May. 22, 2014, 6:41 AM
- WWE Studios will partner with Lions Gate (LGF) for six new action films under the terms of a new deal between the companies.
- The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) subsidiary has worked with Lions Gate before on productions to some degree of success.
- Paul Wright, also known as Big Show, will star in the first film of the new partnership.
May. 17, 2014, 8:25 AM
- World Wrestling (WWE) shares plunged 43% Friday after CEO Vince McMahon failed to wring a huge increase in TV fees from NBCUniversal, raising questions about WWE's future and highlighting a shortcoming in McMahon's leadership style: While an unbeatable promoter, he has at times struggled to master corporate negotiations and dealings with Wall Street.
- McMahon took the TV negotiations personally: He played hardball in talks with NBCUniversal, demanding to more than double the value of their previous ~$100M deal, but he wound up renewing the deal with an increase analysts estimate at 50% - nice, but well short of what Wall Street had come to expect, and what McMahon may have bragged he would get.
- "The bottom line is no other entities were willing to pay a higher price tag for the programming than its current partner.” analyst Daniel Moore says.
- Despite being short WWE two months ago, Lemelson Capital is now long WWE and calling for the board to replace the management team or explore a sale of the company.
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May. 15, 2014, 6:57 PM
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) says it reached a new multi-year television deal with NBCUniversal for Raw to return to the USA Network and Smackdown to run on Syfy.
- An early afternoon report tipping off the deal sent shares 3% higher during regular trading but have plunged 20.2% AH, perhaps because the actual announcement failed to include financial terms.
- WWE also says it expects to potentially double or triple its 2012 operating income before depreciation and amortization to $125M-$200M by 2015, based on an aggressive ramp of 2M-2.5M subscribers.
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- "World Wrestling (WWE -3.9%) is facing multiple challenging factors, including underwhelming subscription figures for their WWE network in addition to a multi-year negative earnings trend, suggesting that the firms' intrinsic value is materially lower than the current stock price," says Emmanuel Lemelson, who made the case for shorting the stock a few weeks back on Seeking Alpha, and updated his argument after Monday's disappointing video channel subscriber numbers.
- "The stock may have gotten a little ahead of itself, and a lot of momentum names have been fading," concedes The Vertical Group's Kim Opiatowski, but the subscription numbers were good ones. He continues to rate the name a Buy with $33 price target.
- Lemelson puts fair value at no more than $11.88 per share.
Apr. 7, 2014, 12:45 PM
Apr. 7, 2014, 11:53 AM
- Shares of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE -19.9%) are slammed after the company releases subscriber totals for its online video channel.
- A sub count of 667K is below early expectations for a mark of closer to a million.
- WWE had almost double YTD on enthusiasm over the online venture before today's selling frenzy.
Mar. 17, 2014, 9:49 AM
- Media analysts think that if Vince McMahon decides to sell off his controlling stake in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE +0.1%) that a host of buyers would be waiting in the wings.
- The "attractive" WWE franchise could be of interest to Comcast or Madison Square Garden with its streaming model just starting to take hold.
- Shares of WWE got a push higher last week off a rumor that AMC Networks wanted to convince Vince to sell.
Mar. 13, 2014, 2:14 PM
- Shares of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE +0.6%) spiked higher in mid-day trading on a rumor that AMC Networks is interested in buying the company.
- The 7% rally in WWE to all-time highs has been quickly deflated.
Feb. 25, 2014, 9:35 AM
- The streaming debut of the WWE Network (WWE) had a few glitches, but is now back up and running.
- The on-demand part of the company's website and app didn't perform perfectly due in part to high demand after the midnight launch.
- The WWE streaming service will be an early test to see if online viewers will pay to watch live sports and entertainment.
- Related: Just last week, 120 Sports (TWX) announced an online sports venture that looks to be disruptive.
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