug. 5, 2011, 7:27 AM
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