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August 6, 2014
16:01 EDTDIS, NFLXOptions Update; August 7, 2014
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15:39 EDTGOOGYouTube buys mobile-video startup Directr
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13:41 EDTNWSAEarnings Preview: Fox withdraws Time Warner offer prior to Q4 earnings
21st Century Fox (FOXA, FOX) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, August 6, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. 21st Century Fox is a media company that operates the cable, broadcast, and film assets formerly bundled under the News Corp. (NWSA) umbrella. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 38c on revenue of $7.99B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 36c-41c on revenue of $7.59B-$8.54B. LAST QUARTER: Fox reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 47c on revenue of $8.22B, which compared to estimates for earnings of 35c on revenue of $7.99B, respectively. Fox reported Q3 cable network revenue of $3.15B and filmed entertainment revenue of $2.28B. Fox reported that its Q3 television revenue was $1.59B. COMPANY NEWS: On June 10, Fox said in a filing that president and COO Chase Carey agreed to a two-year contract extension. On June 16, Both Time Warner (TWX) and Fox confirmed an earlier CNBC report that Time Warner rejected an $80B takeover offer from Fox. Time Warner said it turned down Fox's offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of the company for a combination of 1.531 of Fox Class A non-voting common shares and $32.42 in cash per share. Time Warner added that its board is confident that continuing to execute its strategic plan will "create significantly more value for the company and its stockholders and is superior to any proposal that Fox is in a position to offer." 21st Century Fox also confirmed that it made a formal proposal to Time Warner, which was rejected, and added that the companies are not currently in any discussions. On August 5, however, Fox announced that it has withdrawn its proposal to acquire Time Warner. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch commented: "We viewed a combination with Time Warner as a unique opportunity to bring together two great companies, each with celebrated content and brands. Our proposal had significant strategic merit and compelling financial rationale and our approach had always been friendly. However, Time Warner management and its Board refused to engage with us to explore an offer which was highly compelling. Additionally, the reaction in our share price since our proposal was made undervalues our stock and makes the transaction unattractive to Fox shareholders. These factors, coupled with our commitment to be both disciplined in our approach to the combination and focused on delivering value for the Fox shareholders, has led us to withdraw our offer." On July 25, Fox announced that it transferred Sky Italia and its 57.4% interest in Sky Deutschland to BSkyB to create a pan-European digital television leader through the combination of these assets. In exchange for the transfer, Fox will receive approximately $9.3B in value from BSkyB comprised of approximately $8.6B in cash and BSkyB’s 21% interest in National Geographic Channels International, raising Fox’s ownership stake to 73%. In addition, Fox participated in BSkyB’s announced equity offering by purchasing approximately $900M of additional shares in BSkyB to maintain the company’s 39.1% ownership interest. The net, after-tax cash proceeds to be received by Fox upon completion of all the elements of this transaction approximated $7.2B. STREET RESEARCH: Wall Street research had been quiet on Fox during the quarter. On July 1, Goldman Sachs downgraded Fox to Buy from Conviction Buy after cutting its rating on the U.S. Entertainment sector to Neutral from Attractive. Right after the company confirmed its Time Warner takeover offer, ISI Group downgraded Fox to Buy from Strong Buy and removed shares from the Top Picks list following news of its buyout bid for the firm. Cowen downgraded Fox to Market Perform from Outperform on July 23. PRICE ACTION: Since the first day of trade following its Q3 report, shares of Fox are roughly unchanged. In afternoon trading ahead of its Q4 report, Fox is up more than 4.6%.
13:12 EDTCMCSAAT&T mulls buying CSN Houston, Bloomberg says
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13:04 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires mobile messaging application Emu
Google has acquired Emu, Emu announced on its website. "As of August 25, we’ll be shutting down the Emu app. It will no longer be available in the App Store, and existing users won’t be able to send, receive, or download messages." Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Reference Link
13:01 EDTDISCharter, ESPN sign distribution agreement for SEC Network
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11:28 EDTNFLXYahoo appoints former Netflix executive Mike Kail as CIO
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10:00 EDTCVCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:29 EDTVIABViacom sees 'improving economy' in back half of 2014
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09:18 EDTDISDisney price target raised to $105 from $94 at BofA/Merrill
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09:13 EDTDISDisney price target raised to $96 from $90 at BMO Capital
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08:57 EDTVIABViacom sees FY14 media networks programming expense in mid to high single digits
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08:55 EDTVIABViacom on pace to purchase $850M of stock in Q4
This amounts to returning $4B to shareholders in FY14.
08:50 EDTVIABViacom expects Channel 5 Broadcasting acquisition to close by end of Q4
Expects domestic advertising to grow low single digits in Q4. Expects FY14 affiliate revenue to grow in high single to low double digits. Sees TV viewership outside of traditional ways is growing. Total video consumption of full episode programming as grown YoY. Comments taken from Q3 earnings conference call.
07:49 EDTGOOGcomScore price target raised to $44 from $40 at Brean Capital
Brean Capital raised its price target on comScore (SCOR) to $44 from $40 as they believe the company is well positioned for an acceleration in fundamentals. The firm expects its recent years of investment to impact their online business as the integration of Yahoo (YHOO) vCE is up and running and Google (GOOG) is expected to be completed by the end of Q3, leading to an acceleration of top line growth. Brean maintains its Buy rating on comScore.
06:59 EDTVIABViacom reports Q2 Media Networks revenue $2.59B
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06:58 EDTVIABViacom reports Q3 adjusted EPS $1.42, consensus $1.44
Reports Q3 revenue $3.42B, consensus $3.56B
06:43 EDTDISDisney price target raised to $100 from $90 at JPMorgan
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06:17 EDTGOOGAlibaba courting Nokia employees on website, WSJ reports
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06:14 EDTCVCCablevision upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup
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