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Starz (STRZA)

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  • Nov. 23, 2014, 8:20 PM
    • Starz (NASDAQ:STRZA) is talking to media companies about a buyout in the $5B range, according to the New York Post.
    • The target deal price is a lush 46% premium over the current market cap on Starz.
    • CBS (NYSE:CBS) and Lions Gate (NYSE:LGF) have both shown an interest, say sources.
    • If an outright sale isn't worked out, a strategic partnership could also be in the works as Starz looks to edge into the streaming world
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  • Oct. 30, 2014, 8:12 AM
    • Starz (NASDAQ:STRZA) reports programming networks revenue fell 4.1% to $364.8M in Q3.
    • Home video sales -34% to $43.4M.
    • Programming costs -6.4% to $155.5M.
    • The company says the Starz Play SVOD service is set to launch in several international markets.
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  • Oct. 30, 2014, 7:37 AM
    • Starz (NASDAQ:STRZA): Q3 EPS of $0.51 in-line.
    • Revenue of $408.2M (-8.5% Y/Y) misses by $26.21M.
    • Press Release
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  • Sep. 24, 2014, 9:55 AM
    • Is 21st Century Fox's (FOXA +0.1%) reported interest in Starz (STRZA +5.4%) just a head fake while it ponders another run at Time Warner (TWX +0.2%)?
    • Recent moves by Time Warner look strikingly similar to what might be expected from a company prepping itself for a sale, say some analysts, while Fox's sitdown with Starz is reported to have been just a courtesy.
    • Shares of Starz are off their premarket highs, but are still in rally mode as the pay-TV concern could draw interest from multiple bidders.
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  • Sep. 24, 2014, 9:20 AM
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  • Sep. 24, 2014, 7:15 AM
    • Shares of Starz (NASDAQ:STRZA) soar in early action after a report indicates the company is looking to sell itself.
    • A spokesperson for Starz declined to give an official statement on the speculation.
    • STRZA +10.6% premarket to $32.70.
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  • Sep. 24, 2014, 3:21 AM
    • 21st Century Fox (NASDAQ:FOXA) met with Starz (NASDAQ:STRZA) yesterday to discuss a possible purchase of the company, although a person familiar with the matter says Fox took the meeting as a courtesy.
    • While there is no deal yet, a full acquisition of the company would be valued at more than $3.2B, based on Tuesday's closing price.
    • Starz has been recently struggling to create original programming, and also lost a deal to Netflix over accessing movies from Disney, which will take effect in early 2017.
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  • Jul. 31, 2014, 7:48 AM
    • Starz (NASDAQ:STRZA): Q2 EPS of $0.62 beats by $0.13.
    • Revenue of $410.1M (-20.7% Y/Y) misses by $32.74M.
    • Press Release
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  • May. 27, 2014, 8:25 AM
    • Starz (STRZA) has dropped content from Sony Animation (SNE), according to analysis from Janney Capital.
    • The initiative could lead to a savings of up to $35M a year as the company looks to grow through original programming and less expensive niche shows.
    • At least one Sony Animation title, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, is currently available on Netflix (NFLX) in what could be an important development for the streaming service.
    • Netflix has built a broad array of content for the younger demographic as part of its long-term growth strategy. On top of titles from Pixar, Disney, and DreamWorks - a deal with Sony gives the company a formidable stream of content aimed for children.
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  • May. 2, 2014, 1:34 PM
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  • May. 1, 2014, 7:44 AM
    • Starz (STRZA): Q1 EPS of $0.56 beats by $0.04.
    • Revenue of $420M (+5.2% Y/Y) misses by $1.24M.
    • Press Release
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  • Apr. 7, 2014, 8:07 AM
    • Starz (STRZA) CEO Chris Albrecht says a large ramp up of original content will put the network in a good position when its contract with Disney expires in 2016.
    • The exec calls original shows a "core part" of its new business model.
    • Last year, Starz was a breakout star with new shows Da Vinci's Demons, The White Queen, and Black Sails all drawing positive reviews and solid ratings.
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  • Feb. 21, 2014, 9:05 AM
    • Starz (STRZA) reports subscriptions for the Starz service increased 1% Q/Q and 5% Y/Y to 22.2M in Q4, while subscriptions for Encore showed flat growth for both periods to end at 34.9M.
    • The slip in revenue compared to a year ago was due to lower distribution of new releases in the window.
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  • Feb. 21, 2014, 7:39 AM
    • Starz (STRZA): Q4 EPS of $0.62
    • Revenue of $414.7M (-1.8% Y/Y) misses by $15.32M.
    • Press Release
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  • Feb. 21, 2014, 12:05 AM
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Company Description
Starz is a media and entertainment company. It provides premium subscription video programming to U.S. MVPDs, including cable operators, satellite television providers and telecommunications companies.