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April 21, 2014
09:10 EDTBCOR, DISCABlucora announces agreement to acquire HowStuffWorks from Discovery
Blucora (BCOR) and Discovery (DISCA) announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for Blucora to acquire the assets and operations of HowStuffWorks from Discovery. The all-cash transaction is expected to close in 2Q14, subject to customary closing conditions. As part of the transaction, Discovery will retain its key client relationships and partner with Blucora and HowStuffWorks to continue to deliver native advertising solutions. Discovery also will have ongoing access to HowStuffWorks video assets, consistent with Discovery’s strategic shift toward video content. Blucora expects to fund the transaction with cash on hand. Upon completion of the acquisition, HowStuffWorks will join the reporting segment that includes Blucora’s InfoSpace business.
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September 30, 2015
12:03 EDTDISCADiscovery management to meet with Jefferies
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07:30 EDTDISCADiscovery long-term guidance missed Street expectations, says UBS
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September 29, 2015
15:19 EDTDISCADiscovery drops as investor day fails to dispell cord-cutting fears
Shares of Discovery Communications (DISCA) have dropped today as the company held its first-ever investor day amid ongoing concerns about the potential decline of pay TV. NEW GUIDANCE: Discovery Chief Financial Officer Andrew Warren updated the company's full year 2015 outlook, saying he expects constant currency adjusted earnings per share to grow in the low double digits. The company expects revenue for the year to grow 9%-10%, with free cash flow up in low single digits. Meanwhile, year over year currency headwinds were seen deducting $460M from revenue and 24c-29c from adjusted EPS. Discovery also established long-term guidance, saying it sees its adjusted EPS compound annual growth rate up in low double digits from 2015 to 2018, on a constant currency basis. "Third quarter results are on track, highlighted by strong U.S. advertising growth," Warren added. THREE BILLION SUBSCRIBERS: CEO David Zaslav commented during the investor day that the company is "confident in the long-term outlook for our business," adding that Discovery expects to reach 3B cumulative worldwide subscribers by year's end. The Chief Executive highlighted what he called five differentiators for Discovery's growth potential, including its ownership of a growing and diverse portfolio of content and IP "that uniquely positions Discovery for the changing media landscape." CORD CUTTING: Multiple Discovery executives showcased the company's European products, including Eurosport and the Eurosport Player OTT service, as well as the company's apparent first-mover advantage in Latin America. The seemingly increased attention on foreign initiatives comes as U.S. cord-cutting trends continue generating headlines, with Citi analyst Jason Bazinet arguing as recently as September 18 that Disney (DIS) would be the only cable network to make more money in a bundle-free world. According to media reports of today's Discovery event, Chief Executive Zaslav said "it's not rational" that media companies are selling so much of their content to streaming services like Netflix (NFLX) that threaten the appeal of cable bundles. The CEO added that Discovery has assumed a 1%-2% decline in pay TV over "the next couple of years," though he reassured investor day attendees that the company's adjusted operating income should be roughly flat even in a worst-case scenario. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Discovery crashed as much as 7% in early morning trading before seeing hesitant moves higher. The stock is down just under 4% to roughly $26.70 heading towards session close.
09:19 EDTDISCADiscovery CEO: Low double-digit revenue growth in next 3 years, Variety says
Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav pledged that the company will deliver low double-digit revenue and earnings growth over the next three years, Variety reports. Zaslav gave the forecast at the company's inaugural investor day presentation in Manhattan, the report says. Reference Link
06:47 EDTDISCADiscovery to host Inaugural Investor Day
Inaugural Investor Day to be held in New York on September 29 at 8:15 am Webcast Link

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