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August 7, 2014
13:25 EDTDIS, TWX, CBSO, FOXA, CBS, CMCSA, FOXEarnings Preview: CBS shares little changed since Q1 report
CBS (CBS) is set to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, August 7, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. CBS is a diversified media company that operates entertainment, cable networks, publishing, local broadcasting, and outdoor segments. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for adjusted earnings per share of 72c on revenue of $3.23B, according to Bloomberg. The consensus range for EPS is 68c-76c, on revenue of $3.15B-$3.31B. LAST QUARTER: CBS reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 78c against estimates for 75c on revenue of $3.86B against estimates for $3.92B. CBS also reported a repurchase of $2B or 31.4M shares in Q1. As of March 31, the company had $3.43B of authorization remaining on its share repurchase program. COMPANY NEWS: On June 25, the Supreme court ruled 6-3 in favor of television network owners and against Aereo, which sells a service that allows its subscribers to watch television programs over the Internet at about the same time as the programs are broadcast over the air. A district court previously denied an injunction against Aereo that was sought by television networks and the Second Circuit affirmed, but the Supreme Court ruled that "Because Aereo’s activities are substantially similar to those of the CATV companies that Congress amended the Act to reach, Aereo is not simply an equipment provider." Shares of TV network broadcasters such as Disney (DIS), which owns ABC Network, 21st Century Fox, the owner of Fox, and Comcast (CMCSA), which owns NBC, rose following the news. Reuters reported on July 18 that CBS CEO Leslie Moonves said the firm would examine Time Warner's (TWX) CNN if it goes up for sale as part of a merger with Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox (FOX, FOXA). CBS OUTDOOR SPIN-OFF: On July 16, CBS Outdoor Americas (CBSO) announced its full separation from CBS through the completion of an exchange offer by CBS Corporation of its 81% ownership of the company’s common stock, and following an initial public offering of 19% of the company’s common stock on March 28. As a result, the company is no longer a subsidiary of CBS Corporation. On July 17, the company began operating as a real estate investment trust and intended to elect and qualify to be taxed as a REIT for the remainder of the fiscal year ending December 31, and for subsequent tax years. The Internal Revenue Service issued a private letter ruling on April 16 with respect to certain issues relevant to the company’s qualification to be taxed as a REIT. STREET RESEARCH: Wall Street research has been fairly quiet on CBS during the quarter. Wells Fargo said on June 11 that CBS's split off of CBS Outdoor was 'positive' for both companies and believed the CBS Outdoor REIT conversion process would occur "much earlier" while CBS could announce a 2.75-3.0 times target leverage ratio earlier than anticipated. The firm had Outperform ratings on both stocks. In regards to the Aereo ruling, On June 25, Wells Fargo said the Supreme Court ruling against Aereo is "clearly a positive" for broadcasters. The firm continued to like stocks in the space, particularly CBS due to near-term catalysts and an attractive valuation. Barclays initiated the U.S. media sector with a Neutral rating on July 8 and said that the new distribution platforms could lead to less leverage and market share loss for the industry overall. CBS was given an Equal Weight rating. PRICE ACTION: CBS shares are up 1.89% since the first day of trade following its Q1 report. In afternoon trading ahead of its Q2 report, CBS is down 0.4% to $57.41.
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February 24, 2015
07:05 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q4 customer relationships increased 178,000
Consolidated Operating Cash Flow increased 4.1% to $5.9B. Excluding $99M of Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Charter (CHTR) transaction-related costs in Q4, consolidated operating cash flow increased 5.9%. Consolidated Operating Income increased 3.8% to $3.8B. Free Cash Flow increased 18.0% to $1.7B in Q4 compared to $1.4B in the fourth quarter of 2013, reflecting improvements in working capital and growth in consolidated operating cash flow, partially offset by increased capital expenditures and cash taxes on operating items. Customer relationships increased by 178,000 to 27.0 million during the fourth quarter of 2014, a 47% improvement compared to an increase of 121,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013. At the end of the fourth quarter, our triple product customers increased to 37% of total customer relationships compared to 35% in the fourth quarter of 2013. In addition, video, high-speed Internet and voice customers increased in the fourth quarter of 2014.
07:02 EDTCMCSAComcast increases dividend, share repurchases
Comcast Corporation (CMCSA) announced that it increased its dividend by 11.1% to $1.00 per share on an annualized basis. In accordance with the increase, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of 25c a share on the company’s common stock, payable on April 22 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on April 1.In addition, Comcast announced that its Board of Directors has increased its stock repurchase program authorization to $10B. At this time, Comcast plans to repurchase $4.25B during 2015, subject to market conditions. Additional stock repurchases will be determined after the closing of the Time Warner Cable (TWC) merger and the subsequent divestiture transactions.
07:02 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q4 adjusted EPS 77c, consensus 78c
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06:56 EDTFOXAFox News' O'Reilly mounts defense of disputed statements, NY Times reports
Bill O'Reilly, the host of a popular prime time show on 21st Century Fox's Fox News, yesterday defended himself against accusations that he had falsely claimed to have reported on the Falklands war and to have covered "active war zones," according to The New York Times. O'Reilly, who says he covered violent demonstrations in the aftermath of the war, last night played footage of violent protests in Argentina following the conflict and spoke with a former NBC News bureau chief who said there were tanks in the streets of Buenos Aires when OReilly was there, the newspaper stated. The website Mother Jones and a number of O'Reilly's former CBS colleagues have disputed his accounts, The times reported. Reference Link
06:10 EDTTWXSalem Media Group, CNN to team up for three GOP presidential primary debates
February 23, 2015
18:20 EDTCMCSAComcast, Time Warner Cable face $20B racial discrimination suit, Reuters reports
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18:13 EDTDISBob Chapek named Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Bob Chapek has been named Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, it was announced by Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO, and Thomas O. Staggs, COO, The Walt Disney Company. A 22-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company, Chapek has served since 2011 as President of Disney Consumer Products, driving a technology-led transformation of the company’s consumer products, retail and publishing operations. He assumes his new role effective immediately.
15:23 EDTCMCSANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 78c... Home Depot (HD), consensus 89c... American Tower (AMT), consensus 51c... Ecolab (ECL), consensus $1.20... Macy's (M), consensus $2.40... Pall Corp. (PLL), consensus 87c... Windstream (WIN), consensus 3c.
15:10 EDTCMCSAComcast $CMCSA Feb weekly 58 straddle priced for 2.7% movement into Q4
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11:35 EDTDIS, TWXAmazon picks Benson to head advertising for original TV series, Variety says
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09:12 EDTFOXADiscovery volatility flat into 21st Century Fox denied it held talks
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08:55 EDTFOXAFox News' O'Reilly defending statements, NY Times reports
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08:33 EDTCMCSA, FOX, FOXA'Fifty Shades' ticket sales retain top spot at box office, Reuters says
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07:38 EDTCMCSA, TWXComcast, AT&T deals could be delayed by document access case, WSJ says
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07:00 EDTFOXA, FOX21st Century Fox says 'no truth' in rumors of Discovery talks, Reuters reports
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06:34 EDTFOX, FOXA21st Century Fox, Discovery held preliminary merger talks, AFR reports
21st Century Fox (FOXA) executives met with their counterparts at Discovery Communications (DISCA) nearly two weeks ago to discuss a possible takeover offer, The Australian Financial Review reports, citing sources. According to the sources, discussions were "nascent" and talks are in the "very, very early days." A spokesperson for 21st Century Fox has denied talks took place. Reference Link
February 22, 2015
13:03 EDTDISDisney raises prices at the Magic Kingdom, Orlando Sentinel says
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February 20, 2015
12:02 EDTCMCSAComcast management to meet with Jefferies
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07:18 EDTCMCSAComcast volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:49 EDTCMCSAMSNBC cancels two talk shows, Politico says
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