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Starz (STRZA)

  • Dec. 5, 2014, 9:16 AM
    • A bet on Starz (NASDAQ:STRZA) at its current level factors in a takeover, warn some media analysts who think valuation is too high.
    • The loss of exclusive rights to Disney movies in 2016 makes pinning a number on Starz problematic, they note.
    • Several entertainment giants are reported to have walked away from the $5B takeover price Starz wants.
    • The bull camp thinks strong original programming from Starz gives it upside.
    • Starz (STRZA) was upgraded by Macquarie to an Outperform rating from Neutral.
    • STRZA +2.2% premarket to $28.37.
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  • Dec. 4, 2014, 3:33 PM
    • Starz (STRZA -3.8%) still has considerable potential to be purchased by a larger media company despite CBS walking away, writes Congress Wealth Management CIO Peter Andersen.
    • Anderson thinks Comcast (CMCSA -1.5%) or 21st Century Fox (FOXA +1%) might be interested in pulling the trigger near the expected Starz deal price of $5B.
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  • Dec. 4, 2014, 9:54 AM
    • A deal for CBS (CBS -1.1%) to buy Starz (STRZA -1.4%) won't materialize, sources tell CNBC.
    • Shares of Starz have a little bit of takeover premium baked in due to ongoing speculation over a sale.
    • Lions Gate (LGF -1.1%) has also been mentioned as a potential Starz buyer.
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  • Nov. 24, 2014, 8:20 AM
    • Shares of Starz (NASDAQ:STRZA) pop in early trading after a weekend report indicates that the media company is looking for a buyout.
    • STRZA +4.0% to $33.50.
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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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • May 2, 2014, 1:34 PM
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    • Hardly market laggards, media names like Time Warner (TWX -0.8%), Viacom (VIA +1.4%), Omnicom Group (OMC), and Starz (STRZA +2.3%) also show up on the list, as do struggling multi-level marketers and for-profit education stocks: HLF, NUS, APOL, ESI, CPLA.
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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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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.